I knew it!  I AM being terrorized by gremlins and/or the ghosts of gremlins!  Now my laptop battery won’t re-charge!  I plugged in my power cord this morning and had the “Low Battery” warning flash up before my computer shut down.  After attempting several high-tech solutions (plugging my power cord into another outlet, checking to make sure the little green light was on, wiggling the cord, taking out the battery and putting it back in, shaking the laptop, etc.) the laptop powered up but my power meter read 0%.  Five minutes later, I checked again and it was at 100%.  Yeah, sure.  100%. That’s what they want me to think!  To top things off, I still can’t transfer Google Maps onto my Garmin.
On the bright side, our crew gifts came in today – dashing SGU jackets available not only three different colors, but three different sizes!  I, of course, always go with the women’s small, the better to show off my developing delts.  Check out the Stargate models in action…
I’m a big fan of actress Alain Huffman.  And I’m not the only one.  Yes, you can count in the rest of the show’s producers who have been utterly delighted with her portrayal of SGU’s hard-luck Lieutenant Tamara “T.J.” Johansen, but you can also include my wife who, quite frankly, rarely weighs in on the actors I work with.  The cast of SGU is an exception because they all received invites to my annual chocolate party earlier this year, an occasion that allowed Fondy to actually meet them in a relaxed setting.  She had nothing but great things to say about all, but had particular praise for the gregarious Jamil Walker Smith (who walked in, strolled right up to a table full of strangers, and happily introduced  himself with a: “Hi, I’m Jamil!!!”) and Alaina who was seated across from her for most of the evening and proved herself an exceptionally charming dinner guest alongside her equally charming husband John.  Yes, we’re all fans of Alaina’s work, but we’re also huge fans of Alaina the person.  She’s sweet, funny, incredibly down-to-Earth, and possessed of a commendable chocolate appetite.  What more could you ask for?
Maybe a couple of pics from the Stargate: Atlantis vault?  Okay…

Gateroom assembly (courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Gateroom assembly (courtesy and copyright MGM Television)

I knew it!  I AM being terrorized by gremlins and/or the ghosts of gremlins!  Now my laptop battery won’t re-charge!  I plugged in my power cord this morning and had the “Low Battery” warning flash up before my computer shut down.  After attempting several high-tech solutions (plugging my power cord into another outlet, checking to make sure the little green light was on, wiggling the cord, taking out the battery and putting it back in, shaking the laptop, etc.) the laptop powered up but my power meter read 0%.  Five minutes later, I checked again and it was at 100%.  Yeah, sure.  100%. That’s what they want me to think!  To top things off, I still can’t transfer Google Maps onto my Garmin.  Oh, and I may need a new projector for my home theater.

Get your questions in for actor Brian J. Smith.  Or else! (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Get your questions in for actor Brian J. Smith. Or else! (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)

On the bright side, our crew gifts came in today – dashing SGU jackets available in not only three different colors, but three different sizes as well!  I, of course, always go with the women’s extra tiny, the better to show off my developing delts. Anyway, check  ’em out.  Perfect for any mood or occasion –

On the go.
On the go!

Casual
Casual!

Sporty!
Sporty!

Droll
Droll!

Sassy/Thuggy!
Sassy/Thuggy!

I am a big fan of actress Alaina Huffman.  And I’m not the only one.  Yes, you can count in the rest of the show’s producers who have been utterly delighted with her portrayal of SGU’s hard-luck Lieutenant Tamara “T.J.” Johansen, but you can also include my wife who, quite frankly, rarely weighs in on the actors I work with.  The cast of SGU is an exception because they all received invites to my annual chocolate party earlier this year, an occasion that allowed Fondy to actually meet them in a relaxed setting.   She had nothing but great things to say about all,  but had particular praise for the gregarious Jamil Walker Smith (who walked in, right over to a table full of strangers, and happily introduced himself with a “Hi, I’m Jamil!!!”) and Alaina who was seated across from her for most of the evening and proved herself an exceptionally charming dinner guest alongside her equally charming husband John.

Alaina Huffman (Lieutenant Tamara Johansen) - photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television
Alaina Huffman (Lieutenant Tamara Johansen) - photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television

Yes, we’re all fans of Alaina’s work, but we’re also huge fans of Alaina the person.  She sweet, talented, funny, incredibly down-to-Earth, and possessed of a commendable appetite for chocolate.  What more could you ask for?

T.J. leads the ladies (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
T.J. leads the ladies (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)

What more?  Maybe a couple of pics from the Stargate: Atlantis vault.

Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, The Seed (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, The Seed (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)

Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, The Seed (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, The Seed (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)

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ytimynona
ytimynona

A Q&A with Alaina would prolly be too much to ask for, eh? I imagine her family and kids take up a lot of her time! But she seems to be an awesome people among awesome people, and the more I hear about this cast, the more I can’t wait for October 2nd (it is the 2nd, right? TV guide says the 9th) to get here!!! I’m running a 10K the saturday before that, so watching SGU will be my carrot on a stick that I’ll be thinking about while I’m struggling up those hills!

Narelle from Aus

Why is Carl scratching his butt? There’s creams for that now.

duneknight
duneknight

question for Brian J. Smith: do you see yourself as a ladies man smile smile smile :)?

yeah sue me lol, i dont know what else to ask him now. oh and that pic should be very helpful to the folks at gateworld who are trying to find out how many made it to destiny. wait another question for Brian J. Smith: what do you think about the negative fan reaction?

AndreaFWhite
AndreaFWhite

Hello Joe, I have not posted a question in a while but the SGA photos are making me nostalgic. Can we get a Q& A with Kavin Smith or Rachel Luttrell?

DP
DP

Questions for Brian J. Smith:

Are you from Ky.? If so, how Kentucky are you?

For reference, I’m somewhere between knowing what to do with every part of poke and not hearing my first real cuss word until the fifth grade.

MightyStarGazer

Oooooh, those are some nice jackets! Me wants!!! (size L hint hint nudge nudge) …and maybe there’s a birthday-gift in it for you if an address is given… XD

K8T

Joe, I think you live in a technology black hole like I do. For some reason I having similar glitches as you. If I step into my bedroom, the cordless phone stops working properly (although the base is located there) and my cell phone looses all signal. STRANGE!

You know what just dawned on me? I shop at Lulu Lemon too much. In the first pic of Carl I could tell it as a Lulu hoodie…LOL *looks at self in running clothes* I’m currently head to toe Lulu….yep I have a problem. Also, I noticed that Lulu was used in SGA a lot for Teyla and Dr. Weir. Good choices.

Loving all these pics, thanks for posting.
-K

Gilder
Gilder

Joe said: Reminder #3: My birthday is October 16th. You should start planning now.

Be careful what you wish for, Joe. I still have leftover squares from the Asgard Afghan (2003). Hmm…wall hanging? pillow? lap robe? sweater?

Mom-in-law’s condition slightly worse today. Prayers appreciated.

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Ok, your gremlins have moved on to eating my posts before I can submit them for moderation. I’ve already stayed up past my bedtime, so no promises on how this, the third try, will go.
First, thanks for the photos. Such talent at Bridge studio, what with the hitherto unknown pro models showing off the latest in sci fi outfits. Also pleased to see that the Universe crowd of actors seems to be following in the tradition of their predeccesors in terms of professionalism and likablilty. So when do we get the word on which are the flatulence specialists, the gag pullers, and the seemingly innocent but actually instigators of all pranks simple and devious?
Just close with one last sad notification. I’ve heard that the US has gotten the UN to go along with cancelling October 16 of this year, as a way to save money and help balance budgets. So, alas, it seems all your birthday plans have been nullified. Howerer, you should be able to take consolation that all your co-workers, as well as Marty G. will all be aging a year while you get to remain at your current age for one more year. I hope this information will allow you to plan on what you will not be doing on that non day….

otros ojos
otros ojos

I, of course, always go with the women’s extra tiny, the better to show off my developing delts.

Haha. Pretty much the same principle as push-up bras, I think . . . Or maybe you just enjoy wearing stuff like that – how would I know? o.O wink

Is there any limit to Carl’s talents? Seriously. From writing Pocahontas to being the Main Man of Mannequins. (Narelle, LOL @ your comment about him scratching his butt.) And Ashleigh looks ready to strut down the catwalk.

Narelle – I hadn’t really understood about everything your family is going through. Lots of good vibes and wishes for the best possible outcome for all those affected. . .

Microsoft’s repetitive nature is what makes HoloLeia so perfect! If it makes you feel any better, my forehead is getting flatter by the day from the continual head/desking I do due to working in the IT industry.
I wonder how long it will be until Google becomes a God and has its own religion? I seek all of my answers from the Great All Knowing Google.

It just occurred to me that HoloLeia is such a Hawaiian name. *sniffles* And my husband isn’t interested in the tropics. *tears up* I’ll have to approach Google with what it craves — information it doesn’t yet possess — and ask it if it’s time for the “Way-Married Separate Vacation.” I mean, Hawaii was my home. – Oh well. — Yeah, believe me, I can relate to your head-desking. I had a friend who traveled a lot, like you, fixing corporate systems; and he had some pretty interesting stories about how things went wrong, and how ineptly people had tried to fix pc’s, thus further screwing them up. *tries not to look guilty*

otros ojos
otros ojos

Gilder – Will pray for your mom-in-law, and your husband. Take care.

crayonbaby
crayonbaby

You might need to pick out a new laptop for your birthday.

Hmm. That battery thing happened to me one day also. Freaked me out because I thought I wouldn’t have enough time to back up my files before the computer just shut down. I think that there was about 10 minutes of battery life left. It wouldn’t charge. Finally, it decided to start charging again, after I did all the things that you did.

Nice jacket. Glad you were able to get a supermodel to show it off.

Dodoalda
Dodoalda

Question for Mr. Mallozzi:

Will be that great SGU press kit available for normal fans on Amazon or somewhere else?

Dankriss

You have a Home Theater????….now I am really jealous…if I ever had a house I would have one room as my ‘cinema’ room…with lovely big sofas to lie on…mmmmm

Kriss smile

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

I must say trying to load a comment 10 times was an exercise in fun. eek I did finally give up. That is the last time I ever split a comment into two.

Show-N-Tell was wonderful. Please pass specials thanks to the models that were very convincing. Obviously the designer and photographer deserve thanks too.

Love the picture of Brian. That could be close to my fav.
Best subject ever.

Brian: After a long day working, do you turn on music, TV or computer…or maybe all three? Oh, games..almost forgot that. What is your favorite of each? That’s a big one huh?

Best to you Joe,
Cheryl

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

Thought of you.

http://www.oddee.com/item_96711.aspx

Best to you Joe,
Cheryl :>

Shiningwit
Shiningwit

*beams in* Where am I?

@Gilder, thoughts and prayers on the way.

Great pix, just on my second infusion of caffeine before tackling the youngest’s bedroom………dig through the detritus to get in the door, bung it all in a skip, remove shelves from wall, fill in holes, decorate, lay carpet, install new bed and furniture……collapse in a heap!

Eternal Density
Eternal Density

Nice gateroom assembly!
I’d like to know who the two characters/actors who appear with TJ/Alaina are.

Shirt'n'Tie
Shirt'n'Tie

Hi Mr M!

I presume that you have already heard about this, I got it from John Lenic:

SGU: In fine voice!!!

http://bit.ly/HbbQ0 It’s hilarious!!!!

Best to all!

S’n’T

Trish (aka whovian)

Hey Joe,

What? A woman’s extra tiny? Oh come one now… you’re at least a medium. Ha ha! lol

You DO have jackets for all of us on your blog right? I’ll take whatever size you took. Just kidding! I’m grumpy from lack of sleep last night. *glares at Annabelle*

Anyway… maybe for your birthday I can package a ghost from St. Augustine to go kick the ass of the ghost/gremlins bothering you again. We’ll see.

@Gilder: Prayers coming up for your mom-in-law. And as for Joe’s b-day present… I say: sweater!!! And he should model it for us! grin

Ok… I have packing to do. *grumble*

Trish

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Giler: I hope your MIL lives close by? Sending good health vibes your way.

I’m still sore from cleaning the catteries yesterday. Too many cats!

Tam

screwball
screwball

Joe–sounds like your laptop battery may be worn out. (Sure, they’re rechargeable, but only for a finite number of cycles.) You could try doing a deep discharge/recharge, but it’d probably be a Very Good Idea to replace it before your trip. (Or not, thus providing yourself with a convenient excuse to work less and dine more…)

David
David

You know you are only getting ghost gremlins because you not releasing enough spoilers of SGU

I hear the only way to get rid of them would be to release more spoilers. May be so nice pictures of the destiny.

Jonathan
Jonathan

You should see this post in Google Reader – Gremlins indeed.
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specter177
specter177

Weird. I had the same thing happen with my phone. Never did find out what was wrong.