Kelsey D. Atherton's Blog (15)

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

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

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on August 1, 2009 at 3:30pm — 47 Comments

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

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

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on February 26, 2009 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Albuquerque - Residence of Nobel Prizewinner

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

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on December 7, 2008 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Refreshing our Short-term Political Memory

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

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on October 23, 2008 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Where are we again?

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

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on October 2, 2008 at 11:24am — 13 Comments

Albuquerque Mentioned on BoingBoing

Over at BoingBoing Gadgets, our fair burg got a brief mention in a post otherwise about computer hacks. Apparently the fact that our museum has a working version of SpaceWar running is quite the sensation. In fact, I… Continue

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on September 16, 2008 at 5:47pm — 3 Comments

How to Choose a School in Albuquerque

Over at the Albuquerque Livejournal community, there is an interesting thread on how to pick a school, and what determines good schools. The conversation has not quite degenerated into private vs charter vs public. Okay, that's a total lie, but I still think it's worth a look. And input, from any fixers on lj.

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on July 1, 2008 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Martin Chavez and Bottled Water: Days Late, Dollars Short, Feudal Metaphors Right on Time

Yay! Marty against bottled water! But what's this? The whole San Juan Chama project from years back has a small link (to the top of the left column) for the San Juan Chama bottle water giveaway. The link is broken, but the water bottle giveaway was real enough. So what's the… Continue

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on June 27, 2008 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Need an Icon?

Over in the Albuquerque livejournal community, someone has posted a link to Girly B's incredible New Mexico icons. All 110 of them.

My favorites include #9


# 49

and of course #… Continue

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on April 13, 2008 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Red Light Round-Up: Meaningful Fodder for the Debate

From this BoingBoing post:

"...if the objective is to make as much money as possible from red-light cameras, the best thing to do is shorten the yellow signal, eliminate the pause, and enrich the city coffers (even as you kill its citizens)."

A brief overview of the safety/red-light-camera-for-profit issue can be found… Continue

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on April 12, 2008 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

His Majesty the Mayor?

I'm getting my news through that modern telegraph of text-messaging, but apparently a court ruled the Marty can run for a third term. The justification given was state law trumps city law. So, anyone know what's up? And anyone have a spare crown and scepter to pass off to the feudal lord of The Q, his majesty Marty Chavez?

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on March 31, 2008 at 10:50pm — 16 Comments

Big Round Numbers!

We now have 1,000 members. That number sure is big and round. I'm sure there's a better way to commemorate this, but still, yay!

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on February 9, 2008 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Video Game Tax in New Mexico?

This is the first I've hear of it, but I'm far from newspapers and Dick Knipfing newscasts. Anyone know what's up?

(Best comment? "At least it's not like US attempts")

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on January 23, 2008 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Away from ABQ

Recently I've found myself trading Duke City for Crescent City. The details of that are unimportant; the big thing is that this has put me outside of Albuquerque for generally longer stays than I would like. The Fix, of course, is a great way to stay aware (at least peripherally) of what's going on here, but I felt the need for something more fitting for people who have left the city, with or without intentions to return.

Away from… Continue

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on November 28, 2007 at 4:19pm — 4 Comments

Burque on BoingBoing

Boing Boing is a rather large blog, and today a spot from the Tribune was featured. Albuquerque - home of white cockroaches!

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on November 28, 2007 at 3:36pm — 3 Comments

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