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What Would You Do?

Best of Burque Edition

By Megan Reneau [ Tue Aug 23 2016 3:28 PM ]

You wake up one morning and have a continuous, looming sense of dread. Something bad is going to happen today, and you know it. You make breakfast, another shitty bowl of microwavable oatmeal and run out the door unsatisfied. 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. Your phone rings, it's your Grandma. She's coming into town later today for her vacation and wants to know what places you think she'd like. You get a text from a friend asking what you want to do for dinner tonight.

You know every single answer but know you'll need evidence. Let's say a list confirming your vast knowledge of the best restaurants in Burque. Well, do I have some exciting news for you. Weekly Alibi is hosting our annual "Best of Burque Restaurants" poll.

Here are the rules:
-One entry per person.
-You must vote in at least 10 categories.
-No vote may appear more than five times.
-You must use our online form. No emailed or paper ballots will be accepted.
-Categories that do not yield a clear first, second and third place winner will not be included in the results.
-This poll is about the best of Albuquerque, and therefore all entries should be kept local. -Non-local chains and other irrelevant entries will be disqualified.

You will be able to login and edit your votes right up until the deadline. Just hit the save button and your votes will be saved. If you don't have time to finish the form now, you can come back and edit it later.

Deadline for ballots is Tuesday, Sept. 20, a second before midnight. Changes made after September 20 has ended, will not be saved. The Best of Burque Restaurants issue will hit newsstands on Oct. 6.

If you have trouble with the form, email webmonkeys@alibi.com.

Feel the anxiety of holding all that knowledge with no confirmation slide off your back? Me too, kid. Me too.

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The Daily Word in College, The Science of Expectations and Albuquerque Rapid Transit

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 23 2016 11:08 AM ]
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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.

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Weekend in Review

Settlers of Catan

By Maggie Grimason [ Mon Aug 22 2016 4:30 PM ]
A wild weekend settling Catan
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The Daily Word in #LochteGate, South Korean war games, and transgender restrooms

By Robin Babb [ Mon Aug 22 2016 11:34 AM ]
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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.

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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
expansive grounds on Saturday, August 27 from 10am-6pm, and Sunday, August 28 from 11am-5pm.

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.
The Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It's a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

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.

Please join us for a day that offers a fascinating peek into the creative mind and inspires creativity in all of us.

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/e/albuquerque-mini-maker-faire-2016-tickets-26041071546?aff=efbevent. All online ticket purchases will also in include a small processing fee.

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Dream Blog #370

Grungy Elmo

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.

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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 ]
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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.

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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 ]
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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.

Lyft is back.

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.

This 2016 Hell's Angels' Bash sounds kinda boring but these vintage prints by Dave Mann depict a wilder time.

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You're Invited!

The Great White Buffalo of Parties

By Courtney Foster [ Fri Aug 19 2016 4:43 PM ]

Questions: Do you like secrets? Do you like fun? Is there anything cooler than being included in a super fun secret?
Answers: Secrets and fun are awesome and there's nothing more satisfying than being in on a sweet hush-hush underground party.
Registration for the secret party of the year has just opened and now you have the chance to be one of the secret elite. Founded in France nearly 30 years ago, Diner en Blanc is an exclusive “white party” pop-up picnic that happens once a year. The magically decorated location is revealed only when participants load up on the bus. Tickets are limited and can be hard to come by, but follow these small steps, buy a white outfit, and become way cooler than all your friends.

Step 1: Find a date! Tickets are sold in pairs so you'll need a partner for this party.
Step 2: Register online at http://albuquerque.dinerenblanc.info/register.
Step 3: Buy an all white outfit and table cloth, and start planning your meal. Since this is a pop-up event, guests are required to pack their own dinner.
Step 3: After Phase One Registration is over, invites will be sent out and the waiting list will be called upon.

Don't miss your chance to be a part of the coolest secret of the year.

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Meow Wolf: Where Only The Absurd Exists

Go ahead, lose your mind

By Monica Schmitt [ Fri Aug 19 2016 3:00 PM ]

My journey into an unreasonable world began gradually, transitioning from a seemingly normal, domestic home into increasingly peculiar surroundings. I walked inside of a house, or maybe warped through a space tunnel. I'm still not sure. It was dark, but unlike nighttime; time wasn't a factor. Instead, everything—including the impossible—simply existed. Creaky stairs led me to a small study, a bathroom and two bedrooms. I walked slowly, picking up on an eerie sensation from the desaturated and somber-looking family photos that hung on nearly every wall. Even the photos that contained smiling faces looked inherently sad. Something strange clearly happened here ...

Inside the master bedroom was a computer with a talking head, spewing information about “the power of positive mechanics.” I didn't stay in this room very long. The closet beckoned with a blue glowing light and I entered, turned left and disappeared down a dark corridor into another dimension. Ambient sounds came from a room beyond where a man sat at a piano pressing keys that didn't exude melodic chords, rather, monstrous sounds and spooky vibrations. I got chills.

Inside was indistinguishable from outside at first. Each place was equally inconceivable and they blurred together. Nothing was linear and everything was open to interpretation.

Downstairs, I opened a refrigerator, walked inside of it and through a brightly lit hallway that led to a tunnel. I ended up in a corridor with neon-colored coral wriggling up from the ground and giant fish floating four feet above my head.

Then: on the other side of thick, plastic streamers I stepped inside a dark, foggy room with red laser beams traveling vertically from a rocky formation to the ceiling. I reached out to touch them, plucking different notes with each different beam.

I peered over a railing and looked down into a glowing pink cavernous room with white, cave-like walls, stalactites and stalagmites. How did I get there? … Much later, I crawled through a fireplace and found myself in the pink cave room. Giant ribs floated above my head and I played them with a bone like a xylophone.

Up in the treetops, I crawled into a room with a tiny opening and took a seat on a pillow made of grass. Dragon eyes stared at me from the other side of the concave wall, with dark, silvery pupils and multicolored irises.

Because neither time nor space seemed to function normally, I don't know how long I stayed exploring or how far I wandered in what could have been circles. When I left, I had the urge to open any door, peer inside any window pane and explore anything unknown. I felt a profound curiosity and interest in everything I didn't understand. I was transfixed by a desire to explore, uncover and discover. Thanks to this timeless jumble of enigmatic spaces and objects and bizarre sensory illusions, the whole world became a playground.

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