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By Amy Dalness [ Tue Nov 4 2008 9:32 AM ]
If you go to Starbucks and tell them that you voted, they’ll give you a free tall coffee.
The legality of this is being questioned, so you can probably get a free coffee even if you didn’t vote.
Get a free scoop at Ben & Jerry’s between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Krispy Kreme might have a star-shaped donut for you.
Obama vs. Ice Cream
By Amy Dalness [ Tue Nov 4 2008 9:00 AM ]
It's not voter registration fraud. New Mexico children have been casting ballots for their presidential pick since October. Every Child Matters in New Mexico teamed up with the Bernalillo County Clerk's office to offer those under the legal voting age a chance to voice their preference for the next White House occupant.
At various early voting locations in Alamogordo, Ruidoso, Roswell, Lordsburg, Deming and throughout Bernalillo County, kids voted in their own special election while parents participated in the real McCoy. The kids-only ballot included all six presidential nominees (Obama, McCain, McKinney, Nader, Baldwin and Barr—try saying that five times fast) as well as a trio of ice cream flavors (chocolate, vanilla and strawberry).
With four ballot boxes still to be counted as of Monday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m., here are the results:
Obama: 927 votes
McCain: 360 votes
McKinney: 3 votes
Baldwin: 2 votes
Nader: 2 votes
Barr: 1 vote
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor
Chocolate: 387 votes
Strawberry: 307 votes
Vanilla: 275 votes
Check back for a final tally, which will be posted here as soon as Every Child Matters releases the results.
The Daily Word Weekend Edition
By Amy Dalness [ Sun Nov 2 2008 1:27 PM ]
Daylight Savings Time: Good for your heart?
Voter woes: Late absentee ballots in Dona Aña County.
The Daily Word 10.30.08
By Amy Dalness [ Thu Oct 30 2008 10:15 AM ]
Recession? What recession?
Um ... bailout money goes fast.
Why Trick-or-Treat with the kids when you can take them along for some armed robbery?
Voter woes: Man registers dog to vote (expecting the form to be returned), now Tuckup has a voter ID. (Journal link)
Five days until the election in which Americans may vote the first African American president in history. Can we handle it?
"The Daily Show's" Wyatt Cenac sums up my current election sentiments better than I can.
By Amy Dalness [ Wed Oct 29 2008 1:29 PM ]
Let the spooky games begin!
Witch Hunt: Nooboo Mary—Not everyone loves a witch hunt on Halloween. Nooboo Mary just wants to kidnap little girls and drink their blood, but the peasants have discovered her plot and want to burn her alive. Help Nooboo Mary cast horrendous spells on the townsfolk to keep them from reaching her home and making witch toast.
Legend of the Pointy Stick—It's dark. It's strange. It's a parody. It's Halloween-enough for me. Guide the little Mario-like man through the dungeon and to the arms of Princess Love Interest with the help of a talking onion, a barely helpful hipster and a stabbing stick.
OMG, Fallout 3
By Amy Dalness [ Tue Oct 28 2008 2:05 PM ]
As an avid fan of the Fallout series of role-playing games, I've been tracking the progress of Bethesda's Fallout 3. The original development team, Black Isle Studios, was laid off in 2003 by Interplay (the series' publisher), making the fate of Fallout 3 uncertain. In 2004, Bethesda, maker of The Elder Scrolls series, took on the project and we Fallout fans have been waiting anxiously for the game's release.
Today is the day.
I don't have a computer fast enough to run the game, nor do I own any of the major consoles, but I wanna play it now! A few reviews have come out and they're looking positive, but I'd like to get my hands on a copy and figure it out myself.
I generally don't like first-person shooters, which has been built into Fallout 3's game play, so I'm a bit wary of that particular development. Otherwise, it seems the Bethesda team has done its research to keep the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout alive. Until I scrounge up enough money for an Xbox or a new PC, I crave the opinions of those who've played it. Give them to me.
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By Amy Dalness [ Fri Oct 24 2008 2:43 PM ]
Halloween is a week-long holiday, really. Who won't be celebrating—at least a little bit—this weekend?
Every Child Matters in New Mexico teams up with the Bernalillo County Clerk's office to conduct a children's presidential election at five early voting site around the county. Tomorrow, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., anyone under the legal voting age may cast a mock vote while their parents cast a real one. For more details, visit Every Child Matters' website here.
Pit Bull in Lipstick
No, really. Alliance for Albuquerque Animals, Burque Babes and Bullies, and Responsibly Adopting Albuquerque’s Pit Bulls present pit bull awareness day on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Side Community Center (1250 Isleta NW). Highlights include free pizza, giveaways, adaptable bullies and a pit bull with lipstick. Call Alliance for Albuquerque Animals at 261-9733 for details.
Bike Porn2: Bikexploitation
The Agency (114 Fourth Street NW) presents a series of short movies by various artists on the theme "bicycle exploitation" on Monday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 if you ride your bike, $6 if you don't. Go to bikesmut.com for all the lubed-up details.
The Daily Word 10.24.08
By Amy Dalness [ Fri Oct 24 2008 9:31 AM ]
Voter woes: People being harassed over voter registration?
More voter woes: Returned absentee ballots in Santa Fe County.
Most expensive vacation ever--$30 million for 12 days in space.
And the most expensive image-crushing shopping spree ever. Oh, and this. And this, too.
A neutrino weigh-in takes place beneath the New Mexico desert. (Journal link)
A Silver City women faces eviction for possession of medical marijuana.
“Wage hike” sounds almost dirty. (Journal link)
Blender's 50 worst songs ever.
By Amy Dalness [ Wed Oct 22 2008 1:19 PM ]
Let the ka-razy games begin!
colourPod 2: dimensionPod—Let's keep the intensity up today. In colourPod 2, you control the last dimensionPod in existence. Using the mouse, turn the pod to collect color fragments and destroy the colorless ones. Just when you think you're getting the hang of it, you learn that your enemies can come from not one, but two dimensions, forcing you to jump planes of existence to stay alive. Good luck, time-space traveler.
Death Dice—The gods are playing with your life! Avoid the falling dice and collect pills to keep your shock level down—’cause realizing there are gods and that they are after you will create a certain level of panic—but take too many and the world gets a bit crazy.
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By Amy Dalness [ Fri Oct 17 2008 3:18 PM ]
All this chilled-out weather makes me excited about the wood-
Afro-Cuban Dance Intensive
This is the last of two weekends to catch master folklorico and rumba teacher Felix "Pupy" Insua's workshop at the Hayden School of Ballet. Check the flyer for details.
Basement Films hosts the Albuquerque premiere of 1, 2, 3, Whiteout a.k.a. The End of the Light Age, an experimental sci-fi, lo-fi tone poem feature film by director James June Schneider. Schneider will be at The Agency (111 Fourth Street NW) on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 8:15 p.m. for the screening. Admission is $6.
Ghost Story Open Mic
Come by R.B. Winning Co. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to hear supernatural stories—or share your own—during the Storytellers of New Mexico's ghost story open mic from 7 to 9 p.m. It's free and all-ages.
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