Happy Tuesday Report Station fans. These are more tracks that came off the phone’s voicemail, not the Alibi’s. Again, this means these people were called from the phone booth and are calling the number back.
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Four little gems from our favorite social experiment. The angle with these recordings is that they were left on the phone’s own voicemail. This is a number that someone would have only after having been called from the phone. Check out the surreal storytelling in the last track. These guys are in deep.
What’s going on? Find out.
Three micro-performances from our beloved art box phone:
Here are three new ones from the Report Station’s early days:
When the idea of asking artists to create new distribution boxes for the Alibi first started getting kicked around the office, a lot of people had the opinion that the boxes would be immediately vandalized. As finished boxes started coming in, and many were more intricate and beautiful than we could have imagined, talk around the water cooler was that they were just begging to be destroyed.
I wanted to have faith in humanity. Several of us on the opposing team defended the faceless masses of Albuquerque, saying surely someone wouldn’t break or batter a piece of art. The imaginary perp would see how much care and effort went into it and have respect! Deep inside though, we knew it wasn’t whether, but when.
All of the creators knew their work would be outside and vulnerable to attack, and gamely strove to make public art to better our city anyway.
That doesn’t make it any more acceptable for some total idiot to smash it. Well Albuquerque, you managed to make it about three weeks. Good for you. In the past few days, the Report Station, which has been causing a lot of communication, and spreading a lot of joy and weirdness, was all smashed up. It’s looked worse each day too, as if one person, seeing that it was vandalized, had to follow suit, lemming-like.
The only way to combat this destruction, that we can see, is through creation. That’s why we will post new recordings from the Report Station every day for the next five days. Keep calling in, friends. Tell the Report Station your secrets, hopes and dreams. We need ammo against the enemies of beauty and decency.
Denmark just elected its first female prime minister.
Stud Finder, by xkcd.
DNA test being done to see if Santa Fe mom's son is really a missing boy from 2000.
Florida cable guy exposes himself and masturbates in client's living room, police say.
Meet some Stanford genius hackers and code writers.
China's buying up gold, perhaps to weaken the U.S. dollar.
Can this tiny college in the Catskills annihilate the economy?
Texas inmate receives stay of execution from the Supreme Court because testimony at his trial may have been racist.
Scientists discover the first planet that is definitely orbiting two stars.
The changing face of atheism.
You can go hear author Steven Arntson speak this afternoon. He’ll tell you all about his book The Wikkeling. Learn more about it here. Hopefully he’ll also tell you how to get rid of the creature of the same name, because it’s one scary beast. If not, you’ll just have to read the book, but I’m sure the lecture will be fun regardless.
Arntson is based in Seattle, so he doesn’t get down here much. I’m pretty sure his book is about to get insanely popular too, so go meet him while you have the chance.
Giant puppet samba parade? Say no more; I’m there. OFFCenter Community Arts Project is throwing its ninth annual folk art festival, We Art the People, on Sunday in Robinson Park (Eighth Street and Central NW). In addition to the parade, a family of jugglers, acrobats and magicians known as Clan Tynker will be running around spreading merriment. The daylong event—including a Rogue Bindis belly dance performance, the Cajun rhythm and blues of Joe Daddy & Hoodoo Jeff’s Swamp Fried Duo, bluegrass by Holy Water & Whiskey, and a crafting tent with supplies for kids and adults—is free. The only thing you might spend dough on is the work of more than 90 self-taught folk and community artists.
OFFCenter says the sale of OFFCenter products, baked goods and yard sale items at this event will benefit the nonprofit and its low-income and/or homeless artists throughout the year. Also a portion of the food sales from the day is being donated to OFFCenter by the mobile vendors.
This satellite is going to fall to Earth, but NASA says it probably won't hit anyone.
More allergens this Fall than ever, including extra mold.
A team of marine scientists want to put a stop to deep sea fishing.
The private medical data of 20,000 patients was online without detection for almost a year.
Threat of terror attack has Department of Homeland Security beefing up.
Mayor Bloomberg bans clergy from 9/11 commemoration.
Xkcd reminds us that sending files is tricky.
Old-timey curse words and gross insults.
A muslim school navigates how to teach students about 9/11.
This poem reminds you to feel awesome about yourself.
A group that wears clown noses to make people smile, and wants you to wear them too.
Bethany Delahunt’s Report Station art box has been getting a lot of attention, from people who know what it’s all about to random strangers who need to use a phone. Alibi employees sometimes dial it to see if someone walking by will pick up. Anyone who’s been called from it now has the number, and many of them are calling it back. See the main article about the art boxes if you want the skinny on what the Report Station does. As promised, we will share all the strange, hilarious and touching recordings on our website. Check back every few days for more tracks. And now, without further ado, some anonymous musings from your fellow citizens.