Spooky jungle pic.
Spooky jungle pic.


My pug Jelly went in for her ultrasound this morning. According to the helpful, page-long summary of results I received when I picked her up, her “left and right medial iliac lymph nodes are sonographically normal measuring 5.1 mm and 3/6 mm in thickness respectively” which is great to know as it saves me the trouble of measuring them myself. “The small intestines maintained normal discrete wall architecture”, as opposed to the no doubt indiscrete if not altogether flamboyant intestinal architecture of the poodle who lives three houses down. “There is a mild hyper echoic outer medullary rim of both kidneys” that apparently confirms she is of extraterrestrial origin. I’d appreciate it if you guys kept it on the down low as the FBI tends to get all proprietary over Earth-based aliens. “However the corticomedullary definition is well maintained”. Well, clearly she’s been working out! Also there “is no evidence of peritoneal effusion” which is a big relief. Not quite as big a relief as I would no doubt experience if I knew what a peritoneal effusion was, but a big relief nevertheless. Hey, the spleen was “of echogenicity throughout”. Not one unechogenicitc part to be found. Beat that, Regis Philbin!

What does it all translate to? Roughly eight hundred dollars. Also, they obtained “fine needle aspirates of the liver parenchyma” (they stuck a needle in her stomach and took a sample of her liver) and we should have the results back in a couple of days. Thanks to all who asked and expressed concern. I’ll keep you posted.

Peter Kelamis on set
Peter Kelamis (aka Adam Brody)

When I’ve been interviewed, I’ve often described the people I work with as my extended family. And it’s so true, especially given that I spend more time with them than I do with my actual family. Yep, just like on the home front, we have the squabbling siblings, the creepy uncle, that eccentric aunt, and – amazingly enough – that guy who was a passing acquaintance until the day I found it he was actually my cousin. The SGU version of the latter is Vancouver actor Peter Kelamis who made appearances on SG-1 before landing the role of Adam Brody on Stargate: Universe.

Peter Kelamis - Battle Ready!
Peter Kelamis – Battle Ready!

I’ve said it before – our acting bench is deep. And it’s thanks to actors like Peter who never fail to impress. I can’t count the number of times we’ve been sitting in the writers’ room, watching dailies, and had one of Peter’s performances trigger a “Damn! This guy is good!” or the occasional variant “Damn! This guy is funny!”. Good and funny. What more could you ask for? Why, yes, not enough can be said about being a nice guy off the set, and I’m pleased to report that Peter doesn’t disappoint on that count either. One thing I didn’t know about Peter that I learned from fellow actor Patrick Gilmore (and, frankly, doesn’t surprise me at all) is that he is a premiere stand-up comic. The guy is quick-witted – and, like pricey events, prop zats, and an unwieldy fan-made super soldier suit, would make a great addition to any scifi convention.

Destiny thinkers foreground; Destiny fighters background.
Destiny thinkers foreground; Destiny fighters background.


DasNdanger writes: “Waitaminute! I just noticed you read Wolverine: Blood Debt. How’d you like it (or not)?”

Answer: I liked it fine.

Deni writes: “Elway settled down after only 2 seizures yesterday, but still holding my breath a little today.”

Answer: How’s he doing today?

Anais33 a ecrit: “Allons nous voir ou parler des Furling dans SGU?”

Answer: Non.

Sort of translation: Don’t hold your breath waiting for the furlings to make an appearance in SGU.

Elf a ecrit: “Combient de temps cela met-il aux décorateurs de fabriquer une porte des étoiles ? Et combien en avez-vou fabriqué pour Universe ?”

Answer: Nous avons construit deux pour Univers.

Sort of translation: We constructed two gates for Universe (shipboard and off-world).

AthenasHavoc writes: “ I guess more specifically, do you always know the exact motivation for all the characters? Is it more ambiguous? Or is it just enough to move the story forward?”

Answer: We have a general sense of the character motivations. However, we can’t possibly work out every detail far in advance. Some developments are planned while many evolve from the various storylines.

AthenasHavoc also writes: “Also, I know you’ve mentioned it a few times here, but how often do you guys have those “something’s not quite right” kind of moments?”

Answer: I’m not sure what you mean by that. Do you mean creative disagreements in the room or actual mistakes made re: canon?

Apollo_031 writes: “I read somewhere (probably here) that Amanda Tapping is in the premiere of SGU, so it would seem logical to me that, since she is the commanding officer of the USS George Hammond, you guys would put the George Hammond in the premiere, and not the Odyseey for instance, am I correct?”

Answer: That would be a logical assumption.

Apollo_031 also writes: “My second question is regarding the design of the USS George Hammond. Is it a Daedalus Class Ship and therefore identical to all other X-304’s or is it a new designed ship?”

Answer: It’s a Daedalus Class ship.

Apollo_031 also writes: “Can I assume that the U.S. are not the only country currently capable of building hyperspace ships? Could i.e. China, France or Germany build them as well?”

Answer: It’s safe to make that assumption. The Korolev was a Russian ship; the Sun Tzu a Chinese ship.

Major D. Davis writes: “1. Is it true Telford will appear in the back half of the first SGU season(there have been hints on LDP’s twitter)?

2. Which episode are you currently shooting? I remember Pain was in prep almost directly after Human finished shooting, so is Lost or Sabotage waiting to film after Pain is shot, or is my math and logic all off and you are shooting both Lost and Sabotage before Pain?”

Answers: 1. Maybe, maybe not. There are suggestions the character will be in the back half. Then again, those suggestions could be misdirects on the part of the production. Of course, this applies to all characters.

2. We wrapped Sabotage yesterday and have moved on to Pain.

Juralas writes: “I just watched the SGU panel at Comic-Con 2009 on youtube and I noticed something…both Brad Wright and Alaina Huffman refer to her character, Tamara Johansen, as “TJ”. Is this something we can expect other characters to call Tamara, or is she just referred to as “TJ” around the set?”

Answer: She’s T.J. to her friends, Lieutenant to everyone else.

Kabra writes: “SO I have a question, does the actor/actress define the character or does the delivery define the character?”

Answer: The character is defined by various contributors – actor, director, writer, producer.

DC writes: “While on your various culinary escapades, have you ever come across a food that you wouldn’t eat not because it sounds like it’d be gross, but on -for lack of better phrasing- moral grounds?”

Answer: Off the top of my head no. That said, there are certain animals I wouldn’t eat if offered. Yes, dolphin comes to mind.

Nadine writes: “Oh, I was wondering: are you planning on attending the Olympics?”

Answer: Nope. Ideally, I’ll be vacationing somewhere without access to Olympic coverage.

JYS writes: “which script got you and Paul the staff position?”

Answer: Scorched Earth. SG-1, season 4.

Seh writes: “What recurring character is gay in Stargate Atlantis? And do you know why the amount of different writers writing episodes has decreased in Stargate since season one of Stargate SG-1?”

Answer: Do you have a guess? When a show is about to start production, many freelancers are auditioned with the purpose of staffing the show. Some writers impress enough to be invited to join the production. Other writers aren’t “the right fit” and may write a script, maybe two, and focus on other productions. Once the show is staffed, those writers who made the cut are the ones who will write the bulk of a season. Occasionally, freelancers will be brought in and given a shot. If they impress and circumstances are favorable, they may be asked to join the writing staff as well. Freelancing is not as easy as it sounds, however – especially not on established shows where staff writers have a huge advantage getting in on the ground floor and being privy to information and production nuances that those on the outside often miss.

Jackie writes: “Would you even consider taking a vacation in NZ?”

Answer: Sure, I’d consider it.

Arctic Goddess writes: “1) Rum or Whiskey?

2) Coke or pepsi?

3) Blue pen or black pen?

4)Gift for Fondy – flowers or chocolate?

5) Vehicle – domestic or imported?

6) Weight training or aerobics?

7) Boutique hotels or chains?

8.Cruise or Flying vacation?”

Answers: 1) Rum

2) Coke

3) Black

4) Flowers

5) Imported

6) Weight training

7) Chains

8) Flying vacation

DasNdanger writes: “Joe – when do you leave for Japan…’cause, ya know…I have to plan my trip to Vancouver accordingly.”

Answer: Sorry. Bad news. The house will be occupied while I’m away. Fondy is flying her family over.

AnneTeldy writes: “ People can only travel one way through a stargate’s wormhole: planet of origin to destination. What happens if a person crosses the event horizon going the wrong way: destination to planet of origin?”

Answer: The gate will spit them back out.

Gilder writes: “Grocery run this evening…and my San Antonio supermarket has Coquitlam blueberries again! IMHO, best blueberries on the planet. They look a tad smaller than past years; do you know if it was a poor season?”

Answer: No, actually, just the opposite. They produced way too many blueberries this season and prices are at an all-time low.

NOT A SGU fan, SGA all the way though also writes: “Only come here now again for ANY or at least hopfully some SGA movie news, nothing more, as I dont like SGU an am not watching it so never bother posting, no reason to.”

Answer: Realistically, you don’t have to bother coming here at all. Any news I post of note eventually makes its way onto the other fan forums, so you can just hang around there instead.

Rob Cooper at the helm.
Rob Cooper at the helm.

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Tim H
Tim H

In the Rob Cooper pic, love how the gate doubles as a computer monitor. A very LARGE monitor.


Short tanslation the med speak: “We didn’t find anything”. What are her symptoms again, that you’re having to run such extensive tests? I’m concerned given the organs they are focussing on. Jelly has to stay healthy for several more years at least, the more to entertain us with. And the more to demand your attention and sympathy as she gets on in years.
Nice mailbag. As for Not an SGU fan, well, I’ve become resigned to the fact that the only way for us to get an Atlantis movie is for the franchise to do well. So, I’m following SGU(truthfully not a hardship given the consistantly good production values of the franchise so far), buy up Atlantis dvds and products for gifts, and hope the economy upswings enough for the tightwadded hydro-cephalically gifted business types realize that the movies are not in fact a gamble, but an investment with a reasonable rate of return. Besides, after SGU makes it several season run, I can’t wait to see how you folks plan to top it. Also, even if you culled out ALL the Stargate stuff from your blog, there are a number of reasons to keep reading. BotM, the dogs, Baron Destructo, Fuel and Weird Food reports, and ongoing examples of your evil tinged but delightful sense of humor.
As always, thanks for taking the time to keep up the good work.
Thanks as always for the


The gate uses windows? Cool! grin


Dangit – it’s been a huge day and I’m beat. Will have to read in the a.m. I just hope Jelly will be okay…give her kisses for me!

Nite. Psych just came on, and that should put me to sleep in about 5…

(last week’s ep was a riot, btw…when I finally was able to stay awake through the entire thing. I’m sure this one will be equally enjoyable…when I finally watch it on Saturday or Sunday…)

Have a good one, sir.



The Stargate runs on Windows! I knew it. Score one for the PC! Ha! razz

What I wouldn’t give for a computer monitor that looked like the Stargate. I hope you guys patent this idea; it’s gold, Joe, GOLD.

Did an IMDB search on Peter Kelamis, and found out that he voiced Goku in ~70 episodes of the dubbed Dragonball Z! I used to love that show!! This is so cool.

Oh, and I also found some stand-up from him:


Parts 2 and onward should be on the right side, I think. HILARIOUS!!

@ Narelle: I tried to take a photo upside down, but it hurt my neck, so I totally cheated by flipping the photo upside down after taking it right-side up. XD


They could have given you a short synopsis in English instead of med-speak. That’s why I like my vet so much.

I saw that you mentioned humor in SGU. Do you think it’ll be a little more serious than SGA and SG-1 or will it have it’s own brand of humor? SGA and SG-1’s humor is different to me, so I was just wondering. Is there always going to be one or two characters that you write that will be able to provide a sense of humor to the series? I just hope that the tradition of humor continues on SGU like it did the others.

I do hope that all turns out well with Jelly. Such a sweet dog.


Hi Joe, thanks for asking about Elway. He’s doing great, no more seizures, although he’s still a bit ataxic. It usually takes him a couple of days to get completely back to normal, but hey, considering how violent the seizures were yesterday, it’s all good smile No matter how many times we go through this, I never get used to it. I know he’s my dog and I’m just a little biased, but damn, he’s so sweet. Happily, once these episodes are over, he’s his normal, happy self.

Loved your rundown of Jelly’s test results! Ok, laughed my ass off wink Hey, if everything else is good, don’t forget to try the milk thistle, it really helps.

I’m pooped out from staring at the dog for two days and dealing with the other 3 (Flannery and Molly are terrified of thunderstorms and naturally, we’ve had them almost every afternoon for months), so I’m off to bed! Thanks for posting early, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one waiting for Jelly news! Have a good weekend! D


Thanks, pbmom and pg15, that was cool!!


Hi Joe,
Finally got caught up on all the past blog entries. Was gone on a Disney Cruise and out of touch. Wow, lots happened while I was gone. Took some time to take it all in. Bottom line, I am looking forward to the October 2nd premier. You’ve put so much time an effort in, it’s time to get some kudos for it.

A few days ago you mentioned a bacon wrapped date. Just so happens that one of my appetisers on board the ship was a bacon wrapped date with a green olive inside. Don’t like olives, but the date and bacon were delish! Felt a bit like a foodie, trying things I hadn’t eaten before, and even taking some photos of the presentation. I wasn’t as adventurous as you are, especially since I don’t like seafood. They did have a good selectin of other things to try, though. Had a great time on the cruise even though they had to divert us from the east Caribbean to the west cuz of the two hurricanes headed our way.

You chose fly vs. cruise, but I would be curious if you thought the food on board a cruise ship would live up to the high standards you set at the many restaurants you visit. What do you think?

Have a great weekend. Best wishes for Jelly.
Good night!
Patty O

Eternal Density
Eternal Density

I’d always thought the ‘gate should spit people back out if they go the wrong way, it’s an important safety feature.
But I suppose that’s only when its in the proper upright position. It would be problematic if the gate was lying on its back (like for Teal’c in 100 days…)

Eternal Density
Eternal Density

Hang on a second… that’s a BTTF shirt! Awesome, and not surprising grin


i was planning on watching the premier of ‘sgu’ to see sam/amanda! wink

any pics you can share of amanda being on set?


Apollo_031 also writes: “Can I assume that the U.S. are not the only country currently capable of building hyperspace ships? Could i.e. China, France or Germany build them as well?”

Answer: It’s safe to make that assumption. The Korolev was a Russian ship; the Sun Tzu a Chinese ship.

But…but…but….the Korolev was the whole subplot of “Crusade”! The Russians made Landry think they were going to lease the SGC’s Stargate to China just so they could get the pretty new, fresh off the docking bay ship, i.e. the Korolev (that promptly gets blown up–I still dream that Chekov was one of the 6 survivors).

You meant the other countries contract/pay the bills for the USAF to build them or some such handwavy thing, right, Joe?

That’s the ticket, er, right? (Throw the pedantic SG-1 trivia geek a bone.) smile

Glad puppy is doing better! And since I mostly lurk, let me also take this moment to say have a great and safe vacation!


So, apparently “how to fold a t-shirt in 2 seconds” is at the top of the list for related videos when viewing the SGU trailer. I know everyone shall be properly riveted.


In that last picture, it looks like Robert Cooper has everybody’s attention. Good idea, him being the boss and all. Does he get more deferential treatment than the other directors?

Sounds like your little princess is doing good. “No evidence of peritoneal effusion” = tummy lining is good. My last dog had arthritis in her hips. Her feet would slip around too much on slick floors. She would be standing there getting a drink of water and her back legs would slowing be doing the splits. I laid down some throw rugs and that helped a lot to give her more traction and grip. My dad built her a 3″ tall wooden deck out the back door so she could step down the one 6″ step out of the house easier. Whatever she needed, she got.

I discovered your blog during the wonderful years of SGA. Even though I am a huge fan of SGA and it is over now, I’m still loitering on your blog because of your sparkling personality, your dogs, your fine appetite, and your travels. You are a lot of fun. Thanks for perservering and being so kind to all of us.


I’m with Tim H., I glanced at the photo and thought how useful it was that you guys can use the ‘gate for other things…. Is that aqua colored metal object in the corner of the same pic a DHD?

Glad to hear Jelly’s tests went well(?), I hope she is feeling better. Found 2 rescued huskies permanent homes this week, wanted to share the good news with all the other animal lovers who frequent these parts…..


Like the Not a Fan above, my main reason for coming to your blog is to check on any SGA or SG1 movie news, but I have found other things that I like about it too. Love the pups, the food and really enjoyed your Japan trip last year.
Other than one issue I have with you that doesn’t really need to be discussed ever again, the parts I am not interested in, I just don’t worry about…and so continue to enjoy the things I like.


What I say? That’s right, I said that Jelly was perfectly healthy! And through all that medical gobbledygook, I can only assume that I was right!

Whatever the case, it’s good to know that most of her tests were “normal” and “well maintained”. I hope that the test you must wait for returns with satisfactory results as well. smile

Hey, did anybody go watch The Final Destination and/or Halloween II? A new SGU trailer is supposed to be attached to them!

@ sheryl: You’re welcome! And thanks! grin


Nice mailbag!!! 8)
I agree with Thornyrose; there’s so much more here than just SGU stuff. This isn’t just a blog, it’s a community!
@Joe: Stargate: Atlantis was nominated for 5 different Gemini Awards. Be sure to pass our compliments on to Brad Wright, Val Halverson, Todd Masters, Leah Ehman, Holland Miller, Brad Proctor, Kyla Rose Tremblay, Mark Savela, Brenda Campbell, Natalia Diaz, Carina Dielissen Hunt, Shannon Gurney, Paul Hegg, Vivian Jim, Chandra Juhasz, Kodie MacKenzie, Alex McClymont, Jason Gross, Brandon Hines, Jamie Yukio Kawano, Krista McLean, James Rorick, and Luke Vallee on their nominations next time you should happen to see them!!!

Having a hard time waiting for October!!! grin


Haha, there I go, playing with HTML again, and failing epically.

otros ojos
otros ojos

I would never have guessed that comments on an abdominal ultrasound could be so incredibly funny. The docs and nurses I work with are going to love it. – No prob with keeping quiet about the “mild hyper-echoic medullary rim”; we deal with law-enforcement people all the time in regard to psychotic patients, and know just what needs to be said, or not said. If an FBI agent were to approach me for info on a possible alien life form in the Vancouver area, I’d just reply, “Do you know anything at all about Vancouver? Hyper-echoic medullary-rim numbers are off the charts up there. Talk to a guy named Paglia.” – But it’s good to read that all’s well so far. Hoping for the same for the liver tissue samples.

Probably the vet has already explained his/her approach, but re. Thornyrose’s comment, I’d guess the extensiveness of the sonography is related to forming a differential diagnosis. Common sense says do the liver aspirates first, since the elevated liver enzymes led to all this; but a lot of docs prefer to use non-invasive diagnostic tools first when they want to rule out possible contributing, or else related, disorders. – Okay, okay, I’ll stop.

Enjoyed the character/actor comments, and the pics — spooky jungle = eerie coolness. The b&w photo is also very interesting, and it’s also pretty awesome that monitor screens are getting MUCH bigger. Can the IPO for “Windows Universe” be very far off?


I dont understand this antipathy for SGU and the “fans” who angrily state their hatred for the show, a show that no reader on this blog has seen. Years ago I had watched bits and pieces of Stargate and always flipped the channel quickly as it made no sense to me. That all changed about 6 years ago when I was bored at home and nothing was on tv, as I was channel surfing I came across one of those all day scifi marathons showing season 1 episodes of SG1. Being bored I said why not and decided to watch a bit. After the first episode I watched, one of the late season 1 episodes, i said “hey this isn’t bad”, I continued to watch and after another episode I said “I kind of like this show”, by the end of the day I was totally hooked. I haven’t missed an episode since. I have seen every SG1 and Atlantis episode and own both movies as well as most of the seasons of the show on dvd. I can watch almost any episode at random and still enjoy it no matter how many times I have seen them. I have introduced person after person to the Stargate franchise and every one has come away addicted as well. In my opinion Stargate is one of the best written shows I have ever watched. It is dramatic and exciting while still humorous and self depricating. This is a franchise that relies heavily on special effects yet I would still watch it if the special effects consisted of chalk drawings and some guy making sound effects in the background. I am one of the ones who eagerly downloaded a leaked version of Ark of Truth and watched it immediately. I didn’t care that the special effects were unfinished. Special effects are amazing but they don’t make the show. I watched that movie and thought it was amazing even missing several crucial effects. I was blown away by Continuum. I had high expectations and they were exceeded in every way. The movie was simply too good to have been released only on DVD. This brings me back to my central problem, why are people so hostile to a show being made by the same people that have written the shows that they love for so long? I love SG1 and Atlantis and wish that they were both still on the air but I will certainly watch SGU. You think that Atlantis was cancelled to soon? So do I. I thought the show was great. I think SG1 was cancelled too soon as well, I think that the show was really hitting its stride with the new team in the latter half of season 10. The problem is that television is a business like any other, its not a charity. If a show doesn’t make enough money they stop making it. Fortunately for all of us the studio was willing to continue the show as… Read more »


Joe, are we going to get an SGU trailer with the women of SGU playing a prominent role? I’d love to see more of them in action, and possibly even getting to say a line or two…

Who comes up with the ideas for the trailers? Do the writers get a say, or is it mostly down to marketing at Syfy? Or MGM? Or some combination of the three?

When you say Sabotage has just wrapped, was that the script, or the actual episode shoot? Because if the latter, wow! Things move fast!

Daniel Willis
Daniel Willis

Love the last picture! Windows XP running on the Stargate! Classic!


Hey Joe,

Glad to hear Jelly’s test results didn’t throw up any alarm bells; here’s hoping the next round goes well too….

I wish we could get out of town for the Olympics. UBC is giving students 2 weeks off, so we won’t have to brave the mayhem that will inevitably ensue when the hoards descend upon our fair city. Due to some family reasons, it’s not really feasible for us to try and take extended vacations like that. I suppose we’ll just try to avoid the city razz

I’ve started reading one of my textbooks for school and it’s actually very neat. Have you heard of a book called “Phantoms in the Brain” by V.S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee?

Oh, and I *loved* the picture of Maximus on Twitter when he’s “hiding”.