In order to help pay for the tremendous amounts of bandwidth Pharyngula and its Sciblings are sucking off the internet, there are new video ads inserted below the first article on each page. They are a kind of visual noise, but they aren’t supposed to slow down access—they should only load significant quantities of data if you click on them. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, leave a message here and I’ll pass the word on to the tech people.
In case you’ve got got ad blocking software installed, I’ll mention that it is a movie for Dupont fire retardants that features a very chipper, slender blonde woman. Dupont saves lives with chemical, materials, and energy solutions. (That was much less painful than a fancy video ad, wasn’t it? I know, I’m not as pretty as Amanda Congdon … but I’m more sciencey).