Construction\'s little hiatus project.

Bob has his eating cap on!

Spot the pineapple in this shot from Outsiders.

Renfield, you have betrayed me!

Fondy cut my hair last night and it was about time too as I had begun to resemble a cross between Gary Oldman’s Dracula and that guy from Flock of Seagulls. She’d been busy of late dealing with business matters and, as a result, my once trim do had gradually deteriorated to the capillary equivalent of a neglected lawn, all sprouted tufts, flat patches, and potential nesting spots for marsh hawks. I consider myself fortunate that she did get around to it as things were looking touch and go earlier in the day due, in no small part, to my big mouth. “I picked up blueberry juice,”I enlightened her as we returned home from our trip to the grocery store. “It’s sweet. Not like your goji juice that burns your throat.” (A reference to the box of “miracle berry” juice that had sat unopened for months since its purchase and was presently serving as an impromptu plant stand.) Fondy threw me the look she usually reserves for squeegee kids and Air Canada employees, prompting me to qualify: “But that’s how you know it’s working!” Having, I thought, nicely acquitted myself, I hurried inside to avoid further conversation.

I greeted the dogs, ate a half a peanut butter cookie, and then proceeded with the pre-hair-cutting ritual of washing my hair, setting up the folding chair in the basement, and patiently awaiting the arrival of my coiffeuse. Fondy is a former hairdresser and does a great job, but she is meticulous and takes her time. Once, I brought along a book to read and she was greatly offended that I would choose to zone her out. So now, instead, I sit quietly in the chair while she silently cuts my hair.

As we got started, I made a modest request: “Not too short.”

“I heard you the first time,”she rejoined. I wanted to point out that “the first time” was actually several days ago, but I thought it best not to say anything since her scissors were dangerously close to my right ear.

And, twenty minutes later, we were done. “It’s short,”she informed me the way a drycleaner might notify someone that their 2 for 1 coupon expired last year. That’s the way it is, bud. I don’t want any argument from you.

“But my mom likes it long,”I protested in an admittedly lame attempt to salvage the principal of my argument. I was headed to Montreal on Saturday to visit with family and my mother had always been a very vocal critic of my preference for short hair. She favored longer hair on me as evidenced by the fact that, throughout my elementary school years, I was occasionally mistaken for a girl. Oddly enough, mom preferred shorter hair on my sister who was sometimes mistaken for my little brother. Whenever we siblings needled each other, she was Andy and I became Josephine.

“Your mother’s hair is shorter than yours. She shouldn’t be complaining.”

In truth, my request had had less to do with mom’s partialities than it did with my desire to go with a different look. I’d been doing the short hair and suit thing for ages. It was time for a little variety like, say, longer hair with jeans and a t-shirt or shaved head with monocle, walking stick, and a propensity for using terms like “knackered”, “cracking!” and “luvvly-jubbly“. I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s nothing more unconvincing that some short-haired guy in a suit trying to pull off “luvvly-jubbly”.

All that said, even though it is shorter than I would have liked, it is a cracking haircut. And while mom may not be wholly pleased, at least she’ll be able to tell me apart from Gary Oldman’s Dracula.

Today’s entry is, appropriately enough, dedicated to Whovian celebrating her 15 year wedding anniversary.

Retractions: I stand corrected! Apparently crickets are on the menu at Vij’s. Daring culinary trailblazing are stupid publicity stunt. You decide – because I won’t. Also, the Greek Day stilt-walker pictured was not, I repeat, NOT an elf as previously cited. She was a fairy.

Well, ’ll be on the road all of next week eating my way through Montreal (my sister is already making the reservations) and while I’ll certainly keep this blog updated, I’m not so sure I’ll be able to get around to the mailbag. So, before I head off and start packing…

Carol Z. writes: “What say you? Silverberg on your author lists?”

Answer: I say yay. I’ve read Lord Valentine’s Castle and The Best of Robert Silverberg which included one of the most unsettling short stories I’ve ever read about a dystopian future where people have reverted to cannibalism for survival.

AMZ writes: “I’m currently making my way through the anime works of Satoshi Kon, I was wondering if you could recommend any other anime?”

Answer: I enjoyed Miyazaki’s work, especially Spirited Away. There’s a movie called Tekkonkinkreet that I just picked up. I haven’t watched it yet but I have heard very good things about it. If you enjoy Satoshi, you might want to give Paranoia Agent a try. Also, depending where your interests lie: Berserk, Boogiepop Phantom, Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell (movies and series), Grave of the Fireflies, Haibane Renmei, Infinite Ryvius, Kino’s Journey, Last Exile, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Now and Then Here and There, Samurai Champloo, Serial Experiments Lain, Voices of a Distant Star.

Pl writes: “What was your opinion on Fahrenheit 451?”

Answer: “While I did enjoy the premise, I thought it felt a little dated.”

The first lily writes: “I don’t want to sound greedy, but is there any chance Martin gero can post a Q&A or a breakdown of Search & Rescue once it airs?”

Answer: I’ll ask him whether he’d be interested in doing a Q&A.

Anti-Social Butterfly writes: “When would you suggest posting our BOTM comments and questions?”

Answer: Anytime on the first day of discussion (in the case of In the Garden of Iden, this Monday when I’ll also be weighing in with my thoughts).

Enzo Aquarius writes: “I have a question for the visual effects crew.”

And Green writes: “Alan McCullough is my man on this one. Oh, have I got questions for you, mister…”

And Sarah Lacey writes: “I’d like to ask Mark Savela some questions. Should I post them soon or wait until you give us the go head?”

Answer: Please save your questions for the appropriate week as I’ll only be collecting them in the lead-up to the specific Q&A sessions. It’s a lot less confusing for me.

Muddypippop writes: “I haven’t heard you mention The Ghost Bridges did you read it and did you like it?”

Answer: I thought it was a great book, but I simply preferred Old Man’s War.

Caitlyanna writes: “How’s the planning committee doing for the 100th episode party coming along do you know?”

Answer: We had a big meeting the other week and discussed the guest list and date. Your offer is much appreciated, but MGM prefers to go with one of the local Vancouver caterers for convenience sake. Nevertheless, your creations do look magnificent. Maybe the next time I’m in the California area, I’ll make it a point to drop by for a bite…

Narelle from Aus writes: “So I continued my questioning regime of Hubby and according to his friend, what makes someone think you are an undercover agent is:
1. I’m away on business a lot
2. I get phone calls late at night which causes me to immediately duck into my office and jump on my PC
3. I can fix electrical appliances
4. I can chop firewood while weighing only 45kgs.”

Answer: Yeah, the latter is a dead giveaway. And, to be perfectly honest, I have had my suspicions about you.

AV Eddy writes: “I probably should know this, but do the Wraith have feeding orifices only on their right hand or both hands?”

Answer: The wraith have one feeding hand.

Sandy writes: “ I have read about spot the pineapple in SG1. When did that start and is it in the finished cut of every episode.”

Answer: Every Stargate director had a signature piece they liked to work into every episode. In Martin Wood’s case, it was the big wrench. In Peter DeLuise’s case, it was himself. In Will Waring’s case, it’s the pineapple. According to Will, it started when he was an up and coming camera operator. The director of the low budget movie he was working on asked him to do a little on camera performance – simply drive his car through the shot. He did but, unbeknownst to him, there was a pineapple rattling around in the back window. No one else seemed to notice and, thinking it was kind of funny, Will decided to make it his signature. All well and good until he was working on a comedy and included a pineapple as a background piece. When the director saw it in the dailies, he went berserk and chewed Will out. He was beside himself until the star of the move, Danny Devito, asked him what was up. The director explained and Devito responded with: “I think it’s funny.” Well, if Danny Devito thought it was funny, then it was funny enough for the director. Not only did they keep the pineapple in the shot, they used it as a recurring motif throughout the rest of the movie (culminating in, I believe, a pineapple beach stand in the closing scene). So, if you ever see Will’s name in the credits, start playing spot the pineapple.

K8T writes: “Forgot to ask if you watched “Wipeout” or “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” last night? “

Answer: Nah. Nothing beats the real thing. Paul’s wife was telling him about a Japanese Game show her family used to watch in Switzerland. Contestants would roll beneath an open tiger’s cage with a piece of raw meat strapped to their chests. Those who made it all the way through (presumably meat and chest intact) would win a trip to Hawaii. “Did anybody ever get injured?”I asked her. “Oh, all the time,”she assured me. Now THAT’S entertainment!

Patricia Lee writes: “Speaking of Whispers, can you give us any more details about how Anne Tedly characters dies??? or does she?”

Answer: Nice try.

Essaytch writes: “Was S&R shot at the same time as the end of S4 for continuity’s sake? Or did you wait until S5 filming began to shoot that epp? In general, is this how you guys operate?”

Answer: Search and Rescue was the first episode shot when we returned for season 5. Continuity was important, which is why Jason had to have his dreads painstakingly reattached. To date, this is how we have operated since, more often than not, we don’t know whether or not we’re coming back when we finish episode #20 of a given season.

Fishbaum writes: “You said you approve all publicity stuff — any comments on the horrible MGM promo photography?”

Answer: I stand corrected. I approve most of the publicity stuff. I have no say on the network promos and stills. And, by the way, that was SciFi not MGM.

Wraith Cake writes: “Two films in recent memory which did frighten me silly were The Ring with Naomi Watts and Halley Berry’s Gothica…”

Answer: Halle Berry’s Gothika? For real?

Dyginc writes: “Do you know what the next BOTM selections are yet?”

Answer: Sure. Check out yesterday’s entry or mosey on over to the right sidebar.

Bailey writes: “Why, exactly, do you have a hiatus? Is it to give the “behind the scenes” people time to catch up with the filmed material?”

Answer: Pretty much. It’s an opportunity for our crew and various productions to have a well-deserved break AND play catch-up with set construction and props.

Ikiniowa writes: “On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being the darkest, just how dark is ‘Whispers’?”

Answer: It depends what you mean by dark. I think, in some aspects, Remnants is actually darker than Whispers.

NCSUfan writes: “I know you dig the dining experience…any recommendations?”

Answer: Fuel, Vij’s, Moderne Burger, Yujis, Tojos, Bistrot Bistro, Don Francesco.

Wraith Cake writes: “Do all those lovely sets soon see the landfills of Vancouver when a season is over, and are all those lovely long black wraith jackets destined to rot along side?”

Answer: We keep most of what we use. What we don’t is usually sold off at auction. What is not sold we end up eating.

Planet_tv writes: “1. How long will Woosley be command of Atlantis or has that not been decided yet?

2. How to do you tell Bubba and Jelly apart since thay are both fawn pugs (Even thou they are not related I am trouble telling them apart)?

3. Since you’re not going to Comic Con are you going have someone who is going get pictures for you so you don’t miss out on the fun that have seen cast and crew have in the Comic Con panel videos at Scifi’s website?”

Answers: 1. If we get a sixth season pick-up, chances are good Woolsey may still be in command. 2. It’s easy enough once you spend time with them. Telling babies apart – now THAT is hard. 3. Nope. Think I’ll just stay home and sulk.

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Thanks for answering my question, Joe. smile I look forward to both episodes. grin


Hi Joe,

This is a writer’s question for you. I’m probably out of order here, since you’re having guest posters on, so any writer’s are welcome to chime in here.

When writing, do you tend to write the “A” plot all the way through, then the “B” etc… writing tie-in scenes as you go, or do you write scene-to-scene, A, then B, then…(A,B,C (and more)) as they appear?

Thanks! Enjoy your trip to Montreal.



Thanks for the dining recommendations in Vacouver. After some research I discovered that there are no tours at Bridge Studio…but hey I’m not hard to please my husband and I are more than happy to meet some Stargate peeps for dinner and pick your brains there….just kidding.

Some were mentioning some “scary” movies like Gothica. Just saw a movie over the weekend that I wouldn’t classify as scary so much as intense and disturbing….Oh my God was frequently used several hours after watching it. The Happening…I know critics didn’t like it but every M. Night Shyamalan fan must see it…we had to go out and rent National Treasure 2 afterwards to end the day on something light. Going to see Ironman and the Hulk this weekend…shouldn’t be nearly as intense.

Carol  Z
Carol Z

Carol Z. writes: “What say you? Silverberg on your author lists?”

Answer: I say yay. I’ve read Lord Valentine’s Castle and The Best of Robert Silverberg which included one of the most unsettling short stories I’ve ever read about a dystopian future where people have reverted to cannibalism for survival.

Whoa! Glad I have still more Silverberg to find… and that you too are a fan wink

You’re fortunate that Fondy trims your hair Joe. Last time I went to a “salon” it cost me $65.00 US with tip and that was ONLY a wash, cut and blow dry. My hair is now long enough, I trim it myself. And color be-darned, I’m silver and PROUD!

Question, will the blueberry juice be used straight or will you mix it in some culinary delight, like a home made ice cream? I’ll bet Alan would LOVE that! Blueberries contain 14 mg of Vitamin C and 0.8 mg Vitamin E per 1 cup. In addition, blueberries contain anthocyanins and phenolics that can also act as antioxidants. They simply delight my 16 month old grand niece who eats them by the handful.

There. I’ve done my educational duties of the day.

Carol Z in New Jersey


*puts head in hands, red*
Darn my enthusiasm!
For later, then *nod*

This is why whenever I get a haircut I just buzz. That last sentence might have had more impact if I mentioned I were female. No time to think too much about it. And I think a man in short hair saying luvvly-jubbly is just as disturbing as a long-haired man saying it with a monocle. But that’s just my opinion, I s’ppose.

I find my impactfulness (<–not a word) isn’t as enthusiastic as my penchant for asking questions prematurely. I should fix that.

Thanks for the heads up. grin Does the same go for Janina’s questions?

aside: I’m currently watching a documentary (F*ck [censored]) on the F-word. It’s taking all of my pitiful restraint not to include some form of it in this note. Think George Carlin-esque, here, (r.i.p.).


Heya Joe,
Your pre-cut do is very Sheplike.
You probably would do quite nicely with the completely shorn look and in full dress tux. Quite dashing and very distinguished actually – in my visualization.

The pineapple is in the middle..horizontal with base on the right and crown on the left.

Enjoy your travels and feeding opportunities.
We look forward to hearing about the feasting.


Hey Joe.

I bought the coolest toothbrush today! It has special whitening bristles, 3 different parts on the head that each rotate differently…plus, while your brushing, it sucks out the spit from your mouth like that hose at the dentists office does! Don’t ask why I told you that…onto my questions for today…

Out of all the books you have read so far in your life, what ONE (1) has been your all-time favourite? How many times have you read it?

Also…why does Stargate not air in Canada (on Space Channel or something) like it does in the US?

Thanks Joe. Hey, enjoy your trip to Montreal!


oops, was so focused on the hair and pineapple – did not ask obvious questions like:
What did you all dine on at Fuel?
Did Robert Picardo enjoy Fuel?

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

Thanks Joe,

For …. not anwering my Q? But you know I had to try!…

And Trish…. a.k.a Whoivan… HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! You rock!

Have fun in Montrel this coming week!


Patricia Lee


Answer: The wraith have one feeding hand.

Are there ever left-handed Wraith? Do they get picked on by the more numerous right-handed Wraith and do their teachers try to make them eat with the “proper” hand? grin

Margaret Clayton

A marsh hawk nest might be a dashing conversation inducing hairstyle; although I can well imagine the drawbacks.

I used to cut my husband’s hair when he was in the Navy; I can do a wicked military taper. I still cut his hair now and then, but the full bushy beard! There’s a chore! He hasn’t shaved since he retired from active duty in 1997, he can tell you the exact day, nay, the exact time down to the minute he last touched a razor. These days, he likes to go down to the local beauty college and let the girls practice beard trimming; full beards are a rarity and he’s welcomed as a challenge. $3 plus tip and they’re mostly competent. It’s hair, it grows back.

I have long hair which does nothing in particular but hang around my face. I kept it vivid purple for one year when I turned fifty, and moved on to varying dark reds and burgundies this year. Right now my silver-grey roots are showing, and all my 20-something friends are urging me to go for it. I just don’t know; am I ready to be the witchy crone-goddess incarnation? I was a real blond once upon a time. Any suggestions, anyone? Not cutting, I had short short hair as a little girl. Mom called it a Pixie Cut. I was adorable.


Hi, Joe.

TV Guide Online has a poll about Jason Momoa’s hair cut:

POLL: What do you think of Momoa’s new look?




It’s just strange seeing you in a shirt and with messed-up hair. You look like someone in their 20s. Really!

Safe travels, Joe! Don’t eat too much!


You only ate half of the cookie!? Man peanutbutter is really good, you can’t just waste it!
And your wife doesnt read your blog does she?

Saw some photos off of GateWorld, how come Andee Frizzell wasn’t the Wraith Queen? Kinda thought she’d stay. Or maybe she just couldn’t do it?


I understand that you don’t proof the Sci Fi stills, promos, etc… but… There’s one cast photo from this season that I find particularly amusing… where not only is most of the cast levitating, but Woolsey looks about three inches tall compared to the rest of the cast. Maybe the actor is slightly… compact… but I don’t think he’s THAT short. razz

Do you find these sorts of things funny (I mean, they’re not your fault… there’s nothing you could have done) or do you find them aggrivating?


Now I have to start looking for Will Waring’s name in the credits, AND look for pineapples? I hate pineapples…still thanks for the heads up on the inside gag. I love Mr. Picardo’s look. Was he an excuse for you to take in an extra meal at Fuel’s for the week, or are you past the point of excuses? As for the haircut, my sympathies. My work, sort of like Amanda Tapping in her SG-1 years, makes short hair more practical. Two years ago I took it to an extreme, ending up with a buzzcut in exchange for some donations to a worthy charity. Alas, I’m not one of those who looks good as a baldie. Have you considered going the bald route at some point? If so, just name the charity and I will throw in my bit to encourage you. I suspect others would do the same. Hope you enjoy your Montreal sojourn, and with settle for rewatching season 4 in preparation for the new season.


*Picks herself up off the floor and cralws back into her chair*

Sorry, it seems I fainted dead away seeing you in something other than a suit and with your hair not perfectly coifed!

Omedetou to Trish and her hubby!!

Speaking of anime, did you ever get around to seeing Howl’s Moving Castle?

Sci fi has been seriously irritating me of late in regards to the promos. They keep intermingling clips from *last season*, like the Replantis city tower blowing up, and worse, stuff with Elizabeth, as if they were trying to convince us she’d be back! Shameful! And I’m irritated by their ads, where the announcer talks about the “intergalactic puddle-jumpers”. INTERGALACTIC? As in traversing the space between galaxies?? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m thinking even the ‘jumper that McKay installed the hyperdrive in couldn’t have gone from Pegasus to the Milky Way without going through the Space Bridge, and that doesn’t really count, sou desu ne?

I think the reason the season 5 photos are so bad is because they weren’t actually taken on location. Look at their feet on the steps — no shadows or reflections, and the ancient lettering shows up where theire body should be blocking them. They’ve been Photoshopped into empty sets! And their outlines look like greenscreen, with the lighting not matching up to the set. But why do it that way? Would it have been so hard to get the shots on the actual set? Were prior shoots done this way and they just did a better job photoshopping in the past than this year?

I’m glad the season 4 DVD set cover looks decent at least — IMNSHO, Ronon and Sheppard looked downright scary (and not in a good way) on season 3’s cover ….

Oy, sorry, apparently I’m feeling nitpicky and cranky today. XD I’m sure I will be cheerier when the new season starts!


You, or anyone from Stargate, are more than welcome to visit me in Bishop the next time you’re in California. I will warn you that Bishop is rather boring. It’s a small town what can I say, unless you like trains because Laws Railroad Museum is still a highlight for the locals that know their way around the entire museum. If you come in the winter, bring Joe Flanigan with you because I know he’d probably love to ski in Mammoth. I know he did the commentary for The Rising Parts 1 & 2 with Martin Wood and Joe was explaining that when they were in the helecopters for the opening sequence with him and Richard Dean Anderson that he had grabbed his skis and was looking for a great hill to ski down.

I knew MGM would go with local people for any of the food, but I had to ask. You never know. Now I’m looking forward to decorating an everything Tim Burton cake for a kid’s 15th birthday on September 1st. He’s already growing out his hair so that he can be Sweeny Todd for Halloween.


Hi Joe! Been lurking again, but have had nothing to say worth saying. Have had a crappy week starting with my cat of 10 years dying and just craptastic days at work to finish it off. The only thing keeping me sane right now is the fact that next week I get to see my hubby (whom I haven’t seen in 2 months) and meeting my fellow squirrels at Shore Leave the following week.

But I digress.

I like the haircut, and I like the shirt even more! smile Finally finished the Androids Dream and liked it very much. Will have to check out the new selections of the BOTM and maybe have one of those done by Christmas. haha

Have fun in Montreal and try not to eat too much!

Happy Anniversary Trish! Congrats on making it to 15 years.


You’ve killed your supervillian image – your wife cuts your hair!

Enjoy your trip to see your family – I hope you don’t miss the hounds too much when you are away.



Heehee. Love the t-shirt.

I need a haircut, too. It’s odd, but ever since I got about, oh, 33 or so inches chopped off, I just can’t get it short enough. Maybe it’s a phase. Meanwhile, I think it looks so bad, I’ve taking to wearing bandannas, which I can’t recall ever wearing before in my life.


Is Remnants a Michael-related or Wraith episode?


Today we had to call the fire department because the main jail door refused to open and started smoking.

Random, I know, but it just doesn’t stop being funny.


caitlyanna said:
You, or anyone from Stargate…visit me in Bishop the next time you’re in California

If memory serves, there is a restaurant – great for breakfasts…Jacks.

A good steak place, but I do not remember the name.

And to the north is Bode – ghost town at about 8,000 ft.
Friends and I tried to visit in Oct 2006 and it snowed 8-10 inches. Needless to say, we did not go cause we did not have winter clothes or shoes.


Hi, Joe
If SCIFI doesn’t pick up the 6th season, will you produce one or more movies like SG1?
And will you join the 3rd series’s procreation?