Balloon Fiesta


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The Daily Word in the debt ceiling, pesky interest rates and political superheroes

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With three days before the debt-ceiling deadline, the White House and the House Republicans are still having discussions and working toward avoiding a default.

A San Francisco man is recovering after having spent 19 days lost in the woods in Mendocino County, surviving on squirrels, lizards and berries.

Your medical insurance won't cover this procedure? Sure, we can help you, but watch out for those interest rates!

Three Americans won the Nobel prize in economics for their work in assets.

A man wanted in connection with a Georgia murder was found in Albuquerque during a drug raid.

After nine missing children were reunited with their parents on Sunday evening, inquiries of abuse and an investigation of the Tierra Blanca Ranch still looms.

The 42nd Annual Balloon Fiesta wrapped up last night, and what a good finale it was!

What do your favorite superheroes think about political issues?

V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013

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5 Reasonable Burque Reactions to the Balloon Fiesta

Every year, Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta brings lots of good, and lots of less-than-good, to our fair city.
V.22 No.40 | 10/3/2013

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Alibi Fiesta Picks

Mellow sounds and big explosions are all part of Balloon Fiesta fun.

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Balloon Fiesta 2013 Schedule

All the sessions, competitions and ascensions you can handle.

V.22 No.15 | 4/11/2013

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The Daily Word in North Korea targets Tokyo, bitcoins, jail bird wannabe

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Teen abortion clinic worker is the latest to testify in murder trial of Kermit Gosnell.

North Korea reportedly warned Japan that Tokyo would be the first target if Pyongyang decides to play its nuclear card.

New study by a UNM professor claims to be able to predict which convicted criminals will reoffend after they’re released from jail.

Cyber thieves target owners of bitcoins.

Balloon Fiesta park gets a makeover.

A man who repeatedly used phony credentials to sneak into New York City's jails may get his wish to do more time.

RIP Paolo Soleri.

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

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

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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.

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

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The Daily Word in bike path, sad husky, gas prices

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Newly completed path saves time for Balloon Fiesta bikers.

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped in September to its lowest since 2009.

Sad husky embarks on two-mile solo trek to visit owner in hospital.

One of New Mexico’s most wanted fugitives captured in Mexico.

California sees 17 cent rise in gas prices overnight.

50 years after its debut, Beatles fans come together to sing record breaking rendition of Love Me Do.

Baby otters!

Apparently “true giants” only have four toes.

Colonel Meow wishes you a happy Friday!

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Balloon-y tunes for all your fiesta needs

I like making mixes. It started with a Christmas music obsession and snowballed from there. I'm not a DJ, but I get obsessed with themes. I readily admit my thematic mixes are indulgent and perhaps even a tad autistic, but I know—or maybe hope?—that at least one other person digs each obsessive attempt at theme-casting.

Last year, I made a balloon-centric podcast to celebrate the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. When you start searching for balloon-themed tunes, you find yourself running into a lot of children's music and a couple of songs smack you in the face over and over again. Jimmy Webb's “Up, Up and Away,” as performed by The Fifth Dimension, is the classic balloon song. German pop-rock quintet Nena's protest song “99 Luftballoons” and its English-language version, “99 Red Balloons,” are catchy, imaginative and overplayed.

My Balloon Fiesta mix showcases 12 lesser-known songs from bands like Twin Shadow, The Kills, Spell, Ween, Beastie Boys and Matmos and a sprinkling of stand-up comedy, vintage educational radio and spoken word. Stream it above or visit my blog for the full track list. Happy ballooning! (Depending on where you work, the opening Mitch Hedberg excerpt may qualify as NSFW.)

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The Daily Word in debate hangovers

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Consensus is that President Obama and KitchenAid lost last night's debate, leaving Neil deGrasse Tyson and Big Bird the clear winners.

Facebook has a billion daily users and none of them will like the picture of your kid doing that thing you posted.

White college kids from Texas do the craziest things.

Food prices rising at Balloon Fiesta.

Chicago police find 1,000 pot plants growing in a field.

Arrests made following this weekends shooting at Fantasy World.

Miguel Cabrera wins baseball's first Triple Crown since 1967.

Cheese smugglers busted in Canada.

What if everyone on earth pointed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time?

Chevy dealer totally sorry he had you arrested over pricing error.

Can a new font help dyslexic readers?

Happy Birthday Charlton Heston!!!

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

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The Last Frontier of Free Viewing

The Alibi reveals some secret spots for taking in the Balloon Fiesta.

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The Fiesta Proper

Where to go, when to be there and what you’ll pay.

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The Daily Word in Furbies, UFOs and Sting.

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Hogs ate a man.

Obama has 99 problems.

Internet addiction is a mental illness.

Hong Kong ferries collide.

Let’s watch some Target training videos.

Joss Whedon is making a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show.

Loitering teens can wreck your business.

Here are GPS coordinates to a bigfoot place.

Ben Radford gives us a history of religious hoaxes.

Human Furbies.

UFOs are real.

Sexy celebrity photoshop guys.

Tinfoil hats amplify mind control rays.

Councilor Michael Cook says balloons need more places to land.

Burglary is on the rise in Rio Rancho.

Tucanos got in trouble for where they put their signs.

Happy birthday Sting. And Chris Johnson.

Thanks to Nayder and Maliskas for the assists.

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The Daily Word in Chinese hackers, faithful coyotes, super bright comets

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Washington confirms that White House computers were breached by Chinese hackers.

Helium shortage forces gas balloon racers to use hydrogen this year. Um ... can anyone say "Hindenburg?"

Boy Scouts of America to release their reports of found pedophiles to police.

That pesky asbestos just keeps coming up.

Which states get the most taxpayer money?

Board of Regents will hopefully reveal tonight why NMSU's president unexpectedly went on leave last week.

New comet discovered near Saturn may turn out to be among the brightest in history, possibly even outshining the moon in 2013.

Mirrors on easels look beautiful in the desert.

New study suggests that urban coyotes are 100% monogomous.

IKEA expresses regret over erasing women from catalogs shipped to Saudi Arabia.

Remember that real-life Ukranian Barbie doll from a few months ago? Well, here is her buddy, Anastasiya Shpagina, the real-life anime girl.

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

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The Daily Word in cheese-smuggling, early voting, cliff diving

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Returning NFL referees received with cheers and a standing ovation.

Are you as excited as I am about Balloon Fiesta?

Dino shoes!

Early voting kick-starts Presidential election in Iowa.

Canadian police officer arrested and charged with cheese-smuggling.

Apple chief executive apologizes for new maps app.

Lawn at Pete Domenici Courthouse is getting a face-lift.

Bank of America shells out 2.43 billion in settlement with Merrill Lynch.

Alaskan woman walks off cliff while texting.

Starry Night recreated with Hubble photos of other starry nights.

Celebrities hanging out with other celebrities and being awesome.

Recent Abq mug shots.

And here’s a cat video to brighten your day.

V.21 No.32 | 8/9/2012

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The Daily Word in the U.S. winning, Chick-fil-A kiss-in, Jenna Jameson hearts Mitt

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U.S. Olympians had a record-setting day with Gabby Douglas becoming the first African American to win the women’s gymnastics all-around and Michael Phelps three-peating gold in the 200-meter individual medley.

Oh, and the men’s bball team put up an Olympic-best 156 points against Nigeria. That still doesn’t answer my question as to why we haven’t been able to view their games on regular TV.

Not much change in the job market.

Balloon Fiesta vendors are worried about what they say could be price-fixing at this year’s event.

Where Chick-fil-A ranks in terms of major companies with controversial policies.

Speaking of which, today is “National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A.”

Santa Fe bus driver admits to multiple instances of sexual misconduct, but isn’t jailed.

Sexist photography at the Olympics?

French president fulfills his promise of cracking down on the rich.

Wojdan Shaherkani became the first Saudi woman ever to compete in the Olympics.

It’s tax-free weekend in New Mexico.

The worst commercial for ice cream of all time.

Mitt Romney gains the support of what appears to be a hunk of humanoid plastic that calls itself Jenna Jameson.

Proof that Ryan Lochte is the frat-boy version of Jeff Spicoli.

And because you know you need to know, a little more info on “Gangnam Style.”