Hat tip to Olia Lialina--please see her article "The Vernacular Web 2" for a discussion of the Mac-influenced, high gloss trend in Web design. The image at the bottom came from searching Sigmar Polke in a utility called the "google image ripper," clicking the xxlarge setting. I doubt the checkerboard is Polke (Kelly? Richter?)--a lot of extraneous giant images come up when you search that way.