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Wednesday, December 19 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 can't top last week's catches of The Onion and, so I won't even try. We did get some BBelievers this week though. The first wondered if a father and mother really sold their kids to get the latest consoles...

From: Jenny
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2006 7:32 PM
Subject: Is this for real?

Is this story for real? How sick can people get?

Have you ever watched Fear Factor?

Not a BBeliever, but an e-mail on that same story...

From: Matthew
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2006 3:47 PM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: gift of the gaming console magi

The names are a nice touch.

I'm glad somebody noticed.

Podcast Suggestion

In the BBlog I asked for suggestions for what would you like to hear in a BBspot podcast or "Spotcast." One reader wrote in with his suggestions...

From: David
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:24 AM
Subject: Podcast suggestions

A few things would be good to hear:

1. Dramatic re-enactments of you hurting yourself with stereo sound affects and Hedieh laughing.
2. The latest blog entry
3. A radio replay of Michigan teams losing important games.
4. The best of the week's articles/entries done as a radio "news" report suitable for BBeliever radio replay.
5. The weekly Haiku with appropriate Japanese backing sounds
6. A herd of yaks stampeding through an apple pie factory.

That's all I can think of.

Those are some great suggestions. I mean that. Anybody got some more?


I asked for opinions on Eragon and some people were kind enough to share. Here's one positive recommendation...

From: robert
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 12:11 PM
Subject: Eragon

My wife read the book, and absolutely loved it. She has also read the sequel (I think). I have not read it, because I like to do more productive things like grad classes, world of warcraft, and sports. My wife is a 6th grade teacher (soon to be 8th), so that might color her opinion of the book a little differently. But she is the tech specialist on her hall, and plays wow with me.

It might be a good book to get your kids to read, and you can read with them. Some of her 6th graders are the ones who recommended it to her.

And now for the negative side of things...

From: Priscilla
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 9:40 PM
Subject: Eragon

I know this is a little late, but I felt the need to warn you. Eragon is an okay book. If you keep reminding yourself it was written by a 16 yr old kid. My mom, who absolutely love fantasy books, only could get about half way through. It is very obvious that the author really likes the fantasy genre as you will find Lord of the Rings, Dune, and Pern references throughout the book. My 6 yr old daughter is really excited about the movie. (My daughter's favorite movie is The Fellowship of the Ring and I am a little nervous she will be disappointed.) Anyway, give Eragon a shot, but maybe have one of your kids screen it for you. As for the sequel... It is 700 pages long and nothing happens for over 500. There is one great line "Barges? We don't want no stinkin' barges!" I kid you not. The line is actually there. Sorry this is so long, but I have strong feelings about this book.... And most of them not good.

Weekly Limerick

The winner of this year's Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot. I haven't decided where to put it yet, so this week's I'll put in the Mailbag...

From: Seth

Time announced the Person of the Year,
And it's "You".
We both won, so let's cheer!
My reward is well-earned
For the puppies I burned
And the cats I impaled on a spear.

That's all for this week!

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