So I was eating a power bar today, looking over the nutritional information, when I noticed the best before date on the inside of the wrapper: “Exp. 07/03/08 08:28AM”. Not “08:27AM” or “08:29AM” or even “8:00AM-ish” but exactly “08:28AM”. How’s that for accuracy. Do you suppose that if I actually set it aside for a few months, I could detect a slight yet discernible difference between the flavor of the bar consumed at 6:00AM compared to, oh, 1:30PM? Probably. After all, calculating the shelf life of power bars is an exact science. It’s not like milk or ground beef where the best before date is really more of a suggestion than a rule set in stone.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking. Poor Joe, incapable of even opening up a can of La Costena whole black beans, he has resigned himself to the simplicity of power bars. What’s next? Saltines and shredded cardboard in milk? Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that I’m actually doing alright. Last night, I made myself a wonderful broiled filet of sole with cipolinni onions in a brown butter sauce. On tonight’s menu: more filet of sole, this time broiled with lemon and parsley. Yeah, I’ve been doing alright on my own but I really feel I’ve held off long enough. Maybe tomorrow night I’ll swing by Fuel and see how Tom and Chef Belcham are doing.

Someone commented today about the gunfire in the behind the scenes segments. In essence: “Pretty damn loud no?” YES! As I responded to IamJohn, the gunfire is so loud that the cast and crew are given ear plugs for these scenes. The ear plugs muffle the sounds of the gunfire, but they also make it harder to hear the director…

http://s230.photobucket.com/albums/ee164/BaronDestructo/?action=view&current=Joegunfire.flv

Today’s mailbag:

Pauline writes: “Did Marty G have the portrait in the script from the beginning…”

Anwer: Yes, he did.

Mackenzie’s Momma writes: “Wouldn’t that line refer more to Miller’s Crossing than McKay and Mrs. Miller?!”

Answer: Woops, my mistake. I went back and fixed it.

ccdsah writes: “Is it possible that she’ll direct a season 5 episode?”

Answer: No actors will be directing episodes this season.

Emily writes: “Speaking of books, have you started on Bright of the Sky yet?”

Answer: Just finished it last night. Let me know what you think.

IamJohn writes: “Are the fake gunshots not loud enough to cause problems, or am I just missing something?”

Answer: No, those rounds are damn loud. So loud, in fact, that the cast and crew are given ear plugs before any scenes requiring gunfire – which kind of makes it hard to hear anything else. Check out today’s clip.

Morjana Coffman writes: “In watching “Harmony” again today (for the fourth time), I noticed in the closed captioning that they referred to Rodney’s handheld device as a PFD.

PFD as in…?”

Answer: Plot Forwarding Device.

Doci121787 writes: “Also im going to be in Vancouver in a couple of weeks, what is a good French resturant for a first timer?”

Answer: I’d suggest Bistro Bistrot on West 4th.

Squall78 writes: “My question was if you had any numbers for the Live + 7 for “BAMSR”.”

Answer: To be honest, I haven’t bothered looking into them, but I’m sure the numbers are out there somewhere.

Katja writes: “Whatever happened to the ship Tria?”

Answer: Without hyperspace capabilities, it is now a very interesting museum piece located somewhere between both galaxies.

C writes: “Forgot to ask, was there some outside reason for Harmony not including the whole team (actors were busy) or was it just planned that way because? Was there thought about the inside reason for why Ronon and Teyla wouldn’t be there?”

Answer: Rachel was far along in her pregnancy and we wanted to give her some time off to rest. Jason was also on baby watch and we needed a Ronon-light episode so that he could dash off for the birth without it affecting production.

Farscapefan writes: “…there’s a chance that Brad Wright or Rob Cooper will invite Claudia to the third or perhaps fourth SG-1 movie? Vala is too important character to really big part of the audience and deserve a story in the movie as the MAIN character, devoted to her entirely.”

Answer: I can’t speak for Brad and Robert, but I can say that we have no plans for Vala in Atlantis. As for a movie entirely devoted to the Vala character – again, I can’t speak for Brad and Robert but I think that would be highly unlikely. Future movies should focus on the team.

Mags writes: “Where you inspired by the Dolphins in Hitchhiker’s Guide when thinking up the Whangels?”

Answer: It was more than mere coincidence.

Poundpuppy29 writes: “The decision may have been made but fans have made a difference before it has happened in this franchise remember the Daniel wars I wasn’t around then but I have read plenty about it and they did make a difference.”

Answer: Um, according to who? The people who took part in the campaign? In reality, the decision to bring Daniel back had everything to do with Michael’s talent, longtime viewers’ familiarity with his character, and the fact that the show was looking at drastically reduced role for Richard Dean Anderson. So, bad example. Better example: perhaps the Save Carson Beckett campaign?  Well, let’s wait and see what season 5 brings.

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smiley_face06
smiley_face06

Wow, I didn’t know that expirations date got that specific! I say you lead a scientific experiment. If you have another Powerbar, eat some of it a minute before the expiration date and the rest a minute after. See if there’s a noticeable difference.

Do you know the Stargate symbols to dial Earth? I was just wondering. (I certainly have no idea.)

AscendedTauri
AscendedTauri

Shared roles of Carson/Keller working together would be wonderful for the show! To see them in the med. labs together would be very fun to watch.

Regarding the gunfire: how is the final gun sound heard in the episode edited? Is the sound of the blank rounds enhanced in editing to give it the fuller sound we fans hear, or is the sound something completely done through sound editing with a new sound completely?

Amz
Amz

Very glad to hear your food is doing ok. I was concerned that the pantry, fridge et al would have been feeling a bit neglected.

Any chance that Ronon scene from Miller’s Crossing where he’s watching Battlestar Galactica will make it to DVD as a deleted scene?

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

mmm, fish. Good to see you’re managing to avoid starvation, or worse, A McKay-esque diet of power bars, MREs, and airline food. Thanks for the mail bag. Looking forward to the start up of filming and more teasers and video clips, though I’m dreading the long break between Last Man and the airing of the season 5 premiere.

narellefromaus
narellefromaus

Annie from Fremantle said “To ship or not to ship? May I remind you that 90% of X files had the sexual chemistry between Mulder and Scully enticing watchers throughout the seasons Duchovny played in.”

Hit the nail on the head Annie. Also when you look at any secret identity shows, it’s the suspense of people finding out that brings you back as well.

Hey Joe. Any chance of a guest appearance by David Duchovny? He could try and woo Carter and Shep and Duchovny could have a mischievous grinning competition.

Jen Kirk
Jen Kirk

“Better example: perhaps the Save Carson Beckett campaign? Well, let’s wait and see what season 5 brings.”

I really hope this is related to the announcement we’ve all been waiting for that now needs a Sci Fi press release……..unless you care to spill the beans…I won’t tell anyone…. wink

-Jen

susanthetartanturtle

If Ronon is going to keep his hair short where will he be keeping his knives?

Joe said Well, let’s wait and see what season 5 brings.

….when will you be telling us what the future holds for us poor wee SCB people?

smile smile

Inpa
Inpa

*So, bad example. Better example: perhaps the Save Carson Beckett campaign? Well, let’s wait and see what season 5 brings.*

Ok, can I just speak on the whole Beckett situation, while I know it’s too late for any decisions to change (They’ve obviously been made by now cast wise). I am SERIOUSLY hoping that he DOESN’T come back. I really liked Beckett, and like most people didn’t agree with the decision to write him out the show. But what happened has happened, bringing him back now would just be quite negative towards the show imo, it would just indicate that the writing staff are not confident in the decisions they make. Now that he was written out I think it should stay that way, a terrible shame yes, and most people would be open to guest appearances but as for season 5 appearances I’m hoping it’s one or two episodes at best, guest billing only. I respect people who want him back, but I personally think the point of no return has been crossed and the show would be stronger without it.

I’m also hoping Carter carries on her role in Pegasus, I feel that being on set a lot more (with the obvious delay of the future movies) would help her role and justify her position on the show. The films being delayed (which I’m assuming, since Brad and Rob are members of the WGA correct?) hopefully will allow her to be there, presuming she’s returning to the show, but again I feel anything else would be detrimental again as people will just further question the decision to bring her on board, you need to present a reason to justify it really. Her being in the position and leading strongly I think will be just that. So here’s to hoping that that will be the case.
I will also say that I have never been against Carter on Atlantis and am not now, in case my post came off that way.

And hope all the best for season 5’s planning.

tenmongaku
tenmongaku

Greatly enjoyed Harmony – fun episode all around. Absolutely loved the painting.

Got a question about logistics. Do you guys have staff meetings or something before starting filming of an episode? Or does this happen mostly in smaller groups (special effects, writers, etc) depending on when those people need to meet? Just wondered if part of the process was getting everyone in a room to discuss ideas, etc.

morgia
morgia

Bonsoir Joseph,
Je suis bien contente de constater que tu réussis à te faire de la bonne bouffe même si tu es seul (bon, là j’ai l’air d’une môman qui s’inquiète pour son enfant lol) J’ai commencé le livre de Dan Simmons (dont le titre en français est «les fils des ténèbres«) et je dois dire que les cinq premiers chapitres m’ont envoûtés, wow, j’espère vraiment que ça va continuer ainsi !

And some of you suggest me The last unicorn. Honestly, at the beggining I was not sure if wanted to continue the reading, It was too «cute», too «childish». But, it was not, its is very goog, a little bit sad, but very good. Thank for the suggestion and if you have others suggestions in fantasy genre tell me !
Morgia

wams352
wams352

I think the power bar experiment would go over well on Atlantis – I could see Rodney freaking out over an expired power bar!

I’m proud of you that you’ve managed what is it? Three days without Fondy and no food poisoning yet! Is she having as good a time without you?

I can’t believe season 4 is almost over! I’ve really REALLY enjoyed it. While I’m looking forward to the rest of it, I’m also bummed that it will be a break until … September? eek!

wams352

maggiemayday

Ah, earplugs. I wear them to sleep in at Burning Man, the omnipresent oontz oontz oontz of techno-house gets to a person after a bit. I can still feel it in my bones through the sleeping pads on the ground. I suppose we should wear them when we blow the gun powder and gasoline booms. You get shockwaves through the body with those.

Hehe, expiration dates on food … we have some granola bars, shelf stable bacon, and cup o’ noodles which have made the trip to the desert three or four years in a row. They only improve with age and playa dust. Desert camping food is nothing like true food as consumed in the default world. I mean, no one in their right mind would eat chocolate-filled Oreos stuffed with cheddar EZ Cheez and wrapped in shelf-stable bacon, would they? Ah, but in the desert, that’s Food of the Gods! That, or we’re hallucinating by the end of the week.

vvv0472
vvv0472

What is the big news for one of the Atlantis characters for season 5 that you mentioned about a month ago?

Montrealer
Montrealer

Previous comments about the gunshots being loud is well mis-informed. Actual gunfire is much sharper and louder along with the supersonic booms of the bullets passing through the air. You ears will be ringing for several seconds afterwards. All movie and TV gunfire uses blanks for safety. Blanks don’t have the same audio signature as real guns, never mind the cordite stink. Ear plugs make real drawn out gunfire bearable, like emptying out a 30 round magazine clip without pause.

Who gets the licensing rights to the likeness of the painting at the end of Harmony?

Annie from Fremantle AKA  Kylie
Annie from Fremantle AKA Kylie

Bacteria in Joe’s bar:

“Come on guys it’s 08:28AM, time to get to work!!!! Let’s kill this sucker!”

Have fun at Fuel tomorrow.. no more broiled fish for you! How’s about a side of beef (cote de boeuf) or hopefully if it’s in season that corn soup you love so much.

Are you getting enough sleep? Taking your vitamins? Feeding the pooches enough? nagnagnag…

Bet Lulu, Maxi, Jelly and Bubba have all taken dibs on Fondy’s side of the bed.

Oh a friend asked me a question of pugs.. can they take some of Australia’s summer heat? We can reach over 100F many times in the summer. (I have aircon thank god). Due to the skin folds on their nose, my friend informed me that they do have problems there. Are they prevalent?

I remember you saying once that you applied some medication to one of the pug’s noses..also I hear they’re a dying breed. Are they really?

Again.. can we have a desktop of the painting? *pretty please*?

pg15

Joe Spirals Into Insanity: Day 4

Indeed, Joe, that’s exactly what I was thinking. However, I wasn’t going to pity you on your lack of quality nurishment, but instead, I was going to call some of my nutritionists (again, I know about a dozen…long story) and ask them about where you’d be headed now that you’re chowing down on what amounts to basically upgraded, compacted, pig-feed. Their answer was just as I expected: insanity.

Apparently, you can’t actually survive on powerbars. I learned that the hard way one memorable winter when I cracked under the pressure imposed on me by the Stargate fandom and started eating only rectangular foods. Ok, so I was insane first, but the powerbars surely enhanced it. Or maybe I just dreamed that. Anyway, this lack of nutrition can only lead to a loss of blood reaching the brain, thus killing numerous brain cells that keep you sane…and hairy, apparently. That was strange, I thought, although that last part could be something my loopy brain made up on its own at the time.

You say you had a good dinner last night? I’m sorry Joe, but I can’t take your word for it. Given your condition, when you said:

“Last night, I made myself a wonderful broiled filet of sole with cipolinni onions in a brown butter sauce. On tonight’s menu: more filet of sole, this time broiled with lemon and parsley. Yeah, I’ve been doing alright on my own but I really feel I’ve held off long enough. Maybe tomorrow night I’ll swing by Fuel and see how Tom and Chef Belcham are doing.”

I was forced to conclude that you actually were meant to write this:

“Last night, I made myself a wonderful broiled filet of powerbars with cipolinni powerbars in a brown butter powerbar. On tonight’s menu: more powerbar of powerbar, this time broiled with lemon-flavored and parsley-flavored powerbars. Yeah, I’ve been doing alright on my own but I really feel I’ve held off long enough. Maybe tomorrow night I’ll swing by Safeway and see how those powerbars are doing.”

But don’t worry Joe, we’re still here. We will keep you from completely loosing it, and make sure that you’re at least alive by the time Fondy returns. This, I SWEAR!!

It’s criminal to have this much fun commenting on a blog.

Oh, and is that SciFi Press Release on the new cast lineup coming up soon? We can only take your subtle hints of Carson’s return for so long. wink

Thanks for the video!

pg15

smiley_face06 Said:
Wow, I didn’t know that expirations date got that specific! I say you lead a scientific experiment. If you have another Powerbar, eat some of it a minute before the expiration date and the rest a minute after. See if there’s a noticeable difference.

Are you insane, like Joe will be if he follows your suggestion? How can you make such an insane suggestion? You want Joe to eat expired powerbars? Didn’t I just say that I swore (implying we all swore) to keep Joe both sane and alive?

There’s only one reason why the expiration date on that thing was so precise. My theory is, if it’s left uneaten until past that date, it will explode. After all, only bombs have such a precise deadline (except their deadline is always 0). You want Joe to be nearby that thing when it goes off just in the name of science?! In the name of Physics, then maybe he should risk his life, but for this? This is Chemistry…it’s not important enough for that.

I am deeply, DEEPLY disappointed with you, smiley_face06. I suggest you go and watch Irresponsble a few times to feel the pain that Joe would feel if he followed your suggestion, as well as the pain he felt when he himself saw that episode.

(All tongue in cheek, of course. No offense meant to either smiley_face06 or Joe, I promise ;-))

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Mags writes: “Where you inspired by the Dolphins in Hitchhiker’s Guide when thinking up the Whangels?”
Answer: It was more than mere coincidence.

Oh cool. I read the whole Hitchhiker’s book series and really liked it but the flying dolphins part that I really remember was from the movie. My sister and I got the movie out from the library (the only sci-fi we had seen at the time was a few episodes of Stargate SG-1, I hadn’t read the Hitchhiker’s books series yet). We watched the beginning, saw the flying dolphins, decided the author was three fries short of a happy meal, and promptly returned the movie to the library (without watching another second of it). It makes a bit more sense now that I’ve read the books (it doesn’t make much sense, just a little more than it did before).

Squall78
Squall78

Hey Joe,

From all the hints about Carson returning has made a lot of folks excited. I think Keller has been great on the show as well. Hopefully there is room for both of them in a recurring role. Atlantis is a pretty big city, right? smile

Best,

Squall78

Aelfgyfu

Still eagerly awaiting the press release on the season 5 cast–I’m hoping Carson’s back (and all the current cast, as well).

My husband suggests that if you ever want to raise a lot of money for a charity, you auction off that painting from “Harmony”; I think he’s right.

lis
lis

When you broil the sole how long do you broil it? I tried (by sheer coincidence) to broil sole this evening and it was a miserable mess….

cat4444
cat4444

Interesting:

http://news.sympatico.msn.ctv.ca/TopStories/ContentPosting.aspx?feedname=CTV-TOPSTORIES_V2&showbyline=True&newsitemid=CTVNews%2f20080127%2fcanadian_film_industry_080127

(have to copy and paste)

Isn’t the third paragraph a bit misleading, since the series isn’t filming right now? I know Carl Binder’s out of the picture right now due to the WGA strike, but aren’t the rest of you working on scripts?

Debi
Debi

I enjoyed the Flying Whales in Fantasia 2000. They are what first came to mind when you mentioned the Lantian “whales” not getting left behind.

I hope that they can go back to that planet some day. Poor “Sam” is probably missing Rodney. smile

Lauren
Lauren

I’m just wondering how the ongoing writer’s strike is affecting production? Have you got an entire season of scritps written? The strike really sucks and I’m hoping it ends soon. I don’t suppose you’ve heard if it’s going to end any time soon?

Thanks!
Lauren

cat4444
cat4444

Okay, so you don’t have to copy and paste the link to see the article.