By Shane | Posted on December 30, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements

Well.. it was too good to be true, but our site can not run on the Cloud/Grid server of MediaTemple, but it can run on a Dedicated Virtual without any issues. I’m in the process right now of moving the databases and files over. So expect again a little down time.

I’ll post updates back in this post as well.

By Shane | Posted on December 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements

There is not that many errors, but they do exist. I just finished up getting the database structure setup so when I now create the data structure in the other sub domains (english is the only one working as of this post) so I don’t have to do any editing and I can go ahead and just do the work. This has taken longer than I though, but it turning out ok for the moment.

Images are another problem. I am looking into why none of the images are using ‘covert’. It might be just a permission error or it might not be. So please bear with me, I am now getting tired and I havn’t even gotten some other sites up an running yet. Images are back up and running. All sites will be up very shortly! :D

Any question.. post them here! :)

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on December 27, 2009 at 11:49 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, FrakMedia, Maintenance

Haven’t blogged in a while, but we have some changes coming up that our visitors should know about.

The first major change is that we’re moving to more cost-effective servers hosted by MediaTemple. After speaking to MediaTemple, Shane and I believe that we can save (a lot of) money doing this, without compromising performance. Believe it or not, while ads to pay for roughly 60-75% of our costs, the remaining chunk is picked up by yours truly. Given the economic situation, and my desire for the Wiki to be self sufficient, it behooves us to be more economically minded.

As a result of this move, we’ve gone ahead and locked out editing for the Wikis, so that the databases can be backed up and transferred over to the new servers. Right before the final server move, we will also lock down the database for the Forum, which will happen sometime tomorrow.

We plan on executing the moves starting Monday, December 28. The goal is to have everything back online by the 1st of the year.

The second major change is in the advertising. Battlestar Wiki has added a third “advertising area” to our website, at the top header. This will increase our ad revenue, making us more attractive to advertisers. For those of you that do not like ads, we do have our membership feature which (for $10 USD a year) you get to see the Wiki (and our Forum) without ads when logged into your user account.

Hopefully, we will also have joined Gorilla Nation by the end of January. Gorilla Nation will be providing the ads you’ll be seeing, with Google Adsense as a backup in the event that the Gorilla Nation doesn’t have ads to show to the demographics that visit the Wiki.

The third change is that our plans to expand the FrakMedia! name are moving forward. Shane has redesigned the website for the LLC, and we already have a few clients lined up. Keep an eye out for announcements regarding that over the next few weeks! :D

For any questions, please direct them to either Joe or Shane.

By Shane | Posted on November 22, 2009 at 12:53 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements

Just heads up for all our visitors. Holidays are coming up and there a few periods that any of the admins are really not going to be around. During these periods expect longer than usual response back time from anyone of us.

  1. Thanksgiving – Nov. 25th through Nov. 28th
  2. Christmas (With New Years) – Dec. 23 through Jan 3rd
  3. Chanukah – Dec 12 through Dec 19th

Thanks for your understanding and happy and safe holiday season!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on October 14, 2009 at 12:17 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Exclusive News

VAMPIRES, VULCANS AND VILLAINS DESCEND UPON THE GREEK THEATRE
FOR SPIKE TV’S 4TH ANNUAL “SCREAM”

Tobey Maguire Presents Tribute To Comic-Con Icon Award Recipient
And Comic Book Marvel Stan Lee

“SCREAM” Will Celebrate The Year Of The Vampire And The Phenomenal Popularity
Of The “Twilight” Saga With Cast And World Premiere Footage From
The Highly-Anticipated “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”

“True Blood” Cast And Creators Alan Ball, Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård, Sam Trammell And More Will Also Be On Hand

“Battlestar Galactica” Cast Reunites For Final Farewell And A Special Tribute To Horror Legend George Romero

Two-Hour Extravaganza Premieres Tuesday, October 27 At 10 PM, ET/PT

New York, NY, October 5, 2009 – As twilight descends upon The Greek Theatre, Spike TV presents “SCREAM 2009,” an evening where galaxies collide and genres unite for the ultimate celebration of all things sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book.  The 4th annual “SCREAM” is the first and only global event of its kind to honor and celebrate the hottest films, TV shows, comics, actors, creators, icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped these genres.   “SCREAM 2009” will tape on Saturday, October 17 in Los Angeles, CA.  The two-hour extravaganza will premiere on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).

Spike TV is proud to partner once again with Comic-Con International, the biggest comic book and pop culture convention in the world, to present real-life super hero Stan Lee with the Comic-Con Icon Award at “SCREAM 2009.”  Lee is the creator of such legendary super-heroes as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man and The Hulk.  “Spider-Man’s” Tobey Maguire will lead the tribute to one of the most beloved and influential comic book legends of all time.

“SCREAM 2009” will also honor the godfather of the modern horror film, George Romero with this year’s Scream Mastermind Award.  This award is presented to a filmmaker whose unique vision of horror, science fiction and/or fantasy is both critically-acclaimed and culturally significant.   Romero, best known for his gruesome and satirical zombie masterpiece “Night Of The Living Dead” and its sequel “Dawn Of The Dead,” as well as the cult classic, “Creepshow,” will receive the honor previously presented to cinematic luminaries Wes Craven, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.

“SCREAM 2009” will celebrate the year of the vampire and the phenomenal popularity of the “Twilight” saga with cast and World Premiere footage from the highly-anticipated “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”  In addition, fans will be treated to appearances from the cast and creators of “True Blood” including Alan Ball, Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård, Sam Trammell, among others.  The celebration continues with a “Battlestar Galactica” cast reunion for a farewell tribute featuring Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, James Callis, Kate Vernon, Katee Sackhoff, Michael Trucco, Tahmoh Penikett and executive producer David Eick.

“SCREAM 2009” will present awards in 16 different categories.  J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi action-adventure “Star Trek” tops the “SCREAM 2009” list with 17 nominations including the categories of The Ultimate Scream, Best Science Fiction Movie, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Holy Sh*t Scene-of-the-Year and a nod in the all-new Fight Scene-of-the-Year category.  Comic book-inspired blockbusters “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Watchmen” each nabbed 13 nominations, big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s best selling novel “Twilight” received 10 nominations, while HBO’s vampire-themed television series “True Blood” garnered nine nominations.  Fans can log onto scream.spike.com until Saturday, October 17 to vote for their favorites.

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2009” are Taco Bell, Subaru, Geico and Free Credit Report.com.

Casey Patterson, Michael Levitt and Cindy Levitt serve as executive producers for “SCREAM 2009.”  Greg Sills is supervising producer, Gary Tellalian and Austin Reading are producers and Hamish Hamilton will direct.

Spike TV is available in 98 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Exclusive News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (OCTOBER 7, 2009) — John Brooks, in conjunction with Battlestar Wiki and the Galapagos Art Space, invite fans of Battlestar Galactica to an engaging panel discussion event in Brooklyn, New York.

The panel will be held on December 8, beginning at 8 PM. As a follow-up to August’s successful event at the Hi Christina! art gallery, this panel will be lead by John Brooks, and features Ajay Chaudhary, Patrick Di Justo, and Shane Froebel to discuss all aspects of the Syfy Channel series, Battlestar Galactica, and its forthcoming prequel companion series, Caprica.

Ajay Chaudhary is an instructor in Columbia University’s core curriculum program, teaching classic works of philosophy and religion to undergraduate students, and a PhD candidate at Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures, specializing in 20th century Iranian Islamic political philosophy, religious political philosophy and comparative philosophy. He also plays in the country band El Diablo Robotico, named after a slightly obscure reference from Angel: The Series.

John Brooks is a seasoned fiction writer, pop culture journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in various pockets of the internet and print publications. He graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religious studies, which he now puts to good use as museum educator at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where he leads programs on medieval history, classical architecture, and comparative religion.

Patrick Di Justo is the author of the forthcoming “The Science of Battlestar Galactica”, which he wrote in close conjunction with the creative team behind the groundbreaking series.  Patrick is a contributing editor to Wired Magazine and his work has appeared in Popular Science, Scientific American and The New York Times.  He once accidentally gave a long lecture at the Haydn Planetarium at New York’s American Museum of Natural History and, due to legal reasons, cannot tell you how the FTL drive works.

Shane Froebel is an administrator for the absurdly thorough Battlestar Wiki and the Chief Information Officer for FrakMedia! in addition to holding a self-accredited PhD in geekology.  Shane studied information technology and politics at Curry College.

The Galapagos Art Space is located on 16 Main Street in Brooklyn, New York at the corner of Water Street in DUMBO. Admission to the event is $10 per person.

Facebook users may confirm their attendance to this event by going to:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150034651196

Updates will be made at the Battlestar Wiki blog at:

http://blog.battlestarwiki.org

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Contact Information

John Brooks
917-703-1822
jbrooks885@gmail.com

Joe Beaudoin Jr.
772-766-9198
joe@frakmedia.net
www.battlestarwiki.org

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on September 12, 2009 at 11:20 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements

A bit late, but better late than never…. Here are some recaps of the BSG panel that happened in Brooklyn in August.

There’s another panel scheduled for November 4th, this time at the Galapagos Art Studio in Brooklyn with the same participants as the Hi Christina! BSG panel—and hopefully a larger panel with some BSG alumni. More to come!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on September 11, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements

LA-LA LAND RECORDS & DARK DELICACIES PRESENTS

CD SOUNDTRACK SIGNING EVENT

Acclaimed BATTLESTAR GALACTICA composer Bear McCreary signs his recently-released 2-CD SET, “BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SEASON 4”

CABIN FEVER/HOSTEL 1&2 composer Nathan Barr will also be in attendance, signing copies of his score to the hit HBO series “TRUE BLOOD”

At DARK DELICACIES
4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
Sunday,  September 13, 2009, 2pm

La-La Land Records and Dark Delicacies invite you to meet, and get your CDs autographed by, composer Bear McCreary.

Bear will be signing copies of his newest soundtrack release… the 2-CD SET, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SEASON 4.  In addition to his BSG releases, Bear McCreary has supplied the music for TV’s EUREKA, CAPRICA, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES and the horror features REST STOP: DON’T LOOK BACK and WRONG TURN 2.

Bear will sign more than one item, but one of the items must be one of his soundtrack CDs purchased at Dark Delicacies.  CDs are available now at Dark Delicacies and will also be available for purchase at the signing.

Also signing at this event – composer Nathan Barr (CABIN FEVER, HOSTEL 1&2) will be autographing copies of his new TRUE BLOOD soundtrack release.

Can’t make the signing, but still would like to get autographed CDs?  You can order CDs from Dark Delicacies to be autographed and sent to you!  Check out their website www.darkdel.com for details!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 6, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Feedback, Fundraising

In an attempt to keep up with the financial needs of Battlestar Wiki, I’ve decided to integrate Kontera in-line advertisements into the website. Some of you may have noticed them today.

If you visit IGN or other sites, like Airlock Alpha, you’ll note the use of such ads “in-line” with the text. The links are highlighted in a different color (an orange), rather than the yellow or red links of the default style sheet.

Undoubtedly, some of you might find them annoying. Sadly, I find them necessary in order to further secure the Wiki’s financial health for the interim.

For right now, the Kontera service is merely being tested. We don’t know what to expect in terms of revenue from this service, and will not probably know for a few months. If we run across any problems, we’ll shelve it.

Should you find them annoying, I do recommend buying a membership to the wiki (and to our Battlestar Forum). It’s all done through PayPal, so we don’t receive any of your financial information—just whatever money you choose to donate to us. By donating, you’ll be added as a member, and when logged in you will not be bothered with any advertisements! Once you’ve donated, make sure to e-mail webmaster@battlestarwiki.org with your user name on either (or both) the Wiki and our Forums, so we know who to apply the membership to on our end. ;-)

Thanks for your understanding, all! Feel free to comment here on the blog, via e-mail, or via the Fourm. I won’t throw you in hack.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 2, 2009 at 11:41 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance

For those wondering why the Wiki was in its “up-and-down” mode on Saturday—no, you didn’t miss the airing of a new episode of BSG. (The show’s still over, last we checked, sans “The Plan.”) It was merely Super Agent Shane working diligently on our Apollo server, upgrading it with the newest security patches, releases of PHP, MediaWiki extensions… and all that wonderful good stuff that you probably don’t really care about.

However, just to let you know, the only major change you’re likely to see is the sidebars are all uniform now. That is because the dynamic sidebar extension we were using, SidebarEx, presently no longer functions under the current MW installation we have.

Everything else works fine. (At least we believe so, anyway. If you disagree, just shoot us an e-mail letting us know of any issues you’re having!)

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 1, 2009 at 4:01 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, External Portals

Battlestar Wiki now has a Tumblr blog. Yes, we know, why the frak are we doing that for?

Well, it’s a means of sharing BSG/Caprica/Galactica 1980 news, content, and all sorts of media to people on a pre-existing service. Stuff that we really don’t want to cover on the Battlestar Wiki blog, since the blog itself is meant for more “serious” business. It also allows other people on the Tumblr network to share our stuff, because we’re all into that Web 2.0 viral felgercarb.

Also, we’ll likely allow people to post their own BSG related stuff on there, as so long as it keeps in line with our ultimate objective: to cover everything canonical and official in the BSG universes.

If you’re interested in helping out, please e-mail us here.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on July 22, 2009 at 2:31 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements

We (meaning Joe, for now) will be adding Battlestar and Caprica news to our Twitter feed.

If you’re not following us on Twitter yet, then you best start getting to it, nuggets!

http://www.twitter.com/battlestarwiki

Good Twittering!