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Wednesday, January 4 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.


I've added an additional disclaimer again to the Nigerian Billionaire story. The email I got from a guy in Nigeria who needed money to attend college in Canada was the last straw. He forwarded me his acceptance letter and everything. I don't want to give false hope to people like that. Now onto this week's BBelievers...

Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2006 3:42 PM
Subject: rab bit ear....


I have read on your website an article about "wireless tv".

I would like more information about that new rab bit ear.

Can you give me their website address?

Thank you

Why am I not surprised this came from an AOLer?

Cool Kids

A couple of readers wrote in about the "cooling your kids" article...

From: Tim
Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2005 5:54 AM
Subject: BBeware the BBelievers!

I read this story straight after reading your mailbag. As much as I laughed, I just had a terrible thought. At least one idiotic BBeliever is going to try this and come after you with a lawyer when their kid is maimed - or blinded by Arctic Silver thermal compound. There is of course an up side if they manage to remove few of their defective genes from the pool. Better still, they could try it on themselves before they get the chance to breed and provide us with the additional satisfaction of an entertaining read in next year's Darwin Awards. I suppose I really should at least buy one of your T-shirts as a small contribution to your legal expenses in the upcoming Peltier Kids vs Briggs compensation battle. If you can prove the kids were overclocked...

Thankfully, I haven't had to start up a BBeliever Legal Defense Fund yet...

From: George
Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 12:07 PM
Subject: Cooling technology for children's fevers


I haven't been to BBspot for a while, but I've enjoyed catching up on the articles for the last day or two. A comment on "Geek Parents Using Cooling Technology Instead of Medicine to Lower Fevers": The geek parents in the article are probably applying the heatsinks in the wrong place. The thermal compound used for heat sinks is a concentrated zinc oxide cream. What other common application is there for zinc oxide cream? Diaper rash ointment.

So for very young kids, just stick the heat sink in their diapers or Pull-Ups. No more mess than you're already used to, and no need to drill tapped holes in your kids' foreheads to attach the unit; the diaper serves as a strap.

I'd worry about the shit hitting the fan.

Prequel Prequel

One reader thinks Mel Gibson can go back even further in time...

From: Olli
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2005 4:00 AM
Subject: Prequel: The Birth of the Christ

When I read the story, I couldn't help thinking that Gibson could go even further back in time and do a pre-prequel: Conception of the Christ featuring FSM and His Noodle Appendage. Since not much is known about the actual act, Gibson could use his artistic freedon and do the whole movie in Anime. It would be a big hit. I bet the religious folks would be... amazed.

"Rated T for Tentacle Pr0n."

Moment of Zen

One reader wonders why I've stopped reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance...

From: Scott
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2005 1:34 PM
Subject: Zen/Motorcycle book

I know you probably get lots of emails a day, but I just thought I'd ask in the faint glimmer that you may actually have time to read this:

Why did you stop reading the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance book? Did you finish it? Or did you just find it so mind-numbingly boring that you were losing brain cells by the minute trying to keep up with the guy's bizarre ramblings about Quality?

Ok, so maybe I'm a little harsh. :) I had to read the book for a Computer Ethics class in college (I'm not quite sure how it all played out with "ethics", but oh well). Suffice it to say that I came away from the book wondering why the guy bothered to write it, as I didn't come away with any more enlightenment than I started with. Granted, though, I don't think I'd consider myself a philosopher, so maybe the fault lies with me. But when I read in your BBlog that you had stopped reading it, I was just curious as to why. I've never read Dune, but I'm sure it's a lot more exciting than the Zen book. But heck, if it was ME reading it again, I'd probably be willing to read some of Charles Dickens' old million-page works (as wonderful as they may be for some, they wouldn't be my "cup of tea") for excitement :)

It just didn't hold my interest. Get to the point already!

That's all for this week!

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