Amusing food story #1: Fondy and her sister Grace were shopping at the Pacific Mall yesterday when they decided to get take-out at the food court. Grace ordered from Thai Express and, as she was heading out, noticed that the container they gave her was only half-full. She thought it odd since the last couple of times she’d done take-out from Thai Express, the container had been filled. So, she returned to the counter and explained the situation to the guy in charge. “Usually, when I’ve ordered in the past,”she informed him, “the container has been full,”. The guy stared back at her stonefaced and offered: “They gave you too much.”

Amusing food story #2: The gals in accounting ordered from a new Thai restaurant in the neighborhood, one that shall remain nameless because I have honestly forgotten the name. Halfway through their meal, one of them fished a peculiar item their tofu: a lightly fried grasshopper. How the hell a grasshopper ended up in their tofu is beyond me as it has been pouring rain the past few weeks and not exactly ideal grasshopper conditions. “Maybe they were cooking a grasshopper dish and one of the grasshoppers jumped out of the pot,”suggested someone in all seriousness. I told them I was pretty sure that grasshopper is NOT on the menu at this particular restaurant, but this individual was adamant. “Have you ever been to Thailand?”they challenged. No, I’ve never been, but Alex Levine has and he did confirm that he was once presented with a trolley full of various crispy-fried insects on his last trip there. But that’s beside the point. If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s fairly obvious: Never, under any circumstances, order tofu.

I forgot to mention that we our cast read-through for Reunion the other day. All of the usual suspects were there in addition to reclusive director Will Waring extra special guest star and Super nice guy (note the capital S there) Mark Dacascos. Very humble, very pleasant, and full of fun stories about his show Iron Chef America. I’ve never seen our stunt coordinator, Bam Bam, so thrilled to be working with someone.

With the hockey playoffs in full swing, Carl Binder is showing his support for the home team (well, his home team). Being the incredibly superstitious fellow he is (he has a good-luck ritual that involves him walking backwards from his car to his second floor office every morning, and back at the end of the work day), Carl has vowed not to eat his special good luck team cupcake until the Ducks have won the Stanley Cup. Let’s hope for Carl’s sake they make it quick.

By the way, congratulations to Brad Wright for winning the coveted Writer’s Guild of Canada Showrunner of the Year award. I have included a pic of the prize: a peculiar pencil spanning a globe. Okay, it may not be the nicest-looking trophy, but it is undoubtedly the heaviest as I suspect the damn thing is plated lead. Between this and that Cable Ace Award, it‘s a wonder he‘s still the same unassuming, down-to-earth guy who helicopters into work every day and just does his job.

Q&A…

Exangeline writes: “Do you read manga?”

Answer: I don’t. Between the books and the anime, I don’t have the time.

Anonymous #1 writes: “I’ve seen several posts by you bemoaning the Gate’s poor promotion, yet it continues to happen. Why don’t you do something about it?”

Answer: The network promos or out of my sphere of influence. I can complain – and have – but there’s not much else I can do.

Nikki writes: “ 1- How do you hire your extras? Do you tend to favour certain agencies, and what specifically do you ask for? 2- Do you know where I could send a fan letter to an actor who worked on SG-1?”

Answers: 1 – We have an Extras Casting Director who hires extras based on the specific episode needs. 2 – Sure, just send it to the Bridge Studios.

Faithchan writes: “Have you ever seen Slayers or Fushigi Yuugi?”

Answer: I watched the first seasons of both, and liked both although I did prefer Slayers for its humor.

Shawna writes: “I recently visited my aunt, who has a pug named Millie…”

Answer: Love that dog.

Anonymous #2 writes: “Where would one find Rob and Brad’s blogs???”

Answer: Probably in an alternate universe.

Anonymous #3 writes: “As for getting rid of Torri … theres an ‘interesting’ rumor about why you didn’t keep both her and Amanda which was posted on GW just a day ago. All I can say is if there’s any truth to that rumor, you’ve made a huge mistake.”

Answer: Since I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, I guess I’ll just have to take your word for it.

Anonymous #4 writes: “You know, if you weren’t offing people’s favorite characters, folks wouldn’t be so negative about S4 and unsympathetic to you.”

Answer: Nah, I think they’d still be pretty negative and unsympathetic.

Arctic Goddess writes: “Guess what! We are getting a pug and calling him Mallozzi! Little Joe for short! […] Of all of the imaginative television shows that have aired over the years, which show do you think was the most well written – besides Stargate and Atlantis, of course?”

Answer: First: Am I a dogfather? Second: The Sopranos.

Inner-Fangirl writes: “As far as Animé are concerned: how about Wolf’s Rain and Ghibli movies ?”

Answer: I liked Wolf’s Rain, and do enjoy Ghibli movies (Spirited Away is still my fave but I’ve yet to get around to Totoro).

The First Lily writes: “I’m always the last person to notice plot holes (and I really don’t care about them when someone points them out later), but I immediately noticed a HUGE plot hole with the personal shields. In Hide & Seek it was clear that once a person activated those shields, they didn’t work on anyone else once (Rodney tried to put the shield on John’s chest in that episode and didn’t work) and one couldn’t eat/drink while using the shield (Rodney thinking he was going to starve, not being able to even drink coffee, etc).”

Answer: The implication in Hide and Seek was that Rodney hadn’t a clue how to use the personal shield, anyone else even less. True, Rodney couldn’t even eat or drink with it on. However, in Irresistible, Lucius demonsrates his ability to turn the device on and off while he is sitting in the tavern, suggesting that he has enough control to eat and drink.

68 thoughts on “April 28, 2007

  1. Any likelihood that Teyla’s pregnancy and the discovery of how Wraith reproduce might be related?

  2. You watched Fushigi Yuugi?! It doesn’t seem like the type that you’d like… what with Noir and Lain. Have you ever seen Ayashi no Ceres then?

  3. My friends and I have a debate going about the Line in the Sand (SG-1). I think Mitchell baked chocolate macaroons and that Sam didn’t like them, not because they weren’t good, but because she probably doesn’t like macaroons. My friends just think Cam is a lousy baker and that the macaroons were dark because they were burnt.

    Who’s right?

  4. Joe,

    Since Carter is going to be in command of Atlantis, will she be always wearing her formal uniform, as opposed to Weir or O’neill? Or will she be sporting the tried and true old BDU’s? I’m hoping for one of those two, because I’m scared to death you’re going to put her in those damned Galaxy Quest get-ups.

    eva

  5. Joe,
    I’ll ask the question again since I got it in late yesterday. Will we be seeing the lovely Laura Harris or the talented Leela Savasta in episodes of season 4. I was hoping to see Laura as she was my favorite from Dead Like Me. and Leela is just hot…in medical terms. Please I beg you let us know. Thanks
    Mike

  6. Joe,

    My friend and I have been having an argument and you’re the only one I know who can settle it. Is Carter in Doppelganger or not?

  7. “Anonymous #4 writes: “You know, if you weren’t offing people’s favorite characters, folks wouldn’t be so negative about S4 and unsympathetic to you.”

    Answer: Nah, I think they’d still be pretty negative and unsympathetic.”

    Not so many as there are now for sure. Well, try fixing what’s been done and then you’ll see.

  8. You mentioned a while back that “Irresistible” went wrong in many ways. I think it was actually quite a fun episode. My brothers enjoyed it (and I can’t get them to like anything!).

    I had a quesiton about budget. I just saw “Lost City” (an excellent episode–I especially liked the Uma Thurman joke). About how much did that production cost? It was blockbuster level quality.

    Thanks much,
    Royal

  9. Joe,

    I’ve been thinking……is it a contractual thing that you guys can’t mention Jack O’neill without approval from RDA or his comapny? That would explain the odd non-mentions of Jack in pertinent situations.

  10. Hello Joe,

    The pics are gorgeous – and I’m intrigued by Super nice guy.

    You know, in Australia, some Asian places actually have a certificates of clean practices hung up on the wall to let us know that there aren’t any cockcroaches or grassphoppers around.

    I’ve been to Thailand but obviously missed the grassphopper speciality!

    Q: Any more golf scenes in S5 for Shep? Are those golf clubs Mr Flanigan’s or just part of the props?

    I’ve heard at cons that Mr Flanigan enjoys a good game of golf so I was amused to see Sheppard play some “golf” in a few eps.

    Thank you.

  11. Is it possible for me to be the only one actually excited about the changes that are happening for Season 4? I wish you all the luck that Stargate Atlantis will continue to gain as loyal a fanbase as Stargate SG-1.

    As for a question, if you have been to London, England, what is your favorite “hole in the wall”-type pub or restaurant there?

  12. Wolf’s Rain is such a great anime!! and Full Metal Alchemist is pretty good too, especially if you like humor 😉

    Speaking of anime, everyone in my family think that I am wasting my time watching anime/Reading manga Why do you think they react that way and do you know how I can prove they’re wrong?

    Lastly: Do you watch Heroes?

  13. oh, joe, *thank you* for including another picture of amanda!! 😀

    (before i clicked on the pic, i thought it was teryl :p)

    sally 😀

  14. I must go back to the personal shield thing because I’ve been wondering myself. True, in Hide & Seek Rodney had just the foggiest idea how the device operated while in Irresponsible Lucius had obviously figured it out. However, in Hide & Seek, Grodin explains to Weir that “the text we were studying says the shield imprints on the wearer. If we’re right, it wouldn’t work on anyone else.” I guess that means they were they wrong, then–right?

    Also, do please share more amusing food stories…

  15. Will there by any exploring of the main land? I feel like we always see Atlantis and the team never really got to discover their own world. I would love to see a team camping trip!

  16. Answer: The implication in Hide and Seek was that Rodney hadn’t a clue how to use the personal shield, anyone else even less. True, Rodney couldn’t even eat or drink with it on. However, in Irresistible, Lucius demonsrates his ability to turn the device on and off while he is sitting in the tavern, suggesting that he has enough control to eat and drink.

    I like to think Rodney had version 1.0 and Lucius had 2.0. Upgrades are marvelous, even though they can have bugs. No pun intended, at least at first.

    A question, or two. How is the director chosen for a episode? Do they each have particular skills or strengths that would match up with a script, such as a character driven one or a big, effects loaded one?

    Many thanks for taking our questions, flak and fawning praise!

  17. First off you’ve said the fans would still be negative and unsympathetic even without you doing away with characters. I’m sure some would but not near as many. As someone who has watched both shows from the beginning I know why you sometimes have to get rid of characters to help the shows. But you are going through the characters on SGA a little to fast don’t you think? If you had gone through characters that fast on SG-1 there wouldn’t have been any of the original ones left by season 10. I do appreciate the fact you’re bringing Beckett back. I just hope it winds up being for more than a few episodes.
    Also since “Irresistible” has aired in the U.S. now too. Can you give us more details about what you felt went wrong with it?
    Thank you for taking the time to answer fan’s questions.

  18. I know you probably cant really confirm the rumors to the Teyla story ark, 1.but is the reason you and the writers decided to put in a pregnancy is because Rachel is pregnant in real life?2.If she is pregnant will she still be around in season 4 or will she be out for a few episodes like you did to Amanda’s character when Amanda was pregnat?

  19. Anonymous said…

    “Anonymous #4 writes: “You know, if you weren’t offing people’s favorite characters, folks wouldn’t be so negative about S4 and unsympathetic to you.”

    Answer: Nah, I think they’d still be pretty negative and unsympathetic.”

    Not so many as there are now for sure. Well, try fixing what’s been done and then you’ll see.

    Hmmm, “fixing” things.

    I think the old saying goes…
    If it isn’t broken don’t fix it

    Well obviously people who’ve never seen an episode of season 4 are qualified to judge that it’s broken
    ^ Note the sarcasm

    BTW
    Joe have you ever read any Terry Pratchett books?

  20. I’ve a question that you may have already answer but I can’t find it :
    What happend to the asgard ship in Camelot ?

    (that’s a quite stupid question, but you’re the only one who can answer, I think)

    Secondly, I wanted to tell you that there are fans who don’t complain about every choices you make and who wait until the airing of the episodes to critic them. You have made interesting but dangerous choices about the characters in the show. I hope you’ve done a good job with that.

    NB : Soldiers of Atlantis whould look better if they would wear helmets. I think that seeing the extra’s faces is not so important.

    Thank you for what you do, and sorry for my bad English.

  21. Anonymous #2 writes: “Where would one find Rob and Brad’s blogs???”

    Answer: Probably in an alternate universe.

    Which alternate universe??

  22. “Anonymous #4 writes: “You know, if you weren’t offing people’s favorite characters, folks wouldn’t be so negative about S4 and unsympathetic to you.”

    Answer: Nah, I think they’d still be pretty negative and unsympathetic.”

    You don’t honestly believe that, do you? The way Paul and Torri have been dealt with has their fans angry. Angry fans won’t watch your show. Fans dropping off will lead to a drop in ratings. For every one person who loves Carter, there’s an Atlantis purist who hates her.

    It really almost seems that you, or whoever makes these decisions, WANTS this show to fail. But that’s okay, because you can then blame the stupid viewers who are dumb enough to get attached to characters.

    Oh, and the rumors? I could tell you first hand something I heard said about one of your actors by one of TPTB at an event (NOT a convention. Something else) in LA. I won’t because it was a snide remark about him, and the person who said it was wrong to speak about it when there were fans around. But it was said, and some of us heard it. Don’t think that fans are completely out of the loop. We’re not.

  23. Something that’s been bothering me for a while..
    Do the studios control what type of fanmail the actors get? Not that I’m planning to send something dodgy you understand, but I have found it absolutely appalling the way some fans are treating Amanda Tapping because of a decision they disagree with.

    I hope the idiots who can’t seem to distinguish the line between character and actress haven’t given everyone a bad name – some of us, believe it or not, are looking forward to seeing the Atlantis cast strengthened by yet another very capable actress.

  24. Joe,
    Est ce que le générique de la saison 4 va completement changé (de couleur…) où il va resté le meme sauf les personnages qui auront changer.

    Nicolas

  25. By the way, congratulations to Brad Wright for winning the coveted Writer’s Guild of Canada Showrunner of the Year award.

    Congratulations!

    I went to my favorite take-out spot and was told the same thing, except they said they’d been called to a meeting about “portions” and given notice. Notice of what? It didn’t last though.

    I have a family of sci-fi lovers. We’re caught up but enjoyed our Friday sci-fi fix. We’d watch Stargate re-runs year round if Scifi would let us.

    Adored The Road Not Taken.

    I’m afraid we liked Irresponsible too.

    You got a great cast, by the way.

    EC

  26. M said…
    Q: Are those golf clubs Mr Flanigan’s or just part of the props?

    Joe told us at Expo that the clubs weren’t his… in fact, he was a little disappointed he didn’t get to keep them! 😆 He told us he got a free skateboard after getting his board in frame on a couple of episodes (notably Conversion) and telling the manufacturers they now officially had the first skateboard in space! 😆

    So Joe, are we ever going to get to see Sheppard skateboarding on Atlantis? Please? I’m not above begging.. 😉 I just think it would be a really fun scene…

  27. Joe,

    I was wandering if you had ever heard of a puggle? It is a pug/beagle mix. I saw one for the first time yesterday in the pet store and I have to admit it is one of the cutest puppies I have ever seen. I thought beagles are known to be more hyper than pugs but this puppy seemed very mellow. Have you ever heard of puggles and if so do you know anything about their dispositions?

  28. Answer: The implication in Hide and Seek was that Rodney hadn’t a clue how to use the personal shield, anyone else even less. True, Rodney couldn’t even eat or drink with it on. However, in Irresistible, Lucius demonsrates his ability to turn the device on and off while he is sitting in the tavern, suggesting that he has enough control to eat and drink.

    Aaaaand…I know you probably don’t want to talk about this episode a whole lot, but please just let me add that the “suggestion” wasn’t enough for the typical viewer. A bit of dialogue (McKay: You can eat with that thing on? Lucius: Sure. It’s a matter of self-control!) would have explained everything. Or most things. … It would have explained that one point, okay? The rest of the episode…it wouldn’t help you with.

    However, from reading your blog over these past several months, I gather that scripts and episodes and everything else sometimes don’t fall together the way that you want them to. This is discouraging for everyone. After all, we get only 20 episodes of this show per season, and it’s a shame when one of them disappoints the people involved–the writers, the cast and the viewers, as well.

    Wish it were possible to have more episodes–22, 24, perhaps. Just wishing.

  29. Hey Joe, who wrote the Bad Guys story? I love that episode, especially when Daniel has his little outburst.

    Anyway, thanks alot and keep up with the good work. Your doing great.

  30. “Eva said: Since Carter is going to be in command of Atlantis, will she be always wearing her formal uniform, as opposed to Weir or O’neill? Or will she be sporting the tried and true old BDU’s? I’m hoping for one of those two, because I’m scared to death you’re going to put her in those damned Galaxy Quest get-ups.”
    I have no idea what is Galaxy Quest, so I can’t say anything about it, but I really like the Atlantis uniforms a lot, and since Carter is going there, I expect she wears the Atlantis uniform, just as John had to use the SG-1 uniform when he got back to the SGC for a few weeks in The Return I. If Carter is part of the Atlantis expedition now, she should wear the Atlantis expedition uniforms, not something from the SGC.

  31. Royal_Nonesuch said…
    You mentioned a while back that “Irresistible” went wrong in many ways.

    No. He said Irresponsible went wrong. Not Irresistible.

  32. Hello,
    Just wanted to say that I enjoy reading your random thoughts and such, but I especially enjoy the photochronology of your life. What kind of camera do you use?

  33. I hear Mark Dacascos is a really nice guy, a real treat to work with. I hope I can get him in a guest spot on TBT some day.

    And congrats to Brad Wright for winning the Showrunner of the Year award! From what I remember of the rules, only staffers of a show can vote for their own showrunner. You can’t work on Corner Gas and vote for the Robson Arms, Whistler or Falcon Beach showrunner. So, that makes it extra special, being held in so high regard by the people who work under you.

    KJC

  34. On the dubbed/subbed debate… I got Samurai Champloo in Japanese with English subtitles. The episode with the baseball game, the gaijin speak English (naturally) which is translated in to Japanese subtitles, which are then translated again into Enlish subtitles… and not entirely correctly! some of them are just hilarious. Of Course, the obscenities translated just fine! 😉 SamCham is probably my favorite anime, though I like Ghost in the Shell, too. My daughter is the die-hard Naruto/Bleach fan.

    I liked ‘Road’ especially the McKay parts and seeing Lorne. Also adored seeing Bill Lee again.

    ‘Irresistable’ was, well.. emminently resistable. Didn’t like Lucius much the first time around, though I like the actor. Adored the scene where everyone offers to take Rodney’s place… perfect! Didn’t like the bit where McKay (smartest man in *two* galaxies!) decides to try digging his way out of the cell with a spoon. C’mon, this is the guy who came up the plan in Return II? Too out of character. Gonna miss Kolya…

  35. Anonymous said…
    “Hmmm, “fixing” things.
    I think the old saying goes…
    If it isn’t broken don’t fix it”

    Agree with you there, there was nothing wrong with the cast as it was, so why “fixing” it?

    “Well obviously people who’ve never seen an episode of season 4 are qualified to judge that it’s broken
    ^ Note the sarcasm”

    Well, I’ve seen S1, S2 and S3 and I judge by that, there was no need to make a certain character recurring in the first place.

  36. “How the hell a grasshopper ended up in their tofu is beyond me as it has been pouring rain the past few weeks and not exactly ideal grasshopper conditions.”

    Maybe the Tofu wasn’t grown in Vancouver.

  37. Mark Dacascos…Hey, he was in ‘Crying Freeman’ with Paul McGillion. I am now very excited at all the stunts he’ll be doing. Can you give us an idea? (Swords, hand-to-hand, etc).

    What’s the episode you are most excited about? And funny picture with Jason and Amanda. I wasn’t before, but now, I’m pretty excited about how ya’ll are going to work with Sam in Atlantis. I think people should wait and see how it’s handled before they go off in a screaming rage and condemn the whole thing. I am adverse to getting rid of Torri (very much), but I’m not against Amanda coming.

    You should convince Martin Gero to keep a blog ;D. Congradulation to Brad!!! Now, he can exercise and write at the same time with that award ;D. And, Joe? You rock. Plain and simple.

  38. I wouldn’t have liked Cam Mitchell’s macaroons, either, even though they weren’t burnt. But that’s because I don’t like coconut.

    Cam’s best episode was the one with those Jaffa that could make themselves invisible.

    “(Before I clicked on the pic, I thought it was Teryl :p)”
    So did I!

  39. I really like the Vala/Tomin ship. Thanks to you, TPTB, the hallowed Ori, or whoever brought them together again in Line in the Sand. That relationship is one of the things that distinguishes Stargate from a Hollywood production. Vala’s “And here I was hoping that I could save him.” from Flesh and Blood is in my small collection of best lines from Stargate.

  40. hi,

    is atlantis going to land on the planet Weir mentioned in First Strike? M12-578? Or it’s going to be absolutely different planet?

    and what about tealc’s hair? is he going to have that grey-hair in Ark of Truth as well as he had in Unending?

    also a few weeks ago i asked about Amy Acker in Atlantis.. so what are the chances of seeing her there so far?

  41. As a fan of Vala I certainly hope that Rob didn’t consider having any Vala/Tomin ship in the movie. Tomin has tried to kill Vala on numerous occasions, left her tied up without food or water for days while she was pregnant before having the decency to rescue her and then hits her in this latest episode. Vala is suppose to be a strong character not suffer from battered wife syndrome.

  42. *waves*

    Hiya Joe,

    Just a quick question tonight and it doesn’t involve hot, sweaty and nekkid Shep 😮 Instead a burning question is on the whumpers mind. Why is it when Shep gets shot, it’s always the left arm? Next time you shoot him…well obviously not you personally, but whomever you have to write it in the script, can you do an addendum so that they aim a little bit more the right please, or anywhere that doesn’t involve the left arm. Chest would be a good choice, then we could have shirtless Shep at the same time. 😀

    Thanking you very much Mr M you’re a very wise and kind man.

    *sends hugs*

    PS lovely Amanda and Jason pic 😀 any chance of another JF one, please. *insert as much begging as is required*

    Thank you 😀

  43. Reading those comments over at Scifi.com, it occurs to me that the producers seem to have lost touch with what people love about Stargate. There are loads of comments from people who loved the mythology of the show, who were interested in the show exploring ancient cultures from Earth’s past. There’s tonnes of praise for Jack, Teal’c, Sam, and Danny. The fans just loved tuning in each week to those characters. The posters over there aren’t praising the special effects, but instead the characters and their relationships. I think the ratings are so very low right now because there hasn’t been much focus on the characters relationships (especially the original characters) or the old mythology. Atlantis, I don’t know. That show seems to just be about the special effects and does not have the same appeal as the SG-1 characters did. I’m not just talking about Jack O’neill either. Anyway, I hope the movies Chris Judge talked about turn out really good and that they have the old magic that SG-1 had. Thanks and good luck.

    Peter Brenot

  44. I wish Lorne had joined SG-1 instead of Mitchell. Kavan Smith was great in this weeks episode. His scenes with Amanda Tapping seem much more natural and he has loads more chemistry with her than Ben Browder. Major Lorne would have made an excellent fourth member of SG-1.

  45. Never, under any circumstances, order tofu.

    Hear hear. Tofu is the work of the devil.

    Glad you liked Millie. I know my aunt’s terribly fond of her.

  46. You are not alone, Melissa.

    Some people lack the stability they crave in their own lives and cling to the things they are passionate about. There is nothing wrong with that, but they fear change because it can reflect their own uncertain situations. Stargate is something that has the ability to draw people from all over the world together in a special unison you don’t find in many other things. Its a sad irony that instead of focusing on the things everyone can agree on they choose to create division amongst themselves.

  47. You know what? I’m sick of reading posts from farscape fans about how Ben and Claudia are the only good things about stargate and that all the actors, writers, crew, etc. aren’t doing a good job. “Ben wasn’t lit right there”, “he is good, TPTB have just nailed him down”,”the writers suck, not our boy”, etc. Talk about low class. You are worse than the Daniel fans. Sheesh.

  48. Thank you for the wonderful pictures! Especially for the one with Amanda Tapping and Jason Momoa.

  49. Ciao Bello!

    I have a really good reason for my posting-absence in the last two weeks. I started reading your blog from the beginning. I didn’t have much online-time because of different reasons and so I saved all the old entries on my laptop and read one after another. I even read all the comments (that made me open every day and save it) and now I’m even more addicted to the blog then I was before 
    I love your first entries, they are hilarious… your trip through Hong Kong and Tokyo makes me think about visiting Asia as soon as possible.(I don’t have Visa so what could go wrong?)
    And the chocolate-party! Wow, great idea, I love the pics you put in here! But maybe it would be a good idea to change the chocolate-party into a wine-party and reduce the chocolate… that could also be a good method against the headache that follows the excessive chocolate-eating… ^^

    But now to something serious and very important:
    I don’t like (your) ties. You do also look cute without. (it’s like the chocolate with biscuits, they are yummy, but I’d prefer chocolate alone)
    Is there something I can do against it?^^
    Wait: I had an idea! Have a look:
    picoodle.com (I think the link is to long to post it all, so add to picoodle.com the following:) /img/img01/8/4/29/f_Ties1m_65877ab.png
    and: img01.picoodle.com (and add this:) /img/img01/8/4/29/f_Ties2m_2d8d7f9.png

    I asked you some time ago where you get your plates (my mother was the one who forced me to ask^^)

    Your Answer: To which plates are you referring exactly?

    We went together through all the pics to find out which ones she meant: especially this series:
    bp0.blogger.com/_bu0vVgPPyEs/RgCjL2JLScI/AAAAAAAACPA/kdB1Jxtmsdo/s1600-h/DSC02891.JPG
    And:
    bp0.blogger.com/_bu0vVgPPyEs/RgCjV2JLSdI/AAAAAAAACPI/mzsNm7YZYMQ/s1600-h/DSC02890.JPG

    she also saw “some” other plates she liked, but they were from several restaurants^^

    Take care,

    Siba

  50. Peter Brenot said: “Atlantis, I don’t know. That show seems to just be about the special effects and does not have the same appeal as the SG-1 characters did.”

    In your opinion, which I respect.

    In my opinion, what makes Atlantis such a fantastic show is precisely the characters. I love John, Teyla, Elizabeth, Rodney, Ronon and Carson. I tried to watch SG-1 many times but didn’t like the characters and the stories didn’t grab me either. I could never get into SG-1 but I’m in love with Atlantis. To each his own. *shrugs*

  51. “Will there by any exploring of the main land? I feel like we always see Atlantis and the team never really got to discover their own world. I would love to see a team camping trip!”

    Apparently you haven’t seen First Strike…

    I’d love to see skateboarding Shep too! 😀 (And much more Kavan please, I’m prepared to beg. Please please please can you post a pic of him?)

  52. “some of us, believe it or not, are looking forward to seeing the Atlantis cast strengthened by yet another very capable actress.

    April 29, 2007 2:14:00 AM PDT “

    So you have no problem with an equally capabale (or possibly more capable) actress being out of work so TPTB can keep their golden child in the franchise? I have a problem with that. It shouldn’t be an either/either situation.

    Why can’t Torri and Amanda both have 14 episodes? Are TPTB not man enough to handle the two of them??

  53. Hi Joe,
    As a home theater pro, how many remote controls do you have to deal with? I have 5. I use 4 of them to switch from cable with TV audio to DVD with surround sound. That is 3 too many, but I’m loathe to shell out $hundreds for a nasty-looking 500-button remote that might not work with my stuff. Any tips?

  54. Purp said…

    Some people lack the stability they crave in their own lives and cling to the things they are passionate about. There is nothing wrong with that, but they fear change because it can reflect their own uncertain situations

    There is something wrong with it.

    From reading various posts in this blog, other blogs and forums, there seems to be a number of gate fans that live their lives through their favorite characters (especially Sam & Weir). They start to believe that if anything “bad” happens to their character in the show it is the same as if something “bad” happened to a real person.. them or the actor playing the part.. and they take it personally. Their reaction is to badmouth the show and threaten to never watch it again.

    They are acting out their anger and then purging what has made them unhappy… but not before “righting the wrong” though mass posting etc.

    Take a breath. It is a TV show.

    As a reality check, don’t (as some have described doing) sit your daughter in front of the TV and say “That’s Sam Carter and I want you to grow up just like her”. Sam doesn’t exist. Pick someone who does. Stay grounded in the real world with real people.

    Remember, TV has the power to blur the line between fiction and reality especially if you have invited these wonderful fictional characters into your living room for the last ten years.

  55. Joe,

    Happy Sunday – hope your weekend went well.

    Hope your pugs have recovered from all the company they had in their house recently.

    By chance, do you what type of dog Torri has? I know Sedgwick has shown up briefly in a couple of episodes, but can’t tell what breed she is. Thought you might know.

    I watched this week’s episode, despite seeing a few sources hint it wasn’t the best of the season. Not my favorite episode, but I watched all of it – show loyalty, and all.

    Cheers!
    SMB_BOOKS

  56. Theoldone says:

    “There is something wrong with it.”

    Perhaps I wasn’t specific enough. There is nothing wrong with being passionate about something. I certainly use them as escapes too, but they do not define who I am as a person. I take your meaning, and I agree. The extremes that people go to over this is so confounding to me. Brothers and sisters across the planet die every day and no one cares, but people here THINK they know whats going on with a character on a show and scream bloody murder. There is nothing wrong with supporting an actor or character, but to be low class and cowardly about it defeats whatever nobility was inherent in the act to begin with.

    How hard can it be to focus on the positive? For a random example someone could say “The SG-1 episodes with RDA were really special, I love them” But instead people choose to say “SG-1 without RDA sucks!”

    But in the end, love it or hate it, people are passionate about it and as I said, there is nothing wrong with being passionate about something. Its a lot better than apathy. Just my $.2

  57. Once again I find myself scratching my head over some of the crazy comments here; specifically the melodramatic ones regarding Torri and the cast changes for S4 of SGA.

    From everything we’ve been told- which granted isn’t much- it wasn’t Torri that TPTB had a problem with, it was Weir. TPTB don’t favor Amanda Tapping over Torri Higginson, they just found they wanted to move in a different direction with the characters on SGA. Unfortunately for Torri and those of you who love Weir, that direction doesn’t include her in a major role.

    What’s done is done folks, and you all need to accept what you can’t change and move on. It isn’t healthy to obsess and stress over life’s immovables.

    Stop acting like Torri being asked to step down is the first time in history an actress has been replaced. It’s not! And it won’t be the last. This wasn’t about her personally or her endless talent as an actress, this was about a story choice for a TV show- period. She wasn’t treated any worse than anyone else in the entertainment business.

    Only time will tell if they were right or wrong. (at the moment my money’s on ‘right’)

  58. “Anonymous said…
    Royal_Nonesuch said…
    You mentioned a while back that “Irresistible” went wrong in many ways.

    No. He said Irresponsible went wrong. Not Irresistible. “

    Just call ’em Irredeemable Parts 1 & 2 and you have it. Too bad Irrersponsible came on the heels of (imo) two good eps.

    suse

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