What I’ve learned so far

I went through a really tough time about a year ago.  My buddy Ryan thought at the time I was having a mid life crisis.  He was probably right, but the problem was just as likely that I was moving out of my comfort zone of “doing” and into an area I was less comfortable … Read more

Why the Olympics finally mattered to me

The Olympic Flame in Vancouver
The Olympic Flame shot by my TSN buddy Danny Celia

I worked for the Sports Network for just over a decade (with a little 18 month sojourn to other places thrown in there), in that time I worked through four Olympics.  I arrived at TSN just in time for Nagano Japan, and I was away for Sydney Australia, but there for Salt Lake City USA, Athens Greece, and Turin Italy.

We made some cool apps, and always had great traffic around the time of the games.  TSN was a broadcast partner for Australia through Turin, so we had a lot of really great access.

However, in all that time, I was never as into an Olympics as this year.

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TSN.ca Silver

The TSN.ca Silver interface - NBAThis week the TSN.ca crew launched the latest version of the site, dubbed internally “Silver”, I saw the first preview of it a couple of months ago, and had some real good looks at it about a month ago. I think the design is fantastic, and the new HTML and CSS are clean.

It’s a little bitter-sweet for me as this is the first design since 1997 that I haven’t participated in any way on. Even when I was gone for 18 months the first time (from 2000-2001), I had helped during the major redesign, and when I got back we were just freshening up the site due to the new logo.

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TSN.ca/Wrestling announces changes

I guess I should address this since a few people have e-mailed me privately asking what’s going on. Late last week, after a lot of debate, the guys on the row and I decided that it was time for me to stop writing for TSN.ca/wrestling. There wasn’t any “hidden agenda” or anything like that. I … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Pocket PC User Agent Strings

Pocket PC User Agent Strings Here is a Pocket PC User Agent String for PHP which will allow a user to be redirected to the PPC version of a site: Just needs to be modified to .asp (and of course the PPC website needs to be created). <? $ua=$_SERVER[“HTTP_USER_AGENT”]; $location=’pocket/index.php’; if (stristr($ua, “Windows CE”) or … Read more

Gettin’ Geeky With It

What I am about to write here is really meant for me, and just for me…see that’s one of the cool things about this whole “Tales From The Darkside” thing is that a lot of this stuff is really just for me, but others sometimes find it useful, enlightening, or just plain fun. These are … Read more

Worst…day…ever

What a totally shitty day. Not only was it crappy, rainy, and utterly grey, but my mood matched the weather perfectly. First off, I stayed up way too late last night playing Kingdom Hearts because I got done doing actual work work around midnight…so I played games until 4:30 in the morning…not good. Then I … Read more

Aughhhh!

I’m so freakin’ busy right now it ain’t even funny. My number one thing that I’m doing right now is working on the TSN.ca re-design. I’m trying to apply some logic to some of the styles etc, that our design firm has created. It’s really hard though because they’ve got 200 styles, and most of … Read more