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V.25 No.16 | 04/21/2016

The Daily Word in Star Wars, Solar Power and Oddball Imagery

The Daily Word

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
Like this but instead of a cow, it's me (a human)
via compfight

Dream Blog #356

“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

Gallery Preview

Art Appreciation 101

Varied gallery openings explore bird life, the human figure and more

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

nature

The Crows, Crows, Crows

One of the world's smartest animals is right overhead

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
bird with seeds
J. Grisham

Pets

Feed the Monsters

A guide to backyard bird-feeding

You can have your birds and free them, too.
V.24 No.53 | 12/31/2015
morguefile.com

Literature

Poetic Saturdays

A Haiku for Cold Weather

When it's cold AF outside...

morguefile.com

Event Horizon

Winter's Feather Forecast

Saturday, Jan 9: Winter Bird and Bat Festival

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
morguefile.com

Event Horizon

Birdseed Made Beautiful

Sunday, Dec 20: Winter Solstice Mandala Creation

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
morguefile.com

Event Horizon

Welcome Back the Cranes

Saturday, Nov 14: 2015 Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration

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
You may need sunglasses for Saul Hoffman’s “Cerebral Highway.”
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Art Review

Retinal Burn

Scorch your eyeballs on these radiant exhibits

Bright beginnings

Saul Hoffman’s first solo show reveals the galactic possibilities of polymer clay, plus those freaky birds of paradise.
V.23 No.36 |

news

The Daily Word in Miley Cyrus' junk, Pablo Escobar's weird brother and Albuquerque's delicious tap water

The Daily Word

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.

Meet Pablo Escobar's eccentric brother Roberto!

Miley Cyrus is having her first art show featuring "a bunch of junk glued to stuff".

Nifty-neato collection of c. 1900 "lifeboat men" drawings.

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
August March

Book Review

Watching Little Dinosaurs

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
http://www.lizaphoenix.com/encyclopedia/harpy.shtml

dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #322: The Magnificent Blue Bunting

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
http://99birdhouses.com/201101/getting-a-bird-to-eat-from-your-hand.htm

dreams

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.

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
Carl Petersen

Feature

Fauna of Burque

A roundup of animals and insects in your new environs

Publisher/editor Carl Petersen turned in an extemporaneous essay on antlions, black widows, New Mexico whiptail lizards and horny toads.

Tomorrow's Events

Otter's Odd Adventure at UNM Keller Recital Hall

World premiere performance of a new work for narrator and orchestra by the creator of "Too Much Coffee Man Opera."

Albuquerque Sales and Management Career Fair at Embassy Suites Hotel

Built to Spill • Lenguas Largas • psychedelic, rock • Whispering Wires at Launchpad

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