Amazing. We can put a man on the moon but can’t invent a blackberry that doesn’t accidentally dial 911 on a regular basis. I mean, seriously. Of all the stupid features you can incorporate into a device, this has got to top the list. Brush up against it the wrong way, and your blackberry will automatically dial 911 – but ONLY if it’s LOCKED! Now normally, you lock a phone so that you don’t accidentally hit redial and end up unwittingly welcoming the last person you spoke with to listen in on your latest conversation – which, more often than not, will be about them. The whole purpose of LOCKING your phone is so that it doesn’t ACCIDENTALLY DIAL. But the geniuses who designed the blackberry ensured that LOCKING your device will actually increase your chances of an accidental call. And not just any accidental call. Knock it, tap it, or lean it against something and chances are you could be calling the cops.
I remember when my wife got her first blackberry. We hopped into her car and, as she handed me her bag, she cautioned me to be very careful with it as her blackberry was in the side pocket and the slightest bump could result in a 911 speed-dialing. I thought it was hilarious – until I got my own blackberry and it happened to me. Twice in the first week! The latest was today while I was out walking my dogs. I was unaware of the fact, of course, until I received a phone call from the police. I told him it was an accidental dial-up from my blackberry. He required no further explanation. It would seem that this happens a lot. “Maybe some day they’ll create a patch to stop it from happening,”he said almost wistfully.
It’s enough to make you get an iPhone.
Spent most of the day dealing with other things, but managed to sit down and get in a couple of hours of script work tonight. Almost done. Have the goodbye scene to write, the big wrap-up and then…I’m done. Well, not quite. Then, I spend days re-reading what I’ve got, polishing it up, afterwhich I’ll send it back to Paul who will read what I’ve done, question my sanity on certain decisions, and battle over a couple of elements before doing his pass.
Daniel Willis writes: “Maybe I missed it, but what were they “solidifying developments” of the Stargate Atlantis script – that Joe has passed the climax point?”
Answer: No, it has nothing to do with the creative. And I never specified.
Bailey: “PS – when you say “outing” do you mean you will finally reveal who the gay character in SGA is?”
Answer: Nope. Sorry.
JJ writes: “You said days ago that TPTB will allow you to post some SGU set pics this week. How’s that going?”
Answer: There was a delay on their end. I’m hoping by Wednesday.
Rose writes: “Ah ha! So I was proven right. Or wrong? I’m confused now.”
Answer: No one can be proven right or wrong until the first day of principal photography. I’m just saying that given recent developments, some fans will have to find something else to complain about.
Laura writes: “Do you ever go to games, either in Vancouver or back in Montreal?”
Answer: No. To be honest, I’m not a big hockey fan but am following the playoffs – mainly because of my bet with Kerry.
Morticae writes: “I couldn’t help but notice the whiteboard in your picture. You are quite sneaky! Clearly giving us some hints there…
19. Death of T.C. (What/who is T.C.?)
20. Reveal team bac(kup?) all along. Destiny is only (just getting started?)”
Answer: Actually, 20 is “Reveal team back on Earth all along. Destiny is only V.R.!” Don’t tell anyone.
Dustin writes: “Just wondering on the time line between the series finale of Atlantis, and the start of Universe.”
Answer: SGU picks up where Atlantis leaves off at the end of its fifth season.
Lcshepp writes: “With SG1 getting a third movie before SGA’s 1 is even approved is alittle disconcerting, regardless who owns what, etc.”
Answer: A third movie was in the works long before we considered making an SGA movie. That fact, and the dynamics and strengths particular to SG-1, gave the third SG-1 the early start.
Belouchi writes: “Will there be extended scenes for the season 5 episodes of Atlantis included in the DVD box set comingout soon?”
Answer: Yes, the season 5 box set will include deleted scenes.
Deni B. writes: “Ahh Joe, you disappoint…no pictures of my Daniel? Really?”
Answer: Coming your way next week.
Sandra writes: “Oh, and I’m about half way done with “Mort.” Any thoughts?”
Answer: I liked it a lot.