WTF?  What the hell does this mean?

“The Google Maps API server rejected your request because you do not have permission to use this service over SSL.”

I ask because the message pops up every time I attempt to update this blog.  And, by some unhappy coincidence, my html keeps screwing up, line spacing is off, paragraphs are run together, and I’ve inadvertently offended someone on Skype (although I’m not entirely sure the I can lay blame for the latter on Google Maps API server, I’m going to try anyway).  All signs point to a plug-in issue.  Or, at least, the google search for the aforementioned phrase points to a plug-in issue.  How to address?  Should I switch web browsers?  Check the firewall settings on my internet security software?  Apologize?

Paul popped his head into my office yesterday and asked: “Hey, what’re you doing the last week of July?” almost sounding as though it was a perfectly innocent question.  Almost.

“I think I’ll be in Chad,”I informed him, “doing missionary work.”

“Now, you see,”he said, fixing me with a look of feigned disappointment.  “If you’d said you were gun-running, THEN I might’ve believed you…”

I knew this was about Comic Con, that he’d been asked, couldn’t attend, and was looking for me to go instead.  Unfortunately, I really did have plans for that particular week.  Not missionary plans or gun-running plans, but more possibly going to Montreal plans.  Plus, I think the fans get enough of me here on this little corner of the internet.  I wouldn’t want to overextend myself.  First it’s Comic Con and the next thing you know I’m endorsing Fritos and doing a guest spot on Cougar Town.

Damn.  After five straight days in first place, I relinquished my spot in our Office World Cup Pool to – of all people – fellow Exec. Producer Carl Binder!  I’m now tied for second alongside Paul and Brad.  Fortunately, Carl has picked Greece in one of tomorrow’s match-ups.  And, fortunately, I have not.

Hey, have you met my Jelly?

She’s the eldest of my dog crew, an eleven year old pug who aint quite as spry as she used to be on account of some hip problems.  Once a speed demon, she can barely get around anymore, relying on me to carry her up and down stairs, on and off the bed, in and out of the house.  Although a complete hip replacement is an option, it’s a fairly invasive surgery, one I’m not at all certain she’d be able to handle, so, instead, I’m managing her discomfort with medication and consigned myself to being her chauffeur for the foreseeable future.  Then, the other day, I came across this interesting article –,8599,1817572,00.html – detailing the use of stem cell therapy to help animals suffering from hip dysplasia and similar degenerative conditions.  Tissue is removed from the pet and sent to a special lab where a centrifuge is used to extract the stem cells, then the cells are sent back and injected into the problem area.  According to studies done since the Time magazine article was first published, the treatment has seen very positive results.  No side effects to speak of, although some pet owners have complained of feeling lighter in the wallet.  The procedure is pricey. BUT I figure if I can spend the money to go to Tokyo, I can sure as hell spend the money to help out my favorite gal.  If the treatment helps by restoring even ten percent of her original hip function, it’ll have been worth it.  Hell, even if it has no discernible effect, it will have been worth it because at least I’ll know I tried everything I could to ensure her golden years are as comfortable as possible.  After a preliminary discussion with our vet who believes the treatment may hold some promise, I was referred to a specialist.  They’re sending him the x-rays and Jelly and I have an appointment to see him next week.

Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular Das.  Get yerself fixed up!


Ian Z. writes: “While I’m not against it. What made you (and fellow writers) decide to have the Lucian Alliance use Earth weapons instead of Goa’uld weapons? Are we to assume that Earth has superseded the Goa’uld in arms dealing?”

Answer: No particular reason.  As I said in a previous entry, the Lucian Alliance is made up of disparate groups who have helped themselves to any and all tech (rudimentary and advanced) available since the fall of the goa’uld.  When it comes to handheld weaponry, that covers everything from zats to crossbows.  We decided to go with Earth (Earth-like) weaponry to differentiate Kiva’s faction from previous factions we’ve encountered.  Also, they’re cooler in a firefight.

Ian Z. also writes: “Also, have you checked out Stargate Resistance yet?”

Answer: Nope.  I’m sure it’s wonderful, but I’m not a gamer.

Mark writes: “1.if the crew of the destiny finds a seedership, could they change the programming of the seedership to build a supergate from the collected materials?

2.If the Seedership is not big enough to produze a supergate (to get the destiny through the supergate (if they could control it) to earth) they could change the programming to build more modern stargates, to change the limit of the range?”

Answers: 1. Highly unlikely.  2. Again, highly unlikely.

Simon writes: “1) What do you think of the ratings in total for SGU’s first Season?

2) When’s that Jamil Walker Smith Q&A coming?

3) If SGU where to end shorter than expected, are you prepared for that?

4) Similar to the question above. If that DOES happen, will there be more of a chance of getting the SG-1 and SGA movies?”

Answers: 1) No matter what ratings your show receives, you always want it to do better.  That being said, the key demos have been fairly consistent as have the +7 numbers.  Ultimately, any discussion of these ratings, while interesting, is neither here nor there.  Our second season pick up was predicated on a strong first half performance of our opening season.  The third season pick up will depend on the first ten episodes of the show’s second year.  And, with our scheduled move to Tuesday nights, I’m feeling pretty good about our chances.

2) Good question.  Jamil?

3)  Oh, sure.  I’ve been prepared since the end of SG-1’s fifth season.  It’s been a fantastic twelve season ride for me and I would never take anything for granted – still, if I had to put money on it, I’d say that, same time next year, you’ll be quizzing me about a possible fourth season pick up.

4) Er, quite the opposite actually.  Some fans, either because they’re ignorant to the workings of television production or simply refuse to see reason, assume that the only thing holding back the movies is continued production on SGU.  In fact, the hold up is a studio decision based on various financial factors that have nothing to do with Universe.  Continued production on Universe is what is keeping the franchise healthy and open to the possibility of future movies. As things stand now, Stargate: Universe carries the mantle of the Stargate franchise while the two movies – with scripts already in place – await the greenlight for production.  If, in a worse case scenario, SGU were to wrap production earlier than expected (unlikely but, hey, let’s play “what if?”), then I suspect that it would assume first position in any potential film schedule, pushing SG-1 to the temporary back-burner.

dasNdanger writes: “1. Did you mention the publisher? For some reason, I’m thinking either Vertigo/DC, or Dark Horse…but that may be for something else I was looking into.

2. Any time frame for release? Next year sometime??

3. What’s the difference between scripting a tv show, and scripting a comic book?”

Answers: 1. I haven’t mentioned the publisher, but will make the announcement once the deals have been finalized (just awaiting a few contract signatures now).

2. I’m hoping sometime early next year.

3. When script a comic book, you assume the role of both writer and director.

myhelix writes: “1) Will we have a episode in Season 2 that focused on Dr. Rush and Col. Young´s and Rush and Eli´s relationship ?! These three are a blast to watch, they have a great on-screen chemistry.

2)Will the Destiny crew ever stumble across a planet with a whole alien society on it?”

Answers: 1) Possibly.  2) Again – possibly.

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Robert L martin
Robert L martin


1 i would have had a couple naquada reactors and some basic supplies on a cart ready to go (food/water/air basic medical supplies and some explosives)

2 being a pig headed [redacted] when you figure out you have made a mess of things is just wrong

3 why does she still trust telford at all?? (this of course being after she figures they switched back)

please tell me that the next time somebody actually dials the 9CA they 1 don’t blow up the planet 2 manage to take some basic supplies with them

BTW any chance of us seeing the 9CA for even a fraction of a second in some episode??


You’re a really good guy, Joe Mallozzi! I hope Ms Jelly gets TONS of relief from the procedure. We’ll keep her in our thoughts!

Robert L martin
Robert L martin

oh and btw i would check both what plugins you have on the site and the source of your submission page to see if anything googlemapish shows up

(psst can you fire up a copy of say firefox and see what happens??)

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White


Give Jelly my best wishes, and extra hugs from all of us.

Best wishes.



Good on you, Joe. And best wishes to Jelly.


Since folks seem to stop in regularly to ask about the status of the Stargate movies (and to speculate on why they aren’t yet in production), maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to put up a link on the right-hand side of this blog leading to an entry where you’ve already addressed the issue. Save you from having to repeat yourself a lot.

Unless, of course, the new readers just skip over the menus on the right-hand side of the blog entirely. Heh.

Very good news about this new procedure for dogs, by the way. I hope all goes well.


joe said: […] “If, in a worse case scenario, SGU were to wrap production earlier than expected (unlikely but, hey, let’s play “what if?”), then I suspect that it would assume first position in any potential film schedule, pushing SG-1 to the temporary back-burner.”

you’re joking, right? sgu would get a movie made *over* sg1, that’s been in holding pattern for how long?

please tell me you’re joking or being snarky… sad


Aww, gee…thanks, Joe. I wasn’t fishing for a dedication, but I’ll take it anyway! grin

(***psst! If that stuff works for Jelly, gimme the vet’s number…I think I’ll be needing him, too… razz )



I really hate to be the naysayer dragging down the optimism, but I am very skeptical of the article. The first red flag was the reference coming from a “doggie acupuncturist”, a field that shall we say, lacks objective evidence to support it. Another flag would be the methodology involved. Just shoot the stem cells in and they miraculously take the form of multiple types of tissue. From my admittedly limited knowledge of the field, the targeting is a bit more precise. I am not calling this procedure a scam, but I would also not buy into it without a lot more research.
Which is to say, I’d have to disagree about being willing to spend money even without discernable effect. Not all legitimate procedures/treaments work, but at least those are based on evidence based science. But there are too many quacks and scam artists out there taking too much money from too many trusting, desperate people. Please, please look very carefully into the whole idea before committing to the process. I too would love to see Jelly feeling better. But to give money to cynical people preying on your desire to do the best by your beloved family member.
Of course, this may in fact be a legitimate treatment. I actually hope that it is, and that it will do what you hope it will for Jelly. I’ll look up what I can over the next few days, and pass on any findings of note.
I apologize for the down tone. Maybe it’s just having a tooth extracted this morning getting me down. The meds are wearing off, and maybe I can pop back up to my normal more optimistic self.


@das: get to a doctor and get those wrists fixed!

@joe: Good luck with the doctor appointment. I hope Jelly gets some relief from the stem cells.


hi Joe, last episode was great, albeit a sad one. so much happened in it, the chloe/eli scene got me scratching my head for some time because i wasnt sure if i knew what they meant, in that aspect it was realistic and not all soapy but i was just more interested in what was happening with the LA and stuff. in any other episode though i wouldve liked it more, especially if it were the main focus instead.
Young is a terrific character, i dont know what the show wouldve been like without him. best parts were cam wrays dialogue with Kiva, and TJ with LA guys who i forgot their names. the parts that i didnt like was the Matt with Greer conversation about duty, Telford’s death and instincts, and Rush not having much of a role to play– he was very instrumental in the past episodes and all of a sudden he takes a backseat.

i like the direction of the show now, wouldve been great though to have Telford. and did Riley die or something? how about TJ? its a sci fi show so its hard to implement death. but TJ looked dead to me.

another thing, season 2 needs ratings, do you believe it can get higher ratings than that of season 1? is it at all possible? what is needed to move the show onto season 3?
i think you guys should start marketing this show like crazy this time. ads on NBC and guest appearances or maybe internet ads. i dont know something to tell people that this show is awesome.

Tim Lade
Tim Lade

I would watch an SGU movie before I watched an Atlantis movie…good show…but SGU is much more akin to my palate.

I think you should dedicate your next posting to me just because I am so loyal! wink

Lou Zucaro

Joe, if you use any plugins related to geotagging or, more specifically, a Google Maps API plugin, check them and if there’s an option for SSL, turn it off.

Or…if you have the Google toolbar running in your web browser, disable it and see if the problem goes away.

Whatever the specific cause, it’s likely that something running on your computer is trying to ping the Google Maps API and if you’re logging into your blog (securely), it’s generating the message you mentioned.


Just wanted to send my good wishes to the lovely Miss Jelly – I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the therapy helps!


Since there is an 80% chance that the stem cells will improve Jelly’s hips, but also important is the fact that there are no reports of negative effects. I think Jelly should go for it. Plus, since it is relatively non-invasive, when compared to a hip replacement, you’ll want to try everything before considering the knife. You’re right about Japan. I was going to say give her some extra treats, but that’s probably not a good idea, so give her some extra cuddles!!

Have a good one!!


Hey Joe, my husband is obsessed with pug dogs. Do you think that (as my Father’s Day gift to him) you could post a pic of all your dogs together so he could see them? It would earn me some major bonus points. smile


Ah poor Jelly! Keep us up to date on the ole gal! Thanks for the link, BTW. Gives me some food for thought with the vet. Perhaps something like this would be an option for my Vader, my lab/huskey who managed to damage ligaments in both of his hind knees. Since he’s only stretched them and he’s fine with pain management (pills and time at the pool) we haven’t bothered with the surgery, yet. We are waiting to see what happens, if he really needs it. But if this procedure would work for him, I’d push it. Time for research mode!


I never thought that if SGU were canceled that the movies would be made. But your statement saying that the success of SGU will determine if there will be an SG1 movie offends me as a fan. I have to be completely honest with you here. I do not enjoy SGU for many SGU related factors. I stopped watching SGU after the break and really have no desire to watch it for the factors listed. 1 – Can someone please airlock the communication stones? I really think that the device ruins the entire setup for SGU. The wrong people in the wrong place. Well, what’s stopping you from bringing in the right people to get them home tomorrow? No need to settle for a medic, just bring in a doctor or a surgeon when needed. And while we’re on this topic, why not bring in McKay/Carter permanently to fix it. I know you’ve said that McKay is busy with Atlantis. However, I’m sure you’ve seen enough movies and/or read enough news stories to know that bringing Chloe back would be the USAF’s top priority. They would have their best scientists on it. Joe – don’t you think the stones are WAY too convenient? The use of them has completely destroyed any credibility that the show had for me. 2 – Shaky cam too much? I tuned in to the latest Daniel Jackson episode and had to turn it off as it made me nauseous. There’s a device called a steady cam, it would seriously be in the show’s best interest to use it. Home movies are rarely ever shot that badly. Lessen it up a little. I know it’s some stupid style that some people find cool like the Cloverfield movie. Your whopping 1.1 mil and 1.4 mil finale rating should show you that MOST people don’t find it cool. I did see Cloverfield and I wished I could have had my ticket refunded. 3 – Believability. There is none. The characters are far too flawed to be realistic. They are like the Mr. Hyde’s of everyone. And the women…are nowhere near realistic at all. I’ll site one example. Chloe is sleeping with Scott. Chloe goes to Earth via the communication stones (hate those). She sees her ex bf with her best friend. She gets upset. Why? If you can answer one question, answer that please. Usually when people have moved on with their lives and they are sharing someone else’s bed, they really don’t care about ex boyfriends nor would they be jealous. And don’t say that sex with Scott doesn’t mean anything, because she’s a girl, it most certainly does. 4 – Military believability – I grew up as a military brat. Military personnel/officers would most certainly not behave like they are on the show. Officers are sworn to uphold their superior’s orders. There is absolutely no way that they would have become an officer by even considering questioning orders. I know you all love the military man… Read more »


Jelly: Arf! Woof woof arf grrrrrr!


Hi Joe,

You are such a good doggy daddy! Jelly and the kids are so lucky to own you. wink I’m assuming your vet has updated info on the procedure if they are recommending going forward – I’m sure you’ve done your research and don’t need to be cautioned, but (I’m going to anyway) do be careful. I walk that thin line between Hope and Suspicion when it comes to medical treatments, human or otherwise.

Speaking of medical – @ Das – Ouch! I often have issues with my hands going numb – don’t want to gross anyone out, but I sometimes have to crack my elbows (like cracking knuckles) to relieve the pressure. I don’t know why that works, maybe a nerve pinch as suggested. Of course, I’m also diabetic, which complicates things for me. I hope your dr. can find a definitive cause and treatment – I hate the “well, it could be this, or it could be that; we’ll have to run more tests” thing. Best of luck, my friend!

And further medical issues – @ PBmom, how are you doing? What did the neurologist say about your collapse? I’m STILL mad at those blankety eedjits who tried to take advantage of your illness to blindside you and not help Patrick – grrr! Blessings, my dear – you are ever in my thoughts.

Smiles, Julie


Joe, I hope the stem cell treatment works for sweet little
Jelly-belly. She has the cutest little face. My golden retriever/border collie had hip arthritis from age 7 until she died at 16. The last few years, my house looked like a dog retirement home, with all the custom built ramps and special arrangement of furniture and rugs. Anything for our furry babies…

@ Das – I hope your doctor can give you a good, quick, accurate diagnosis to your hand problem. If it is carpal tunnel, that is pretty routinely treated nowadays. Keep us posted and I’ll keep you in my prayers.

Joe, I think Eli should go ahead and get the girl (Chloe). Why make him wait til the bitter end like McKay had to. Geeky boys get beautiful girls all the time. I’m always seeing some dork guy with a beautiful wife or girlfriend. Makes me wonder how he did it. It is a testament to how women see the inner beauty, whereas men are always looking…you know where. So go ahead, let Eli have the pretty girl fall in love with him. Make the other guys jealous!


You are a good man Joe to take such good care of Jelly and seek advices and possible sources of relief for her. Hopeing for the best. And, yes, please do share status with us. Enquiring minds want to know all about you and yours.


most likely a plugin for wordpress that doesn’t work with your theme scripts. to bad all the logs are in some mysterious place on the internet. where does the error appear?


By the way, Joe, it’s the 16th today. No one seems to have jumped on you about that yet, so I suppose I’ll have to be the bad guy and do it. Just pretend I’m a member of LAME razzing you for your poor ability with calendars. wink

Narelle from Aus

I don’t mean to do it, but I tend to rate people based on the way they treat their animals. You’re officially up there Joe.
Hope Jelly gets some relief.

If you’re invited to an Aus based Con, you know we’d love to you to come. I think you’d enjoy the foodie scene of Melbourne.

Take care.

You too das.