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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.

How did an Ohio inmate get prison administrators' usernames and passwords?

Ohio authorities are investigating how a prisoner obtained a list of the usernames and passwords for prison administrators.

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The “There Their and They're” Song, by Jonathan Mann

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Two years ago today, Jonathan “Song A Day” Mann published this song. It's as timely as ever.

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Colorado bear with munchies breaks into pie shop, eats all pies but one

The bear was kind of a slob. Photo: Colorado Cherry Company


The bear was kind of a slob. Photo: Colorado Cherry Company

“Outside the store there is a trail of sugar. And a clump of cherries,” reports a Denver, CO TV news station, dramatically.

A hungry bear in Colorado broke into a local pie shop, and helped himself to some pie. In fact, he helped himself to all of the pie. He ate every last pie in the place, except for one flavor.

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With stolen iPhone, burglar accidentally posts selfie video online

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Los Angeles police are searching for the identity of this burglar, who accidentally shot and published a selfie with his victim's iPhone.

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Obama snubs NYC's Waldorf Astoria hotel over China bugging fears, scream tabloids

President Obama. WABC, July 17, 2015.


President Obama. WABC, July 17, 2015.

Most fears about bugs in New York City hotels involve the kind that live in beds. Today, another type of hotel bug is in the news.

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National Geographic's Pluto issue, autographed by NASA's New Horizons team

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Susan Goldberg: “How cool is this? The @NASANewHorizons #Pluto team autographed our fab July @NatGeo cover, written by @nadiamdrake.”

More: Pluto coverage on Boing Boing.

Fly over Pluto in animated New Horizons video. Here are the amazing images NASA released from Pluto Fly By today.

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NASA released more amazing space imagery and scientific data, slowly and steadily coming down to earth from the New Horizons space probe after its historic fly-by of Pluto. Boing Boing followed the press conference and downloaded all the fun stuff for you. Scroll down for amazing space images, video, and animation-- and stay tuned for stereo images in the weeks to come. More data to be released weekly.

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ISS crew forced to take shelter from hazardous space junk. Again.

NASA image of the International Space Station.


NASA image of the International Space Station.

A small piece of space junk from an old Russian weather satellite forced the crew of the International Space Station to briefly take cover in an escape vehicle Thursday.

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With faked degrees, U.S. tech official ran law enforcement data systems for years. Then he resigned, got a new gov job.

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A technology officer with faked college degrees resigned from the Interior Department after he was busted. He was then hired by the Census Bureau.

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The new narcocorridos for escaped drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was barely out of prison when musicians throughout Mexico began uploading hot musical takes about his (again) escape.

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Test-fly an ICON A5 amphibious sport aircraft in this new video

Here's a sexy, aspirational trailer, just released by Los Angeles-based aircraft firm ICON for the A5, an amphibious light sport aircraft beginning customer deliveries this Summer.

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Turkey testicle eat-off founder is pretty relaxed about nearby town copying his festival

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There are plenty of turkey testicles for everyone.

That's the message of peace given to the world by the owner of Parkside Pub, a Chicago area bar that's been holding its Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years. It now faces competition from a similar bird-balls-eating festival in East Dundee. Same time, same date, same delicacy: turkey testicles.

From an article in the Daily Herald, a local paper covering the Chicago suburbs:

Citing a need for a family-oriented fall event, East Dundee leaders announced this week they'll be holding their first Turkey Testicle Festival, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

That's the same name and time frame for a 33-year tradition in not-so-distant Huntley.

J.R. Westberg, whose Parkside Pub has been hosting a Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years, took the competition in stride. "Our only thought to this was that there was no originality placed on their event," he said, noting that Parkside's fest often brings in more than 4,000 attendees.

"We've perfected the execution over the years," Westberg said. "Thirty-three years of tradition is probably not going away for us."

But East Dundee downtown businessman Cliff Surges, who is organizing the fledgling event, said the village is not trying to upstage or compete with the Huntley event; there are plenty of turkey testicles to go around.

"Huntley has their market," he said. "We're looking at a different demographic coming in. There's more than enough to go around for everybody."

"Citing a need for a family-oriented fall event," they say.

"East Dundee jumping on the Turkey Testicle Festival bandwagon" [Daily Herald, Illinois]

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Journalists arrested in Zambia for publishing allegedly classified documents

Map of Zambia.


Map of Zambia.

Fred M’membe, editor-in-chief of Zambia's Post newspaper, being escorted to police cells. Photo: zambianwatchdog.com


Fred M’membe, editor-in-chief of Zambia's Post newspaper, being escorted to police cells. Photo: zambianwatchdog.com

Zambian authorities have arrested two journalists and accused them of publishing classified documents, according to news reports via The Committee to Protect Journalists. The press advocacy group today condemned the arrests, and called on authorities in the Southern African nation to release the journalists immediately.

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Ellen Pao: “The trolls are winning.”

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“I have just endured one of the largest trolling attacks in history,” writes Reddit's recently-departed interim CEO Ellen Pao in a Washington Post op-ed today. “And I have just been blessed with the most astonishing human responses to that attack.”

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Naked drunk guy found in barn cavorting with hogs. Again. “I just like pigs,” he tells cops.

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A Pennsylvania man has been charged with trespassing, public drunkenness and indecent exposure after he was discovered in a neighbor's hog barn in the nude, drinking beer amongst pigs.

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Live coverage of Pluto image press conference with NASA New Horizons team

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Breaking news from Nasa: here are the first close-up details from the surface of Pluto, our solar system's most distant planet.

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Charon, Pluto's largest moon.

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Here's Pluto's moon Hydra, imaged for the first time and said to be composed of water-ice.

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Here's methane in Pluto's atmosphere, mapped. cj-puimusaakktu

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It's Christmas, Halloween, and every other holiday you can imagine for space geeks today. Today is the day when images sent back from NASA's New Horizons probe from humanity's first Pluto fly-by will be revealed, at 3pm Eastern.

We're watching live on NASA TV. This post will be updated as images come through.

In the Mission Control center, NASA's New Horizons operations team celebrates a successful visit to Pluto by the space probe.


In the Mission Control center, NASA's New Horizons operations team celebrates a successful visit to Pluto by the space probe.

Data is streaming back from the probe near Pluto.


Data is streaming back from the probe near Pluto.

We are as close as we've ever been to Pluto, and images even more spectacular than this are on the way.


We are as close as we've ever been to Pluto, and images even more spectacular than this are on the way.

The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA


The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA

The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA


The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA

Pluto fly-by immortalized in 4 perfect frames by Cyanide & Happiness webcomic

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A wonderful “Aww, poor Pluto” take by webcomic creator Rob DenBleyker. Link. Won't someone think of the poor exoplanets?