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The Daily Word in Late Breaking Trump-tastic Tedium
By August March [ Thu Jul 21 2016 9:29 PM ]
A transcript of the Donald's acceptance speech is available here at Politico.
NPR did some fact-checking regarding that epic oration.
Buzzfeed's calling it a dark vision.
Even Fortune Magazine is concerned.
It's big news in the land down under.
Meanwhile here's a cool video game with which to distract oneself.
And then, the mere ghost of a kindly suggestion.
Plus a song about American politics.
emotiroi auranaut via Compfight
Hand to Mouth
Friday, Jul 22: Finger Mouth
By Maggie Grimason [ Thu Jul 21 2016 10:00 AM ]
The hilarious dark tale of one girl's journey through the "what's real?" world of possible mental illness.
You had me at Shalom
Thursday, Jul 21: Third Annual Jewish Film Festival
By Devin O'Leary [ Wed Jul 20 2016 10:00 AM ]
A local film festival grounded in Jewish culture.
A Black Hole in Emerald City
Creeping on Kurt Cobain's house
By Desiree Garcia [ Tue Jul 19 2016 2:32 PM ]
When you think about traveling, the thought tends to bring more of an anxiety attack than excitement. You think about where you want to go, how much it's going to cost, where you're going to stay, how long you can take off of work, things to do, and if you'll have enough time to do everything you want because who knows when you'll be back to this destination. But then there are the people like me who pick somewhere that seems cool and just pick up and go. Money will always figure itself out, and why not go for a day or three rather than sit around and wish you could because of this excuse or that excuse?
After arriving, I spent half of the night in the hotel room eating pizza and watching “Law and Order” and falling in and out of sleep but waking myself up with gross burps from the orange soda I'd also consumed. I wasn't up for hardcore exploring after a short five hours of sleep and a long flight, but I ventured out into Seattle, had myself some coffee from the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market (which is Downtown, for those who don't know), and walked on a small boardwalk that had a ferris wheel on it. I felt constant plume of regret breeze across my skin, stemming from the fact that I wore shorts and forgot I wasn't in the desert anymore.
I had the plan, I just didn't realize that it was actually going to take three hours to accomplish because my GPS is probably the worst pre-installed app to ever come on a cell phone. It took me everywhere else except where I wanted to be in the first place. I mean, I never even thought I'd find myself driving up and down a few blocks in the dead of night, looking for a house that I thought was going to bring me some sort of revelation to my angsty adolescent days to begin with. The neighborhoods that I got lost in all felt and looked the same. They were slightly weathered from all the rain and humidity, but were surrounded by trees and bushes that looked like one of those photoshopped pictures that is enhanced to make it seem like you have better photography skills than you actually do.
Indiana's Joyous Goodbye to Mike Pence
Anticipating greater tragedies to come
By Maggie Grimason [ Tue Jul 19 2016 1:24 PM ]
As a native Hoosier, I feel like I am in the unique position to express both sadness that the hateful, enemy-of-all-women Mike Pence will (presumably) be Donald Trump's running mate in the 2016 election, but also great joy that he will be out of my home state and ceasing to make us look bad. Being saddled with the dying city of Gary is bad enough.
As Samantha Bee said, "Indiana hates Mike Pence as much as Indiana Jones hates snakes." And it's true. The Indiana Governor is so out-of-touch that in a 1999 op-ed he wrote that Disney's Mulan was a ploy to get women to enlist in the military, describing it as "mischievous liberal propaganda." About as mischievous as, say, trying to mandate funerals for aborted fetuses. Pence also claimed in a 2001 essay that "despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill. In fact, two out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness." Meaning: one in three smokers does die from a smoking related illness, which seems like a pretty high number to me, but you know, I'm not in line for the presidency or anything.
In summary: Mike Pence is somehow even crazier than other notable, absolutely out-of-their-mind Indiana natives like both Michael and La Toya Jackson and Axl Rose. Hands down zanier and more of a bigot than Red Skelton.
We don't have the best legacy in Indiana, but we do have Plan-It-X records, Bloomington and Indianapolis, the Hoosier National Forest and Clifty Falls State Park, Larry Bird and Brendan Frasier.
That Mike Pence will be added to Indiana's legacy, instead of written from history as the terrible, bumbling governor he is, is a regional tragedy, and sadly,on track to become a national one.
The Daily Word in Wildlife, Plagiarism and Rich People
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jul 19 2016 10:36 AM ]
Whales everywhere rejoice after the US Navy finally stops using harmful underwater sonar.
Coincidence? I think not.
Be a mindful tourist, and not one of these people.
Jon Krakauer's book Into The Wild stirred a wanderlust-y side of many people, to the point where a strikingly large amount are attempting to follow the protagonist's journey to Fairbanks Bus 142 in Alaska.
Why anyone would live in New Mexico with no taste for hot chile peppers is beyond me, but in case the heat doesn't hurt so good (and simply hurts) try extinguishing the pain with milk, not water.
Frank Leto's Steel Drum Entertainment at Balloon Museum
Press Release [ Sun Jul 17 2016 9:30 AM ]
The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum will present Caribbean and global music by Frank Leto during "Stories in the NIGHT Sky" on Wednesday, July 22nd. Leto is an early childhood educator, a Montessori teacher with tremendous sensitivity to the needs of young children. He is also a professional musician, Orff music teacher and steel band director.
Frank Leto's Steel Drum, global music for young children, begins at 6pm. Frank and Pilar Leto Extravaganza will follow from 7-8pm with Caribbean music and dancing to energize this summer night with bright music and bright costumes. The program is free.
The popular summer series "Stories in the Night Sky" draws people of all ages to the North Grounds for evenings of great entertainment. This summer program will finish off with one final concert.
Bring blankets, shade and lawn chairs and have a relaxing evening outdoors enjoying some lively entertainment.
The Daily Word in Robot Hands, Mini Riots and Drones of the Force
By Joshua Lee [ Sun Jul 17 2016 8:54 AM ]
James Cauty, formerly of the British Acid House band KLF (Kopyright Liberation Front), has created a post-riot city in miniature, called "Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP)," peopled by tiny emergency workers, and staged in a shipping container. Viewers can study the scene through peepholes in the side of the container. The artist says the piece isn't necessarily a riot scene, and the piece is really about the viewer's reaction and the story that they themselves create as they try to make sense of an "aftermath" scene.
Former barista Tom Currie, of New Zealand, has decided to quit his day job and hunt Pokémon full time. He hopes to make it through the existential nightmare of reality without a paycheck with the help of friends and family, who are presumably long-suffering enablers.
Check out this 1980 Winter Olympics ad campaign sponsored by Chiquita banana, featuring a skiing banana. Yeah, you read that right.
Drone manufacturer, Propel, has created Star Wars-themed drones. Quadcopters of the Millennium Falcon, a T-65 X-Wing fighter, Darth Vader’s Tie Advanced X1, and a speeder bike from Return of the Jedi are now available for purchase.
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy, have created a bionic fingertip that allows an amputee to distinguish between smooth and rough textures with 96 percent accuracy. If you haven't realized it yet, that's a game-changer. I'm not saying I want a robot hand. I'm saying I need one.
Dream Blog #365
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Jul 16 2016 4:20 PM ]
We're at the parking structure behind the office. S. is dressed up like Jean Luc Picard in his leisure wear. She's introducing someone to town. She tells him the parking structure is called "Met Corner." We scoff at the made up name. "She didn't even call it Robot or TARDIS corner" we remark. I have a mosquito bite on the inside of my bicep. It's large and misshapen. It looks somewhat like an over ripe strawberry or the tip of a tongue.
Courtesy of Bo Huang
Early Modernism and the Good Old Baroque
Sunday, Jul 17: Chatter Sunday: Joe Johnson and Ashley Vandiver
By August March [ Sat Jul 16 2016 10:00 AM ]
Featuring music by Bach.
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