Nov 26 2011

Turkey Day TV 4: College Throwball Attack

A big day, with about 17 opportunities to see a dozen different games including THE Game.

There’s also some Football (9:30 am Manchester United @ Newcastle) and Formula One Qualifying (11 am).

So I’ve already explained that you should lay out a 24 hour list including the half hours that you can cut and paste your Zap2it channel listings into.  Now to make it pretty.

It may make it easier for you if you bold your time labels at that point with <b></b>, but if I’m in a time crunch (and I usually am) and updating, I find it just as well to do that as the very last thing to mark each section’s completeness.  In any event it’s best to put off any extra formatting until you’ve identified all the programs you want to highlight and pasted them into your outline.  If you’re going to do links like I do you’ll put the link square bracket shortcuts ([]) around each one as you harvest it.

Once you have a complete outline it’s time to apply your global HTML starting with your line endings.  I find using ‘Unordered Lists’ (<ul><li></li> … <li></li></ul>) creates an attractive presentation, so go to the end of your first entry line, type in the end of list element HTML (|</li>|), and copy it to your Clipboard (Ctrl-Ins).

Now use the Down Arrow and End keys to go to the end of each entry and paste (Shift-Ins).  During this pass you should also delete any unused time lables and extra lines you have used to visual seperate each block of entries.  If necessary you can stop at any arbitrary point and format the rest of your updated entries later.  For instance I’m doing this particular piece in 12 hour chunks so I stopped at 5:30 pm.

You’ll notice each channel label is bolded and ends with a dash (-).  I think the bolding makes it easier to read and the dash is so I can achieve this effect with a search and replace.  You simply load up your search with dash space, |- | (this cuts down on your false positives), and replace it with end bold HTML and your dash space, |</b>- | (so you don’t lose your dash space).

Then you get to put your start line code at the begining of each entry.  If you are bolding your channel label it looks like |<li><b>|, otherwise it’s just |<li>|.  Type it once, copy to the Clipboard (Ctrl-Ins), and use the Down Arrow and Home keys to paste it (Shift-Ins).  This goes pretty fast too.

Finally, make sure each time period list has the begining (|<ul>|) and end (|</ul>|) Unordered List HTML code at the … wait for it … begining and end.  If you don’t make sure your |<ul>| and |</ul>|s and |<li>| and |</li>|s match the results you get will be unexpected at best.

I haven’t talked yet about the links, but you do those last.  I’ll get to them tomorrow and I hope it will be shorter and less boring and detailed than today.

This covers the time period from 6 am to 6 am.  It’s currently complete until 3 pm.

Update: All done.

6 am

  • ESPN– Sports Center (Marathon until 10 am)
  • Turner ClassicBeloved Brat

7 am

7:30 am

8 am

9 am

9:30 am

  • BravoReal Housewives
  • ESPN2– English Premier League Football, Manchester United @ Newcastle

10 am

10:30 am

  • Turner ClassicThe Lone Wolf Meets a Lady

11 am

11:30 am


12:30 pm

1 pm

1:30 pm

  • Turner ClassicGiant

2 pm

2:30 pm

3 pm

3:30 pm

  • ABC– College Throwball (Regional Game)
  • CBS– College Throwball, Alabama at Auburn
  • E!The Soup (again)
  • ESPN– College Throwball, Penn State @ Wisconsin
  • ESPN2– College Throwball, Oregon State @ Oregon or Virginia Tech @ Virginia

4 pm

4:30 pm

5 pm

6 pm

6:30 pm

7 pm

7:30 pm

  • ESPN– College Throwball, Clemson @ South Carolina
  • OxygenEnough
  • SpikeAttack of the Clones (again)
  • Vs.– College Throwball, Washington State @ Washington

8 pm

9 pm

9:30 pm

10 pm

10:30 pm

  • ABC FamilyLove Actually
  • ESPN2– College Hoopies, Las Vegas Invitational

11 pm

11:30 pm


12:30 am

1 am

1:30 am

  • ESPN2– College Throwball, Florida State @ Florida (again)

2 am

  • LifetimeAn Accidental Christmas (again)
  • TNTThe Firm (again)
  • ToonFLCL (Episode 1)

2:30 am

3 am

3:30 am

4 am

4:30 am

  • Turner ClassicThe Browing Version

5 am

  • ESPN2– ATP Tennis
  • TNTLaw & Order (Marathon until 2 pm)

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