Nov 27 2011

Turkey Day TV 5: Return to Normalcy (The Final Chapter)

So I’ve already outlined how to set up your template and harvest your shows on Zap2it and how to make them look pretty.  Let’s talk about links.

There’s not really much to say.  There are 2 main sources- IMDB and Wikipedia.  IMDB has an entry for almost anything you can think of but they’re all very short and shallow.  Wikipedia has some gaps, but if there is one the entry usually contains something interesting.  To find stuff I use the internal search engines by cutting and pasting the havested titles.  They both suck.  You can do a better job with Google by preceding your search term with ‘IMDB’ or ‘Wiki’ because it’s much better at finding near matches.

What do you do when you can’t find something?  You can drop it, but having done all the work to get to this point I usually italicize it with ‘<i></i>’ and just move on.  If I have time (which I never do) I’ll use the other source and Google to chase it down, but that’s a lot of effort.  I usually find this happens with some of Turner Classic’s more obscure offerings, very new series, and Lifetime, Oxygen, and SciFi straight to TV movies.

So why bother?  Well firstly I look on it as a public service, especially during Holidays.  Since I spend so much time working on my computer and watching TV it’s very disruptive to concentrate on an unreliable TV Guide channel scroll of limited time coverage and tedious duration.

But the other reason is content.  As I’ve said many times there’s nothing sadder than a site that looks the same as the last time you visited.  This is something that you can set up somewhat in advance to cover the times when you’re too busy to do something substantial.

And now you too know how to fish.  No requirement to thank me, but attribution is appreciated.

This entry covers 6 am to 6 am.  Completed to 2 am.  Wikipedia temporarily down.  Complete.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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  • TBSFriends (Marathon until 10:30 am)

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  • E!The Soup (again)
  • HistoryReal Deal (premier again)

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