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Wednesday, October 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

It looks like the BBelievers are using the new commenting system on the site. Another way to snag them sounds good to me.

From our story about "Google using all available data to predict the outcome of election" story, there's this one...

I don't like the "mentions in Gmail" part....I'd rather like to think Google isn't scanning my emails for buzzwords like "Obama" or "McCain".

Next comes a BBeliever from our story about the Large Hadron Collider running out of atoms...

I think that if Adams and Armstrong are educated enough to extract atoms, they really should realize the LHC is as safe as houses. However, hypothetically, let's say that the end of the world were actually caused by an Ozark atom . . . ("I don't want anybody saying the end of the world was caused by an Ozark atom." - Jesse Armstrong) Well, there wouldn't be anyone left to say it, would there? So don't worry about it.

And...

This is ridiculous. especially since The HLC runs on plain old Hydrogen... and people dont usually mine for it.

Yeah, "usually."

Here's a momentary BBeliever for our article about Microsoft getting serious about upgrading users to Vista...

From: xxxxxx@hotmail.com
Date: Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 11:02 AM
Subject: concerning article 'Microsoft getting serious about upgrading users to vista'
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

I know yours is a parody site, I’ve been here a million times, Yet it scared the hell out of me the second i saw that headline.

It actually took me 4 seconds to come back to the realisation that yours is a parody site!

Bad for my IT minded (and IT-wise trained) heart.

The Nigerian billionaire got the hopes up of another dreamer...

From: xxxxxx@aol.com
Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 8:27 PM
Subject: (no subject)
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

Hello Bryan how are you doing,is this another one of those scams that is going around like I got rooked into last year ? If its true please send me information ill send my info,thanks

Is there any surprise that this comes from an AOL.com email address?


Worst Book Ever

More nominees for the worst book ever...

From: Randy
Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 8:35 AM
Subject: Worst book ever
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

I'd like to nominate the Inheritance cycle (i.e. Eragon, etc.) of books as some of the worst ever. I'll also grant that I haven't yet been able to bring myself to read the 3rd book in the series. However, I've never before read a book or series where, as I read through, I could pick out the existing book or series that every single scene, character (or set of characters), and piece of the word setting was ripped off from. There isn't a single original idea, and the writing itself is sub-par (yes, I know the first book was written when the author was 15 - that's nice, it doesn't make it any more enjoyable to read). Add to that a truly awful movie, and you have one of the most derivative and annoying series of novels ever written.

This is the fourth third nomination I've had for this series, and no one has defended it. I think it might be the frontrunner right now. (Oops, I printed this one last week. My guess is that it's bad enough that it deserves a fourth nomination anyway)

From: jorge
Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 3:05 PM
Subject: Worst book ever
To: briggsb@bbspot.com

Try Last Man Standing by David Baldacci. Most implausible and improbable story about revenge.

I've tried to read one book by Baldacci and couldn't make it through to the end, which is rare for me. That's what I get for not vetting my books before taking a vacation

So send me more suggestions for worst book ever


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 out that you should take a look at...

Seth has been sending over limericks for many weeks without any Mailbag. Thanks to him you've got many to enjoy now...

From: Seth

An Alaskan probe may well suffice
To prove Palin is not very nice.
  She'll do things to hurt you
  Which may not show virtue,
But that's why she's running for Vice.

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