Maximus considers what he'd like to have for dinner.
Maximus considers what he'd like to have for dinner.
Jelly strikes a thoughtful pose.
Jelly strikes a thoughtful pose.
Bubba checks you out checking him out.
Bubba checks you out checking him out.
A very relaxed Jelly
A very relaxed Jelly
Jelly reflects on a day well spent.
Jelly reflects on a day well spent.
Lulu is always in play mode.
Lulu is always in play mode.
Jelly in typical weekend action.
Jelly in typical weekend action.
From his perch atop the couch, Bubba surveys the action.
From his perch atop the couch, Bubba surveys the action.
Bubba tends to dift off a lot.
Bubba tends to drift off a lot.
Jelly enjoying the big leather bed.
Jelly enjoying the big leather bed.
Maximus likes to sleep right beside you while Lulu enjoys snuggling alongside him.
Maximus likes to sleep right beside you while Lulu enjoys snuggling alongside him.
Jelly tends to settle in for the night on one of the pillows.
Jelly tends to settle in for the night on one of the pillows.
Bubba likes to move around a lot and, like Jelly, prefers the high ground.
Bubba likes to move around a lot and, like Jelly, prefers the high ground.

A lot of interesting takes on this whole Blu-ray debate. To upgrade or not to upgrade? That is the question. Well, after reading some of your informed opinions regarding continuing technological developments and the likelihood that tomorrow’s hot, new gadget will be next week’s microfilm, tape deck, or Vin Diesel, I’ve decided to forego any future entertainment upgrades and wait for the that all-in-one neural chip they should get around to inventing any day now. When that time comes, a slightly invasive procedure that implants the hardware directly into your brain is all it will take to control everything from internet searches to grocery purchases.

And, hopefully, allow me to finish a script in a timely manner. Last night, I completed the fourth act of my work-in-progress and got well into the fifth act. Only five more beats to go and I’m done. Now if this was an SG-1 or Atlantis script, I’d probably already be finished but SGU is a different animal. In this series, character focus will prove as important as the prevailing storyline which means more of those quieter, reflective moments fans seem to cherish.

Today was Superbowl Sunday and, as is tradition, we all headed over to Robert Cooper’s house and ate ’til we were sick. The last time I visited, I was on the program and had to forego the eats. But I more than made up for it this time out, scoffing down a couple of dozen wings, cheese nachos, chopped liver, and a home made waffle topped with nutella and three different kinds of ice cream. My compliments to the chef! As for the game – meh. Often dull, somewhat frustrating, but given to occasional bursts of excitement. The Good: The last half of the second quarter and all of the fourth quarter except for the last 18 seconds. You know, there was a time I used to wake up early on Sundays to catch the pre-game show, then watch both games of the double-header, the 7:00 p.m. recap show, and the night game – capping off the weekend with Monday Night Football – but no more. The officiating has become so horrendous that I just can’t do it anymore. I’m done with the NFL and shifting my allegiance to college ball.

To those of you asking about the dogs – nothing much new with them although Lulu and Maximus have been roughhousing of late. Bubba continues to be the t.v.-watcher among them and Jelly is as lazy as ever. Enjoy the pics.

Mailbag writes:

Brendan writes: “So will it air on Sci-fi first then DVD or DVD then Sci-fi?”

Answer: No idea at this point.

Shadow Step writes: “Btw, you look at twitter all wrong – the whole point of twitter is you can only write SHORT messages, much more productive not to have to write tons of words in a blog”

Answer: Which would kind of defeat the purpose my having a blog.

Judy in STAX writes: “Did you get the short story “Nigerian Scam” that I sent?”

Answer: Yep, thanks. And enjoy the books!

AMZ writes: “As a writer of (predominantly) television shows, do you watch other shows when they air or wait for them to come out on DVD?”

Answer: I’ll usually record a bunch of my favorite shows and then sit down to watch them – although, of late, the number of those fave shows has been dwindling. Occasionally, I will pick up TV on DVD – usually something Brit like M-I5 (Spooks) or HBO (Rome).

Ray writes: “Has a decision been made on whether Robert Carlyle is keeping his native accent or adopting a North American twang for Universe?

Answer: According to Rob Cooper, Mr. Carlyle will be keeping the accent.

D.W. writes: “1:Is the Sun-Tzu a Daedalus-class ship? We never saw it on screen.

2: What happened to the Jaffa after the defeat of the Ori?

3: Can we expect to see any Daedalus-class ships in Stargate Universe?”

Answers: 1. Yes. 2. They continue to rebuild and enjoy their freedom. 3. Probably not.

Vee writes: “Is there even a remote possibility that someone who loves SG1 so much (me…) outside of the States, will be allowed to write a script for… say, one of the future movies that might come?”

Answer: Unlikely since you’d have to fight Brad, Robert, Paul, Carl or myself for the honors – and we’ve been training.

Belouchi writes: “ Tell me buddy, when you graduated from Mcgill University, how long did it take you to find your first job within your field of study?”

Answer: Don’t recall. Maybe a year – although my job was in no way related to my Masters Degree in English Lit.

Majorsal writes: “ i’ve read and reread your post and then the article you linked. this has been on my mind, because i was wondering if this was your way of letting us know there might not be stargate movies coming up?”

Answer: No. My way of telling you whether or not there will or won’t be a Stargate movie would be to tell you whether or not there will or won’t be a Stargate movie. Sneaky, no?

Vv0472 writes: “Did you see RDA on SNL last night?”

Answer: Missed Rick’s appearance, but Lawren taped it.

 

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Izzy
Izzy

It was great seeing RDA in another Superbowl commercial/SNL sketch! Now if only was a Jack O’Neill spoof it would have been even better. smile

Looking at the pics of your dogs, I’ve decided I like Maximus the best. Great pics!

majorsal
majorsal

politician joe said: “No. My way of telling you whether or not there will or won’t be a Stargate movie would be to tell you whether or not there will or won’t be a Stargate movie. Sneaky, no?”

oy! i’m moaning here! is this how you want to make a woman moan, in mind destroying frustration!? shock

i think someone’s going to be sleeping on the couch tonight, mister!

razz

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

I found the game to be of moderate interest, especially in the later third quarter. I did spend a few minutes cussing the Cardinals at the end of the second quarter, when they allowed the interception to be run back for a touchdown. Cost me a quarter in the football pool. They redeemned themselves by holding Pittsburg to the field goal in the third quarter, thus ensuring me a modest profit. As for the commercials, well, a bit better overall from last year but it seems to me that we are facing a qualititive decline in them. I mean, come on, doing a send up on the classic Mean Joe Green commercial?
Animal Planet is showing a modestly entertaining Puppy Bowl. More like an extended you-tube clip of puppy cuteness, but a nice slow down after the game.
Great pics of the dogs. I have decided I aspire to be Jelly. Such perfect sloth! That’s a dog that understands the joys of living for the moment. Nice counterpoint to Lulu’s energetic activities.
While more character moments are usually nice, I hope that this doesn’t mean we’re going to be losing out on action and excitement. One of the joys of Atlantis was the nice balance of the two. Character is great, but I want my space opera too. The other point of interest for me right now will be the scheduling. With Friday nights being eviscerated, except for the final Battlestar Galactica episodes, it looks that Universe will have to carry the prime time hours. Unless they are looking to put the show on another night. Which they might as well do. There doesn’t seem to be anything else in the works that could be matched with Universe to give us a full 3 hours of worthwhile entertainment.

Blademos
Blademos

There is a lot of new movies comming out huh? So when will we get to see a sneak peak of the new stargate? OO Joe i love the video of the dog playing in the snow my dogs do the same thing everyday with out the snow ( damm New Jersey not getting snow). So how did you like the SuperBowl ? Well keep working hard on that script and plz dont make it nothing like star trek.

Narelle from Aus

Cute puppies.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Jelly is still the most beautiful. Sorry boys and bat ears girl Lulu. Jelly has got you beat.

suziesbluefeather

@ Izzy… Sorry but hands down Jelly is the best of the 4.

@ Ponytail… Come on Pony!!! Jelly lovers unit!!!

@ Joe… Joe, your switching to college ball instead? Very interesting. So who is your pick of the liter and are you into basketball as well? If so is your pick the same school? And don’t let my loyalties to Michigan or UNC sway your judgments.

Shawna Buchanan

Answer: According to Rob Cooper, Mr. Carlyle will be keeping the accent.

WOO-HOO!

(That is all.)

Todds worshipper

Hi Joe,

How are you going to watch the best of Stargate Atlantis on Blu-Ray without a Blu-Ray player???????
Personally, I can’t wait to see Todd in all his glory wink
If you don’t want to buy a plain Blu-Ray player then get a PS3 instead grin Just make sure your TV goes up to 1080p Full HD resolution!

Also, have you found out yet if the wraith in Vegas had nipples or not? We’re still waiting…… sad

fsmn36
fsmn36

Thanks to Vv0472! I love YouTube. RDA was very funny.

And hey, Joe. Even if the game wasn’t great, you got some good food. In the end, isn’t that why people really watch? And the commercials, of course.

shiloh
shiloh

Darn those steelers anyway. Sure looked like the cardinals were going to pull it out. Oh well. I’m with you 100% on college ball though. Just give me a real playoff and not that BCS nonsense (unless my team wins the BCS, and then of course it’s the best system ever for designating the #1 team!)

crayonbaby
crayonbaby

You always take great pictures of the five pups.

I think it’s a good idea not to get a Bluray player just yet. We have one, while it is a good thing for some movies, most movies are just OK on it. It did make the movie Cars look better, believe it or not. And I don’t think they’ve quite fixed the technology yet. It has a problem with regular discs sometimes.

Oh come on. That game was exciting. Bruce was good too. What more could you ask for?

Amz

Aww, great pictures. My favourite is the third on – Bubba has quite the attitude happening there.

Thanks for answering my question Joe – it’s lead to another.

Do you think that the reason you have a dwindling number of favourite shows these days is because of time, show quality or a combination of both?

Amz

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

I’ve finally started listening to SG1 season 10 commentary. So far, I’ve only had one you yourself have done (“Morpheus” I think, a good episode regardless).

I still find it surprising how many times Messers. Cooper, Wright, et al. express surprise how fans often thank them for doing commentaries; how they assumed nobody cared for them. By this point I would assume much of it is just being aloof, which is fine.

Whatever you guys might do different character-wise or arc-wise for SGU that there could be a conceivable backlash for, I hope you can find the time to keep the commentaries going, because we sure as hell appreciate the time put into them, and while others may disagree I love it the most when the conversation turns away from the episode every now and then.

Doubtful I’m the first to state this request outright, but I just thought I’d say.

crazymom1

We’ve been re-watching the first season of SG-1. It’s interesting to watch things develop. We didn’t start watching the show regularly until about Season 4 or 5, so this is fun! GeekBoy has two questions: whose idea was the Kleenex box message in the pilot, and whatever happened to Jonathan Glassner?

Great photos of the dogs! We had to have Radar put to sleep two weeks ago. While I am definitely sleeping better without his bony knees poking me and pushing me out of bed, I miss the old guy.

stackee

I was disappointed with Rick’s appearance on SNL – not with *him*, because as always rather good, but the quality of the writing in the sketches could’ve been much better.

Also, what is your advice for people snowed in in the UK atm?

Cathie
Cathie

Hi Joe,

I think your dogs are so darn cute! Great pic’s!

Is there going to be an SGA movie in the near future? Is there going to be any big names in SGU in the first season?

Thanks!

Cathie

Kraut

Ah! Thank you for the update – especially for that one sentence that I truly loved to read: “In this series, character focus will prove as important as the prevailing storyline which means more of those quieter, reflective moments fans seem to cherish.”

As a fan, I can totally confirm that impression: I don’t just seem to, I do cherish those moments. As much as I love Sci-Fi, and Stargate in particular, with all its action and imagination, and the many connections to Eartn mythology, I’ve always been looking out for the “quieter, reflective moments”, few and far between as they were (I know it’s pathetic, but I sometimes re-watch them on DVD, cause I like them so much).

After all, the characters are what we identify with. And I trust you guys not to make a soap opera out of SGU.

Sessy
Sessy

Rotflmao! Hey Joe! I dreamt about you tonight. I dreamt that somewhere I found pictures of you as a teenager with a giant blonde/redhead afrobop and then I got arrested by airport security for trying to take the pictures on a plane to the united state…

Weiiiiird.

Debi

Joe, please drop by Solutions to see RDA’s skits. We’ve got them embedded there for your viewing pleasure. smile

http://stargate-sg1-solutions.com/blog/?p=2845

Teri
Teri

Cute pictures, Joe! Have you had any difficulties with the dogs tearing holes in your leather furniture? We have been considering getting leather couches, but I’m concerned my 2 dogs would put holes in them with their nails.

My hubby and I totally agree with your assessment of the officiating of last night’s game. With so many bad calls, it really put the game in the Steelers’ court.

Hayloh
Hayloh

Hey, my Dad went to McGill! lol Waaay back in the day though.

The only thing wrong with MI-5/Spooks is that Tom left…I miss Tom. I have found that our antenna picks it up from the states and even though they are old eps. I still watch.

Glad you had a fun super bowl!

Karen
Karen

That was so cool seeing RDA ( I heard along time ago – like General Hospital days, he was called Ricky Dean, did that carry over to SG-1?) anyway – it was cool seeing him in that commercial, it was strange seeing him without grey hair. He’s such a cool guy anyway.

Deni B.
Deni B.

Hi Joe, no kidding the officiating in NFL has become terrible. I couldn’t believe some of the stuff that went on yesterday (#92 in particular). I’ve been done with football for a while, since John Elway retired, but get stuck watching anyway (hubby).

Your dogs make me smile, and smiles are welcome around here this week. In for a bunch of medical tests on Thursday, a little/lot scary, we’ll see what happens. Good thing I have all my SG1 and Atlantis DVD – escapism is a good thing sometimes!

Have a great week!

wonderingbrit

You’re right not to upgrade to Blu-ray because it was an outdated technology 4 yrs ago, heck it’s been ready for market since 2000.
Simply, A memory stick has more capacity these days and I simply do not understand why they have not been selling movies on them instead – heck, if you don’t like the movie at least you could reformat the memory stick and put it to good use.