Lovesick or just plain sick?
Lovesick or just plain sick?
Well, I picked up the dogs from daycare today and Lulu seemed unusually sulky.  She’s been moping around all night. Either she’s feeling under the weather or that mastiff she has a crush on spurned her and hurt her feelings. Whichever the case, I think I’ll be keeping an eye on her tonight.

More Icarus Base today. Jamil (aka Sgt. Greer) looked like he was having the time of his life. Tomorrow, we head Exterior.

Mailbag:

Herbertsommerfeld writes: “It was good to see you today Joe. From a fan’s perspective…SGU is going to be nothing short of amazing! I look forward to watching the finished product.”

Answer: Thanks, Herb. And some great panicked running today!

Green writes: “I would really like to know about it, if there’s going to be a gay character in the new series.”

Answer: As much as possible, we’re going to try to have the Destiny crew present an accurate, albeit highly dramatized, reflection of our society.

Fred writes: “On a more serious note (although I am quite serious about the offer), could you please tell us which of these actors are regulars and which are reccurring?”

Answer: Sorry, no can do. That would spoil the groundless speculation.

Shirt ’n Tie writes: “I occassionally glance over at your reading list and have just discovered that you have finished reading “Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep?”. I assume that this was a re-read. I wondered what sparks you to pick up a book you have read already?”

 

Answer: Although I consider Blade Runner one of my favorite SF movies, I never got around to reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? until now. It was one of the titles outputted by my random-book-generator.

Shirt ’n Tie also writes: “ Thanks for the update on the Short Story Super Secret Project. Any sign of release/ publication?”

Answer: From what I hear 2010.

Inpa writes: “Hey can you confirm Carlyle’s portrayed accent yet if it will be his natural one or not?”

Answer: The Rush character will have a Scottish accent.

Demon Hunter writes: “Was there anyone of the origional Atlantis Cast that you actually enjoyed working with?”

 

Answer: Welcome to what must undoubtedly be your very first visit to this blog. May I direct your attention to the search function just above the Archives. Feel free to use it to seek out past entries in which I’ve commented on things like Jason Momoa’s incredible performance in Broken Ties or Rachel’s impressive turn in The Queen. Enjoy your stay.

Thornyrose writes: “Do you happen to know the release date for the book?”

Answer: According to Amazon – July 29, 2009.

 

PattyO writes: “You’ve said that in keeping this blog going you are exercising your writing skills. How much time do you put into this daily? Do you ponder what your daily subject will be, or just write off the cuff? Loading and deciding what, if any, pictures you post must take a bit of time as well.”

Answer: The time I spend on the blog is entirely dependent upon the subject matter. I’ll usually spend anywhere from an hour to three on an entry. Sometimes, I plan ahead (ie. the book club reviews) but usually I just wing it, writing about what happens to capture my interest on the day. Perhaps the most time-consuming aspect is the uploading of pictures. I’ll usually multi-task – either read or watch t.v. – while I’m waiting for them to individually load.

StellaByStargate writes: “I miss SG1. You never forget your first, you know? And speaking of which…how are Brad and Carl coming with that script…???”

Answer: My sources tell me the script is in Brad’s hands and he is working his magic as we speak (er, write).

 

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susan the tartan turtle

Poor wee Lulu – life’s a bitch.

dasndanger
dasndanger

Poor Lulu!! I hope she feels better soon! Give her kisses from me!

No…on second thought, don’t. She might catch whatever the hell it is I have. razz

Enjoy your evening, sir!

das

Ann-Marie Sloan
Ann-Marie Sloan

Their filming outside tomorrow. Brrrrr..hopefully it will be much warmer for cast and crew.

majorsal
majorsal

StellaByStargate writes: “I miss SG1. You never forget your first, you know? And speaking of which…how are Brad and Carl coming with that script…???”

Answer: My sources tell me the script is in Brad’s hands and he is working his magic as we speak (er, write).

that’s wonderful to hear, joe! grin

question: did brad and carl write the movie together, or did carl just do the outline for it?

i can’t wait for it! grin

and hurry that amanda up with her q/a answers! really, if she gets up at 3am for a couple or so days, she could have this thing done! razz

Ada Caley
Ada Caley

In regards to the question regarding a gay character on the show, I was wondering if you ever look at the forums or message boards on IMDB. There was quite a huge debate (where I was misunderstood time and time again as being homophobic…which I’m not..just for the record). It got a little out of hand and I’ve finally stopped getting angry replies.

Speaking of missing SG1, I started working my way through the entire series a few months ago, and I’m happy (and a little sad) to say I’ve just started on season 10. I’m hoping to get through the rest of SG1 (and the movies) and Atlantis before Universe premiers. Does this make me an overly-crazy-obsessed fan, or just a marginally-crazy-obsessed fan? Haha!!

I hope Lulu feels better soon! Give her a pat and a biscuit/cookie/treat from me!

tinypenny

Hope Lulu feels better soon!

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Thanks for the mailbag, and we will be expecting a followup report on Lulu. Here’s hoping the end of February will also signal the ending of winter. Long past time things warmed up…

Shawna
Shawna

Lulu has a crush on a mastiff? Oh, dear. Someone should tell her that there’s just no way for that to end well.

adamcarvosso
adamcarvosso

Well, you keep ignoring my Q’s so I’ll just ask something completely unrelated:

Have you ever read any books by Alastair Reynolds? I would recommend the Revelation Space series (you don’t have to read them as a series though, they make sense independently of each other). It’s just great SciFi, and it’s quite realistic compared to some things out there (at least, until later books when it is speculating about space warping and stuff. Sigh. You can’t win ’em all.)

Karen MT
Karen MT

Answer: Although I consider Blade Runner one of my favorite SF movies, I never got around to reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? until now. It was one of the titles outputted by my random-book-generator.

Hey, I’m in the middle of reading that right now! So what did you think of it? I’m only slightly lost, but only reading during my lunch break kinda slows things down. I’ve also never seen Blade Runner, so that throws me off even more.

Oblonsky
Oblonsky

Outstanding! Can’t wait to see what kind of magic Brad does wind up working on that 3rd movie script. To that end, any further info on when said movie might film? Come on, you know what we’re all reading here for……

Ponytail
Ponytail

Oh no! Poor, sweet, precious Lulu! What is wrong with the little pumpkin pie? I say, “off with their heads” at doggie day care, letting her get sick! What is wrong with those people? I hope she gets better real fast – like tomorrow. The poor sugar plumb princess. Give her a big kiss on the nose for me.

OOOHH, and I know who sent Anne Teldy the Teddy Bear. It was Joby and his Knights of the Roundtable! I’m sure of it!

I picked up The Book of Joby again and I am reading my little heart out trying to make your deadline. Ever grant an extension, due to the fact a book is reeeaallly loooong?? I ddn’t think so. I’ll keep reading ……….

AV eddy

Hope Lulu feels better! Keep a close eye on her.

eddy

Deni B.
Deni B.

Hi Joe, so both of us will be keeping an eye out for our dogs tonight – Elway’s due to have seizures (he’s actually on a schedule, every 7 to 8 weeks) any day now, and the Greyhound has the runs again. Hope Lulu’s better in the morning!

Just watched Burn Notice, and really, Michael Shanks is on for maybe 2 minutes – what’s that about? They should make him a regular! Damn, that man’s a hunk and a half.

So, ignoring me are you? Really, come on, is Joel’s Q & A ever going to happen?

Have a great night smile

Pol

Hey Joe,

As today was my birthday (woohoo for 41! 16 year breast-cancer survivor), I treated myself to a wander around Barnes and Noble. I was delighted to find this: The Stargate Conspiracy: The Truth about Extraterrestrial life and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

What really gave me a giggle was that A) I immediately flipped it over, fully expecting to see Daniel Jackson’s “geeky” pic smiling back at me; and B) despite the title I could find no mention of either the movie, the series, or the franchise.

Have you read it?

green
green

*turns around…and around*

Yes, I do believe that was the complete circumference of my question. Thank you. I was actually wondering about the perimeter measurement and, as I hate to figure the diameter and formulate, I’m glad you were there to inch along the edge and help me out.

No, but really, I’m ecstatic that you’re going to be representing as much of our society as possible in the series. Warms my heart.

*nod*

I just can’t prevent this comment from sounding sarcastic. Rewriting hasn’t helped. I’m gonna go now.

I hope Li’l Lu is okay. I’m so used to seeing her up and about. Keep us informed.

Check.

green
green

Ada: In regards to the question regarding a gay character on the show, I was wondering if you ever look at the forums or message boards on IMDB. There was quite a huge debate (where I was misunderstood time and time again as being homophobic…which I’m not..just for the record). It got a little out of hand and I’ve finally stopped getting angry replies.

I don’t know if this was pointed to the questioner (me) or the one who received the question (Joe), but on the chance that it was for me, I’ve not been to the message boards. I’m not really fond of message boards. But I’ll stop by, now, out of pure curiosity and desire for morbid amusement on the debate. Thanks for the heads up. If that was meant for me.

green
green

Can’t find the afore-mentioned homosexual debate on IMDB. Which is all the better, I suppose.

(I’m trying not to clog up the comment list, I promise)

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

@Pol: First congrats on the past 16 years. Now just aim for another 60. Second, I’ve seen some other stuff that talks about a Stargate that is described more like a future viewer (look up Project Looking Glass or Project Camelot).

Joe, I feel like a complete jerk for asking Amanda Tapping who her second favorite Beatle is and not asking for yours.

Fred
Fred

I hope Lulu’s all right! Just be sure to remind her how cute she is and hopefully that’ll perk her right up. And I know you’re getting secret joy from not telling us who’s regular and who’s recurring, but that’s all right–I’d probably do the same thing.

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

Oh, Lulu… Poor baby grrrl! She really does look sick. I double-clicked on the photo for a closer view. Her eyes are kinda glazed and hurty looking. Don’t laugh, but feel her forehead just above her eyes (the “stop”), and the pads of her feet. Do they feel the average kind of warm, or do they feel hot? There’s always empirical confirmation, if you really want to know. A dog’s normal temp is 101. Also, there’s fluid and food intake and output. If those are per usual, that’s good. If she won’t let you hold her or pet her, that’s a sign she does not feel physically well.

What did she eat, chew on, or get into, at doggie daycare today? That would be a good guess, given Lulu’s oral fixation. Listen to your instincts, etc. You’re her Doggie Daddy and you know her better than anyone else.

Get better soon, mademoiselle Lulu! Then you’ll feel up to chasing Bubba, or gnawing on him, and helping Auntie Das feel better, too.

(Cap’n Joe, you never told us your Frenchie grrrl was so beautiful. In other photos, her coat looks black. In this one, when clicked on, her coat shows up as gorgeous deep, dark chocolate brindle color, complete with caramel highlights.)

ytimynona
ytimynona

I might explode from all the anticipation if you don’t post some of those pictures soon wink I can’t wait to see what the set looks like and to see the cast in action+costume!!!

For the past hour I’ve been deep in philosophical discussion about marriage and the benefits thereof, so I’m mostly out of interesting things to say tonight! Other than I would love to see a well-acted and well-written homosexual character on SGU. Yup, I think that is all. Good night!

The Ferryman
The Ferryman

Just wanted to add my own “Woohoo!” over the SG-1 movie to everyone else’s. Sooooo cannot wait for it, Joe. Please tell Brad to hurry up! I’ll admit to drifting away after RDA and Amanda left, but picked up Continuum after seeing the kickass commercial on TV one day. Of course I thought it was great fun and now can’t wait for more movies!

I’m looking forward to Universe, too, as a chance for my love of Stargate to really be rejuvenated.

PS The blog is great, too. I’m hooked!

sector24
sector24

Hi Joe,

any development on the Main Title Sequence of SGU? A while back you mentioned that you guys have an idea about something new. How is it going along?

NZNeep
NZNeep

Did I miss all the Infoquake discussion? I haven’t had a chance to contribute because my first week of my nursing degree has been hella busy.

I’ve read through the other posts on Infoquake and have found the discussions very interesting. I agree with you and Thornyrose about the original imagining of a future sociaty very different from others I have read about. The serious and thought provoking topics (government as a consumer choice, distribution of power) was offset by the more light hearted details such as the fluctuating building size, the fact that most of Quell’s bio/logic programmes are for his asthma. These details are.. playful.

I must admit that I stopped after the 2nd sentence and wondered what I was getting myself into, with Natch “like a crazed robot stuck on an infinate loop.” I tend to be distracted by over the top imagery, but as I got drawn in it worked. Edelman did a great job weaving his figures of speech throughout the narritive with the result being a very real, 3 dimensional world we were sucked into without being distracted by those very details that made it come alive.

Interestingly enough, I seemed to pick approriate locations to read this book. Because I was reading it in snatched moments of time between work, study and family I found myself in some very fitting locations- conducive to drawing strong parallels between Edelman’s world and our own. For example when I was reading about the differences between fiefcorps and memecorps, I was sitting in the breakroom at work- a government funded organization in the health sector with the ever looming threat of privatisation. I sat on a step on Cuba Street in down town Wellington reading about the diss, with the odd transient or homeless person shuffling past me as I read. I read about TubeCo and Natch’s trips to be alone with his thoughts as I was on a train travelling the gorgeous NZ country and beaches on the way to and from town. Very cool, if thought provoking.

I hope we learn a lot more about Jara in the future books. Even the parts that were written from her perspective were very Natch-centric, I really hope we will see Jara really come into her own!