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Wednesday, December 5 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 get right to the BBelievers this week...

From: xxxxxxx@gmail.com
Date: Dec 4, 2007 9:29 AM
Subject: Article
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

Is this really for real?!?!?

http://www.bbspot.com/News/2001/06/gates.html

Looks like AOL ran out of email addresses, and BBelievers have switched to gmail. I thought you were better than that Google.

Thanks to Nikolaj for finding this one. You'll need a Facebook account to see the whole thing. It's a Facebook group called "Fuck Dan Glickman." The genesis for the group is the BBspot story about the MPAA requiring regulations on home theaters. There are plenty of outraged comments in the group...

I do believe that this guy is a fucking son of a bitch communist. who does he think he is.

It's worth getting a Facebook account to see the rest.


B5

OK, here's the last word on season 5 of Babylon 5...

From: Kim
Date: Nov 28, 2007 11:39 AM
Subject: B5
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

You knew what you were going to get when you asked for more comments from B5 fans.

My husband and I love that show!

I'll tell you, yes, Season 5 isn't as good, on the whole, as the earlier seasons. However, I think it stems more from the Lord of the Rings structure which JMS was following. If you've read LotR (ignore the movies which skipped the ending of the books entirely), then you know that Tolkien takes the Hobbits back home and has them deal with the mess that is leftover from the big War. Same thing happens in B5. And like in LotR, it isn't as grand, heroic, etc. as the earlier stuff. And it is even sad at times; for instance, Frodo was a big hero but his own people don't get him and overlook him. Minor characters have suffered back home while our heroes were off on their journey; now we get to see the mess and the suffering of the innocents.

In B5, there are some great moments in Season 5, but it is an epilogue, dealing with how messy cleaning up after a war and rebuilding your society can be. It isn't always pleasant or heroic, but it is worthwhile.

Watch it. Enjoy it. Realize that it is a message about life. (or that it is just a show--but a well-written one). Don't expect Season 5 to be Season 3-4 quality, which is the high point.

Thanks for letting me get on my soapbox. I enjoy your site. Keep up the good work.


Blind Driving

Last week there was a legally blind BBeliever who wanted the Interstate Driver game we wrote about. Plenty of BBspotters wrote in with suggestions for the guy. I haven't heard back from him, but I forwarded all the suggestions...

From: Anand
Date: Dec 3, 2007 6:36 PM
Subject: Driving game for legally-blind BBeliever - seriously
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

He may enjoy this game:

http://www.busdrivergame.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg0R6C0W5MU

(I recalled that there was a Japanese bus driving arcade game online, and found this after a brief search. I haven't tried it.)

And...

From: Blaine
Date: Nov 28, 2007 9:15 AM
Subject: Big Rigs / Interstate Driver
To: Brian Briggs <briggsb@bbspot.com>

For your interstate driving legally blind reader, what about Big Rigs?

http://www.gamespot.com/pc/driving/bigrigsotrr/review.html

And...

From: Jamie
Date: Nov 28, 2007 5:02 AM
Subject: Test Drive Series?
To: Brian Briggs <briggsb@bbspot.com>

As far as a driving game where you can just drive anywhere is concerned, I remember playing Test Drive 3 as a kid and loving the fact that you didn't have to bother taking part in the race, and could just drive anywhere you wanted on the map.

The latest one, Test Drive Unlimited, looks like it might have some of the same features, and is on the Xbox.

 


The BBook of Geek

I announced the title of the BBook in the BBlog the other day. One BBspotter wrote in to show the unfortunate search result you get when you search for "The BBook of Geek" on Amazon.

From: William
Date: Nov 30, 2007 11:53 AM
Subject: BBook
To: Brian Briggs

funny result when you search the title on Amazon...

Hopefully, we'll change that soon.


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

Texas science directors are sinning
If they don't say that God's our beginning.
Now she's gone, problem solved.
How could man have evolved
From a chimp, if the chimps are still winning?

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