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V.22 No.27 |

news

The Daily Word in Levi Chavez, water-swiping Texans and Sarah Palin redux

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The recent rains mean that the National Forests aren't quite as likely to catch on fire if you camp in them. But you're still not allowed to do it yet.

Something something Levi Chavez trial something!

The Texans are coming for your water.

Behold, the strange and convoluted saga of the worst video game in the world! And charity marathon!

Sarah Palin is planning on running for senate.

Australia is spying on phone records too. But for really important reasons, like catching litterbugs.

You should be ashamed for giving up on Catch-22 after only 20 pages, but hey, at least you're not alone. Goodreads presents a graphic of the most commonly abandoned books.

V.22 No.13 | 3/28/2013

news

The Daily Word in dead pigs, hobbit holes and Duplos.

The Daily Word

A deadly marine killed two.

Crime didn’t pay for some crafty bank burglars.

Mathmatics of mosh pit motion mimics molecular movement.

Why must there always be dicks in video games?

An airship club that might have existed continues to puzzle scholars. (Warning: long story.)

Until someone does this with Duplos, you’ll have to make do with hidden Lego photographs.

I feel sorry for those 16,000 dead Chinese pigs.

I want a hobbit house bonsai tree.

Thieves stole the battery and tires from a crashed vehicle with the victim inside it.

They shoot horses, don’t they?

Happy birthday William Shatner.

V.21 No.46 |

News

The Daily Word in BP, poorest president and Pong

The Daily Word

BP's looking at a $4.5 billion fine and criminal charges against staff members.

The gap between rich and poor in New Mexico is the widest in the nation.

Pit bull terriers killed a Chihuahua and sent her owner to the hospital.

Debbie O'Malley might remain on the Council and take a seat on the County Commission.

Remember when 48 women training for the military said they'd been sexually assaulted or harassed by their instructors? The Air Force has a weird solution: Trainees must have a wingman all the time.

Nonstop flights from Albuquerque to New York.

FBI investigates death threats against the guy holding the coyote-killing contest in Los Lunas.

The poorest president in the world. "If you don't have many possessions, then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them."

Violence escalates in Gaza and Israel. Rockets kill 15 Palestinians and three Israelis.

Louisiana governor is the first Republican to denounce Mitt Romney's notion that he lost the election because President Obama gave gifts to minorities and youth.

5-Hour Energy shot-like drink blamed for 13 deaths.

Colorado Visitors Bureau plans NOT to capitalize on legal recreational marijuana.

Science looks at rappers' brains to find the basis of improvisation.

Pong is 40-years-old and no one has topped it, says this guy.

How to become as observant as Sherlock Holmes. (Also, "Sherlock," the BBC miniseries available on Netflix instawatch, is dope.)

V.21 No.34 | 8/23/2012
http://batman-catwoman.blogspot.com/2010_07_01_archive.html

dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #263: Greg Kinnear recognizes me.

I am in a toy store. I purchase two carved, wooden balls from the long-haired cashier for $130. I have him hold them for me at the counter. I tell him I am considering a "shift in play paradigms," and that I would like to see the Batman action figures. He leads me to the video games where Greg Kinnear, wearing a cowboy hat, recognizes me and says hello.

V.21 No.24 |

news

The Daily Word in Lara Croft, Game of Thrones and bacon sundaes

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Egypt's high court orders that its parliament be dissolved.

Officers stumble across starving horses while looking for a man with a gun.

APD used stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog in the arrest of a 60-year-old man. Judge says: Pay up.

"Game of Thrones" sorry about using President Bush's head in scene about heads on pikes.

When is it OK to shoot someone in Albuquerque?

Drake and Chris Brown maybe got in a fist fight at a NY club, say police.

State's paying too much in jail and prison contracts.

The flavorful space between fresh and rotten.

Lara Croft to be put through harrowing attempted gang rape in Tomb Raider reboot so male players will feel compelled to protect her.

After a series of workers who make Apple products committed suicide, the company attempted to improve conditions. Yesterday, another worker committed suicide.

We're going to spy on Africa more.

Wine glass chess set makes for classiest drinking game ever.

Movies for women turn huge profits. So why doesn't Hollywood want to make those films? asks Meryl Streep.

Burger King's bacon sundae.

Ditch your car, city-dweller, and buy this folding pod on wheels.

V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012

Feature

ACE in the Hole

Alibi’s top 10 picks for the Albuquerque Comic Expo

The Albuquerque Comic Expo enters its giant-sized (dare we say “Giant Man-sized”) sophomore year this weekend. With so many exhibits, lectures, signings, parties, screenings and gaming tournaments to choose from, how do you figure out what to spend your time on? Should you comb though the dealers’ room looking for bargains on back issues of Justice League, or should you get in line for Katee Sackhoff’s autograph? We’ve chosen our top 10 faves from the still-growing lineup of events.

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V.21 No.12 |

news

The Daily Word in Angry Birds, hacktivists and arty nip slips

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21 states—not N.M.— have stand-your-ground laws. In Florida, that law prevents the man who killed a teen from being arrested.

Islamic extremist shot in the head by French police after a gunfight.

President Obama stops in Lea County to talk about how he digs oil companies.

Timsanity

Survey says Americans think politicians are talking about religion too much.

Our own Rep. Steve Pearce pushes a national bill that would require drug testing for everyone receiving food stamps or unemployment benefits.

Three supermarket chains say no to pink slime.

Hacktivists steal more data than criminals.

Chase results in APD-involved shooting on Laguna land.

Romney's campaign is like an Etch A Sketch.

NASA helps Angry Birds developers understand space physics.

A regularly updated database of all the nipples on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Being bilingual makes you smarter.

Pianist covers all of Mastodon's metal concept album Leviathan.

Freestyle dough acrobatics at the World Pizza Games.

Why are there loud booms every night in Clintonville?

Doctor Who's next companion.

Never mind a dog. Get yourself a fox.

V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012

3 p.m. Slump

Secret snake game on YouTube

Yesterday, while falling down a YouTube hole about weird jazz, I accidentally discovered some vids made just so users could enjoy an Easter egg. It’s been around since 2010, so I’m super late to the party.

Here’s what you do:

• Pause a YouTube video by clicking on the screen

• Hold down the left arrow key for about three seconds. The video will rewind, but don’t worry.

• Hit the up or down arrow, and the classic game of snake should appear on your screen. You can let go of that left arrow and begin controlling the snake normally.

People made special blank screens just for this purpose, though it works on any vid.

V.20 No.41 | 10/13/2011
http://www.kidopo.com/coloring-pages/occupation/chefs/cook/

dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #221: A restaurant job.

My friend has given me a job at his restaurant. He takes me to the kitchen on my first day to introduce me to everyone. I meet a pretty waitress in white who is getting ready at a table. Around the corner everyone else has been lined up. My friend begins the introductions. I extend my hand at the right of the line, but am instructed to start at the left. There is a short Indian woman, a short Hispanic guy I had already met, two Hispanic cooks who spoke no English, and several others. I'm not remembering names. Each rushes off as soon as they shake my hand. Several sit at a break table playing a video game, with the screen up on the wall. The game allows you to pick a song and make the figures on the screen do funny dances to it. They are also able to dress the figures in different ethnic costumes from around the world.

V.20 No.38 |

film

Fantastic Fest Day 4

The annual Fantastic Fest film festival is taking place in Austin this week. It’s the largest genre-based film festival in the United States. We sent special correspondent Brennan Foster to hunt down the weirdest films, the coolest parties and the biggest star sightings he could find.

It's sweltering. Normally, I would go see a movie and escape the heat--but halfway through a film festival, I need to escape the theater.

Fortunately, the HighBall bar across the parking lot hosts the Fantastic Arcade, a sidebar event showcasing independent video games. When I get inside, there’s a string quartet playing stirring soundtrack selections to a demo of D-Pad Studio's upcoming Owlboy.

You can play the games on old-school arcade cabinets, which is cool; but I’m drawn to something very different, called Deep Sea. I’m drawn to it because I can’t see the game at all.

I just see a near-motionless man sitting at a back table, wearing a blue gas mask and holding a flight simulator joystick, which he occasionally taps left, right or on the fire button. It looks very fetishistic.

I arrive in time to nab the final play. Robin Arnott, the game’s designer, wipes the mask down with antibacterial towelettes and fits it snugly onto my head. There are no eyeholes, just black cloth. Then he puts noise-canceling earphones on me. I’m ready to submerge.

The mask is outfitted with surround sound and monitors my breathing. I hear a sonar ping, try to orient myself and shoot in the direction of the sound. This will unleash a series of deepwater monsters; I’m to listen for their roars, toggle the joystick in the creatures’ direction and kill them.

Whenever I make a noise, I attract more monsters. Each exhalation creates a stream of bubbles that overwhelms all other sounds. It’s like breathing through a Jacuzzi air hole (although I enjoy that).

People react very differently to sensory deprivation. Some misfire and blame the game’s design; others navigate the world with a Zen-like quality and develop unique tactics to help them reach the final level; others panic.

I've got one finger on the trigger and another hooked beneath the mask, ready to rip if from my face as my hopeless attempts begin to sink me. I try to breathe slowly. I end up breathing heavily. This is Arnott’s intention: "Survival … require[s] the player to focus intently to the point of suppressing their own breathing, further reinforcing the sensation of claustrophobic isolation."

The mask sucks closer to my face with each intake. Any attempt to hold my breath only makes the sensation worse. The mask’s material is making me sweat and I can’t make out any of the AI. I am totally disoriented.

Then the blackness becomes a new entity--a palpable presence; deep, serene, multi-hued blackness.

Yes! I think. I’ve reached my Zen point.

But I'm not actually playing the game anymore, so I yank off the mask and abort my mission.

Breaking the surface, I am happy to see a bucket of Shiner beer tokens and a Starcade competition underway with arcade favorites Mr. Do and Tapper.

That’s a better way to beat the heat. I’ll put on a cowboy hat and storm the bar. Tap, sling, chug, sling ...


V.20 No.37 |

news

The Daily Word in freed hikers, geniuses and suicide by rollercoaster

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Two years after accidentally hiking into Iran, Josh Fattal and Shan Bauer have been freed.

Is Troy Davis's scheduled execution America's worst miscarriages of justice?

Masked gunmen dump 35 dead bodies in the middle of a busy Boca Del Rio street.

Gary Johnson gets a spot in tomorrow's presidential debate.

Federal prosecutors call online poker site a global Ponzi scheme.

Republican leaders sent a letter to the Federal Reserve Chairman asking him to “resist further extraordinary intervention in the U.S. economy.”

A mother abducted her eight children in New York.

Personnel board votes to lay-off 27 state workers.

New questions in the deadly Reno air show crash.

Once again, I was not named a MacArthur Genius.

Here's a video flyover of the asteroid Vesta.

Facebook changed again last night.

Nobody wants a ginger baby.

Steven Colbert really really wants to broaden the tax base.

Most epic post-car accident interview ever.

This roller coaster is the future of suicide.

23 rejected covers of famous books.

I know you're lazy, but are you lazy enough for Forever Lazy?

I think this may be exciting news for fans of Magic: The Gathering.

If you're interested in getting some Venture Bros. action figures you should read this.

Game of Thrones cupcakes!

Gordon Ramsay gets another TV show.

This is awesome. And weird. But still awesome.

R.I.P. Tom Wilson, creator of Ziggy.

Fox is considering creating a 24-hour Simpsons channel.

Mike Tyson broke Steve-O's nose at the Charlie Sheen roast.

There have been some pretty terrible Star Wars video games, but was this one the worst?

This one is for fans of The Wire only.

Happy Birthday Cheryl Hines!!!

V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011

Feature

ACE Panel Schedule

Friday, June 24

Our comprehensive guide to the Albuquerque Comic Expo–panels, prizes and super-powered personas galore.
V.20 No.14 |

news

The Daily Word: Fatal APD Shooting, Gary Johnson For President, New Beastie Boys

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Another day, another fatal APD shooting.

Former Gov. Gary Johnson is expected to announce his presidential bid soon.

I bet you didn't know that President Obama had brain surgery.

Utah Republican's cut unemployment insurance to motivate people to get back to work.

More bodies found on Long Island beaches.

Mom drives car into river, killing herself and her three children.

Why Mitt Romney won't win.

School in Chicago bans homemade lunches.

Congress removes rocky mountain wolf from endangered species list.

The title of this video is: Fat Security Guard Goes Crazy On Skaters.

Have you heard this new Beastie Boy's song yet?

Navy successfully tests new death ray.

Record Store Day is this Saturday.

China bans time-travel.

How organic labels trick your brain.

Jerry Lawson, inventor of the video game cartridge died this weekend.

A complete guide to who's ruining remaking your favorite comedies.

How to avoid dancing with people.

Don't buy one of these infinite capacity hard drives.

Taco Bell is testing nacho-flavored Doritos as taco shells!

Pictures from last week's Monsterpalooza.

Denny's has the best pancakes … and fights.

Happy birthday Tony Dow!!!

V.20 No.1 |

news

The Daily Word 1.6.11: Hoarder house, turtle prosthetics, golden radio voice

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They still haven't found the shooter from UNMH, but his brother is sticking up for him.

AG's opinion on same-sex marriage whips opponents into a lather.

Del Norte football player dies from oxycodone overdose, according to his family.

Hoarder house demolished by the city.

Obama's (probable) new chief of staff doesn't dig consumer protection or health care reform?

Turtle and goose prosthetics.

Did you read about the homeless man with the golden radio voice?

BP could escape a gross negligence charge.

Hackers figured out how to make the PS3 to run any software, including pirated games.

The pope says God caused the Big Bang.

Dead birds in Sweden.

Why?

The "me" marriage.

Pop-up restaurants.

V.19 No.51 |

news

The Daily Word 12.29.10: Riots In Russia, Fight Club In Santa Fe, No Cops In Mexico

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Officer involved shooting in Santa Fe.

Stranded travelers in Moscow airports riot.

Santa Fe man forces people who owe him drug money to fight to pay off debts.

That housing recovery everyone is hoping for looks bleak.

The last member of a small Mexican town's police force disappears.

New study shows that Neanderthals cooked and ate vegetables.

Check your local salad bar for al Qaeda.

If you're conservative, it's your brain's fault.

Illinois woman arrested for assaulting cop with sex toy.

Top 10 video games stories of 2010.

Watch this NYC sanitation crew wreck a car.

Calculate how much of a raise you'll get on January 1.

Can DNA evidence prove that John Wilkes Booth was alive 40 years after his death?

Here is some of the best of New Zealand's recently released UFO files.

Don't shovel that snow, eat it!

Here's a look back at the great novelty sandwiches of 2010.

How much did those AOL cds from the 90s cost AOL?

Lucky Poor bastards in the UK can get a Brussel Sprouts Whopper.

These guys taped a camera on the top of a sword, and it looks pretty cool.

Happy birthday Danny McBride!