I had intended to dedicate this blog entry to all of you celebrating a birthday today but, as it turns out, I am contractually obligated to dedicate it to alternate August 10th birthday celebrant Carl Binder instead. Pictured is happy birthday boy holding the gift I gave him – a VGA computer to t.v. hook-up that was sitting unused in my office for most of this season that he apparently needed. We celebrated the special day by talking about the production budget, making Carl sit through an endless visual effects/playback meeting, and eating cheeseburgers for lunch.
It’s nice to see that some of the email scammers who have contacted me with promises of untold fortunes have proven delightfully determined in their attempts to acquire my personal information. No amount of ridiculous responses on my part would seem to discourage the likes of James Williams (who continues to exhort my alter ego, Cookie Monster, to send him the sum o $480 dollars) or Patrick Chan who is apparently still waiting for a copy of my passport and driver’s license. Today, I wrote Patrick back –
“Dear Patty Cakes,
Good news, buddy! I put together all of the information you requested – copies of my passport and driver’s license, and even included all of my banking information just in case. Now, all that remains is for you to come by and pick it up. As you probably know, Humberton County is holding its annual Mid-Summer Folklore, Renaissance, Civil War Re-enactment and Goat Gelding Festival in a couple of weeks and I don’t need to tell you that it is the premiere third largest Mid-Summer Folklore, Renaissance, Civil War Re-enactment and Goat Gelding event in the south-central Midwest and truly worth the trip. Were you planning on attending? I myself have been going since I was a youngster and, believe it or not, I can still squeeze into the same forest green minstrel’s outfit I used to wear when I was 14 – and 200 pounds lighter! – although consistent use has frayed my tights to the point where they leave very little to the imagination whenever my man skirt rides up on me. It would be great if you could come up as it would give us the chance to meet. It would also give you the opportunity to audition for a spot in our hot new Medieval-Renaissance band, Plague of Petrarchs. I’m sorry to say that all of the cool instruments (lute, sacbut, and hirtenschalmei) have already been taken.L However, we’re always looking for someone who can play a mean bladder pipe or crumhorn. If neither are your cup of tea, no worries. Any experience with the psaltery, zink, or hurdy-gurdy would be fine.
So let me know when you’ll be getting in. Will you need somewhere to stay? The festival usually sets up tented accommodations for the event and this may be something to consider as organizers take great pains to approximate a true 14th century experience. The price of your stay includes anywhere from zero to one square meal a day, access to the communal open-air toilet at the heart of the encampment (conveniently located right beside the outdoor kitchen), and complimentary fair warnings up to five minutes prior to any peasant uprisings and/or rat infestation.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Yours in the spirit of the Dread Ktulu,
Percival H. Lintmuffin”
Today’s pics: Birthday lunch, the birthday is overjoyed with his gift, two of Stargate’s cutest in no particular order = Lulu and Carl Binder.
Let’s check out the reader mail…
PG 15 writes: “1. You said that a podcast is a good idea (or something like that). I agree. Now that you guys have significantly less work to do, any chance of enlightening us with your thoughts on each episode after they air like Ron Moore did for BSG in the form of podcasts? 2. So…are you guys planning for a Season 5 at the moment?”
Answers: 1. That depends on the individual writers but I think it’s unlikely. We’re still writing the last few episodes of season four and no less busy on the production end. 2. We are not thinking past season four which will end on a cliffhanger. We have a general idea of where we want this major arc to go and hopefully will have a chance to develop it with a fifth season pick-up.
Carolina writes: “Joe, it’s the middle of the summer and no ice cream?”
Answer: I know, I know. I almost made ice cream this past weekend. When I told Paul, he responded: “Well, maybe you should “almost” get paid this week.”
Tesajb writes: “They sell garlic ice cream at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in CA.”
Answer: That’s an event I would love to attend.
Sheppardsonlypie writes: “Again I have another question thats probably been asked (and please apologies if it is. We have episodes that saw our hero’s sent into the past and back into the future (briefly) then back in the present. Will we ever see an episode where they get launched into the far future?”
Chevron7 writes: “Is Katie Brown going to get upset at Mckay for his out-of-control attraction to Carter?”
Answer: What out-of-control attraction?
Anne M writes: “Just wondering if you’ve had time to see the Simpson’s Movie yet?”
Answer: Gone are the days when I’ll go out to see a movie. I’d rather wait for the DVD.
Miles writes: “ I haven’t heard it mentioned for season 4 and I know you aren’t thinking ahead to season 5 yet, but will we be seeing Cliff Simon or any other Goa’uld in Atlantis now that SG-1 is over?”
Answer: No plans to.
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Edward4th writes: “How are you getting on with Clash of Kings?”
Answer: Haven’t started it yet. Finished Red Seas Under Red Skies last night and have just started Keith Laumer’s A Plague of Demons. Next up is Jack McDevitt’s Seeker.