Rock ’em, sock ’em robots!  Damn.  I stopped recording just before the chewbacca yell.  It was something else.

Technology conspires against me! Seriously and no, I’m not paranoid OR crazy. Hear me out. This morning…my alarm clock didn’t go off. Oh, I know what you’re thinking. It was some daylight saving time-related mishap. And that’s what I thought too. Until I turned on my blackberry and went to check my messages only to discover…the little wheelie thing wasn’t working. Every time I tried to scroll, it would start texting gibberish. Falling back on my tech training, I tried shaking the damn thing – to no avail. I took out the battery, put the battery back in, and turned it back on. The damn wheelie still wasn’t working. Clearly, this was a problem that required a more advanced approach, so I took out the battery, put the battery back in, turned it back on AND shook it. Still no go.

And here’s where it gets weird…or, dare I say, suspiciously insidious. When I got into the office this morning, I asked Brad how he had dealt with a similar problem. “Did you try taking the battery out and putting it back in?”he asked. Yes, I told him, wanting to add I’d even taken the extra step of shaking it.

“Let me have a look,”he offered. I pulled my blackberry out, unlocked it and, suddenly – miraculously – the damn thing was working. Quite the coincidence, no? After being totally unresponsive only an hour earlier, it was conveniently operational again – as it just so happened, right after I’d made a big deal about the fact that it WASN’T working.

The rest of the day was fairly uneventful, spent breaking Episode 1 of Stargate: Universe’s second season and, of course, approving a couple of hundred comments. Then, when I got home and finally sat down to write today’s entry, my laptop suddenly froze up on me. I rebooted, restarted my entry, and had it freeze up on me again. Three successive reboots and three successive freezes.

Now, come on. One incident is a trivial annoyance. Two incidents you can pass off as mere coincidence. But three? I wonder if those Ghost Hunters guys investigate stuff like this or do they just focus on arresting more traditional phantoms and your occasional revenant?

So I’ve switched over to my old laptop, just checked today’s blog stats and, ZOUNDS!, 10 000 hits today and counting. This the result of a perfect storm of visitors – those who came to check out my pug’s cool surgery scar, those who got here by accident following search engine results for “creepy alley” and “thefudgeshoppe.com in flemington NJ”, and, of course, those who clicked on the link provided by io9 in an editorial on my rant (nestled somewhere between a feature titled “Smackdown Finale: Witch vs. Vampire!” and an article on bully porn). Welcome, one and all, from the semi-regulars who dropped by to tell me how much they’re enjoying the show to that guy/gal(?) in South Korean who threatened to come over and punch me in the face. Enjoy your stay! But before proceeding to post any comments or questions, may I direct first-time visitors to the following highly informative past entries:

http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2008/02/06/february-6-2008-cookie-monster-reviews-snakes-on-a-plane-baron-destructo-reviews-no-country-for-old-men/

http://spambait.wordpress.com/category/aloysius-p-hazzencockle-ali-abbas/

http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2007/01/21/january-20-2007/

Done? Hope that helped. Okay, now go ahead and post those comments.

Finally, thanks to everyone who took the time to post opinions both positive and negative on the show, past entries, and my papier-mâché busts of every Hanna-Barbera character whose name sounds like a euphemism for something rude (including Zilly, Sperg, Niddler, Red Max, Fleegle, Foofur, and Boneless Chicken). Keep ‘em coming.

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fsmn36

Mmm, don’t trust your Blackberry. I had that exact same thing happen to me 2 months ago until it gradually stopped working altogether. I had to bring it into Best Buy (where I bought it) who, after 3 weeks without a fix, finally gave me a new one. Be happy if it is fixed, but don’t be surprised if the scrolly ball stops working totally. They get gunked up with lint and body oils and it’s probably not pretty.

Someone threatened to punch you? What a lame person. You can totally take them.

iamjohn
iamjohn

I actually worked in Flemington NJ at one point, but that was awhile ago. It isn’t all that bad of a town.

sylvia
sylvia

Well, that vid would have been a fine addition to the show provided our two heroes were not fighting each other. Gee, they look like they were having fun sparring.

Hope Maximus is back to his chipper self soon.

Belouchi
Belouchi

Hey Joe,

If you’re planning a mailbag today I got a couple of good questions for you:

1. Is there a particular reason why the Destiny only recharged to 40% of its potential capacity when it got the opportunity to re-fuel from the star? If we are gonna find out why in a subsequent episode this season, please just say : Stay tuned for the answer.

2. Any thoughts on the H1N1 flu shots? Are you considering taking it?

3. Will our Universe cast explore the long pointy fore section of the ship during the subsequent episodes, because up to the sixth episode we could discern and track there movements only in the aft and mid sections of the ship?

Thanks

Brian
Brian

now that maximus has big scar and looks all tough, i think he needs to make an appearance on SGU as the alien who telepathically takes control of the ship.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

I’m sleep-typing, so bare bear with me…

1. My husband does the best Chewy call, ever! He also can mimic a mean didgeridoo. roll

2. You must have a powerful electromagnetic field/aura. I’m not as bad as you, but I can’t wear a wristwatch – they die within a week. So, I’m guessing that’s your problem – or…you just break stuff, ya big oaf!

3. You’re probably both paranoid, and crazy – but so are the rest of us, so stop making excuses.

4. “Let me have a look,” he offered. I pulled my blackberry out…” That sounds almost as bad as a Hanna-Barbera character name.

5. Do you remember Danger Island? Someone – I think BamBam – told me Jason M. is (he thinks) related to the guy who played Chongo. I loved Chongo.

6. My sister said I was like ‘Drooper’ and ‘Snork’…because I was droopy, and never talked. sad She was mean to me. But I called her Watermelon Ellen and got her back! grin

Nite, sir! Have a good one!

das

Kody
Kody

Wowser! 466 comments on the Oct. 31 post. Dang! And most of the first 150 that I read were lengthy too. I also agree with what you said and thank you for using the “Loving Mallet of Correction” (to borrow from John Scalzi).

Have a great day
Kody

Gilder
Gilder

@iamjohn: I grew up near Flemington and have praised The Fudge Shoppe more than once in my comments.

crayonbaby
crayonbaby

I was giggling too much watching the Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots! It really did look like the game.

You’re popular when you rant. Not that I want you to rant all the time because that wouldn’t be fun all the time. I just had to laugh at the few trolls who popped up.

suziesbluefeather

I don’t do a chew impression however my laugh has be described at tusken raider like. I don’t laugh out loud much.

AscendedTauri
AscendedTauri

ohhh gosh:

The Cookie Monster/Baron Destructo review entry was one of my personal favorites of all time on this blog!

C.

I sympathize with you on the tech front. My computer’s been making noises like it means to die for awhile and after collecting names of places I might take it to be looked at and possibly fixed, I came home, dared to turn it on, and it’s working and sounding just fine. Of course, I probably just jinxed it.

I have a question — I’ve really been enjoying the little Kino web-let things (the 30-60 second videos of random “Kino footage” ) and I’m wondering how they factor into the continuity of the show.

For example, the one I just saw had one of the scientists experimenting with the not-drinkable samples from the ice-planet in “Water” and other chemicals to create, apparently, banana flavoring. Will that get a nod in the show or will people who don’t watch the Kino videos just have to accept that somehow Destiny has more flavorful food now? Or, conversely, is food quality never mentioned again, so the Kino bits really are just special awesome extras?

On a related note, I’m so glad to see Becker getting screentime. I’ve always thought Stargate has been good at showing other military jobs — from Siler and Walter in SG-1 to Chuck in SGA — instead of just being the Gun Toting, Big Damn Hero Show all the time and now you’ve given us a whisk-wielder! Love it.

C.

Okay, I normally wouldn’t leave two comments back-to-back, but I just did an IMDB search and realized Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman was also uncredited on SG-1 as a server (presumably of food) in Momento Mori! Neat!

Did that play into the decision to make Becker a cook in SGU or was the character always meant to be a cook and the SG-1 connection is just a happy coincidence?

It’s like 2:30 in the morning for me. I hope that question makes sense.

otros ojos
otros ojos

LMAO. Reading this entry makes for the perfect antidote to a tedious day. Your tech dilemmas obviously serve a higher purpose. (Even Brian is laughing while he looks down to read your blog. I rest my case.)

The next-to-last column of the users’ guide for Blackberries specifies that you do the hokey-pokey while you shake it. . . unsure if reference is to Blackberry.

Will Cookie Monster and Baron Destructo be doing any post-game analysis for BCS games? Pleeeeease???

You could always put in a call to the Ghost Hunter guys, who are sooooo going to be out of a job when David Boreanaz — and, uh, what’s-her-name who’s also on Bones (no time to watch anymore) — decide to bail on their forensics gig and let a slightly older and definitely hotter Angel go back to more fun stuff like tracking down revenants and phantoms.

Over ten thousand hits on your blog today?!! How does your blog feel about that? Was Seabass Janikowski in the house? Does your blog identify itself as male or female? Had it been drinking at the time all those hits were made? (Not implying that plaintiff’s mental state can legally excuse obnoxious behavior by those hitting on it, but blog should know consequences of its own conduct.) Would your blog like a day off to a) go to a full-service spa, or maybe b) stay at home with Amedei chocolates, a pint of premium ice cream, and a good assortment of DVD’s — maybe anything from Blue Angel to Bardot, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman to NFL Road to the Superbowl: Joe Montana, all 16 volumes — and, well, the possibilities are endless.

Feather pillow is threatening to start fight with synthetic pillow. . . good way to put end to “the sillies.”

LostCityGuardian
LostCityGuardian

Actually, your Blackberry story reminds me of my recent Nokia troubles. It was turning itself on and off at inconvenient times, so I took it in to the shop I bought it from a couple weeks ago since the warranty was about to run out. Of course, they sent it away to be fixed, and of course it came back saying they couldn’t find a fault. And of course, I took it home and an hour later it turned itself off. I’ve tried shaking to fix in fact, and that’s one of the known causes of it turning itself off. So I feel your pain Joe.

By the way, nice rant a couple of days ago. I agree entirely.

Shiningwit
Shiningwit

Well what can you expect from a piece of technology named after a fruit? I suspect gremlins left over from halloween.

duneknight
duneknight

man Joe, you probably scared the haters away for good. i expected io9 to cover it naturally but i sent them the blog entry just to be sure. believe me though the io9 article is right, you guys had it good for like 15 years believe me you guys were lucky, but for those hate-driven fans, they suddenly feel their place in heaven has been taken away from them, they remind me of those health-care conservatives at town hall meetings.
i know people who want George Lucas to die or something, fans are really vocal, so i figure you guys arent there yet lol. you should also be glad that AICN doesnt cover SGU (for some obnoxious reason) because over there they are really rude.

Anais33

Coucou ça va bien?

Lol mince, c’est vrai que ça fait beaucoup de coincidance, il y’a des jours comme ça ou rien ne veux marcher^^. Oui le fait d’enlevé et remêttre la batterie en génarel ça remarche tout le temp étrange que pour votre Blacberry ça na pas marcher. C’est comme la derniére fois, je regard un decumentaire sur les fantôme et voila que tout la nuit des objets ce mêtte à tomber dans ma chambre alors que ce n’était jamais arriver, 5 en tout inutile de vous dire que je n’ai pas fermer l’oeil de la nuit^^!

Merci pour cette video!

BISOU,
Anais^^!

duneknight
duneknight

oh and try your best to not change the initial ideas of SGU just because of the negative reaction. dont be forced to do things you dont want to do, alright? because i praise the risks you guys taken, like the kino thing, if there is any time to take risks its now or never. or else you might fall into the abyss just to stay close to the ground where its safe. so what if its controversial to some, its not like that ever affected the ratings. and why do these feminists pick on SGU and not other shows? one of the things that i liked about SGU is its portrayal of female characters, although right now their dramatic role is rather small, i know that will change and develop eventually, i just didnt want female characters to be like the ones on BSG.

Cody
Cody

Wow, I’ve never seen a Kody with who spells it with a “K”. Anyhow, I totally missed the Nov 1 entry, how that happened I don’t know. Though I had a similar experience with the lack of trick or treaters. What is going on? I personally don’t live in the greatest of areas, N. Long Beach to be vaguely exact, but we always had a fair number of kids out and about up till around 6 years ago. Heck when I was out trick or treating people even made haunted houses of their back yards. I remember when after I had realized that dressing as Capt. Picard wasn’t that terrifying, I dressed in a really well done mummy costume. I sat outside holding still so that passing trick or treaters would think I was merely an elaborate piece of decoration, and then I’d casually stand up behind them. Ah the screams I would elicit… good times. It’s odd you mention ye olde Ghost Hunters… my mom loves them thus their show dominates Halloween at her house.

OH and, don’t worry Joe it’s not just you, technology IS revolting against US ALL. I mean seriously my computer’s operating system tells me what to do more times than I tell it what to do. And there have been plenty of times I’ve said something was a problem and when I go to show someone else, the problem mysteriously goes away. So just accept the truth and bow down our new computer over-lords.

elenmai
elenmai

Isn’t that always the way with technology? The minute you try to show someone else the problem, it works fine. Then, you get it back home, and i stops again. This is what I find!

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

There’s your solution to the “not enough action” complaints about the show. Rock em Sock em robot scenes. Hilarious clip.
can’t help with the technology glitches. I have more problems with gremlins that love to move things so that I’m cussing as I search the house than I do with electronic equipment. And my solution to the occasional problems is to(sincerely) tell the offending item that I will smash it and get a new one if it does not begin to work. An amazing percentage of time that actually solves the problem.
After your rant I’ve decided to show a little support for Universe by buying a season pass on ITunes. If nothing else, it’s a slap to the trolls that have harrassed you and others. At best it provides an infintisimal boost to the ratings.
I saw the oddly worded post about wanting to punch you. Be assured, if someone were to be so crass as to mar your impish features, you would be avenged. Das, you up to the job?
Thanks as always for the daily dose of smiles and chuckles.

kwaku
kwaku

Am I the only one who suspects that Louis Ferreira is Sylvester Stallone’s long lost brother?

BlueSmartie
BlueSmartie

I have a weird question which I’m hoping you may be able to answer…

I was watching the SG1 episode Exodus last night, the one where Carter blows up a sun to neutralise Apophis’ fleet, and it reminded me of something that’s always puzzled me.

How many sides does a Ha’Tak vessel actually have?

Whenever you see them in space you can see clearly that they are built around a three sided pyramid. This was the case even when we saw them in Universe. However, they seem capable of landing on a four sided pyramid quite easily, which Chronus’ ship does in the previous episode, Double Jeapardy. And when you see the diagrams of the ships on the various viewscreens throughout the series they are shown to have four sides. This would mean they have four sides not three, even though they are shown to have three sides in almost every CGI shot.

I wondered if there is an official position on this… do they have three or four sides? Or is it just one of those things that will puzzle scientists forever?

I apologise if this is an awkward question, but it’s something that has bugged me for quite a long time.

Thanks.
Rob. smile