Look here birthday boy, as annoying as those pop-ups are, they keep the site going. You might have your own Invision Forum that is free but to run this site it costs you a lot of money. It is scary what it costs. Go to the vBulletin website to see the prices and you, and hopefully everyone, will understand why the pop-ups are necessary.
At least once a week we get a thread about pop-ups. We should have an Official Pop-up Rant thread to keep everyone happy.