An early blog entry today as Remi has asked me to put the word out to you Persons Unknown fans – NBC has moved the show to 8:00 p.m., so if you’re tuning in tonight (or setting your PVR), take note!

Well, with both Italy and England eliminated from Wold Cup contention, my prospects of winning the office pool have greatly diminished.  In a way, it’s a relief since I’m now free to root for whoever I like (Japan!) and, more importantly, against the teams I hate (Brazil and Germany!).  Carl’s standing also took a hit with USA’s loss to Ghana, but he seems to have taken it well.  This was him this morning –

Several people in the office commended him on his loyalty to his homeland and sympathized with his team’s loss.

“What do you mean?”he asked.  “My team didn’t lose.  They won!”

Indeed.  That jersey, upon closer scrutiny –

Admittedly, the German squad does look strong.  But what do you expect given they’ve got Dolph Lundgren playing for them –

"I must break you!"

A couple of weeks into the World Cup and you know what I’ve noticed?  World Cup referees are, by far, the shittiest refs in all of sports.  They make NBA officials seem downright competent in comparison.  I’m not referring to occasional oversights or tiny mistakes.  I’m talking MAJOR blown calls: phantom off-sides, disallowed goals, the awarding of game-changing red cards like high school science fair ribbons.  And you know what else I’ve noticed?  Soccer players are the biggest pussies in all of sport, dropping as if shot at the slightest provocation, writing on the ground, clutching their shins in the desperate hopes that their cry-baby performances will be rewarded with the bestowing of a yellow a card (and, sadly, they usually are).  I mean, really.  These delicate flowers could learn a thing or two from tougher, more macho athletes like, say, that female gymnast who competed in the Olympics with a sprained ankle or little leaguers who get ouchies sliding into second but still manage to play through the pain.  Oh, and one final thing I couldn’t help but notice: soccer is only slightly less interesting than watching your wife try on new shoes.

On the SGU front, Director Peter DeLuise started shooting episode #11, Deliverance, in the darkened confines of Stage 5…

While, over on Stage 4, Director Will Waring finished up on episode #10, Resurgence…

Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular Das and her dearly departed tooth.

Mailbag:

Becky writes: “Hey Joe … has anyone asked you if we will be seeing the folks who were left back on that paradise planet again?”

Answer: Boy, wouldn’t that be weird?

elliev writes: “Sorry, but that doesn’t make much sense, Joe. Earlier in the episode, we see all five communication stones in the case.”

Answer: That’s assuming there are no extra stones to provide for loss or damage to any of the originals.

SG7 writes: “And will we be seeing more of “Brody’s” Bar in season 2?”

Answer: We will.

Jovanna writes: “Ever tried a purple icecream that tasted like old Arrowroot biscuits?”

Answer: I’ve tried purple ice cream that tasted like ube (purple yam).

Kymm writes: “Joe – I meant to say that picture of you yesterday, where you were demonstrating the shirt tuck to Carl. You look like you are about 5 years old and are waiting for your Mom to finish talking so that you can tell her something.”

Answer: I burst out laughing at your description.  Spot on.

Thornyrose writes: “So, is the Richmond Night Market a 7 day a week thing, or something seasonal?”

Answer: I believe it runs Thurs. – Sun., from mid-June to late August.

dasNdanger writes: “1. With Rob gone, will there be any additions/adjustments to Team Stargate? Like…will you get a bigger office, or anything?

2. Have you ever wanted/owned a big dog, or do you prefer the little ones?

3. What’s your least favorite chore around the house (that you actually do)?

4. You’re watching a movie at home and eating popcorn topped with fresh shredded cheese. What kind of cheese is it?

5. Any opinions on the ever-increasing negativity towards the use of salt in our diets?”

Answers: 1. Nope, no changes to the roster since most of season two has already been mapped out.  Paul and I will continue as co-show runners alongside Brad.  Carl, Remi, and Linda round out the room.  Carl is still eyeing Rob’s vacant office however.

2. I prefer the smaller dogs because it means I can fit more into a car for those long summer road trips.

3. Anything involving a screwdriver.  I did fix the front fence yesterday!

4. A most unlikely scenario.  Popcorn tops my Three Things I Won’t Eat list alongside candied fruit and Shepherd’s Pie.

5. Nope.  I rarely add salt to anything so I’m ambivalent on the controversy.

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Paul Moody
Paul Moody

I think I was the only Englishman **not** watching the Germany match on Sunday – I must be the only Brit who doesn’t give a monkeys about football. Still, at least the roads were nice and quiet with everyone else enjoying the game in pubs. Do you have big screens showing the matches on Stargate stages for cast and crew to keep up with events?

Rafael
Rafael

Why the hate against Germany and Brazil!!!?
There are people there that love you!!!

Stryse

Colonel Shepard worked hard on that pie!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Thankies, Joe! I must agree with you on candied fruit, and Shepherd’s Pie (I got really sick after eating a ‘hamburger helper’ version of it once as a kid, and won’t touch anything even remotely similar to this day). I’m surprised that you seem to dislike all forms of corn. How about grits (they’re awesome with fresh garlic, cheddar cheese, and hot sauce!)?

Also…about that screwdriver. How many band-aids did you need to patch yourself up afterwards?? For some reason, I’m envisioning you standing there, with a screwdriver run through the palm of your hand. wink

“Soccer players are the biggest pussies in all of sport…”

I couldn’t agree with you more. After watching rugby, where I’ve seen guys playing with dislocated body parts and blood gushing out of their heads, soccer/football players just make me laugh…they’re so pathetic. Here, have a look-see at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCI7Z9SA8zY

And, in contrast…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0dH5-2Yqmw

There just is no comparison!

Have a good evening, Joe!

das

jimbp

Hi Joe, Will the Baron or any of the Spam fighters be making a return appearance anytime soon? A coworker got a spam email that reminded me who much I enjoy the spam fighters work.

JulieAloha
JulieAloha

Hi Joe,

Just got back from Alaska cruise yesterday *Fabulous* and had such a wonderful time with Mom & Dad, sister-outlaw Ella and niece Robin. We saw tons of whales and wildlife and gorgeous glaciers, we had JoeM-worthy fantastic food *roast suckling pig*, Dad won at Bingo and we saw some really first rate musical productions. Jealous? Well, let’s bring it back down to earth a little; much of the inside passage, Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway lie within the Tongaas Temperate Rainforest – so, it rained, and when it didn’t rain, it RAINED! Good thing I’m from Seattle and I don’t melt – there were others on the ship who were clearly taken aback by the weather; quite a few people didn’t show for shore excursions in Juneau where the skies opened up and absolutely poured buckets. BTW, I did wave at you and Nadine *naddycat* when we passed Vancouver – both times. smile

Well, I’ve been home for a little over 24hrs and have emptied the suitcase, done all the laundry, emptied the dishwasher, fixed the damn toilet tank which flaked out this morning, and it’s taken me several hours last night and this afternoon to catch up with your Blog. So, tears for Rob – so sad to see him go, but glad he will keep in touch; fingers crossed for Jelly; I think Carl could go either shirt out or in, he’s right on the line; desserts from hell – I’ve already printed the recipe for Krispy Kreme bread pudding and I preferred Ding-Dongs to Twinkies *the secret is to eat the chocolate coating first, then vampire the creme filling out of the chocolate cake, leaving it for last, mmm!*; got my first experience with the vuvuzelas on shipboard as they offered ESPN on TV and constantly showed FIFA results – I think it’s funny that other countries were irritated by the horns in the beginning, but now that they seem to have horns in their own colors they’re okay; the NightMarket looks like great fun – I may have to come up this summer to check it out!

Have to organize and upload pics from cruise ~

Smiles, Julie

morjana

HI, Joe.

Scifi Australia SciFi Pi Blog just posted this:

Stargate Universe: S2 Mid-Season Finale! Destiny has a Destination!

http://www.scifitv.com.au/Blog/2010/06/sgu-scoop-season-2-midseason-finale-destiny-has-a-destination/

Tanie
Tanie

I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately, and I don’t really have any excuse, so I’m not gonna try! grin

Trying to get my head around how much work I have to do for Uni this coming semester… this could get ugly *eek*

I love markets, so I’m wondering if yours have anything other than food? Do they have fresh produce for sale or trinkets (crap on a string) or stuff like that? I don’t think I’d be able to eat all of what you summarised, but it all looked fabulous! I’ll have to remember if I’m ever on that side of the planet. grin

otros ojos
otros ojos

Carl, how could you?!? Bandwagon-hopper!!! “Mr. Go with the Flow”!!! “Sir Pix-a-Lotta Winnah”!!! “My team loses, so I root for who grooveses!!” (I know, I know – not gonna quit my day job.)

I realize that you may still be partially in a state of shock from the sanctions imposed on USC. Personally – and I say this in all my Gen. George S. Patton III humility – my opinion is that there’s *no excuse*!!!

After all, there’s another perfectly acceptable major university in Los Angeles, which will be happy to make you an honorary alum for a nominal annual fee. Those sky-blue jerseys sure look nice. *w*

Joe – Thanks for the behind-the-scenes pics, and particularly for revealing the fifth-column element at Bridge Studios. Who knows what he’ll aim for after demanding to annex Rob Cooper’s office?

Das – Sending good vibes your way. . . If any hot Wraith appear in my dreams, I’ll redirect them to yours. wink

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello Joe,

Popcorn, Really??? I am kinda surprised since Twinkie
casserole was at the top of your list? wink

I had you pictured as the kind of person who enjoyed sitting in front of the home theater with a bucket of popcorn.

I guess that means I won’t be sending you Dale and Thomas Popcorn for the holidays (usually a safe bet when I an looking for a gift to send people).

BTW, how has Jelly been doing lately? I hope she is doing well. And speaking of the Mallozzi Clan, how has your Mom been doing since her hip surgery? As usual, you have my best wishes, and my thanks for showing your appreciation for us fans. Speaking of the show, is Will standing in from of the Iris from the SGC?

looking forward to Season 2!!!

Best Wishes,

Bryan

Narelle from Aus

As an ex-girlfriend of a professional AFL player I find soccer very, very hard to watch.

The years of bruises, breaks, sprains, internal bleeding after he finished a game but would never say a thing to the umpire because you just don’t do that in AFL (plus he had usually given it back twice as bad) has me yelling at the screen to ‘TOUGHEN UP YOU CRAPPY ARSE B-GRADE ACTORS POSING AS SPORTS PEOPLE!!”. I have some longer insults but it’s hard to keep the conviction in your voice as the insult goes on.

Plus as a retired gymnast who did the sand shoe blowout into the vault breaking five bones in my wrist in warm up and then competing in all apparatus I’d like to say these overpaid ball chasers don’t even deserve to have “You’re playing like a girl!” yelled at them.
We are far tougher smile
I think only the Aussies will understand the sand shoe blowout reference as gymnasts don’t wear sand shoes, but Wired World of Sports summed up so well what happens when you run into a vaulting horse.

Elminster
Elminster

@Narelle from Aus – Would that be “The agony of de feet”.? smile

Elminster

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

Oh yeah Das!! Rugby would have to be the world’s roughest game – especially with the Kiwis wink

Hey Joe… have you seen this tongue in cheek video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcCw9RHI5mc

*whistles whilst looking upwards*

Oh gee!!! Look at the time! I gotta go!!!

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello Joe,

I was so surprised earlier, I forgot to ask if Ashley was keeping her streak alive in the pool for the World Cup?

Best wishes,

Bryan.

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello Joe,

Darned blackberry! Could you please correct the spelling of Ashleigh’s name? Thanks.
Best wishes,

Bryan

Lis

Why hate Germany? sad We love you. Or at least I do… I will be willing to bear the responsibility of my people on this one.

antisocialbutterflie
antisocialbutterflie

Hey Joe,

You mentioned the darkened stage and it reminded me of an amusing story.

I was talking to my IT guy and we were bemoaning the fact that we spend too much time staring at a screen which is why the brightness on our TVs are turned down. We were discussing the benchmark for calibrating TV brightness, and he proclaimed that SGU was best show. If you can see the people and just make out the shadows in the back that is the perfect setting. And you know he’s right.

Hope you enjoy your evening.

Sean D.

Hey Joe,

What did the Tok’ra healer say to the Tau’ri patient who had broken a leg?

Why did the wraith stop sucking the life out of the clown?

How many Replicators does it take to change a light bulb?

wink

-Sean

cat4444
cat4444

I don’t watch soccer, but I watched the video from the link das posted and found myself calling them a bunch of pansies, but I have to take that back since it’s an insult to pansies.

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Rafael
Rafael

I don’t care about soccer, but is really sad to see people that never played the game speak badly of it just out of prejudice.
It is especially funny to see all the pre-soccer England colonies make fun of it and to think that they are superior because of their “footballs” played with theirs hands by fat people that think that are strong using full body armor and helmets!!!
Grow up people, just because you don’t understand or can’t play it, doesn’t mean that you are superior.
Here is a small example of two guys, reaching each other at 30 km/h each. Very entertaining razz

Kymm
Kymm

Awww.. you made my day sir, knowin’ that I actually made Mr. Joseph Mallozzi guffaw.

Those soccer players really are pussies (no offense meant to the cat population). In hockey, they may make the ‘odd’ dive, but if you still have your front teeth…… YER doin’ it WRNG…. Hell, I think even Lady Byng hisself Mr. Wayne Gretzky has a flipper.
http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/photos/25-toothless-hockey-players
(Oh man, Dougie Gilmore’s toothless visage was the BEST it made me howl every time I saw him).

Not like those pretty boys of soccer, Beckham and Renaldo. I mean seriously, wouldn’t you like to see one, or both, of them take a ball to the face? Now THAT would be some exciting/entertaining soccer!!

Don’t like popcorn? *shocked silence* Not even caramel popcorn with nuts & gummies? You hardly even taste the popcorn, it’s more of a ….. a candy delivery system. Ohh I bet you could even throw in some chocolate chips and/or mini marshmallows. Yummmm…

I’m with you on the candied fruit with one exception. My Mom’s dark fruit cake, not the light fruit cake, it’s gotta be the dark one. Now I know what your saying everyone DETESTS fruitcake. Nope, not this one, everyone who tastes this cake, likes it. Whenever she sends me a loaf, it’s gone in one day, and I’m foraging for crumbs….

I thought Carl had already marked his territory (Rob’s office) and by marking territory, I meant by nappin’ in the big chair, of course. (Hey, do you smell something? Did someone bring their dog to the office?)

Have a Good One!
Kymm

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ cat4444 – My favorite is when their foot is lightly tapped, and they grab their head and start writhing in pain, as if their face has just been ripped off. lol Cracks me up every time!

@ Narelle – AFL can be brutal, too. I remember the first match I watched back in the early 80s…this dude ran up another dude’s back, repelled off his shoulders, and snatched the ball mid-air. That was the day I stopped watching hockey (for reals). This vid gives those unfamiliar with the game an idea of what I mean:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtm9AVjqTUc

And as far as you go, young lady…I think you’re related to Wolverine. wink

@ annie from Fremantle – That video is a riot!! lol

And as far as rugby goes…well…kiwis, aussies, scots, frenchies…whoever…as long as they beat England, it’s all good! grin

@ Joe – Speaking of Frenchies…Joey – BUY THIS FOR ME!! (And no, Joe…it’s not a little Japanese girl in a French maid costume… roll )

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Too adorable! grin

das

Ponytail
Ponytail

I can’t even run thru the house without cracking my elbow on a door frame as I go by, so I’m certainly not going to bash soccer players, who have me constantly asking, “where do they get all that energy?”.

Narelle from Aus

Elminster – Hehehehe. I was thinking more…
Darrell Eastlake: “So what happened? Did your sand shoe blow out like many expect, or did you just f**k up?”
Rick Disneck: “No Daryl. I just f**ked up.”

Narelle from Aus

das – I’m laughing at that video because my ex is in at least three of those marks. Except he’s the one with someone’s boots in his back! That’s what you get for playing in the back line. Highlight reel after highlight reel of a full forward taking marks over your head.

I wish I was related to Wolverine. Pretty sure he doesn’t get achy when it’s cold smile