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Black Culture and Black Futures
Thursday, Aug 25: NM Black Expo 2
By Robin Babb [ Wed Aug 24 2016 5:00 PM ]
Discuss shared cultural experiences regarding health care advocacy, education advancement, policy advocacy, community development and celebrate Black culture.
The Daily Word in Bees, Instagram and Italy
By Megan Reneau [ Wed Aug 24 2016 11:11 AM ]
A 6.2 earthquake hit central Italy last night.
Not sure if you're depressed? Check your Instagram.
Business owners have already started to take proactive action against the negative affects of ART.
A spontaneous block party was filmed for a music video for the musician Jandro on Sunday.
France exploited three women who just wanted to enjoy the beach for an afternoon.
A project called Holobiont Urbanism is tracking microbes with bees and mapping the results.
Confirm your vast knowledge of the best restaurants in Burque
Best of Burque voting is underway!
By Megan Reneau [ Tue Aug 23 2016 3:28 PM ]
Lunch time rolls around and you realize you didn't pack your awful lunch, and neither did that one coworker that you want to get to know better. He asks where you think you all should go. Here's where Best of Burque Restaurants comes in.
The Daily Word in College, The Science of Expectations and Albuquerque Rapid Transit
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 23 2016 11:08 AM ]
In the spirit of a new school year, let's all remember that despite our frantic pursuits, college won't prepare anyone for The Real World. (But in all honesty, nothing will.)
Hey web designers, I have a project for you.
Peer inside the life of two Syrian refugees striving to become part of German society. In the small town, they spend the majority of their days studying the German language in hopes of getting jobs and contributing to the community.
Scientists speculate timing in the big scheme of things and conclude that life seems to be “more likely” in the future than now. Apparently we overeager Earthlings arrived at the cosmic mashup a bit early.
I think we should all move to Cormorant, Minnesota. They just reelected a dog as their Mayor.
In more local news, commissioners in Albuquerque plan to discuss a resolution to put the ABQ Rapid Transit project on the November ballot. This will give voters the chance to state whether they support or oppose ART.
A new study surveying 111 women with breast cancer found that those who held negative expectations regarding their treatment experienced twice as many side effects.
Weekend in Review
Settlers of Catan
By Maggie Grimason [ Mon Aug 22 2016 4:30 PM ]
A wild weekend settling Catan
The Daily Word in #LochteGate, South Korean war games, and transgender restrooms
By Robin Babb [ Mon Aug 22 2016 11:34 AM ]
Swimwear company Speedo is dropping their sponsorship of US Olympic swimmer and national embarrassment Ryan Lochte after he vandalized a gas station in Rio and then made up some lie about getting mugged at gunpoint. The company is also donating $50,000 to Save the Children, a global charity partner of Speedo USA’s parent company, for children in Brazil.
The US-South Korean 12-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian Games began today in South Korea. The 'games,' which are intended to enhance the "readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula," have further increased the tension between North and South Korea. KCNA, North Korea's state-run media outlet, has said that if the games show the slightest sign of aggression towards North Korea, they would turn the South into a 'heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike.'" Sounds like fun games.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made statements about immigration today that seem at odds with his previous promises to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. When asked about his new immigration policies on Fox News, he said “We want to come up with a really fair, but firm, answer.” This apparent flip-flopping on immigration comes as Trump brings on a new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway and attempts to sway more moderate republican voters.
The Philippines and communist rebels are opening up peace talks in Norway this week. These talks come after nearly five decades of fighting that has killed tens of thousands. Negotiators have declared that they hope to reach a peace deal within a year.
US District Judge Reed O'Connor has blocked the White House's injunction that schools allow their students to use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity. This injunction is filed several months after a dozen states sued the federal government over this injunction. This means that the federal government's guidelines for school restrooms won't go into effect—for now.
Balloon Museum Hosts 4th Mini Maker Faire
Press Release [ Mon Aug 22 2016 9:06 AM ]
Described as "The Greatest Show-and-Tell on Earth," the ever-fascinating Mini Maker Faire returns to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum's
The event, part science fair, part county fair, part interactive show-and-tell, and part something entirely new, is a multi-generational gathering that brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these "Makers" come to the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
Maker Faire features hands-on activities, learning opportunities and the chance for visitors to learn new skills such as soldering, sewing, rocket building and welding.
Typical maker activities include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, textiles and the artisanal arts. Makers take a do-it-yourself approach to standardized hobbyist and engineering technologies, and encourage the re-use and modification of designs, materials, and techniques available in the public arena. Makers focus on learning, using and teaching these practical skills.
Makers use circuit boards, wood, clay, fabric, LEDs, metal, plastic, robotics, yarn, sewing machines, computers, hot glue guns, paint, batteries, fire, electricity, recyclables-frankly, just about anything you can imagine-to create exciting new things. The aim of this Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire a new group of Makers.
Tickets begin at $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, military with ID and children under 12; children 2 and under are admitted at no charge. Two-day passes are $15 for adults and $8 for seniors, military with ID and children under 12. Tickets are now available online at eventbrite.com/
Dream Blog #370
By Peter Karlsen [ Sun Aug 21 2016 6:47 AM ]
We're in a hospital waiting room waiting to see my dad. J's trying to distract me from my anxiety by telling me about the Alibi's target demographic: Arnold Schwarzenegger. While J is explaining specifics of this, I'm trying to understand the wisdom of targeting a single person … especially one who lives in another state.
The nurse tells me my dad is ready for visitors. J stays in the waiting room and I go into his room, which was just behind the couch we were waiting on. My dad is Danny DeVito. He wakes up and I say, "You're Danny DeVito." He says, "Yes, but I prefer to be called grungy Elmo." We start shooting the breeze.
Then his heart and brain monitors start going crazy. He stays calm, points at them and asks, "What's that all about?" I run to the waiting room and call for a nurse. She comes in, picks up a clipboard, and starts writing. I'm wondering why she isn't doing anything or calling for more help. His monitors flat-line and he looks like he's asleep. The nurse turns to me and, with a chipper attitude, says, "That's weird. People don't usually have such a massive stroke until they're much older." I begin to cry into my hands.
With my head in my hands I hear a monitor start to beep. I look up and Danny DeVito has transformed into Aughra (from the Dark Crystal). The brain monitor is beeping, but the heart monitor is still a flat line. She opens her eyes: her irises are a milky pink. I think to myself, "As if she wasn't terrifying enough already: now she's a zombie."
She begins to sit up. I think to myself, "When I wake up I'm going to sleep on the couch." She looks right at me and moans.
I wake up, gather my things. And head for the couch.
The Daily Word in Fake Guns, Poop Explosions and How to Catch a Sensitive Ghost
By Joshua Lee [ Sat Aug 20 2016 9:56 AM ]
I can die happy: here's a video of a Russian sewage truck—filled to the brim with poop—literally popping in the middle of nose-to-nose traffic.
Net neutrality apparently started in the 1920's with the Hush-A-Phone, a device that clipped over the mouthpiece of telephones and allowed the user to muffle their voice and keep their private conversations from the eavesdropping ears of their neighbors. AT&T tried to make it illegal to use third-party attachments on their phones (because monopoly) and ended up going before the FCC over the case. AT&T won, and law students still study it in reference to net neutrality.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia is trying to attract the ghost of former art photographer Thomas Eakins with nude models and robots. Really.
A gun manufacturer had their replica gun booth shut down at Wizard World, a comic book convention. Not because they did anything wrong, but because people don't like guns, I guess? Um. Obviously, they thought those "wrath of Thor" tweets were literal. Super powers don't kill people. Supervillains do.
Meanwhile, in Russia, they sell model assault rifles in airports. O strange new world, that has such people in it.
So, hundreds of these creepy little stitched up balls of ... something ... washed up on a beach in England. Turns out these horror-movie rejects are actually "sea potatoes," a common species of sea urchin. So far, no one is sure why such a big urchin dump even happened.
The Daily Word in bikers, cryptids and resuming construction on the ART project
Special late edition
By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 19 2016 11:20 PM ]
Daily Beast has details about the end of Gawker as we know it.
Gawker broke the Rob Ford, crack-smoking-Mayor of Toronto story so it is fitting that they were able to release the entire, extremely damning video.
ART is on, the stay has been lifted, construction will resume.
Even I will admit this cryptic sighting is an old man with a bad limp.
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