The link was titled “Death by blogging” and clicking on it brought up a recent NY Times article “ In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop“ by Matt Richtel. (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/technology/06sweat.html?ei=5065&en=1c3f36a3531123cb&ex=1208059200&partner=MYWAY&pagewanted=print). The article suggests that the constant demands of a ravenous internet economy place bloggers under incredible stress. The pressure to produce new material for a seemingly insatiable market can result in everything from weight loss and sleep disorders to, in extreme cases, massive coronaries and death. I found this of particular interest because, as a blogger myself, I too feel the occasional strain that comes with writing a daily entry. Granted, my job isn’t riding on it and the only one pressuring me to produce is myself. Still, after 521 consecutive entries, I do feel compelled to keep the streak alive. Fortunately, my life is so gosh-darn exciting that I have an endless amount of source material to draw from. Like, for instance, that time I drove down to Bellingham, Washington and got stuck at the border for two hours. Or that time I spent three straight days in editing. Or that time I attended the Stargate: Continuum screening. Remember that time? No?
Of course you wouldn’t, because it happened today. It was a special matinee screening of the (finally) finished movie held this afternoon in Vancouver, and among the attendees were some twenty lucky fans who got a sneak peek at Continuum. On the big screen no less.
Alas, no post-screening dessert on this day, but still – one hell of a show. Stargate Continuum is fantastic. Not only is it a treat for long-time fans, but it’s a great jumping-on point for anyone interested in checking out Stargate for the first time. Funny, touching, exciting, and chock full of surprises, it’s going to thrill a lot of people.
Just a reminder that we’ll be starting discussion on Timescape tomorrow. Finish up and start organizing those thoughts!
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to birthday gal Nicole.
Narelle from Aus writes: “Can they do tapas sized dishes so I get to eat more than just an entrée?”
Answer: Sure. Try the Chef’s five course tasting menu.
Wams352 writes: “Question…how’s Fondy? Haven’t seen a photo of her lately. Is she avoiding you? Or us?”
Answer: She’s great, thanks for asking. Just incredibly busy. And it’s me she’s been avoiding.
JoanieLovesChachi writes: “Do you snack at all during the day?”
Answer: Believe it or not, snacking is the key. You’d think that limiting yourself to only three meals a day would be a great way to lose weight. In fact, just the opposite. By the time dinner time swings around, approximately six hours after lunch, you’re ravenous and end up stuffing your face. Better to have two snacks during the day, one between morning and lunch, and another between lunch and dinner, to tide you over. Just make sure they’re healthy options: cottage cheese, tuna, fruit, veggies.
Crazymom writes: “…if you have a small moment, could you answer CrazyNephew’s question about how the MALPs move on set? By motor, or by pretend motor?”
Answer: Definitely by motor. And it’s frigging LOUD!
Vikitty writes: “I don’t think I could ever have a five course meal. I was full after my salad on Tuesday night.”
Answer: Thanks for coming and thanks for posting. I was wondering where you’d disappeared to.
Caitlyanna writes: “I was telling one of my regular customers the other day that I would love to have the opportunity to decorate a cake for Atlantis’s 100th episode.”
Answer: No idea what MGM has planned for the event – but I checked out the pics on your blog and have to say your cakes look almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.
Serena writes: “PS – forgot to ask you that night as well, but what day will you be at Comic Con?”
Answer: Right now, I’m planning to be there. No idea when the Stargate panels will be held. Hmmm. July fast-approaches. I’d best get to work on my list of “Things Not To Discuss at the Comic Con”.
Trish writes: “Can you thank Marty for me for saying he’ll try to put an Irish person on the Atlantis team?”
Answer: Done and done.
Anais33 a ecrit: “1)Il y’aura un relation amoureuse entre Alicia Vegas et John sheppard ou un autre membre de l’équipe? 2) Avez vous prévu un voyage à l’étranger cette année?”
Reponses: 1) Non. 2) Peut-être nous irons à Las Vegas avec Martin et sa petite amie Stephanie, et Chris Judge et Gia.
English translation: 1) No plans for any romantic relationship between Vega and Sheppard. 2) Fondy and I may hit Vegas with Marty G. and his gal Stephanie, and Chris Judge and Gia.
Montrealer writes: “Have casting for the ‘Whispers’ episode girls being done yet?”
Answer: The last casting session is on Tuesday – after which I’ll have some news on this front.
Chev writes: “You may be interested in the following article speculating on the colour of plants in other galaxies.”
Answer: Thanks, Chev. There’s also a very interesting article in the April issue of Scientific American “The Color of Plants on Other Worlds” by Nancy Y. Kiang.
Crazymom writes: “What is the rocket in “Shrimp with rocket”?”
Answer: It’s a member of the cabbage family used in salads.