Santa Claus According to George Hinke

Every December for as long as I can remember, we’d eagerly retrieve our Christmas decorations from their long-boxed-up slumber. Probably the most prized of which were our Santa Claus dinner placemats, which depicted various scenes of St. Nick, Mrs. Claus, elves and reindeer all prepping for their Yuletide escapades. A little internet sleuthing revealed that […]

1472 Days

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. 1472 days, to be exact. Gosh, I was just a newbie at U.S. News & World Report. So much has happened in that time… Four years. Three redesigns. Two bosses. One (old and outdated) WordPress site. Oh, and I got married too. That’s kinda big, I’d be […]


US News’ D.C. office is located on Thomas Jefferson Street NW in what is known as the Georgetown historical district. Georgetown predates the rest of the capital by about 50 years, and while its mostly known for embassy’s, retail, and films such as The Exorcist and Wedding Crashers, it’s also a really really cool place […]

star dot ico

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 […]

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 […]

Quieres construir un muñeco de nieve?

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, […]

RE: Reply All

Since it’s Friday, figured I’d repost an oldie but goodie: This past Friday some unfortunate employee accidentally sent an e-mail to the wrong distribution list. Not all that uncommon really, except that this particular list was comprised of 800 employees, including the television talent. Even then the damage should have been minimal. Until the reply-all’s […]

Ragged Mountain Preserve

One of my recent reads is Hilaire Belloc’s “The Path to Rome,” which is the account of his walking pilgrimage from southern France to Italy in the early 1900’s. Not a bad read, though I’m only midway through. But today it inspired me enough today to get off the couch and get outdoors. And I’m […]

Let the Madness Begin

Well it’s March again, and for the VOD and WatchESPN teams at the four letter, it only means one thing: Basketball (insert obligatory 4 game shot of screens). In all fairness, it’s a well deserved reward for all of the hard work the teams put into their NCAA Basketball products before the mandatory tournament “code […]

Fun With HTML5 Video

Every now and again, it’s good to to have some fun with the ol’ wide web, and remind myself why I do what I do. One great article that I find myself going back to time and again is Mark Pilgrim’s “Dive Into HTML5“. The whole thing is frankly fantastic, but as a web developer […]