Well, hey!  Look whose IMDB starmeter has skyrocketed 360% this week!  None other than SGU’s Second Lieutenant Vanessa James, Julia Benson (formerly Anderson).  Yes, she’s gorgeous – in addition to being a total sweetheart.   AND a wonderful actress, which you’ll find out for yourself in the coming weeks.

Julia Benson (Second Lieutenant Vanessa James)
Julia Benson (Second Lieutenant Vanessa James)

Anyway, in addition to joining the ever-growing SGU twitterati (http://twitter.com/julia_benson), Julia has also started a blog.  Check it out: http://www.juliabensononline.com/

Also, actress Jennifer Spence (SGU’s Lisa “Earthquake Girl” Park) joins twitter (http://twitter.com/SpenceJen).

Two of my favorite Jen Spence picks – and not just because I’m in them…

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Hey, another big thanks to all those who posted or emailed birthday wishes.  Special thanks to Shirt’n’Tie, Anais33, Polly, For the Love of Beckett, Sara Nice, and Quade for the cards and gifts.  “What gifts?”many of you may ask.  Well, check out my birthday swag…

Birthday cards.  The one on the very left, sent by Anais33, sports a pic of my three pugs (Bubba, Jelly, and Maximus).
Birthday cards. The one on the very left, sent by Anais33, sports a pic of my three pugs (Bubba, Jelly, and Maximus).

Big paw magnet.
Big paw magnet.
Chocolate rocks and framed pic of two of my faves (Carl and Jelly).
Chocolate rocks and framed pic of two of my faves (Carl and Jelly).
Carl claims possession of my gift.  It now sits atop HIS desk.
Carl claims possession of my gift. It now sits atop HIS desk.
Bacon gumballs, a picture/frame, and hot sauce.
Bacon gumballs, a picture/frame, and hot sauce.

By the way, the Dragon’s Blood hot sauce is made from Naga Bhut Jolokia Peppers, purported to be the hottest in the world.  How hot?  Well, Quade helpfully provided the following Scoville scale breakdown (offering comparable ratings for other, less fiery peppers):

0 = Bell Pepper

5,000 = Jalapeno Pepper

200,000 = Habanero Pepper

1,000,000 = Naga Bhut Jolokia Pepper

Was it really THAT hot?  In a word: YES!  Check out the video of Carl and I sampling the goods (Camera work by Lawren Bancroft-Wilson)…

Bacon-Chocolate chip cookies.
Bacon-Chocolate chip cookies.
Taaaaaaasty!
Taaaaaaasty!

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Craig MD
Craig MD

Ashleigh sick with swine flu, Rob Cooper on crutches, and now poor Carl reduced to choking back tears after inducing Dragon’s blood. Working on Stargate is obviously dangerous business. Do you get hazzard pay? I fear it may become necessary at some point.

Craig MD
Craig MD

Did I say “inducing” Dragon’s blood? I meant drinking. I have no idea what I was thinking when I typed that.

dyginc
dyginc

Joe-

Happy BD!
I feel bad for not being on here more often so please forgive me as i ask this question that i am sure has been answered before
Who is publishing your short story? Is it PYR and Lou Anders? There are two reasons for this question—one is i want to read your stuff and two i will be getting to meet Lou Ander on 11/29/09 at a book signing in Powell’s in Beaverton OR…i want to have something cool for him to sign so if you have any suggestions on books that he has published or if your story has an ARC or something that would be really cool. I am a moderator on Brent Week’s ning site and i try to emulate you and your coolness as much as i humanly can (in other words i fail but with heart)

Well i have to get back to work…

2cats

Hey, you DID get a nice bit-o-birthday swag! Good man! See, we DO love you Joe.

As to Dragon Blood hot sauce, weird food purchase of the day:
The expression on Carl’s face was priceless as the hot sauce fumes ascended his nasal cavities, shot into his sinuses and slid down his throat. Ah breath! Where is thy refresh, ah death, where is thy comfort?

He looked like he could die from that sauce Joe. How on earth did you keep a calm, straight face with all that steaming sauce in YOUR mouth?

One request, could the volume be raised (a lot) in these vids please? My audio laptop is at full output and I could barely hear the conversations.

2cats
…in NJ, enjoying the unseasonably balmy Oct 22nd evening air…

Grace
Grace

Muahahaha! Love the video!

Angelus
Angelus

Next up, Pepper Spray… 5.000.000 on the Scoville scale grin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoville_scale

sorrykb
sorrykb

For a moment there I thought you’d killed Carl.

– KB

P.S. If you keep picking on Ashleigh when she’s sick, you know she’ll have her revenge some day.

Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

This is likely a really dumb question, but on Destiny, even though there was really no original crew, wouldn’t there have been some dust? It’s a closed environment, yet there would have been workers at one time, shedding skin cells, etc. So, surely there would have been a little bit.

I saw an old Outer Limits Episode with Lou Ferrera. It was great to see him in much earlier work. Knowing that Brad Wright worked on this series, are actors in any of the StarGate series chosen based on previous work with any of the producers?

Patricia

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Oh wow. You have a birthday and we get the treats. We get pictures. We get video. We even get your normally camera shy partner in the shot, plus Mr. Cooper. And Carl as ever is hilarious. Not to mention my ever increasing admiration of not only your writing abilities but the fortitude you show in sampling food. I wimp out at about 5 on the Scoville scale. Thanks for sharing, and here’s hoping the Christmas loot dwarfs the haul for your birthday.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Dragon’s Blood might be hot, but it’s not as hot as you, Joe. wink

das

majorsal
majorsal

yay on julia benson being so popular now! and that means you can’t kill off her character now, right?…

PBMom
PBMom

I didn’t know we could send presents! Hmpf.

Brave souls. I can’t go higher than a 0 Scoville.

Love the “pretty.” Nice nod to Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Wanted to help get the word out. People Choice Awards is taking nominations and you all to go immediately there and fill in “other” with Stargate Universe (in these three nominations). And you are required to spread the word. Links are:

http://tinyurl.com/ykal2r7
http://tinyurl.com/yljum2p
http://tinyurl.com/yjvx7l9

One day until a new SGU. My weeks seem to go by so fast now. On Saturday, Oct 24th, my husband and I will be celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary. Years 8-9 were a little shaky (having a kid with autism did not help), but we made it through. And we beat the 80% divorce rate statistic of people who have a child with autism which means double kudos are in order.

Sorry to hear Ashleigh is so sick. Hope she feels better soon.

Airelle
Airelle

@das, oh, you are making Joe blush!! you go girl!
What a great video, Joe was yours not hot or were you just fooling to get Carl to try his, wow, what an expressive face,,,thanks for sharing, never heard of the scoville scale, always learning something new. Hope Ashleigh feels better, ricola, hot tea with honey,lots of rest. go easy on her Joe!

Nina K.P.
Nina K.P.

Wohoo, way to go, Joe. You and Carl are really, really brave to try that sauce out. Enjoyed the video a lot. Thanks for sharing.
You know what the chips scene reminded me of? Classic Western duell at highnoon. Who blinks first, loses. You win for keeping a cool face in front of the camera. smile
Carl gets a gold star though for taking on the challenge.

Crystal

I want to applaud Mary for taking the time yesterday (and it had to have taken a lot of time) to do the lengthy, well-thought-out and well-expressed commentary on our health care situation here in the States. Thank you, Mary.

Ryan
Ryan

Happy birthday Joe! Nice swag.

@ PBMom

Already done. Thanks for the heads up!

Sorry for such a short post… I find myself without much to say.

Sara

Cool Birthday Swag and Cards!!!!

Dragon’s Blood – I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 ft pole, because I’m such a light weight in the hot n’ spicy, burn off your taste buds category.

You had to be holding back the OMG it’s HOT face so Carl would try it, otherwise, he would never have dared – WTG!!!

Love those weird food of the day purchases and gifts!

S

DP
DP

@PBMom

My church does something so sweet. Once a month, they have a date night for parents of children with special needs. It was in response to the statistic you mentioned. They provide as many care providers as are needed, sometimes one on one, to cover the children with special needs and their typical siblings. They went to the autism support group in town first so that’s were a lot of the focus is.

Anyway, we’re taking one in for an eval soon. He talks okay, but there are other things. I’m not sure what the significance of that is. What’s different the day after an eval vs. the day before? Gotta’ go. I just got another request to draw a washing machine.

AV eddy

Hi Joe!

Wow, you got quite a haul! smile The Carl & pug pic is awesome – can’t blame Carl for appropriating it.

Hey, Carl’s look at the camera at the beginning of the vid is now what I’m going to call “looking at us in a Carl-like manner.”

eddy

P.S. Stop trying to kill Carl! Super-hot peppers, whether they are Naga Bhut Jolokia or li’l ol’ Habañeros, can be dangerous. My hub ate habanero chicken wings and the next day, despite several hand washings, would rub his eye once and his eye swelled shut!

Be very careful…and have fun!

Gotta go. Santo, aka Ninja Cat, is bugging me to pet him.

eddy

Laura
Laura

Love the video Joe! Were you watching dailies in the background? I could hear what sounded like Rush yelling at one point.

And if you want to torment Ivon and his Maple Laughs here is a story a friend sent me:

ONTARIO (AP) – A seven-year old boy was at the center of an Toronto courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulation requiring that family unity be maintained to the highest degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried and said that they also beat him.

After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with the child welfare officials, the judge granted the young boys wishes and granted temporary custody of him to the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Team, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone. The boy is said to be very happy with his new custodians.

Quade1
Quade1

totally worth it! glad you guys enjoyed, but so you know Joe it actually tastes good in some chili or mixed in with other foods. It is pretty damn hot all on its own.

I love the part where Carl says “He didn’t ask for me did he?”, these group videos are my favorite, like the one when you sampled bottle water vs tap water.

Thanks for being such a good sport Carl, and I apologize to your family if you have since died from the taping of this video.

sheryl
sheryl

@JOE, Great vid. I was laughing sooo hard , my hubby came out to see what was going on. Please let me know when the chestnuts come and remember to keep them in the fridge! By the way, 1 week and 1 day ’till the FLORIDA chapter of the JOE M. club meets in Orlando, FL. We will take pic’s and post them if it is “OK” with you. @ EILEEN BLUE, you are still welcome to join us on Sat. Oct. 31st at 12:00 noon at TU TU TANGO on International DR. in Orlando! @TRISH, Haven’t heard from ya, ya comming?? 2 weeks ’till sg and farscape con. in LA, can’t wait. BTW, The H1N1 vaccine should be out in the 1-2 week of Nov. for most people, get the injectable, not the nasel mist, as that one is LIVE and could cause a reaction as in poss. getting slightly sick. Of this i know what i say, as this is my job. I give thousands of them every year. We are doing both this year. Lots of sick people already. Get the vaccine ASAP!!! They also make it without preserative if you are allergic to that! Stay well everyone, SHERYL.

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

That is not the hot sauce of a carpenter.

@Laura Funny, I thought I heard Lt. Scott.

ytimynona
ytimynona

Write in “Stargate Universe” for the best SciFi show for the People’s Choice Awards!!! I was gonna link to it, but PBMom beat me to it!

Thanks for the AWESOME video. Who edited it all together? (Well done, whoever-you-are!) Thanks for enduring the hot sauce for our sakes. You know we love you! wink

Jay
Jay

wow Joe I laughed pretty hard at that one. Seriously good game face to draw Carl in for the kill dude