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V.25 No.39 | 09/29/2016

Darth and Yoda Awaken at the Balloon Museum

Darth Vader and Master Yoda, two immensely popular hot air balloons, will be featured by the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum at an inflation event that caps the museum's year-long celebration of its 10th Anniversary.

The free event, "Darth and Yoda Awaken," takes place from 8:30am to noon on Friday, September 30, weather permitting.

"This is a great way for us to engage people of all ages in the science and technology of hot air ballooning," says Paul Garver, Balloon Museum Manager. "What better way to teach about this than by including Darth and Yoda?"

In addition to encountering these balloons up close, visitors will also be able to meet the pilots and crew members.

The event also includes entry to the Balloon Museum's exhibitions, the Mos Eisley Craft Port (arts and crafts in the museum's Sky Lounge), the new Tim Anderson 4-D Theater, and a one-of-a-kind Virtual Reality Experience presented by the ARVUS Roadshow and the Albuquerque Film Office.

Reservations are not required, however, school groups and tour groups are encouraged to register in advance by using the online form located on the "Darth and Yoda Awaken" events page of the Balloon Museum's website,cabq.gov/balloon.

Upon arrival at the Balloon Museum for the event, visitors should proceed to the box office to gain admittance and to receive their Imperial Access Permit (visitor brochure), which will help guide them through their "Darth and Yoda Awaken" experience.

Since visitors will be under the watchful eyes of troops from Vader's own 501st Dewback Ridge Garrison, costumes are welcomed, but blasters are not permitted at this event.

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

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

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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.6 | 02/11/2016

The Daily Word in Fantasy, Romance and Mite Orgies

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It's Velen-Times! Use this quiz to find out which of your sexual fantasies are shared by your mate. Don't worry. Only matching perversions show up in the results. Your secret "Bernie on a jet ski" dream will never get out.

EPFL scientists have developed a robot arm that is strong enough to pick up heavy objects, but sensitive enough to pick up an egg. Sexbot wars, engage!

If you can't figure out how to make your partner dump you in 10 seconds flat, call a taxi and cross your fingers that ABQ's Karaoke cab shows up (like gonorrhea, it appears when you least expect it).

Life-sized Star Wars sculptures made entirely from Legos are making an appearance at the New York Toy Fair. (Editor's note: Insert virgin nerd joke here).

How's this for romance? Mites are having sex on your face right now. I think that counts as an orgy. High five!

Want to make your partner feel like an under-achiever? Tell them about the man who cycled from India to Sweden to be with his sweetheart. (Don't mention that if it hadn't worked out, this whole thing would have been about the world's creepiest stalker, instead).

If you miss tonight's love fest at the aquarium, you can still catch up on all the sexy underwater happenings in the marine world with this intensely erotic look at fish sex.

Are you a hopeless un-romantic who hates this ridiculous holiday? Well you're not alone. Read this op-ed by self-proclaimed "Valentine's Day Grinch", Winthrope Quigley of the ABQ Journal.

V.25 No.3 | 1/21/2016

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The Daily Word in banning Trump, Flint’s State of Emergency and Star Wars Undercover Boss

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Obama declares a State of Emergency for Flint, Michigan because of the contaminated water supply.

Parliament is currently debating whether or not to ban Trump from entering the UK.

A children’s book is pulled from Scholastic after negative feedback about the depiction of slavery.

A city of Albuquerque program is helping students prepare for their future careers.

The wealthiest 62 people in the world have as much money as the bottom 3.5 billion people combined. That’s insane.

The first flowering plant bloomed in space over the weekend.

Kylo Ren goes undercover.

V.24 No.53 | 12/31/2015

Event Horizon

Pro or Con?

Friday, Jan 8: Sixth Annual Comic Con

Bring the whole family for three days of events including films, celebrity signings, vendors, cosplay and more.
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Return of the Snowflake

Friday, Jan 8: Star Wars Snow Flakes

Create Star Wars themed snowflakes.
V.24 No.51 | 12/17/2015
Kilobaud magazine, Feb. 1978: Robert J. Bishop’s TIE fighter shooting game, written in Apple II BASIC.
Awesome digitized image by “B and J Williams”

Technology and Its Discontents

Star Wars … Nothing but Staaaaar Wars

Unlicensed video game goodness from the seventies

For a behemoth media franchise that has spawned SO many video games—some good, many wretched—it may perhaps be hard to imagine a time when there were no Star Wars video games at all.
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Film News

A Long Time Ago ...

A brief history of Star Wars

Han shot first.
V.24 No.50 | 12/10/2015

The Daily Word in Star Wars dress code, the sentence of Dianna Duran, and what we do about climate change.

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Star Wars A Cappella performed by the cast.

Republican debate shows stunning ignorance of how technology works.

What we do now to prevent climate change.

Don't bring your Light Sabers to the Star Wars premiere.

ABQ zoo gives gifts to animals today and it's gonna be cute as hell.

Dianna Duran did not get off easy.

A dissection and explanation of behavior in office parties.

V.24 No.51 | 12/17/2015

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The Daily Word in Alexander Hamilton, Star Wars and funerals at work

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Hamilton to remain on the ten dollar bill, at least for a little bit longer.

Children crying in their pictures with Santa. Merry Christmas!

In South Korea you can plan your own funeral and even lay in a coffin, right alongside the whole office.

Not into Star Wars? Here's a list of ways to avoid it.

Most awkward part of White House December holiday shindigs? The small chit chat the president and first lady endure while taking pictures with esteemed guests.

Hoverboards are the hot new item this Christmas. Literally. They are catching on fire.

A list and history of a few of the many racist monuments Americans are proud to display.

V.24 No.49 | 12/03/2015
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Event Horizon

Saber the Date

Friday, Dec 11: The Force Awakens Pre-Launch Party

Featuring Star Wars toys and collectibles, lightsaber showdowns, costume contests with prizes, music, dancing, movies, comics, food and movie ticket raffles.
V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015

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The Daily Word in France responds to terrorist attacks, Holly Holm celebrates and Pastafarianism is a recognized religion

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French President Francois Hollande seeks to extend state of emergency to three months, claiming “France is at war” during an address to joint session of parliament.

France bombs Islamic State's capital in Syria in wake of Paris attacks on Friday.

John Oliver tells it like it is.

NM Islamic community leader speaks out against terrorist attacks.

If you've been living under a rock, New Mexico darling Holly Holm beat Ronda Rousey for the UFC Bantamweight title Saturday night.

SNL dares to tell the adventures of young Ben Carson.

Pastafarian woman allowed to wear pasta strainer on her head in her driver's license photo.

Tatooine irl.

V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015
Blackheart Burlesque Suicide Girls via Facebook

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Naked and Nerdy

Tuesday, Nov 17: Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque • Black Widow Cabal • burlesque

A one-night-only explosion of sexiness and geekiness.
V.24 No.42 | 10/15/2015

News

The Daily Word in Christmas drones, Billy the Kid and Meatloaf's puppy

Liberal Party candidate Justin Trudeau will be Canada's next Prime Minister

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Another supposed picture of Billy the Kid was the subject of a TV documentary last night.

There was a macabre apparent murder-suicide in Phoenix last Sunday.

Meatloaf picked up an abandoned puppy during his tour stop in Albuquerque.

The trailer for the new Star Wars film is out.

Biodregadable urns make it easier to become an oak tree. Or a peach tree.

Liberal Justin Trudeau will be Canada's next Prime Minister after defeating Conservative Steven Harper in a landslide.

Drones are the big christmas item this year and the US government wants them all registered.

Texas driver swerves and hits a passing motorcyclist. "Doesn't care".

Sad, cute or just weird: this kid had a CVS pharmacy-themed birthday party.

V.24 No.37 | 9/10/2015

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The Daily Word in one man's trash is another man's treasure, twerking stormtroopers and same-sex marriage in Kentucky

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Pro sufer takes on waves in cocktail dress and high heels.

HIV prevention pill to show effective outcome.

Same-sex marriage licences now issued in Kentucky.

These 6 intense airplane landings will make you want to put on your oxygen mask!

Force Friday has Stormtroppers twerking in excitment.

Refugees head to Germany on foot after being denied train rides.

11-year-old boy takes down an attempted burglar.

California man finds $20 bill and wins $1 million lottery ticket.