The Daily Word in The Presidential Debate, Bionic Yarn and Mars Colonization
Speaking of debates, here's one way to settle them.
Have a strong opinion about the presidential candidates? Today is National Voter Registration day, so make sure you register and go vote on Nov. 8!
Say hello to recycled polyester, otherwise known as Bionic Yarn, a clothing material made from used plastics. Optimistically speaking, this could make a huge positive impact on the atrocious amount of plastics currently floating in the oceans.
To be happy is to be healthy. And it's contagious.
Nearly 300 tech firms across the country are declaring Nov. 8, election day, a paid company holiday.
Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico about his plan to colonize Mars. Watch the talk live here.
In an analysis of revolutionaries vs reactionaries in modern American history, opinion writer David Brooks states, “It doesn't matter how much living standards rise or the poverty rate falls, it makes you seem smart and woke to be alarmed and hypercritical.” Read the article for more thoughtful insights about our strange yearning for an idealized past, and why “it's stupid and impossible to turn back the clock.”
The Daily Word in papal souvenirs, personal submarines and cheap plastic
A water pipeline that would serve Eastern New Mexico is closer to happening.
No holy dirt shall cross the border.
Trump says Rubio is too sweaty.
Someone invented a flat, lensless camera. Or reinvented the pinhole camera, anyway.
The Council talks bedtime enforcement, noise violations and Summerfest
Crib Notes: June 25, 2015
The Daily Word in the Bobcat Bite, peacocks in heat, spies and Mayan pyramids
At the Albuquerque Zoo, a peacock attacked a two year old kid.
Albuquerque's new recycling plant is almost open.
Rep. Steve Pearce wants to change the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's mission.
Santa Fe's famous Bobcat Bite restaurant is losing it's current operators after a dispute with the property owner.
The Russians claim to have captured an American spy.
The Department of Justice seized a HUGE number of Associated Press phone records from April and May.
This man spent the night in a grocery store.
This man seems to have found a copy of Coca-Cola's secret recipe. It is now on eBay.
Apparently in Belize it is not uncommon for ancient Mayan pyramids and mounds to be bulldozed and used for road-building material.
Contrary to popular claims, piracy is not killing the entertainment industry.
Here's another Chinese Ghost Mall.
If you live in L.A. you can go see a 35mm screening of the excellent film Manson. Otherwise, enjoy the trailer.
The Mayor of Osaka, Japan claims enslaved prostitutes were necessary during WWII.
The Daily Word in recycling for all, Amanda Knox on trial forever and Tarzan 1968
Soon every household in Albuquerque will have recycling bins.
Someone was arrested in connection with the break-in that caused a Breaking Bad script go missing.
A 30 percent tip is almost never deserved.
She won't have to return to Italy, but Amanda Knox will be retried.
Swine flu vaccine caused some recipients to come down with narcolepsy.
Nifty, weird and NSFW short documentary about a part of the Tokyo art-scene.
In 1968 The Supremes guest starred as nuns in an episode of Tarzan. James Earl Jones was there too.
Company makes overtures to a leery neighborhood
The Daily Word in Urban Outfitters, marshmallow vodka and BofA’s sneaky fees
Navajo Nation suing Urban Outfitters for titling some products “Navajo.”
Arizona public schools ban Bless Me Ultima, the landmark novel by local literary legend Rudolfo Anaya.
Image of Jesus appears in a tortilla in Española.
Request your FBI file.
HuffPo article on the owner of Effex, an LGBT rights activist and a Christian Republican.
Farewell, heartthrob Davy Jones.
Recycling photos from around the world.
Understanding fluffed marshmallow vodka.
The Aquabats have a TV show.
Track down criminals with Twitter.
Bank of America rolls out even sneakier fees.
Yoga championships. It’s a thing.
The life of the robot.
The Daily Word in Bigfoot's right to free speech, Robert Anton Wilson week, and (Un)-Occupy Albuquerque in Santa Fe
(Un)-Occupy Albuquerque will be protesting in Santa Fe next week.
What happens to stuff dropped off at Santa Fe recycling stations?
It is Robert Anton Wilson week!
Here is a different way of evaluating NFL teams and games.
"If you need a brassiere, wear one" and other dating tips for women circa 1938.
Too fat to fit in the CT-scanner? Try the one at the zoo.
Court finds state violated Bigfoot's right to free speech.
Love the L.A.N.D.
Up-cycled bags for eco-crusaders
When Patio Screendoor (not the name his mama gave him) forgot to bring his reusable grocery bags to the market, he figured he’d simply pick one up along with his groceries. The store’s options—either too expensive or cheaply made—weren’t thrilling. “I had already replaced a few flimsy bags at this point and was determined not to own another crappy bag,” says Screendoor.
Albuquerque City Council will once again feature adoptable shelter animals. At the Monday, May 2 meeting, two dogs and a cat were shown via photos instead of being brought into the Council chambers, as they used to be under Councilor Sally Mayer. Either way, it is good to have the furry friends back.
The Daily Word 01.20.10: Garbage hotel, mafia, Gov. Martinez
130 arrested from seven mob families in a mafia crackdown.
This guy’s trying to learn how to speak prairie dog.
How about an extra year to decide about college without losing your lotto scholarship?
Only 70 percent of the population can see 3D movies.
What was served at the “quintessentially American” dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao?
National Republicans may be considering Gov. Martinez for bigger things.
UNM Regent Jack Fortner is sure the governor will reappoint him. Did the $40,000 he donated to her campaign help?
Michelle Obama teams up with Wal-Mart on her healthy food campaign.
A hotel made of garbage! What will the Spanish think of next?
The ladies of death row. (Not the record label.) Wait, why is this a story?
Secret Knowledge: Recycling #5 Plastics in ABQ
The city of Albuquerque’s recycling program can only process #1 and #2 plastics, which covers screw-top plastic bottles and jugs. That’s it for plastic. “But,” we all think to ourselves, “if it has that ‘chasing-arrow’ logo on the bottom, then they’re recyclable.” And we’re wrong.
In an enlightening Straight Dope column from January on compostable plastics (In a nutshell: “Breaking it down requires a special industrial facility that exposes the plastic to 140-
The triangular chasing-arrows symbol with a number inside doesn't mean the product bearing it can be recycled. As I've explained before, it merely indicates what type of plastic the thing’s made from. Type 7 is miscellaneous, which can't be recycled because the materials in the mix may have different melting points and such. Plastic types 3 through 6 can theoretically be recycled but seldom are because the financial return is minimal.
A ton of food-grade plastics, like yogurt cups, are made from #5 plastic. Rather than add yours to the landfill or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, you can take your cleaned-out containers to four Whole Foods locations in New Mexico. From there, Whole Foods ships its #5 collections to Preserve, where the plastics are reincarnated as toothbrushes and razors. (Then sold back to you through Whole Foods and other retailers. ... Ship back your spent toothbrush to Preserve, and they become a park bench.) While you’re at it, they’ll take your spent Brita water filters, too.
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A Good Call for Haiti
I have piles of old cellphones in my dresser, my desk, my garage. Not only that, I have buckets of old wall and car chargers that I could never hope to match back to their devices of origin. (Sound familiar?)
Because of the battery and gnarly chemicals used in cell phone components, you can’t just chuck this stuff into the landfill. But your old cellphone and accessories can make life better for Haitians struggling after the earthquake.
Go to phonesforhaiti.com to download a free shipping label, then mail them your unwanted communication devices. Phones that work or can be refurbished will be given to aid groups in Haiti. Phones and accessories that don’t make the cut will be recycled, and 100 percent of their proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.