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Wednesday, April 14 12:00 AM EST

BBspot Mailbag

Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just simply amazing.

Believers

A couple of links to other sites with Believers on them...

From: Daniel Yokomiso
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2004 6:08 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: BBSpot article modded +4 Interesting on /.

Hi,

It was supposed to be funny but the /. moderators are too naive.

http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=103131&cid=8790370

I think it counts as a believer ;)

Yeah, it does.

Here's a discussion board poster who thinks that Maxwell Smart is the head of the CIA.

http://thedp.net/bb/index.php?showtopic=4103

Here's one where I was guilty of being a Believer...

From: Damion
Sent: Saturday, April 10, 2004 3:40 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Latest BBLooper

You've probably already been told this, but I'll add my name to the list; the page http://www.bbspot.com/News/2004/04/bbloopers_shampoo.html shows a British web page referring to Champagne as Shampoo. In the UK it is not uncommon for sad 'yuppie' types to refer to Champagne as Shampoo, probably because they begin with the same syllable. (Duh!)

It's still amusing, but not really an error as the writer probably intended to put 'shampoo' in there, in a sort of self-deprecating style. Doesn't make them any less of an idiot, though.

Hope this helps, Damion

He was right. Scads of shampoo drinking Brits informed me of my faux pas. I'll have to keep up with my British yuppy slang before posting any more BBloopers from the BBC.

The Punisher

Usually Trailer Reviews do not receive very much e-mail, but call a comic book movie bad AND also advertise for the movie and the Mailbag will fill up....

From: Tara
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2004 2:29 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Punisher review

I'm not going to rant at you or anything ridiculous, but the character of the Punisher is awesome. He's every downtrodden losers wet dream of lashing back out at those you deem "evil" and Frank Castle can do and you want him to.

Obviously, I'm a chick and an educated one with a good job and a normal life and everything. Definitely not your average comic book fan. I have been a Punisher fan for years and yes I am very excited about the movie.

The catch with the movie is that they have transplanted Frank to Florida and changed up the villains as well as his history. I'm fairly certain you are really concerned but this is who the Punisher really is click here.

You're right Frank Castle isn't a super hero and he doesn't wear spandex and he isn't supernatural in any way. He's filled with rage and despair and that can cause anyone to do things beyond the normal scope of reason and good sense.

My sense is the comic book is much better than the movie. I doubt there will be much character development, and that's really what The Punisher needs. Otherwise, he's just every other action character who wants revenge against the bad guys.

From: Kristian
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2004 7:22 AM
To: 'BBspot (briggsb@bbspot.com)'
Subject: Thanks again for the Trailer reviews

Many thanks for the trailer reviews in general, and the "Punisher" one in particular. Saves a lot of time not spent watching bad movies.

Now, if only I had listened when you reviewed "LXG" ...

Indeed!

Several reader wrote in with "BBloopers" about how I am advertising for The Punisher yet give it a negative review. It was not intentional. The Punisher was on the schedule to be reviewed before I knew about the ad campaign. I am certainly not going to give up my objectivity just, because somebody advertises here. One of the perks of being your own boss.

Poll Questions

One reader had a bit of trouble figuring out the chat abbreviations in this week's poll...

From: Randall
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2004 8:22 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Annoying chat abbreviations

OK, so I know what most most of these mean, but I hope that your next mailbag (or perhaps a BBlog entry) will explain some of them. In the meantime, I have some theories...

HDYLTL:
How Do You Like That, Loser.

WWYETWYCEC:
What, Were You Expecting That We'd Yell "Congratulations! Everyone Celebrate!"?And of course,

OMGWTFBBQ:
Oh My God! What the F*ck!? Brian Briggs, Quit!

Anyway, disregard the last acronym. Keep up the good work.

I apologize. I threw a couple in there just to confuse people. Here are what they stand for:

HDYLTL: Hey, do you like those lemurs?

WWYETWYCEC: Why would you eat tuna when you can eat chicken?

I'm not sure about you guys, but I use those all the time.

Nigerian Millionaires

Another reader has fun with the Nigerian scammers...

From: Joe
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2004 4:42 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: FW: URGENT, PLEASE HELP ME

While we're on the topic of African Millionaires, here was my response to a scam (or should I say S.C.A.M.?) e-mail I got.

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 11:26 AM
To: Nigerian Scammer
Subject: RE: URGENT, PLEASE HELP ME

Hello,

I have embedded a tracking worm within this e-mail. As you are reading it, it is sending a tracking signal so I now know your exact location. President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwean authorities have offered me a deal I could not refuse. They will give me 50% of your money for turning you in. There is nothing you can do now. As we speak, the Zimbabwean special forces are en route to your location. Within seconds, they will surround you and brutally kill you and your family. I hope you learn a lesson about trusting people you meet on the internet. Too bad you won't live long enough to take that lesson to heart. I for one won't shed one tear over your death, as it is highly profitable for me. If you have lived long enough to read this far, goodbye, naive fool.

Regards,
The Yellow Dart
Spy for the Zimbabwe World Supremacy Force

That's all for this week!

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