2001nov08. I just received an email message from my friend whos vacationing in Europe. He had to go through a strangely-named online mail service called Yahoo. At the end of his message there was an ad for Yahoo, a promotional consideration for the stamps (?) provided by another company, another ad to click here to join some weird cult and win, according to the mail message , COOL PRIZES, and an animated gif ad for an mp3 downloading service hosted by a growling cup of coffee. On top of all this, I finally did some half-hearted research on the Internet Bearer Underwriting Corporation and was disappointed to learn that funding has been almost non-existent. Selling dog food over the internet? That, that gets millions of dollars. But creating a foundation of digital cash that actually makes some sense, not like this penny a page nonsense? You get squat, so everyone gets four ads in their email.