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Wednesday, May 21 12:01 AM EST

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.


The Matrix plays a big part in the mailbag this week ...

From: Tim []
Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2003 10:18 PM
Subject: the matrix-news info for your website!

Hi, i just want to say, that your thing about the Matrix reloaded, its actually the second part of the matrix! its by the same people who made the matrix and thats why it has reeves in it! der

u guys are thick!

I love readers who point out that I'm mentally deficient. The irony just entertains.

Same story, same response...

From: Jason []
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 10:49 PM
Subject: Your Article

In response to your column "Fans Angry That The Matrix Reloaded
Looks Like Another Matrix Rip-off


Why didn't I think of that?!?!

Lastly a link to a message board posting that fooled a few people...

This Week in Google History

I thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways people find BBspot through Google. The top searches currently have to do with three movies: Spider-Man 2, The Return of the King and The Matrix Reloaded. Here are some sample searches from my referrer log....

Our searcher is unsure if he'll be able to understand The Matrix Reloaded without some sort of cheat sheet. Unable to find a crib sheet our confused searcher begs the Internet to tell him "what the hell is matrix reloaded about?" After finally deciphering the movie, our searcher celebrates with some Matrix cake. Of course, he needs something to slice the cake.

Content with his knowledge of The Matrix, our searcher moves on to the Star Wars series and wonders if George Lucas has any plans for new characters in Episode III. Also, he ponders whether Darth Vader really is the most evil character in movie history.

With his cinema curiosity satiated, our searcher decides to flip on some tunes. Is the new Metallica album out yet? Or sequel the newly educated Vanilla Ice did to Ice Ice Baby called Space Space Rift? I guess not.

Frustrated that all his searches lead him back to BBspot our searcher decides that maybe life in another dimension would be the best solution. No luck there either.

Help a Brother Out

Big Brother is saving you from the evils of BBspot. See if you can help stop them.

Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 5:31 PM
Subject: "Smartfilter"


Love your site and normally visit every day. But now I find that you are blocked from work by a program called "Smartfilter" ( due to being a "Mature" (read porn) site. So much for being "smart." I've pasted the error message below.

I sent them a note; the contact page is at but it might help if you and perhaps some loyal readers mailed them as well. One complaint might not do it.

Take care, and good luck with the site.


One Bad Apple

A message with a more serious tone...

From: Christian []
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 2:31 AM
Subject: Apple Music Store Article

I happened to stumble upon your article on Apple users "paying too much" for music, at one dollar a song vs. Windows users who get music for free via file sharing services. I would like to point something out to you. I have been using an OS X equipped iMac for the last year or so and have done some file sharing via Limewire on both it and my mother's PC. Therefore, the idea of free music being a Windows exclusive thing is laughable.

Furthermore, since the release of the iTunes music store I have begun purchasing songs, rather than stealing them. You see, there is no such thing as a a free meal, or in this case a free song. Your views are your own and you have the right to share them with others, but I truley believe that that kind of attitude is what will ruin the internet as we know it. We will see more and more snooping and restrictions by Microsoft and co. until it gets to the point where you wont have the right to share your views, and I'll be forced to retract my previous statement claiming that you have that right. All paranoia aside, though, if you wish to be a thief then proceed to do so;
just don't try to mock Apple users because they happen to have enough money to buy a few songs. I wouldn't be surprised if the same success takes place when the Windows version is released. Ok, that's all. Peace.

I think many people misunderstood the article as being pro-piracy. The article was making fun of Apple users who go ga-ga over everything Steve Jobs releases. As someone who makes their living from writing I'm very familiar that there isn't a free lunch. I also realize that if record companies could prevent piracy 100% that a CD would probably cost $50 and fewer people could enjoy music. There is no magic bullet, only change.

Which Os is the Matrix?

More Matrix material...

Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2003 11:07 AM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: RE: RE: Unsolicited (hopefully) Humorous Material

I can't believe that nobody has done a "Which OS does the Matrix run on?".
It's obviously Windows though.

The following points are quite telling:

1. Glitches occur in the Matrix whenever you change something.
2. It is easy to hack into the Matrix
3. DRM software built-in tries to rid you of Morpheus.
4. Microsoft created the Agent software
5. The User Interface is like having a giant metal spike shoved into the back of your head.

Also the original movie had many windows crashing, a clearly meaningful, if not subliminal, message about the Matrix origin.

True dat!

That's all for this week!

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