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December 15, 2011

Users of YouTube might have noticed a change recently to the little square that shows up on the browser tab for it in most operating systems. That box has a term, favicon, and is enough of an anomaly that it has its own file extension name: .ico (it's a .jpg but with a special name). That's rare like Canadian radio stations with call letters starting with a V.

The change that YouTube made took the favicon from a shrunken version of its classic logo to a much easier to decipher red button with a white arrow. It looks like something you'd see as a button on a real (or virtual) radio. It's also remarkably similar to the favicon I made for my Radio Hot Talk website several years ago. Doubt me? Compare the two favicons in this screenshot, snapped earlier today from my Firefox browser.

They're quite similar, aren't they? Their favicon looks better, but I've never claimed to be any good at art -- though I can appreciate quality artistic work.

And, no, I'm not going to write a strongly-worded letter to the YouTube people or send them a cease-and-desist message. I'm sure that I'm not the first person who created a red box with a white "play" triangle inside. But it does give me further reassurance of my ability to both to recognize and create a decent favicon design, for whatever that's worth.

The article I wrote on here last week about the Tampa radio wars drew much more attention than I expected. As interesting as it was to me, until Paul Quinn asked me to give my opinion on it, I didn't plan to write about the topic. But he asked so I responded on this website, and the result was everything from a link to it being retweeted by the Bubba the Love Sponge twitter feed, to a message board thread reporting on me speaking out about it, to my article prompting a response by comedian Ralphie May.

Ralphie and I exchanged a few messages, and he was quite civil about the whole thing. It turns out that he normally lives in Nashville, though for medical reasons he's staying in Clearwater for the time being. There are worse places to be in December than Clearwater, I can assure you. It's too bad that we're on opposite sides politically in the Tampa radio world split, as Ralphie is a hilarious comedian with amazing stage presence and razor sharp delivery.

Plus, say what you will about Last Comic Standing and/or reality shows in general, but Ralphie's performance on there showed that he could work clean, or at least clean enough for network TV standards. It's one thing to work blue (as the industry calls it), but if you can work clean and make people laugh, you will have many more opportunities to succeed.

As for Bubba in Tampa terrestrial radio 2012: no, I don't know where he will end up in the Tampa market when his current contract with 102.5 the Bone expires at the end of the year. I've been asked about it, but I don't know what is in the works... though I wouldn't betray any confidences if I did know. But I don't know, and I will have to wait with the rest of you for whenever the official announcement is made. Ditto for the new market that Bubba teased possibly announcing on tomorrow's program that will be adding the BTLS show beginning next month.

Christmas is just around the corner, and I desperately need to get my shopping done ASAP. Being able to shop online is so nice. No crowds, no frazzled sales associates, no spending twenty minutes looking for a place to park, etc. Plus, with the depth of the internet, you can find all kinds of things that might be difficult to hunt down otherwise, particularly specialty and/or rare items. But I need to make sure I get the orders made in time for the gifts to arrive with enough lead time for me to wrap them. Note: I'm terrible at wrapping gifts. I tend to use too much tape, or even worse I'll cut the wrapping 1/4" too short and try to make it work.

I realize that Christmas shopping online is nothing new, but it's such a great luxury to have that as an available option. Plus, with Amazon Prime free delivery (which I'm using on a one month trial), I don't have to be a cheapskate and roll the dice with Super Saver Shipping. But I do need to complete my shopping in the next day or two, and thankfully my sister Mary Beth managed to get my parents to actually make wish lists. I don't think I've ever seen a Christmas wish list from my Dad until this year, so I won't be guessing wildly and buying him some books on tape again this year.

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