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    This site is the end result of an idea that has been kicking around in my head since the late 1990s. I originally registered the domain to serve as both a nifty email address for myself and a web address to house my family and personal interests. The problem, many design iterations later, was trying to balance my personal interests with the family-related ones. In May of 2003, I finally came to the realization that I would be best served by leaving for family topics and creating a separate site as my own playground. In case you haven't guessed it, is that playground.

    The greater question that prompted you to visit this page is likely related to my choice of domain name, as opposed to the above paragraph on my web sites' evolution. On a basic level, it's a kitschy name and it seems like just about everybody and their brother's got a site with a unique-sounding name. I'm sure our links section is full of them. To go beyond this basic reasoning requires two quick stories:
    When I was a senior in high school, I had an English teacher with a penchant for spelling words backwards. I'm not talking about palindromes here, just normal names, words and phrases. It didn't stop at spelling backwards; he also liked to pronounce these "new" words. At any rate, I picked up this habit and have used it from time to time. In case you're wondering where I'm going with this, ignore the dot and try spelling the domain name "" backwards (or look at this page in a mirror). As to why I would choose a domain name based on such a potentially vulgar phrase, it's time for the second story.

    Growing up in Buffalo, I made it a point to set aside some time to read our local paper daily. I especially liked the Sunday edition because it contained pages of color comics and a syndicated copy of humorist Dave Barry's column from the Miami Herald. I haven't paid much attention to the local papers since then (perhaps the Internet is partly to blame), but the point of all this is that I became a fan of Dave Barry's humor. In one of his books, "Dave Barry Slept Here", he credited Dick Cavett with discovering the fact that you could re-arrange the letters in Spiro Agnew's name to spell out that particular vulgar phrase I referenced above. Why this trivial nugget of information about Richard Nixon's vice president has remained with me all these years, I cannot explain. It should be noted that there are many other fun anagrams you can make with those same letters, some of which have been included as random titles on our main page.
So, there you have it. The domain "" comes from re-arranging the letters in the name of a certain vice president and a bit of backwards spelling. Sorry you asked yet?

    Working my way back to the original concept behind this site, I'm trying to collapse ideas and projects from other sites I had started but left to languish into the new Feel free to browse around and send me your comments or suggestions at the address below. I know many people like to hide their personal addresses for fear of SPAM harvesters, but I'd love to receive your feedback. Spammers be damned!

    Scott M. Sorrentino <>

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Created:   27 April 2003  
Updated:   08 April 2004   Removed references to