Hey, when was the last time you picked up the phone and called that distant aunt or uncle you haven’t spoken to since you had the falling out over grandpa’s will?  Or done an internet search for and sent an email to that guy who used to sit behind you in math class?  Or touched base with your old driving school instructor?  Well, no better time than the present, I say.  And, while you’re rehashing old times, do make a point of mentioning the fact that Stargate: Universe premieres on SyFy, this Friday, October 2nd, at 9:00 p.m.  Tell them to tune in!  Or else you’ll be getting in touch with them again next week.

File this one under Stupid Science.  According to a recent study “2- to 4-year-old kids who weren’t spanked at all, according to their parents, had IQs that were, on average, about five points higher after four years than the kids who were spanked. The same trend held for 5- to 9-year-olds, though the differences were less pronounced.” (http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2009/09/does_spanking_make_kids_dumber.html).  The study goes on to suggest that spanking your kids will make them stupid – rather than the more logical conclusion that stupid kids are more likely to act up (and are therefore more likely to be spanked).  So, in response to the title of the article: “Does spanking make kids dumber?” = “No, feel free to spank away, secure in te knowledge that your kids are probably dumb to begin with.”

Hey, did you follow my advice and take the Bills and the points in this weekend’s game in Buffalo?  No?  Well, I’m hurt you have so little confidence in me that you didn’t catch a flight to Vegas and make the wager.  Yes?  Well, sorry about that.  Guess that’s why I make a living writing and producing television rater than betting on professional football.

Spoke to former Stargate producer and controversial film director Martin Gero today.  He’s enjoying L.A. but missing everyone on the show, especially the fans.  So, if you want to say hi, head on over and drop him a note on his twitter acount (http://twitter.com/martingero).  Say hello, reminisce about the good old days, and/or as him what is going on with the Atlantis movie (Seriously, he was a producer on the show.  He should know something!).  Also, FYI – Martin’s new show, Bored To Death, follows Curb Your Enthusiasm on Sunday nights.  Check it out.

Boy, Brie is a real bitch!  Check her out as she harasses poor Lulu, backing into the poor gal and barking her outrage.  Talk about passive aggressive.  (P.S. – I know that some of you will think my dog videos are too similar in visual style to Battlestar Galactica, but I can assure you that this was unintentional).

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sylvia
sylvia

Goodness…what happened to the nice friendly family? In the last vid Brie seemed to stop a bit to make sure you had the camera on her. Facial expression – almost – “I’m ready for my closeup Mr. M.”

The first vid was kinda a payback. After chasing poor Lulu, Brie rounds the corner to find all 4 of your lil ones facing her.

Yes…and the count down to SGU continues……

DP
DP

I was interrupted from reading your post by my 4-yr. old hitting his sister. After we consoled her, I sternly looked at him, trying to remember my Positive Parenting discipline techniques, but I couldn’t get your advice out of my head.

My stern mommy face cracked with laughter. Of course, he was thrilled with the feedback and immediately hit his sister again. Thanks for the advice, Joe.

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Not that I’ve had kids, but I’ve always figured that punishments should be tailored to the child. I recall an instance where I was offered the alternative of a spanking, or of missing that night’s episode of Batman. It was a no brainer. And astute of you to point out that the correlation is not neccasarily causation aspect of the story.
Brie looks determined to be the alpha female in the family. Here’s hoping Lulu won’t let her get away with too much. And I thought it was hilarious the way Brie looked up at you as if making sure you were catching her good side. Off to some sleep before spreading more word on Universe. Oh, and I hope that TPTB are paying you well for your cheerleading. You’re doing an exemplary job.

RebeccaH
RebeccaH

I’m surprised you don’t see Brie’s bullying behavior as trying to assert herself as alpha female over Lulu. And obviously, Lulu is a lover not a fighter. Even the pugs seem to get it, and want (halfheartedly) to intervene. Were they my dogs (which I realize they’re not), I’d be stepping in to convince Brie who’s actually “alpha in this house, sister, and it’s not you”.

Looking forward to the SGU premiere.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Does Brie know she’s supposed to be a girl?

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

OOOO! What’s in the big boxes??! Is that Todd, all packaged up and ready to ship to me???! smile

das

Bailey
Bailey

I thought those were clips from BSG…
maybe Brie is a cylon

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Forgive the multiposts…

Been a big day – services, in-laws, then a beach wedding – which turned out BEAUTIFUL! Just got back from the reception, and I’m pooped. In a ton of pain, too…my neck and shoulders have been killing me ever since my fever last week – like a toothache. Comes and goes – no idea what this is about now. Probably tylenol withdrawal…lol.

Anyway – the vids were a lot of fun, but I think Brie is just giving Lulu paybacks for all the harrassing she did to the poor pugs early on. She’s a little spitfire, that one!

Thanks for sharing. Have a good evening, sir!

das

Reefrunner

You’ve expressed my thoughts on the spanking-makes-kids-dumber stupidity exactly.

Looking forward to this coming Friday. I’ve already got my Dad setting up the Tivo to catch it for me, since we don’t have tv and none of us are Neilsen families this week.

Jenny Robin

I think Brie is showing off for you. She has a crush on her Daddy.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Oh my gosh. In that video is that a doggie pee pee pad? I’m trying to get my puppy trained to use them, but its hit or miss and she keeps tearing up new ones. Got any advice, dog man?

Your warning that spanking a child does not make them stupid but means they are already stupid could have dire consequences. Parents will read your conclusion and stop spanking their kids in an attempt to prove that they don’t have stupid kids.

pg15

Hahaha. I can watch these dog vids forever. So cute!!

I also love how the pugs just stand there and watch, as if it amused them or something (which it might have). They must be thinking something akin to “darn those crazy kids and their hyperactivity! Why, back in my day, we use to WALK around the house; now it’s all run run run. What’s gotten into their generation?!”

Good times, good times.

Hey Joe, what do you think about the Seinfeld “reunion” that’s happening on Curb Your Enthusiasm? I went YouTube hunting a few days back and found some behind the scenes clips of it (sorry that the sound is a little wonko) and it looks pretty EPIC, to say the least.

Also, Julia Louis-Dreyfus just keeps getting hotter with time, I swear to God.

DP
DP

@Das – neck pain following a fever? Probably just meningitis.

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

Awe… Lulu is so patient! Like her Dad!
Thanks for the video’s….

Also, harassing Martin Gero on twitter, as requested. LOL!

Cheers

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ DP – Ha! Well…I probably should have them check me for West Nile Virus (it’s a form of encephalitis), but it probably wasn’t that. I’ve heard a couple people now say that doctors have told them that a ‘fever virus’ is going around – which is obviously what I had. My neck pain is related to my shoulder pain – I’ve had it for years – lots of upper body pain – but I’ve learned to deal with it without pain meds (if it hurts, I just don’t do it). But last week being on the tylenol for my fever (first pain meds I’ve taken in two years, I think…I don’t think I took anything when I had pneumonia last year), I think I re-sensitized myself to pain I’ve learned to ignore, or something. I feel like everything’s firing – my nerves and stuff. It’ll go away eventually – it always does – but this morning I could hardly get out of bed, then I had to sit in a chair for an hour, just waiting for my body to stop hurting. I should probably go to the doctor about this – some day I will – but they’ll just say they don’t know what it is – or that it’s all in my head – and so why waste the money? Besides, I’m a tad masochistic – I’ll learn to live with the pain again – it’s just that right now it’s not playing nice at all.

das

Tim H
Tim H

Thanks for the dog videos. After a long, long day of fighting a fever and trying to keep food down I actually did LOL at the pups. Still puking but, hey, I’m smiling.

Andria
Andria

I too wondered what could possibly be in those huge boxes… new props for your Halloween decorations? Are you taking after your little sis and decorating this year? Oooh, no… maybe checking out the props before forwarding them to your sis for her Halloween set-up! You are the best brother ever… I’m not sure what they are, but I am so excited… my expectations are so very high and I’m sure you won’t disappoint. I can’t wait!

Also, I think we need to remind your readers about how much of a terror Lulu was when she first arrived… or Bubba! Bubba harassed Jelly & Max all the time… remember that. Perhaps you need a sixth dog to put Brie in her place.

Sis

EternalDensity
EternalDensity

Joe, this is why you’re a producer, not a cameraman. grin
(No offense intended.)

crazymom1

Sometimes it’s a good idea to Google those old friends before you reconnect. It helps prevent those awkward moments, like asking them how things have been going lately, and finding out they recently finalized their plea agreement with the DA. I’m not kidding.

ytimynona
ytimynona

Egads! I guess if I’ve survived the wait this long for SGU, I can handle another four and a half days of waiting. I guess….

The actors are really helping with the ohmygodicantwaitanylonger by filling the space with pictures, news, promo links, and hilarity on Twitter. Gosh, I love that site.

Narelle from Aus

Hey Joe,

Working from home for the next 2 weeks so I can look after Ralph. Was watching your dog vids and it caught Jack’s attention. Just got the end of his reaction to them before he got bored and decided something outside would be more interesting.

Take care.

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

Okay, gotta disagree a bit. I used to act up a lot and be spanked for it, and I’m wicked smart (and my modesty is second to none). Aside from the possibility of negative reinforcement playing a part, I think that one should consider what type of people are likely not to spank.

Typically it’s the truly or self-ascribed enlightened bunch who may encourage their kids in other areas because they are of such a mentality to try reason or non-violent punishment. Now, if everyone who spanks uses the “spare the rod” line as justification, they’re less likely to be big thinkers and therefore less likely to provide a good learning environment.

Then again, there’s Bing Crosby.

Luis
Luis

I told you Brie is an ASS WHOOPER!!!!

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

Martin, hmmmm I guess we could start harassing (oh visiting) him. Wouldn’t want him to feel left out. hehehe

Okay, your little pouches are like squabbling children. There is always the initiator. I love the puddle pads. Why do dogs lay on them. lol

Love the vids, the dogs are so fun. Here I thought you had a quite household. lol

Best to you Joe,
Cheryl smile

paloosa
paloosa

Whoa! That sweet faced little angel has morphed into Briezilla. In the third video, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a sound like that from any living creature. A new sound effect for SGU?

With such great personalities, have you ever given any of the characters you’ve written some of your pups traits?

And finally, I can look forward to getting my Stargate fix on Friday. Just like the old days. Woohoo!