Nebula-nominated Brad Wright
Nebula-nominated Brad Wright

Lawren
Lawren

Carl delivers his patented stern staredown.
Carl delivers his patented stern staredown.

Another pic of Nebula-nominated Brad Wright.
Another pic of Nebula-nominated Brad Wright.

The Mystery Man
The Mystery Man

Executive Producer Robert Cooper wonders "Who is that mystery man?"
Executive Producer Robert Cooper wonders "Who is that mystery man?"

Les chocolats...
Les chocolats...

My Chocolate Tree
My Chocolate Tree

I’d like to kick off today’s blog entry by offering my congratulations to Executive Producer Brad Wright whose script for the Stargate: Atlantis episode “The Shrine” has been nominated for a Nebula Award. He’ll be vying for top honors alongside some very impressive contenders: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer for The Dark Knight, and Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon (Peter Docter and Andrew Stanton sharing story credit) for WALL-E. Some mighty impressive company. It goes without saying that the Nebula nomination is a huge honor for the show, not to mention Brad in particular who, like me, is a huge fan of literary SF.

So congratulations to Brad or, as we now have to refer to him – Nebula-nominated Brad Wright.

The action moved to Stage 2 today for more Icarus Base intrigue. Later, we fire off the BIG GUNS! As 1st A.D. Bill Mizel advised: “If you don’t have to be here, don’t be here. It’s going to be loud, probably the loudest thing you’ve ever heard.” Carl, standing beside me, threw me a doubtful look. How loud could it be? I assured him that it wouldn’t be THAT loud. At worst, it would shatter his glasses and trigger an involuntary bowel movement. Nonetheless, I think he’s decided to skip it.

I was outside this afternoon, hanging around the crafts service table, talking to the actors between set-ups: Brian, Jamil, and the actors who play James, Spencer, and Curtis (Yes, they have real names but I have no idea when they will be made public.). Lovely, lovely people, all very excited about the show and the general good on-set vibe.  Then, back in the production offices talking to the lovely Alaina (aka Tamara), discussing chocolate, dim sum, and what a brilliant job she did on a very tough scene the other day.   We also dropped by the Stage 4 Destiny set – all lit up!  Holy crap is it big!  And impressive!  I’ve got a backlog of pics, everything from design and construction to the finished deal, just waiting to be posted…

After lunch, I sampled some chocolates from a local chocolatier, a friend of Kerry McDowall’s. Wonderful little hand-crafted creations. I had three truffles: hazelnut, almond, and a delightfully intense caramel.  We received a visit from a Stargate veteran who will be making a return to the franchise with Stargate Universe’s fourth episode: Fire.

My French bulldog Lulu thanks everyone for the well-wishes. She seems to be on the mend from whatever was ailing her yesterday (I still suspect it was a bad case of the blues).

Finally, allow me to conclude today’s entry with a couple of interesting links…

1. What will the fashionistas of the future be wearing? Maybe something like these outfits? (http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn16686-space-fashion). Or, maybe not.

2. How would your city fair in the event of a nuclear strike or asteroid impact. Find out here: http://www.carloslabs.com/node/16

3. Couple tries to sell kids for $175 and a pet cockatoo (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/lifestyle/momsatwork/orl-kids-swapped-bird-022609,0,562379.story). I’m as outraged as everyone else. For a couple of kids, she should’ve held out for one of them toucans.

4. Environmentalists decry the American affinity for soft toilet paper (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/feb/26/toilet-roll-america). No, really.

 

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Jenazz
Jenazz

Hey, congrats! I take it the Nebula award lumps tv in with movies…wow, that does seem a little out-of-balance… Now, when will season 5 be on out DVD so I can see what the fuss is about? smile

On a sort-of-related note: Watchmen! Yea, nay or indifferent?

chevron7

Mystery man looks like PDL to me.

Cheers, Chev

p.s. mega congrats Brad. I watched The Shrine with my mum and dad a week ago. Mum was blown away. zShe loved it.

dasndanger
dasndanger

Good to hear about Lulu! Hope she’s back to her usual impish self soon! And congrats to BW – The Shrine was one of this past season’s highlights …for those who like those human-centric episodes. wink

Today I got results back from one of my blood tests – I tested positive for Lyme Disease. Not panicking yet – my father-in-law has Lymes, and he said there are a lot of false-positives. So, I have to go to the doc tomorrow and set up for another, more accurate test. If (and that’s a BIG ‘if’) I have LD, it’ll serve me right for being all ‘outdoorsy’ with the gardening and camping and exploring in the woods and stuff. roll

As I said before, I really need that Iratus cure. OR, Todd could just stop by and regurgitate some of that yummy gift of life into me…which I certainly wouldn’t mind.

wink

Have a nice evening, Joe!

das

AussieSGFan
AussieSGFan

Hello,

Congratualtions to Nebula-nominated Brad Wright! smile

I’m glad Lulu is ok.

I followed those links….future space fashion, what were they thinking?!

Asteroid impact: In Australia, apparently we Aussies will all be gone, along with Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Thailand and a fair bit of the Indian ocean….sorry guys sad May I ask who came up with those ridiculously brutal weapons? Don’t like…

I hope those kids aren’t traumatized or confused. Hope they’re ok…..I’ll take the Cockatoo though. I’ve heard people trying to sell family on Ebay, husbands, wives, babies etc. You’d think they would police these things a bit better, wouldn’t you

Toilet paper and the environment…..I’m not sure what to say, I think I’ll agree with you on that one…

Oh, that was long, sorry. But a question…Not sure if its been asked already. I was watching ‘Letter from Pegasus’ again last night. That bit where the Wraith are culling those people on the planet where Shappard and Teyla are waiting for her friends, and that beam comes down and stays and Shappard checks it out….What was that? Have we found out yet? Were they scanning?

Thanks

Sorry for the long post

ytimynona
ytimynona

Awww… by “Icarus Base Action” I was kind of hoping there would be some pictures sad
But I know, I know… you can’t post them yet. And every day you get me more and more excited! I seriously can’t wait!!! grin

Glad to hear Lulu is feeling better today… I’m told February is quite the depressing month, so maybe that is what gave her the blahhs?

Congrats again on the Nebula nod… against WALL-E I’m afraid BW doesn’t stand too much of a chance, but I’m still hopeful grin

We received a visit from a Stargate veteran who will be making a return to the franchise with Stargate Universe’s fourth episode: Fire.
Would this be a *different* veteran than the guest star you chatted with like 3 days ago? Or the same one?

Gen
Gen

Wow, very sincere congratulations on the nomination. A really beautiful episode.

Speaking of, I think I still have it saved on my DVR. Will have to check it out again sometime soon. (It’s Friday night, are you all missing Atlantis too?)

Re the space fashions: Will we have to wear our hair like that as well? Is the makeup optional?

Re the Ground Zero site: Remember when the TV movie “The Day After” came out? I was a kid at the time, and not allowed to watch. But I vividly remember a Detroit newspaper thoughtfully publishing a map of Michigan with sites likely to be targeted in a nuclear attack. Each area of the state was color-coded to indicate who would die immediately in the initial impact, and who would die a lingering death from radiation poisoning, either in days, weeks, or months. AHHH! I had nightmares for weeks.

Carrie
Carrie

Wow! Congrats Brad! I’ll be rooting for you. That episode was one of my favorites.

We received a visit from a Stargate veteran who will be making a return to the franchise with Stargate Universe’s fourth episode: Fire. Aaah! You cannot just hint around at something like that and then make us wait. Well, actually, you can because I’d prefer that to *nothing* until October. Can you at least tell us if it’s an SG1 veteran or an SGA veteran? Pretty please?

This WAITING thing is really, really hard.

And Lulu, the mastiff didn’t deserve you, m’dear. Don’t waste your time pining away for him. You’re too good for that.

cf100
cf100

Definitely a huge congrats to Brad for the nomination. I’ve been a sci fi reader for 40+ years, ever since my dad got me interested in Tom Swift when I was in grade school. Winning a Nebula would be a real rush for him and the show, I’m sure. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for him, metaphorically speaking.
Been enjoying your continuing reports on the start of production for the new series, and am finding myself increasingly enthusiastic for its premiere this fall. Hope MGM decides on a quick transfer to iTunes or Unbox so I can see it soon after.
Keep up the good work, Joe!

Barbaro
Barbaro

Congrats to Brad Wright for his nomination! The Shrine was really one of the best episodes from last year. I can’t wait for season 5 on DVD either. I recently started rewatching SGA from season 1 just to have something to do ’till the last season comes out.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Congrats to Mr. Wright and SG:Atlantis.

Glad to hear Lulu is better. Is she herding Bubba around again?

Dumb toilet paper debate. Don’t blame me. Greenpeace needs to talk to God. I have always wondered why we can’t be like dogs. They poop, then trot away smiling because they don’t have to wipe their butts. Greenpeace would hate me. I buy my toilet paper in bulk at Sams and like to blow my nose with it too. I keep one box of Kleenex just for company, because when they ask for a tissue, I don’t think they would understand if I threw a roll of toilet paper at them and said, “help yourself”. Can you tell I am an only girl and was raised with 4 brothers?

Das – hope your father-in-law is right.

danielfanforever
danielfanforever

Big congrats to Brad for the Nebula nomination. I loved “The Shrine”. Excellent episode.

*hugs* to Lulu. Glad she’s feeling better.

Take care and enjoy your weekend, Joe.

dff

Eduardo
Eduardo

In the first picture the man who is beside Brad looks a lot like
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden Leader and Vocals).

Sorry but I don’t know him, who is here?
Or is Bruce Dickinson going to make an appereance on the show?

Eduardo
Eduardo

And I can say Carl looks a little like Fred Mercury (Queen leader)

Wow! You have a lot of movie stars near to your and rock stars as well.

I can’t wait to see those pictures !!!!
I’m freaking out !!!!!!!!

I wish all the best.

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Contragulations to Nebula nominated Brad Wright. A well deserved nomination, and despite the quality of competition, he should soon be referred to as Nebula Award winner Brad Wright. Also nice to see the show get a nod, even if it’s in a Heath Ledger sort of way.
On a bit more disturbing note, I came across the following article. Hard to believe such attitudes exist in this day and age. Perhaps something for the writers to consider, when thinking about introducing new characters. If anyone can send a positive message about something without being too preachy, it’s your writing bullpen. Meantime, glad Lulu’s on the mend, and best wishes for a great weekend.

http://www.lemondrop.com/2009/02/25/one-handed-tv-host-causes-controversy-with-parents/?icid=200100397x1218741778x1201248925

Bailey
Bailey

Congratulations to Brad NebulaNominee Wright.
The Shrine was a great ep!

RebeccaH
RebeccaH

4. Environmentalists decry the American affinity for soft toilet paper… No, really.

I have experienced the corn-cob toilet paper of Canada’s public toilets, the equally abrasive pseudo-paper of Europe, and the something-like wax paper of southern Mexico. They can have my Charmin’ when they pry it from my… uh…

susan the tartan turtle

Way back in 1980 I started working as a Civil Servant. Although chuffed to have landed a decent job I was horrified to find that the toilets had hard toilet paper. I think that it was called ‘Izal’ – horrible stuff like thick greasepaper with nasty sharp folds and no absorbant qualities.

Makes me shudder. :-((

Soft toilet paper is a must. We can give up something else to save the planet.

smile

Kristy-Ann

The Mystery Man definitely looks like PDL to me too… smile

Funcokler Xerow
Funcokler Xerow

If only those environmentalists understood how sensitive my ass really is.

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

That Mystery man sure does look like Peter… is it?

If so,,,, YEY!!!!

crayonbaby
crayonbaby

Now you know you must refer to Brad by that name from now on.

Geez, I don’t think anyone would take my kids for any amount, much less an expensive bird. Teenagers. Gotta love ’em.

I couldn’t click to level Los Angeles. I just couldn’t.

Fred
Fred

Congratulations to Nebula-nominated Brad Wright. Personally, I think he and David Hewlett probably deserve Emmys for “The Shrine,” but I don’t think anyone else cares what I think.

suziesbluefeather

Yay Brad Wright!!!

I live inbetween Dc and Norfolk… If a nuclear thingy happens I’m toast. Nothing new there.

As for my toilet paper… well I do like it soft but I use septic friendly soft so it’s not that bad… really

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

I just nuked Sydney!

You find the darndest links.

Hugs to Lulu, she must be lerv sick.

dasndanger
dasndanger

@ Ponytail – Yeah, I’m not too worried. False-positives are quite common. It could be nothing, so until I have the other test, I’m not fretting. My father-in-law’s Lyme Disease was not caught in time, and he’s had many problems because of it – episodes over the years of fatique, and memory problems. Since those with LD often have joint problems, I doubt I have it. Never been one to have a lot of joint pain – muscle pain, yes – but my joints are pretty good. Of course, it all depends on where the spirochetes do there damage, or how long ago the infection occurred. If I have it, I doubt it’s something I’ve picked up recently – I am well-aware of the disease and always on the look-out for symptoms. But if it happened 20 years ago, or even back when I was a kid (I had a LOT of knee pain as a teenager), then qho knows. It may explain a lot of stuff I’ve dealt with over the years. However, I REALLY doubt I have it.

@ RE – Toilet tissue. What a shitty subject. wink I’m a masochist. I don’t like soft toilet paper – a roll doesn’t last long at all. I’ll spare you all and won’t go into the gory details of why I don’t care for the job it does, but I find it inferior to traditional Scots toilet paper. Grew up with Scots paper products and love them all. They were bought out by K-C and now have a softer variety, but it’s not as good. Not sure how the traditional kind is made – if they use recycled paper, or what – but it is safe for septic systems, so in some ways I’d say it’s more enviromentally friendly than that fluffy, pipe-clogging stuff.

That said, I still prefer ANY American toilet paper over some of the sandpaper and dissolves-in-hand toilet tissue used overseas…especially when they hand you a 3″ x 3″ square and expect that to do the job. Yeah, right. roll Not on my fat American ass, it won’t.

das