One thing that amused me as I mindlessly surfed the web while stuck in my parents house due to the snowstorm in Colorado was the number of sites that still attempt to show pop-up advertisements -- sites like and, not just shady sites. I'm left wondering... did they not get the memo that not only are pop-ups annoying, but also every web browser released in the past several years blocks them (longer if you count extensions, since IE6 didn't until XP SP2 (which everybody should have by now)).

I'm probably weird in that I keep the speakers on my PC on mute most of the time, both at home and work, but I had forgotten to mute the one on my laptop. *Bloop*...*Bloop*...*Bloop*.

Happy new year. :-)