Kelsey D. Atherton
  • 28, Male
  • Albuquerque/New Orleans
  • United States
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Where I Live:
Formerly SE ABQ, then New Orleans and now DC
About Me:
I miss Duke City so much.
Favorite Thing(s) About Albuquerque:
It has a distinctive sense of place lacking elsewhere; best sunsets this side of Mars
My Website:
http://kelseydatherton.blogspot.com
What I'm Reading:
The internet, filtered by twitter

Kelsey D. Atherton's Blog

UNM's Smoking Ban, or How to Lose Students and Alienate Community

Posted on August 1, 2009 at 3:30pm 47 Comments



In the Albuquerque Journal this morning, there was an article discussing the new smoking bans on the University of New Mexico campus. Here's a map of the designated smoking areas with perhaps the best one-sentence summary of the issue. Initially, it is easy to sympathize with the college - in an ideal world, no one ever dies of lung… Continue

We are Halfway to the Future (a mediation on SB 12)

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 11:00pm 3 Comments



Today in my dorm room in New Orleans I watched the live feed of the senate debate on SB 12 (the domestic partnership one). Being a bit of a political junkie, I found the whole thing inherently fascinating, and was especially appreciative of the New Mexico Independent's live feed, and careful moderation of their own chat box (the entirety of which can be found… Continue

Albuquerque - Residence of Nobel Prizewinner

Posted on December 7, 2008 at 4:30pm 1 Comment



Reading an article about the internet and it's potential to forestall conflict, I stumbled across this page. Nobel literature prize winner Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio said in a speech in Stockholm earlier today that, if we had had the internet in WWII, maybe "Hitler's criminal plot would not have succeeded - ridicule might have prevented it from ever seeing the light of day,"… Continue

Refreshing our Short-term Political Memory

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 1:00pm 8 Comments



In 2004, there was a mysterious fire in the bosque, and our fire department responded to it. Also in our bosque was a device for converting vegetable oil into biodiesel. Because of the suspicious nature of the fire, our sheriff brought APD to the scene of the crime. Sheriff Darren White ordered a lockdown of the scene because of the biodiesel converter, and two things happened: one, a media circus, documented… Continue

Where are we again?

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 11:24am 13 Comments



While skimming BoingBoing today, I glanced over an image that looked very much like rural New Mexico. Here's the image:



Where was the picture taken? Afghanistan, it turns out. Here's the original post, complete with at least a half dozen pictures… Continue

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At 8:25pm on February 10, 2016, Rita said…

Thought of you when i realized it was Fat Tuesday.  I'll be driving thru NOLA on 5 March and plan on stopping for crawfish and some bread pudding. I see you're now in DC; sounds kinda awesome, especially in an election year. Good luck to you....time for another tamale :)

At 9:59pm on February 26, 2011, Rita said…
Hit both Sparta & Pygmalion today; tons of stuff to take home! Happy Mardi Gras!!!
At 9:22pm on February 18, 2011, Rita said…
Hey, mister, throw me some beads!  Happy Mardi Gras!!!
At 9:23am on December 28, 2008, Jennifer Ruden said…
Thanks for your kind and thoughtful comment. I used to live in New Orleans (right near Tulane) and agree with your assessment of the city. I could never quite articulate the difference between that city and ours. Thanks for the insight. You are quite right!
At 9:22am on March 26, 2008, Benny the Icepick said…
I love you, even this far away. Reviving Nora's old APS logo? Brilliant. Almost as brilliant as Anonymous. Just no EFG, OK?
At 9:13am on December 8, 2007, Benny the Icepick said…
boy: (well-reasoned argument)
troll: (GAH U R STOOPID N I WILL SHOOT U)
boy: (calm, logical rebuttal replete with facts and historical data)
troll: (NO WAI U R DUM. U WENT TO SKOOL BUT U R A KID N I WILL SHOOT U N ALL TEH COPS 2)
dcf admin: b&

I love online arguments. "Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."
At 11:26pm on December 7, 2007, Benny the Icepick said…
You? Pea-sized brain? Simpleton?

That MarkAntony guy makes me laugh.
At 3:40pm on November 17, 2007, chantal said…
What good would the Fix be without the long-distance wit of The Boy?

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