My sister and I search a building for alien embryos. We find a lot of them. Our mother arrives to show us her new, high quality, blue-tinged, sticky-backed, crisp register tape she got from the candy machine.
The Daily Word in BP appeals case, Roswell and Google Doodle and superhero villains
BP Lawyer cites "irreparable injustices" in how settlement payments are being handled.
Officials probe why a jet that crash landed in San Francisco was flying too slow before it hit the runway.
Authorities search for 40 missing people after a train blast in Quebec town that killed five.
Michael Allen speaks out in speculation over whether Albuquerque police could have spared his brother, Vincent Wood, who was shot multiple times on Friday night.
Albuquerque remembers Austin Hudson-LaPore.
Google Doodle and Roswell? Oh, we're there!
City planners want to make Central a little snazzier! Neon signs anyone?
Webgame Wednesday on Thursday: They Took Our Candy
The invasion of the Halloween-themed horror games continues on Webgame Wednesday. They Took Our Candy is fairly straightforward. Space aliens have invaded the streets of suburbia and snatched up all the good candy. You must assemble your best team of costumed kiddies (different costumes bestow different special powers), and sidescroll your way though wave after wave of monsters from space. Use the candy you gather to upgrade your powers and unlock new costumes (a kitty cat?). Yay, candy!
E.T. on the Radio
Aliens dig Earth music in Rob Reid’s Year Zero
The Daily Word in tax cuts, Roswell anniversary, mismatched mummies.
All 135 space shuttle launches ... at the same time.
Gov. Hickenlooper lifts fire ban in Colorado.
Obama calls for tax cut extension for the middle class.
Woman killed after a hug with an off-duty cop caused his gun to misfire.
Bodies of Scottish mummies turn out to be composite remains of multiple people.
This couple is extremely devestated over a missing iguana they believe was stolen from their home. Iggy the iguana is worth about $200, but for Abby Jacoby, it's not about the price, "it's about getting back a piece of her family."
Need to catch a burglar? Just follow his potato chip trail.
Allow this video of polar bear cubs playing in the snow to make your day so, so much better.
Let's go to Tatooine!
The Daily Word in depraved penguin sex and Gordon Ramsay self-destruction
Military suicide rate at highest level in ten years.
Is the Obama administration using leaks to bolster the President's image?
Small town murder rates are climbing.
It's not gonna happen, Jeb Bush.
Fire at the the downtown Hyatt overnight.
How prepared is the military for the eventual alien invasion?
Georgia widow wins $3 million lawsuit after husband dies during three-way.
"We're not racists, we just want to be with white people." said racist KKK member while defending the group's Adopt-A-Highway application.
Self-destruct with Gordon Ramsay.
Dead toddler comes back to life, then doesn't
The most shoplifted items are …
Trees reveal mysterious 1,200 year old radiation burst.
ATTN sinners: Introvale birth control pills recalled.
Depraved penguin sex scandalized uptight polar explorers.
Don't worry Israel, those weird lights in the sky are just the Russians testing their ICBs.
115 years together is enough for these tortoises.
Fiona Apple has a new album.
Pizza Hut getting into the gross sandwich business.
The Daily Word in Ad-Rock, aliens vs. gods and working too hard
African American father and son say they were racially profiled, and APD took $17,000 in cash off their hands for no good reason.
Neil Armstrong almost never does interviews, but he spoke with Australian accountants about his trip to the moon.
Ad-Rock talks about MCA's death.
Who puts in the most hours at work, country-wise? How do you stack up?
KRQE scrutinizes New Mexico's pork barrel projects.
George Zimmerman was pretty tight with Sanford police.
Top two Mexican cartels stage public massacres to taunt authorities and frighten civilians.
Office break rooms are disgusting pits of germs, says guy who cares.
There may be no daily newspaper in New Orleans after The Times-Picayune announces cutback plans.
The company that owns Chicago's daily bought its weekly. (That's like the Journal purchasing the Alibi.)
Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to cruelty.
Egypt is voting for president for the first time.
Can the human race tell aliens from gods?
MIT alleviates an age-old human frustration: getting ketchup out of the bottle.
The Daily Word in our Alaskan hottie, our favorite sport, our alien artifacts.
It is estimated that 10% to 20% of the country of Mauritania’s 3.4 million people are enslaved.
Theaters are pushing to up the prices of regular movies to bring the prices of 3D movies down. Mmm mmm motion sickness.
New Mexico is the armpit of the sadness of the horse-racing world.
10 things you may not know about the health care reform law.
Area 51 Museum displays authentic alien artifact.
School officials kill teenager's porn star prom dreams.
AFD is upset about nude photo shoot featuring one of their trucks.
Hunger Games opening sets new records.
James Cameron returns safely from the Challenger Deep.
Ladies and gentlemen, The Final Four.
North Korea has transported the main body of a long-range missile in preparation for launching a "satellite ... to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of founding president Kim Il-Sung."
The Daily Word with an upcoming Anonymous attack, Ted Bundy's blood and a Chinese landlord scorpion attack
Anonymous is gearing up to attack Facebook this November.
The Congressional Supercommittee has been chosen.
North and South Korea exchange fire.
President Obama can't catch a break.
FBI agent discusses the West Mesa buried bodies case.
Missouri high school bans Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-5.
America is not ready for President Rick Perry.
Recently discovered vial of Ted Bundy's blood may help uncover more murders.
The Onion is starting a paywall.
Probably not a good idea to heckle Aziz Ansari.
Chinese landlord releases thousands of scorpions to chase away his tenants.
Thomas the Imperialist Tank Engine.
Tim Heidicker (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) saw a UFO.
Six things that were probably built by aliens.
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #207: Aliens have landed and are ready to attack.
Aliens have landed and are ready to attack. My drunken and terrified friends fall out of their stilted bungalow onto the street. They urinate profusely in fear. They are silhouetted by the lights of the spacecrafts and their pee splashes and glows. They stagger uncontrollably toward the waiting crafts. From the side I can see the aliens, wearing maroon uniforms and shorts, crouched behind the saucers, their ray guns held ready.
7 Sci-Fi Wonders
Mostly stranger than fiction
The Daily Word: NPR CEO Resigns, Ron Bell DWI Conviction, California Fish Kill
Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign legislation to abolish death penalty in Illinois.
Fire destroys 13 homes in Silver City.
Gang rape of 11-year-old girl in Texas leads to the arrest of 18 men and teenagers.
Pennsylvania farmhouse fire kills seven children.
Ron Bell found guilty on DWI charges.
Drivers illegally detained for using large bills on toll roads.
Utah lawmakers passed a bill forcing public school teachers to teach that the United States is a republic, not a democracy, because "Democracy" sort of has the word "Democrat" in it.
Victim's father vows to murder child killer if he gets out of prison.
Top ten things Newt Gingrich doesn't want you to know about Newt Gingrich.
Millions of dead anchovies clog shoreline in Redondo Beach.
Mexican police chief seeks US asylum.
A history of our attempts at communication with aliens.
Teacher quits after students discover her porny past.
Leave it to monkeys to invent a new fishing technique.
Al Jazeera announces plans to launch English language children's channel that you will never get to watch because your cable company won't carry it.
Michael Chabon is creating a show for HBO about magicians who fight Nazis!
Check out McDonald's
fancy new M Selections menu.
Because sometimes an ear of corn is not an ear of corn, or how to interpret your food dreams.
Angry Burger King customer
climbs lumbers over counter to attack employees.
Have you tried Sonic's new hot dogs?
Watch every Power Ranger ever battle at the same time!
I wish there was something nerdier I could read to my kids instead of Goodnight Moon.
Here's a nice gallery of 1970s Japanese sci-fi art.
RIP Mike Starr, original bassist for Alice In Chains.
Watch the pilot to the Clarissa Explains It All sequel that never made it to air.
The Daily Word 01.26.11: Local Vigilantes, Dark Matter, Big Bras
Local teen vigilantes kick some ass.
Hey ladies, this guy needs a girlfriend.
Farmington man uses homemade receipts to steal $25,000 worth of electronics from Sam's Club.
New bill under consideration would fine motorists for driving too-close to bicyclists.
Could dark matter really be aliens?
Flavor Flav is starting a fried-chicken franchise.
Mark Bittman ends his Minimalist column after 13 years.
You have died of dysentery. The Oregon Trail turns 40.
Is it possible to love a dog enough to pay $35 for a scented candle?
You know what makes me happy? Bras.
Eat This, Not That's six worst coffee drinks.
NASA discovers a loose star.
I don't know, why do storm clouds have flat tops?
Look at these transparent animals.
The Daily Word 10.06.10: Disaster In Hungary, Alien Life In The Clouds, Vampire Fish In The Mekong
Pot raid at Santa Fe montessori school turns up tomatoes.
APS teachers are facing layoffs.
Tennessee man doesn't pay $75 fire protection fee, firefighters refuse to help stop his house from burning down.
Alert driver saves abducted California girl.
Ecological disaster in Hungary.
J.K. Rowling says she probably won't, but maybe will write three more Harry Potter novels.
Elf-rockers Sigur Rós use their blog to call-out advertisers for
ripping off paying homage to their music.
New language discovered in the Himalayas.
Awesome trailer for new Thai action movie Red Eagle.
British scientists are searching for alien life in Earth's upper atmosphere.
Dracula Fish discovered in South-East Asia.
$38 million dollar diamond goes on sale next month.
Interesting list of unused jokes and story ideas from former Simpsons showrunners.
Happy birthday to Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson!
What Did You Play This Weekend?
This weekend I got to play a little bit of Valve software's new freebee, Alien Swarm. Think the feel of Aliens meets the top-down look of Diablo, and you're close. Add up to 3 more players cooperating to wade through hordes of hostile alien bugs, and you're right on the money.
The game offers 4 different classes of character to play - officer, medic, tech, special weapons - and the brief session I had showed some real promise. There were only two of us playing, so getting the right combination to mitigate the missing classes took a couple of tries, but we managed to slog through, 3 or 4 tense moments aside, to the end of the first area. The bugs seemed to spawn the same way on every playthrough, so the challenge (at least in the level we played) came more from tactical placement and weapons loadout than from managing chaos.
Graphically and design-wise, the game feels pretty modern, and its designers have curated a nice collection of SF tropes both new and old. My favorite so far is the inclusion of an active reload system similar to the one in Gears of War. Hit reload once, and then a second time at the sweet spot in the cycle to reload significantly faster - screw up, and you're stuck waiting a bit longer than a normal reload.
While I did enjoy my time with the game, I've run into an issue where it periodically hangs for a few seconds (and sound like a skipping CD). This also holds up the other players, and is disruptive to play, so it has really let the air out of my balloon. Trimming back settings has only brought moderate improvement, and the game is barely playable for me right now. Fingers crossed that an update will save me. From what I'm reading, mine is not the average experience, so you should definitely give it a go, just bear in mind your mileage may vary.