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Albuquerque: The REAL True History of its Name

Albuquerqueños love their royalty, there is no doubt about it. The city was named for the 8th Duke De Alburquerque of Spain[1].

In 1660, he financed an expedition up the Rio Grande in search of the 19 lost cities of brass (the seven cities of gold, nine cities of silver, and thirteen cities of copper having turned out to be total busts.) As the legend goes, the expedition was seeming fruitless when, one day, coming up a draw in La Cañada, the… Continue

Added by Dick Chingadero on January 21, 2009 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Songs that get stuck in your head ....

Earlier this morning I watched the clip of the Obama song .... which of course got stuck in my head at that time ... then while having my hairs cut, another song started planting itself in there .. "put a ring on it" .. I forgot the artists name, anyway ..... now I need to get that silly song out of my head ........ ahahahhaha

Added by David M on January 21, 2009 at 7:16pm — 1 Comment

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Added by Stephen Smith on January 21, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Morning Fix: No Shame


Added by Somegye on January 21, 2009 at 5:30am — 8 Comments

Viva la revolution!

Oh I love this time of year. That's because it's Revolutions time. I'm talking about the Revolutions International Theater Festival, now in its 9th year. I'm always amazed that more people don't know about it because it really brings some of the best theater of the year to town.

Tricklock Company, Albuquerque's own, travels the world with its own… Continue

Added by Megan on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

The average grade in UNM

Today is the start of new term. Fun.

One thing about UNM that shocked me was how the university makes professors to make sure that an average grade in the section is B-. Ostensibly it is done to fight supposed "grade inflation". In the Fall 2008 the enforcement was especially strict because of certification being done.

This has curious consequences. Firstly, the percentage breakdown in your syllabus has far less meaning than you think. In a normal university, if you collect…


Added by Pete Zaitcev on January 20, 2009 at 12:15pm — 1 Comment

On the day of the inauguration

Today, on the day of the inauguration, I watch and listen. I watch millions pour into DC to be part of a common history, an evolving history that once again shows hope and the ability to change. I listen to stories of immigrants from Europe, Russia, Africa, Central America express their desire to be an American, to be part of an American Dream, a dream they did not and could not have during the last 8 years. It shows the true meaning of this election. It is not about one man or even one… Continue

Added by Crista on January 20, 2009 at 10:44am — No Comments

Day One

It was 1975 at Eldorado High School and it had just snowed. A pretty good dump for Albuquerque. One of those rare snows that didn’t shut down the entire school system. Jones, in his infinite wisdom, thought it would be a great idea to go throw snowballs at cars. Me and Pissant didn’t really want to do it, but Jones, and this new kid, Blane were up for it. Someone else was there too, but I don’t remember. It might have been Alan “Hairlip” Schactner (so-called by Jones because Alan had an actual… Continue

Added by Dick Chingadero on January 19, 2009 at 9:24pm — 18 Comments

Do you promise to tell the truth?

The whole truth, and nothing but the truth,

(about the public interests, and about your public service)

so help you God?

Why is this question,

which is the same question that you will be asked

before you sit down in a witness chair,

not a legitimate question

to put to public servants during their election,

and during their public… Continue

Added by ched macquigg on January 19, 2009 at 9:35am — 2 Comments

Morning Fix: Long Ago


Added by Somegye on January 19, 2009 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

The Ballad of El Desnudeo

This morning's NY times magazine has a series of portraits of people who will be important in the Obama aministration. They are just people up against a white background, very stark, oddly posed. My son was looking at them and asking questions about the people. This gave way to to speculation about who would good and who be evil if they were in a sci-fi movie.

It reminded of me of an idea we had. Maybe this was in my head… Continue

Added by mombat on January 18, 2009 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Economic Impact Study of the Film Industry in NM Released

This study, done by Ernst and Young, is the most comprehensive yet.

Added by Stevie on January 18, 2009 at 9:06am — 7 Comments

Free Magic show Feb 21 at 3pm

Hello everyone. I'm doing a free magic show at the IMP. That's Illusions Magic Theater. It's the one behind the magic shop 3205 Central Ave NE. This will be a show for children ages 4 to 8. Don't worry we won't be checking ID at the door, that's just what age group I designed the show for. It will be at 3pm.

There is a catch though. I will be taking video and lots of photos during the show to use in my promo material and on the web.


Added by Eugene the Nerd on January 17, 2009 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Defending Burque

One of the most disturbing things about living in Albuquerque is the sheer number of people I meet who think the place sucks. In fact, I find myself defending it all the time and I’m not even from here. I’m from a place people thought was great. I never had to defend it much. So it’s odd to now be endorsing a city to people who know it better than I do: the locals, the natives, the New Mexicans. Take my neighbor, for example, who swears up and down if he had more than $5 in his pocket he’d blow… Continue

Added by Jennifer Ruden on January 17, 2009 at 3:46pm — 27 Comments

'Protect Our Wildlife Corridors' Community Mosaics Wish List

Thanks to Adelita, info about this project is now on DCF. Here is link to her blog post 2 out of 7 panels are completed and over the next 18 months, we will need any of the things below:

Fund Raisers,

Storage Space (limited or shelving area of a shed or garage would work).


Scrap Glass & High Fire Tiles of earth and sky colors,

browns, greens, tans, blues, whites, purples,… Continue

Added by cc on January 17, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Fiesta de Colores! @ the South Broadway Cultural Center January 25th

We are really looking forward to doing this show at the South Broadway Cultural Center in conjunction with Ballet en Fuego! New Mexico has such a unique cultural scene and we love being a part of it. We'll be showcasing a fusion of dance and music from Mexico and Spanish speaking countries around the world. We're not shy about bringing the beauty of the Spanish-speaking world together in one place. We've been influenced by so many beautiful cultures and feel enriched by them. A little bit of… Continue

Added by Juan of Los Primos on January 17, 2009 at 10:12am — No Comments


Crossposted to the Desert of the Real Economic Analysis.

When the Author was in High School he wanted a Corvette. This discussion ensued with Hal Prickett, one of the Author's favorite teachers:

Hal said that at my age (with a smirk) that it would be irresponsible to own such a car.

I replied that is it not irresponsible then for an older guy…

Added by FOXP2 on January 17, 2009 at 2:10am — 3 Comments

My Disney Collection

One of my goals in life is to get all of my favorite Disney movies on DVD. It doesn't matter what anniversary edition it is, I don't care what the special features are or if it has two discs instead of one. I just want to see what some of my favorite Disney movies are like updated and enhanced. And I want to be able to watch them lots of times without rewinding. ;)

My Collection:

The Fox & The Hound

The Lion King

The Lion King 2

Mary Poppins

Robin… Continue

Added by Sarah on January 16, 2009 at 4:11pm — No Comments

WANTED: Secretary of the Arts

Just imagine how a cabinet position of that title would affect arts educators, professionals, students, community organizations, theaters, buskers, radio stations, sculptors, doodlers, and just about everyone you know.

Well everyone's talking about it - especially Quincy Jones, the person who seeded the idea and Jaime Austria, the orchestrator of an online petition for President Elect Barack Obama. Click the following link to read… Continue

Added by The Harwood Art Center on January 16, 2009 at 2:47pm — No Comments

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