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Breaking Bad Season 5: Xeni air-drops into the best viewing party in the world, in ABQ (video)

[Video Link: Our episode recap and review, with a room full of ABQ locals.]

My aviator boyfriend Miles O'Brien and I are flying in his plane from California to the east coast this week, before I start 6 weeks of radiation treatment for breast cancer. When you fly in a single-engine plane like his, you have to stop every 4 hours or so for fuel. When we woke up Sunday, the day the first episode of the new season of AMC's BREAKING BAD would air, we thought: hey, why not plan today's stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the show is based? And why not try to find some fellow fans, and invite ourselves into a ABQ BrBa premiere viewing party tonight?

So we did. I put out the call on Twitter, and hours later, a fellow fan in ABQ named Shanna Schultz tweeted back, come on over.

"Booze-wise we're making an asston of blue jungle juice in honor of the blue meth," Shanna said, "plus we'll be grilling."

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Breaking Bad's first 4 seasons, in 10 minutes (spoilers galore, duh)

[Video Link] An excellent recap, from Slate V. All 46 episodes in 10 minutes. The comment thread in this post also includes spoilers!

(thanks, Joe Sabia!)

Breaking Bad: Walt + Jesse amigurimi (the most adorable crocheted meth cooks)

Via a comment in today's earlier Breaking Bad meme roundup post, this DIY yarn project at Ravelry:

Inspired by Breaking Bad, patterns to make little Walter and Jesse, everyone’s favorite meth cooks. Instructions include patterns for two dolls, two hats, glasses, jumpsuits, and tiny bags of crystal. Because of tiny parts, these patterns wouldn’t be suitable for young children, who probably have never seen Breaking Bad anyway, right?

(thanks, Rose!)

The web's best Breaking Bad memes (Season 5 starts this Sunday, w00t!)

I'm not a fan of listicles, but I'll stoop to link to this one on Buzzfeed because it is highly relevant to my interests: the 27 best "Breaking Bad" memes.

A few months back when I was in chemo, we made a few of our own. The oncology nurses loved my Héctor “Tio” Salamanca impression, above. Or, maybe I just thought so when I was hopped up on all that Benadryl. The bell is for real, btw, not a prop: nurses place that near each chemotherapy infusion station in case a patient has an emergency and cannot verbalize an emergency call for help.

I re-watched season one, two, three, and four, in bed on my iPad during recovery from chemo and surgery.

I was only half joking when I tweeted that the anticipation of Season 5 is what kept me going through this difficult time. I CAN NOT WAIT for Sunday.

(thanks, @sfslim!)

That time Gustavo Fring tried to be a stormtrooper in another life

An amazing sculpture spotted at London Film and Comic Con by Rizwane Baig. I'll just hang out while you reconsider your lunch. (via Blastr)

AMC to Dish: We'll go ahead and stream Breaking Bad for free. 'K bye.

AMC has some very good news for Dish Network customers who are being denied their Breaking Bad season premiere this weekend: They will be streaming the show as it airs for the low, low cost of zero dollars. So, take that, Dish Network! Those jerks!

Just in time for the fifth (and final) season premiere for one of cable's most popular shows, Dish Network failed to reach an agreement with AMC, IFC, and WE and dropped them as part of their cable offerings as of July 1. But in a classy display of support for fans and a middle finger to Dish, AMC will provide a consolation viewing experience in the form of a live stream of the premiere of Breaking Bad at 10:00 PM EST. Here is their statement:

“Every cable, phone and satellite company other than Dish carries AMC,” the company says. “AMC wants its loyal Dish viewers to experience the excitement of the Breaking Bad premiere at the same time as their friends and neighbors, and we want to give Dish customers an extra week to switch providers so they can enjoy the rest of the season.”

Oh no you didn't, AMC with your Z-snapping diss-o-matic.

If you are one of these unlucky Dish customers, all you have to do is pre-register starting on Saturday, July 14 at 3:00 PM EST. It costs nothing, and you just have to visit AMC's specially-designed page just for you. (via Deadline)

Walmart breaks bad: active meth lab found inside Missouri store

Apparently, corporate profits just aren't enough for some global megabusinesses these days: a Walmart store in South St. Louis County, Missouri was emptied by police when an "active methamphetamine production laboratory" was discovered inside.

Now, it's entirely possible that the "lab" consisted of an empty plastic bottle and some chemicals, but still, you guys: some tweeker was cooking crystal inside a freakin' Walmart.

The store was open and full of customers when it was cleared about 6:15 p.m. Thursday after employees and then police discovered the possible hazardous situation involving the substances used to make methamphetamine, St. Louis County police Lt. Mark Cox said. The chemicals were discovered after police were called about a shoplifter. Cox did not yet know details of the "lab," how it was put together or where in the store it was located.

UPDATE: It gets weirder. This local news report further clarifies that a woman detained for shoplifting at the Walmart "began to make meth in the loss prevention office."

Now that is baller. You're busted for shoplifting, placed in what amounts to a holding cell inside the store, and how do you kill time? Makin' ice!

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Giancarlo Esposito (Gustavo Fring on Breaking Bad): Reddit AMA with video

"I am Giancarlo Esposito. I've had a few people tell me Reddit would be a great place to have a discussion with fans. And what does a man do? A man provides." Reddit AMA here.

Response videos shot by BB pal Joe Sabia are embedded below: one in which Esposito lovingly recounts stuff he stole from the set of "Breaking Bad," and one in which he shares some of his own personal influence on the character of Gustavo Fring. Another about Gustavo's fastidiousness, and another about his family. More will be posted here.

If you have never watched it, you are missing one of the best shows to ever air on television, and you should fix that right now. Can't wait for the final season! (thanks, Joe Sabia!)

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