Yesterday, we hit the annual Greek Fest on Boundary Road…

Headed to the Greek fest: Ashleigh, a jubilant Remi, and some border guard we picked up along the way.

From right to left: Kerry, Carl, and extra special guest star Ming-Na!

Gyros up front, spit-roasted lamb in the back.

Kerry, just delighted to be in the company of friends. Carl, just interested in his food.

For real?!

Remi and Linda, ready for some power eating.

Ashleigh sweeps down on dessert like a seagull on french fries.

Ming loving her new iPhone. They were inseparable throughout the outing.

Lawren is soooooooo excited about that gryo.

I ended up scoring a half kilo of pure Athens Gold.

The sweetest dessert known to man: baklava! I finished it off and then was dizzy for the rest of the afternoon.

Loukamades, the Greek version of doughnut hole treats! Aristophanes used to love 'em.

It was a welcome warm and sunny respite from the dank and dark environs of the editing suit where I had spent most of the day, working on my producer’s cut of Resurgence with ace editor Mike “Marverick” Banas (see last issue, ed.).  It’s going to be a terrific episode, especially once Mark Savela and co. deliver the finished visual effects.

Speaking of Mark and our brilliant VFX team – congratulations go out to them on not one but TWO Emmy Nominations, one for Air, the other for Space. Read all about it here:

http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Visual+effects+Emmy+nominations+show+ficapital/3254862/story.html

and here:

http://www.theprovince.com/entertainment/Shot+visual+effects+community/3254730/story.html

So, I gathered up your questions for Louis and sent them his way.  The next day, he emailed me back something along the lines of “Holy crap!  There’s a lot of ’em!”.  He suggested swinging by my office and fielding the questions while I transcribed his responses.  I offered up an even better idea: he swings by the office and I’ll just videotape his answers.  Well, a scheduling snafu resulted in Louis having to come in today, a day into his hiatus, something he was more than happy to do despite the fact that he was already in holiday mode…

This is what you get when you make an actor come in on his day off.

After shooting his scene, he dropped by the production offices to spread some summer cheer…

At this point, I think he was already on his third pina colada.

…and, of course, answer some questions.  So here we go with the first installment of an interview series I’m calling The Pineapple Diaries:

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Arlan
Arlan

Video is great! Looking forward to future installments. You need to get more of the actors to do video interviews.

And if he’s the serious one…

susan the tartan turtle
susan the tartan turtle

The jacket being worn by Louis Ferreira is beyond hideous. I realise that he was in a summery mood and it did cheer things up.

But – who would design such an item? And did these designers actually expect that people would purchase it?

wink

noelm
noelm

LOL! I love the video interview!

Ponytail
Ponytail

Too short a video. But nice pool jacket! And could you scoot the pineapple over some next time. It’s blocking his pretty face.

I think you need to video everyone who comes in your office. Either you’d have no friends and get lots of work done, or everyone would be super nice to you while visiting.

My gosh, Will Waring is so handsome!!!!!

PS: are you reading my mind?

Lisa R.
Lisa R.

The video interview was great!!!!! Looking forward to seeing more. It was a nice anniversary present. (Today is my 16th wedding anniversary.)

I also liked the pictures of the Greek food. We have our own Greek festival here every September.

Have a great night.

morjana

Hi, Joe.

The io9 website has a review of Masked, edited by Lou Anders (that includes your contribution, “Downfall” ) at:

http://io9.com/5583647/the-book-that-anybody-who-writes-superhero-stuff-must-read?skyline=true&s=i

morjana

Hi, Joe.

LOL! Love the video … not too sure about Louis’ pool jacket though, I think I burned my eyes looking at it. (Too bright!)

Forgot to thank Mike Banas (and you) for his q &a yesterday.

Best wishes for everyone’s summer hiatus!

Gen
Gen

That outfit! I was cracking up even before the video started. Thanks Joe and Louis. Installment #2 comes…tomorrow, yes? grin

Elminster
Elminster

@ Mike Banas – Thanks for the comments, I now, however, must search every one of your episodes for Easter Eggs!

Elminster

Elminster
Elminster

Hey Joe. Congrats to Mark Savela for his Emmy nominations.

Elminster

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

That jacket is LOUDDDDD no wonder he’s wearing sunglasses wink

That is one big baklava..

Hey Joe! Make your own Loukoumades – recipe from chef George Colombaris, on the show Masterchef Australia;

Loukoumades

2-3L canola oil, for deep-frying
600g plain flour, plus ½ cup extra for dusting
40g dried yeast
750 mL water
1 tsp salt

For the loukoumades, place flour, yeast and 1 teaspoon salt into a large bowl. Heat 750ml of water to 42°C (or just above body temperature) to activate the yeast, then gradually pour into the flour mixture and whisk until smooth. Cover with cling wrap, then set aside in a warm place to prove for 30 minutes – 1 hour until the bowl is full and mixture is bubbly.

To finish the loukoumades, fill a deep-fryer or large saucepan with oil until one third full and preheat to 170°C.

Reach your hand into the batter and pull out a handful of batter, then pop them through your palm into the hot oil. Cook the loukoumades in the hot oil for 2-4 minutes until puffed and light golden. Use a slotted spoon to move loukoumades around in the hot oil so they brown evenly. Drain the loukoumades on paper towel.
Eat!

Grace

That was amazing. We howled for the whole two minutes of video you had posted.

yumenoko
yumenoko

Holy crap that was awesome. If he has a lot of questions to answer, this is going to be one long series of videos.

Bailey
Bailey

Lets do the Time Warp Again! (July 8?)
Cool vid with Luis!

Kymm
Kymm

That looks like such a beautiful day….not a cloud in the sky.

Ming Na is looking very glamorous as she models her new iPhone….

Mmm I love Gyros (and Greek ribs). Baklava is one of my favourite desserts. However, that is one mutant piece of Baklava, it’s HUGE. I would’ve had to have saved some for later….

Louis only answered ONE question. He was asked a million of ‘em. At this rate, you’re gonna be good for blog posts for the whole summer. Ahhhh maybe that’s your plan….

That was very nice of Louis to come in on his day off and to dress up for the occasion. We are truly honoured.

@ susan the tartan turtle – but someone DID buy the ‘lovely’ pool cover-up. (I’m just hoping it’s a joke and we haven’t hurt his feelings by questioning his taste in leisurewear).*chuckles*

Congrats everyone on the Emmy nods!!

Have a good one!!
Kymm

Randomness
Randomness

That’s because Louis is awesome so naturally he’l get a lot of questions, I think Lou Diamond got more on here I’m not entirely sure seems a lot of people myself included asked multiple questions. Young is my favourite SGU character anyways.

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Any misspellings here today are the result of blindness caused by that shirt. Ye gods that was gaudy! Loved the video format though. Perhaps you should consider posting on youtube or another forum that will allow longer videos?
Attending Shore Leave. Spent 10 minutes following/stalking another attendee. All because of a strong resemblence to a certain Mr. Cooper. Not that I really thought that Mr. Cooper would be here, but the resemblence was strong enough that I wasn’t satisfied until I saw the name tag. You and your pictures are having a bad effect on me. Torri Higginson is one of the guests, and I’m looking forward to seeing her.
Anyways, thanks for sharing with us. The greek fest looked nice, but for once it was something that I could find locally. Richmond puts on a pretty decent greek fest every year, and I didn’t see anything in the pics(well, other than the people attending) to make Vancouver’s version superior. Except now it’s 11pm and I have an urge for a gyro….

cat4444
cat4444

Loved the video, but holy crap that get-up is violent! I think I may have been somewhat blinded by it. If my next comment goes something like “dkid tktsns ttlidd”, then you’ll know that I did go blind.

I see that Will was in the background of one of those photos, so was that his pineapple Louis had in the pics and video?

Gilder
Gilder

*mutters* Of all the days for Joe to post a Flash video, it hadda be this one… *curses Apple for not letting iPhone play with Flash*

Zoomeister
Zoomeister

Hey, Joe.

Congrats on the noms. Hope you receive more in the near future.

Just have a few questions.

(I’ve probably posted this 4 or more times already. Mailbag questions seem to be more likely to be answered on the weekends. So I’m going to try my luck again.)

1.) Have you seen these?

http://forum.gateworld.net/threads/69538-Sgt.-Hunter-Riley-Discussion-Appreciation-(-SGU)

http://forum.gateworld.net/threads/75513-Riley-and-Brody-21-and-24

See? Riley has fans.

2.) Have you seen this, BTW?

http://io9.com/5565598/how-to-save-stargate-universe-season-2

Pretty interesting. What’s your take on it?

It’s not really here nor there with me but there’s one part of that I VEHEMENTLY disagree with and that’s the Riley part. Riley is just too awesome.

3.) Will you have an alien join the cast (and no, I don’t mean a Jaffa, Tok’ra or Lucien Alliance member)? PLEASE no “aliens/people with rubber foreheads” retread or any other human look-alikes. I mean a true, non-human looking alien. The majority of main-cast “aliens” in sci-fi television usually consist of humans wearing make-up and/or silly clothes and costumes. That’s pretty annoying. And this coming from someone who is a huge fan of Teal’c. Break that (rubber) mold.

Why not one of the Blues?

Having one of them onboard the ship would give insight into their race. Also, it not knowing how to speak English at first and examining how different it’s species is from humans both physically and culturally would make for a great story arc.

4.) Now that Lost is over, have you guys thought about poaching some of their crew a little? You know, people like script writers, directors, producers and other areas of production? Writers and directors as freelancers, at the very least? It would be very awesome to see Damon Lindelof join the SGU crew.

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

Looks like somebody’s gotten a little sun. Speaking of Louis, of course, it’s hard to determine your own complexion, Joe, from the dim reverse-shot in Ming-Na’s iPhone.

The pineapple. Ha.

fsmn36

LOL! He looks absurd and I am completely loving it. What a goof!

jojo
jojo

Congratulations on the Emmy Nom! They are both so deserved, especially for Space, where the FX are just awesome! Of course the script paved the way for those special effects, right?

Nadine Ramsden
Nadine Ramsden

Hey Joe,

Love the pictures of Mr. Ferreira… Patrick Gilmore shared one yesterday on Twitter that made me laugh like crazy.

Looks like you guys are enjoying the sun as much as I am! I’m just hoping it sticks around since it was looking more cloudy this evening… If this is all the sun we get this summer I’m going to be mighty unhappy.

Just wanted to share this, if you haven’t seen it yet, with a review on the “Masked” anthology.
An excerpt: “You might think superheroes are played out as heroic archetypes or sources of fresh stories. But you’d be wrong, and a new anthology, Masked, proves it. Anybody who writes superhero comics or movies, or just loves superheroes, should read it.”
http://io9.com/5583647/the-book-that-anybody-who-writes-superhero-stuff-must-read

How are the dogs with this heat?
Bella is loving it. She stays outside even when she gets too hot, then comes inside and flops on the cool hardwood, then goes back out again… And repeats the whole cycle.

Nadine

Luvnjack
Luvnjack

Oh, I heart him so much! <3 ADORABLE!