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    I love google. All seriousness I know they do tons of stupid moves. Most recently the delayed launch of google+ for business comes to mind. Before that there was the whole no google+ access for apps users. All of that aside, google is an amazing company. Look how much information they sort on a daily basis. I tell people all the time, "unless google's servers are all down I do not want to hear a stupid comment from you". Anyone who seriously thinks google sucks must have no idea how much is going on behind the scene. They bring you a full online office suite with apps, search engines, video hosting with youtube, maps, gps, anything you can think of and 99% of the time free to the end used.

    For those reasons I laugh when people say google+ does not stand a chance against facebook. Google can leverage SEO against their google+ pages, which FB cannot. Add to that they own youtube, and are now sorting your search results based on who you are friends with. Tie it all together with google apps and maps and there is really no reason to leave. What I like more is that unlike facebook google+ is encouraging sites to develop their own content not content on facebook. I really think from the business standpoint facebook set the internet back years.

    If you have any doubt just look at it from a visual stand point. Look at volvospeed's facebook page then their google+ page. What looks cleaner to you:

    https://plus.google....18952788527986/

    http://www.facebook....ct/465598200213
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    Ok so what is the point of the national weathers service's UV Index? Washington DC's UV index for tomorrow: 10+. Destin Florida's UV index tomorrow: 10+. Well we all know the sun in Florida is stronger than the sun in DC, so the scale must only go to 10 right? WRONG. The scale is linear and has no upper limit. For example parts of Nigeria tomorrow will have a UV index of 16. Yet the national weather service has it listed at what? You guessed it. 10+. Are we so simple we cannot handle a scale that goes above 10? Should a concept grasped even in Spinal Tap be considered too complex for the average person? Maybe they should re-scale so it maxes at 10? Either way why even have a number if you are basically always going to label it "Off Scale High". We should just have little lego men diagrams in the the UV column. If the lego man pictured looks darker than you than you are not allowed out side.


    Tomorrows UV Index:
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    What could 10 year olds be putting in their mouths? Coins, glue, dirt, keys? Nope! This could mean so much, but in Washington DC this is what you tell 10 year olds who are caught doing blow at school. Cocaine, not just for mommy and daddy anymore.
    Thomson Elementary School Principal Albert Dupont sent a letter to parents last week asking them to stress to their children: "NEVER to take something or put something in their mouth when they are not sure what it is."

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/03/21/dc.students.cocaine/index.html?hpt=Sbin
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    Ok, for this you will need to read the back story here:

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176090525770505


    Let me start by saying, I am as American as the next guy. I come from a military family going back 4 generations I know of. I worked on base here for years, and was employed under an anti-terrorism agency. But stories like this annoy me. For two basic reasons. One they are fake, and two what about all the other jobs that are just as important.

    Lets start with the other jobs. Say trash pick up. They are every bit as important as our standing army. I know some of you are saying, "But they do no risk their lives every day". Usually I would be flippant and insist that they do, but ok fine. What about firefighters, cops, any roughneck? I am not saying soldiers are less important, but certainly other jobs deserve credit too. Are we going to start all dressing alike every day of the month to honor different jobs? What about those of use with a work place environment that would not allow us to wear red. On top of this most of the military personnel I know, are annoyed by being thanked every day. I never see this happen here at Eglin, but once you are a few hundred miles from any base, every one is thanking anyone in camo right down to the deer hunter.

    OK I said this was fake. It is. At least some elements of it. Anyone who has flown through Hartsfield knows that Hannibal crossing the terminal on elephant back would not get the attention of that many people. Hersey.... ok. The young airmen lied to the girl about talking to her dad. At the least that type of behavior should not be rewarded.

    I view this story of a form of urban legend. Why do people make these up. Well for two reasons. First is because in these troubled times we all want to feel good. Second is because if someone "Likes" it the poster stands to make money off the site. I am a cynic I know. With that said if you are proud to be an American, but have any doubts about this specific story reply and say thanks to the troops all while not being a sheep.
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    Remember when you could watch a video without having to sit through a commercial?
    Remember when music videos were uploaded by users and not VEVO
    Remember when all the info was to the right of the video?
    Remember you could rate a video 1-5 stars?
    Remember the famous yellow subscribe button?
    Remember when the users controlled the site and now corporations?
    Post this in every video and lets start a youtube revolution!
    Thumbs up to keep at the top of the page!

    Remember when you had to pay for music not steal it? I get so sick of seeing people bitch about Vevo on youtube. I mean are we really so self centered that we get mad at a company providing us free music and videos. OMG the bastards want me to watch a 15 second commercial every 15 minutes. Its retarded. Its like walking into a movie theater and complaining that you have to watch previews or the dancing pop corn. Do not thumbs up these stupid posts. Tell the poster to STFU and GTFO.
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    Meatless Mondays?!?! What next, WTF Fridays? For those who have not heard about this, Meatless Monday AKA every monday, is a day you are not supposed to eat meat because it will save the planet. How? I have no idea. Living in the south for many years has taught me something. It takes a lot less carbon to slaughter a pasture of cattle than it does to harvest two thousand acres of green beans. I digress. What you eat is your business. I frankly do not care, unless we socialize health care then you better all be eating solent green, but it is being taught in schools now. For those of you with children in school now, does the food pyramid now look like this?

    I'm half kidding half serious. Lets take it a step further. Now some schools are stopping children from eating meat in school on Monday. Usually I would throw San Fran or some place in PRK(California) under the bus, but Baltimore is now on the retard turnip cart. Again, I don't care what you or your kids eat, but isn't this a big nutty?
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    Ok so this song somehow seems to show up everywhere. After listening to it a few times I realized a few things. Maybe Orianthi is just a slack ass complainer. Maybe just maybe the first guy is right here. I mean she starts out with a sad story. In the lyrics

    According to you I'm stupid, I'm useless, I can't do anything right.

    She makes you feel bad for her. No one is totally useless, and everyone can do something right. Instead of stopping there though she goes one

    According to you I'm difficult,Hard to please, Forever changing my mind.

    Now I am starting to think there are two sides to every story. I can see this poor guy being abuse by a moody indecisive woman and just saying some things he doesn't mean. I think all of us has said things they regretted later.

    Then as her rebuttal she comes at you with:

    I'm a mess in a dress, Can't show up on time, Even if it would save my life.

    Oh! I see whats going on here. You are chronically late and inappropriately dressed and its some how his fault? I think I see where this is going. This guy is starting to sound more and more right. To further incriminate her self she goes on to say she is talking to some other guy. After all this she comes back with

    According to me You're stupid,You're useless,You can't do anything right.

    Kinda seems like an immature circle.

    Lets recap Orianthi's According to you.

    According to me shes bitching, shes sluttly, hypocritical has no room to complain.
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    What a fluffy ass news day, bad puns intended. First across the RSS feed is Jessica Simpsons dogs is eaten by coyote. Ok that's sad. Its the second part thats off the wall though. She's offering a 5000 dollar reward.... I mean come on. A coyote, a buff-gray to reddish-gray carnivorous North American canid (Canis latrans) closely related to but smaller than the wolf, stole your fluffy mutt Daisy. Do you really not know what he was going to do with it? Here is a hint. Daisy is Maltipoo.

    Next up. Obama calls Kanye a "jackass". Who cares. I mean why is this front page CNN. For the record I think Kanye is 100% gangsta. He does what he wants, but he is a jackass. If Kanye has any balls he needs to go back on the tonight show and say "Obama don't like black people".

    In other news a JH student killed a burglar with a samurai sword. Thats pretty cool I guess. Not as cool as Obama killing a Malitpoo with a samurai sword, but hey. Its only Tuesday right?
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    South Beach Diet....... WTF is this nonsense, and why does it seem to reappear every few months. It was bad enough 3 years ago when all the goofy little hippie restaurants opened here with the south beach menu. Now its apparently back, only this time slightly revised. Who eats this crap? Its not even that healthy if you are an even moderately active individual. The whole plan lacks a reasonable supply of sodium, carbs, potassium, and.... OH YEAH, TASTE. Its amazing. It takes things that should taste good and then denudes them of all flavor. In addition it blends things into the most god awful textures ever. Quinoa pasta al dente.... I think not! Then there was this beast featured under quick breakfasts.

    1 Mini pita
    2 Slice tomato and place on top of pita
    3 Sprinkle with spinich
    4 Top with 1 egg
    Bake 5 minutes at 350
    5 Top with Feta

    Pita..... yup tasty
    Tomato....tasty
    Spinich.....goes well in things
    Egg....incredible and edible
    Feta.....makes it betta

    NOPE. Pure crap. Had no flavor what so ever. At least its healthy. That would be the case at least assuming you can choke it down. Egg over easy, filled with chunks of tomato pulp, spinach, whole wheat pita, with just a hint of feta chunks..... It feels like what embryonic stem cells look like......... pre-harvest. With that my list has been amended.

    Michael Moore
    Agatston - author of the south beach diet
    Oprah

    are now the top three people I most want to punch in the face. So congrats to you hippie boy. You now officially annoy me more than Oprah. Fat women and hippies all over the world will see through this some day and will be angry. Hell hath no fury like a fat ladies scorn.
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    Its gone too far. What started out as a good thing has gone horribly wrong. Nitrile gloves for surgeons.... Ok sure that makes sense. Wearing them to clean a CV joint. Ok again I can see that. To change windshield wipers?!?!?! GTFO. Now its even worse though. This months Maximum PC has people sporting the trendy purple gloves to install everything from RAM to PCI cards. WTF is wrong with us. Have a look for yourself:

    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/dream_machine?page=0%2C6

    The same people who are wearing gloves to blow their nose, brush their cat, make their green tea, are probably the same people screaming "Think Green". I know how to think green. How about not using 20 pairs of rubber gloves each day between the time you take your morning leak and make your morning cup of brew. All you Howard Hughes MFers know who you are.
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    Ok so this song somehow seems to show up everywhere. After listening to it a few times I realized a few things. Maybe Orianthi is just a slack ass complainer. Maybe just maybe the first guy is right here. I mean she starts out with a sad story. In the lyrics

    According to you I'm stupid, I'm useless, I can't do anything right.

    She makes you feel bad for her. No one is totally useless, and everyone can do something right. Instead of stopping there though she goes one

    According to you I'm difficult,Hard to please, Forever changing my mind.

    Now I am starting to think there are two sides to every story. I can see this poor guy being abuse by a moody indecisive woman and just saying some things he doesn't mean. I think all of us has said things they regretted later.

    Then as her rebuttal she comes at you with:

    I'm a mess in a dress, Can't show up on time, Even if it would save my life.

    Oh! I see whats going on here. You are chronically late and inappropriately dressed and its some how his fault? I think I see where this is going. This guy is starting to sound more and more right. To further incriminate her self she goes on to say she is talking to some other guy. After all this she comes back with

    According to me You're stupid,You're useless,You can't do anything right.

    Kinda seems like an immature circle.

    Lets recap Orianthi's According to you.

    According to me shes bitching, shes sluttly, hypocritical has no room to complain.
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    Whoever started this myth needs punched in the nards. I have worked building graphite auto parts since the 90s. There has never been a real shortage. There was a price increase due to the 777 and JSF, but I never once was told when ordering that the market was out and I would have to wait or simple could not get it. All through this "shortage" bikes, race cars, planes, kayaks, and a host of other items were still built and sold daily.

    So why did all these companies fold up shop who were making carbon fiber parts? Simple, they were not making carbon fiber parts. Thats right, you have been scammed. The vast majority of consumer carbon fiber parts are fiberglass with a single layer of graphite on the top. At the peak of this lame unpainted trend I remember seeing "carbon fiber" hoods for 400 dollars. Consumers got used to these prices. A solid graphite hood costs upwards of 2k. When the market price shot up these companies would have to raise their prices, which they did. Problem was the consumer didn't want to pay. So they simple closed shop and used the excuse "carbon fiber shortage".

    I saw a site today that still said they have limited quantities due to a graphite shortage. GTFO! Here: Carbon fiber, even on sale.

    So remember these simple rules when you purchase your next graphite item.

    1. If its bigger than your head PAINT IT!
    2. If the tells you there is a shortage tell them you will let them keep their rare product and order from somewhere else.
    3. Ask for product photos to be taken in low light under direct flash. This will show all flaws in the resin or fabric. If they will not do this, punch them in the nards.
    4. If the part is 90% fiberglass by weight, its a fiberglass hood not a graphite one. Save your money and buy the one they call fiberglass.
    5. PAINT IT OR YOU DESERVE A PUNCH IN THE NARDS!
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    Ok so its a guilty pleasure. I listen to the worst music ever while working out. While working out I take a break from my usual Aerosmith, Rush, Cheap Trick soundtracks and lean towards NIN, Scissor Sisters, DMX, Jay-Z or something else with an easy cadence. With that said, I'll admit it. I run down the road keeping beat to, "I chased a squirrel/I kissed a girl" and I like it. I make no apologies. Waking up in vegas, yeah it sounds dated but beat is 110 range and its easy to work out to. Hot and Cold...... yeah I do feel a little queer for listening to that. I even labeled one of the tags for this blog as "gay. What I am about to say next surprised even me. I purchased the CD. It's not bad. Don't get me wrong. There are a lot of crap songs on it, but there are also a lot of good ones. I mean how can you not like a song called, Your So Gay(And you Don't Even Like Boys? Will I ever pour a glass of tequila, light up a cuban and put on the Katy Perry LP and relax to the smooth sound of 12 year old girl bubble gum pop? No, but the CD is worth a listed and should not be dismissed just on its fan girl following. You all have your own guilty listening. What trash music do you listen to that you are ashamed of? I'll admit it. I Chased A Squirrel, AND I LIKED IT.
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    After designing 10-15 water cooled systems consisting of everything from 2 cpus up to 16 I thought I would pass along some words of wisdom.

    First and foremost SCREW WORM CLAMPS. They always tend to leak in a computer application. Zipties or the plastic click clamps for whatever reason work better if you must. Of course all your blocks should be compression fittings, but there are times, at the pump, you have to settle for a clamp.

    Second, use motul coolant. Its ~ 1/10 the cost of computer specific coolant and its the exact same thing with the exception of possibly a UV dye.

    When water cooling you still need at least one fan. The case will heat up if you do not install at least an exhaust fan.

    WATERCOOL THE GPU. Im sick of seeing people say the new ATI/nVidia have uber leet fans that cool them fine. I half assed my last case and the GTX 260 cards ran at 180F. After a CPU leaked on the top card, and shorted it....stupid freaken worm drive, I replaced it with a water cooled card. Same card, well not the same one since I Fed it up but same model, now runs at 115F. If 65 freaken degrees is not worth the trouble to you, stick you computer back in the box. Don't get me wrong. I know why people say this. They are too cheap to drop 300 bones for GT form factor waterblocks. Lets see. What else? Oh!

    Run dual loops if you have more than 6 blocks. You can get by with a single reservoir and radiator if you use a large enough one, but you want 2 pumps.

    TYGON IS YOUR FRIEND. PVC turns brittle over time. Never seen it leak, but it will be come so stiff it becomes hard to work with an remove should you need to.

    Fill ports on the top of the case will save you a lot of headache. Sometimes you just don't want to open the case and see that link when its time to top off.
    Kidding. Your system should not leak but its not uncommon to have to top off from time to time.

    Should be obvious but make sure you have a strong power supply. Most pumps are running around 2 amps.

    No matter how much you plan, until you have a parts bin water cooling = waiting for parts to arrive. First several systems I built I always forgot to order parts. Thankfully now I have a decent collection of 5/8s to 1/2 adapters, clamps, water blocks and so on. Despite the inevitable take your time and plan your system. After going the water cooling route I cannot see myself running an air cooled system again. Especially in my shop where air cooled = metal shavings all in my case shorting out more parts that water :lol:
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    Let keep this entry simple. Starting with the facts.

    I have been an AT&T Wireless customer for over 5 years on a government plan.
    I pay ATT just over 1800 dollars a years in bills on just phone, not aircards
    I pay their monthly insurance fee
    I have purchased 3 PDA phones from them over the last 5 years all with out new contracts. 400+ dollars per phone
    My last phone is another HTC purchased less than 60 days ago

    So today my phone has some issues connecting with the towers for voice only. On and off all day but data and everything else are fine. I don't even call and figure its temporary. Well then the bottom half of the touch screen dies. Reboot, no go. Hard reset, no go. Reflash back to stock, no go. Ok off to the store. After a 35 minutes wait in line I am told they they cannot exchange the phone in the store even though they are in stock that I have to file a report on-line/phone which they can do there. So rep calls headquarters and they tell me my new phone will be here the 22nd, 10 days from now. Of course I raise holy hell and ask WTF the hold up is. Apparently they are going to send me a re manufactured phone and that department moves slower than the department that wants my money. I ask if my bill will be adjusted down. I pay ~5 dollars a day for service, 10 days, 50 bucks in my mind. I am told no. At this point I tell them lets just do an insurance claim on it. I will pay the 125 deductible, retardidly high, and they can straight swap it. Well now they cannot do that because the warranty process has already been started. After some discussion they agree to ship the phone 2 day air after they charge my account for the shipping for a phone they have in stock at my store....... Fine whatever. Due to the weekend the phone still will not be here for 5 days. So I ask them what I am supposed to do. I have 2 other ATT phones but I also have 2 other ATT accounts. Im not trying to play sim card musical chairs. You would think they would have loaners or something. NOPE. Its at this point I am really glad I bought another back up phone last week that should be here any day. Despite that I am not gonna let this slide. I pay every month for insurance. I have a new phone they admit is broken under warranty. Yet I am supposed to go a week with no service. After some discussion, the clerk pulls a unit off the wall and gives it to me as a loaner. Do not get me wrong. ATT at the store were awesome. Their phone department and corporate policies where in my mind completely ass backwards. Had I not said anything, and the rep at the store been so nice, ATT was completely ok with me having no service while they billed me 50 dollars for a phone they admit was broken. So given this do you think it is ok for AT&T to expect customers who pay 2000+ dollars a year to go up to 2 weeks with no service with no compensation? Right now I am leaning towards no, but hey, I admit I am bias.
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    I do not want to see one more person wearing nitrile gloves to change their coolant, windshield wipers, spark plugs, or anything else that a 3yo little girl can do. Its one thing while working on a diff or MAYBE changing the oil. But put your big boy panties on and use your hands ladies. I mean at least wear gloves made out of something dead. And Serge. I don't want to see a single hand lotion, do these pants make me look fat, snus, which man purse should I buy thread from you this week.
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    I got sucked into watching "Whale Wars" on animal planet tonight. It was amazing to see such a complete stereotype. I bet there is not a single bar of soap on that entire ship. But I digress. The quote of the day.

    From Cpt Paul Watson.

    I want a crew with passion, I don't want a bunch of professionals running around

    God forbid you have anyone on the fail boat who knows what they are doing. The highlight was the helo pilot who did not know how to use a GPS and sent them 20 miles off course. No wait. It was the 2nd in command who cannot read a chart and does not know bearings. No no. It was...... I cannot pick. There was too much fail. Whats important to remember guys, is if you are ever leading a dangerous expedition to the end of the world, don't select you crew based on skill. Pick the guys with moxy!
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    So on the group ride today my front derailleur decides to commit hari kari and rip out one of the pop rivets. 18 miles of chattering later I am back at the shop and pull a nice shiny m771 XT derailleur out of the case. This should be a 5 minute install so I skip installing it there and go home. So 5 minute job right...........

    1. Bottle cage and pump are in the way. Easy fix. Remove them and carry on. Now an 8 minute job.
    2. 48 tooth chain ring is in the way. Ok, now I need a right angle 5mm key but I have some around. 10 minute job.
    3. Cannot find the keys, 15 minute job with time waste.
    4. Remove clamp and tire, move the derailleur out and remove cable of the bike. 20 minutes.............

    New derailleur is up swing old is conventional. Ok so its an upgrade, but why does the clamp have to go right over the braze on.

    5. Make a plastic filler plug for the braze on, drill out the spacer, and FINALLY mount the derailleur. 35 minutes.

    SHIT. Now the cable is too short.

    6. 23:00 at night drive across town to the bike store to pick up a new cable. 1 hour 20 minutes.

    Whats worse is I did this same job on a Ibis last week and did not even think about it. I should have known I would have to do the same to my frame.

    Moral of the story. Nothing is easy. To all you people who think you can drop and rebuild your engine for 1k in a week, FORGET IT. Murphy will not allow it. I'm just not finished and all I have to show is a working derailleur and one less waterbottle.
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    Sears loves to push their "Profession line" off compressors. The 19541 is their top of the line portable unit. It is build by Divelbliss and actually the same as the Portercable and usually cheaper. The rub is Sears advertises it as a dual stage compressor. Not a dual piston, but a dual stage. I purchased this compressor and noted the box had the 19541 item number and said "Craftsman 2 Stage Compressor". However when I got it out of the box I saw only one crank case and no intercoolers or cross pipes. Further investigation and I came up with this:



    That doesn't look like
    Two stage pump compresses air in 2 steps for more efficient and cooler operation

    Which this page says:
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_0...scriptionAnchor

    Whats better is there are 72 review on this item and no one person in 3 years caught this. I went 5 years without shopping at sears and it looks like I will be going 5 more.
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    1. You use multiple exposures and your cameras not on a tripod. You're a digital poser retard. Put down the CS4 and learn your f-stops.
    2. You do not view blown highlights as a digital camera problem. The sky is not white you tard. You shouldn't have to use an inverted wave or ocean scene to simulate the sky. Its photography not CGI.
    3. You think 16 mega-pixel is huge. 16mp is NOT ok for 54" photos. Prints are not posters. 75lpi is not ok.
    4. You think black boarders are cool. Black boarders make your shitty pictures look smaller not cooler. Get off myspace. Black boarders were used for enlargers and projectors. NOT web graphics.
    5. You think lens flare is cool. Those blown out stars around anything shiny are not cool. They just show you have a cheap lens and are too lame to study proper use of filters.
    6. You think gray cards are stupid. Seriously under expose your crappy pictures or over expose them. Don't manage to do both.
    7. You over use white balance. See above. Seriously. Use a gray card damn it.
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    So I am sitting here trying to come up with an easy to follow photo editing guide and a window pops up telling me I have email. I toggle over to Thunderbird and what do I find? The first 5 lines to Walden Pond followed by a lone link to "buy cialis". FINE. <DELETE> I am used to this kind of low blow marketing. What I did not expect was to click back over to volvopeed and find a new member asking about half shafts only to reply to himself under another username "foud cheepe ones here ^^ thank you" with of course a spam link embedded in the post. A spam link to fiorecet. WTF is fiorecet? More importantly why is someone in Korea on a car site posting about it? I mean if I were a spammer I would target some huge board, or blog site. Or I dunno. TRY TARGETED MARKETING!!!!! If you sell male enhancement pills find a small penis message board. Thats funny is as I write this somebody in Asia., Russia, or Brazil just found this and is thinking, "wow. Targeted marketing. I should post here since its a page dedicated to cialis". The only comfort I take in that is hopfeully a 12 year old catholic school girl will open this page right as a Sister looks over her shoulder to see how her Walden Pond report is coming. Oh, and its official. According to SEO info more people have read about Anna Nicole's death than President Fords. I will save that rant for later though. But if your in some 3rd world sweatshop reading this, I am not mad at you. I hope you make some money for your family spamming me. Can you at least teach me how to say "Were better than the other Volvo site" in Korean?