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Webgame Wednesday: The Old Tree

Webgame Wednesday's journey through Halloween Horror Month continues with the darkly atmospheric point-and-click-as-art game The Old Tree. Creepy-crawl your way though a landscape of bizarre bugs and other weird monsters. Less scary than just plain surreal, this one is sure to fuel some strange dreams.

news

The Daily Word in Nobel Peace Prize, flamin’ hot cheetos and giant eyeball

Five key moments from the Vice Presidential debate.

Abusive mom pleads guilty, now faces life sentence.

Saggio’s owner sends 130 children to see The Lion King.

European Union awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Wayne Newton owns wallabies, but this is not one of them.

One Albuquerque schools officials urge parents to leave the flamin’ hot cheetos at home.

Tom Hanks heads to Broadway. Sarah Brightman heads to Space.

Giant Eyeball washes up on Florida beach

Anybody need a Halloween costume?

Celebrities that are related to other celebrities!

video games

Webgame Wednesday: Free Ice Cream

Halloween Horror Month continues here on Webgame Wednesdays with Free Ice Cream. What's so scary about free ice cream? Well, if you're a little girl, you really shouldn't be accepting it from a strange ice cream vendors. Particularly when that ice cream vendor is wearing a hockey mask. Now, you've got to escape from his blood-spattered basement in this nasty-humored point-and-click adventure.

news

The Daily Word in wedding fights, puking celebrities, rescued ducks

Romney and Obama are all tied up.

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft launched successfully yesterday towards the ISS.

Lobo football caught another win over the weekend.

One dead and three arrested after a massive brawl between two wedding parties in Philly.

Lady Gaga upstages the Biebs and vomits three times during a performance in Barcelona without missing a beat.

Altitude sickness” seems to be the main reason so many darn people visit the Balloon Fiesta ER. President Obama can relate.

Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic free fall will go down tomorrow over Roswell, pending weather conditions.

Group of grown-up rescue ducks experience a pond for the first time, adorableness ensues.

Three teens who broke out of a juvenile corrections facility in Sandoval County are now back in custody.

Two pre-teen girls arrested after sneaking back into a school and spending the night there running through the halls, eating snacks, making prank phone calls and hacking into computers.

High School students in Illinois suspended for eating mints at school.

Men’s costumes vs. women’s costumes.

British teen has to have a large part of her stomach removed after indulging in a nitrogen-infused cocktail.

Mitt Romney does have fabulous hair.

video games

Webgame Wednesday: Infectonator 2

Halloween month is upon us, so we figured we'd spend October's Webgame Wednesday highlighting freaky, awesome horror-based video games. We start off on a high note with Infectonator 2. There's no greater joy than traveling the world, infecting people with a zombie virus and then watching flesh-eating monsters devour an entire city. Be sure and pick the pockets of all those cute, little dead people along the way so you can upgrade your army of the undead, making them longer-lived, more resistant to damage and, of course, more infectious. There are simply no words to describe how maniacally fun this game is. ... Oh, wait, yes there are: "Summon Zombie Kim Jong-Il."

Food

Tricked!

The bounty.
The bounty.

When Marisa first offered me the job of Food Editor, lo those many weeks ago, I rubbed my hands together and chuckled evilly. “The power! The influence!” I thought to myself. “The free food!”

Yes, I could just picture it: Albuquerque’s restauranteurs quivering in fear at the clacking of my keyboard and sending nervous, obsequious emissaries to deliver piping hot gourmet meals to my desk every lunch time in the hope of avoiding my wrath. Oh, I would be so very corrupt, and so very well fed.

But Marisa, with her ridiculous “ethics” and nonsensical “sense of fair play” quickly disabused me of that idea. There would be no gifts, no bribery. I was, in fact, supposed to remain as anonymous as possible so that my reviews could be objective and based on the experience of the typical diner. I choked back a sob as my dreams of a graft-fattened future evaporated.

Finally, someone was trying to bribe me! With spooky treats! And tasty eats!

For one brief moment this morning, however, those crooked visions returned. I came in to my office, and there on my desk sat a box. A black box from McCormick & Co. with a photograph of day-glo colored cookies on it and the text “Spooky Treats. Tasty Eats,” written below. Finally, someone was trying to bribe me! With spooky treats! And tasty eats!

After a brief glance out into the hallway to make sure that Marisa and her damnable moral compass weren’t around, I cackled triumphantly and tore the package open.

And stared bewildered at what lay inside. There were no cookies. There were no spooky treats, nor tasty eats.

Instead, nestled in orange packing material were three boxes. Of food coloring. Let me repeat. Three boxes. Of food coloring.

I cried for an hour.

So, let me say to you, McCormick & Co., manufacturers of such fine products as McCormick Brand Vanilla Extract and McCormick Brand Fajita Seasoning: I may very well be susceptible to bribery, but this piss poor effort embarrasses us both.

Music

Scary Songs

Music writer Samantha Anne Scott made us a cool, Halloween-themed 8tracks playlist. Read her article about it here. Happy Halloween!

PHOTOS

Coolest “Breaking Bad” costume

“We are going to make a good product that does what it is supposed to as advertised—no emulsifiers, no baking powder, no bleach, no chile powder.”
Photo by Katy Murphy
“We are going to make a good product that does what it is supposed to as advertised—no emulsifiers, no baking powder, no bleach, no chile powder.”

A friend sent me this photo. It may or may not be the guy I bumped into Downtown on Saturday who gave me a teener of blue meth (i.e., cotton-candy flavored rock candy). Happy Halloween, Burque!

Trick or treat!
Trick or treat!
NEWS

The Daily Word in 7 billion people, a hunger striker, and some good zombie fun.

Happy Halloween!

The world population reaches 7 billion this here Halloween. Meanwhile, lucky "7 billionth babies" are celebrated worldwide.

(Un)occupy Albuquerque protester continues hunger strike.

Herman Cain responds to sexual harassment accusations.

Who wore it better? P Diddy or Joaquin Phoenix?

Freaking giant pumpkin carved into a rising zombie scene.

Some more unique pumpkin carvings.

First-born female heirs now have equal rights to the throne of England. Also, British monarchs are now allowed to marry Roman Catholics.

KRQE warns parents against “real monsters” on Halloween.

How to plant and grow a pineapple at home using a store bought fruit... and it only takes 2 years!

Steve Jobs' sister reveals his profound final words.

It wouldn't be Halloween without a good Yeti hair analysis.

Who knew competition was so huge in the delivery pizza world? Domino's employees burn down a rival Papa John's.

Pennsylvania man arrested after stealing a sandwich from a local pub and then fleeing in a forklift.

I know this is getting sort of old, but it just makes me laugh so hard every time.

15 pets who hold Guinness World Records.

Favorite headline/horror movie film concept of the week: Parasite turns wasps into outsider zombie queens.

Sick of looking for a last-minute Halloween costume? Just paint your hand instead.

What is your biggest phobia?

Nick Brown told me he wanted you to listen to Michael Landon sing like an angel in honor of his birthday.

Music

The Soft Moon friday

The Soft Moon
The Soft Moon

Listen to the new EP from San Francisco darkwave trio The Soft Moon via Spin here. The “Total Decay” EP comes out on Halloween.

V.20 No.43 | 10/27/2011

Aural Fixation

Trick or Treatise

Tracks that go boo

Halloween may be the second most soundtracked holiday. Out-obsessed only by Christmas music collectors, connoisseurs of creepy and kooky music have culled compilations from all genres–especially novelty music, rockabilly, punk and classic rock.

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