I returned home from dinner last night to 120 comments awaiting my approval. 120! “Wow!”I thought. “They must’ve really loved Quarantine!” I was going to leave my own quick note suggesting you all to take the night off since I knew this blog wouldn’t be hitting 1 000 000 until Saturday, but figured it would probably go unread. After all, who in their right mind would bother wading through 200+ comments? Besides me of course.
So, who won? I’ll leave it to Baron Destructo and Cookie Monster to award the grand prize. I have some other business to get to first –
A retraction. In yesterday’s blog, I gave credit to Alex Levine for the devious Tim Tam prank. As it turns out, it was the work of one Alan McCullough. Amusingly enough, Marty G. also snagged Alex with the same gag about an hour after lunch (I glanced into the writers’ room in passing and caught a pained-looking stooped over the garbage can, spitting up bits of chocolaty pink goop. HAHAHAHAH! Good times. Good times.).
Okay, enough of my blathering. Let’s move on to the real reason you’re here. It’s time for Baron Destructo and Cookie Monster to weigh in with picks for this Sunday‘s NFL Conference match-ups…
MATCH-UP: SAN DIEGO CHARGERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
(New England favored by 13 ½)
Cookie Monster: Chargers more battered and bruised den Grover after amateur oil wrestling night at de Fluff ‘n Tuggle Pub. Patriots no lose yet and at home. BUT – two years ago, Colts have best record in AFC and lose to Steelers in Conference Championship Game. Last year, Chargers have best record in AFC and lose to Colts in Conference Championship Game. Rule of 3 apply here. Patriots have best record in AFC and lose to Chargers in Conference Championship Game. Mebbe next year Patriots’s turn to win and upset juggernaut Miami Dolphins. Final Score: Chargers 44 Patriots 42
Baron Destructo: The Patriots continue their inexorable advance with the proficiency of an well-oiled machine – and the personality to match. Invincibility without the flash and flair? It’s equivalent to interrupting worldwide communications and announcing your plan to melt the polar ice caps sans leotards and cape. Blasphemous! Final Score: Patriots 37 Chargers 20
MATCH-UP: NEW YORK GIANTS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS
(Green Bay favored by 7)
Baron Destructo: I’m reminded of Disco Daredevil and Prantzy Lad’s foolish foray into Fraulein Frostbite’s icy island stronghold. This time, Green Bay offers the sub-zero reception and it will be the Giants turn to experience the deep freeze. P-P-P-Packers 28 G-G-G-Giants 17.
Cookie Monster: Packers have better offense = Advantage Packers. Giants have better coach = Advantage Giants. Packers only lose once at home all season = Advantage Packers. Giants only lose once on road all season = Advantage Giants. Packers better offense = Advantage Packers. Giants better pass rush = Advantage Giants. Packers not blue = Advantage Giants. Giants are blue = Advantage Giants. Giants have edge. Final Score: Giants 21 Packers 20.
AND THE LUCKY CONTEST WINNER IS…
COOKIE MONSTER: Congradulation to Anne Teldy who post at 10:03 a.m. and be first comment after one millionith visit! Enjoy watch for tell time and hit people with! Also enjoy possible red shirt charakter Anne before she be eated by carnivorus space cow!
And with another episode aired, another line from the spoiler poem stands elucidated –
“A relationship blossoms, an engagement is planned.” = Quarantine.
Today’s blog is dedicated to Namiko’s new son Kai (I assume the name Joseph was a close second).
Okay, I’m going to attempt to answer a few of yesterday’s questions –
Jen Kirk writes: “Besides eat, what else did you see and do in Hong Kong?”
Answer: Check out my early December 2006 blog entries for all the spellbinding details.
Archersangel writes: “while people are asking questions about the episode 200, i have a few of my own;
1. who’s idea was the star trek bit?
2. who wrote the line about audiences responding to quality entertainment?
3. who had the idea to use the asimov (i think that’s who it was) quote at the end?”
Answers: 1. Brad Wright. 2. Robert Cooper. 3. Brad Wright.
WarmBeachBrat writes: “Do you ever read Golden Age Science Fiction? You know, Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Sturgeon, etc.?”
Answer: Yep. I try to get in an even mix. Read Clarke’s Childhood’s End and Fountains of Paradise late last year, Asimov’s Foundation weeks ago. Heilein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of my favorite classics. And I have plenty of Sturgeon on my to-read list.
WarmBeachBrat also writes: “What (where?) is the best chocolate store in the Vancouver area?”
Answer: Depends what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a wide selection of exotic chocolate bars, look no further than Monde Chocolat (2391 Burrard Street). If you’re looking for delectable handmade chocolates and exotic hot chocolate drinks, look no further than Chocoatl, 1127 Mainland, in Yaletown.
Pauline writes: “Joe when you wrote for Paddington Bear did you have to change anything so it would appeal to Canadian children or was it true to Michael Bond’s writing?”
Answer: I met Michael Bond and his wife several times during the development of the animated series. They were a lovely couple and he is a warm and very funny guy. He was very pleased with the show bible as it remained true to the original source material. He also read and approved every script during the production run. The show was created for the international market, so there was never an attempt to tailor the series to a particular audience.
Patricia writes: “I am soooooooo sad to hear that you won’t be attending the Creation Convention. Is there a reason why you said… “hell no”… don’t you like those events?”
Answer: I look forward to reading your honest opinion of the event.
Joyce writes: “Hi Joe, I was wondering… when the SGA cast was chosen, were the main characters mostly chosen through auditions, or did you (meaning the head execs for SGA) have some of the actors in mind already?”
Answer: The casting was a long and often arduous process. I remember that one of the first roles cast was that of Dr. Beckett. Weir followed soon after. The characters of Sheppard and Teyla proved quite a challenge for most of the actors who auditioned. It took a while, but we finally found the right people for both roles. But that was nothing compared to our attempts to find the right person to play the role of the team scientist. After countless auditions and production fast-approaching, Robert Cooper had the brilliant idea of using an established SG-1 character instead: Carter’s arrogant, annoying, yet some lovable rival, Dr. Rodney McKay. Rob gets a gold star for that one.
Patricia writes: “Listening to the antics of Lulu, have you ever considered dog obedience school?”
Answer: I’m all for it, provided I don’t have to attend as well.
Valerie writes: “Did you end up reading Alas, Babylon?”
Answer: Yes. Great book. Do a search of this blog to find my review.
Sam writes: “Do you find writing a blog helps keep your writing skills up during the breaks?”
Answer: That’s the main reason I force myself to update this blog daily.