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Wednesday, December 10 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 Grinch Who Sued Christmas

Monday I posted a story about The SCO Group and how their CEO changed his name to Kris Kringle. They were using this to hold Christmas hostage. I also mentioned the e-mail address I didn't check out this address before I posted the story, but one reader did that afternoon...

From: Kurtis
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2003 1:25 PM
Subject: ive got some bad news

Well to my horror, my very important letter did not make its way to Kris Kringle. Does this mean that he in fact does not exist, nor does he work at SCO? Or is this just a big cover, and he did actually get my email, and is in the process of making my wish come true. He is only doing this to confuse me on the Kris Kringle idea. Now I wonder if this is his way of having fun!? Time will tell

----Original Message Follows----
Subject: failure notice
Date: 8 Dec 2003 17:54:25 -0000
Received: from ([]) by with Microsoft SMTPSVC(5.0.2195.6713); Mon, 8 Dec 2003 09:54:31 -0800
Received: (qmail 20868 invoked for bounce); 8 Dec 2003 17:54:25 -0000
X-Message-Info: JGTYoYF78jE3HvhuaXOvHrg9cQdm1s6u
Return-Path: <>
Message-ID: <>
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 08 Dec 2003 17:54:32.0209 (UTC) FILETIME=[55766010:01C3BDB4]

Hi. This is the qmail-send program at
I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses. This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.

Sorry, no mailbox here by that name. (#5.1.1)

The story doesn't end there though. Later that day I received another e-mail from a reader about

From: Andrew
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2003 6:50 PM
Subject: FW: Ho Ho Ho!

I am in no way a "believer", but OMG! I sent off a blank message to purely out of curiosity, and the below is what I found in my inbox later in the day... Bastards are killing Christmas...

-----Original Message-----
From: Kris Kringle []
Sent: Mon 12/8/2003 5:17 PM
To: Andrew
Subject: Ho Ho Ho!

Merry Christmas from The SCO Group!

Apparently, someone from SCO reads BBspot, and yes, I did verify this auto-reply. Andrew also discovered that isn't functional before any of you go off and try that one.


I'm always surprised when a Trailer Review snags a Believer....

From: Gustavo
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 5:56 PM
Subject: Kill Bill Review
Importance: High

I just read your film review on Kill Bill of September 27, 03 and I have a question? How can you make movie review without actualy seeing the movie? You are basing your opinion on the trailer? How professional this is?

For a licensed Trailer Reviewer it's as professional as it gets.

I can only assume that this guy is referring to the King of Believer-makers Ensenam Ayele...

Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2003 10:36 PM
Subject: question

. I need over $30,000 for surgery. I go thru pain every day and if your serious It would heal me to obtain a grant to pay these doctors.

please reply


This guy doesn't really understand the Internet does he? For obvious reasons I've Xed out some of the information...

From: Mark
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 10:39 PM
Subject: Daily Links: xxxxxxxx

Mr. Briggs:

I am Mark, the Webmaster of On Dec. 2, 2003, you linked directly to xxxxxxxxx from your web page at with a link titled Daily Links: xxxxxxx.

Due to your unauthorized deep linking, and the massive number of visitors from your site who chose to visit, our bandwidth limits for the entire month were used in just one day.

Because of the massive load, our web host has shut the site down indefinitely. Your decision to link directly to the file eliminated any opportunity for to earn compensation for the viewing of the file, and presented the content of the page as if it came from your site.

In effect, you got the benefit of my bandwidth and hosting services without any of the obligations associated with providing it. As a result, legitimate users are now denied access to the website.

Therefore, I ask that you immediately remove any links to our website and refrain from linking to it in the future without first securing permission. Additionally, I ask that you compensate for the loss of access to our server.

You may feel free to contact me by email or by telephone at xxx-xxx-xxxx.

I know BBspot can send a lot of traffic to a site, but if he plans on making money from his site he'll need to be able to handle more than that. It took a pretty big exertion of will not light up the flamethrower on this one, but I managed. What's really strange is how much this looks like a form letter.


Last week I posted a light-sabered version of a webcam shot, and I'd be remiss if I didn't link one earlier version done by another reader. It also elicited this e-mail...

From: Ray Shaw
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 9:11 AM
Subject: BBJedi

At the risk of sounding like one of the people who find those tiny flaws in movies, the lightsaber in the doctored photo isn't living up to the first part of its name. The side of your face right next to it is in shadow :)

Keep up the good work on BBspot. I'm definitely enjoying the recent addition of daily personals mockery.

BBspot - Proving daily that geeks do exist in this world :-)

Comet and Cupid and...

If I get a fact wrong on the site then I hear about it quickly....

From: jamie
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 7:12 AM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: pedantic? me?

well, being that we geeks seem to be such a bunch of pedants, I thought I'd better point out that two of santa's reindeer were called Donner and Blitzen" not "Donder and Blitzen" as is said in the Poll.

Whether this is deliberate or not, i'm not sure, but just in case.

(I'm sure you know, but Donner is german for Thunder)

But this time, I was not wrong...

That's all for this week!

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