V.25 No.16 | 04/21/2016
The Daily Word in Star Wars, Solar Power and Oddball Imagery
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Apr 26 2016 12:36 PM ]
Not all Internet-born relationships are doomed. If you're as lucky as this surreal pair of artists you'll find a brain as bizarre as yours. Love awaits in strange photo ops involving distortion and creepy props. Compatibility at its finest.
How does one accidentally run a half-marathon? Ask this 12-year-old.
Ever seen Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds? Fictional, right? That's what I thought, too, but don't be fooled. Behind the beady black eyes of ravens and crows are brains just as clever as chimpanzees'. I'm not saying they're planning an attack but be prepared.
One thing that Donald Trump is exceptionally good at? Playing the victim.
Thousands of animals lovers sign a petition to ban tourists riding elephants after one in Cambodia falls to his death.
A team of 5 and 6-year-olds takes home a trophy taller than themselves for winning a competitive chess competition.
I guess a bad economy (not, I don't know, slowly killing the planet) is justifiable reason for workers to quit pumping oil and switch to working with renewable resources.
Internet conspiracies are abuzz, but all we can do is wait. The only certainty: Star Wars Episode VIII is gonna be... different.
V.25 No.13 | 03/31/2016
Dream Blog #356
By Megan Reneau [ Mon Apr 4 2016 4:19 PM ]
“Hi, Nana,” I say to a skeletal hummingbird that lands on my finger. It crawls up my arm extending extra legs that are spidery and long but retract back into the creature. I walk across a grassy hillside during the late morning as the creature walks back and forth between my shoulders. There's a tall, thick tree with many branches full of leaves at the top of the hill that I avoid; not because I don't want to touch it or it scares me or anything, it's just that I don't want to walk all the way to the top of the hill.
We reach a point on the hill and I decide to lay down and rest. Nana flutters above my head as I lay down and lands on my chest and falls asleep. I stay awake in the warm sun. There are no clouds in the sky.
I wake up.
V.25 No.13 | 3/31/2016
Art Appreciation 101
Varied gallery openings explore bird life, the human figure and more
By Maggie Grimason
Albuquerque's fine art galleries are exploring the confines and nuance of appreciation by showcasing thematic works that typify appreciation of a singular subject.
V.25 No.9 | 03/03/2016
The Crows, Crows, Crows
One of the world's smartest animals is right overhead
By Maggie Grimason [ Tue Mar 8 2016 10:49 AM ]
What's almost as amazing as the fact that the crow is one of the world's smartest animals, is that they're so commonplace. But, when you think about it, it follows: Smart animals survive and proliferate.
These intrepid black birds (from their beaks to their feet) are part of the corvid family, which also includes that other close relative of the crow, the raven. Almost all species of corvid have been observed using tools, have well-studied languages, a demonstrable generational memory and frequently vocalize emotions like fear and happiness. Domesticated crows even have "names" for their owners, typified by a vocalization only used in the presence of a particular person. Further, they are able to recognize a number of faces.
Part of the crow's ability to endure is the fact that they eat such a variety of food, over 1,000 different documented items. Dedicated omnivores, they'll eat carrion or carry out. They even recognize logos. Sadly and amazingly, crows will always descend upon a McDonald's bag before they peak into a plain brown sack.
If you need a list of 19 more reasons to love crows and some baby pics that make it impossible not to, check out this Buzzfeed list.
And also consider the great imagery these big black birds provide. They show up time and again in popular media ... take a listen to the Mountain Goats' song "The Crow," my personal favorite song about these special birds.
V.25 No.5 | 2/4/2016
Feed the Monsters
A guide to backyard bird-feeding
By Joshua Lee
You can have your birds and free them, too.
V.24 No.53 | 12/31/2015
A Haiku for Cold Weather
By Renee Chavez [ Sat Jan 9 2016 11:00 AM ]
When it's cold AF outside...
Winter's Feather Forecast
Saturday, Jan 9: Winter Bird and Bat Festival
By Maggie Grimason [ Thu Jan 7 2016 1:00 PM ]
A speaker program, guided bird and plant walks, live birds with Wildlife Rescue and others, and crafts for kids.
V.24 No.50 | 12/10/2015
Birdseed Made Beautiful
Sunday, Dec 20: Winter Solstice Mandala Creation
By Cerridwen Stucky [ Fri Dec 18 2015 10:30 AM ]
Join in creating a huge mandala made of seeds and grains which can be eaten by birds, composted or can quickly biodegrade.
V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015
Welcome Back the Cranes
Saturday, Nov 14: 2015 Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration
By Maggie Grimason [ Thu Nov 12 2015 11:00 AM ]
Welcome the cranes back to their winter habitat with art, films, origami, viewing scopes, tai chi, craneology 101, animal tales, music and more.
V.24 No.7 | 2/12/2015
Scorch your eyeballs on these radiant exhibits
Saul Hoffman’s first solo show reveals the galactic possibilities of polymer clay, plus those freaky birds of paradise.
V.23 No.36 |
The Daily Word in Miley Cyrus' junk, Pablo Escobar's weird brother and Albuquerque's delicious tap water
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Sep 9 2014 10:23 AM ]
Members of a church in Alamogordo showed their distaste for Satan by burning the Devil in effigy.
Albuquerque has some of the tastiest water in the nation.
Mayor Berry and APD chief Eden are on a junket to Vegas for better policing ideas.
That controversial national police shooting competition is on for this weekend in Albuquerque.
Miley Cyrus is having her first art show featuring "a bunch of junk glued to stuff".
Much to others' dismay, China is building it's own islands in the South China Sea.
Live coverage of today's iPhone 6 release.
Climate change will likely cause some species of birds to move or go extinct.
There's a longer video of Ray Rice knocking out his girlfriend in an elevator.
V.23 No.17 | 4/24/2014
Watching Little Dinosaurs
Review by August March
The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition
Sibley’s guide covers the North American continent and the edges of the surrounding oceans. And it’s a whole lot better than some app.
V.22 No.47 | 11/21/2013
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #322: The Magnificent Blue Bunting
By Brutus De Cervantes [ Tue Nov 19 2013 2:43 PM ]
Many exotic birds visit our small Frida-Kahlo-esque courtyard, but none so beautiful as the magnificent blue bunting. It is as large as a pigeon but with a golden breast and long blue tail feathers. It also has the face and long, curly blond hair of a young girl.
V.22 No.35 | 8/29/2013
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #310: Towers and Birds.
Two dreams in one! Brutus woke up in between dreams and took a sip of brown carbonated dream juice.
By Brutus De Cervantes [ Tue Aug 27 2013 2:05 PM ]
I see the Lumpur Towers, painted like Pepsi cans.
My pal has long strands of straw sticking out of the front of his blue sweater. He explains they're for the birds to pick at.
V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013
Fauna of Burque
A roundup of animals and insects in your new environs
By Carl Petersen
Publisher/editor Carl Petersen turned in an extemporaneous essay on antlions, black widows, New Mexico whiptail lizards and horny toads.
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