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Tuesday, September 24. 2013
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That's very true. Almost every popular, long-running show starts off slow, hits a big peak, then slowly diminishes as the writers run out of fresh ideas and things turn a little stale. My three most recent NCIS posts feature a number of clips displaying some of the true beauty and uniqueness of the show — and almost all of the clips came from the last two seasons. They haven't lost a step.
As for Cote de Pablo's exit, I don't suppose we'll see who her replacement will be for a few shows after that. When Caitlin got snuffed out by Ari, I think they went two or three episodes before Ziva was introduced. Call it a 'mourning period' for lost loves.
One thing I'd never thought of was what movies Harmon has been in.
As it turns out, I have 'Killers' in my collection. Sharpen up those eyeballs and see if you can spot the big guy:
The driver, of course. The red streak in his hair was a dead giveaway. And, as these things go, his lady did make a good observation. Bicyclists, especially bronze medal winners, are somewhat difficult to plug with a shotgun from a moving car.
From the cast page of 'Killers' on the IMDb:
Jeez, you play the main bad guy and you don't even get credit for it? And he played the part so well!
As a small side note, if you asked a bunch of movie critics to name their top ten 'bloodiest' movies of recent years, 'Killers' would probably make the list, but, in actually, it's not even close. Most of it is what you might call implied violence, like the scene near the beginning when Harrelson's character throws a big Bowie knife at the guy out in the parking lot. There's a big musical roar as the slo-mo shows the knife slowly spinning through the air, breaking through the glass, then suddenly it's a close-up of the guy's face with a "Ooh, ya got me, pard!" look on it. No blood, no gore, no muss, no fuss.
Say, speaking of your observational prowess, let's see if you can answer this toughie:
According to the article, what famous person was "furious" over this scene:
The mystery answer is here. Click on the left side of the box on the upper-right to mute the annoying music. Personally, I don't believe a word of it. Typical sensationalistic National Enquirer-type "unnamed insider" bullshit.
The other mystery on the table is what the hell Gibbs was about to do with the rifle. The last show ended with a freeze shot of FBI agent Fornell, yet even if we figure he's not the target, the whole thing still looks highly illegal. Yet the wounded JSOC guy was there, so that would seem to put the stamp of authority on it. The last few minutes of the show are in the 'goodbye' post linked above if you want to refresh your memory before tonight.
It should be quite somethin'.
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It's going to be sad, but hopefully they'll give her a 'nice' send-off, like you mentioned in your 'goodbye' post.
...just so I don't read any accidental spoilers
On the sidewalk, one Sunday mornin'
Lies a body oozin' life
Someone's sneaking 'round the corner
Could that someone be 'ol Mack the Knife?
You mean ol' Mack actually had a knife? I always thought it was a metaphor for his... well, you know!
Don't listen to that SpoilerDude. It was the Butler, in the conservatory, with a pipe wrench.
With all due respect, this sounds like a bit of misdirection on your part. I thought it was you in the library with the rope. On the other hand, it does say "Retired" next to your name, so perhaps your son?
In truth, though, it must have been hell going through your military career with such a name.
"Hi, I'm Col. Mustard."
Such is the price of fame.
Off topic, but I'm at a loss here.
I use an antiquated, but serviceable piece of hardware with Windows XP.
When I load Maggies Farm using Firefox the whole system locks up and I have to reboot.
If I use IE, I can load MF but the loading time is lengthy and is prone to locking up as well.
It seems like the Avast security feature goes into overdrive and won't stop.
This problem started about a month ago and no other sites than MF has this problem...and I'm all over the web.
Hum. What makes it particularly perplexing is the "starting one month ago" part, since nothing's changed on this end -- as far as I know. (not being the webmaster, I'm not sure what's going on behind the scenes)
My first question is, does the system recover after, say, 30 or 45 seconds, or is it locked up permanently? I ask because one of the problems Firefox and Flash have (which are what any embedded YouTube vids are) is locking up the entire system, but it usually recovers in a half a minute or so. That's one of the reasons I went back to IE for browsing. It wouldn't happen often, but when it did, it was seriously annoying.
Second, have you opened Task Manager (right-click on Task Bar), the 'Processes' panel, and tried to 'End Task' for Avast before heading for the site? If it won't kill, maybe you could tell it not to load with Windows, boot up and make a quick test. If everything worked fine, then you might be able to add the site address in its 'Allow' options, or however it phrases it. As you implied, there might be something about the site that's putting Avast on the alert.
I would note for the record that this site uses some seriously old software that hasn't been updated in years by the original author, so that's most likely the source of the problem, although I'm sure a lot of our readers use both Firefox and Avast, so it's a puzzle why it would balk on yours. With that said, though, there probably aren't many XP users out there, so that might be adding to the mix.
Get back to me on the above and we'll take it from there, and sorry for the hassle.
1) No, the system doesn't recover. And shutting the program doesn't work either. I have to shut my system down...wihtout being able to close any open program.
2) I've not gone to "Processes" before, only "Applications" which hasn't shown Avast as "running".
"Processes" shows two Avast entries
Which one should be ended (or both)?
Try right-clicking on both and 'End Process Tree', which will try to kill both the main process and any subroutines. Then pop open Mag's and see what happens. If they don't kill, try disabling Avast to start on boot-up and give that a shot.
Had to disable Avast directly, system wouldn't allow an EPT.
Opened in Firefox, still an issue. Opened in IE, better.
Additional observation, in FF I would sometimes "repair" the wireless connection and things wuld unfreeze..for a time. Additional clicks on the links might re-freeze things though.
I feel like the fisherman's wife asking this next question:
In addition to Avast, I run Spybot and Immunet Protect. Is this overkill?
Well, actually, that might be it. All anti-malware programs semi-insist that any other anti-malware on the system be deleted during the install. Norton won't install unless every other system is either history or, in the case of Windows Defender, disabled. And there might be something about the old Maggie's software that's creating some confusion among them. That is, one thinks it's okay and another sees something it doesn't like, and they can't agree on a happy compromise so the system locks up.
So I guess the next step would be to keep all three from running during boot-up and see what happens. If they can't be disabled in their options, the alternate would be to go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, System Configuration, the 'Startup' tab. Uncheck them and reboot.
Back to you...
Hard as this will be to believe, there is no "alternate path" as you descibe it I've got a CP, and AT, but no Sys Confg, or Start Up tab. No doubt it's there somewhere but not along the path you describe.
Anyway, partially disabling Immunet and Avast allows IE to load more rapdily...Firefox is a no go, just an f'n nightmare.
Thanks for your thoughts on the matter, when I get some unspoken for green, I'll hit the tip jar.
Enjoy the sunsetting of Ziva, she is a dish!
Oh, right, sorry -- was thinking of Win 7, etc. In XP, open 'Run' from the Start Menu and type in "msconfig.exe", then click on the 'Startup' tab. Disable everything virus/firewall-related and give it another shot. Again, sorry about that. Been a while since I've visited an actual museum. :)
Gonna truly miss Ziva - not just eye-candy, but a true team asset.
It was good to see her mannerisms, her view, and her colloquial input ("piece of pie..." "cake, Ziva. Piece of cake") to make us Americans see the world thru their eyes. Nice touch, writers!
Plus, she could have been the girl of most guys dreams - great arm-warmth, good in a fire-fight, fast on her feet, and highly intelligent. I know its mythical TV, but the CIA would give almost anything for several dozen Ziva's as assets.
I only hope the replacement carries on the tradition that Kate and Ziva forged...
All very nicely put. And, indeed, they're going to be some tough shoes to fill. I made a couple of guesses in my 'goodbye' post, but it wouldn't surprise me if the gang comes up with something totally unexpected -- yet somehow works. Who would have guessed "ex-Mossad assassin" for Caitlin's departure?