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The Internet and Fixing the Duke City

Today, I heard about a really cool new service that utilizes the powers of crowd sourcing on the Internet to influence public policy. This service is called SeeClickFix.com. Basically, it lets users upload complaints/ suggestions for their city leaders (things such as garbage, potholes, etc.). Though I know 311 currently services this purpose, this is better because it opens up public forum/ discussion about issues and it allows citizens to track the progress of the city on making those… Continue

Added by Dan M on December 3, 2009 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adoption Celebration

Animal Humane | New Mexico is proud to participate in the national Iams Home 4 the Holidays program. We are offering 1/2 off all pet adoptions December 11 - 13. We are open from 10 am - 6 pm daily.



Open your home and your heart to a homeless pet this Holiday season.





Chewey #11040 is waiting at Animal Humane for his forever family.



For more information visit… Continue

Added by Dorothy Rosado on December 3, 2009 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Postcard from Puerto Vallarta: Posada de Roger

Staying at La Posada de Roger.

Basilio Badillo 327, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

1 1/2 blocks from the… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on December 3, 2009 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

The Benefits of Membership: ArtEdge

With each passing week it's getting colder outside, and that's been driving me inside more frequently. Bike rides and walks have given way to a gym membership. Working on the yard has given way to working on the plaster. Recreation outside my doorstep is imperative. That's why it's time to renew my Albuquerque Museum… Continue

Added by Brendan on December 2, 2009 at 11:20am — 1 Comment

Reinstate the Draft?





Maybe it's time to think about bringing back the infamous "D" word. At a time when our troops are being recycled over and over into the the combat zone and subjected to enormous stress, it's time to give them the help and relief they truly deserve. Yes, they volunteered. Some out of patriotism and a desire to serve; others, because the poor… Continue

Added by Richard V on December 2, 2009 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

One for Tiger Woods

The Tiger



Tiger, tiger, burning bright

In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?



In what distant deeps or skies

Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

On what wings dare he aspire?

What the hand dare seize the fire?



And what shoulder and what art

Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

And when thy heart began to beat,

What dread hand and what… Continue

Added by Jeff Hartzer on December 1, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

We've Seen Lists of the Best...Here's a List of the Worst

NOB HILL--Both the Alibi and Albuquerque, the Magazine have Best of Burque lists. Now I'm not going to argue about any of their choices. For instance, who would deny that the "Best Local Newspaper Columnist" is indeed Leslie Linthicum? She has turned out to be worth the price of the Albuquerque Journal all by herself.



But all this is only half the story. What we have here is a list of what in the Duke City needs to be Fixed. And let's start… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on December 1, 2009 at 9:00am — 29 Comments

!2x12 Stretches: Tips and Tricks for a successful 12x12

You, me, and 144 square inches of art

12x12 is this Friday 12/4, 6-8 pm





Chances are you've been hearing about 12x12 for a few years now. Will this be your first time attending? Or are you a seasoned 12x12-er by now? Hopefully you have received our save the date card in the mail and are already working on your pre-12x12 stretches. You do know about the 12x12 stretches right?



Tips and tricks for a…
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Added by The Harwood Art Center on November 30, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Why am I here?

I arrived in Albuquerque by train in 1994, and I’ve never really left.



Full disclosure: this statement is true only in a poetic sense; despite my efforts, I’ve spent much more time not in Albuquerque than in it over the last fifteen years, and though I mark 1994 as my arrival date, I had been to Albuquerque before that visit. My first visit to Albuquerque was actually in the summer of 1988, but I was a surly thirteen-year-old and my only real memories are of finding piñon-studded… Continue

Added by Emily on November 30, 2009 at 3:28pm — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jessica Lopez... Custody

It is a nicer restaurant: tablecloths & steak knives. Over in the corner, a couple and their daughter sit quietly.



Jessica Helen Lopez is a Poetry and Creative Writing Teacher/NM History Instructor at Robert F. Kennedy Charter High School. She is a former member of 2006 and 2007 City of Albuquerque Slam Team and the 2008 National Champion UNM Lobo Slam Team. She is currently a member of the writing collective and performance troupe… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on November 29, 2009 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

The Clinic of Your Dreams

I recently read an article by Dr. Pamela Wible of Eugene, Oregon.

The title of the article was "The Clinic of Your Dreams".

In that article, she shared her story of building a clinic in her community.

She was an employed physician who worked at a big multispecialty group.

After years of working in that environment, she decided to get out.

She called a community townhall meeting and asked them what do they want if they were to build a community clinic.

What would… Continue

Added by Benjamin Chan on November 28, 2009 at 7:29am — No Comments

Morning Fix

I hope you all had the best Thanksgiving ever! Ours was quiet, spent among close family and friends, and I was able to tell each of my children that they were, always, what I am thankful for (that and no blog police telling me not to end sentences in a preposition...)



Haps!!!!



I can't believe I missed this story the other day! Wow!!!!! There's… Continue

Added by Cara on November 27, 2009 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Guest Fixtress Bored... oh noes!

Turkey is in the oven. Casseroles in chafing dishes on the sterno. Root veggies boiling for mashing. Eschewed fancy sweet potatoes in marmalade for kid approved baked canned ones with marshmallows on top. Stuffing ready to bake. Nothing left to make but a salad.



Keep me company.



I am in the process of writing a paper for Tim Krebs' Urban Politics Class on the mayoral race. If you have thoughts on that I would LOVE to hear them.



Any culinary disasters at your… Continue

Added by Cara on November 26, 2009 at 10:15am — 6 Comments

Morning Fix



Happy Thanksgiving Albuquerque!



So how many of you, like me, are parked in the kitchen with their laptops at the crack of dawn preparing the bird for the oven, or whatever else you are serving today? We can keep each other company...



Haps...



Disgusting pervert corrections officer sentenced for raping an 8 year old. He isn't happy about… Continue

Added by Cara on November 26, 2009 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Duke City Solar - Part 3

Wednesday, November 25: The paperwork is done and the data is in: Adding a PV system is a good investment. If you've read Part 1 and Part 2 and are considering doing it yourself, this entry may be quite useful: It's all about paperwork and production. I'm not sure what to put in as images, but feel free to holler if you'd like… Continue

Added by Brendan on November 25, 2009 at 10:00pm — 12 Comments

workforce phone line: things remain the same

since my temp job ends dec 13, found myself calling workforce to try to get a fix on what (if any) benefits i have left. wouldn't you know it? on hold with the unemployment dept for 40 minutes, and calls ahead of me went from 42 to 9. then my call was dropped in a queue where no status was given regarding the number of calls ahead of me for another ten minutes, then i was disconnected. thanks for adding insult to insult, mofos! actually, their job security depends on all of us staying… Continue

Added by Richard V on November 25, 2009 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Ten Years After... (Shhhh)





I like to talk about myself. I like to talk about music. So when NPR’s All Things Considered did a… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on November 25, 2009 at 10:00am — 20 Comments

Morning Fix

I have a confession. I thought, stupidly, that I didn't have enough on my plate, what with four kids, a husband, two cats, a dog, 15 hours at UNM plus a TA gig in another 3 hour course...so I offered to watch my friend's dogs while she is out of town. One is a quiet, 7 year old, small white dog, the other is an 8 week old husky/chow mix (freaking adorable) with tiny tanks, a taste for socks, and separation anxiety. So I have patches of piddle… Continue

Added by Cara on November 25, 2009 at 6:30am — 19 Comments

End of a Friggin Era

My sister just sent me an email. The Hofbrau's gone. Even though it was more recently known as Penn Station, it will always remain in the hearts of the countless barflies who passed through its doors each morning as The Hofbrau.



"Gone" as in bulldozed. To the ground. It's dead. Nicht mehr. Bleeding deceased.



I worked (and lived) at the Hofbrau back in the early to mid-1980s along with my ex-wife and ex-girlfriend and a cast of characters including world famous bartender… Continue

Added by Dick Chingadero on November 24, 2009 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

Morning Fix

So what else is new? "In less than six weeks, the federal government will be treating New Mexicans as foreigners, as your state driver's license may no longer get you through airport security." I guess we all hoped that the Obama administration would do something to change this before it took effect. Doesn't look great. It seems to me that this could be challenged in the… Continue

Added by Cara on November 24, 2009 at 6:30am — 21 Comments

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