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.

Video: In line at the Burning Man DMV

"Before mutant vehicles can hit the open playa at Burning Man, they have to pass an inspection at the Department f Mutant Vehicles," says Boing Boing pal Mark Day, who shot and shared this video.

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Video: The history of the violin, throughout music history

CDZA's latest "The Instrumentals" episode explains the “History of the Violin” through song, with violinist Charles Yang.

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Islamic State releases video of journalist Steven Sotloff's beheading

American journalist Steven Sotloff (Center with black helmet) talks to Libyan rebels on the Al Dafniya front line, 25 km west of Misrata on June 02, 2011 in Misrata, Libya.  Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 near Aleppo, Syria. Photo by Etienne de Malglaive.


American journalist Steven Sotloff (Center with black helmet) talks to Libyan rebels on the Al Dafniya front line, 25 km west of Misrata on June 02, 2011 in Misrata, Libya. Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 near Aleppo, Syria. Photo by Etienne de Malglaive.

The Islamic State militant group today released a video online that appears to show the beheading of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff.

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Skeptical Side-eye Baby

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I found this baby on Reddit, then met his awesome mom on Twitter.

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Ukiyoe-fied Star Wars, Super Mario, and anime stars, by Takao Nakagawa

Takao Nakagawa,  Ukiyoe Character series 7: STAR WARS Darth Vader," 2014


Takao Nakagawa,
Ukiyoe Character series 7: STAR WARS Darth Vader," 2014

Japanese illustrator Takao Nakagawa reimagines iconic science fiction, anime, and gaming characters through the traditional aesthetic of Ukiyoe woodblock prints and paintings.

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Blocking out the Haters

Ladies and gents, Vine star Brandon Bowen. "Professional fatty, amateur viner, age: 16," from Georgia. He's on Twitter.

Chocolate LEGO

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Of course! Chocolate LEGO-style bricks. By designer and illustrator Akihiro Mizuuchi of Shizuoka, Japan.

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'Exasperated' little boy not pleased with news he's getting a new sibling

"This is exasperating," he says to his mommy. "Buy me some earplugs."

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iPhones and iPads inserted into classic paintings, by Kim Dong-Kyu

tumblr_mvsamy0EIU1t0tb9do1_1280 Iconic works by Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, Velasquez--now with Apple iOS devices. By Kim Dong-Kyu (Instagram).

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Chihuahua chilling out while receiving robot head massage

You know you want to be that chihuahua right now, dawg. [video link]

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#IceBucketChallenge: ALS Association withdraws trademark application

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Reuters

In an apparent response to online criticism, the ALS Association has withdrawn their trademark application for "Ice Bucket Challenge." An admirable move.

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1986 AOL puppet show: Rapid T. Rabbit and Friends, for Commodore 64

Video and GIFS: From 1986, the "Rapid T. Rabbit and Friends Show," which was offered over PlayNET, a system for the Commodore 64.

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James Foley's last letter to his family

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It ends, "Grammy, please take your medicine, take walks and keep dancing. I plan to take you out to Margarita’s when I get home. Stay strong because I am going to need your help to reclaim my life."

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JPMorgan Chase hacked, FBI investigating suspected Russia link

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Reuters

The networks of JPMorgan Chase and "at least four other financial institutions" were recently hacked in a series of coordinated attacks, according to a federal source quoted by USA Today. "Investigators believe Russian hackers were the source of the attacks." The big question: were the attacks retaliation for US sanctions against Russia.

Updated: ALS Association files trademark for Ice Bucket Challenge

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Reuters

Update: The application has been withdrawn, ALSA said Friday.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised almost 100 million dollars for the ALS Association of America. The non-profit did not create the viral campaign, but that didn't stop it from filing for control of the use of that phrase with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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