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will_die writes "After all the recent auctions for Propworx's Battlestar Galactica props, they are now selling off 15 years of Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis props. Over the next couple of months minor items will be sold on eBay, and the major items will be sold in two live auctions. eBay auctions will consist of smaller props, most costumes, drawings and even parts of Stargates. The live auctions will contain items such as the Thor puppet, The Ark of Truth, and the only fully working Stargate. (Multiple Stargates needed for travel)." My wife will be bidding on Daniel Jackson. I wouldn't mind a Zat gun, but at $3K–$4K, it's a bit rich for my blood... although if the neighbor's dog keeps getting out of his electric fence I might have no choice...
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  • although if the neighbor's dog keeps getting out of his electric fence I might have no choice...

    Buy a brick of velveeta cheese and a bottle of castor oil. Sprinkle some of the castor oil on the brick and feed it to the dog every time it gets out of the fence.

    Trust me, the problem will solve itself one way or the other.

    • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

      by bsDaemon (87307)
      Jackboot! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_oil#Use_as_a_means_of_intimidation_in_Fascist_Italy
    • by macraig (621737)

      How does one feed the same brick of Velveeta cheese to a dog repeatedly? Are you "recycling" the cheese? Is that what the castor oil is for?

    • by interkin3tic (1469267) on Friday January 29, 2010 @05:59PM (#30955788)

      Buy a brick of velveeta cheese and a bottle of castor oil. Sprinkle some of the castor oil on the brick and feed it to the dog every time it gets out of the fence.

      How appropriate, that sounds more like a Jack O'Neil solution than a MacGyver solution. MacGyver would have increased the voltage to the dog using a paper clip, a roll of newspaper, and two tube socks. A Samantha Carter solution of course would be to trap the dog and the neighbor in a black hole paralell universe using the power of science. A Daniel Jackson solution would be to interpret the ancient runes on the dog's collar, call the neighbor, and whine until the neighbor agreed to promise to not let the dog get over into the yard again. Teal'c would just stare the neighbor down, clenching and unclenching his jaw, until the neighbor shit his pants and moved away.

  • by jameskojiro (705701) on Friday January 29, 2010 @01:54PM (#30952280) Journal

    I would like to bid on the working ZPM please, time for me to sell power to the power company! heh!

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by wizardforce (1005805)

      A working ZPM that has the power of a few tons of Naquadah and the evilest thing you can think to do with it is sell power back to the power company? I for one would take over Earth with it.

      • by click2005 (921437) *

        Yeah all you pathetic humans.. be afraid of my sometimes glowing (depending on how lazy the f/x guys were that week) lump of plastic.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by jgtg32a (1173373)

        He will take over the world with it, he'll start by selling the power to the power companies. That will help him raise funds to start expanding his power and influence

      • by ArsonSmith (13997)

        Two chicks at the same time.

        Ohh, this is slashdot.

        A chick!

      • by Darinbob (1142669)
        Naw, I don't want the world. I'm not a manager type.
      • Naquadah does not have "power", it's merely a superconductor. You may be referring to Naquadriah, the radioactive isotope of Naquadah. ;)

        God, I need a life.
        • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Then what is a Naquadah generator? [wikia.com] Naquadria [wikia.com] is a far less stable, more powerful isotope of Naquadah that SGC used to produce the first hyperspace capable Goa'uld/Tau'ri hybrid fighter aircraft.

      • by WCLPeter (202497)

        I for one would take over Earth with it.

        I for one would hook it up to an Asgard replicator and ensure every single person on the planet had their food, clothing, material, and shelter needs met. Then I'd create a replicator for each home, hook the whole thing into replicated fusion plants, and allow the entire world to throw off the shackles of money and greed, living lives of leisure, learning, mutual co-operation, and self discovery.

    • ZeePMs are at maximum entropy upon creation. ZedPMs can dial more than 6 chevrons, and make wraith become vegan.

      With proper pronunciation comes much zero point energy. Use it wisely!

    • Re:A Working ZPM (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Kjella (173770) on Friday January 29, 2010 @02:23PM (#30952726) Homepage

      Also known as Stargate's Emergency Plot Device. Ever notice how every one of them they find is almost dead or will be dead very very shortly, but is always just enough to save the plot? So it goes to follow that any ZPM would have exactly enough power to work at the auction and then be useless.

      • So? If it has exactly enough power to save my ass once, I still want one!

      • by BitZtream (692029)

        Except for the one that powered atlantis for a season or two.

        • by jgtg32a (1173373)

          Wasn't that one introduced as a "save their ass" device? And wasn't it being maxed out just to keep the city running, it couldn't actually provide any defenses for the city?
           
          I didn't really watch the show too much

          • by magsol (1406749)
            I didn't really watch the show too much

            Yeah, that's pretty obvious. It was indeed introduced as a "save their ass" device, but it wasn't maxed out keeping the city running. It ran for the next two seasons, allowing them to raise and lower shields, engage and disengage the cloak, fire drones, and have plenty of power to spare for everyday goings-on. I believe it was the episode with Rodney and his sister experimenting with parallel universes in season 3 which drained the ZPM.
            • It ran for the next two seasons, allowing them to raise and lower shields, engage and disengage the cloak, fire drones, and have plenty of power to spare for everyday goings-on. I believe it was the episode with Rodney and his sister experimenting with parallel universes in season 3 which drained the ZPM.

              For starters, I believe they claimed to be using some mini Naquada generators to keep the general city running. It was mentioned a few times in season 1 such as when there was an energy draining monster, and later they needed to make one give off an EMP.

              As for the shield, I don't recall them using the left-over ZPM for that... they did use it to make a cloak but even they said that used very little power. Unless you mean the shield around the gate itself, at which point I don't recall if that was the ZPM

              • For starters, I believe they claimed to be using some mini Naquada generators to keep the general city running. It was mentioned a few times in season 1 such as when there was an energy draining monster, and later they needed to make one give off an EMP.

                Yes... for season 1. The energy-draining monster was in episode 2 or 3 (I think it was called Hide and Seek). The ZPM found in the SG1 episode Mobius was sent to Atlantis for the season 2 premiere and used until the energy bridge incident. The one they got a few episodes later lasted to the end of the series, I believe.

                As for the shield, I don't recall them using the left-over ZPM for that...

                The shield was used in The Siege, Echos, First Strike/Adrift/Lifeline, The Last Man (not shown), First Contact, Enemy at the Gate... did I miss any? I forget which ZPM was used in Echos, but

      • Re:A Working ZPM (Score:5, Interesting)

        by bill_kress (99356) on Friday January 29, 2010 @04:19PM (#30954248)

        They actually did a fairly good job of slowly integrating technology. At first, each alien tech was extremely rare and hard to find, then they would either find more or find a way to duplicate one.

        The ZPMs worked exactly this way. At first they would get one, it would go away and they might get another. They were old and rarely had a charge. Towards the end there were actually a handful in use.

        Same with ships and most other tech.

        I like that technology wasn't arbitrary like on Star Trek, where they might get their hands on a technology or idea that was world changing to solve a single intractable problem, but then that idea would just vanish instead of getting integrated into the rest of the system. (Being able to travel backwards in time would have solved a LOT of problems, and they had that technology for a LONG time without anything preventing them from using it--eventually they figured out that it was a problem and invented a time-police, but that was much later)

      • Plus, a ZPM technically doesn't have much juice. Remember that episode where they phased the entire planet in a parallel reality? No ZPM available, so they had to use the US power grid.

        I've never seen a ZPM do anything close to that. :P I think their perk is they store a *lot* of power in a very condensed form - not that they output ridiculous amounts. (though clearly they do output a lot)

        P.S. I hate that TV trope. [tvtropes.org]

    • There's an even bigger oversight: they're selling Replicator blocks. All you have to do is buy a couple, toss in some scrap metal then you can sell as many as you want!
    • time for me to sell power to the power company!

      That ain't workin', that's the way you do it. Power from nothin', and your subspace's for free.

  • by StormWolf (43376) on Friday January 29, 2010 @02:00PM (#30952362)
    ...when I already have a stargate [wikipedia.org] 2 blocks away?
    • by click2005 (921437) *

      That one doesn't flush properly.

      I think someone crossed the streams or routed the wormhole past a black hole or something.

    • Um, I think if you're gonna use that gate you're going to find you want to buy a DHD!

      • by corser (995751)
        I'm sure I can MacGyver up my own
        • by HTH NE1 (675604)

          Surely they could sell licenses for the software they use in place of a DHD. Didn't they even develop a DHD-in-a-laptop for emergencies (everything you'd need to dial a 'gate except power).

          Seriously though, I would really like to have a copy of the software they use to create all those SGC computer screens and laptop interfaces, or at least the assets used in the software they use and some digital video of their use. Or even just the digital video of their use and I could reverse-engineer that. Something mo

    • by baKanale (830108)
      Wait, so that means they have two stargates around Colorado Springs? Or did they decide to move the gate out of the mountain and into town?
    • by 7213 (122294)

      No way dude, that's a fake.... the REAL one is downtown Detroit right across the street from the Joe Lewis fist & a block or so from the Windsor tunnel.

      http://tiny.cc/8mI9l [tiny.cc]

      I mean, NOBODY'S gonna look for the Stargate in downtown Detroit. And if the aliens come through, they'll see Detroit & leave post haste.

      Perfect plan.

  • Stargate? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Kirin Fenrir (1001780) on Friday January 29, 2010 @02:19PM (#30952668)
    Wake me when the sell the actual STARGATE. That prop is both sexy and mechanically-impressive.

    Two full stargate props were originally built for the SG-1 pilot "Children of the Gods", the second of which was reconstructed from the prop used in the film. They are made of steel and fiberglass, and are 22 feet (6.7 m) in diameter. The second prop is less detailed, and is used for exterior scenes; in the pilot it was used solely on the planet Chulak. The primary one, however, is quite sophisticated. It is fully automated, and capable of rotating and emitting light. This is achieved by the use of a specially-designed 22-foot (6.7 m) circular gear, which turns the inner ring on a precise pinion drive wheel, using an eight horsepower electric motor. The top seven chevrons emit laser pulses which are read by a sensor fed into a computer responsible for the gate's movement, which is consequently able to start and stop the rotation very quickly. This main prop is kept almost immovably at the permanent set of the SGC, at Bridge Studios, Vancouver.

    • by starbugs (1670420)

      BTW This Stargate is the one that was used in both - the movie and the tv show.

      In my universe I imagine Steve Jobs buying the stargate.
      Him and the Stargate would be a perfect fit.

      But I'm worried he might rename it the iGate.

      (just imagine the new line of products, like macbooks that would never break)

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      If I won the lottery and could buy that thing I'd so install it as my garage door or something.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by IronChef (164482)

      No kidding. If I end up with lottery money, I'm getting one built.

      I thought of something else I could do in the meantime, though, to scratch that itch--Goa'uld transport rings. You know how the base station is embedded in the ground? I am pretty sure that I have seen on the show a circle made of seemingly weathered stone-like wedges, embedded into the forest floor.

      They also simply paint the pattern onto the decks of the ships. It's occasionally shown clearly enough to get a clean image to build from.

      Transpo

  • Does this mean there won't be any follow up any more ever again? :'(
  • How much? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Galestar (1473827)
    Is Jewel Staite for sale?
  • by Lumpy (12016) on Friday January 29, 2010 @02:46PM (#30953036) Homepage

    I want a puddle jumper. Slap that puppy over a Pontiac transport and have the coolest geek mobile evAR!

    • . . .Naquadah Generator, and all associated patents, and a sufficient supply of Naquadah to power it for a couple centuries. However much it costs, it will pay for itself. *grin*

    • by Nerdfest (867930)
      You should go halfsies with the guy buying the StarGate for a garage door. Of course, you'll both need a GDO.
  • It's a little unclear from the site if *everything* from SG1 and SGA are being sold off, or just select props that the writers don't envision ever using again? I wonder what this means for Stargate: Universe? I mean, in theory, they are still in contact with Star Gate Command, and at some point, they may get the Destiny Gate working again to travel back to Earth, so seems like you'd still need the SGC sets available. In any case, there's the Comm Stones, which give us glimpses of Earth again.

    SGU hasn't been

    • It's a little unclear from the site if *everything* from SG1 and SGA are being sold off, or just select props that the writers don't envision ever using again? I wonder what this means for Stargate: Universe? I mean, in theory, they are still in contact with Star Gate Command, and at some point, they may get the Destiny Gate working again to travel back to Earth, so seems like you'd still need the SGC sets available. In any case, there's the Comm Stones, which give us glimpses of Earth again.

      SGU hasn't been cancelled (yet) - I saw somewhere that SyFy renewed for a second season. So, I guess that must mean that they aren't selling *everything*?

      Plus I believe there's at least one more Direct-To-DVD to be made.

    • by magsol (1406749)
      Plus they've supposed greenlit the Stargate: Atlantis movie, so they can't be selling off everything. And yeah, actually the gate that used to be the SGC is now the one being used on Destiny.
    • by Shadyman (939863)
      Indeed. There's far from a lot of things listed. I guess that's a good thing?
  • Neat. There is one problem, though: How are the Ori props going to sell, when so many Stargate fans don't believe that they exist? :p

    Actually, perhaps that could be a selling point. I can see more than one use for being invisible to the hardcore fans. For example, Amanda Tapping could certainly use a Prior's Staff, judging by some of the comments here. ;)

    • by Nerdfest (867930)
      I'm sure the Scientologists will be interested.
    • The sad truth is, Is that the Ori much like their props are "All smoke and mirrors". It kind of mirrors human History in some ways. Their are most defiantly parallels.
  • if i had the money this is the only thing i would buy.

    • I just wish their merchandising division would have capitalized on the popularity of the shows years ago--most of my kids have wanted to dress up as one character or another at halloween, and I'd love to have a replica Zat. If they had made semi-decent toy Zats that cost about as much as a Nerf gun, I'd probably have one on my desk right now.
      • You're right SG merchandising for some reason was lacking to say the least compare other sci-fi series. The guns are cool items but my favorite was always the head dress especially the Anubis; i was surprise that they did not have the Anubis head dress up for sale.

        • I visited the site and was shocked to learn that one of the headsets that would be for sale would actually retract. I thought all of that was done via CGI. Very impressive prop work, indeed.
    • by Dahamma (304068)

      Forget that, I want to buy a P90!

      • by will_die (586523)
        Check with your local gun shop for a PS90.
        The PS90 is the civilian model, it is semi-automatic and legal in the USA. Cost is around $1500-$2000.
  • by StikyPad (445176)

    Hell, if I'd have known that buying props was all it took to get SG off the air, I'd have done it years ago.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Okay. I work as a set producer in vancouver. I don't work on stargate, but some of my friends do. Basically, their job is to turn stuff sold in junk and scrap stores into cool looking alien props. Their work on the last season of SGA was scaled back from normal. A couple months ago, Waring told them why. The next stargate spinoff will be an animated cartoon retelling of the first three seasons of SG-1. I'm guessing the props are being sold off as unnecessary. It sounds stupid, but you'd be amazed at the ins

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      Sadly this is the truth, A little about myself, I work in advertising, and we were shopped as one of many when it came to pitching a cartoon based on the StarGate franchise. We were told it would be similar in standing to the StarGate: Infinity cartoon that aired some time ago. Honestly, this "pisses me off" because I like SGU and I doubt its coming back based on what I've been privy to. I hope I'm wrong and that the April 2nd air date for the next episode happens.

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