By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on September 17, 2012 at 2:42 am |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

We will be upgrading the software, and some other ancillary items, that run the Battlestar Wiki. We expect the process to be done over the course of this week, since it depends on how much time I Joe B. has at his disposal.

We don’t really anticipate any major downtime, but as these things go… Baltar’s CNP code might rear its head and aid in the end of humanity.

That is all.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

For new users of the Wiki, we have upgraded our registration process in order to better protect the Wiki against automated spammers, since OCR and randomly generated image captchas are becoming easier for bots to decode and solve.

As of now, our registration process features a question to determine whether or not you are a human (vs. an automated spam robot), as shown below:

The questions asked during the process are not case-sensitive (i.e. “falcon” and “Falcon” will both work), although you must spell them correctly. Otherwise, it will result in an error, as shown below.

There are various questions in the list, and few are picked at random. We aim for them to be easy for those who have even the most basic knowledge of the series.

We will be adding additional questions as needed.

However, if you should encounter problems during the sign-up process, you are encouraged to e-mail me directly: webmaster[At]battlestarwiki[d0t]org. Thank you!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on January 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

This is an official announcement that we will be going dark on after midnight of January 18 2012 to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (which is now effectively dead) and it “lesser” twin the PROTECT-IP Act (which is still alive and kicking).

As of now, the blackout will end after 12:01 AM Eastern time on January 19 2012. We anticipate going dark again on the day that the US Senate votes on PIPA, and that will be on January 24 2012 beginning at 12:01 AM Eastern to January 25 2012 at 12:01 AM Eastern.

We will be redirecting all of our websites, including BattlestarWiki.org, FrakMedia.net, BattlestarForum.com and GalacticaGeek.com, to the SOPA Strike Page. The only website we will leave unaffected is the Battlestar Wiki Blog, so that people know what is going on.

For more information on these two disastrous, unethical pieces of legislation please click here.

Thank you for your attention. Actual out.

Post Updated: January 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM Eastern.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on September 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

If you’ve seen our previous blog post, you likely have a few questions as to what site we’re referring to, its objective, and other questions.

The site in question is Galactica Geek, and its objective is nothing less than going above and beyond other fan sites. Structured as a news magazine, Galactica Geek will not only provide news about Battlestar Galactica and its cast and crew, but also delve into both the source material and the fandom that it created. Not only does it aim to have interviews with cast and crew, but also provide insights into fan creativity… and that doesn’t mean fan fiction. It means art, prop replication, building your own uniform from the show and beyond.

It also means exploring the universe of Battlestar Galactica via social inquiry, and gives fans an outlet to express how the show changed their lives. Thus, Galactica Geek ranges from the serious issues that are presented in the show to the creative nature of BSG fans that the series tapped into.

For instance, one of Galactica Geek’s contributors learned to fly a helicopter because he was inspired by the Raptor pilots on the series.

Galactica Geek’s team consists of fans from all walks of life, including artists, professors, photographers, former members of the military — and, if you’re interested, Galactica Geek is always looking for people to contribute. Please note that everyone works for the site pro bono (although it would be nice for us to change that!), but the site is a great way to connect to the fandom, as content will be linked and shared with various websites including Battlestar Wiki, BattlestarGalactica.com, and more!

While Galactica Geek only has a teaser page at present, you can also find them on both Facebook and Twitter.

If you have any questions or comments, post them in the comments section below. If you want to contribute, send Galactica Geek an e-mail at wireless[at]galacticageek[dot]com.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

FrakMedia! Productions LLC is looking for a few people who want to write and contribute artwork, videos, and the like to a new Battlestar Galactica-centric science fiction news site.

The general concept of the site is a focus on Battlestar Galactica in all its forms, including the Original Series and the prequels Caprica and Blood & Chrome. In addition to focusing on the BSG universe, we will focus on BSG in the real world. (For example, NASA’s cool new RoboNaut — is it cool? Or are you expecting it to destroy all humans?) Also, you’ll be given the opportunity to review television episodes or movies where you’ve seen BSG and Caprica alumni, and share them with your fellow fans!

Content in the news site will range from news about the cast and crew’s current projects, to convention events, to prop and costume collecting, new BSG products (QMx, ANOVOS, Her Universe) and beyond.

So when you do apply, don’t just send us your name. Tell us why you would like to contribute to our BSG news site, why you think you’d be a great fit for this endeavor, and share with us some samples of your work. For article writers, previous journalism experience is preferred, but not required.

All of our writing positions are volunteer (pro bono), however the perks are great. For instance, if you review a BSG product, you’ll get to keep it. Additionally, because of the Wiki’s exposure to the community, you have a chance to interview actors and writers, to become a visible member of the BSG genre community. There’s also the pride of being able to point people to an article you wrote and saying that your works are seen by thousands of people. That’s always cool.

As for writing an article: it takes only a couple hours every week — and our editing team will work with you to make the article / story the best it can be, and to find your voice.

Share with me your name, where you’re from, what draws you to the Battlestar universe, and where we can find some of your works online. If you don’t have published samples, that’s OK … write up a story based on what you’re reading online, and let us see what you got!

We want to fill slots for news, columnists (op-ed pieces), artists to show their BSG-inspired works, and reviewers. News writers should be able to look at a breaking story, pull out the main news nugget to share with readers, and be able to pull up necessary context to go with that story, explaining why that story matters to your fellow fans.

Columnists write on a regular basis about various topics, but usually following a main theme somehow involving Battlestar Galactica. This is a chance to share some of your thoughts and feelings, and bring to light various things that might not necessarily be mentioned in the news pages.

Reviewers take a look at an episode, a piece of merchandise, or the like, and share with readers why the episode is worth watching (or not) or why that item is worth having (or, again, not). You have to be willing to work in a very specific and professional format, and be ready to publish a review in a timely manner — the early bird gets the worm, after all! (Unless the bird is killed by radioactive fall out, then… nevermind.)

So do your job and send me an email TODAY! Deadline for this will be September 15, 2011.

Regards,

Joe Beaudoin Jr.
CEO
FrakMedia! Productions, LLC

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 18, 2011 at 1:34 am |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

So far, we’ve successfully updated the MediaWiki software to the most recent version (1.16.4). We know of a few cosmetic changes that we need to do to the skins as a result of the update, but we will save those for later Monday as it is 1:30 AM EDT here, and those changes are minor in nature.

We have deployed the WYSIWYG editor, which can now be seen in action on any edit page. If you choose not to use the WYSIWYG editor, there is a toggle above the editing form that allows contributors to do this.

As of right now, we’ve unlocked the Wikis for editing, so have at it!

If there are any technical issues, you are welcome to leave comments on our blog, or e-mail us directly: webmaster (AT) battlestarwiki (DOT) org. We will get to them in the morning.

Thank you for your patience.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

So, we’re doing something that is a bit overdue, and that is technical upgrades to the Battlestar Wiki software.

Please be advised that editing to any Wiki in the Battlestar Wiki network will be disabled beginning Sunday, April 17 at 10 PM EDT, so that we can ensure that we have the most current version of the Wiki content available prior to the upgrade.

Basically, we are upgrading everything under the sun, that means the MediaWiki engine and all the extensions behind it. We will also be rolling out a stable WYSIWYG editor, and this is probably the most major change to the Wiki at this point.

This will be phase one of our upgrade, as phase two will be a total refit of the Battlestar Wiki interface, which will be more streamlined and interactive.

We do not anticipate any major downtime, and all content will be available for recall: it’s just editing that will be locked down.

We expect to have total functionality available after 10 AM EDT on Monday, April 18, 2011.

Good hunting!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on October 20, 2010 at 1:54 am |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

Stars and Schedule Announced for Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition World Premiere Weekend:

Oct. 22-24, 2010 at Seattle’s EMP|SFM

New traveling exhibition opening weekend to feature BSG stars, three full-size spaceships, costumes and props from the original and re-imagined series plus VIP preview and panels.

SEATTLE, WA—Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) is proud to announce the Opening Weekend schedule for Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition during the weekend of October 22-24, 2010. Organized by EMP|SFM and in partnership with Universal Cable Productions and Syfy, Battlestar Galactica’s Opening Weekend will feature a star-studded VIP preview including Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama), Michael Hogan (Colonel Saul Tigh), Tahmoh Penikett (Karl ‘Helo’ Agathon), Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek (2004) and Apollo (1978)), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh) and executive producers Ronald D. Moore, and Glen Larson.  Additional events include panel discussions with cast and producers of both Battlestar Galactica series, live taiko drumming performances, and other activities. The exhibition boasts three stunning, full-size prop spaceships, iconic costumes, new exhibition films, music and props from the original and re-imagined series. Media tours and VIP preview take place on Friday, October 22, 2010. Exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, October 23, 2010.

“This exhibition is the first of its kind for Battlestar Galactica,” says Brooks Peck, curator of the exhibition. “We dig deep into both the original and new series; explore the complex characters and storylines; and offer a unique presentation of props, interactive stations and educational programs that deliver the drama and adventure directly to our visitors.”

“Over its four season run on Syfy, Battlestar Galactica became an iconic series that not only entertained, but fulfilled the promise of all great science fiction. It provoked us into examining our world and ourselves through its politically-charged, socially-relevant, religious and technological themes,” said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Syfy, and Co-head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. “It is an honor for us to partner with EMP|SFM in this one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience BSG in an up-close and personal way.”

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

Friday, October 22, 2010

11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.               Battlestar Galactica Celebrity Media Tours*

5:30p.m.- 6:00p.m.     Celebrity Red Carpet*

7:00p.m.-8:30p.m.     VIP Exhibition Preview*

*Featuring Battlestar Galactica producers and cast: Edward

James Olmos, Richard Hatch, Michael Hogan, Tahmoh

Penikett, Kate Vernon, Ronald D. Moore, Glen Larson

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Noon-1:30p.m. BSG:  The Birth of a Legend

Go behind the scenes of the 1978 series with tales from the original Colonial Fleet and invention of an empire.  EMP|SFM curator Brooks Peck interviews Battlestar Galactica creator/producer Glen Larson and actor Richard Hatch (Apollo).

2:30p.m.- 4:00p.m. Sex, Blood and Cylons: The Re-imagination of Battlestar Galactica

In 2004, Battlestar Galactica returned to television, taking the sci-fi world by storm.  EMP|SFM curator Brooks Peck leads a discussion with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore and principal cast members Edward James Olmos, Michael Hogan, Tahmoh Penikett and Kate Vernon.

Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition opens to the public October 23, 2010 and runs through March 4, 2012 at EMP|SFM in Seattle. The exhibition will be presented in the Milestone Gallery on EMP’s third level. Battlestar Galactica will become a traveling exhibition in 2012 after its premiere at EMP|SFM.

About Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition:

Battlestar Galactica is an epic drama of interstellar proportions. The last vestiges of humanity flee a cybernetic Cylon horde, traversing the stars in search of the fabled promised land of Earth. The setting of Battlestar Galactica may be rife with spaceships and inhuman adversaries, but ultimately the show is a complex narrative about how we attempt to retain our humanity under desperate circumstances. The series acts as a science-fictional lens through which to examine difficult questions that we may encounter in our own lives.

Exhibition sections:

Creation of Battlestar Galactica
Explores the genesis of the two versions of the show (1978 and 2004) and introduces the story and central conflicts.

The Search
Focuses on one of the central elements of the shows, the human quest to find the lost colony of Earth. The Search is also a spiritual one, as the humans seek meaning in a dangerous galaxy and grapple with issues of religion, fate and freedom.

The Ships
Three life-size spacecraft from the later series—two human and one Cylon— are the exhibition show stoppers. Concept art, storyboards, props and films complement the ships.

Humans and Cylons
This section presents the major characters from the shows including: Commander Adama, Starbuck, Boomer, Number Six and the Imperious Leader. Costumes are featured, along with props and concept art. 

Exhibition specifics:

  • Three full-size prop spaceships:
    • Viper Mark 2
    • Viper Mark 7
    • Cylon Raider
  • Series props featuring:
    • Cylon model Number Six’s iconic red dress (2004)
    • Commander Adama’s duty blues uniform (2004)
    • Fragment of a Cylon Centurion (2004)
    • Cylon Commander costume (1978)
    • Colonel Tigh’s flask and eye patch (2004)
  • Exhibition films:   key themes from the shows are explored featuring new interviews with series producers Glen Larson, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick
  • Interactives:
    • Dilemma Stations: Visitors are presented with some of the difficult moral and ethical choices faced by the characters in Battlestar Galactica, and must decide the best course of action.

    • Music Kiosk: The story of Battlestar Galactica’s groundbreaking scores are presented through a series of short films that feature interviews with Stu Phillips, composer of the original 1978 series, and Bear McCreary who composed the soundtrack for the 2004 series

    • Score a Scene: Visitors can conduct a virtual orchestra, laying down their own score from scenes from the 2004 series

To view the trailer for Battlestar Galactica:  The Exhibition, click on the following link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4S9AnrtPhc

ABOUT EMP|SFM
Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music and the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction.

ABOUT THE EMP|SFM BUILDING
Since EMP opened in 2000 and SFM in 2004, EMP|SFM has welcomed more than 5 million visitors through its doors. From its museum planning stages in 1998 through 2009, EMP|SFM has been a key economic driver among Seattle nonprofit arts and culture organizations, with combined EMP|SFM institutional expenditures and EMP|SFM audience-member spending resulting in $651 million dollars of local economic impact. EMP|SFM is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

ABOUT UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS
Universal Cable Productions
creates quality content across multiple media platforms for USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA’s Royal Pains, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Psych, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs and Facing Kate, as well as Syfy’s Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Caprica . The studio also produced the long-running series Monk and Battlestar Galactica. UCP is a division of NBC Universal.

ABOUT SYFY
Syfy
is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year-round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com) and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

MUSEUM HOURS

Winter hours September 7, 2010 – May 30, 2011, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer hours May 31, 2011 – September 5, 2011, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

TICKETS
$15 for adults; $12 for youth (ages 5-17), students, military and seniors; free for members and children under 5

CONTACT INFO
325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
206-770-2700, main line
206-770-2702, box office
1-877-EMP-SFM1, toll-free
www.empsfm.org

SOCIAL MEDIA

http://facebook.com/EMPSFM

http://twitter.com/EMPSFM

http://youtube.com/empsfm

http://flickr.com/photos/empsfm/

By Jonathan | Posted on September 3, 2010 at 1:48 am |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

As PR Coordinator for Frakmedia LLC I get to do a lot of cool and fun things. One of these pertains to my personal gaming blog, the CWF Game Cast, where I discuss non-electronic gaming (RPGs, tabletop, historical, miniatures, collectible card/miniatures, etc) and New England/Massachusetts gaming in particular.

Today is the first day of a week-long contest, the first on my blog, where you can win FREE product. You can win a booster for Axis & Allies Minis or War at Sea (both produced by Wizards of the Coast) courtesy of my blog’s sponsor 12-7-Games. If you’re a gamer then you’ll want to take a quick moment to enter the contest. And if you’re not a gamer you’ll still want to because who doesn’t love free stuff?

Learn how to enter and win by going to my contest post, Win a FREE Axis & Allies Minis or War at Sea Booster. It won’t take more than a few moments of your time (less than a minute) to enter and you could be the winner. The contest ends on Saturday, September 11, 2010 so you have until then to enter. The winner will be announced on Sunday, September 12, 2010.

Good luck to you all!
Jonathan, PR Coordinator

By Jonathan | Posted on July 27, 2010 at 12:22 am |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

I was reading Matt Mullenweg’s blog recently and saw a post that invigorated me. Matt blogged about the P2 theme for WordPress and how it changed Automattic (the makers of WordPress).

At the BSG Wiki, and BSG Forum, we have a myriad of internal communication methods.  But, like Automattic there has always been a disconnect.  We communicate well but need to communicate better and more efficiently.  The P2 theme is our solution.

We are pleased to announce the implementation of a new internal blog running P2.  This will allow us to coordinate our many projects to be sure that we’re projecting a unified message.  We will use it to better coordinate work on the wiki.  We will use it to better plan how we use Facebook and Twitter.  We will use it to think outside the box.  We will use it to better promote the forum.  We will use it to be a better organization.  We will use it to provide better customer service.

If you’re reading this and are one of our staffers, then you need to e-mail Joe@frakmedia.net, Shane@frakmedia.net, or myself (jon@frakmedia.net) to setup your account.  If you are one of the many BSG fans, then know that we are doing everything we can to better serve you.

So say we all!
Jonathan, PR Coordinator

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on May 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

A quick note to let our fine visitors know that we’ve deployed Lightbox across the Wikis, meaning that whenever you now click on a thumbnail or an image gallery on any of our articles, you’ll see the larger version super-imposed over the wiki page, instead of being jumped to the image description page. (As you can see in the screen shot below.)

See full-sized pictures without leaving the article!

Since we’re rolling this out for the first time, we do expect there to be some minor issues. During my testing, I ran into a few but those were corrected (with the exception of one really minor one), so please feel free to notify us on any bugs you come across!

Note: Some images on the wiki are quite large (some are several megabytes) and therefore there may be some load time issues depending on your connection. Also, any images that are dimensionally larger than your screen will not fit to your screen, but I’m investigating a fix on that.

Update: For any resolutions of 1200 x 800 or higher, I’ve optimized the light box to work on down-scaling images so that they are not larger than your screen. That said, this will not increase the size of original photos that are smaller, as this would only cause pixelation and other distortions to the image.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

… but don’t know how? Well, as (sadly) Wikia isn’t exactly the greatest place to go and should you want to “go it alone” like we did, the fine people at Packt Publishing have gone to some trouble to create a book, MediaWiki 1.1 Beginner’s Guide. I’ve been asked to review it by a member of Packt Publishing, and so I’ll have to shoehorn it in to my busy schedule. I won’t have any problem with this, as I believe a book such as this is long overdue.

Further, I hope that it is a helpful book for beginners, because the Lords of Kobol knows that we need better wikis from passionate fans who are not bogged down with bureaucratic felgercarb!

So say we all!