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Wednesday, August 22 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 Sony music executive is still getting messages at his MySpace profile. Last week I posted, a message from a band who thanked him for posting a message about their band at CD Baby. He sent some follow up messages. I'll post all the messages...

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

It is very much appreciated.

He follows up with...

If you would like more material from xxxxxx,then you would have to supply us with a "Valid Address" (so we can run a check) and/or your valid email address at your "Sony Offices". (not MySpace links or anything else)

This is a security measure,so we can check that you are who you say you are.

We hope you understand.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

I reply with: " I'm sorry. I do not know who is leaving messages on CD Baby, but it is not me." Which is true, I haven't posted any messages about this band. He gets testy...

Could you PLEASE REMOVE the comment that you left on CD Baby page URL:

<snipped>

You HAVE left the comment,and if you fail to remove it ,you will be reported for "Fraudulent activity" to the appropriate bodies!

Oooh, I'm scared. The layer upon layer of stupidity and irony of this message is substantial. So, I go to the site and see that some BBspot fan has posted a message saying they are the Sony Music Exec with a link to the MySpace page. This guy obviously thinks everyone on the Internet is who they say they are.

Let's map this out:

Fake, fake Sony Music exec -> Fake Sony Music exec -> twelve-year-old girl -> Me

Next, I just need someone emailing me claiming to be the guy who posted the message, but who really isn't. I think some heads might explode then.


BBlog Comments

Many people wrote in with comments about my experience with Comcast. Here's one from somebody who obviously doesn't work at Comcast. You can tell, because he knows what he's talking about...

From: Christopher
Date: Aug 21, 2007 9:43 AM
Subject: Cable rant
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

The reason you had so much trouble (and I knew you were going to have this problem when I heard you say you used your laptop to configure everything) is that comcast binds mac addresses in the cable modem so that you can’t get more than one IP address at a time. In order to work around it all you had to do was hit the rest button on the cable modem (or unplugging the power and removing the battery pack do the same thing!) and voila the mac address in the cable modem is forgotten.Now the sad fact is that Comcast “Technical” support should know about this, but obviously they are just a bunch of morons. Why the HELL would they think swapping ends of the cable would frickin work? Where the hell do they hire these guys from!!!!!

One thing that delayed my solution to the problem was that I did remove the reset the cable modem this way, but this was before it was operating correctly. And yeah, you'd think the technical support people should've been able to tell me this.

One BBspotter writes in about my watching of Metropolis at double speed with an idea of his own...

From: Rick
Date: Aug 18, 2007 5:58 AM
Subject: Betting on the Metropolis
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

I find Star Trek TNG has to be watched at 1.5x or 2x speed. AND Cyberlink PowerDVD player (and others) will pitch bend the audio for you so Picard doesn't sound like a chipmunk.

I challenge you to watch 2 episodes at 1.5x speed (or 2x (an acquired taste)) then switch back to normal speed... You'll die of boredom.

This could revolutionize my entertainment consumption. Twice the shows in the same amount of time!


Apple iKoo

From: Scott
Date: Aug 15, 2007 2:16 PM
Subject: Apple iKoo
To: Brian Briggs

Description follows:
Spend all your money on this
shiny plastic turd.

Say to the world,
pretentious bastard here
with expensive toy.

Jobs is a rich man,
but he still needs your money
so buy one right now


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

As if running dog fights weren't enough,
Vick's now charged with dog-killing and stuff.

When the verdict comes through,
We hope Vick gets his due.
(I suggest that the sentence be Ruff!)

 

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