I could’ve sworn I uploaded this entry a couple of hours ago but when I cruised by to check on comments, it had magically disappeared. Or maybe it never appeared in the first place. Hmmm. Okay, let’s try this again.
For as long as it took me to throw on a pair of jeans, grab my camera, and hop in the car.
For lunch, I enjoyed a ½ kilo of that spit-roasted lamb, a Greek salad (to placate my guilty conscience. Tomatoes are chalk full of lycopenes!), the loukoumades (deep-fried dough soaked in honey and cinnamon and sprinkled with sesame seeds), and THE most cloying dessert imaginable – baklava (layered pastry dough with nuts soaked in honey).
I know, I know. It seems like an excess amount of food but, keep in mind, I had the full kilo of lamb last year. Also, it was my great meal because I am now absolutely, without a doubt, no excuses, REALLY “on the program”.
Unless, of course, I can convince the gang at work to make the five minute drive over to Boundary for lunch. Greek fest continues all this week.
In a desire to learn a little more about myself, I took a few online personality tests designed to reveal the inner me. The results were surprising to say the least…
First up, I answered the age-old question that has plagued man from the dawn of humanity: “Do you shop more than most women?” (http://www.blogthings.com/doyoushopmorethanmostwomenquiz/). According to the scientific study, I am a window shopper who who rarely gives into impulse buys but has a nice wardrobe.
Moving on, the next quiz afforded me the opportunity to answer a question that I’ve been wondering for a while now: “Which Victoria’s Secret Angel are you?” (http://www.blogthings.com/whichvictoriassecretangelareyouquiz/). Well, apparently, the data suggests I am most like Laetitia Casta.
And finally, just this morning I was asking myself “What kind of lip gloss should you wear?” (http://www.blogthings.com/whatcolorlipglossshouldyouwearquiz/). The results: mauve. Smart, polished, and pretty.
Today’s entry is dedicated to birthday gal Luvnjack.
Let’s catch up with the mailbag:
Thornyrose writes: “Now, if TPTB would only make it official when we can expect to see a) the premiere of SGU b) the start of production on the next SG-1 movie, and c) the start of production of the Atlantis movie. Speaking of which, has the script for the last been approved, simply waiting for the wheels to turn so that the movie can be eventually made?”
Answer: Although I’ve yet to hear of an official date, my understanding is that Stargate: Universe will premiere in early October. Still no word on the production dates for either the SG-1 or the Atlantis movie, however, we have received some preliminary feedback on the first draft of Extinction.
MELorne-Super-Fan writes: “It came to my attention in the past days, that Mr. Kavan Smith may not be in the SGA movie!”
Answer: From who? Since I co-wrote the script, I’m in a better position to know which characters will be making an appearance – all of them.
Pastrygirl writes: “Do I remember correctly that Destiny is supposed to be an Ancient class ship? Like the one that Rodney got working on the volcano-riddled planet?
Also, is the gate to be a Pegasus galaxy gate or, like suggested above by Iamjohn, a milky way gate/DHD?”
Answer: Sorry. For the details on the ship and the gate, you’ll either have to wait for the studio to release the visuals or hold out until the premiere.
PG15 writes: “Are you writing episode 20? Is Paul writing episode 19?”
Answer: Yes and yes.
PG15 also writes: “I wanted to add a thank you for these short “profiles” on the cast members! First Jamil, now Brian. It’s great to get to know them a bit before seeing them on the screen, dazzling us with their talent.
Can we expect more of these for other cast members?”
Major D. Davis writes: “And Joe, my B-day’s July second. Do you still do those blog dedication thingys for peoples birthday’s?”
Answer: Remind me closer to the date.
Major D. Davis also writes: “1. You already know my reasoning, so is episode 19’s title is hope?
2. Is Will Waring directing Faith?
3. Is there a chance that MGM will release it’s uber cool super secret project during Comic con this summer?
4. Are the VFX temps like those non-colored greyish fake looking Visuals that eventually turn into those shiny Visuals we see in the final cut?”
Answers: 1. Nope. 2. Yep. 3. No idea. 4. At first they can be, simple place holders designed to convey a sense of how the sequence will unfold.
Birddiemac writes: “Was wondering if we’ll ever find out what happened to Ba’al host after the extraction? I enjoyed the Carter/Baal scenes in Quest and Insiders. Any chance of seeing some interaction between Carter/Baal again in a future movie?”
Answer: Baal’s ultimate fate will remain unknown for the time being. Sorry to say he won’t be making an appearance in the SG-1 movie.
Nadine writes: “I think I’ve read (heard?) that story about your dad before. Was it the basis for Cam’s anecdote about “the spit-take of all spit-takes” in Ripple Effect?”
Answer: Yes, it was.
JJ writes: “Did you know who will go to Comic-Con this year?
Is there any chance that all the main cast would be there?”
Answer: I won’t be going this year but Brad Wright, Robert Cooper, and almost the entire cast will be there.
Arctic Goddess writes: “I would like to announce that I have recently found employment as a journalist. Yes, I am now with the press. I love what I do. I get to meet really interesting people and write a lot. I’d almost be willing to work for free, it’s so much fun. I should have done this years and years ago. Anyway, even though it’s not script writing, would you consider it a step closer to writing for t.v or film? Would it get my foot in the door?”
Answer: It may make someone more likely to read you, but being a journalist doesn’t give you a leg up on landing a staff position. It all comes down to the quality of that script.
Lisa writes: “What is it you dislike about the theatre contemporary or musical??”
Answer: Singing, dancing, and over-the-top acting performances reminiscent of the overly-enthusiastic actors in children’s programming. Do away with those, the crowds, and the uncomfortable seats and I’d like it just fine.
DemonHunter writes: “What do deep fried pigs feet taste like? Is it really pigs feet or just pork shaped like trotters?”
Answer: They taste like deep-fried pork. It is pig’s feet though, for the dish, I believe the actual meet is stripped from the trotter before being prepared.
DemonHunter also writes: “They love pasta ( so do I) and I want to try something different from the normal macaroni or carabonara type dishes. What would you suggest – maybe something with a bit of a kick?”
Answer: Squash-stuffed agnolotti with black truffle butter.
2cats writes: “What do you call reasonably priced? For instance the plate of agnolotti?”
Answer: Angolotti = $14.
Shannon writes: “Okay, you said you ate a fruit dessert and others had the Nutella tart.”
Answer: Uh, no. Definitely not. That would go against everything I hold dear and believe in.
Montrealer writes: “How is the refugees from the Icarus base able to function after the consumables are gone?”
Answer: Tune in and find out!
DasNdanger writes: “When you have to get the actors (and others) to sign off on pictures you use here, does that mean ALL pictures – even those from your private dinners and parties – or just those from the set? How does the process work – is it just a matter of asking permission, or what? And have you ever had an actor, friend, co-worker, wife refuse to let you share their images here?”
Answer: Oh, sure. Occasionally, Rachel would tell me if she wasn’t up to having her picture taken and that was totally cool. However, it wasn’t until midway through season five when I was chatting with Jason Momoa that he told me a couple of cast members didn’t like having their photos taken. I was surprised, not because of their reticence, but because neither had bothered to say a word about it to me. After that conversation, I made it a point to have anyone I snapped sign off on their pics – while Jason would occasionally recruit ME for an impromptu photo op, like his infamous Cruise-esque couch-jumping shots (http://josephmallozzi.com/2008/05/28/may-28-2008-major-retailer-recalls-combustible-underpants/) or his throwdown with Identity guest star Dawn Olivier (http://josephmallozzi.com/2008/08/23/august-23-2008-questions-answers-guests-and-pics/). Damn, I miss the big guy. Anyway, that was the one and only time I heard an objection but, out of courtesy and just to be on the safe side, I now have the actors okay or nix their pics. At the end of the day, you want them to feel comfortable and know that you’re not going to let them look silly. Unless, of course, they want to look silly. Then, all the better!