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V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012


The Daily Word in Syrian ceasefire, Hurricane Sandy and WikiLeaks

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Oct 25 2012 10:53 AM ]
The Daily Word

A funeral home sent a family their loved one’s brain in a bag. Court says they can’t sue.

Maximum sentence for a driver who killed a cyclist in January: 90 days in jail, $300 fine.

Syrian army agrees to a ceasefire from Friday to Monday.

Hurricane Sandy is heading our way.

WikiLeaks is releasing the U.S. policies on detaining people in camps and GitMo. The website hacked them from the DOD.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei goes Gangnam style.

Why it’s so hard to fire a police officer.

Bullied teen throws herself in front of a train.

7-year-old girl writes an opera.

Legalizing marijuana is on the ballot in Washington, Colorado and Oregon.

Rape is rape, says the president.

Don’t worry about convicted sex offenders this Halloween. They’ve got a curfew.

Hobbit spoilers.

Last-minute DIY Halloween costumes.

Nirvana, the Broadway musical.

V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012

Music to Your Ears

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
Plan your creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky week of concert-going with a little help from Music to Your Ears.
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Flyer on the Wall

Bela does Mitt

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
This week’s Flyer on the Wall ponders the relative scariness of politicians and vampires. It also promotes a Halloween concert at Blackbird Buvette starring Mark Mallman, Shoulder Voices and Mrdrbrd.
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V.21 No.42 | 10/18/2012

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Webgame Wednesday: The Old Tree

By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Oct 17 2012 2:58 PM ]

Webgame Wednesday's journey through Halloween Horror Month continues with the darkly atmospheric point-and-click-as-art game The Old Tree. Creepy-crawl your way though a landscape of bizarre bugs and other weird monsters. Less scary than just plain surreal, this one is sure to fuel some strange dreams.


The Daily Word in Nobel Peace Prize, flamin’ hot cheetos and giant eyeball

By B.L. Brennan [ Fri Oct 12 2012 10:42 AM ]
The Daily Word

Five key moments from the Vice Presidential debate.

Abusive mom pleads guilty, now faces life sentence.

Saggio’s owner sends 130 children to see The Lion King.

European Union awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Wayne Newton owns wallabies, but this is not one of them.

One Albuquerque schools officials urge parents to leave the flamin’ hot cheetos at home.

Tom Hanks heads to Broadway. Sarah Brightman heads to Space.

Giant Eyeball washes up on Florida beach

Anybody need a Halloween costume?

Celebrities that are related to other celebrities!

V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012

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Webgame Wednesday: Free Ice Cream

By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Oct 10 2012 12:51 PM ]

Halloween Horror Month continues here on Webgame Wednesdays with Free Ice Cream. What's so scary about free ice cream? Well, if you're a little girl, you really shouldn't be accepting it from a strange ice cream vendors. Particularly when that ice cream vendor is wearing a hockey mask. Now, you've got to escape from his blood-spattered basement in this nasty-humored point-and-click adventure.

V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012


The Daily Word in wedding fights, puking celebrities, rescued ducks

By E.J. Maliskas [ Mon Oct 8 2012 10:22 AM ]
The Daily Word

Romney and Obama are all tied up.

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft launched successfully yesterday towards the ISS.

Lobo football caught another win over the weekend.

One dead and three arrested after a massive brawl between two wedding parties in Philly.

Lady Gaga upstages the Biebs and vomits three times during a performance in Barcelona without missing a beat.

Altitude sickness” seems to be the main reason so many darn people visit the Balloon Fiesta ER. President Obama can relate.

Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic free fall will go down tomorrow over Roswell, pending weather conditions.

Group of grown-up rescue ducks experience a pond for the first time, adorableness ensues.

Three teens who broke out of a juvenile corrections facility in Sandoval County are now back in custody.

Two pre-teen girls arrested after sneaking back into a school and spending the night there running through the halls, eating snacks, making prank phone calls and hacking into computers.

High School students in Illinois suspended for eating mints at school.

Men’s costumes vs. women’s costumes.

British teen has to have a large part of her stomach removed after indulging in a nitrogen-infused cocktail.

Mitt Romney does have fabulous hair.

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Webgame Wednesday: Infectonator 2

By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Oct 3 2012 12:46 PM ]

Halloween month is upon us, so we figured we'd spend October's Webgame Wednesday highlighting freaky, awesome horror-based video games. We start off on a high note with Infectonator 2. There's no greater joy than traveling the world, infecting people with a zombie virus and then watching flesh-eating monsters devour an entire city. Be sure and pick the pockets of all those cute, little dead people along the way so you can upgrade your army of the undead, making them longer-lived, more resistant to damage and, of course, more infectious. There are simply no words to describe how maniacally fun this game is. ... Oh, wait, yes there are: "Summon Zombie Kim Jong-Il."

V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012
The bounty.



By Ty Bannerman [ Tue Sep 25 2012 10:26 AM ]

When Marisa first offered me the job of Food Editor, lo those many weeks ago, I rubbed my hands together and chuckled evilly. “The power! The influence!” I thought to myself. “The free food!”

Yes, I could just picture it: Albuquerque’s restauranteurs quivering in fear at the clacking of my keyboard and sending nervous, obsequious emissaries to deliver piping hot gourmet meals to my desk every lunch time in the hope of avoiding my wrath. Oh, I would be so very corrupt, and so very well fed.

But Marisa, with her ridiculous “ethics” and nonsensical “sense of fair play” quickly disabused me of that idea. There would be no gifts, no bribery. I was, in fact, supposed to remain as anonymous as possible so that my reviews could be objective and based on the experience of the typical diner. I choked back a sob as my dreams of a graft-fattened future evaporated.

Finally, someone was trying to bribe me! With spooky treats! And tasty eats!

For one brief moment this morning, however, those crooked visions returned. I came in to my office, and there on my desk sat a box. A black box from McCormick & Co. with a photograph of day-glo colored cookies on it and the text “Spooky Treats. Tasty Eats,” written below. Finally, someone was trying to bribe me! With spooky treats! And tasty eats!

After a brief glance out into the hallway to make sure that Marisa and her damnable moral compass weren’t around, I cackled triumphantly and tore the package open.

And stared bewildered at what lay inside. There were no cookies. There were no spooky treats, nor tasty eats.

Instead, nestled in orange packing material were three boxes. Of food coloring. Let me repeat. Three boxes. Of food coloring.

I cried for an hour.

So, let me say to you, McCormick & Co., manufacturers of such fine products as McCormick Brand Vanilla Extract and McCormick Brand Fajita Seasoning: I may very well be susceptible to bribery, but this piss poor effort embarrasses us both.

V.20 No.44 | 11/3/2011


Scary Songs

By Jessica Cassyle Carr [ Mon Oct 31 2011 7:25 PM ]

Music writer Samantha Anne Scott made us a cool, Halloween-themed 8tracks playlist. Read her article about it here. Happy Halloween!

“We are going to make a good product that does what it is supposed to as advertised—no emulsifiers, no baking powder, no bleach, no chile powder.”
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Coolest “Breaking Bad” costume

By Jon Dark [ Mon Oct 31 2011 4:14 PM ]

A friend sent me this photo. It may or may not be the guy I bumped into Downtown on Saturday who gave me a teener of blue meth (i.e., cotton-candy flavored rock candy). Happy Halloween, Burque!

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The Daily Word in 7 billion people, a hunger striker, and some good zombie fun.

Happy Halloween!

By E.J. Maliskas [ Mon Oct 31 2011 10:15 AM ]
The Daily Word

The world population reaches 7 billion this here Halloween. Meanwhile, lucky "7 billionth babies" are celebrated worldwide.

(Un)occupy Albuquerque protester continues hunger strike.

Herman Cain responds to sexual harassment accusations.

Who wore it better? P Diddy or Joaquin Phoenix?

Freaking giant pumpkin carved into a rising zombie scene.

Some more unique pumpkin carvings.

First-born female heirs now have equal rights to the throne of England. Also, British monarchs are now allowed to marry Roman Catholics.

KRQE warns parents against “real monsters” on Halloween.

How to plant and grow a pineapple at home using a store bought fruit... and it only takes 2 years!

Steve Jobs' sister reveals his profound final words.

It wouldn't be Halloween without a good Yeti hair analysis.

Who knew competition was so huge in the delivery pizza world? Domino's employees burn down a rival Papa John's.

Pennsylvania man arrested after stealing a sandwich from a local pub and then fleeing in a forklift.

I know this is getting sort of old, but it just makes me laugh so hard every time.

15 pets who hold Guinness World Records.

Favorite headline/horror movie film concept of the week: Parasite turns wasps into outsider zombie queens.

Sick of looking for a last-minute Halloween costume? Just paint your hand instead.

What is your biggest phobia?

Nick Brown told me he wanted you to listen to Michael Landon sing like an angel in honor of his birthday.

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V.20 No.44 | 11/3/2011
The Soft Moon


The Soft Moon friday

By Jessica Cassyle Carr [ Fri Oct 28 2011 2:01 PM ]

Listen to the new EP from San Francisco darkwave trio The Soft Moon via Spin here. The “Total Decay” EP comes out on Halloween.

V.20 No.43 | 10/27/2011

Aural Fixation

Trick or Treatise

Tracks that go boo

By Samantha Anne Scott
Halloween may be the second most soundtracked holiday. Out-obsessed only by Christmas music collectors, connoisseurs of creepy and kooky music have culled compilations from all genres–especially novelty music, rockabilly, punk and classic rock.


The Daily Word in violent soda, MC Hammer’s search engine, a swarm of fleeing Elvis

By Adam Fox [ Tue Oct 25 2011 10:16 AM ]
The Daily Word

Former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is buried in a secret location.

Michael Moore says Obama’s first presidential term is a disappointment.

60 Elvis impersonators fleeing from a fire sounds like the punchline to a joke, but it’s not.

GOP candidates Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain set to square off, Lincoln-Douglas style.

The more soda teenagers drink, the more violent they become. What?

A 14-year-old girl is assaulted at Occupy Dallas, while the Occupy Maine camp is attacked with a chemical bomb.

You, too, can pay up to $16,000 for John Lennon’s tooth.

Should young boys get vaccinated against human papilloma virus?

MC Hammer launches a search engine he hopes will top Google and Bing.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa screws up the bullpen, costing the Cards a World Series win.

The Pornotopia Adult Film Festival is canceled for the second consecutive year.

Take a look at this sweet Tim Burtonized Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.

This Ohio dentist will buy back your Halloween candy, up to $1 per pound.

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