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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!

 

76 thoughts on “December 9, 2008: This Blog – Your One Stop Shop for Stargate, Whores, and 25 Cent Porn

  1. 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.

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

    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 😉

  3. 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”.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!!

  6. 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)

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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! 😉

    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!

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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???!!!

  17. 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. 😛

  18. 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*

  19. 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.

  20. Thanks for the summation on shipping. Have to say I disagree with most of it. Any pairing could have worked if the writers wanted it to. We ended up with McKeller because its what you guys wanted to do, no other reason. I’ve always loved SGA but it’s always felt like the McKay hour with Sheppard thrown in there to be his play mate but it got steadily worse over the years. Sadly Shep also got the boot and along came Keller.

    Season five turned out to be the McKeller show no matter how you try to spin it. He was always the golden boy and strange out out of an ensemble cast he was the only character you wanted to give a happy ending to. I probably wouldnt have minded if it hadnt been so heavy handed and took the focus away from the team aspect.

    Sadly no one else got this kind of consideration. Teyla was turned into half the character she used to be and tucked away nicely with her wet blanket invisible lover. How can anyone say these two had any sort of relationship. What relationship was that, I must have blinked and missed it. So pairing up Teyla with a whimp is giving her a happy ending.

    And poor Shep, destined to be the lonely hero. Why? Because you couldnt be bothered to give him a happy ever after. Why would it be improper for him to hook up with Teyla, I’m not a shipper but they had a nice thing going on and I quite liked their interaction so what was the problem there. Do you think it more proper for John to chase skirt with the hot babe of the week. Acting like a hormonal teenager with massive committment issues. Thank god you didnt bring Nancy back. What was that all about. Dragging back his ex is pretty low. She’s moved on and having an ex husband myself you don’t go there.

    So his marriage didnt work out, happens a lot. If it was down to Sheps committment issues then I’m sure they go back a long way before his marriage, but sadly again the writers never wanted to explore that. So you kept him chasing skirt and getting to flirt with a different babe. I find Shep panting after Larrin, flirting with the silly little scientist half his age in Remnants a lot more improper than his relationship with Teyla. I thought they were a really good match but it got dropped like a hot potato, why!

    I don’t mind subtle relationships in the background that show us a bit more about the characters. That’s why I had no problem with John and Teyla and wouldnt have minded if they had gotten together at the end of thes show, but you all did another Sam/Jack there. But McKeller doesn’t belong on SGA. Full on relationships just to satisfy the writers themselves is just not on. SGA is not about romance, not this kind, slow and in the background like John and Teyla maybe but in your face full on romance is just a turn off, and frankly Rodney is the last person I want to see smooching with anyone.

    Shame the writers just wanted to satisfy their own needs and not give all the characters a great send off and a happy ever after for all of them. Very disappointing and sad way for the show to end. I seem to have lost all my enthusiasm for the movies now, though I would like to thank you and everyone for the few outstanding episodes we did get in Season five, such as Search and Rescue , Prodigal and Infection.

  21. Bonjour Joseph!

    Comment allez vous aujourd’hui!!

    Sa me fait toujour autant plaisir de vous voir dans ces video! Cette chemise vous vas trés bien!! Lol la photo^^, vous êtes trop funny!

    hummm moi j’ai connu votre blog grâce a d’autre fan de stargate^^! Lol les gens qui chercher porno et pute on du être un peu déçu.

    Merci pour tout ces liens!

    Bisou Bisou, A bientot!

  22. Joe in your last blog you stated:

    The prospect of introducing a gay character to the Stargate universe was always an interesting possibility, but one that would require the right circumstances.

    Why would you need the right circumstances? A gay character shouldn’t require anything extra to introduce them then a straight one. They are just regular people like everybody else.
    I can’t imagine why it would be any harder to write a gay/lesbian character.

    I commented to some friends the other day as progressive as Sci Fi likes to think it is, I have never ,in North American SciFi TV, seen a gay character.

    My friend Dee made a great comment “SF is meant to make us question things we take for granted as “natural.”

    I would love for SGU to finally take this chance and present a gay/lesbian character that was just a ordinary regular person, who just happens to be stuck on a ship in a distant part of the galaxy. You don’t need any special or right circumstances. Just do it. : )

  23. OK, I saw the crystal skull, pegged it, & thought, “Ooooh, Christmas gift blog!!”

    No, huh?! But it would look SO great in the abandoned son’s dorm room!

    Do former foley assistants ever get a proper burial? Or are they always relegated to storage closets? Downside to what would appear to be a fun job. (Like opening the pickle jar in the toilet…)

    You continue to amaze me with your willingness to broaden our horizons. I would have come straight to the “Shoe ‘d Creme”. Especially if you HAD found the fish cheese.

  24. Ok, I’ve got to ask. Re: The fish cheese. Where the hell does Kobe beef come from if (according to that blog’s author) there are no cows in Japan?

  25. You think you’re search stats are weird?
    a quick look at my own:

    1 removing a central fireplace
    2 dartford crossing how does it work
    3 blank coat of arms
    4 fault codes for man tga
    and this
    5 ugly woman sex

    WTF? I have no idea what most of these mean – albeit that the last one might have reference to ‘beer-goggles’ of which my mate has a fair collection. I mean, I wouldn’t say heffers exactly, but his house must be starting to look like the High Chaparral.

    Anyway, the way you’ve labeled WFPD ‘Tokyo Ed’ – does that mean they’ll one day be an Extreme edition? If so, please give warning so I can buy a bucket LOL

  26. Oh yeah 25 cent Stargate whores and crystal skull porn! with a side of beefcake. mmm

    Infection = hard bug to kill. Missed Shep’s usual “I hate those bugs” crack when Iratus mentioned but maybe because it was Keller not Beckett. I was kinda bored with this episode, was looking forward to John-Todd exchange but got yet another problem aboard a hive ship, Rodney trying to fix and amok Wraith shoot em up. I’ll have to watch it again, this time looking at it from the crusty sea-dog going-down-with-the-ship stance someone cleverly mentioned (just call him Capt’n Todd) that made me think of the left-behind Lantean whales (Echoes is one of my all-time fave eps). Yes it was a team ep which I love best after Shep eps. I used to love Rodney eps. I still love Ronon and Teyla eps. I think Woolsey is doing pretty good at adapting but I originate that attitude change to the events of The Return. I loved the end scene with John & Todd. Joe F & Chris H did a great job. Can’t help but think Todd considers John a “brother” because of the residual Iratus DNA he has (from Conversion). Yeah, thats it, Wraith can smell it.

    3 more eps to go *very sad* At least one is a total Shep ep.
    DD

  27. gollysunshine: 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.
    Alot more sex. 😀

  28. EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Calpis! That description of it gave me the bad chills. Even my tea doesn’t taste good now imagining vanilla yogurt mixed with 7 up sitting out all night and re-cooled!

    How you could mix corn soup w/a pastry – gah!

    Thanks for sharing anyway!

    🙂 S

  29. Aww, the Crystal Skull. That episode is a favorite of my kids. I can’t tell you how many times they have watched it, and I have heard it. Whenever we take long car trips, the kids bring different seasons of Stargate SG1 along. As I drive, they are in the back watching episodes. So, I have certainly heard a lot more Stargate than I have seen.

    Man, they love Daniel’s grandfather. They are constantly chuckling over his comments, and how rascally he is. And, they always wonder why they never saw Nick again in any more episodes. I tell them, that’s what their imaginations are for.

  30. Except for the warm soup in a can, the Calpis (pronounced Ca Lu Pees in my family) and choux creme brought back many memories! I’ve never had the “premium” Calpis, but I LOVE the normal version, which came in concentrated form in a dark brown bottle, wrapped in white paper with blue polka dots. Lovely.

    I wish I could find a way to transport or ship to you my mom’s choux cremes — she even used to make them for a local sushi place in Miami, with homemade custard and everything (no whipped cream though; to be honest it didn’t need it). They were heaven!

  31. As you were explaining the Calpis, I had visions of some Japanese foodie who doesn’t speak English coming to the States and trying out “Milk of Magnesia” as if it were a real drink. “Hmm, tastes like milk and chalk…gives me memories of school. I wonder what happened to my Grade 4 teacher? She inspired me to become who I am today.”

  32. Be still my beating heart … corn soup in a can, calpis AND shoe cream! (I know, Choux creme, but please, I am a savage).

    Those cans of hot corn soup … along with cans of coffee and tea, make excellent handwarmers while walking to work or waiting for a train. When you get there, you have breakfast in your pockets.

    I had to wipe droll off my screen at the sight of the crystal skull. Want.

  33. I can understand the creepy and the Todd slash (due to das probably, lol), but some of those titles are to funny to be connected here.

  34. Marsha_R said ….

    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!

    Please note that I am not trying to pick on you or anything, and you are of course entirely entitled to your viewpoint — what follllows is intended to be simply discussion, my thoughts on what points you have raised with your thoughts. 🙂

    I personally can’t see Sheppard ever speaking to Rodney (or the room of scientists) the way Keller did. He’s terse, to the point — I don’t recall ever seeing him actually *lecture* Rodney before, or even just tell him to change his attitude other than to stop whining and just get a job done already. He doesn’t care about Rodney’s ego “problem”. I think he would have simply said “Quit fighting and get to work!” and left it at that, as he does when Rodney gets into tiff with Zelenka. Also, he would have been within his rights to do so because he’s Rodney’s commanding officer — Keller is not. I would imagine Rodney would be in charge of Atlantis before she would be.

    There’s also the simple fact that she’s considerably younger than Rodney and less experienced in such a situation. If she hadn’t told Rodney he should work with the others, trusted him when he said he didn’t need help, he wouldn’t have clashed with them — he would have just done what needed to be done (since he essentially did it all on his own anyway) and they would have all been saved a lot sooner. 😉

    Also, what about *outside* of the crisis? The stuff before and after? I cannot see John ever saying *any* of the things about being humble to Rodney — I don’t think it’s John’s style to tell people how to think or feel or to expect them to act within his personal standards. But if he did? I think Rodney would protest, not take the non-crisis-based criticism meekly and tell John that he was right.

    Of course, Rodney did finally stand up for himself at the very end, and for that I am grateful. I still don’t even find fault with what Keller was criticising Rodney for in the first place. 😉 Oddly enough, I actually liked her, once upon a time …. If she can take Rodney’s words to heart about him being who he is, and not get all nagging again, it will go a long way towards helping me to *tolerate* the relationship at least. “Infection” did. 🙂

  35. Choux pastry shaped in a doughnut yet still filled with custard? Sounds absolutely amazing. Although, how it’s different from a cream puff aside from the hole is beyond me…

  36. Glad you got the package Joe. Makes me feel better that it is going to good use. The headband photo is both frightening and hilarious.

    There may be a part 2 as I will be going back in to work next week for my final day and will likely grab more in my frenzy. If you have any specific Focus (and Rogue) faves that I haven’t covered – let me know and I’ll try and assist.

    Please tell me that the gay SGA guy will get the MILK stuff. I bet he’d really like it? He could wear it in the movie as a subtle recognition.

    Loved your shipping post btw. Thanks.

    P

  37. Hey Joe.

    Wait…..not even a follow-up of yesterday’s revelation??? Not evan a hint as to who the homosexual male on the show is? Does his name start with a “Z”? What about an “L”?…………is it Sheppard? Woolsey even? What about Ronan?????

    Please give us a little hint!

    Thanks Joe………..is it Chuck?

  38. Joe, no matter how tough you try to look, with dimples like those, all it makes us wanna do is pinch yer cheeks like spinster ol’ aunties.

    The cheeks on your face, that is…

    @ drldeboer – I think that was me who compared the ep to events on a sailing ship. For a while now, Todd has reminded me of a mix of Captain Jack Sparrow (the fella who dances between the raindrops), and Barbossa (the crusty ol’ sea captain). It’s like having the best of both worlds, all wrapped up in a spiffy leather coat. All he needs is that hat…a really big one! 😉

    Seriously, though…the second half of Infection did remind me of traditional age of sail storytelling – ship in peril, illness, and intense conflict aboard the vessel…with little reliance on technology. That part of it was very well done. The continued narrow-mindedness and hypocrisy of the team overall still sucks. It would be really nice to see the lightbulb go off, and the Lanteans realize that preservation, not extermination, is the right way to go. Now THAT would make a great movie – especially if it aired during ‘green week’. 😉

    @ lindagagne – Hey – at least I only joke about the Shodd Ship. Imagine if I was serious! “JOE! How COULD you??! Todd belongs with SHEPPARD – you can see it in their eyes!!!! The longing…the passion! They’ve even shared a MEAL together already! STOP pairing him up with KELLER, that, that…man-eating whore!!!!” 😡

    😀

    Yeah. Be happy I’m more concerned about Todd’s survival than his love life. 😉

    das

  39. Gollysunshine said…

    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.
    ………

    Hope this does not happen with Atlantis…when Enterprise killed Trip, it killed my interest in the show and therefore the DVD’s. I have not watched an episode or bought a DVD for Enterprise since.

  40. Hey Joe!

    With all those crazy search terms, don’t be surprised if a whole new surge of them occur. Your fellow readers may contemplate treating you to some more weird searches as you mentioned them. 😉

    Cool to see you folks have the crystal skull after all these years. Don’t blame you all for keeping it, it’s a neat prop. Nice headband too. 🙂

    Thanks for the weird food purchase of the day again (always a joy to watch)!

    – Enzo Aquarius

  41. I’m watching Infection and I see that Todd has had his fog machine fixed.

    I quite enjoyed it but I must admit to feeling a little smug when Shepard’s team were in the crap, they did kind of ask for it. It would be some kind of poetic justice if Keller inadvertently created somethign worse than the wraith out of the wraith, a kinda better the devil you know deal.

  42. Question: do you give your dogs bones? Mine are happily gnawing on theirs, well, Sassy is, while Missy prowls around collecting as many bits as she can find and stealing from Sassy whenever she gets chance, who then goes and helps herself to Missy’s stash, what fun.

  43. Hey joe, your link to the british pubs is a good one, if you are ever in manchester england, then i really do suggest the temple, its an amazing bar for an old toilet 😀

    And the male gay character, its chuck right? 😉

  44. Joe, your explanation of the whole ship thing was interesting and more pleasant to read than Gero’s dismissive Gateworld interview.
    So I realise you were trying to entertain me when you came up with the McKay/Keller glop but I still hope never to see either of those two characters, and now in fact, also the actors, ever again in any form on any show. They’re not even allowed to host House Hunters as far as I’m concerned.
    And the fact that you had some interesting ideas about Sheppard but could never find time to develope them (since we really needed instead to re-explore the same well-trampled pathways of McKay’s psyche that we’ve trodden over in every previous season) is somehow more depressing than if you’d never been able to come up with anything in the first place.

    I’m not sure what you meant when you said that Sheppard was a loner – did you mean alone by preference or alone due to circumstance?
    My opinion is that he was alone by choice when we first met him in Antarctica (as a reaction to what happened in Afghanistan), but he has changed over the years. He certainly does not now avoid personal relationships, and I feel he actually is lonely and not content in his solitude.
    So, my point is I watched SGA because in spite of all the catastrophes and crises, it was an upbeat show with characters I cared about. I don’t want to feel all gloomy when I’m watching the dvds, seeing Sheppard try so hard, only to know that it will all end with him alone. Yuck. I might cry.

  45. I have a little question : in “infection”, in the first video received on atlantis Todd said “on earth”. But on the hive, when the team watch the original file, Tood doesn’t say “on earth” why ?

    And i’m guessing that the gay is zelenka, because he is always a little upset when Rodney critics…

  46. I read this blog on a daily basis and I have to admit that this blog is one of the few things that’s kept me sane during the changes in season 4 and 5. I was very pissed with the producers and writers at one point and I really wanted to hate every producer and writer for making so many changes in the show I watched for years.

    Reading this blog made me realize that you are not just doing your jobs, but putting your hearts in it as well. The producers bringing in their own wishes isn’t unprofessional, it only shows that they are very much involved with what they’re creating. It is very clear in your weblog that you care about the show.

    No, I still don’t like McKeller, I think Weir should have stayed and I would like to see more Sheppard centered episodes.
    But I am not a producer. You are, and reading this blog made me realize that you’re not the bad person I desperately wanted you to be- and that you are actually extremely funny.

    So, this isn’t meant to flatter you, it’s merely meant to state that while I don’t agree with everything that’s happened over the past few years, I’m still glad you did, and are still doing, your job, and accepting that I can’t control the storylines has made me a much happier viewer.

    I still love SGA and I hope every fan that rants on about McKeller hate, and other thorns in their sides can get past their annoyance as well. Because we are all fans and I hope you realize that, even when we’re ranting and complaining.

    So, that’s off my chest- I hope I didn’t bother you with my ramblings, but it really helped me set things straight. Good luck with the movie and I will most definitely be watching it!

    Mirjam

  47. [B]Just reposting a post from the other day. In hopes that you will reply. [/B]

    on December 8, 2008 at 9:30 pm Scifan
    Dear Joe,

    Eventhough I’m a JT shipper, I do understand why you chose not to have Sheppard as the dad for Teyla’s baby. (The shipper inside me still thinks it would be cool, but realistically for the show, I get it. )

    But could you please explain something for me then?

    Why bother with the odd hints? In Sunday, it was hinted that Teyla liked someone and Ronon made a comment to John about possibly seeing John and Teyla one day happening. (I know that was before Rachel gave you the news of her pregnancy).
    So, why bother with Teyla’s weird dream in Doppelganger. Teyla’s comment to Heightmeyer, her being overly concern after he gets hurt in the beginning of the ep, plus the hug. And not just one hug in season 4, but 2! In BAMSR, John was upset and hurt of Teyla’s news of her pregnancy. And in season 5, was the dream in Search and Rescue.
    If you were never going to continue with something you seemed to want to start, why bother with the previous hints?
    I know some things are because of me wearing my shippy glasses, but when we hear here and there comments by some writers and actors, it’s hard to believe that it’s all in my head.
    Oh, and since you are saying that Teyla is with Kanaan now, is this why she calls Sheppard, Colonel majority of the time vs her calling him, John for over the past 2 years?

    Sorry, its so long, but I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking the same things.

    Thank you.

  48. Hi Joe,

    I was not able to view the video! 🙁

    @Wolfeman
    Thank you for your very civil posting of your opposite view. That was refreshing to see. 🙂

    And if I may also comment on how I view the difference between Keller and Sheppard, and as you, these are my thoughts. 😉 Not meant to change anyone’s mind.

    I think that Keller and Sheppard both deal with Rodney in different ways, Keller more genteel, which suits her personality and Sheppard more terse and to the point which suits his personality. Both methods I think have the same effect on Rodney, getting him to focus on the problem at hand and save the day. I enjoy both methods!

  49. Family Mart!! I miss Family Mart.

    I used to love looking around in the bakeries in Korea (Paris Baguette). They’d have such…interesting pastries. Lots of stuff looked like they had pepperonis on them, which was troubling since none of it was refrigerated.

    They also put sugar on their garlic bread, which was weird initially, but not hard to get accustomed to.

    One of my students in Korea gave me a pre-packaged string cheese stick once. Fortunately, I waited until I was home to crack it open, as I literally had to spit it out of my mouth after taking a bite. Turns out it was squid-flavored. It was probably the most disgusting thing I’ve ever eaten.

    On my own culinary tour of Southern Japan, I discovered that the Circle Ks have pretty good string cheese (non-fish flavored).

    -Emily

  50. A few comments Joe:

    1. I’m going to echo others who have asked why the need to show Rodney in yet another romantic relationship? I don’t see that we’re learning anything about him that we didn’t learn when he was dating Katie Brown. And I’m not sure why we need to learn anything more about Rodney at this point — certainly not at the expense of other characters.

    2. You mentioned that you chose not to “minimize the actree” by trying to hide RL’s pregnancy. To be perfectly honest, I wish you had. I’d rather have had Teyla missing from a few episodes in season 4 (as she was anyway) than have you minimize her character anyway by having her missing or walking the baby for much of season 5. What was the point of that?

    3. I’m confused. You said “True, we had set up a mutual attraction between the two characters, but to suggest that these two had hooked up unbeknownst to everyone else (to say nothing of the audience) seemed a bit of a stretch.” So, why wasn’t it a stretch for Teyla to “hook up” with a random Athosian “unbeknownst to everyone else” while engaging in the “mutual attraction” with Sheppard. That doesn’t sound like Teyla. And I’m missing your point about why it would inappropriate for Sheppard and Teyla to have a serious relationship while it’s just fine for Rodney and Keller.

    4. I started watching SGA because of John Sheppard and his team. I’m still watching for the occasional enjoyable moment, but by and large the magic is gone. There’s no team in SGA anymore, very little Sheppard. Instead we get episode after episode focused on Rodney McKay, and now Jennifer Keller. It makes me sad to see what’s become of this show. Maybe you all should do yourselves a favor and don’t even pretend that SGU is going to be an ensemble cast. Just write a story about the white wonder geek who saves the galaxy and finds love in the stars. You know it’s going to turn into that eventually.

  51. Hi Joe,

    This being my first comment on this blog I’d like to say that you sir have amazing taste in shirts. That one you’re wearing with the headband is really great. So great that I also own one. Oh and by the way I continue to love Atlantis and all of the stories and characters.

    I don’t understand the dislike of the McKay/Keller relationship. I think that it’s a completely natural evolution of a close male/female relationship. Not to say that all male/female friendships evolve that way, but theirs makes a great deal of sense to do so. I also want to add that Jennifer is a great character. I like season’s four and five as much as the others. In fact I think that season five is quite good.

    Finally, as an aside, I recently got really into Firefly. I’m glad that the Stargate writers have seen this show. I don’t know all of the story behind its cancellation, but it seems like it should have been given a greater chance to prove its greatness. It seems that all of the folks at stargate and scifi have a good working relationship, and I’m glad that it’s led to two good shows. Here’s to the third being as great as the first two. I’m certainly looking forward to it.

  52. Das: Ya know.. I have a friend just like you, over in Alabama. Only, she’s not Wraith-ified.. She’s more Wookiee-fied. Still, the resemblance is quite unnerving.

    “.. and yes, I should still be working.. 😛 “

    You have no idea how many times I hear that from her in one day. Apparently, between RPing with me, working part time and scaring the living daylights out of other road users, she’s supposed to be working on her post-grad Archaeology studies. But between the constant backchatter of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, i’m still not sure where she manages to fit it all in 😛

    But it just wouldn’t be her if she was any different. And I guess the same goes for you too. Don’t apologise.. 😉

  53. Das: So glad everyone else in the office has gone home. I would’ve gotten a LOT of weird stares for the laughing I did after clicking on the link to that picture. Brilliant!

  54. @ Alexandria:

    I take offence. Or at least a small garden gate.

    Last time I checked, I am pretty sure I was still holding a British passport.. But I reaaaaaally don’t remember being asked if I minded some poor soul’s suicide being aired on my behalf >.>

    BSkyB are airing the show, not the British. And from what I can see, it’s more a multi-national effort anyway, with America and Switzerland taking center stage. The British are just doing their usual Papparazzi tour. Anywhoos… I plum forgot to tune in. I got sidetracked by another documentary on a rival channel – ‘Skiddies: What Happens When Toilet Visits Go Wrong’.

  55. Perragrin wrote: “I have a friend just like you, over in Alabama. Only, she’s not Wraith-ified.. She’s more Wookiee-fied. Still, the resemblance is quite unnerving.”

    Hey! I’m hairy, too! 😀 It must be an American thing. 😛

    Can’t you just hear Woolsey in that picture, welcoming Todd, “Today is an historic day. Carmen Miranda once said…’I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi, I Like You Very Much!'”

    😀

    das

  56. So I found a copy of Frank M. Robinson’s The Dark Beyond the Stars…I am only a couple pages in and I already don’t like the pale hair guy. Can’t wait to finish it…as well as The Empress from Karen Miller, Basilik Station, and maybe the Wizards first rule since I am addicted to the Legend of the Seeker but Sam Rami can do almost no wrong in my eyes.

  57. Hi Joe, I just stopped into say thank you for the post regarding relationships in the Stargate world.

    It ws great reading, very informative and, well, logical. Sad we can’t see more of the ‘John and Nancy’ PT2 storyline.

  58. @das:, I nearly fell off my chair after the seeing the picture of Todd followed by the Carmen Miranda song. (I can just imagine Woolsey doing a little Carmen Miranda song and dance, too!) And we like you fine just the way you are. 🙂

  59. Dear Joe,

    I’m crushed. I thought I had this one in the bag. After thirteen years of pursuing a career as an actor this one broke the camel’s back. With the disappointment of this one…I’m officially throwing in the towel and retiring from acting. This one was the one to determine if I should go on or not. I was wondering and wondering if I was even in the running after my audition. The pain was not knowing if the silence was due to a hectic schedule or if I just didn’t make the cut. Your site put me out of my misery and gave me the answer. I thank you for that and wish you luck with the new series.

  60. @ nc – That made me sad… 🙁 *hugs*

    @ Perragrin – I forgot to add that my dream was to become an archaeologist… but, alas…I could never just focus on one thing. Archaeology was always a first love (probably because of my interest in Native Americans), though, followed by astronomy…then just about every other science you can think of that involves studying plants, animals, bugs, rocks…you name it. I want to know about everything, and never take the time to really learn anything, if you know what I mean.

    @ Melanie, Sparrow_hawk, & wolfenm – Glad you enjoyed! I still chuckle everytime I look at it – the expression on Todd’s face is just priceless! 😀

    das

  61. Love the new segment…

    LOL…that’s great that people find your blog with searches like that…kinda wierd though. I know I found it on some very random search that was not Stargate related at all. I remembering seeing it on the search results thinking, why does that name sound so familiar…lol…

    Question about the video…was that “worm” soup that I heard. Could have sworn that what I was hearing…

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