Let’s kick things off with a brand new Weird Food Purchase of the Day video installment…

That wasn’t so bad.  In retrospect, I also should’ve picked up that bottle of Aloe Vera juice.

Hey, I heard from my Tokyo travel buddy Stefan today.  He dropped me an email in which he related his late-night visit to an Izakaya.  Apparently, he had a wonderful meal, had way too much too drink, then caught a cab home – but the driver had no idea where he was going despite being given a map to a nearby hotel.  After driving around for who-knows-how long, the driver simply gave up and asked Stefan to get out.  And so, in a drunken stupor, in the pouring rain, with no idea where the hell he was, Stefan searched for home.  It took him two hours.  Along the way, I’m sure he must have grabbed many a stranger to ask for directions.  What does it say about me that, despite the evening’s nightmarish epilogue, I was actually jealous that I wasn’t there with him?

Hey, can a non-resident own property in Japan – like, say, a modest apartment?  maggiemayday, you’re the resident expert on Japanese culture, property law, and bodypainting.  What say you?  What I was thinking might be cool is that if 1000 of us chipped in $100 each, we could probably get a nice place that we could time share.  Everyone would get approximately a third of a day during the year.  Thoughts?

More progress on the script, albeit of the slow and painful variety.  Hit the 15 page mark today which means that, this weekend, I will no doubt fall well short of the 50ish pages needed for a full script.   Still, 25 pages five days off an exhausting trip to Asia would be pretty impressive.

Hey, remember when I used to do that thing where I’d take excerpts from your various comments and respond to them?  Whatchamacallit?  The yuutai, ne?  Okay, let’s do that…

Maggiemayday writes: “That was the beauty of a couple hours “rest” at a Love Hotel, no one had illusions what you were doing.”

Answer: Damn.  I missed out on the Love Hotels.  Perhaps they’re someplace to consider for my next trip.  How’s the concierge service?

Thornyrose writes: “You forgot the laundry service availabe, so that when you come back you also have the ol’ whitey tighties folded along with the appropriate suit for the evening dinner.”

Answer: And it was all delivered via the valet box (dumbwaiter) in the other room.  I suspect that if I’d wanted to spend all two weeks in my hotel room without setting eyes on a living soul, I could’ve done it.

Thornyrose also writes: “So, when do we start talking Stargate again?”

Answer: Whenever you want.  What’s on your mind?

Gina writes: “Were the doggies glad to see you or were they angry that you left them for so long?”

Answer: They seemed genuinely thrilled to have me back – but, then again, they’ve been brought as very polite dogs.

Fsmn36 writes: “You, as a regular guest, looking like a business man? Not at all noteworthy.”

Answer: I’m the nice, polite Westerner who always says hi to everyone and gets ice wine and macarons for the concierge staff.  It’s just as bad as being the church guy.

ZeroPointBatteries writes: “Any idea when we will find out about season two for sure, and while we are on that note when is the break over for this season?”

Answer: Not sure when we’ll receive the official pick-up.  Sometime before we start production on season two hopefully.  The writers head back into the office in early January, spin, prep, then we all go our separate ways for two weeks in February when the Olympics shut down the city.  After that, we’re back and it’s full steam ahead!

dasndanger writes: “Instead, this time Mr. Das decided to put a brand-spankin’ new blade in his utility knife…”

Answer: Hope he’s okay.  This is why I always get Exec. Producers’ Asisstant Ashleigh to cut up my lunch for me.

g.o.d. writes: “Hi Joe. Is there any chance we might see those aliens from “Space” before march? A picture, or a promo”

Answer: I’m not sure.  I would certainly hope so.  And, given past promos, I imagine we will.

Garion55 writes: “So I saw the latest ratings of SGU. Not good bud. Almost half the audience from the high is gone.”

Answer: I’d hold off in presuming “half the audience form the high is gone”.  In fact, prior to the mid-season finale, +7 time-shifted numbers have us holding almost our entire audience from the premiere – which is unheard of.  In fact, SGU made the list of The Top Ten Time-Shifted Prime Time TV Shows in 2009, coming in at the #5 spot (tying Tru Blood) and picking up, on average, a whopping 46.9% uptick in viewership.

DP writes: “I’m volunteering to coordinate US protest caravans heading to Michigan to protest the Peter Watts beating. Email to: peterwattscaravan@yahoo.com

Answer: Scary stuff.

Wade writes: “I tripped upon your blog when reading some of those negative comments on some boards that concerened your rant.”

Answer: Welcome aboard, Wade.  Just send us your blog reader membership dues and we’ll be on our way…

70 thoughts on “December 12, 2009: The Return of The Weird Food Purchase of the Day, Stefan Checks In, and The Yuutai.

  1. Aha! The Felix picture vote website – is smart..kinda. It probably captures your puter IP ID and MAKES that puter wait at least 24 hours before another vote can be cast from it.

  2. Yay-WFPoTD! Tamarind is a fruit pod with pits. The picture on the can is tamarind. Normally it is tart in flavor, not bad…but perhaps not a first choice when one wants a fruit. In another much younger lifetime, we would actually look to find the bushes/trees with these cause these are similar to the oriental preserved fruits – called “See Moi” at least that is what it was called in Hawaii. (spelling not exact) Chinese names – Li Hing Mui – dried sweet/salty plums and Chun Pei Moi a darker, moist, and sweeter variety, and a very salty version – we just called salty seed cause I don’t think any one of us kids knew the proper name. The really salty ones are also sold in hispanic food stores and called saladitas. The salty ones are like putting a glob of salt in your mouth. Realllllly salty.

    Sorry, did not mean to post a book.

  3. An interesting concept, to spend an entire fortnight without human contact while enjoying the luxuries of a properly decadent hotel. If I could come up with the time, I’d be tempted to try. Then again, unless some of the better places will deliver meals, room service offerings would get old real fast.
    I grow ever further in awe of your willingess not only to taste weird stuff, but to actually sample the same substances two or three times to confirm your first impressions. You’ve also made it one of my ambitions to find a sufficiently weird food that you either are thrilled at, or refuse to take that second sample of. Ye gods, I have such modest life goals…
    As far as Stargate talk, I was wondering about your thoughts on the last aired episode, given it is the midseason cliffhanger. Any enlightening tidbits about the episode’s production?
    Thanks for the daily update, and good luck with the remaining pages of your script. And just think, just a few months till we get our hands on your short story!

    @Das. oopsie. hope Mr. Das the hubby is doing well, and that you have lots of fun cracking jokes at his expense.

  4. “How’s the concierge service?”

    They come when you call.

    If I have a dollar and get another I have increased my wealth by 50% ! 😉

  5. A time-share in Tokyo? Sign me up! And it sounds like you are a very thoughtful and gracious guest – ice wine (from Vancouver?) and macarons would be a lovely thank-you gift.

    Thanks for the Weird Food/Drink Purchase of the Day installment. I don’t think I would drink grass-jelly on a bet. You should look for Wasabi-flavoured Ramune next time – a real taste sensation!

  6. “I’m the nice, polite Westerner who always says hi to everyone and gets ice wine and macarons for the concierge staff. It’s just as bad as being the church guy.”

    Haha, I suppose in that context you could be right (although I’d still put you a notch below church guy. You’re not being a hypocrite.). So, maybe you go noticed. DO they judge you for it? Well, it’s Japan so I don’t know if they judge porn-watching or not. But they seem to have a lot of half-clothed anime characters, so probably not as much as the southern states of the US.lol

    I’ve forgotten to ask you before, but I see you’ve recently read Freakonomics. I borrowed it from a friend in like, August, but hadn’t gotten around to it. It’s second on my holiday break reading list (the first being the most frivolous, non-academic book I own that I haven’t read yet). I’ve heard some great things about it (and the sequel). Any thoughts?

    Yay for the weird food purchase being back! I laughed at your commentary. Always amusing, Joe.

  7. Tamarind is a fruit that grows on a tree. It has seeds in a “pod” with a sticky flesh and it is sour and very sweet.

    It is very popular in most of Latin America. Mexican’s eat it a lot and I usually order tamarind soda when I eat traditional Mexican (If all you have had is Taco Bell or the local equivalent, you need to eat REAL Mexican food)

    When in season it is sold in local “bodegas” (small grocery stores) and I have eaten it fresh from the tree in Puerto Rico. It is actually pretty good if you like sweet/sour fruit.

  8. Oh, I’m for the apartment in Japan. It would be one of those high end ones, eh? I’m not spending my hard earned money on a dump. I want luxury!

    I’m trying to get a copy of the January BOTM book. It said it was released November 24th, but I haven’t been able to find it yet. The plan is to be able to read it as a part of my holiday reading.

    I’m intrigued by the Kindle (maybe I can get the book on that) and glad it is finally available in Canada. I love rereading books, but… let’s put it this way, I call my decorating style Early Library and I’m running out of space to put additional bookcases. My brother thinks we should put bookcases down the hall, not happening!

    I’ve seen Aloa Vera juice in my local No Frills. I wonder how it tastes. Try it and let me know ;-).

  9. Well, I wikied “tamarine” (or however it’s spelled), and it’s,

    “a musical instrument of the percussion family consisting of a frame, often of wood or plastic, with pairs of small metal jingles, called “zils”. Classically the term tambourine denotes an instrument with a drumhead, though some variants may not have a head at all.”

    Ah, looks like I misspelled “tamarine”; it’s actually “tambourine”. Ewwww Joe; you drank the juice of a percussive musical instrument. That’s totally gross. I don’t even think it’s a food, at least not in Canada; I believe it’s a musical instrument. Though, I guess the drum head could be made from animal skin, so it looks like you drank the juice of animal skin, metal, and wood or plastic.

    I take it back. It’s not gross. Plastic juice is delicious!

  10. My grandma used to drink Aloe Vera something by the jugful. I’m not sure why. I’d say it was a mountain thing, but I never heard of anyone else … oh, never mind, I figured it out. Probably not accurately labeled jugs, huh?

  11. Love the square glass! Very Romulan. And I concur–you should’ve bought the Aloe Vera juice. I’ve never had the pleasure of sampling it, but a friend of mine takes it regularly for assorted reasons and absolutely hates it. It probably would’ve made for an even more interesting installment…

  12. Unfortunately the +7 time shift numbers did not save Atlantis. Hopefully the long hiatus doesn’t hurt the numbers further. SGU isn’t my cup of tea, I miss the SG humor, but my hubby likes it. I don’t like darker shows, during these tough times I’m kinda into shows that make me laugh and feel good with one exception, Supernatural. We’ve not seen Life or Justice yet, but we’ve planned to give the first season a chance. The numbers though are a bit of a concern.

    Please keep us updated on any new info about the SG1 and SGA movies. I miss those shows so much! I can’t wait to see what you and Paul have written for SGA! 🙂

  13. When I lived in the Virgin Islands I had a tamarind tree at my house. I made jelly. I actually like it. It has a very tart sweet taste.

  14. 1. I miss Stefan already. 🙁

    2. Whose teapot collection?

    3. Hubby is doing good so far (thanks for your concern). His biggest complaint is how bad his arm feels from the tetanus shot – it’s a ten-year shot, so I suppose it really packs a punch.

    4. Weird food. Hmmm. Is it just me, or are you turning into Mr. Rogers? I wasn’t thinking, ‘ewww…Joe is drinking asparagus juice’…I was thinking, ‘where’s his cardigan sweater!’

    5. If 1000 of us chipped in $100 each, we could pay off my mortgage! 😀 Then everyone could come visit for a day, which will be limited to the summer months only, and you have to spend the day at the beach, but you can come to my house afterwards and wash the sand out of your bathing suits with my garden hose. How’s that?? 🙂


  15. Oh, I thought that this was the ‘part 2’ of the last entry. OK then, I’ll put in my questions now in case you happen to be doing a, uh, yuutai tomorrow.

    First of all, both myself and my Aloe Vera-drinking friend are curious as to exactly how many pairs of cuff links you have. If you have a moment in between your writing, could you quickly count them for us, please?

    Second of all, I’m a tad…befuddled about the Atlantis cancellation. Don’t get me wrong–I wasn’t particularly upset that it was cancelled, although I do miss it. I’ve just been hearing confusing reports about the cancellation itself. In his interview with Gateworld (http://www.gateworld.net/interviews/all_good_things_….shtml) Brad Wright said, and I quote: “We have been in discussions with MGM and SCI FI about “Where to next?” and we decided basically to pull the trigger on movies sooner rather than later, while Atlantis was still doing well.” But yet, in his January 2 Q&A on your blog, Mr. Wright totally contradicted that statement–he said, “Folks, if Atlantis was performing brilliantly in the ratings, it would still be on the air.” and “SGA did not have the numbers to go beyond season 6. That was a factor among many.” So if you can, could you please just tell me: why was Atlantis cancelled? Was it a unanimous decision or a question of ratings?

    Well, here’s hoping that you can answer these. Thanks in advance!

  16. Interestingly, tamarind is used in Worcestershire sauce. Next time, just drink a bottle of that! 😀


  17. So I saw the latest video of asparagus juice. Not good bud. Almost half the drinkers from the high are gone.

    Look at Asparagus Weekly or other sites at the posts, 8 out of 10 of the drinkers’ reviews are negative.

    I have gotten over being mad and upset and have moved on to thinking about ways to save the beverage. I feel like I am drinking tamarind juice all over again. Take a great drink and ruin it.

    I don’t want to see that happen with asparagus juice.

    The very first thing the makers of asparagus juice should have done when making this drink was to figure out what the buyers want, what made people buy it week after week for years and stay devoted to the beverage and then build on that foundation.

    Reading the reviews the list would go something like: green, juicy, fibrous, soft, vegetable-like, and of course, green.

    Like it or not that is asparagus.

    Now look at the last 10 bottles of asparagus juice. How much of any of that is present in those bottles?

    The two bottles the drinkers seemed to enjoy the most are the ones where the color was green and the last half of the bottle was not so sweet.

    The drink seems to be about 80 percent sugar 20 percent asparagus and the drinkers are not digging it. 5 years of grass jelly and i couldnt tell you if the grass was green, how jellified the jelly was, or anything about how it was made, and I was fine with that.

    So moving on for future that trend needs to reverse.

    If its not too late I would recommend a re-evaluation of the second half of the manufacturing season. Review every product and make some changes now if possible.

    Like dumping any asparagus that isn’t fully mature. That is one of THE biggest complaints of them all.

    Use the company jet to bring people like Mckay or Carter to the plant, figure out how to get control of it if you are going to use the jet at all.

    Add some light hearted labeling! How many times did the tamarind can say something that just made you bust out laughing? Grass jelly too. I dont think I have laughed once in 10 bottle labels.

    Dump any flavors tasting weird. You know the rhubarb-asparagus, asparagus cola, and asparagus with hollandaise sauce. Hollandaise sauce! Hollandaise sauce is making people nauseous. Reflavor these beverages if its not too late.

    High fructose corn syrup should also only be used sparingly.

    The product needs a complete overhaul.

    I dont know, at this point it might be too late to save asparagus juice. Too many drinkers have already bailed.

    If i were in charge I would put out an official statement today. Let the buyers know that you see that they are not happy with asparagus juice. Let them know that you wanted to take the product line in a different direction but that you now understand that it was the wrong way to go. You made a mistake and you promise to try to get the drink back on track.

    And if the people in charge are not going to make the necessary changes in order to get the customer base back, if they have the attitude of ’screw the drinkers we dont care what they want we are going to make the drink the way that we want it’, I would seriously consider handing the product over to a different group of manufacturers.

    If the next 10 bottles are anything like the first 10 the purchases are going to continue to fall. I promise you that. And if that happens I would rather there not be a 2nd product line at all. Which if sad for me to say considering what a huge fan I am of asparagus juice.

    So get to work bud. Get your butt in gear and figure out what you are going to do to save your beverage. Make sure you let the customer base know. Give us a reason to buy your drink next year or just call it quits and let the drink die a quiet death.

    Start up another new asparagus juice type drink in a couple years that more follows the recipe for success and people will flock to it.

    Good luck.

  18. Sigh. Per “Food Lover’s Companion” (you don’t have a copy, Joe?): Tamarind – Also known as an Indian date, the tamarind is the fruit of a tall shade tree native to Asia and Northern Africa and widely grown in India. The large pods contain small seeds and a sour-sweet pulp that, when dried, becomes extremely sour. Blah, blah, blah, used in East Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines similar to lemon juice is used in Western cuisine. Only other interesting note – integral ingredient in Worcestershire sauce.

    There, my culinary degree has officially been used for something other than playing with sugar paste….!! lol

    Tamarind is indeed very popular among the Hispanics here in the southwest, I’ll see if I can pick you up some other interesting goodies. Candy should be finished and on its way by end of the week, I have dessert catering for the holidays due first.


  19. Hey Joe, short post (“It’s a miracle!”) to say welcome back.

    Good luck with your script.

    Ice wine is a really nice gift. Class act.

    Good thinking re. having Ashleigh cut your sandwiches. And an impressive show of trust on your part. *w*

  20. Welcome to Wade. The new guy buys the next round!

    @pg15 and AV Eddy–Good ones!

    A little OT news: Brent Stait (SG1’s Ferretti and Connor Trinneer’s sub for SGA’s Michael) seems quite excited about his upcoming turn on “Smallville” late in January. Anyone heard how Shanks handled the Hawkman wings?

    @Joe — You almost had me interested in the time share, friend. Though next year I really need to find one in BC during the summer…!


  21. After all those incredible dishes you consumed in Japan, I must say that your willingness to taste three less than appealing juices for our entertainment is a very considerable gesture. I have an interesting concoction to add to your list and will be forwarding it to your office in the next few days.


  22. Brilliant AV eddy, absolutely brilliant!

    Joe I know you’re setting us up. You say, “I’m the nice, polite Westerner who always says hi to everyone and gets ice wine and macarons for the concierge staff.”

    So we are reassured, and actually help you with this Tokyo apartment thing.

    Then, once it’s done and the ink is dried the real you comes out. The real you that installs the moat (all the rage at apartments nowadays) and the Nigerian crocodiles (the 419 scam type that leave no recognisable body parts behind).

    The real you that gives us no access to the apartment. 🙁

    On sure, if we jump from crocodile head-to-head across the moat like Das can you will welcome us with open arms, but you know that most of us are accident-prone and thus won’t even try it.

    Not nice sir, not nice at all.

    I notice you never actually wrote what $ you will accept, so if this is compulsory I will pay in $ Zimbabwean.

    1 ZWD = 0.00276319 USD 😀

  23. Just an update… Felix is up to 400 votes.

    Who knew that simply clearing your private data & cookies (to do this simply look under your tool tab) and then refreshing your page would allow you to vote again and again. You Joe, have some mighty intelligent fans.

    I have almost completed my Christmas shopping for you; I have bought Mom’s presents for you and Lili’s presents for you. Now I have to do my own shopping for you, as well as my shopping for myself from Mom.

  24. Joe,

    I have read that Stargate will not resume until April. APRIL! Somebody at Syfy is trying to kill me. Seems like we could charge them with attempted murder, right? Or would it just be manslaughter? I’m not really sure of the difference. But I do know that April is a long time.

    I caught a cold and my voice is barely audible now. Last night I had migraines and nose bleeds, probably from having to blow my nose every 10 seconds. Puffs with lotion is definitely the king of tissues. I have considered this issue quite a bit. What is the point of buying tissue unless it has the built in lotion? Your nose deserves that comfort. If you’re too cheap to buy that addition then why don’t you just use napkins? Boggles the mind, truly.

    I didn’t eat at all yesterday, but today I managed to eat some chicken and two pickles. Quite an accomplishment if you ask me. Having no appetite is such a foreign thing to me. This is all Syfy’s fault.

    On a positive note I just watched Julie & Julia and found it quite enjoyable. I feel the urge to pick up Julia Child cookbooks now.

    -A very sad/sick Morticae

  25. Is there any law against foreigners buying houses/apartments in Japan?

    There is no law or legal restriction against foreigners buying a property in Japan, either as a non-resident or resident. The biggest problem for foreigners buying property in Japan is getting the loan. If you have been a resident of Japan for some time (at least 2-3 years) it helps with the loan application. If you have a stable income and have been at the same company for at least three years your chances of getting a loan dramatically increase. Those who are married to a Japanese person will also find it easier than other to purchase a property because they have the spouse visa.

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  26. Your weird food purchases always make me cringe. Glad it’s not me. You have a cast iron stomach.

    Poor Stefan. I wonder if he really scared anyone with his touching. I’m surprised that someone didn’t call the police.

    Do you have jet lag now, or only when you arrived in Japan? I always get jet lag going east, not going west. Of course, when I was in Hawaii, I was getting up at 5am in the morning every day.

  27. WOW!!!! a MAILBAG (I believe that is the word you were looking for Joe) & a weird food video; nope might leave the vid till tomorrow to watch as it’s bed time in 30 minutes. It’s my turn to make cups of tea & coffee at the blood donor centre tomorrow, and it’s an 8.30am start 0_0

    @dasNdanger – my humble apologies; my accident w the knife was 20 yrs ago; and I was only allowed to walk throughthe ER with the rugby players as I was escorted straight to a room away from them. Of all that happened that day – that hurt the most >:{

    BTW, Saturday 19 – graduation day 🙂 I’m nervous. I dont might getting up in front of people for a business presentation or teaching, but being in front of people when I’m being given a personal presentation for something I’ve done – I freeze!!! >:(

  28. Joe. Have ya’ll ever considered Writting or having someone write a ” Stargate Technical Manual ” . like the one’s they have for Star Wars and Star Trek. I think there is enough Tech in the Stargate Franchise for such an undertaking. I Think alot of techno Geek’s like myself would love to see a book like this on the shelves.

  29. Is there any law against foreigners buying houses/apartments in Japan?

    There is no law or legal restriction against foreigners buying a property in Japan, either as a non-resident or resident. The biggest problem for foreigners buying property in Japan is getting the loan. If you have been a resident of Japan for some time (at least 2-3 years) it helps with the loan application. If you have a stable income and have been at the same company for at least three years your chances of getting a loan dramatically increase. Those who are married to a Japanese person will also find it easier than other to purchase a property because they have the spouse visa.

    I tryed putting the wesite I got the info from but I guess the blog has url’s blocked or something.

  30. Asparagus juice????? geez… I wonder if that makes people’s urine smell too (well asparagus can have that effect ya know)

    AV Eddy – Shut up.


  31. sounds as if you had fun on your trip. Have you already started to think of things to do next time?

    Universe starts here very soon, so we’ll see how that goes.

    Atlantis may have gotten the axe but i’ve still got two seasons to watch, back to back Toddisodes!! yay!!

    Aloe vera juice is nice, give it a go. Sugar free, chunks and all.

    @DAS, you always have ouchie stories. There was some cringing going on when those photos came up.

    and now i shall do a merry jig ‘one and a half more weeks of work, one and a half more weeks of work’
    i can’t wait till break time.

  32. Oh, I was excited to see you were trying the Grass Jelly Drink! It’s one I’ve had often and even though most of the time I do think it’s sickly sweet, you do get the taste of the grass jelly in the background… And the grass jelly bits are best part!

    If you get a chance, go and buy some grass jelly (they come in a can and can be found in one of the aisles in a Chinese market) and try that for real grass jelly flavor. And then pour sugar on it and have it as a refreshing (supposedly “cools” down your body) dessert. And now that I think about it, both of these products are better served chilled than they are at room temperature…

  33. I looked “tamarind” up in a dictionary and the translation was “Tamarinde” … very helpful 😉
    Reminds me of the science papers in English that I had to read for a project – everytime I came across a word I didn’t know and looked it up the translation would be (nearly) identical (>.<").
    Thankfully, there's always wikipedia 😉

    Thanks for the Weird Food Purchase ^^

    Poor Stefan xD
    Still, I think the fact that he managed to find the hotel in two hours is quite an achievement (foreign city, foreign language and drunk… two hours is fast for that).
    First, I thought he might be a difficult-to-deal-with know-it-all (no offense to Stefan, maybe I just met too many people with knowledge that were too full of themselves and not easy to deal with to assume that) but he seems to be real fun ^^

    about the SGU ratings:
    So, with the +7-viewers included, does it mean the ratings can be seen as okay/good?
    And, as a consequence, a season-2-pick-up isn't unlikely?
    (I don't really know how to interpret ratings apart from "many viewers are good" and "few viewers are bad", so the drop at Justice had me worried about a possible season 2).

    Best wishes to everyone (I hope, Mr.das' injury heals fine – the pictures were interesting in a strange way 😉 ).

  34. Thornyrose also writes: “So, when do we start talking Stargate again?”

    Answer: Whenever you want. What’s on your mind?

    One thing I wanted to comment on but was hoping it was not too late was how much I liked the final scene of the episode “Time.” In earlier incarnations of Stargate, and in fact in earlier science fiction in general, you couldn’t have ended the episode like that. But today’s audience is more sophisticated, and more able to put things together. We know that Scott’s final recording is going to cause the timeline to change again, and this time the change will take and no one will die. So although the entire episode we saw will have never really taken place in the end due to time travel, we don’t need to be told that explicitly anymore.

  35. A yuutai… The mailbag, right? Don’t know that much Japanese, just the occasional words picked up while watching anime. Would be nice to take it a bit further, perhaps with using the option to go study in Japan for a year with uni… Though I’ve got no idea how hard Japanese is to learn. Might also simply go to the US instead. Ah well.

    – Are there any new writers on board for season 2?

    – Any changes in the tone/style/storytelling/main cast?

    – I’m still hoping that the Trust or Kinsey pops up again… Any chances on that happening?

  36. I’ve had jelly drinks before, and was slightly weirded out by the texture, but I had a slightly more conventional apple flavour.
    Also, yey for the return of WFPotD!

  37. Coucou =) Vous allez bien?

    Moi oui, la fête de mon amie était super!!! On a bien rie, manger et j’ai éclaté 69 ballons avec mes fesses =P lol

    Merci de nous faire partager cette video, j’adore regarder votre visage quand vous goûtez quelque chose, car rien qu’en regardant un peu vos sourcils et de la façon dont ils sont orientés on comprend déjà ce que vous pensez de la boisson 🙂

    Bonne journée!
    Gros Bisou!

  38. “Blog reader membership”? Say it isn’t so Joe! Let’s see that’s three years of lurking, maybe two comments in that entire time, so that’s 37 plus 4, carry the one, add interest. . .GADS! That’s $ 43.57 of monopoly money! Don’t you realize I have two cats to support? Be reasonable dude. How about I cut you a deal? Caramel roasted wasabi nuts. Now, if you happen to have brought yourself back some form Japan, we can consider ourselves even.
    Thanks for the foodie, pugs and Stargate fun. Most of all thanks for rekindling my interest in written science fiction, Stover and Scalazi are two of my new favorites.

  39. AV Eddy you comment just killed me. That was priceless. : )

    Joe, Glad you made it safely back to Canada. : )

  40. @ Sis – RE: Clearing your cookies. How else do you think Johnny Depp keeps winning those ‘vote now’ awards? 😉 I’ve been known to stuff a ballot box, or three. I think I learned the trick from a 13-year old giggly fangirl with the hots for Captain Jack Sparrow.


  41. The only juice that I tried and consider wierd is Tamarind Juice tried it love it cold…

  42. @ BlueJay – Oh, I have a million ‘boo-boo’ stories. My grandfather was very accident prone – he drove a nail through his thumb, for instance. On my mother’s wedding day, she made him PROMISE not to do anything. He promised, but his fingers must have been crossed because later on she sees him limping. Well, he had tried to get up on a ladder, slipped, and ended up with a two-foot long gash down his leg…held together with butterfly band-aids.

    And that was my grandfather – he never went to the doctor – and NEVER complained about an injury. Like the day he drove that nail through his thumb – the only reason my mom knew about it was because he kept holding up his thumb, looking at it. Mom asked him what he was looking at, and he said, ‘oh, nothing. I just put a nail through my thumb,’ like it was some everyday occurance. Then there was the time not long after they bought the house at the shore (the house I eventually grew up in), and he came down early to fire up the kerosene heater. Well…he had a limited sense of smell, and so put gasoline in it instead…and POOF! Thankfully the house didn’t blow up or burn down, but mom said every room was covered with black soot, and it hung down the stairway like cobwebs.

    OH! He used to work for the railroad, driving delivery trucks (Wells Fargo, I think)…and one time as he came over a hill in Philly, his wheel came off and burst through a billboard. There was a woman on the other side waiting for a bus, and when the wheel came bursting through, she fainted, and everyone thought she had been hit and died. (She was fine, but mom said that made the newspapers and everything). Then there was the time he was coming down the Ben Franklin bridge in his old ’38 Buick, and a wheel rolled past him and he thought…’Ha! Some poor sucker lost a wheel!’ Then he came to a stop at the toll and, ‘Doink!’ Over goes his car to one side, because it was HIS wheel that had come off!

    Yeah – that’s just the tip of the iceberg with ol’ Pop – he was quite a character, and we really only know half of the things that happened to him because he never made a fuss about any of it. He was a great guy.

    Oh, and I know yesterday I mentioned my dad telling me how worthless I am (it’s no big deal because I’m very used to being yelled at – he has a temper). Well, he called today and apologized…I was really shocked! He admitted to being impatient and getting mad when he has to wait for things (and he was upset that I spent Friday with Mr. Das and his boo-boo thumb instead of coming into work). Anyway – I just had to share that since I had mentioned it earlier, and I didn’t want anyone to think that he’s a jerk, because he’s not…he’s just abrasive at times, and I should really think before I type. 😛


  43. Questions:

    1) Could you please confirm or deny that the ship they found in Justice is made by the same race like the one in Air III? I read some interview with Brad Wright and he said something like “There will be the coolest aliens we have in stargate”. I simply can´t wait for Space and this long break makes me sad.

    2) Any new world about SGU soundtrack? And will there be only Air score, or I can look forward to songs from Light, Earth and Justice too? These three episodes have awesome score…Mr. Goldsmith has golden hands.

  44. Oh Joe…. you’re too funny! A tie for bottom? Sheesh! And btw, I love your fridge in the background 😀

  45. none of those drinks seemed good. if they have to add that much sugar to thme, they can’t be good.
    too bad about the cucumber pepsi & green tea coke. on reflection my brother thinks that he should’ve had one of the people he knows from an anime bboard who’s over there go find you some.
    should i send him over to you to smack or should i just do it?

  46. G’day Joe

    AH, tamarind, that takes me back. It was a regular thing with me and my Mum to take a walk on a Saturday when I was a young’un and we always pass by a tamarind tree. I would try to grab a pod off the tree, or from the ground if I could not reach them, then attempt to open it, usually by bashing it on the ground and hitting with a rock. It was very bitter and I did not like it much at all but they were strangely addictive.

  47. Ack…I keep forgetting to say…

    Asparagus juice. I love it – but not the type you tried. I’m talking the water after steaming the asparagus – a little salt, some butter…mmmm! Only problem is, it makes your pee smell funny. 😕


  48. Garion55 writes: “So I saw the latest ratings of SGU. Not good bud. Almost half the audience from the high is gone.”

    Answer: I’d hold off in presuming “half the audience form the high is gone”.

    Ummm what?

    Air Part 3 …9-oct-09…2.447 million viewers.

    Justice … 4-dec-09… 1.34 million viewers.

    Thats why i said almost.

    and good job comparing this show to asparagus juice, i would agree that they both stink.

  49. @t’loc

    rerun on new.


    First off the two part premier got like 2.3 million for live numbers.

    Life got 2.4-2.5 million live 7

    so if you look at it that way, it equal. Still if you add the DVR, it’s only like 200-300 less people over 9 episodes. Not to bad really.

  50. Woohoo for a new WFPotD!!! We’ve been eagerly anticipating this one for a while now! 😀 And you didn’t disappoint, either: three different weird foods! ((Ewww vegetables, that’s all I’ve got to say.))

    I had something to say, but I’ve forgotten it (finals stress is creeping over me, as I imagine is so with every other college student). I’ll come back when I remember. 🙂

  51. The rating from Justice were also lower Live rating because it was up agaisnt the Monk finale and because of the 1 week break. I’m expecting the +7 numbers to bring it up to 2 million. A question for you Joe: Now that most of the back story for the characters are done is there going to be more of a focus on the ship’s tech/exploration/aliens? I do enjoy the character building just would like to see alittle more space/science/exploration. just my 2cent, still a great show and a breath of fresh air from SG1/SGA.

  52. Thanks for the WFPOTD….I missed it.

    Well we have the free to air Premiere of SGU in Australia tonight. I’m getting together with a few friends to watch it (thanks @PaganX for hosting). It’s such a small world. We met on Twitter & this blog, have been chatting for months and I’ve only just found out that she lives about 5 minutes away from me. Go figure.

    So anyhoo…..thanks for starting this blog. It was difficult to break into this community at the beginning but I’m glad I stuck it out. I’ve met some wonderful people and I’m not really a particularly social person.So it’s been cool.

    I’m glad it all worked out in the end for Stefan. Reminds me of that ep on The Amazing Race where the team got dropped off in the middle of nowhere in an African town.

    Cheers, Chev

  53. Ummmm……membership dues. I’ve never paid any – are you charging interest? What if I just promise to promote the heck out of SGU? Are we even?

    So when is your short story published? Did I tell you I’m now published as well? I co-wrote a journal article and received it in the mail the other week – way cool!

    Cheers, Chev

  54. First off the two part premier got like 2.3 million for live numbers.

    Life got 2.4-2.5 million live 7

    so if you look at it that way, it equal. Still if you add the DVR, it’s only like 200-300 less people over 9 episodes. Not to bad really.

    talk about ‘justice’. compare that to the the highest ratings any of the shows have gotten.

    whats the math on that.

  55. Thanks for testing those drinks for us. This way, I don’t have to check that grass jelly thing out. You should’ve tried the Aloe Vera juice. It’s sweet and fruity. I like those with the jelly aloe pieces in it. Oh, and it should be cold if you try it. If else it could be too sweet. Some brands just overdo it with the sugar in it.

    I have no idea about how buying property in Japan works, but talking new hotels, I read an article yesterday about the “hotel 9h” in Kyoto.
    It reminds me a bit of those sleeping boxes they used in “The fifth element”. And 4900 YEN per night isn’t that expensive.


    Pictures of the hotel:

    By the way, did you find time at all to read? If yes, how do you like “Otherland”?

  56. After months of following your blog, I’m actually going to post something!

    I finally got to see Justice this weekend after being forced to wait a week thanks to a conspiracy involving my dvr, vcr, hulu, and vampires. The final scene on the planet was one of my favorite moments of television in a long time. I found the resolution both daring and amazing. All season long I’ve been intrigued but not yet sold. I’m now in love with the show. I just hope that the fallout of this episode lasts for several episodes or my enthusiasm might be tempered a little.

    Great job guys and thanks, Joe, for all you do for us fans with your blog.


  57. Congrats to the creators of my fav show of the new season SGU. I’ve just read on SyFy’s web site that they announced today a second season full 20 episode pickup!!

    Best of luck to Joe and the rest of the staff. Please keep the quality shows coming. I only wish I didn’t have to wait for April to find out what happens too Rush (that awsome bastard!). I’m looking forward to the remainder of season 1 and can rest easy that there will be a season 2.

    P.S. Where do I stick (insert) my Blogg dues??? I tried the CD tray but my computer just started to smoke??

  58. Tamarine is a fruit you can actually buy it at T & T as well. They grow on a tree. The way you eat it when you buy it is really interesting. You buy it in a box and then break the shell of it. Then you remove the insides from the broken shell. You can eat the insides. There are seeds which you spit out and the vines the surround the soft parts of the fruit are not eaten. I think you certainly would like it. You should pick a box up at T & T next time you have a chance.

    P.S. Tamarine is also used in sour soup as the fruit is naturally quite sour when it is procurred. (Vietnamese dish)

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