Given the number of Japanese restaurants in this city, Vancouver serves up a wide range of quality when it comes to sushi, everything from artistically sublime to alarmingly suspect. Kitto Sushi on Granville Street falls somewhere firmly in between, serving up mediocre Japanese fare not good enough to recommend yet not bad enough to avoid. Today, Fondy and I dropped by for a late lunch. We started off with a couple of seaweed salads – almost impossible to screw up and, thankfully, they didn’t. I had a bowl of so-so ramen noodles with sliced pork (that may have well been balsa wood for all of its underwhelming texture and flavor). Fondy fared much better with the beef udon, chewy udon noodles in a flavorful broth with tasty pieces of grilled beef. We shared two maki rolls – the spicy tuna, which proved significantly more spicy than tuna, and a nice-looking dragon roll with colorful fresh avocado on the outside and colorless cooked-to-a-dry-and-ho-hum finish salmon inside.
Since I was downtown, and despite the fact that I am nowhere near the halfway point on either of the four books I am simultaneously reading, I swung by Chapters and picked up a few books that caught my eye: a couple of collections from some masters of scifi (Larry Niven and Cordwainer Smith), Mary Gentle’s big fat epic Ash: A Secret History (a book I was supposed to read for my fantasy book club several months ago but never got around to because I wasn’t able to track down a copy), Terry Pratchett’s Guards!Guards! (I’ll eventually make my way through the entire Pratchett canon), and Fat by Rob Grant, a novel with an intriguing premise. From the back cover: “It’s unclear precisely when it became illegal to be fat…” I was going to pick up some of Iain Banks’s non-scifi but wasn’t sure which one. Someone here recommended a title once. Was it Crow Road? Or was it “Avoid Crow Road but pick up X?”. Help me out here.
Well, I’ve come a long way from the days I used to wake up early to watch the pre-game shows from noon to 1:00 p.m., then catch the early game from 1:00 to 4: 00, then catch the late game from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., then watch the ESPN wrap-up show from 7:00-8:00 p.,m., and cap off the night with the Sunday night game from 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Eleven straight hours of football is a thing of the past for me. Still, I’ve subscribed to both the NCAA and NFL packages – just in case. As the college season is shaping up, it looks like I’ve got my big Styrofoam Number One glove waving for both the Crimson Tide and those Clemson Tigers. Over in the NFL, my dark horse Browns were winners and my reverse dark horse Seahawks were losers. A Raiders win on top of all that would have been too much to ask for I suppose. As I write this, I’m preparing to sit down to the big San Diego Chargers/New England Cheaters match-up. I’ve got a little time before kick-off so let’s squeeze in some comments. Also –
Today’s pics: an average lunch, some above-average dogs, and my new books.
Today’s videos: It tilts AND tremors!
Over to the mailbag –
Susan the Tartan Turtle writes: “How is your little princess doing with her ‘cone of shame’?”
Answer: She’s doing alright but still clearly miserable and more than a little frustrated (watching her try to climb stairs is both sad and hilarious). The pugs, meanwhile, are freaked out by the cone and steer well clear of her.
Dream-of-Skies writes: “Erm…Cocoa…as in the drink maybe? Coz I think I’d be interested in that too!”
Answer: Oh, drinking chocolate! I’m sure you can find dark chocolate versions available out there. If not, check out my do-it-yourself hot chocolate entry of March 31, 2007.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Is there a chance you could link the video from the actual text rather than the date?”
Answer: I assume that it’s technically possible. Unfortunately, I’m hopelessly un-techy. If you give me the short how-to play-by-play, I’d be happy to oblige.
Anonymous #2 writes: “You’ve made it clear that you don’t read any fanfiction, but a friend told me that the character Miko, from Letters from Pegasus, came out of fan fiction…”
Answer: I hate to put an unnecessary strain on your relationship but I think your friend is lying to you.
Anonymous #3 writes: “I’d be curious if you knew this fact: how many reams of paper is used up during an episode (scripts, art department stuff, etc.)”
Answer: Somewhere between “a lot” and “way too much”.
Anonymous #4 writes: “If you are not going to answer a question at all wouldn’t the polite thing to do is just say so before people ask it a billion times…”
Answer: Actually, I already answered the “What are Weir’s 4 episodes?” question some time ago. My response was that I wouldn’t answer because I considered said answer a spoiler.
Anonymous #5 writes: “Someone on GW made a comment that they traced the season four downloads to Vancouver. Interesting. A coincidence, or something more?”
Answer: Someone on GW can mention they saw a gnome climbing out of a David Hewlett robot and I’d find that of roughly equal interest.
Firefly 827347 writes: “I was wondering if you could tell me what the different colours of scripts mean? It says “blue script” in one of the pictures, does that have any significance?”
Answer: When a script comes out for the concept meeting, it comes out as a white draft. As we progress through prep week, changes are made and the pages containing changes are put out as blue pages. In the next round of changes, pages containing changes are put out as pink pages. And as more changes are made, more colors of the rainbow are tapped: green, yellow, grey, goldenrod, tartan, and double-white (not to be confused with single white which looks exactly the same).
Neep writes: “Anyway… a few of us were wondering why Ba’al’s people are all blonde.”
Answer: What can I say? The guy prefers blondes.
Brandon writes: “I am currently studying Aerospace Engineering and working part-time for NASA. I always joke that when I get my degree I am probably going to throw it all away and start a fast food franchise…”
Answer: No, no, no! You have to stay at NASA long enough to swing me an invite.
Anna writes: “When you get this, it will be the 16th, which is my birthday. I am now 20. 😀 Could I have today’s blog dedicated to me?”
Answer: Sure. This blog is dedicated to you. Happy birthday.
Anonymous #6 writes: “Do you like Batman and especially Burton-Schumacher’s Batman films?”
Answer: To be honest, I like them a little less than I enjoy re-runs of 1970’s golf games.
Toren writes: “ Hi, I don’t believe we’ve met but I played Dempster for the episode “Midway.” I was just going to lurk but when I saw some Lovecraft references I had to say “cheers” since I’m the lead singer in the Cthulhu rock band “The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets.” Anyway I had a great time on set for my scenes. Now I’m going to have to go check out The Budapest. Oh, now that I think about it, any chance of tracking down a photo of me in my flight suit?”
Answer: Hey, Toren, it was great having you on the show. Sorry I missed you (or I would have snapped a pic) but you did a great job and the episode is going to be great. Good luck with your bond, enjoy the Budapest, and, off the top of my head, I’m not sure where to track down a photo of you in your flight suit if I didn’t snap it myself.
Anonymous #7 writes: “I was wondering what factor’s went into the decision to include Rachel’s pregnancy in Teyla’s storyline rather than hiding it as when Amanda was pregnant?”
Answer: Timing is everything. Amanda was pregnant over the hiatus and gave birth early in season 9. You’ll note that she missed a bunch of episodes early in that season and, in the small instances that Carter did pop up, the pregnancy was easily concealed. Rachel was pregnant throughout the show’s fourth season and given that we wanted to do more with her character this season, diminishing her role or limiting her character by shooting her behind computers or clutching baskets of turtle root was not an option so we elected to embrace the pregnancy and write it into the show.
Paula writes: “So now that the end of filming is rapidly approaching, are there any plans for an end-of-season shindig?”
Answer: Sure. We always cap off the year with a wrap party.