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Defog your windshield faster with science!
By Peter Karlsen [ Tue Jan 12 2016 6:32 AM ]
Here we have a former NASA engineer who explains the optimal technique for defogging the windows in your car, as well as how and why it works. It's probably less effective than my technique of not breathing at all, but some people may have a longer morning commute than I do.
The Not Quite Weekly Podcast #9
A very boozy holiday special
By Ty Bannerman [ Wed Nov 25 2015 1:47 PM ]
In this episode, we talk about comedy events, boozy holiday memories and our Thanksgiving plans.
Letters From Downtown
Signs of Compassion
By Ty Bannerman [ Fri Nov 20 2015 1:58 PM ]
When you work Downtown, when you're here day after day, you deaden a bit to some of the things you see. A couple huddled in a doorway on a cold November morning, a worn-out blanket barely covering them; cops on bikes pulling a homeless man up off of the sidewalk, a puddle of vomit at his feet; an elderly gentleman in suit and tie, stalking down the street and shouting curses at the demons leaking from his head; none of these things provoke a second glance after a while. There's a lot of suffering here for sure and very little that one person can do. A dollar here, a dollar there, maybe that helps a bit, but the overall feeling is one of powerlessness, and slowly you become hardened to it.
Today, though, I noticed this sign in the window of Lindy's Diner, and that numbness thawed just a little bit. No, Lindy's isn't going to solve the problems of homelessness and hunger. And one single meal on one single day isn't "enough." But it is something, a reminder that hardness isn't the answer, that compassion is. And that even if we can never do enough, we can, and should, still try.
The RETURN of the Alibi's Not Quite Weekly Podcast
We interview author Isabel Allende
By Ty Bannerman [ Thu Nov 19 2015 11:46 AM ]
Hey! Remember how we used to have a podcast? Well, we have a podcast again! This episode, we talk about gifts, chat about upcoming events and interview author Isabel Allende!
Check it out!
Can Courtney Be On a Podcast?
Yes. Yes she can.
By Ty Bannerman [ Fri Nov 13 2015 12:19 PM ]
If you've been following the adventures of our resident "person who does things" (we've got to think of a better title), Courtney Foster, you'll know that she's always up for trying something new. This past weekend, that "something new" was appearing on the Potential Problems Podcast, a banter-fest hosted by local comedians John Cuellar and Allen Clark.
It's an expletive filled hour or so that isn't afraid to explore some (hilariously) risque content, so maybe wait until the drive home from work before checking this out. But definitely DO check it out! Because these guys are funny and Courtney is too.
And hey! We're bringing our own podcast back from the grave, so watch this space for a brand new episode!
Realistic renderings of kids' monster drawings are amazing
By Ty Bannerman [ Wed Nov 4 2015 11:54 AM ]
Everybody knows that kids have the weirdest, most wonderful broken brains on the planet. And if you've ever looked at drawing made by the under-8 set, you've probably wondered what it be like if the lumpy, tentacled beast depicted actually roamed the earth.
The Monster Project has tasked a group of artists with bringing these child-drawn monstrosities ever so slightly closer to our world by rendering them in a realistic fashion, and the results are wonderful. Check them out, and also note that they have a kickstarter, so if you're moved by their work, you can support it directly.
Check out our very excited Sales Director
By Ty Bannerman [ Thu Oct 15 2015 2:18 PM ]
Did you see Monday's episode of Antiques Roadshow? If so, you might have noticed Alibi Sales Director Sarah Bonneau excitedly showing off her Pablita Velarde painting.
If you missed it, here it is! he Also worth noting: the creepy robo-deer skull the guy holds up right before the video ends.
Get ready to rumble!
Day of Destiny Wrestling
By Ty Bannerman [ Thu Oct 8 2015 11:14 AM ]
Dom Vitali! Johnny K! The Almighty Sheik! Brute 66! Somebody named Pinky!
I'm not exactly sure who these people are, but I do know that they're going to beat the hell out of each other at the Day of Destiny Wrestling 8. If you, like me, love watching huge sweaty men make guttural threats into a microphone and then hit another huge sweaty man with a chair, then show up at the Westside Community Center this Saturday at 7pm for real local wrasslin' action.
The Not Quite Weekly Podcast: Zines, music and events!
By Ty Bannerman [ Fri Aug 15 2014 9:13 AM ]
This week, zine maven Marya Errin Jones and freelance contributor Mike Smith join us to talk about the world of DIY publishing. Also: upcoming music and events!
Also, we have a new microphone!
Editor's note: While we hyped the right date for the Nine Inch Nails/
Robin Williams and the death of our captain
By Genevieve Mueller [ Tue Aug 12 2014 8:36 AM ]
I named this column Comedy Matters because I truly believe it does. It matters to the junkies and alcoholics who frequent open mics to work through their demons on stage. It matters to the headliners and road comics who travel from club to club each night for a living. It matters to writers and Hollywood execs who make millions off the laughter that rumbles in darkened theaters. It matters to cancer patients, widows and kids. Comedy strikes us over the head or starts slowly in our belly and bellows out of us warming our innards with a rush of happiness. So when a comic dies, we hurt. And today, we’re hurting because the world lost a great one.
Robin Williams started his career in San Francisco in the 70s and quickly became one the most absurd joy makers in the comedy world. His big break was when he landed the role of Mork in “Mork and Mindy” in 1978. He transformed into a prolific actor and comedian, appearing in films such as Dead Poets Society, The World According to Garp, Good Will Hunting and so many more; too many to list.
But this isn’t just about his qualifications or list of his films. He affected people in many ways. His fans loved him for his insane and wild energy. Comics loved him for how dedicated he was to comedy and how sweet he was despite his fame. He was a good man, a beloved man, who struggled with depression and an addiction to drugs and alcohol for the past forty years. On August 11, his struggled ended. Investigators believe his death may have been a suicide and to anyone who knew him or his history this would not be a surprise.
At the news of William’s death, Michael Ian Black tweeted, “We lose at least one great comic to suicide or ODs every year. Our jobs are to communicate, but we seem to not know how to ask for help.” Comedians don’t control the market on depression and substance abuse, but it seems to be a common theme amongst them. These issues manifest on stage to applause and laughter but they continue off stage and they grow and fester and strain relationships. And people die and then there’s nothing we can do.
Robin Williams brought a joy to the world that he couldn’t find internally. His family and friends are mourning. His wife and kids are shattered by his loss. And his fans will find it hard to replace this legend. Be in peace captain, we’ll miss you.
Genevieve Mueller is a writer and comedian. She performs all over the country and runs two monthly shows in Albuquerque: Comedians Power Hour and the Bad Penguin Comedy Show at The Box. More information can be found at genevievemuellercomedy.com or on Twitter: @fromthefloorup.
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