Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

A Map of the Introvert’s Heart By an Introvert

 Gemma Correll

Gemma Correll

We missed this wonderful illlustration when it hit the internet last month, but how timeless is Gemma Correll's map of an introvert's heart?

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Teeny-tiny food sculpture that will make you squeal with delight


Shay Aaron is a miniaturist based in Tel Aviv who specializes in teeny-tiny adorable food--collectibles, and wearables.

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Instagramming the Playa: SFslim's photos from Burning Man setup in the Black Rock desert


Longtime Boing Boing pal SFslim, aka Aaron Muszalski, is out in the Black Rock desert of Nevada as he is every year around this time.

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Sweet portraits of pitbulls: 'Flower Power,' Sophie Gamand


Flower Power is about challenging myself to approach pit bulls with a fresh perspective and an open heart. I invite the viewer to do the same."—Sophie Gamand.

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Jay Adams, skating legend and original Zephyr skate team member, 1961-2014

Via Stacy Peralta, and via Boing Boing pal and skating/hiphop/punk photographer Glen E. Friedman, comes sad news today. American skateboarder Jay Adams, one of the original members of the Zephyr (later nicknamed Z-Boys) skateboarding team, is reported to have died. Friends say he suffered a massive heart attack last night, while traveling in Mexico. He was known as "The Original Seed" of skating as a sport, and known as one of the most influential skaters in history.

Jay Adams at the Venice skate park, Los Angeles, 2011: Glen E. Friedman

Jay Adams at the Venice skate park, Los Angeles, 2011: Glen E. Friedman

More on Adams' life here.

Below, one of the iconic photos Friedman shot of Adams, in the mid-1970s when the sport of skateboarding was in its infancy.


Name of Ferguson police officer who shot Mike Brown revealed

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announcing the name of the officer. [REUTERS/Lucas Jackson]

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announcing the name of the officer. [REUTERS/Lucas Jackson]

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon today reveled the name of the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend, outside an apartment complex in Ferguson: Darren Wilson.

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Whole new vibe at today's Ferguson protest. And by vibe we mean less tanks, guns, tear gas.

After broad condemnation for heavy-handed, violent response to mostly peaceful protests--including President Obama--authorities in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson have changed their approach to protests. The demonstrations are in response to the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen who was shot dead by an officer five days ago. Below, tweets from people to follow today, for a sense of how things feel on the ground. Our coverage archives are here. In related updates, attorney General Eric Holder today spoke with Brown's mother and father.

More Ferguson press bullying: 2 National Journal reporters threatened with arrest, blocked by police

Al Jazeera reporters attempting to report on the protests were attacked with tear gas by police.

Al Jazeera reporters attempting to report on the protests were attacked with tear gas by police.

Another tale of police harassment of the press in Ferguson, Missouri: "Two National Journal reporters were threatened with arrest and repeatedly blocked from witnessing demonstrations in Ferguson late Wednesday night."

"What would happen if we walked down the street?" [National Journal video journalist Reena] Flores asked.

"You're not going to walk down the street. If you insist on going down here, and you want to disobey the orders of the police that have been given to you, thoroughly and fairly, you'll most likely be placed under arrest."

"On what charges?" I ask.

"Disobeying the directions of a police officer," he answers.

The Ferguson Army: A song by Jonathan 'Song a Day' Mann

Why’s a small town in Missouri
Need a great big fucking army?
They’re not enemy combatants
They live there, that’s their home
When you’re holding an assault rifle
Every human looks like an enemy
When you’re steeped in macho racism
Every young black man’s a threat

Jonathan Mann, August 14, 2014. [Video Link]

Video and full text of President Obama's remarks on Ferguson

President Obama addressed the nation today on the racially charged and violent response by police in Ferguson, Missouri to protesters gathered to express outrage over the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager.

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Video: Standoff in Ferguson, a New York Times short online documentary

"They're mad. I'm mad. We should all be angry because of what's going on right now."

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US AG Holder on Ferguson: Police must 'seek to reduce tensions, not heighten them.'

Eric Holder“At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message,” US Attorney General Eric Holder said today on events in Ferguson.

"Law enforcement response to these demonstrations must seek to reduce tensions, not heighten them. Those who peacefully gather to express sympathy for the family of Michael Brown must have their rights respected at all times. And journalists must not be harassed or prevented from covering a story that needs to be told."


US veterans: Ferguson Police Department’s response is a clusterfuck

Image from Ferguson. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Image from Ferguson. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

More on responses to the police crackdown in Ferguson by U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that the police actions so closely resemble. Many vets at the protests and quoted in news stories say the police crackdown is not only overkill, but totally clueless.

“You see the police are standing online with bulletproof vests and rifles pointed at peoples chests,” Jason Fritz, a former Army officer and an international policing operations analyst tells the Washington Post. “That’s not controlling the crowd, that’s intimidating them.”

Scriven King, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force’s law enforcement component and a SWAT officer:

“The first thing that went wrong was when the police showed up with K-9 units,” Scriven said. “The dogs played on racist imagery…it played the situation up and [the department] wasn’t cognizant of the imagery.”

King added that, instead of deescalating the situation on the second day, the police responded with armored vehicles and SWAT officers clad in bulletproof vests and military-grade rifles.

“We went through some pretty bad areas of Afghanistan, but we didn’t wear that much gear,” said Kyle Dykstra, an Army veteran and former security officer for the State Department. Dykstra specifically pointed out the bulletproof armor the officers were wearing around their shoulders, known as “Deltoid” armor. “I can’t think of a [protest] situation where the use of M4 [rifles] are merited,” Fritz said. “I don’t see it as a viable tactic in any scenario.”

"Military veterans see deeply flawed police response in Ferguson" [Washington Post]

Previously: "A sample of US military veterans' reactions to Ferguson police crackdown" [Boing Boing]

NYPD: Public has the right to film/photograph police in public, and always has.

Esquire: "The NYPD issued an internal memo last week telling officers they cannot prevent someone from photographing or filming them unless the cameraman is interfering with police operations. In other words, police must mind the law—"'taking photographs, videotapes or tape recordings' do not constitute probable cause for arrest"--that has always existed (but for real now)."

Ferguson: 'America Is Not For Black People'


Ferguson, Missouri, August 14, 2014. Reuters

Greg Howard, Deadspin: "The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight."