Today, I completed all of my last-minute preparations for Akemi’s arrival.  I shined my shoes, steam-vacced the theater room carpet, did laundry, organized the dvd room, and, most importantly, bathed the dogs so that they could be smelling their best.  Earlier today, on the prospective comic book front, I completed a breakdown of the first four issue story arc which will serve as the springboard to the comic book series and, if all goes as planned, the two hour pilot for the television series (or possibly the first feature in an ongoing film series).  Yes, it’s SF.  Yes, it’s colorful character-driven action-adventure.  And, yes, it’s fun.  More details to come…

Yesterday was actually quite nice and, as is customary on sunny days, the dogs congregate on that lone patch of sunlight by the front door and stare at me until I feel guilty and take them out.

Bubba goes nuts for walks.  On this occasion, he’s relatively low-key.  Maybe the camera made him self-conscious.

Lulu is given to doing this weird landed-paratrooper-behind-enemy-lines-advance.

Lulu saunters out of the house.

Maximus stares down that trash-talking dog from across the street.
Bubba keeps his eyes peeled for cyclists, skateboarders, and wandering hot dogs.
Jelly stakes out her turf.
Hey, check out my desk lamp!

Umm, yeah.  As it turns out, Canada didn’t actually earn that gold medal.  It was given to us by the judges (http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Aussies-won-t-accept-Canadian-beating-Begg-Smith;_ylt=AjcVUWejt3GkMtMhLLXl4jJAtLV_?urn=oly,219819).  Let’s face it – judged events are a load of crap as evidenced by past scandals and suspect scorings.  Yes, people generally dismiss the criticisms because they’re too fixated on being happy for the winner who, inevitably, sacrificed so much to get the gold – as opposed to all of the other athletes who sacrificed just as much, came up short, and thus don’t deserve our sympathy.

Speaking of which – hey, look what I found!  http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/957381/the_five_greatest_olympic_scoring_scandals.html?cat=14 Of course the IOC is always quick to act in such scandalous instances.  For instance, when Roy Jones Jr. was robbed of a gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics “the later 1997 IOC investigation swept the scandal under the rug”.  Uh, okay.  That wasn’t a good example.  However, the IOC proved itself much more proactive when, in response to the 2002 skating scandal, “the scandal was partly defused by upgrading the Canadians to Gold, resulting in two Gold Medal-winning teams that year.”  Isn’t that wonderful?  We’re all winners!  What’s particularly vexing is that these judges face little in the way of any real consequences.  In the case of the 1988 boxing scandal, there was no official finding of wrongdoing.  In the case of the case of the 2002 skating scandal, two of the judges were barred from participating in the 2006 Olympics.  A lousy suspension?!  How about replacing them with actual competent and/or ethical judges?

And then there’s this sobering article from The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/james-lawton-vancouverrsquos-quick-descent-from-high-ground-1899592.html) that calls Canada on its poor sportsmanship – among other things.

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susan the tartan turtle

You seem to have mislaid a couple of hounds – or do you walk them in two groups?

They were really happy to be going for a walk with ‘daddy’.

Susan

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Thanks for the doggie videos! You didn’t fail me this time! Only…I’m pretty sure your pups wouldn’t win Best in Show…unless, of course, they were being judged on personality alone. grin

Also, thanks for the comic book update! Any moody long-locked albino types in it per chance?? *makes puppy eyes…because I know you love puppy eyes*

So…you’re going through a lot of trouble for Akemi. Hmmmm…wasn’t she the one with the green shoes in Tokyo?? Hmmmm…

Question – if I was coming to stay for a while, would you go through just as much fuss, or would you hand me a mop and pail the second I walked in the door and order me to get to work? Wait. I think your entry from the other day pretty much answers that for me… razz

How’s mom and sis, btw? All doing well? Hope so! Give them my best!

Nites!

das

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

I’ll be having nightmares about Lulu tonight!

Brandon Williford

Yer brood is hard core. All I have is a cat that if someone broke in, he’d try and nuzzle the poor trespasser to death. Not a pretty way to go.

And hey, Joe. Alaina Huffman just posted up some twitterpics of her newest addition wearing … an Icarus Base onsie!! Any chance that the little one might get an interview? Or a walk-on appearance on show, what with having an Icarus Base onsie and all?

Perhaps little Charley-Jane can be hanging out in the communication stones room and accidentally get inhabited by, oh I dunno, Eli? Comedic gold there, I’m telling ya.

Jim of WVa
Jim of WVa

Joe,

After reading your links about the Olympics judging scandals, I have concluded that the writers and producers of SGU could get together and judge some of the Winter Olympic events in 2014. I don’t see how you all could do worse than the professional judges normally employed.

Arctic Goddess

Joe:

I am injured…I am hurt. After all our hard work, you go around and clean up again after us? My mom used to do that to me when I was 8.

Do you have any information on what Vancouver and Whistler plan to do with the venues once the games are over?

P

fsmn36

Although, I ask: how else can they be judged? Not everything should be based on speed alone (unless you’re running). If the sport involves more than merely making it past the finish line first, it requires judges. Alas, yes, there can be judging issues, then. But frankly, I’m surprised there isn’t more often. Growing up in the world of figure skating, I have suffered at the hands of judges, rules and various other issues (and probably, excelled, too because of them). Likewise, though, skating isn’t just about completing 3 turns in the air (or it shouldn’t be, in my opinion) and the only way to judge artistry is subjective.

Until we build an entirely impartial robot judge, that is.

Yay, puppies!

Spectre
Spectre

Sorry Joe, but I’m going to have to call bull on the whole “not earning” the medal bit. I watched those games, and Bilodeau won it fair and square. The Aussies are just being a bunch of sore losers.

Besides, no one’s at all unhappy about seeing Begg-Smith being knocked down from his top spot. Perhaps the public might sympathize more with him if he didn’t run a business of selling malicious software.

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

Hi Joe,
Thanks for the puppy videos and pic’s! They are so darn cute! But Lulu looks a little evil with her eyes all lit up like that….Ohhhh!

I second Brandon’s comment on Alaina Huffman newest addition wearing an Icarus Base onsie! David Blue trying to act like a baby is in habiting his body would be just hilarious! BTW… where can mere mortals buy such items??? Are they for sale anywhere?

I was saddened to hear of the cancellation of the studio tour for the April Creation Convention! I was looking forward to showing my visiting Sister the place where I had such a great time last October when I was privileged to watch the filming of Incursion! I am flying her to Seattle from New Hampshire to attend the Convention with me! The tour was and still is the only reason to attend this convention. So Sad!!!

Well…I’m off to cry in my spilled milk! Toddles!

ilikecakes
ilikecakes

hey joe, i heard about a producer, or someone in a similar capacity, who did a stage at fuel a couple of years back…was that you by any chance?

Winst
Winst

Thank you VERY MUCH for sharing the fun dog
videos and pictures.

Candace
Candace

Hey Joe…YES I watched the Survivor premiere and am very excited for this season…and I still think Russell is gonna kick ass again.

Speaking of being a very proud Canadian…you know what makes me a VERY PROUD American…seeing the US Hockey Women kicking ass against China on Chinese New Year with a score of 12-1.

….and…seeing Seth Westcott inch out Canada at the end of the race in Snowboarding Cross to win BACK TO BACK gold medals!! WOOTWOOT

I hope Canada and US meet in Women’s hockey…would be amazing if it was for gold!!

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Who’d have thought Bubba could move so fast? Hilarious. And Lulu’s low crawl evokes memories of Gomer Pyle(hey, I was a kid then and HAD to watch it). Both videos and still shots really made my day, um night, uh, early morning?
Far as the Olympics go, I can’t recall a single one where there has not been some sort of controversy over judges’ scoring. I do remember the basketball scandal, and I believe that to this day the American team has refused to accept their silver. And the inbred corruption of the Olympic committee puts political kleptocracies around the world to shame.
As far as the home team advantage issue goes, I’d again assume that’s a pretty par-for-course situation. And while the death was tragic, there are inherent risks on laying back on a piece of wood with sharp blades and screaming down a hill at over 80mph. If the Canadians have managed hundreds of trial runs without injury, I can’t fault the course. Sometimes saftey margins seem bigger than they are until something like this happens.
Glad to hear you finished your preparations, and hope you have a great time showing off your dogs and your city to Akemi. Thanks for sharing, and hope she is ready for the pictures we’ll be begging for.

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

Are you insinuating that “my assigned job” wasn’t done to specifications. ha Look again, perfect…what needs to be done NOW. hehehe

I LOVE your pups. I love pup stories, pics, VIDEOS…OMG they are so cute. More please…

Loving the Olympics too. Can’t wait for the hockey games to begin. I am rooting for Canada. Tomorrow night..where will you be? Go CANADA…GOLD!

Best to you Joe,
Thanks for the updates,
Always,
Cheryl smile

Shiningwit
Shiningwit

Thanks for the pupdates and the vid, made my morning:)

Being totally cynical I can’t help but feel that the spirit of the Games is now completely subverted in the name of the almighty dollar…..like everything else.

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Spectre said:

Sorry Joe, but I’m going to have to call bull on the whole “not earning” the medal bit. I watched those games, and Bilodeau won it fair and square. The Aussies are just being a bunch of sore losers.

That’s a sweeping statement isn’t it? Very misguided too. Australians are not sore losers and I take offence at your comment.

I was thoroughly embarrassed by Eddie McGuire’s segment on Australian TV where he had experts on to analyse both runs to see if Begg-Smith was screwed by the judges.

You know what they found? The Canadian won fair and square. He wasn’t as clean but he was faster and that ultimately was the difference.

Don’t judge everyone by what a couple of officials and journalists say.

Cheers, Chev

John Morrison
John Morrison

It’s not as if the original Olympics didn’t have their scandals either. Unfortunately it seems to be part of the human condition.

IMHO the biggest scandal was the breaking of the rules barring professional athletes from participating in their sport. I have no problems even withpros participating in a totally different sport, like a NBA player taking up fencing.

tokiya2
tokiya2

not all aussies are sore losers – I just wished Begg-Smith deemed to smile when he was announced as the silver medalist.

He was even booed by some in the crowd – maybe for his defection? I would rather Australia not won a medal at all if the athlete who was competing under our flag couldn’t even show that he was pleased to be representing us for crying out loud!

This one take on it down under;

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/winter-olympics/why-mr-miserable-leaves-us-icy-cold-20100215-o2zy.html?autostart=1

jedi43
jedi43

One of our poodles did the same walk Lulu did but inside the house…called it “The War Crawl”

Dreams2Knight
Dreams2Knight

Hello Joe,

Thanks for sharing videos and pictures of your pups. They are so cute! I wish I could reach through the screen and give them a hug.

Siba
Siba

hihi^^
Lulu’s training for the casting of SGU’s villain wink

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

They do that every Olympics! Everyone loves a conspiracy.

Loved the dog pictures. It looks like they are getting used to Brie’s absence.

How is your mom?

Congrats on your comic book progress!

I think I’m catching my hubby’s cold. Gonna go to the pool and steam it out!

DP
DP

Don’t get me started on judges. Let’s just say athletes train years, for hours a day and then they’re just supposed to not get all whiney in the name of sportsmanship if a judge can’t watch what actually happens in the relatively short amount of time in which the matches take place – ugh.

Deni
Deni

Hi Joe, the dogs are adorable! Around here, nobody can say “PetSmart”, “PetCo”, “walk” or “ride” without getting pretty much the same response smile Elway’s really loud and does this weird growling/gurgling sound and poor Molly “barks” until she gets whatever it is you’ve offered. She was debarked when she lived in a puppy mill (bastards), so it’s a funky little sound that’ll drive you nuts. Lulu’s gorgeous, but what IS that weird walk thing she does?

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

Not fair… your pugkids make me want one for myself!