My car finally arrived yesterday, apparently a little worse for wear from the cross-country shipping.  It sounds like a commercial airliner and smells like a Parisian brothel.  Going to need to get it serviced and detailed.

More meetings on the pre-production front!  Yesterday, we sat down with a couple of potential Visual Effects Supervisors, then capped the afternoon off with a casting meeting in which we narrowed down our prospects.  Today, we talked scripts, locations, cars, stunts, and more casting!  Thankfully, the toy cars Anna picked up make some of the action-sequence explanations much easier to convey…

April 20, 2011: Dogs!  And Such!Forgot my power cord at work and I’m running out of battery.  So enjoy the rest of the blog and I’ll check in with you guys tomorrow.

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47 thoughts on “April 20, 2011: Dogs! And such!

  1. All the dog photographs are great – but my favourite is Stewie (hope the name is right) in the last picture.

    Lulu I recognise, Maximus is black (I hope) and Jelly and Bubba look identical to me. I know one is a lady and one a boy but from a picture of their faces it isn’t so easy for me to distinguish.

    It is just minutes before midnight in the UK and almost bed time. The cats are racing around as if they demons.


  2. Sounds like things are moving along swimmingly with your Transporter work, that’s good to hear Joe.

    So what did you think of Eden of the East Joe? Especially the finale? Did the whole 20,000 odd naked guys(with their male parts censored) most of which hate Akira Takizawa, but wanting to save Japan and succeeding alongside him surprise you? I loved the way he provoked them onto the roof and is like give your ideas to stop the missiles lol, then the whole music being well placed with the planes and stuff shooting them down.

    Did say it was a total masterpiece :3

    Cute dog pictures by the way.

    Also did you pick up Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood again? Boxset 4 is out now, it gets really intense as it goes along.

  3. Just saw Common Descent. I get the feeling if more of the episodes were like this the show may have lasted longer. Less 90210, more SG-1. Though I do question the viability of producing a society based on the unknown number of people on Destiny. Even if it was possible, I’d hope there were some pretty strict rules regarding family interbreeding for a few generations. Still, these have been some of best episodes of the series.

  4. Your own car being there will help you to feel more settled, well after it is detailed and smells normal.


  5. Cute puppy babies!!!

    As dependent as you are on a computer, why don’t you keep a power cord at work and one at home too?

  6. So you think you can get away with a short blog by bribing up with pup pics?????????????????

    Well, it worked.

    Enjoy the evening and playing with your toy cars.

    Oh, just one question? How does a Parisian brothel smell and how do you know?

    Just wondered.

  7. A little worrisome that your car sounds and smells like that!!

    Hehehehe (giggle) loved all the dog pics.

  8. Hello Joe.

    Awwwww… Looks like the dogs are doing well.

    Best wishes,


  9. Hey Joe,

    I love any blog of yours with pictures of the pups. Always brings an “Oh my…how cute” “Awww…that is so sweet” they are just so squishable.

    Hope things are looking up. Thinking about you and your darling little family.

    Best to you Joe,
    Cheryl 🙂

  10. Re: Common Descent

    Hah! I called that one! Sort of! After all, I did posit that “if original crew did get dumped somewhere nearby, they could potentially show up again” and they did. Kind of. Looking forward to Epilogue.

    Loved the whole Rush is the devil and will steal your soul and drag it down to hell. I guess it would have been extremely easy to demonize him (or revere him as the case may be) since he didn’t go through the gate and legends tend to get blown all out of proportion over the course of time. Given that the time difference was about 3,000 years, that provides a lot of room for exaggeration. Nice to see our Rush didn’t go out of his way to dissuade anyone from that idea, either.

    Futura really was a dumb name, but I enjoyed how Brody got offended, and defensive, at the disparaging remarks made about the name. The interactions between him and Volker are too funny.

    Hey, any chance we’ll find out anything more about the origin of the drones that keep attacking Destiny or was that something that would have been followed up in Season 3 had there been one? Since they keep popping up, I assume there is a reason and it was leading to something to be played out down the road.

    BTW the pups look like they’ve made themselves at home.

  11. ROFLMAO, wonderful pics… not sure if the hanging off the chair is my fave or pug/pillow/pug, lol.

  12. Yep, those pups look reeeeeealy stressed. 🙂 Please give them each a pet from me.

  13. I am pleased to say that today a job offer was made to me, and I accepted. This is the culmination of a process including 4 interviews, 2 assessments, and a pending background check and drug test.

    I have enjoyed my 2 months off post company-filing-bankruptcy-and-being-laid-off, but I am excited to start this new chapter in my life and career.

    Yes, this comment is all about me.

  14. My husband and I just finished watching the latest episode, and my husband started asking how the limited number of people on destiny could have grown to a populations in the millions in 2000 years. Something about a limited gene pool. Supension of disbelief – I reminded him.

    The episode itself was incredible! The writing was impeccable. I’m going to miss this show!

  15. @Becky — That was one of my thoughts, too. In order to reproduce, men would have to have several wives or women several men depending on the ratio of women/men there.

    @Sparrowhawk: Loved your comment.

    @Jenny: Congratulations on your new job.

    I love the dog pictures. I really do. The pug sandwich is great and Stewie off the chair is wonderful. How is Jelly feeling? Did the UTI clear up and is she back to her baseline?

    Been thinking a lot of Akemi and the situation in Japan. I hope her friends/family continue to be safe and well.

  16. Oh my gawd, they look so cute. I wanna put cream and a cherry on them. Look at that second from last picture. They look so ‘it wasn’t us, we didn’t do it’.

  17. Adorable dogs!

    Could you tell us what was the purple fruit about? There’s been two threads about it on GW, they’ve both been pulled because the discussion got very guttery and the third thread is barely surviving. 😛


  18. Baby doggies!! 😀 Love your doggies! They always put a smile on my face! 🙂 Looks like the have adjusted well to their new home. They all look so relaxed and stress free. Give ’em all hugs and kisses for me. 🙂

  19. Joe, could the car have smelled like that before you left and you have been away so long from it, you simply forgot? Wonder what they did to perfume it up and why it needed it,,maybe best a mystery unsolved,,ew!
    The pups are adorable as ever, glad you don’t mind the hair. You could collect it and make something out of it,,in your spare time, oh right, what is that again?!?
    @Jenny Robin, congrats on the new job!
    @das, thanks for the was amazing for sure and a little scary.
    And tomorrow is my 29th bd,,yes again you say. Maybe next year I will make it 30, but maybe not, so have been celebrating for a few days now, what does buzzlightyear say, to infinity and beyond! Ha,ha,
    Enjoy your day Joe and invest in another power cord for sure.

  20. @ Jenny, WTG! What a relief that must be!

    Joe, this is long but omg… I can only think of you.

    The Chili Contest

    Notes from an inexperienced chili taster named Doc, who was visiting Texas:

    “Recently I was honored to be selected as an outstanding famous celebrity in Texas, to be a judge at a chili cookoff, because no one else wanted to do it. Also the original person called in sick at the last moment, and I happened to be standing there at the judge’s table asking directions to the beer wagon when the call came. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn’t be all that spicy, and besides they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted.”

    Here are the scorecards from the event:

    Chili # 1: Mike’s Maniac Mobster Monster Chili

    JUDGE ONE: A little too heavy on tomato. Amusing kick.

    JUDGE TWO: Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.

    DOC: Holy smokes, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway with it. Took me two beers to put the flames out. Hope that’s the worst one. These hicks are crazy.

    Chili # 2: Arthur’s Afterburner Chili

    JUDGE ONE: Smoky (barbecue?) with a hint of pork. Slight Jalapeno tang.

    JUDGE TWO: Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.

    DOC: Keep this out of reach of children! I’m not sure what I am supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. Shoved my way to the front of the beer line.

    Chili # 3: Fred’s Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili

    JUDGE ONE: Excellent firehouse chili! Great kick. Needs more beans.

    JUDGE TWO: A beanless chili, a bit salty, good use of red peppers.

    DOC: This has got to be a joke. Call the EPA, I’ve located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now and got out of my way so I could make it to the beer wagon. Barmaid pounded me on the back; now my backbone is in the front part of my chest.

    Chili # 4: Bubba’s Black Magic

    JUDGE ONE: Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.

    JUDGE TWO: Hint of lime in the black beans. Good sidedish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili.

    DOC: I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Sally, the barmaid, was standing behind me with fresh refills so I wouldn’t have to dash over to see her.

    Chili # 5: Linda’s Legal Lip Remover

    JUDGE ONE: Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.

    JUDGE TWO: Chili using shredded beef; could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.

    DOC: My ears are ringing, and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed hurt when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue by pouring beer directly on it from a pitcher. Sort of irritates me that one of the other judges asked me to stop screaming.

    Chili # 6: Vera’s Very Vegetarian Variety

    JUDGE ONE: Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spice and peppers.

    JUDGE TWO: The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb.

    DOC: My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous flames. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except Sally the barmaid.

    Chili # 7: Susan’s Screaming Sensation Chili

    JUDGE ONE: A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.

    JUDGE TWO: Ho Hum, tastes as if the chef threw in canned chili peppers at the last moment. I should note that I am worried about Judge Number 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress.

    DOC: You could put a grenade in my mouth and pull the pin, and I wouldn’t feel it. I’ve lost the sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My clothes are covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth at some point. Good! At autopsy they’ll know what killed me. I’ve decided to stop breathing, it’s too painful, and I’m not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air I’ll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.

    Chili # 8: Helen’s Mount Saint Chili

    JUDGE ONE: A perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili, safe for all, not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.

    JUDGE TWO: This final entry is a good, balanced chili, neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge Number 3 fell and pulled the chili pot on top of himself.

    DOC: ——-(editor’s note: Judge #3 was unable to report)


  21. Psst! Joey! You GOTTA ask Sparrow about the book she co-wrote. It tops anything you’ve ever done! AND it has pictures, too! 😀 I’m just not sure how she got the samples… 😕


  22. Ferrari F60/Enzo, Louts Evora(?), a Renault, 2 Land Rovers & some commercial truck. Scania?

    Nice selection of wheels.

  23. Why in the world would your car sound different after the cross country drive? I assume someone drove it over, or there would be no valid reason for the odors. Which, despite your description, I suppose could be accounted for by normal body odors trapped in the car for a few days. Though having driven cross country numerous times, I have never had that much issue with. After a few thousand miles/kilometers, the engine may need an oil and filter change, but if it sounds that different I’d be looking at whoever drove it over for an explanation.
    Doggie pictures are always a satisfactory substitution for text. Thanks for the posting, and @Das, loved the video.

  24. Driven or shipped? Our car got used as a smoking lounge on the way to Hawaii.

    I.m in the horsepittle, IV antibis, and jello. typing lefthanded. Acute diverticulitis, ouchie. fingers crossed for no surgery. blerg.

  25. Glad folks enjoyed the video! I think that owl is amazing!

    @ maggiemayday – Been there, done that. You may recall that I was in hospital last Dec. for 5 days with diverticulitis. I was fortunate that the antibiotics worked, but I still had discomfort and other symptoms for about a month or more, until my gut had time to fully recuperate. Now things seem to be just peachy! I wish you a speedy recovery! (On the plus side, I have not gained back the 7 pounds I lost in the hospital. 🙂 )

    @ Sparrowhawk – Oh, THAT was me being GOOD! 😉

  26. @maggiemayday: Get well soon! I’ll cross my fingers for you, too, for no surgery.

    @debra: Thanks for the Chili contest commentary!

    @das: As any scientist (or author) can tell you, doing the research is half the fun!

  27. Ps: RE: Illness. Remember back on Friday or Saturday when I thought I was coming down with a cold? Well, I wasn’t. And boy, did I learn a good lesson. I had a big day coming up on that (last) Sunday, so when I started feeling bad I decided not to monkey around with it, and I went to the doctor. Although my symptoms were still mild, he gave me an antibiotic. Why? Because all I had was a sore throat and very low-grade fever (with some related congestion, but no aches, coughing, sneezing, or snottiness). He said that with so few symptoms it was probably bacterial. Well, I guess he was right. The antibiotics knocked the thing out in two days. I think I now know what happened to me two years ago. I was sure the infection I had back in Dec. ’08 was just a cold so I didn’t go to the doctor, but since the symptoms were (at first) similar to what I just experienced, I think I actually had a bacterial infection, that ended up in pneumonia a month later. I don’t like over-doing the antibiotics, but when you need ’em, you need ’em!


  28. @dasNdanger

    Your hospital stuff sounds bad, I know how you feel anyway. I was in hospital last December too for around 8 days, more like 9 in the end with a burst Appendix. Was a strange experience being in so much pain for about a week I couldn’t move much due to the inflamation/infection. The drugs and stuff helped but I was unable to eat for about a week due to throwing up everything placed in my mouth(Not my choice) ended up just not thinking about food because of it.

    Speaking of weight loss though, I lost around 16lbs and I’m not fat either, my metabolism is just freaky good I guess.

    The doctors there were kinda cool though, one even explained the operation afterwards, he draw a picture of my large intestine etc and then drew a huge circle and said this area was full of pus/bacteria, and explained something else which I didn’t find plesant to hear. Oddly enough before the operation I was told it would take 1 hr 30, ended up being over 3 hours as well I guess I was bad lol

    I considered it to be my week of hell really, did meet a lot of lovely people and had enough people to talk too, even random people saying they saw me on TV. but hey being ill sucks and I would hate to wish it on anyone.

    Recovered in less than 2 weeks after leaving hospital

  29. Maximus is so cute all day long. I see the pups have taken to the big city fashion of bandanas…or are they perhaps in a puppy gang that you’re not aware of? Some parents are the last to know when their young ones fall in with a bad crowd.

  30. Jenny Robin – Good luck and best wishes in your new endeavour!! I know how bad it can get. So glad to hear a door opened for you!

  31. Hi Joe

    Glad to hear that things with Transporter: The Series are coming along so well, I look forward to watching and enjoying it as much as I have Stargate over the last 14 years. In relation to Stargate, what do you think the chances of MGM allowing the Scripts for the SG1, Atlantis, and perhaps SGU novelization would be? I especially would love for SGU to get some proper closure, since as I hear, the finale is going to be a real heartbreaking cliffhanger. Hope all is well for you, wishing you luck in TO!

  32. @maggiemayday – {{hugs}} and good thoughts going your way.

    @Jenny Robin – Three cheers and a Hallelujah!

  33. Nothing special, not even worth speaking about, well in my opinion. Just something some people saw lol

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