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graphic heavy, flash based sites, mutli-layered sites seem to be ignoring the reality: most surfers are still using modems. 56k with a subpar connection at that.
as designer its seems its our job to build with the slowest surfer in mind, not the fastest.
every site should load with a modem in less than 40-55 seconds.
I try to keep index pages below 20k including images and css...normally I'm not so worried once people are into the site...though fast is ALWAYS good 
 we used to do a version of the Bill Broonzy somg Key To The Highway in my first band back in 77-78...same number of verses as Eric Clapton did on the Layla album...he took around 6 minutes to do it...it took us a little over two and a half
IMO fast is cool :)