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Bad Art?

This morning I'm watching the news, and there's a lot of fretting about Ben Stiller's new movie, Tropical Thunder. And do you know why? Because of the liberal use of the word "retard".



Now, as a person that works with adults with disabilities (most of them mental), yeah, using the term "retard" to describe how dumb things are is as bad as using the term "gay". (Which frankly, if you're still calling things "gay", grow up. You sound like a fourth grader.) So yes, I have pretty much… Continue

Added by Kamarie on August 12, 2008 at 6:55am — No Comments

Morning Fix: Summer Closing



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Added by Somegye on August 12, 2008 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

Perseid Meteors

For the last several years, I have ventured out to my favorite star gazing spot south of town on the Isleta Pueblo to 'take in' the late night neck-craning vistas and hopefully catch a meteor or three during the annual Perseid Meteor Shower...My luck has been pretty dismal (clouds rush in, moons shines too brightly, yada yada) but tonight was a great one out of at least three tries...The moon had set, the Milky Way was clearly visible and yes, there were actual Perseids whizzing through… Continue

Added by Jeff Hartzer on August 12, 2008 at 3:30am — 12 Comments

Back to School

My best friend Diana called from Arizona last night, wanting to give my daughter a new outfit for her first day of high school. As a veteran mother of two daughters who have successfully navigated (and completed) the murky waters of high school, her advice is worth its weight in gold.



My best friend and I met a score and a half years ago as college students in Orange County, California. It wasn't until I bought a house in Barelas - 12 years… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 11, 2008 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

Climbing La Luz Labor Day Weekend

For my fellow 'moderately in shape' pals - what type of prep have you done before going on big hikes? In particular, Mike and I are doing our second attempt at La Luz on Labor Day weekend and I'm looking for any training tips and suggestions (although I'm probably too late to really "train").



Last year in May we felt ambitious and did the climb. We made it within a mile or so of the peak, hit ice, and had to hike ALL the way back down. Beyond feeling like Jello, it was an amazing… Continue

Added by Jen Marshall on August 11, 2008 at 9:31pm — 4 Comments

Corporate Folks & Balloon Fiesta

Just wanted to mention that Balloon Fiesta has a few corporate sponsor Fiesta Tents still available for this year's event. I think prime nights for tents on average run around $3,500. Although budgets are tight this year for all of us, could be a good networking / customer appreciation event if your company is large enough (or you have sponsor partners to hold such an event).



If interested, feel free to shoot me your information and I will connect you with Balloon Fiesta's events /… Continue

Added by Jen Marshall on August 11, 2008 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Ramblings2

Lord, I was born a ramblin' gal...



Music

Yesterday I went searching youtube for Jerry Jeff Walker singing LA Freeway. There's something very disconcerting about watching a video of Jerry Jeff singing on The Dinah Shore Show after being introduced by co-host Dandy Don Meredith. Whoa! When did that happen? And talk about a paradigm shift. I did notice that he had to change "sons of bitches they always bore me" to something milquetoasty. Ahh well...I went on to listen… Continue

Added by La Fanciulla del West on August 11, 2008 at 6:49pm — 15 Comments

Visiting cuba and la jara, NM

So good times in a different area in NM. we did go hiking and it was so fun!! there are never any trails and the grass and everything are up to your knees. just for the first 10min. you have to crawl through barb wire fences to get to the other side, which we did about 3 or 4 times. but its such a small town that everyone knows everyone so they dont mind you cut through there land to get to the beautiful hiking area. i just love it. no trails, no maps, you just follow the trees and cactus. you… Continue

Added by princess aurora on August 11, 2008 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Local Etsy of the Week-PianoBenchDesigns

Albuquerque jewelry-maker and Etsy-seller PianoBenchDesigns is one of them Jill-of-all-trades; she makes jewelry, goes to school, and holds down a day job. Here is a snippet from her profile:



'I am a secretary working and going to grad school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have been making jewelry for about 2 years.



As you can…
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Added by Spring Griffin on August 11, 2008 at 12:03pm — 4 Comments

This Wednesday the 13th! Support the Burque Babes & Bullies!



THIS WEDNESDAY THE 13TH!!!



Come on down and support the Burque Babes and Bullies! We're raising money for our benefit Calendar at Coaches Sports Grill (1414 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM - (505) 242-7111‎ )!! They are giving us 20% of their profits from 6-9pm!!! So come on down for food, booze, a raffle with awesome prizes (including free massages, free dinners, a $100 tattoo gift certificate, and much more!) ,… Continue

Added by Cupcake Pharaoh on August 11, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Morning Fix: Commas & Dashes



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Added by Somegye on August 11, 2008 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

Fabio Fernando Fischman Turns 14 Today

Please join me in wishing FFF a Happy 14th Birthday. His birthday dinner will include some scrambled eggs which he plans on sharing with his sister, Frida Rita Papita Conchita Alisa Consuela Fischman. When asked how it feels to reach this milestone he replied, "I owe it all to surrounding myself with good… Continue

Added by Zoe on August 10, 2008 at 8:23pm — 9 Comments

Massive Downtown Drug Bust

The Abq.Journal has posted this video of this weekend's massive drug bust at a downtown bar.



Speakin' of our local paper, their new feature called UPFRONT which started today (Sunday, 8/10/08) seems to be trying to do a hard copy DUKE CITY FIX sort of thing...Reporters will have daily columns on life in the Duke City.
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Added by Jeff Hartzer on August 10, 2008 at 4:00pm — 22 Comments

What's in a Name? Martini Mike's Hangover Report! for Saturday 080908



Could it be because my name is “Martini Mike” that I am becoming a sort of unofficial party guru? Or is it because I was an unofficial party guru that my name became “Martini Mike”? Hmmm… it boggles my pounding head. I was recently interviewed by www.VegasHappyHours.com, while in my home away from home, for the launch of their new site. Then suddenly I find myself being contacted by Lexi at Albuquerque The… Continue

Added by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on August 10, 2008 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Today and tonight @ The Agency

Hi all,



Today we will be hosting the Record Swap at the Agency, (111 4th st. SW, Albuquerque), from 2-5pm. Come out to buy or sell records! Bring your crates! You can sell CDs as well, and if you're a band, this is a great way to sell your merch! Free to browse, $5 if you want to sell.



Tonight we also host Spark_Gap at the Agency, beginning at 9pm, with Justin George, Raine Vivian and Levelheded. A night of electro/IDM/industrial. $5. All ages!



And Tuesday I… Continue

Added by brian botkiller on August 10, 2008 at 1:06pm — No Comments

It's Tough to be a Pigeon



There were some things I recognized about pigeons before I decided to write this and they were:



1. Not many people like them. This observation was confirmed by the neighborhood response when I fed them. Also, my next door neighbor said she was mad at another neighbor for throwing bird seed out because "it attracts those damn pigeons."



2. Pigeons can come in a variety of pretty colors and patterns.



3. There might… Continue

Added by La Fanciulla del West on August 10, 2008 at 12:18pm — 4 Comments

Up on the roof... second test

Ok - so even if a tripod is a lightning rod, it seemed that the storms had distanced themselves enough so that I decided to go up on the roof for a better peek. What I was unable to capture was the finger lightning that was running along the bottoms of the cloud to the south, but I decided to try and capture images of planes landing at ABQ and hope for a strike in the background.



You can count, by the number of flashes from the plane, the number of seconds it was in the… Continue

Added by David on August 10, 2008 at 11:12am — No Comments

First Blog Post Test

Testing to see how this works - photo sizes, multiple entries etc.

Photo taken last night of lightning strike behind Mt. Taylor - approximately 70 miles away.

Larger image here

Technical details - Nikon D100 70-200mm vr (300mm equiv) 15sec f20.

Added by David on August 10, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Post RollerCon Depression

How do I function in this world? I just got back from spending a week in Vegas for a roller derby convention. It was roller derby heaven. I had all of my sisters there doing their derby or die thing. I met so many new amazing people. I got to hang out with so many of my friends. I presented a work shop on emergency action planning. I was so professional. It was non stop derby action. There were skating classes in the morning, Fremont street challenge bouts, scrimmaging at night. I only remember… Continue

Added by Miss E. Vil on August 9, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Well, I'm back from Romania and glad to be home (my wife sent 505 Chile for me so I didn't suffer too much)

Can't say it was the best trip, didn't get to go out much and we were very restricted to when and where we could go and how we could get there and back.



This is the base we were on.

The base we were on





Here is B Co 1-200 Infantry, New Mexico Army National Guard in formation in Romania. They are from Albuquerque, the armory at 600 Wyoming; that's… Continue

Added by James of al-Barran on August 9, 2008 at 9:11pm — 9 Comments

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