Enjoying two of my gifts simultaneously!
Multi-tasking: enjoying two of my gifts simultaneously!

Loving my new shoes.  Note my new hairdo.
Loving my new shoes. Note my new hairdo.
Guess who else is doing something new with their hair?  And redirecting packages meant for me to her office?
Guess who else is doing something new with their hair? And redirecting packages meant for me to her office?
The gals from Accounting celebrate a birthday!  Then dock everyone a half hour's pay for the time wasted eating cake.
The gals from Accounting celebrate a birthday! Then dock everyone a half hour’s pay for the time wasted eating cake.

They say it is better to give than to receive, and this is true provided they’re talking about criticism or roundhouse kicks. In most cases, however, it is actually better to receive than give. Take today for instance, a day in which I received not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE unexpected gifts. The first was sitting in my mailbox when I got in this morning. Compliments of blog regular and wraith-worshiper DasNDanger (Thanks, Das!), it was a beautiful pewter and leather book I can use to write down my own daily affirmations (ie. Nothing can surpass the loyalty of a true friend. Except for a really well-trained baboons.). Then, on my way down the corridor, I popped into Ashleigh’s office to welcome her back – and noticed a package sitting on her shelf with a familiar PYR Books label. She noticed me noticing and quickly informed me: “Oh, yeah. That’s for you.” Right. I returned to my office and opened it up to discover the latest book in Mark Chadbourn’s Age of Misrule trilogy (Thanks Lou and the gang!). After lunch, I received another package, this one from the gang at SyFy. Qu’est ce que c’est?, I wondered. I opened it up and discovered a brand spanking new camera inside – perfect for taking non-blurry on-set behind-the-scene blog pics (Thanks, gang at SyFy!). As I settled in to review my last pass on Space, Ashleigh walked in with yet another little something – a bottle of New Zealand Pinot Noir compliments of two visitors from the land of the hobbits (Thanks! I forgot your card at the office but will check it tomorrow so that I can actually mention your names!). Paul was positively jealous. And then, to cap off the day, Exec. Producer Rob Cooper gifted me a pair of Cole Haan dress shoes that he picked up but can’t wear on account of their being cursed (or something). Thanks, Rob!

Well, in addition to the gift-getting, I did manage to squeeze in some Stargate-related work. Read Paul’s first draft of Divided (loved the Eli-Rush head-to-head) and Brad’s pass on Justice (He dedicated the opening scene to me since, as Paul pointed out, it’s something would do. I’m touched.), then went over the Atlantis movie script with Paul. He wants to make a few dialogue tweaks but is otherwise very happy with what we’ve got. “It aint cheap!”he said, stating the obvious. No, it certainly isn’t. Paul also pointed out that we still need to come up with a title, something better than Stargate Atlantis: The Movie. Working on it.

I swung by Stage 4 and said hi to Robert Carlyle who is happy to be back in cooler climate, then warned David Blue that my dogs were hot on his twitter heels. Last time I checked, 212 followers and counting! If you haven’t already signed up, head on over and bring your friends (http://twitter.com/JellMaxBubLu). My dogs want to reach 1000 followers before month’s end.  Help make their dream a reality.

Hey, got a call from actor David Nykl today. He just got back from L.A. and is checking in. It’s always nice to hear from him. A hardworking guy with a terrific attitude, he’s a real pleasure to work with. We talked SGA movie and I warned him that Zelenka could look forward to a fairly busy outing. He seemed pleased to hear it.

Also heard from actress Sharon Taylor. I let her know that Amelia would be making an appearance in the movie as well. Another Atlantis alum I look forward to working with again.

Finally, Kirsten asked me to mention the little Star Trek convention – Khan Con – happening here in Vancouver Saturday, May 18th.

Mailbag:

Karen MT writes: “I find it quite hilarious that your dogs are on twitter when you are so against it.”

Answer: So long as they’re happy, I respect their life choices.

PG15 writes: “Now that the production is back at Bridge Studios, what episode is going under the cameras next?”

Answer: Next up is Time.

Jedi43 writes: “Question for you, since Ronon was on the run for 7 years how did he keep his gun charged for so long?”

Answer: He made sure to plug it in every night before bedtime.

MyNameIsNada writes: “I’m slowly piling together books for summer reading, and wanted to know if you have any suggestions for apocalyptic lit?”

Answer: Check out Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of Sower and Parable of the Talents. Also, Walter M. Miler Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, and Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things.

Michael A. Burstein writes: “Sounds more like novelette length, but it depends on what definition you’re using. In the SF world, the usual definitions are the ones given for the Hugo and Nebula awards, in which Short Story is anything up to 7500 words, Novelette goes from there to 17,500 words, and Novella goes from there to 40,000 words. Above that, it’s a Novel.”

Answer: Egads! It’s longer than I thought. That’s 42 pages single-spaced. At about 500 words a page, that’s more Novella length. Not my intention when I first started writing it but, as I told my editor – It‘s somewhat longer than I‘d originally envisioned but, fro the get-go, I knew where I wanted to end up and these were all the steps I had to take to get me there.

Eve28 writes: “Mayby Kanaan could die of an strange illness or from a broken heart?”

Answer: Don’t think so. He seemed pretty happy last time we saw him and he just passed his annual physical with flying colors.

JoanieC writes: “Do the dogs watch T.V?”

Answer: Bubba does.

68 thoughts on “May 11, 2009: Just Between Us, It’s Really Better to Receive Than to Give

  1. Sounds like a great day for you joe. And I guess the fact that I did not have any mailbag questions is iceing on the top. Got some questions coming later. 20 question’s hiatus is over.

  2. Hey Joe,

    You got spoiled today!

    So after reading your blog daily for the last year and a half (and posting ocasionally), I will no longer get my daily dose of Joe. I’m moving from Alberta to Alabama for the summer to work at a summer camp. I’m not too sure how often I’ll get to be on the web so now I’ll only be able to check every few days. This is why I was not sad when SGU got moved to the fall because now I get to enjoy it when I come home!

    I’ll try to check in every once in awhile and hope everyone has a great summer!

  3. What’s wrong with Stargate: The Movie-Working On It? You could either market it as a spin-off of Dirty Jobs or a fitness video.

  4. Oh and can I buy you a gift. What do you want? Seriously. As long as it is not to expensive. I am actually being serious.

  5. Why are your book shelves on angles? Do you have odd shaped walls in your office or you like the feeling of being closed in?

  6. Well aren’t you one spoilt Blogger/Executive Producer/Consulting Producer/Dog Nanny/Husband/Short Story Writer/Comic Book Creator/Book Club Moderator/Restaurant Reviewer?

    I’d watch the shoes. No one gives away good shoes. Your assumptions are most likely correct. They are evil.

    Major D Davis – O’Neill summed it up. I’m considering having my head Araldited to my desk. It will save all that lifting and dropping.

  7. Inform Paul that he will have no need for jealousy if he created his own blog, and thus his own loyal group of gift-giving blog regulars. To sweeten the deal, tell him that he can easily make his group into an army, with which to attack your blog regulars. You two will be like Gods…or at least, the Goa’uld.

    But no worries Joe. We will not lose the battle. I will pretend to be a fresh-eyed Stargate newbie and join the ranks of Paul’s blog army. There, I will act as your spy. I will call myself PG16. Nobody will expect a thing.

    Anyways, congrats on the gifts, and thank you for answering my question and providing more SGU and SGA movie hints!

    Question:

    Have you begin thinking of methods of revenge for Ashleigh’s virus-riden antics in the week before?

  8. Joe,

    Direct your dogs to this comment. I just wanted to let you know that I have been spreading the name of your Twitter account to everybody I know and am demanding that they sign up if they know whats best for themselves.

    In other news, I must agree about the gift getting part. Of course I dislike the reduction of my bank account, but more than that, I just find it difficult to find and give good gifts. When I was little I could get away with some coloring I did with crayons- most of which ended up outside the lines- and everybody was happy. You try that when you’ve aged and all of a sudden its offensive and rude! Hmmph!

    I’m graduating in a month from now! I have been sheltered in the academic world for 17 years and will soon be released to the wild. Hey, suppose you guys need any more accountants?

  9. Ahh, Joe…? About those probably rare and/or no doubt expensive “figures” that you have so nicely displayed on your window sill… are they ceramic or of a similar type material? Cause if they’re not and happen to be of some synthetic or resin, then they are on their merry way towards losing their molecular integrity by being exposed to all that direct sunlight! — I realize that the Greater Vancouver area is far from being noted for its high ratio of “sunny” days, but the ‘direct’ UV exposure is still there and I seriously doubt your office windows have been installed with UV filter glass….

    As I packrat of *many* varying things, the “preservation” of said items is something that I’m constantly aware of… And no doubt Ashleigh probably “forgot” to polish them with SPF Pledge!

  10. I don’t see why Shep has to kill Kanaan off.
    Can’t he just conveniently leave him in some San Francisco seafood restaurant when Atlantis flies off to Pegasus? Kanaan could become a famous food critic and post blogs about his gastronomical adventures and never want to go home again, Teyla and Torren notwithstanding.

  11. I think Kanaan had better not walk too close to any of the myriad balconies on Atlantis.

  12. Let me say that I’m glad that Kanaan is as happy as he appeared to look and that he passed his annual physical.

  13. Only because you asked on behalf of your adorable bow-wows, did I become a twitter follower. Otherwise, I would not. Twitter, facebook and similar are really a PITA.
    But, for JellMaxBubLu – it is my honor to serve.

  14. If the dogs are looking for Twitter followers, maybe an incentive is in order.

    http://twitter.com/james_gunn – occasionally donates $ to Red Cross or other charities for each new follower

    http://twitter.com/steveagee – read over 5000 usernames on his podcast to fulfill his promise

    Others have offered to get tattoos of Oprah on various body parts for a certain number of new fans. Your dogs are cute, sure…but what’s in it for us?

  15. Hey Joe,

    Wow, sounds like you cleaned up in the gift category today!

    Cursed shoes? Hmmm. I wonder what happens if you click your heels together three times and say, “There’s no place like Stargate…”

    Oh, and wasn’t Bob Picardo great on ABC’s Castle? He’s so good.

  16. Or maybe Michael switched conciousness’ with Kanaan right before Teyla kicked him off the balcony and she actually killed Kanaan herself!
    So Michael in Kanaan’s body escapes to plan World Domination (with Baron D), leaving Teyla to find comfort in another’s arms.
    (Honestly, I’d rather see Teyla and Ronon together and Rodney and John as a pair, nice Team action there!)

  17. So is sCIfI planning on letting you post any of the pictures you take with said camera they gave to you?

    Enjoy the cursed shoes. Oh, and I like your new hiar style. At first i was all “What did he do to himself?!?” but it looks good. Everyone needs to mix it up a little now and then. It’s different, but pleasantly so. Ashleys is grwat too, almost as good as yours. It makes her look a lot younger. I like it.

    As far as your dogs vs DB on Twitter, I’ve already cancled my DB subscription just to show my suport. I’m thinking about making like a hundred twitter accounts and subscribing them all to your dogs.

    God to hear Zelanka is gonna have some nice screen time in the new movie.

    Maybe Kanaan and Keller could fall in love? Then we’d kill two birds with one stone.

  18. Hey Joe,

    Happy CHRISTMAS IN MAY!!!! 😆 That is very cool. You got quite the pressies. And you actually got a present from people who live in Middle Earth? In the SHIRE, no less? Wow! Ha ha! Ok… so someone from New Zealand?

    And PG15 is right, all Paul needs to get spoiled like that is to have his own blog. Or maybe at least allow any pets he might have get their own Twitter accounts. 😉

    I like Ashleigh’s hair. So is her’s naturally curly like mine and she’s using a flat iron to straighten it? Or did she bite the bullet and get it permanently straightened? Now I seem a bit too interested in her hair. I’m not. Let me reassure you I’m interested in it the normal amount.

    Trish 😀

    @PG15 You can have one of my mini cupcakes with the multi-colored sprinkles. Just not the LAST one. 😉

    @Das YAY! You’re ok! And BOO! Sounds like you had a thug throwing rocks in your neighborhood! 👿 I can’t stand it when people do crap like that. I hope it’s not too expensive to fix.

    @Tammy Ah! That’s not good. My mom was attacked twice back in the day. Both times she screamed and a total stranger came to her aid. I’ve been raised by a mom who has always been overly-cautious about safety. I’ve never been attacked. Do you take self-defence courses? I really should. All women should. Just remember… go for the eyes! It’s a natural reflex to block your eyes when they’ve been poked hard with someone’s car keys. If you’re protecting your own eyes you’re not able to attack another person. Also, you can grab their ear like it’s a door knob and twist it as hard as possible. I’m told it’s quite painful. If they get you from behind act like you’re tugging on a stubborn drawer and let your elbows jerk back as hard as possible. Your elbows are like little battering rams. If that fails (because they’ve grabbed you and have their arms pinning your arms down) do the fake *head-snap-sneeze*. Hang your head down and then fling it backward with all your might. It’s possible to break someone’s nose this way. Or so I’ve been told. I might watch too much TV on this subject.

    Uh… now my paranoia I inherited from my mom is showing. But hey, even though I worry a couple times a day I might get attacked doesn’t mean I am not living my life. It just means that I run through scenarios and think of how I’d defend myself. It’s like a hobby. 🙂

  19. You are SO loved, nay WORSHIPPED by your minions. I want some minions so I may also be thusly adored.

  20. OK SyFy, a new camera is a good blog compensation start.
    As long as Joe doesn’t have to give it back.
    DD

  21. Glad you liked, Joe. 🙂

    Man…last night while I was waiting to see Russell Brand on Leno (I like Russell…he’s deliciously insane!), and for the new blog entry, I had a cup of Tazo ‘calm’ tea. Now, I’ve had calming teas before, and they really don’t do much. But this? Dangit! Even Russell couldn’t keep me awake! I fell asleep sitting at my computer, somehow managed to crawl off to bed, and still feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. But before I went sleepies, my husband just cracked me right up…

    As I got into bed, my husband – who was already asleep – says in a sort of aggravated voice, “Why are you getting into bed with a bag of marbles?!”

    Huh? 😕

    RE: Doggy Twitter – too funny! Do I have to sign up for something to follow them? I just hate joining more things, but for the puppies, I just might. (Damn you, Joe! First the books, now the dogs…you’re like the pied piper and I’m the mindless rat.)

    RE: Gifts – I was torn between the journal, and this, but I figured without matching shoes, you wouldn’t use it:

    http://www.mcachicagostore.org/main/item_detail.php?pid=1044&cat=Fashion

    RE: Kanaan – Uh…isn’t Todd getting a bit peckish by now?? Ya know…just a thought… 😉

    das

  22. Gift filled days are always a good thing. Poor Paul, I am sure that he will be showered in gifts one day.

    Okay, the whole offing Kanaan thing, leave the guy alone people. He never did anything, he’s a good guy, Teyla likes him etc etc…
    Frankly the thought of Teyla and John together makes me rather nauseas… seriously. If anything I am with Bailey on the Teyla/Ronon scenario.

    If Sheppard gets hooked up with anyone it should be Larin. That woman kicks a** and would be a great match for him. She’s like a female Shep.

    Larin and the Travelers totally leads me to say how awesome Michael Cram is doing on “Flashpoint”.

  23. Are any of the stories in the May 18th discussion available on-line?

    (For free, yes, I’m that cheap. I’ll make it up to authors everywhere when my ship comes in. I have sent book club listings to my local library’s suggestion box so at least those authors are getting paid with money taken by coercion from me and my neighbors.)

  24. Mr. M: Was this YOUR birthday? The cake? The presents?

    David Blue: Twit-off, very funny:-). Wouldn’t make you feel bad if the dogs won, though?!

    PG-15: you are so devious! I’m game.

    I know I might make some enemies but I don’t think Sheppard would be right for Teyla. Sheppard is more of a player. I don’t think he could be true to one women for too long.

    Besides, who is going to have the romance with the occasional hot alien chick if not Sheppard? Teyla doesn’t seem like the type of lady to share.

    Tam

  25. So – Bubba watches TV? My cats Frankie and Princess Merlin love Stargate Atlantis. They sit right in front of the screen and are truly mesmerised..

    Are people who use Twitter called Twits?

  26. Bonjour ! ça va ? Moi super!! Oui j’ai vu la photo sur le twitter des chiens lol XD

    Encore une fois trop beau sur les photos, vous allez nous faire fondre^^!!

    ..c’est tout pour aujourd’hui Bisou =)

  27. A novella, huh? Perhaps there’s hope for my long-delayed Hammond fan fic. I dropped it, in part, because I projected 12–13 chapters.

    Feels like I’m forgetting something…

  28. I remembered…

    My big brother, Bob Lewis, turns 59 on the 15th. He’s also a fan of the franchise. Blog dedication, please?

  29. Gifted with “shoes” hm-m, were they your size? Else, how does Rob know they do not suit him? Interesting that you’d suggest they were cursed Joe. Please let us know if these shoes suddenly rear up and start tapping out “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. James Cagney may be channeling, I’m just saying.

    Did the SyFy guys believe you actually needed a new camera to take “non-blurry on-set behind-the-scene blog pics”? Because I think the pics you’ve been posting are just grand.

    As much as I’d like to assist Bubba, Lulu, Max and Jelly attain their Twitter follower goal, alas, I do not twitter. I do not IM, do not blue tooth or WiFi, do not video game. Apparently, I’m barely able to attend this blog. Sigh…

    2cats
    Basil and Scooter send regards to the kids! 🙂

  30. how come Bubba posted a sadface on twitter? “…po:( kr…”

    is there some underlying issues at the homestead joe? now that your dogs have a way to express their emotions you’re really going to have to treat them even better, if possible.

    your shoes reminded me of That 70’s show, when Bob gifted a pair of shoes to Red.

    Red: Shoes are an innapropriate gift to give to another man.
    Kitty: How about when you joined the service? Another man issued your boots.
    Red: Then he gave me a gun so I let it go.
    Kitty: Why can’t you just accept the gift because Bob is your friend?
    Red: Kitty you don’t understand how men work. We don’t give each other presents. We basically ignore each other until we score a touchdown.

  31. Just realized how talented Jelly, Maximus, Bubba, and Lulu are. They are the originators of the product key codes for software. Their twitter is totally the basis for those 16 character or more keys you have to laboriously enter if you want to load and use some software.

    So very cool. Hope they have been receiving royalties or some reward.

  32. Very nice haul. I’m especially impressed by the camera. My respect for the network has gone up somewhat, since they(or some hardworking person therein) was considerate enough to provide you with the proper tools to provide them with photos. All hail to Ashleigh, the demigoddess of Stargate. With all the other goodies, she was obviously trying to assist you by holding onto the books until you’d had time to fully savor the other packages. You really owe her a bouquet of flowers for messing up her astute planning. And you might want to consider using your knowledge of fine chocolates to provide her with a selection to ensure prompt deliveries of future packages… Thanks for the smile for the day.

  33. It is nice to get gifts! and surprises! And I do not think your bd is until Oct, Congrats on the haul.! I was wondering also, do I need to sign up for twit, to be counted in your dogs contest? ANother great day in bridgeland!

  34. Hello Joe, I have some questions for you:

    1) Will we see the Dark Asgard in Atlantis movie? (It would be a pity without them, because that was great storyline)

    2) Has Brad Wright title for the third SG-1 movie now? Just say Yes or No.

    3) Is Destiny outdoor design different than modern ancient design seen in SGA? I saw that production art and it look like that ancient device with organical design used in “The fifth race”.

  35. My cats wander over my keyboard at random intervals but all I get are combination of 666. As any cat lover will tell you, the 666 part may not be a coincidence. :mrgreen:

    You want an Apocalyptic book? Try One Second After by William R. Forstchen.

    All I can say is this – if it ever happened you can all come and stay at my place. Of course you would have to swim, but…

    Ah, read it and find out what I’m talking about.

  36. Oooh … gifts! Always a good way to start the week.
    5 gifts … And some were in Ashleigh’s office …? Better check again – I’ll bet she kept the best one’s for herself! (as any good assistant would!)

    Since I’m curious, and my question didn’t get answered yesterday, I’ll try again.

    For your comic series – do you get to “audition” several artists to find one that comes closest to bringing to paper your concepts of the characters? If someone else chooses the artist, what happens if the artwork doesn’t fit your (and Paul’s) expectations? Do you and Paul get final approval?

  37. Mr M

    Please pass my condolences to Kerry (or is it Kerri) about her Canucks taking their golf vacation. Well may next year we will see Stanley cup North of the border. Maybe even in Hamilton. And get to hear your next friendly playoff wager with Kerry.

    Speaking of the wager. Have Kerry selected the musical yet?

    And your trusty assistant Ashleigh’s new hairdo reminds me of someone on TV. Got it. Carolyn Dunn of the early 90s series “Sweating Bullets” have almost the exact same hairdo in that series.

  38. Trish: Thanks for the advice. It’s always fun to learn ways to kill/injure. (at least for me) Yes, my whole family takes Shodakan Karate. We are all Brown w/white stripe level. Only two more test before we become black belts! Before that, my hubby and I took two years of Kung Fu.

    Don’t forget the throat as a target. It only takes about 2lbs of pressure to crush a larynx. BUT then you would have those nasty court dates after that. Nothing is perfect.

    Tam

  39. Aw, now, see, I was all set to simply sit back and watch the dogs’ twitter from afar. Now you had to mention how much they were hoping to get 1000 followers by months end and how they seem to have a competion going on with David Blue. How can I ignore the poor little things? Okay, Joe, count me in on following them.

  40. And I’m sorry for the mis-spell. *Competition* It’s been a long work day (all right, for me it’s actually a work night) and then lots to do around the house and the cats just don’t seem to understand that I can’t give them all my attention every minute of the day. Thankfully, they have a new toy and a new laser pointer to play with.

  41. Tammy, as my old handgun instructor once told me. “Shoot, and shoot to kill.”

    No mess, no fuss and if you’re female you can always flutter your eyelashes and say, “But your Honour, he was stronger n me and I woz affraaaid…”

    Unless, of course, the Judge is female and then I guess you hang. 😆

    One thing for all to remember – never keep your gun in your handbag. A gun is heavy and unless you are prepared to shoot straight through the bottom (and good handbags are EXPENSIVE) there is no way you are going to be able to fish it out in time.

  42. @ Trish: Aww man! But the last of anything is always the best! 😉

    @ Tammy Dixon: I’ll take the “devious” comment as a compliment. After all, I did learn from the best, right Joe? 😀

  43. @Morticae: Matter of perspective. My son, 13 — many disabilities — I would sob hysterically if he were to give me a picture he colored even outside the lines. But then again I still celebrate him giving eye contact to me. One of the many lessons he has taught me — not to take something so simple like eye contact and coloring a picture for granted. He is such a blessing to me and one of the best teachers in my life. Now show your parents this message and go color them a picture!

  44. Hi Joe,
    A couple questions if you don’t mind.

    1. Has anyone ever recognized you on the streets of Vancover?

    2. How much time is between the final draft to the prep of an episode?

    3. Do you have to wait a week to prep time or is it ready to shoot?

    4. Should i buy the complete series of SG-1? I already have seasons 9 and 7 but i am considering selling them and buying the complete series. Any advice?

    5. Was the special project the upcoming episode of the Jace Hall show?( I believe he tours the sets of Stargate Universe)

    Less than 2 more weeks of school to go. Yeah!!

    Oh and i get to go to penslyvania to go to this car show thing. My dad sells these replicas of Gt40’s. They have a top speed of like 215 miles per hour. Here check it out.

    http://web.me.com/gatchy/CAV-US/Landing_Page.html

    So what do you think? Cool huh. Even cooler when you get to sit in them. THEY ROCK.

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  45. Oh here are some of the specs.

    0-60-4.5 seconds

    Top speed- 217 mph

    And its only 40 inches tall, with a 5 inch ground clearence! Its so cool inside, unless your scared of small spaces.

  46. *waves*

    I’ve been forced to go to Portugal in a few weeks.. oh the hardship, and the purpose of the trip is to chill and relax and do absolutely nothing. Something completely alien to me. Since you’re the expert on aliens. I come to ask for your advice on what to do during my time. I hear reading is a good way to relax. Any recommendations? I like Dean Koontz types of books, something a little spooky is always a plus. I’m a very picky reader, so the supernatural type of books tend to work for me. Any ideas for this novice who hasn’t read a book in about 5 years?

    Oh and while i’m here, thanks for the Shep whump in the movie, i’ll take what I can get… so shirtless or not this time round? 😉 What? You know I had to get that in didn’t you. 😛

    Looking forward to seeing more from the dogs on Twitter… typical the first is a butt shot, and while I love butts, I prefer more of the human variety *coughShepcough* 😀

    *hugs*

  47. I’m just wondering if you’ve read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road yet, and what your take on the ending might be?

  48. @Tammy: You’re way ahead of me. I tried karate once. Turns out I’m a total ballerina. Keeping my toes pointed forward was next to impossible for me. However, I will no incorporate jabbing things into the throat in my make-believe repretoire of how to mame and/or kill an attacker! 😀

  49. Hi, Joe! I’m a new member of your blog 🙂

    I like the fact that you can get spoiled every once in a while; people need that sort of appreciation. Just a few questions from a lousy fan who has nothing better to do than write something in a individual’s blog. Lame, isn’t it? Yes, yes it is.

    1) Will Stargate: Universe show in Australia? (It’s obvious I am Australian, and that’s why I’m asking.)

    2) Do you have other projects coming up asides from your Stargate Franchise? Would you like to write something asides from Stargate?

    3) Have you ever thought about playing an evil, saracstic character on any of the Stargate shows? ‘Cos I agree that Villains are awesome and some ought to live. Then maybe perish in like the very last finale.

  50. hi, joe,

    on the shipper thread at gateworld, a fan (starlover) asked a question about the ep ‘grace’ that i’d love for you to answer.

    here’s her q: (re the end of the ep) “Also why does Sam hear the song again after the whole thing…does this means Grace is something more than just a being in the cloud?? or is she really in Sam’s head…”

    what sayith you, joe?

  51. Interesting pic of you holding the gift shoe against your cheek. I always knew y — I mean Baron Destructo — had a shoe fetish, or some similar, um, quirk. (“Pathopsychology” is probably a bit strong, and I’m not the one to talk in any case.) Undoubtedly, though, there’s something to be said for the combination of “new shoe-leather smell” and a good bottle of vino. Perhaps that’s what gave rise to the custom of sipping champagne from a lady’s evening slipper, prior to sipping it from her navel, and so forth.

    Love the new ‘do. What did you change? Whatever it was, don’t change it back, the look is just absolutely perfect on you. Cassie and Jen in makeup are now fighting over who gets to prep you for your next photo session. Just be careful in case they decide to work together, and one slaps on the cuffs while the other pulls out the eye liner.

    – Hey, love the great pics and the highly entertaining update with its tantalizing hints about Stargate Atlantis: The Movie, plus news of actors we’ve come to know and love (*please* give Amelia and Ronon a smokin’ smoochin’ scene, or else some kickass fighting; we’ll assume they have an intimate workout afterward), along with everything else you’ve tossed in. I’m eager to hear that your novella, whenever it’s all spiffed up, has been promptly picked for publication. (By Pyr, perhaps? Anyway, I want to read it.)

    I really miss David Nykl, and am so glad Zelenka has more than a fly-by part in the movie.

    Are the shoes Italian, by any chance? Oooooooh. . . .

  52. My gift to you – I also joined that darn twitter, just for the dogs. A second gift to you – I am not following anybody else, just your dogs. Now if I can just figure out what they are saying!

  53. @ Colloquielle –

    I’ve had Cat’s Pee on a Gooseberry Bush (Sometimes ‘Phee’, the ‘h’ is silent) – and it’s quite good. Very light and crisp, without being too citrusy, something that I don’t like in most white wines. It’s a good summer wine, and doesn’t taste a thing like cat’s pee. NOT that I’ve tasted cat’s pee…I’m just going on a wild hunch here. 😛

    The Cooper’s Creek has 4 ‘cat’ wines:

    Cat’s Pee on a Gooseberry Bush Sauvignon Blanc
    Glamour Puss Pinot Noir
    Tom Cat Merlot
    Fat Cat Chardonnay

    Just fun names for a decent, inexpensive wine.

    das

  54. Got a dog now Joe! A ten year old Jack Russell… he’s lovely! He’s going to drive my neighbours nuts playing with his blue squeaky balls which replace the ones that his former owner got cut off… the neighbours will love the noise (revenge for their constantly howling dogs).

    Got a question for you which had been on my mind whilst enjoying SGA.. why didn’t McKay try to mass produce Ronon’s kick arse gun? It was the most powerful and would have been advantageous had the rest of the team used one!

  55. Hi Joe,

    Can you please, please, please, pretty please tell us whether or not Cam/Ben will be in the third SG1 movie? Michael Shanks’ said in his new interview that it would be going back to the original team, with no new members. I think just saying yes or no now will help it to not be a big deal one way or the other. It seemed to work out well with Vala/Claudia.

    Hoping you’ll answer,

    Lexi

  56. Hi Joe,

    My name is Leslie, I have been a fan of Stargate forever. I am 24 and i live in Australia.

    I have been going through the whole series of Atlantis again and i noticed something that i had not noticed before.

    In Season 2:11 “The Hive”, when Dr. McKay leaves the planet he’s on to return to Atlantis, he steals the DHD crystals from Fords guards so that he can dial out. The funny thing is i noticed what looked like a person hiding behind the DHD. I think you can see what looks like thier arm move from behind the DHD… (At present, upon review, there is definately someone there).

    I wonder if anyone has noticed this before and if my suspicions are true… Just curious, i wonder if you can help me…

    By the way i love your dog’s they are cute little things it’s almost as if they have their own characters… I also would love to help you decide on a movie title for the Atlantis Movie, i am known to be quite creative… I am glad to hear you had a good Birthday it can often be exciting knowing that the year is finally over and you have another year to look forward too…

    I used to drink wine and i tell you what you should try some good ol’ Aussie wine we’ve got some fantastic stuff here… Good luck on the SG: Atlantis movie project… If you need a hand you can always give me a Hoy!!! It’s be great to see you do some filming here in Australia…

    Take care Joe…

    Leslie

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