Another day spent entertaining my friend Cynthia who has come from London bearing chocolates, marmite cereal bars, and the Swedish film version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (that we should get around to watching sometime soon).  Will be catching up on the mailbag tomorrow so if you’ve got questions, post ’em.  If you’ve already posted questions, be patient!  I just said I was getting to them tomorrow!

The day in pictures –

We swung by DB Bistro for a terrific brunch that included some freshly squeezed pear juice, a Duck Poutine Lyonnaise, the Reuben Sandwich with home made brisket and saeurkraut…

…the “Piggy” Burger, a hearty beef patty/pulled pork combo…

…some delightful home made madeleines, served warm…

…and to finish, a delectable assortment of petit fours highlighted by a hibiscus-peanut butter opera cake.

On our way out, we ran into this little guy. I thought he looked like that dog from UP!

His name is Oliver. I found him adorably earnest-looking.

As opposed to my dogs. Check out Lulu ‘s patented stare-down.

Cynthia loves Bubba’s eyelashes.

According to Cynthia, Lulu comes across as much more severe and scary in photos than she is in real life. She’s actually a sweet girl but, apparently, her pics don’t do her justice.

It was a sunny day so Cynthia and I took the dogs out for a walk. Or, in Jelly’s case, a half walk and carry. Pictured – Maximus working on his tan.

We sample some of the chocolate Cynthia brought back from London. Both great, but I preferred the smoked chocolate.

Remember when mannequin displays were simple set-ups devoid of themes and props? Next week: Housewife Scuba Party!

We stopped by Chapters where I picked up more books including two from authors who have taken the time to stop by this blog and take part in a reader Q&A in support of their books: Jeff Vandermeer and Conrad A. Williams. While I was browsing, I ended up striking up a conversation with a fellow avid reader who recommended the Tim Akers, Jay Lake, and Ellen Kushner titles.

I also picked up the lava toothpaste.

Dinner at Gusto di Quattro included their always great antipasto platter, a spectacular lamb meatball appetizer, a melt-in-your-mouth short rib main, the wonderful game hen, and, of course, half portions of the Spaghetti Quattro and Fettuccine Tartufato.

5:30 a.m. wake-up tomorrow so that I can be in for that 7:00 a.m. crew call.  Awakening – production day seven – shoots on Stage 4 all day, Destiny in the morning, then “up top” after lunch.  In addition to being on set eating sandwiches and samosas, I’ll be in my office finishing that infernal fourth act!  And once that’s done, it’s smoooooooooooooooth sailing!

61 thoughts on “April 25, 2010: Entertaining – Day 2!

  1. For some reason, you don’t inspire confidence when you claim smooth sailing. I’ve seen women who have been in labor for days who have smoother deliveries than you do with your script. Still, like those women, you will presumably cherish the final product of all that labor.
    So, do you have a time machine, that you’re able to entertain, take care of the dogs, continue to eat out at the rate you do, work out, AND do your job? The more I see of your schedule, the more in awe of your time management skills I become.
    Have a great time with your various enterprises, and looking forward to the upcoming mailbag. And thanks for adding the daily posting to the aforementioned list of tasks you manage so well.

  2. I agree with Thornyrose, Joe – your idea of ‘smooth sailing’ usually involves a hurricane, a rocky shoreline, and a leaky, shark-encircled lifeboat…not necessarily in that order.

    BTW…remind me NEVER to go sailing with you. 😛

    Thanks for the puppy pics! I can’t see how Lulu comes across as scary in her pictures though, but maybe that’s because I’m used to seeing her with some sort of chewy toy in her mouth. You can’t be scary when you’re hammin’ it up for the camera. That goes for you, too, Joe. 😉

    Have a good night, sir!


  3. Is it actual toothpaste because it says sculpting clay which makes me think it is for your hair…or anyone’s hair for that matter.

    Also…what is a madeleines?

    Note on human…fantastic episode Joe…honestly. I kept looking down at my watch to see how much time was left on the clock and with two minutes to spare I figured Rush was going to come to the rescue but no such luck…they got left behind on the planet. Loved every second of the episode.

    I think the standout though was the score…absoloutly brilliant. Joel needs to release a soundtrack post haste…tell him I said that…I told Carl on twitter already so hopefully you can both tagteam the network to get their their lives together.


  4. So I just returned to LA from Vancouver, and Joe, you live in a beautiful city. On one day I ended up walking around it for about 15km. I think I hit Gastown four times that day, and greatly enjoyed each time.

    You preferred the smoked chocolate, eh? We went to a brunch today as part of the wine festival, and one of the featured restaurants (I can’t remember the name of it) was serving a smoked chocolate cherry bon bon thing. It was quite smokey. I should note that an earlier item I’d eaten was smoked duck breast (first time eating duck for this former vegetarian…), and I gotta say, the smoked chocolate tasted a lot like the smoked duck… The chocolate/hazelnut paté with port from another restaurant I can’t remember was quite, quite good though.

  5. We were at Granville the other day and took EXACTLY the same pic of those multi-colored roses..amazing flowers…

    So far we’ve dined very sparingly…one very good meal at Bluewater Cafe, an excellent lunch at Joe Fortes and moules and frites over at Steveston today…well we had to warm up after getting soaked supporting Michael and Lexa Shanks on their “Walk to end MS” over in North Van this morning…

    Oh and watching the Canucks slaughter the LA Kings 7-2 on Friday was pretty damn good too!..I have the Playoff towel to prove it..

    Tomorrow is Nanaimo, then onto Tofino and The Wick – got a table booked at the restaurant tomorrow night..cannot wait…and I’m taking pics of every meal a la Mallozzi too!

    Deeds x

  6. Reposted questions buddy in case tonight is a mailbag night

    1. Will we ever encounter the race that built the star system and the obelisk in the future or is it meant to stay a mystery?
    2. The odysey spaceship was on a secret mission during the events Enemy at the gates, and we know through your blog that it was Stargate universe Orientated type mission; however it was the Hammond that was there
    in Air. Will the next episodes of Stargate
    Universe shed light on this issue or do we have to wait for either sga or sg1 movies to be released in the future? There is no need to divulge anything but just give us a

    3. Seriously, Joe, what does it look like for Sga Extinction. It’s been a year and a half that we have been waiting for any sign of hope that it will see the light. I mean if you guys wait too long than the movie will simply be even harder to do. Just give us some sort of closure

    Much appreciated

  7. Hi Joe:

    I’m back in cold, snowy Alberta. I keep asking myself…WHY?! WHY?! WHY?!

    Anyway, do you realize that the Destiny keeps leaving people behind? At this rate, Rush and Col. Young will be all by themselves on that space ship!

    My question, should you choose to answer it, is related to writing. When you wrote your short story, did you find it difficult to switch writing styles from script format to novel format? What was the most difficult part of that switch for you?

    Do you miss anything about StarGate Atlantis?

    If you invited Chris Heyerdahl to appear on SGU, he’d be the only guest actor to appear on all three incarnations of Star Gate. Dan Payne and Alex Zahara could also be used, since they are used to make-up and prosthetics. Is this a possibility in the future?


  8. Coucou Joseph 🙂 ça va bien today? Moi super hier j’ai était au restaurant avec mes parents, c’était pas arrivé depuis 2 ans! je peux vous dire que j’en ai profitée^^!

    Tiens vous avez encore eu une bonne journée!
    Tout ces chiens sont mimi ^^, Oliver à vraiment de beaux yeux :)!

    Depuis quand les chiens bronzent? lol j’ai raté quelque chose là^^….mais en vérité il me semble qu’ils peuvent bronzés mais seulement de la truffe^^

    5:30 O_O piouuuuuuu bah mon courage, je penserai à vous qu’en à 10:00 je serai encore dans mon lit..enfin..même si je pense toujours à vous de toute façon.

    Gros bisou bisou!!!
    Anais ♥

  9. volcanic ash toothpaste???.. umm… err… *whispers* it’s actually hair styling product.

    But you knew that – you were pulling our legs huh?

    Gosh I love your pugkids.. if I lived near you, I’d definitely pugsit for ya.

    Now I’m off to google ‘madeleines’

  10. Why planets in episodes “Time” and “Justice” have the same gate address?!

  11. That piggy burger demonstrates a pet peeve of mine. It is too thick. How the hell are you supposed to take a bite out of it? You have to deconstruct the damn thing before you can even start. Why do they do that? It’s so very annoying… OK, sorry, that’s my rant for the day.

    Oooooo questions……I tend to ask a lot of questions (think Dora from Nemo). I had actually just given up on asking them. It’s just that you get so many questions and have so little time, that I thought I would just cut it out. But you’ve specifically asked for mailbag questions, and I’m sure it’s not a tactic, on your part, to avoid working on your fourth act (noooo not at all). So I will ask a couple or three.

    1. Have you thought of doing up a Frequently Asked Question section?

    2. Do you get a lot of trolls that you have to screen out?

    3. How often/long do you work out? What is your routine? I too am puzzled by the svelteness. So I figure you either workout like a madman or perhaps you’re an alien, which would actually explain a lot of other things as well…..

    Have a good one!

    P.S. speaking of deconstructing food did you see the Sugar Rush episode from the show The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Cat Cora and the deconstructed chocolate bar from Tru. OMG.

  12. Hi Joe, Daniel in NYC serves up those warm madeleines and petit fours as well, and both are really lovely. Last time my daughter and I went, we had dinner and each ordered our own dessert. Meanwhile, we got a complimentary dessert from the kitchen and they brought out the petit fours as well. Then, our desserts showed up. We did the best we could with all of it, had the petit fours boxed up (in their lovely little boxes with the lovely little ribbon) and had them with a bottle of bubbly way later that night. I wish I was there right about now 🙂

    Elway was back at the ER last night, he’d been down all day, had a slight temp, alarm bells were going off in my head. Other than a popped suture that left a small hole near his weewee (that was very well hidden), they really couldn’t find anything wrong other than he was in some pain when trying to lie down. Thankfully, the doctor that was there is, in my opinion, the best vet I’ve ever encountered (he was the guy that insisted on getting Elway’s spleen checked). He put in a new suture and sent us home with orders for 5 days of antibiotics and some warm compresses for the incision twice a day. A few hours later, I took his temp and it was up, so no idea where we’ll go from here. We may need to give him a day or two, but I’ll speak with his surgeon today to see if he wants me to take him in for lab tests and such. I’m tired of worrying, but mostly, I wish Elway would just get better for good! Hopefully, in a couple of days all will be well again.

    Have a good day!

  13. Any word on Jamil’s and Elyse’s Q&As?

    In “Human” – holding the gate open by sticking something into the event horizon would’ve given the rescue team only 38 minutes, but why didn’t they even try?

  14. Does everyone ascribe their own dog’s breed to the dog in Up?

    I totally saw my Golden/Grand Pyr mix Chloe in that dog.

  15. What script problems? Just throw in a couple of pages of music videos, slow pans, lengthy dissolves, longing stares, brooding walks and if there is a chlorofilled planet nearby perhaps a tree or two.

    Yay, time overrun ! *g*

  16. I was really impressed by Robert Carlyle´s performance in the episode “Human”! And with impressed I mean Emmy and Golden Globe worthy. And the score to the Rush memory scenes was awesome as always!

    How come that SciFi shows and actors never get that kind of recognition (Emmy´s, Golden Globes)? Any Idea?
    Will we see a bit of a change in Dr. Rush behaviour towards the rest of the crew and towards Eli?
    Up to date, which Season one episode stands out for you and why?

    Have a nice week!

  17. 1) Is your episode still called Awakenings, or is it just Awakening without the “s” now?

    2) I notice the jump countdown bears some similarities with that Lost hatch clock, any comment as to whether or not this was intended in anyway?

    3) Off topic, but when I read a script from some DVD special feature recently, I noticed “o.s” being used, example;

    JAMES (O.S)
    Hello, Dave

    Do you know what this means?

  18. Mmm, madeleines. I have a madeleine pan, and I’ve made them… once. Long time ago. I should do that more often. Lemon zest kicks my butt though.

    Nice Reuben!

  19. Ooo mailbag 🙂

    Will we be exploring some of the DE members’ past more?

    Will there be cake in any part of Season 1 and/or 2? Cake is necessary.

    Will they celebrate Christmas before Season 2?

    How much of Season 2 will take place in 2009?

  20. Well, what are you waiting for? Watch the damn movie, ’cause it’s awesome. Noomi Rapace’s portrayal of Lisbeth Salander is badass.

  21. I’m sorry Mr. M, for posting again. Just wanted to say I’m sending good health vibes to Deni for Elway. Poor guy has been through enough!
    So sad about your dog sitting story too, Deni. For many, a dog is just a dog. Working with animals for years, I’ve heard lots of sad stories. One time a lady surrendered her cat in to the animal shelter because he didn’t match the couch. That is one of the tame stories but it does show how thoughtless some people can be toward their pets.

    As for Lulu looking scary, I’m not sure what it is but black animals are the last to be adopted. Just a subconscious preference, I suppose. Could that be why Lulu looked more severe scary to your friend? Or it could be that Bubba is a better ham.

  22. Welcome to Joes place Cynthia, Hope you have a wonderful visit. I hear Joe is an excellent host. and has this adorable chick magnet pups.
    Thanks for the food and critter and,, and well all the pictures. That first sandwich with the fries

    OK, Joe, ?..any more words on your comic book?
    (thats all I have for now)
    Have a terrific day!

  23. The piggy burger looked so good. Made me hungry. From seeing all the pictures you post of food in Vancouver, I think I would enjoy going on a food tasting trip there.

    mailbag question–So, will more people find out about TJ’s pregnancy soon?

  24. Hey just a quick question. What happened to the body in the second shuttle. I’m guessing they took it out and did something, but I kinda expected some type of service or something and then a ship (Space) based sending out, or bury him on a planet. But what we got was nothing. I expected a few crew members to be a little turn up about it.

  25. Just found this blog and just had to say how I love the show! But I was hoping you could say something to Jamil Walker Smith for me. does he have a blog, or facebook page, or twitter or anything? or an email for fans maybe, i would love to be able to tell him his my fav character on the show! and i’m sure other fans would want to. if not i hope he can create one, so that he can keep in touch.

    btw you’re an awesome writer! (and i hope when you were suggesting french restaurants, you told hime to try drugstore publicis, or LaDuree !)

  26. When do we get a soundtrack album? Huh? Huh? When!?

    Really enjoyed “Human.” Especially the interaction between Rush and Daniel Jackson. Also nice to have abundant lighting for once, the better to see the actor’s faces….

  27. Hi Joe –

    RE: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

    I remember you picked up the book for your recent trip. What did you think of it? It was recommended to me but I haven’t read it yet.

  28. Those mannequins give me the creeps every time I walk past them in the city! I think it’s the combination of pose, bright colours, and weird wigs that do it.

    On a mailbag related topic…remember a while ago how I asked you if you knew any ways for me to look for production assistant work in Vancouver and you said you’d look into it? Any news?

    I’m steadily making headway with some work, but persistence doesn’t hurt either 😉



  29. @Tammy Dixon: Thanks, sweetheart! It’s probably not as big a deal as I’m imagining it to be, but at this point, I’m not taking any chances. He’s eating well, and other than being a bit depressed, seems ok. We’re getting some labs this afternoon, just to make sure all is well.

    The way some people treat animals is beyond my comprehension, so the bit with the idiot neighbor and her poor dog didn’t really come as a surprise. Just last night, we were all (all 5 of us) tucked in my bed/mattress (on the living room floor) for the night when I heard a dog screaming in pain (not even yelping, this was bad) outside. I jumped out of bed (as did Mr. Deni) thinking a dog had been hit on the street, but it turned out to be that my other idiot neighbor’s boyfriend had decided that their new puppy “has alpha female issues and is trying to dominate me”, so he grabbed her by the scruff of the neck and threw her out of the car. The guy is a total asshole anyway, but this is too much. I was outside in my pjs yelling at the guy, the poor puppy was cowering and I think I don’t have to tell you what choice words I used on him. I told him if I EVER hear so much as a peep from either of their dogs, I will call Animal Services to check up on them. I’m half-tempted to do it now, but I know how these people retaliate (by poisoning your dogs and other lovely things), so I’m leaving it alone for now. Bastard.

    I’ll let you know what develops with The Cute 🙂 For now, he’s very excited about his celebration party on the 8th of May and is “helping” with invitations (carries the to the mailbox). Thanks again for your kindness, Tammy!

  30. Dangit – thought I gave Deni and Elway hugs and kisses, but I guess I wasn’t logged on right (I had just cleared me cookies…that was the reason for the test post, Joe).

    So, hugs and smoochies to you and your poochies, Deni! Take care, and I’ll be sending good vibes your way!


  31. Aw-w-w Oliver is a cutie…

    Question: Can we get a short vid of the SGU hairstylist doing up Alaina’s up-sweep hair? I really admire the twisty, tucked in look and am having great difficulties making my long hair do the same.

    Ple-e-e-aze Joe? If not a vid, then please ask how the hairdo is accomplished and post it here? It really looks cool. And Alaina looks gorgeous wearing it!

    Thanks so very much Joe… and I wish you and Cynthia a fun-filled, happy visit.

    2cats in NJ

  32. so we now know that the little ship breaking off at the end of air part 3 was the big bad aliens of the first season, is it safe to assume that they had already boarded the ship before the humans arrived and do we know if they are still on board?

  33. Hm, no Ashleigh updates today – does she have a twitter account so we can correlate your blogs posts – see if you only post the attempts you foil 😉

  34. Joe, I do have some questions…(promise, these are more serious than those bathing suit questions a few days ago… )

    1. When watching a movie/show or reading a book, have you ever found yourself rooting for the ‘villain’, like I did with the Wraith or Prince Nuada in Hellboy II?

    2. Since you’ve read Elric stories and know the character well and know how much I love his type, are there any books or graphic novels you can suggest where I might find someone similar, albeit probably not nearly as pale?

    3. When you were little, what was the worst thing you did and got in trouble for?

    4. When you were little, what was the worst thing you did and got away with?

    5. Are you planning to watch ABC’s new show, Happy Town?

    6. Will you ever entertain a male houseguest? Stefan, perhaps?

    7. If you were stranded on an island with Carl, Ashleigh, and Lulu, who do you think would kill and eat you first? Hypothetically, of course.

    Thankies. 🙂


  35. Hi Joe

    Following up on my praise yesterday in the blog for Human, here is some more. With Rush populating the mind-theatre with all his own inner voices that, too, is Gloria – she and her words are not an accurate echo of the past but his own inner dialogue, probably the deepest, critiquing himself. Socratian or what? Plato, get back to your cave. Utterly brilliant.

    Who’s the writer? What else done?

    But…still can’t believe the plot-driven (I still feel – so say it ain’t so!) mess of the lemmings in the tunnel on the planet. While thinking this over (& feeling deadened by it) an alternative for them zinged to mind. Would love to say to you – and be shot down, by all means – but would be great to be ‘in the room’ and see what you’d say. The ep is gone. Wrapped (well, except for the second part) so how’s about it – not necessarily in the blog?

    So, I’m back to wondering how big creative decisions are fielded, debated, wrestled over, opposition convinced, decision ok’d, and so on. You know. Stuff.

    Ok, hope the manic sailing is going veeeeeeery smoooooth, relatively speaking. tell Cynthia she’s missing great weather in UK (well, down sarf!).



  36. Oooh, I thought Swordspoint was brilliant. Really interesting characters and great worldbuilding, and one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read to date.

    Regarding Human: I second the question as to why someone from Destiny didn’t stick their hand into the open wormhole from planetside as Eli did in Air part 3. My hand-wavy thought while watching was that this might be because the wormhole we saw dissolving had been initiated from the ship by Young after James’s team returned, rather than from the planet as was the case with Eli in Air. I imagine that Young would have insisted that the rescue team return to the ship asap as he’d want to lose as few crew members as possible. Having someone standing around planetside, keeping the wormhole open for another x many minutes wouldn’t be very useful if it looked like the stranded team couldn’t be rescued in a timely fashion because then you just end up with even more people being left behind…

  37. I for one am glad that Human didn’t neatly wrap up all plot points at the end of the show; it ratcheted up the suspense and provided a big chance for action and adventure.

    HeatherM commented on the lack of strong female characters on SGU. TJ is a strong character, showing depth and strength while retaining a vulnerability. James’ roles has really grown in complexity and she can pistol whip a target with the best of ’em.

    I’m still waiting for Chloe and Camille to step up. Chloe is largely underfoot and Camille has one stone faced expression for all occasions. It has a lot to do with their duties on Destiny. James and TJ are saving lives, soldiering and laboring for the mission while Chloe and Camille spend lots of time with their hands in their pockets.

    As the man said, give me an occupation or I shall run mad.

  38. Stargate Universe (9pm)
    – 1.313 million viewers
    – 0.8/2 HH
    – 0.4/1 A18-49

    Stargate Atlantis got more viewers in its 5. season.

  39. Joe,

    For your Mailbag, “Have you heard anything, I mean anything at all, about Chris Judge? It seems as though every SG1 member has been on SGU except for Judge. Is he still a part of Stargate family? Are there any talk about Teal’c making an appearance in SGU next season?”


  40. LOL…the car clip. That was the humongous spider rushing to the back entrance to greet it’s 4 guests.

    Sorry could not resist.

  41. im liking SGU so far, one thing missing was something profound in SG-1 and SGA which was their duty to protecting Earth. them trying to survive isnt quite as heroic as saving earth from whatever. if you can squeeze that idea in SGU then that would be great, but im not sure thats the direction you guys are taking though, the aliens in this show seem to be more concerned with far more important things than invading a small useless planet filled with insignificant people who call themselves humans —- but i could be wrong 🙂 i wouldve said “primitive” but i dont see these aliens inside Destiny do I.

  42. SWEET Mailbag!!!!!

    1. RILEY’S BACK!! When will we see him again?

    2. Ok, so everyone thinks this is a car driving by in this shot, I think its a piece of grass. Could you please confirm or deny if it is indeed a car.

    3. Do you know why the ratings are decreasing so bad despite the second half being generally like by most viewers? Are they just time shifting, or is it just because viewership is down all around? Do you think it will uptick?

    4. Have you guys decided to accept what all the SGU fans have been pleading for? Will BAG return? Have you consulted with the other producers about the campaign yet and how resistance to this campaign will result in calamity? 🙂 😉

    5. Will Alex Chapple or Peter Deluise return to direct any episodes in Season 2?

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  43. Deni – It can take these big guys so long to heal. It was late September of 09 that Ralph had surgery after being attacked by the local fauna and he’s still healing. Started limping again yesterday and the wound is still open (hoping, hoping that when this hole closes he will be done).

    Dogs the size of Elway and Ralph remind me of horses with the sound they make when they really get running and rolling around on the grass on their back. They seem to heal at the same speed too. Thinking of you guys each time I look at Ralph! They’re so alike. So I let him know how Elway’s progressing 🙂

  44. Have you recieved any Live + same day or Live + 7 day Neilson ratings for SGU in the second half of season 1?

  45. Hey Joe,

    Any concerns about the ratings? 5 eps now in a row have fallen below what SGA was pulling last season as a whole.

    Kinda stinks, some of the best eps have been in the 2nd half.

    Do you think the move to Tuesday will be good?



  46. Another amazing episode in “Human”! As mentioned, Robert’s C.’s acting is superb. Just a note to other commenters about the music – I’m pretty sure much of it was Bach, including the Prelude from the E Major Violin Partita and the Chaconne from the D Minor Partita. The Chaconne in particular was a stunning selection to be used during the scenes with Rush and his wife. Not just because the piece is full of raw emotion (at least in the Bach sense), but it’s thought by many that he wrote it in memory of his first wife who died, Maria Barbara Bach.

    So many layers Joe, so many layers!! Just perfect! 🙂

  47. If the stones ever get to be used clean again, will SG Command send a comedian over to entertain the crew, kinda like Bob Hope?

    Or that’s the plan…then alien interference leaves the entertainer’s body (now ‘possessed’) getting in trouble in a comedy of errors back on Earth?

    No fit, I know, but it’d probably give you a laugh to break that tale. In all seriousness, of course.

    Ok, I’ll go first…

    It’s a Comedy Triangle

    1 – Comedian messes with stone at the wrong time (just before a gig), ends up in an alien body and they think their colleague has gone nuts

    2 – The Alien ends up in a body on Destiny and those familiar with the guy’s act (very physical, sound-based) think he’s lost it in the transfer into the funny guy of the ship – yes, Eli!

    3 – And Eli (Mr Blue) ends up (much earlier than planned) in the comedian’s body on Earth…as the warm-up act is finishing as the comedian is due on stage…

    Ta da!

    Wouldn’t the actors have a real kick with that?

    Of course, then we could start to make it complicated…like Rush is called in to help suss & sort the seeming problem, and he gets snatched by the stone to replace Eli The Comedian – on stage – and he starts to give it dead-pan lip (Rob Caryle would walk that, no bother, freestyle)…and Eli, the other tech-head on Destiny gets to fix the problem back on the ship, but can he resist dropping back on stage one last time.

    On Earth, on Destiny, the show has had to go on…



  48. Speaking of books, I just read The Host. I don’t care what people say about Stephenie Meyer, I find her books darn entertaining. I couldn’t put it down. It’s like The Puppet Masters from one of the puppet masters’ points of view. Plus she has a way of writing characters who I’d fall madly in love with if they were real (though, I think, never the ones she means to write that way).

    Anyhoo, I still haven’t watched last week’s SGU. I don’t get that channel (I can’t bring myself to type that ridiculous new name), and Hulu has apparently decided not to put it up the day after any more. You don’t happen to know what the delay is for Hulu, do you? It would be nice to know when I can expect to watch it.

  49. In space we saw the “main” weapons firing from beneath the ship. Will we ever see the side mounted weapons on the top of the ship be used? Were they just unavaliable due to damage or because of limitations put on them by rush? Thanks!

  50. @Narelle: Hey! They do so much alike, don’t they? In my humble opinion, they are about the cutest dogs ever (no disrespect to the Mallozzi clan)! Well, we’ve had the most putrid sulphur-smelling toots coming out of Elway at a pretty steady stream today, on top of everything else going on. Took him to the vet, ran some in-house blood tests and he’s still low on the packed cell volume and just about anemic again (for Tammy, he’s at 37%). We’re repeating the test in the morning to make sure he’s not bleeding internally, but meanwhile, I’m freaking out a little more. So for now, the antibiotics, some Flaglyl (just in case), some active culture yogurt, a little read meat thrown in his diet for good measure and all his epilepsy meds. Just hoping we figure this thing out sooner than later, he’s had enough and quite frankly, I’m running out of money!

    Tell Ralphie we send kisses and squishes, and thank you both for your concern 🙂 Elway wishes Ralph could come to his party, though… Oh gawd, another sulphur toot permeating the room. Geez.

    Hiya Joe!

  51. @Das: Thankies darlin’, just saw your post! We’re hanging in here, just hoping things get back to “normal” soon 🙂 Sending you hugs and kisses back!

  52. Can you please clarify the name of the actor who is BAG. I do not believe he is credited. Do you know if he knows about our campaign? Most importantly, will he return?

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