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Politics

The Daily Word in Late Breaking Trump-tastic Tedium

The Daily Word

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.

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Event Horizon

Hand to Mouth

Friday, Jul 22: Finger Mouth

The hilarious dark tale of one girl's journey through the "what's real?" world of possible mental illness.

Event Horizon

You had me at Shalom

Thursday, Jul 21: Third Annual Jewish Film Festival

A local film festival grounded in Jewish culture.
Kurt Cobain's house
Desiree Garcia

Jetsetter

A Black Hole in Emerald City

Creeping on Kurt Cobain's house

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?
One April morning, I headed out to Seattle, Wash. and it was only a one night stay. The flight was a rough 5am flight that had a connection in Las Vegas, Nev. that left my actual flying time at a rough four hours. Why was I on my way to Seattle, you may ask? There was no real reason, I had the opportunity and that was enough to get on a plane. Have ticket, will travel. I had no set plans for when I got there, honestly.

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 ate at the Hardrock Cafe and got to end dinner by watching a drunk guy get carried out by two of his friends at 8pm. The night was still young and since I didn't do my research about Seattle, I ran out of ideas but I didn't want to go back to the hotel just to watch more “Law and Order.” And then it hit me, why not look for the house of the legendary Kurt Cobain? You know, the one he lived in before he died. I immediately had to do it.

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.
After getting lost in three different neighborhoods, I ended up in a quiet suburb. It was dark, and the property had that haunted feeling that crawls across the back of your neck. It sat on what felt like an island as the neighborhood was surrounded by the ocean and faced directly toward the heart of Emerald City.
As I sat there, a small red car pulled up and passed through the gate of what use to be Cobain's house. I stared at what was probably the owner, so anxious that this was even a real thing. I was 97% sure I was going to throw up. I mean, what's the big deal, right? He was just a regular guy who I only wanted to be like when I was a teenager because I thought that would make me cool. But looking at his house, it seemed like reality was altered. I've never had such a surreal feeling before. I gazed out at the house, then got out of the car to take a picture once the owner's car was completely beyond the gates. In a fog of angst and nostalgia, I somehow forgot how to take a picture on my phone and that I was in the dark and needed the flash on. When I excitedly jumped back in the car and looked at the picture ,it literally looked like a black hole. Just like Cobain left in my heart when he died. Perfect.

Lord Voldemort

Indiana's Joyous Goodbye to Mike Pence

Anticipating greater tragedies to come

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

The Daily Word

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.

Moronic humans strike again.

Frank Leto's Steel Drum Entertainment at Balloon Museum

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.

On August 3rd, from 6-7pm, Family Music with Andy Mason will begin the entertainment with award-winning, bi-lingual, interactive and fun. From 7-8pm The Gregg Daigle Band will play off of their album Seize the Hay. Audiences can enjoy these great local bands with one of ABQ's best view of summer sunsets.

The audience is welcome to bring their own picnics (no glass or alcohol), or can enjoy the delicious offerings of Albuquerque food trucks throughout the summer including Street Food Institute and JP's Famous Frozen Custard.

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

The Daily Word

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

"Met Corner"

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

Event Horizon

Early Modernism and the Good Old Baroque

Sunday, Jul 17: Chatter Sunday: Joe Johnson and Ashley Vandiver

Featuring music by Bach.
 

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