Yesterday, I mentioned that psychic octopus that correctly predicted every one of Germany’s World Soccer Cup wins in addition to its shocking 1-0 upset loss to Serbia (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10521867.stm).  It predicted another upset for today’s match, picking perennial underachieving Spain to beat the favored German squad.  Well, with Germany played Spain today with a World Cup finals berth on the line.  The finale score: Spain 1 Germany 0. The next time I hit Vegas, that octopus is coming with!

While many of us were happy to see Spain advance, a few were…less than pleased…

Pre-match Carl.

Post-match Carl.

Poor guy.  But I know how to cheer him up.  Theoretically.  At lunch today, Carl revealed his love for Tim Tams, that overseas treat first brought to his attention by generous Stargate fans years ago.  Apparently, he makes a special trip to a local specialty store every week and stocks up on the milk chocolate originals, snacking on two biscuits a night.  I’m betting he eats an entire package tonight.

Speaking of generous fans sending us stuff, Steve Eramo dropped by my office today to drop off a couple of treats compliments of Sylvia and Louise, two of the organizers of the 2011 Legend of Atlantis Legendary Gathering taking place in the Bahamas (http://fan-gathering.com/) next year.

The always-appreciated bacon-chocolate combo.

So here I am, looking forward to my annual winter Tokyo holiday, delighted at the prospect of being joined by Special Features Producer Ivon Bartok for this upcoming trip, when my writing partner, Paul, throws me a look and informs me: “By the way, you do realize Ivon has the worst vacation karma.”.  I paused and reflected.  Well, yes, know that he mentioned it, Ivon did experience the soul-rattling terror of an earthquake the last time he vacationed in Central America – but, really, what are the chances of an earthquake hitting Tokyo while I’m there in December?  Paul, however, was quick to point out that Ivon’s bad holiday mojo isn’t limited to natural disasters.  He’s been sunburned, chemically burned, incessantly rained on, incapacitated, hospitalized, contracted salmonella AND triganosis, and fined.  And those are just the ones he’ll admit to!

Ashleigh claimed the second dessert was for Carl. To cheer him up I suppose.

Yep, just pile up this rubble outside the sound stage for the next day garbage day.

These three are always up to something - Peter Kelamis, Ivon Bartok, and Patrick Gilmore.

59 thoughts on “July 7, 2010: Do NOT doubt the octopus! Ivon’s unnerving bad vacation mojo! In and around the office pics!

  1. I’ve noticed that your entries are getting shorter and shorter. Does this mean your love life has improved? 😉

    Have a good evening, sir. Looking forward to your story as soon as my copy of Masked arrives. If you get a lot of good feedback from your story, do you think you might try to tackle a novel?

    das

  2. With Ivon Bartok accompanying you to Japan, I hope he’s bringing along his video camera to document your adventures. It could make for a fun featurette for a future DVD set, or at the very least good blackmail material that can be posted anonymously on the internet.

  3. Aaahh, Tim Tams. One of my favourites.
    I have been doing the Tim Tam Slam for almost 30 years!

    Other Triple Choc biscuits just can’t come near them for taste and “Slamability”!

  4. JuliaAloha: Thanks! I automatically reached for the Aleve this morning but then realized I didn’t need it. Weird being “clean” for a day. I was beginning to feel like an Aleve junky.

    Das: I’m glad your dad is going to be ok. The heat has killed three/four people here so far. We have been lucky and no “forgotten kids in the car seats” have died yet.
    Sorry about your hand. I’ve known several people who went through the surgery. They all tell me different stories: some with very good outcomes and some indifferent. I haven’t heard anyone say the surgery made them worse, though.
    We like Warehouse 13, too. It’s a fun show. Have you tried watching the new “Dr Who”? Matt Smith has taken over the role and he is pretty good.

    Mr. M.: why are you picking on Mr. Binder? He must really like you to put up all of this 😀 .

  5. Re that last picture, I just can’t help it but:

    Tonight, on GEEK SQUAD!

    A rabid producer-guy faces off against our intrepid heroes with his “Camera of Shame”. Refusing to bow to defeat, our heroic duo counter with the “Blank Look of Doom” and the “Raised Eyebrow of Disapproval” defeating the villainous producer-guy with a single look!

    Video on YouTube™

    (P.S. Must be read in a deep, sonorous voice)

  6. LOL! 🙂 That picture of Ivon, Patrick and Peter is epic!

    Cool bahamas convention by the way… I hope MGM sees stuff like this and realizes there are still MILLIONS of potential customers for the atlantis movie! I hope it gets made.. Please at least pass that Bahamas con thing to MGM and encourage them to greenlight the movies next time you talk with them(if at all possible)! 🙂

    OUCH! Ivon sounds unlucky. Hope his bad luck doesn’t encompass those traveling with him. :p 😉

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  7. I wonder how much they want for that octopus? I would heisitate to leave it in your care for fear it would end up as an appetizer. And I understand that octopii(?) are great escape artists. So you’d have to be very imaginative in confining it while still drawing on its skill.
    Ivon is sounding more and more like the perfect travel companion. You can ride out the natural disasters, and cataloguing his individual travails will give you pages worth of material to work with. Not to mention hours of callous laughter at his expense.
    the pictures were great as always. thanks for sharing.

  8. Also for all those interested the Stargate Movies campaign has launched the mail and media campaign to get the movies made! Check out theses links for addresses and guidelines for mailing/emailing/tweeting/ 🙂

    Mail Campaign:

    http://community.livejournal.com/sgmoviecampaign/8801.html

    Media Campaign:

    http://community.livejournal.com/sgmoviecampaign/9208.html

    And if you want to receive any future updates you can follow us on our website (click my username), our livejournal, or our facebook.

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=331930378712

    Sorry Joe if I spammed your blog comments…… just trying to get the word out to fellow fans!

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  9. Just a heads up for you and Carl — Tim Tams are now available at most grocery stores in Canada and the U.S. Yum. 🙂

  10. Hi Joe! Long time no see 🙂

    @Tammy Dixon: Yeah, finally got rid of the f***ing thing this morning. I told my daughter that if this backwater hamlet (yeah Joe, I use that one a lot to describe this town) had a high-rise building anywhere in sight, I would have jumped from the 30th floor at one point there. As it stands, I’d get a sprained ankle jumping from any building in this place 🙂 Obviously, JUST KIDDING. Glad yours is gone, as well!

  11. Love the before and after pics of Carl. In the “after” photo, he looks like a kid who’s been timed out for getting caught with his hand in the Tim-Tam jar. Or else a foodie whose much-anticipated calamari is seized in a preemptive strike by an innocent-looking octopus.

    Wow, that’s an impressive list of bad vacation mojo for Ivon. Surely nothing untoward will happen to either of you while you’re in Tokyo. (Especially not trichinosis; that would be SO unfair to someone who savors fine food as much as you do.) – ‘Course not. Unthinkable. Highly unlikely. But still not impossible . . .

    Peter K. looks (at least to me) strikingly like Al Pacino in that snap, I would guess in the role of Al Capone, with Patrick playing – who else? – Elliott Ness. A good exercise for an actor, playing against type, so I’ve read. – Or maybe they’re both T-men? Will await YouTube alerts . . .

  12. Travel insurance, a first aid kit and lots of readily available cash (bond, fines, hospitals etc.).

    K

  13. BTW, Patrick’s hairline should get its own special reward for “Best Disguise as ‘Not All That Receded’ ” (going by its previous appearances on SGU, your blog, and Twitpic).

    @ Kymm – You speak wisely. And maybe they should make sure the cash is unmarked.

  14. I had a post drafted but got distracted.

    Have I mentioned that I found Jaffa Cakes in Ireland? Shared them with the tour companions, all were impressed.

  15. I would never doubt an octopus, let alone a psychic one. Have you seen those guys sneaking around the lab and gorging themselves on crabs only to sneak back to their tanks and make shifty eyes when the scientists return? Damn smart.

    Besides, if you insult one, they can come at you not one weapon, but nunchucks, switch blade, throwing stars, all at once! They are the ultimate multi-tasking bad asses. And if it’s psychic, you’ve got no chance buddy! You mean he has 8 arms, a beak that can crush a skull and is prescient. Hell no, I’ll declare defeat now and acknowledge the new Cephalopod God.

    Plan on picking up Masked in eformat before I head off to Bali for training/conference. I have a couple of free days while I’m over there but I think I’ll have my head buried in computer manuals so it will be reserved for flight time.

    I’d book a separate flight to Ivon… just in case.

  16. third day in a row that I’m dying of heat 😳 !!! another 36 degree celcius day and it’s supposed to be warmer tomorrow !!!!

  17. Just love those guys! They might be the next great comedy duo.

    I would have to agree about booking separate flights. Flying over the Pacific, you might end up in a weird real-life version of “Lost.” LOL. I’m sure you both will be just fine. Just make sure you take the Canadian embassy’s phone number with you, just in case.

    @Das: Did I ever tell you my sister lives in Toms River, NJ? She called me today to share her misery of the triple-digit heat. I told her it was much cooler in Texas, perhaps she should come back (zero percent chance of that happening). We’re built for the heat down here — everything is air-conditioned. But up there, not so much. My sister-in-laws also live in NJ and one was without power for 24 hours. Yikes!

    @Gilder: They sell Jaffa Cakes at our local HEB Central Market. I didn’t like them.

  18. My sister-in-law loves the bacon/chocolate combo. Me, I just like mine straight.

    Ivon has bad vacation karma? Is there some cleansing ritual out there? Anyone know of one? I think the only problem you had last time on the trip to Japan was if the food was OK.

    Loved that last pic!

  19. 1. I believe SG-1 Movie will be produced soon. Hope, Hope, Hope! You guys had a lot of time now. Did you have improved some things from time to time or is the script untouched for long time?

    2. Assuming the next stargate movie works fine and MGM wants more stuff. Do you think, it is possible, that we will see an entirely Stand-Alone-Movie with new characters and new stories? A new series is often a risk. But making a movie with a completed story would maybe safe money (new characters) and gives the chance to reinvent the Franchise. I want to see more about Stargate. Why no movie with from the perspective of the Jaffa, Tokra, any other people. A complete detached story. I thought long about it. That’s the kind of way, I would go. Hope, sometime we will see such a movie.

    3. Does the SGC still exist or is the Stargate being moved to Homeworld Command?

    4. If it has been moved….has this to do with Atlantis staying on Earth?

    5. The moon base, which Sam speaks about in Continuum…Are we going to see it in the next movie? Has the Earth Gate beeing moved to the moon?

    Would be great, if you find time for answering the questions.

    Sorry for bad english, hope you understand everything.

  20. That damn octupus! I’d rather eat him than let him predict anything else *grumble*

  21. btw anybody knowing football knew that Spain never was the underdog in this match

  22. We now report that Tim Tams can be found at the IGA Market Place near the Sheraton Wall Center downtown. Found them a little pricey for a package especially when our Australia colleagues (I think it was Atlantia) reported them on sale at home for under $2.00 – here they are $3.99. But for those of us who just have to try them…coool! So Carl can buy them there if he wishes.

    Jappa Dogs was on the corner of the street – across from the Market place.

    Yes, we are really here for the convention, but hey…good eats around town are way too difficult to ignore.

  23. So as I was scanning the wall behind Carl in those Sad Carl photos looking for spoilers, I happened to spot a PostIt note that is NOT stuck to the wall by its own gluey volition, but instead was PINNED to it!

    A PostIt note, PINNED to the wall? Have you no shame? A PostIt note’s proudest moment is to have its glue strip revealed as it’s pulled off of its brethern below, an incredibly serious note written on it, and then have itself stuck to the wall, holding itself up by its own sheer self-satisfaction at the fact that it’s holding itself up with no exterior aid of any sort. Its job is to be there to remind the user of the important note, and it does this proudly everyday by the use of its very own glue strip.

    But now, not only have you removed its only moment of pride, but you’ve also stabbed it precisely in the place where it’s failed you – the glue strip. Please, Carl, Joe, whoever is in charge of PostIt notes at Bridge Studios – let its suffering end and use a new PostIt note, this time allowing it to be stuck to the wall by its own glue strip, as it would want.

    In other news – Ivon’s misadventures sound hilarious and will no doubt be even more so once you are enveloped by his dark metaphorical cloak of bad karma. Yes, you may suffer, perhaps from burns of various types (including from snark – oh those hurt, especially the sick ones), but you will entertain us in the process, and that is all that matters.

    Besides, look on the bright side. Ivon may have bad vacation karma, but from the looks of things you seem to have good vacation karma! The two balances each other out, ensuring that both of you will have neutral karma. In fact, given your familiarity with Tokyo, your good vacation karma may even overpower Ivon’s bad vacation karma to result in a net good vacation karma for the both of you.

    At the end of the day, you may not have a great vacation, but just a good one. However, you may also give Ivon his first good vacation, and at the end of the day, isn’t that what really matters?

    No, what really matters is that you entertain us, and as I said, you no doubt will, so there’s nothing to worry about.

  24. Note to Ashleigh

    Dear Ashleigh,

    While Joe always takes pictures of food, when it comes to pictures of you – you quite commonly appear with food, or are subjecting the production team with food you made…

    Do you have any interests beyond the consumption, manufacture and of course – the alleged supply of food to others and at what point to do plan on poisoning it?

    😉

  25. Be the octopus blessed for the end of days! Haha, very tense match (and well played by Germany), but in the end, we won! I’ll see if I can contradict Carl’s sad german-fan face with some happy spanish-fan faces from our post-match parties. 😛

    BTW, any crazy bets (apart from huge sums of money)? I ended betting that if we won the Cup, I’d shave my head. Hey Joe, you should make a post about that: Crazy sports bets, that’d be a funny topic hehehe.

    Cheers, and, Que viva España! 😀

  26. Joe, maybe Ivons vac mojo was because he was doing the planning?? so if you are doing the booking,planning,etc,, it might just be the stuff his bad stuff needs to reverse the trend,,could be,could be, think positive thoughts! Take lots of photos.
    So now I can head to the store in search of tim tams, never tried them but what the heck. I had my sister send me some Tim Horton coffee and I really like the stuff, not able to get it around here, and its much better that the stuff I had been drinking, have you ever tried it, or do I remember you don’t do coffee..? coffee and tim tams,yum, and that bacon/chocolate looks delicious also, maybe I am just extra hungry this morning.
    The combo of Peter,Patrick and Ivon could be very comical,(and easy on the eyes,thanks) are they going to a meeting with some nefarious character types in a new episode? Looking good guys! thanks for letting Joe snap the picture!

  27. Hi Joe,

    Goodness, Ivon certainly seems to have had his share of traveling difficulties – but maybe this is a good thing; karmically speaking, he’s due for a good trip – you, on the other hand, as his traveling companion could be the anti-beneficiary of the bad-trip mojo. Do be careful, please?
    Great pics – just one question; whose truck got trapped by debris? And are we officially blaming Carl’s aphasia yesterday on the psychic cephalopod or an unfortunate overdose of Tim Tams?

    Smiles, Julie

    @Das – Great Good Grief, Girl! Sorry about Dad’s heat frustration (family joke) and meat locker disaster, ewww! Sending you good vibes for dr. appt. tomorrow. Did they recommend braces or any physical therapy in the meantime? Oh, and *kicking the drama under the rug* thanks for the kind words 🙂

    @TammyDixon & Deni – Double Hurray for migraine relief! I’ve been migraine free for about six months – for me it’s sugar control (diabetic); when I indulge the backlash is fierce – sooooo not worth it!

    @PBmom – tried to tweet last night, but twitter failed me miserably. Don’t give up hope, I’m praying like crazy for a great outcome for Patrick’s schooling – you’ve all been dealt so many hard blows, there just has to be a rainbow there somewhere! Blessings, always!

  28. I wasn’t going to weigh in on the psychic octopus. My obsession is whether octopi are sentient – totally different … except …

    In Greek mythology, sentient sea creatures were often psychic, too. If you captured them, you could force to tell you something psychic. There may be a connection here – I’m sure there’s a Dr. Daniel Jackson line that would cover it.

  29. Hey Joe, what’s up ? Happy Belated B-Day to Martin Gero.

    Q’s for Lou Diamond Phillips :
    thank you so much for answering my questions Lou

    Did you cast for Col. Telford first or any other character ?
    How is the atmospher on set ? How funny is it ?
    What is your favorite scene/episode of SGU and why ?
    What are your similarities/differences between you and Telford ?
    What was the hardest/funniest scene to shoot ?
    How Young is gonna evolve or how you want to evolve ?
    Do you think that Telford wants to prove that he can be trust now he is on Destiny ?
    What would you do if you were really stuck on an old rusty ship, billions light years away from home ? ( only one ^^ )
    Few words in french maybe ?

    Thank you so much again, you’re doing a really good job on SGU.

  30. >Stargate Movies campaign

    Won’t work, not as if it’s a request for a new season if the unfortunate happens to SGU.
    If anything take Legend of the Seeker, it gets above 2 million viewers an episode live, costs less to make compared to SGU, was cancelled by ABC. Author Terry Goodkind showed his support for a renewal, fans bombarded like every known station with letters, emails, even taking out adverts. Didn’t make a difference, these things are more keep on trying. But still.

    Hate to sound negative, just a movie isn’t important as a TV series, you should save your efforts if the worst happens with SGU.

    Besides its not as if the Stargate movies are being put on hold to spite the fans, even Joe explained.

  31. Didn’t recognize Kelamis without his naturally curly hair, or without pony tails for that matter. Is Destiny stopping in Vegas? Have the Lucians instituted a mandatory Jack Nicholson hair do, with a threat of Iranian style justice for those who fail to comply?

    Bacon chocolate; not sure about that yet. I’m more likely to try the Tim Tams.

    I cannot believe Geramany lost. Beckenbauer is spinning in his grave. Except he’s not dead but he may as well be, with this lousy news.

    If I ever run across that Octopus I’ll be turning him into deep fried calamari.

  32. @Randomness

    Often the reason campaigns don’t work is because everyone says they itll never work and they don’t participate. If all the campaign naysayers actually pitched in and mailed letters and sent emails/tweets, campaigns would have a MUCH HIGHER success rate.

    Also… do you not read the mailbags… Joe has clearly said its a matter of when for the SG-1 movie and the SGA movie is still alive. We have that on our side. Both MGM and TPTB want to make these movies… We just need to convince them to actually go ahead with the SG-1 movie as soon as they get money and also to convince them SGA still has lots of life in it and can make them a huge profit. 🙂 Its better then sitting around moping. I just sent in my letters and i feel soooo much better and more confident knowing MGM and syfy will know that there is still fan interest in the movies.. Its not like the decision makers actually read the forums and see fans still have an interest, we need to mail them and convince them there are still millions of potential viewers/customers for theses movies..

    Additionally I don’t see Bond or the Hobbit fans mailing letters to MGM… so I think we have an advantage there as we are the only fans actually campaigning (rather then complaining) to get some of theses delayed projects produced!

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  33. Hi, Joe!

    Congratulations to SGU for:

    TWO (2) 2010 Emmy Awards Nominations

    http://www.emmys.com/nominations

    Outstanding Special Visual Effects For a Series

    Stargate Universe – Air
    Stargate Universe – Space

    AND

    Directors Guild of Canada 2010 Award Nominations
    http://www.dgc.ca/page.php?id=101

    BEST DIRECTION – TV SERIES

    Robert C. Cooper for Stargate Universe – “Human”

    Woo-hoo! Congratulations to Mark Savela and his awesome team and to Rob!

    (Also, Damian Kindler/Amanda Tapping/Martin Wood’s Sanctuary received a nomination from Directors Guild of Canada for BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA for Kali, Part 2. Congratulations to our Stargate alums!)

    🙂

  34. Hi, Joe!

    Yikes!

    I forgot to mention that SG1’s Beau Bridges also received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series for his role in The Closer’s “Make Over.” (TNT)

    This episode repeats on TNT on Monday, July 12 at 4:00 p.m.

  35. >Often the reason campaigns don’t work is because everyone says they itll never work and they don’t participate.

    Not really, when a decision is made it’s usually final, only thing that really does convince networks more than 1000s of names is sales, many a show has been revived due to this.

    >Also… do you not read the mailbags… Joe has clearly said its a matter of when for the SG-1 movie and the SGA movie is still alive

    Though I’ve been commenting here on and off since around 2007/2008 I mostly just read the important ones.

    >We just need to convince them to actually go ahead with the SG-1 movie as soon as they get money and also to convince them SGA still has lots of life in it

    Joe, and everyone else already knows this, you really don’t need to send Joe hundreds of letters saying what he already knows. This is my point, when a Stargate movie can be made it will be made, I believe this is the point Joe has made quite a lot of times.

    >MGM and syfy will know that there is still fan interest in the movies..

    They already know this. Hundreds of people mailing them won’t make around 4-6 million a movie appear. I wish it did, but be realistic here, I myself want to see a Stargate SG1 movie and an Atlantis one, but at the end of the day it’s just a waiting game. Bring back to my point that I don’t believe your thing will work.

    Good luck with your mission anyway I’m not against it, I just don’t believe it will make a difference, I have no doubt movies will come. I’m just happy to wait till they officially get announced.

  36. @AIRELLE

    http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/index.html

    The site says it’ll be shipping outside of Canada “soon”…
    Meanwhile, though, IF you live in the US and can’t find an outlet [see above for store locations], perhaps try a WENDY’S – they used to own TIM’s for a while and “?maybe?” serve their coffee there…? I don’t know – I actually hate coffee, but I live for those chocolate TimBits!! 😀

  37. Has anyone else mentioned the car? I think you call them pick-ups your side of the world. I really hope those are fake grey concrete slabs and not the real thing, or that poor bloke is walking home.

  38. @randomness

    >Not really, when a decision is made it’s usually final, only thing that really does convince networks more than 1000s of names is sales, many a show has been revived due to this.

    What do you mean by 1000s of names in sales?

    I also think a display of fan support can only help at this point. We need to let MGM know we still want to see these movies. At this point.. a display of fan support can only help these movies. How many Bond or Hobbit campaign are out there?

    >Though I’ve been commenting here on and off since around 2007/2008 I mostly just read the important ones.

    I see. Still.. we need to convince MGM that these movies can make the most profit for them (percentage wise.. not saying they’ll make as much as bond or the hobbit) and once again a mail campaign can’t hurt.. it can only help.

    > Joe, and everyone else already knows this, you really don’t need to send Joe hundreds of letters saying what he already knows. This is my point, when a Stargate movie can be made it will be made, I believe this is the point Joe has made quite a lot of times.

    Oh I know.. and the letters sent to the bridge aren’t exactly petitioning to get the movies greenlit.. they’re letters of encouragement and support! The actual letters to MGM and syfy are the ones requesting that the movies be greenlit!

    > They already know this. Hundreds of people mailing them won’t make around 4-6 million a movie appear. I wish it did, but be realistic here, I myself want to see a Stargate SG1 movie and an Atlantis one, but at the end of the day it’s just a waiting game. Bring back to my point that I don’t believe your thing will work.

    Good luck with your mission anyway I’m not against it, I just don’t believe it will make a difference, I have no doubt movies will come. I’m just happy to wait till they officially get announced.

    Well.. im personally(and i think a lot of others) am ready to do something about these movies! 🙂 You must have insane patience to wait this long and still not be antsy. 😉

    At this point there are factors for and against the movie. Im not trying to say the mail campaign will single handedly get theses movies greenlit.. id be mad to think that.. but it will definately help the movies.. no matter how small a contribution. I picture the movies (im more talking about Extinction then Revolution) as a person in the middle of a see-saw trying to balance themselves.. there’s forces on both sides.. but it sometimes takes only a small push in a key place (Ie. the people in charge of MGM and syfy) to make a person go a certain direction.. but without those original forces.. the small push will do squat.

    Hope that helps understand where im coming from! 🙂

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  39. Hi, just passing thru. Hope you are well, Joe and hope all you bloggers out there are doing well.

  40. I have witty replies really, something about earthquakes and Tokyo…

    … but I’m on a day of liquids only and about to embark on the dreaded prep for a procedure tomorrow which is indelicate at best. Routine follow up after that mild bout of cancer in ’04… Oh, I’ll be knocked out, so it isn’t bad, but tonight….

    I. Am. Not. Having. Fun.

    But I am giddy, which is interesting at least.

  41. Here’s something Paul hadn’t considered Joe….what if you’re the person to break Ivon’s bad holiday mojo? At least we’ll know he’ll be eating well….apart from maybe an appearance in a weird food purchase video perhaps???

    I know you won’t make him work on holidays like others here…..have fun and come back in one piece.

    cheers, chev

  42. Hey Joe, questions:

    1. Are all the Season 2 episode slots filled at this point?

    2. In your opinion, would you say Season 2 is more serialized than season 1, or less serialized?

    Thanks!

  43. my family has some bad vacation karma too; sunburns, motion sickness, trains going past the motel at un-Godly hours & ending up in iffy looking neighborhoods.

  44. @Major D. Davis

    Mistake there, with the sales things, meant letters, or if you will names on petitions.

    >I also think a display of fan support can only help at this point.

    Not really, it’s not as if the movies are cancelled or anything, all the support in the world can’t muster up the many millions to make the films, it’s just a matter of waiting for the funds to be there.

    >we need to convince MGM that these movies can make the most profit for them

    As much as I love Stargate in general, the movies hardly bring home tens of millions, if anything they provide a profit yes but not an insanely huge one. If they did we’d be on what Stargate SG1 movie 4? by now.

    >they’re letters of encouragement and support!

    Some networks view them as an annoyance though they do like seeing fans passionate sure.

    >The actual letters to MGM and syfy are the ones requesting that the movies be greenlit!

    Which at the end of the day won’t make the proccess go any quicker, if you enjoy getting letters in return such as *Thankyou for writing about *Insert name here* We’re happy to see fans supporting the series, when any news becomes available we’l let you know*

    Again it’s not as if the movies aren’t going to be made, such letter writing efforts asking them to hurry up just seems so..

    >must have insane patience to wait this long and still not be antsy

    I am patient yes, but at the end of the day I just can’t see anything coming of this. I know I’m sounding negative, if I come accross as overly negative I’m sorry just I like to see myself as a realist in some respects.

    Good luck with your efforts, if anything comes of it you deserve all the praise in the world.

  45. Hi Mr M!

    Greetings from a very wet and windy “Sunny” South East of Ireland. Sadly, the fine sunshine Gilder brought has moved to….Vancouver.

    On the whole Movie Campaign thing. I commend and admire Major D Davis and Co., for their enthusiasm. I also admire anyone who can take the time to support such a worthy endeavour.

    As someone who doesn’t work in television or movies, I have observed a few things in my time of watching tv and movies. Namely, the almighty dollar rules the waves. And I mean dollar. If you factor in the millions of non-US viewers worldwide (and I include Canada here), that’s a mighty powerful lobby of people to get a decision made or indeed unmade.

    However, from a purely financial view, MGM (who are in difficult financial position) are faced with a global downturn, falling DVD sales, and perilous advertising attractiveness for their product (along with all the other studios). We live in unprecedented times for television and movie production. We wonder why so many “re-makes” or sequels happen? Simple : It sold before, it’ll sell again. Their decision is based solely on US figures. Plain and simple. I am not suggesting that this is an accurate reflection of “fan will” or indeed what any film would gross (and more importantly the world wide input of same) Indeed, there is merit to suggest that the bean counters look at the overseas market to factor in how much is grossed outside the US market. But, MGM is a US Company. All decisions ( I assume) are based on US sales.

    I would dearly love to see another outing from SG1 and SGA. I am eager to see the next instalment of SGU and find out what Destiny awaits? or indeed what awaits Destiny?!!

    While I would urge fans to participate with the fan based pleas, and I again commend Major D Davis for this, ultimately it is in the giving of MGM and the shareholders as to what happens next.

    In the meantime, I am postulating various storylines in my head….usually featuring a dashing Irishman who is recruited into SG1 for this next mission…..

    Best to all

    And congrats to Mark and the crew on the Emmy Nods!!

    S’n’T

  46. Just a quickie…

    Firstly, sending my best to all those who have ailments, worries, and various other troubles. I read, but don’t always get to make a personal reply…so sending cyberhugs your way.

    Secondly, Doctor Who – Someone asked me the other day if I like the show (sorry, forget who at the moment). Yes, I do – and I like the new Doctor very much. I’m one of the odd birds who liked Christopher Eccleston a little better than Tennant (I thought Eccleston was much sexier…go figger). My only problem is that I forget when it’s on, so I’ve missed a couple eps. Just gotta say, though, that those angels are the scariest things!

    Thirdly, had a temp filling put in my tooth, and getting a crown in September. I’m thinking of going with gold and rubies… 😉

    Fourthly, I came home to a message on my answering machine that the orthopaedic doc has looked at my EMG, cancelled my appointment for tomorrow, and scheduled surgery. Without ever meeting me (I saw his assistant the first time), or talking to me about anything. I really hate the medical system.

    Gotta run!

    das

  47. Das: I asked you about “Doctor Who”. I suppose I’m an odd bird myself, since I prefer Christopher Eccleston too. C. E. could belt out a silly line with such a straight face. Tennant was good but he seem waaayyy more hyper. BBC has been showing several episodes each day.
    Sorry to hear about your surgery. You need time to make plans.

  48. Love all the ‘New Who’ Doctors as well, and I’m in the group that loves CE too. He was just… *sigh*.

    And also to all those suffering, big cyberhugs your way too!

  49. Tsamina mina eh, eh
    Waka waka eh, eh
    Tsamina mina zangalewa
    This time for Africa

    bravo spain…
    spain will be the next champion..

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