V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014
The Daily Word in shootings, protests and computers.
The latest mass murder was in Las Vegas.
A giant octopus shut down London traffic.
A woman was knocked out by a hawk.
The latest breakthrough in artificial intelligence is a computer that claims to know everything but doesn’t know anything.
There’s a new world record in tree hugging.
Some kids ate dog treats.
Tracy Morgan remains in critical condition.
Newlyweds killed each other in a car crash.
There was a deadly hit-and-run at 1st and Iron.
Raymond Herrera nearly died in the desert.
Happy birthday, Michael J. Fox.
Susan, Sam and Constance: Thanks for the links!
V.23 No.14 | 4/3/2014
The Daily Word on the City Council meeting, APD violence and Mickey Rooney died.
Today at 5pm, the Albuquerque City Council meeting will exclusively consider the issue of public safety and APD violence.
Meanwhile, APD got their own rally of support on Sunday.
There were earthquakes in Oklahoma.
Cops and firemen duked it out in a charity hockey game.
Watch what happens when an alligator bites an electric eel.
Oxygen injections make breathing unnecessary.
They’re making a Goonies sequel.
Scientists have given names to 15 more emotions.
New MU-MIMO chips will triple wifi speeds.
Someone is pooping on slides in Michigan.
The Supreme Court ruled that Elane Photography’s refusal to photograph gay weddings is discriminatory.
Happy birthday, James Garner.
photos by Dave Dell
Gesturing to All Life
Animales Animados drums up a vivid menagerie of aerialists and musicians
Like a demented child’s dream, Animales Animados features four airborne collaborations between local aerialists and musicians exploring “the animality of humans and the humanity of animals.”
V.22 No.42 | 10/17/2013
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #317: Toga Party!
G and I lead our two dogs through darkened hallways lined with folding chairs. We discover that wolves and badgers are sleeping under them. There is much exploratory, reciprocal sniffing, but no growling. We encounter two large pit bulls. As we pass them, I feel a pit bull’s muzzle pressed against the small of my back, but I continue walking calmly towards the door. We enter a well-lit room filled with people dressed in togas. A cheerful woman tells us that we are about to be treated to a special performance. We sit on sheet-covered bleachers, dressed in togas and wait for the show to begin.
V.22 No.28 | 7/11/2013
With a Tsiou Tsiou Here and a Wan Wan There
Animal noises from across the globe
Did you know that in Finland, cats don’t purr, they “hrr”? Or that in Japan, a pig says “boo boo”? The somewhat-arbitrary sounds we assign to animals in English are far from universal. British Vimeo user properniceinnit has compiled an interesting and, possibly handy, video featuring how different languages interpret animal sounds.
The video portrays the noises of dogs, cats, cows, chickens and pigs in English, Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Hindi, Canadian-French, Romanian, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Bengali, Brazilian-Portuguese, Colombian-Spanish, Swahili and Mongolian. For a more extensive list of animal calls across the planet, check out The University of Adelaide’s Animal Sounds Database.
V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
The Handsome Family’s Americana Gothic
Talking metaphor, Wilderness and Custer’s corpse
Geoffrey Plant chats with The Handsome Family’s Brett and Rennie Sparks at their Albuquerque home.
V.21 No.48 |
The Daily Word in fat stacks, emo countries and Roasted Turkey Doritos
Someone in Arizona and someone in Missouri bought the winning tickets for the $587.5 million jackpot.
Ask two people in New Mexico to spot you some cash because this morning, they're millionaires.
Feds to probe the culture of APD.
Prompted by religion, a ENMU graduate returned toilet paper he stole from the school years ago.
The world's most emo countries, color-coded.
On Monday, there was no no violent crime in NYC. That anyone knows of.
And fast-food workers there go on strike.
The immortal jellyfish ages backward.
People in India arrested for political Facebook posts.
AP Style Guide—the rulebook for most media—bans the use of "homophobia" in favor of something "more neutral" ... ?
Holiday flavorcountry: Roasted Turkey Doritos.
Down in the dumps? There's a good chance you're going to spend your money foolishly. (Plus: Studies making fun of your spending habits a surefire cure for depression.)
Pro wrestler wants his Romney tattoo erased from his face.
V.21 No.47 |
The Daily Word in APD probe, Miley's pig and milk for inmates
U.S. Justice Department announces it will investigate APD.
APD officer accused of encouraging neighbors to brawl to settle a dispute.
Best prank ever. By which we mean freaking scariest.
San Juan County inmates nearly riot over lack of milk at breakfast.
That Facebook privacy notice everyone's posting won't help you at all.
Bigfoot DNA results. Finally.
Albuquerque Authorities name their baby rhino Chopper rather than Bonbornio.
PETA gave Miley Cyrus a pig for her birthday. She didn't get it.
Fiona Apple cancels a tour to spend time with her dying pit bull, Janet.
Happy birthday, Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix.
V.21 No.46 |
The Daily Word in BP, poorest president and Pong
BP's looking at a $4.5 billion fine and criminal charges against staff members.
The gap between rich and poor in New Mexico is the widest in the nation.
Pit bull terriers killed a Chihuahua and sent her owner to the hospital.
Debbie O'Malley might remain on the Council and take a seat on the County Commission.
Remember when 48 women training for the military said they'd been sexually assaulted or harassed by their instructors? The Air Force has a weird solution: Trainees must have a wingman all the time.
Nonstop flights from Albuquerque to New York.
FBI investigates death threats against the guy holding the coyote-killing contest in Los Lunas.
The poorest president in the world. "If you don't have many possessions, then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them."
Violence escalates in Gaza and Israel. Rockets kill 15 Palestinians and three Israelis.
Louisiana governor is the first Republican to denounce Mitt Romney's notion that he lost the election because President Obama gave gifts to minorities and youth.
5-Hour Energy shot-like drink blamed for 13 deaths.
Colorado Visitors Bureau plans NOT to capitalize on legal recreational marijuana.
Science looks at rappers' brains to find the basis of improvisation.
Pong is 40-years-old and no one has topped it, says this guy.
How to become as observant as Sherlock Holmes. (Also, "Sherlock," the BBC miniseries available on Netflix instawatch, is dope.)
V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012
The Daily Word in dog cop, Hoffa and Morrisey
27-year-old Abiquiú writer wins $53,000 on “Jeopardy.”
A KRQE interview with Chris Johnson, co-ower of the Weekly Alibi who also founded The Onion.
Schools around town give Breathalyzer tests to see if students are drunk.
In Vaughn, N.M., the only member of the police force is a dog.
How to casually exit a semitruck smash.
Is the Earth trying to shake us off?
British words creeping into American English.
What’s the deal with gluten?
Samuel L. Jackson curses his way through a children’s story in the name of politics.
Hand gestures can tell you what’s really going on.
Police look for Jimmy Hoffa under a driveway in Detroit.
Romney can’t keep his lines straight on health care.
Mexican navy captures top Los Zetas guy.
A letter from teenage Morrisey about how the Ramones are rubbish.
V.21 No.35 | 8/30/2012
The Daily Word in Johnny Tapia, Cypress Hill and food waste
Johnny Tapia died of heart disease, according to his autopsy report.
A woman says she was fired from her state job after testing positive for marijuana, even though she had a medical card.
Does legalizing marijuana boost economies?
Olympic bronze medalist welcomed home to the 505.
America throws out 40 percent of its food.
Rupert Murdoch’s daughter isn’t a fan of his media empire.
Understanding Homer’s D’oh!
Zero percent of the country’s African-Americans support Mitt Romney.
Gonzo guide to the RNC.
Action movies aren’t always the worst.
Henry Rollins in column form.
Happy Birthday, Keith Moon.
Playing Cypress Hill through a squid.
V.21 No.34 | 8/23/2012
The Daily Word in hipster topics, inmate heroes and Dave Mustaine
An inmate work crew in Las Cruces saved a man’s life.
Someone won $1 million in New Mexico but might not know it yet.
A judge told Gov. Martinez she couldn’t publish the salaries of some state workers on the Sunshine Portal. So she put them on the New Mexico home page.
Megadeth singer blames President Obama for mass shootings. And if you can’t trust Dave Mustaine about politics ...
Brits are pissed that Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum.
Can’t hang with the footage of mosquitos biting people in this story about West Nile being on the rise. Stupid nature’s vampires.
Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order to deny Arizonans benefits from the new federal Dream Act-esque immigration program.
This month in free speech.
Anti-Semitic jerk in Hungary finds out he’s Jewish.
These gorillas are all happy to see each other.
Where does all that aid money go? Haiti’s still without safe housing for most people.
How to shop for groceries when you hate shopping for groceries. (Step One: Realize that your problem is not really a problem. After all, you could be living in a tent in an earthquake-ravaged country.)
Coffee shop bans people from talking about annoying hipster stuff like denim, left-handedness and anything that happened before 2000.
Best gravel voices in movie/TV history.
V.21 No.32 |
The Daily Word in Paul Ryan, Woodward and "f-bomb"
Old man accused of shootin' prairie dogs.
Folks trying to raise the minimum wage by $1 in Burque may have gathered enough signatures to demand the issue goes to voters.
Paseo/I-25 interchange off the ballot and back in councilors' laps.
"Baby Got Back" as sung by 295 movies.
Olives cure motion sickness—and other DIY remedies your mom advocates.
How to avoid Olive Garden's infinity breadsticks.
This Is Sand <----art video game
Colbert on Romney's daring veep pick: Paul Ryan's "white, Christian and male!"
Michelle Obama welcomes Ryan to the race.
First female presidential debate moderator in two decades.
Woodward (of Woodward and Bernstein, the Watergate journos) has a book coming out on President Obama.
A comedian's sister was killed in a car accident. Her insurance company, Progressive, defended the killer in court.
A year of open-source living.
Someone stole Will.I.Am's DeLorean.
17-foot python captured in Florida.
"F-bomb" added to the dictionary, along with "gastropub" and "sexting" and "mash-up."
V.21 No.25 |
The Daily Word in $3 gas, dirty veggies and peaceful Iceland
Firefighters gain the upper hand in the Bosque.
Taliban attacks a hotel in Kabul.
Gas might go back down to $3 per gallon.
The Sandusky jury deliberates without hearing accusations from his foster son.
The highest temperatures on record in the U.S.
Dirty dozen list shows fruits and veggies with the most pesticides.
Police officers in Santa Fe who lie or participate in sexual misconduct can be fired immediately under a new policy.
What has come true from Blade Runner?
Find out where the rich keep their private islands.
Denham Fouts inspired his lovers and benefactors with cool disinterest.
Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world.
Cat shreds despite earthquake.
Science. It's a girl thing. Like sexiness and makeup.
The British Monarchy is hiring.
V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
Trap Neuter Return spurs debate
Every month, a volunteer force traps feral felines, fixes them and then puts them back where they came from. This method is practiced nationwide and is meant to replace the standard municipal strategy: trap and kill.
TNR proponents I spoke with for my news article “Claws Out” argue that returning fixed cats to their colonies decreases feral populations. The feline resumes its position in the neighborhood without birthing more kittens. If it were simply killed, another unfixed cat would take its place.
But I also spoke with a former city shelter veterinarian, who said TNR is unethical and inhumane. She argues without disease testing, the volunteers are just dooming the cats to long, slow deaths on the street.
There are no easy answers, but here’s what you can do:
Residents can help slow the rise of feral colonies by having their pets fixed, says Jayne Sage of New Mexico Animal Friends. She also recommends that if you start feeding feral cats, you should have them spayed or neutered. "Don't wait until there's kittens."
If you meet low-income requirements, take your animal to the shelter for free or low-cost sterilization.
Animal Humane New Mexico also offers low-income spay and neuter services.
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