As you read this, I’m in the air, crossing the country enroute to my holiday destination: sunny Montreal. Either that or cooling my heels in the airport. Whichever the case, I’ll be on the go pretty much all day today with no way of knowing when and if I’ll have computer access and so, rather than deny you loyal readers just one single blog entry, I’m posting extra early this morning to ensure you don’t miss out.
Ah, there’s nothing better before taking a flight than reading about the horrific turbulence experienced by another flight. Or the harrowing escape from a pre-take-off runway skid and crash. Fortunately, I’m bringing along my melatonin today. I plan to sleep through anything!
Well, it’ll be nice to finally sit down to some Italian home-cooking. Truth be told, I’ve been eating like crap of late. Yesterday, after being snowed in for most of the day with nothing to nibble on but dog treats and some canned kippers one of us (Fondy denies it was her) picked up so long ago neither of us can remember, I was so ravenous that I actually ate at McDonalds. Can’t say that I’m a big fan of their Angus burger. Also, maybe it’s just me, but I think the Big Mac has shrunk since the last time I had one. Back in 1987.
Unlike the other dogs (ie. Jelly who prances around in the snow on her delicate paws like a high-stepping show pony), Maximus seems impervious to the cold, plowing through the drifts with single-minded purpose, barely fazed by the winter chill. Like yesterday, for instance, when he forged a path from our front steps to the front gate. I rushed inside, grabbed my camera, and caught his return journey. Then, Lulu followed suit. Vids below.
In conclusion – I received Brad’s Q&A tonight. I’ll be going over it and posting it in the coming days.
Thornyrose writes: “Mr. M. Once you finish the short story, what is its fate? Is it going to be submitted somewhere for publication? Was it a solicited contribution for an anthology perhaps?”
Answer: Actually, it was solicited for an anthology. And, hopefully if a) I finish it, and, b) it’s any good, it will even be published.
AndreaFWhite writes: “Merry Chrstmas Joe, can you provide some more information on how the SGA movie is progressing?”
Sandra Good writes: “Have you seen that TV commercial for Pedi Paws Deluxe which grinds your dogs nails down? It looks really gentle. Don’t know anyone who has actually
tried it yet.”
Answer: It looks gentle because I suspect the dogs in those commercials are deaf. Those I know who have actually tried it complain the noise completely freaks out their pets.
Terry writes: “Do you believe that someone has to be 100% eco-friendly in order to ask a question about food choices or lifestyle choices as they relate to saving the environment or humane treatment of animals?”
Answer: Ask a question? No. Criticize, yes, they should walk the walk instead of just talking the talk.
Fathercrow writes: “ The wraith probably feed like spiders. Like the spider a wraith must feed using external digestion. This means that enzymes and other digestive juices are injected or spat into the preys body. The soft tissues are broken down by these juices and sucked up by the spider. Instead of breaking down soft tissue, the enzymes injected by the wraith break down life force so the wraith can feed. Yummy. Anyway, thats my 2 cents worth.”
Answer: And a dead-on two cents it is. We actually discussed something very similar with the exception that it there is actually a preliminary exchange between wraith and victim.
MKSpivey writes: “Hey Joe, Remember all the positive things you’ve said about Dr. Who? Well series creator Russel T. Davies returns the favor. On learning that Robert Caryle had signed on to do Stargate: Universe – “Stargate, can you believe it?”Davies said. “That was a surprise. Has his agent watched it?”
PG-15 writes: “1. Who is writing episode 6?
2. Who is writing episode 7?
3. Who is writing episode 8?
4. Who is writing episode 9?
5. Has the director schedule for Universe been lined-up yet?”
Answers: 1. 6 = Martin Gero. 2.7 = Robert Cooper. 3.8 = Alan McCullough. 4.9 = ? 5. Nope.
Rose writes: “ I can’t thank you enough for all the good wishes. It must have helped because the surgeon is postponing the decision another day and is cautiously optimistic that our Doby’s leg can be saved. We’ll know for certain tomorrow.”
Answer: Wishing you and your Doby all the best. Keep us posted.
The Skypig writes: “People have to eat, after all, but the difference between fois gras and something else is that nobody really needs to eat fois gras.”
Answer: People don’t have to eat chicken or beef either.
Jim Stiles writes: “Will Peter DeLuise be directing any episodes for Stargate Universe?”
Answer: At the moment, I have no idea what SGU’s first season directors’ schedule will look like. That said, Peter D is a very talented director and it would be great to have him involved with Stargate again.
Kiwigater writes: “You might have mentioned it before, but have you tried the Kindle?”
Answer: I haven’t. I’m a collector and like the look of real books sitting on my bookshelf.
Narelle from Aus writes: “We don’t get much snow here but here’s two “You really shouldn’t tell people that” efforts of me in the snow.”
Answer: I used to know a girl in college. She disappeared for an entire semester and suddenly turned up one day. It turned out she had to take several months off after suffering a tobogganing injury(!). Apparently, she was careening down a hillside when she realized her momentum was going to carry her into the forest. Rather than risk it, she swerved into a bale of hay, figuring it would cushion the impact. Instead, it fractured her lower back. Hay apparently freezes solid in winter.