Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Peace, Love, and Christmas Baking

I hope it's been a good year for you folks, and if not I hope the next one is much better for you. I've had the pleasure of meeting several of you in the past year, but not nearly enough in the good ol' U.S. and A. - and that's got to change. And it will. It's being worked on currently and hopefully I'll be able to attend some in the new year.
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In the meantime have a lovely Christmas season all, and may the highs of your past be the lows of your future...
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Saturday, December 1, 2007

...and a bit of Berlin...

The dour rennaissance.
Those German's have a different word for everything.
Potsdamer platz as I'd never seen it.
And the new (to me at least) Bundestag.
The TV tower makes for great late-night orientation...

...more still...

Friday, November 30, 2007

First Manchester...

Hello Torri...
Lance Henriksen, Jason Momoa, David Nykl
Tough security in the place...
Lovely fans in the U.K.
Manchester Central (aka Gmex). Love those Victorian era train stations.

Wait... there's more coming....

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Goran, Ashley, Alexia, and Leah


Fine day on set at "Helen" today; I love how these outdoor cocktail party scenes (around a pool no less) are usually shot in November at 6 or 7 degrees and it's all you can do to keep your breath from steaming. At least I didn't have to wear a strapless dress (--finally!) like Leah. Hawt. Except for the temperature.
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Next up: Yahoo! Europe! See y'all in Bad Saldetfurth this weekend, and Manchester the next!
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No pictures from Helen today, (I'll bring my camera tomorrow) so here's one from a few weeks ago...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Q Q&A






Nice guy that De Lancie. We sat on stage for almost an hour talking all sorts of stuff, TV, theatre, and sailboats. And, of course, stroopwaffels. Lots and lots of stroopwaffels.
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Thanks Utopia for a great weekend - Angela, Nicoline, Martin and all the rest of you who made Scheveningen such a blast. The weather even cooperated! And look my OWN photos to prove it.
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Spent yesterday riding around Amsterdam on the bike and this morning in the Van Gogh Museum. Lovely. The Early Japanese prints were awesome - the whole second floor is dedicated to them, and they are a thing of beauty. You can see the early influences they had on Van Gogh.
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Also, check out the video...
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I'll Be Amsterdammed




Why take a camera with you on vacation when you can use other peoples' snaps off the internet...
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Holland! I'm not there yet, but will be this weekend at the SciFi Fest to end all scifi fests (at least as far as cities closest to being underwater goes) Utopia Convention. What am I going to talk about with Q! Ask him about that whole time lord thing I guess.
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So far nothing is certain about any US cons, I'm sad to report. I was almost going to be going to Untied Con in Massachusetts again, but that didn't turn out, so I hope to soon have news for all you wonderful US based folks whom I've yet to visit. It will happen. One day.
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Ding ding! casting news! I've been cast in a feature called Helen, as John, the, um, husband of um,... the script is set to arrive any day now. Ashley Judd's starring in it, and now, so is David Nykl, so it's time to get in line at the cineplex. I hear there's Oscar buzz for David Nykl in this one already...

Friday, October 5, 2007

Happy Birthday (and Merry Christmas)






Okay NOW it's over. Season IV wrap. Time to say good bye, and Merry Christmas too. I got sung Happy Birthday by the cast and crew 4 months early. Thanks all.
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I'll keep posting, there's much going on.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The sorta Last Supper





Ratings. Ratings. Ratings. Everyone's talking about ratings. I find it really curious that the fate of a show is supposedly determined by a random sampling of household's on a given night. It doesn't take a rocket scientist (and believe me - I KNOW) that the metrics used to determine a TV show's fate are haphazard at best. I mean really. Take a look around. There are bajillions of Stargate fans out there. Leave our show alone.
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So last day on set today - sort of. I was in and prepared to say my goodbyes - like the last day of class - when I found out I will be coming in again tomorrow because we didn't get the shot. Hey no problem. More chocolate cake (That's Anthea's famous Mountain Cake in one of the pics - they're phenomenal. (You thought Joe Malozzi was the only one who takes pictures of food...)
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Speaking of Joe, I went up to say hello and see ya next year, and thanks for all the fish today. I brought him two goldfish and a one gallon tank. Said they were named Zelenka and McKay, and asked him if he could get them to talk to each other more. I hope he feeds them.
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It was a good year. 10 episodes for the good Doctor. That's right down the middle. So thanks Joe, and the whole Writing and Producing team. The job you do is monumental and not always easy. Good job.
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Oh and I finally saw some episodes! Watched Adrift, Lifeline and Doppelganger while waiting on set today. Firecrackers all.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Almost there...




Wow. The year went FAST. I can't believe principal photography for season four is drawing to a close already. We had our annual cast and crew wrap party last night at Aqua Riva, and much fun it was. It's an opportunity to see Shawn Murphy in a tie, so it's well worth attending. (that's him in one of the pictures)
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I've got some auditions coming up, (fingers crossed) as well as a few conventions (confirmed: Utopia in Holland, Wolf Events in Germany, and Collectormania in Manchester - yahoo) and I'm still working on getting some together Stateside. Thank you for all your suggestions. I'm following through.
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Have NOT yet seen Adrift, and I've heard it's quite good. Thanks for your comments, I've got to get my hands on a copy soon.
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Be well, and keep watching!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

No rain. Yet.


You know, it's a good thing I had my stunt double with me that afternoon on the boat. Too bad we were in such a hurry and had to peel out of there as soon as the picture was taken.
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If anyone living around Texada Island happens to, um, see him let me know. He was a nice guy.
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..No way. I do ALL my own ocean swimming.
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I did however, have a stunt double in the recent episode "Quarantine" (no pics, sorry, forgot camera at home). Nice guy too. And quite a fall he took. Too bad about the wig...
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It's September, kiddies, and that means convention season is soon upon us. I've had a terrific summer (although not much Stargating, truth be told, in a recent six episode dry spell for the good doctor) but I've kept myself busy on other projects - including a one week run of "Twelve Angry Men" at Pacific Theatre starting next week. I'm number four, described as: "A man of wealth and position, and a practiced speaker who presents himself well at all times. He seems to feel a little bit above the rest of the jurors. His only concerns is with the facts in this case and he is appalled by the behaviour of others." Hm. Don't know what I'm gonna do with that.
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I've got some conventions cooking up in Europe; for which I'll be making an announcement here shortly. But I've also long since wanted to go to some in the good ol' U.S. and A. And I know you've all been offering me suggestions which I think may have expired. So, (I'm really asking for it here) post me your suggestions again, for ones in October and November. Somewhere warm. Like Hawaii. Any Hawaiian cons coming up?...
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Up next: "Last Man Standing". Dun dun daaahhh...

Monday, August 6, 2007

Summertime


Where is he? Where is he?...
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Folks, I'm fine. Thank you for the concern. No really. I'm fine.
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It's summertime on the westcoast and I've got a three-episode gap and bright blue skies outside. I'm far away - somewhere where even dial-up can barely reach. I'm up the coast.

Sorry about the brevity, but I'll be back when the rains come. Oh yes I will.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Praga Caput Regni








Please, no search parties. I'm right here. Over here. In the middle of the old continent, roughly at 50 degrees north and a coupl'a degrees east of Greenwich. The winds have died down and the sun has returned to Prague, which is a nice change from the last week.
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I just returned from a crazy fun weekend out in Chotebor where the Festival Fantasie is now winding down after 10 days of SciFi mayhem. How do you guys do it? Unbelievable. I was so impressed by the dedication and, shall we say, ardour of the fans here in the Czech Republic. Wow. I was treated to a complete compendium of every ounce of czech the good doctor has ever spoken in every episode, complete with deafening applause from the audience. Then there were the presentations. Hour upon hour of Stargate minutiae, diligenty rendered, photoshopped, powerpointed and commented. I only visited for two days, but boy were they intense. I'll publish more pictures as they become available. But in the meantime - velmy Vam vsem dekuju za prizen. Bylo to ohromne.
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Back home lickety split and off to Pegasus, where a Quarantine awaits. Oh dear.
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I'll publish more frequently now that the schedule is calming down. (I always say that, don't I..)
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p.s. Can anyone guess the castle?

Friday, May 25, 2007

Filming in the Okanagan



Been a long time again, kiddies. I'm up in Kelowna filming "The Beast of Bottomless Lake" where we've been holed up for the past two weeks, making cinematic magic. I'm working with a terrific group of people - filming hijinks on Lake Okanagan.

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Check out my buddy Fabrice's blog - it tells the story..
or the official production blog at
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I'll be back in town next week filming "..Mortal Coil" and "Be All My Sins.." Talk to you then...

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Don't be hatin' cuz he's salivatin'



They're not as bad as everyone makes them out to be, you know. "Oooh a Wraith!" I mean really. Just because they suck the life out of you and feed on your flesh and blood doesn't mean they don't just need a little hug every now and then. They have feelings, worries, and mortgage payments to make too. Their friends and partners sometimes misunderstand them, their Darts sometimes breakdown just when they have a final exam to get to, or a court date to make. They burn their spindly insect-like fingers on the toaster when making cheese toasts (you didn't know they eat that, did you?...) Just like you and me.
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Take Ewan the Wraith for example (not his real name. His real name is Scott.) Nice guy, culled a coupl'a villages, decimated populations, you know - normal guy - turns out - he plays a wicked saxophone. Who knew? Loves Miles Davis (especially his later years), smokes Gitanes, worries about who will replace Tony Blair. Normal guy. Just need to talk to him to find out.
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Opened my eyes.
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Oh yeah. And he drives a pink Cadillac. (in the bg) no. wait. that's Momoa.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Hooray Hooray the First of May...



Now that Dave Hewlett has a budding rap career I can consider myself lucky to get a photo with him. He's so-o-o busy now.. Props to you Mr H. It's quite funny.
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I'm back after a lengthy break - which is becoming a pattern I'm noticing about this blog. I'm more of a once or twice every two weeks kind of poster than a daily play-by-play guy.
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Congratulations to faithchan for correctly identifying Boston, Mass on the previous post. It's just outside of Filene's Basement, on the way up to the Common. We so rarely look up when we trudge through our cities, don't we? Particularly when we live in them.
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Just finished shooting a coupla' days worth of Reunion in my cup. Lotsa Momoa mojo going down all over the place. Gonna be wicked eppy.
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Also, this just in - fingers crossed - might be appearing in the CZECH REPUBLIC this summer, if all goes down well, and maybe an undisclosed US location. (snuggled up beside Cheney, I'm sure) Watch this space for breaking news.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Where in the World?.... Episode V


Okay kids. You know the drill. The first person to correctly identify where this was taken wins a dreamy picture of Dr Zelenka, featuring creepy eyes-that-follow-you-around-the-room, and a genuine 100% knock-off dollar store Stargate party hat - with adjustable elastic head-band to keep the hat on your head when you are mid-party. Both will be signed by the elusive and mumbly one, as soon as I can find him, and sent to your front door. So be sure to leave an email address, just in case...

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Eureka...


My alter-ego, the annoying voice inside my ahead, aka -David Nykl, who claims to be an "expert" on all things Zelenka, disappeared last night into an alternate universe...
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Coming soon to an iPod, TV, or LCD Monitor near you: David Nykl will be appearing in episode 3 ("Unpredictable") of SciFi's other hit series "Eureka", Season Two, as Dr Stephen Whitticus - a scientist with a secret of Global Warming proprtions.
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I had a lovely time on set with Colin Ferguson, Erica Cerra, Joe Morton, and Salli Richardson, as well as my lovely Eureka wife: Stephanie Von Pfetten. We finished at about 3:30 in the morning, so I didn't get to take any pictures of the set, I could barely get on my bike for the short trip home: we were filming Eureka about two-hundred feet "across the tracks" from my trailer on the Atlantis set, where I had been just a few hours earlier on Tabula Rasa.
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A double day in two universes for this Nykl guy, and no wormholes were needed. Just two wheels and some sprockets.
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I'm not sure when it airs. Does anyone out there watch the show? What's it like?...
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Oh, and before I forget, next installment of Guess the Location coming very soon...

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

No, but seriously...

You're all too clever by half, aren't you...
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I was outed by Lili in Argentina in about, um, 80 seconds after posting. I mean, couldn't you give me at least one "Really?! I can't believe it.." kind of post? - No - you guys knew it was just too outlandish to be true... Sheesh. I mean, I tried to pick something that could happen. It's not like I was going to take over command of Atlantis or something...
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I didn't even know they had April Fools in Argentina.
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Well good for you. The real April Fools was the spelling of Joe's name. I was wondering who was going to correct me on that. I just see his name spelled with only one Z. I think you all know what I mean. ;-)
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I did some publicity yesterday for the MGM website - a short interview in front of the gate. It was a very pleasant interview, but I felt like a real doofus doing it. It was mostly about the back half of season three, which was shot months ago, and I couldn't remember anything about it... So if you see it and I come across as not knowing what I'm talking about... you're right.
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I'll leave you with some pictures from a costume fitting from a couple of weeks ago...