Guess who was unfortunate enough to saunter by the production offices the other day and ended up getting corralled to do a fan Q&A for this blog. Yes, actor Patrick Gilmore – SGU’s Dale Volker. And, yes, he WAS sauntering although he’ll no doubt insist it was more of a sashay. Anyway, the point is Patrick has kindly agreed to come by and answer your questions out of the goodness of his heart and a desire to connect with the fans (and a general desire to avoid being probed onscreen by myopic aliens in my next script). So there you have it: our next super special guest blogger – Mr. Patrick Gilmore. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to rake him over the coals. He dares you!
Today, we tried somewhere new for lunch – and Robert and I paid the price. Rather than go with the regular rotation, we decided to check out (at Ashleigh’s suggestion may I add) a new Italian restaurant called Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante. While everyone else went pasta, Rob and I decided to go with the Pollo al Forno (oven-roasted chicken). I sensed trouble the second Ashleigh walked in with our lunch orders. “What’s wrong?”I asked, reading the look on her face and fearing the worst. “Your dishes are kind of small,”she informed me, handing me my order. I opened up the take-out container and this is the sight that greeted me…
“Wow,”marveled Paul. “Even at $8.50, I’d consider that a rip-off.” As it turns out, it wasn’t $8.50. My price? $20! The tiny chicken morsels were admittedly tasty as were the accompanying four pieces of potato and paltry salad. Still hungry after my meal, I ended up polishing off a cup of chocolate-covered almonds. Those were free by the way.
Hey, I’m loving this Skype thing. Spent an hour talking to my friend in Tokyo on Sunday, some time chatting with another Tokyo friend yesterday, then another friend in London today. I only wish the video quality was a little better.
Since several of you were so very helpful the last time I solicited your medical advice rather than seeking a professional opinion, I thought I’d give it another go. How can you differentiate between pulling, straining, or outright tearing a muscle? Please reply in 50 words or less. Winning entries get to come visit me in the hospital and change (and keep!) my bed pan.
Congrats to Iamza who guessed the episode four title…
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to Deni and Elway. Wishing Elway a speedy recovery.
Cat4444 writes: “Hey, Joe, are you harassing the SGU cast about doing Q&A’s? If not, why not? If yes, are any lined up?”
Luis writes: “How do you get a good workout at home and how many different type’s of equipment do you have at home ?? Versus going to a gym???”
Answer: All I need are free weights and a treadmill. I also have an elliptical for variety. And that’s all I really need. Being able to just wake up, walk downstairs, and work out is extremely convenient. If I had to go to a gym, it’s unlikely I’d ever make it.
Michael writes: “If the crew found an exotic power source, from another alien race’s technology (minus the messiness of Wraith biotech), and adapted it to Destiny; would they be able to a – access/power more areas in Destiny and b – widen the Gate’s dialing range?”
Answer: Theoretically, yes. The Destiny gate is capable of dialing back to Earth.
Nina K.P. writes: “Have you finished Tad William’s Otherland yet? How do you like it?”
Answer: My recreational reading has slowed considerably of late. Am still reading, and enjoying, Otherland.
Fargate writes: “You’ve missed HOUSE of course and should I suggest “Farscape”all 4 seasons and Peacekeepers War if you have not seen yet.”
Answer: I don’t need to catch up on House dvd’s as I watch the show as it is broadcast. And, I’ve already watched Farscape.
BridJess writes: “Quite a few of those are Studio Ghibli films, have you seen many of them, which one is your favourite?”
Answers: I’ve seen Cast in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, Porco Rosso, Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Spirited Away, and The Cat Returns. As for which ones are my favorites – check out SFSignal.com in the coming days for My Top 5 Anime Films.
Kabra writes: “Ok speaking of work outs, any suggestions for the triceps??”
Answer: Dips. And lots of ’em.
Eric writes: “Why is there a timer for when the Destiny jumps back into hyperspace every time it stops? I get the part where you need it for dramatic purposes, but what’s the practical reason for it?”
Answer: At present, the Destiny is operating on an automated setting so the crew has no control over when or where they stop – and, most importantly, leave. The countdown clock is the equivalent to a bus schedule. Make sure you’re aboard for departure because you may be waiting a while for your next lift.