Stating the Obvious turns five years old today….meaning that Michael was out there publishing good content on the Web before Suck. Before Suck. StO was one of the first sites I saw that really grabbed me by the neck and shook me around (and that was a good thing). Indeed, my first live Web site back in 1995 was *heavily* influenced by Stating the Obvious, as were many others at that time and afterwards. This may sound like a bit of over-exaggeration, but all of you people out there publishing tech- & culture-related content (I’m looking at you, webloggers) owe a small debt of gratitude to StO and Michael. So, Michael, thank you and congratulations.