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The change I hinted about recently has come to pass, and as of today we are no longer part of the UGO network. Some of you may have noticed there are no ads here today, while many of you are finding things no different, as you have taken to blocking ads here due to the preponderance of pop-ups and takeovers. Ads will return tomorrow or the next day, but without the types of disruptive ads we've seen in the past, and they will not return unless there is no way to keep the site online without them. More about this going forward.

Other stuff: More kudos to Frans who helped make this transition go smoothly. To those who wanted pics of the doggies in their minimalist costumes, I will try and get one up soon, in the meantime, here are a couple of shots of Bellevue's TF2 Engineer and Sentry getup. Also, today is the first day back on Standard Time here in the US, but there probably aren't too many who need reminding of that with so many clocks on cable boxes, computers, and cell phones able to update automatically.

Finally, happy birthday mom. I still miss you.

Ad-free Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Flood Fill.
Jane's Realty.
Stories: DARPA "balloon hunt" could win you $40K cash.
The History Of Halloween. Thanks Acleacius.
Science: The unromantic truth about why we kiss - to spread germs. Thanks Digg.
A farmer's field of dreams buries climate change war. Thanks Slashdot.
Images: Dear Criminals... Thanks Digg.
Tattoos: What Were They Thinking? Thanks Digg.
Media: Remix- Home Alone meets Saw.
Cool Pumpkin Design.
The Flying Eagle - The Coolest Bowling Shot Ever.
Follow-ups: Controversy erupts over mock lunar lander contest.
The Funnies: How Different Age Groups Celebrate Halloween. Thanks Digg.

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5. Ads Nov 1, 2009, 14:17 Efflixi
Pop ups were the only reason I have Blues ads blocked as well. A few months after you went to UGO I got one that I couldn't close and took over your entire site. I had to sit there for 15 seconds before it went away. That was completely unacceptable and since then I've had *ugo* blocked. Since you've removed yourself from that network I'll gladly see normal ads on your site. I know sites like yours exist only on ad revenue, but I will NOT support take over ads. In-line ads are fine with me as long as there aren't 500 of them. I also hate websites that break up their "content" across 20 pages to get more ad views when the content was short enough to have been on 1 or 2 pages. Blues doesn't have that problem though.

I've been coming here for over 10 years and has been my homepage since I was on Windows 98. If you put t-shirts or some other way to generate revenue for yourself, I'll gladly support you man.
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