Hey, check it out. My sister, Andria, recently received a card from Satan. He professes his love for her and then, rather ominously, vows to never forget her. Well, truth be told, it was a card from one of the kids at her daycare – a kid who, apparently, has trouble spelling his real name. Not sure what it is but sis assures me it aint Satan. Even if it was, I wouldn’t have been all that surprised what with the ridiculous names wackos (aka celebrities) are bestowing on their newborns these days. Of course, hilarious monikers aren’t limited to Hollywood offspring. My friend Janice once worked with a guy named Seamen Hung. So far, in my books, he holds the title of “Worst Name”. Do you have a friend, relative, or unfortunate worker who trumps Seamen? I want to know.
Hmmm. My Snow Monkeys have been dealt an enormous blow even before the start of the fantasy football season. Turns out Peyton Manning’s neck injury is a lot more serious than the Colts organization was letting on and now there is talk that he may miss anywhere from two months to the entire season. Romo is my fallback QB and I also have Buffalo’s Fitzpatrick riding the pine, but should maybe I should be hitting the waiver wire – just in case. Hasselbeck, Alex Smith, Jay Cutler, or Rex Grossman – who do you like? Okay, who do you dislike the least?
JeffW writes: “Seem like you have quite a following among my fellow electronic engineers…”
Answer: Electronic engineers, SF fans and, most recently, bank managers. Go figure.
moi writes: “When’s the dinner with you mum?”
Answer: Next time I’m in Montreal – next weekend perhaps. We’ll hit Au Pied de Cochon and either Restaurant Graziella, LaLoux, Kitchen Galerie Poisson, or Lemeac. Any Montrealers care to weigh in?
Ponytail writes: “Another thing I’ll miss…did you ever post any pictures of Chris Vance? I don’t recall any. Do you have any? Was he camera shy, or just really suspicious of you?”
Answer: I limited myself to the crew, those working behind the scenes, and the occasional guest star. I steered clear of the cast because the broadcasters had their own photographers on set and I figured they would want to turn some exclusives in the run up to the premiere. I’m sure they’ll be releasing plenty of pics of the charming Mr. Vance soon enough.
David writes: “Can you speak about the lighting conditions for photography? Obviously there are some restaurants that have great lighting and it’s easy to take photos inside.”
Answer: When I photograph food, I prefer to go sans flash to be as unobtrusive as possible. As you said, the lighting in certain restaurants better lend themselves to this than others. Or you could just go for the early bird special and make sure you get plenty of daylight streaming in through that window.
Bloomgate writes: “Also wanted to reiterate my request for any info you could share regarding to Merlin mistaking the SG1 team for his knights of the round table. Were there any plans or discussion of possibly fleshing that out in any way in a theoretical season 11? Even a simple “Yes, the idea was floated” would at least tell me there was something to it.
Answer: In truth, no, there were no plans to explore this further. It was solely intended as a throwaway gag on Merlin’s first awakening.
Nick writes: “What is Brad up to these days?”
Answer: Brad is relaxing, spending time with his family, and doing some writing in preparation for a couple of upcoming projects.
Nick also writes: “Have you heard of/tried Taza Chocolate yet?”
Answer: Nope. Tell me about them.
Tam Dixon writes: “I enjoyed Jodelle Ferland’s performance in SGA. The whole show was hilarious! Whatever happened to the painting? Do you have it hanging in your office?”
Answer: For a while, the painting hung in the office outside Lawren’s office. Eventually, it went the way of most everything else owned by the production – the ZPM’s, the staff weapons, even Lawren himself – all sold off at auction.
Patricia Stewart-Bertrand writes: ” The cancellation was really not surprising. After all, isn’t the fifth season the magic number where the network can syndicate the show and make money, but also want to cut their losses as the show gets more and more expensive from there? And yes, I realize we are talking season ten, but technically, the first four or five seasons belonged to Showtime and not MGM, so the same formula applies. Or, an I wrong?”
Answer: Your logic is sound but only insofar as it applies to the studio since it owns the show and benefits from the syndication package. Of course, SG-1’s ten year run trumps that argument as well.
Tam Dixon writes: “So if Akemi had to go back to Japan, wouldn’t she be able to reapply or is there a time period limit?”
Answer: Unclear. She is applying for a six month extension to her visa. If she goes back, she could certainly try to apply for another visitor’s visa but I’m told it might be difficult for her to be granted acceptance since she’s already been in Canada over a year.
DP writes: “Joe, would you need a work permit if you did all your work in the cloud* from Japan? What kind of bento breakfasts would you make for Akemi?”
Answer: I actually have given some serious thought to buying a place in Tokyo and splitting my time between Japan and Vancouver (and, possible, L.A.). The only thing holding me back is the dogs.
Rob Cooper writes: ” While I am surprised and excited you took Tony and Dez and wish you the best of luck with the Snow Monkeys, I am worried that you will somehow blame me when the weak, loaded with rookie O-line breaks down.”
Answer: Well who the hell else am I going to blame?
Stargate Sanctum writes: ” Do you believe there is any way the fans could convince MGM to release the deleted TJ flashback scenes, and if so, how do you think we would we best go about it?”
Answer: Don’t know. I’m sure if the studio knows there are customers out there clamoring for those flashbacks, they could included as part of the extras in a future dvd release.
Gina writes: ” Was wondering, if on one of your dining outings to Scarpetta you had had the opportunity to sample the much talked about Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi?”
Answer: I have. A great dish, but nothing comes close to the simple spaghetti and basil.
Debra writes: ” Has your writing partner already left or just not like your dinners out?”
Answer: Paul lives in suburbia, so far away from downtown that he’d have to leave the morning before to get there for that night’s dinner. Also, we spend so much time together at work that we’d risk getting sick of each other if we started socializing. And who’d want that?
PBMom writes: “I’m glad that you are going to be going home now (and so will Maximus), but how will this affect Maximus’ treatments?”
Answer: Maximus had his last radiation treatment today. In two weeks, he has his final anti-cancer vaccine. After that, it’s a matter of sitting back and hoping for the best.
Deni writes: “My daughter tripped and fell on the street in London and really got hurt, blood gushing everywhere, but NOBODY stopped to help her!”
Answer: How is your daughter doing?
Penny writes: “You may have answered this but did you keep any mementos? From any show you’ve worked on?”
Answer: I’ve got a genetic sample disc from Scorched Earth, some rubber/make-up pustules from Lockdown, plastic bags from The Scourge, and a torture pain stick from various episodes (that, in retrospect, I regret not bringing with me to Toronto).