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Beefcake!  BEEEEFCAAAKE!
Beefcake! BEEEEFCAAAKE!

Every so often, I check out my wordpress stats page. It offers an interesting insight into this blog’s readership: daily views, most popular entries, and, my favorite, the search engine terms that have led many an unwary surfer to this modest online soapbox. Sometimes, it’s a search for a particular author that, as it turns out, may have guested as part of our ongoing Book of the Month Club discussions (searches for “Glen Cook” led about a dozen potential new readers here over the past couple of days). Other times, it’s a Stargate-related search that will lead fans to discover this blog (searches for “wraith dart” and “Cameron Mitchell” each brought four new fans to the fold). Still other times, the search terms that end up linking to this site are a little more, shall we say, obscure. What surprises me is not so much the terms themselves, but the fact that they would actually lead here in the first place. This week’s favorites include:

SEARCH TERM: “creepy”

VIEWS: 7

SEARCH TERM: “Todd the wraith fan fiction slash”

VIEWS: 3

SEARCH TERM: “i promise to never wear flannel pajamas”

VIEWS: 2

SEARCH TERM: “nervous”

VIEWS: 2

SEARCH TERM: “smoked meat”

VIEWS: 2

SEARCH TERM: “whores”

VIEWS: 2

SEARCH TERM: “deer salt for cooking kage”

VIEWS: 2

SEARCH TERM: “dropping a sulcata upside down dangerous”

VIEWS: 1

SEARCH TERM: “touch n go garage door openers”

VIEWS: 1

SEARCH TERM: “25 cent porn”

VIEWS: 1

Hopefully, all those who were led here found what they were looking for. Especially those seeking “whores” and “25 cent porn”.

I was back in the office today and, while Brad and Rob were meeting with the gang from MGM, Paul was pitching me his proposed changes to the outline. On the Stargate: Universe front, it looks like they’ve finally decided on a ship design. More or less. And they’ve also narrowed down their casting choices. With the initial auditions and call-backs complete, they’ll be heading into test week on the hunt for a Young, Scott, Eli, Tamara, Chloe, and Stasiak. As for Rush – well, this one should be very interesting.

A quick thanks to Paulette for sending the swag box chock full of everything from Burn After Reading USB devices to Shaun of the Dead bumper stickers. Despite my offer to share, my writing partner raided the post facility’s backroom closet and, amidst the old cassettes, back-up disks, and the cadavers of former foley assistants, he dug up a relic from a bygone era: one of the alternate crystal skulls the prop department created for the SG-1 episode of the same name (pictured). It now adorns his office alongside the myriad of old Atlantis scripts and his bottle of emergency bottle of scotch. Not to be outdone, I showed off my buff new Burn After Reading: “Intelligence is Relative” headband. I’m considering wearing it to future story meetings in order to intimidate my opponents – I mean welcome the notes provided by my fellow producers.

Today, I kick off a new segment titled: Things I Learned Today…

Fish cheese is all the rage in Japan and I seem to have missed out on the craze:

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkintheroad/archives/2008/12/strange_snacks_2.php

The British apparently have a drink now and then. Here‘s where:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/dec/08/rough-pub-guide-british-bars

With the economy in the toilet, it would seem that few are in a celebrating mood:

 

 

http://www.economist.com/business/displayStory.cfm?story_id=12725098&source=hptextfeature

Want to etch your name in history but are too lazy to discover a cure for cancer? How about having a newly discovered bat species named after you? The perfect holiday gift for the guy who has everything (except a bat species named after him):

http://www.purdue.edu/dp/environment/species/

It would seem that it’s illegal to sell a senate seat in the United States. Who knew?

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/1209081rod1.html

Finally, check out my final Weird Food Purchase of the Day: Tokyo Edition from my final night in Japan. A trifecta!

 

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jedi43
jedi43

Joe,

Who is the gay male on SGA?

Jedi

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

I am in awe of your willingness and ability to ingest a substance not once, but twice. Nor do you stint on the size of the sample you test. Just the name Calpis would have been enough to have me edging away from the product. Many thanks for the fine footage of your final Japan edition of Weird Foods.
I see you’re out to establish a new cottage industry, of searching for keywords that will bring up your blog. I found the most disturbing trigger to be the “I promise never to wear flannel pajamas.” But you made no mention of your blog’s rankings on WordPress. Given you’re now a primary source of info on all things Stargate, I would expect your rating to be high. As for the headband? Well, the clothes may make the man, but I’m not sure the headband makes the model. And did I mention that these snowflakes are beginning to do funny things to my mind? Thanks for the daily chuckle.

Delynn

Oooh! You really outdid yourself today: Weird Food Purchase of the Day, interesting blog title, and kicking off a new segment!!! Impressive smile

And you know we’re all gonna go search for “whores” and “25 cent porn” on WordPress now, right? And click when we see your blog wink

Shawna
Shawna

Those search terms are funny. My own blog doesn’t get much traffic, but I still get a few weird terms that lead people to it somehow. Mostly names of shows I’ve reviewed or the actors in them, but we’ve also got “dayton callie tattoos” (which I have yet to figure out what that means), “sissy”, “thousands of ants in the kitchen”, “vampires know how to throw a party”, “ed o’neill poor” (apparently that led two people there; still don’t know what exactly they were hoping to find), “laliari sex” (that’s the squid alien girl from Galaxy Quest; I’m afraid the two people looking for that came away disappointed), and my personal favorite, “jokes make people read funny things sofa”.

Christin

Without going into details, I just want to say that this week seems to be the week for porn in my reality. And yes, that is a deviation from typical weeks.

Also, it’s not illegal to sell a senate seat. It’s illegal to get CAUGHT selling a senate seat. And if you’re a total douche and you manage to piss off most of the people in your party and your own Lt. Governor hates you and hasn’t spoken to you in years, then it’s more likely that even in one of the most openly corrupt state governments in the US, you’re going to get caught.

Frankly, I’m happy to be rid of him. Being governed by good ol’ Governor Rod was like being ruled by a three year old prone to temper tantrums.

Alexandria
Alexandria

Okay, I’ll bite…any more hints on Rush? You’ve aroused my curiosity. lol.

sylvia
sylvia

Whew….for a very nervous moment or nanosecond, was worried that the Fuel corn soup might be in jeopardy as it is seasonal and the canned stuff can be bought by the case. The cake and custard looked pretty good actually and your expressions as you savored it – sealed the deal.

By the way, not only selling a Senate seat, but a few dozen other “casual acts” of siphoning money from people.
This is the WTF was he thinking over the last 6 or so years in office. OMG.

Love your beefcake posing!!!!

Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

I love all the suits in the closet behind you at the hotel. When you leave this mortal coil, I know that one of the things you will be remembered for is that you had style.

Is there anything technology wise in Japan that you think would catch on in North America?

Patricia (AG)

Lisa Gabi Marie
Lisa Gabi Marie

Can I have tomorrows blog entry dedicated to me, I need good luck my final tomorrow.

Thank you for all the pictures they always bring me joy!

Lisa

shiningwit
shiningwit

http://www.royalinn.co.uk/

On the odd occasion I venture out after dark here’s where I end up.

Your not-so-weird food purchase of the day was interesting to say the least. One of my favourite pastries is a flaky pastry version of you choux a la creme only here we call ’em Vanilla slices and ours have icing on the top and sometimes a spreading of jam inside….YUMMY, trouble is they tend to kinda disintegrate on you at the first bite making them impossible to eat without getting into a real pickle if you don’t have one of those pelican bib things to catch the bits in to finish off later!

The reason I’m up this morning at 5.30 is the ruddy cat was trying to get into the bedroom because she was locked out of the living room, so now she’s locked out of the house to go catch meeces and other things of a rodent nature. I expect gore galore when I get up for real in an hour and a half.

archersangel

interesting search terms.

BTW i haven’t been her in a wile, but the snow? distracting

Marsha_R

Hi Joe –

Thanks for the discussion about McKay and Keller and other relationships on SGA. It certainly helped me clarify my own thoughts re: Brainstorm.

I admit I didn’t want to give Keller much of a chance when she first showed up, mostly because of Beckett being gone, but eventually I came around to considering her one of the team.

That being said, when I first saw Brainstorm, I wasn’t really happy about the way Keller was treating McKay, but I couldn’t figure out why. I watched the episode again, and still wasn’t able to put my finger on the problem. I thought about it for a few days, and then something different occurred to me. Instead of watching again, this time I found a transcript online and read through the episode, and it confirmed my new idea. I had to give in this time too. Keller was perfectly justified in how she handled McKay because, during the crisis, if Sheppard had said those things to McKay, I would have had no problem with any of it and McKay’s reactions would have been totally in character! So, even though I would rather be seeing Carson every week, I’m slowly converting to not disliking Keller. And it’s also all right with me if she’s with McKay, as long as she doesn’t hurt him, dammit! wink

I also think the idea of Nancy and John getting back together, even in passing, is totally plausible. Not only would John need someone he was already comfortable with, but I also think the reverse is true. He would be such a tough case to crack, that only someone who knew him well would be willing to spend the time to get him to open up.

Finally, the gay recurring character question is quite intriguing. My first guess would be Lorne, but having to deal with DADT would open a bigger can of worms than just “I’m going home to see my boyfriend, bye!”, so maybe not. I could also see it being Zelenka, but I can remember him making remarks about women and I’m not sure if they were only in reference to other people or not. The only one I can see in the clear would be Chuck. No matter who it is, it would be interesting to see, that’s for sure!

Christle
Christle

Hey, Joe, you know what the creme thing looks like to me? A cross between a doughnut, an eclair, and a cream puff.

gollysunshine
gollysunshine

I agree that some of the Google searches that lead to one’s blog are very strange and you wonder what people are thinking. I can’t tell you how many searches I get on ‘how to burn down a house’ because I did a post on D.B. Sweeney’s Q&A for his “Two Tickets to Paradise” where he had discussed how he went about getting a house to burn down for his low-budget independent film. I keep wondering if there are really that many people out there that want to burn down their homes and for what reason.

Last night saw the series finale to “Boston Legal” … and while I wasn’t fond of some of the choices they made this season, I will miss the show because I have loved it from its inception and its main cast, guest cast, and scripts have always been superb. True to its bold nature for all these years, Boston Legal went out on a very bold move… Bold, I say, because even though they are ending the show and don’t need primetime audience anymore, they are still going to want to sell DVDs. Then again, I’m sure its boldness has been what has kept its audience coming back year after year, so maybe anything less would not have us buying the DVDs to stay with us.

It does make me wonder sometimes if Stargate had stayed on ‘no limits’ Showtime and didn’t have to make a version compatible with syndication, if Stargate wouldn’t have made some bolder choices that seemed so right for the show.

Anyway, if your interest in Boston Legal has been flagging, you might want to check out these last ending episodes anyway because it has certainly gone out with a bang.

gilder
gilder

Crossed fingers, please. Acting I final performance 11AM–2PM today (10 Dec).

Belouchi
Belouchi

Dear Joe,

Thanks for the gourmet Restaurant Advice for Las Vegas: So this is our definte restaurant itenerary for our week in vegas: Le Cirque@ Bellagio, Sensi@Bellagio, Tender@Luxor, Mix@Mandalaybay, Cathouse@Luxor, Guy Savoy@Ceasar’s and to finish with style L’atelier de Joel Robuchon@MGM. I

Now buddy, concerning Atlantis I have my ultimate questions to ask of you: by this I mean its the last time I will bother you with Atlantis related questions.

1. I was wondering if the Zpm arc will by wrapped by the season’s end. What i mean by ZPM arc is will our atlantis team (a.) figure out a way to create new zpms or refill depleted ones or (b) will they find a substantial amount of left over zpms to fully power atlantis and their other needs; by this I mean of the likes of the Daganian Zpm or others.

2. Approximately how many drones does Atlantis ( is it in the hundreds or thousands) have and how many are left in the outpost after the Anubis battle (not a lot I think) since thousands were fired at the anubis fleet?

3. In the episode Adrift I counted 16 jumpers, how could this be if central tower can house only twelve and the secondary bay wasn’t accessible due to the shrinking of the shield?

4. So far, according to the 97 episodes of Stargate Atlantis I have watched and by watched I mean memorized, I calculated that at least 28 Hive ships and 6 cruisers have been destroyed not taking into account any that were destroyed during the events of the Attero device or any from the wraith civil war that wasn’t infered from the character dialogues. My question to you sir is do you believe this figure should stand as accurate or do you think more were destroyed?

Thanks buddy

Have a great weekend

Shadow Step
Shadow Step

What? No selfmade fugu sashimi?

Christle
Christle

Break a leg, Gilder! Tell us all about it later!

AmILeo
AmILeo

Hey Mr. M.,

I’ve enjoyed reading your adventures in Japan over the last week or so. The dracula icecream was… interesting?
I had to laugh though, that you included Knorr soup as a Japanese weird food purchase of the day. It’s a popular Dutch soup brand, and thus now proven to also be sold outside Europe and North America! If you go to a Budget store in Vancouver, you can find the exact same Knorr soup.

I’m jealous of your headband!

crazymom1

Oh, that skull is so cool! I want one of those! It would look a little weird in the china cabinet with my teapots, but I wouldn’t mind…

Kellie

This is hilarious. For someone who makes parodies, I have been so off. I always thought that Weir was supposed to have a crush on Sheppard (and that Sheppard had a crush on everyone) and that Ronon and Teyla liked each other!

And just for the record, I’ve always known that Lorne and Kavanaugh were gay and in love. I’m dead serious.

riley

Joe said: On the Stargate: Universe front, it looks like they’ve finally decided on a ship

OMG – JOE! DID YOU LEARN NOTHING FROM MCKELLAR???!!!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Hey, Joe – do you purge after eating all of this weird stuff? I mean…the combinations alone kinda make me feel queasy just watching… @ Shawna – Yup – that was me…not a big fan of the vampire genre overall, except the classic old Lugosi stuff. And I am familiar with Twilight – I was tempted to see the movie, or read (ha!) the book, but I am not into teenage angst. Even when I was a teenager, I wasn’t into teenage angst – it’s kinda foreign to me. I spent my teen years in the woods with my dog, blazing trails and studying animal behavior. When other girls were worried about boys and makeup, I was learning to identify the difference between otter spraints and raccoon scat…which is disturbing in and of itself…but hey! I’m really loads of fun on a hike! “Oh, look! A regurgitated owl pellet with the remnants of a semi-digested field mouse!” Good times. Good times. ANYway…Yes – in Todd’s case it’s his effort to resist feeding on his human ‘allies’ that makes the whole story so interesting. Even when you take what happened on the Daedalus, Todd could have allowed his crew to feed on the humans, since – in his mind – they were dead anyway. Or, at least take a couple along with them as snacks for their trip back to the hive. But he didn’t – he left them to a quick and painless death instead of using those precious resources to feed his crew. In a strange way, that was really honorable on his part, considering. So, it is that dynamic that I love so much, and why I really would hate to see the Wraith totally de-Wraithed. I get annoyed with the whole ‘black/white’ thing – the idea that, just because they feed on humans, they MUST be destroyed. Life is not so easy as that. Humans = good = life v Wraith = bad = death is an overly simplistic way of handling the characters, and doesn’t really allow for a deeper, more complex exploration into their relationship to one another…well, except in episodes like Common Ground and Infection. But even then, death is still the main option on the table…and…ya know…that just gets really old after a while. But hey – not much can be done about it now – I just have to hold out until the end of the series, and hope that it – and the movie – satisfies in some way. If not, I always have that Todd/Sheppard interspecies slash fan fic stuff everyone raves about…lol. Ya know – if I ever get to that point, just shoot me. das PS: Narelle – if you’re lurking…this is one of those times I went to bed at 10:30, woke up at 1:30, and am still wide awake at 3:30…thus my crazy posting times. So…I do sleep, just not all at once. Loading...

iamza
iamza

On the puddle jumper question, where are the Atlantis crew stocking up on puddlejumpers? I mean:

Search and Rescue: 1 puddle jumper stolen misplaced
The Seed: 1 puddle jumper slightly damaged (+ one tower in desperate need of a makeover)
Broken Ties: NPHITMOTE (No Puddlejumpers Harmed In The Making Of This Episode. Satedans, OTOH…)
Daedelus Variations: 1 puddle jumper exported to an alternate dimension (thus, lost)
Ghost in the Machine: Possessed puddlejumper, presumably returns to normal once exorcised much to Sheppard’s relief because the head spinning and vomiting was getting old real fast
The Shrine: NPHITMOTE (Physicists, OTOH…)
Whispers: Puddlejumpers go on vacation (Road trip!)
The Queen: Puddlejumpers take back seat to Hives and Darts, much to the jumpers’ relief. Hives and Darts want vacation, too, but get blown up instead
Tracker: NPHITMOTE (Runners, OTOH…)
First Contact: NPHITMOTE (Stargates, OTOH…)
The Lost Tribe: NPHITMOTE (Asgard, OTOH…)
Outsiders: NPHITMOTE (Balarans, OTOH…)
Inquisition: NPHITMOTE (What, nothing blew up? Nobody died? Sigh)
The Prodigal: The gate eats a puddlejumper!
Remnants: NPHITMOTE (Sheppard, OTOH…)
Brain Storm: Bill Nye + freeze lightning! (What puddlejumpers?)
Infection: Puddlejumper crashes and burns drowns (thus, lost?)

Also, do the writers have a “Kill a Puddlejumper” budget per season? *grin*

Becka

Ah! Thanks for the video, yay, I miss them. Always fun to watch Joe do “Weird Eats”. LOL I love at the end were you mix the pastry with a wash down of corn soup, made me chuckle. Have a good day Joe, looking forward to more videos.