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

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 Jonathan | Posted on September 3, 2010 at 1:48 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Blog, FrakMedia

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 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 June 28, 2008 at 10:47 am |
Posted in Category: FrakMedia, Maintenance

It took two days, but I have transfered all files from the current apollo to the new server. I have asked Joe to start the DNS change. Hopefully everything should be good when changing over. I expect a few problems based on permissions, but that’s about it. Nothing we can’t handle.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on June 16, 2008 at 6:08 pm |

For those of you questioning why things are slow—for instance, why you’re receiving delayed updates and (for you new users) registration information—here’s why.

We have been visited by between 20k-30k people on both Saturday and Sunday. At least the Wiki has. The Forum has definitely increased in activity, and our IRC chat on Friday night (which started at 9 P.M. ET, went well into 2 AM ET on Saturday morning!).

Just to give you an idea of how this compares, the weekend of the Season 4 premiere (“[[He That Believeth In Me]]”) saw 20k unique visitors come to the Battlestar Wiki. Now, the mid-season finale, “[[Revelations]]”, actually saw an increase in on those numbers. The difference, according to Quantcast (which directly measures visits), being about 1 to 2 thousand additional viewers.

The chart below, which you can see for yourself here, is reproduced below since I don’t want to be embarrassed a year from now when the chart gets updated and the old data pushed aside. The peaks, as you can imagine, correlate to when the episode was aired in the USA. (As you can see, the trough was Memorial Day weekend.)

Now remember when I said “30k”? Well, having recently loaded Google Analytics code into the Wiki’s template (the gizmo that generates the look of the website, otherwise known as the “front end”), they claim we have received 30k visitors. A difference of 10k from Quantcast.

I can’t compare HTBIM to Revelations traffic here, since the Google Analytics code was loaded just a week and a half ago, but here’s the chart from the “Revelations” weekend. (The popup denotes the Saturday following “Revelations”.)

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 28, 2008 at 6:17 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, FrakMedia, Maintenance, Mediawiki

An update on our earlier notice… The site’s been updated to MediaWiki 1.12 and all the kinks that arose from the upgrade, all of them being minor, have been knocked out.

And the Wiki appears to load faster, to boot. So that’s always good!

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 23, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, FrakMedia, Maintenance

So this morning I discovered that our Apache server crashed, because of the new SVN server Shane had installed. :(

I apologize for the downtime that this caused. We’ll look into why it crashed after the Eastern weekend.

Again, have a safe and happy Easter everyone!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on January 19, 2008 at 4:56 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Exclusive News, FrakMedia

The dry run beta of BattlestarPegasus.com has launched.

Please visit the site by going here.

Right now, I’m working on many of the wizard-like submission features which will make contributing to the site easier than contributing to Battlestar Wiki. However, my time is shrinking, given that I am now editing manager for the startup comic book company I work for. Which means that my weekend is dedicated toward reading comic books, going over artwork, etc. (More on that later.)

In the meantime, feel free to start throwing content on the website, because there’s not much there now. Don’t worry so much about neatness or breaking some rule, as the beautiful thing about the website is that editors can go through and fix things.

Also, any suggestions, comments, criticisms, and concerns can be left at the BSP.com forum.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on January 11, 2008 at 9:02 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, FrakMedia

One of Frak Media’s on-off projects is to create a repository for fan fiction, theories, and other interpretations to the Battlestar Galactica series.

I’m pleased to announce that this is being worked on as we speak in the form of BattlestarPegasus.com. While the public beta is not yet launched, I’d like to give people a sneak peek on the work that’s been done on it so far. The screenshots in question are for the main page (still a work in progress) and a page covering the publication of an online e-zine, The Galactican.

Battlestar Pegasus Main Page

The PDF function seen below will also be used for scripts and other lost Battlestar Galactica treasures! Cool, eh?

Battlestar Pegasus - The Galactican Page

Even with that in mind, we are looking for people who want to submit content to the new site when it launches Friday, January 18. So if you’re interested in submitting content for the beta launch, please contact me via e-mail or submit your content through the Battlestar Forum’s special Battlestar Pegasus board.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on December 5, 2007 at 2:04 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, FrakMedia

Just to let everyone know, the wikis will be slow for a bit because Shane and I are doing some maintenance and Frak Media! work. It’s minor stuff, really, but it’s also stuff that’s gotta be done.

Since Tuesday isn’t a high-traffic day for us, and the fact that we both have this day available to us, we seized the moment. Go figure. :-P

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on September 2, 2007 at 7:49 am |

Thanks to the work of [[User:Catrope]], he’s managed to modify my own work into an extension so that it can be used on any MediaWiki-run site. In all honesty, it’s quite better than the hodgepodge of code I threw together.

The extension is here.

For technical support, Catrope will be able to help you, as he is lead developer for that extension!

So code we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 26, 2007 at 8:28 am |
Posted in Category: FrakMedia

BattlestarPegasus.com will be retooled to boast the following features:

  • A wiki that permits various interpretations on the series.
  • A reference library of material from behind the scenes of the show, including many never before seen scripts. (These will be released gradually, at a rate of 1 or 2 per month.)
  • News feeds from various genre sites which have news on BSG.
  • Free website hosting for Battlestar Galactica sites.

We are also looking for content: articles, fan fiction, fan art — actually, anything fan created, really.

So if you’re interested in supplying information and your works to BattlestarPeagsus.com, please send them to Joe Beaudoin at joe(DOT)beaudoin(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

So say we all!