Aug 102012

Updated on 19 August 2012

Dear friends,

It’s that time of year again. We’re launching a new contest. This time, a caption contest. #captionJF

Imagine you’re going to one of the following conventions and you plan to lure Joe into signing a witty autograph. Send us what you’d like him to write down and sign, if you had one of the following pictures for the autograph session:

You may send us captions for one, two, or even all six pictures, but we’ll choose just one winner. The best caption has to be funny, original, decent and decently short (to fit a tweet). Send us the caption on TWITTER, at FlanInfo, with the hashtag #captionJF, mentioning also the photo number (1 to 6, mouseover for photo number).

Deadline:  Thursday, 16 August, 8 AM GMT.

We’ll post here the winning caption, hopefully before the start of the Chicago Con and will also announce the winner, who’s going to get a Joe related prize. As usual, the jury consists of the FlanInfo team, and we’re incorruptible :)

FYI, the pictures feature the following:

1. BTS Miller’s Crossing (Season 4), photo credits: MGM

2. The Daedalus Variation (Season 5), cap by idahogrl823

3. BTS Harmony (Season 4), currently Joe’s profile picture on twitter, photo credits: Joseph Mallozzi

4. cap from Joe’s episode of Tru Calling (2003)

5. Ghost in the Machine (Season 5), also cap by idahogrl823

6. random BTS, with bonus David Hewlett AND Joe bragging about his iPhone. Photo credits: MGM


Best of luck!


Update 16 August 2012

The deadline was this morning. Here you have the entries (hope we haven’t missed any). Read them and tell us what you think. You’ll not influence our vote, though, be warned :)

Also, stay tuned for the winner. Hopefully, very soon!

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Michael Phelps is playing golf ? Unbelievable …

Umm let’s see if there is anything new about me in the Joe Flanigan Advocacy group

I can’t peel my eyes away,I think I’m starting to blush all the nice things all MY fans are saying about ME

Does that say Beekeeper AND surfer Wanted?!!

“What”? Brad Wright & Robert C. Cooper, and the heads of Syfy,M.G.M. were arrested for CANCELLING STARGATE ATLANTIS & putting Universe on?

Stock Exchange is boring me. Should have choose to be an actor. Mhhh I’m sure I should have been a really good one!

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OMG…you’re Suzie and I met you at VanCon? Where’s Security?

No, please. I don’t want another con this year …

What exactly do you mean by Alien poking?!!

Sheppard. John Sheppard Oh, no!…Flanigan. Joe Flanigan!

Ouch! What a strange color,even for McKay! Should not have let Teyla cook a Haggis for Carson…

Ohh, so THAT’s what you guys expect me to do at a convention–

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I don’t smoke .. It’s just a Cuban cigar ..

Healthy way of life from Sheppard)) – Mexican breakfast…

Will a big cloud of smoke keep Joe M. at bay???

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Your own personal… Flanigan))

Scifi? No, I don’t do scifi. Never done, never will. Okay, maybe this once.

. <”h4″ class="collapseomatic " id="”down5″" tabindex="0" title="”Sheppard">”Sheppard

a solitary flan

“Stargate Atlantis is being cancelled ? ..NOOOOO … ” –

Base ,we have a problem…

Really? Yellow belt? Are there any other colours?

No, no, I clearly said I just PLAYED an MMA fighter. And it was another film altogether.

. <”h4″ class="collapseomatic " id="”iphone6″" tabindex="0" title="”iPhone">”iPhone

And THAT’S how you get the last pig much cooler am I than David?

David , what button do I use to tweet?

Elementary, my dear Rodney!

Look David, here’s Mibrule phone number. We’ll call her together after next scene.

Update 19 August 2012

And the winner is: Scifi? No, I don’t do scifi. Never done, never will. Okay, maybe this once.

caption for photo 4 (on the phone). Congrats @_djae!

May 062012

Remember our AskJF contest last year? Well, we are planning a new edition, at the upcoming FedCon, with the kind help of our friend @silvercomet21. She will act as a “special FlanInfo agent” (yes, we’ve convinced her it’s a cool designation!) and relay one of your questions to Joe during the Dusseldorf convention, 17-20 May 2012.

So send your question via twitter adding into your message the hashtag #AskJF OR post your question in comments to this post. If it’s a good one, it will get the chance to be answered by Joe. We’ll select a question that is relevant for most of the fans, funny, respectful (we wouldn’t like our agent to feel embarrassed asking, or Joe to avoid answering) and, as much as possible, original (although we ALL want to ask him “what’s your new project?”, we’ll refrain from that one).

We are expecting your entries no later than Sunday 13 May, 13:00 GMT.

We are grateful for our special agent’s efforts, however we cannot guarantee that she’ll manage to actually ask him your question (as we know cons are pretty hectic), but the winner will get a nice (non-virtual) Joe-related prize.

The jury consists of the special agent herself :) plus the FlanInfo team (PegasusAngel, AlaVitka and carmendomino).

Waiting for your questions as of now!

Update 14 May 2012:

Thank you everyone for the questions sent! The contest is closed now, the jury is out deliberating.

Update 19 May:

After a fierce jury debate (since we had several very good questions, it wasn’t easy to chose just one ;-) ), we finally settled for the winning question: Who or what has been most inspirational in your life?, submitted via twitter by LouiseVincent6, who’s about to receive the prize very soon! Congratulations, Louise!

Next step: our trustworthy Special FlanInfo Agent managed to ask the question just in the nick of time (it was the last question on Friday’s evening panel), and here’s Joe’s answer:

On a personal level his stepfather. He was very inspirational (he died a few years ago). And his mother. His parents are very important for him. He doesn’t like it when people complain about their parents, blame them for everything what went wrong in their lives. Which seems to be very common. Other than that he is a fan of Ralph Waldo Emerson(‘s books). Still, although the writer died more than 120 years ago. He/they are classic. He mentioned one of Emerson’s books being particularly powerful; “Self Reliance”.

Thank you for this, Cora, and have fun on the next days at the convention!

More details about the con and Joe’s presence there in our later post.

Aug 302011

Our contest has two winners: @dajaje & @WhoDatDiva. Congratulations!

Since Joe canceled his Dragon*Con appearance due to his new project, both questions were asked at the Chicago Creation Convention, on 21 August, during his panel with David.

These are the original questions:

@dajaje: If you could remake any movie and star as the lead, which movie would you choose?

@WhoDatDiva: Has there ever been a time when you opened a script, and said to yourself, “They want me to do WHAT?”

Our friend @SusanShambaugh obligingly conveyed them and noted down the answers, and the story goes like that:

I kinda said something like “Remember this wonderful place called Twitter?” I explained where the questions came from, that FlanInfo from Twitter held a contest to submit questions for all his fans that couldn’t be here today. I also told him that I would like to ask two questions if that ok, since he can’t attend Dragon*Con and we had one for each convention.

When I started off with the movie remake question, Joe immediately said ”Boy, that is a heavy question. Let’s talk about the second question first.” (insert laugh from audience here)

So I told him not to worry that the second one was easier and indeed he was very quick with his answer.

He said that he had that “They want me to do what?” moment quite a lot. One that came to mind for him was one where they were asking for “total frontal nudity” (editor’s note: here are some helping comments on his reply, later to be known as “Flanigan stole Christmas”, courtesy of @Duffy99)

We went back to the first question and he was still dancing around the topic, he said that all great movies he likes he would not want to touch (to remake) because they are so good!

The movie Bladerunner came up and David immediately said “Here’s your chance Joe, they are remaking it!”

And Joe jokingly replied that he had no message from Ridley Scott at all about this.


Our winners had to choose their prizes from a Change Of Plans DVD, an SGA companion booklet or a FedCon 2010 DVD. They are to receive their prizes in their mailboxes.

The contest got 43 questions, both here (in comments) and on twitter under the hashtag #AskJF, and the jury had a difficult task to select from many excellent ones. The jury consisted of the FlanInfo team, @SusanShambaugh and @taris_eirien.

Many thanks to all our contestants and members of the jury, special thanks for Susan and congrats to the winners!


Aug 112011

We are launching a contest for questions to be asked to Joe Flanigan during one of the upcoming conventions: Creation Con – Chicago, 21 August or Dragon Con – Atlanta, 2-5 September. Send your question via twitter adding into your message the hashtag #AskJF OR post your question in comments to this post. If it’s a good one, it will get the chance to be answered by Joe.

Two fans have graciously accepted to join forces with us and they will act as “special FlanInfo agents” to this end. @susanshambaugh and @taris_eirien will ask Joe the winning questions on your behalf. We’ll select one question for each con, aiming for those that are relevant for the most of fans, funny, respectful (we wouldn’t like our agents to feel embarrassed asking, or Joe to avoid answering) and, as much as possible, original (the “what’s your new project?” one will be probably asked many times).

We are waiting for your entries no later than Monday 15 August, 21:00 GMT.

We are grateful for our special agents’ efforts, however we cannot guarantee they will manage to actually ask him your questions (as we know cons are usually hectic like that), but the winners will get Joe-related prizes (real ones, in their mailboxes, dispatched with the snail mail!).

The contest is closed now, the questions are under examination.


The winning questions and the whole story of Joe answering (as reported by Susan) can be found in our later post.

Aug 232010

This pertains to contests accepting public uploads of pictures to our Gallery: Contests category or see our Journal: Contests tag.

Short version:

  1. Rename the picture you are submitting as username_catname before uploading. For best results use JPG/JPEG picture format.
  2. Go to the Gallery link above.
  3. Find “Upload file” in the top menu and click on it.
  4. Select “FlanCats 1″ album, if not already selected.
  5. Click “Browse”/”Choose file”.
  6. Select your file and hit “Upload“.
  7. Wait until your submission is approved (see “Last uploaded” list).
  8. If you forgot to add any info, post it in a comment under your picture after it’s approved.

Longer version if you have any questions/problems with the above:

Rename the picture you are submitting as username_petsname before uploading. It can be preferably your twitterusername but if you aren’t there yourLJhandle_LJ or youremailaddy (without the server part) or such. This will serve to identify the participants. It may be kinda awkward if we have a winner but don’t know where to find him!

Then go to the Gallery link below. Find “Upload file” in the top menu and click on it.

Select the relevant album, if not already selected. Click “Browse”/”Choose file”. Select your file and hit “Upload“.

If you receive an error “No file was uploaded“, probably your file was too big. Sorry, we cannot accept very large files as our web-space has limits. Please resize your file to under 1024 px at widest side and save as JPEG (smaller files). You can do so with a free software XnView (open file, menu Image -> Resize, then File -> Save As…, your username_petsname.jpg).

The submissions have to be approved by our moderators, so it may take some time until it shows up in the gallery, no need to worry if you don’t see it at once. We will be approving them ASAP whenever anyone of us is online.

There is a link to “Last uploads” in the second line of Gallery top menu where you will be able to see the last approved files at any given time.

If you forget to enter something into description of your file or rename it, please just leave a comment under it with the missing information as soon as the photo is approved and becomes publicly available. Comments are accepted at the very bottom of image view page:
It helps to enter your name in brown shadowed box at the left of this screenshot.

If you still have questions or troubles uploading to our Gallery, you can leave a comment below (subject to approval as well) or tweet to @FlanInfo or @Titine062, we’ll try our best to help you as soon as we’re available.

Aug 222010

The T-Dawg 1 dogs contest by Joe Flanigan have had a huge success. You can read about it in our previous article. While Mr. Flanigan apparently doesn’t have a soft spot for cats, many of his fans do. So we decided we need to hold another contest among Flan Fans cats!

The winner is determined by public voting.
The prize is a sketch of the winning kitty by @lifewaters aka Lycoris!

Place of holding:
FlanInfo Gallery – Contests – FlanCats1
Anyone can submit their photos without the need to register.
Everyone is welcome to browse the pictures.

Time of holding:
Sumbissions were accepted from August 22 through 26 noon GMT.
Votes were collected from the time submissions closed till August 29 noon GMT.

You can use this site to see GMT time or calculate what time it will be in your time zone.

How to:

Please read: How to submit pictures to the Gallery for contests

One photo per cat only, please!
But you’re welcome to submit more than one cat if you have several.


We’ve got 105 beautiful cats submitted to the contest, thank you everyone! Now the public voting is closed and we have our results.

You can see all the top rated cats here: FlanCats1 top rated photos.

The top 10, our finalists! We salute you! Very pretty kitties!


@SheppyD1's Cino



This amazing sketch was drawn by @lifewaters aka Lycoris by Setpember 1:

FlanCats1 contest prize: WINNER sketch by lifewaters

(click to see full size)

Thanks to all the participants, it was a feast for the eyes!

Aug 182010

On the 18th of August, 2010, Joe Flanigan shared on Twitter the pictures of his two dogs:

My best friend and drinking buddy &#039;Oscar&#039; on Twitpic
(+) My best friend and drinking buddy ‘Oscar’
This would be Grover.  The bane of my existence and mortal th... on Twitpic
(+) This would be Grover. The bane of my existence and mortal threat to all nice rugs and furniture

And shortly thereafter Joe Flanigan came up with a contest among his Twitter followers’ dogs! He tweeted:

(+) Announcing first online dog show. Twitter-Dawg? T-Dawg? Top-Dawg? Send photos of dogs, i pick winner. No cats,squirrels or ex-girlfriends.

(+) Make sure they are saveable images

(+) Incredible response already! Need help from the girls at FlanInfo to start saving pics.

(+) Try to keep everything to 1 pic

We have been gathering pictures from Twitter yesterday and there were lots and lots! One photo per dog was accepted. Joe Flanigan later twitted:

(+) Wow. We’ve got hundreds, maybe thousand of dog pics. Stiff competition . It’s a dog-eat-dog world outher. @dhewlett where is Mars?

(+) I gotta tell you, this dog contest rocks! If only dogs ran the world. Can’t wait to pick winner. Keep em coming folks.

The gallery of pictures submitted on the 18th of August before 21:45 UK time (196 pics) gathered by our staff was first published here, then transferred to our freshly created Gallery:

FlanInfo Gallery – Contests – T-Dawg 1

This was done in order to allow people to submit the photos themselves and Joe Flanigan (as well as others) to see them all in one place, handy. He tweeted:

(+) Wuz’up dawgs? Please submit pics to this link. Too many pics for us to process ourselves. Love the photos!

The submissions were closed on the 19th of August 21:30 UK time after Joe Flanigan tweeted:

(+) Dog photos and Guinness for tonight. Castmates and I will pick finalists. Yabba Dabba Doo.


Joe Flanigan have picked the finalists on the 20th of August, 2010.  Tweets: 1, 2, 3. Here are those 10 lucky ones! (click on the picture to see full size)


The conclusion of the contest comes today, on the 21st of August, 2010!

JoeFlanigan: And the winner by technical knockout is……..

@Kender's Brutus

Thank you everyone for your participation and sharing the pictures of your pet beauties and congratulations to the finalists and the winner!