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It’s a tiny, seemingly insignificant, sixteen by sixteen pixel image.

But let’s be honest: it’s the first thing site visitors will notice when your site loads, and the only thing that will differentiate you from pretty much every other Bluehost WordPress site out there. And with how so very simple it is to change, let’s get a new favicon up there, shall we?

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, a “favicon” is that square image thingy you notice in the left-hand corner of your browser tab when you visit a site. Standards provide you with the ability to define an individual one for your own site – but if you don’t, a default one will be used. The following steps are for this site (which is WordPress), but it should be easy enough to replicate for all. It’s a simple as:

  1. Using an image editor (cheap, Windows junkie I am, I use GIMP), create an image 64px x 64px.
  2. Design your image, but remember it’s going to have to look great as 16px x 16px. Less it more. Mine is the letter “b”. I am also not a designer.
  3. Scale the image to 16px by 16px.
  4. Save or export your image as a “favicon.ico”. If that extension is not possible with your image editor, you can either (a) get a plugin, or (b) save it as a GIF, JPG or PNG and Google any number of favicon generators out there… those can be hit or miss though.
  5. Upload the “favicon.ico” image to your site. Often, this will be the root directory. But in my case, WordPress was looking for the image elsewhere based on a link tag with the attribute of “shortcut icon”. In that case, I’d rename the existing image to archive it, and upload your new image there.
  6. Ensure the aforementioned link tag is in fact pointing to your new image. If the tag does not exist, it’s not a terrible idea to add it to the <head> block: <link rel="shortcut icon" href="favicon.ico" />
  7. You may need to flush your browser’s cache in order to get it to show up properly.

And you’re done! Now was worth sixty seconds of your time, wasn’t it?

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Back From Bristol

March 11 was my last day working at ESPN. After nearly three and a half years working for “The Worldwide Leader,” I’ve accepted a very exciting Senior Web Developer position at “US News and World Report” for their Travel and Auto vertical, located in the Georgetown sector of Washington D.C.

There have been so many memories from ESPN through those few years: From Magical Unicorns to Deadspin announcing layoffs during the summer of 2013. From crazy “Reply-All” e-mail threads to the annual NCAA tournament pot-luck. From the Ooyala Video Migration to Jim Abbot pitching batting practice.

Trying to “steal” Rita LeBlanc’s Super Bowl Ring…

Rita LeBlanc’s Super Bowl Ring.

Conquering the Mt. Snow with the Tough Mudder Crew…

ESPN’s EXT Team: Tough Mudder, 2011.

Shark attacks…

We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

The Stanley Cup…

The Stanley Cup comes to visit ESPN.

Imperial entanglements…

You do not know the power of the Dark Side… we have cookies.

Blizzard of February, 2013.

Through hard times like numerous blizzards, two earthquakes, two hurricanes, the “Franken-Storm”, Newtown and the Boston Marathon Bombing…

Through three reorganizations…

Through working with all the various groups at ESPN: Sports Production, API group, X-Games, International, Editorial and WatchESPN…

It was a blast working with such talented and fun people.

My brother Matty and I on the ESPN News set.

My only regret is that I never got into a “This is Sportsceneter” spot like Lucas and Wong. Though is that really Wong in the green shirt? Now I’m not so sure…

Oh well, there are days when this might as well be me.

So as honestly as I can, to all those that I had the pleasure of working with or knowing, I’d like to say: thanks.

Please keep in touch!

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Quieres construir un muñeco de nieve?

The Marian statue atop the “Panecillo” in the background.

Last week, my brother Matthew, my sister Lisa, her husband (Tim), their two daughters (Evangeline and Audrey) and I were fortunate enough to visit my sister Michelle and her family in Quito, Ecuador. Quito is the world’s highest capital city, and you notice the altitude right off the bat – with an elevation of 9,350, it’s almost twice as high as Denver, CO. Simply walking up the stairs becomes no easy task, much less chasing the nieces and nephews up and down.

Flowers along “Seven Crosses Road”.

Though it’s on the equator, Quito’s temperature rarely ranges outside of a 70-50 degree zone, and its only seasons are “Dry” and “Rainy” (it rained nearly every day). That fact that they use a similar enough electrical voltage as the US was handy for charging mobile devices, as well as the fact they are also on the US dollar – though be aware that because of a “change shortage,” bills as large as a twenty were all but useless because many vendors would not accept them.

Evangeline’s all set for the tour of Quito.
Basílica del Voto Nacional, Quito

At any rate, the first day out and about was spent on a bus tour that took us through the city, it’s historical sector, and “el Panecillo”, a central hill at about the center of the city that sports a statue of the Blessed Mother and a 360° degree view of the city, its surrounding hills and dormant volcano.

Malia getting one of the butterflies to land on her finger.

Next stop was the remote town of Mindo, about 2 hours northeast of Quito – easily the most remote place I’ve ever been. While rumbling along the road of mud, you half expect a pack of Velociraptors to rush from the bush. Our destination was the Mariposas Butterfly Garden, where they raise over 40 species of butterfly within a netted, walking environment. After a long St. Patrick’s day lunch at El Quetzal De Mindo (where they make their own chocolate and beer amongst other things), we made our way back to casa Hilleary for dinner and a traditional viewing of “Darby O’Gill” via the projector.

There are two equator museums in proximity to Quito: one on the equator itself, and one – more picturesque – that sits about about 250 yards from 0’0″. Not exactly sure how they screwed that one up, but regardless we visited the former – and I’m glad we did. One of the features of the real museum is that there’s all sorts of cool experiments you can do such as balance eggs and drain water straight down (even six feet to the right or left causes the water to spiral). Also cool were the native american exhibits, specimen of the local fauna such as the “Goliath birdeater” tarantula, and even the ancient shrunken head of a 12 year old boy… hmm.

In between all the action out and about, hanging out with the fam at “Casa Hilleary” was a blast. The movie “Frozen” was definitely the feature of the week with two showings and daily soundtrack plays – I especially enjoyed screwing up the lyrics to annoy the kids. Shay was able to construct a Duplo tower to the ceiling of the play room, and the compound’s trampoline was a big hit for all, especially Evangeline. All in all, just a great country to visit, with such gracious and generous hosts.

That’s a load-bearing pillar now, Shay.
Evangeline “fishing” for Koi.