Kicking off today’s blog entry with a link to a terrific article that appeared on Gateworld.net yesterday:

“How would you feel if a theater ushered you out of your seat with 30 minutes of the movie still left? Would you come back?”

Syfy Owes Fans A Bigger Commitment

“If a serialized show is on the bubble, give it one final (perhaps partial) season to finish the overarching story. If not, give it a three- to six-hour mini-series. And if you still can’t swing that, order a two-hour TV movie. Don’t wait until you reach the point of no return, when the plug is yanked out with no ceremony.”

Give it a read!

More Stargate concept art by James Robbins:

Tagrea

Tagrean dirigible.

Tagrean fighter.

Anubis mothership.

The Eye of Ra.

Alien diary (“Paradise Lost”).

But wait!  There’s more…

Eventually.  Just need to pick up a cable for this somewhat antiquated baby…

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If you’ve got a USB printer, the USB connection on that RAID box uses the same USB 2.0 – Type B connector that most (all?) printers do. You can unplug the cable from the printer and stick it right into that baby. Since it’s USB 2.0 it may take a while, like almost forever, to copy the files. Firewire would be faster, but I’ve never used it nor do I know anyone who has.

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I will never get over the utter and complete lack of professionalism that that network has exhibited through this whole episode. It boggles the mind. ARGH!

I was just wondering – who owns the rights to that concept art? I think taking some selected images and publishing them in the nice “coffee table” style book would be great. And I think would have a sizeable audience among SG fans.

Quantum Mechanic®👽🌊 (@JamesEFinch)
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Aha! That RAID system looks in good shape. Firewire cables? Amazon or Fry’s. Avid, Adobe or Final Cut? We have a beat up old DPS Velocity over here. Only good for SD. Takes loooooong time to render a clip. Now just do stuff on the old laptop but find 4GB ram isn’t enough. I still remember doing linear editing (shudder). Anyhizzle, I hope you have great results with your new (vintage) RAID!

Kathy
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Kathy

More coolness!! I love all these pictures you’re sharing. I just may have to go back and rewatch the serieses (I don’t know how to make that word plural) once tax season is over & I get my life back.

Line Noise
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Line Noise

Is that a pack of Tim Tams in the background of the RAID box? Looks like Messina Choc Mint flavour.

KathyC
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KathyC

Great spot!! Love Tim Tams!!

Tyler F.M. Edwards
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Tyler F.M. Edwards

I was so grateful that Showcase gave Continuum the opportunity to wrap up the story when it was cancelled. Yeah, trying to finish everything in six episodes got a little rushed in places, but it’s far better than no ending at all. Really wish more networks had that kind of decency.

Jim Lawson
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You may already have a usb cable at home and a USB port on your Mac. A FireWire connection would be faster but getting a cable and connecting it to your computer might be more of a challenge.

StellaByStargate
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StellaByStargate

Ah, Joe. You’re breaking my heart with these trips down Stargate memory lane! How I miss those shows!

You wouldn’t have a schematic for a standard mothership somewhere in those files, would you? Been trying to piece together a layout from various episodes, but I am perplexed at how to move between decks.

Thanks for sharing!

Stella

maggiemayday
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maggiemayday

The Eye of Ra is nice enough to be an Most Excellent tattoo. A shame I can’t sit still for ink or I’d be all over that.

I still maintain SyFy stand for Screw Your Fans Yearly.

John
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John

Geez I wish you hadn’t said that. I’ll never be able to see the name SyFy without thinking of it!!

shinyhula
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shinyhula

I have a box of cables for PCs I no longer own and long discarded laptops. I cannot bring myself to toss it. Every few years I poke around and find something I don’t recognize but could totally need one day. Damn you cables.

Tam Dixon
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Tam Dixon

Thogar’s idea about the printer cord is a good one. If you look around, they are everywhere (cell phones, mp3 players, book readers, etc.) Currently, my “tech” guys are salivating over something called a NAS. That’s the new toy they are working with. Some kind of new expandable hard drive storage system. On the bright side, my time is freed up for reading.

John
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John

Hi Joe
Your RAID drive specifications are here:
https://www.glyphtech.com/sites/default/files/product_documents/810049%20GT%20062%20Datasheet.pdf

Accordimg to Wikipedia Fire Wire 800 is a fairly old connector:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_1394#FireWire_800_(IEEE_1394b-2002)

But cables are available here:
https://www.thesource.ca/en-ca/cables-and-adapters/computer-cables/parallel-and-serial-cables/startech-1-8m-%286%e2%80%99%29-firewire-cable—black/p/108047887

If you have a fairly recent Windows PC, but no firewire connector (very likely not) you can buy a PCIe card at:
https://www.thesource.ca/en-ca/computers-and-tablets/computer-accessories/computer-cables-and-adapters/startech-pex1394a2v-2-port-1394a-pcie-firewire-card-adapter/p/108047883

I imagine Apple computers have built-in Firewire connectors, since they were pretty keen on them. If all else fails, you could buy:
https://www.apple.com/ca/shop/product/MD464LL/A/apple-thunderbolt-to-firewire-adapter
and connect the hard drive to your Mac.
Good luck!!

PBMom
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PBMom

Love the pictures and the trip back.

I agree wholeheartedly with Gateworld. The end of Dark Matter for me was like the end of Farscape when John and Aeryn were blown away to Dippin’ Dots.