Photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television
Photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television

Hey! Friday and Monday are production holidays! I’m always the last to know. In fact, I suspect that everyone in the office didn’t tell me on purpose in the hopes that I would come in on Friday anyway, realize it was a holiday, head off and enjoy the long weekend, then come in on Monday only to realize we were STILL on holiday. I’m sure Carl spearheaded the campaign as he’s been quite bitter since I informed him that fire regulations necessitate at least one producer be on site at all times during extended weekend holidays and since his last name is first up in alphabetical order, the task falls on him. Sadly, he won’t be able to spend the four days visiting his family. I would have suggested they come to the lot and keep him company but, alas, security regulations prohibit any unauthorized visitors. Still, we’re not completely heartless. As a show of gratitude, the rest of us chipped in and got him a hamster so he can have someone to talk to on those lonely afternoons.

The Destiny Mess (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
The Destiny Mess (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)

So, Brad will be starting his pass on Incursion I and II this weekend. In retrospect, I reconsidered my earlier critique and told him that, believe it or not, I had no notes and thought the scripts were pretty good as they were. He thanked me and pointed out that I’d written them so he wasn’t really expecting me to have notes. On the other hand, Paul and Carl had a few. And Brad had some terrific ideas that will make the finale one helluva ride. I wish I could watch the reaction of the cast as they read the scripts. NO ONE IS SAFE!

Exploration (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Exploration (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)

And a little Atlantis…

The lovely Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter) - photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television
The lovely Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter) – photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television
Carter and Keller organize a rescue op.  Search and Rescue, Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5 (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Carter and Keller organize a rescue op. Search and Rescue, Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5 (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Captain Alicia Vega (Leela Savasta)
Captain Alicia Vega (Leela Savasta)

In my bid to improve my Japanese language skills beyond the expertise of a very polite four year old boy, I’ve started to watch more anime (in the original Japanese with subtitles of course). I’m presently watching a fun ninja battle series called Basilisk and a surprisingly creepy little horror series called When They Cry. Truth is, I’m a big anime fan, my library is immense, and I have a heck of a lot to choose from. Given the wide variety, picking a series can be a tough choice. I’ll base my decision on reviews, word of mouth, box art, and, of course, the title. In the case of the latter, some titles are so good they can almost convince you to check out an anime all on their own. Others are so awkward or plain bad that they’ll make you think twice about proceeding. Below are my lists of my very favorites and my not-so-favorites.


Bastard: Okay, I’m instantly intrigued. All the more so when, on reading the back of the box, I realize it’s a reference to the series anti-hero. And, yeah, he turns out to be quite the bastard.

Berserk: Another title that screams “Check me out!”. I did – and this series ranks in my top ten.

Cowboy Bebop: I’m both intrigued and confused. A Jazz Western? Really? Yep. And another one of my top ten favorite anime series. The fact that Keanu Reeves has been pegged to play the lead in the live-action version actually pains me.

Death Note: A title that tells you exactly what the series is about – a deadly notebook. No, really. And it’s a damn good series.

Ghost in the Shell: A brilliant title for a brilliant series.

Grave of the Fireflies: The title instantly evokes imagery both haunting and melancholy – perfectly suited to this grim and poignant story of a young brother and sister struggling to survive the ravages of war.

Infinite Ryvius: What is a Ryvius? Search me, but that doesn’t stop me from loving this title. And, eventually, loving the series as well. P.S. Turns out Ryvius is the name of a ship.

Irresponsible Captain Tylor: Sounds like goofy fun. And it is.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures: Haven’t checked it out yet but when I do, those adventures better live up to the hype and be pretty damn bizarre. I have a feeling I’ll be disappointed though.

Last Exile: A cool title for a very cool series. The greatest zeppelin warfare sequences ever seen.

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi: Wasn’t at all sure about the title – until I saw the series. Now, I love it! It’s perfect!

Neon Genesis Evangelion: A lofty title for one of the headiest and most ambitious anime series ever produced.

Noir: Ah, the beauty of simplicity. An ultra-cool series.

Paranoia Agent: Another title that does a bang-up job of conveying a sense of the series atmosphere.

Read Or Die: Perhaps silly to the average consumer but as a writer and reader, I love it. A great series too.

Star Blazers: One of my very favorite titles for an SF series. Next to Stargate: Universe of course.

The Twelve Kingdoms: Reminiscent of the grandeur and majesty of Chinese mythology. And the series does justice to the title.

Voices Of A Distant Star: Another title that does a pretty good job of evoking the emotion underlying the series. Poignant.


All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku: Wha-wha-what the hell is going on here? Okay, presumably her name is Nuku Nuku and she’s a cat girl. But what the heck is “all purpose” supposed to imply? She’ll clean your room AND do laundry? She’s also, presumably, well-cultured, which is great if you want to take her to one of those fancy parties frequented by moustached men with monocles.

Assemble Insert: While All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku goes to great lengths to tell you exactly what the series is about, the makers of this series apparently picked two random words out of an English dictionary for their title. Despite the fact that I’ve actually seen this anime, I still don’t know what this means.

Baki the Grappler: Seriously? Is that the best you can do? Not Baki the Crippler or Baki the Smasher or Baki the Slammer but Baki the Grappler? Grappler? Grappling went out of style around the same time Randy Macho Man Savage started sporting feather boas. It’s an antiquated move rarely seen outside serious wrestling and the Olympics. Who wants to watch that?

The Big O: Uh, come on now. Surely someone with a command of the English language (say, the North American distributor) should have pointed out the title is, accidentally or not, a euphemism. Alas, nothing of the sort. Just a lot of big robots battling it out in a city suspiciously similar to the animated Batman’s Gotham City.

Burst Angel: Sounds messy. “Hey, it’s raining. Better grab an umbre- Whoa, wait a minute! That’s not rain! It’s BLOOD AND FEATHERS!!!”

Get Backers: A series about two super-powered guys who recover lost or stolen items. See, they GET stuff BACK. Clever, no? Okay, no.


Glass Fleet: Okay, let’s hope to God those shields hold! I’m immediately reminded of the running gag in the writers’ room whenever someone mentions SGU’s seeder ship. “So these cedar ships,”says my writing partner Paul, “were they really the best the Ancients could come up with? You’d think they’d have gone with oak or pine maybe…”

Marmalade Boy: No, it isn’t a series about a boy with marmalade-based super powers. Disappointing, no?

Mermaid Forest: It’s like calling a series Horse Pond or Penguin Desert.

Princess Tutu: Okay, the series is obviously not up my alley but, come on. You’d be hardpressed to come up with a more saccharine title.

Pumpkin Scissors: Yeah, no idea.

Trouble Chocolate: As someone who enjoys his chocolate, this one makes me uneasy.

Any anime fans out there? Can you do any better? Or worse?


Rich S. writes: “You mention the markteting man Grey Munford doing a wonderful job, but I haven’t seen a single thing in the UK, zip , nada, nowt…….”

Answer: Hey, Rich – Grey actually responded to this one himself. He writes ‘Mr. Robert Carlyle is coming to town and an onslaught of SGU promotion is coming with him. If he still feels the same way in a month, then we’ll talkJ

Lisa S. writes: “Joe – What’s your take on the purchase of Marvel Entertainment by Disney?”

Answer: I’m adopting a wait and see attitude. To be honest, I don’t think it will have much impact on the Marvel creative. After all, things like Marvel’s MAX line are what has helped the company solidify its male readership, and said target audience was one of the reasons Disney made the purchase.

Narelle from Aus writes: “Have you thought about the injection substitutes for the Metacam?”

Answer: Injections of what? A fellow fan has helpfully suggested I look into Rimadyl and Devil’s Claw as possible alternatives.

Iamza writes: “Probably a stupid question, but if Destiny is seeding the far side of the universe with Stargates, is there some kind of robotic stargate installer that sets up a platform prior to gate installation? or is Destiny strictly a gate address quality control device?”

Answer: Sorry, I’m not sure I understand the question. The specifics of how the seeder ships actually seed a planet have yet to be revealed. However, it’s safe to assume it’s an automated process that involves the planetary establishment of both the gate and platform.

Sherry Harris writes: “The pics of Brian J Smith are my favorite!”

Answer: Okay, Sherry. Just for you.

Look!  We're feeding him!  (Brian J. Smith relaxing off set).
Look! We’re feeding him! (Brian J. Smith relaxing off set).

Sherry Harris also writes: “Also, I predict the Cowboys are going to suck and the Raiders will finally get to the playoffs!”

Answer: That would make me very happy – and Exec. Producer Robert Cooper miserable.  Just for that, here’s another one.

A smiling Brian J. Smith (Lieutenant Matthew Scott) in the control room at Icarus Base
A smiling Brian J. Smith (Lieutenant Matthew Scott) in the control room at Icarus Base

Alexandria writes: “Actually the main question that I do have is…did I miss Joel Goldsmith’s responses to the Q&A?”

Answer: Nope. He’s still got them. But what with the new show and all, I’m willing to cut him some slack.

Fsmn36 writes: “I think GBP will be back in a desperate attempt to show they can win without Favre.”

Answer: So does Carl. He selected the Packers as his Dark Horse pick.

Bailey writes: “ Many of us have been feeling left behind/left out of this entire SGU experience. (Ex: not a single SGA character so far in SGU but quite a few SG1 folk)”

Answer: Given the circumstances of where the characters from SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe are situated at the time of the SGU premiere, it makes sense for some of the SG-1 crew to be involved. On the other hand, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to include characters from Atlantis given that they’ll have their hands full with “more pressing concerns” from the of Enemy at the Gate, through Stargate: Extinction, and on.

DasNDanger writes: “New Avengers is okay, but rather stuck in sorcery stuff right now, and never been a huge fan of that element…”

Answer: I share your anti-magic stance. If there’s one element that keeps me from fully embracing the fantasy genre, it’s that. Also, re: New Avengers – is that the Bendis title? Couldn’t get into it. Too many team members for me and I just don’t buy Wolverine as an Avenger.

DasNdanger also writes: “I see you’re reading 1985 – I loved that story! It was just something a bit different, and I was satisfied with it from start to finish.”

Answer: Agree again. (Weird). It’s definitely my favorite of the stack I went through last month. It resonates with every kid (at heart) who has imagined manifesting the same situation.

DasNdanger also writes: “Mutant abilities first manifest themselves at puberty, so he’d just be a normal kid until that moment when stress or anxiety or his first pimple (ya know, anything traumatic for a teenager) would cause his mutation to manifest itself.”

Answer: Right, but his mutant abilities first manifest themselves when he hits puberty – yet his growth rate continues the same as any human (ie. Rose and he are roughly the same age) until he reaches adulthood and then, for some reason, stops. I suppose you could simply say that’s the way his particular mutation works, but I just found it an odd and convenient way to explain the fact that he is over a hundred years old. Which brings me back to my initial point – I don’t know what his lengthy life-span adds to the character. I’d argue that by demystifying the character, you undermine many of the elements that made him so appealing.

DasNdanger also writes: “Not really sure what you mean by “copping the identity”. Do you mean him taking (well, being given by Rose) the name ‘Logan’? I thought that was an interesting twist, since the story strongly insinuates that he’s Thomas Logan’s son, not John Howlett’s.”

Answer: Yes, that’s what I’m referring to. I’m not saying it wasn’t a cool twist, just that it was very reminiscent of a very similar twist writer Joe Kelly used to cap off his run on Deadpool.

Otros Ojos writes: “I know a lot of us pick favorite teams based on things other than geographical ties, but what led to your connecting with Oakland in a “my Raiders” sense?”

Answer: My affinity for villains made the Raiders a natural fit, especially back in the days when Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes used to run the corners.

Otros Ojos writes: “Is surgery a possible option for Jelly?”

Answer: It is, but she’s almost 11 and from what I understand it’s major surgery that will result in a painful and difficult recovery. If she was younger, I’d certainly lean toward the surgery but, given her age, I’m not sure it’s the best option.

Cherluvya writes: “Are any of your pups related?”

Answer: Nope.

Silver_comet writes: “I don’t like SGU. Period.”

Answer: Impossible. You can’t like something you haven’t seen yet. Maybe you don’t like the snippets or trailers you’ve seen to date, but you can’t “not like” a show that hasn’t even aired yet.

Meils writes: “So have you guys come up with any interesting prizes/ forfeits for the picker of the best/ worst teams?”

Answer: We’ve put our entire annual paychecks in a big pot. Winner take all. Losers get jobs at Target.

Meils also writes: “Any chance of some wraithy/ Michael picks?”

Answer: Possibly. Alas, not from Search and Rescue but maybe from Prodigal.

StClare writes: “Joe M im confused thats the first time ive seen a definate “atlantis wouldnt have continued anyway wether SGU was made or not”

Answer: Actually, that’s not what I said. I said that SGU would have gone forward regardless of Atlantis’s fate. In other words, it may have been picked up, it may have been cancelled, but the decision would not have impacted or been impacted by Stargate: Universe.

St.Clare also writes: “As for the promotion MGM & SCIFI seem to be hitting it harder than they ever did for SG1 or Atlantis.”

Answer: I disagree. There was a huge amount of promotion in the lead up to the Atlantis premiere.

Idylioness writes: “Is it known yet if SGU will also be available on Hulu, like the wonderful Warehouse 13, and if so, will it be closed captioned (again like W13, but not like the SG-1 eps, which makes me sad)?”

Answer: Sorry. No idea.

AJT1982 writes: “1. How far behind the Seeder ship is the Destiny? Are we talking a few decades/ centuries/ millenias?

2. Are we to assume that the Seeder ship lands on each planet?

3. We know it manufactures the gates, but does it also manufactur the ramps that lead up to the gate?

4. Where does the Seeder ship get the resources from to manufacture all of these gates?”

Answer: These are all questions that will eventually be answered on the show.

gemgem writes: “Is it wrong of me to think that SGU is trying too hard to be completely different to what we all know and love about stargate???”

Answer: That’s the assumption of some fans but as someone who has been privy to everything we’ve shot to date, I can honestly say that much of what fans have loved about Stargate will be present in Stargate: Universe.

Major D. Davis writes: “1. Is Andy Mikita directing Lost?

2. Is Alex Chapple directing Subversion?”

Answers: 1. No.

2. Yes.

Abren writes: “When Dr. Weir comes back home to Simon,
Simon says that when Weir said she has to go somewhere and she won’t tell him where, he said his first guess was Israel. Why did he think that Weir would move to Israel?
Because of her job in the U.N or Is Weir Jewish?”

Answer: His assumption was that her work would take her to Israel.

Shanise writes: “PS: the pic of Joe in the cockpit of the dart ship holding the baby, which is the sweetest thing, but who’s baby was it??”

Answer: It was a very young actor. Actually, actress. Baby Torren was actually a girl. As the character grew older, however, we switched to an actual boy.

JoJoB writes: “Also, the Atlantis pics don’t build up anticipation for SGU, they just piss me off even more that they’ll be no more eps to see.”


Answer: Well then avert your eyes from this blog for the next little while as I make my way through the Atlantis picture archive.

Gracey writes: “How did it change from a spec script to the version shot?”

Answer: I don’t really remember. However, one element that was in the original script that didn’t make the final cut was a moment of reconciliation between Jack and Daniel. It was scripted but for whatever reason wasn’t shot. As a result, the tension between the two characters remained unresolved.

Gracey also writes: “I can’t tell, who the heck is being shot out of the gate at high speed in the promos…”

Answer: That was Exec. Producer Carl Binder. The guy really knows how to make an entrance.

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sam!! grin

it’s wonderful to see that wonderful character gracing your blog again. and that applies to amanda too. razz


Loving the Atlantis pictures! Keep ’em coming!!! Brian J Smith is fun to look at, too! wink

I would be all sad and unhappy and mopey that SGA got cancelled, but I am absolutely in love with the SGU actors (having been a fan of several for YEARS now) and would hate for them to lose their current jobs (that they all seem to love) because I was unhappy with something completely unrelated to them or their performances (which, from what I’ve heard, are awesome). So SGU has my support and I’m EXCITED about it!!! (I am also holding out hopes for an SGA movie in the not-so-distant future–call me an optimist!!!)


have you heard about, or seen the first of the REDO of neon genesis evangelion?
it’s being redone as 4 2 hour movies.

I’m also a really big fan of ghost in the shell, have you seen the series the did recently, or just the movies?

also, have you heard of GANKUTSUOU? it’s a retelling of the count of monte cristo, set in 5000ad. and it looks REALLY cool.

hm, another series of note,
FLCL (furi kiri) 6 epispdes of PURE AWESOME.

also, while I’m not sure if you like giant robots, or gundam much, the recent Gundam 00 isn’t bad (I quite like it)

also, check out deathnote.
…it’s a manga/series/live action movies, etc.
but it’s got an interesting premise.

also, never EVER watch puni puni poemi.

in other news, are you going to attempt to see the 1/1 scale gundam while in Japan?
I’m not sure if it will still be in it’s location in tokyo by the time you get there though ( I heard it was being moved after a short time, and I’m not sure where to).


A fairly depressing day, as I visited my soon-to-be-closed sci fi book store. There is something gut wrenching on seeing the “Going out of Business” signs plastered on the glass. While there I discovered “Open your Eyes” is currently out of print. The owner couldn’t help me find an available copy. There was something about it being available online through Apex publishing, which I will check out in the next day or two. But I hate being tethered to a computer to read a BotM club selection. I do wonder how many others will be able to obtain a copy of the book, or to read it in time for the review.
Very nice pictures, and a nice fat mailbag, which is always appreciated. As for poor Carl, why do I have a sneaking suspicion you’ve arranged for ferrets to be let loose in the studio to deprive him of his companion hamster? And it is really a alphabet thing, or is he being put upon from being an import? And I can’t wait to see what you do with your two extra days off.


Awesome…please do keep them pixies coming – the more the better. woo hoo.

Sherry may ask why Brian only got noodles for a meal. Hope it was followed up by more substantial good stuff. But he did look as though he was enjoying them. Hmmm, now I’m hungry – midnight saimin…ok.

Narelle from Aus

Hey Joe,

Got the details off Mum re the Metacam injection substitutes.
It’s called Pentosan. Scruffy received one injection a week over four weeks and they last for 6 months. He finished the course around a month ago and while Mum still keeps some Metacam handy, just in case, she hasn’t had to give him any.


Are you serious about the hamster?

Cuz that’d be cool, a hamster on set… It could be like an easter egg or something. Find the hamster in each SGU episode. And unlike mice, hamsters aren’t as prone to eating cables and such. Although one did eat a shirt of mine once… Long story.


At some point you’ll begin to notice that the Marvel characters are missing their opposable thumbs. Like Mickey. So they can’t pick up a paycheck.


Great pic of Carter and Keller in their black jackets grin
And great one of Vega also, she’s cool. (as for the first of the Atlantis pics, nice smile from Amanda)

I really like the one of the Destiny Mess, populated with people. And the fellow missing a sleeve: awwww


did you enjoy get backers? Despite the unfitting title


Hi Joe,
In regards to swapping Jelly over from Metacam to Rimadyl, I probably wouldn’t advise it. Rimadyl also causes liver problems and can effect the kidneys. In my experience as a vet nurse it seems to have more side effects then Metacam especially if Jelly has a sensitive stomach, it can cause vomitting and diarrhea. Have you tried cartrophen injections? It is a series of 4 injections over 4 weeks then a follow up injection every two or three months, this may allow you to cut down the dose of metacam.



Ack! We are of like mind! Wait. Does this mean that you are the Italian male me in an alternate universe, just like pg15 is the Chinese male me in yet another universe, and that you’re both girls in my universe?? And does that mean that you are pg15, and pg15 is you…and we’re all just aspects of the Eternal Nerd??? Yup – Bendis writes New Avengers and I agree – too many teammates. Gets confusing sometimes, and it limits character development. The book was excellent in the beginning, and I still like the stories, but recently it’s not grabbing me like it should. I *think* it may simply be because I’m enjoying the ‘Dark’ books so much right now, that all the other books seem a bit bland to me. As far as Wolverine being on the team – honestly, I don’t see the point to it. He’s not doing much these days besides eating, and making a mess. This is why a couple years ago, when I met Bendis in Philly, I told him to give Wolverine some balls. About 3 months later, he had The Hood blast Wolverine’s entire package off in a bar fight. Not sure if he did that on purpose, but…ya know… I couldn’t help but wonder… Okay…just a quickie, ’cause I’m sleeeeepy again. About Wolverine’s mutant healing factor, and age. We age because of cellular breakdown. Wolverine’s healing ability keeps healing those cells, so that he doesn’t age as fast as a normal human. It has been said that he can die of old age – that eventually the cellular deterioration will be more than his healing factor can handle – but he will still have a lifespan much longer than any human being. That would mean that young Wolverine would continue to grow and mature normally, then – in his late 20s, early 30s – when the cells begin to breakdown, his healing factor would just set them right again, making him age at a much slower rate. What does this add to the character?? EVERYthing! Well…not everything…but you have this ancient soul who has experienced so much in life, and has loved and lost and suffered over and over again, and yet he just can’t grow old and die like everyone else, but has to be there for the next cycle, the next generation of love and loss until he’s buried them all and is the last one standing. Not sure that’s how Wolverine’s life will go, but it is often the subject of ‘future Wolverine’ stories. So he is the ultimate man alone for the simple reason that – in theory – he should outlive everyone. It adds an element of tragedy to his character, especially since he knows he’s doomed to live this life, and yet he can’t help himself. He tries to distance himself from people with his surly act, but his heart is too big and he ends up loving his friends more deeply than is good… Read more »

Rich S
Rich S

Thanks for the reply smile

I look forward to seeing it, I have always liked Robert Carlyle ever since I saw him in Cracker with Robbie Coltrane

If you havent seen it, the whole series was excellent and worth checking out (he was in episodes called “To Be Somebody”) not to be confused with the American Version however.


Hey Joe,

I feel bad for Carl. Days off are probably really important with how hard you work. Too bad it couldn’t be split 2 n 2. That would at least be a weekend. Oh well, someone has to do it. You should have a surprise for him in his desk.

Loved the pictures as always. Brian is looking mighty fine. Loved the poster with him front and center.

I have truly gotten over the Stargate comparisons. Didn’t realize how much I had until I read how others feel. I absolutely love the new trailer coming out in theaters. It is longer, much more slowed down, you can understand concepts better because there is connecting conversations. I CAN’T WAIT!!!

That’s enough…but I am hoping for help on the Anime front.

Best to you Joe,

PS As cherluvya passes laptop to Cody (Anime Expert) you are just lucky he is here tonight. It’s midnight lol


Narelle: Thanks. It’s a rush to be back on it wink

And yeah.. i’m envious of those guys. I’d still love to entice them over here in the next couple’ve months, when the surf’s at it’s best. Trouble is, I think you’ve gotta have a British constitution to drag your board through the snow on the beach. And the North Sea isn’t exactly the Pacific when it comes to water temp razz

*pokes Mr M for more Shep piccies*

otros ojos
otros ojos

As a show of gratitude, the rest of us chipped in and got him a hamster so he can have someone to talk to on those lonely afternoons.

Hey mon, you dissing hamsters? Rodents in general seem to have a bad rap as pets. Such a shame. Squirrels, I think, are too bright to be easily tamed, but they’re companionable on their own terms (i.e., “You supply the eats, and I’ll hang out on your deck.”)

Thanks for confirming my suspicion that the villain factor drew you to the Raiders. I had high hopes for them when ex-wunderkind Jon Gruden came in as HC, and for a while they looked awesome. Oh well. – I don’t remember Hayes and Haynes; I wasn’t quite into football at that time (googled for info). But I’m a big fan of NFL Films, so between Steve Sabol & co. and my dad, I’ve learned a fair amount of Raider lore. I guess they were committing assault and battery on the gridiron before it became the popular thing to do. – I saw a Google entry for an NFL video clip about Hayes and Haynes being the best cornerback duo ever, and will watch that. Good pass defense is really an art.

Since surgery doesn’t sound like a good option for Jelly, I hope she can do all right on her reduced dosage of Metacam. – I looked up the pentosan injection that Narelle recommended; it sounds like a great alternative — except what I found seems to indicate it’s not yet available in the injectable form (made specifically for animal orthopedic problems) in the US, so maybe not in Canada either. That sort of makes sense, since your vet hasn’t mentioned it. Odd, though, since apparently it’s been in use in Australia for quite a long time. – I’m glad she has both human and canine companionship, and someone to keep her as comfortable as may be.

otros ojos
otros ojos

Oh okay, Cartrophen (that Kerry brought up) is Canada’s version of the generic drug pentosan. No toxicity at recommended dosage, and effective in 80% of dogs. Maybe time for a second opinion . . .?


Hi this is Cody. Cheryl passed the comp over to me.
i hope i can help in anyway.
you already have some fantastic taste in anime
you seem to vear more towards the action side of anime so ill just stay on that.
someone already suggested Gankutso and FLCL
both fantastic suggestions
Gankutso is one of the most beatifufly made animes ever
and FLCL is a short 6 episode anime by Gainax the makers of Evangelion.
I noticed you dont watch any of the older anime titles
have you ever heard of Galaxy Express 999?
Its a wonderful movie by Leiji Matsumoto.
beatiful peice of classic anime with characters from another wonder series Captain Harlock and Esmeraldas.
and we cant forget the most highly acclaimed anime of all time Akira another amazing movie.
i dont know if anyone else suggested it butanother series you might like is Samurai Champloo.
very clever series with an awesome soundtrack.GTO is a hilarious series based on a long running manga. in fact you should probably read the manga.
Lupin is a fun series
so is detective conan for that matter
its been on since 96 and its ongoing
and as you should know everything out of Ghibli Studios is a masterpiece
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea the newest movie all by Hayao Miyazaki (except the cat returns).
all must watch
well thats all i can think of at the moment.
if i can think of anything else ill let cheryl know.
have fun in japan
i suggest the San-in coast
borders the sea of japan across from korea
beautiful quiet town with a wonderful community
hardly ever any tourists at all
its where the japanese go for vacation


Ok, I must go to the White Sands. There is no longer need for discussion. I must go there and frolick in the sands and pretend I’m on Planet First-Stop-For-Crew-of-Destiny. It’s a catchy name, no?

Also, love that messhall pic. It seems the stranded people are very diverse; that’s cool. Furthermore, the fact that Patrick Gilmore is alone and standing near the middle and is the most visible person kind of reminds me of those EmoBand videos where the singer sings while the others rush by him, ignoring him and his pain and suffering.

That’s right, Joe; these are the thoughts of those of your targetted demographic. YOU’RE STUCK WITH US NOW!! MUAHAHAHAHAHA.

Thank you for the massive mailbag today! Quite an interesting read.


Is Andy Mikita directing the Incursion 2-parter?

@ das: Ah, so I see you’ve stumbled upon the inconvenient truth. That’s right, me and Joe are merely your counterparts from another Universe. Why are we here, you may ask? Why, we are here for the same reason as all alternate Universe guests – we wish to provide you with character development as you face the many ways your life would be different if you were male and Chinese or Italian. Also like all alternate Universe guests, we are stuck here and will need your help getting back to our Universes, which will in turn lead you to an exciting action-adventure filled with peril, us sharing our differing life experiences, us meeting your friends whom, in our Universes, are our enemies, and the line “If I can’t trust myself, who can I trust?” repeated so many times that it becomes really, really annoying. Oh, but it will be ever so much fun!


otros ojos
otros ojos

@Thornyrose – I think,, and maybe still have copies of Open Your Eyes. The cost made me wince a bit, though.


hi Joe!

i´m not a daily visitor, so sorry if you already answered that question…

i just went over the episode titles for the first season of SGU and noticed that they all are one word titles….
i´m guessing you took a page from shows like for example NIKITA and did it on purpose!?

so can we expect to see two word episode titles in season 2, three words in S3,…. 10 words in season 10 wink

Thanks and greetings from austria!


p.s.: one more month to go… ahhhh can´t wait. i really love stargate and i´m definitely looking forward to SGU !!
don´t screw it up guys (although the chance of that happening is minimal…. if anybody asks me… which noone ever does)


Coucou Joseph! ça va ?

Moi oui trés trés bien smile Je suis contente que vous ayez quelques jours ferier, vous allez pouvoir vous reposez un peu!

Yah =D super c’est photos! C’est vrai que moi aussi j’aime beaucoup Brian, je pense qu’il sera le n°1 des fantasmes de fille ^^.

C’est cool que vous essayez de parler japonnais! Pour le français, c’est bon, je suis là pour l’entretenir^^!

Waou! Merci pour toutes ces Q/A . C’est trés intéressant ! Dommage qu’hier vous n’ayer pas pu répondre aux miennes pour une fois que je suis inspirer lol

Passez une trés bonne journée!
Gros bisou!


Is there a chance that the Coop man and Brad will give Ivan Bartok a chance at Directing an EPP or 2????


What a coincidence you’re writing about anime today, Joe! Inspired by your blog, I just started my own yesterday, which will include quite a bit of (you guessed it) anime reviews. Any anime fans, feel free to check it out here:

(and don’t hesitate to critique my reviews or share your own opinions)

I also agree with sifiguy: Gankutsuou (despite the incomprehensible title) is one of the best anime series I’ve ever seen and, despite the change in setting, also one of the finest re-tellings of ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’.

We seem to have similar tastes in anime. ‘Basilisk’ was a lot of fun and ‘Cowboy Bebop’, ‘Berserk’ and ‘Death Note’ rank among my favourites, next to ‘Rurouni Kenshin’. I’ve also found anime to be a great way to improve my Japanese.

Ever heard of ‘Baccano’? Rather memorable series set in America in the 1930’s or so, concerning an occult group researching immortality getting caught up with gang wars. The storytelling is kind of confusing because of it’s non-linear situation, but still highly enjoyable.

otros ojos
otros ojos

@Thornyrose – Slapping my forehead – I shoulda known that your bookseller would check out all the obvious outlets first. But apparently you can still order the hard copy of the book, via Apex’s “print on demand” policy. Delivery time is given as two weeks, though; and since it’s printed in the UK, obviously most dealers will charge more. Oy.