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Slow chutzpah

The intriguing web address eggfarkarch belongs to the more prosaic Seattle-based Eggleston Farkas Architects. They do quirky, really interesting buildings

But in the time it takes to download the images you could toast a dozen muffins by the fireside. OK a couple. To add insult to injury the home page starts off with a slide show. Happily it moves at a tolerable pace and the buildings are mostly worth looking at. Not that you have any choice.

The site starts up with a tiny 'loading' down the bottom left and the rolling percentage figure in even tinier type. The tinyness demonstrates (a) shame at the sorry download speed (b) the need to persuade visitors that something cool could just be coming up.

Some architectural sites with similar speed problems say Sod it, and do the rolling numbers really big. Or, as at Randy Brown Architects, half big. You almost admire the chutzpah. A bit like asking the condemned prisoner to nick out and buy his own bullet.

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