Monday Evening Open Thread: At First I Thought It Was A Steve King Rally…

… which is libel against fake predatory dinosaurs, of course. An explanation, such as there is one:

SB Nation spoke with ISU band director Christian Carichner about how the best marching band moment in years came together.

Iowa State hatched the dinosaur plan after watching something Michigan’s band did with dinosaurs in 2017.

Last year, the Wolverine marching band did a tribute to John Williams, the composer who scored Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Home Alone, and Harry Potter movies, among many others. The Wolverines’ routine involved dinosaurs hanging out on the side of the field, like wide receivers flexed out beyond the numbers just to draw a defense’s attention…

Band leaders started putting together their routine in June, when they ordered 60 inflatable dinosaur costumes on Amazon.

You, too, can own this dinosaur costume. The Rubie’s Adult Jurassic World Inflatable Dinosaur Costume costs about $50 per ensemble. ISU purchased 60 of them for an estimated cost of $3,000, using a budgetary surplus from last year…

“Frankly, it costs more money just to feed the marching band than it does to outfit them in dinosaur costumes,” Carichner says.

The costume purchaser has the option to buy a version of the outfit that will also make its own dinosaur noises. The band was frugal in this regard.

“We did not get the sound,” Carichner says. “We just got the regular T-Rex.” …

Disaster almost struck during the performance. The dinosaur costumes seal tightly. They need to, because a small fan inside of them keeps them inflated. In the cold air and while doing rigorous physical activity, the small windows for sight fogged up, partially blinding dozens of on-field dinosaurs. Some third-party dinosaurs had to step in to help.

“So the kids couldn’t really see,” Carichner says. “If you watch the video, there’s two guys; we call them the ‘dinosaur wranglers,’ wearing different dinosaur costumes, kind of poking around and making sure that they were all in the right spot.” …

Further detail at the link. The dinosaur wranglers, if you can’t quite make them out, are the heavyset guys in bright green pants — those are actually man-riding-dinosaur / hobby-horse-dinosaur costumes.

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Even the Very Serious…


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Late Night Open Thread: Date Night!

Have a nice dinner out…

 
… and maybe take in a movie!

 
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“Better truth-seeking”, sigh…


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Forget the carefully crafted folktales about humble salt-of-the-earth workers — the True Trump Believers are American Poujadists, middle-class small business owners and their spokespersons, the ‘populists’ whose only political interest is in keeping their taxes low and all people-not-them ‘in their place’. People like Ross Doubthat, for example. Or Erick Erickson, Voice of the GOP Gated Community, who’s been losing his meagre moiety of marbles on twitter all week…


 
‘Serious’ GOP professional looks for a pony in that shitpile…


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Saturday Late Night Open Thread: Bad Omens

Serene cluelessness alert!

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See — you can be old and reliant on young staffers and yet not be a total dick!


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