V.21 No.31 | 8/2/2012
London Olympics more than NBCFail
By Michael Sanchez [ Thu Aug 2 2012 3:10 PM ]
Despite the idea that the Olympics serve as something of a goodwill games for the world and the insistence on amateur status to compete—with some healthy exceptions, of course—there has been a lot of chatter about these particular games since they began in London on Friday.
Currently trending on Twitter is the idea of #NBCFail. Bloggers, Internet-savvy people around the world, and generally anyone who's living in the connected digital village of the 21st century have noticed that the American broadcast—
With so many positive stories emanating from these Olympics, not just for America, it's frankly shocking that so much of the coverage is focused on the negative aspects. Just for recap's sake:
Michael Phelps is now the most-decorated Olympian of all time.
His rival, Ryan Lochte, is coming into his own as the greatest swimmer of right now.
The American team of female gymnasts won gold for the first time in 16 years, and gave marketing companies some amazing stories to go with their team victory.
Beyond the English-speaking countries, Ye Shiwen of China swam a faster split than Ryan Lochte, which should have been an amazing feat, but was immediately clouded by doubts about doping. Ruta Meilutyte won the first gold medal for Lithuiana in the sport of swimming at the tender age of 15. Daniel Gyurta set a world record in the 200 meter breaststroke, winning gold for Hungary.
It's easy to look at the overall medal count and be disappointed, as an American, with the United States not topping that list. But the games stand for a bit more than just medal counts and avoiding spoilers. They stand for more than corporate sponsorships and post-competition careers as broadcasters. After all, let's not forget the last time the games were held in London: The Austerity Games of 1948 followed closely on the heels of a time truly worth complaining about.
V.21 No.31 |
The Daily Word in Judo, Annan and Doctor Who
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Aug 2 2012 10:24 AM ]
A smiling tribute to American blubber was stolen from Dairy Queen.
Horse owners like N.M. horse slaughterhouse.
Ex-APD officer who kicked a suspect in the head a bunch of times wants his job back.
Kofi Annan quits gig as Syrian peace envoy because no one's got his back.
Bone marrow transplants eradicate HIV.
What Robyn Lawley—the prestigious plus-size lacy underpants model—eats.
The lady who takes pictures of babies dressed like flowers and peas and things is totally nuts. (Satire)
The Olympic rings as fascinating infographics for nerds like me.
Is being an Olympic gymnast any fun anymore?
Swimmer Ryan Lochte digs one night stands, says his mom.
Kayla Harrison becomes the first American to win the gold in Judo.
How not to write about female musicians.
"Doctor Who" trailer for series 7 features dinosaurs.
V.21 No.30 |
The Daily Word in ebola outbreak and no power in India
By Tom Nayder [ Mon Jul 30 2012 10:51 AM ]
Billboard in Idaho compares President Obama to the Aurora shooting suspect.
200,000 flee as government troops advance on Aleppo, Syria.
La Cienaga man acquitted of cockfighting charges sues the county.
370 million without power in India.
How do the 1986 Summer Olympics compare to the modern games?
Six people shot in Brooklyn drive-by.
Pussy Riot in Russia, but not the good kind.
You can't make a proper breakfastini without coffee and bacon infused vodka.
The nine most elusive meals in America.
This Arrested Development thing might actually be happening.
The Daily Word in Olympic fonts and shrunken heads
By Tom Nayder [ Thu Jul 26 2012 10:30 AM ]
Food prices set to rise as a result of drought.
Jon Stewart breaks down Obama's "you didn't build that" controversy.
Los Angeles city council bans marijuana dispensaries.
USDA apologizes for suggesting that maybe one day a week you cool it with the meat.
What's going on at Michael Jackson's house?
How to deal with your terrible
Cal Ripken's mom safe at home after kidnapping.
Man sued for downloading porn countersues for defamation.
Designers reveal the Rio 2016 Olympics typeface.
Please tell me you didn't buy one of those tortilla bowl pans.
Scientists prove shrunken heads are real, with science.
V.21 No.30 | 7/26/2012
Webgame Wednesday: Super Snot Put
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Jul 25 2012 4:24 PM ]
The Olympics are coming. Nitrome celebrates (sort of) with the release of Super Snot Put. The rules are simple: Flick your (apparently living) booger as far as possible. The, uh, "fluid dynamics" on this one are particularly realistic, adding to the clingly, flingy goodness of it all. Pick yourself a winner, people!
V.21 No.29 |
The Daily Word with a chat with George Zimmerman, bee attack and Fred Willard
By Tom Nayder [ Thu Jul 19 2012 10:14 AM ]
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia talks to Piers Morgan.
Suicide bombing in Bulgaria targeting Israeli vacationers.
George Zimmerman gives his first interview, has no
Man attacked by swarm of bees in Las Cruces.
Attempted kidnapping in Philadelphia caught on tape.
Rockstar astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson explains why the original Star Trek Enterprise is the best ship ever.
Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy is totally not gay.
There is a town called Bikinis, TX and I want to go there.
Maybe you should just shut up and make some peach cobbler this weekend?
78-year-old actor Fred Willard arrested at Los Angeles adult movie theater.
V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
The Daily Word in prosthetic limbs, London cabbies and Tim Tebow
By Adam Fox [ Tue Jul 17 2012 10:26 AM ]
Hillary Clinton warns about a potential terrorist haven in Sinai.
Mark Hamill says Mitt Romney is “not actually human.” You’d have to think Luke Skywalker has an eye for that sort of thing.
Meanwhile, the Obama campaign likens Mitt Romney to Batman supervillain Bane. Bain. Bane. Get it?
The FDA approves the first drug to reduce the risk of HIV infection.
Michael Johnson thinks runners with prosthetic limbs have an unfair advantage.
Hundreds of London cabbies protest the 30 miles of “Olympic Games Lanes.”
Yet another sign 2012 may very well be end times; church groups plan pilgrimages to the Jets’ training camp to see Tim Tebow.
Prostitutes are wreaking havoc on dozens of street signs in New Zealand.
The Albuquerque Police Department reveals mobile surveillance trailers to assist SWAT situations.
I had no idea I needed this Legend of Zelda key holder so badly.
It might pay to complain to DirecTV about their dropping of Viacom’s channels.
Marissa Mayer has been named Yahoo’s new CEO. She became Google’s first female engineer back in 1999.
Happy Birthday, David Hasselhoff!
Olympics basketball forecast
Team USA had better watch out for Spain and Argentina
By Justin Goodrum [ Mon Jul 16 2012 4:58 PM ]
In 2008, the United States basketball team was on a mission to restore our title as the best basketball nation in the world. Named the “Redeem Team,” Team USA showed dominance resembling the classic Dream Teams of the past en route to the gold medal. They were under massive pressure from the nation to deliver following the disappointment of the 2004 team. This year’s team is more worried about bragging about upstaging the 1992 Dream Team and dunking exhibitions than defending the title. Despite being lead by LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, key players like Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose are injured.
But before the Olympics, America will play some tune-up games to get ready for London. They already passed their first test by embarrassing the Dominican Republic 113-59. John Calipari lent his services to the Dominican but it was no match for the athleticism and talent of the United States. However, the victory was bittersweet as L.A Clippers star Blake Griffin was injured in practice prior to tip-off. Now Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski must depend on No. 1 pick Anthony Davis to play big minutes against difficult international competition. Most basketball fans are assuming Team USA should destroy the competition, but with a limited time to gel as a unit and injuries, international teams should feel optimistic to pull off the upset.
Spain failed to capture the gold against Team USA in Beijing in 2008, but they pose the biggest threat to America's gold medal chances. NBA veterans Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka will dominate the middle and should give them an advantage over every other team in the Olympic tournament. Pau Gasol, Rudy Fernandez and José Calderon round out the rest of the pros to give Spain a combination of speed and experience. By avoiding the Americans in group play, Spain shouldn’t have in trouble make it to the medal round. When they final collide with Team USA, the only advantage Spain will have is their inside presence. Without injured point guard Ricky Rubio and the lack of a true superstar, they will have to hope America gets cocky and overconfident in order to prevail.
Similar to Spain, Argentina is on the quest for revenge. In ’08, Argentina went 4-1 in group play but fell to America in the tournament round. Manu Ginobili led fellow NBA pros Carlos Delfino and Luís Scola on one of the most experienced teams in the tournament. Even though Argentina finds themselves in the same group as Team USA, they shouldn't feel intimidated as they defeated the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games. They may lack the number of pros compared to other top international teams, but their success in international competitions make Argentina a contender to win gold in London.
V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012
The Daily Word in unemployment rate, electronic cigarettes, Spanish winos
By Sam Adams [ Fri Jul 6 2012 10:06 AM ]
Job growth remains stunted.
Albuquerque native Jarrin Solomon will run for Trinidad and Tobago in the Olympics.
Bosque fire reportedly started by an electronic cigarette dropped by a Corrales Youth Conservation Corps member who was in the Bosque looking for ... fires.
Woman killed by hit-and-run at San Mateo and Lomas is the fifth pedestrian killed by traffic in the last week.
David Axelrod likens Mitt Romney to Dick Nixon.
Someone in Florida had the bright idea of making a video about ass shakin’ starring a six-year-old.
Colmbian drug dealer named Fry-Up arrested at his $1.4 million wedding.
If you think Mardi Gras is insane, check out these pictures of raging winos at the San Fermin fest in Pamplona.
Former Raiders defensive end charged with four counts of first-degree murder.
Naked Arizona man who stole a car and created a pile-up was on PCP.
Stonehenge is getting a £27 million makeover.
V.20 No.28 |
The Daily Word with Migraines, Mullah Omar and Manatees
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Jul 20 2011 10:47 AM ]
Taliban leader Mullah Omar may be dead.
House Republicans pass a crazy Tea Party debt plan.
Albuquerque judge arrested and charged with rape.
Former Santa Fe county sheriff faces 250 counts of embezzlement.
Check out this fake Chinese Apple Store.
Photos from a ghost town in Cyprus, untouched by humans for almost 40 years.
McDonald's will open a 10,000 square foot, double-decker restaurant in London, for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Your crazy wife will love these crazy milk ads.
Game of Thrones adds two new cast members.
75 ex-football players sue the NFL for concealing brain injury risks.
The Hubble Space Telescope discovers a new moon around Pluto.
South Park will continue for at least two more seasons.
Loch Ness-type cryptid sighted in Alaska.
Here's the new Spike Jonze directed Beastie Boys video!
V.20 No.26 |
The Daily Word with Rare Earth Minerals, A Groundbreaking Tampon Ad and a 100-Mile-Wide Dust Storm
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Jul 6 2011 10:11 AM ]
President Obama and Texas Governor Rick Perry at odds over scheduled execution of a Mexican national.
Al-Qaida linked terrorist secretly brought to New York to stand trial.
Not many problems with illegal fireworks this year.
Roadwork on the west side begins today.
South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Did illegal immigrants cause a 100-mile-wide dust storm in Phoenix???
Biker dies from head injury while protesting helmet laws in New York.
The Anti-PowerPoint Party is Switzerland's newest political party. Can you guess what their agenda is?
New study shows environmental factors play a more important role in causing autism.
Behold, a landmark American tampon ad.
Ad for the new Kevin James movie digitally inserted into 2007 rerun of How I Met Your Mother.
Man tries to escape prison in his wife's suitcase.
Japan discovers huge deposit of rare earth minerals.
Top 10 cosmic album covers.
Monkey steals camera, takes the greatest self portrait ever.
Man sues to get his porn in prison.
The first cyborg horror story is 1834's The Steam Arm.
Your July financial to-do list.
McDonald's is test marketing an English Pub Burger.
Largest ever marsupial fossil discovered in Australia.
V.19 No.8 |
The Daily Word 03.03.10: NM Budget, SXSW, Heir to the Cupcake
By Erin Adair-Hodges [ Wed Mar 3 2010 10:29 AM ]
Same-sex marriage legalized in Washington, D.C.
Kid conducts air traffic at JFK.
New Mexico Senate passes tax bill that would raise $240 million. Now waiting on the House.
Body of missing San Diego girl found; sex offender charged.
Charges of ethics violations force Rep. Charles Rangel (D) to step down from chairpersonship.
One of No Child Left Behind's biggest advocates now says it's a bad idea.
Listen to 100 songs from artists who will be at SXSW.
After Russia turned in its worst showing ever, country's Olympic head steps down.
Move over, cupcakes: Macarons are here!
It's Ira Glass' birthday!
The Daily Word 02.25.10: Whales, Lobos, Goonies
By Erin Adair-Hodges [ Thu Feb 25 2010 8:38 AM ]
Salon's live blog of the healthcare reform summit where tons of stuff will be agreed on and accomplished.
Killer whale kills trainer.
Storm dubbed Snowicane 2010, the Revenge of Weather, makes its way to the Northeast, where usually it's pretty nice this time of year.
How to get rid of bad teachers? It's not so easy.
UNM Lobos Men's Basketball team (context for those of you who haven't been paying attention) crack the top 10 of the AP poll. Fans astutely remark that Coach Alford is maybe not bad.
People often reject scientific findings (such as on climate change) when they conflict with their belief systems.
Gov. Richardson smacked down NJ Gov. Pawlenty on "Larry King Live" last night.
A Latvian hacker named Neo is releasing the financial info of banks on Twitter. He's also really good at Farmville.
Officer who shot a chimp that was attacking a lady now suffers PTSD from the event.
Top skiers Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso are in some kind of Twitter feud. Also, Mancuso wears a tiara during interviews, so, I'm calling a winner.
It's Sean Astin's birthday!
V.19 No.7 |
The Daily Word 02.18.10: Snowboarding, School Suspensions, Yoko Ono
By Erin Adair-Hodges [ Thu Feb 18 2010 8:22 AM ]
Speaking of Olympics pants, check out the Norwegian curling team's trousers.
As of this morning, state legislature has not agreed to a budget; New Mexico will be run on the coupon system.
Avalanche buries Pakistani village.
Schools toying with idea of allowing students to graduate two years early.
With health insurance companies wanting to raise rates by percentages in the double digits (not to mention their record profits), Obama administration raises the Not Cool flag.
A 12-year-old girl is arrested in New York City for doodling on her desk about how much she loves her friends.
Another kid got detention for being a Michael Scott fan.
A Rio Rancho teen suspended for getting jumped. Jesus, schools.
Childbirth can lead to PTSD.
Watch "Lost"? You should. Here's a montage of the best beatings of Ben Linus.
It's Yoko Ono's birthday!
V.19 No.7 | 2/18/2010
Pairs Figure Skating: Uncomfortable to Watch
By Edith P. Giblets [ Tue Feb 16 2010 12:33 PM ]
Last night, I heated up some leftovers, poured a glass of white wine and watched Olympic Pair Figure Skating, thus making me fulfill a life-long dream of becoming the woman in a Calgon or Yoplait commercial.
I don’t have any particular feelings for or against figure skating. I know some people get upset and like to hate it, which just seems like a waste of energy and, you know, brains. It’s perfectly lovely and, I would imagine, incredibly difficult, requiring great athleticism. And sequins.
I’ve seen some great figure skating in my lazy TV watching career. It can be quite dramatic; when I get too invested, my butt jumps up each time the skaters leap. I have to concentrate and make myself not move, which results in cramping. Anywho, what I’m saying is that I’ve seen enough skating to know that last night’s performances by almost everyone in the world sucked, as my friend D. likes to say, a bag of dicks.
There was falling, falling, sliding and crashing. It was like watching college freshmen after a kegger on, well, ice. Baaaaaad. Except for the Chinese, who killed. I can imagine they would, since one of the backstories of the gold medalists was that they were married but had to live in seperate dormatories. Also, they were taken from their families as children to train. So, yaaaaay Olympics!
Watch a montage of the falls here, via Gawker.
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