Month: February 2003

Off to Vegas!

We leave in about seven hours for Las Vegas…I totally need a vacation, and I can’t think of any place better than the adult Disney Land!

We’ll be back late Thursday, and what stories I’ll have to tell then!

An eventful weekend!

I got a lot done this weekend, in addition to working on the big idea that Ryan and I are working on, I managed to get a little bit of re-design for HeadsDown done, and managed to figure out a layout, content schematic, and roughly work on the style sheet. With a little persistance, I could probably pull it off by the end of the week…but a more reasonable expectation is the middle of March.

Char and I bought a new DVD player this weekend. It’s a Panasonic, nice and silver, and the best news is that my reciever actually decodes Dolby Digital with it! For some reason my PS2 stopped working in conjunction with the reciever. We watched !gby Goes Down last night, and I watched some of Star Wars Episode II just to experience the awesome surround sound.

We saw Daredevil on Saturday night with Tim, it was a pretty solid movie, one of the better Super Hero films, but not as good as The Matrix, Superman or Spider-man. Better than all four Batman’s though.

Saturday morning I wrote a piece on Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig’s passing called “A Perfect Tribute“. It’s probably my best recieved article I’ve written this year. I’ve recieved a lot of positive feedback on it, and it’s nice to see that I wasn’t the only one who appreciated what Hennig did.

That’s it for now. Only six days to go until Vegas. Woo Hoo!

The collapse of BGMi

If you are reading this, then the move was successful, and I’ve figured out how to get my site up and running again. If you’re not reading this, then you think HeadsDown is still moving.

Today is the start of a whole new building period. Yesterday we lost 13 employees at TSN.ca, reducing our overall number from 25 down to a mere 12. Oddly, I couldn’t sleep last night, I think I got about four hours of fitful, non-relaxing sleep before I just decided to call it a night and start working on the crap that’s going through my brain. There is so much to do in the next few days.

We lost the entire team that creates new and original content. Josh Shiaman, Jeff Heatherington, Reed Holmes, Scott Cullen and Gavin McDougald. Gone is the heart of the wrestling site, all of our unique Fantasy Content, the entire magazine section, and the entire couchmaster section. Now we have to pick up the pieces, and as hard as it was when Joe left, this will be infinately harder.

Not only did I lose a member of my team in Neil, but I have also lost access to two key members of my downtown cronies in Evan and Eric. I hope to move Loc up to Agincourt by next week so we can start working closer together, which to be honest has been happening slowly for the last two months as he has been my eyes and ears at Agincourt.

On one hand this sucks so bad that I can’t even begin to say, we’ve lost a ton of good people, we’ve lost an entire stream of revenue in Syndication, and we’ve lost a few guys that I personally will miss like hell. On another hand it’s exciting in that “we’re falling off the cliff and we’d better catch on to something real damn quick” sort of way. A lot of us have been saying we could run the company better than our old management had, well now’s time to put up, or shut up.

The only real bright spot in the entire series of events is that I don’t need to play the stupid damn political game any more with those in the downtown office. Some of them foolishly believed that because I said I hated it, meant that I didn’t know how to play. Oh, I know how to play all right, I just hate the person I become to have to play their stupid little game.

HeadsDown is moving

HeadsDown is moving

I’ll be changing providers in the next few days, and during that time, HeadsDown service may become intermittent. If you come to the site and it’s down, don’t worry, it will be back up in a day or so, and will be better than ever.

It’s finally happened

Just over a year and a half after Bell Globe Media Interactive was fully realized, it’s been dissolved back into it’s core properties, mirroring a cycle in the “convergance” industry that was completed about a year and a half ago in the United States. While all of the ramifications are still unknown, I think it’s a really good decision, and it is incredibly “convergant” decision, despite the fact that the word has been all but banned in Bell’s literature.

We’re still not positive what it means for us, but it’s very nice to finally get this out of the way. Many of us were expecting this annoucement to be six months to a year off. The speed at which it was announced seems to be a positive step.

The operations of Bell Globemedia’s other on-line products, which represent some of the strongest Web properties in Canada including globeandmail.com, globeinvestor.com, and tsn.ca, will be aligned with the specific media businesses that they support. In addition, a technical support function for all Bell Globemedia on-line and interactive media will be located within The Globe and Mail division. Bell Globemedia will continue to supply content to Sympatico through commercial agreements.

On-line and interactive media remain an important component of Bell Globemedia’s multi-media strategy, particularly where they offer natural complements to our marquee media properties such as The Globe and Mail, CTV and TSN.

The responsibility for managing on-line and interactive products will no longer reside in a separate division of Bell Globemedia, but will be aligned with various divisions of the company. This means that the advertising sales and content management functions for each on-line property will move to within the appropriate media organizations. For example, sales and content for tsn.ca will be managed within TSN.

The first Animatrix chapter is online!

The first Animatrix chapter is online!

Go watch the first chapter of The Animatrix at WhatistheMatrix.com!

Wow, “The Second Renaissance Part 1” is really cool, it’s a pre-quel to The Matrix, and it’s really well done. The story is about how humanity tried to opress the robots, and how the machines rebelled, and founded their own continent, 01. It’s a really cool story, and definately has potential. I’m alread a big fan.

DVD.ign.com is reporting that they were at the Warner Bros/Infogrames press conference where “The Final Flight of the Osirus” was screened, and they say that it’s even more impressive than the animation in “Final Fantasy”. The short will play before the movie “Dreamcatcher” when that film is released March 21st, and of course the Animatrix DVD will be released on June 3rd, with all 9 shorts; Final Flight of the Osiris; The Second Renaissance Parts 1 & 2 ,Kid’s Story. Program, World Record, Beyond, Detective Story, Matriculated.

Andy and Larry Wachowski wrote the first four films as pre-quels to the Matrix, and the last five are written by famous Japanimation directors Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Program and World Record), Koji Morimoto (Beyond), Shinichiro Watanabe (Detective Story), and Peter Chung (Matriculated).

New Printer Friendly Tales!

New Printer Friendly Tales!

So tonight I added a little feature to Tales From The Darksid which makes it totally printer friendly. If you decide to print the page, you will get a totally clean verstion of the site with no navigation, and the text in a completely legible, greyscale friendly, format!

Try it out by clicking on File > Print Preview and take a look at the page.

A liquid design

So as you’ve probably noticed, the new template wasn’t quite ready for prime time. That’s because I’ve been edumacatin’ myself on all this here fancy CSS and XHTML stuff. You may remember last week when I debuted the new Template I referred to it as the “non-enhanced” flattened template…well I learned myself some good ole fashioned “CSS” stuff tonight and coded up my wicked awesome new and improved Enhanced Template which you are seeing for the first time right now!

This site design is completely liquid, totally seperates content from the presentation layer (meaning I can change the whole site by just making a couple of changes to the CSS…want the navigation on the other side? Simple. Want to change the colours? Easy as pie). All that and it’s really sweet on an iPAQ.

My next step is to move the site over to Grey Matter, and then I’m all finished up! Wee Hoo!

The Good ole Days

Somebody sent me a wicked awesome e-mail this morning about how easy the kids of today have it. It’s so true.

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When I was a kid adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning uphill both ways through year ’round blizzards carrying their younger siblings on their backs to their one-room schoolhouse where they maintained a straight-A average despite their full-time after-school job at the local textile mill where they worked for 35 cents an hour just to help keep their family from starving to death!

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they’ve got it!

But….

Now that I’ve reached the ripe old age of twenty-nine, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of today.

You’ve got it so fu@#king easy!

I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a goddamned Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today you don’t know how good you’ve got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have the Internet when we wanted to know something, we had to go to the goddamned library and look it up ourselves! And there was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter-with a pen!–and then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the fu@#king mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

And there were no MP3s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to go to the goddamned record store and shoplift it yourself! Or we had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ’d usually talk over the beginning and f@#k it all up!

You want to hear about hardship?

You couldn’t just download p0rn! You had to bribe some homeless dude to buy you a copy of “Hustler” at the 7-11! It was either, that or jackoff to the lingerie section of the JC Penney catalogue! Those were your options! We didn’t have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal! And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was it could be your boss, your mom, a collections agent, your drug dealer, you didn’t know!!! You just had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

And we didn’t have any fancy Sony Playstation videogames with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like “Space Invaders” and “Asteroids” and the graphics sucked a@@! Your guy was a little square! You had to use your imagination! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever! And you could never win, the game just kept getting harder and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

When you went to the movie theatre there no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! A tall guy sat in front of you, you were screwed! And sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 20 channels and there was no onscreen menu! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! And there was no Cartoon Network! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning… …D’ya hear what the f@#k I’m saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK, you spoiled little ba@tards!

That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids today have got it’ too easy

You’re spoiled, I swear to God!

You guys wouldn’t last five minutes back in 1984 !!