I’m off to dinner with Alan McCullough (formerly of Stargate, presently of Sanctuary) tonight so this will be a moderately early entry. When I get back, I plan to see how much headway I can make on the script. Last night, I hit the 28 page mark and things were coming along nicely – until I realized I’d forgotten to address a character. And then, upon closer scrutiny, two characters. Damn. Tonight, I re-read, readjust, and rewrite. The plan all along was to have half the script written by the I return the office on Monday (I’m already there). That way, I won’t feel so guilty about taking time out for a few other things like:

Watching The Orphanage: I was pleasantly surprised. Well, maybe not THAT surprised. If I was to draw up my list of favorite horror films, the majority would be foreign.

Finishing up The Speed of Dark: August’s book of the month club pick. And a terrific novel. I’ll be weighing in with my thoughts on Monday.

Sitting out back with the dogs: They love sun and company. But, of course, not as much as food and sleep.

Cooking: On today’s men – Slow roasted wild salmon with a chive beurre blanc sauce, squash salad with toasted pine nuts and feta, and garlic sautéed broccolini.

Waiting around all day for the locksmith to show: He never did.

Today, I leave you with the sneakiest of peeks at the offices of Homeworld Command.  Then, check out the mailbag.

Only peruse these pics if you've been given clearance by Homeworld Command
Only peruse these pics if you’ve been given clearance by Homeworld Command


They had to put the sign up because people kept thinking the place was still a bakery.
They had to put the sign up because people kept thinking the place was still a bakery.
Homeworld design
Homeworld design
The offices of Homeworld Command
The offices of Homeworld Command
Presumably the terrorists have called it a night as well.
Presumably the terrorists have called it a night as well.
We discovered this lone individual overseeing global security.
We discovered this lone individual overseeing global security.
Uh oh.
Uh oh.

The mailbag:

2cats writes: “Hey, what is the blog consensus regarding Jalapeño Poppers?”

Answer: I’m in the pro-Jalapeno popper camp. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I’m pro-Jalapeno in general.

LesFez writes: “1. Now that Gateworld has shown us the exterior of the Destiny, are you allowed to post some exterior stuff of your own, and concept art?

2. Also, how many pages do you aim to get your scripts to? I seem to remember you saying a while ago that one you wrote was at 52 pages, and that was a bit too long?”

Answers: 1. Unfortunately, I have no exterior shots of Destiny. I tried mounting a camera at the back of the ship but I’d lose it every time it jumped to FTL.

2. Great question. In the beginning, we were aiming for 55-ish – only the first few episodes were timing way too long. So we scaled it back to 46-ish – and that turned out to be too short. Now, I believe 52-ish is about right.

Caitlyanna writes: “Hey Joe, what’s the worst thing that ever happened to you on a trip?”

Answer: Off the top of my head – having a bad reaction to the snake soup served at the Hong Kong airport. It put a bit of a damper on the Tokyo leg of my trip.

Daniel Willis writes: “How did you record this? I thought it was a visual effect added later, by having a green screen behind the gate. This looks so real! Or has this video been edited to include the visual effects?”

Answer: Nope. That’s why it’s called a practical puddle. It’s not a visual effect – as in the show’s early seasons – but a practical one. What you see is actually an image being projected on a screen. Pretty impressive, no?

MAtthew486DX writes: “Me and a friend, possibly more, are interested in building full size replicas of the Milky Way and Pegasus Stargates.

1. Is this legal? Like, for example, would it be any infringement of copyrights to build our own full size Stargates, for, basically “the hell of it” and possibly fan videos?

2. This is a long shot I’m sure, but is there even the slightest hope of getting some assistance from TPTB, specifications, measurements, 3D models, anything at all, to aid in our efforts? We have theorized about making the Gates out of a number of materials as well, resin, wood, etc. Each seems to have their pros and cons. Any info, documents or insight on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

3. How much did it cost you guys to build each Stargate? Milky Way, Pegasus, Destiny?”

Answers: 1. I’m no lawyer, but I’m guessing that if you’re just building it for fun and not deriving any income from the product, you should be okay.

2. If I come across some gate designs with specifics, I’ll be sure to post them.

3. A lot. No, scratch that. A helluvalot.

Thornyrose writes: “Talking about spinning ideas for season two, and not to jinx anything, but at what point will you know for sure there IS a season two?”

Answer: No idea. Since we’re premiering October 2nd, I’m guessing we may have to wait as late as early 2010 to find out.

MajorSal writes: “a few weeks ago, my sister lost her beloved dog. i think she should get another (to help fill the void), like a pug or a little lulu (french bulldog?). i’d like to know if you have a bunch of pics or vids in one place i could show her of your bunch, to entice her?”

Answer: Head on over to my twitter page: http://twitter.com/JellMaxBubLu

Bridjess writes: “Saw that you read We3 recently and wondered what you thought of it…”

Answer: Loved it.

Quade1 writes: “ For example, The Shrine, they just happened to know of a place, then aside from all other cases the creature just decides to crawl out of McKay’s head, and he is magically unscathed, despite having a creature literally running around in his brain?”

Answer: Well, for starters, the creature was literally running around in his brain. It was immobile and growing in one area until affected by the radiation. The reason is “crawled out” in this, rather than any other cases, was as a result of the hole Keller drilled into McKay’s skull, relieving the pressure (created by the expanding creature) and allowing it the opportunity to move to a less constrictive environment and away from the radiation. As for the just happening to know of a place – if this parasite has affected many other inhabitants of the Pegasus Galaxy, then it would stand to reason that Ronon or Teyla would be acquainted with the “disease” and this place.

Quade1 writes: “uhm…..wormhole drive?”

Answer: That one, however, I’ll give you. We had discussed the prospect of a wormhole drive for some time, but never introduced it because we didn’t have a story-specific use for it – until we talked about using it for the movie. Rather than suddenly introduce it in the movie, thus making it feel convenient, we thought it would be better to set it up earlier. And we did – in Enemy at the Gate – but in an episode in which it proved instrumental to the story – and, thus, felt convenient. In hindsight and with a little more time, it would have been preferable to layer the idea in with passing references building up to its actual use in EatG.

Major D. Davis writes: “1. Have you seen any of the final Shiny VFX for SGU…. also how close is Air(first two parts) to being completed?

2. How long till SGU has some cool shirts and merch, cause when I was at the bridge I saw some cool “sexy” LOL SGU shirts(the crew were wearing them, they were a black shirt with the SGU logo printed on them). I just wondered when it will hit shelves cause I would die to get one of them.

3. Did the email to Mr. Bill work out?

4. Do you think we can have some pics from the set of the “puddle jumper on sterioids”. I believe that’s what you called it, and you said it was some type of shuttle.”

Answers: 1. Some very close-to-finals. They look terrific. Definitely Emmy-worthy, but what do I know.

2. No idea what the merchandising plans are.

3. I received it, yes, but don’t head back to work until next week.

4. I have pics of the shuttle and will eventually post them as well.

Tammy Dixon writes: “Does anyone know if the the new SG-1 DVD has nudity on it? “Children of the Gods”.

Answer: It doesn’t. It was a sore point with Brad for years and once he finally go the chance to lose it, he did.

DasNdanger writes: “1. Does Fondy prefer you in the office, or working from home?

2. Does Fondy read this blog?

3. Does your Mom read this blog? Your sister?

4. Will you ever share any of your baby pictures with us, or maybe something from your wayward teenage years?

5. What’s the most physically dangerous thing you’ve ever done?

6. Can you dance?

7. If you’re home and not feeling all that great, what’s your ‘comfort food’?

8. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever found in your refrigerator (as a kid or as an adult)?

9. Have you ever milked a cow and, if not, have you ever wanted to?

10. For hauling your junk around: Boxes or briefcases?”

Answer: 1. Depends on how much I’m annoying her on any given day.

2. Nope.

3. My sister reads it. My mother reads it when my sister directs her to something of interest. Like, say, snaps of her home cooking.

4. No plans to at present. Maybe once I’ve run out of stuff to post/talk about.

5. I’m not a danger junkie. You’d never catch me cliff diving or bungie jumping or gun-running in Central America. That said – “most physically dangerous”? Hmmm. I once stopped out onto a very high balcony.

6. If my life depended on it? No.

7. Chocolate. Ice cream. Nutella. Chocolate chip cookies and milk.

8. The worst thing I ever found was something in a piece of Tupperware I couldn’t even identify.

9. I have – as part of a school trip once.

10. Boxers with South Park prints.

Purp writes: “ Which are your top 5 NCAAF teams heading into the regular season?”

Answer: As in teams I’m rooting for or power ranking. In terms of power ranking: 5. Penn State, 4. Alabama, 3. Florida, 2. Texas, and 1. Oklahoma. In terms of the top 5 teams I’m rooting for (who actually have a shot): Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Boise State, and Alabama.

Ytimyona writes: “Hmm, can you expand the discussion of freelancing versus full-time? It seems to me like either you have a greenlight to write a script (and hence, a full-time job) or you don’t (and then you’ve got NO job). But I’m sure there’s more to it than that.”

Answer: When I was freelancing from home, I was story-editing and writing scripts. Everything that needed doing could be done at home, sent via email, or discussed over the phone. When working full-time, I’m in the office spinning stories, writing, editing, casting, and, generally, hands-on producing.

Artdogspot writes: “I have to agree with Greg about The Usual Suspects. Did you leave that off your list for some reason?”

Answer: I guessed the twist from the moment he fumbled with the lighter. But that wasn’t why I left it off the list. Ultimately, it wasn’t a movie I enjoyed because, at the end of the day, those characters were screwed no matter what they did. They were mere pawns in a greater game beyond their control, hapless and hopeless.

DP writes: “Is the Destiny’s Gate Room in the same spot at the studio as the SGC’s Gate Room?”

Answer: Nope. The SGC gate room was in Stage 5. The Destiny is in Stage 4.

JYS writes: “Where did you get a real black truffle?”

Answer: Meinhardts.

Patricia Lee writes: “Maybe you will surprise us all with an OMG twist ending for the SGA movie!”

Answer: Yep. I pitched this twist out last year: Atlantis comes under attack by the united forces of the wraith. A grand battle ensues but, ultimately, the city is destroyed. At which point our characters awaken and discover that they are on the mist planet from season 1’s Home and never actually left. Surprised?!


71 thoughts on “July 23, 2009: Homeworld Command! Catching up with the Mailbag!

  1. This question has been bugging me for a while now – why do you have to add pasta to the sauce and never the sauce to the pasta? I’ve always been told this. I’m wondering why. What the heck difference does it make?

    Also, do you have to book a table at Fuel for a meal or would you be able to get a table ok on a spur of the moment thing?

  2. How long does it typically take to write a script for a 1 hour SG1, SGA or SGU?


  3. Nice fat juicy mail bag. Thanks for taking the time to post. Give Mr. McCullough regards from a fan of his scripts. And Homeworld Command? what gives? is this something that will carry over from SGU to the SG1 and Atlantis movies? And just as a point of fact, I think SGU sort of sucks as an acronym for the show. Mainly because it’s also the acronym for another site and related blog. Ah well, guess I’ll have to pay attention to context to make sure I understand the right one.

  4. Off topic as usual Joe, but I’ve just had the most bizarre occurrence.

    I was on the TripAdvisor website looking at some hotels. I decided to check out a couple of resorts I’ve been to in Thailand to see if they were still getting good reviews.

    Went and looked at the photos of one of the places and someone post a photo of the beachside pool with one girl lazing on the water. That girl in the photo is me!

  5. Homeworld Command sign = my new desktop wallpaper (such an oxymoron) at work. (At home I have the three new ‘main characters of each stargate series’ wallpapers from the mgm site, in rotation thanks to Windows 7.)
    ( Speaking of Windows, I noticed the Vista logos on the backs of the ‘Uh Oh’ photo. Uh oh indeed! I can’t belive that Homeworld Command would use monitors with the Vista logo on them. It sends the wrong image.)
    (Hmm, way too much of this post is parenthetical, and this sentence seriously isn’t helping!)

  6. The salmon, squash salad, and broccolini meal you described sounds very, very good, and reminds me that I need to start getting creative in the kitchen again. It would be a lot easier if Zach weren’t a picky eater; but noooo, apparently I need the challenge of coming up with something that he’ll eat, and which I can also modify to suit my variety-loving palate. Can’t really complain, though; as long as there’s enough meat, he’s good, and if I make bread or cookies it’s like I’m a goddess. (For as long as the stuff lasts.)

    South Park boxers — oh, that’s just too cute. I’m wondering now if you wore out the Superhero series, or if they’re stashed away for future use. – My m.i.l. bought some Monopoly “Mr. Moneybags” boxers for my f.i.l.; she says he just harrumphed (and probably returned to reading the Wall Street Journal), but they’re now showing up in the laundry. Heh. (I’m not supposed to know about this. The m.i.l. and I have a great time together, and of course we talk about stuff like that; it’s just fun.)

    Also fun: the pics, especially of Carl. The one right above him is great, too.

  7. You fool! You foolish fool!! Do you have any idea what you’ve done?! That first Homeworld Command photo has the address of Homeworld Command on it! Now that part of Washington DC will be swarmed with Stargate fans trying to find Homeworld Command, further slowing down the pace of the US government at accomplishing anything whatsoever!!

    Furthermore, the Homeworld Command logo doesn’t have New Zealand on it! Do you have any idea what this means?! I’ve seen a documentary on New Zealand, they have, like, thousands and thousands of horse riders and mutated mofos named Orcs and Uruk-Ai and Hobbits that will F you up!! Now you’ve gone and pissed them off! And don’t even get me started on their President, Sauron the Great. He may only be a big-ass eyeball, but he can still kick your ass! After that, the Flight of the Concords will make you laugh so hard your sides will split, and then you’d die. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT?! HUH?! Even if you didn’t worry about your own safety, what about the safety of others on the production? I mean, I can accept if you get trampled by herds of Oliphants native to the South Island, but what about the hotness of Ashleigh? WHY MUST YOU PUT SUCH HOTNESS IN DANGER?! SHAME ON YOU.

    And where the **** is Malta?!


    If the renewal decision does indeed come in early 2010, how will that affect the writers’ spin sessions and story-breaking schedules for Season 2? As far as I can remember, you guys usually start in the November and December before the February when production starts; does that mean the beginning of principle photography might be pushed back?

    Thanks! 😉

  8. Thanks for the pix [haha Carl… :)] and answering my question! Today’s mailbag was quite lengthy!

    Re “forgetting to address a character”: Is this why (in a couple episodes) it sometimes feels like a character or two has nothing to do but stand around? Not that you guys are often guilty of this, but I can see how it would happen, on a show FULL of characters…

    I’m really hoping someone will have video/pictures of the SGU panel tomorrow at Comic-Con!!!

  9. Joe,

    Okay. Now, you’ve done it. You’ve written things in the past that have ticked me off (like that you like SG-1 better than SGA and you like SGU better than all of them) but now, you’ve gone too far.

    You’re rooting for Texas Tech?? *spits*

    Them’s fighting words, Mister. This is unforgivable. I wash my hands of you.

    Most likely.


  10. …so what your trying to say is that we will learn more and possibly see another wormhole drive jump in the movie?

    Granted Keller drilled a hole in his head, which by the way, what is the purpose of a cordless drill on a highly advanced space shuttle with no screws in it?
    And then of course it moved through his brain, again I will give you the fact that I am not a doctor, but I am pretty sure even slight bumps of your brain against the inside of your skull causes blackouts. Can’t imagine how much damage a creature crawling through your brain would do.
    Then the magically moment that makes Ronan worth the whole episode, “your gonna need that gun soon”…Crap a 3cm creature that is trying to run away, kill it!!! How come they didn’t seem to mind exterminating that creature but are perplexed at the thought of destroying evil destructive robots killing hundreds of thousands of people, and even them on the odd occasion?

    Hey any thoughts on a possible return of Ra? I mean it is scifi and we didn’t see him die…..

  11. oh forgot, I picked up Children of the Gods Final Cut today. Have you seen it yet? comments? I will watch it this weekend hopefully 🙁

  12. Hi Joe,
    Oh, re surprise endings… I totally saw coming the one in The Sixth Sense and was amazed at the audience ooohs and ahhhs when they figured it out. I guess knowing there was a twist was enough that I started looking for it right away. That was a great list, btw.

    Re the new cut of COTG, any chance Brad would be willing to do a q&a for those of us with really detailed questions, e.g., why he removed the shot of Jack reacting to Daniel’s good bye scene with the Abydonians? Although maybe Brad has sworn off q&a’s…

  13. Thanks, Joe! I never figured you for a dairymaid! 😆 How was it??

    10. Boxers with South Park prints.

    Joe, Joe, Joe…that’s NOT what I asked. 😉


  14. I love that idea for a twist, but only for the initial shock value. Then I’d be disheartened since it basically retconned most all of the show.
    Chocolate chip cookies, sounds good!!!

  15. Don’t forget that last minute twist where we discover that Earth, the goa’uld, and the Atlantis expedition were all part of a daydream of the mist creatures. Mist creatures who are, themselves, the remaining essence of the millions of ascended Ancients whose glowy batteries have run down.

    Or, wait, was that all a daydream of mine?

  16. Joe wrote, “Finishing up The Speed of Dark: August’s book of the month club pick. And a terrific novel. I’ll be weighing in with my thoughts on Monday.”

    Joe, Monday is July 27th. Don’t you mean in another week, August 3rd?

  17. 1. Hey, wait just a minute there! We have another week to read Speed of Dark. Our book reports are not due until the week of August 3rd!

    2. I think das’s question was “boxes or briefcase” not “boxers or briefs” – but your answer was interesting. Close to TMI, but interesting.

  18. You funny Mr. Mallozzi… Surprised… uh, not so much! But thanks for the effort!
    I Love your blog, it is the only one that I’ve found which is sure to bring a smile every time! Cheers Mate!

  19. pg15 – I’m cleaning the water off my monitor from where I just sprayed it after reading your comment.
    I get the feeling you’d be rather amusing to have around after a few beers and few games of pool.

  20. “Yep. I pitched this twist out last year: Atlantis comes under attack by the united forces of the wraith. A grand battle ensues but, ultimately, the city is destroyed. At which point our characters awaken and discover that they are on the mist planet from season 1’s Home and never actually left. Surprised?!”

    I laughed out loud at that one. I’m in the process of rewatching the entire series of Stargate Atlantis and writing spoilerific reviews of it on my blog Spilt Ink. (I just finished disc 4 of season 1.) “Home” is very fresh in my mind right now. It’s sort of the Bobby Ewing in the shower SGA episode.

  21. How easy is it to get an internship for SGU. Studying tcomm at BSU requires me to have one eventually and there would be nothing more I’d want in my life than to get one under the Stargate name.

    You probably don’t read these & even if you do won’t respond to my question because you don’t have time or it’s not possible. BUT under the slim chance that it is possible, or you read this or something. Please email me. It would make my life.

  22. Joe,
    I’m sure this has been asked and I missed it (I haven’t been able to follow the blog regularly for the last 18 months as I was completing my Masters degree, thank GOD I’m done…and I’m back to reading the blog daily!)… so if you could what’s the latest on the SGA movie and the next SG1 movie? I hope they are still going to be made. Thanks!

  23. Re the OMG Atlantis twist, wouldn’t that be Stargate Dallas?
    (you’d probably make a few people happy by resetting the cast back to that ep anyway…)

  24. >>At which point our characters awaken and discover that they are on the mist planet from season 1’s Home and never actually left.<<

    Well, given that this would mean that the awkward "McKeller – it's supposed to be a romance"-development also was just a nightmare I'm actually tempted to applaud this idea.

  25. Well my trip got a little better today. Had to miss one of the panels I really wanted to see in order to get my car in to see the mechanic. I might get to go home after all. I decided that to pass the time at Comic Con before I had to get back to call the tow truck I went to see the panel for Quantum Quest and was VERY pleasently suprised to get to see Robert Picardo and Janina Gavankar and I managed to sit fairly close too. I’m planning on getting there early to stand (or rather sit) in line for a couple of hours for the SGU panel. I’m posting pictures right now on my blog if you would like to see my Quantum Quest experience – http://www.caitlyanna.wordpress.com

  26. Answer: Yep. I pitched this twist out last year: Atlantis comes under attack by the united forces of the wraith. A grand battle ensues but, ultimately, the city is destroyed. At which point our characters awaken and discover that they are on the mist planet from season 1’s Home and never actually left. Surprised?!

    Ahahaha! You know, weirdly, I probably wouldn’t have minded that. I’m not exactly sure why, though.

    But it makes me think that such a plotline would have been cool in season 5, if it was Shepard or McKay waking up to discover it was really still season one and everything (and everyone) that was different wasn’t. But that’s probably just because I’m all for coming up with excuses to bring back characters who’ve left and referencing past episodes.

  27. “Great question. In the beginning, we were aiming for 55-ish – only the first few episodes were timing way too long. So we scaled it back to 46-ish – and that turned out to be too short. Now, I believe 52-ish is about right.”

    Thanks Joe 🙂

  28. Coucou =)

    Vous allez bien? Merci pour ces photos et d’avoir répondu à tout ces questions!!!

    Aujourd’hui je vais chasser les new de sgu avec le Comic Con qui est là.

    Je vous adore!

  29. Very impressive! Would be amazing to see in real life! Thanks for the info 🙂

  30. Meh, now you spoilt us all for the big “OMG twist ending”! Now I will never watch any Stargate related ever … Lol, just kidding, can’t wait for the movie and SGU.

  31. Darn it, it’s no good if family read blogs. I was gonna say your sister was quite good _______.
    But then she’d read it and I would be embarrassed.

  32. Homeworld Command remind me of my spot at work. 🙂 I don’t have lights over my desk either.

  33. I loved the list of badly done twist endings, thanks for posting that, but I have to admit I hadn’t considered how stupid the twist in Signs is until it was mentioned in SG-1. Then I felt kind of silly for not noticing it before.

    Loving the SGU set and gate pics – keep em’ coming, can’t wait until October.

    I have a Exec producer question for you:

    Amanda Tapping said that when she became an executive producer she came to appologise to you for every stupid question she’d ever asked.

    In all the time you have been writering and producing what were the most stupid questions you’ve been asked by any cast or crew member? (not mentioning any names of course 🙂

  34. salut joe!!!

    I have seen the new trailer, it is very impressive.
    There are lot of action, and we see the destiny.
    The destiny and icarus base design are very beautiful.
    But we see only few details for destiny(quality is bad and hyperspace gaz cover a major part of the ship.

    1)Can you post an HD picture of destiny?

    2) The crew will be isolated.
    will there be a reccurent alien character who rejoin the destiny crew as teal’c, teyla or ronon?

    3)I have read that the gate symbols are name of differents star, but the writing is strange.
    It’s an old language or an alphanumeric code (an alteran version of our P3X-??? and P4C-???)?

    4) The KINO system, is integrated to the gate(we open the gate and we receive directly the planet telemetry) or there is a physical robot who cross the gate?

    Merci et a plus.

  35. Thank you, Mr. M, for answering my question. I was going to buy the DVD anyway but now I can get it for our trip!

    I would be happy if my 13 year old son never saw pictures of naked woman for, at least, the first ten years after he is marriaged! My hubby is just glad my son seems interested in a seeing pictures of a naked “woman” 🙂 .

    Das: we all know the “real” question you meant to ask! (In a totally non-creepy way, of course) 😛


  36. “Cooking: On today’s men…”

    Yeah, now I’m starting to see Freudian slips in your spelling errors. Hey! YOU are not the ‘gay character’ in Stargate, are ya?? 😉

    “Waiting around all day for the locksmith to show: He never did.”

    My husband is a locksmith – has a part-time business, in fact (besides his full-time job in the hospitality industry). He’ll come fix your locks, but you have to pay the travel expenses! 😀


  37. As an Univ of Alabama grad, a huge college football fan, and a huge fan of the Stargate franchise……….I was very impressed and grateful to see Alabama is on your personal rankings. ROLL TIDE ROLL!! and good luck with the new series. I’m looking forward to watching it, although I hate that Atlantis has ended.

  38. Just saw the Comic-Con trailer of SGU, If the show is anything like the trailer then SGU will most definitely become my number one favorite show.

    Can’t wait till October 8th to start off with the 3 part premiere 😀

  39. Ah,,is that man behind that computer trying to get his pick for USC in b4 anyone else,??

  40. Joe’s answer:

    Answer: Yep. I pitched this twist out last year: Atlantis comes under attack by the united forces of the wraith. A grand battle ensues but, ultimately, the city is destroyed. At which point our characters awaken and discover that they are on the mist planet from season 1’s Home and never actually left. Surprised?!

    That sounds like “Lost” for me !

  41. Dang: big spelling error. Married, not marriaged. Just the thought of his marriage is enough to send me loopy!


  42. Yo, ditto, I was planning to be finished with The Speed of Dark (really good so far) by Aug 3. Don’t jump ahead on me!

  43. @ Tammy Dixon – Honestly – I DID mean ‘boxes or briefcases’.

    See, if Joe had answered ‘boxes’, I would have suggested that he look into free-lancing again. A guy who carts his stuff around in boxes is better suited for working at home, where nary an impression needs to be made.

    However, if he had said ‘briefcases’, then obviously he’s a guy who likes to flaunt his style, and that’s best done by strutting into the office each day, snazzy attaché case in hand.

    Of course, he totally stumped me on the boxers with South Park prints. On one hand, it suggests a guy who really likes to flaunt his style, thus better suited for the office. On the other hand, I now imagine that Joe spent the better part of his vacation lounging around in only his shorts, eating gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough nutella ice cream…right out of the carton…with his bare hands…which is not only a disturbing image, but one best kept locked up at home. 😉


  44. Hi Mr M!

    Just popped over from the live twitter feed from SDCC. Wow the new trailer looks great for SGU!

    Hope all good with you and the gang.

    @Narelle from Aus : agree PG15 too funny…Always and ever excellent!

    Best to all


    PS. If you think of it, my birthday tomorrow….I need something to soften the blow of the ever-climbing number(!?!)

  45. JOE.





    @ Narelle: Oh, I’m the life of the party. 😀

    Well, on the Internet, anyway. 😉

    @ Shirt’n’Tie: Haha, thanks!

  46. Saw the trailer this morning and I’m embarrassed to say this middle-aged woman was screaming like a teenager for The Beatles. It was really weird. I immediately called my husband who I made load it up via the link I sent him at work and watch it while I was on the phone with him, me giggling the whole time. I then screamed in the phone, “WASN’T THAT AWESOME!!??!??!!?” He told me to calm down or my cerebral aneurysm might rupture (really, I have a small brain aneurysm).

    It just ROCKS and I don’t know what else I can say about it except that Oct 2 is only 1-1/2 months away and it will be here before we know it.

    Great job!

  47. Saw the comic con trailer of SGU. Great job. Looks like it’s still Stargate with the humor and exploration, but also totally different in tone and style… Well, have to see how it all turns out on the small screen.

    I was wondering, are there any old storylines going to be wrapped up in SGU? From the looks of the trailer it seems like the Lucian Alliance or some Goa’uld remnants are attacking Icarus Base, and it’s nice to see a nod to the ‘old’ milky-way enemies before opening up the new universe.

    Regarding that, some have speculated that the Destiny is actually the Clava Thessara Infinitas (key to infinite treasure). The ancients builded the Destiny right before they ascended (as is the CTI), and the ancients were explorers… For them, the far reaches of the universe to explore would be a treasure, and since the universe is infinite, it’d be infinite treasure for them. And, to get to the far reaches of the universe, the ship is needed. Thus, the Destiny is the key to infinite treasure. A nice way to wrap up an open storyline in a way that makes totally sense. Now I just need the confirmation to know I’m right 😛

  48. Das: Too Funny!

    PG15: I always enjoy reading your comments. You have so much energy in your writing.

    Caitlyanna: so glad your trip went well, despite the car problems.

    Otros ojos: I married a food phobic person myself. If you grate veggies up, then he might not notice. Especially, if the food is spicy and the room light dim. We’ve finally come up with a compromise at dinner: Don’t ask, don’t tell. Still I can see him trying to analyze what is in the dish.

    This blog is good for smiles!


  49. Hey Joe,
    Anyone getting any pics/photos/videos from Comic -Con?? Are you gonna post any???Pretty Please.

  50. I echo Carl! Where’s my beloved Trojans on the football list???? I’m devestated. Fight On!

    My friends and I are headed off soon to the lovely city of Montreal for the World Science Fiction Convention in a few days — driving from L.A. to Montreal. Yes, we are insane. John Scalzi and Neil Gaiman will be there. Totally stoked.

    If you have a moment, two questions:

    1. Have you eaten at a restaurant called Toque? Do you recommend it?

    2. What cultural/historical or otherwise fanciful site in Montreal would you advise we not miss?


  51. Trailer looks good…but a little too much kissing for my tastes. I’m like… the most unromantic woman on the planet. Maybe in the entire universe. 😛 I just don’t get the point to watching other people make out. It makes me feel kind of uncomfortable and squirmy – especially if the people making out are not attractive to me. Is this TMI?? Tough. 😀 I mean…I wouldn’t peak into my neighbor’s windows and watch them going at it…it just seems…wrong. I’ve never quite grasped the allure of it all…but maybe that’s because I have a pretty good imagination, and so have no need to watch other people in intimate situations.

    But the trailer does look pretty good…but if there’s too much screaming, and kissing, not sure I’ll stick around.

    That said, I can already tell you that Mr. Das will LOVE it! He’s much more romantic than I am (hey – he’s the one who wanted to see Twilight, not me!).


  52. Speaking of Sanctuary, anyone know what their season starts up? I’ve been too busy to check…

    Plus, I’m lazy.

    Nice to know Alan is with a show I still watch. He’s such a cutie. 🙂 (So are you, Joe…but I’m just not so sure about those shorts of yours… 😉 )


  53. Hey Joe,

    would be very honored if you dedicaded you blog to my lonely self on my birthday which would be today, the 24th of july

    thanks a lot

  54. Wow! The trailer looks very good (I’m not quite as excited as PG15, though)! I’m going to miss the internet on my vacation!


  55. bonsoir joe (il est tard chez nous xd)

    Une derniere question que j’ai oublié.

    How the origin symbol of destiny ship is defined?
    Because the ship move into space, and normally, we must be near a planet to activate a gate.

  56. Tammy Dixon:

    I married a food phobic person myself. If you grate veggies up, then he might not notice. Especially, if the food is spicy and the room light dim. We’ve finally come up with a compromise at dinner: Don’t ask, don’t tell. Still I can see him trying to analyze what is in the dish.

    Grating up the veggies? Why, that’s underhanded, and diabolical, and (in short) everything I like in a “coping with hubby’s quirks” type of strategy! 😀 – I’m in your debt, honestly, because that idea simply never occurred to me. Also, I LOL’ed over your dinnertime “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Oh yes, he’d be trying very hard to analyze something that looks like meat, cheese, or potatoes, but has a slightly different flavor — but I could trump him with the “I know where dessert is, and you don’t” card. . . . This could be fun. Thanks for the excellent tip!

  57. Yikes, I missed a day! Good stuff. I used to have a top secret clearance, I wonder if I could get a job at Homeworld Command?

    How did I miss a day? About a month before Burning Man I get crazy. Yesterday and today I worked on my Bedouin outfit for the desert, full playa-colored underskirt, red and sand embroidered overdress and a sand scarf. Comfy, the cotton should be cool while keeping the sun off. Once hubby gets home to work the camera, I’ll post pics on my blog.

    The Happy Hippie Bus is being set aside for now, alas. At least I got the wheels on the darn thing. I have too much painting to do to work on an art piece. Takes a lot of art to run an art gallery where people can simply adopt and take away anything they like! Although I’m thinking of how to set up Bucky the Skeleton.

    Yeah, I know, no one cares.

  58. Hey Joe,

    I just watched the trailer (OK, truthfully, I have now watched it about 6 times through…), and I just wanted to express my gratitude in advance for another stellar addition to the franchise.
    The only problem is that now I really, really don’t want to wait until october 😀

    From the little I can glean from the trailer, it looks like there will be a great balance between serious, gritty, joking, and lots of other stuff I can’t think of right now (because my mind is still BLOWN by the trailer).

    Oh, just wondering (not sure if you can answer this yet): is the music for the first half of the trailer Joel Goldsmith’s work? That is, part of the new theme for SGU? Or is it just “trailer” music?
    The latter half of the trailer has a more pop-ish song, and I’m pretty sure that’s not Joel’s work….

    Oops, one more thing: I like the line about Hoth…

    @Everyone Else:
    Did anyone else notice that the suits they’re wearing in the snow look an awful lot like the suits from “First Contact” and “Lost Tribe” (SGA)? I.e. The suits the “evil” asgard wore?
    Or is it just me?

  59. This may have been asked already, but the Space suits in the new SGU trailer that is now online, are they similar/the same to the Asgard ones in Atlantis season 5?

  60. @Das: Sanctuary premieres the week after SGU: SGU oct 2, Sanctuary Oct 9.

    Great pictures coming from many sources at ComicCon if you are on Twitter.

    (Did this go through twice; if so, my apologies). I’m getting sleepy. It’s almost 2 a.m. here.

  61. @PG15….not to mention pissing off the mighty princess forged in the heat of battle!!! And she can kill gods!! (I noticed and laughed when I saw NZ off the map…though Tasmania has appeared to have been missed too….guess Shanks is falling off the map when he goes there to film!)

    And @das Sanctuary starts 9 October 2009 in the US @ 10/9c http://www.sanctuaryforall.com/

  62. Oh and Very Excited that Se5 of SGA comes out in Australia this week (29th) … great timing as it’s on my birthday … happy birthday to meeeeee!!! (Yes it is on my brithday present wish list)

    Saw the SGU trailer too!!! WOOHOOO 🙂

  63. When I read the question about what is the most physically dangerous thing that you’ve done, without a doubt what first came to my mind was you eating Snake soup at an airport it’s much, much, much dangerous than bungee jumping and if you ever want to endanger yourself again, let me tell you DO NOT EAT food from the street in Mexico!

    Take care,


  64. BTW skip Watchmen (unless you LOVED Constantine, V for Vendetta and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).

    Go see District 9 instead.

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