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November 25.2018

Dan Fiorella Interview, Operation Icarus, Betamountain Forums, Misc

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Dan Fiorella Interview

In Episode 16.1, Galaxy Rangers series writer Dan Fiorella drops by the Series 6 Podcast, discusses his time working on the show and answers questions from the fans! Check the episode out here!

Additional helpful reference items:

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Operation Icarus

The "Betamountain.org" domain name has been in existence for 19 years (we're going to ignore how long it was in the Empty Zone) and Maria pulled together a secret operation to celebrate the site, it's sister site Beta Mountain Archives, and gather a few fond memories. Check out the tweet below for the full video.

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Locally we've posted the images from the video Category:Operation Icarus for viewing.

Also from the project comes a brand new FanFic short from AKK written for the event! Check out Base Services!


Thank you everyone who participated, it was truly a very pleasant surprise.


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Forums

We've added Forums to the site this past month and have been testing out the structure. You can register at https://betamountain.org/forums and be able to post with the rest of us. The forums will be available to discuss all things Galaxy Rangers!

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Note: We do not have a Slaverlord installed yet and we're going on the rules of etiquette that have been part of the mailing list rules for years.


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Misc

  • Top 10+ Things the Rangers Don't Want to Hear
  • Added VHS and DVD images to the Media gallery
  • Added a link to the Starlog magazine issue that contains the Galaxy Rangers article
  • Prepping the 2004 Robert Mandell interview conducted by Tara O'Shea for posting next month
  • FanFic categorized: Beyond the Edge of Darkness
  • Renewed the domain (and checked "the auto-renew" box)
  • Recovered email from as early as 1998 on a computer that I was ready to format the hard drives on. Eudora, PST, MBOX... this thing had it all!
  • A fan-made Zachary Foxx t-shirt
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October 7.2018

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32 Years

Check out the Twitter post last month that marked the 32nd anniversary of the airing of the show! There's a combo pilot video\music mash-up to celebrate the occasion.

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Creator Updates

Larry Rosenthal

Dan & John's nod to the Marx Brother's stateroom scene as drawn by Larry

After a Twitter exchange that came after I posted a picture of the stateroom scene from Murder on the Andorian Express, it ends up Larry Rosenthal had the hands that drew that one. Who? There's no Rosenthal in the show credits... right? Larry tweeted a link to his site and the question was answered on why not. CTRL+F for Rangers and read about it.

We have Larry included on the show credits page!

Dennis Woodyard

Series storyboard artist Dennis Woodyard has a couple of sites, mostly showcasing his work on Thundercats and his interests in music:



Judy Elliot Brown

Finally, we found a little mention off Judy Elliot Brown's involvement in the show in a snippet that reads "has worked on several Grammy nominated albums and was a sound engineer for a Sci-Fi cartoon show."


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Series 6 Podcast

Upcoming Podcast Featuring The Ax

Since the last update, the Series 6 Podcast has put out two episodes: Ep 14 - Progress and Ep 15 - Queen's Lair. Be sure to check out Episode 15 to hear #OperationLongshot, where we delivered fan submitted recordings to the RD & Jay in appreciation of completing year one. Not only do we hear a few fellow podcasters in the mix, we were able to include surprise recordings from Galaxy Rangers writers Dan Fiorella and Lance Strate!

Rumor has it that there will be a guest writer on the next podcast episode when they review The Ax.

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Toys

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In the About the Series article, we learned about the background of the toys of the series and to this day they are somewhat elusive to find, occasionally popping on eBay as things do. Pulling from sources of material such as GRCD1 and EBay, we've started uploading pictures of some of the series toys. You can see those here. If you happen to have a Galaxy Ranger figure of your own and have the ability to take some quality reference pictures, we'd welcome them on the site.

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IRC

I've started logging back into the IRC server during the week (8-4:30 EST), I'm at work but I keep an eye out. On the late evenings you might catch Bruinhilda! Connection info here should be accurate (if not, let me know): IRC



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Sites in the Empty Zone

It pains me to see sites fall off the Internet and recently The Guild’s Ranger Page slipped into the Empty Zone. Unfortunately the site doesn't appear to have been parsed by Archive.org and only parts remain there.

http://home.mindspring.com/~allronix/galaxy_rangers/

I didn't dig too deeply into Earthlink\Mindspring\Windstream acquisitions, but not only does the whole home.mindspring.com subdomain now resolve to EarthLink's website, EarthLink started charging EL's customers to keep their email addresses in 2017. One can expect they are trimming the virtual fat.

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Under the Hood

Those URL brackets bug me, however the templates fail if the default single brackets are used with URLs. It's almost like they don't escape properly.

Update: I may have found a way to handle this. -RabbiBob (talk) 16:13, 17 November 2018 (EST)



June 30.2018

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Captain Kidd

A tweet out on the Twitters prompted the addition of some old pictures of Captain Kidd toys to said character's bio page. The message was:

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Will be working on a #GalaxyRangers #CaptainKidd bust, such an amazing character, voiced by the late great Earl Hammond! #80scartoons

And you know that got my attention! Custom Scenery has done some very cool and high quality renditions of various characters in scenes for different genres and we are looking forward to seeing what develops. Be sure to check out CS's Twitter account and posted pictures of past work.
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E-Mail

Finally set up email (thought I had something sorted back in December, but due some back end functionality, it did not work as intended). RabbiBob and Webmaster [at] betamountain.org are now active. Don't expect much, it's just an address to the same guy.

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Forums?

Forums... are they worth the effort these days? I'm not much a Facebook user these days and things in the Twitter timeline get lost to time, but are forums a foregone thing these days? In lieu of a forum to discuss feel free to send me an email or a tweet with your thoughts.

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