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Some guys I don’t know started a Web site called “Unvarnished”. It’s like a Yelp for reviewing people. But they didn’t buy this domain to go with their site’s name.  So if you are looking for, you will, not surprisingly, find this 9-year-old site instead of that other site.

Today, because of that other site’s publicity, “Unvarnished” is the #2 most searched term on Google.  My site has a sudden, shall we say, popularity.

To celebrate, I will be reviewing everyone on the Internet, starting today. Please leave your name if you’d like me to review you. I may not get to you right away, but unlike that other site, I do promise to say nice things about you. As long as you are, you know, nice or cute or both.

To the guy who runs that other site: I was at first a little disappointed to get 9,000% more traffic today than usual, not that it was shabby before—I do OK, you know.

But now that I do know why my site was cratering from heavy load, taking down me and all my clients, it’s kinda fun to have a big audience.  If I get a sitcom or talk show out of this, I’ll be sure to thank you profusely during my Emmy speech.



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