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Well, I feel bad. When I dropped off Lulu for her spay yesterday, I was asked if I’d like her tattooed and chipped as well. It was a security measure we’d taken with the pugs and, since Lulu would be out for the operation anyway, I figured “Why not?“. So, I picked her up this morning (according to the staff at the vet clinic, she was a superstar) and dropped her off at Fondy’s shop for the day. And it was while Lulu was ambling about the store in her buster collar, chasing down her rat toy, that Fondy suddenly noted: “You had her tattooed.” Yeah, I had her…uh…oh. As Lulu stared up at me, I realized – I’d fucked up. Unlike the pugs whose ears fold down, Lulu’s ears sit straight up on her head, offering an unobstructed view of the inner flap – and, now, her glaring numerical tattoo.

My fault. I didn’t even think of it when I gave the okay. Fondy tried to ease the guilt by trying to convince me it was actually kind of cute (The upper row of numbers = 007!). Marty G., meanwhile, suggested I go all out and actually tattoo a heart around the numbers or some other cool design, something that will give her a little more street cred. Lulu, for her part, doesn’t seem to mind her new look.

I walked into my office to find a package awaiting me from Prometheus Books. Check ’em out. Three books in a series I’ve been dying to check out – Joel Shepherd’s Cassandra Kresnov series. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the books, and Shepherd in particular, so I’m considering making the first book, Crossover, a candidate for March’s scifi BOTM club. Also included in the package was the February scifi runner-up, Kay Kenyon’s Bright of the Sky, which I’ll start on tonight once I finish up Philip Jose Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go.

And speaking of the book club, I’ve decided to do things a little differently for the February selections. I’m going to devote a week to each of the three selections (feel free to weigh in with your comments on the week in question or anytime after the discussion begins). So –

February 18th: Discussion begins on Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge, edited by Lou Anders. This collection of Hard SF stories is the perfect selection for those of you who have been sitting on the fence, uncertain about wading in. Pick and choose if you like. Comment on whichever stories catch your fancy. And come armed with questions or comments for editor Lou Anders who has kindly agreed to drop by and do a guest stint on this blog

February 25th: Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions, by Neil Gaiman. For those of you who prefer the fantasy genre, this collection is another great starting point.

March 3rd: We’ll be discussing our horror pick, Children of the Night by Dan Simmons. I love the guy’s work and really enjoyed Summer of Night, so this one should be a lot of fun for fans of the genre.

I hope you’re reading at least one of the aforementioned titles!

 PROGRAM ALERT!  JUST RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING FROM PRISCILLA AT MGM –

“Tune-in this Friday, when EXTRA! airs a special SGA segment with host, Jerry Penacoli!”

Mailbag –

PG15 writes: “Do you guys do storyboarding?”

Answer: Yes, occasionally, for more complicating sequences, a director will storyboard the scene, sketching out it out shot by shot.

Squall78 writes: “Do you have any ratings info on “Quarantine”.”

Answer: The early returns have Quarantine matching Lifeline’s numbers.

Patricia writes: “So Joe ~~~ since you did not bother to give even a sarcastic answer to my inquiry about crashing on one of your puppy pillows for the April time frame I can only assume that it was a stupid inquiry to begin with.”

Answer: Sorry – Jelly asked me to ask you whether you snore.

Msstargate writes: “I enjoyed “Quarantined” immensely. However, critics around the net have been less than complimentary because (their words) it is a retread of an old Star Trek TNG episode.”

Answer: Which part? The part where the hero climbs up the side of the tower? The part where the character undermines not only his marriage proposal but his relationship? Or the part where the Czech scientist crawls through the vents in a race against time to turn off the self-destruct?

AscendedTauri writes: “Alison Porter…. hmm, interesting. Possibly the gate tech from Quarantine?”

Answer: No, you’re thinking of Amelia Banks.

Voodoolizzy writes: “Where will you watch the Superbowl?”

Answer: Don’t know yet. What’s your big screen like?

Talula writes: “I was thinking about joining my local Roller Derby. What do you think?”

Answer: I think you should join and then challenge our Stargate team. Marty G. is ruthless in the pivot position and Alex Levine is subbing for Carl as our jammer.

Zoniduck writes: “Hey, Joe. Watched the Vancouver edition of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” this evening, and I have to ask, have you ever tried a Japa Dog? Because they looked very, very tasty on the show, and Bourdain seemed to think so.

If you haven’t seen the show, he visited Tojo’s, Rangoli Restaurant, Sooke Harbor House, and Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, all of which looked delicious. I know Tojo’s is a favorite of yours, but have you ever eaten at any of the others?”

Answer: I have enjoyed Japan Dog. Haven’t been to Sookie Harbor House, but Tojo’s is my favorite sushi restaurant in the city (we’re going there tonight) Rangoli is also great – located right next door to Vij’s, one of my top 5 faves. Cioppino’s is fine too.

Alipeeps writes: “My completely unbiased opinion? Alison’s a great choice.”

Answer: Yeah, had a feeling you’d be on board.

Paul writes: “So is there anything we’re supposed to be doing to help Bam Bam get selected for Gladiators?”

Answer: Well, if you happen to know anyone on the selection committee, you could put in a good word for him.

LLB writes: “You said you only watch subbed anime. Why?”

Answer: In Japan, anime is a form of entertainment that can range from the amusingly childish (Crayon Shin-chan) to the cerebrally adult (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). There is a distinct difference between the various types of shows and those that fall into the more mature category are respected as such. The voice performances in the kid-oriented shows are fun and cartoonish while performances in the adult-themed shows are subtle and nuanced. Compare this to North America where “Cartoons are for kids!!!” and, given this mindset, the voice performances are always WAAAAAAY OOOOOVEEER THE TOOOOOOP! WAAAAAAAH!!! HOOOOHAAAAAAAH!!!!

Stefanie writes: “ I am wondering if you know who at MGM and/or Sci-Fi Channel I can get into contact with in order to ask about potential employment opportunities.”

Answer: Unfortunately, I can’t help you because we don’t deal with that part of the studio/network. Anyone?

Jean writes: “Have you read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card? It’s a great book that I read many years ago, also the sequel Speaker for the Dead is good.”

Answer: Two very different but very good books.

Matt S. writes: “In general, do you pay attention to fan “ships” when creating pairings that some can read into as growing deeper (i.e. Ronan and Keller) or do you prefer to let these relationship grow naturally out of the stories the writers create?”

Answer: We didn’t go into season four with a definitive plan to ship certain characters although, prior to the news of Teyla’s pregnancy, we had considered the possibility of making Katie and Rodney unexpected parents. Of course, this storyline was scrapped in favor of the Teyla pregnancy. The Ronon-Keller scene came about as an idea we had at the beginning of the year, a remark that Keller certainly looked a lot like Ronon’s ex. As to whether we’ll be pursuing this or any other ship in season 5 – stay tuned.

DeeinSouthAfrica writes: “Joe, have you ever fallen over Max in the dark?”

Answer: No, because what I do is shuffle my feet when I walk to and from the bathroom early in the morning. And, yes, at some point or other I have shuffled into each of my dogs

OregonJen writes: “Are there any Colombian restaurants in Vancouver?”

Answer: Hmmm. There are a few Brazilian and Peruvian restaurants in town, but I can’t think of a Colombian restaurant.

Anonymous J writes: “Do you have the directors set for Season 5 yet?”

Answer: Yep. The first three on deck: Andy Mikita, Will Waring, and Ken Girotti.

DanielForever writes: “Several years ago (I think it was back during season Brad/Rob wanted to do a Stargate movie that was supposed to be a lost season 2 episode. […] What was the idea for the episode?”

Answer: I don’t believe there was a fleshed-out idea. It was simply going to be a “lost episode”, a one-off adventure that would have taken place sometime between SG-1’s 2nd and 3rd season.

Charly Kinder a ecrit: “Vos chiens sont pas trop jaloux ? Il me semble que les bouldogues sont de nature jalouse …”

Reponse: Ils sont tous jaloux

Sort of translation: All of my dogs are the jealous types.

Charly Kinder a aussi ecrit: “A propos de Lulu … a t’elle un fiancé ? car j’ai moi même un bouldogue ( 6 mois la semaine prochaine hiaaa)et il bave devant l’écran… “

Reponse: Lulu veut voir une image de son petit ami éventuel.

Sort of translation: Lulu has requested to see a pic of Charly’s bulldog – and her prospective new boyfriend.

Charly Kinder a aussi ecrit: “Etes vous retourner au restaurant Bistrot Bistro ?”

Reponse: Nous étions là il y a deux semaines. Délicieux !

Sort of translation: We went to Bistrot Bistro a couple of weeks ago. It was delicious.

147 thoughts on “January 22, 2008: Lulu All Tatted Up

  1. I am definitely excited for the rest of this season and the next. I am curious though- have you ever seen/enjoyed any Doctor Who or Torchwood? I’ve recently started watching it, and it’s pretty darn interesting.

    And as a side note, getting Lulu a heart will probably not increase her street cred. However, maybe you could look into giving her that all to infamous Stargate Earth symbol… ^_~

  2. “Cactus 228 writes: “Do you think that Atlantis still have space for another female character?”

    Answer: Yes. Stay tuned”

    Joe, thanks for the answer!!!

    When I said another female character I meant another Principal female character.

    The answer still would be yes?

    I mean there´s still space for another Principal female character??

    Maybe an old friend?

  3. Hey Joe,
    You can tell Jelly that I do not snore…but I do occasionally chase toys and enjoy a good tug-o-war with my teeth. Does this mean there might me an invite to crash at your pugs pad for the April time frame??? Yeppie! [Envision me jumping for joy and wagging my imaginary tail!] 😉

    Also, Will you be going to GateCon in August? I’m thinking of attending that one too, although I might have to go into debt to do it, but I’d still like to meet more of the behind the scenes folks than the actual actors.

    Patricia

  4. Answer: Which part? The part where the hero climbs up the side of the tower? The part where the character undermines not only his marriage proposal but his relationship? Or the part where the Czech scientist crawls through the vents in a race against time to turn off the self-destruct?

    Perhaps they refer to the whole thing about some outside and ultimately unimportant force rendering the ship/city useless and cutting off the various main characters. The hero climbing the tower isn’t so different than the hero climbing up the inside of the turbolift shaft (all it missed was Shep singing Frere Jaques to small children as he did it). If I recall, there was a bit with Riker and Data climbing around in Jeffries tubes, as well (though it has been a while since I saw that ep). I do believe the whole sabotaging-his-relationship bit was new.

    But as I said before, it doesn’t matter how similar it was. It was still a good ep. (Besides, I like to call “Michael” “I, Wraith”, but I still think it’s a better ep than “I, Borg”.)

    My dad got one of our dogs tattooed when she was spayed. Except that they did it on her belly, rather than her ear. She’s a rotty, so aesthetics weren’t the issue. Rather, apparently sometimes bad people steal dogs and, if the tat is on the ear, they simply cut the ear off and claim it was lost in a dogfight or something, whereas it’s harder to get rid of if it’s right there on the torso. This does have the advantage of being hidden by hair most of the time, though it’s also quite large, as they tatted dad’s driver’s license and last name on her. I’m still not entirely sure the plan is foolproof. However, I am confused at the idea of getting both a tattoo and a microchip. I was under the impression that tats had replaced chips, as they basically serve the same function.

  5. Msstargate writes: “I enjoyed “Quarantined” immensely. However, critics around the net have been less than complimentary because (their words) it is a retread of an old Star Trek TNG episode.”
    Answer: Which part? The part where the hero climbs up the side of the tower? The part where the character undermines not only his marriage proposal but his relationship? Or the part where the Czech scientist crawls through the vents in a race against time to turn off the self-destruct?

    I have to say: I loved the episode, but when they opened up the vents, I immediately said, “No, not Jeffries tubes!” That’s so Star Trek. (Of course, you could have had Sheppard say, “Just like in Star Trek” and made it an homage!)

    The dog photos are adorable, especially the puppy pictures.

  6. Joe, I hope Lulu recovers quickly! Its good she has her favourite rat toy. She has a tattoo in her ear that will add to her cuteness & personality! My dod Molly had to go to the vets a few weeks ago to get her yearly vaccination & also medication for her allergies. She had biten of some of her hair due to her allergies. She had patches. She was on the meds for her allergies for a few weeks her coat is back to beautiful thick & shiny.She had a ear infection caused by her allergies too. She was in the wars! She is back to her old self again full of life & endless energy! I should send you a pic but dont know how to do this!
    Going to borders to get a few of the books you have suggested! A few for my brother for his birthday too! Any good recommendations?? HE is turning 41!
    Do you know when the SG1 movies are coming out on dvd internationally?
    Loving Stargate Atlantis more & more! You guys totally rock!
    Cathie

  7. I have a question about the Wraith “Todd”. In BAMSR and in Spoils of War we see “Todd” refer to the wraith ships as darts. Why? I thought Sheppard named them in a early episode and he refers to them as darts in The Lost Boys…..am I mistaken? Do the wraith call them darts as well?

  8. I admit I am scared of heights somewhat, when watching Sheppard climbing the building I felt totally uneasy, like a sense of dread, like he was going to fall.

    Question.

    Who replaces the blown up doors and smashed windows? surely the ancients might get a bit angry if they came home to find a lot of broken windows and blown up doors.

    I would hazard a guess and say they will probably yell BAD KIDS

  9. Thank to you I have this huge list of books to read, which is not a complaint, but something to look forward to. As a Uni student I have no extra time to read outside material, but come break time, I will be reading books from your BOTM. So I will be behind schedule, but hey, its something to do! I’m rather annoyed with iTunes at the moment as the most recent SGA episode is not available yet. Hopefully soon because Quarantine was great!

  10. Big hugs to Lulu ! No piercings now Joe :P. Marty and I must think alike because I thought to myself before reading on, “Why not do a ‘mom’ with a heart and arrow on the other ear??” He beat me to it.

    …but Tojo’s is my favorite sushi restaurant in the city (we’re going there tonight)

    Goody! Piccies???

    I agree re: over the top dubbing in Anime. One night after watching ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ on dvd, I noticed it was being shown on our public television channel, dubbed in American accents. I stood and watched with mouth agape, observing how completely different it was. Goddamn awful actually. The accents and the tone of the voices completely detracted from the subtlety of the film. A big thumbs down.

    Just reading “Children of the Night”.. gonna be a good one, but I noticed that a character’s surname is Wexler. Any relation to our notorious FBI agent??

  11. Awww. Lulu looks adorable with the rat in her mouth! (My cat was more interested in the rat than Lulu, though.) I wouldn’t worry about the tatt, Joe. She’s cute enough to It’ll make a great talking-point with other dogs!

    Besides Lulu Mallozzi, Agent 007! What’s not to love about that?

  12. Hi Joe!
    Lulu looks beautiful with her 007 number!

    Do you want to know something peculiar? (Rhetorical question, because I´m going to tell you anyway)

    When I talked with my aunt about all of the SEW campaign, and about all our wishes to have her regular again in the s5, she told me that I would have to make a visit to “San Nicolás, (who is a very popular saint in my country), and ask him for the return of Elizabeth.

    I had doubts, but finally I´ve gone this morning.

    Will have worked this??

  13. You could always go back to the vet and have them tattoo the word ‘Prisoner’ above the numbers, that would increase Lulu’s street cred with her homies.

    I loved the Sci-Fi series ‘The Prisoner’ with Patrick McGoohan who played the hero ‘Number Six’ and his attempts to escape from ‘the Village’.

    I’m sure my over riding fear of balloons stems from the ‘Rover’ a large white balloon (a weather balloon in real life!) that hunted down and smoothed any escapees from the village.

    Strange series but compulsive viewing.

    Pauline

  14. So I’m seeing Lulu with an earring and maybe a leather jacket to match the tat she could carry the biker image don’t you think?

  15. Hello Joe,
    When did the Jeni become “one of SGA’s closest allies”??? Re: Promo for Harmony!

    Patricia

  16. Ack. February 18? I havent even picked up the book yet. Though with luck it will be in by Thursday. And even with my current schedule I should be able to manage a read. How I am going to manage to find more room to STORE all the additional books, is another issue.. the pictures as usual are too adorable. With 007 in the tattoo, its too bad Lulu is female.
    Belatedly picked up this week’s tv guide, and I’m a tad bit annoyed. Not only did they NOT list the best sci fi show on the air on their cove (sci fi oriented), but they gave away a spoiler about Last Man in the issue. Fortuntately not as big a spoiler as about Flash Gordon(which I watch only because I’m waiting for SGA to come on). But Annoyed enough I’m writing them about it. My only question of the day. Will we see more of Colonel Caldwell and Daedalus in this season and into season 5? I’m still hoping for a Caldwell/Ellis clash at some point. And yes, I do want to see more Ellis too. He’s a character I love to hate. Though the way you folks write, I’ll probably end up crying when you kill him off, after bringing out other facets of his character.

  17. Wow, I cannot believe you disagree with the comparison to Trek. The episode is called Disaster, from TNG’s fifth season. Really, you should watch it.

    On another note, is there any way you can explain Irresistible? More specifically, how Lucius’ planet has a space gate, yet Carson and he both walk there and back later in the episode?

  18. Expanding on the (very brief) discussion of Orson Scott Card and Ender’s Game, had you heard that he was recently (as in last week) given the Margaret A. Edwards Award? This award is given by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Assocation) each year to honor an author for his or her “lifetime contribution to young adult literature.” The whole body of work is recognized, with one or two books (in this case, Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow) highlighted.

    It’s quite an accomplishment and I was happy to hear of his win.

    (ps – Lulu looks adorable, even with the tattoo!)

  19. Joe,
    I forgot to ask; how is Jelly’s degenerative hip condition? I hope she is walking better, however, if she is still hurting I know some doggy massage techniques that could help. If she’s willing to share her pillow, I’m willing to give her a few massages while I’m there… just a thought!

    Patricia

  20. You guys film at a location with a lot of sand and sand dunes/hills several times during sg1, for instance- a matter of time, moebius.
    Where is that site?

  21. Don’t give a hoot what “some of the critics” say about Quarantine, it was wonderful. So enjoyed McKay dealing with his “humanness” yet again (don’t they have medications for that?). Hope he never finds out, he was great.

    How soon after Rachel’s appearance on that episode did she actually deliver? Bless her heart, even those few minutes had to be exhausting.

    Third, yep, I’d love to have tomorrow’s blog dedicated to my new marriage – whoo hoo!

    LadyConure

  22. Tell Lulu I am in utter awe and admiration of her ability to bounce back after being spayed!! Jeez, I was practically immobile for weeks!!!

    (Also, the Maximus photos yesterday were absolutely adorable, epecially the ones of Jelly using him as a plushie.)

    ~WolfenM

  23. Hi Joe, any chance of seeing an SG-1/Atlantis joint mission in Season 5???? Will we see Ford in Season 5??? Thanks

  24. Hi, Joe.

    Thanks for the heads up on the Extra! program.

    I’m amazed you can keep that collar on Lulu. My dear departed Raisin (a tortoiseshell kitty) could get out of any collar like that in about 5 seconds. She could also open any door that wasn’t locked with a deadbolt. Hmmmm…maybe she was a retired cat burglar?

    Best wishes, Joe. Looking forward to McKay interact with Harmony in “Harmony!”

    Morjana

  25. Hi Joe!

    Still not in Quarantine – silly iTunes!

    Bummer about Lulu’s tat being so obvious. She’s cool with the “in” crowd, I’m sure, but not the look you want to show her future boyfriend’s mother, eh? When you said tattooed, I thought it’d be like the tats my pups got when spayed/neutered. It’s a male or female symbol, depending upon the dog’s gender, with an “X” through it. No, it doesn’t say they’re alien dogs (a la The X-Files). Just indicating they were “fixed.”

    Interesting they put The Collar on Lulu after surgery. When my Sarah was spayed, they didn’t give her a collar. But I did have to watch for whether she was “worrying” the wound, which she didn’t. Good dog!

    Had my Black Lab microchipped. It’s worth doing for “desirable” dogs. Found a dog wandering around our neighborhood (no collar, of course). Stopped by a couple of our local vets, who checked for a microchip. Sorry to say, he didn’t have one, and we were leaving town, so we had to take the dog to the local shelter. 🙁 Hope he made it home OK.

    Looking forward to reading the BotM selection for the March discussion!

    All the best!

    eddy

  26. Hey Joe,

    ok, I have to comment on the alleged (or imagined?) similarities to Star Trek. Yes, I saw every episode of TNG. But it never even crossed my mind to sit there and mentally compare everything that happens in a SGA episode to whatever happened in any other Scifi show before. Just frigging sit back and enjoy, people. I don’t see CSI fans complaining all the time about the similarities in the storylines in those shows, and there are plenty. Hmpphh, I think one can really overanalyze everything. Well, enough vented.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the last couple of episodes. I laughed out loud about 42! and especially Teyla’s confused look. Priceless.

  27. I’ve never been asked when getting cats fixed/spayed, but they always seem to come back with their gender tattooed on their poor naked bellies. No numbers, just a symbol, so my girls have always had matching tats! The only exception is Zoe, who was already spayed when I adopted her from the shelter. But 007 is way cool ink, go Lu!

    Your description of dubbed anime pretty much explains my general aversion to the entire genre after having dubbed Inuyasha forced on me by an ex. (It also reminded me of an episode of Greg the Bunny. Funny show — if you’ve never seen it, you should find the DVD, stat.) Let’s say I was thinking about giving anime another shot; what would you recommend (subbed, obviously) for someone who’s a little leery of anime on the whole?

  28. Yay, my question got answered! Thanks so much. 🙂

    Aw, is there anything as cute as a puppy in a buster collar (never heard of that before…) with a stuffed rat?

  29. Hi Joe,

    I’m really enjoying S4! I noticed that you didn’t mention Martin Wood in the first scheduled set of directors… Will Martin Wood be directing later episodes?

    Thanks
    Ann

  30. >>>‘The Prisoner’ with Patrick McGoohan
    Now THAT’S classic sci-fi worth watching.

    Best to your Secret Agent Dog. I thought it was a shame Anthony Bourdain didn’t hook up with you for his Vancouver edition, not only did he hit a couple of your fave restaurants it also would’ve been cool to see him get eaten by a Wraith.
    DD

  31. Kill it, Lulu, kill it!

    Numbers are funny – I still remember the phone numbers of the the first two houses I lived in. The first house (which we left when I was fourteen) had 261 2610 (how could I forget that?) The second was 205 1007 – which we could never forget because of the ‘007’. (Can never remember my current number, though.) Also worked for a couple of years for a bank call centre, where we had to encourage customers to choose a 3 digit “access code” (password) to be used in conjuction with their customer number. If they couldn’t choose, we would recommend simple combinations. The older blokes were always tickled if I recommended either “007” or “747” (for the plane).

  32. Hi Joe! I’m a longtime-reader but a first-time commenter…

    I wanted to comment on the closing scene of “Quarantine,” where the door slides shut between Katie and Rodney. You’ve already made it clear that this signifies the end of their relationship, and I noticed something right after I watched the episode. That scene is very reminiscent of the closing scene in the play “A Doll’s House,” in which Nora walks out on her husband, Torvald, and her children. At the end of the scene, the audience only hears a door close, symbolizing the end of their marriage. Was this parallel intentional?, accidental?, or do you have no idea what I’m talking about?

  33. I would just like to state for the record that I LOVE Jeffries Tubes. They make an episode. Seriously. Plus, they’ve got good acoustics for playing the penny whistle.

    -Emily

  34. Is there any chance of Robert Patrick coming back during S5? I ask because Kawalsky was brought back quite creatively on SG1.

  35. Is Martin Wood going to be involved in season 5? If so, why isn’t he directing the premiere (I believe he usually does those…)?

  36. Hey Joe!

    Aww, poor Lulu, but she still looks fine with the tattoo. Heck, even after reading the title and looking at the pictures, I didn’t notice the ear tattoo. It looks fine to me, Lulu’s still as cute as ever. 🙂

    Looking forward to this little SGA segment on Extra!

    – Enzo Aquarius

    PS – Still wishing Lulu a speedy and healthy recovery. 🙂

  37. Lulu’s cute, but I’m more of a cat person. Do you have any cats or plan to have any cats in the near future? Ok and now a question regarding Atlantis – this question was asked for season 4 too – Any plans regarding Sam’s love-life in season 5? Since Rodney broke up with Katie he might have another shot at Sam?

  38. drldeboer said:

    ….I thought it was a shame Anthony Bourdain didn’t hook up with you for his Vancouver edition, not only did he hit a couple of your fave restaurants it also would’ve been cool to see him get eaten by a Wraith.

    Joe, is there, uhh, something we should know about you?

    – I’m sure Lulu will have beaucoup des petits amis with her tubular tat. (It’s about time we had a female 007! I’m thinking, like, Daniel Craig – smaller than some, but smart and scrappy when it counts.) If a few oversolicitous mothers disapprove of the look, tant pis pour maman! There’ve always been ways around that little obstacle.

    Re: Quarantine – I’m remembering the nifty Gateworld post that PG-15 (if someone else, apologies for forgetting) linked to, pointing out that your show should do neither this nor that, but only cover what lies in the space between a proton and a neutron. (If that much is allowed.) Tweedledee, Tweedledumdumdum.

  39. Hey Joe. Quick question. Do you have any idea (however vague) of when the season 4 DVD set will be released? Even with as broad a margin as a month you guys are targeting? It would be cool to know for the fans who suffer seeing the new episodes are airing but can’t see them on TV and don’t want to download them.

  40. Heeey… wouldn’t it be cool if Amanda directed an episode of season 5? I know Martin Wood told her that every time an actor directs, a kitten dies… but we have these mini crash carts set up to save them. Tiny we paddles and everything. So she can direct guilt free.

    *nods encouragingly*

  41. Awww…! Lulu looks so adorable, Joe. I think she keeps getting cuter all the time. *laughs* I rather like her new tat–it certainly adds a bit of personality!!! Also, shuffling your feet in the early morning–I recall a good number of times my dog almost bit me because I’d accidentally stepped on her!

  42. Joe said: “prior to the news of Teyla’s pregnancy, we had considered the possibility of making Katie and Rodney unexpected parents. Of course, this storyline was scrapped in favor of the Teyla pregnancy.”

    OMG…thank you Rachel for getting pregnant!!! If you are talking about Katie and Rodney actually really becoming parents by Katie being pregnant…I am SO glad THAT didn’t happen! 😀 Of course I don’t know how the heck that would’ve happened when the only kiss we’ve seen (that I remember) was when Cadman was in Rodney’s consciousness. I’m thinking it was Cadman that kissed Katie…not Rodney (definately would’ve been too out of character for him to act that confident). Their relationship really seemed quite platonic and Jr. High Schoolish. Not hot-steamy and them actually touching each other and *gasp* having sex.

    So, Mr. Mallozzi, were you actually thinking of having Katie get pregnant from Rodney??? Or are you playing with words and it really would have been something more innocuous? 😉

    Kimberly

  43. I’ve been thinking about sci fi a lot lately, and the different forms it can take. Sometimes it’s incredibly political or cautionary, other times it’s more focused on entertainment, sometimes it’s ironic or all of the above. And then some.

    What I’d like to know is what kind of sci fi do you think Stargate Atlantis is?

  44. Joe,

    What do you think of the data on this website:
    http://www.sff.net/people/Geoffrey.Landis/vacuum.html

    It goes into detail about what a vacuum would really do to a human. It seems you wouldn’t freeze in outer space. Hmmm….I guess Liam didn’t know that…lol. 😉

    I was quite surprised at a lot of the info. as I assumed a lot of what we have heard about being in a vacuum was true. I am just SO naive & trusting of you sci-fi writers sometimes. 😛

    Gullibly,
    Kimberly

  45. Stefanie writes: “ I am wondering if you know who at MGM and/or Sci-Fi Channel I can get into contact with in order to ask about potential employment opportunities.”

    You can go to the websites and apply, but you should also call the studios and ask for Human Resources to see if you can talk to someone directly. And don’t limit yourself to only two studios.

    You also need to know specifically what you want to do and why, and know how hard you’re willing to work for it when you discuss any kind of employment. With the writer’s strike, there is very limited hiring, so the competition is fierce for any kind of jobs right now. The best advice I can give you is to go through a temp agency, even as you’re applying for positions with the studios.

    Networking is a must wherever you go. If you’re looking for above-the-line or production jobs, forget it for now. My suggestion is to join Women In Film. They have a Public Service Announcement (PSA) program that allows anyone to volunteer and learn. I teach earthquake preparedness and in time want to produce PSA’s and educational films dealing with preparedness. They have been a very supportive group in mine and everyone else’s endeavors, and could help you down the road when the strike ends if film or tv is the path you want to take.

    Be patient and good luck.

  46. Any chance we can get an episode that focuses on the secondary characters like Lorne and Zelenka?

  47. *waves*

    Oh bless, poor Lulu. her tat looks so fabby though. 😀

    Mr M, as a chocolate connoisseur I am somewhat in a bit of a dilemma. I have a huge box of chocolates that my team gave me, but I really don’t like chocolates very much *bows head in shame*. But I think you can understand to abandon them or throw them out *ducks from hurling objects* wouldn’t go down well. So, do I fess up and bring them into work and say what a great boss I am, and wanted everyone to share in the splender that is the chocolate, or do I throw them out? *ducks again* Or can you make any suggestions? 😀

    Great news on the Extra, alas beig the other side of the pond we won’t get to see it, but on the plus side, we’ve been getting Zak’a little ditty played every couple of day to advertise SGA. 🙂

    *hugs*

  48. Hi Joe

    I watched Quarantine on Skyone last night and absolutely adored it. It’s the characters that make Atlantis for me, and how they reacted in that situation was spot on. It certainly never occurred to me that it was a retread of any other Science Fiction episode.

    Quick question – Way back in June you showed us pictures of the Art Department’s design package for Miller’s Crossing along with a couple of layouts for McKay’s and Sheppard’s quarters. I remember the scene at the end of MC in John’s room, but I can’t think of any in Rodney’s. Was that layout from a different episode, or was that scene cut?

    Eccles

  49. Why do the writers think you need another female character in Atlantis? (or another guy for that matter) You already have Teyla, Carter, Keller, Larrin, Wier(maybe) and any and all of these ladies (I use the word advisedly with Larrin) could benefit from more development and screen time.

  50. HEY JOE, the dog tattoos fade, you cannot even see my dogs any more, but her vet didn’t give her numbers, just a set of lines and dots
    ren

  51. Yay, thank you for the changes to the BOTM discussions! A book a week gives me more time to finish all the reading. 🙂

    One question: When do we vote for March’s BOTM books? (I ask only because it would be nice to have some lead time to order them in, especially if the books that are chosen are secondhand/currently out-of-print).

    I liked Quarantine, and loved the Sheppard=spider moment on the outside of the tower, but must admit that I didn’t have quite the same visceral appreciation for the episode as I had for BAMSR. Almost all of the reviews I’ve read online have been overwhelmingly positive, though.

    Rodney Anavalosa (sp?) makes me laugh and laugh, especially when Katie’s talking about how big its grown. You know something is right out there when even I manage to pick up the innuendos…

  52. Sorry for yet another Rodney-related “Quarantine” comment – I’m sure you’ve had far too many buy now. I was just wondering: was it a conscious choice to wind down Rodney’s relationship in the same episode that you wound up Ronan and Keller’s? Were you trying to avoid having all of your main characters in some kind of relationship, or did you just decide that the Rodney-Katie relationship wasn’t what you wanted to do with the character?

    Also, Rodney seems to be taking a lot of punishment this last year or so – Carson and Elizabeth have died, Jeanie and Katie nearly died, his relationship with Katie has completely gone down the pan. He seems quite cut off from the team too: Sheppard is the only one he seems to socialise with anymore. Is that all gearing up towards something – Last Man, maybe – or is Rodney just your designated victim for this season?

  53. Awh poor puppy! Give Lulu regards from my puppies, Dakota and Sasha.

    So, I am a musician, and I am always interested in what people like to listen to. Is there any specific music you like to hear when you are trying to write or produce? How about for inspiration?

  54. Sadly, I don’t know anyone associated with American Gladiators. However, there is a community there and it’s on NBC. Perhaps a little infiltration is required? 🙂

    Perhaps Lulu’s additional tattoo should have some sort of rebellious streak to it? “Power to the people!” Or “Down with the establishment.”

    Yeah. That’s too much to fit on her little ear.

  55. Lol You guys considered making Rodney a Daddy? Now THAT would have been funny! I can’t imagine a mini McKay! Glad it was Teyla thats becoming the parent I have to say.

    Finally saw the Quarantine episode last night! It was fantastic! Highlights have to be all the John and Teyla scenes. I really liked the Hitchhikers reference and John knowing Rodneys password! John feeling Teylas baby kick was sooo sweet. Oh and the poor Rodneys scenes – the whole “I’d make you miserable” scene made feel bad for him! I hope he finds someone to make him happy 🙁 Oh and I’m a big fan of Ronan/Keller so should have more of that in S5 its sooo cute that she’s so like Melena and that he opened up keller about her, especially since he is normally so stoic! I love seeing a more emotional, indept look at the characters this season! Bring on Harmony!!

  56. I was just wondering, Joe, (and too lazy to go search your old blogsite to see if you’ve answered this before…) – which part of Italy is your family from?

  57. Hi Joe,

    I was wondering as Martin Wood was the man for the first episode in the last three seasons (I think) is he still on board? The first three slots are all given to other directors… Or does he have a new project by that time and can’t therefor not direct one of the first episodes?

    Thanks 🙂

  58. Awe, Lulu’s tattoo is cute and I agree with Marty G. a little heart around it would look cool. 🙂

    How long does she have to wear the lampshade for?

    Have a wonderful day!

    Sabina 🙂

  59. Hello Joseph =)

    Wahou!! Trop adorable Lulu♥♥ Merci pour les photos!

    …c’est quoi cette histoir de tatouage?? oh je n’est pas compris =(

    ahhhhh moi aussi je veux voir une photo du petit ami éventuel de Lulu!!!! OU bien je peut lui présenter mon chien:

    http://hiboox.com/lang-fr/resultat.php?img=27myupto.jpg&error=0

    Lol bon c’est sur ce n’est pas la même race lol XD. Mais on ne sais jamais ^^!

    Bon aller je doit aller mêttre mon blog a jour, je repasserais , Kisou ♥

  60. Joe, i am wondering if you are intentionally ignoring my questions. the first was about bloopers, the next few were about the video on MGM’s website. Now i know you are busy and very important but you seem to have time to answer other questions. i guess i just feel a little left out here.

  61. Lulu looks like she took her visit to the vet like a trooper.

    I enjoyed Spoils of War and loved Quarantine. I loved every scene in Q. Excellent character moments all around!

  62. Hey Joe, love the fact you guys have Tim Tams ^_^ (reference to the prank a few days ago) Gotta love Aussie-made products going overseas. Ever tried Vegemite?

    Will we see any main cast changes for Season 5? Like Keller, Zelenka or Lorne being added to the title credits??

    Also, any hints yet at what, if any, a Daniel-centric episode might entail?

    Cheers.

  63. Hey Joe.
    Since you are clearly a fan of a lot of Sci-Fi literature, have you ever had the compulsion to perhaps write a screenplay for one of your favourite books? Or desired to make it into a movie or TV show?

  64. Mick Said:

    On another note, is there any way you can explain Irresistible? More specifically, how Lucius’ planet has a space gate, yet Carson and he both walk there and back later in the episode?

    I don’t think it is a spacegate. We never saw the gate on that planet. They came through with a puddle jumper to search the planet for life signs. And no one ever said that only space gates can be used for the gate-bridge.

  65. Bonjour Joseph,
    Je suis venu te dire un bonjour du Québec: «BONJOUR !!!» J’espère que tout va bien pour toi dans l’Ouest, ici dans l’Est le temps est très doux et il neige à petits flocons, ce qui me fais dire avec les yeux pétillants de bonheur : «Que la vie est belle ! »
    Alors voilà, prends soin de toi (tu ne donnes plus de nouvelles de Fondy, est-ce que tout va bien pour elle ? )

    Morgia

    P.S Anaïs ton chien il est vraiment mignon, est-ce que c’est un golden reitriver ? Et je me demandais comment on fait pour que sa photo demeure toujours visible, est-ce qu’il faut être toujours logué ? J’ose pas être toujours logué sur le site de wordpress, et si on volait mon identité ? lol

  66. Mollie said …

    I have a question about the Wraith “Todd”. In BAMSR and in Spoils of War we see “Todd” refer to the wraith ships as darts. Why? I thought Sheppard named them in a early episode and he refers to them as darts in The Lost Boys…..am I mistaken? Do the wraith call them darts as well?

    I’m guessing Todd was actully calling the darts whatever the Wraith call them — Todd’s speaking in Wraith language, we’re hearing him in English, thanks to the Stargate’s universal translator tech (*wink*). The SG crew is hearing the word that they are familiar with, and we’re hearing what’s said from the SG crew’s POV (even when they ren’t around, yes — there’s no other way to do it). If Sheppard hadn’t named the darts, the SG crew would probably just hear “dart” as “ship”. Todd could be saying “Myxlsptlk” for all we really know.

  67. Please, no Keller/Ronon in season 5. Better yet, no Keller at all. She is worse than Dr. Lam IMO!

  68. 1)Have you considered severing Atlantis from Earth permanently, therefore changing the entire basis of storyline from exploration to survival?

    2)In Kindred, are there any heartbreaking decisions made by the Atlantis crew?

  69. Hey Joe,

    Love Lulu’s tat! I agree with whoever posted that she needs a spiked collar. It would go nicely with a leather Harley Davidson jacket, too.

    Are we going to see more of Todd in S4? S5?

    WB

  70. Mollie wrote:

    I thought Sheppard named them in a early episode and he refers to them as darts in The Lost Boys…..am I mistaken? Do the wraith call them darts as well?

    The first time we hear the culling ships referred to as darts was in Episode 1.6 “Childhood’s End” when McKay said “Because anything powerful enough to knock out a Wraith dart is a big deal.” However, Cowen also called them darts in Episode 1.8 “Underground” “…the Genii were able to shoot down a Wraith dart.”

    From this, I think it is easy to conclude that dart is the common term for the Wraith culling ships in the Pegasus Galaxy and that Teyla must have informed the expedition of this. Whether the humans first heard it from the Wraith, we haven’t enough information.

    Mick wrote:

    On another note, is there any way you can explain Irresistible? More specifically, how Lucius’ planet has a space gate, yet Carson and he both walk there and back later in the episode?

    Lucius’s planet did not have a spacegate. He said at the beginning “Somebody said that you flew through the ancestral ring?” which no one could have seen if the gate was in space. Lucius also said the only place he could get the herb was on a planet he didn’t live on. How else could he have gotten there except through the stargate? And when Sheppard returns from getting Lucius’s ‘medicine’, he walks through the gate. It was definitely on land.

    Anne Teldy

  71. I think the fact that Lulu’s tattoo shows makes her even cuter – if that’s even possible. She’s already one of the cutest dogs I’ve ever seen. Marty G. does have a great idea with adding a little heart around it. You might even be able to fit a stargate around the tattoo if you wanted to. How cool would that be. Of course Lulu may have other ideas though. lol

    Answer: “I don’t believe there was a fleshed-out idea. […]”

    Thanks for answering Elizabeth’s follow-up question to mine. I know that whatever Brad and Rob would have come up with would have been really good. That’s one reason why March and July can’t get here soon enough for me. I’m really excited to see both movies.

    Thanks for letting us know about SGA being on EXTRA this Friday. Can’t wait to see it.

    Take care,
    danielfanforever

  72. ❗ 😯 You won’t believe what just happened!:shock: ❗

    I’ve been exchanging email with “Cookie Monster” (aka Mr. M.) about my prizes. At the end of his last email, I noticed an attachment. I don’t think he meant to send it, because when I opened it, it turned out to be information about Season 5!!! Most of it seems like random ideas and possibilities they’re discussing but there was one full episode summary! I’m going to include it here. (I sure hope Mr. M. is distracted when approving comments and accidentally lets this through.)

    Episode 5.8
    Beating around the Bush
    Sheppard develops a repetitive stress injury due to the lack of women available to him in Atlantis.

    ❗ Also, it looks like Ronon will cut his hair in Episode 5.7 “Dreadnought”.

    Anne Teldy 😆 😛 😆 😛 😆

  73. Joe,

    You’ve confirmed Teyla will return for S5. You’ve also talked about Ronon(hair issues) in S5. You said Joe and David will be clean-shaven for S5. The fifth person in the main credits is Amanda. You’ve ignored all queries about her in S5. Does this mean Atlantis will have a new Base Commander in S5?

    Mike P.

  74. Only McKay would buy an 1/8th KT diamond as an engagement ring! I almost missed that there was anything ut a band there when Sheppardwas looking at the ring. I’m sure he was looking for the stone as well! And Katie’s “goodby Rodney” had a lot behind it I’m sure. A good episode over all and nice to see Carter back-dooring computer codes quickly. Liked Dr. Z’s comment..”So quickly!” When she needs to she’ll show them how it’s done.

  75. Lulu gets cuter , not sure how but that does seem to be the case 🙂

    Liked Quarantine, didnt think about any other scifi shows when I watched it, didn’t mind the Jefferies tubes hehe I liked the premise.

    Not such a fan of the shipper stuff in the episode, and more Keller whine “boo hoo, I’ve never belonged” so her and Ronon gets a thumbs down. Rodney and Katie ending is good.

    I like my scifi shows to be about scifi, I can watch other shows if I need lots of ship stuff, whereas I understand that you need back story about the characters, tender personal moments is a bit too much, you’re only one step away from the ultra cheesy Matrix Neo/Trinity love scene!!

    But hey, thats just me, and as long as its kept in balance.

    On the whole though it was a good episode and I’m looking forward to next week.

  76. me revoila =)

    Pour répondre a Morgia:

    Mon chien est a moitier golden reitriver et Setter =)Sa me fait plaisir que tu le trouve beau…c’est le Brad Pitt de la race canine lol XD.
    Concernant cette histoir de photo je n’est pas trés bien compris…En fait pour qu’on voit ma photo, je vais sur un site d’hebergement de photo..comme sa, j’ai un lien vers ma photo..Si tu t’inscrit a ce site, tu pourra hebergé toute tes photo pour avoir un lien et tu les aura toujour(une sorte de bibliothéque..)et si tu veux tu peut les rendre privée afin que personne ne les voient.

    jespert avoir répondu a ta question, si sa t’intérésse voici le lien d’un bon site d’hébergment de photo:

    http://www.hiboox.com/

    Voila =)

  77. Ah, Radek crawling through the ventilation ducts was not a ripoff from Star Trek. Nope, they were crawling through ducts in the old Irwin Allen shows like “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” (always wondered why a submarine had such HUGE ventilation ducts) and on classic flicks like “It, the Terror from Beyond Space.” 😉

  78. Allo Anaïs,
    Ouais, j’avoue que ma question elle était pas très claire… Mais je crois que je me suis répondu, mais merci quand même d’avoir essayé, mes élèves sont toujours entrain de m’aider dans mes cours quand on travail sur les ordinateurs.J’ai eu un golden il y a quelques années et c’est vraiment des chiens merveilleux.
    Merci Joseph de nous laisser un peu d’espace pour communiquer entre nous, mais je prends quand même le temps de te saluer (non mais il faut avoir le sens de la politesse dans la vie. lol)
    Morgia (qui un jour espère devenir une as dans l’informatique !!!)

  79. I appologize for my whining earlier. Hopefully you could answer this question. Are there plans for bringing back Lt. Ford in season 5?

    I remember someone asked if he was going to be in season 4, and the answer was no but if season 5 was picked up there might be a chance. So is there a chance?
    He was one of my favorite characters.

  80. Lulu is so cute!!!

    Joe a lot of us are off to P3 this weekend. Many will be there campaigning to bring back Weir and Carson (Torri and Paul are guests). Others of us are wearing black shirts and wristbands to support the campaign to ‘Not save Shep from whump in season 5’. Any chance that you could dedicate your blog to us??

    Oh and any chance of our campaign being a success?

    SheppyD
    Founder of DSOS(from whump)

  81. Oops think I saw a typo when I sent my last message- oh well!!! 🙁 Not sure because it vanished sooo quickly!

  82. More on Quarantine: I really enjoyed the Sheppard/Teyla scenes. I eagerly awaited the tower-climbing scene and wasn’t disappointed. My heart rate went up even though I knew nothing bad would happen to Sheppy. Will there be any ‘behind the scenes’ coverage of the climb on the Season 4 DVD?

    The Rodney/Katie scenes were great! We got a heaping helping of McKay’s hypochondria and pessimism. It demonstrated to me how much Rodney depends on Sheppard and the rest of the team to stay focused and positive…and to not indulge his irrational fears. They wouldn’t let him get away with it.

    I was holding off my impression of Season 4 until I got through more episodes – there were so many questions raised and I didn’t know where the show was going. I can say now that I consider this to be the best season thus far in many ways – it’s richer (Devil’s Food richer). Fans should expect continued improvement and development of the series from one season to the next. It’s been a treat.

  83. Oh, forgot to mention about Quarantine, bit of a shame to dumb down Zelenka in the teleporter when he fried the laptop. Thought he was a brilliant scientist and had much more experience of Ancient Atlantis tech. Hope thats not a sign of things to come because Carter is on the show.

  84. Message for Morgia:

    Oui les goldens sont géniaux!. je suis sur que tu va devenir une as de l’informatique, ce n’est qu’une question de temp maintenant^^!

  85. Hi again. Thanks so much for answering my questions. Since I don’t know how to tag the text to show italics or bold, I’ll just use quotation marks. :-/

    “OregonJen writes: “Are there any Colombian restaurants in Vancouver?”

    JM Answer: Hmmm. There are a few Brazilian and Peruvian restaurants in town, but I can’t think of a Colombian restaurant.”

    So, have you tried any of these Brazilian or Peruvian restaurants? Any good ones? Or does this type of food not appeal to you?

    Thanks again, Joe!
    Jennie 🙂

  86. Lulu looks as if she has streed cred with her tattoo, but she’s so cute and adorable, she gets away with it and even makes it look chic!

    I’m having my labrador, Lucy, spayed next month, and I hope she recovers as well as Lulu appears to have – I’m actually pretty nervous about her going under the knife, to be honest.

    I’ve just seen SheppyD’s post, and I’m going to P3 too. I will proudly be supporting DSOS (from whump) as well. I’m sad to say there’s never enough Sheppy whump for me. But, I live in hope season 5 will give me what I want…:)

  87. Vous savez quoi Joseph?? Demain c’est la grêve (et oui les francais sont des professionnel de la gréve XD lol) et bien tout ma classe a décider de faire grêve aussi!! donc je serais tout seul demain! car je suis sérieuse moi! lol XD enfin..une journée de grande solitude s’annonce!

    Mon petite ami voudrais vous posez une question:

    Que faut t’il faire pour être figurant dans stargate atlantis?

    Voila, jespert que vous pourrez y répondre^^!

  88. No, because what I do is shuffle my feet when I walk to and from the bathroom early in the morning. And, yes, at some point or other I have shuffled into each of my dogs

    I have a black chow/lab that likes to sleep across doorways. Since I too shuffle at night I have literally fallen over him without seeing he was there.

    He always looks at me like I’m stupid for not seeing him.

  89. On January 22, 2008 at 10:18 pm kdvb1 Said:
    Joe said: “prior to the news of Teyla’s pregnancy, we had considered the possibility of making Katie and Rodney unexpected parents. Of course, this storyline was scrapped in favor of the Teyla pregnancy.”

    OMG…thank you Rachel for getting pregnant!!! If you are talking about Katie and Rodney actually really becoming parents by Katie being pregnant…I am SO glad THAT didn’t happen!

    Amen Sister!!! *shudders*

    The thought of Rodney being permanently connect to Katie (ugh) by a child is nightmare material. Give McKay someone who can stand up to him and help him bring out his better qualities!

  90. Hi Jo’ !

    Waw Lulu have a date ! She’s so cute.

    Quarantine : I’m so chocked by Rodney’s reaction at the end of the episode. Poor Katie. Waw super Radek ^^ I can’t do more comments I’ve no time tonight !

    Today’s question : this week, someone asked about Vala’s story matbe in Atlantis and you said that introduce Daniel Jackson is your only priority.
    One of the things which make that I love Stargate SG1 is the big part of mythologie : do you think Daniel can apport this part part of mythology in SGA episode ? How do you think to introduce him ?

    What is your favorite comedy show ? ( For me Two and a half men and Scrubs ).

    And I think i’ve not seen your opinion about Writers Guild of America…what is your opinion ?

  91. I forgot a word :

    This is my question : And I think i’ve not seen your opinion about Writers Guild of America Strike…what is your opinion ?

  92. Bon bonne nuit Joseph, il faut que je me couche tot..pour supporter que demain tout le monde soient bien au chaud dans leur lit alors que moi j’attendrais mon bus dans le froid XD

    aller Kisou, je vous adore♥ a demain =)

  93. I have a question regarding the restaurant Fuel, is it a Vietnamese restaurant? I was in San Jose to see the Winchester Mystery Mansion and there was a restaurant called Fuel down the street. I was wondering if it was possible the same type restaurant as in Vancouver or if they only shared the same name.

  94. Radek can crawl through my ventilation ducts anyday.

    Oh. Oh my heck, wait a minute. That doesn’t sound right, does it? Nevermind.

    (thinks dirty duct thoughts)

    Sigh. I give up.

  95. Il s’est fait beau pour les photos 🙂

    alors : Charly avec son bandana Rouge
    http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj23/olivia-kits/DSC02200.jpg

    Charly et son manteau ( avec qui il a beaucoup de mal à marcher)
    http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj23/olivia-kits/DSC02447.jpg

    Là … je sais vraiment…
    http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj23/olivia-kits/DSC02434.jpg

    the star ! George Clooney peut se réhabiller !
    http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj23/olivia-kits/DSC02175.jpg

    Avec des yeux comme ça, et cette magnifique pose, même la plus agée de vos chienne bave devant l’ecran! 🙂

    Voila ! en Espérant que Mister Charly plait à votre Lulu 🙂 Je suis à votre entière disposition pour un éventuel rendez vous prochain !

    Peace and dogs,

    O.

  96. Do you ever read any Patricia Cornwell? Can’t wait until Friday!

    I’ve been watching commentaries and I have a couple of questions.
    Why is it that in most of the commentaries that Peter Deleuise(sp?)does he’s either with Gary Jones or Dan Shea? Even in the Atlantis commentaries.
    I’ve forgotten the other question, but it seams that the commentaries for Atlantis are much lighter and in my opinion, funnier.

  97. Charly_Kinder
    Ton chien il est vraiment adorable, je suis certaine que Lulu va tomber sous son charme !!!!
    Morgia

  98. Lulu is SUCH a sweetie! she carries that bucket off with such aplomb.
    So how do you rate Farmer’s “To Your Scattered Bodies Go”? I read it when i was …. a lot younger – wait- yesterday I was a lot younger what am I on about? must be the medication!
    Its nearly my bedtime, I’m taking Dean Koontz’ Odd Thomas to bed tonight, have you read any Koontz lately?
    My friend and I were chatting about pranks played on rookies, you know the ones like a “long stand” or “skirting board ladder” or “left handed hammer” or from my nursing days a “box of fallopian tubes” do you in the writing or TV business have any that you pull on the meek, gullible and unsuspecting?

  99. Your dogs are very, very cute! And the tatoo at least seems to be small and nicely done.
    I got my two cats last year when they were two months old. At the first check-up the Vet told us that the sweet little white kitten is actually a boy. So I had to have them spayed/fixed and agreed to have their ears tatooed simultaniously. It´s ok with the girl because she is all black and rather small, but her brother´s ears are baby pink and almost see-through, and the tats..they are in both ears, a series of letters and numbers,in bright blue, and it looks like a child did it! The only good thing is that I could probably identify them out of an airplane.
    Speaking of blue:I just watched SGA on German TV and noticed (again) that they lost the blue-ish tint the series has (as You once wrote here)on purpose. As a result of that the overall colour is so bright it hurts.
    I might be watching too much television (I know I do),
    but isn´t every tv-series (and every action-movie playing in a building, ship, etc.) actually required to feature an episode where somebody is crawling through ventilation ducts??
    T

  100. I’ll be at Pegasus 3 too.
    This is the first time I’ve heard about the black shirt and wristband campaign. But I’m absolutely supportive. I’ve got a black shirt allright, but what kind of Wristband shall it be? A simple black one or something special?

  101. shiningwit Said:
    pranks played on rookies, you know the ones like a “long stand” or “skirting board ladder” or “left handed hammer” or from my nursing days a “box of fallopian tubes”

    OMG how strange I was talking to some friends today about the very same thing.

    As a student nurse I well remember being sent to the next ward and told to ask the Sister-in-charge for a long stand. After being let to stand out side Sisters office for half an hour I was told I could return to my ward and to be sure and tell the Sister on duty I had had a long stand.

    Doh!!! I can’t believe I was so gullible!

    Other things I’ve heard of are a glass hammer and a new bubble for a spirit level as well as sky hooks and tartan paint.

    Pauline

  102. Duex questions:
    1. Will Earth be the base of operations for Universe?
    2. Will we be seeing anymore technological discoveries from within Atlantis? Seems like an awful lot of goodies not to be sifting through (or at least make mention of in passing).

  103. Ple-e-eze someone record/DVR or otherwise capture the SGA Harmony segment on EXTRA! this Friday. I’ve been scouring the TV listings and cannot find the show here in New Jersey. I guess it’s possible that Comcast cable (evil, nasty, vile company) doesn’t carry the show on their lineup.

    Or if someone knows where I can find the show — HELP!!!

    If you record it, please post to Youtube as I’ll be looking for it!

    Thanks to whomever you are, a true and loyal Gate fan!

    Blessings 😀
    Carol Z

  104. Squeakiep said: Only McKay would buy an 1/8th KT diamond as an engagement ring!

    Hey, it still would have cost him around a grand. Diamonds aren’t cheap, and conflict-free diamonds are even dearer. I really liked that, by the way – yay for ethical purchasing practices! (Although I hate engagement rings themselves…)

  105. …Well, if the tattoo REALLY bothers you, I’d bet that you and Fondy would be able to scare up some canine-friendly make up to use for those special occasions that are so pivotal in a dog’s life (pet parades, freakish snow storms, TV guest appearances as Loki, etc.) Regarding all other occasions, I agree with all of my fellow posters; your little pup is as adorable as ever.

    *wanders off to check iTunes for “Quarantine” for the hundredth time*

  106. Hey Joe, I’m a first time commentor but an avid reader of your blog.
    Anyhoo,I work in a small family style restaurant in Clearwater, Florida and guess what was one of the soups today??
    Yep, corn soup!!!
    Naturally, I thought of you…
    The cook said the way he makes it,it’s usually served with corn chips on top but I thought it was good just as it was though the corn was slightly chewwy, something about it being Brazillian corn.
    Is it served plain or with chips at Fuel???

    BTW, loving season 4 of SGA, keep up the good work!!!

  107. Chips on corn soup? Huh. Really? McDonald’s in Japan serves corn soup in the winter, and you can get it hot in cans out of the hot coffee vending machines. Again, only in winter. Japanese corn soup is creamy, that’s why chips on it sound … different. That, and I’ve only had it served in cups or cans, never from a bowl, usually freezing my totches off waiting for a train. Chips, huh?

    Personally I like corn on my pizza, Shakey’s in Yokosuka made a killer corn and squid pizza. Except now I’m allergic to tomatoes, no pizza for me! Squid or otherwise! So sad, no pizza-squiddly goodness with happy yellow bits of sweet corn yummyness.

  108. I can’t tell if Anne or Joe is the one pulling our leg with the info for next season. 🙂

    maggiemayday Said:
    “Oh my heck”

    Interesting turn of phrase, you wouldn’t happen to be from Utah?

  109. I noticed that the solution to turning off the self destruct in Quarentine was to switch the city off and then back on again. How did you come up with that idea? Was it from personal experiance or did you get an expert in?

  110. Hi Joe –

    Many of my friends compete with their dogs in performance events (agility, obedience, herding, tracking, earthdog) and if they have their dogs tattooed (in addition to microchipped) it is on the inner thigh.

    It is easy for a thief to lop off a dog’s ear, not so easy to amputate a limb …

    You might want to consider this the next time you add another furry kid to your Pack O’ Pugs (and Lulu too, of course!)

    Forgive me if this turns out to be a double post – I think your blog ate the first one (anyway, it disappeared …)

  111. LLB writes: “You said you only watch subbed anime. Why?”

    Answer: In Japan, anime is a form of entertainment that can range from the amusingly childish (Crayon Shin-chan) to the cerebrally adult (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). There is a distinct difference between the various types of shows and those that fall into the more mature category are respected as such. The voice performances in the kid-oriented shows are fun and cartoonish while performances in the adult-themed shows are subtle and nuanced. Compare this to North America where “Cartoons are for kids!!!” and, given this mindset, the voice performances are always WAAAAAAY OOOOOVEEER THE TOOOOOOP! WAAAAAAAH!!! HOOOOHAAAAAAAH!!!!

    Suddenly, I am understanding my 22 yr old, anime-loving son a whole lot better.

    Thank you. I think!!!

  112. Re: ‘Not save Shep from whump in season 5′. Any chance that you could dedicate your blog to us??

    Oh and any chance of our campaign being a success?

    SheppyD
    Founder of DSOS(from whump)

    Can I be joyful and say “I hope your campaign fails”?? I dont like to see anyone get ‘whumped’ repeatedly.

    But if you persist in this, can I ask that you wait until I get my Red Cross first aid certificate updated – I’ll be standing off to the side when Shepard needs me *big smile*

  113. Shiningwit said: My friend and I were chatting about pranks played on rookies, you know the ones like a “long stand” or “skirting board ladder” or “left handed hammer” or from my nursing days a “box of fallopian tubes” do you in the writing or TV business have any that you pull on the meek, gullible and unsuspecting?

    My cinematography teacher told us that on his first shoot (the movie Zulu) he was sent on a mission to find a bucket of sprockets. … sprockets are the holes in the side of a reel of film. Heh.

  114. Love the dogs! We have a golden, but we are looking to get a smaller one, like yours. But you do know that you can see the contact phone number on your dog’s tags, right? Just checking. 🙂

  115. maggiemayday said:

    Personally I like corn on my pizza, Shakey’s in Yokosuka made a killer corn and squid pizza.

    So was that like a pizza plus video game? Say, you bite into a strategic place, and a squid annihilates a portion of the killer corn. Keep chomping up the right places on the pizza, the squid win big, and your name goes up in lights on a helicopter-borne marquee. And if you fail to consume enough strategic bites… well, no need to worry about whether the fugu was properly prepared.

  116. Félicitation à toute l’équipe pour ce magnifique épisode “quarantine”, mais à mon avis il faudrait un peu plus de français dans SGA….
    Super les photos..

  117. Hiya, Joe…

    Cute pup. 🙂

    I’m new to the fandom – just wanted to say that, despite my husband watching SGA from the beginning, I was only sucked in by Common Ground – excellent episode – and now watch mostly because of Todd. Love the character, and his shaky alliance with the SG team. Lots of potential there – and, well…would just like to see further development of this character and his relationship with the team…and hopefully a continuing presence in the show.

    Thanks for your time.

    das

  118. A propos de Lulu … a t’elle un fiancé ? car j’ai moi même un bouldogue ( 6 mois la semaine prochaine hiaaa)et il bave devant l’écran… “

    Reponse: Lulu veut voir une image de son petit ami éventuel.

    C’est trop mignon ! Des petites annonces par le biais d’Internet (lol)

    Je viens de remarquer un truc … MGM = Metro Goldywn Mayer (Mayer c’est mon nom XD) [Mode raconte sa vie OFF]

    J’ai bavé devant l’écran quand j’ai vu les sushis XD

    Bonne journée !

  119. Oh my heck, I DO live in Utah! No, really, I do. I’m not FROM Utah however, big difference. I use Oh My Heck with perfect irony. Like shopping at Hot Topic at my age.

    Sadly, oh my heck is really truly used by a large portion of the flippin’ Utah females.

  120. I really enjoyed To Your Scattered Bodies Go…the rest of the Riverworld series gets a bit odd, but then again, it’s Farmer. Have you read any of his other stuff? The Maker of Universes is good, but again, the series takes an abrupt turn into the bizarre. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you.

  121. When a pet goes missing or even lost it is so important that we proactively react to the situation. Taking steps to protect your pet prior to having this scary and overwhelming incident happen. These steps include always keeping a collar on your pet with I.D Tags. Having your pet micro-chipped and registering them properly. Never leaving them outside unattended, this could lead to their escape as well as giving the opportunity for someone to steal your pet.

    Making sure that you’re pet (s) are registered properly is vital to helping them return home. There are many companies that you can register your pet with. One of these companies is called http://www.helpmefindmypet.com they provide not only a registry but they also have created a proactive lost pet alert that is sent out in up to a fifty mile radius to all Shelters, Rescues, Veterinarians, Municipalities, Groomers, Kennels, Pet Industry, and Members. People find lost pets; if your community is aware that you’re pet is missing this will create a local involvement resulting in more pets being reunited with their families. Prevention and preparation is essential to keeping your family together.

  122. That’s pretty exciting about the show being mentioned on E. Is there a lot of publicity in Canada relating to the show? I never see anything outside of the Sci-fi channel in the States.

  123. Is there a second story running alongside the Sheppard/Ronon going to earth next week? Are any of the other characters going to earth? What episode was it that you showed pictures of in your blog in September last year? – the ones that looked like McKay and Keller were back on earth.

  124. This might seem like a weird question ,but I live in Texas and I’m thinking of moving to Canada (probably Vancouver area) and I was wondering if you could tell me what the area/culture is like there?

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