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Wednesday, February 14 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

It seems that BBelievers are bypassing me, and going straight to the source to get information from the Nigerian Billionaire...

My name is ******** how are you doing? Iread your profile. I just wanted to write to say hello. I am a 31 year old single mother to a dughter who is 5yr old. I am currently stationed at ********. I have been in the Army for the past 5 years trying to make a better life for myself and my daughter. I have been to Iraq once. I guess I am looking for a friend right now and see what happens with that. I am not married nor do I have a boyfriend. Love right now is over rated. Most people are looking for something more. I can't afford a broken heart. Anyways, if you would like to talk more please email me at **********@yahoo.com or call ***-***-**** remember I live in the USA. I am alaways home. OK, I must go cook now. Do you know how to cook fufu? I love island food and african food. If you have a reciepe please send it.

Nice. I'll have to change his title from Nigerian Billionaire to Ladies Man. She's not after his money, she just wants a friend. Or does she...

You say in your profile that you would like to help. Help who? Why? If you really want to help like you say. Then here is food for thought. Like I said I am a single mother and I want to get out of the Army. Only so I won't have to back to Iraq and leave my daughter. I really want to buy us a house. I just paid off over 30,000.00 dollars off my credit report to get my credit restored. I really need some help. 300,000.00 US Dollars would help me and my daughter get settled. I would get out of the Army and move to Iowa or some place in the country like a farm or something. Every dime I earn I put at least 200.00 away for her college fund. I know she is only 5years old now. If I go back over to Iraq again, there is no teling this time what would happen to me. I stay in the Army to support her. I don't know if this is just a game or a scam.

It happens to Esenam all the time. The ladies pretend to want him for his body, but all the time they're just looking at his wallet.

BBspotters are only encouraging these BBelievers by posting their stories of Esenam's generosity. Here's the most recent...

Dear Mr Ayele

I'd like to say a big thank you for your generous assistance.

I used to be a hospice nurse but all those whiney kids were driving me mad. Now, thanks to you, I've been able to leave and dance my way around the world.

One of the BBspotters who posted a comment about Esenam's generosity received a message from another MySpace user to see if it was true...

I just got a Esenam Ayele question from another myspace user, and I'd like you advice to see where to go with it.

From: http://www.myspace.com/xxxxxxxxxx

Body: Did you really get some money from Esenam Ayele .I was just wondering because i could sure use some money to get outta debt.this car I'm driving is falling apart..the passenger door is hanging on one hing so i don't know when that'll fall off. you can reply to my default email address and that is

xxxxxxxxxxxxx@charter.net

thank-you very much

So now I'm not the only one getting BBeliever messages about Esenam.

Here's another band trying to get the attention of a Sony Music executive...

Hi Mr. Lack, i'm in a group called the "********", were getting a pretty big buzz out here in Chicago, and really would love to be apart of the Sony Bmg family......please check us out, with the right grooming we could be the next big thing.....were young, we produce, and we are pretty good with the lyrics.

p.s. We have some stuff in the making that is pretty much the sound for 07 the stuff on the page is just the tip of the iceburg.

MUCH LUV "REPORTIN' FLY FROM THA CHI"

They weren't cute enough for the 13-year-old girl to reply. Not all MySpace commenters were fooled though. Some were hip to the game...

your 13

Dang, he totally burned me.


Ghost Rider II: Brian's Revenge

Many BBspotters wrote in with concern about a comment I made in my Ghost Rider Trailer Review...

From: Daniel
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 5:25 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Ghost rider review

I just read the review of the Ghost Rider trailer review. At the end of the article your write the following:

Conclusion on Movie: The only positive aspect about this movie is there won't be a Ghost Rider II. Avoid at all costs.

Can you please explain why you think there won't be a Ghost Rider II? Has the simple fact that a movie sucked ever prevented the Hollywood machine of spitting out a sequel? Remember Dumb & Dumber? And Dumb & Dumberer? or how about Deuce Bigalow?

Prepare to expect Ghost Rider II & III in 2008, resp. 2009...

While I realize the power of BBspot, I don't think the studios will make Ghost Rider II just to spite me (though I'd love if they did because it would be fun to write that Trailer Review). It is true that a movie sucking hasn't prevented Hollywood from making a sequel before. However, the main driver is the profit a film makes. The sequels mentioned above all were very cheap to make, and the original movies were profitable. With a price tag of $120 million, it is doubtful that Ghost Rider will pull in enough business to provide the profit motive for producing a sequel.

It won't prevent them from making more horrible comic book adaptations in hopes of striking it rich though.


Web Dreams

One reader got a bit concerned when reading this BBlog post...

From: Ross
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 4:44 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Misread

I had to read twice this paragraph in your BBlog:

"The 3:30 am wake-up call continues. Once again, I thought it was much later than it was, but it was still 3:30. This time I had the added bonus of a web dream right before I awoke. I was in my grandparent's old house with Kevin and Alex from Digg.com. They were running the site on some 80s-style boomboxes. Kevin was acting depressed so I cheered him up. Other stuff happened, but it was weird."

Let's just say that it takes on a whole new meaning when you misread the word "web."

I may love the traffic I get from a front page posting on Digg, but not that much.


Weekly Limerick

The winner of this year's Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot. I haven't decided where to put it yet, so this week's I'll put in the Mailbag...

From: Seth

Open source Linux desktops seem odd
As a project IBM would prod
,
But abandon those views.
It's the smart thing to choose,
Given howVista DRM's flawed.


That's all for this week!

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