The Walking Dead: "30 Days Without an Accident" (Season 4, Episode 1)

Let’s see, a bucolic life in prison, it’s raining zombies, and twin tragedies to round all that out. All in all, a quite effective hour of television to launch the medium's gross savant of a series.

We open with a lovely picture of some plants, birds sweetly chirping in the background. Rick splashes his face with water from a barrel. Then he tends the soil. It’s a minute of paradise until he takes off his headphones and hears all the walkers snarling along the outer gate of the prison yard. The contrast is nicely staged.

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OBITUARY: Scott Carpenter (1925-2013)

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Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter died today of complications arising from a stroke. Kevin Long (Formerly known as "Republibot 3.0") wrote a review of Carpenter's autobiography, which seems like a more fitting obituary than anything I could say. Here's the link:

http://www.republibot.com/content/book-review-%E2%80%9C-spacious-skies-u...

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Gravity" (2013)

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I skipped reviewing this one the night I saw it because it was a late night to end a long string of late nights. That's made me lose a lot of the details I was going to talk about, so though I'm in much the same situation right now, I'm going to forge ahead with it. I blame severe lack of sleep for large portions of this review. In a technical sense, this was a very well made movie. The silence of space was both accurate and very compelling in setting the mood.

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Film Review: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

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Several years ago, I did an arc in my comic strip that involved pirates. Since then, it has been assumed that I have a "thing" for pirates, in the way that people have "things" for trains or Star Trek or stamps. Which is why my brother-in-law gave me a book titled "The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!" because my husband actually does have a "thing" for Star Trek and science stuff. It was Jim's idea of a really good joke. The book was recently made into a CGI/stop motion animation film by Aardman Productions, the outfit responsible for the "Wallace & Gromit" cartoons.

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