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Wednesday, May 16 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

Back in the early days of BBspot, I wrote a story about Metallica and Napster. It's still one of my favorite stories. This guy thinks the story gives me some sort of special knowledge about Metallica. Read this (if you can)...

From: Sean <xxxxxxxx@hotmail.com>
Date: May 10, 2007 4:47 PM
Subject: hey
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

lol today i decieded to start searching again, for a metallica song i heard fuck around 8 monthes ago atleast, it was on the radio and the guy playin it said heres a new metallica song blah blah i cant member name n shit, i loved the song.... like really loved, and i havent found anything about it not 1 word, i know im not retarded and i heard what i heard, since that day iv been looking for it, any word of a new album or anything, and havent found any traces, which bugs me, i emailed the radio station n asked n never got a reply, i was hoping maybe bcuz of the fact that u had that lil download this joke or w,e that was that maybe u might have heard something about it bcuz im still looking for that song and i know it was metallica, n new bcuz i had never heard it b4 and havent heard it since, all i remmeber about the song was and i quote from the radio guy " punky" the song talked about something to do with needles or something i think, i dunno hoping maybe u can shed some light on tihs, read the yu gi oh thing, fucking hilarious

Wow, who says IM and SMS are ruining our children's writing skills? This guy is the next Shakespeare. (The spellchecker almost exploded on this one)

Last week it was the Nigerian millionaire, this week it's the Sony music executive who is landing the BBelievers. These are from his MySpace profile..

THANX 4 THE AD...ARE YOU LOOKIN 4 A NEW SOLO ARTIST THATS READY 2 GO 2 THE TOP?

And...

Hi Mr Lack, How are you?

I was wondering if your not to busy, I would love you to check out xxxxxx www.myspace.com/xxxxxx

He has 4 songs on his page. One produced by keith and 2 done by xxxxxx on a very basic set at home. All songs were written by xxxxxx.

I think xxxxxx has a great talent and Iam hoping you can see it too.

We are both very hard working and have been working our butts of to make this dream come true. we are just hoping that someone will give us the opportunity show the world how talented he is.

I hope to hear from you soon if it's not to much trouble

I really don't think you want to hear from me, but I could be mistaken.

Before the "bury patrol" over at Digg got a hold of our story about Ubuntu doing the work for you, it got some BBelievers in the Digg Comments...

Honestly, I doubt theres going to be some magical pseudo-artificial intelligence software to write my code, play my games, do my homework and take a shit for me. If anything, I am thinking its going to be like Mac's workflows for Automator or something.

This guy is so very observant.


28 Years Later

The search for the origins of the 28 Weeks Later story continues. This week we go back even farther..

From: Rich
Date: May 9, 2007 2:23 AM
Subject: Re: 28 Years Later in this week's Mailbag
To: Brian Briggs <briggsb@bbspot.com>

Chris wrote: Well, actually 22 years ago, there was a movie called Warning Sign I never saw 28 Days Later, and don't intend to see the sequel, but it sure sounds like they were ripped off from Warning Sign. That's the movie you should recommend people rent.

Tell Chris "bah" from me. All of these stories are based on the novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, first published in 1954.

Sadly the first movie incarnation of I Am Legend (aka The Omega Man) was some mess with Charlton Heston and it will be given the Will Smith treatment later this year. Ho hum.

Eventually, we'll keep going back until we're at the true origins of horror: H. P. Lovecraft.


Wheel of Suck

In the BBlog, I said I was listening to the first book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Many BBspotters sent in opinions, but most of them followed this formula...

From: Maurice
Date: May 14, 2007 12:38 PM
Subject: Wheel of Time series
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

Enjoy books 1-8, because once Robert Jordan realized his story (and thus his source of income) was coming to an end, he decided to try and stretch the last book across 5 more novels. They get increasingly worse as they go on.

That being said, I thought books 1-8 were excellent and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. The thing that I liked about Jordan's Wheel of Time as opposed to the Lord of the Rings was the emphasis more on human interactions rather than pretentious rants about other races and chapters full of songs in Elvish. Jordan's world (if you discount the creatures and magic) really felt to me like it could have been a precursor to ours. It made it more tangible to me. But to each their own I guess. Good luck beating the kids.... er... metaphorically I mean.

The opinions varied on when the series started to suck, but they all were universal that it eventually started sucking. Right now I only plan on listening to the first, so I should be safe.


Spider-Man 3

A couple weeks back we did a Trailer Review of Spider-Man 3. One reader, saw the movie and offers this opinion...

From: Leonid
Date: May 11, 2007 10:02 PM
Subject: Spider-Man 3
To: Brian Briggs <briggsb@bbspot.com>

I just saw Spider-Man 3 and I have to say, your Trailer Review is wrong. That had got to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen, and I've seen ``Without a Paddle''. It is one of those movies that you have to watch because

a) It's Spider-Man, and
b) It's so bad

There is a 20-minute 70s scene, which, for a while, made me forget what movie I was even in. The acting was atrocious, and the plot line far from believable. What was the final straw, however, was the shot of him in front of the flag. In the movie, it came up completely unexpectedly, and ridiculously non-discretely.

Literally, the only good part of the movie, was the forming of Sandman. Some of the fighting wasn't bad, though it was far from good.

Just warning you.

The opinions aren't universally on suckage like the "Wheel of Time," so there's still a chance it's entertaining.


Weekly Limerick

The winner of the 2003 and 2006 Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot...

From: Seth

When the Pentagon gave the command
That YouTube and MySpace would be banned,

The web usage reverted
To things more perverted,
And typing with only one hand.

 

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