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Opera

  1. Will The Breaking Bad Opera Actually Have a “Bitch Aria?”

    Yeah, bitch! Operas!

    When One World Symphony announced their plan to create and stage a Breaking Bad opera, the Internet was naturally abuzz with jokes. Of course, the one that showed up in the most headlines was whether or not there'd be a bitch-laden aria for Jesse Pinkman. According to the composer -- yes. Yes, there will be.

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  2. Here’s the Rock Opera About Arkham Origins You Never Knew You Wanted

    Batmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan. (The extra A's denote singing.)

    Excited for Batman: Arkham Origins, but concerned that there's just not enough singing? Don't worry. The folks at the Random Encounters YouTube channel have put together a rock opera where Batman faces off against some of his most famous enemies, and the all sing.

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  3. Breaking Bad: The Opera Currently In Production Because Of Course It Is

    It ain't over 'till the Heisenberg sings.

    We sure did miss watching a new episode Breaking Bad last week. Luckily the show will continue to live on in our hearts -- and on the stage, if the One World Symphony House in New York has its way. They've just announced plans to produce a Breaking Bad opera. No, really.

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  4. There’s an Opera About Walt Disney, and You Can Watch it Online

    An opera that features cryogenics, a robotic Abraham Lincoln, and utopian visions may sound insane, but it weirdly makes more sense once you learn the opera is about the life of Walt Disney. The Perfect American is an opera by Philip Glass based on the book by the same name, that gives a fictional account of the last few months of Walt Disney's life. The opera will premiere in Madrid, but that's far away. Thankfully, the performance will be streaming online.

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  5. Finally, a Reason to Use the Opera Browser: Built-In Pirate Bay Blockade Workaround

    If you're living in the U.K. and are a fan of The Pirate Bay, you're probably already intimately familiar with the ongoing blockade of the site and the myriad ways to circumvent it. Allow us, then, to submit just one more tool to your TPB arsenal: The Opera browser, which features a dirt simple way to circumvent the blockade.

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  6. Mario Opera Makes a Classic More Classy [Video]

    There is a Spider-Man musical, so why not a Mario opera, right? Get ready for a big surprise: The Mario opera is actually really good. Okay, so it might be a stretch to call this one song in a stereotypical opera style -- and a stereotypical Italian accent -- an "opera," but it's not a stretch to call it awesome. The song is courtesy of legolambs, a YouTube channel devoted to pop culture musicals and run by Jon and Al Kaplan. Check it out. It's a terrific way to spend 2:49 minutes and justify calling a huge part of your childhood "high culture."

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  7. Not so Fast, Neutrinos! Possible Explanation for CERN's Faster-Than-Light Claims

    A few weeks ago, news broke that scientists at the CERN laboratory observed what could be particles traveling faster than the speed of light. With such physics-shaking implications on their hands, the researchers put out a call for independent verification. Though there have been a flurry of responses, one from the University of Groningen's Ronald van Elburg could be the sweeping refutation that puts this issue to rest. Emphasis on "could be." In the original experiment, called OPERA, scientists measured how long it took for particles called neutrinos created at CERN to arrive at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy.  The distance between the laboratories (roughly 454 miles), and the fact that Gran Sasso is located underneath quite a bit of mountain, complicated the experiment since synchronizing two clocks in different locations is extremely difficult. In order to account for this, the scientists relied on the time signal from an orbiting GPS satellite. Using this benchmark, the researchers found that the neutrino arrived 60 nanoseconds earlier than light would. However, it's this reliance on an orbital clock that van Elburg says is causing the results observed in the OPERA experiment.

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  8. NY Post Blockades Safari on iPad, Pushes App

    Yesterday, the New York Post began blocking all access to their website for those using the iPad version of the Safari web browser. Instead of viewing the website, visitors see a large notice informing them that NY Post content "is now only accessible on the iPad through the New York Post App." The NY Post iPad app costs $1.99, and is currently available in the app store. It should be noted that this is a subscription app, and further fees would apply. Oddly, the NY Post blockade only affects Safari. If you were to use another iPad browser, such as Opera, you would have no trouble viewing NY Post content. News Corp, which owns the NY Post, has been a forerunner in subscription content on multiple platforms, rolling out The Daily a few months ago. But the move to block a specific subset of users in order to drive app sales is a bit unusual. Prior to blockade, Safari users on iPads that visited the NY Post saw large ads that prompted them to purchase the app. The old ads were simply suggestions, but trying to force users to purchase the app could result in fewer app downloads, and more angry readers. (photo via The Examiner, Paid Content via TechMeme)

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  9. Oprah Fans’ Accidental Emails to Opera, the Web Browser

    Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey aired the last episode of her syndicated talk show, which had been running for 25 years. In honor of this historic milestone, the team behind the web browser Opera released a few of the emails they had received over the years from Oprah fans who mistook the browser for the talk-show host. "We've been receiving lots of mail from Oprah fans, asking us questions, complaining or simply just opening up, telling us about their lives. We've tried to answer these emails the best we can."

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  10. At The Opera [Video]

    Ah, opera. The tragedies of man portrayed on stage through some of the greatest accomplishments of music. And the singers -- ah, their skill is truly moving. This short animated film by Juan Pablo Zaramella captures all that, and then some. Remember, it's not over until the Allium cepa sings. Or something like that. (via Cartoon Brew)

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