My gal Jelly (pictured above) suffers from hip dysplasia and arthritic shoulders and elbows.  It got so bad that she was barely able to walk, so I looked into possible treatments for her condition.  Major surgery is an option to replace the ball joints of her hips, but its an extremely invasive procedure and, going on thirteen, I’m not convinced she’d be able to handle it.  And so, I looked into alternate treatments – supplements to strengthen her joins, pain medication and, most recently, a stem cell procedure (documented a few months back) that resulted in dramatic improvement in her mood and mobility.  Unfortunately, over the past week or so, her condition has worsened. While her mood remains upbeat, her hindquarters seem to be weakening to the point where she can barely hold herself upright to pee.  Kristi from Vet-Stem has been following Jelly’s progress and suggested I take her in for a follow-up injection.  I discussed the option with Jelly’s doctor and, while he thinks we can certainly try it, he suspects Jelly’s problems may be even more complicated than what we assumed.  And so, next week, I’m taking my gal in to see a doggy neurologist (No kidding.  I didn’t even know they existed.) who’ll check her out and, possibly, recommend at cat scan (ironic, no?) to get to the root of the issue.  Sucks to get old.

Still, even though she’s slowed down, she clearly knows how to have fun…

Just in case you thought I’d forgotten all about you, I’ll be announcing my elite eight recipes in the “I Make the Best Whatever…” showdown later this weekend.  Lots of terrific-sounding/looking dishes to choose from!

Well, now – this is timely.  Tokyo maintains the title of Top Michelin City: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/101124/utravel/as_japan_michelin_guide

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mailbag:

Iom666 writes: “Is there an AI on Destiny itself ?”

Answer: Rush has suggested that, while Destiny does possess a certain awareness (ie. its ability to recognize and address insufficiencies in food, water, etc.), he stops short of saying it possesses intelligence.  His ability to interact with the avatars on the bridge would appear to be a result of the ship’s neural link; its ability to understand and communicate presumably a result of its absorption of Franklin whose brain patterns now function as template for human understanding.  Still, it appears to go one step further, by demonstrating what seems like empathy for Tamara – if, it really was behind her vision.  So, to answer your question…I dunno.  I just work here.

Michael Jones writes: “True, Destiny seems to be using the mind of the person having the visions to craft said visions, but they seem to show some level of character or personality.”

Answer: Agreed, although one could argue that what we perceive as personality is actually a personality construct manifested by Rush’s subconscious.

Laura writes: “I found Christopher Moore’s Bloodsucking Fiends at Indigo for 10 bucks and will probably read it over the holidays.”

Answer: It’s tough to stop at just one.  I started with Fool, then read Bloodsucking Fiends, and now have another half-dozen Moore books sitting on my to-read pile.

Joel writes: “It would seem then that as capable and as advanced as the obelisk/planet beings are, they are not as capable or as advanced as the creation message beings. Am I correct in believing that these entities are in fact different and that one is superior to the other?”

Answer: That assumption would appear to be correct.

KEK writes: “So are we to assume that their lack of ‘soul’ is he reason they died again, or what that just Caines theory?”

Answer: No.  It was a phsyiological design flaw (or re-design flaw to be more specific) that caused them to die again.  The lack of soul (or perception thereof) was a failure/byproduct of the process.

dasNdanger writes: “Ye didnae answer me wee question aboot Japan an’ whole grain rice!”

Answer: I asked Akemi and she claims there’s only one kind of rice in Japan.  And I’m assuming it aint whole grain.

Freeman writes: “Most of the ship was never explored or at least not yet, are there going to be any surprise stasis pods or anything like an ancient or two hiding somewhere on the ship?”

Answer: Well, now, wouldn’t that be interesting?  Please remember to file this comment and response away for future reference.  Like, say, late in season 2.

irish pete writes: “Hey Joe, i was looking at some old sg1 episodes and in an episode called ‘demons’ (season 3) the writer is carl binder. Is this the infamous moustache wearing, german supporting rogue that we all love/ hate/ are indifferent to?”

Answer: That be him!

Ben writes: “So, just for my peace of mind, what exactly happened to Caine? Is he dead, or still alive? He was still alive when the light appeared, but then he says he remembers his death. So, what’s going on there?”

Answer: One could draw the following conclusion from having watched the episode – Caine and the others died on the planet (in Caine’s case, it was on the heels of witnessing the white light).  The planet’s caretakers/creators discovered them too late and sought to remedy the situation by restoring them to full functionality and reuniting them with Destiny.  However, while constructing planets is easy, resurrecting once living beings is not and this resulted in – for lack of a better way of putting it – each of the restored human beings having an expiry date.  Eventually, the damage done caught up with their corporeal forms, resulting in all of their deaths – even Caine’s which took place offscreen.

Joan001 writes: “Speaking of exploring the ship – don’t they have beaming technology and if so, will they discover it?”

Answer: You’re thinking of the Asgard.

Doug writes: “I disagree with that characterization of Caine. He was never a man of science or logic, all of his choices and responses in both Faith and Visitation seemed to be constructed on his system of belief.

As a religious scientist myself, my first reaction would always be to suspect the explicable before the inexplicable. It’s not a challenge to the faith of any reasonable believer to accept that not everything you dont understand is de facto divine.”

Answer: In this case though, it wasn’t a simple theoretical matter but a very personal life and death experience, and that no doubt informed his conclusion.  Also, the fact that both the existence of powerful aliens or an omnipotent God are posited but neither hypothesis is supported by corroborative evidence.

Elminster writes: “I’ve often wondered why you haven’t done a ‘Japan Trip’ with your Sis?”

Answer: Okay, now you’re beginning to sound like my mother.

squall78 writes: “I am hearing from some of my sources that SGU will be renewed for a 3rd season. Same sources that told me Caprica was done, so I do trust them, but they said take it as any rumor or buzz or good/bad sign. Brad said he might possibly leave, but didn’t he leave or take a break back when SG-1 ended and you and Paul were running SGA? Also, would you take the showrunner position for SGU if Brad were to leave if the opportunity was given to you? I think you guys did great with SGA, would hate to see Brad leave totally but I think you and Paul would still make an amazing show. Your eps have been some of my favorites of this series.”

Answer: I wouldn’t put much stock in rumors.  After all, many of us were convinced that season 11 of SG-1 was going to happen and, well, we all know how that turned out.  To the best of my knowledge, the decision-makers have yet to broach the subject of a renewal and I don’t expect to hear definite word, positive or negative, until January.  Right now, there’s no knowing what kind of a scenario we’d be looking at if and when SGU gets that third season pick-up but, for the record, Paul and I were co-show runners this year with Brad.

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Jovanna
Jovanna

I didn’t get to read yesterday’s post until now, so I’ll have to put my response here…

I haven’t tried astronaut icecream before – or a shoe, wait scrap that. Have tried eating a shoe before. It tasted like the taste of old socks (which tastes stronger than the sweat on the sole of your foot, if you really wanna know) and shoe polish. Don’t ask me whether I’ve tried eating those before – they didn’t taste good.

Just wondering… would anyone else agree that bitter gourd tastes like rubber bands – wait a moment. Has anyone else other than me tried to eat a rubber band before? Or am I the only one in the whole entire world?

Btw, at least Jelly’s still enjoying herself.

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello Joe.

Happy Thanksgiving to all Blog regulars, and to you and Akemi as well. Sorry to hear about Jelly. Best wishes for her speedy recovery.

A while back, you had mentioned a recent secret development that you were going to fill is in on (possibly movie/comic book project/season 3). Any news??? Best wishes, and a happy holiday!!!

Bryan

aaron
aaron

Happy Thanksgiving Joe to you and your family (pups included). I hope Jelly feels better soon!

Elminster
Elminster

Your Mother?!? Not sure if I should feel flattered or insulted. smile I think I’ll take flattered! Now if you had of said ‘father’…

Elminster

Randomness
Randomness

Hope Jelly gets better Joe, best wishes to her.

You know one thing I’ve always wondered, well lately as ratings never really interested me until well the show came about. What’s the lowest SGU can do and still get renewed? I assume that every show on the Syfy channel has a quota for viewers where it can get renewed by exceeding it or renewed by reaching the goal. And then the whole what happens when a show reaches 2 million viewers and isnt viable for the network?

I would hate to see SGU go. I should of aimed a question at Erika when you did the Q&A asking this. Not sure if she could of gave a concrete answer but I think everyone, fan or otherwise has this question on their minds, it’d clear up any uncertainty right?

Anyhow. Was on my mind. Episode 10s coming up next week, I assume you’l give your thoughts on it right Joe? Looking forward to reading.

Jermaine
Jermaine

Sorry, Joe, but if you have to try and explain the events that occurred in Visitation to many people here on the blog then the episode must have failed to a large extent. For the record I liked it, but as you keep responding, duplicate-Caine’s fate was not meant to be ambiguous or a mystery. The fact lots of fans are unsure of your (the writers’) intent is not good.

Deni
Deni

Hi Joe, so sorry to hear Ms Jelly isn’t doing so well. I’m quite familiar with doggie neurologists because of Elway, and the guy I have here is fantastic. We’ve had to see him 2 or 3 times over the past 5 years when all this seizure crap started, but so far, because of the him, we’ve managed to keep Elway going. Ever since his spleen surgery back in April, he’s only had seizures once, and that was over 4 months ago, a record for Elway. I hope yours can figure something out for Jelly. Please keep us updated!

Otherwise, I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. We’re stuffed to the gills here smile Have a good night!

Debra
Debra

I saw this and wanted to share, ROFLMAO… Deluxe B Movie victim action figures

http://www.amazon.com/Accoutrements-11642-Horrified-B-Movie-Victims/dp/B000GPYQOA/ref=pd_sim_t_22

Sparrow_hawk

Sorry to hear that Jelly is relapsing (she looks so mournful in that first picture) and I hope you can find a non-invasive solution that will keep her comfortable and functioning. She could be having disc problems which can cause hindquarter weakness or paralysis. I had a dachshund that had a lot of those problems. I’m sure the neurologist will check everything out. And you’re right – it’s heck getting old.

Penny
Penny

Thanks for the update on Jelly I will be thinking of her!!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

*peeks out between fingers…*

WOO! It worked! Thanks, Joe…yer the bestest! grin (Yes, I DID just stroke your ego…enjoy it while it lasts. wink )

I thought that maybe the higher-end restaurants would experiment more with whole grains, especially considering the variety of color they could add to a dish, and Japanese cuisine does seem to focus on the visual aesthetics of the meal as much as it does on taste. I prefer mostly whole grains, but they do have a nutty taste, and that could clash with many of the traditional Japanese flavors.

And I’d appreciate it if you thanked Akemi for me, too. smile

Also, wishing Jelly the best. It is so hard to see our furry babies getting old and wobbly and ill. I hope things turn out okay…I’ll be sending good vibes and all that your way!

Take care, and have a good evening.

das

Ponytail
Ponytail

@ Jermaine – I loved the episode. I think any time a television show can draw some emotion out of the viewer it has suceeded beyond it’s basic mission of entertainment. I think it is great if it causes dialogue and brings up questions. Well written shows separate themselves this way from the commercialism currently cluttering the media. (reality shows) Remi Aubuchon wrote an episode that makes you stop and think, which makes television better and gives it some class. That’s exactly what I’m looking for. smile

@ Jelly – hey little pumpkin pie, sorry to hear your not feeling up to par lately. Hope the docs can get you running around and bossing the other dogs again real soon. And quit chewing on your rat’s butt. Girls don’t do that. (that is a rat, right?)

PJR
PJR

Hi Joe

Previous SG franchises had clear fights between straight-cut sides over tech and control. We’re good, of course, the naughties are not. Especially the alien kind, except when their our kind of aliens, and friends.

Does SGU, instead, approach its world by look more at what makes each species tick, and so is more about comparative ‘good’ and ‘bad’ among species? There is no simple white hat, black hat play in this telling? Is that where we might be going – such that the Destiny mission may be seeking origins and deep code/creation, and there appear to be ‘magical’ (in the AC Clarke sense) creation-capable species, and more…in that light, who is worthy?

Caught in crucible, on Destiny – a way to test humans for good/bad and worthiness, albeit subjective? Then, might we see/find others or groups with their own, parallel challenges, especially if they seek deeper truths and secrets, too?

Any of this echo with what gets kicked about in the Room, and has been kept as hmmm – possibly, let’s see …?

best, PJR

Gilder
Gilder

POTENTIAL SPOILER
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Joe said: His ability to interact with the avatars on the bridge would appear to be a result of the ship’s neural link; its ability to understand and communicate presumably a result of its absorption of Franklin whose brain patterns now function as template for human understanding.

Somehow I missed any/all references to a neural link and to confirmation of Franklin’s continued “existence”. You say this happened in “Trial and Error”?

Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

My best wishes for Jelly. I hope you can find a way to help her feel better. My sister is going through the same thing with her dog. He also is going deaf and has cataracts. She doesn’t want to put him down, but she is worried about his quality of life. What is the average life span for a pug?

Do writers get residuals?

Patricia

DP
DP

I thought we had a few more days on the recipes.

VB
VB

Hey Joe,

Was curious as to how the seed ships are manufacturing the gates. Aren’t the gates constructed out of some very rare material called naquahdah? I would doubt if the seed ships are carrying this material with them since launch time.

E
E

Thinking happy thoughts about Jelly.

Ooh, rumor about season 3?? I wouldn’t believe anyone else, just it’s squall. He knows things. This news, or rumor, makes me happy and hopeful. But Brad leaving? NOOooo~…

For the record, I don’t agree that “Visitation” failed as someone above mentioned. It was a good episode, even great. Only confuzzeling thing was seeing Caine alive in the end. Story of this episode walked a fine line between religious stuff that would put me off and sci fi. In the end, it was pulled off beautifully. One of the strongest episodes. Even if some see it as filler, and a cheap way to get the shuttle back. Whatevs. Some people can never be pleased.

Kymm
Kymm

@ Arctic Goddess – I had wondered the same thing about Pugs, so I Googled Pug Life Span and got ranges from 12 to 14, 12 to 15 and one site said that if the dog is fed quality food, then they can live as old as 18.

K

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

Huge hugs and kishes to Jelly.. get well soon gorgeous gal xxxx

Also a hug to her daddy because it must affect you too Joe smile

Jermaine
Jermaine

@ Guilder
No, you didn’t miss anything in Trial and Error. I don’t think “neural link” as a term has even been used on the show. And I think I can say with relative certainty that no one in the general audience out there has assumed such a thing exists or is going on in the show. It just hasn’t been presented on screen.

And that is my big fear/complaint with Universe. If the writers/producers think that they’ve adequately (or even poorly) put this and a lot of other information across within the context of the show, they’re mistaken.

@Ponytail
It’s not that I think Universe is poorly made. I don’t. And I don’t think it’s commercialized drivel. Ambiguity is fine within the contents of Visitation’s exploration of religious themes and the unknown. It’s not OK when it comes to conveying the seminal details involved in plotting the show’s main arcs. No answers and answers that change to suit each episodes needs is, however, poor writing.

Paul Moody
Paul Moody

fingers and toes crossed for Jelly; I know what an aged dog can be like having had a cross go on to 17 and my current Springer Spaniel going on 14 next month!

Still, aside from the occasional damp carpet, our Lucy’s doing fine – as long as they enjoy life we do everything we can for them!

Neurologist? Never heard of one for a dog before?!

Good to see Balding Asian Guy again by the way but surely a character who seemed so integral to the plot can’t have died on the planet too?

Gilder
Gilder

@Jermaine: I actually like the fact that TPTB have not tied everything up neatly. Part of the fun, for me, is comparing the hints and my conclusions with other viewers.

I suspect Joe dropped a couple of spoilers into his mailbox responses.

Ben
Ben

Thank you very very much for the clear, definitive and well thought out answer. The episode totally makes sense now and I am going to watch it again (and again when it comes out on Blu-ray).

Mr. Tygh Runyan also did a fantastic job as I imagine it can’t be easy to play a dead character who dies again soon after.

I would also like to see the show continue for as long as possible. It’s better than most of the shows out on Network TV, the plot is more intricate, the characters more interesting and more complex, and there’s nearly no cliches at all. I can’t believe every fan of the show has to anxiously await the news of its renewal when it should have been a done deal already.

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

It’s been awhile since I’ve lurked, so I thought I’d stop by again, mainly to tell you that Nielsen finally wanted my opinion. So that top pixely line in viewership last week among males 25 to 34?

That’s me.