SNOW DAY!!!! Vancouver was hit by a powerful snowstorm overnight that shut down schools and made driving treacherous in some areas. The streets have been likened to skating rinks and, while this kind of weather wouldn’t normally deter a former Montrealer like myself, it’s not me I’m worried about. Fondy’s four-wheel drive Audi A4 is, unfortunately, trumped by the average Vancouverite’s complete inability to drive in these wintery conditions. It kind of reminds me of the commuter panic in L.A. whenever it rains (“We are issuing a travel advisory! The streets are wet! Stay off the roads! We repeat! Stay off the roads! May God be with you!”). Anyway, with Paul snowed in on the North Shore and nary a snowplow in sight, we decided not to challenge the elements (and the general incompetence of our fellow drivers) and, instead, elected to work from home today. And quite a day it was. I read, researched, looked at baby pictures (Seriously, they all look identical to me. I’m sure Marty G. will do a wonderful job deciding.), and even found time to clean out the fridge. Alex Levine was supposed to swing by this afternoon and help me build a snow fort but it looks like I’ve been stood up.
So, what’s everybody reading? It better be either Fast Forward 1, Smoke and Mirrors, or Children of the Night because they’re the selections for February’s book of the month club discussions. I’ve yet to start any of them myself (I’m presently halfway through George R. R. Martin’s Fevre Dream) but I’m a fast reader and will no doubt blaze through them with plenty of time to spare.
Today’s video: Lulu does her best imitation of a snow bunny. Check out the video by scrolling down or by heading over to –
A light mailbag today. I expect that will change tomorrow. Just a feeling…
Astrumporta writes: “I seem to remember reading that Joe Flanigan thought Sheppard would not be from a rich family. Do you know why, or why the writers decided he is?”
Answer: We simply thought it would make for a more interesting backstory. Also, Sheppard has always kind of reminded me of Richie Rich all grown up.
Marielabbott writes: “When you mention that you will be revisiting Weir’s story onscreen–will we be seeing Torri?”
Answer: That is the plan.
Wraithfodder writes: “Have you thought of making an SGA episode in the snow?”
Answer: Unless there’s a story-specific reason for it to be snowing (ie. Quest II) or the location happens to be snowy (ie. Threshold) it’s not something we would do as it would prove an unnecessary expense.
Laura P. writes: “Recently, I caught a repeat of “Reunion”. During that episode, there is a scene with Sheppard and Carter on the balcony. Sheppard tries to convince Carter to allow him to go on a mission to rescue Weir. I couldn’t help but notice that this scene was somewhat similar to the season one episode (The Rising) where Sheppard wants to rescue Col. Sumner. Was this intentional or coincidental?”
Answer: It was intentional.
Zoniduck writes: “Alas, Phoenix has no restaurant week. Is there anything like this in Vancouver? And if so, do you participate?”
Answer: This city does something called Dine Out Vancouver, a couple of weeks in which participating restaurants offer set specials. On the one hand, it’s a great way to check out a variety of new restaurants without spending a bundle. On the other hand, these restaurants are so heavily booked that the meals they serve are never reflective of the true quality of the food they serve, more of a half-assed B game than the establishment’s best effort. And, no, I don’t participate.
Shiningwit writes: “Which of the dogs misses Fondy the most?”
Answer: Hard to say. Maximus and Jelly are pretty laid back and are harder to read. Bubba and Lulu, however, are more inclined to perk up and sniff the phone if they hear Fondy’s voice on the other end.
Jesse writes: “What I’d like to know is if studios, specifically animation studios would hire someone like me, at this age, attending school, and with no experience to speak of. Do studios have any internships or part-time positions for writers?”
Answer: I suppose it depends what you’re looking to do. Are you a talented artist? If so, then it’s very likely an animation studio would hire you. As for internships or part-time positions for writers – most animation shows are written by freelancers. That said, I’d suggest sending query letters out to some animation studios and find out exactly what their respective policies are when it comes to interns and part-timers.
Pauline writes: “Are there any books that would give me an insight into how animation scripts work?”
Answer: Here’s a secret – writing for animation isn’t all that different from writing for live action. Nearly all shows use the same script format. The real difference is in the act structure and length (and, of course, the subject matter).
Jean writes: “ Enjoyed Harmony very much. Could the “secret sacred ceremony” to determine the next queen have been a test to see which of the sisters had the strongest ATA gene??”
Answer: Or determined whether the next queen had the ATA gene at all.
RachelCooperLPN writes: “Though you have adamently (sp?) said that you are not going to attend the Creation con in Vancouver, is there a chance that you will make an appearance at a picnic some of the fans are having outside the studio?”
Answer: If I’m free, I’ll certainly stop by to say hello.
Paloosa writes: “Are you concerned or ok with the rating numbers so far for Season 4?”
Answer: So far, I’ve been pleased with the ratings.
Ant writes: “Hence that’s why Kevin O’Donnell poisoned him towards the end because he saw him as being partly responsible. Even though Kevin O’Donnell was probably involved in a lot of the atrocities he had to blame someone else.”
Answer: If that’s the case, then why did O’Donnell wait so long to do it? It doesn’t make sense that he waited because he wanted Herity to complete the task of ferreting out the Madman because, at the time he would have held Herity accountable, he wouldn’t have known that the Madman was going to fall into his hands.
narellefromaus writes: “Thanks Joe for being a conduit for dogs being adopted.”
Answer: Hey, my pleasure. I think adoption is a great idea.
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the average Vancouverite’s complete inability to drive in these wintery conditions
Yes! It’s that way in Kansas, too. I mean, come on, there are no hills here–how hard can it be?? However, the 1/4 inch of snow we got this afternoon resulted in accident after accident. The people freaking out because the road might be slippery are more of a hazard than the people who are driving normally. I grew up in eastern Missouri, where there are no flat streets, so the snow doesn’t scare me, but the other drivers are terrifying!
Thanks for posting the question about sheppard’s background. I had no idea he came from that kind of background. It definitely adds a deep layer to the character. Will we learn more about the principal character’s backgrounds this season?
Heard about (and saw) the horrendous weather you had on the Weather Network. Stay warm, drink lots of hot chocolate and make sure the pugs remain cozy. 🙂
– Enzo Aquarius
Got a laugh out of the video. It’s easy to tell Lulu is the baby of the bunch.
I am pleased to say that I’m reading Fast Forward right now, having completed Smoke and Mirrors, and am looking forward to discussing both these books. I managed to get a copy of FF through the interlibrary loan program at my local library (which means I’ll have already read it when I receive my own brand-new copy from Amazon in April). But that’s OK. I’m a few stories in, and pleased so far.
We got snow down here in New Mexico last night too. Apparently, most of the schools started out as a 2 hour delay and then got canceled altogether. I don’t really see why; it wasn’t snowing anymore, there wasn’t much snow on the ground to begin with, and it was sunny. I still had to go though. *sigh*
Bah! Sure, school’s closed for SOME, but not for us UBC people! And it’s not even the case where only high schools and elementary schools are closed. No, not at all. Both SFU and BCIT were closed today, but hey lookit, let’s keep the university with the largest student body, AND one which is farthest away from civilization, open, so our roads are STILL filled with cranky, murderous students! What a brilliant idea!
I was the murderous one, by the way.
Phew, sorry, just had to vent. Although, I gotta admit, the commute today wasn’t nearly as bad as the big snow storm we had ~2 years ago. It took me 2 hours to get to UBC that day vs. the 1 hour it took today (it usually takes me less than 40 minutes).
Anywho…hmmm…why do you think the mailbag will balloon to epic proportions tomorrow? Could it be…nah…or maybe…hmmm…
*goes off to SciFi Wire and starts refreshing the page over and over…like he does with Joe’s blog*
I would say weather made people poor drivers here.
But no matter what, people suck at driving here….
Which SGA character would you most like to take to dinner?
Uh oh! I smell bombshell in the offing! Well, who won’t be returning this year, Joe? Rachel only in 10 episodes? Amanda Tapping not returning? Surely all this to do isn’t just about Beckett’s supersecret return.
Does Lulu have any plans to start her own blog?
How are those contract negotiations going with Brian and Stewie for Season 5? :p
P.S. Pick up Blue Harvest! It is hilarious!
Snow? if you have a few truckloads to spare, can you ship some to the American Southeast? I can barely remember what the stuff looks like. Hope the snow doesnt stop you from making it to Fuel tomorrow. Are you looking at baby pics to cast Teyla’s child? Lulu’s video is adorable as usual. And I know this has been asked before but since Letters from Pegasus aired on Sci Fi this afternoon, I thought I’d ask it again. During the Wraith culling, some sort of energy beam strikes the planet. Sheppard went to investigate, but we were never told what it was. Will this be addressed some time in the future?
Snowday??!! Please send the storm east as soon as possible. I am a stressed out middle school teacher from Northern New York State and I could REALLY use a day off. I promise to watch my SGA boxed DVD sets WITH commentaries (particularly YOUR commentaries) if the storm is “wicked” enough to close school! (Can you tell I am suffering from “cabin fever”?)
Joe said “Fondy’s four-wheel drive Audi A4 is, unfortunately, trumped by the average Vancouverite’s complete inability to drive in these wintery conditions.”
Hehehehehe – I think it’s universal. My husband was driving a truck which broke down. He parked it in the emergency lane and put his hazards on. No rain, no snow, no fog, no clouds even. He came back from the petrol station to find the police, an ambulance, a fire truck and a Subaru underneath the truck.
The lady said she didn’t see it! His response “See it?!” as he looked at the size of the truck, “it’s a 4 tonne truck, how could you not see it? It’s not like it snuck up on you!”
Love your choice in vehicles. Have you ever watched the British show Top Gear? If not, can’t recommend it highly enough for somebody who likes cars and has a great sense of humour.
And what don’t we know yet that would make you say you think the mailbag will blow out? Expecting some news which will prompt a lot of comments?
Thank you so much for answering my question, and even more for answering that the plan is to include Torri! This is very exciting news, and I’m grinning as I type.
Now, let the flood of questions about how many episodes she will appear in, and what her storyline will involve, begin. =)
Thanks again and I hope my package for you arrives soon. I’m doubly glad I sent it now, even if it’s not really much.
SNOW DAYS!! I love snow days. They never happen around here very often (only 2 that I remember.) It’s been hitting -34C, (-46C with wind-chill) for the past two days here in Calgary. The city keeps on running, although at a slower pace. I think no matter where you live there are inept drivers everywhere. You’d think people who live in a city like Calgary where the weather changes every 10 minutes would have the skill set for varying weather. I guess not.
Have you watched the new show called “The Guard” on Global? I watched today’s episode and noticed a couple of Stargate alum (Ryan Robbins and Teryl Rothery) on the cast. I really wanted to give the show a shot but I found it slow and didn’t hold my attention. If you saw it what did you think of it? Speaking of Stargate Alums it seems to be Stargate Alum night. I’m currently watching the NCIS episode with Tori Higginson as a medical examiner.
Thanks for the video; Lulu is too cute in the snow. Love it! My friends new puppy is finding it hard going outside lately…gee I wonder if it was the -34C weather. Poor thing has to go out about every 30mins. All the more reason to get it a little snow suit!! Does Fondy have fashionable outfits for a 10week old female Norwegian Buhound?
PS new episode of House tonight! YAY!!!
JM says “So, what’s everybody reading?”
Funny you should ask, I just bought a copy of Elizabeth Moon’s “Command Decision”. Have you ever read it? I have such a quirky way of picking out a book. It seems that, yes, I can judge a book by it’s cover! I seem to pick out books that have interesting covers. This one reminds me of Dr. Weir looking out over the gate room of Atlantis. Might be a bit of a stretch but hey that’s my imagination hard at work. Hopefully my attraction to interesting book covers is not misguided.
Snow? What’s that???
Hey, my pleasure. I think adoption is a great idea
It surely is..I’ll definitely be doing that. I’ll take a pic of my baby when I get one 🙂 yayayay..
Reading “Children of the Night”.. pretty darn good!
Lulu skidding through the snow is just too damn cute!
Yay for new video.
How about Atlantis at Night?, a pure night episode, no wait night episodes have already been done.
*wonders away feeling stupid*
Do you watch Corner Gas? It’s airing here in the States on Superstation WGN, and I think it’s a great show.
Does the term “actor’s hot” have some kind of technical significance in tv-land or does the actor in question just have a really high opinion of himself?
Ok I am officially jealous of everyone who is anywhere near snow at the moment!!! It is about 37 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit) here today and I have spent the morning working outside in the heat!!!
Add to that the fact that in my 24 years I have never even been near a snow storm, and boy would I trade places with you all in a heartbeat!!!
Forgot to say:
Stay warm, stay safe and if the weather is bad tomorrow don’t bother going in. It’s not worth dealing with the horrible drivers out there. Much better off staying home with the dogs drinking in hot chocolate.
Hummm…I should take my own advice and stay home from school tomorrow. 😛
Researching Baby pictures, er well maybe you are looking at pictures to cast an infant to play Telya’s baby boy on the show? I wonder would you please share a little about the process of finding babies for a show like SGA. Do producers still usually go with identical twins so you can use the tag team method to get more screen time? Will the “baby” character have a lot screen time as S5 progresses? Are there any plans to have the little tike become a major plot character in the show?
Lulu looks so cute in the snow! Hey, don’t let Fondy see the video, case you left the door open and let out all the heat! What we heating the neighborhood now???
Huge blizzard, giant drifts of snow blocking doors and windows, visibility was terrible, -47C with the windchill… School was still open, and two-thirds of our students managed to slug their way through the drifts. On the bright side, school is closed tomorrow, for the first time in 12 years, although us teachers still have to make the treck.
Speaking of driving… Joe, which Stargate character do you think would be the best/worst driver?
Hmm, I sense some sort of announcement coming up…
Including windchill, my city will be experiencing almost an 80 degree temperature difference in just over 24 hours. UGH. A delightful and balmy 40, down to a horrendously nippy -35.
I left school today (where I’m subbing for a cooking class…scary) and found a nice half-inch thick coating of ice on my car. At least my car doors weren’t frozen shut (that’s never fun). My commute home, which should take 15 minutes, took about an hour. What a splendid use of time.
I also always happen to live in cities that NEVER call snow days. I think 2 feet of snow would have to fall at 6am for school to be canceled. But, of course, every other town within a 30 mile radius gets school cancellations. Bah.
On a positive note, I live in an apartment building and don’t have to shovel.
Doing my best Rodney McKay: Oh puhleese! In Alberta we had gale force winds and the temperature was down to – 40 Celsius and Fahrenheit. At -40, the different scales equal each other. With the winds, it was -50 with a wind chill. And I walked to work. Up hill, both ways.
Vancouver sounds like Nashville when it snows……the mere thought of possible snow and the stores are out of bread, milk, toilet paper, etc. Sometimes they even cancel school the night before! A few times it didn’t snow and kids got off for nothing. Amazing. I spent one week in undergrad shuttling friends to the grocery store all cause it snowed 5 inches and they couldn’t drive in snow (I being a Yank, can). My university was closed for a whole week.
And a heavy mail bag tomorrow, hmmmm?? Is that a hint that the Sci Fi press release we’ve all been waiting for comes out? Is something strange afoot at the Circle K, er I mean Stargate land????
Fondy’s four-wheel drive Audi A4 is, unfortunately, trumped by the average Vancouverite’s complete inability to drive in these wintery conditions.
Lower Mainland drivers definitely suck when it comes to driving in the snow. When I lived in Burnaby, I remember it taking me an hour to get home from downtown Vancouver when it usually only took me half an hour. And that was with only 1 cm of snow!
A few years ago when I was heading to the Island for Christmas, I remember there being about a foot of snow as I was coming from the freeway into Surrey and cars were in the ditches and left abandoned on the side of the road all over the place.
The worst snow storm I had to drive through was heading home from Prince George, which normally takes about 1 hr 20 mins. About 20 minutes out of Prince, it started snowing and turned into a white out. Didn’t dare stop because, like me, everyone was quite obviously following the tracks of the vehicles ahead of them, and occasionally, those tracks would end up with the yellow line on the right. Whoops. Very carefully had to move back over, but not too far since I couldn’t see the side of the road and there are several places where it simply drops off, usually into a river – either the Fraser or the Cottonwood, neither of which would be a good place to wind up. Ended up taking me four hours!
So what’s your worst snow driving horror story?
Yeah that does sound ominous doesn’t it? if its Amanda I’m wondering how Atlantis will do with a third change in command because I just don’t see Sheppard ever doing it (like when Jack gave it a shot- it would be the same result) if its Jewel, wellll… Teyla isn’t my fave character but I’d hate to her pared down. Likewise, Ronon. And it would be really bad to have less McKay or Sheppard.
My first clue that Sheppard was a “rich kid” came in the episode “Home” yup the bachelor pad. I’m really looking forward to seeing Outcast, as I didn’t think John had any family other than an ex-wife.
I miss snowdays.
I was wondering if you could clarify the designations for planets on SG-1 and Atlantis. My friends and I have deduced that P is for planet and M is for moon; is this correct? If not, could you set us straight, and if so, are there any other letters besides P and M use as prefixes for the designations?
(I’ll admit that randomly, the other day, the thought struck me that P-planets were in Pegasus and M-planets were in the Milky Way, and I was absolutely convinced that was it for about… oh, five minutes before my friends pointed out the error of my ways.)
It kind of reminds me of the commuter panic in L.A. whenever it rains (“We are issuing a travel advisory! The streets are wet! Stay off the roads! We repeat! Stay off the roads! May God be with you!”).
Okay, look. I’m a transplanted Bostonian living in L.A., and I used to think that Angelenos’ reaction to rain was ridiculous.
Then I spent a little while driving in the rain here.
The roads don’t drain – if it rains, I practically have to paddle to drive up my block, and I live on a major commuting artery, not a side street. The materials they use to build the highways are very durable and resistant to potholes, but you hydroplane like a mo’fo when it rains, because they become much more slick than asphalt. I leave for work at 5:30am, and last week it took me an hour to get to work on two days (normally, it’s 18 minutes), because of gigantic multicar pileups on the highway. At 5:30am. Flipped-over trucks and everything. And yeah, a lot of that is that these people have no clue how to drive in rain, but a lot of it is that, since it rains about 10 times a year, no one builds for it.
You’re a thrifty one Joe… does your inferring that tomorrow’s mailbag will be big because of some BIG announcement that will be coming out tomorrow!?
Love the hints about Torri’s appearance in Season 5 and what I’m assuming is you trying to figure out a representative for Teyla’s child.
I can tell certain dogs were much more excited about the snow event than other more mature beasts. One of my coworkers has a pug named Booboo (AKA Fat Boy) who weighs 37 pounds – I think he’d make Maximus look positively svelte.
Joe, I hope you’re prepared for the shitstorm that’s going to follow whatever revelation is coming up. Cause some of the crap people have been posting has been pretty vitriolic. However, more power to you for spitting in the cynics’ eyes.
average Vancouverite’s complete inability to drive in these wintery conditions
Yes. Why is it that areas that receive snow seem to foster a significant population of people who cannot get a clue about driving on snow and ice?
We got the all of the dire storm warnings here but the storm got caught up over Idaho and we only had a dusting of snow to show for it.
Muchly looking forward to “Outcast” this Friday.
Reading: The Return by Bentley Little. So-so horror/thriller about the Mogollon Monster, the Arizona version of Bigfoot. It apparently has a big orange afro, though I’m not done with the book so I’m not sure why. Maybe it liked the ’70s too much. If, in the end, there’s a disco, I may commit sin and burn the book.
Weather & Driving: I think the “everybody PANIC!” thing is done everywhere. Where I live now (Pittsburgh, PA) not only does everyone forget to drive the minute a flake falls but there’s an immediate run for “milk, bread and toilet paper” at the stores. Seriously! It’s a joke around here, but it’s also fact, I’ve seen it and it’s funny.
News? Finally? Let the inevitable rejoicing, moaning, blaming, and bickering begin!
I’ve started Fast Forward, but I’m a 20 mins/day reader so we’ll see how far I get. I’ll come up with some good questions for Mr. Anders anyway. 🙂
Thanks for the answer about Sheppard. Can’t wait to see Outcast.
Very cute vid of Lulu in the snow. Is she the only one of the dogs that enjoys it? Also, I couldn’t help noticing the gaps in the fence are kind of wide. Has Lulu every tried to or successfully escaped?
p.s. I really enjoyed Harmony last week. After all those BtS clips it was great to see the final product. You can tell all the actors had fun making it.
Sure the snow causes a bit of chaos, but really, Vancouverites can’t drive even when it’s not snowing. At least when there’s snow they pretend to make an attempt to slow down. You’d think with all the rain people would know to slow down in that too.
I’m really looking forward to transfering to SFU from Langara so that I’ll only have to spend 15min in traffic rather than 40. That’s on a good day.
I’m not really looking forward to having the plow go by tonight around 3am and wake me up.
How much snow was there in Vancouver? I guesstimate that my North Van backyard got 6 or 7 inches. I should have gone and stuck a ruler in it to compare to the Great Vancouver Snowfall of 2007.
I think Lulu looks exactly like stitch, as in lilo and stitch the animated little alien my little sister loves. its the teeth and the ears that make them look alike.
Do you ever watch jPod? On tonight’s episode, they had a character who’s big break in acting was from Vancouver-based show “Moongate”. There were some clips from the show, it was pretty funny.
Looks like we all have stories relating to “the world is full of crazies when it [insert weather condition]” 🙂
I was watching a repeat of House the other night and was thinking how much I enjoyed the brief stint that Carmen Argenziano had on the show this season.
Did you like the role he played in House?
Stay warm. Sounds like it is a 4 dog night…
I really hope that isn’t just an Australian expression, otherwise you will be wondering what the hell I do at night…doh!
Vancouver in snow, LA with water… you’ve not experienced the death-defying existence that is driving in the rain in Las Vegas have you? It rains about four times a year here, and the water picks up all the oil that’s been caked on for months. Fun times, I tell ya.
Hey, how come all the wraith have really boring monosylabic names like Bob and Steve and Todd? Why not something a little more exotic, like Sven or Fransisco?
I just finished watching the Vancouver production (set in Vancouver) called jpod. In the latest episode they had a sci-fi spoof tv show called moongate. Also a while back I watched a show called Battlespace in which an alien race created hyper-spacial wormhole gates that looked nigh identical to Stargates. Do you feel like the Stargate franchise has influenced modern sci-fi to any large degree?
I’m currently reading Smoke and Mirrors and a book called The Philosopher’s Dog by Australian author Raimond Gaita. The Philosopher’s Dog is a non-fiction book about how we relate to animals, particularly dogs because Gaita has had quite a few during his lifetime. If you’re into philosophy it’s quite an interesting read, and something any dog owner would enjoy I believe.
Still, it’s nice to break up all the hard-thinking philosophical circles of that book with Gaiman’s collection of stories and poetry.
On snow, I hope you managed the snow fort on your own Joe!!
Hopefully my answering this won’t prohibit Joe from doing the same, but I’ve told this story to anyone who’s willing to listen…and many who wasn’t.
It didn’t happen to me, but instead, it happened to my mom and my uncle. They had to drive across Canada, from Vancouver to Montreal, in the middle of winter to get some immigration stuff done.
Where does the horror come in? Well, let me ask you this: Have you ever driven from Vancouver to, say, Banff or Calgary on the TransCanada Highway? If so, do you remember that really really scary part past Golden where the road basically ends up on the side of a cliff? Yeah, now, imagine driving through that, with about a foot of snow on the highway surface, and blinding snowfall. Oh, and this was more than 10 years ago, before they widened the highway. That’s what my uncle did.
So yeah, that’s the horror story. The road on the right drops off, I think, about a thousand feet into a canyon. Back then, it was basically a straight drop, with no gravelly shoulder or concrete barriers. Straight drop. Then add a foot of snow and near-0 visibility, and you end up with a very long and scary journey that made my mom’s stomach hurt all the way through. But, my uncle, being the expert driver he is, made it through in one piece.
I’ve gone through that part a few times now, as we’ve visted Banff a few times since then, and I can’t imagine how scary it was back then. There were no trees or anything to keep you from looking straight down into the canyon, and it’s…well, if you have vertigo, which I have, a little, you’d probably faint or something.
My family’s travelled a lot by car, so we’ve come upon these scary areas quite a few times, although we made sure to never go on trips when it’s snowing. Still, the drive up to Windy Ridge on Mt. St. Helens, with nothing on our left other than blown-over trees, was pretty scary, especially when those trees would’ve normally hidden, when they were standing…yep, you guessed it, a massive drop down into a valley. Also, the road had no barriers on that left side to keep us from falling down. Ny uncle made it worse by purposely swerving to the left once in a while. Yoiks.
Oh hey, and then there was that time when we went to Yellowstone, and they were fixing the road so it’s all gravelly and bumpy…oh hey, did I mention how we were on the side of a cliff again? Yeah, we were, with a vertical drop into a canyon…again. Oh hey, did I forget to mention that we were driving a 39-foot motorhome? And the fact that we got so close to the edge once that we weren’t able to see the edge, but instead only the hard, hard ground thousands of feet below? Like, it felt like we were literally perched on the edge of a cliff? Yeah, there was that.
What the hell is wrong with my family?!
hehe ya van is not prepared for a big dump of snow that single snow plow just cant keep up 😛
So, greetings from the Middle East where we too are enjoying a snow day! It has snowed like 6-7 inches and the whole city has shut down. It could be that the Jordanian infrastructure is poor and they don’t have a public works department, so no plows, salt trucks, nothing. There is not one car, taxi, or truck on the road. Its quite eerie.
So the Hubs and I will be spending our day catching up with an SG1 marathon.
We have definitely noticed a shift in season 5-6 from the first 4 seasons where every episode seemed to in some way end with a resolution, be it happy or sad. Season 5 marked a huge change where episodes ended and we felt jipped that there was no resolution! And it just keeps getting worse and worse, where the episodes end and we are expected to believe that everything worked out and all is well….but it leaves huge cliffhangers akin to a two parter, and my husband and I are left in limbo.
Is there some fancy TV production theory that says that leaving an open-ended ending is preferable to finding some sort of resolution?
I would expect that in a two-parter or where the arc is continued, the lack of resolution might be ok. But when it doesn’t resolve and then the next episode begins as if the previous one didn’t happen, its a bit strange.
Our puppies are enjoying the snow too. But we have huskies, so snow is in their blood. Although our 3-year old husky likes the sun equally, and will bask in it, even when its like 100F outside!
I have really enjoyed that my Element has 4-wheel drive. It is helpful during the ice storms we sometimes have here, and it was a necessity when I was driving around the mountains in Yellowstone, Glacier, and Rocky Mtn. National Parks.
“It kind of reminds me of the commuter panic in L.A. whenever it rains.”
Hey!?! We native southern Californians know how to drive in the rain, or at least us old ones do. Illustrated by the Illinois plated car I was following during last weeks rain that promptly did a 180 on a freeway onramp. Although all bets are off if it ever snows here again. Last time was in 1947.
Lulu looks like she’s still such a little puppy, and the pugs are so sweet for being so patient with her (most of time?).
– Or, umm, maybe I’ll read another story from FF instead. – Here, as soon as a few snowflakes fell, the “Alberta Clipper” kicked it up a few knots and blew any accumulation straight into Illinois, where farmers like to play bumper-tractors on iced-over feedstore parking lots. (Since you’re a former Montrealer you might think I’m crazy, but I miss New England.) Still, the drivers here do all right unless they hit a slick patch doing 65 mph and wind up getting blown onto Interstate 70 – in Kansas, which Crazymom has already described. Tragic.
This cracked me up: It kind of reminds me of the commuter panic in L.A. whenever it rains (“We are issuing a travel advisory! The streets are wet! Stay off the roads! We repeat! Stay off the roads! May God be with you!”) – Haha, so funny since it’s so much like reality. The local SoCal expats like to complain about how it rains (always “frickin’ rain”) in the summer: like, it just totally screws with pool parties and barbecues in the outdoor kitchen/living room. And, you can’t just reach for a frickin’ lemon off the frickin’ tree to add a slice to your Stoli & tonic.
So Vancouver has a North Shore too?! I’m stoked! Aloha and “hang ten, bro!” to Paul M.
Sheppard as a sort-of Richie Rich, all grown up… hmm, yeah, I think I can see that. Interesting comparison. Maybe with a dash of Bruce Wayne mixed in?
Hope the snowplows take care of business tonight….
Awww…Lulu is so cute!
Harmony was a lot of fun Joe and now I’m REALLY looking forward to Outcast!! A Shepisode…WooHoo!!
First of all: yay to Torri being back sometime during season 5!
Second of all… That French bulldog of yours is the funniest and cutest animal I ever saw!
I’ve been trying to convince my parents to get one (I live in a student appartment so there is really no room where I live), but so far they’ve refused. Could you perhaps publish the most endearing photo (according to you) ever of your dog so I can finally persuade my parents to get one? My mother is very sensitive to these things. 😉
Looking forward to “Oucast” this Friday!
Is there anyway Alan might do guest drop by for Saturday’s blog? I know a lot of people have been waiting a long time for this one.
We’re so spoiled with type of insight! Thanks for always taking the time for such things.
Oh and yay for snow days! We’re in Buffalo and expecting another major storm. EEP!
In the SG1 episode Redemption pt2 Rodney mentioned that as a kid he had played the Piano. Is it possible that in the future we might see Mckay play the Piano again?
I hope you have a great day
– Rhi xx
Does anybody want to hear about the snow in Bavaria?
No? Good. No snow! We´re having spring in January.
So the big news is, Gateworld exploded?
Regarding books: I am currently halfway through both FF1 and S&M (ah, the joy of short story collections), and will be reading Children of the Night on the weekend. I may even get Fevre Dream read before the end of Feb! You’re still planning on doing that staggered week-per-book discussion thing, I hope?
Any hints as to March’s BOTM nominations yet?
Regarding Outcast: I’ve been watching all the online previews for Outcast, and I have to say I’m really, really looking forward to this episode! Although I’m kinda curious to see how you writers have managed to meld together the A and B storylines, because, uh, from the previews it all looks a little too coincidental. But, hey, I’ve only seen, what, two minutes out of 42… 🙂
Any clues as to how many eps Torri will be in?
Hopefully it will be considerably more than the four she had this season. The was underused. Especially since was not even featured properly in two of them.
I don’t understand why you can’t split it — if you must have Amanda, who’s also doing other things, why not give them 10 episodes each?
Lulu is adorable – I love the way she scampers around snuffling away in the snow! The pugs seem to just look at her while almost shaking their heads!
We’ve had no snow here this winter, and I’m pretty envious of you. Saying that, us Brits can’t cope with any sort of extreme weather, so it’s probably a blessing we haven’t had any!
Hmmm, your blog will be awash with comments soon? Good comments, or bad one’s do you think?
I think the video should have been titled “Lulu…and then there’s the sensible dogs.” 🙂
She’s too adorable. I love her energy. But I loved the looks of the older dogs when she jumped up onto the porch. It was like they were saying, “You’ve finally come to your senses?”
And baby pictures! How exciting!
Watched and loved Harmony, a hilarious episode and have been enjoying season 4 quite a bit.
Some questions about the episode though:
1) McKay said that the planet was where they first developed Drone technology, does this mean they never had it back in the Milky Way? Because the Antartica outpost had them so was that line a mistake or did the Lanteans just refit the outpost when they returned?
2) Any chance of the Mini-Drones returninig in a future episode?
Is there any SG1 characters or stories you would have saved for SGA if you had known you would be writing for it.
Do you think the franchise could have worked if SGA had been the first show?
Hey Joe! Love your shows and blog. First time poster on your blog. My name is Bloomgate and I’m a Gate-a-holoic. 😀
Any chance that you’re expecting a larger mailbag tomorrow because a certain website appears to no longer have a registered DNS entry? 😉
As for what I’m reading, I’m currently re-reading the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis so I’m familiar with them again before I give them to my 10 year old daughter in anticipation of the Prince Caspian movie coming out this summer. I think I last read them 30 years ago.
BTW – I can send you (or post here) my lyrics to Tok’racabana if you are interested and would be more than pleased to collaborate on ‘Stargate the Musical’ if it ever gets past the on-set joke stage. 😉
Most people can’t drive when it snows. You’ve got far too many idiots in SUVs who think they’re invincible and don’t have the brains God gave a gnat, realizing that their 2/3-ton vehicle is going to slide a lot further than your average car when they slam on the brakes. I’ve seen enough of those rear-ending other vehicles or sliding off the road.
But hey, Joe, don’t complain. You’re not in China, where the snow is a lot worse. 😉 And it’s not an ice storm. Now those are bad…
Joe says:Answer: Hey, my pleasure. I think adoption is a great idea.
Great! can I interest you in four kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a rabbit? well technically only one kid cuz the other three are 23,21 and 20 but the 12 year old is a handful!
Snow days? We don’t get those here in the UK, mind you a smattering is enough to drive everyone into panic mode and I think lousy drivers are a universal phenomenon whatever the weather, only the other day an elderly driver hit a bank and rolled his car doing about 30 mph and no other cars in sight, it takes real skill to do something like that!
Saying that the met office has threatened us with snow on friday so we’ll have to see but I doubt we’ll get much (stupid- I think I just guaranteed a blizzard by saying that!)
Love the video btw, and thanks for answering my question.
I started a creative writing course last september and I have learned so much from it as well as really enjoying it, I’m in my element now though as we have just embarked on the fiction section, I can’t believe I’m going to have a certificate that says I can make stuff up though, how cool is that?
no questions today, going to save them up for the next episode, roll on Outcast!
Keep warm and if you have to drive do it very carefully!- I sound like my mother – *head desk*
bugger! I forgot to say I’m currently reading James Clemens “Shadowfall” quite different from most other stuff I’ve read recently. Hoping to join in with the BOTM next month, just had to play catch up with some of my own books-in-waiting. Look forward to more recommendations though. Thanks
first i have to say i love lulu shes so cute
second i noticed that almost all of the seasons have rodney dealing with water (ex. storm, eye, grace under presure,doppelganger. will we see mckay get soaked again in season 5 ( hee hee )
Salut Joseph =)
sa va bien? yéé mais il’y a plein de neige en ce moment a Vancouver…ma chance, ici il neige jamais.
Lol vous savez quoi?….Il y’a eu prés de 170 éléves qui ont été intoxiquer par la nourritude de la cantine de mon lycée…ouf je n’est rien, et puis dans le lycée tout proche il y’a eu 3 cas de Gâle..glurp..mais ont vie où..la? dans le tiére monde ou quoi?!!Non,non bien en France.
Merci pour cette video de Lulu^^elle a l’aire de bien aimais la neige^^!
Vous rencontrez souvent vos Fan? il y’en a beaucoup?
…..bon deja 1(moi)c’est sur!^^
Bon aller bonne journée, je vous adore,Merci♥♥
“Marielabbott writes: “When you mention that you will be revisiting Weir’s story onscreen–will we be seeing Torri?”
Answer: That is the plan.”
Thank you for this confirmation. It is much appreciated. May you get an extra snow day out of the deal.
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Can you post some photos of the aftermath of your snowstorm…outside your door, of course, since traveling is a no no. Any wild or interesting snowdrifts or snow features in your neighborhood?
Big bombshell. Here’s hoping Carter is reduced, since she doesn’t do anything anyway, and Keller ends up as Wraithbait so Beckett can return. I would certainly celebrate if that happened!
I was going back through SG-1 recently and I suddenly remembered that the Stargates are made of Naquadah, how is that if the Ancients built them when they were on Earth, which didn’t have it? I know there’s a really stupid and simple answer to this that I’m not thinking of.
We had a cold snap come through here in NW Indiana. I watched the temp go from 50 degrees to 0. Rain to snow. Ugh! School got cancelled this morning (Wed). My 12-year old son was wondering if you have ever talked to the Lego Company about them making a SG-1 and/or SGA line? My son has made a Stargate, XO3, Wraith Dart, minature Atlantis, and Atlantian (aura-class) Ship out of the Legos he has. He is planning on making a puddle jumper. How do you upload pictures to the blog?? Hope you and your dogs are keeping warm. We have a small dog as well, Mushu (1/2 shitzu 1/2 yorkie) and keep an eye on him with this weather. Have a good day!
Q for Anne Teldy ~
Where did you read that I & B tags are deprecated? I don’t see them listed at HTML Goodies:
I asked a friend about the use of I & B vs em & strong, and she pointed me here:
… where it says to use them sparingly (ie, not for titles and such, only for inflection, which may show up differently in some broswers), and that I & B should still be used otherwise.
I’m not saying I don’t believe you! But I was discussing the possible need to change to em and strong at the zine I work at, and if I & B are indeed deprecated, then we *should* stop using them — and I need to show them proof of why! 🙂
Joe asks …
So what’s everybody reading?
Actually, Shakespeare, thanks to you and Martin. You gave me the idea to cover Shakespeare in the next edition of my column at Tart, so I figured I should read some of the plays I hadn’t gotten around to. I’m on “As You Like It” right now. And reading them has actually given me an idea for a new project too, so … thanks!! 😀
I took a break from SMOKE AND MIRRORS -my cat is sleeping on it now- to watch HARMONY again, and it´s still bugging me:
What is the difference between the Genii soldiers, warriors and men? Or did the credits just look better that way?
Joe – As i look back, Atlantis has followed a similar “pattern of villainy” in that we have the main enemy at the forefront, and the introduction of another enemy in the third season (though the interaction between the Asurans and Wraith is different than Replicators and Goa’uld. Looking back on the first four seasons as a whole of Atlantis versus the first four seasons of SG1, do you feel the Wraith are a success in how they’ve been written and developed, and do you feel they are as effectively entrenched as an enemy with a backstory and impact as the Goa’uld were by this same point in that series?
Well, let me ask you this: Have you ever driven from Vancouver to, say, Banff or Calgary on the TransCanada Highway? If so, do you remember that really really scary part past Golden where the road basically ends up on the side of a cliff?
If you’re talking about the part through Yoho, then yes. My sister and I had an “interesting” experience going through there in the summer one year. No snow involved, though. We were heading up the looooong hill and some guy coming down lost control of his car. He was basically sideways when he came around the corner and was on our side of the road. The guy in front of us drove to the outside of the barrier, which must have been particularly freaky for him since it is a very long way down to the bottom of the cliff, we were right up against the barrier, and the guy immediately behind us, who was also right up against the barrier, got hit. Interestingly enough, there was a cop two vehicles behind the one that got hit.
A big bombshell?!?!?! PLEASE let is be about Carson’s return to main cast member for season 5!!!
And snow? Here in Texas…we get ice…lots of nasty slippery, slick ice. And if the weatherman even just says the word “snow”…all the stores are out of bread, milk and eggs…it’s ridiculous.
Lulu appears to be having so much fun! I was especially amused by the scene at the end, with the other pups on the steps. Their expression seemed to be saying, “What’s the big deal with the snow? And why is Lulu displaying such odd excitement and running about in it? Are you sure she’s part of our family?” 😉
Here in Tennessee we suffer from similar snow problems – little of it and lack of driving skill when it does show up. It’s wiser to just stay off the roads to avoid the craziness. And, since I love the snow myself, I tend to behave a bit like Lulu on the rare occasion we have enough to romp about in it.
Snow day? Snow Day?! Wimps! I didn’t read your blog last night, oh no, I got to it this morning after shoveling my way through four inches of fresh powder, windblown so it was up on my porches, plus against front AND back doors! Snow day?! And I didn’t even tackle the driveway, it can stay covered until later. Much later. Like spring.
Lulu is a doll-baby! The other pugs just looked disgusted.
4 wheel drive will only get you into trouble, as four wheels can slide as well as two. No, 4wd is only to get one OUT of trouble.
We were stationed in San Diego, the roads there don’t get enough rain to wash the oil off on a regular basis, so when it rains the surfaces become slick as snot. Goose snot, at that.
I’ve ridden with hubby in the semi in all conditions, 45 of the lower 48. I-80 was a sheet of ice across Wyoming, bad visibility. They don’t salt or use the ice melt in the long stretches between civilization, sometimes they don’t even sand and plow. Not enough tax money for snow removal as there are more pronghorn antelopes than people in Wyoming. We’d been across Nebraska and Iowa in the same storm the day before, and there were dozens of big rigs off the road, some facing the wrong way. Very scary. You could feel the truck lose traction and dance across the ice. Yikes!
The worst was the mountain road from Shiraz to Bushir in a mini-bus on dirt roads. So bad we bought plane tickets and flew back to Shiraz (that’s Iran for the geographically challenged). Worst traffic is Yokohama, any weather. Vegas? Hah, rain’s just an excuse, I-15 always sucks through Vegas.
Scariest truck moment was when the car drove under the trailer. Little white sedan, she wanted to merge and thought if she came over the truck would move. Um, where? Into on-coming traffic? Hubby got stopped with the car between the rear tandems and the drop turn signal, didn’t touch the car. She was lucky, he was carrying 80,000 pounds of cheese curds; if he hadn’t been quick and skillful with the brakes, the woman would have lost the front end of her car, possibly her legs, but more likely her life. Don’t argue with big rigs, generally the laws of physics dictate that he with the most lug nuts wins.
.. oh yes. If one more person dwelling in sunny climes says, “Ooh, snow is so pretty, I wish we had some”, I am going to get on a plane, fly to said sunny climes, and SMACK them with my snow shovel.
Lulu is so cute! I want a LuLu that runs and hops through the snow like that. Funny how the others are so sedate like, “Yeah, I’ve seen this before”.
It’s good to hear you are handling Fondy’s absence well. It’s a good sign that you’re still cooking for yourself. I have sometimes reduced myself to contemplating ‘frozen waffle or cook something?’…hmm. Often the alternative to cooking wins out.
I’m looking forward to Outcast this Friday…hungry for some real Sheppard back story and from the looks of it, it will be meaty.
Hey Joe!! I am back after a very long time out!!. Have missed your blogs terribly! Have also enjoyed season 4 and it is my favorite to date. I hope for many more seasons and best wishes to you and the crew!
Now I must be off in search of the missing rubber duck with the jaffa cake strapped to it.
It’s a good thing Lulu doesn’t have a couple pairs of flubber-soled shoes. She’d be in orbit on the second bounce!
So Mr M, why do you think O’Donnell drugged Herity? When you say “at the time…”, do you mean at the outbreak of the plague, before the Madman got into Ireland? Oh… you probably do. *face palm*
I must have missed it, but where was it referenced that Shepperd was from a rich family?
My worst-weather driving story was last January. I was driving to Vegas, when the big storms were cutting through the midwest. Being sensible, I decided to drive further south and pick up interstate 20 to get around them. Stopped east of Dallas, was on the road before sunrise. Lots of rain. Then, when I hit the Dallas city line, it turned to ice. All the way through the city, wiped out cars everywhere, and emergency vehicles lighting up the place like a christmas tree. Once through the city, it was the tractor-trailers’ turn. I actually witnessed 3 accidents as they happened. For the next three hours I must have passed over 60 tractor trailers overturned, on their sides, and in a few cases, over the side of guardrails down the sides of hills or ravines. And no emergency vehicles to be found. The weather reports indicated that the storms were further to the west than I had planned, so I followed 20 south down to the Odessa region, and called it a night. On the plus side, I enjoyed breakfast in Roswell N. M. the next day as I worked my way back to my destination. The saddest thing? The tractor trailers could have avoided their fates by noticing, as I did, that while the roads could bear speeds of over 40mph, the overpasses and bridges were unsafe at that speed. Merely backing off the gas for a couple of minutes at a time was all it too to maintain control.
Hello, Mr Mallozzi.
Like some other people, I still don’t understand how the drone could have been develloped in the Pegasus Galaxy and how some of them ended up in the Ancient Outpost in Antartica. Plus, the fact that O’neill knew there were weapons in Antartica indicates that the drone were present before the departure for pegasus, unless the information in the outpost of Proclarush Taonas was updated later. At least, the drones were in antartica, after the Database in the Chair on Proclarush Taonas was last updated. With those informations, I still can’t understand how come that the drones were develloped in the Pegasus Galaxy. I hope you could gave the fans some answers.
About the Tria : You said she is flotting between the two galaxies. Don’t you think it would be logical for the Space Command to try to have her back up and running, maybe by installing on it an new hyperdrive with new power generators ? The ship could later come by surprise during an episode where everyone is in jeopardy and save them all… and be destroyed (I suppose that is the usual end in Stargate for ships captured )
Again, please excuse my English.
Today it’s colder than Calgary and snowed enough to make me have to seriously search for my car in the driveway, but of course no snow day for me. (I think all the schools are closed) I had to pry my car open. Seriously.
Anyway. I finally watched Harmony. (I know, I know) I’m going to be very honest and say I didn’t really enjoy it. I thought Rodney was being a little too stereotypical Rodney. The Harmony character was nice, though. It was kind of awkward to not see Atlantis or any other characters from it though.
Joe writes: “If that’s the case, then why did O’Donnell wait so long to do it? It doesn’t make sense that he waited because he wanted Herity to complete the task of ferreting out the Madman because, at the time he would have held Herity accountable, he wouldn’t have known that the Madman was going to fall into his hands.”
Answer: Through Herity’s connections in the terror cells it’s possible he had a lot of friends in high places and that he was a contender to lead the Beach Boys or another crew. I’m guessing O’Donnell saw him as a serious threat to his thirst for power, so it was fortunate that this little O’Neill mission came along and since Herity blew up the family, he was the man for the job and most likely to stir O’Neill. O’Donnell didn’t want to risk bumping him off and angering the wrong people.
But by the time of the trial, O’Donnell already had the power and didn’t have to answer to anyone, thus Herity had served O’Donnell’s purpose and he wasn’t afraid to kill him. That’s the only reason I can think of – unless his death was O’Donnell’s way of showing everyone who’s boss – and that’s pretty lame and not half as interesting!
Have you read Chindi by Jack McDevitt? Picked it up at the bookstore today.
Also picked up a bio about Chief Joseph, too. Couldn’t leave without something historical since that’s my first reading choice.
1)Have the Ancients ever attemped ressurection of the dead?
2)Will we see any planets in Season 5 that house sick and twisted beings?
🙂 David Nykl has up some neat shots of his ‘snow day’ at his blog. Your turn 😉
I am crying, not with sadness for the snow, nor because my carrot-dill soup morphed into pumpkin-curry soup, but because I forgot to get all the cumin and curry powder and cayenne off my hands before touching my face. Some days I shouldn’t be allowed near a spice rack.
Lucky you – a snowday! I always wish for one, then get one, and by 9am I wish the kids were at school!!
Friday can’t get here fast enough! I’m so excited about Outcast 🙂
I just wanted to say that I’m loving this season of Atlantis more with each and every episode. “Harmony” was an utter delight. Very fun character interactions, and the young lady playing Harmony was amazingly talented. I grinned throughout the entire ep.
I also grin a lot whenever you post clips or pics of Lulu. She’s a hoot. Thank you for sharing all the doggy fun!
We didn’t get the snow like you guys did, but we’ve been having 50-60 mph winds that caused a power outage in a lot of areas – including us. Our power went out at 1am and didn’t get turned back on until 1pm today. Since our house is just now starting to warm up (it dropped 30 degrees) I’m typing this all bundled up. If I make any mistakes, please blame it on the gloves.
Lulu is sure having fun in the snow. Thanks for posting it for us.
“A light mailbag today. I expect that will change tomorrow. Just a feeling…”
Uh Oh! News finally from SciFi Wire? *runs off to keep checking*
Hey there Joe
My sisters are going to some Con in Vancouver in a few months and they are wondering two things.
Are there any good schnitzel places in Vancouver? and any places that are cheap and geared to picky and finicky eaters that you can recommend?
Shut down schools ? The dream !
Vancouver ? THE DREAM !!!! XD
But it’s impossible … Pfffff -_-‘ [Studies, studies, studies]
I just stop dreaming …
“.. oh yes. If one more person dwelling in sunny climes says, “Ooh, snow is so pretty, I wish we had some”, I am going to get on a plane, fly to said sunny climes, and SMACK them with my snow shovel.”
Don’t worry girlfriend, I do know what snow is and I simply HATE it. For people who haven’t a clue, try sticking your hand into the freezer for 5 minutes. Can’t do it? Wimp out at 2 minutes 30? Shame on you.
Now imagine your whole body that cold. Yes, you can put on layers and layers of clothes but still your ears and nose suffer.
Then there is the practical things – like shopping. You dress up like the abominable snowman and the minute you hit a shopping centre it’s a case of oh sn*t, what do I do with all these clothes? Take em off and you’re gonna suffer making it back to the car!
No, I’ve been there, Was cold, miserable, damp. My joy at the winter wonderland lasted at least 10 nanoseconds and then I was crying for the sun.
No, gimmee coke floats (coke icecream mix) and warm weather – I’m not complaining…much. 🙂
Comment allez-vous ?
J’aurais une question à vous poser ; est-ce que l’équipe de tournage de SGA compte faire un petit passage en France ? Si oui, où ?
[Comme il y a peu de chance pour que j’aille à Vancouver, autant tenter ma chance dans mon pays ! XD]
Passez une bonne journée (chez nous, il est 21h)
Bisous à vous et à Lulu (adorable !)
Joe, approximately when will filming for Season 5 start?
Also, Sheppard has always kind of reminded me of Richie Rich all grown up.
Oh my gosh! You’re so right. I agree…
On that note, how often do you writers find yourselves being surprised by your characters? Or, to put it another way; on a collaborative effort like Stargate, do you feel like you know the characters through and through, or more like a good friend?
a rather stealthy snow bunny, her camera eluding abilities are improving.
Big bombshell. Here’s hoping Carter is reduced, since she doesn’t do anything anyway, and Keller ends up as Wraithbait so Beckett can return. I would certainly celebrate if that happened!
Actually, I’m hoping for just the opposite. Now that Carter’s had some time to ease her way into her role that she now be allowed to do and be more. That is one of the reasons for having her there, no? 😉
And I really like Keller so I hope she sticks around next year too.
I also hope we get more good news about Beckett and Weir though as I’d like to see where those stories go.
As for LuLu…Joe,
She seemed to be the only one getting into the spirit of things. How do the others feel about snow, generally speaking? Are they usually more playful in the snow but just not for that clip or are they kinda snobbish about snow and aren’t willing to deign to frolic about in the white, fluffy stuff like LuLu?
Lulu just loves the snow, doesn’t she? Very cute.
I think people in general are bad drivers when sudden weather springs. I mean, MN gets snow every year and yet, whenever the first storm hits, you’d think everyone had been living in Florida for their whole lives.
i watched several SGA episodes (ok i watched many episodes *smiles*), but there was something which confused me.
Why can Puddlejumpers always dock at space stations of several designs.
Greetings from Germany
I’d just like to say that although I didn’t like losing 2 cast members (REALLY didn’t like!!) that I have enjoyed Season 4 so far and have high hopes for the second half of the season.
Is it possible to tell us yet if / how many eps in Season 5 Carter will be in? I’ve enjoyed her integration into the show and I am looking forward to seeing more of her.
Okay, I didn’t actually read all the entry yet, but I will and surely I’ll have many insightful things to say, but first, I need some advice. 🙂
I have just been invited to a conference this Friday to Saturday and have to decide if I’m going to go get a free ride to Baltimore, a night in a hotel, and a chance to hang out with my intellectual peers or watch the new episode of Stargate Atlantis. My best friend doesn’t think this is much of a decision, but it honestly gave me pause when I realized it was this Friday. I do believe I’ve stepped over the line from fan into insane…
Bonsoir Joseph (j’ai pas le temps d’écrire plus, mais je voulais quand même faire ma visite dominicale )
Deeinsouthafrica said: “Don’t worry girlfriend, I do know what snow is and I simply HATE it. ”
Dee, we have very little exposure to snow here too, but I can’t stand the cold so no complaints. However, you have a full grasp of the concept of, snow = really cold.
So here’s my relating story. When I was in Yosemite many years ago I was on a ski lift and found myself next to a US Army Private who originated from Kansas. It was early Jan and cooooooold. He had no gloves, no jacket. I asked why he didn’t. His reply, “I didn’t know that snow would be this cold”. There were a few silent, slow nods from me and not much conversation after that.
Hope everyone stayed warm and safe through the night.
The video of Lulu made me smile at just the right time, I’ve been having a rough day! She does look like a bunny!
Quick question, you’d be settling a bet for who buys breakfast, what color are Joe Flanigan’s eyes?
Snow!!! I love snow. No measurable amounts yet here but trust me, people in Philadelphia have no clue how to drive in snow. 2 inches on the ground and everyone freaks.
A big announcement coming, well my pre-announcement reaction.
What would make me jump for joy: Keller’s leaving, preferably by being eaten by a wraith.
What would make me happy: Carson’s coming back, because that means Keller’s leaving (hopefully)
What would make me sad: Ronan or Teyla leaving, I like them.
What would make me angry: Keller being added to the starring cast or another member of SG-1 becoming a regular. Sam has be used great, but I don’t want the show to become SG-1 1/2
What would make me probably stop watching the show: McKay or Sheppard leaving. Face it, they are Atlantis.
I apologize. The page where I saw the word ‘deprecated’ to describe them has since changed its wording. However, according to W3C, in HTML 4.1 (the current version)
Also, in the preview of HTML 5 the W3C put out, the b element is discussed:
i frigging love the snow, and i also love the fact that when victoria gets snow, the whole city shuts down cause we can’t handle it. but, of course, victoria, somehow managed to avoid most of the snow, and now we’re just getting rain. 🙁
wow, Lulu is such a cutie, my dog, at 9 and a half years has pretty much the same amount of energy, except that she gets tired a lot faster…
Hi Joe –
Your sports correspondants have been uncharacteristically quiet as the Super Bowl approaches.
Does the Baron believe that the juggernaut known as the Patriots will annihilate their last remaining foe? Does Cookie Monster continue to hope against hope that the Giants, in their Blueness, will prevail?
On a side note – if you expect to keep Lulu (middle name: catch-me-if-you-can!) in your camera frame, you will have to develop faster reflexes!!
You said “A light mailbag today. I expect that will change tomorrow. Just a feeling…”
I’m on pins and needles… what’s up. I’ve surfed the websites and see nothing shocking or even interesting… so what could it be…I wonder!!!!
Hey Anne T… Have not seen a post from you lately. Hope you are doing okay! Miss your wit and humor!
Just saw your post to Wolfmn and while I don’t have a clue what you’re chatting about, I was still hoping for instructions on how to bold, italics and indent on these blog pages… care to give me some help?
The much ballyhooed bombshell wouldn’t have anything to do with Gateworld’s forum….would it?
Mel said: “Speaking of driving… Joe, which Stargate character do you think would be the best/worst driver?”
Sarah L said: “I think Lulu looks exactly like stitch, as in lilo and stitch the animated little alien my little sister loves. its the teeth and the ears that make them look alike.”
Absolutely!! And she has the same personality. Poor Joe. 🙂 When you have a bunch of animals, it’s inevitable that you get one with attitude.
drldeboer said: My first clue that Sheppard was a “rich kid” came in the episode “Home” yup the bachelor pad.
… But that was an imaginary place he created with his mind. It wasn’t his actual home. I’m not rich, but if I were going to invent an imaginary home in my mind, I’d make it pretty flashy, too. (I’m thinking a swimming pool in the lounge room. Nothing more comfortable than floating.)
Sheppard = Richie Rich grown up? Heh. Yeah, I can see it, actually.
To DJ – The Flan’s eyes are hazel – mine are too, so I tend to notice when others have them as well. Hazel eyes are cool – it’s like, three eye-colours for the price of one!
Landers, I agree. Carter reduced (or gone), Keller as wraithbait (or something worse, there is truly not a character I despite more on television right now. Or ever…)
Then Beckett back, and Weir back. That would be perfection.
Seriously Joe, Keller is the worst character ever. Every time you try to make her more likeable, it just gets worse. You’d be better to cut your losses. Jewel may not have been the kiss of death to this show, but this awful, horrible, God-awful character could be the kiss of death for her. She deserves better than this.
I was watching ‘Echoes’ last night where Dr Weir collapses unconscious and Joe picks her up to take her to the infirmary. I noticed that she is holding onto his right shoulder with her left arm dangling.
My we women are good! We can hang on to things when we are out of it! lol 😉
Speaking of driving… Joe, which Stargate character do you think would be the best/worst driver? Mel
Can I put forward my idea? I think Ronon. He’d have that drive to kill attitude, take no prisoners!!!
I gave detailed instructions in yesterday’s comment section. Check there.
P.S. Hold on to your hat, Mr. M. I’m planning to make a lot of small comments — or one large one — this evening.)
Two ways McKay’s statement can be correct:
1. The “proving ground” on Harmony’s planet could be where they were testing variations/updates of drone technology, not necessarily the original drone type.
2. Atlantis might not have had drone technology when originally on Earth — Who would they have needed to defend against? — and only developed it once they reached Pegasus. After they returned to Earth, they built the Antarctic Outpost — Why would they have needed the Outpost when the whole City was there before? — and others in the galaxy and then armed them, having learned their lesson with the Wraith.
Okay so what I’m getting from the majority of you is a distinct dislike of the fluffy white stuff and the impression that if an alien race wanted to take over the world, all they would have to do is make it SNOW or in LA rain.
It seems the entire world would grind to a halt, in England when it snows the railway companies cancel trains leaving you stranded and then tell you it’s because of the wrong type of snow?
And good news or may be bad which ever way you look at it but we are expecting snow here in the UK on Friday.
Just spare a thought for those people who have no choice but to go to work to keep things running “Normally”.
Charles Schneider wrote:
There are stills from “Outcast” available that make it obvious that Sheppard came from money, even if he might not have any now. You can see two of them here. The suit in the second one just screams money and is tailored perfectly. Kudos to wardrobe.
You can watch the convention video where Mr. Flanigan speaks about Sheppard’s backstory here. It’s approximately 4 minutes in.
Hmmmm No explosions in the comments yet!! Could it be that with GateWorld down (eek I’m getting withdrawal already) word has not yet spread of Torri’s most recent interview???
Which is correct: Lantean or Lantian? I’ve seen it both ways from people who should know one way or the other.
The worst driver, without a doubt, would be Rodney McKay. He is easily distracted and not especially coordinated. He’d be ‘multi-tasking’ and talking non-stop. I wouldn’t get in a car he was driving.
The most dangerous driver would be Ronon in pursuit of whatever.
The best driver depends on your definition. If you mean the safest, I’d say Daniel Jackson and Elizabeth Weir.
If you mean the most competent at physically controlling the car and getting it to do what he wants, I’d say Sheppard and/or O’Neill — with Teal’c a strong possibility — but only until Ronon has practice time.
Ronon’s incredible timing, dexterity and reflexes would make him an excellent race car driver. I’ve always thought it a shame he doesn’t have the ATA gene as he’d be a fabulous fighter jumperpilot.
I was told that in SG-1, Pxxxx meant a planet and Mxxxx meant a moon (which they only visited once). But in Atlantis, every world they visit starts with an M. They can’t all be moons, can they? If they aren’t, what does the M stand for?
Rodney would say it’s because Sheppard can’t think of polysyllabic words.
Because all technology in Pegasus is derived from Ancient technology??? And, as in “The Game”, the jumpers can extend a shield to create an airtight seal allowing them to leave it.
I think it is logical to assume they mined it on a different world. Abydos and the planet in “Enemy Mine” both had mines and Jonas’s home world had deposits.
Anne Teldy (I’m done for now, Mr. M. 😉 )
Lulu-chan, kawaii desu!!
@Ann Teldy ~ Thanks for the references. 🙂
maggiemayday said …
“.. oh yes. If one more person dwelling in sunny climes says, “Ooh, snow is so pretty, I wish we had some”, I am going to get on a plane, fly to said sunny climes, and SMACK them with my snow shovel.”
How’s about I trade you, instead? 😉 You can live here where it’s a miserably humid 90+ degress for 10 months of the year, so it feels like you’re swimming when you walk and it’s hard to breathe, and the sun tries very hard to give you cancer (oh, and the occasional hurricane will make you wonder if you should have built an ark when it’s not sending things through your walls at speeds that rival bullets or toppling your trees), and I’ll live where it snows on and off for what? 4 months? 5? 😉 I lived in snowy climes for 24 years; I’d give anything to go back. Yes, even when it’s -27 with the winchill (I find it’s a little easier to warm up than to cool off.)
I must just be easy (stop laughing all’a yous). My husband freaked at the mention of Woolsey. The regular bloggers are freaking at the mention of Woolsy. I guess I’m freaking, too. IE: “FREAKING AWSOME”. I reserve all judgement, but maybe as an actor I find the idea of the conflicts and complications that this will present as GREAT character development on all sides. Well done, guys. I may have to send you all something for this one. Any requests? Provocative pictures of George Lucas (What? He’s got that Ewok thing going on these days.), a slightly water damaged collection of the Spider-man “Clone Saga” (Noooooo I’m not just trying to pawn them off on you), or how about this tantalizing box of leftover thank you cards from my wedding (ooh lilies)? C’mon you guys deserve it.*
*The preceding may have been tongue in cheek, but Lady Dulcinea really is excited at the prospect of Woolsy coming on over.*