30 December 2007

9 December 2007

Out of the Ordinary

BNN have been out and about at the V&A museum London and we stumble upon all things Crafty.

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Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft brings together the work of eight contemporary artists who place craft at the heart of their practice: Olu Amoda, Catherine Bertola, Annie Cattrell, Susan Collis, Naomi Filmer, Lu Shengzhong, Yoshihiro Suda and Anne Wilson.

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We were really liking the work of Nigerian creative Nerd Olu Amoda and his depiction of lagos using bits of metal such as nails.

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This is Lagos 2002

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Queen of the Night 2003

Other crafty folk we liked ...

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'I move from weaving, to sound, to glass, to video and collaborative practices very liberally, rather than being defined by a specific way of making.'

Using textile techniques such as lace making, crochet and knitting Chicago artist Anne Wilson and her team created these delights

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Topologies 2002

She also does video and sound installations
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Errant behaviours 2004

Catherine Bertola

'My work is about labour, investing time in a very ordinary material. I use daily domestic activities or chores such as vacuuming and dusting to make my work. The manual labour involved adds value to something that usually gets swept away.'

Bertola created a cutout of an existing wallpaper that used to be hung in the museum. With the use of the black patterned wallpaper and the contrasting white wall suggestively placed in corners to form a very striking 3d wall piece.

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Everything and Nothing 2007

We loved the V&A for showing how everyday Ordinary became a delight of beauty and the best thing it is all free.


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20 October 2007

Major pirate website shut down

Major pirate website shut down

Katie Allen
Friday October 19, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

The site allowed users to illegally download shows like Heroes

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One of the world's most-used pirate film websites has been closed after providing links to illegal versions of major Hollywood hits and TV shows.
The first closure of a major UK-based pirate site was also accompanied by raids and an arrest, the anti-piracy group Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) said today.

A 26-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested on Thursday in connection with offences relating to the facilitation of copyright infringement on the internet, Fact said.

Article continues

The arrest and the closure of the site - www.tv-links.co.uk - came during an operation by officers from Gloucestershire County Council trading standards in conjunction with investigators from Fact and Gloucestershire Police.

Fact claims that tv-links.co.uk was providing links to illegal film content that had been camcorder recorded from cinemas and then uploaded to the internet. The site also provided links to TV shows that were being illegally distributed.

Visitors to the site could get access to major feature films, sometimes within days of their initial cinema release. Recent links took users to illegal versions of the Disney/Pixar animation sensation Ratatouille as well as to most of this summer's blockbusters.

"Sites such as TV Links contribute to and profit from copyright infringement by identifying, posting, organising, and indexing links to infringing content found on the internet that users can then view on demand by visiting these illegal sites," said a spokesman for Fact.

The group's director general Kieron Sharp said TV Links was the first major target in a campaign to crackdown on web piracy.

"The theft and distribution of films harms the livelihoods of those working in the UK film industry and in ancillary industries, as well as damaging the economy," he said.

Roger Marles, from Trading Standards said sites such as TV Links allowed people to break UK copyright law.

"The 'users' are potentially evading licence fees, subscription fees to digital services or the cost of purchase or admittance to cinemas to view the films," he added.

The British Video Association estimates that at least £459m was lost to the video, film and TV industries due to piracy in 2006.

13 October 2007


We've just heard the best free download mixtape ever..EVER you hear! It includes original tracks mixed with their sampled dopplegangers. For example see our blog below "Aretha Franklin- One Step Ahead".

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Track list:
01 - The Light - feat. Bobby Caldwell, Common
02 - Daytona 500 - feat. Bob James, Ghostface
03 - Cant Knock the Hustle - feat. Marcus Miller, Jay-Z
04 - Luchini - feat. Dynasty, Camp Lo
05 - Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See - feat. Seals and Croft, Busta Rhymes
06 - Get Money - feat. Sylvia Striplin, Junior Mafia
07 - Smooth Operator - feat. The Honey Drippers, Big Daddy Kane, Nas
08 - Sock it to Me - feat. The Delphonics, Missy Elliot
09 - Ms Fat Booty - feat. Aretha Franlkin, Mos Def
10 - Bonnie & Shyne - feat. Grace Jones, Shyne
11 - The Truth - feat. Harvey Mandel, Pharoahe Monch, Common, Talib Kweli
12 - Can I kick It - feat. Lou Reed, A Tribe Called Quest
13 - Memories Live - feat. Soft Machine, Reflection Eternal

For download click the link then go to LIFESTYLE and download: 90minutemaxelltapes

Bought to you by those generous peeps at IHMDJ! "I Hate My Day Job" they got some funky tees too (dont be shocked by the home page LOL!):http://www.ihmdj.com/index.html

12 October 2007

Ghetto Blaster

Its amazing what a Nerd can find in Spitalfields market!

This one is a shout out to all you B boys and girls..HOLLA!

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10 October 2007

Bnn gold..

Bnn gold

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The fro!

The beautiful art of AFRO coiffeur.

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9 October 2007

Aretha Franklin- One Step Ahead

This is the track that mos def samples on his track Ms FAT BOOTY!!.......STUNNING!(see below)

Mos Def - Ms Fat Booty

17 September 2007


Nerd gear

Big up Sly !! Fully fledged member of the BNN Family.
If you've got any pics reppin BNN send them in. Info@blacknerdsnetwork.com

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6 September 2007

Bnn asks... mf doom or mos def?

Bnn asks...
mf doom or mos def?

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Evian Cafun:
mf doom is more interesting
Niinoi Bossman:
Melissa Martin:
MF Doom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bosola. Ajenifuja:
Mos def, I personally find him more accessible and he does movies not just music for heavens sakes the guy was in a hitch hikers guide to the galaxy!
Yemi Black:
I will have to say Mos Def.
Peter Benhene-ocrah:
Mos Def
Oyindamola Fakeye:
Def, its his swagger!
Warsan Shire:
I just saw them both perform at rock the bells california..and although DOOM is unexplainably gifted and takes HipHop lyrically to very imaginative places..MOS DEF has to be the choice, i heard travellin man when i was 13 yrs old, been in love ever since.
Kimberly Trusty:
I have to go with MF Doom, partially because he's getting no love here. He wears a mask. He references 70's & 80's cartoons. He has a song called "Accordion". I love accordions...
Natalie Danielle Marshall:
in some sense though, like Mr. Molit said, don't you think they are in two different leagues within the 'sub-genre' that they're placed in? In terms of 'acessibility' it is Mos, but Doom is good... but for me it is Mos...
Ada Iye:
def.. because i have no idea who doom is... *blushes*
Alex Moitt:
Looks like I'm in the minority with this choice but it has to be MF Doom. Mos Def is cool but Doom's really in a different league and Mos Def's last two albums weren't doing anyhting for me.
Radha Blank:
Mos....no question he's lyrically gifted but 'panties' was a bliss
Richard Applewaithe:
I gotta go with Mos espescially the early stuff with sean j period. If ya can huh you can hear all those tunes.
Richard Applewaithe:
I gotta go with Mos espescially the early stuff with sean j period. If ya can huh you can hear all those tunes.
Rana Emerson:
It's Mos. Cause he's soooo pretty! *runs and hides*
Natalie Danielle Marshall:
the mighty mos, black dante...
Kofi Acheampong:
Has to be doom "aqua teen hunger force!"

Hotly debated. According to this Mos def is ahead?

25 August 2007

Notting Hill carnival

Now that Grenada, Antigua Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent, Trinidad carnivals are out of the way London It's WE TIME.

In the beginning....

Claudia Jones the mother of Notting hill carnival

Perhaps this is the clue to Claudia Jones's role in the evolution of Carnival. Deported from America in the mid 1950's Claudia was sent to Britain, rather than to her native Trinidad where she had lived the first 8 years of her life. Her non stop advocacy for Human rights, her prominence in a range of organisations that challenged inequality in the status quo (and particularly her membership of the Communist Party) made her 'a live and present danger' to the American state.   After a year's imprisonment she was deported to England, the Mother Country of the colonized West Indian people.

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Along with activists such as Amy Ashwood-Garvey (the wife of Marcus), Jones was central in defending London's black community. Understanding the unifying power of Carnival, she suggested London needed a similar festival.

The first indoor Carnival, held at the St Pancreas Town Hall in January 1959, was a masterstroke of Claudia's genius. Always aware of the power of Art and Culture to influence change, Claudia sought to reverse the disesteem, loneliness and alienation of Black people in Britain, people like herself who time and circumstance had washed up on foreign shores, far from their roots and origins. It was a response to the depressing state of race relations at the time; the UK's first widespread racial attacks (the Notting Hill race riots) had occurred the previous year.

In Notting Hill, the violence was especially vicious. A young West Indian carpenter named Kelso Cochrane was murdered there by six white youths.

Notting Hill Riot Special

ITN News, 5 September, 1958

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In her childhood in Trinidad she had seen the power of Carnival to knit the many strands of a hugely diverse society in mass celebration. Here in England Carnival could become a double edged sword, redeeming the pride of Black immigrants, while extending the hand of friendship to a 'stiff necked people', uneducated and misinformed about the culture of the darker races. As in its Caribbean roots, Carnival would embrace protest within Celebration, and replace conflict with understanding. It would express liberty and equality through its rituals of masquerade. Hers was a deeply humanising mission.

Rhaune Laslett. Laslett, who lived in Notting Hill, knew nothing of Jones or the carnivals when she spoke to the local police about organising a carnival early in 1965. With more of an English fete in mind, she invited the various ethnic groups of what was then the poor area of Notting Hill - Ukranians, Spanish, Portuguese, Irish, Caribbeans and Africans - to contribute to a week-long event that would culminate with an August bank holiday parade. Her motivation was "to prove that from our ghetto there was a wealth of culture waiting to express itself, that we weren't rubbish people".

Steel band player Russ Henderson was among those roped in. Laslett's partner, Jim O'Brien, knew him from the Colherne pub in Earl's Court - a favoured West Indian hang-out - and Henderson had played at the first event in St Pancras organised by Jones. At the Notting Hill event, he was playing alongside a donkey cart and a clown, and he felt things were getting flat. "I said, 'We got to do something to make this thing come alive.' " Henderson, , decided to walk his steel band to the top of the street and back.  "People would ask, 'How far are you going?' and we'd say, 'Just back to Acklam Road' and they would come a little way with their shopping, then peel off and someone else would join in. There was no route, really - if you saw a bus coming, you just went another way."

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By 1976 Notting hill carnival had changed . By that stage it had become a Caribbean event - the by-product of Jones's racial militancy and Laslett's community activism - complete with bands and costumes.

Black young people made their first massive and significant appearance at the Notting Hill Carnival in 1975, when for young people reggae was the idiom of cultural and social expression.

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The Carnival organisers sought to accommodate this by installing sound systems playing reggae along the route of the procession as well as under the A40 fly-over. This cultural phenomenon became the heartbeat of carnival. According to police figures, carnival was attracting 150,000 people. It was also the first time most remember an imposing police presence.

In the following year of 1976, the riot took most people by surprise. "I just remember seeing these bottles flying," says Michael La Rose, head of the Association for a People's Carnival, which aims to protect and promote carnival's community roots; he describes it as like watching a relentless parade of salmon leaping upstream. The police were ill-equipped and ill-prepared. Defending themselves with dustbin lids and milk crates, they were also outmanoeuvred. "That whole experience made the police very sore," one policeman says. "They had taken a beating and were determined that it would not happen again, so when the next one came about, there was some desire for revenge."

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From then on, thanks largely to the press, carnival moved from being a story about culture to one about crime and race. For years after, carnival stories would come with a picture of policemen either in hospital after being attacked or in an awkward embrace with a black, female reveller in full costume. Calls were made for the notting hill carnival to be banned.

As lord kitchener sang "The road made to walk on Carnival Day " and so we did. Notting hill carnival has become the biggest street party in Europe attracting over a 1,000 000 people the 3 days.


Carnival tradition is based on these five elements. Together they give us the sounds and spectacular visuals that complete any carnival experience.

 The 'Five Disciplines of Carnival' are:


Mas Bands (Mas is short for Masquerade) or Costume Bands is one of the five diciplines of Carnival. The competition for best Mas on the Road is hotly contested. On Carnival Monday the bands compete along the route and hope to pick up points as they pass the judgeing point.

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Notting Hill Carnival is the largest event showcasing the music and culture of Steelpan. The sound of Steelpan   arrived in ..:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />London in the early 50's when the Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra came to celebrate the Festival of Britain. Steelband, as a twentieth century art-form grew side by side in popularity with Calypso. The Best  Steelband is decided on Saturday at the annual panorama competition.

Mangrove steel Orchestra at panorama


Static Sound Systems have become an integral part of Notting Hill Carnival with the sounds of reggae, roots, soca, calypso and hip hop. There are around fifty Sound Systems that can be found on most roads within the route.

Rapage sound system




4. Carnival Floats
There are about 100 floats that participate over the two days of Carnival. Carnival costumes, colours and sounds including steel pan, Calypso and Soca Sound Systems travel the route, taking up to 8 hours.

Carnival Sunday Pure Lime Chocolate 06

Cocoyea Notting Hill Carnival Sunday 2006 Part 2

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Re- Specs Bnn Family

7 August 2007

11 June 2007

Police gone

Mr jones

Keziah Jones

Rhythm is love..."colour is lust because all of the sexual things we do in my mind trust you to make them all colourful" Nuff said!


30 May 2007

Nerd culture: Quest for the ultimate pocket protector

Nerd culture: Quest for the ultimate pocket protector

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There's not much to nerd culture, really. Pocket protectors, high-water cuffs, high SAT scores, the attitude.
I do a lot of writing, and if you see me in public, chances are that I'll be wearing my Nerd Pack (pocket protector), complete with five writing instruments. I really do feel naked without it.
I believe that writing instruments have a strong effect on the style and legibility of handwriting, so over the years I've always had a serious tool fetish for pens and pencils. I've refined my choices over decades, and here are my current favorites.

Slot 1: Main pen
Faber-Castell technical pen with #1 (0.35mm) drawing cone. Completely unavailable in the USA; I was fortunate to get a supply from a friend in Austria. The American version, the Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph, is greatly inferior; it's hard to start, it tends to clog, and the ink reservoir is way too small.
The only really critical ingredient is the ink: Pelikan FountIndia. A friend of mine who uses this ink to make biological specimen labels says it is indelible even after several decades of immersion in alcohol. This system writes on any kind of paper, even through skin oils, and makes for a very clean line. This ink is not easy to find. I had to order mine specially through an art supply store.
When traveling, altitude changes tend to make any technical pen leak. On trips I generally leave the Castell at home in favor of a Pilot VBall Grip Extra Fine in black. It's not perfect, as it tends to skip sometimes on paper that has been in contact with skin oils. Short of wearing cotton gloves when writing, how can one avoid this problem?

Slot 2: Pencil
Faber-Castell TK-Fine Vario L 0.5mm automatic pencil. Although this is a bit pricey at nearly $20, I love it—it's a fine instrument. Good feel, holds a ton of lead, and although the eraser is not that large, it's easy to crank out and in and comes in a two-inch refill. Has a hard/soft control that enables or disables a spring to prevent lead breakage under pressure. Thanks to my colleague Alan Contreras for recommending this. Available from Levenger.com.
I used to favor a terrific, cost-effective American product, the Scripto P200 automatic pencil. These were cheap (under $2 single quantity, cheaper by the dozen) and also had a huge eraser with nothing covering it, and a spring to prevent lead breakage. They also had a 0.5mm cleaning wire inside which was very handy for clearing jams. Unfortunately, Scripto seems to have gone away.
I'm also hooked on Staedtler-Mars Plastic erasers (526 50), and the Pentel Clic Eraser ZE-21. They are the only thing I've used that erases really thoroughly on National engineering pads. However, generally my pencil's built-in eraser can handle minor corrections, so I tend to keep one of each wherever I do a lot of design work, rather than carrying them around all the time---who wants to carry all that junk around?

Slot 3: Backup pen
I need a backup pen because (a) fountain pens are cantankerous, (b) they won't work on multi-part forms, and (c) the ink can bleed through some kinds of paper. My current favorite for this slot is the Pilot G-2 gel 0.5mm in blue (which also gives me another color choice over the basic black ink). This gives a nice fine line.

Slot 4: Correction pen
The main function of this pen is marking corrections, especially on program listings. I want red because it's hard to miss, and also traditional for marking homework. Currently a 0.7mm Sarasa gel pen.

Slot 5: Sharpie
In black. Writes on anything---glass, film, CDs, bathroom walls, food wrap, plastic bags. Good for making posters or leaving notes where a smaller line might get ignored. Utterly indispensable. Even though I might use it only two or three times a month, at those times nothing else will do.

The pocket protector itself
Since I first put this page up, several people have written me asking where I get my pocket protectors. The ones I'm using now are cheap and vinyl and I have to change them out every month or three because they wear out or develop holes. I usually reinforce the bottom with a rectangle about 1" x 3" cut from a plastic soda bottle, because the mechanical pencil's metal sleeve tends to punch through it otherwise.
Friends are working on experimental prototypes, one using leather, another thinking about titanium.
Any decent office supply store should carry this item. Here's the information from the ones my local office supply store has:
46502 Clear
Atlanta, GA 30324
Web: http://www.baumgartens.com
e-mail: 46502@baumgartens.com
Questions, comments?... Call 800-247-5547
Obligatory disclaimer: I have no financial interest in any of the companies named above. I just like their stuff.
We're not sure who wrote this?..but we like! Alot..Hehehe. BNN FAM

Ps. We also strongly suggest you ignore all of the above, all you need is a PEN, PENCIL and AFRO PIK. As demonstrated in our diagram above.

29 May 2007

Time to waste..

When i read the headline below i stupidly thought i would put this concept to the test....48hrs later, after watching the entire first season of HEROES back to back...I discovered 'quirky fantasies' do in fact 'hook geeks'!


Networks push quirky fantasies to hook the geeks

The BBC is believed to have paid at least £400,000 an episode for exclusive rights to the second series of Heroes, about a group of ordinary people who discover they have special powers, before the first airs on BBC2 next month.

Fantasy's in, comedy's out. That was the message last week, when the US networks announced their autumn schedules. Even though the previous season saw every network try and fail to manufacture their own 24, this year they were all pushing quirky fantasies intended to hook the geeks who flocked to NBC's hit, Heroes. Amid the morass of teen Grim Reapers (CW's Reaper), computer-brained slacker masterspies (NBC's Chuck), vampire cops (CBS's Moonlight), immortal cops (Fox's New Amsterdam) and do-gooding time travellers (NBC's Journeyman), the consensus points to three shows attracting at least initial interest. NBC's Bionic Woman reboot starring Michelle Ryan and Fox's sort-of Terminator prequel Sarah Connor Chronicles with Lena Headey both benefit from being brand names with built-in followings but, with their joint mixtures of tough chicks and robotics, also run the risk of cancelling each other out.

ABC's Pushing Daisies - about a magical baker who can briefly raise the dead with a touch of his finger - has accrued ecstatic advance word. Science fiction aficionados aside, the most hotly pursued audience is women, specifically women who still mourn the loss of Sex & The City and crave further doses of Grey's Anatomy. For the former, there's NBC's Candace Bushnell-created Lipstick Jungle and ABC's Darren Star-penned Cashmere Mafia which aren't in any way the same show. For Grey's addicts, there's the spin-off Private Practice, which follows Dr Addison to a new life of sexual embarrassment in Los Angeles. Private Practice is the closest thing this season has to a guaranteed hit but it wasn't the show that elicited the most heated response. That would be Cavemen, a sitcom based on a popular car insurance commercial that places cave dwellers in contemporary settings. While betting men predict cancellation before the first commercial break, don't be surprised, if next year, fantasy's out and prehistoric is in.

Owen Gibson, media correspondent
Saturday May 26, 2007
The Guardian

28 May 2007


A rare chance to take a look at our myspace inbox..Genius NERD like message from: "La mexica" (they call her)


....it's been a while since I last passed by your page!

I had a dream about the Black Nerds Network & thought I would share it with you....lol...!

BNN had an old Victorian building like an old school. The room we were in had the old tall, sash windows. The walls in the 'L' shaped room were brick, painted a brilliant white & the light in the room was beautifully, naturally bright.
All round the walls were heavy bookcases & we were all sat at round tables sipping tea quietly reading.

You, or the image you have on your profile, were stood at the pulpit in the room, quietly reading to yourself also!

We were all listening to Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson while the rain was beating down on the widow pane.

LOL....was this just a dream or a premonition? I had to go out & buy Gil Scott-Heron, Pieces of a Man 'cos I still can't get that dream out of my head!

Peace blessed love & unity X

Ps. We were listening to ' Pieces of a Man' as we read the message....HONEST!!(HEROES).

26 May 2007


BNN never get bored of Mos, Talib or Common!!!!!!

Talib kweli



The Corner

Mos def

Ghetto rock

Mos, Talib and Common


21 May 2007

Nerd likes...

BNN likes, Click on the Pics.


Links from the Far East..

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Miles Donovan

Founder of the Peep show collective..

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Nice Mags..

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Asher d Vs Stig

Stig kills Asher D..

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Ginger beards

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Red Universe

Weird and interactive..

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Hemmingway design


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16 May 2007

Tour de NERD

Hey you NERDS!!!!

Sorry for the long delay in releasing our NERD GEAR and WEBSITE. You would not
believe the problems we have encountered!

Anyways thats our problem not yours and as NERDS we love problems to

So in the meantime to keep you Loyal and BEAUTIFUL NERDS at bay we have a NERD
tour for your eyes to feast.

Please click on the photo or link below


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Ps. if you have signed up to info@blacknerdsnetwork.com you have already read/seen this(good init).