Hold the ? ! This week Jeremy Burge, member of Unicode Emoji Subcommittee and founder of Emojipedia announced, on his blog, the 9.0 version of Unicode which includes 72 new emojis. According to the 2015 Emoji Report developed by the Emogi Consumer Science Team—a technology firm that uses emojis to increase online engagement between publishers and users—emojis are used by 92 percent of the online population. The latest version of emojis will including the face palm—for when that out of town friend asks how you speak such good English being from New Mexico—and the selfie , because…well, we’re not really sure why.
Burge says that the sample images in his article are designed in the “Apple style” of emoji to give an idea of how these may look when Apple releases their next emoji update, but with World Emoji Day coming up on July 17, Burge says, “We will have to wait and see which major vendor will take the title for first public rollout of these new emojis.” Samples of the other 70 new emojis can be found on Burge’s blog Emojipedia.
If you can manage to peel your ? away from your ?, check out the fun stuff happening this weekend in ABQ.
Theater on the Rails
Take a trip back in time to the days of Shakespeare via the New Mexico Rail Runner. On Saturday, June 25 experience the last showing of Shakespeare on the Rail directed by Lauren Albonico. UNM theater students and alumni will present three 30-minute Shakespearean skits on the 704 northbound train at approximately 2:15-3:10 p.m., and the 705 southbound train at approximately 3:30-4:20 p.m. The shows are free with your regular train fair, but you must say “To be or not to be” to the ticket agent when boarding to be seated in the performance car.
Movies in the park
Going to the movies can be a budget breaker, especially with the family in tow. The cost of tickets, the $7 sodas, and $12 nachos, the cost adds up very quickly. This weekend, give your wallet a day off and enjoy two family-friendly flicks under the stars as part Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation’s Movies In The Park series. Enjoy a twist on a classic fairytale with Disney’s Maleficent on Friday, June 24 at Mariposa Park, or the heartwarming tale, Max, about a U.S. Marine dog and his handler’s family on Saturday, June 25 at the Paradise Hills Community Center. Event organizers encourage bringing lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks but glass and alcohol should be left at home.
This Saturday, June 25, New Mexican boys and girls will don their favorite superhero or princess costume and strut the runway at the Love Helpz Kidz ABQ Superhero and Princess Fashion Show at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. The event—a fundraiser to support New Mexico children fighting cancer and their families—costs $20, which includes dinner from Chick-fil-A, and all proceeds will help pay medical expenses.