… and the web ads.
Jillian Michaels Ad: How Much Do You Want To LOSE?
Me: Do I have to? I mean, our retirement savings are down 33% already!
The really annoying ones are the flash animations. Remember the woman who would “shrink” over and over and over and over? I kept running into that one on Yahoo! Mail. I found the distraction maddening. (See also: annoying mortgage refinance animations on Hotmail.)
Weight Watchers Ad: Lose weight and start living!
Me: So…if I’m not living now… why do I still have a job? Should I stop paying my bills? Does this make the man of the house a necrophiliac?
One (partial) solution: I mostly surf with Firefox & I’ve downloaded the add-on Flashblock. It makes flash animations optional. If I want to see what a Flash item is, I can click a “start” button to “play” the ad or YouTube video or what-have-you. But I don’t have to. In fact, on my “usual” sites, it’s pretty clear which positions on the page are always ads.
This does get annoying if I’m walking through a site that is entirely done in Flash, but I generally find it worthwhile.