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.

Animated GIF playing cards

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Created by AVBH [madebyabvh.tumblr.com]

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Hand-carved wood emoji, a manly-man's emoticon set by Nick Offerman

“Nick Offerman's solid oak emojis are a more old-fashioned, more personal, more American mode of communication.” From CONAN.

Sleepy red panda takes a nap

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A photo by Boing Boing reader John Sonderman shot at Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn, NY, and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

Relative Scale of the Solar System Planets, in Fruits

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Image by Avi Solomon, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

We landed a freaking spacecraft on a comet. This GIF and video explain Rosetta's 12-year journey.

Human beings reached a new space exploration milestone this week: landing the Rosetta mission's Philae probe on a comet some 316 million miles from Earth.

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Camouflage cakes and sweets are a (delicious) thing

Photo: @iheartbaking


Photo: @iheartbaking

Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, a Baltimore-based pastry chef famous for creative sweets, has jumped on the camo-cake bandwagon with “Camouflage” and “Pink Camouflage” cake mixes.

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Drinking delicious warm brown coffee from Kim Kardashian's butt

#BreakTheInternet #LadyGoatse

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Pick two.

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@SomeChrisTweets via thisisnthappiness.com

Concern about Philae's fate as lander sends back first image from comet

Philae’s CIVA instrument captured this image of its landing site. Photograph: European Space Agency


Philae’s CIVA instrument captured this image of its landing site. Photograph: European Space Agency

European space agency scientists believe the Philae lander may have plopped down on its side when landing on comet 67P.

The first monochome image sent back from the space craft more than 300 million miles away from us shows the bumpy, crackled comet surface with one of Philae’s three legs in the bottom left. Scientists don't yet know if that leg in the photo is touching the comet's surface, but it's clear that Philae is not level. It may be wedged into a pit.

“We’re either looking into a ditch or we are against a wall,” ESA Rosetta project scientist Matt Taylor said.

From Spaceflight Now's coverage:

We saw both something that man built — the lander — you see the foot there, and something that nature built 4.6 billion years ago, which is a comet essentially preserved as it was at that time, containing all the history that we’re trying to look at,” said Jean-Pierre Bibring, Philae’s chief scientist and head of the CIVA camera team from Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale in Paris. “We have no idea what is around, or whether or not what is black is just shadow or open sky.”

Bibring said many scientists expected the comet’s surface to be powdery, allowing the lander to settle instead of rebounding back into space.

“It’s not a powder, it’s a rock, so it’s like a trampoline,” Bibring said. “You go there and it ejects you immediately afterwards.”

Officials have not pinpointed the lander’s location on the comet.

More at Spaceflight Now.

How Esa scientists believe Philae has landed on the comet – on its side. Photograph: European Space Agency


How Esa scientists believe Philae has landed on the comet – on its side. Photograph: European Space Agency

This image from Rosetta’s camera, taken in September, shows the place Philae first landed before bouncing twice and finally coming to rest about a kilometer away. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.


This image from Rosetta’s camera, taken in September, shows the place Philae first landed before bouncing twice and finally coming to rest about a kilometer away. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.

That comet we just landed on? It's singing us a song. Listen.

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Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has detected a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space.

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Butt Dance: classic GIF and video #butts #butts #butts

A classic animation from the mid-2000s internets. Provenance unknown.

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Hawaii residents near active volcano warned of health hazards beyond being, oh, burned alive by hot lava

Lava claims first home in Pahoa [USGS]


Lava claims first home in Pahoa [USGS]

Civil defense officials in Hawaii went door-to-door last night handing out evacuation notices to residents in the immediate downslope path of the Puna lava flow.

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Tiger on the loose in Paris

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In a town outside Paris, cops, firemen and a hunting dog are searching for a large feline believed to be a juvenile tiger. A frightened resident alerted officials after she encountered the critter in a supermarket parking lot in Montevrain, east of the French capital. BBC News:

Officers armed with tranquiliser guns have been combing countryside outside the town, helped by a helicopter. Residents of Montevrain and two other towns have been told to stay indoors. As darkness fell, the Montevrain council said on its Facebook page that the search had been called off for the night but local schools would be secured by 08:00 on Friday.

Eurodisney, which is located nearby, says it's not their tiger and not their fault.

Follow the tiger Drama on the town's Facebook page.

Photo: World's tallest man hanging out with world's smallest man

The world's shortest man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, greets the tallest living man, Sultan Kosen, to mark the Guinness World Records Day in London November 13, 2014.

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Epic beards throughout history

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Public Domain Review, a wonderful website and series of social media accounts that mine the vaults of time, has published a neat collection of awesome beardage throughout the ages.

Frau Josephine Budra and Anna Hudjos, two genderqueer persons once referred to as "hemaphrodites" who were featured in Hermaphroditismus beim Menschen (1908).


Frau Josephine Budra and Anna Hudjos, two genderqueer persons once referred to as "hemaphrodites" who were featured in Hermaphroditismus beim Menschen (1908).

The Apostle Jacob (left) and the Apostle Philippus (right), by Albrecht Dürer, 1516 – Source: left and right.


The Apostle Jacob (left) and the Apostle Philippus (right), by Albrecht Dürer, 1516 – Source: left and right.

Two photographs of the same unknown man, each taken at a different studio in Texas


Two photographs of the same unknown man, each taken at a different studio in Texas