Curious about text in messages

debo_2006January 23, 2008

Since I'm usually here in the kitchens forum, I figured this is the best place to post my question for an instant answer.

I've noticed some people write posts or replies containing bold and/or italic text and was wondering how this is done when posting on GW?

I've tried writing my post message in MS Word with the bold options, however, when I cut and paste it in the message area on this forum, it comes out plain (no bold or italic).

I know the answer is out there, because some of you have done this. Anyone care to answer?

Thanks in advance.

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buehl

LOL! It took me a while to figure it out as well...my 13-yo son told me how.

You user HTML codes surrounded by angle brackets ()

You put a "beginning" code where you want the format (Underline, etc.) to start and an "ending" code where you want it to end. The "ending code is the same as the beginning code except you precede it by a slash (/)

Some Codes are:

Bold: strong
Underline: u
Italic: i
Superscript: sup

The following are included in the "font" code:
Color: color = "name of the color, e.g., red, blue, etc.
Font: face = "name of the font e.g., arial"
Size: size = "how much smaller/bigger than normal e.g, -1, +2"

Some examples. Note: take out the space between the bracket and the code. I had to put them in so it would show up instead of using the code!

Bold....gives you...Bold
Underline....gives you...Underline
Italic....gives you...Italic
Blue....gives you...Blue
Arial....gives you...Arial
Larger....gives you...Larger
Arial in red....gives you...Arial in red

I hope this isn't too "tech-y".....

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 5:33PM
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ellene613

Before the words you want in bold type (but leave out the spaces) and when finished type .

Italics are the same but with the letter "i".

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 5:33PM
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starpooh

Hey buehl - do you mind if I copy your explanation into the FAQ?
Or I can give you a userid and you can type it in yourself :-)

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 5:36PM
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dawn_t

Hi,
If you want to use italics on part of a message, start with and end with

No spaces in between

Bold is the same except use a b instead of an i

Use them together to both bold and italicize a segment

HTH,
Dawn

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 5:38PM
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dawn_t

Man, I type slow!
Sorry about the duplicate reply :(

Dawn

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 5:40PM
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blindstar

Welcome to the world of HTML! HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) allowes you to tell the browser to do all kinds of interesting things. For example, if you want something to appear bold you "mark up the text" by placing a tag before and after the section you want to bold. It is difficult to explain further because if I give you an example you will not see the tags because the browser will not display the tag, it will do what ever the tag tells it to do (i.e. bold the following text). You can display the code for this page and see what I am doing and/or check out this link for more information.

Here is a link that might be useful: HTML Sytax

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 5:43PM
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debo_2006

You guys ROCK!!!! Thanks so much...I should have figured that one out on my own being that I just took an HTML course. Dah!

Starpooh, I think that's a great idea to put the index on the FAQ page. I'm sure many people were/are just as curious. Now we all know.

Deb

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 5:59PM
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zelmar

WOW

I love it...

thanks for asking about it, debi 2006

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 6:10PM
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jillypie

wowee

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 6:19PM
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paulines

Huh???????????

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 6:24PM
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buffettgirl

Testing testingTesting Larger 123

would be (remove the **)

Testing testingTesting Larger 123

strangly the doesn't work here which would allow us to display code for you...must be deprecated.

Don't forget you can also use insert quote here to quote someone, which will indent the text a bit and make it stand out. someone said something in a previous post that I want to quote

However, if GW had a decent message board we wouldn't have to go through all this. This is like message board version 2000...not 2008.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 6:44PM
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donna214

VERY COOL!!!

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 7:39PM
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napagirl

Wonderful thread!
Lets try "bumping" this to keep it on the first page for a while (like FAQ) so more people can see it.

Whoopi .... it worked (don't ask how long it took) !

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 8:20PM
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claybabe

I feel so COOL!

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 8:52PM
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amck2

Thanks for asking this, and may I ask, is there another way to "bump" aside from responding? My tech skills are lowest of the low. I'm hoping this thread is around for a while so I can work with it.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 9:42PM
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buffettgirl

nope, bumping appears to be only possible if someone replies...

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 9:46PM
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beatrix_in_canada

I also use HTML to insert my photos that are somewhere else in the internet:

[img src="url of picture"]
use in place of the brackets

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 10:55PM
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amck2

buffetgirl - Thanks! I guess I will give this another bump before heading to bed!

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 11:45PM
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mitchdesj

wow

more wow

thanks for the instructions, I always wanted to do this !!!!

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 5:50AM
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mitchdesj

I'm going to copy and paste these instructions in a summarized form and print them out so I can keep them at hand for future reference; I need to practice the colors.

I would suggest you all do this because a thread drops down rapidly on this forum, lol....

(all I can manage is bold for now !!)

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 6:00AM
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paulines

Thankyousomuch

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 6:22AM
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paulines

LOL, my thanks were supposed to be in technicolor ~ I'm hopeless.

(back to playing with the dinosaurs for me)

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 6:28AM
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patches_02

Or you can use cod-o matik and it does it for you

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 8:41AM
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kbmas0n

okay...my turn.

Hey Diddle Diddle
The cat & the fiddle
the cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such a sport
and the dish ran away with the spoon

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 10:35AM
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starpooh

Pauline - You almost had it! You missed the blank between font and color.
This is how you coded it:
Thankyousomuch

This is how it should have looked:
Thankyousomuch
===> translates as
Thankyousomuch

You might want some blanks between the words, too!
Thank you so much
===> translates as
Thank you so much

*** Remember, as buffetgirl stated, remove the asterisks inside the and tags!

Q: How could I tell what Pauline had coded? I viewed the page source and found Pauline's post.
In your browser:
~ for Mozilla: Click View => Page Source
~ for IE: click View => Source
Then use Edit => Find.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 10:49AM
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buffettgirl

You can change fonts too. ;)

Arial font
Comic Sans MS
Fantasy - will be whatever your browser says is the default fantasy font
tahoma

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 11:05AM
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patches_02

This is neat!

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 11:12AM
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starpooh

I downloaded a version of "cod-o matik" but couldn't get it to run. So I searched around for an online version and came up with this:
Easy HTML Tag Generator.
It's a WYSIWYG editor ("What You See Is What You Get") that allows you to easily generate html code. It's used on many websites these days (including the Forum FAQ site), so it may be advantageous to learn!

There are alot of fancy things it can do, but these are the basics:
1. Type your text
2. Highlight an area of text and select an appropriate button:

  • Bold text: Click the bold B button. Click again to turn off.
  • Italic text: Click the italics I button. Click again to turn off.
  • Colored text: Click the downward arrow to the right of the large A. Select a color.
  • Highlight Background text: Click the downward arrow to the right of the highlighter with the yellow "ab". Select a color.

3. To view the html: Click the HTML button
4. Copy and paste the html into your forum post.

Give it a try! It's fun to "play" with!

Here is a link that might be useful: Easy HTML Tag Generator

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 12:05PM
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plllog

Cool! Thanks, Starpooh!

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 12:23PM
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starpooh

This image might make it easier to find the buttons in the HTML Tag Generator:

btw... I didn't include the underscore because it's not good to underline text on the web.. folks assume anything underlined is a link and will try to click on it. :-)

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 12:23PM
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amck2

Thanks, Starpooh! I copied, pasted and printed out the message above for reference. Bump!

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 12:23PM
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debo_2006

Okay, I'll give it a try. Yep, it's working, but taking me a long time to code. It's fun though.

Glad everyone is enjoying this post. Okay, I'm done playing.

Question: Anyone know how to add lists using bullets?

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 1:09PM
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plllog

Debi, It's unordered list. Everything with a bullet gets it's own list item code:

<ul>
<li>item 1</li>
<li>item 2</li>
<li>item 3</li>
<li>item 4</li>
</ul>

gives:

  • item 1

  • item 2

  • item 3

  • item 4

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 2:17PM
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debo_2006

plllog much appreciated
thanks

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 2:27PM
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kbmas0n

Wow. This is ridiculously slow...and fun.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 2:52PM
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buffettgirl

you can do ordered lists

<ol>

<li>item 1</li>
<li>item 2</li>
<li>item 3</li>
<li>item 4</li>
</ol>

gives

  1. item 1

  2. item 2

  3. item 3

  4. item 4

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 3:13PM
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logic

What would really be cool is if IVillage brought this board into the 21st century, allowing posters the options mentioned above, without having to use HTML code. :-)

I wonder what they are waiting forÂ

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 4:21PM
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buffettgirl

What would really be cool is if IVillage brought this board into the 21st century, allowing posters the options mentioned above, without having to use HTML code. :-)

yeah that was my same thought...... you can't easily find old discussions, you can't easily find threads you've posted in, you can't easily follow a thread and see when something new has been posted. It's just so outdated. It's beyond funny.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 4:48PM
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paulines

starpooh, you're a peach !

Thank you all for your help!

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 5:20PM
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plllog

Well, you can get a free bulletin board that has fora, topics, moderator privileges, stickies, and uses BB codes (with buttons) and clickable smilies, on Runboard.com.... You can customize the CSS or use their templates. Did I mention, it's free? (With ads, natch.)

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 6:45PM
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buffettgirl

gag...runboard....gag..

a company the size of ivillage has plenty of options for built in message boards. On ivillage's main website they have better boards then here already (but even those are pretty crap). Given the fact that they're already serving up plenty of ads which we all view and effectively pay for the site, they should make it work a bit better for us.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 7:22PM
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buffettgirl

gag...runboard....gag..

a company the size of ivillage has plenty of options for built in message boards. On ivillage's main website they have better boards then here already (but even those are pretty crap). Given the fact that they're already serving up plenty of ads which we all view and effectively pay for the site, they should make it work a bit better for us.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 7:23PM
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plllog

Well, duh :D That's what I was getting at. Runboard has full featured bulletin boards that the hoi polloi can have free for the asking. It's not exactly unheard of code. I've noticed that most communications companies have inferior bulletin board software. GW is the worst :) I think it's weird that they can't even invest in what Runboard is giving away :) Makes 'em look bad.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 7:54PM
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weed30

Here's a tip for all you HTML teachers - instead of showing the code with spaces or asterisks and telling people to remove the spaces or asterisks, you can show the actual code you're wanting to show by using the HTML 'example' command. It is xmp. So you putat the beginning, and /xmp> at the end. Cool, eh?

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 8:22PM
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kitchenkelly

I think we all added a few brain cells today!color=purple>

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 8:31PM
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buffettgirl

oh Plllog. I couldn't tell if you were seriously suggesting runboard. ROFL. my bad.

weed - thank you!! doesn't work to display code so I'm glad does.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 8:38PM
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plllog

ROFL too, Buffettgirl at your imagery. I had visions of you spitting chips and jumpers as you gagged on Runboard :) Sometimes I forget where I am and say wry things without the smilies. :) I over use smilies to try to keep myself out of trouble :)

Thanks, Weed! And there are also ampersand codes :)

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 8:46PM
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buffettgirl

oh I'm glad I'm not the only one who tries hard to overuse smilies because dry humor is so hard to convey while typing. frankly, I suck at it. :) so I try to LOL and ;) a lot. Just so everyone knows that half of what I'm saying, I'm laughing while typing it. ...

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 9:14PM
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starpooh

Thank you Weed! Yes that's VERY cool!
This place is truly amazing. Even the teachers can learn new tips. :-)

    Bookmark   January 25, 2008 at 8:38AM
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wisrose

bump

    Bookmark   January 26, 2008 at 11:42PM
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buehl

Starpooh---I haven't read all the posts, but if you still want what I typed, feel free to use it...or I can add it if you'd rather.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2008 at 12:42AM
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antiquesilver

BUMP

    Bookmark   January 27, 2008 at 1:32AM
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wisrose

:-)

    Bookmark   January 27, 2008 at 7:57PM
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buffettgirl

bump to front page..

    Bookmark   January 28, 2008 at 8:36AM
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saskatchewan_girl

So how do insert a link within you sentence if you have more than one to add to the ?
TIA

    Bookmark   January 29, 2008 at 1:58PM
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buffettgirl

to add a link:The name of your link goes here
so this:
FKB
would display like this:
FKB

    Bookmark   January 29, 2008 at 3:30PM
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napagirl

Bumping ... to keep on first couple pages.

With 57 posts already, I really must take the time to copy more of these instructions.
Thank you to everyone who posted and gave their knowledge.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 4:47PM
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buehl

This is the template I use for inline links: Description

Replace Description with the description of your link
Replace http://www.XXX.html with the link

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 11:03PM
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napagirl

Thanks, Buehl ..... now if I just knew how to create a template! LOL

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 6:53PM
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nancyinmich

movin on up

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 11:03PM
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buehl

Napagirl, just copy the following into a Notepad file and save it.

Description

Then, when you need to use it, just open the Notepad file, copy the above line into your Message, and

  • Replace "http://www.XXX/"; with the link you wish to post and

  • Replace "Description" with the description of the link.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 5:32PM
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talley_sue_nyc

I post pics using TinyPics.com; I don't have to have a PhotoBucket account, or anything.

And I just cut and paste the URL; all the coding is done automatically.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 6:17PM
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brutuses

Thanks, I wanted to know that stuff too.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 7:05PM
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mnhockeymom

you guys all ROCK! I have to admit I've always looked at the "fancy" formatting in other GWer's posts and been so impressed while feeling woefully incapable!!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2008 at 11:17PM
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buehl

bump

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 10:19AM
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buehl

I remember many months ago that someone posted how to put animated smileys, etc. in messages but I can't find the post.

Does anyone know how to do this?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 10:26AM
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sheilaaus122

I don't know about the smileys, but thanks for bumping this one. I apparently was quite in need of a refresher!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 10:44AM
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napagirl

buehl, I'm going to show my total ignorance here, but where do I find a "Notepad file" so I can save your template?

I've looked under Edit, View, Tools & Help and can't find anything. I do remember seeing something like that once, when I was doing a lot of copy & paste in Word. I'm not very computer savy. Now that I'm retired there's no office staff to help me out, LOL.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2008 at 6:17AM
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buehl

Assuming you have a Windows system (as opposed to an Apple/Mac), click on your "Start" Menu and...

Start --> Programs --> Accessories --> Notepad

I created a shortcut on my Desktop for Notepad so I don't have to go through the "Start" menu each time. (To create a similar shortcut: Click & hold on Notepad and drag it to your Desktop)

    Bookmark   May 3, 2008 at 7:05AM
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clinresga

This was a huge help when I started to post so I'm bumping it again.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2008 at 8:44PM
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clinresga

bump

    Bookmark   June 9, 2008 at 7:58AM
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buehl

Anyone know how to insert smileys and animated images?

    Bookmark   June 9, 2008 at 12:19PM
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clinresga

bump

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 6:51PM
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clinresga

bump

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 2:46PM
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shelayne

BUMPEROO size=+3>color="purple">

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 10:09PM
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mamadadapaige

one more little nugget...

if you right click on this page, and choose "view source" it will open up the notepad for this page. you'd be stunned at how much code is involved in this one thread.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 11:13PM
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clinresga

bump

    Bookmark   August 23, 2008 at 12:56PM
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aliris19

I am just reeling at how helpful this is. Thank you all. I had no idea. I have a little hesitation learning such old stuff, but apparently it's always-fresh.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2010 at 1:09PM
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