Hey! Look who dropped by the production offices today! Bugsy and Marilyn! And, oh yeah, Peter Kelamis (SGU’s Adam Brody) who tagged along with his lovely wife Alannah.
Also dropping by the office this afternoon…
Today, we broke Linda’s story (episode 13), which explores the relationship of two of my very favorite characters, and also discussed the Awakening blue draft. I had a major breakthrough on that tricky opening scene and finally got some work done on episode 10, Resurgence. I would have accomplished more but was forced to leave early after receiving several complaints that my boisterous disposition was interrupting the hallowed solemnity of the DVD commentary being recorded down the hall. On my way out, I poked my head into Ashleigh’s office to say goodnight and she responded with a whisper so hushed you’d think she was hiding out from a serial killer. Honestly, is this what our work environment has come to? A place where the production of DVD extras takes precedence over artistic expression, animated debate, and uproarious laughter at a video of Jean Claude Van Damme’s futile attempts to hide his untimely erection on Brazilian t.v.: http://www.cracked.com/article_15819_5-movie-martial-artists-that-lost-deathmatch-to-dignity_p3.html.
And what did you accomplish today?
Fellow SGU Exec. Producer Carl Binder offers up a suggestion for a future Book of the Month Club. It’s called The Ghoul: http://the-haunted-closet.blogspot.com/2008/09/nightmares-poems-to-disturb-your-sleep.html
I love spicy peppers. Let’s hope Indian protestors do too: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100323/D9EKA7GG1.html
Staying with India – Indian guru tries to kill skeptical t.v. host with the power of his mind. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7067989.ece
Cracked.com presents the Do’s and Don’ts of Cosplaying: http://www.cracked.com/funny-2626-cosplay/
On the NBA front, a ref officiating a Denver Nuggets game calls the rarely called traveling-through-time foul: http://www.theonion.com/articles/carmelo-anthony-called-for-traveling-back-in-time,17057/
Over at thechive.com, 10 Meals That Make Your Heart Scream Redrum: http://thechive.com/2010/03/23/10-meals-that-make-your-heart-scream-redrum/ I want me some of that Guinness chocolate pudding!
A trip down memory lane with the Atlantis gang and an episode called Ghost in the Machine…
Back by popular demand – the mailbag…
RebeccaH writes: “Do you ever wonder if human beings got smarter because they ate smart animals?”
Answer: No, but there is anecdotal evidence that suggests certain animals got smarter because they ate humans. Apparently, scientists have discovered a cluster of wicked scrabble-playing komodo dragons in Indonesia.
Maggiemayday writes: “The pig’s head probably tastes better than it sounds.”
Answer: Guess I’ll find out tomorrow night.
tiki god writes: “is there any hope for a stargate tech manual or blueprint set?”
Answer: There’s always hope – especially if the studio feels there’s a market for it. Let ’em know you’re interested!
Charlene writes: “I’m sure SGU will do wonderfully and find an audience all it’s own but I will miss the others and will hold out hope that some new show will come on that captures the essence of what the SG1 and SGA characters did.”
Answer: Looking forward to hearing your opinion after the back half has aired.
crazymom1 writes: “Did you see Bourdain’s “Obsessed” episode? I think the two of you should get together and eat pig sometime.”
Answer: Sure. Have him drop me an email the next time he’s in town.
K8T writes: “I don’t usually eat the crab or lobster when we go out for family dinner, IMO it’s too much work for the reward.”
Answer: Ah, but the beauty of ordering the king crab at Sun Suit Wah – as you can see by the photos – is that they cut it up for you before serving. All you have to do is scoops and eat.
Jadeski writes: “Is Akemi still in Perth? If so, how’s she surviving?”
Answer: Akemi is eating a lot of pizza and, apparently, weathering a recent rainstorm. She’s settled in, made friends, but is looking forward to making a return trip to Vancouver in the coming months.
Rich S writes: “People used to eat that in the past because they had to and couldnt afford to waste anything, you dont have to any more, we are affluent Westerners :p”
Answer: So maybe stick to hot dogs?
Thornyrose writes: “And have you by chance any idea of when you might do your road trip, and which part of the country/countries you may drive through?”
Answer: Nope, it’s still up in the air – as is my annual Tokyo trip since production will take us to the end of November.
Major D. Davis writes: “1. Is Rob directing Aftermath?
2. Is Will directing Awakenings?”
Answer: No and no.
Gen writes: “Making the rounds today is a memo written by David Mamet from when he was executive producer on “The Unit”, addressed to the writers on the show: http://www.movieline.com/2010/03/david-mamets-memo-to-the-writers-of-the-unit.php
Was just wondering if you had seen it, and had any thoughts.”
Answer: Love it. I’ve always been a firm believer that, when it comes to writing, “less is more” and that the audience doesn’t need to be spoonfed every detail of a story in order to enjoy it. Viewers are much smarter than most give them credit for and they enjoy the challenge of a developing storyline.
DasNdanger writes: “1. Did you ever check out that cheeseburger site? If not, you gotta! http://www.cheeseandburger.com/
2. How’s the aches and pains today?? I’ve noticed that you didn’t start complaining about pain until you amped up your workout. Have you taken it down a notch, just to see if that helps?
3. How’s mom and sis?
4. How’s Carl?
5. Refresh my memory – what are the flavors you do NOT like? I know mint is one, and I thought maybe lime/citrus…but I’m drawing a blank on the rest.
6. A loooooong time ago I asked if you would share your baby/childhood pics with us…any chance of seeing one or two anytime soon?
7. Do you like the smell of puppy feet?”
Answers: 1. Yes, I did. And I’ve bookmarked the site. Thanks. This weekend, I’m making me a Miss Daisy.
2. I’ve switched up my workout, focusing more on cardio and losing weight training entirely in favor of bodyweight crossfit training. Still a little achy.
3. Sis is fine. Mom is back in the hospital (as of last night) dealing with an ulcer.
4. Carl is well. He handed in his first draft of The Greater Good this afternoon. I invited him out for pig head tomorrow night but he refused. You think he’s mad at me?
5. Flavors of what exactly? If it’s chocolate, I steer clear of mint and anything with fruit or liquor filling. If it’s ice cream, same thing – except for the liquor part.
6. I’ll have to dig some up next time I’m in Montreal.
7. Sure. Jelly’s feet smell like Doritos.
Narelle from Aus writes: “Ever made/had Blue Swimmer Crab Spaghettini?”
Answer: I haven’t. But I want some now.
Harold writes: “are you guys ever looking for suggestions for the show?”
Answer: If you’re asking whether we’re looking for new writers, the answer is no, we’ve got a pretty full roster this season.