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Wednesday, August 10 12:00 AM ET

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

I can't blame this Believer for wanting to remove Internet Explorer...

From: Johannes
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 4:43 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Question following your article

Dear Mr Briggs,

I hope I can bother you with this question following your article of 19 January, below. Would you by any chance be able to refer me to a place where I can get hold of this version of MS AntiSpyware Tool that removes IE?

Never thought I'd get a Believer for the Overclocker Creates Rift in Space-Time Continuum article, but here we are ...

From: xxxxxxxx@bt.com
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2005 9:16 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Overclocker Creates Rift in Space-Time Continuum

Dear Mr. Briggs,

In relation to your article “Overclocker Creates Rift in Space-Time Continuum”, published by BBspot on 23 May 2005, can you please provide me with a reference to a published work that proves the reason (rift in space-time continuum) the particular over-clocked CPU was damaged?

Thanking you in advance.

Dr. xxxxxxxx

Isn't a BBspot article enough proof?

What is it with this Yu-Gi-Oh fans? Can't they just accept that Yu-Gi-Oh is a Pokemon rip-off?

From: Mariko
Sent: Friday, August 05, 2005 7:47 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: :P your yu-gi-oh movie trailer review

if you understood Yu-Gi-Oh, you would know that its nothing like Pokémon and its a lot better than most people make it out to be. I used to think the same thing, that it was a take off from Pokémon but its not at all, sure they both have monsters but that's about the only thing that's alike. Once I read some of the books, I loved it, and realized it was completely different. You should try to have a better understanding of a series before you try to put it down. =P

I'm losing faith in the youth of our world.

One reader wants the credit for Internet solitaire...

From: Nouba
Sent: Saturday, August 06, 2005 5:46 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Internet Solitaire Was My Idea!

I am so upset to read your news story about Microsoft doing an online version of Solitaire. The reason is that I came up with the exact same idea over a year ago! and I had even emailed microsoft about the idea. Now I find that they took my idea and ran! The idea came to be when I realized I was staring incessantly at a coworker playing solitaire and realized that there were probably people like me out there who enjoy that sort of thing. I searched the net but didn't find any sites taht offered that. So I decided to take things into my own hands and designed a format for online solitaire that include everything in your article plus I wanted to incorporate dramatic music into the game. The idea was that when you progressed to different stages of the game the music would get more heroic or more desperate depending on how you were doing. I was even going to make it possible for spectators to give applause. Now my heart is broken, this was going to be my big idea and "somehow" microsoft decides to just take it and run. Dissapointed Darrel.

I told him he should start preparing his lawsuit against Microsoft.

This woman is upset by her personal ad appearing on BBspot...

From: Svetlana
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2005 6:31 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Demand to remove my profile

To whom it may concern,

I recently came across my own profile on your www.bbspot.com site. This profile appears to be one that I put on the other site 2 years ago, I never put my profile on your site. Moreover, I cannot log in to your site and remove it. The email I know I used for another site where this profile could have come from, is not recognized by your system.

I demand that my profile, under SvLanochkla "Russian princess" be removed immediately.

Sincerely,

Svetlana

I don't have any control over what personals appear on BBspot, and can't remove them. Her e-mail was entertaining though.


Mailbags Revisited

The last Mailbag, we posted a Google Maps image of a swastika shaped building. A couple readers wrote in to let me know what that building was...

From: David S
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 1:09 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Nazi Hideout

Just want to make sure you also noticed where the Nazi's are hiding.

Thats the San Diego Naval Base.

Another reader wanted to comment on the long Esenam Ayele Believer last time...

From: Malte
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 4:31 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: longest esenam believer mail ever

Jeebus, that's a good one, temporal homophobia as direct result of a mild nervous breakdown.

Let's only hope she didn't work as bartender in a gay bar after that.

No, wait - that was some three years after her homophobic surge, which ebbed away after 1 1/2 years, so she might have been able to cope again.

Just where were all those weirdos before the Internet?

Several readers wrote in to inform me where the plot of The Island came from...

From: Layne
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2005 3:20 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Trailer Review: The Island & Parts: The Clonus Horror

I thought there was something familiar about the plot to The Island. As many of your avid Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans might remember, (okay maybe just me), The Island sounds exactly like the 1979 Peter Graves stink-o "Parts: The Clonus Horror". Now only if Joel, Mike and the bots could have gotten the rights to a Michael Bay flick...

Great site, keep up the good work.


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