By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 30, 2008 at 9:33 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Malay Wiki

It’s our pleasure to announce that we’ve broken ground on a new language edition of the Battlestar Wiki [[ms:|for Malay speakers]].

The head senior chief on the Malay wiki is “[[ms:User:Starkiller|Starkiller]]” and he’s steadfastly working on much of the basic structure. Of course, one man can’t do it alone, so any Malay-speaking nuggets who can report to him and help out would definitely be appreciated!

The site already has 20 articles posted, with much more to come — particularly with your help.

Snap to it, nuggets! :D

By Shane | Posted on April 29, 2008 at 8:20 am |
Posted in Category: Maintenance

I am unsure how long the MySQL Database was down in the middle of the night, but it’s back up and running. I am looking into this since the MySQL server was running when I checked the services page.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 28, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
Posted in Category: Feedback, New Goodies

We can now announce the winners to our [[BW:SURVEY|survey]] raffle.

They are as follows:

  • David S., USA, Season 3 DVD Set (Grand Prize)
  • Keith T., USA, $10 USD Gift Certificate from NewEgg.com (Second Prize)
  • Elizabeth L., Australia, Free One-Year [[BW:MEMBERSHIP|Membership]] to Battlestar Forum and Battlestar Wiki (Third Prize)

The last two recipients who also won a free one-year membership to Battlestar Forum and Battlestar Wiki have not yet given me permission to add their names to the winner’s list, so I’ve withheld that information until such time as I get permission from them to do so.

To the thousand+ people who participated in the survey, we want to thank you for your opinions and feedback! We will be having another survey in June, after the first ten episodes of the fourth season have aired! So keep an eye on the blog for future announcements!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 24, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
Posted in Category: Drifiting Thoughts

So anyway, for those of you that missed the fun last night, you can download the MP3 of the show from here (or listen to it stream from the site).

Anyway, I thought it went fairly well. Except the point where I had a brain freeze during the portion where I tried to verbalize why I feel Battlestar Galactica Original Series (TOS) fans and New Series (TNS) fans who hate the “opposing show” so much that they have to negatively comment on it ad nauseum need to get a life. Of course, it didn’t help that I couldn’t use some profanities, since the whole “TOS vs. TNS” thing ranks up there with the absurd “Star Trek vs. Star Wars” arguments, and the whole “Old Trek vs. New Trek” arguments that have shown the scummy side of the online fandoms over the decades.

Here’s the thing, if you don’t like a show… do yourself a favor and don’t watch it. Hell, even ignore it, if you must. (Original BSG fans did this with Galactica 1980, so why not take a page from that book!?)

That’s the point I was getting at.

Nor did it help that I was on various flu medications, which didn’t help with the whole mental concentration bit. Still, people could hear me (and apparently it didn’t sound like I have the flu, from what Shane said anyway) and it seemed to go well.

However, I was a bit rushed. Particularly at the end when Rudy called in and threw fifty different questions at my direction that jumped all over the frakking place. :P

Oh well… Listen and feel free to rip me a new one, at your discretion, of course.

Now, for the bad news, Mike has invited me on the show sometime in the summer. (He has a thing about not repeating the same guest in the same quarter, which is understandable, and keeps the show fresh.) So, hopefully, I’ll be more in the game in my next appearance. And hopefully we won’t have discussions about that horrendously overrated “Last Supper” promotional shtick.

As far as first outings go — and having never participated in a live radio interview before — it went well. Can’t expect a perfect game, though.

So… before I ramble on any further, I want to thank everyone who came out for the live airing, phoned in (Shane and Rudy), and jumped into the chat room. According to Mike Hinman, it was the show with the most listeners they’ve had yet. I guess I’m a draw.

Or it may be because the phones were working. Who knows.

By Jonathan | 12:28 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Drifiting Thoughts

Ladies and Gentlemen

Tonight our very own Joe B. was a special guest on SyFy Radio. The show started at 10pm EST and you can click here to listen to the show. You can call into future shows by dialing (646) 200-3642.

You can also catch the archives via iTunes (search for “SyFy Radio”) and via BlogTalkRadio’s own archives!

Then head over to Joe on SyFy Radio April 23rd! on Battlestar Forum to discuss Joe’s appearance.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 23, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
Posted in Category: Drifiting Thoughts

Folks,

I’ll be on SyFy Radio tonight. I should be there starting around 10:25 P.M. Eastern time (for those of you that want to or can listen live).

So remember: tonight at 10 P.M., click here, and listen to the show. Call into the show by dialing (646) 200-3642.

You can also catch the archives via iTunes (search for “SyFy Radio”) and via BlogTalkRadio’s own archives!

Be hearing you!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |

A quick reminder. My appearance on SyFy Radio will be this Wednesday. The show starts at 10 P.M. Eastern Time and my appearance will be starting around 10:20 to 10:25 P.M., once Mike Hinman reads through his scripted material.

I’ll be there anywhere from 20 minutes to the whole show, depending on how many people start calling in and give us stuff to talk about. The main topics of discussion will be Battlestar Galactica‘s fourth and final season, and I’ll also be talking a bit about Galacticruise. (And for all those people on the fence, I must stress that you really need to get moving on this, since the deadline for booking cabins and event payments is July 1st!)

The show will be streaming live from BlogTalkRadio’s website for SyFy Radio, which is here. The call-in number is (646) 200-3642.

Also, SyFy Radio has a chat room running in concert with the live show, so if you don’t like hearing your voice (or if your voice brings doom upon all mankind… kidding… seriously, I hope I’m kidding!), then you can send us questions via the chat room. Or discuss the content of our show there as well.

So remember: this Wednesday at 10 P.M., click here, and listen to the show. Call into the show by dialing (646) 200-3642.

We’d better see you there, or else [[William Adama|the Old Man]]’s gonna beat your ass with a [[flashlight]].

Update: [[User:Catrope|Catrope]] brought up a good point… Those if you in way different time zones (such as those in Europe) will probably be asleep during the broadcast. So, to address the issue of whether or not you people can hear the show as well, the answer is: “Yes, you can.” All the shows that are on SyFy Radio are archived for playback at a later date!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 17, 2008 at 9:07 pm |

In reaction to Assistant Professor Bob Rehak’s blog post on his website regarding J.K. Rowling’s lawsuit against Vander Ark and the publisher of the book version of the “Harry Potter Lexicon”, I wrote the following reply. As of this writing, you will not see it up on his website, since it has yet to be approved from its moderation queue, despite the fact that he responded to another post that supports his own position… which is visible on his website… Anyway, I want to post what I wrote here, in the hopes of discussing my thoughts on this issue and getting people’s thoughts on this.

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I received an update from our NBC press/promotional contact, letting us know that “[[The Ties That Bind]]” may be the last episode to be streamed early at 12 P.M. ET. on Fridays.

So for those of you wanting to catch the episode early, I’m afraid that this might be the last time you can do it, at least until 2009.

Updates as we get them. Thank you.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 16, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
Posted in Category: Discussions, Drifiting Thoughts

Bob Rehak, assistant professor of film and media studies at Swarthmore College, recently wrote an article on the J.K. Rowling vs. the Harry Potter Lexicon legal proceedings, discussing transmedia storytelling and subcreation, in an interesting article that notes the effort of Battlestar Wiki, Lostpedia and the Lexicon to “keep track of sprawling storylines and giant mobs of dramatis personae, cross-referencing and codifying the rules of seriality’s endless play of meaning”.

Rehak discusses this more on his blog entry here. It’s an interesting read, since people have been e-mailing me to ask about what the Rowling/Lexicon case means for Battlestar Wiki.

Right now, I want to assure people that we’re not in danger of being taken down. It is clearly apparent that the Lexicon and its owner are clearly attempting to profit off another established universe by selling the online resource in book form for some $30 USD.

However, the case is interesting to watch, nonetheless, as are the factions that are coming to rise because of it: pro-Rowling vs. the pro-fandom creativity/creationists.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 13, 2008 at 9:06 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Fan Participation, Feedback

I’ve sent out the e-mails to our survey winners, so I hope to have a list of winners (and what they won) as soon as said winners get back to me on some things. One of those things is whether or not they want to be listed here as winners.

In the meantime, here is the summary of the results of the survey that 1000 people participated in. Note that there’s nothing personal in here, it’s just a statistical break down of how many people answered the questions, and what content they surfed the wiki for. I’ll talk more about the general responses sometime later this week, since I’m busy with other projects… But things are moving forward, and we are working on ways to better the site behind the scenes.

Keep the faith!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 12, 2008 at 1:17 am |
Posted in Category: Maintenance

All,

In the event that you may have noticed, our Athena database server was briefly down. That’s because I had to have it rebooted, though it had nothing to do with performance reasons: I accidentally shut down SSH and couldn’t get back in, so I had the Planet people reboot the server.

Hence the slight hiccup… which you probably didn’t notice.

I thought I would mention it anyway.

Back to burning the midnight oil…