V.23 No.42 | 10/16/2014
The Daily Word in Banksy, Snowden and clowns with knives.
Does Yelp extort advertising from restaurants?
Ebola is the scariest outbreak of modern times.
Snowden’s thoughts on privacy in the digital age are worth pondering.
The driverless car is coming and you can’t stop it.
The vinyl re-release of the Ghostbusters soundtrack is marshmallow-scented.
Learn how to rob a bank from an expert.
“This is a little song I wrote about the time a female Eagles fan stole my prosthetic leg and the cops got it back for me.”
Someone drew a penis on a Banksy mural.
Bakersfield police are on the lookout for creepy clowns with knives.
Balloon Fiesta is over.
The site of a deadly Rail Runner crash was littered with uncollected body parts.
What’s happening in Albuquerque today?
Happy birthday, Marie Osmond.
V.23 No.12 |
The Daily Word in exploding garbage cans, breakfast missions and protesting the latest APD shooting
APD Chief Gordon Eden is no longer saying police were justified in shooting a man camping illegally in the foothills.
Some Santa Feans are driving down in a "funeral procession" to protest the latest APD shooting.
Someone is blowing up dumpsters in Albuquerque's NE Heights.
Some Chinese, disgruntled over the handling of the search for Flight 370, tried to storm the Malaysian embassy in Beijing.
The news about a giant mudslide in Washington keeps getting worse.
Obama says he is going to propose overhauling the NSA's phone records collecting program.
Folks are demanding Chevron apologize for handing out pizza coupons to residents of the town where there was a deadly natural gas explosion.
A 13 year old girl set a new record for selling the most Girl Scout cookies.
Taco Bell sent 1,000 people a free phone to aid them in "breakfast missions".
Apparently a supposed Banksy show in Stockholm was a hoax.
This Texas town is paying Ted Nugent not to play a show there.
V.23 No.11 |
The Daily Word in a radiation spike in Carlsbad, a news chopper crash and more NSA revelations
Carlsbad has seen an increase in radiation levels, but it's not related to the recent accidents at the nearby Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Click here for a schedule of informational meetings about the radiation leaks.
Banksy is having a new exhibit in Stockholm.
There was a dramatic news helicopter crash in Seattle.
More money has been added to the fund to compensate workers and family affected by the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh.
Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 appears to have changed course on purpose.
The New Mexico Senate is considering a bill that would help preserve native seeds.
V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013
Better Out Than In: Britain’s Banksy Hops Across the Pond
Today marks the tenth day of British street artist Banksy’s “residency on the streets of New York.” The artist’s website proudly declares that his famous—some might say infamous—work will be surfacing on the streets of the city that never sleeps for the month of October. The exhibit is titled Better Out Than In.
So far, there has been a new piece on a wall or vehicle every day—with the exception of the day when Banksy posted an ambiguous but clearly opinionated YouTube video on the Syrian War to his site. Among the street art is an intricately detailed rainforest scene in the back of an old delivery truck, the addition of the words “The Musical” to random graffiti around the city (ex. “Occupy! The Musical”) and the popular “THIS IS MY NEW YORK ACCENT … normally I write like this” spray-painting (below) on the Westside. All pieces are viewable on the street artist’s website and are now accompanied by a numbered tag, and a tongue-in-cheek audio component accessible by Banksy’s 800 number, 1-800-656-4271.
More than a week in, and it seems as if the city of New York hasn't yet decided how to respond to Banksy’s pieces. While the first was painted over within 24 hours—as the satirical American voice at the other end of the 800 number predicted—others are rapidly being removed from their original locations to auction. This presents an interesting dilemma; some wonder if—in such a cultured city—removing the murals is preservation of art or its destruction. According to The Guardian, Bristol's City Council polled citizens a few years ago about Banksy's art, and 97 percent voted that when a Banksy image appeared in public domain, it should remain.
While this conundrum is certainly one to mull over, this may be a good time to recognize some of Albuquerque’s own great street art, sanctioned and otherwise. Albuquerque, another city rich in art and culture, has long integrated street art into the urban landscape. Three years ago, 516 Arts hosted an event called STREET ART: A Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture and Free Expression, which left street murals around downtown Albuquerque. Participating artists included Chris Stain, who left a large painting of a solemn, silhouetted working man at Second and Central. Native Burqueño Ernest Doty was charged as the controversial, anonymous Rainbow Warrior, a street artist who spilled smile-inducing spectrums over buildings across the city. At least one of these rainbows remain untouched; whether that's due to cultural appreciation or inability to cover them up, I couldn’t say.
For more street works around the Duke City, check out the Street Art Albuquerque Facebook Page, which includes photos of acrylic and spray-painted works and the streets where they’re located. And to keep up with Banksy’s exhibit from the Duke City, visit the site or check out the #banskyny tag on Instagram.(Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to motivate all artistic adolescents to begin scribbling property that is not your own; some things are best left to the, er, more experienced.)
V.20 No.8 | 2/24/2011
The Daily Word starring Banksy, Thom Yorke and Bryan Cranston.
Here’s a handy guide to Middle East protests.
Will Zimbabwe sell uranium to Iran?
Whippersnappers say no to the new sexiness.
In other news, a 23-year-old grandma looks like a grandma.
A bad lady was a mean to dogs.
Alibi's Ben Radford reports on North American Lake Monsters.
Blair River, spokesperson for the Heart Attack Grill, died of pneumonia.
Banksy bailed out some artistic Russian hooligans.
It's life, Jim, but not as we know it. NASA found fossilized bacteria on a meteorite.
Quick. Somebody buy me a Dune coloring book.
I love e-books. Andy Rooney hates e-books.
China wins top honors in 700-year-old Chinese mummy preservation.
On the other hand, China's mega-mall is kind of like downtown Albuquerque.
National Geographic built the house from Up!
I don’t remember any of these weird wrestlers.
Listen to the new smooth jazz Metallica.
My new burial plans involve being shattered like a frozen liquid Terminator.
Heather Wilson is probably going to run for Senate.
The arts board wants to protect Albuquerque’s Ghost Bikes.
Read more Albuquerque stories from Adelita over at DCF.
Happy birthay Bryan Cranston.
Thanks to Tom Nayder, Robert Masterson and Geoffrey Anjou for some of today’s fine news stories.
V.20 No.7 |
The Daily Word 02.23.11: The Amazonian Guard, Hipster Princesses, The Honey Badger Takes What It Wants
State Rep. James Smith wants to repeal the medical marijuana program.
Judge upholds health-care reform law.
Republican governors may be busy trying to crush unions, but no too busy to be pranked.
Researches link cellphone use to changes in brain activity.
Rahm Emanuel will be Chicago's next foul-mouthed mayor.
Comedian Rush Limbaugh calls Michelle Obama fat.
Determined researcher discovers large order of fries doesn't have many more than the medium size.
R.I.P. comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie.
Banksy won't be at the Oscars this weekend.
US troops in Afghanistan finally get their shitty Pizza Hut pizza back.
I was into the Hipster Disney Princesses before they were cool.
Scuba inventor dead at the age of 93.
Netflix signs a deal with CBS to stream shows like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone.
After initially condemning Kinect hackers, Microsoft announces a official SDK for the device.
Explore the secrets of spider anatomy.
I miss the 80s: here's list of rated R movies that got cartoon spin-offs.
Chinese gamer dies after three-day bender.
Stand-Up Comedy Thursday at The Stage @ Santa Ana Star
Featuring three of the country’s best stand-up comedians: Jose Sarduy, Jessica Michelle Singleton and Wolfman.
Sean Costanza at Blackbird Buvette
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