Well, damn.  This was my dogs’ reaction to the Georgia Bulldogs losing to SEC rival South Carolina today –

Bubba was so distraught he refused to even get in the picture.  I understand his disappointment given the Bulldogs’ lackluster performance.  They couldn’t tackle and could barely hold on to the ball – though, in retrospect, this isn’t surprising considering the size of their tiny little paws.  Oh well.

Some more super-secret vids from that super-secret set.  By the way, all these cool onscreen graphics come compliments of our amazing Playback department.  Their meetings may be tedious but their work is fantastic –

I woke up early to start work on my truffles only to discover that the chocolate I bought yesterday marked 70% cocoa was actually 99%!  I ended up having to improvise with the only chocolate I had – a 72% chili-chocolate.  And so, I ended up making Maple-Walnut Chili-Dark Chocolate Truffles.

After lunch, I swung by the store, exchanged the 99% for the far more palatable 70% and attempted another new flavor.  Now, I’m not going to say what it is, but I’ll give you a hint –

Spoke to Martin Gero today and thanked him for being a gentlemen and coming to the defense of a cast member at the last Dragon Con.  Apparently, during a panel, several doofus Atlantis fans chose to target her with their petty misplaced anger.  Marty G., bless his chivalrous soul, was having none of it.  For her part, the actress shrugged it off as just another part of life in scifi.  Many of the SGU actors are new to all this and can be excused for wanting to give a certain section of fandom the benefit of the doubt.  But recent infantile fan behavior, while disappointing to some, confirms what I’ve been saying all along.  Thanks for proving me right, guys!  You’re as predictable as a bunch of six years olds.

Hey, check out who I happened across yesterday on set –

Flashing that Homeworld Command badge.

What’s with Woolsey?  And McKay?  And Telford in those dress blues?  Flashback?  Fantasy?  Alternate reality?

Maybe all or none of the aforementioned.

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Destiny Control Room Hubs maybe? That would be my guess. And I think Atlantis has something to do with the unlocking of the 9th chevron– maybe they found a way, buried in the ancient database, to hop aboard Destiny with supplies and stuff? Or maybe in an alternate reality McKay and Wolsey were part of the Destiny crew?

My bet is on a flashback. Who knows? Well, nobody will untill the episode airs so its anyones guess smile

Oh, and those truffles look delicious! It all makes me want to take up making deserts razz

Matt Silver
Matt Silver

Some idiots actually singled out an SGU cast member and started railing on her because they don’t have SGA anymore? Really?

That’s just fucking disgusting, seriously. Not a proud fandom moment.


For the life of me, I don’t understand why folks chose to point their anger of the ending of SGA? which ever of the actors were accosted let me be the first to offer an apology and please understand that while many of us do miss having SGA and wished that its demised had not happen the way it did, that in no way gives anyone the right in anyway to approached and say negative about the producer or the actors themselves.
Please those of you who can not separate fantasy from reality we had five great years of production and as the fin life of mgm improves we will have some resolution for that show, now we have opportunity to the growth of a new show. lets try and adult and mature when inter-reacting with the actors


when l started writing I believe that I was first!!


Wow, no class whatsoever. I had not heard about the Dragon Con incident.

Thanks for the info about Facebook. I was saying that to my friend a few months back, that Facebook and Twitter were exercises in narcissism (myself included). But low self-esteem? I don’t think so. For me, it is more about not feeling so isolated. It’s been great hooking up with friends from high school, connecting with other families with kids with autism, and amusement on how many people will “unfriend” me because of my SGU & Caprica obsessions. LOL. People who know me on Twitter know I have gone to Twitter-jail for overtweeting (there is a limit on how many tweets per hour you can post–I think it is 75-100 per hour) about SGU on the nights SGU airs.

We had a great time celebrating Jeff’s birthday on Saturday. We saw “The Other Guys” which was very funny, but the lunch was awful (waited 50 minutes for our main course entries which we then had to ask for to-go boxes because our babysitter had to leave at a certain time). We also had birthday cake later. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the dinner date we had to celebrate our engagement), this was about a 4 with the only redeeming part being the company of each other.


Hello Joe!

I check your blog from time to time because you lead a rather interesting life. I love checking out the foodie stuff. smile

I’m an Atlantis fan who hasn’t really fallen in love with SGU. It’s not my cup of tea, but that’s no one’s fault. I’d like to point out one thing. The terrorists don’t represent Islam/Muslims entirely, they are a fanatical fraction of the Muslim community. The same is true with rabid fans that attack SGU people/show.

They are just a small number of mean people. I’m sure that there are many people out there like me who just do not care about SGU. It’s just not important to me, but I do have respect for the actors (who are not responsible for the cancellation.)

I just wanted to remind you that just because a small group of people misbehave at an event, it doesn’t mean that all of us are that rabid. I care about SGU as much as you do about the Ohio State Buckeyes, but I’m not about to insult anyone for it. wink However, if you rooted for Michigan, then I’d be forced to curse you by wishing that all chocolate and nutella would taste like doggie poo to you only for all eternity (insert evil laughter). Just kidding wink But, seriously, aren’t you glad you didn’t go for Michigan? razz



Joe what right do these people have to be called “fans”. At what point do you draw the line between criticism and whining?


Perhaps you should offer your troops as mascots for the GB (they seem to have the bulldog look down) or perhaps send GB some truffles to give them a caffeine/sugar high before a game.


Okay, although I don’t agree with it, I can understand why some people feel that SGU had a part in the cancellation of Atlantis due to the 2 decisions coinciding with each other time wise. And if anyone who is reading this is one of those people who feel that way, that’s fine because you’re entitled to your own opinions. I’ve heard people say that since they are upset w/ Atlantis being gone that they’re not going to watch SGU… or did watch it at the start but never gave the show an honest chance because of pre-determined prejudices. Here is something to consider though… just like w/ SG-1, there is still a possibility that Atlantis can continue on in movie format. Of course given MGM’s current financial situation an Atlantis movie is not an immediate possibility, but it is a long-term possibility. No, a 2 hour movie is not the same as a 20 hour season, but it still allows for the show (the storyline, and the characters) to stay current and alive. How many other canceled shows can that be said of??? Think of all the TV shows you’ve watched over the years. Usually when a show is scrubbed off the air it is gone for good, with the characters never to be seen or heard from again. However with the Stargate franchise it is different. Why? Because for almost 15 years now Stargate has been on television non-stop. And before you start knocking SGU, consider this… if SGU goes off the air after this season then there won’t be any Stargate programming going on. And if the lights are out at the studio then that means nothing is being filmed… not a TV show, not a movie, not even any behind-the-scenes antics. However if Universe does get renewed for a 3rd season, because of good ratings during Season 2, then that means that the ball keeps rolling… it greater increases the possibility of Stargate movies. Some people have mentioned that they do not care for the different format and/or storytelling that SGU goes by since it differs somewhat from SG-1 & Atlantis, and that is fine if you feel that way but realize that there is a reason for the different format/storytelling… this Stargate team is in a different situation than what the teams in the other previous shows have faced, which allows the possibility to have Stargate stories from a whole new perspective (i.e.- it’s growing the brand allowing the Stargate world to be used in a different way; just like Deep Space 9 did for the Star Trek brand… and in retrospect DS9 put out some of the best thought provoking storylines ever written in Star Trek lore). Plus SGU is being used to still keep the characters and storylines from SG-1 & Atlantis alive and current. If not for SGU we wouldn’t know that Jack is now a 3-star General (and doesn’t know his way around the Destiny), we wouldn’t have seen Sam in… Read more »


Well, for once your truffles would be safe from me. The first batch has too many flavours for my taste, and as for the second batch, I don’t like Guinness, so someone else is welcome to these ones… but I’ll call dibs on the next ones…

I guess I don’t understand the animosity, and why they can’t let it go after all of this time. After all, it’s been so long, and to sustain that level of anger, over a television show, is kinda… what’s the word I’m looking for… unusual… umm… nope, I’ll probably think of the word tomorrow. But suffice it to say, it’s not appropriate to take it out on the actors, they should perhaps try putting themselves in the actor’s shoes. If someone were to offer them a dream job (in their particular field), would they decline it (even if their predecessor were *unfairly* fired)? I don’t think they would. IMHO.

It’s nice to see the Doctor again…

Well, anyway, it’s late… I’m going to try and get some sleep, even though I’m not tired… *sigh*

Have a good one!!

P.S. – I’m surprised that your pups haven’t gone on strike for equal billing… Max is the only one in your blog’s header; he must get tormented/teased a lot for being Dad’s favourite… Can’t you just hear them in puppy therapy, “Well, you were ALWAYS Dad’s favourite…”


I think the TPTB have set up the SGU cast for problems with the rabid portion of the fanbase. Since I don’t recall any of the showrunners (BW,RC,JM,PM) remarking about who actually cancel SGA and when that decision was make. The buck must stop with somebody. It doen’t help that SGA was announced cancel one day and SGU green-lited the next day.

Also the showrunners had been scarce at conventions to answer the concerns of the SGA fans. So the current SGU cast became defacto spokespersons for the missing showrunners. Even when they are clueless about the interlude between SGA & SGU with the possible exception of David Blue. What happen to the promise SGA movie?

Sadly the move into Tuesday will not do the SGU ratings any good. IIRC the competing shows are Glee, NCIS and No Ordinary Family. Especially with the non-advertising of SGU on Skiffy. Casual viewers will presume SGU is canceled if it is not there on Friday and without ads to point them to Tuesday night. It risky to move a show into a different day of the week now. most people will not bother looking for it elsewhere.


G’day Joe

Unfortunately there are morons in this world.
Thanks GOD (which ever GOD you believe in) there are beautiful people like Marty G.
All morons should be neutered at birth.


The design of the view screens for somewhere in Destiny is a bit strange. Why would you have individualized irregular screen display formats. Almost all modern information displays are customize on regular common display formats. Like the 1920×1080 display for high end big screen TV. Especially in places like a ship’s bridge or airplane cockpit, so information data could be switch between different displays.


Ohh jebus. Again with those guys… I hope the actress – or anyone else – won’t think less about rest of the SG fans because of few morons. I’m so angry I can’t even think what to type. Angry, and even embarrassed.


1 the priors of oris used stargate to go to our galaxy
Was it due to their powers ?
Did they use a power source like ZPM ?

2 There is a big difference of size between a supergate and a stargate.
Is it a problem if we send a traveler without ship by this one to contact a stargate ?

3 Why atlantis would vaporize if we used the engine with whirlpool?
Is it possible to mitigate this problem?

4 is the crystal skulls could be usefull to contact the destiny if we had one of them in the ship ?
We don’t know how to use them, but our allies could show us how to use these ones


Choose a team because of your love of canines, and face disappointment. Pick teams because guys with axes and swords are cool, be disappointed. I feel your pain…
Thanks to Marty G. for his standing up to our fortunately small, albiet extremely vocal loony fringe. Short of hitting these folks with a hammer on the head, hoping the trauma will counteract their normal idiocy, I fear that the only way to deal with them is reactive, not proactive.
Im not even going to guess as to the circumstances of the storyline bringing Woolsey and McKay into the episode. I’m just estatic these two characters, and the actors who play them, will be showing up in SGU. SGU is holding my attention, but I have to admit it just doesnt feel like SG. I know that was the intention, to move in a different direction. I think it’s a shame it still comes off as a bit of a BSG wannabe. But it’s still got potential, it is still original sci fi programming, and it’s still got a solid production crew working on it. And the writers aren’t all that shabby either.
Anyways, thanks as always for the post and the pics. But get Bubba out of his sulk so we can make sure he’s doing well.

Lisa R
Lisa R

Joe, sorry about Georgia, but thought you might enjoy this. smile


Hopefully, they will do better next week for you.

Wow! What people will do to get attention. I had thought about going to Dragon Con, but wasn’t able to. Now, I wish I could have given those people a piece of my mind. There is just no excuse for bad behavior. You guys really put yourselves out there for the fandom, and I, for one, appreciate it. Hope the actress knows there are alot of people out there who appreciate what does.

Have a good day! Oh, by the way, I loved the pictures of the chocolate.


The % of cocoa does make a difference in the truffle, I did not know that. and I think the next batch)(secret ingred) might be kinda tasty, not diluted??
Good going Marty G,(he is a gentleman) some people just don’t get rude behavior, is it a different generation thing or just no fetching up.? And Joe, are you right alot???(teasing)
@das, Hope Mr das is better today and didn’t mess up his hand by not doing as the doctor said, men, somedays… hope you are faring better today also.
I thought the other day the someone in the space suit was Brody, maybe ran out of ingredients for the still and went to get barnacles off the hull of the ship, maybe.
And thanks for Bob Picardo pix, dashing as ever is he! wink
Facebook-not a member, is it still even popular?, ha.!
Have a great day!


Expressing a polite dislike of the show to one of the actors, doesn’t seem out of line to me, but being rude certainly is wrong.
While I remain very bitter about the cancellation of SGA, I wouldn’t think to be rude to one of the actors on SGU. I’m sorry that a few badly behaved people could be seen to represent those of us with similar feelings.
Although I wish SGU had never happened, I’m certainly not going to throw anything nasty at the cast and crew of the show.


Heya, Joe…

I tried to wait up for your new entry, but – alas – at 1:00 am I figured it was time to go to bed. razz Probably better I did go to bed, because getting into a rant that late at night isn’t a good thing. So, now that I’m all refreshed, lemme just say this about disgruntled SGA fans:

Can’t we just feed ’em all to Todd? Pleeeeease?? I mean…isn’t he right here on earth? He must be quite peckish by now…though I don’t know if he’ll actually enjoy feeding on such a bitter snack. In fact, I’m fairly sure he’d spit them all right back out. wink Yeah, yeah…I know…he’s not real…but it’s a nice thought, isn’t it? Oh, and that movie? I figure the biggest problem with getting it made has to do with MGM’s dire financial situation, but the overly negative attitude of a very vocal group of fans can’t be helping, either. Why make something that – at this point – you figure will be met with such negativity it’ll ruin it for everyone – sensible fans and actors alike? “OMG! Can you believe they gave Keller more than 2 lines! It’s an abomination!! I’m outraged!! They ruined the whole movie!!! Let’s start a ‘Kill Keller’ campaign!!” roll Sadly, I fear it will be just like that.

Onto more positive things…

September 11th is the anniversary of the day hubby and I met – waaaay back in 1988, in our house of worship. smile We celebrated yesterday by going to the Roar to the Shore:


The 2007 gallery pics are the best example of what the weekend is like – thousands of bikes to drool over, and lots of good food (I had hot Italian sausage with fried peppers and onions and a dash of tomato sauce on a hoagie roll – DE-lish!). Had a great time, and saw some beautiful and seriously badass bikes (I love the traditional black/chrome combo – not a fan of colored paint or crotch rockets).

At least this year I didn’t make the same mistake I made a few years back. Something told me NOT to walk through the crowd staying at the motel with the heavily armed police presence…but did I listen?! Nooooooooo. Nothing like thinking, “Lalalala….hmmm…why are these guys all glaring at me. Sheesh. Paranoid, are we? It’s not like I’m gonna touch their precious bikes. I’m just looking ’em over because they’re nice bikes…and, oh…look…they’re all wearing the same jackets…and it says…’P…A…G…’ ACK! PAGANS! Omgomg! Don’t breathe, you might knock a bike over! And god forbid, do NOT fart, they might think you’re firing off a grenade launcher!”

Yeah, I got out of there, quick. razz


annie from fremantle
annie from fremantle

Thanks for proving me right, guys! You’re as predictable as a bunch of six years olds.

Well said..

Disgusting behaviour from such infantile drongos… they should stay at home and continue rerunning their dvds whilst missing out on such a great new series that is SGU. Their loss.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

So sorry about the SGA fan going off on actress! I miss SGA, also but….why take it out on the actors? Actors have the least say in a show’s demise. Sounds like this fan has a problem with mental illness.

Facebook? I agree with PBmom. It’s a nice way of keeping touch with old friends. My hubby uses FB to interact with his clients. He is the “computer friend” you call when your computer has problems and who, you could hang out with after hours. It works for him.

Das: love the olives but they very salty. I’m going to try my cherry pitter on them today and make a sandwich. The goat feta is smoother.
I hope hubby is ok today.

PBmom: glad you had a good time but sorry about the dinner. I don’t go to high end places a lot but 50 minutes does sound waaay to long a wait.


The SGA/SGU divide seems to border on hooliganism at times (minus the beer bottle throwing, or is that next?) Glad someone came to her defense…

On the displays, this may be too technical for you to answer, but what software/hardware does the Playback Department use to animate those displays? I’m an engineer, and I’m just being curious…

On a separate tack, what about a Q&A with someone from the Prop and/or Playback Departments? Or would your blog suffer a catastrophic hit-drop of mind-numbing proportions? (yea, I know how the general public responds to tech talk!) wink


Wow…I’m sorry to hear that about one of the Dragon*Con panels. I wasn’t there but now I wish I had been, if only to help shut those people up. I was, though, at the Creation Con in Chicago the weekend before and I think most of the fans were well behaved. Tell the cast member that I am sorry some fans feel the need to be rude and that I truly enjoyed meeting her in Chicago!

As for your Georgia Bulldogs, what can I say? Sure LSU won but they were playing Vanderbilt and they played like crap! That’s what happens when you don’t have a quarterback.

Hope your Guinness truffles turned out well! If you need someone to sample them, I readily volunteer!

Geaux Tigers!


I bet you’ve seen this but if you haven’t, here it is for your pleasure.


Have you ever had rum and milk?