I head back to the office tomorrow with the first draft of a brand new script AND a brand new title: The Awakening.  I like it because it works on a couple of levels – none of which I can go into any detail at this point.  You’ll just have to trust me.  Anyway, I certainly look forward to seeing the rest of the gang: Paul, Carl, Brad, Robert, Lawren, and Ashleigh.  Oh, wait.  Did I say Rob?  No, not Rob.  Last week, we all received the following email from Rob: “Gentlemen, hope you’ve had a great holiday. I won’t be in the office until Tuesday. I have some important business to attend to in Texas this weekend.”.  Important business? How interesting.  Was he scouting a new location?  Meeting with some prospective new talent?  Discussing a new series?  I was intrigued.  Until Saturday night, when I came across THIS picture…

I’m guessing that meeting went really well.

So while Cowboy Bobby Cooper was taking care of business in Big D, I was prepping for my return to work – by taking Tomomi out for her final night in Vancouver.  We hit one of my favorite Italian restos, Gusto di Quattro…

Tomomi claims I take great photos. I beg to differ. SHE takes great photos! ( Note the angelic halo).
We started with Quattro's famed antipasto platter that includes - well - a bit of everything. Standouts include the lamb sausage and the grilled bocconcini wrapped with prosciutto and radicchio in a cherry wine reduction.
I ordered what I always order when I come here: The Galletto al Vino - Roasted and braised rock hen, pinot grigio, black truffle mash, and organic baby vegetables. And it's excellent every time.
Tomomi had an equally delicious herb-crusted lamb with fig reduction.
I decided to order some pasta "for the table": the off-menu Fettuccine Tartufati and the on-menu Duck Fettuccine. Our waiter - the ever-affable Daniel - urged me to order a half-order of each rather than go full on both. "Trust me,"he said. "You won't be hungry." And, boy, was he right.

A trio of desserts to cap off the meal: the wonderful House Tiramisu, a delightfully subtle Lemon-Ricotta Cheesecake, and Quattro's premiere Cilliege Filate, a killer combo of cherries, marscapone, and phyllo.

Gusto di Quattro is an old standby, one of those restaurants you can keep going back to time and again, confident in its ability to provide consistently great food and service.  Although its listed as fine dining – and the menu selections are certainly top-notch – it’s hearty, rib-sticking fare sure to please everyone from fussy foodies to famished families.  And, incidentally, it also gets Carl Binder’s seal of approval as his favorite Italian restaurant in Vancouver.

That was last night.  Today, Tomomi and I had brunch at a very busy DB Bistro Moderne, then headed downtown for a little stroll.  As it turned out, the little stroll turned into a full-out shopping expedition that saw me purchase a new digital camera to replace the one I dropped and broke last night, two snazzy dress shirts, and three new colognes: another bottle of the John Varvatos Vintage (my Tokyo scent) and a choice of two for my 2010 office cologne – Boss Pure or YSL’s La Nuit de L’Homme.  I like both, but if the print ad for La Nuit de L’Homme gives any indication to the kind of action I can look forward to once I start wearing it, I suspect it would be better suited to evening’s out than the workplace.  I could get into all sorts of trouble.

Mailbag:

Susan the tartan turtle writes: “Any recent amusing doggie stories?”

Answer: Yeah.  I brought Tomomi by to meet the dogs last night.  Jelly had peed in the kitchen.  And Brie kept following us around, barking and nipping at Tomomi.  Quite the reception.

Tammy Dixon writes: “My karate instructor has a picture that includes me and my son on his website.”

Answer: Congratulations.  We’re going to have to start calling you Fists of Fury.

DasNdanger writes: “Anyone else ever get feeling that way – not tired, just…just you feel like you’re moving in slow motion – no drive.”

Answer: Yep.  Maybe we should start a club.

DP writes: “Are any of your friends not foodies?”

Answer: Oh yeah.  My buddy and fellow producer Carl Binder is as, uh, un-foodie as it gets.

Bailey writes: “Do you find that the kind of story/script/comic you are writing affects your mood outside of work?  I realize that intense drama can be very satisfying creatively, but do you find you are generally happier when writing happier things?”

Answer: To be honest, I’m generally unhappy while in the throes of a script.  However, I do tend to enjoy myself more writing the more comic episodes.

Fsmn36 writes: “So, in getting the truffle, does that mean they added it to the dish or that you got a different dish that featured it?”

Answer: They shave it onto the dish.

Fsmn36 also writes: “This is probably my lack of foodie background, but is truffle really so rare/special that simply adding a few slivers onto a plate brings it up that much in price?”

Answer: Oh yeah.  It’s one of the priciest of food items out there.

Spectre writes: “I was wondering if you knew that if the SG-1 and Atlantis movies were to be made, would they be using the old filming and editing techniques that defined the series for all those years, or will it be using the fancy new stuff learned from SGU?”

Answer: We would stick to the tone, look, and shooting style that Atlantis fans are familiar with.

Jenny writes: “You eat out a lot, at some rather impressive sounding restaurants, but as impolite as it might be, I’m curious as to how much, on average, would you spend on these evenings?”

Answer: It really depends on where I’m eating.  A terrific dinner at my favorite local Vietnamese restaurant will cost me about $10.  The West tasting menu came in at about $100.  I paid more for my meals in Tokyo than the costs of my business class flight and 15 day stay at the posh Peninsula Hotel combined!

Anais33 a ecrit: “Allons nous voir des extraterrestres dans le prochain épisode de sgu?
– L’objet de forme ronde qui s’éxpulse du vaisseaux à la fin d ‘Air’ (part 3), à t’il un rapport avec le vaisseaux que l’on découvre dans l’épisode “Justice” ?
– Est-ce que les méchants de sgu feront plus peur que les wraiths?
– Selon vous, quel épisode de la seconde partie de la saison 1 plaira le plus aux fans?
– Vous êtes plus Eli/Chloé ou Matt/.Chloé?
– Allons nous voir des anciens dans la saison 1”

Reponses: Oui, nous verrons des extraterretres dans Space.  Je pense que les fan vont particularement apprecier Space et Incursion I et II.

Sort of translations: Yes, we’ll see some aliens in Space.  As for which episodes the fans will particularly enjoy, I have a feeling they’ll respond quite favorably to Space and Incursion I and II – only because they are significantly more action-driven and visually spectacular.  The fact that I was lucky enough to write them speaks more to the luck of the draw than anything else.

Joshwilko writes: “How many episodes are you writing for the second half of season one for SGU?”

Answer: Space, Incursion I and II.

Dodoalda writes: “Any chance to see all of Earth ships together in some battle?”

Answer: Quite possibly in Stargate: Revolution, the next SG-1 movie.

Eric.Stewart writes: “And I won’t ask about the knife incident, since …. it appears that you don’t want to answer that question.:?”

Answer: Your Japanese is “jozu”.  As for how I cut my finger – I was wiping the stove top down and swung my hand wide and far too close to the disassembled blades of the blender sitting nearby.

IggyMing writes: ”

How timely that you’ve gone to West. My February issue of Canadian House & Home has an article on Vancouver’s top chefs, and they featured West (with chef Warren Geraghty), Cibo Trattoria (with chef Neil Taylor), and Maenam (with chef Angus An).  I was going to ask you if you’ve been to any of these restaurants, but you’ve already beat me to West. Any thoughts on Cibo and Maenam?”

Answer: Hey, congrats!  I’ll have to track down the issue.  I went to Maenam last year and enjoyed it although I found the portions a tad dainty and almost all of the dishes I sampled erred toward the sour.  Have yet to check out Cibo.

Shiningwit writes: “Hey! When’s SGU back on? I read somewhere it won’t be back til April, that can’t be right, can it?”

Answer: Alas, it is.

Tanie writes: “And Joe… what is it about froie gras that you just have to have?”

Answer: I enjoy its flavor, its texture, and the fact that its contrasts beautifully with sweet accompaniments.

Simon writes: ”

1) Is ”Incursion” a three parter? Seems to make the most sense since 02×02 is ”Aftermath”.

2) Dunno if you’ll be able to answers this or not, but do you know where Sanctuary is supposed to be set?

3) Have youe ever seen We Will Rock You?”

Answer: 1) Yes, I guess it can be considered a three-parter.

2) Sorry, can’t help you there.  But Sanctuary creator Damian Kindler maintains an online presence and I’m sure he’ll be able to answer your question.

3) Sorry.  No love for Queen.

PG15 writes: “I’m back, Joe!”

Answer: How embarrassing.  I assumed you were gone for good and ended up selling your parking spot.

O6untouchable writes: “I’ve just begun to educate myself in anime (watching in Japanese with subtitles; my friends would lynch me otherwise), and thus far I’ve started out with Full Metal Alchemist and Bleach. I’m enjoying both thoroughly, but would appreciate some extra suggestions!”

Answer: I’m a huge fan of Cowboy Bebop, a slick, jazzy, ultra-cool spaceship-based series with some very compelling characters.  Berserk, a dark, unrelentingly gritty fantasy series is also a favorite.  Last Exile is a visually stunning series set in a world where airships do battle.  Now and Then, Here and There is a remarkable SF mini-series.  For brazen, over-the-top humor, check out Exile Saga.  Death Note is an incredibly captivating series that deals with demons, curses, and an elaborate game of cat and mouse between two brilliant strategists.   Start with those and get back to me.

70 thoughts on “January 10, 2010: Cowboy Bobby Cooper! Gusto di Quattro! My Shopping Expedition! Some Mailbag!

  1. @Simon

    Damian Kindler recently promised on Twitter that he’d be sharing more tidbits with his followers. Hold him to it.

    BTW, the skyline for the New City (across the river from the main Sanctuary for the show) contains landmarks from around the world, but there have been hints that it is in the U.S. so I think it’s meant to be fantastically ambiguous.

  2. As the resident Episode title obsessor, I must protest: while The Awakening sounds intriguing, it is made up of 2 words! Are you guys done with the 1-word titles?

  3. I have been to a few Asian countries never Tokyo. You seem to go there all the time on Vac. You must love the place the people ,the culture, I love the Asian culture my wife is Thai I will start working on her now so our next Vac. will Include Tokyo. Tokyo is rated as 1 of the top 3 most expensive cities to live in you find that to be true??

  4. Robert Cooper is a Cowboy Fan!! I knew I liked him the best! Ask him how he liked the Cowboy’s new stadium. I toured it last summer. It was awesome!

    The reception your dogs gave Tomomi? Trust me Joe, it could have been worse. Get a Beagle and find out.

    @ Tammy Dixon alias “Fists of Fury” – I took Karate classes when I was sixteen. I learned a lot. Didn’t go past that one class though. What is that, a sissy pink belt or something? (I don’t know all the colors, except I know I need to be nice to you now) 😀

    @ Das – I’ve been sleeping every chance I get all weekend. Can I join your blah club? I’ve gotta go now and look up the symptoms of menopause…

  5. Have you seen Avatar?

    The reason I ask is because the effect of ‘activating’ the avatar is remarkably similar to the en route transportation effect between stargates. Any thoughts?

  6. Hey, Joey! My cat pooped in the kitchen today! It’s like…we’re twins! 😀

    This is my schizo-kitty, she’s been totally neurotic since Cowboy died. She was only half-neurotic before. We’ve been ‘walking’ her to the litter pan 2-3 times a day, and I thought she had finally returned to her good-girl routine when I noticed her going to the pan on her own again.

    I was wrong. 😛 At least she didn’t pee, though – poo is easy to clean up, pee soaks into the tile grout…not good!

    “As for how I cut my finger – I was wiping the stove top down and swung my hand wide and far too close to the disassembled blades of the blender sitting nearby.”

    Yeah, yeah, right. No one cuts their finger that way…so I’m writing that explanation down as “I cut myself manscaping.”

    @ Fsmn36 – Truffle prices vary from week to week, all depending on availability and demand. A 1-ounce black truffle can cost as much as $150, or more. The rarer they are, the more expensive.

    I don’t like to eat ‘fungus’ – I avoid most mushrooms because I hate their texture. However, I am very intrigued by truffles, and would love to taste one someday…but unless I strike it rich, I don’t see me putting out the money for something that can grow between my toes! 🙂

    “Yep. Maybe we should start a club.”

    So, what causes it? Mid-life crisis? Clinical depression? Disappointment in one’s self? Inability to adjust to unexpected (or expected) change?

    Found this about depressive personality disorder (why do we have to classify everything as a ‘mental disorder’ – can’t we just feel like shit without being labelled a nutcase??!):

    A) A pervasive pattern of depressive cognitions and behaviors beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated as five (or more) of the following:

    1. usual mood is dominated by dejection, gloominess, cheerlessness, joylessness, unhappiness
    2. self-concept centers around beliefs of inadequacy, worthlessness, and low self-esteem
    3. is critical, blaming, and derogatory toward self
    4. is brooding and given to worry
    5. is negativistic (passive-aggressive), critical, and judgmental towards others
    6. is pessimistic
    7. is prone to feeling guilty or remorseful

    B) Does not occur exclusively during major depressive episodes and is not better accounted for by dysthymic disorder.

    Yup – that’s me (except #5 – I’ve never been very critical or judgmental of others, unless they are killing hawt albino-types! 😆 ). I checked that ‘dysthymic disorder’, and that doesn’t sound like me at all because there’s behavior associated with that that I just don’t have outside of a major depressive episode. And, thankfully, I haven’t had one of those in quite a while (and hope I never do again!). Nah, the above ‘symptoms’ (I hate using that word) are more like me, though people may tend to disagree because I have a good sense of humor. But laughing on the outside doesn’t mean I’m laughing on the inside – if you know what I mean.

    And why don’t I go to a doctor and have THEM decide what’s wrong with me? Because I have a theory – only crazy people get into psychiatry – so it’s like one whacko diagnosing another – why would I want that??! Besides, as long as I’m only self-diagnosed, I’m not really nuts, right?? 😀

    Anyhoo…I digress. You know how I know when I’m ‘laughing on the inside’? I break out in song. Now…seeing as I have a really, REALLY bad singing voice (the only flat thing on my body is my voice!), I am not given to song. So, when I suddenly start singing for no reason at all, I always pause and reflect on how I feel and take a moment to relish it, since it’s such a foreign thing to me.

    But I try not to ‘dwell’ on it, though I will talk about it. To me, talking about feeling down isn’t the same as wallowing in self-pity. I’ve tried the whole ‘positive thinking’ thing, but my negative subconscious is so strong, it always beats up my positive inner voice, just making me even MORE depressed over my failures. Instead, I’ve learned to accept who I am, and talking about it helps me cope – if I talk about it I can accept the way I feel as ‘normal’ for me…and that way I learn to live with it, without relying on head shrinks and meds. However, I would NEVER discourage a person from taking meds or getting treatment for depression – I’ve known too many people who just can’t get through a day without it. So no worries…I’m no Tom Cruise! 😉

    das

  7. Ok dang.

    All of earths ships in battle together???.

    I want these dang movies made. Really now. Let’s start a campaign.

    WHOSE WITH ME??

  8. Darn. I’ve always sort of liked Mr. Cooper, but after seeing that photograph I am terribly disappointed. I mean, I know there are people that actually like the Cowboys(and I even appreciate that Texans support their home team) but it’s always jolting to see non texans rooting for them. I hope Mr. C. isn’t too crushed when the Cowboys meet up with the Vikings and head back home properly humbled.
    More nice pics. And the mailbag is appreciated. Looking forward to your account of the first day back at work and what all the other writers.producers, and troublemakers have been up to over the holidays.

  9. @ Ponytail – Fortunately, the ‘blah’ feeling wasn’t so bad today, and I felt fairly good. Not spontaneously singing good, but good nonetheless. 😉 I can live with ‘I’m a loser’ me – I’m used to her – she keeps me amused 🙄 , but when you add the blahs to it, ugh! Then I stop laughing.

    Ya know – I wonder if that’s how comedians are? Most (as I understand it) have low self-esteem, but they can make jokes and laugh and deal with it. I’m a lot like that. But add ‘the blues’ to low self-esteem issues, and it’s almost unbearable. That’s when I feel paralyzed. Sometimes I think ‘the blues’ are worse than full-blown depression, because I can adapt to depression…I get used to it after a bit. But ‘the blues’ often come out of nowhere, hit hard for no reason, and it totally catches you off guard. And because it’s usually short-lived, you never really have time to adapt, so the next time it hits, it’s just as unexpected and difficult to deal with.

    Funny you should mention menopause. I have a hormonal imbalance, took progesterone (sp?) for 10 years, and THAT was supposed to be a depressant. Been off of it now for 6 months, and I’m more depressed. 😛 One of the killers for me is my blood pressure meds – it is a known depressant, and when I went on it back around 2004/2005, I went into a terrible funk. But I was at the tailend of a major depressive episode (that started in 2001), so I just thought it was a part of that. The blood pressure meds made me feel disinterested and unmotivated – I went from being excited about going to ren faires and movies and other events, to not giving a damn if I ever left the house. That’s when I stopped working on the tall ship – I just ‘lost interest’. By the time I realized what was causing my depression, I was starting to adjust to it, and not feeling ‘as bad’. Still, I know it may be a factor, so I’ve talked to my doctor, and he gave me an alternative medication, but it’s a beta blocker, and THAT can cause diabetes (I’m on a channel blocker, which can actually suppress diabetes).

    So, for now, I’ll stick with the depression. It’s an old friend at this point, and I really don’t want to mess with diabetes just yet.

    das

  10. @ Narelle – But by classifying every little quirk as a ‘mental disorder’, pretty soon there will be no ‘normal’ people left on the planet – we’ll ALL be nutters! 😮

    das

  11. @ Das – I know all about the “low self esteem” thing. But I’ve always felt that way and, like you, I have adjusted. That is just the way I am. Basically I am a happy person. Hey, I found out there are 34 to 35 symptoms of menopause. There’s something there for every girl. Just blame whatever your doing on that! (It didn’t mention the urge to kill. That must still be the PMS) 😈
    I learned the smiley faces from you Das. Thanks for the lessons.

  12. You and the Food Network have a lot to answer for, sir! Last night I went out for dinner and had a grilled mahi mahi sandwich with dill tartar sauce, napa cabbage, and homemade pickles, with a side of sweet potato fries. Me! Do you know how strange that is? I have always been a “cheeseburger, no sauces of any kind, no weird fries” kind of person. Now I’m looking at the menu for the place we’re going tomorrow and actually considering some items I would never have looked at twice. Asparagus even! Of course, it has occurred to me that asparagus (and many other things) might not taste too bad if someone with a clue is cooking them. I’m pretty sure I won’t be trying brains tartare (really, really sure actually), but I am branching out a little.

  13. Hey, I just realized that when SGU returns in April, it will be “Space” on Space!! I’m not slow, just slightly delayed 😉

  14. Hey everyone! Need a favour.

    There are only a few days left in the nomination process for the Streamy Awards (for web-based series) and I’m trying to get the Kino scenes nominated for Best Companion Series. I need a last minute swarm of votes so I make sure that the Kinos are in the Top 10 nominations for that category. Nominations finish on January 15. Then they’ll tabulate the noms and voting will take place in March.

    TO VOTE:

    1. Go to The Streamys site

    2. Select Best Companion Series

    3. Type Stargate Universe Kino Scenes as the series title

    4. Copy and paste the MGM Kino address in the url section – http://stargate.mgm.com/view/character/171/index.html

    You can vote once per category per pc per day, so you can vote at work and home.

    If you’re logged into Twitter it will take you to a Twitter page where you can post a tweet to let your followers know you’ve voted but you don’t have to be a member of Twitter to nominate or vote.

    Thanks! Plus I’m sure if Ivon was here he’d say thanks too…

    Cheers, Chev
    @imwebgurl

    p.s. Please copy and paste this to your various forums, livejournals etc

  15. “Manscraping”?

    Should I google that, or should I be happy that I’m ignorant of its meaning? 😛

    Alright, now that I’m only slightly (ONLY SLIGHTLY) less enraged about the title inconsistency…LOL @ Rob. It’s like he’s mocking you guys. Well, I guess those are the perks of being Executive Producer. 😉

    I will say this though. That photo is asking for some serious photoshopping. 😀

    Wait, what? You sold my parking spot?! But…NO! NOOO!! Joe, do you have any idea what you’ve done?!

    It wasn’t just a parking spot…it was my only possession! I don’t even have a car for goodness sake; I bought the parking spot just because it looked cool, all rectangularish, with that cute side that didn’t have a white line defining it like the two longer sides, symbolizing openness and freedom!

    It is said that, on a moonless night, if you stand in the middle of that parking spot, you can see truth and beauty personified; hear the voices of angels, and smell the aroma of angels, and taste the flavor of angels. You can also feel the touch of the splended concrete ground beneath your feet! WHY HAVE YOU TAKEN THAT AWAY FROM ME, JOE?!

    Yes, Joe, you SHOULD be embarrassed, embarrassed with shame and self-loathing for taking away such a treasure from me. A parking spot is not just some *thing*; once you park in it, you form an everlasting bond with it, or should I say, with her. Yes, that’s right, we were in love, Joe. Love the likes of you humans who’d rather love other humans will never, ever understand! We were going to get married…it was all planned; we were going to go to a WalMart parking lot; all her friends would’ve been there…and then, for our honeymoon, we would’ve gone to the black sand beaches of Hawaii, and paint white lines on the sand to make many little baby parking spaces!! But no, you’ve taken that away from me!! How do you live with yourself after doing something so horrible?!

    Anyways, have fun at the office tomorrow!!

  16. Haha the tracking chip is for dogs in my *county* not my *country* 😉 (Although it’s apparently not GPS-enabled; it’s more like a microchip with information on it. Definitely not as cool as it sounds. Nor as useful, I would think, since it can only be activated/read by the authorities and vets with the proper hardware.)

    I have decided that none of us blog regulars are “normal” and also that I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our strange habits, medical issues, fetishes, stories, preferences, and experiences make this a very unique community. 😀 Normal people are boring. 😉

    @Joe Maybe Tomomi means you take great photos of her.

  17. Wait, I just realized: that’s not photoshopping, that’s captioning. Oops.

    Also, cool update on SGR. All the Earth ships fighting at once? Sounds epically Awesome. One more reason why it must be made!

  18. das- Two of my cousins have schizophrenia. On my Birthday the oldest of the Brothers came up to me, gave me a hug hello and says, “I’ve got a Certificate to say I’m crazy. What’s your excuse?”. I loved it.

    It’s now 9pm and still 39 degrees. Air con has given up, so we’re out on the decking resembling a couple of people who were raised in the jungle with an industrial fan whipping up a cyclone.

  19. Oh. Just worked out why we’re enjoying watching a series on DVD rather than week to week. It’s more like reading a book.
    You get to watch it for as long as you feel or have time. You’re dictating the schedule rather than the networks schedule ruling you.
    That’s something I love about books.

  20. Nath just punched a plant because he said it got him in the ear. Those ninja plants. You just never know when they’ll strike.
    Ok. I’m going now. We’ve brought the TV outside now as anything involving brain function was proving a challenge.

  21. Hey, Joe!

    Thanks for the recommendations! I’ll make sure to check out all those anime, and let you know what I think. I’ve watched an episode or two of Death Note before, curtosy of an ex-girlfriend; I’ll have to sit myself down and work my way through the series properly.

    I haven’t seen any of the Gundam stuff before, so I’ll check those out as well. Thanks guys. 🙂

  22. Hey Das, I don’t suffer from insanity I enjoy every bit:)

    I take it then that the 4 month break in Universe is to give Rush the opportunity to get the abandoned alien craft up and running so he can catch up and join in the fun again:)

    I’m looking outside at the stealth snow. The met office promised us blizzards and all manner of arctic fronts and as they’re obviously right about “global warming” (my arse!) then we must’ve had twelve feet of stealth snow instead.

    don’t mind me rambling, I’m mostly harmless, honest 😉

  23. “SHE takes great photos! ( Note the angelic halo).” Too sweet!!! I’m glad you are having fun. Too funny about the dogs though.

    Fists of fury? No, not quite. I’m no Bam Bam 😉 . Thanks for adding another 15 seconds to the fame though 😀 .

    Narelle: it’s working! The high is 44F today. How is it there?

    Das: They have antidepressants for cats that help with that kind of neurosis (pooping in odd places). It works but it makes them sleepy, too.

    Ponytail: No, don’t be afraid of me. I told one of the ladies that competes (she is the women’s world champion kumite/sparring for the last three years) that she WAS scary. She got a big kick out of that. She said, “Scary is a good thing in Karate”. She is training for the next championship. She IS fist/feet of fury!

  24. @das

    OMG that is soooooooooo cooool! Thanks for pointing it out. How did you know I was gonna like it though? 😉 🙂

    @pg15

    missed you bro, where have u been?

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  25. If you’re heading back into the office today, how long do the actors have left before they resume on SGU?

    You can trash the second part of this post if I’ve managed to find a hint of a big twist to come in the second part of season 1.

    Have we panicked yet about why Alaina Huffman has an audition? http://twitter.com/alainahuffman/statuses/7617960382 I mean it could be another job like Brian Jacob Smith and Murder on the Orient Express but I’m assuming there’s not much time left. Can actors easily squeeze parts around being a regular cast member on SGU?

  26. Hi Mr M!

    Wow…great dishes.

    Congrats to Rob Cooper’s team. Looks like it was a great game.

    Keep meaning to ask this question: Least favourite convention that dogged you writers in both SG1 and SGA? I remember Mr Wright saying that it was the whole snake in the belly thing with the goa’uld. Curious to know what yours is….I know you all had trouble with the whole zat one shot stun, two shots kill, three shots vapourise…

    Will you be attending any of the Winter Olympics? (I suspect not..but again just curious)

    How is Ashley by the way…she has been suspiciously quiet recently…I worry……

    Best to all at the Bridge

    S’n’T

  27. Das: Thanks for the weapons link, my boys will like that!

    Narelle: my SIL gave my hubby (her brother) a form that he could commit her if she has a breakdown and he’s around. He joked about it so much, she took it back! 😀 . She is bipolar with narcissist tendencies. He was really looking forward to having that paper…bummer….

    PG15: I missed you! Where do you get the energy? Also, great titles yesterday!!!

    ytimynona: Those microchips saved a lot of animals during Katrina!

  28. @Shiningwit – Naw, the aliens that were in the first episode are going to pick him up and fly him back, complaining about leaving our garbage strewn about. This will prompt Col. Young to pop up and shake his fist at them. Being misunderstood this starts an intergalactic feud…

  29. @ pg15 – You’re Asian. I doubt you need any manscaping. 😉

    (For the record and before I go any further – I think manscaping is just plain creepy.)

    @ Narelle – Heh…that’s kind funny. 🙂 It’s a bit hard for me to really laugh about it because back in ’08 my friend’s brother (with untreated schizophrenia) butchered their mother and one of his twin nieces with a knife, ‘blunt object’, and ax. The other twin is still recovering from head injuries. Needless to say, it’s a condition I don’t take lightly right now.

    @ Shiningwit – The upside of letting people know you have depression/anxiety issues is that they usually back off when you tell them to. 😀

    @ Tammy – Yeah – drugs for the cat. She sleeps all the time already! I think what it is is that our big grey kitty has taken over Cowboy’s place of domination, and this stresses China out to no end. I also suspect she might have a medical condition (she has ‘lumps’). I’m doing what I can for now. And glad you and Major D enjoyed the weapons link!

    Have a good day, everyone – especially you, Joe. You know I’m with ya!

    das

  30. Oh, and before I forget!! I actually woke up SINGING today! Feeling a LOT better…at least, for now. Day’s still young. I guess I just got enough rest yesterday, or something (after a bit of shopping…maybe that helped, too).

    And the song I was singing? This one (I blame ‘evil’ Joe 😉 ):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t99bpilCKw

    das

  31. You left Initial D off your anime suggestions.

    The Japanese music track on that is so freaky, my son used to spaz out every time it came on – while he was still in the womb! Fortunately, the DVD’s come with alternate music tracks.

  32. The Awakening by Kate Chopin is one of those novels that has “stuck” with me over the years. It’s hauntingly beautiful. I can’t bring myself to read it again, nor can I bring myself to give it away.

  33. Salut Joseph 🙂

    Yah! Merci d’avoir répondu à certaines de mes interrogations! Je suis encore plus impatiente de voir l’épisode “Space” !!! en plus comme vous l’avez écrit ça ne peut être que bien ♥!!

    Merci pour ces photos =) Robert à l’air de bien s’amuser! C’est vrai que le Superbowl approche, à ne pas manquer^^!

    Gros Bisou!
    Anais!

  34. ACK!! You know that thing that I said about not wanting a personal attraction meter because I’m sometimes attracted to things that I shouldn’t be attracted to? Well, one was just in my office… 😛

    das

  35. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who thought that the hiatus would be a long enough one for Rush to catch up with Destiny.

    The Awakening? Hmmmm. That could imply so many things in the episode.

    Congrats to Mr. Cooper and his Cowboys. At least he has one team to cheer. Texas crashed and burned in the BCS title game. Don’t know if he’s a Texas fan.

  36. Hey Joe! I’m a bit behind in the blog reading and only today saw your suggestion about personal attraction meters. I vaguely recall the Japanese having tried this several years ago with an electronic gadget that you could enter certain info about yourself and if someone with the same technology came near you (while wandering about) and had personal info that corresponded to your info, the gadget would beep and get louder the closer you got to that person. Conversely, it would let you know if the person was to be off limits. Never heard much more about it. Did you notice any unexplained beeping while in Japan?

    BTW We’ve headed above 0C for the first time since Nov (if you recall, we’ve been in a deep freeze). Break out the bikinis!!

  37. Tell Coop that The Boys run training camp down here in San Antonio. I’d be glad to play tour guide…

  38. DAS — Take Vitamin D!! But get the 400iu size, not the 1000s – the body will only metabolize 500 at a time. So, take a 400 at every meal. And no matter how long you stay in the sun anywhere north of the 40th Parallel, one does not get enough D! Especially if you have a darker complexion.

    EVERYONE – take more D!!

    As for the Menopause thing… unless you have a bleeding disorder or already take blood thinners, etc. – try Krill Oil capsules… It contains phospholipids – suppose to be good for you – oh, and has Omega-3s too… Krill is what the “fish oil pills” fish eat! However, the stuff ain’t cheap. [I think COSTCO in the U.S. carries it or try a nutri/health food place] But, I believe it’s what’s been keeping me “sane” [maniacally, she laughs…] AND hot-flash free!! 😀

  39. @ Ganymede – I do take vitamin D3 – maybe I need to take more. 😛 I must admit to being a bit of a vampire – though I like sunny rooms in the house (I don’t like to draw the shades, etc), I don’t particularly like being out in direct sunlight. Moonlight suits me better – afterall, I am a moonchild! 😀

    das

  40. das – Definitely not to be taken lightly. We’ve been fortunate enough that when certain thoughts start to present themselves, it’s recognised and immediately check themselves into hospital.

  41. My brother (the one who passed away in 08) was bipolar. He’d slip into schizophrenic episodes during his manic phases; believed he was Jesus once while running around naked, thought the mannequins in the shop windows had secret messages for him, believed we were all full of clockwork gears to keep us ticking away with society. When I was 18, we visited SF; he had an episode and I herded him around the city until our flight. He got it together long enough to fly home, then lost it. Mom and dad wouldn’t take him to the hospital, they took him home to “sleep it off”. He escaped through the bedroom window and was captured downtown, handing out pieces of his unemployment check. In the long run he was okay; just never could go to California. That’s where he’d go crazy. End result? I have a BS in psychology and a realization I can never work with people with problems or I’ll go nuts myself.

    Another tangent: I have a friend who is a foodie wannabe, but has neither the means nor the access to be truly foodified. We argued endlessly about whether chocolate truffles have real truffles in them. Sigh. I finally convinced him, no, they do not, although they could of someone wanted to make them that way. Now I have to teach him how to make truffles. Ah well, better than the wedding shower I was at where the lady running the stupid trivia games was insisting a trifle was a French fungus and a truffle was a layered dessert of fruit and cake served in a tall glass dish. She knew she was right because her sister sent the game to her in an email. Sigh. Peasants.

  42. Hi Joe,

    Just watched Whispers last night. What an excellently creepy episode. What is even more creepy is watching that episode and then look outside and see a ton of fog. My question is: Did you ever give those screechy things with no eyeballs a name? Will SGU have some kind of creepy episode in its future?

    Have fun getting back to work!

  43. Changed name in case that was why the post was removed. 8)

    SGUIsAFlop
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    On the SyFy SGU forums there is a topic about stargate range.

    here is a link: http://forums.syfy.com/index.php?showtopic=2343264

    Could you possibly read this one thread and attempt to clear up some of the discussion?

    It’s been pretty heavily debated, and we are no closer to figuring it out now than we were when the thread was opened.

    Coming from the people currently handling the Stargate Franchise, a definitive “this is how it is” would clear up a lot of mess, and help people follow SGU with a little more ease.

    People often find it difficult to follow something that they don’t understand, or find overly confusing. The whole “short range” issue with Destiny, and how the gate system works is bugging people.

    So, as mentioned above, I am respectfully requesting that you, or another member of the staff read, and answer the questions in this one thread only.

    It would clear up a lot of issues with SGU.

    You don’t have to mention Destiny stuff in the answer if that conflicts with future episodes. However, the Pegasus/Milky Way stuff would go a long way.

  44. Quote Joe
    ‘ For brazen, over-the-top humor, check out “Exile Saga”. Death Note is an incredibly captivating series that deals with demons, curses, and an elaborate game of cat and mouse between two brilliant strategists. ‘

    Joe You might want to edit that to Excel Saga…Exile Is not an anime and the poor guy won’t find it and miss out on Nabeshin-sama’s hilarity.

    @ O6untouchable I have to reprimand you is you’ve been watching the fansubbed material. That is Pirated material.
    Second I also recommend “Beck Mongolian Chop Squad” its about music and life, very slice of life, excellent music(rock) I recommend the English Dub simply put, the japanese version is riddled with Engrish, and the two directors Christopher Bevins and Talesin Jaffe worked on this project for 18 months. All of the English cast who has a singing part for their character sing their part with cleaned english.

    On to more anime, if you have not tried dubbed anime, it does not hurt to pick which you prefer, I find when I put on subtitles and switch audio to Japanese, I don’t know what the characters are saying and I don’t readily know what is going on because I am to busy trying to read the subtitles. Other times the conversation goes by too fast for me to read and I have pause and or rewind to figure everything out again. it is frustrating for me. I highly recommend you do Beck in English, I think it would not hurt for you to go back and try a couple of eppies of Fullmetal in English. Ed’s VA is a customer of the restaurant I work for. I say don’t let your friends decide your tastes, rather take their recommendations and then keep yourself open to other sides of the spectrum. decide if you like it in English. Nowadays not as much of the Japanese cultural references are lost entirely. Usually there are similar colloquialisms in English.

    Oops, I kinda went a little bit off there, but its was piracy that played a large role in the reduction of the Anime Industry. It touched a nerve so I just wanted to get to warning you first that Fan Subbed materials have cost the industry millions of dollars in sales, and piracy is very illegal.

    Up to a 100,000 dollar(US) fine for each count of piracy I think.

    if you read this O6untouchable please pay heed

    JOe have you watched “Beck Mongolian Chop Squad”? I do think Canada was the first English speaking country to have it televised.

    Its awesome.

  45. DAS — Actually, there may be a bit of Vamp in me too! Or, my internal clock is just set to West Coast time [despite being a born & bred EST girl!]. The computer usually doesn’t switch off until 2am… And I don’t fall asleep until 3! — Oh! BTW, funny that you should use the word “moonlight” – loosely translated, that’s sort of what my *real* first name means!!

    And I’m sooo pale, I *glow* in daylight! ;-D
    Did I mention that I have a rare blood type too…?

  46. Was Jelly caught in the act? Otherwise I worry he may be falsely accused. Maybe even framed. Could be the other dogs are jealous and tried to make trouble for poor Jelly.

  47. Oh! Hey, Joe!! …Whatcha doing on DAS’ blog…?

    OOPS!! ..did we all walk into the wrong *web*…??
    “…sorry…” [she says in that cute little Canadian way…]

    […frakking Wraith navigational systems!! Like who names a GPS “TODD-TODD” anyways??!! No wonder they have to make hyperspace stops all the time so the Queen can feed on someone nicely for directions!…]

  48. My first weapons training class is tonight! We get these long poles and learn basic defense tactics with them.
    “Please don’t let me put someone’s eye out”. I’ll keep saying that over and over. I hope God is listening!

  49. Once again Joe, your meal looks incredible.

    @Alexander of Houston: I was just about to correct Joe on the “Excel Saga” issue, but you beat me to it! I’m not sure why you jumped to the conclusion that O6untouchable was watching pirated anime since both of those series are pretty mainstream and widely available…

    However, I would like to put in a word in favor of fansubs. There are some wonderful and very responsible organizations that subtitle anime that are out in Japan, but are not available in in the US or Canada and may never be released here. I think they are doing a great service in expanding the variety of anime available to fans. Reputable sites will always remove the titles once they are released in Region 1. I ALWAYS buy the title when and if it’s released here. And I usually watch them in the original Japanese with subtitles. Sometimes the dubbed voices just grate on my ears and sometimes I find that the English adaptation is quite different from the Japanese. But it’s personal preference.

    @ O6untouchable: I love Cowboy Bebop, and Excel Saga is fun when I’m in the mood for something really wacky. I’d add Noein, Gankutsuo and Generator Gawl to the list.

  50. @das: On a slightly (very slightly) up note, schizophrenia loses its intensity as you age. We have schizophrenia in the family so I’m well aware of the terrible sadness/scariness/seriousness of it. Many of these individuals have amazing abilities in math or various forms of art and lose their talents on meds. It must be a horrid world to live in (lose your identity or lose your mind). The movie, A Beautiful Mind, certainly made understanding the schizophrenic’s point of view much more tangible.

  51. Oh Joe, thanks ever so much for the House Tiramisu picture, I think I like the looks of that the best. The skin on the rock hen is so good looking toasty. yumm!! I am heading to the kitchen now.
    Hope back to work was not too stressful for you.

  52. Ooh, ooh, another photo captioning contest. It’s about time.

    I got nothing. Something about it not being as cold in Dallas … I got nothing.

  53. @ sparrow_hawk, my mistake there was a typo here:
    “I have to reprimand you is you’ve been watching the fansubbed material.”

    what i intended to say was:
    “I have to reprimand you if you’ve been watching the fansubbed material.”

    He’s new to it all, so I thought I would put it out to him right away.

    Its cool.

  54. I’m sure someone has asked this already, but alas you receive so many comments on each entry…

    Do you happen to be privy to the reasoning behind such a lengthy pause between midseason cliffhangers that seems all the rage these days, including SGU? My intuition says that, particularly for new shows, such a long delay would actually be counterproductive considering fans who just started to get into the series might not be all that attached to it just yet, and the delay could serve to snuff out the plant of interest which hadn’t yet had a chance to fully root itself.

    Lame metaphor, but that’s somewhat how it feels with SGU. I’m a longtime SG fan so I’m certainly dying to find out what happens, but I can understand how newcomers to the show might lose interest before the first season has even begun its second half. Any insights?

  55. I used to enjoy anime, though I have fallen out of that genre so to speak, I still have a soft spot for Trigun, hilarious sci-fi western, I recommend it.

  56. did the stargate revilution and stargate etinction get the green light. to goin to production

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