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Akemi: We have to turn on the humidifighter.

Me: You mean humidifier.

Akemi: No, humidifighter.  It fights against dryness.

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Akemi was thrilled today as she received delivery of the custom keychains she ordered from http://www.benir.gallery.

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Along the same lines, I’m having this place – http://www.knottytie.com – to make me a couple of custom ties based on Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights.

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If this one works out, I might expand my wardrobe of weird classic artwork-themed ties…

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The Nightmare by John Fuseli.

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The Scream by Edvard Munch.

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The Smiling Spider by Odilon Redon.

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Medusa by Caravaggio.

I’d consider them conversation starters.

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After much consideration and soul searching, Akemi decided to cut her hair.  She really wanted to go short but others suggested she keep it long – so she split the difference and went medium.  Now she’s looking for tips on what to do with it.  I’m the wrong guy to ask.

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Before.

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Bubba is fascinated by the building go up next door.  He’s like an old Italian man at a construction site, whiling away the hours.

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My poor girl.  Even though she’s in good spirits and has a healthy appetite, her bad 16 year old hips are catching up with Jelly and, lately, she’s been unable to walk without assistance.  As a result of her immobility issues, she’s acquired a rash that requires me to slather baby diaper cream on her belly morning and night.  Ah, the things we do for love.

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Lulu, meanwhile, continues her unladylike ways.  The other day, actor Alex Mallari Jr. (FOUR) and his girlfriend, Allie, were over when Lulu loosened belch so loud and sustained she actually scared Allie.

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Yes, I’m talking about you.

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Lulu + Jodelle = BFF!

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Akemi doodles.

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Wow.  I repeat.  Wow!  SyFy sent us the rough cut of the early Dark Matter promo they’ve been working on and it is awesome.  We’re a long way from finished visual effects so you’ll have to wait for the NEXT trailer to see those, but THIS trailer is pretty amazing all the same.  I must have screened it a couple of dozen times for the cast and crew.  A big congrats and thanks to SyFy’s Bill Trojanowski and his team.  Can’t wait for you all to see it.

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The sharply-dressed Bruce McDonald completed work on episode #107 and now heads to editing for his director’s cut.  From what I hear, he’s got A LOT to work with.

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Director T.W. Peacocke, two days into episode #108, spends his lunch break prepping for a loooong afternoon in the quarters and corridor.

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Director Ron Murphy oversees the episode #109 production meeting.  He’s all smiles – and why not?  He’s already shot half the episode.

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For those of you complaining about a lack of actor Marc Bendavid (ONE) on this blog, here’s a snap of him reviewing his sides – while embracing Cat Shirt Thursdays.

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Costume Designer does Cat Shirt Thursday with style.

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Another gathering of the Dark Matter whisky/whiskey club!

And, finally, as promised – the Android visual roll-out continues.  You asked for it and here it is.  The Android’s hair…

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I woke up this morning, rolled over, and saw 6:40 a.m. flash back at me on the night stand.  6:40 a.m.!  Main unit call was at 7:00 a.m.!  I remember consulting the call sheet on my way out last night!

I jumped out of bed, my brain in a fog, and, as I scrambled to get dressed, I planned my timeline.  5 minutes to dress.  5 minutes in the bathroom.  5 minutes to take Jelly out.  5 minutes to get to my car and then a 15 minute drive to set.  I could make it for maybe 7:30 a.m.  I’d miss the blocking but probably be there for the first shot.

I considered texting consulting producer Ivon Bartok to let him know I’d be late.  After all, he was probably already there.

And then it hit me.  Of course he wasn’t there.  And neither were the rest of the cast and crew.  It was Saturday morning!

I crawled back into bed and slept until 10:30.

The first thing I did upon waking up was to head downstairs and check on the kitchen sink.  Sadly, the drain cleaner had had no overnight effect.  The sink was still clogged (this the result of Akemi’s polenta mishap the previous night).  I poked my head under the sink and tried to disengage the coupling nut so I could dislodge the blockage manually – but the damn thing was painted shut.  Undeterred, I elected to go with a tried and true method.  I untangled a wire coat hanger, straightened it out, and shoved it down the drain.  I felt it contact the pipe and then, when I gave it a little thrust, watched it pass right through the bottom of the trap like it was made of cardboard.

Fine.  Now I not only had a blocked sink, but a punctured pipe.  I called the plumbing service recommended to me by the concierge and, after taking down my information, they informed me that someone would get back to me.  To be fair, they didn’t say “Get back to you, shortly” or “Get back to you, today”.  I assumed that was implied but, evidently, I got that wrong.

And how was your Saturday?

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Today, I treated the crew to some food truck action.  Minus the food truck because it’s too early.  Instead, Fidel Gastro’s (http://www.fidelgastros.com) set up shop in the lunch room and served up a surprise dinner.

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Sandwiches:

SGT Slather: bbq pulled pork, guacamole, house made corn chips
Diablo’s Right Wing: spicy shredded chicken with carrot aioli Shakshuka: spicy tomato stewed eggplant, zucchini and onions with creamy goats cheese

Sides:
Pad Thai Fries Mixed Green Salad

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“Do you want to leave a message for the cast and crew?”asked Exec Producer’s assistant Alison Hepburn.

At first, I thought I’d pass and then, upon further consideration, decided to go with…

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For dessert, we had cupcakes and cake as our special guest star celebrated her birthday today Dark Matter style: in the ship’s underbelly!

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Another special guest star of sorts visited set today as writer Michael Simpson dropped by to do some interviews for SciFiNow (http://www.scifinow.co.uk).  He brought us a nice bottle of scotch – that got confiscated at customs.  But that didn’t stop him from making him an honorary member of our whisky club and toasting the honour with a 16 year old Langavulin.

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Two down, several more to go before final wrap.  Next up on the shelf: Writers Tears.

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Ever get one of those morning phone calls that annoys you so thoroughly that is sours your mood for the rest of the day?  I received one of those this a.m. and it irritated me to no end.  BUT then, happily, I got distracted with work – a visual effects spotting session, a second unit production meeting, green page revisions on four different scripts (!), the first day of episode #107 (a Bruce Mcdonald joint!), and continued work on my first draft of episode 13, the grand finale (a tease and four acts done, an act and a tag to go!).  I’m busy.  Crazy busy.  I liken it to juggling while having someone constantly throw extra balls into your routine.  Yes, it’s exhausting – but also incredibly satisfying. I’ve seen cuts of our first five episodes and they’re all great.  Yes, the episodes are great, the cast, crew and directors are great, and my fellow Executive Producers (Jay Firestone and Vanessa Piazza) have been great.  And I have no doubt that when the show premieres this summer, you’ll all discover how great it is.  And I can’t wait.

On the brighter side of this Friday the 13th…

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Well look who dropped by the Dark Matter studios today .  Stargate SG-1/Atlantis/Universe creator, Executive Producer, Showrunner Brad Wright was in town on unrelated business and I guess he had a hankering for some intergalactic adventuring – and I was only too happy to oblige.  Great to see him, and equally great to hear about the various projects he’s got in development (a few of them, yes, of an SF nature).  Here’s hoping he’s soon in production on his new show – to coincide with season 2 of Dark Matter!

There’s no telling what kind of unfathomable treasures our space-faring crew will unearth.  Particle accelerators, anti-grav boots, even a couple of ancient books from Earth’s rich literary history…

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Some possible candidates for our Book of the Month Club reboot?

Hey, hey!  Unit Manager Robbie David celebrated a birthday today in fine style – with balloons, fogged up glasses, and a personalized birthday cake.

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Okay.  Going to bed to sleep it off.  And finish up my first draft of episode #113. The cast is going to flip!

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I received the following text message from Akemi today:

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“Why?”I asked.   She replied with the following photo:

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Then this one:

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And, finally, THIS one:

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Why is Jelly sitting in her water bowl?

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The episode #107 props meeting happened today.  Check out all the goodies.

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Director Bruce McDonald takes Bubba for a spin.

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This is his way of requesting that extra visual effects shot.

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Bubba and 1st Assistant Director Christopher Binney get acquainted.

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Oh, damn.  Fun’s over.

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Production Designer Ian Brock shows off the thingy from the place.

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Closet serial killer Trevor Finn shows off his choice of weapon.

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Props Master Victoria Klein gives us “the look”.

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On-set props, Lisa Amaral Wright, comes in from the cold.  And probably wishes she hadn’t.

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The Dark Matter Whisky Club is in session!

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