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Wednesday, October 26 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.


BBelievers

The BBC becomes a BBeliever of the Nigerian billionaire...

From: xxxxxx@bbc.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:25 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Esenam Ayele

Dear Brian Briggs

Is it possible to give me the contact details for Esenam Ayele. He sounds ideal for a programme on BBC World Service?

Thanks

Xxxxx Xxxxx
Producer - Outlook,

I tried to get some coverage for BBspot out of it, but I think he was too embarrassed to write back.

I think this is the first BBeliever we've gotten for the Universal Time Zone story...

From: xxxxxx@india.com
Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2005 6:54 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: universal time]

Dear Sir

We are people always discuss about timings bitween countries. comman universal timing will be good solution for it. We have make such chand in our system. we are also researching on Calander issue. we have some point on calender calculation. we like to know about universal timings.

Thanks and Regards

Nikhil
<phone number snipped>

Not sure if the BBelieving or the Engrish is funnier.

Another kind soul wants to help the FBI crack the code...

From: Alex
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2005 4:54 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: hi

>w3 ar3 l33t h4x0rs. J00 FB1 guy5 w1ll n3v3r c4+ch u5. J00 ar3 n0+
>k3w1 3n0ugh. 0ur h4x0r1ng w1ll d35troy j00. pH34r u5.

here is roughly wot this says:

we are the fleet hackers you fbi guys will never caught us you are not cool enough our hacking will distroy you. fear us

My name is Alex

i guess you must know this already

No, I didn't know your name was Alex


BBeliever Redux

One reader wants me to set up a fund for all of these Nigerian Billionaire BBelievers...

From: Rajesh
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2005 2:29 AM
To: bbriggs@bbspot.com
Subject: Bbeliever fund

Hi Brian

I read bbspot regularly, and I have noticed 2-3 bbelievers who seem in real need of help, like the single mother trying to raise 3 abused kids in Denver. Couldn't you set up some kind of fund for them, wherein people could donate online to aid them in their plight? Just a thought, and keep up the good work.

That would only be encouraging them.

From: najkl1
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:12 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Regarding the women's social club email

The woman from the social club in "Xxxxxx, Alabama" says that Ensenam Ayele should be sympathetic because he is also a "minority"... apparently it didn't occur to her that he isn't at all. He is black, the same as just about everyone else in Nigeria.

I thought you were going to say he was a "fictional character" like most Nigerians.


Google RTG

In a BBlog post I said that I had noticed several hits for searches on "Google RTG". A reader writes into explain...

From: Jonathan
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2005 6:50 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Google RTG

Thought you might be interested to know that the RTG mystery has been solved.

It is a typo from RTF.. i.e. rich text format (but you of course knew that)

Apologies if this has been pointed out before. TFA as they say in slashdot has been corrected to fix the typo.

And yes your blog is no. 1 for google rtg :).

Have I mentioned that I love Google?


Branching Out

One reader wonders if I'm trying to capitalize on the BBspot brand with some new products....

From: John
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 11:56 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: New Business Plan?

Hey Brian,

Hopefully the eye is getting better. Good luck and I hope it turns out alright.

By the way, when did you expand into the mobile market?

BBSpot is our new browser product, which allow the users to browse thousands of free webcam videochat picture galeries on the Internet.

Have a different babe when and where you want, just right in your pocket!

The application is able to request random babes or you can input your favorite ones, perform slideshows, view fullscreen images and navigate through the galeries. Good quality, performance and actualizations between 1 and 5 minutes when babes are online.

(SITES LINKED BELOW HAVE "NOT SAFE FOR WORK" CONTENT BROWSE AT YOUR OWN RISK)

Visit www.inhandsoft.com for more info.

http://www.getjar.com/products/3100/BBSpot

Needless to say a name change has been requested by me.


Branching Out

This next email restores my faith in the younger generation...

From: Mark
Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2005 10:23 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: cute link, but a better comment

http://www.patmedia.net/marklevinson/cool/cool_illusion.html

nice little illusion that was on college humor Saturday, but what made it better was when I showed it to my ten yr old girl, she said "neat, did you find that on bbspot?" Now tell me that she isn't going to be cool!

I can tell she'll be in AP classes, but I'll reserve judgment on the "cool" factor.

 


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