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Wednesday, August 1 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

Let's start this week off with some BBelievers on Fark. Our story about CNN.com going to an all-ad format was posted to the front page. I know it's like shooting fish in a barrel over there, but still...

Why does this not surprise me? Oh...they've been doing it for years. I refuse to get cable. I work nights. When I'm awake, the majority of options are infomercials. What? I remember when having cable meant there were no ads. Now it's all ads.

Plenty more in the thread.

Last week, I posted some "spoilers" for Harry Potter, claiming I had an advanced copy of the book. I guess I shouldn't be surprised when someone wrote in with the actual spoilers...

From: Ben
Date: Jul 20, 2007 6:32 AM
Subject: harry potter
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

the version of harry potter you have read is in fact not real (unless you deliberately posted a misleading article on bb spot). <spoilers snipped>, the book your referring to was a fan fiction posted on the internet ages ago.

<snipped> dies, <snipped>, <snipped> dies, among others.

and the deathly hallows are <snipped>, you have spoiled the book for no one, but im not sure if it was your intention to post a fake misleading article

Yes, it was my intention to post fake spoilers. It's not like BBspot posts fake stuff ever. Thanks for ruining the book for me jerk! Another guy didn't realize what kind of site BBspot was either, and included one of the longest subject lines I've seen...

From: Sriram
Date: Jul 30, 2007 3:52 PM
Subject: Which book did you read to come up with the ugly ending of harry potter that has nothing to do with the real book?
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

Harry Potter and the Eighth Book of Wonder

I still get several bands a week trying to get in touch with the Sony music executive, but most aren't all that interesting. A typo in the next message makes this one stand out. See if you can find it...

My name is <snipped>,the networker/artist for <snipped>. Born and raised in Dallas,Tx. <snipped> has been raping/singing since an early age. Growing up in a church household, gave <snipped> the ability to showcase his talent through his faith. It wasnt until early 2002,that he realized that he had been blessed with a great vocal gift,and wanted to share that gift with the world. <snipped>

The jokes just write themselves on this one.


Harry Potter Redux

One BBspotter writes in with his opinion of the final Harry Potter book. There's no spoilers in the following post, but the structure, not the content, of the ending is discussed. Proceed at your own risk...

From: Matt
Date: Jul 30, 2007 3:15 PM
Subject: The Happy Mondays: HP7
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

"I finished the final Harry Potter over the weekend. Don't worry, I'm not putting any spoilers in this post. I enjoyed the book for what it was, not great literature, but an enjoyable story. Sure, I had some problems with it, but I didn't feel cheated at the end which for long series can be an issue."

My wife and I bought 2 copies of Deathly Hallows so that we wouldn't have to fight over it. We both finished it in 56 hours or less (I hate being the slower reader, but oh well...)

"I had some problems with it" > I wondered whether your problems with it were similar to mine...

Basically I was hoping for a significantly greater degree of catharsis in the denouement. My (not so) humble opinion is that she should have either

1) chucked the existing epilogue, and left the resolution *entirely* up to the reader's imagination or
2) written a 3 or 4 chapter conclusion. In all the previous books, there's some time at the end of the book to chew over what's just happened. With Deathly Hallows, it's not just the end of the book, it's the end of the series, so I felt the need to linger and meditate and process was *greater* than that of the previous books, not less. To be fair, I'm comparing Rowling's work to Tolkien's:

Sam: throw the ring into the fire Frodo!
Frodo: No!
Gollum: Fine! I'll make you.
Frodo: Ouch.
Gollum: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Sam: Whew!
Frodo: I'm glad your here with me, Sam.
Tolkien (to himself): you know, pelenor fields, many partings,
scouring of the shire, and grey havens are just Too Much Work. I think
i'll just end with "19 years later we find that they're all living
happily ever after


Weekly Limerick

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

From: Seth

Copyright vids on YouTube are through.
It soon won't be watched by me or you.
With restrictions that lame,
It'll need a new name:
Perhaps "NobodyTube" will ring true.

 

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