Fondy and her business partner Shawne left for New York this afternoon where she’ll be attending a week-end long dog expo (or as Paul refers to it, a “Dogxpo”), leaving me to hang with the dogs and generally lie around reading. My horror book club (not to be confused with my scifi book club or my fantasy book club) is reading Stephen King’s Carrie so I’ll need to swing by my local bookstore and pick up a copy. In the event I happen to finish it before Sunday, I’ll also be bringing home George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of King, the follow-up to A Game of Thrones which I loved. And, speaking of loving, I just finished Iain M. Banks’s Use of Weapons. A little confusing at first but what a holy crap ending!

My free weekend will also give me the opportunity to catch up/continue to toy with those email scammers I’ve been corresponding with. Speaking of which, Cookie Monster received the following from a frustrated-sounding James Williams:

“Attn:Cookie Monster,

how are you?what is the meaning of all this i can not even understand your language i told you simple instruction that you shold make the money send via western union money transfer with the above payment information okay.

SENDERS NAME:
RECIEVERS NAME:AIDU YUSUF
LOCATION:LAGOS- NIGERIA
CODE QUESTION:HOW ARE YOU?
CODE ANSWER:FINE
AMOUNT:$480.00USD
MTCN?……………….

And do get back to me with the information as soon as uou make the payment send or scan the payment slip for me to see it my self so i can be more sure okay thanks.”

Cookie Monster responded:

“Hey, James Williams still sound confuse and angry. Why? Maybe is because have friend like Grover who come over for dinner party and at end of night instead of walk two blocks back to own house, use Cookie Monster bathroom instead and stink place up? Smell so bad not even Oscar the Grouch stick around…and he live in garbage can! Why Grover no can wait until he at HIS home? Well, Cookie Monster tink Grover know EXACTLY what he doing. Grover very malicious shiter. VERY malicious.

Anyhoo, tanks for information. Me fill out properly now =

SENDERS NAME: COOKIE MONSTER
RECEIVERS NAME: AIDU YUSUF
LOCATION: LAGOS-NIGERIA
CODE QUESTION: HOW ARE YOU?
CODE ANSWER: NOT BAD EXCEPT HAVE TO STAY WITH BERT
AND ERNIE FOR THREE DAYS WHILE COOKIE
MONSTER HOUSE AIR OUT BECAUSE ADMIRAL
GROVER LAUNCH LETHAL PIZZA SUB.
AMOUNT: $480 USD
MTCN? I DON’T KNOW WHAT DIS MEAN. IS STAND FOR
MORTICIAN? IF YES, DEN ME STILL DON’T KNOW
WHAT DIS MEAN.

Love,

Cookie Monster”

And that, I assumed, was that. After all, the guy would have to be one masochistic idiot to continue contacting me. Well, guess what I found in my inbox a few hours later:

“Attn:Cookie Monster,
how are you?what is the meaning of all this game you are playing with me are you still intrested in goting your fund or not? and if realy you have make the payment send to the above information can you scan the payment slip giving to you by western nuion office to me now let me that that my self that is all okay.
THANKS”

Cookie Monster happily replied:

“Dear James Williams,

Uh oh. Problem. I look but dere no Western Union on Sesame Street. Only Eastern Union. It run by communists. Instead of send your money, take it and spend on social programs.

What monster to do?

Love,

Cookie Monster

P.S. Tank you for invitation to Games Night at house of James Williams. Is when? Cookie Monster love many games: old maid, crazy eights, hooze your daddy?, tickly cramps, and tender meatballs. Which ones James Williams enjoy?”

In a way, I kind of hope James Williams never gives up. I’m kind of loathe to retire Cookie Monster.

Today’s pics:

And today’s mailbag –

My Name Is Scott writes: “So, is Teal’c going to sport the same haircut as Christopher Judge is at the moment?”

Answer: Possibly.

Promogirl writes: “Would it be too much of a spoiler to reveal if Sam asked Teal’c to come to Atlantis? Seems like she might give her friend a call to help Ronon through a few issues…”

Answer: An interesting stab at it…

PG15 writes: “1. In yesterday’s blog, you said you watched Adrift’s “final mix”; does that mean it’s ready to air on TV? 2. The episode being shot today with the explosions and smoke; it’s “The Kindred”, right? 3. I’d like to clarify a question made by another poster. As both Pegasus Project and Midway are (as you’ve said) big crossover episodes, which episode do you like better? 4. How well does Joe F play the guitar?”

Answers: 1. Almost. 2. Sounds like it. 3. Midway is just a script while Pegasus Project is a finished episode so that’s an unfair question. 4. If you ask him, he’ll say “not very well”.

Anonymous #1 writes: “What were your favorite sci fi shows growing up, and do those influence your writing at all?”

Answer: I couldn‘t pick just one – but the re-imagined Planet of the Apes was certainly a strong contender.

Zabadoo writes: “What, in your opinion, is the worst movie ever made?”

Answer: So many to choose from. For some reason, the last Planet of the Apes comes to mind.

Anonymous #2 writes: “You cancelled out your ‘respectfully’ with your ‘dipstick’ comment. And you wonder why people think you’re a rude arrogant shit.”

Answer: Hey, now that you pointed it out, I guess I DID cancel out ‘respectfully’ with my ‘dipstick” comment. Thanks for pointing that out as I was thoroughly unaware of what I’d done. No one else pointed it out so no one else was aware of it either. Only you – brilliant, brilliant you – was able to use your keen intellect and arrive at this conclusion. You, my friend, are a genius. Dipstick.

Les Fez writes: “I know you said you aren’t talking about season 5 before you get the pick up (I’m sure you will from what I have read about season 4) but do you have a general idea about where all your big season 4 arcs are heading?”

Answer: Yup.

Squonk writes: “Will we be seeing some good Shep/McKay freindship moments this season?”

Answer: Yup.

Firefly 827347 writes: “Joe, you have inspired me to reply to the young woman from the Ivory Coast (…) but we were wondering what you thought about that particular reply?”

Answer: Love it.

Anonymous #3 writes: “How will you blame if season 4 will be the last?”

Answer: I’ll blame okay. You?

Julie Ann writes: “Can I put a link to your blog on mine?”

Answer: Sure.

80 thoughts on “August 17, 2007

  1. I was i little disappointed that Beckett left the show mainly because being Scottish myself i don’t get to see many Scottish characters on U.S. shows,i think he done a really good job with the accent and all..Anywho Keller is a very able replacement and i loved Jewel on Firefly,will we be seeing her quite a bit in S4,also will Cadman be making an appearance,i love her,she’s funny and she could give Rodney a run for his money?

  2. Anonymous #1 writes: “What were your favorite sci fi shows growing up, and do those influence your writing at all?”

    Answer: I couldn‘t pick just one – but the re-imagined Planet of the Apes was certainly a strong contender.

    ~~

    did you get the planet of the apes action figures? i had them, and they were more fun to play with then barbies. (they were smaller and their bodies moved more freely). of course i played love stories with them. :p

    i also had the ’emergency’ action figures, with the big fire truck-like automobile. super cool fun with that one. but i couldn’t play love stories with them… so i mixed my planet of the apes and emergency figures together to play my love stories. brilliant i tell you! :p

    sally 😀

  3. “Answer: Hey, now that you pointed it out, I guess I DID cancel out ‘respectfully’ with my ‘dipstick” comment. Thanks for pointing that out as I was thoroughly unaware of what I’d done. No one else pointed it out so no one else was aware of it either. Only you – brilliant, brilliant you – was able to use your keen intellect and arrive at this conclusion. You, my friend, are a genius. Dipstick.”

    I laughed so hard my kids came to see what was going on! Joe, if Montana had decent chocolate to send (and it might, I suppose), I would send you some. I’m gonna name my next dog after you (lucky guy).

  4. have you gotton any of those Emails saying “so and so has died, and we picked your name out of a hat, the will is worth #300 million, after court fees we spilt what is left 70-30?”

    I get those all the time.

    Nother question: you guys stuck on a season finale title? I might be able to help you.

  5. “Anonymous #2 writes:…And you wonder why people think you’re a rude arrogant shit.”
    Answer:… You, my friend, are a genius. Dipstick.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    I practically rolled out of my chair on that one… I personally think that you are a genius! bravo for that answer!

    Enjoy your book reads!

  6. Lillian_Sheppard said…

    …are they hot, cold, warm, or cool, or just looking for excuses not to blame poor Carter?

    Blame poor Carter for what?

  7. Communists? Lethal Pizza Sub? I tell ya, Cookie Monster gets more insane everyday.

    Oh, and as for the response to that particular Anonymous? I think this is in order.

    Ok, another clarification on that question then:

    1. Script-wise, which episode, Midway or Pegasus Project, read better?

    2. How has this blog changed your life, Joe?

    3. David Hewlett recently revealed on his twitter that he’s going to get a life cast of him, and that he’s going to be made really really old. Any more details on this?

    Thanks for answering all of my questions Joe!!

  8. 1)Will the result of what happens to Ronon in Reunion have a lasting effect on him for the rest of the season?

    2)Do you think Season Four has any surprising storylines that have yet to be discovered by the fans?

  9. LMAO over the whole dipstick rant!! Okay spewing coke all over ones keyboard is not condusive to a happy computer and making the cats freak out of their much needed nap time wondering what in the world is going on with their owner and why she is cackling like mad woman at her desk. Oh you made my friday Joe thank you so much !!

  10. I told you to start with Use of Weapons…

    /smug 😉

    Look To Windward also has one of those amazing “Oh My God” endings. I thoroughly recommend it as your next Iain M. Banks read. I finished it on the train to uni years ago and had to find a payphone as soon as I got off, just so I could call my brother to castigate him for not forcing me to read it sooner.

  11. There I was reading your blog as usual, sipping on a Cola-like beverage with ice and a twist of lemon when I read:

    “You, my friend, are a genius. Dipstick.”

    Shortly after which the Cola-like beverage stains front of shirt when forceably snorted out of nostrils, due to unforseen guffawing…twist of lemon leaves slight, and yet not completely unpleasnat, stinging sensation to the adenoid area.

    Thanks for the laugh.

  12. Do you ever wonder why people feel free to make insulting comments? I suppose anonymity of the internet plays a role, but I wonder if they are like this in real life? Is the basic politeness gone from our lives forever?

    Thanks for sharing the pictures a couple of days ago. Have a wonderful weekend reading. Hope Fonday finds all sorts of cool gizmos for her shop. Has the whole issue with the City & permits resolved? You have not posted Lulu pictures for a couple of days, has she become camera shy?

  13. Where do you think the Stargate franchise will be in ten years?

    Here’s my guess: Atlantis has been over for the past seven years, but around every two years a new Dvd movie of it comes out, with relative success. Stargate SG-1 had made the Dvd movies twice a year through 2012, but has slowed down significantly since then due to actors just wanting to let it go. Richard Dean Anderson is retired happily with no future of any more television, and if anything, a possible cameo in some movies. Christopher Judge has become a moderately successful television star and is working on a few minor parts in movies. Michael Shanks had done some network television work between 2008 and 2010, including major arcs in several big shows, since he has been working his way into bigger and bigger roles. Just recently he has become a star on a new show for ABC. Amanda Tapping has continued to work in anything Stargate as possible, but has guest starred and starred in some other sci-fi shows. The only two stars from Atlantis that have really done much after Atlantis were David Hewlett and Paul McGillion. David has had some prominent roles in some big films, and is working on a film in which he stars. Paul, played several roles in several shows and is now working his way up into the big leagues by being a minor character in some big movies. For the franchise itself, there have been two spin-offs since then, Stargate Universe(as it was once called) lasted for six years but was criticized by fans until the third season, when the writers started getting on the ball. And the other spin-off is still on, with moderate ratings.

  14. I think “dipstick” is my new favorite putdown term. Thanks for bringing back a classic…

    So are there any new directors or DPs on Atlantis this season? Have any of the cast directed (or will direct) an episode?

  15. “You, my friend, are a genius. Dipstick.”

    Anonymous, you really did walk into that one with your mouth open. ROFLMAO

  16. I’m so glad you approve of dear old Wilhelmina. At the moment, she is using her granddaughter’s email account (which explains why the email address isn’t wilhelmina-humperdinck@hotmail.com) who has mysteriously disappeared, meanwhile Gregory – the gas-meter-man who currently resides in her attic (along with the Henry the milkman, Jorje the electrician and Mexican ex-drug lord, Steve the plumber, Mike the tv replair man and Aurek the Polish girl from down the street), is denying all involvement in her disappearance, despite there being a rather nasty smell coming from one corner. (I watch too much Dexter…)

    Your ‘dipstick’ rant had me laughing for ages, thank you for cheering me up. If you suddenly get inspiration to add to Wilhelmina’s life, please don’t hesitate to let me know. And you can always introduce the Cookie Monster to the next unfortunate inheritee. (Is that a word?)

  17. Mr. Mallozzi,
    I felt that one of my b-day gifts last year was that “200” aired on my b-day, since no new Stargate show is airing this year on my b-day (not that I’m in the states this year to watch it if it was) I was hoping you’d dedicate your August 18th Blog to me.

    A total Stargate Fan.

    AJ

    P.S. When next you see Amanda Tapping, please let her know I’m really enjoying Sanctuary as well!!

  18. DIPSTICK! Lovin it. currently sittin in bed with the wind howlin’ in my window and under the bedroom door, its 01.49am and definitely time I was asleep before I start hallucinating stuff again….no wait wrong drugs LOL.Have a great weekend Joe and Clash of Kings just gets better and better.

  19. I must admit that I really love the emails to those scammers. I had the lucky time with James Williams as you have also too. He sure gets around with all his money. The good thing that I’ve learned with these jolly good folk is that you can always randomly email them back 2 months later and start from the beginning again. It’s something that I would suggest to keep a hold of. Anyways…good show. Love those emails.

  20. *Zabadoo writes: “What, in your opinion, is the worst movie ever made?”

    Answer: So many to choose from. For some reason, the last Planet of the Apes comes to mind.”*

    SO, I am guessing it’s a good thing that I haven’t yet had a chance to watch the last movie yet? I have the boxed set.

    *Anonymous #2 writes: “You cancelled out your ‘respectfully’ with your ‘dipstick’ comment. And you wonder why people think you’re a rude arrogant shit.”

    Answer: Hey, now that you pointed it out, I guess I DID cancel out ‘respectfully’ with my ‘dipstick” comment. Thanks for pointing that out as I was thoroughly unaware of what I’d done. No one else pointed it out so no one else was aware of it either. Only you – brilliant, brilliant you – was able to use your keen intellect and arrive at this conclusion. You, my friend, are a genius. Dipstick.”*

    *ROLLS with laughter*

    They never learn, do they?

    And AJ…come to LONDON and tell her yourself! 🙂 The more the merrier.

  21. pg15 said

    big cheeky pg-16 devil

    You wish. ;-P

    Actually not really; honestly glad I’m not and BTW you have just fallen into your own game.

    big cheeky pg16 devil

  22. Oh and before I go, “Big Cheeky” and “PG16”? Please, you can do better than that. ;)Unlike certain people I don’t hide the fact of who I am, nor does PG15, unlike some….

    Please like I really know who you are even if you put your real name, unless of course your Mom and Dad named you cheeky ‘lil devil. How about you provide your phone number and address and then we can really get down to who is anonymous and who is not. Those who put their names are the brave ones?? Whose to say that every name on here isn’t a fake made up name, kinda like pg15 and cheeky ‘lil devil?

    big cheeky pg16 devil (baptized as Susanna Gilmartin – there NOW YOU KNOW who I am) Hate to tell you this but I am still as anonymous to you and everyone else on this board as I was last time I posted.

  23. have you ever seen a sci fi show called “Space: Above and Beyond”? If so, what did you think of the show? Also, which episode does Teal’c make an appearance in?

  24. When you finish reading Carrie, and if you’re in the mood for more Steven King – take a look at Salem’s Lot. It is, in my opinion, by far the best book he’s ever written. I like to call it a lovely ethnographic study of small town USA – but I only say that when I’m channeling Rodney McKay.

  25. Hi Joe:

    I understand that when Michael Shanks , Chris Judge and Amanda Tapping had their wee ones, the set was hip deep in kidlets. Now, with everyone having one sort of dog or another, the set seems to be doggie day care. So, since Jason has a new baby, and Rachel is about to have one, will the set once again be ruled by ankle biters or will the dogs still come out on top? And why does no one seem to have a cat?

    Patricia

  26. if Teal’c has a place on Atlantis, be it for another episode or two in Season 5, will you the producers bring him back?

  27. I know there are some jokes made about how much dialogue Hewlett gets, especially in some episodes, like Grace Under Pressure. If you really wanted to torture/test him, you could have another “transporter accident” episode like Duet, only instead of Cadman that gets stuck in McKay’s head, it’s all of the other main characters. I kinda think he’d either go insane or become the perfect weapon. …Actually, that would be really amusing to see no matter who the unfortunate host was. Could be cheap, too. Set it in Atlantis, give most of the cast most of the week off. I think that would be entertaining, anyway.

  28. Long time reader, 1st time commentor(sp?). Love the blog!
    Just wondering if you plan to incorporate more of the cast’s personal abilities, like you have already done for Rachel with her incredible singing voice. (ie JF’s ability to speak French (just to see MRM’s reaction to this in an episode), JM’s skateboarding or surfing, DH’s…..dog(?);>>.

    Thank you….and I also blame/thank you for getting me hooked on Michael Cluizel chocolate (45% bar is my FAVE!).

  29. Which Malaysian restaurant(s) would you recommend? What are your favourite Malaysian dishes?

    ~Elly

  30. Zabadoo wrote: “The only two stars from Atlantis that have really done much after Atlantis were David Hewlett and Paul McGillion.” What? What the ..? I …! What you really meant to predict was: after his second Oscar (this time for best director), Joe F. has retired from acting to make music full time – right? ; )

  31. PG15 writes: “1. In yesterday’s blog, you said you watched Adrift’s “final mix”; does that mean it’s ready to air on TV?
    Answers: 1. Almost.

    Based on your answer above, I have a couple questions for you.
    How far in advance of the airing date are you required to deliver an episode to Sci-Fi?
    I have seen where you have said that the later premiere hasn’t effected your production schedule with the exception of allowing you to film episodes out of order to accommdiate actor’s availability/pregnancy. Now that final touches are being put on episodes, do you feel less pressure to get the editing done right the first time due to time constraints? Has the later premiere allowed you to tweak episodes here and there to see if a different way of editing it will make it better?

  32. Don’t yell at me. 🙂 You may have answered this a million times but I promise if you answer it again, I’ll get the word out.
    When Daniel died the 2nd time and was in the cafe, was he “ascended?” I am so sick of the question and every source is different so whatever you say will be THE answer. (unless you dodge it 🙂 )

    Btw, I love your blog.. but the pics make me laugh most… dog, food, dogs, food, food, people, dog, food, food, food. Okay not so much but still fun. Fans should make you a cook book … or you should make us one!

  33. Hmm looking back at some of your posts, I don’t think I’ve ever recalled seeing a pack of Choc TimTams… Do you know they are? Have you ever tasted them?

  34. I’m glad you’re continuing the George R.R. Martin series. It only gets better. He has an amazing talent for high fantasy that does read like high fantasy.

    And because a person always needs more books to read, if you haven’t already read them, I recommend the Malazan Empire of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson and the Vlad Taltos books by Steven Brust. The Taltos series is like James Bond in a fantasy setting. I realize this sounds cheesy, but Vlad is such a witty, intelligent character it works.

  35. 1) The whole dipstick thing was a fantastic giggle. I also particularly like reading the spam emails; just thought I’d say that after trolling your blog for the past couple of weeks.

    2) PEGASUS PROJECT WAS AWESOME! You just gotta love Sam and Rodney badinage.

    3) Hi lilferret! I remember you from LJ.

    4) Thanks for the awesome blog, Joe, I love it when a long day is rewarded with funny =]

    5) Malaysian food rocks!

    Okay, I’m done =]

  36. Anonymous said…

    pg15 said

    You wish. ;-P

    Actually not really; honestly glad I’m not and BTW you have just fallen into your own game.

    I’m playing a game now? Here I thought I was just commenting on stuff. If you ask me, choosing to name yourself like that is just asking for it. After all, do you have some kind of grudge against me or Cheeky? Something that will make it personal enough to name yourself that? I mean, I comment on people and then just lets things go (unless they reply to me, of course), but you’re getting a tad personal…and it’s creeping me out, slightly.

    Please like I really know who you are even if you put your real name, unless of course your Mom and Dad named you cheeky ‘lil devil. How about you provide your phone number and address and then we can really get down to who is anonymous and who is not. Those who put their names are the brave ones?? Whose to say that every name on here isn’t a fake made up name, kinda like pg15 and cheeky ‘lil devil?

    Ah, but there is a difference in this case. Maybe not a big difference, but still. PG15 is the handle I use over at Gateworld, and while Cheeky isn’t, I know her from Gateworld as well. Obviously outside of Gateworld we are as anonymous as you are, but within it, we know very well who we are.

    So the question is, do you post on Gateworld as a lot of commenters here do?

  37. Watched “Memento Mori” again today, and have a question about it that’s been bugging me since it first aired (forgive me if it’s already been asked and I missed the answer): What the heck is Christopher Judge whispering in that guy’s ear during the questioning scene? I mean, did you or Paul write something specific for him to say even though we couldn’t hear it, did Chris make it up on the fly, did he relate what he had for lunch that day …?

  38. Fabulous pictures from yesterday – thanks for sharing, as always!

    What is Terminal City and where is it?

  39. Hey Joe!
    I love the Blog! Atlantis Season 4 sounds incredibly brilliant so far! I can’t wait! 😀

    I was wondering if you could give me a list of which 14 episodes Carter will be appearing in this season.

    Kind Regards
    Rhiannon

  40. I loved the JF pic the other day – thank you so much for posting it. I am getting so excited about season 4 especially Travelers, Doppleganger and now Outcast!!!!

    One question though, any suggestion on how I can get our TV to conveniently blow up in the next couple of weeks so that I can get a nice new HD LCD TV to watch the new season on – without my husband being suspicious???

  41. Hey Joe!
    I love the Blog! Atlantis Season 4 sounds incredibly brilliant so far! I can’t wait! 😀

    I was wondering if you could give me a list of which 14 episodes Carter will be appearing in this season.

    Kind Regards
    Rhiannon

  42. Salut Joseph!!

    =}sa va bien aujourd hui?
    =}Waou c est impréssionant le nombre de club de livre que vous avez lol !
    =}Je n est pas trop d inspiration aujourd hui…si vous voulez savoir ma journée c est simple:
    mon blog, faire un lettre pour mon disque dure et faire un montage video..! C est Trois choses sont lien avec stargate atlantis, donc je passerais encors toute une journée a pensser a stargate atlantis et a me faire discuter pas ma mére..Mais bon c est comme sa.
    mes questions:

    1)Pourquoi vous n êtes jamais aller sur mon blog?
    http://atlantisfannew1.skyblog.com/
    2)A quel heure vous vous couchez le soir?
    3)Qui va avoir une vrai histoire d amour et qui dur pendant la saison 4?
    Voila, merci de me répondre!
    Gros bisou!! Je vous adore!!
    {{{{{{Passer une bonne journée}}}}}

  43. You should, if at all possible, send James Williams a western union for $0.48 from Cookie Monster. You could take it to a whole new level.

    Oh sorry, Cookie Monster must have accidentally transpose numbers??

    Second, I noticed you put a pics notation but I didn’t see any? Then again it could be me, I’m currently stuck out in the county, torchured into using some archaic form of dial-up. I pass the hours waiting for pictures to load by watching my in-laws cat spin in circles like a wobbling frisbee whilst trying to eat its tail. =(

  44. Thanks for making my day(s).
    Love the pics in yesterdays post and Cookie Monster’s replay to Aidu Yusuf. You got Cookie Monster’s “voice” done perfect!

    Stephen King’s Carrie is an excellent book.

    BTW have you read any books written by Dean R. Koontz?

  45. I Joe,

    C’est vrai que Weir va se transformée?
    Mais en quoi!, en réplicateur ou en barbare?

  46. “I’m kind of loathe to retire Cookie Monster.”

    Well…you could introduce a kooky new character in season 5 with Cookie Monster’s mannerisms and speech.

    He can be the ultimate villain, and he’ll aggravate the hell out of the entire Pegasus galaxy because no one will be able to quite understand – not just him – but his ultimate plans for galactic domination, which mainly include morphing Wraith into wraith sized cookies.

  47. I’ve been watching season 2 again on DVD. Did the episode Critical Mass have a scene cut out where Beckett and Teyla discuss Charin not wanting a pacemaker? It seemed to go from Teyla not wanting Charin to die and being happy Beckett was going to help to Teyla telling Beckett they had to respect Charin’s wishes and let her die.

  48. Heh! ‘Dipstick’! I didn’t know anyone outside of the UK used that term. My favourite at the moment is ‘Numpty’!!

    If you ask him, he’ll say “not very well”.

    Awww…bless! I must say that in that pic and the one you posted the other day, Joe does look like he’s concentrating very hard on the guitar playing! 🙂

    You’re a star Mr.M. Thanks for all the pics and the little spoilers you give us. What would we do without you?

  49. A while back when asked, “Who’s spent the most time in the infirmary in season 4 so far,” you said Sheppard had an edge on the others. Now that work is focused on the final episodes, is the answer the same, or has another character taken the lead and if so, who?

  50. Thanks for answering my question 😀

    Your responses to those emails have become the highlight of my day (yes my life is that boring). I seem to be the only person on the planet that has never recieved one of these emails, and now i wish i would just so i can have a go at winding them up! lol

    Oh and your dipstick answers – classic. I laughed so much.

  51. I saw James Williams at the local petrol station, he grew up with my eldest son, he has a really bad haircut and plays worse guitar but for all that he’s mostly harmless LMAO. think I should tell ‘im someone is using his monicker in vain?

  52. Greetings Joe! *waves with a wary eye on the Caribbean* *Dipstick Hurricane Dean!!*

    I was without power yesterday so I’m catching up on your blog right now. Since I haven’t been feeling so well lately, I was about to ask you for a picture of Joe Flanigan (yes, again)…..and you have one posted!!! My question is……What exactly is JF doing with the guitar in that shot? Is that part of an episode…..is he serenading that guy with the headset on……is he just messing around…..what? Thanks again for posting it.

    Have a great day!

  53. Salut!!!

    Waou trop bien l aprés midi!!
    En faite j ai étais chez ma meilleur amis!Dans la piscine ont c est fait attaquer pas un insécte a moitier guépe et mouche! On a prit plein de photo drole et on a parler de stargate atlantis^^! c etait trop génial!

    Donc voiila^^! jespert que vous allez passer une aprés midi aussi génial que moi!!! je vous fait d énorme bisou! a demain!

  54. This may seem like an odd question – or it may have already been asked – but do you ever find yourself writing down or trying to remember stray bits of conversations. That is you hear someone say something and think – that would be a great Teal’c Sheppard, Ronon, Carter, Teyla, McKay {insert other character} line?

  55. Hi Joe,

    Delighted we are getting a Sheppard centric episode in Outcast and looking forward to some backstory on the man.

    I was wondering if you could give any hints as to why Sheppard goes back to earth.

    Is it due to any of the following?..
    1) Injury or illness.
    2) Family/personal issue.
    3) Military/work related.

    Hot/cold on any of them?

    Thanks a lot

  56. Hello,

    I can’t get those questions out of my mind :

    1 – Did Torri shoot her 4th episode already ?
    2 – Why don’t you want to give us the title of this episode ? is it so much of a spoiler ?
    3 – Is there really a 4th episode ?

    4 – You said that the book “To say nothing of the dog” was a great book, I read it and just loved it, would you give the title of another book like this one ?
    (so I could read my second scifi book !)

    Thank you for your time !

  57. Now that you have had much experience with the ‘scammer’ letters can you give me any guidance on how to write one which will actually entice people into paying me mega-bucks? Or should that be mega-Scottish money?

    I hope that you are enjoying lounging around with the dogs and refereeing their little squabbles.

    Live long and prosper

  58. *waves*

    Ooh it’s not just your scammers who are getting irate I see, hehehe. Okay so i’m even more long-winded and opinionated than normal. You may want to make a brew, and go pee before you read, lol. Sorry. I’m trying to curb my enthusiasm. 😉

    *cough*

    “poor deluded Anonymous wants to have the last word and has said…

    Please like I really know who you are even if you put your real name, unless of course your Mom and Dad named you cheeky ‘lil devil. How about you provide your phone number and address and then we can really get down to who is anonymous and who is not. Those who put their names are the brave ones?? Whose to say that every name on here isn’t a fake made up name, kinda like pg15 and cheeky ‘lil devil?

    big cheeky pg16 devil (baptized as Susanna Gilmartin – there NOW YOU KNOW who I am) Hate to tell you this but I am still as anonymous to you and everyone else on this board as I was last time I posted.”

    You want my real name and phone number? Why, we’ve only just met! 😛 But seems i’m a friendly sorta person, i’m happy to oblige!

    Real name: Ms C Heeky
    Address: http://devilishlycheeky.blogspot.com/
    Phone number: 0800 569633 😉

    You do realise don’t you, by the very definition of your choosing to be anonymous, you are without an identity. That is the purpose of being anonymous, and that’s your choice. However, I personally don’t want to be associated by some that use that functionality, because those few who are not genuine, use it to be spiteful and to hide an agenda. While cheeky lil devil may not be my real name.

    The fact that I’ve used that ‘handle’ consistently for the last 6 months, reflects that I’m not some random anon trying to cause problems and hide my nasty thoughts and demeanour behind a false identity. You may say you don’t know me, but after conversing on this blog, my own and on GW a lot of people know my personality and know that I would never stoop to such a level as to be catty about someone else’s friends on their blog. The same can also be said for PG15. I am willing to wager that if you met one of the Stargate cast/crew/producers etc you would not behave in the manner that you do on here, and sprout vitriolic crap, or tell them how awful they look in person. Would you? So why do it in written form? It’s not just bad manners; it’s nasty, hypocritical and underhand, because you do it with the intention of knowing full well, that no one will ever know it’s you who’s made those comments, as you have hidden who you are.
    Furthermore, while I’m on a rant, Mr M nor, Joe F, David, Jason, Amanda, CJ or Rachel have to let Joe take pictures for his blog. So why do it? Maybe because they think it would be a nice gesture to the fans? Isn’t that nice of them to take the time to do that for us? But instead of being grateful for the nice stuff you get, you belittle them and their clothing attire etc. And it’s not very nice. But if you think it’s acceptable than I guess you’re just as ugly as the words you choose.

    Before I go, just remember that I have a big mouth and I’m not afraid to use it. So, if I disagree with you, or I think you’re being nasty, then sorry, I’m going to say something whether you want to hear it or not. If Mr M chooses not to authorise it, fine, it’s his blog his choice.

    “Just responding said…
    Regarding Christopher Judge and his style of dressing: which I know was made by someone else, I’m just combining here.

    Christopher Judge is a huge man: huge of heart and laughter and kindness and warmth. He has the courage to be who he is without fear and without apology.

    The man has his own style. God Bless him for it :-)”
    Beautifully put! Anon take note!

    Thanks Mr M for allowing me to be long-winded 😀

  59. On 8/16 pg15 said “And it really doesn’t matter how “bad” they are, does it? I see a comment that I wished to reply to in a snarky matter, and so I do it. It’s really simple.

    and

    I don’t see the problem. That post already engendered attention by being completely out of order; I bait them because I want them to answer, it’ll give me something more to laugh at. Am I self-righteous? Probably, but in this case I couldn’t care less.

    On 8/16 pg15 said “I’m playing a game now? Here I thought I was just commenting on stuff. snippity doo dah for length, . . . but you’re getting a tad personal…and it’s creeping me out, slightly.

    and Ah, but there is a difference in this case. Maybe not a big difference, but still. PG15 is the handle I use over at Gateworld, and while Cheeky isn’t, I know her from Gateworld as well. Obviously outside of Gateworld we are as anonymous as you are, but within it, we know very well who we are.

    So the question is, do you post on Gateworld as a lot of commenters here do? “

    My reply to all of this:

    Ah so you two know each other and THAT makes you better than anonymouses since you are not anonymous to each other – I get it now, especially since you both have taken it upon yourselves to police this blog and basically have the same position on it when you take someone on – you are like a tag team in wrestling. My point stands – nothing you have said changes anything about anonymous versus those with names. Whether or not I post on Gateworld is irrlevant as it means no more and nbo less as to whetehr I KNOW who you are or if you KNOW who I am. pg15 at Gateworld is as anonymous to me as pg15 is here.

    No I have nothing personal against the two of you (well I do get a tad tired of having to read you chastise those whose posts you think are rude, condescending, etc., but that’s another story). It’s really the same for me as it is for you pg15: “I see a comment that I wished to reply to in a snarky manner, and so I do it. It’s really simple.”

    You answered yourself about whether you are playing a “game” – you are not JUST commenting on stuff – you said yourself you are baiting them – alas you fell into your own game because basically, that’s exactly why I do it. “I WANT people to answer, it gives ME something more to laugh at.” It’s the main reason I post when I do, not because I care about any of this stuff, it’s because it’s a game to bait people, have them answer and commence laughing – just like you.

    Bascially I am doing exactly what you said you are doing.

    Susanna (there no longer using my old moniker – don’t want to “creep you out” – I’ll just use my real name – how’s that? Feel better?)

  60. Hi Joe,
    Just though I would ask again about the copyright thing.
    My friend on ADB said I should ask you!
    If I write SGA fan fiction, and animate it, then upload it onto YouTUbe, would it be classed as copyright theft?
    It was OK for the McKay contest, but I am not sure if any more would be theft? It may be my stories and drawings, but the characters are MGM’s so don’t know where I would stand!
    Hope this makes sense!!
    Thanks!
    FraggleD

  61. Regarding Internet scams:

    Joe, I hope your security software is up to date.

    But…
    Since SciFi and NBC are owned by the same megacorporation, perhaps your agent should contact “Dateline” with a proposal. They’ve been investigating cyber cons and ID theft for a while now.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17697615/

  62. After a long, stressful day at work, there’s no better way to wind down that eating some garlic chicken pizza and reading about dipsticks! Tonight I’m thinking grilled salmon, blackberry merlot and SG-1 DVDs to celebrate that it’s Saturday.

  63. Hi Joe i wanted to ask how many episodes of season 4 will Andee Frizzell and Jill Wagner be in?

  64. Well I didn’t get the chance to respond to your question although I did read your blog yesterday…

    I feel like i’m in “the how come room” for asking my question… but that’s ok..

    I heard refrence to this fictitious room on the commentaries of both SG-1 and SGA… I thought I had heard you make mention of it on one of your comentaries but I guess I was mistaken….

    I belive your fellow co-workers made it up to explain silly things that got through the cracks… I’m really not sure.

    Anyone else remember this being said on the comentaries?? I sware Joe I’m not making this up.

    Loved your entry today!!

    When you say dipstick.. I think of something else dips..t! Ah too funny. Thanks for making me smile yet again 🙂

  65. I was reading through some of the comments to your blog over the last few weeks and some recent posts on some the SG related boards and I have the feeling that a few people want to lump all the fans of Weir together in one basket: to make them *all* out to be vehemently anti-S4, anti-Carter etc etc. My experience is that is not the case at all (though yes quite a few may have lost their S4 mojo). There may be the odd one that really overreacts, but there is the odd one is *every* fan sub-group. Anyway, I saw this image posted at the boards at GateWorld and I thought you might get a chuckle out of it (I did). It’s my understanding that the poster is a fan of Weir – So I guess I offer up some proof that the fans can try to see the lighter side:

    http://forum.gateworld.net/showpost.php?p=7000051&postcount=5913

  66. Susanna said…

    My reply to all of this:

    Ah so you two know each other and THAT makes you better than anonymouses since you are not anonymous to each other – I get it now, especially since you both have taken it upon yourselves to police this blog and basically have the same position on it when you take someone on – you are like a tag team in wrestling. My point stands – nothing you have said changes anything about anonymous versus those with names. Whether or not I post on Gateworld is irrlevant as it means no more and nbo less as to whetehr I KNOW who you are or if you KNOW who I am. pg15 at Gateworld is as anonymous to me as pg15 is here.

    No I have nothing personal against the two of you (well I do get a tad tired of having to read you chastise those whose posts you think are rude, condescending, etc., but that’s another story). It’s really the same for me as it is for you pg15: “I see a comment that I wished to reply to in a snarky manner, and so I do it. It’s really simple.”

    You answered yourself about whether you are playing a “game” – you are not JUST commenting on stuff – you said yourself you are baiting them – alas you fell into your own game because basically, that’s exactly why I do it. “I WANT people to answer, it gives ME something more to laugh at.” It’s the main reason I post when I do, not because I care about any of this stuff, it’s because it’s a game to bait people, have them answer and commence laughing – just like you.

    Bascially I am doing exactly what you said you are doing.

    Susanna (there no longer using my old moniker – don’t want to “creep you out” – I’ll just use my real name – how’s that? Feel better?)”

    Firstly Susanna, thank you. I don’t know about you, but I actually like to know who i’m talking to. From my perspective it’s so easy for two anon’s post to intermingle into one, and it’s unclear if you are the first anon carrying on the nastyness or if you’re a second anon that’s just hacked off with me. I have no problem if you’re pissed off with me. I have broad shoulders, I can take it. ;o) I do though, as i’ve said before, have a problem with rude, nasty vitriolic comments. And I will open my big mouth and jump in, regardless of, if the post is directed at me or not. That’s just me. PG15 and I have never said (to my recollection) that we’re better than the anonymous, we’re just vocal about what we do and don’t like. Yes, we know each other from another forum, but we know each other’s style and personality as opposed to each other, particularly when conversing within a fandom. I could no more stand aside and watch an actor/producer/writer or fandom friend be bitched about, anymore than I could a family member. Yes, these people are more than able to stand up for themselves, but that’s really not the point is it? They shouldn’t be put in that position. If someone is rude, then i’ll point it out, be it here, in work or in my own life. That’s me. What you see is what you get. It’s not policing, it’s showing anon that to me it’s not acceptable. (see my previous post).

    Personally, I’d prefer talking about hot, sweaty, semi-nekkid Shep, whumped to oblivion and have fun. So how about a truce is called and we go back to discussing the important issues of the Stargate universe, such as how hot will Shep look, when he’s shirtless. 😉

  67. Will John give his Wraith friend (from Common Ground) a name like he has done with Steve, Bob and Michale?

  68. Susanna, aka Anonymous has said…

    *A lot of stuff snipped for length*

    Ok, I feel like we’re going around in circles here. So, basically, you’re doing exactly what I’m doing by being snarky to people? Well, I’m fine with that, but do remember that you’re the one who started chastizing me for thinking that I have the “right to take on anyone, anonymous or not, whose post [I] find rude or arrogant or condescending.” Kind of hypocritical now to turn around and do exactly the same thing you condemned me for.

    There is another thing. In this unique case, I don’t think you can say that I responded to a post that I THOUGHT was rude. I mean, the guy very directly insulted Joe, which I’m pretty sure is considered rude by everyone. Unless you think “rude arrogant shit” is…well, not rude.

    It’s that kind of blatant rudeness that I go after, or “police” as you say. I have no problem with people voicing their criticisms in a more civilized matter, even if I disagree with them, but this one was not even close to that. As far as I know, Cheeky and I don’t go after anyone because of their views, but because how rude and insulting they are (usually, anyway; I can’t control her or anything ;-)). If you want to say that we’re both in the same position, then you should realize that that position is “clearly insulting = bad”, which I hope you agree with, along with…hmmm…everybody?

    As for the anonymity thing, well, Cheeky is not the only one that I know; there are plenty of people here who choose to use their, say, Gateworld handles as their “names” who I recognize. I know their posting style, I mostly know what they like to see in the show. I also know they won’t hide behind anonymity if they want to cuss at Joe or other fans.

    If you haven’t noticed, a lot of folks who choose to remain completely anonymous tend to be quite rude and condescending. I’ve been reading this blog for…well gee, almost a year now, and that’s the impression I get. Not a day goes by where some Anonymous idiot decides to take this chance to talk to the Producers and insult everyone at Bridges and the fans.

    On the other hand, I have very rarely seen those with actual names (even if I don’t recognize them) being like this. The difference here is, if you’re “anonymous” then NOBODY will have a clue who you are, most of the time. BUT, if you had a name, even if it’s a seldom used name, you run the risk of someone recognizing you and attributing what you say to, well, you. That’s the whole point of being anonymous. You can blather on about whatever you want, but nobody, EVER, will know who you are.

    Now that’s over with. Please, it’s not irrelevant TO ME whether you post at Gateworld or not. I DO care about your “anonymous identity” at Gateworld if you actually posts there. True, I may not KNOW exactly who you are on the level of physical interaction, but I would know about your behavior in Gateworld, and that’s as far as I can go; that’s as far as I care to go, as with all of my online buddies at Gateworld. I know them as a name and a set of behavioral parameters and I come to expect from them and, on the very rare occasion, I know what they look like. That’s it, and that’s good enough for me.

    So, as you really have nothing to fear from revealing your Gateworld moniker if you do indeed posts there, why not release it? What do you have to loose? Your anonymity?

  69. Oh, and I suppose another reason why Cheeky and I are in the same position right now is because you chose to specifically single us out in your “name”. We can’t just stand around and not do anything about that! ;-P

    And having read this part of Cheeky’s latest comment:

    That’s just me. PG15 and I have never said (to my recollection) that we’re better than the anonymous,

    I just like to clarify a comment that I made in my Gigantic Post of Doom[tm] that might seem to contradict this. Cheeky’s right, I didn’t say we were better than the Anonymouses, just that I rather see a trend in the Anonymouses where they’re more insulting than those with names. Obviously this doesn’t apply to all anonymous commenters.

    And hooray for Joe for letting us make these huge posts!

  70. I was i little disappointed that Beckett left the show mainly because being Scottish myself i don’t get to see many Scottish characters on U.S. shows,but i understand that these things happen,i think he done a really good job with the accent and all.

    Anywho Keller is a very able replacement and i loved Jewel on Firefly,will we be seeing her quite a bit in S4,also will Cadman be making an appearance,i love her,she’s funny and she could give Rodney a run for his money?

  71. If you guys do get the go-ahead for a S5 do you think Teyla wiil get another chance to sing on the show.Rachel done an awesome job,i didn’t know she was such a good singer till i saw Critical mass?

  72. hello Joe,
    I know I’m a few days late but anyway..you said in friday’s entry (about the influences)
    I couldn‘t pick just one – but the re-imagined Planet of the Apes was certainly a strong contender.
    I was wondering if you’ve seen Chris Marker’s film La Jetée (sorry don’t know the tittle in english and it’s too early to check it out 😉 ) which is the ancestor of planet of the Apes.
    also I was wondering if your readings sometimes (and somehow) inspire or at least influence you when you write your scripts. Did you happen to have an idea for your scripts while reading one of your book club book ? if yes, can you give us the example of a scene or concept that came to you while reading ?

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