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Daily Word: 8.19.11-Balloon Records, Syrian Casualties and Immigration Policy

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If you love balloons, this might make you mad. France surpassed one of Albuquerque's ballooning records.

Thirteenth arrest made in News of the World scandal—an L.A.-based celebrity journalist.

David Letterman receives death threat from online jihadist.

New policy might mean fewer deportations of illegal immigrants who pose no threat and don't commit crimes.

Suicide attack kills eight at British council in Kabul.

New people's movement in India, led by Gandhi-esque social activist, meant to stop corruption.

xkcd illustrates the best workout.

New study supports the idea that not getting enough sleep can really mess you up.

A comedy about dealing with cancer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Plus, he needs your story contributions for a cool project.

With 15 more civilian casualties, the UN says Syrian government may be guilty of crimes against humanity.

Arts

Office Excavations

It’s been four months and I’m still finding stuff

Today’s Office Excavations post is about a box of phlogs. If you punch this word into Google, you’ll get a dozen different definitions. I think, in this case—although there is no explanation accompanying the box—the artist means “photo logs,” or something of this ilk.

The box, which was under a stack of junk on a bookshelf in my office, is full of black, matte, blank greeting cards, each with a black and white photo glued to the front. Most of the subjects pictured are people, although one is cutlery and dirty plates. Each photo has intriguing composition and exudes a melancholy feel, such as I like my art to have. On the back of every card is an essay relating to the image on the front. The essays are little capsules of narrative poignancy.

A sheet inside the box reads “Phlogs: Journey to the heart of the human predicament. Note card series by George Stranahan.” (Dirty dishes do get right to the heart of my predicament.)

It turns out that George Stranahan is a physicist, philosopher, educator, writer and photographer who lives in Colorado. He is also a brewer. He started the Flying Dog brewpub in Aspen, which expanded to become a brewery in Denver, with his friend and neighbor Hunter S. Thompson!

The note cards are an offshoot of the book, Phlogs: Journey to the heart of the human predicament, which is full of photos and essays by Stranahan. He had some help on the bound version from author Nicole Beinstein Strait, who wrote some of the essays.

The note cards are really cool and I’m willing to share. If you comment on this blog, I will mail you one at random, and you can regift it or tack it to your wall. (Up to 12 people, because that’s how many cards there are.)

This monkey cannot write haikus.
Dave Stokes

Animals

Words vs. syllables

The difference is one evil monkey

Those readers who pick up the print addition will notice a small blip in the ”Culture Shock” column this week. We are soliciting submissions for our annual haiku contest. (This is still in effect. Send ‘em in!)

The column is written in haiku format, so clearly I know what that is. But some kind readers have pointed out—in variously witty ways—that the instructions ask for lines featuring 5, then 7, then 5 words. The proper allotment for verbosity is 5-7-5 syllables. This error has already been corrected online, so those readers who only interact with us in cyberspace have nothing to worry about. Sadly, there is nothing we can do about the print version except offer up the explanation.

Late Tuesday, when we were scurrying to get the paper in order and off to the printer, I heard a whinnying and scraping in Kimo Way. I went back there and opened the door to find a Pegasus. It was dingy and it smelled like trash, but it was still a Pegasus in all its glory. Never having ridden one, but always yearning to do so, I grabbed its wavy mane, jumped onto its silvery back, and it leapt into the sky.

While I was soaring through the clouds, an evil monkey snuck into my office. Seeing my unfinished haiku article open on my computer, he removed his suit coat and fedora and had a seat at my desk.

After galavanting on the Pegasus and bidding it farewell, I was so starry-eyed I didn’t even notice that the article was finished and sent off in my absence.

I sincerely apologize for the misinformation and word/syllable confusion. If anyone sees a dapper evil monkey, please report it to the Alibi offices immediately. While you’re at it, grab him and explain that haikus are arranged in 5-7-5 syllables.

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The Daily Word 8.12.11: debate over Republican debate, blanket octopus and the fluctuating Dow Jones.

Plus, kid spends a long time under water and doesn't drown.

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Dow Jones sets a record by moving at least 400 points for four consecutive days.

The Pentagon releases names of the 38 people who were in the military transport helicopter shot down by the Taliban last Saturday.

Cleveland serial killer sentenced to the death penalty.

The Guardian thinks Republican debate was a snoozefest, Al Jazeera calls it hard-hitting.

A twelve-year-old rescued off the coast of Washington spent approximately 15 minutes under water and is alive and speaking.

Why we don't stand up and fight back in the U.S.

London teen who predicted riots predicts more.

Security forces open fire on Syrian protestors; killed 11 earlier.

Hawaiian boy catches rare and weird-looking blanket octopus.

The Oatmeal's Minor Differences Part 4, including how American accents sound to the British.


Double formal plank

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A Planking Companion Piece

Plank that horno!

Several Alibi staff members continued their planking adventures during a friend’s wedding. This formal plank (see the Planktionary in this week’s issue) adventure led to lots of good shots and no plunks. We even recruited some servers from the buffet.

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Double Gourd Dance!

The United Native Council of New Mexico hosts an all-day celebration of native culture, featuring singing, dancing and eating in Old Town Plaza. Festivities begin at noon on Saturday with a Gourd dance—Southern Drum—followed by a Gourd dance—Northern Drum. The ceremonial rug cutting, consisting of four sets of four songs, probably originated with the Kiowa people, but it's spread throughout many tribes. At 2 p.m. the Jemez Pueblo Singers and Drummers help you work up an appetite; grab some dinner at one of the Old Town eateries. Finally, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., there’s a full-on intertribal powwow. For more info on this free event, visit: cabq.gov/cultural.

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Metallo in Madrid!

It sounds like a Transformer, crushing the quaint buildings on the main drag under its massive robotic feet. Ahh! Run, it’s Metallo! But do not be alarmed, it’s actually an art gallery. Saturday is the opening of <I>Architecture of Transformation</I>, the debut solo show by owner Cassidy Watt. He makes textured wall pieces out of copper, morphing it with heat, tools and chemicals. The results vary from twisted, stitched-together organic shapes to blue patinas of blurry landscapes over warm bronzes. Watt also carries painting, jewelry and sculpture by other contemporary artists in the gallery.

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Write Gooder

Get a free one-on-one consultation about anything you’re writing, be it a grant proposal, poetry, or even a college application or résumé. The Albuquerque Community Writing Center will have volunteers stationed at the Main Library on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. The goal of ABQCWC is to provide everyone, regardless of ability or profession, with the tools to be a writer. If you’re working on that novel and you’re still too nervous to let your partner read it, bring it Downtown and get a second set of eyes on it.

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The Daily Word: 8.5.11

Facebook, assaulting Philly buses, kidnapping babies, and weasels planning for the future

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Rio Rancho bank robber still on the loose.

Gunmen shoot up Phillu bus.

Mark Zuckerberg's sister leaves Facebook.

Officials kidnap babies in China.

Head of India's Congress Party had surgery in the United States.

Juno to Jupiter!

Perhaps Obama didn't lose to GOP.

A seven-year-old kid's prehistoric blog.

Mac vs. PC.

South American weasel-like animals plan for the future.

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The Daily Word: 7.21.2011- Oslo bombing, Greece bailout, Malawi protesters and gays in the military

And do those newspaper mugshots of DWI arrestees do anything?

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Oslo rocked by bombing.

Pentagon repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" law.

Let's save Greece.

Farm thieves!

Lucian Freud, significant artist and grandson of Sigmund, dies at 88.

Ostalgia: New York exhibition features work by artists from former Soviet Block.

Newspaper mug shot shaming of DWI arrestees may not be working.

Heatwave seizes United States and Canada. Yep.

Malawi citizens protest unemployment, lack of aid and president, Bingu wa Mutharika.

Canada deports Chinese man accused of smuggling, who sought refugee status.

How to identify Southeast Asian sea life.