The Daily Word in John Mellencamp, Wayne Bent, Obama and Guillermo del Toro.
John Cougar’s sons were sucking on chili dogs behind the Tastee Freez.
Obama played cards during the Osama bin Laden raid. The intern kept losing, but wouldn’t take her bra off.
A shark ate a lady’s arm in Maui.
Area 51 exists.
Take a peek at Guillermo del Toro’s sketchbook.
Google yanked YouTube access from Microsoft’s Windows Phone app.
Shittens are now available.
Enjoy these pictures of animals wearing clothes.
Albuquerque programmer Sean McCracken wrote the first game for Google Glass. The game involves killing aliens.
Happy birthday, Robert Culp. I don’t believe I’ve mentioned I’m related to Robert Culp. Or perhaps I have!
I’m Happy When it’s Sad
Study concludes sad music evokes positive emotions
A group of researchers from Tokyo University of the Arts and RIKEN Brain Science Institute have decided to tackle an interesting subject: Why do we love sad songs? It's a valid question, considering many sad songs have entered the top-40 and kept listeners on their toes while belting out minor chords over hopeless lyrics. Adele's “Someone Like You” is one example that comes to mind. These researchers not only wanted to discuss the various reasons why people listen to sad music but also to see if they could pinpoint certain characteristics within the music that pique certain emotions.
They had 44 volunteers listen to two pieces of sad music and one piece of happy music, and they basically came to the conclusion that sad music actually made people feel more positive about their own lives. They concluded that while the volunteers listened to these despairing, emotionally-driven opuses, they found “sad music to be more tragic, less romantic, and less blithe than they felt themselves while listening to it,” according to an article in Science Daily. So maybe we do listen to sad music to realize how good we have it?
This got me thinking about what sad songs I enjoy listening to, or better yet, got me thinking what my favorite sad song is. As a music journalist, that's a hard question to answer because I like different things at different times. But one sad song that did come to mind was Joanna Newsom's “Go Long,” from her 2010 album Have One On Me. It's one of those songs that if you see her play it live, it utterly kills you. I witnessed the most rough-looking dudes crying like babies when the song was over. I don't cry when I hear it, but I do really enjoy it. It's a beautiful number that dissects the “Bluebeard” story in its most poetic, morbid sense. But now I'm curious … what's a notable sad song for you?
Like Someone in Love
Minimalist drama finds Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami peeping on Tokyo trio
When we first meet fresh-faced, girl-next-door type Akiko (actress Takanashi Rin, who played the “pink” team member in several “Power Rangers”-esque TV shows), she’s sitting in a Tokyo cafe arguing with someone on her cell phone. As mere observers, we aren’t privy to the other side of the conversation, but we eventually figure out that Akiko is verbally fencing with her overly jealous boyfriend. This one-sided, information-light style of storytelling is part-and-parcel to Like Someone in Love, the low-key new drama from award-winning Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami (Close-Up, Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, Certified Copy).
The Daily Word in a female president, Japan gun laws, APS suspensions
South Korea elects first female president, conservative Park Geun-hye.
The sky (of The Pit) is falling!
Penn State scandal voted top sports story of the year (again).
APD officer arrested and accused of theft.
Tebow’s sad, sad story.
American pastor imprisoned in Iran while visiting family.
Rumors of school violence lead to 7 suspensions at Manzano High School.
Those darn foxes getting their heads stuck in everything.
A menagerie of adorable things that happened in 2012.
How gun control works for Japan.
The Daily Word in selling Twinkies, poop coffee and Grammy snubs
US job growth picked up in November.
Changes have been made to Bernalillo county animal law.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen welcome baby girl.
Who wants a a steaming hot cup of really expensive elephant poop coffee?
Man who lost $20,000 in drug money, asks police for excuse note to prevent the cartel from killing him.
In the spirit of Christmas, here are some tips to avoid giving a gift that will later be returned.
Grieving father writes 14-song tribute album for missing daughter.
High magnitude earthquake hits northeast Japan.
Following the demise of Hostess, Burque residents have started selling Twinkies on Craigslist.
The Biebs didn’t get a single Grammy nomination.
Nurse involved in Kate Middleton prank call found dead.
This years top most perfectly timed photos.
The Daily Word in bubonic plague, human trafficking, deadly shootout, flesh-eating bacteria
What a terrible Monday
Heavy rains leave at least 28 dead on island in southern Japan.
Let the FBI know if you have any information that could help solve an armored van murder from 1994.
Albuquerque police arrest two people in human trafficking case.
Mom infected with flesh-eating bacteria seems to be on good road to recovery.
Violent police standoff in northern New Mexico leaves one man dead.
This Monday just keeps getting worse and worse: Gemini the two-faced kitten died.
Budget cuts in Oregon prison mean nearly 100 released inmates.
Everybody wants Jeremy Lin, but not everybody can afford him.
One does not simply cut off the power to Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen's microphones just as they are about to start a duet.
Breaking Bad back for 5th (and final) season.
Instant McDonalds in Japan (Just Add Water)
Japan, as a nation, is filled with people doing incredibly brilliant and incomprehensively weird things. There may be no clearer proof of that than this video in which someone goes through the unbelievably labor intensive process of creating Japan’s hottest new snack food: a powdered McDonalds Happy Meal. This thing is as fascinating as it is repulsive. I’m craving one right now.
The Daily Word: extreme Nuge; low tolerance of nude public art or abortion in AZ; bikini guitars and the Whole Foods effect
Some people won't let this sculpture in Tempe be.
Ted Nugent takes more dying boys and girls on last fishing trips than anyone else.
Albuquerque Public Access Television meeting this Monday May seventh at City Hall.
The New York Times was able to claim a staggering 73 percent increase in circulation since last March. Here's the why.
Here's a Gretsch guitar catalogue from 1961.
Arizona Governor signs bill that would cut off any funding to Planned Parenthood and other health providers who perform abortions.
One can't expect the Olympics in London to go on without a Falkland Islands flap.
Fifty hottest female inmates, the webpage.
On this day in 1943 Michael Palin was born.
The Daily Word in job drought, Kiwi tree-drinking, bin Laden’s memoirs
Japan to go nuclear energy free.
Better buckle up if you’re out cruising today.
Dog kills its Santa Fe owner.
Pakistani suicide bomber kills at least 19.
Best closer of all-time may have just suffered a career-ending injury.
A game in which you drink in a tree until you get drunk and fall off the tree is apparently all the rage in New Zealand.
Obama’s attention-seeking college girlfriend dishes on their love life, and on the Prez’ literary smugness.
South African cat survives almost two hours in the washing machine.
Remeber that bear from last week that got shot with a tranquilizer and fell out of a tree? It’s dead.
Inside the mind of bin Laden.
The alco-bra. ... Kids these days.
The Daily Word where you can get fired for wearing an orange shirt, worry about blood-cashews and enjoy some pig testicle tacos
Japan threatens to shoot down North Korean rocket if it gets too close.
Pink slime to be removed from NM public school lunches by July.
Is it cruel and unusual to sentence a 14-year-old to life without the possibility of parole?
I've been to Tennessee and this anti-science Monkey Bill recently passed seems about right.
Religious exemptions for childhood vaccinations will doom us all.
Now you've got to worry about blood-cashews.
Nokia patents text-message tattoos.
Four guys walk into an Australian bar, order fancy drinks, then parachute off the roof without paying.
Blood Urine Man wins top prize at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts competition.
In Florida, wearing an orange shirt is a fireable offense.
$200 for a cup of organic green tea grown in panda crap? I'll take two!
Pfizer's recipe for pig testicle tacos sounds positively delicious.
The women of "Mad Men" supercut.
How to tell if you're being monitored at work.
Photos from Frida Kahlo's private collection are on display.
Sigh, another reason to hate The Phantom Menace.
Valentine’s Day is Different in Japan
It’s not all that surprising that Hello Kitty has teamed up for a Valentines’ Day promotion with the Hooters restaurant chain in Tokyo, because, you know ... Japan. But look at the thing Hooters Kitty is promoting! The “Volcano of Love” parfait is a two-foot Eiffel Tower of calories that will set you back $30. If you’re one of the first 1,000 couples to order it, though, you do get a free pin featuring Hello Kitty in a sexy Hooters T-shirt and hotpants. And we think “Toddlers & Tiaras” is inappropriate.
The Daily Word in Gary Johnson, apes and Buddhist bartenders
Buffalo rampages through Edgewood, N.M.
Former Gov. Gary Johnson ditches the GOP and goes Libertarian in his quest to become president of these United States.
Should be a $4.2 million surplus in the state budget. Gov. Susana Martinez wants to spend it on college prep programs.
Barbie is a hoarder.
Best insta-celebs of the year.
The 10 most absurd quotes about women in 2011.
Apes to video chat on iPads.
Wendy's $16 foie gras burger.
At Vow's Bar in Tokyo patrons are served by real Buddhist monks.
The professional laugher.
The Daily Word in Weezer death, horse tails and decapitation.
Beware the deadly three-ton satellite telescope falling to earth.
Beware the deadly horse tail thieves.
This 100-year-old bacteria probably won't kill us all.
Netflix cancels plans for Qwikster.
Look mom, no head!
Former Miss Iceland was tipster in Whitney Bolger fugitive case.
New Chinese opera about the 1911 revolution must not use the word revolution.
Paul McCartney still has enough money to get married.
Send this to your dirtbag friends.
Beware the deadly hot dog thrower.
I wish I had an alligator bike.
How does Japanese art of the 1700s stack up against Europe’s?
What shall I read next?
Mathematicians reveal the newest imaginary number.
I-25 was shut down for a jumper.
A toddler was shot in the head with a pellet gun.
Beware the mailbox bomber.
Happy birthday, David Lee Roth.
Thanks to Nayder and Moss for the link assists.
The Daily Word in making fake puke, political cartoonist beatings and hurricane Irene
Also, Japan's prime minister quit.
Japan's prime minister quits.
Is the US West coast next for a massive tsunami? This geographer thinks so.
A history of gays in the military and some moving firsthand stories.
The fake puke industry. Didn't know there was one? Read this.
Mexican police launch drug raids from inside US borders.
In some African countries mosquitoes and malaria rates are falling mysteriously.
Syrian political cartoonist is badly beaten and left on the roadside.
Learn about Ireland's history through 100 important objects.
C.I.A. demands cuts in memoir by former F.B.I. agent, bringing up questions about who gets to tell the 9/11 story.
C'mon Irene—hurricane threatens toward New York as the city battens down.
The Daily Word in Phil Spector, religion and a new oil sheen
The Burqueño who saved the little girl from a kidnapper is being praised and rewarded by people around the country.
What's this about a new oil sheen in the Gulf?
President Obama tells Assad to split.
In Japan more than $78 million was found in the post-earthquake wreckage. The people who find the wallets and cash and safes keep turning them over to authorities. Weird.
California high court won't hear Phil Spector's appeal.
Coco Chanel: Nazi agent?
The taxonomy of graffiti.
Veteran APD officer made a deal with a decoy prostitute, according to police. He was arrested.
This person could die if she combs her hair.
Hey little girls: It's never to early to think about dieting.
Religion is going … going … gone in nine countries.
U.S. agency wants to know what it would take to travel to another star. Figuring it out could take a hundred years.
Not everyone is meant for college.