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The Daily Word in Pink Snow, Balls of Light and the End of All Art

The Daily Word

So, some of the Arctic snow has turned pink. Scientists lay the blame on an algae that turns red when hit by sunlight. It looks cool, but unfortunately it lowers the albedo number (which indicates how much light is reflected by a surface, dependent on hue), meaning the snow melts faster and the current climate model needs some tweaking.

Those good ol' Isotopes are at it again. Nine straight losses!

In 1951 a Denver waitress decided, after one too many beers, that she would like to see what happened when she jumped out the window of her fifth-story hotel room. This newspaper clipping says the jump (which she miraculously survived) taught her a "lesson." See? LSD isn't the only one.

So here's a reason not to go to LA anytime soon: The Skyslide, a glass chute that sits 1,000 feet above the ground, attached to the side of California's tallest building. Crazy people can enjoy the experience of "sliding off the side of a skyscraper." Alright.

Something that made my neighbor proclaim the "End of All Art" was near: New-Mexican film-maker Hannah Macpherson has created the first full-length Snapchat movie, Sickhouse. Darryl can be so fucking melodramatic sometimes.

H. C. Wu, a Chinese researcher, believes he's figured out the secrets of ball lightning, a phenomenon that has mystified scientists and pissed of UFOlogists since time immemorial.

Pest Control

Less toxic options

This week I would like to offer some least-toxic alternatives for controlling pests. I say least-toxic, not non-toxic because if it can kill a bug, it is slightly toxic. I will mention some brand names. I have no vested interest in recommending them. I do recommend them because they work very well.

Terro Bait is an excellent ant control bait that you can buy in stores. There are several Terro products, but I recommend the box that contains 6 bait stations. Terro is a sweet gel bait made from Borax. You take a bait station out of the box and hold it upright and cut off the colored section. Then place is and the rest of the bait stations in the box label side up near where the ants are active and where they may be coming into your home. Even though the active ingredient is Borax, make sure you don't place the baits where children or pets can come in contact with it. It can make them sick if they eat it. However, this product is much safer than the bait stations most pest control companies use as they contain pesticides as an active ingredient. This bait will work on a number of different species of household ants including the very common odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile), little black ants (Monomorium minimum) and pavement ants (Tetramorium caespitum). If you have ants that don't take this bait, then you need to get them identified. You can send me some specimens and I will be happy to identify them for you and make a recommendation on a non-toxic control method.

Niban Bait is a granular bait made from Orthoboric acid. It is an excellent bait for controlling cockroaches and is also labeled for controlling silverfish, crickets, slugs, snails, carpenter ants and some other species of ants. It also works on controlling harvester ants, the ones that make the big mounds outside and sting if you bother them. Niban lasts several months, so you don't have to apply it very often. I recommend putting Niban under and behind appliances, under kitchen and bathroom counters, around hot water heaters, in your garage and in areas around your home, such as where the water meter is. If you only have cockroach problems, you will never have to use an exterminator if you use Niban Bait. You can buy Niban online from several sources. One source in New Mexico is pestcontrolsupplies.com.

EcoSmart products are very good and are safe. They are made from plant oils and are EPA exempt. Much better than using synthetic pesticides. EcoSmart products are available in many stores.

There is an excellent fly trap that you can buy in stores. It is called Rescue Fly trap an it is a plastic container that flies will enter but can't get out. There is an attractant that comes with it that you put in the trap and add water. Flies love it. I have caught hundreds of flies in some areas in just a few hours. I would not recommend using indoors as the attractant is not pleasant smelling. The attractants are made with sucrose, putrescent whole egg solids, yeast, trimethylamine and indole. It will catch house flies, blow flies and flesh flies as well as some other species. These traps should be used on ranches where dairy cattle are kept and other livestock facilities but they work around homes when flies are present in large numbers for some reason.

Believe it or not, beer is very effective at controlling some pests. If you soak a rag in beer and put it in the middle of your garage floor at night, it will be covered in drunken cockroaches the next morning waiting for you to dispatch them. If you put some pie pans filled with beer out in your yard you will attract cockroaches who will get drunk and die in the brew. They do not check IDs and, for some reason, do not like Lite beers.

If you have any pest questions, you can contact me at askthebugman2013@gmail.com or call me at 505-385-2820. My website is askthebugman.com.

The Daily Word in Looting, SCOTUS and Affirmative Action

The Daily Word

The maximum prom level has been achieved.

How do human rights and global warming intersect?

It's not just congress that can't agree on anything.

Texas is surprisingly holding true to their affirmative action program, albeit barely.

For many homeowners whose homes were spared from the Dog Head Fire, they weren't spared from looting.

Event Horizon

Off to the Races

Saturday, Jun 25: Grand Opening

The grand re-opening of the newest Grandstand in New Mexico.
Pixabay / Public Domain

Event Horizon

Get on Your Kombucha Goggles

Saturday, Jun 25: New Mexico Fermentation Festival

A series of fermentation workshops, chef demos, local food trucks and kids' activities.
Pixabay / Public Domain

Event Horizon

Quitar lo Bailado

Saturday, Jun 25: Festival Chispa: New Latin Music and Hispanic Culture

Celebrating the diversity of Hispano/Latino culture through music, art and the legacy of tradition.

Literature

Local Fantasy/Space Opera Writer at Page 1

Daniel Abraham, best-selling local fantasy and space opera author, will be at Page One Books at 4pm on Saturday, June 25, to talk about and sign his latest epic fantasy novel, The Spider's War: The Dagger and the Coin Book 5, which marks the conclusion to this series.

The book is described as such: "Lord Regent Geder Palliako's great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent conflict of all against all. In Carse, with armies on all borders, Cithrin bel Sarcour, Marcus Wester and Clara Kalliam are faced with the impossible task of bringing a lasting peace to the world. Their tools: traitors high in the imperial army, the last survivor of the dragon empire, and a financial scheme that is either a revolution or the greatest fraud in the history of the world."

Abraham is the author of the critically-acclaimed Long Price Quartet. He has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and won the International Horror Guild award. He also writes as MLN Hanover and (with Ty Franck) James S.A. Corey. Corey's space opera books have been turned into "The Expanse" TV series on the SyFy Channel, which has been renewed for a second season. He lives in Albuquerque with his family.

E. Barrclough

Two New Art Exhibitions Open at the KiMo June 23

The KiMo Theatre Art Gallery is a wonderful place to find interesting art and artists. The spacious light-filled gallery offers visitors an opportunity to see artists they may or may not know, and themed exhibitions that create new visual experiences.

On Thursday, June 23 from 5-8pm, there will be a free public opening night reception for artists Elizabeth Barraclough and Mark Samudio.

The exhibition "Love Letters to Albuquerque" featuring the work of artist/photographer Barraclough, who at age eight processed her first photograph at Kirtland's then-free darkroom, a picture of her cat, Pretty Girl, sniffing flowers. Her journey as an artist and musician led her to performing with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary and many other musical adventures. Work in various roles in Hollywood gained her experience on big budget movies, and along the way she traveled the world, connecting with numerous "names" and building a lifetime of memories.

Eventually returning to Albuquerque, she fell in love with the landscape and the uniqueness of our town, and, tired of people she met along her way being "disappointed" that she was not from Santa Fe or Taos, Barraclough began the a seven-year process of creating photographic "Love Letters" to show once and for all that Albuquerque is unique, majestic, and offers every bit as much as our more famous neighbors.

The companion exhibition, "Studies from the Bosque", also celebrates the beauty of Albuquerque through the eyes of artist/photographer Mark Samudio. The California native's art experience began in big scalem painting billboards in Clovis, CA for 3M's national advertising campaign. That job transitioned into working for a sign company in El Paso, where he learned the power of commercial art. He was strongly influenced by the Old Masters who also incorporated the use of lettering in their art. His work has been recognized with awards and has been shown at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Samudio's beautiful New Mexico photography is on display at Albuquerque's City Hall.

The KiMo Gallery is open during normal hours of operation of the KiMo Theatre (Wednesday through Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-3pm) and during most KiMo events. During the day visitors are requested to enter at the KiMo's Business Office at 423 Central Avenue NW (corner of 5th and Central) where they will be directed to the gallery to view and enjoy the exhibition at no charge. For the reception, visitors may access the gallery through the 417 Central Avenue entry.

News

The Daily Word in poverty, gravitational waves and messing with scammers

The Daily Word

This is how to combat extremists in the Islamic State.

An MDC prisoner escaped from a transport van in Downtown.

Black holes and gravitational waves, dude.

The Dog Head Fire is now 61% contained.

Today in history.

This dude is messing with the minds of email scammers.

He even got this scammer to write in code!

And he attempted to get a free toaster out of the scam.

On top of sickening athletes with filthy water, here's another reason why the Rio 2016 Olympics are bad news.

About one in seven people in America is living in poverty.

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Dream Blog #363

I'm standing in a cave with water flowing in and out. The tide is coming in but I'm not panicking, in fact, I'm enjoying myself. I'm playing with a mysterious animal. I think it's an eel, but I can't see anything except the torso because the animal wants to be petted. It's dark and slimy and squirming and keeps slipping out of my arms, which can barely wrap around the torso.

There is no direct light, just what little comes in from the outside. I can't see outside the cave except the brief moments between when the waves are entering the cave or receding.

I'm giggling at the creature.

I wake up.

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