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Re: Matrix Wiki

No problem. :) I'll work on it at the Hangerbay. We talking Green/Black/White scheme? I think I can do "Glowing" text for the links. That would be neat. ;-) --Shane (T - C - E) 16:12, 31 August 2006 (CDT)

Shane, your extraordinary talents there will be greatly appreciated. It is an ultra-small wiki whose look needs a good start. I'm an admin there now as well. Recommendations: Don't change the wiki's name; yep, a green/black/white scheme would be great, toy with the glowing links, it sounds interesting; even the most basic templates are missing; and seek out a person named One.relic, who says he is a graphic designer and may be like Mercifull here in his skills. Content is desperately needed too--we haven't standards or conventions yet, but I'm hoping to steer things to parallel our rules here; aired/filmed content is king, written is OK (comics and official printed matter), games are separate continuity (except "Enter the Matrix"). You da man--thanks for considering. --Spencerian 08:11, 3 September 2006 (CDT)
http://hb.battlestarwiki.org/w/index.php?title=Main_Page&useskin=bsgmatrixbook :-) --Shane (T - C - E) 13:09, 3 September 2006 (CDT)
Interesting. Give it a test page there and see what the others think. --Spencerian 17:07, 3 September 2006 (CDT)
You don't even need to register there. It's open to IP editing. --Shane (T - C - E) 17:45, 3 September 2006 (CDT)
It'll probably remain that way until or unless we get hit too hard by spammers or vandals. We were open to IP editing until a year ago, as you know. --Spencerian 11:23, 5 September 2006 (CDT)
aye. --Shane (T - C - E) 11:30, 5 September 2006 (CDT)

DragonCon 2006 Special Info

I attended DragonCon 2006 in Atlanta this past Labor Day weekend. It was heavily rich with Battlestar panels and guests, and I have quite a few stories to tell, and a few pictures. One particular bit of news I have will make many contributors very happy. I'll give the scoop sometime this week. --Spencerian 18:35, 5 September 2006 (CDT)

My son attended, guess I better give him a call. Can't wait for your update :)! --FrankieG 19:07, 5 September 2006 (CDT)
Wonderful! Looking forward to what you have to say! -- Joe Beaudoin So say we all - Donate 20:29, 5 September 2006 (CDT)
sweet. :-) --Shane (T - C - E) 21:51, 5 September 2006 (CDT)

DragonCon 2006 Report

DragonCon, for those not in the know, is a general SF convention held annually in Atlanta, Georgia. This convention is one of the largest in the country, with over 20,000 attendees. This was my first visit at this convention after hearing much about it from other friends.

This year, the "con" featured many stars from the series, who met fans, signed autographs and took photos with the fans. Actors Richard Hatch, Tahmoh Penikett, Aaron Douglas, Kate Vernon, and James Callis were on hand. Of them, Hatch was happily discussing both his roles in the Original and Re-imagined Series with equal enthusiasm, signing his Original Series continuity books in his role as Apollo and photos of himself as Tom Zarek. Kate Vernon's loveliness is understated on-screen. James Callis, sadly, was nowhere to be found during my visits; he was the only BSG star I did not personally see.

I made a beeline to Aaron Douglas and Tahmoh Penikett, who appeared to be having too much fun with the fans. I commented to Tahmoh that he picked one of the best short-term jobs that turned long-term in his role as Helo. After lining their pockets with a little cash for autographs, I asked my girlfriend to take a photo of the three of us. She did it fine, but I bungled the saving of the photo. I'm still gnashing my teeth over that. A friend of mine (who stars as George Lucas in the best-of-show Official Star Wars Fan Film for 2006) visited Aaron and Tahmoh as well. They told him immediately that they both began betting if he (whose name is actually "George") was the real George Lucas as they watched my friend roam the aisles of the signing area.

DragonCon was filled with panels on Battlestar's influences and comparisons to other SF shows. Being my first trip, things were so busy (and the programming schedule so confusing to read) that I missed attending any of these panels, as well as a Friday party they called the "Colonial Day Celebration."

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But it was the number of fans who built their costumes, and their intricate attention to detail, that struck me. There were several "Starbucks," and many officers (both in Original Series Colonial Warrior costumes as well as Re-imagined Series costumes). I saw three flight suits, a half-dozen hangar deck crew, and many RDM officers.

What thrilled me most was when my girlfriend and I (dressed as "Trinity" and "Morpheus" from the "Matrix" movies) ran into a group of people in new-BSG costumes. I asked them if they knew about the Battlestar Wiki. Not only did they know about the wiki--they used the wiki's information on the various details of the officers and flight suit uniforms and insignia to help build their costumes! Sadly, the photos I have uploaded here were done with my handheld phone camera and are of poor quality that does not do justice to the group's handywork. It would be great if one of them would upload an improved photo should any of them read this.

Aside from the popularity of "Firefly" and its movie, Serenity, next to the Star Wars fans and many, many superhero costumes, Battlestar Galactica, old and new, was well represented. And we (the wiki) helped indirectly to make that happen. All contributors should feel very proud. --Spencerian 09:26, 6 September 2006 (CDT)

The flight suits would be cool. Ive always thought they were pretty wicked. You gotta wonder if some fo those people in the pics are in physical shape enough to be in the military tho ;) hehe --Mercifull (Talk/Contribs) 11:34, 6 September 2006 (CDT)
Thought that you might find this of interest Battlestar Galactica Costumes Yahoo Group. --FrankieG 13:06, 7 September 2006 (CDT)
Thanks, Frankie. I just signed up for it. --Spencerian 13:31, 7 September 2006 (CDT)
Rinsie (Our Cain) gave me a hand in adding the photo. Our Apollo pointed us here. Thanks again for the shout-out, and indeed, we could NOT have created the costumes without the help of the contributors at Battlestar Wiki. See you again next year! (Here's another link to the photo.) Imperatrix 12:45, 9 September 2006 (CDT)--Imperatrix
Thanks, Imperatrix. That's a MUCH better photo; we can see the distinctive colors and detail that your group worked hard on. (I thought that Rinsie there was striking to look like Cain...I was impressed.). To preserve that photo we might add it here to our media library. We're all happy that the data here helped add to your fun! --Spencerian 17:58, 9 September 2006 (CDT)
Spenc, it was alreayd uploaded by Rinsie. :) --Shane (T - C - E) 18:06, 9 September 2006 (CDT)
Cool beans. Thanks. --Spencerian 18:07, 9 September 2006 (CDT)
Image:FinishedCostumes2.jpg is the link. --Shane (T - C - E) 18:11, 9 September 2006 (CDT)

Well, no sense just showing the link. Here's the photo: --Spencerian 19:30, 9 September 2006 (CDT)

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Message at media

Left you a message at media. -- Joe Beaudoin So say we all - Donate 15:04, 12 September 2006 (CDT)

Reply

Would it not be gramaticly incorrect to not capitalise it however, Battlestar is a name in it's self is it not? MatthewFenton 08:12, 16 September 2006 (CDT)

Does this belong somewhere else maybe?
"battlestar" is a shiptype. You don't capitalize "destroyer", "frigate", "cruiser" or "battleship", do you? --Serenity 08:24, 16 September 2006 (CDT)
Serenity's answer is correct. Technically, we need not capitalize "Viper," "Raptor" or "Raider" here by the same convention, but the wiki accepts it in either form (although most capitalize these types). In short, "battlestar" is not a proper noun and thus is not capitalized. --Spencerian 16:32, 16 September 2006 (CDT)

Looks great

Thanks for the welcome back! The site looks great. Everything is much expanded compared to last time I was here. Good work. :) Cheers, Fang Aili 07:42, 21 September 2006 (CDT)

Thanks are best spread to many, many contributors here. They are such nitpickers for precision. --Spencerian 07:49, 21 September 2006 (CDT)

MediaWiki:Emailuser

Spence, since you're a major contributor and seem like a smart guy, I thought I'd ask you this: Could you send me a copy of the source code for MediaWiki:Emailuser? I'm experimenting on another wiki and trying to see if I can implement this there. Any helpful hints or tips you can offer as well would be greatly appreciated, and/or if you know a resource I can check out to learn more about it. Thanks very much! --Sasoriza 00:03, 25 September 2006 (CDT)

I don't understand. The source code? --Shane (T - C - E) 07:05, 25 September 2006 (CDT)
It was more Greek to me. Might want to ask Sasoriza for specifics? --Spencerian 07:25, 25 September 2006 (CDT)

Jammer Move

So I take it you heard Martin too? I'm going back to listen again, but it sounded more like an "L" name (as somebody else noted in the "Resistance" talk). I had wanted to avoid moving it until we'd nailed down exactly what the name was. (Which is why I replied on Jammer's talk page.) --Steelviper 12:49, 26 September 2006 (CDT)

Yeah, I listened carefully, but do verify; I'm under the weather today... --Spencerian 12:50, 26 September 2006 (CDT)
Oh. My bad. Now I hear it. It's at about 1:29 remaining, by the way. James Martin it is. --Steelviper 12:52, 26 September 2006 (CDT)

TOS Battle Series

Thanks for present-tensing (etc.) those battle articles. It's really strange reading articles that I contributed to so long ago. I like the symmetry that it creates between TOS and RDM, though (each having their own battle series). I suppose the same could be done up for 1980, if I ever getting around to watching that show. (Assuming it doesn't rot out or otherwise damage the portions of my Tivo's hard drive that the show occupies.) --Steelviper 15:56, 3 October 2006 (CDT)

No problem. I was debating this with Merv, who went and did it anyway on the RDM counterparts. I prefer consistency and all that. Reads a bit more lively, too. --Spencerian 08:52, 4 October 2006 (CDT)

Derived Content

Been working on the fanwanking essay and input some derived content. I think that it would be neat to add something about Occam's Razor and keeping plausible specualation and logical deduction at the simpliest level. Hope that makes sense. --FrankieG 20:03, 3 October 2006 (CDT)

A very good addition. I was going to add something to the fanwanking info as well. It's a slippery slope that needs clear differentiation. --Spencerian 06:46, 4 October 2006 (CDT)
Yeah, the more I worked on it, the more I realized it is a fine line. --FrankieG 07:12, 4 October 2006 (CDT)

CNP vs virus

Here you said that you reverted an edit i made, all I did was do a minor edit to the categories TOS->RDM I didn't make the change that you mentioned. ;) --Mercifull (Talk/Contribs) 10:57, 6 October 2006 (CDT)

Oh, my bad. I thought I read the edit history right. Sorry for that. --Spencerian 11:02, 6 October 2006 (CDT)
No problem, i've made the same mistake before too :) --Mercifull (Talk/Contribs) 11:03, 6 October 2006 (CDT)
Yeah. Figured out who. It was Merv on his misinformation campaign that did it. --Spencerian 11:16, 6 October 2006 (CDT)

My RFA

NBSG-AdmiralPin.jpg Thank you for participating in my RfA, which passed with a tally of 7/0/0. I can't express how much it means to me to become an administrator. I'll work even more and harder to become useful for the community. If you need a helping hand, don't hesitate to contact me. Shane (T - C - E) 20:35, 8 October 2006 (CDT)

That must be one of the coolest (and well formatted) thank-you messages I've seen. Now, get back to mopping! :) --Spencerian 21:12, 8 October 2006 (CDT)

Roger and out! Shane (T - C - E) 21:14, 8 October 2006 (CDT)

Mountin Range

I have a screencap of the range where the Raptors FTL to, but I have no idea of the name. Figured you know. I can't find the article. --Shane (T - C - E) 20:07, 10 October 2006 (CDT)

Found it. :-) --Shane (T - C - E) 04:21, 11 October 2006 (CDT)

Created a..

Template to hold the "Science Series". :-) Enjoy! :) --Shane (T - C - E) 11:57, 11 October 2006 (CDT)

I noticed! Thanks for the addition. --Spencerian 11:58, 11 October 2006 (CDT)

map

I recreated it. (get rid of it when you are done)JosephK19 02:59, 23 October 2006 (CDT)

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Separate Continuity....Doesn't Require a Plot?

Hi, I just saw that you posted the Separate Continuity tag on the few Battlestar Galactica Collectable Card Game pages. I'm not disagreeing with this tag, but am just puzzled. The tag, according the desciption, is for "official products whose characters, events and situations differ in significant context from aired episodes." I guess I'm just trying to figure out a way that product that does not employ a narrative device could make significant changes to the canon of the show. If anything, and I've got the entire premier set, I believe the BSG CCG does a phenomenal job at capturing the events that it catalogues. A lot of the personnel cards have character quotes, for instance. The CCG has proven to an excellent source of canonical information, such as being where Crashdown's given name was discovered. ........Allright, I'm out of comments here. Again, I'm not trying to disagree, just to show my limited understanding of the Separate Continuity tag. These aren't comic books, for sure! Thanks. - Keithustus 23:10, 23 October 2006 (CDT)

Hey there. Battlestar Wiki assumes that anything outside of aired episodes and outtakes aren't always in direct control of the actual writers and producers of the show. The new Re-imagined Series comic book is a good example. While it uses characters and situations from the show, the writers of the comic aren't obligated to work with the known devices and histories of the show beyond what has been stipulated in their license with Universal. As a result, there are notable additions, artwork gaffes and other changes that differ from aired content, such a a large viewing window on the side of the battlestar (Galactica has no windows except for its bow observation area) and the mentioning of characters never discussed in the aired show (like Darrin Dualla) or complex changes of a type that tend to haunt the aired characters (the resurrection of Zak Adama in the comic would reopen a season 1 story arc wound between Lee and Bill).
The comic team can't kill out a central character, ship or change the established history where they write their stories, but other than that, anything goes. So, we compromise. SC doesn't mean that everything in the licensed product is wrong, but that some of it (at least) may not be right. Yep, I was the one that asked the Crashdown name question after I picked up the card game and saw it--very cool to have Ngarenn confirm it. However, since his name was never used in the show, we needed an official source to confirm it; the card guys could have made it up. I'm betting that many things in those cards are canon, but we have to verify it on the BW:OC or other official source before we mark it as official. So, if you find something in a licensed product, bring it up on the OC and maybe we'll get more interesting confirmations. --Spencerian 08:08, 24 October 2006 (CDT)

Cylon Speculation Page

Good edit on Adm. Cain's speculation, I hadn't even thought to include the fact that she perished. --BklynBruzer 19:01, 27 October 2006 (CDT)

Questions Section Policy

Per Joe's thought here, we'd appreciate it if you could give BW:FORUM a going over before we go ahead and plug it in the sitenotice. I pretty much ripped it out of the TANK discussion, and Joe touched it up a bit. We wanted your input before "going live". Thanks. --Steelviper 15:23, 14 November 2006 (CST)

Done. See my comments on the TANK talk page. --Spencerian 16:43, 14 November 2006 (CST)

NCD2539

Thanks for making the article about this, when i watched it where was a massive SciFi advertisement for GhostHunters covering it or summit and coudlnt be 100% sure what it said. :D --Mercifull (Talk/Contribs) 18:24, 17 November 2006 (CST)

Revert

Why did you revert the spelling corrections on the fankwanking page? --Mercifull (Talk/Contribs) 07:29, 24 November 2006 (CST)

My bad. Reverted back :) --Mercifull (Talk/Contribs) 07:31, 24 November 2006 (CST)

Stan the Man

Should we create an article for him now that he has a name? --Steelviper 14:47, 28 November 2006 (CST)

Abso-frakking-lutely! It should be a silly page, to boot since there's really not much about him. A good fake character bio. --Spencerian 16:44, 28 November 2006 (CST)

1980

I appreciate the help on the 1980 stuff. I just got better connectivity to my tivo unit so I should be able to provide some screencaps. Due to a glitch with Tivo2Go I can't download most of the episodes, so I may have to work something else out with a capture card. --Steelviper 14:47, 28 November 2006 (CST)

You are a glutton for punishment, my friend. --Spencerian 16:41, 28 November 2006 (CST)

Addition to Unfinished Business

Spence, You added a question - As Sharon Agathon is attending the boxing match, with apparently no one in objection, does this indicate that she has had furlough from her brig for some time prior to the episode, "Occupation?" - to Unfinished Business, but I think the boxing match is current time, not flashback per the blurb from TVGuide "Adama schedules a boxing tournament on Galactica to let the crew relieve tensions between the former settlers of New Caprica and those who remained with the fleet during the Cylon occupation. (TV Guide)". This makes the question moot I think but I figured since it's all upcoming stuff, I'd let you decide it since you added the question rather than change or delete the question.--Straycat0 12:21, 30 November 2006 (CST)

Thanks for the clarification. If that is the case, Starbuck and Apollo's rift has not healed, and (based on a Q & A session I sat in with Katee Sackhoff last weekend) may never be healed. --Spencerian 15:55, 30 November 2006 (CST)