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This months theme, is FLAG.

For purposes known only to the Doctor, the theme FLAG has become misconstrued, and the prescription has become transcribed, translated, misunderstood and will be further known as Flagellum, a possible cousin of the Cilium,  where it is found that the more silly, um, the better, but I can only guess as I digress.  Back to it, I just installed the latest version of Unity(v4.5) and am continuing my pursuit of animation.  What has come to my attention is that there are more new things to discover inside of Unity that pertain to animation.  The first thing to do is to run through some topics I haven’t crossed paths with before in Unity and within its site: Tutorials/Topics/Animation, Mecanim Example Scenes and Unitys’ Mecanim.

Whoop, I just did it again.  “What is a WIKI?”, I asked myself, mostly by accident, but I did have that thought rolling around in the back of my head for a time now.  So instead of digging into Unity animation and my needed walk cycles I am reading a book, actually cheating by having TextAloud read to me from Safari Books Online, Wikis For Dummies.  I guess that would mean that I am learning one more language, “Wiki Markup”.  No, I will not be installing a huge configuration, like MediaWiki, onto a server farm for millions of users, but there still are some choices of which “wiki” will best suit my needs, what ever those may be.  The way it looks most wikis are using  WYSIWYG to get the markup job done these days.  But in any case I need to know just what a wiki is, how it is to be used, what it does, how it is meant to function as a dynamic definition platform and what can be expected as others will be open to have the opportunity to “contribute” to my wiki site.

All right, I think I have it narrowed down to two WIKI providers, “wikispaces” and “wikia”.  At first I thought that wikispaces would lend itself extremely well to what I was looking for and for what I thought I would like for what I wanted to do.  At $5 a month, in wikispaces, I wouldn’t be bothered by any advertisements and I could customize the face, the wall paper, the skin of the site as I would like.  So like most of my “other” specialized utility sites, Tumblr, Twitter, WordPress, where they all had some customizable attributes, the free wikispaces wiki with embedded advertisers did not provide any customizable attributes.  So my second thought was wikia, well actually my first and second thoughts were MediaWiki and TWiki.  But those two were of the type, “Please install our wiki software into your server farm and keep up with the best security practices available,  … yeah sure … , and other jargon … , and on …”, type of wiki’s.  I have come to see now that those are wiki software packages that build the wiki farms, not the homestead itself that one would inhabit.  This meant that where my first and second intended choices would become heavy on the technical maintenance side for what I would need and would like to accomplish right now, my real choice to opt for the less “engaged” site, now, seems to be more appropriate.  So my viable second choice is, wikia.

Wikia sites have a little button on their wiki pages that will grab a random page and throw it onto the screen.  This is what I found to be very interesting because there are many types of wikis on many assorted subjects utilizing many styles for different purposes.  So after an hour of, hmm, that’s nice, that’s … mm … different, I got a pretty good idea of not only what is out there by how it is represented but also for whom I might build a wiki, i.e. my wiki for others to enjoy.  That idea would afford to others points of entry where their changes come about through their utilization of the subject headers.  I could then allow for portions of my wiki site to be sublet or “wiki hosted” out.  My wiki real-estate, the intended theme of my site, could then be enhanced by others without the worry of those additions contorting the directives of my site, its main idea, thus keeping the site from getting completely bent out of shape and redirected.  Of course, this wiki of mine is all about the gamification of games, the games that I build, where the whole topic surrounding this wiki site is Game Design and Development.  So right now, I’m leaning towards wikia because wikispaces seem to be geared more towards solitude and academia, which isn’t a bad thing, but I need to move my little Niche wiki further into the limelight for others to be able to find and be able to contribute to and edit easily, sooner than later.

And “wikia” seems to be taking the lead in my choices.  On YouTube, there is a Wikia University that show some of the features of wikia, and the Safari Dummies book is also a big help in this decision making process.  Another aspect of this gamification addition of mine is that this wikia wiki will fit in well because it fits the motif of some of the sites I’ve signed up for at One Game A Month, like NewGrounds, Kongregate, IndieDB or GameJolt.  So somewhere in between all of those “Hey, we might host your game over here”, when I finally finish my game, sites, I will also have some backing for the game apart from the game site that it is hosted on.  So as I build I will be able to use a wiki to consolidate my game parts into some assemblance of order, which is something that is sorely lacking within my set of web and accompanying sites, at this time.

But the main argument I have found is that wikispaces would be the perfect match, if I were building a closed environment wiki, the cloister wiki, with what I am trying to accomplish with my wiki.  But the other side of the argument is, a wiki is exactly not that when it is opened up to suggestions for others ideas and becomes conducive to changes because the very essence of what a wiki is, is that it is an editable platform, within reason, by anyone, with interests that pertain to the essence of that wiki.  So having it not be exactly what is thought to be needed but at the same time having it become purely not not that case, as it would become a simple and purely internally generated help file, but through its very nature of it being a wiki and therefore, it is by definition not static, it then becomes exactly what is needed.  Logical Weirdness, that’s what you get for handing off the reins, of the wiki, thanks Ward Cunningham.  So a wiki can have structure, but because it is a dynamic reversioning tool, it has a chance to delineate towards something slightly different every time it is visited, or so it would seem, to the administrator who intended a course of purpose for the subject held by the wiki.  There are also protections that are available so as to keep the pages un- or less- editable and thereby capable of maintaining a good portion of the intended structure.

Well then, I now have a wikia wiki going by the name of, yes, you guessed it, FarNiché.  And after trying to pound the weeds down, the advertisements, and flipping over the soil, their templates, which can not be done with too much success, I noticed that the advertisements will go away when editing a page.  So all that is needed, is for the work-a-day editor of the site, me, to just become buried on the inside of the site by doing the revisions.  I’ll just keep working on this newest site of mine, which, while working on the inside should knock down the eye ruckus on the outside.  And that just about wraps that up.  I have a new wiki on wikia that follows the same design scheme of my Home website Research section, where now all three, my tumblr site, my Wikia wiki and my Research section all have the same wall paper theme.

That’s about as good as it gets for now.  This wiki idea has panned out, but at the same time, it has eaten up the time I thought I would be using for my Titan and this months game.

Here it is, links to my FarNiche tumblrFarNiche wiki and FarNiche Research.

Oh yeah, before I go, one really cool thing I got from the Wikia wiki place is a “Favicon”, Fav: as in (favorite) when you make a web page an internet favorite saved to your favorites folder, an “icon” as in an (.ico) like a real live icon, that you need to provide yourself, of course, that is in front of the web address or is shown in the favorites bar of the browser.  So its a “Fav” – “icon” and now, all three, my wiki, tumblr and website all have the same Favicon.  I had to dig pretty deep for that one, about back to 2001-2003 there abouts, which is a duel icon, a 16×16 AND a 32×32 picture of a computer base unit with a monochrome green screen and keyboard all built into one icon file.  Yep, it was a hat trick but I pulled that one off and out of one of my old Visual Basic 6.0 programs that I built way back then, woo-hoo!

Back again soon,

G’day.

July 9, 2014 Posted by | 2014 [0050] to [00??], The Process | | Leave a comment