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 V.14 No.33 | August 18 - 24, 2005 

Feature

ABQ in Cyberspace

A quick guide to some fine local websites

Scott Rickson

Duke City Fix

www.dukecityfix.com

This still-young website is one of the more organized blog postings on the Internet and an invaluable tool for Albuquerque's well-wired intelligentsia. A stable of regular contributors (Pika Brittlebush, Sophie Martin, Kelly Koepke, Johnny Mango, Barbara Grothus, Andrea Lin and many more) post a rotating roster of columns. You can dabble in politics, food and drink, sports, arts. You never really know what you're going to get on any given day, but the writers at Duke City Fix are chatty, entertaining and well-informed. Best of all, the contributors all seem to love life in the Duke City and their enthusiasm is infectious. Looking for some new diversion to try out this weekend? Stop by Duke City Fix for a swift kick in the right direction.


RockSquawk

www.rocksquawk.com

Now powered by Alibi technology, this long-running music-centric message board is the perfect place to gather information about the local music scene. Want to know who's playing where and when? Check out the monthly calendar. Or simply plunge right into the forums. Log on and yak it up about your favorite local bands. Discuss Albuquerque's newest venues. Bitch about Mayor Chavez' all-ages ban. Hunt up a new drummer for your ska band. Swap musical gear. Talk about the concert you went to last night. RockSquawk continues to be a seriously useful tool for music lovers and music makers. The more people who use it, the better it gets.


City of Albuquerque

www.cabq.gov

The official website of the City of Albuquerque is celebrating a whopping 10 years online. News and calendar listings highlight city-sponsored events like neighborhood development meetings, BioPark volunteer orientations and assorted edicts from our glorious Mayor Chavez. The site is also a helpful launching point for those trying to dig their way through the maze of local government. Need info on local museums? The hours for city swimming pools? Bus passes? A schedule for Summerfest concerts? MVD satellite locations? Here's the place. Check out the phone book-sized “A-Z” listing for information on everything from ABQ Ride to the zoo. This overstuffed site takes a lot of clicking to navigate, but it has become increasingly user-friendly over the years. Ask about tattoos and you'll get a lengthy lecture about hepatitis, but inquire about reporting potholes and you'll be greeted with a handy online form.


National Weather Service Forecast

www.srh.weather.gov/abq

Weather geeks will dig this site. It provides weather advisories, satellite images, surface maps, forecasts and more. Dig around and you'll find continuously updated radar images of New Mexico's ever-changing weather. Your computer must be Java-enabled for it to loop properly, however. Trust me, this is way more information than you'll get on the evening news.


AlbuQueerque

www.albuqueerque.com

If it's queer, it's here: so sayeth the Duke City's catchall site for the gay and lesbian community. The newly revamped site is still getting up to speed but does feature extensive calendar listings, forums and a member index. If you're new to the community and wondering where all the support groups, drag shows and pride parades are happening, this is your new home base.


Albuquerque Cam

www.abqcam.com

As advertised, this site features live streaming video of the Sandia Mountains as seen from about midtown Albuquerque. There isn't much to see other than the single fuzzy image, but--if you're stuck out of state and jonesing for a Burque fix--this might just be the thing to keep in your bookmarks.


USS Albuquerque

www.united-states-navy.com/ssn/ssn706.htm

Did you know that the City of Albuquerque has a nuclear attack submarine named after it? Check out this utilitarian military page for photos, patches, a crew roster and assorted “notes of interest.” For example: “At the ship's commissioning on May 21, 1983, the Mayor of the City of Albuquerque presented a set of keys for a new Rolls Royce to the Commanding Officer. The first skipper to pilot the submarine up the Rio Grande to Albuquerque for a port visit will win this prize. At each Change of Command these keys are turned over to the new Commanding Officer by the Mayor or his representative.” Wacky, no?


Lyrics to “Albuquerque” by Weird Al Yankovic

www.com-www.com/weirdal/albuquerque.html

Check out Weird Al's weirdly beautiful tribute to a place “where the sun is always shining and the air smells like warm root beer/And the towels are oh so fluffy/Where the shriners and the lepers play their ukuleles all day long/And anyone on the street will gladly shave your back for a nickel.”


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