The Anaheim Mighty Ducks won the Stanley Cup last night so you know what that means. Yes! It’s cupcake time for Carl. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about (which means you haven’t been reading my blog so shame on you), Carl Binder was gifted with a Mighty Ducks-inspired cupcake at the start of the hockey playoffs. Somewhere along the line, Carl vowed (or maybe I vowed for him, I don’t really remember) that he would eat said cupcake if and when the Ducks won the Cup. And here we are. To be brutally honest, that cupcake has looked better. The month or so its been sitting on Carl’s desk under the hot sun has exacted a toll on the once tasty-looking treat, now time-worn and rock-hard. Still, a vow is a vow and Carl made good on his promise to eat the cupcake. Check out the ensuing hilarity in today’s pic compilation.
A lot of you have been asking about a possible fifth season pick-up and I can honestly say that, at present, I haven’t a clue how things will shake out. I am, of course, hopeful that Atlantis will go another season, but the sad reality is the show’s ratings are down. Yes, cable, the networks, and, according to a recent article at tvweek.com, the syndication market in general, have taken an across-the-board hit and our six month lay-off certainly didn’t help, nor, I’m sure, does the fact that our tech-savvy audience has online access to episodes well before they air on SciFi. Still, the bottom line remains the numbers are down and numbers are something broadcasters tend to look at when deciding whether a show will be coming back or not. We all feel very strongly about the quality of the episodes we’ve produced for Atlantis’s fourth season but, by the time they finally air, the show’s fate could already be sealed. Which is why the upcoming final three third season episodes are so important. I think it’s unrealistic to expect the show to pull in the numbers it used to, but on the other hand I strongly believe that an uptick in our ratings over these next three weeks could go a long way toward securing a rosy future for Stargate fans. Yes, petitions and letter-writing campaigns are terrific ways to express one’s passion for a series, but the best way to keep a show alive is by supporting it while it’s still on the air. So in the next three weeks – Tune in. Get your friends and family and casual acquaintances to tune in as well. In the end, it’ll be our fans who make the difference.
Majorsal writes: “Is there anything you could suggest (besides, you know, that pesky moving around a lot to burn weight) eating wise? i mean a specific food?”
Answer: Yes. Eat five mini meals throughou the day, snacking between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner so that you’re not ravenous for your main meals. Always have breakfast and start off with cereal (preferably high-fibre like All-Bran) or natural oatmeal (I prefer the steelcut Irish variety). Have some protein with every meal (ie. tuna, chicken, cottage cheese).
Bugguy writes: “Tell Carl congrats at his teams win. As a doc though I would probably advise against eating that cake at this point though.”
Answer: As you can see – too late.
Patricia writes: “What image is on your computer screen?”
Answer: My desktop is usually whatever cosmic tableau from Astronomy Picture of the Day strikes my fancy.
Watcher652 writes: “Have you ever tried scrapple?”
Answer: Never heard of it.
Geno writes: “What episode is currently shooting?”
Answer: We are shooting Spoils of War.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Any plans for the Ford story arc this season?”
Iamza writes: “By the way, have you read Peter Watts’ Blindsight yet?”
Answer: I did. Great, incredibly imaginative hard SF. But, to be honest, I prefer more character-driven stories.
WWLH writes: “What exactly puts the “dynamo” in Cookie Dough Dynamo??”
Answer: The good people at Haagen Daaz?
Stargate Groupie writes: “Well the countdown to the final Sopranos episode is nearly over and I was wondering if you had any final thoughts regarding the show… Did you enjoy this season, who is your favourite character and what was your favourite episode?”
Answer: My favorite character is Paulie Walnuts and my favorite episode, like you – The Pine Barrens.
LogicSequence writes – and posts pics of a recent restaurant visit.
Answers: Now I’ve got a hankering for alligator now.