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  1. The head of the Soprano Family has passed. My wife told me as she stepped off the train. So young. RIP. James Gandolfini, who won three Emmys for his portrayal of flawed antihero and conflicted mob boss Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos,” died in Italy at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack. HBO reps confirmed his death on Wednesday. According to the Taormina Film Festival, he was on his way to the festival where he was expected Thursday. He had been expected to participate in an onstage conversation with Italian director Gabriele Muccino on Saturday at the Sicilian festival. Gandolfini’s imposing screen presence was the driving force in establishing “The Sopranos” as the most influential TV show of the past generation. The actor was praised for his deft balance of the character’s violence and vulnerability, making the murderous mob boss a sympathetic figure that set the mold for the flawed anti-heroes that populate cable dramas today. SEE ALSO: “The Sopranos” Closes Out Age of Mob Rule “Jimmy was the spiritual core of our ‘Sopranos’ family, and I am stunned at this devastating loss. He was a great talent, but an even better man,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, who greenlighted “Sopranos” in his previous role running HBO. The “Sopranos” actor appeared recently in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” He had been working on Fox Searchlight’s “Animal Rescue,” now in post-production, HBO limited series “Criminal Justice” as well as CBS show “Taxi 22.” “He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility,” HBO said in a statement. SEE ALSO: Gandolfini on Kristen Stewart and “the mad ones” Gandolfini had six Emmy lead drama actor nominations as well as a Golden Globe for his work in the “Sopranos,” which ended in 2007. Among his film roles were “Mr. Wonderful,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Get Shorty” and “True Romance.” Born in Westwood, New Jersey, his mother was born in the U.S. but raised in Italy and his father was born in Borgotaro, Italy. He attended Rutgers U. and became interested in acting when he accompanied his friend Roger Bart to an acting class. In 1992, he starred in ”On the Waterfront” on Broadway for six months, and returned to the stage in 2009 in “God of Carnage.” He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, a son and a baby daughter. (Cynthia Littleton and Nick Vivarelli contributed to this report.) http://variety.com/2013/more/news/james-gandolfini-dead-of-sudden-stroke-at-51-1200499141/
  2. Your Dad sounds like an ace. Now that you're a homeowner, nothing better than having someone like him who is a tradesman. Plus, he taught you so much that guys like me need to pay a contractor to do.
  3. Wow. He sounds like my late uncle. Growing up, all we did were projects on his house. I still cannot look at a post hole digger (manual, back breaking one, of course) without getting annoyed. Congratulations on the house. Best of luck.
  4. Hire a lawn service. Then, go out and buy a few cases of wine and/or beer to enjoy during the times you would be busting your ass mowing, leaf blowing, etc.
  5. Just read this article. When the original investigators are questioning the validity of final report (that the explosion occurred from an external source, not a spark to the fuel tank), we need to take notice. Can't wait to see the documentary. (CNN) -- An unreleased documentary on the 1996 TWA Flight 800 explosion offers "solid proof that there was an external detonation," its co-producer said Wednesday. "Of course, everyone knows about the eyewitness statements, but we also have corroborating information from the radar data, and the radar data shows a(n) asymmetric explosion coming out of that plane -- something that didn't happen in the official theory," Tom Stalcup told CNN's "New Day." A number of people have come forward, "all saying the same thing: that there was an external force -- not from the center wing tank, there's no evidence of that -- but there is evidence of an external explosion that brought down that plane," Stalcup said. He cited "corroborating information from the radar data" and complained that "not one single eyewitness was allowed to testify -- that's unheard of." Photos: TWA Flight 800 "TWA Flight 800" doc presents new proof The film's producers are submitting a petition -- signed by "many" former investigators -- asking for the National Transportation Safety Board to reopen its investigation, based on new evidence offered by the documentary, Stalcup said. "The family members need to know what happened to their loved ones," he said. Asked why such information might have been suppressed, he said, "That's a question that should be answered when this investigation gets reopened." The NTSB ruled that the explosion was caused by an electrical short circuit, most likely originating in a fuel gauge line, which found its way into the center wing fuel tank, where it detonated fuel vapors and caused the B-747 to fall in pieces into the waters off Long Island. Skeptics have long theorized that TWA Flight 800 was brought down by sinister forces. They include Hank Hughes, who served as a senior accident investigator with the NTSB and helped reconstruct the aircraft. Others include Bob Young, a TWA investigator who participated in the investigation, and Jim Speer, an accident investigator for the Airline Pilots Association. "These investigators were not allowed to speak to the public or refute any comments made by their superiors and/or NTSB and FBI officials about their work at the time of the official investigation," a news release announcing the documentary said. "They waited until after retirement to reveal how the official conclusion by the (NTSB) was falsified and lay out their case." The documentary, "TWA Flight 800," will premiere July 17, the 17th anniversary of the crash. Stalcup is co-founder of the Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization and has been a longtime and passionate critic of the official investigation. Suspicions that criminals or terrorists were behind the TWA 800 explosion are not new. The FBI conducted a parallel investigation, but concluded that the incident was not a crime or terrorist attack. The NTSB said Tuesday that it was aware of the pending release of the documentary, which will air on EPIX TV network, and of the producers' intent to file a petition to reopen the investigation. "As required by NTSB regulation, a petition for reconsideration of board findings ... must be based on the discovery of NEW evidence or on a showing that the board's findings are erroneous," NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said in a statement. "At this point, the NTSB has not received a petition, however, we stand ready to review one, should it be filed." Petitions are reviewed and a determination typically is made within 60 days, but the NTSB can take longer if necessary, she said. The safety board's investigation of TWA 800 lasted four years and "remains one of the NTSB's most extensive investigations," Nantel said. Investigators "spent an enormous amount of time reviewing, documenting and analyzing facts and data, and held a five-day public hearing to gather additional facts before determining the probable cause of the accident," she said. But her statement leaves open the possibility the case will be reopened. "While the NTSB rarely re-investigates issues that have already been examined, our investigations are never closed, and we can review any new information not previously considered by board," it said. The documentarians said they have a "trifecta of elements" that will "prove that the officially proposed fuel-air explosion did not cause the crash." That trifecta includes forensic evidence, firsthand sources and corroborating witnesses, and the new statements from retired investigators. The evidence proves that "one or more ordnance explosions outside the aircraft caused the crash," the producers said. But it does not identify or speculate on the source of the ordnance explosions. All 230 people aboard TWA 800 died when the plane, headed for Paris, exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Scores of witnesses observed a streak of light and a fireball, giving early rise to suspicions that the terrorists had struck the plane with a rocket. Investigators concluded the streak was likely burning fuel streaming from the plane's wing tank. http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/19/us/twa-crash-claim/
  6. How great would it be to watch those turds implode this season? Them and Miami.
  7. Good idea. For folks that don't have this option, and don't want to buy a ready made wood chip box, wrap some soaked wood chips in heavy duty aluminum foil. Then punch a few holes on it and place on the grill to heat and smoke. When you're done, just chuck it out. Cheap and easy.
  8. Should you wish to venture "across the pond", there was a recent thread in the off topic forum. That said, I'll reiterate my preference. If you have the money (depending on the model, around a grand), go with the gold standard of gas grills, the Weber Genesis with a side burner. You can pick various colors, but they have an awesome Jet green, black, and--for a little more money--stainless steel. With a cover (I won't talk to you if you opt not to cover your grill), you'll have this unit for at least 10 years. I don't like Weber's "economy" model, the Spirit. For the money, I think it's cheaply made. I cannot figure Weber's thinking process by making the handle in plastic. You folks are making money hand over fist, control the market. Don't cheap out like that. If you want to spend less, most of the grills suck. The two best I have seen in the lower price range are Huntington and DynaGlo. Both are well made, dependable units with great features.
  9. What a shot by Ray Allen. That guy has been an ice man for so long. As a kid on the playground, you dream of making that jumper in a crucial spot. Wow.
  10. I nearly spit out my coffee as I read this. LOL. What an insanely obscure reference.
  11. A little strong, no? I could see your point if say the owner of the Patriots implicated a world leader in a stealing of a Super Bowl ring scandal. But, honestly, what are the odds of that happening?
  12. "I'm not an analyst. I'm an anal-ist (sic)" --Kari Foxx' character in The Anal-ist. (No video clip would pass muster.)
  13. "You need help. You're a sick man." Really? ***NSFW*** Line is at approx. 1:49.
  14. How Mae West really says it. Real clincher is her final line. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L0eJp7V2Zs Hope the young folk go explore Fields' work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNodf6HdAUA
  15. Fixed the problem. I must have hit the little light switch icon on the far left of the tool bar. What a dunce.
  16. Alvy's line is at approx. :48. But you really need the build up.
  17. I could email her saying that the first step in learning the guitar properly is to research and purchase a comfy lounge chair. Next would be to carbo-load to maximize hand strength and dexterity.
  18. What's up, NJ. You need to do a drum thread. Dom, any idea why my "Reply to this Topic" toolbar is in shadow and does not allow me to use any of the functions, such as bolding, etc.? I don't really have any animosity. Since I began posting online in 2007, I have only ever lost my temper when i feel someone has crossed the line and made it personal. I'm too much of an old guinea to let it go.
  19. Before you do anything like spending a small fortune on a guitar, tuner, etc., ask yourself if you really want to learn the instrument. Ifyes, find a small, reputable, guitar shop in your area (not Guitar Center). Then, go in and talk to the owner about your goals. Most times, people buy guitars which are set up terribly and impossible to play, causing them to quit after a few weeks/months. You might even rent a guitar to see if you like to play.
  20. Thanks. The "Reply to Topic" box is what I'm talking about. I must have done something. I'll PM Max. I would really prefer to discuss my JI situation via PM. These JI vs JN threads never go well.
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