Hey, check out what was delivered to Brad’s office yesterday afternoon…

Chotto cool, n’est ce pas?  I plan to head back to Brad’s office Monday morning while he’s away on a scout and shatter the glass case so I can take some better pictures.

Hey, I spoke to Golden Boy Martin Gero today.  He says hi.  He seems very busy and very happy – but I can’t help but think that happiness is tinged with a touch of melancholy at the memories of his good times on Stargate.  That boy will bury us all.  Not because he’s ambitious or necessarily destined for success but because he’s got that crazy look in his eyes that makes me think he would literally like to bury us which is why, when he was at Stargate, we made sure he got the office next to Carl’s.

After watching the second hour of Wednesday’s MasterChef (hamburger battle) episode (Uh, is that Joe Bastianich supposed to come off as a smug jerk?), we decided to fuel up after our morning work-out with – what else? – hamburgers.  We headed over to Romer’s Burger Bar –

Akemi has a burger hankering.

She went with the So Cal Burger: Fraser Valley turkey, fresh-sliced avocado, Soleggiati tomatoes, organic watercress, red onion, orange mayo.

While I went with the Green Chili Chicken Cheddar: Lemon griddled free-run chicken breast, house-made green chili sauce, fresh avocado, minced red onion, plenty of cheddar, Habanero Pepper Verdelait

Akemi is a huge fan of the brioche buns.


On our way home, we came across this little guy.

His name is Monty.

At three years of age, he'd make the perfect match for...

THIS eligible young lady. What do you think? Is there a possible future between them?

Later this afternoon, Akemi drew on her Pierre Marcolini Cafe experience to make truffles…

Hot cream is added to Callebaut dark chocolate then mixed until thick and refrigerated.

Once cooled, the chocolate is cut and rolled in cocoa powder.

Needless to say, they were delicious.  Tomorrow, when she makes another batch, I plan to join in and start experimenting.  Any requests?  Das?

Today’s blog is dedicated to everyone.  Well, everyone reading this.  Those of you unaware of the dedication are out of luck.


dasNdanger writes: “You’re a good man, Joe…even if you never send me any chocolate.”

Answer: I’ve been reading about a looming chocolate shortage and have started hoarding.  I could send you a package of Good & Plenty instead.

DP writes: “Ashleigh is swinging her cell phone in her sweater pocket and not ordering custom-fit frames for your wall hangings.”

Answer: Correct on both counts!

asms writes: “Let us know who you get.”

Answer: Hmmm.  I was unable to attend my NFL fantasy draft so the program selected for me.  Starting line-up = QB Matt Schaub (Texans), RB’s Shonn Greene (Jets), Frank Gore (49ers), WR’s Brandon Marshall (Dolphins), Percy Harvin (Vikings), TE Jason Witten (Cowboys), and W/R Arian Foster (Texans), K Rob Bironas (Titans), DEF (Baltimore Ravens).  The bench = RB’s Willis McGahee (Ravens), Michael Bush (Raiders), Toby Gerhart (Vikings), WR’s Dez Bryant (Cowboys), Nate Burleson (Lions), Davone Bess (Dolphins).  I’m thinking of making changes.

Bailey writes: “Ashleigh is right there in front of you! Go for eeet!”

Answer: Should I ask her boyfriend’s permission first or simply assume he’d be cool with it?

Phil writes: “Its been established that Stargates (or Milky Way ones at least) provide correlative updates to tell each other where they are. Will it be explained how this applies to Destiny? It’s constantly moving so wouldn’t it have to start the update process every time it enters a new galaxy?”

Answer: It won’t be explained in-story but one can assume that Destiny simply detects gates in range.

StuartB writes: “How come you never go get Mexican or post photos of Mexican food?  Vancouver has got to have some good hole in the wall locations…”

Answer: Really?  Where?

Gravy writes: “What sort of precautions are taken against wildlife (eg. bears) when you’re shooting on location?”

Answer: Whenever we shoot in wilderrness settings, one of the onset P.A.’s is covered in bacon and made to roam the periphery of the location, drawing away potential carnivores (ie. bears, cougars, hungry crew members, etc.).

Kymm writes: “If someone were to ask you specifics about a book that you had read in the past, say 5 years ago or longer, would you remember?”

Answer: It really depends on the book.

PattyO writes: “Question: how is it decided who will direct each episode? Does it just rotate, or do some directors only direct some particular writers? Is there a rhyme or reason to it or completely random?”

Answer: We set a rotation, shifting slots to accommodate guest directors or potential scheduling conflicts.

TBA writes: “What is the current status of the Lucian Alliance? Is it now a loose coalition of warlords, or is there another big leader?”

Answer: More of a loose coalition with a hierarchical structure similar to that of contemporary criminal organizations.

Shawn Cassidy writes: “I have a story idea (don’t worry, it’s not a pitch), and I’ve always wanted to sit down and hammer it out. If I was to actually put it down on paper (digital media now), to shop around to a potential agent or publisher, what method would you recommend? Write it up as a novel, script, notes? What software is typically used to write scripts? Is it just done in MS WORD?”

Answer: Hate to be the bearer of bad news but unless you’re Aaron Sorkin or David E. Kelley, you’re going to need a lot more than a great idea.  You’re going to need a script to go along with that great idea and you’ll have to write it in either Final Draft of Movie Magic Screenwriter.

Craig writes: “…will we see any other new rooms/parts of Destiny uncovered?”

Answer: Yes.

Nathan writes: “Are there going to be any encounters in season 2 with the race that created that planet in “Faith”?”

Answer: In a matter of speaking, yes…

Becky writes: “Can you say, does an MFA increase one’s chances of getting anywhere? Are studios/agents more inclined to consider a script from someone who has a degree than someone who doesn’t?”

Answer: An MFA is more likely to help you study and hone your craft than it would land you a staff position.  And the end of the day, it all comes down to your writing ability – as demonstrated in whatever spec script you happen to submit.

Jadeski writes: “Also, Joe, could you ask Ashleigh where she got her top? And if I can get it in Australia?”

Anwer: According to Ashleigh, she got it in China.  Closer to you than us.

Meshakhad writes: “1. Are there any Jaffa among the ranks of the Lucian Alliance forces on Destiny? Are there any women apart from Commander Kiva? And on a related note, is Rush the only non-American of the original crew?”

Answers: No Jaffa.  Yes, women.  And – that we know of.

“2. Have there been any Jews on Stargate? General Hammond did use a Yiddish expression (“From your mouth to G-d’s ears”) in the Season Two premiere of SG-1, which my mom took as evidence that he is Jewish. Also, Eli seems like he might be Jewish.”

Answer: I don’t recall, but I’m sure there were.

“3. Is Eli’s new love interest a) a member of Destiny’s original crew; b) a member of the Lucian Alliance, or c) none of the above?”

Answer: What love interest?

“4. Where do the various crew families live on Earth?”

Answer: All over the country.

“And while we’re on the subject of Earth, how are the people from Destiny getting around? Are we not seeing the several hours they spend in commercial airliners or military jets? Do they use beaming or other alien technology? Or am I wrong about this and all the crew families live within driving distance of D.C.?”

Answer: The military escorts them to meet with their loves ones.  And, yes, we’re leaving those hours of air travel to your imagination.

Jennifer G. writes: “Do you make your own pasta?”

Answer: I don’t.  I know, I know.  Shameful.

Chris Anderson writes: “Any helpful suggestions on where he should be looking in Vancouver as well any little known facts about working and obtaining a job in Canada?”

Answer: Hmmm.  I’ll have to get back to you on this one.

MarieWynn writes: “1) You obviously enjoyed writing for the character of Vala (and as a Vala fan I thank you). Assuming the Lucian Alliance storyline continues, has there been any talk of bringing in her character on SGU since she has experience with them?”

Answer: Alas, although there were instances where we glimpsed her more serious side, Vala’s broad sense of humor makes her a difficult fit on SGU.  Still, I love the character and I’m holding out hope for that Vala/McKay/Ronon/Woolsey dream team spin-off.

2) There’s been a lot of talk concerning whether or not Vala will be in the SG-1 movie since Brad Wright said that there isn’t a place for her in it and Claudia Black has said that she has yet to be approached. Assuming you have read the script, are there any hints you can give us as to why there won’t be a place for her, even as a brief appearance? Any chance you might be willing to borrow her character for Atlantis?

Answer: Sorry, can’t say much about the SG-1 script, Stargate: Revolution, mainly because I read an early first draft and much can still change…

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the model is gorgeous, right down to the busted window and big slash topside…nice!


The brioche buns look divine, but I thought you went for HAMBURGERS. Those items you displayed look tasty, but I don’t see how you can go to a hamburger place and get glorified turkey and chicken sandmiches
Hurrah! I got a dedication, and didn’t even ask for it!. Ok, so I’m sharing it with a few, um, several, um, a boatload of folks. But that’s ok. I will cherish the honor with all due humility.
Thanks for the juicy mailbag, and the answer is yes in reference to Lulu and her prospective suitor.

Lisa R
Lisa R

Love, love, love the pictures of the Destiny model. Any chance that would eventually be for sale?? Pretty please??

Oh, I’ve got my brother planning to check out SGU for Season 2, and he might even come to this blog. I told him how great it was!!!

Finally, I was first to post. smile

Have a good night!


holy destiny, i want that.


>>Have there been any Jews on Stargate? << Your mother was hopeful, but nothing about Hammond from his name or his grandkids. Nor is the expression just common to Jews.

Sadly SG has not been nice to MOT (Members of the Tribe)… there were no civilizations for us… went from ancient Egypt to Christianity as if thousands of years of Jews didn't matter. The only CLEAR Jewish character, Rothman, got killed. He was also so, well let me let that one go. As for Eli… seems Jewish but they aren't willing to commit obviously.

Guess on SG you can be black, Russian, lesbian, Chinese, in a wheel chair or most any human variety except Jewish and have a main role. I have whined about this before though.


left out grandkids “indicate it.”


Holy… That is one friggin awesome Destiny model.

Speaking about Destiny. I was wondering about it’s overall size compared to Daedalus class ships, Is it much bigger then those? Perhaps as big as a Ancient Orion class ship? But certainly not as big as Atlantis?

Can’t wait till SGU starts next month, I just bought the 1st season on blu-ray a couple of weeks ago. And I’m planning a little marathon viewing session before the new season starts.

Kind regards,

sci-fi guy
sci-fi guy

please don’t shatter the glass! I took a lot of care in getting it right.
also, lots and LOTS of pictures were taken before I sealed it up wink

also, I may have flown it around the shop a few times wink


(ARRGHH, seems I posted my mailbag questions a little too late. Guess I have to repost)

Hey, Joe.

How’s it going? Got a couple of questions.

I.) I’m sorry you guys didn’t win the Emmy for Visual Effects, losing it to CSI even. In fact, not only was I annoyed that it beat out SGU, I was pretty ticked off that something such as CSI somehow managed to beat out 4 freaking sci-fi shows. That is, until I saw the scene that CSI won it for.


I don’t know. What do you think? Did that deserve to win?

2.) Furthermore, how does that stack up to what we’ll see in season 2 of SGU?

Thanks for your responses.

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle



Handmade ground beef patties, topped with sharp cheddar cheese,
wrapped in a bacon weave, then the next step, add hotdogs as the heads, legs with slits for toes and tail.

Next step. Place on an oven rack, covered loosely with foil and baked for 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees.
A little crispy, not too crunchy…just how a turtle should be, no?..

just sent to me via email… so cool yet… hahahaha


Wow, that model is a work of art! Who did that? After you smash the glass to get better close-up pictures, maybe you could throw it across the room and take an “in flight” picture so we can see what it looks like in mid-air?


i kinda feel like making truffles now. Made arancini today.


Tomorrow, when she makes another batch, I plan to join in and start experimenting. Any requests?

peanut butter!

BTW you look ridiculously happy in the reflection of that model case.


Das said: @ Gilder – You are a much wilder woman than I ever imagined!

Yes, the mid-90’s (my late 30’s) were interesting times…


The Destiny model is very cool. Where did it come from?

Answer: It really depends on the book.
That make’s sense… Thank you for answering my question, ‘preciate it.

Ohhh next time I’m in Van. I would definitely like to try the Pork/Stilton burger, and the Maple Bacon Pork burger… w the Drunken Doughnuts for dessert. I’m not a huge salad eater but that watermelon, feta and watercress salad sounds interesting. (If the watermelon is nice and crispy, I hate soggy/soft watermelon). Isn’t this the place where you had those fries (pictured a bit ago on the blog). They looked REALLY good…

@ Annie from Fremantle – I’d also want to try the turtle burger(s)!! Very cute!!

Have a Good One!!


Ooops that should read a Port and Stilton burger (not a Pork and Stilton burger).



@sci-fi guy: That is the most realistic model I’ve seen of, well, anything!!! Amazing job. Now when do they go on the market?????????

Can’t wait for S2!



btw where is the atlantis model joe? Did you break into that one as well razz


Hi Joe,

OMGosh! A “Vala/McKay/Ronon/Woolsey dream team spin-off!” Made me laugh right out loud picturing a cowering McKay and bewildered Woolsey backing away from Vala’s innuendo and irrational wit with Ronon standing his ground, arms crossed and glaring, yet not understanding a word she said! *giggle*

As for Lulu, I’m surprised she’s unaltered – how old is she again? Besides, I thought Frenchies couldn’t, you know…, don’t they have to be artificially inseminated? NTM the difficulty in whelping, poor darlings.

Did DP win the “What the hell is Ashleigh doing?” Contest?

Smiles, Julie

@Gilder – how’s the knee?

sci-fi guy
sci-fi guy

The model was made at the model shop (who make all the props for SGU). It was 3d printed, and is ridiculously fragile.
we’re unsure how it could go on the market without a)3d printing each one (which is expensive, and molds) and b) being RIDICULOUSLY FRAGILE.

also, for those who look closely, there is a shuttle on the top wink


Seriously…who made that Destiny model?


That is really awesome! It’s right up there with pg15’s Lego version. How long did that take to make? What is it made of? How is it put together? What else can you make? What do you do for a living?


Answer: I’ve been reading about a looming chocolate shortage and have started hoarding. I could send you a package of Good & Plenty instead.

As I recall, sir…*I* was the one who alerted you to the ‘looming chocolate shortage*. I think that calls for TWO packages of extra dark chocolate! (No nuts please!)

Tomorrow, when she makes another batch, I plan to join in and start experimenting. Any requests? Das?

Sure! MINT! twisted TWO packages! Remember! Write it down, ON YOUR FOREHEAD! WITH A SHARPIE MARKER! (‘Cause, ya know, I’m guessin’ you check yourself in the mirror about 50 times a day… wink ).

Oh, but wait for cooler weather to ship that out. We’re due for yet another heat wave this upcoming week. And then the hurricane…and then…

Ya know. I’ll haveta get back to you about that shipment. Right now seems a little iffy. So, make whatever flavors you’d like. How’s about…*rubs chin thoughtfully* ACK! A whisker! I hate those things. mad

Anyhoo…not quite sure how you add flavor to the truffles, seeing as how you didn’t explain that. Does it have to be liquid, or can it be something thicker, like peanut butter? Peanut butter sounds good to me (hey, it works for Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups!). If it needs to be something more liquidy, and if it was me – I’d say booze. However, you don’t like alcohol in your chocolate (weirdo), so I’d go with…spices, like cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice – just a hint), or hot pepper flakes (not sure how that would work with the flavor), or coffee extract (if you have it), or…OH CRAP!!!! LOOKIE WHAT I JUST FOUND!!!!

I WANT!!!!




I think my brain jus’ ‘sploded.




I think sci-fi guy just landed himself a Q&A on this blog!


Peanut butter choc, mint or coconut please! Nuts are cool too.

@Whoever posted those turtle burgers- they’re cute and look tasty; alas, my arteries would hate me, but my belly would love it.


(or fourorfivesome, depending on BF and Akemi’s tastes!)