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Wednesday, August 15 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

I received two more requests for money from the Nigerian Billionaire, but I won't post the messages. Both were rather sad tales. One guy was a victim of Nigerian scammers, and was looking to Esenam for help. Some people never learn, do they?

Yet another person wrote in to tell me my Harry Potter spoilers were wrong. No surprise that it's from an AOL account...

From: xxxxx@aol.com
Date: Aug 7, 2007 4:05 PM
Subject: about harry potter
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

where ever you got your information ill never know. you were so totally wrong... you couldn't have been MORE wrong.

The Sony music executive got a message at his MySpace profile. I'm not sure what this is all about...

Thank you for you kind comments about xxxxxxx at CD Baby.

It is very much appreciated.

So either the real Sony executive left a message, or someone else posing as him did.


Dedicated Geeks

If you had any doubts about the geekiness of BBspotters, I give you this...

From: Grace
Date: Aug 11, 2007 8:32 PM
Subject: just in case....
To: "briggsb@bbspot.com"

you ever need a picture of a girl with Pi to 10 places tattooed on her back.... (i just got it done :-D)

LOVE BBSPOT FOREVER!!

Pi Tattoo

Kris, a dedicated geek himself (but tattoo free), wrote in with his disappointment at our Top 11 Binary Digits list...

From: Kris
Date: Aug 8, 2007 11:25 AM
Subject: If only...
To: Brian Briggs <briggsb@bbspot.com>

If only the Binary Digits list were actually "Binary Numbers". You could then add the following: 11001001: the title of a ST:TNG episode featuring the species known as the "Binars" (seriously, I remember seeing this title, memorizing it years back) 101010: Douglas Adam's answer. (aka 42 base 10)

Another dedicated geek (but whose tattoo status is unknown) wrote in with a comment about one our Daily Spot Links about police officers in Thailand being forced to wear Hello Kitty armbands if they break the rules...

From: Ty
Date: Aug 10, 2007 1:00 PM
Subject: Mark of Shame
To: Brian Briggs <briggsb@bbspot.com>

You mean I get to break the rules AND wear Hello Kitty?!?

OMG this is better than PORN!

THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think someone's moving to Thailand soon.

I believe quoting Cryptonomicon puts you in the category of dedicated geek. This was in response to scientists thawing a very old bacteria, and my comment about them never watching any science fiction movies...

From: Stephen
Date: Aug 8, 2007 11:53 AM
Subject: 8 million year old bacteria? No problem
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

Hey, love the site,

If you don't know this Neal Stephenson quote you should:

Let's set the existence-of-god issue aside for a later volume, and just stipulate that in some way, self-replicating organisms came into existence on this planet and immediately began trying to get rid of each other, either by spamming their environments with rough copies of themselves, or by more direct means which hardly need to be belabored. Most of them failed, and their genetic legacy was erased from the universe forever, but a few found some way to survive and to propagate. After about three billion years of this sometimes zany, frequently tedious fugue of carnality and carnage, Godfrey Waterhouse IV was ..., by birthright, a stupendous badass, albeit in the somewhat narrow technical sense that he could trace his ancestry back up a long line of slightly less highly evolved stupendous badasses to that first self-replicating gizmo--which, given the number and variety of its descendants, might justifiably be described as the most stupendous badass of all time. Everyone and everything that wasn't a stupendous badass was dead.

It's from Cryptonomicon, the greatest geek book ever written.

Anyway, 8 million year old bacteria would last about five minutes against the stupendous badasses that live in normal drinking water...

If they try to in vade my fridge, that life expectancy will drop significantly.


Weekly Limerick

The winner of the 2003 and 2006 Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot. Seth also has a new book coming out that you should take a look at..

From: Seth

Karl Rove finally resigned from his post,
Making liberals glad that he's toast.
But this comes with a cost:
Now the nation has lost
The most white MC that we could boast.

 

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