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May 04, 2013

Overnight Open Thread (4 May 2013)

May the Fourth Be With You. Yup, you guessed it. It is a Star Wars celebration day. But did you know that Margaret Thatcher was the first to use this term back in 1979?

Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain's first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was 'May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.


I miss the days where, you know, the President of the United States would actually say good things about America while overseas and not throw us under the bus. Mexico's greatest arms dealer blames U.S. citizens for gun violence.

Of the 8% of American “civilian” guns recovered at crime scenes, 302 murders of those murders were traced directly to guns smuggled to the Sinaloa cartel via Operation Fast and Furious, a weapons smuggling plot that transferred 2,500 guns to narco-terrorists that the Obama Administration wants to ban.

Image courtesy of IBD.

In other news, Think Progress wigs out over bra holsters.

The Walking Dead Score

I think AMC screwed up big time by not releasing the original score from The Walking Dead. Bear McCreary is the composer and he also did Battlestar Galactica which was outstanding. Over at Bear's blog, he goes into some very nice detail on his scores and what he was thinking when he composed various songs. Here's his blog on The Walking Dead episode Days Gone By which had I think had one of the most powerful scenes in a TV show in quite some time.

This story arc reaches its climax in a powerful six-minute montage, where we intercut between Rick’s mercy killing of a zombie in the park and Morgan attempting to shoot his undead wife with a sniper rifle. The sequence is big, powerful and crescendos on its own. Having established the near-silent musical world of this series, I quickly realized that a traditional emotional cue would be too big for this sequence. Instead, I wrote a soft chorale, evocative of a distant cathedral pipe organ:

As Frank said, the music needed to “hover over the action,” instead of commenting on anything specific in the scene. The result is a marvelously ethereal sequence. Though I had no doubts it was effective, I was still pleasantly surprised to see that people in the audience at the theatrical premiere last week were openly weeping during this montage.

Here's the clip in question: The Walking Dead-Bicycle Girl Scene

Oh, BTW, it would seem Rick Grimes has his own twitter feed.

h/t Jammie

Jet Fighter Pron

h/t The Aviationist.

Beef Prices

What inflation? US Beef prices set new high as spring barbeque season heats up. I'm sure it's Bush's fault or something.

Cat Video

Work it kitteh!

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