Apple's Steve Jobs dies at age 56.
A commencement speech Jobs gave.
The good folks at Westboro plan to protest his funeral.
Occupy Albuquerque protesters still at UNM.
Man says he tried to withdraw his money from Bank of America in St. Louis and was prevented by police.
Snarky writer charges that Occupy Wall Street was started by Adbusters (which, he says, owns the URL).
Guy charged in Sunflower Market's yogurtgate is going to court.
Dr. Barry Ramo on foods that make your skin healthy.
Men as pinups.
Why do we love stories about people with too many cats?
Santa Fe orders cleanup of "Hobo Hill."
This Swede won the Nobel Prize for literature.
Quadruple rainbow all the way.
Palin says she's not running for president.
Judy Jetson is boy crazy.
Speech pathologist eats school lunches for a year.
Cafeterias in France ban ketchup.
Hear all of Björk's new album Biophilia.
Yesterday's tornado in Albuquerque was actually a landspout.
Virginia Tech says there's a gunman on campus. In 2007, a shooter killed 33 people at the school.
The mayor of Sunland Park near Las Cruces says he was drunk when he signed those nine contracts.
Construction near University and Coal is going to get worse.
The ACLU wants to make sure we're not being tracked by the police through our cell phones.
NRA files lawsuit to stop a rule that requires gun shops to report the purchase of more than one semi-automatic. The rule would be lifted in border states, such as New Mexico.
First chile harvest is in from Hatch.
The world's first text messages from 1890.
Fox News hosts don't criticize Sarah Palin because she's their coworker.
Adult men who like My Little Pony are called bronies.
The golden oldies of a gen-Xer.
Maybe our universe is in a bubble of space and time, and other universes are, too.
Writer finds out how easy it is to buy a gun from a stranger in Portland.
The ultimate food taboo.
Arizona fire nears an electrical grid and may reach it tomorrow. Thousands in New Mexico could lose power.
The smoke is bad for your pets.
Lady found her engagement diamond—which she lost in 1997.
Belgian festival to ban meat (including its specialty horse sausages) on the day Morrissey will perform.
Who wouldn't want to play with deer guts?
Why Rep. Weiner is probably terrified of Hillary Clinton.
Earth is full-up.
Primus still sux.
Europe also not a fan of Facebook's facial recognition software.
Repairman rigged computers so they would take pictures of their female owners.
Gentler video games.
The haze in the sky is smoke from wildfires.
Chief justice of the state Supreme Court says he did not buy his job.
Driver facing vehicular homicide charge after cyclist’s death last month.
Arizona sues the feds over medical marijuana.
Unemployment fell in New Mexico.
Google says hackers in China got into hundreds of Gmail accounts. Chinese government says that’s baloney.
Lady Gaga killed the notion of “the album.”
Two senators warn that the government is using the Patriot Act in alarming ways. But they say they can’t talk about it because it’s classified.
The war on drugs hasn’t worked, say politicians around the world. The United States and Mexico disagree.
T-Pain renounces auto-tune.
Europe’s mutant E.coli killed almost 20 people so far.
Nudism is on the decline.
Demand goes up for gluten-free, vegan baked goods, which means they’re becomming more delicious.
You can’t scrub yourself off the Internet.
Man found dead with his throat cut near Mountain and Sixth Street.
Guy goes to the lost and found at Sandia Casino looking for his cocaine.
Bears in Roswell and Belen.
AIDS vaccine works in monkeys. A human vaccine may be just around the corner.
Paramedic says he was discriminated against because of his beard in Española. He's a Sikh, and it's part of his religion.
The M-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-crooked letter-I-humpback-humpback-I River is flooding at historic levels.
Guard for Nazi camp was charged with 28,060 counts of accessory to murder. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
This technology can read your mind.
World wastes more than a billion tons of food every year.
Bin Laden's diary (crushes revealed! jk).
Dems try to repeal tax incentives for big oil, given the companies are seeing profit.
Virtual reality pioneer (and native New Mexican) Jaron Lanier delivers a public lecture at Albuquerque Academy this Thursday, Sep. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The content of the talk—entitled “You Are Not A Gadget: What Happens When We Stop Shaping Technology and Technology Starts Shaping Us?”—seems likely to be drawn from his new book You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, a highly critical look at how the Internet of today “aggregate[s] the expressions of people into dehumanized data.” Expect fiery rhetoric and large-scale ideas, if his recent op-ed in the New York Times is any indication:
“Nothing kills music for me as much as having some algorithm calculate what music I will want to hear. That seems to miss the whole point. Inventing your musical taste is the point, isn’t it? Bringing computers into the middle of that is like paying someone to program a robot to have sex on your behalf so you don’t have to.”
Tell it like it is, brother. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
She got some advice from the Dark Witch.
Colin Powell thinks Obama should focus more on unemployment.
Lindsay Lohan tweeted about failing her latest drug test.
A missing cult once was lost but now is found.
The Gulf Oil Spill is officially, permanently plugged.
Spawn of the Super Salmon.
Hurricane Igor is very large.
Once knighted, fantasy writer Terry Pratchett forged a sword out of meteorites.
Have you tried a moral search engine? Me neither.
Yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day. What a day to miss church.
APS reveals its confused policy on condoms.
There was a stabbing on the Westside.
The world’s biggest and strongest spiderweb was discovered in Madagascar.
Zozobra burns tonight in Santa Fe.
Sunport kills prairie dogs on orders from the feds.
City Council stiffens DWCell-phoning rule.
You probably saw, but Google sped up searches.
Ex-Gov. Gary Johnson contemplates a run at the big White House.
Many black voters who cast a ballot in 2008 won't be back in November, poll says.
Rio Grande teachers high-five after the old principal splits. Students still don't have class schedules.
Ladies love flamboyant dancing.
The president rails against tax cuts for the rich ...
… then asks a Florida minister not to burn the Quran. He says the act would create a "recruitment bonanza" for al Qaida.
London Catholic church offers gay mass.
Castro criticizes communism in Cuba.
Middle-class, American, high school football star matures into a high-ranking kingpin for a Mexican drug cartel. (Growing up, he even had a wooden swing set.)
Rodney King is marrying a juror from his case.
Vitamin B slows Alzheimer's, says study.
She reads Playboy to the blind.
Why do albums come out on Tuesdays?
Taking a tip from the Alibi’s Summer Guide, I decided to stroll on down to the Albuquerque Telephone Museum on 110 Fourth Street.
Buried in the middle of the outdoor plaza in Downtown Fourth Street, the Victorian-style building may be difficult to find. But once you locate it, the kitschy little museum inside is well worth the $2 admission fee.
Far from the polished atmosphere of the Natural History and Albuquerque Museums, guests at the Telephone Museum may feel as if they’ve stepped into someone’s living room, or at least a small-town tribute to its local history.
The walls on the first floor are lined with antique telephones, starting with the early 1800s. In the next room, guests are invited to try out 1950s novelty telephones in the shapes of Elvis, Barbie, and Mickey Mouse.
As well as the myriad of telephones and phone equipment, the museum takes visitors back in time with mannequins, including a life-size representation of Alexander Graham Bell. They added color to their depictions of historical events, and just enough cheesiness to endear the museum to visitors.
As no museum would be complete without a gift shop, this one offers visitors a chance to take home dangly telephone earrings, Alexander Graham Bell magnets, and even an outdated VHS tape on how to teach children telephone manners.
If you need a respite from the heat, or the 21st century, ring up the Albuquerque Telephone Museum for a guided tour.
As an avid fan of all things smart-assy, I’ve found myself reading Gawker as of late. (Admitting this is somewhat painful because I truly don’t care about Lindsay Lohan’s latest jail sentence but the barbs are just so damn good I can’t help myself.)
Of Gawker’s many writers, Adrian Chen is just my kind of wise-ass. So yesterday, when I read that some site I’d never heard of called 4chan was publishing his personal info I got curious about the site, but not enough to look it up. Today it seems that users of the site actually shut Gawker down for awhile, though it still came through in RSS without pictures and Gawker’s Twitter feed was just fine.
The curiosity got to me and I tried to go to 4chan to see what it was. No dice, as I was on the Rail Runner’s internet connection. This message came through: Based on your corporate access policies, access to this web site ( http://4chan.org/ ) has been blocked because the web category "Adult/Sexually Explicit" is not allowed.
No porn on the train I guess. In the past I’ve also noticed that Pirate Bay is blocked as well. Guess the New Mexico Department of Transportation doesn’t want you torrenting or looking at dirty pictures. Bummer.
Anyway, I finally made it to the Alibi offices, where apparently I can look at all the porn I want and finally got 4chan to load. Holy ‘90s Batman. I haven’t seen a message board like this since high school, when I decided the internet wasn’t for me.
Adrian Chen, I have new respect for you. Not only are you hilarious, but you figured this site out, which means you’re a super nerd too!
Internet geeks, which more and more look like a cross-section of society than the soda guzzling guy who lives in mom’s basement, got all atwitter earlier this week when the New York Times supposedly banned the word “tweet” when referring to the action of posting to Twitter. An earth-shattering controversy it’s not, but one that leads to an interesting debate (which I shall kindly spare you) about technological advances and the effect on language. By the way, New York Times writer Philip B. Corbett has responded to the drama writing, “I had suggested that outside of ornithological contexts, “tweet” should still be treated as colloquial rather than as standard English.”
Uh, 140 characters or less dude. Jeez.
Anyway, if you’re a bigger fan of the word “tweet” than, say, “ornithological,” you might just want to head to the New Mexico Tweetup. From 7 p.m. to a touch before midnight Saturday, June 19 at the Hyatt (330 Tiejeras NW).
Tweeters will gather and talk to each other in person, in full sentences (maybe even a paragraph or two), no less. Talk about an experiment in language. No longer will the format be: [snarky comment] RT @whoever [headline/snarky comment] [link].
Instead, it’s going to be, “Hey, did you see that article in the New York Times about I Can Has Cheezburger?”
“No, what did it say?”
“I don’t know, I didn’t read all of it.”
Or hopefully not.
Still not sure about the whole Twitter thing? Or maybe you’re just embarrassed by your ancient phone, which barely has texting capabilities, let alone being high tech enough to allow you to install a Tweet Deck app. Have no fear. Alibi.com will have a little widget installed on Saturday so you can keep up with all the action from the event.
For you tweeters, here’s the entirety of this article in readable (and retweetable) terms:
The iPhone/iPod Touch Netflix player that was revealed in April headlined the software demonstrations, and now has a semi-solid release date of "this Summer." It looks to boast the same functionality you get with both the home and iPad versions; you'll be able to see your instant queue, browse for titles, pick up movies where you left off etc. It works on both Wi-Fi and 3G, though now that ATT has removed the option of an unlimited data plan, that could be a bit of trouble.
The Facebook phenom Farmville is coming at the end of June. The integration with Facebook is all there, so you'll have the same farm, same friends, etc. Is this exciting? If you play it, you already know what it is. If you don't play it, you still know what it is from getting spammed in Facebook about it. Also, I'm not sure if it's such a great idea to have bent-necked Farmville junkies out wandering the streets, though that touch control tractor does look pretty awesome! Yikes.
Finally, the Guitar Hero iPhone was announced during the WWDC keynote for immediate release that same day. To my untrained eyes, it looks nearly impossible, though seeing the Activision guy 5 star "Death By Diamonds and Pearls" by Band of Skulls was completely impressive. The packed in track list includes: Queen - "We Are The Champions", Rise Against - "Savior", The Rolling Stones - "Paint it Black", The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army", Weezer - "Say It Ain’t So", and Vampire Weekend - "Cousins". Currently, 15 more tracks are available from the in-game store.