President Obama will give a talk today addressing problems people have been having with HeathCare.gov, a new health care website that allows people to compare insurance rates, understand health care laws and more.
A lawyer for a Roma couple accused of kidnapping a little girl in Greece says that the couple adopted her from her birth mother, though they still haven't located said mother for verification.
Hurricane Raymond is getting stronger.
There was a shooting at Sparks Middle School in Nevada this morning. Police say the suspect was “neutralized,” though it's not clear how many were shot, but the children were evacuated to the nearby high school.
There was another shooting in Nevada this morning, though this one was at a Las Vegas casino, in which one person was pronounced dead and two were wounded. Police say the suspect is in custody.
Joseph Sandoval, 50, was killed on Saturday after being struck by a Rail Runner train that was headed north to Santa Fe. Police are still trying to figure out why Sandoval was near the tracks.
Scott Chandler, owner of Tierra Blanca Ranch, spoke to Matt Lauer on "The TODAY Show" about the allegations of abuse and the Amber Alert for nine missing kids last week.
You think UNM has a solution to the national debt?
Are zombies holding America's imagination hostage?
Man arrested in Albuquerque with crime-scene-television-grade murder charges.
A Zumba instructor who pleaded guilty to using her studio as a front for prostitution is going to jail.
Tres Lagunas fire near Pecos has burned about 500 acres and prompted a slew of evacuations.
Forget regular exercise, it's all about Prancercise now.
Homeless man accused of throwing pieces of concrete at a hotel, claims that he was trying to escape from zombies.
Does this grainy sonar image show a piece of Amelia Earhart's plane?
Cibola High School student arrested after officials said she brought a knife to school.
A New Mexico TV station sent out an official emergency alert yesterday for a zombie attack.
Could minimum wage go up to $9?
Pope Benedict XVI holds his last mass.
Lady Gaga postpones tour due to a serious injury that has left her unable to walk.
How’s that disposable penis treatin’ you there, sea slug?
Police in Florida said they arrested a man accused of stealing wallets from women's purses after he left his own wallet and ID behind at the scene.
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."
John Bear reviewed Peter Heller's postapocalyptic novel The Dog Stars in this week's issue. It got me thinking about what life would be like if everything went to shit. Actually, it got me thinking about all the things I would enjoy doing if there were some sort of cataclysmic event that wiped out most of the population—be it the coming zombie apocalypse, the also-plausible vampire apocalypse, or any of the doomsday scenarios that religious zealots spew forth every year.
To answer this question, I decided to consult a few of my favorite films and novels that deal in such grim matter.
And the realization that I came to is this: I'd get drunk.
That's right, if the world ended, everyone I knew and cared about was wiped out, and I had to spend my days raiding zombie-infested grocery stores with eerily flickering fluorescent lights, armed with a sawed-off—all in the name of scrounging up some Chef Boyardee and Twinkies—I'd probably come home in the evening to a nice fifth of $500 bourbon.
If you need proof that this is probably what you would do too, let us turn to a couple primary sources.
First off, there's Richard Matheson's brilliant 1954 novel, I Am Legend. You are most likely familiar with this work via the Charlton Heston flick or that Will Smith one that included some of the worst CGI of the 21st century.
If you haven't read Matheson's book, I advise you to do so. The protagonist, Robert Neville, basically goes around killing the shit out of vampires and then ... you guessed it, getting hammered. It's one of the most entertaining books I've ever read.
Moving on, there's that great scene in George Romero's Dawn of the Dead where some folks hole-up in a shopping mall to get away from the zombie hordes. And what do they do? Raid the mall's liquor store and get schnockered on high-end booze.
Exhibit C: When the world is ravaged by crazies infected with some sort of ape rabies in 28 Days Later, Brendan Gleeson's character grabs as much fine Scotch as his shopping cart can handle whilst on a scavenging run. He then proceeds to drink it.
Getting back to Peter Heller's book, all I know about its protagonist's tastes for liquids is that he drinks Coke. I already don't trust him.
While not precisely a tower defense game, Zombie at the Gates does involve a tower and wave after wave of nasty attackers. The cartoon-colored undead hordes here aren't trying to destroy the tower, though. They're coming for you: a weapon-wielding king who just wants to escape. Your salvation lies in gathering resources (wood, wool, stone) and turning your castle into a floating escape pod. Upgrade weapons and such as quickly as possible, because you're going to need them. Don't forget your zombie-stunning stomp move--it's going to save your life many times over. Godspeed, little king.
Ever seen a Cuban movie? Ever seen a Cuban comedy? Ever seen a Cuban zombie comedy? I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the answer is “no” on all three of these questions. Well, we’re here to help. Alibi is, once again, sponsoring Midnight Movie Madness at Guild Cinema. This weekend’s crazy selection is Juan of the Dead, a winking horror parody about a Communist Cuba overrun with gut-munching zombies. It’s screening Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. and midnight. Be sure to bring your chainsaw and your copy of Mao’s Little Red Book.
Organ Trail could be the greatest game in existence right now. It's basically an exacting recreation of the oooooold school educational game Oregon Trail. Instead of trekking across the country in a covered wagon and fighting off marauding Indians, however, you'll now be trekking across the country in a station wagon fighting off gut-munching zombies. Other than the tweaked setting, it's the same, fondly remembered game so many of us grew up on. And yes, you can still die of dysentery. I got all the way to Portland without losing a single member of my party. (Hint: Save some bullets for the end ... you're gonna need 'em.)
APD shoots and kills suspected burglar at St. Pius High.
Casey Anthony releases first installment of her video diary.
5-year-old boy falls into open manhole in the Lead construction zone, family says, and swallows sewage.
The final tally of U.S. casualties in the Iraq War: 4,486.
Mom wraps up real-live sergeant as Christmas present.
Songs Michele Bachmann should have resigned to.
iPhone app will pay you to work out.
Robert Frank chosen to be UNM’s president.
Inspirational Tweets from Kanye West.
Best sub-headline of the year thus far: At the Iowa caucuses, the corpse of the Republican Party was wandering around Des Moines, hungry for brains.
Drunk woman rubs her butt on a $30 million abstract painting.
Facebook makes in-person conversations redundant.
Scientists distort light for the Pentagon to create time holes.
“Code Red Velvet,” a song about the cupcake that threatened national security.
Romney wants Big Bird to run on advertisements.
Satellite discovers a buried city in Egypt.
Writer Douglas Clegg and artist Glenn Chadbourne managed to combine zombies and Christmas with their morbidly endearing picture book The Saddest Little Zombie. Now you can play a video game version of the book. It's a simple "spot the difference" game, but the "point and click" interface is quite intuitive and the illustrations delightfully detailed. Who doesn't want a little mistletoe and intestines for the holiday? Ho, ho, ho! The horror. The horror.
Discount Mayonnaise doesn't give you a lot of clues as to what manner of game is behind the puzzling title. Boot up the game and you'll be greeted by a nice little cartoon art-inspired platform shooter in which you're asked to navigate a series of maze-like platforms, upgrade weapons, dispatch waves of enemies and ... SWEET ZOMBIE CHRIST, is that a gigantic worm chasing me!?! Discount Mayonnaise turns out to be a majorly high-pressure action title. Slacken your pace for even a second and you'll be swallowed by a giant worm straight out of Frank Herbert's nightmares. It's like being stuck in a zombie movie--while Godzilla is chasing you. Pump those crazy legs already and get shooting!
Bjork's new album has Tesla coils in it!
Occupy Las Cruces protesters given eviction notice from police.
Girls Scouts can earn locavore merit badges now.
Herman Cain says this is all Rick Perry's fault.
Cubans will be allowed to own property.
China and Russia have been spying on us.
Severely creepy old-tyme photographs.
Grand Theft Auto V will look like this.
Beware of frogs in your bagged salad.
Sarcastic responses to well-meaning signs. (Thanks Carl!)
Your grandpa could be a prostitute.
Thanks, Smashing Magazine: Free calendar wallpaper downloads for the month of November. I like the "The Most Productive Month."
(Un)occupy Albuquerque protester continues hunger strike.
Herman Cain responds to sexual harassment accusations.
Freaking giant pumpkin carved into a rising zombie scene.
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.
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.
I've been posting a lot of zombie games lately, but I'd be remiss if I didn't point out Tea Party Zombies Must Die. The title makes it pretty clear what the aim is here. In this first person shooter, you must navigate a series of settings--from campaign rallies to political headquarters to the Koch brothers' offices--dispatching shambling, brain-dead Sarah Palin worshipers. Needless to say, conservatives won't find this one the least bit funny. The graphics and gameplay are notably basic for this kind of thing, but taking a crowbar to a rotting corpse with an anti-Obama sign is oddly satisfying.