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Wednesday, May 23 12:00 AM ET

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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.

Apple Vista

An interesting choice of street names near the Apple HQ...

From: Ricky
Date: May 19, 2007 4:12 AM
Subject: Vista and the Infinite Loop

I was looking at 1 Infinite Loop on Google Maps, and I noticed something odd. Take a look at the street southeast of the campus.

Apple Vista

I thought it was funny, and it seemed like something I'd see on BBspot.

I wonder how long before Apple petitions to have the name changed.

28 Years Later

This will have to be the last word on the origins of 28 Years Later...

From: Mark
Date: May 16, 2007 4:58 PM
Subject: 28 Years Later
To: Brian Briggs <>

I often wonder whether people who drag poor Richard Matheson into any discussion have ever actually read "I Am Legend". I read it c.1990 after scouring Vancouver for a copy. It wasn't in print and the plethora of used and antiquarian book dealers had bupkus. Finally I found the single city library copy and reserved it. Lucky for me it was at the Fraser St. branch, just blocks from my house. It was a terrific read. And short! Novella length at best. It was in ratty condition by then (seeing as it was an early, if not original, edition) and has probably since been removed from circulation. Or swiped. But not by me.

Not that any of that matters, but selling "The Omega Man" as the "first movie incarnation" of the story is so incredibly, stupidly wrong, it's incredibly stupid. Apart from the relatively little seen (but worth the effort) "The Last Man On Earth", featuring Vincent Price as the titular character, (named "Morgan" rather than "Neville") and shot in Italy, there also exists the well known rumour that George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" owes a great debt to Matheson. So well known, in fact, that simply asking the Godfather of Zombies to confirm it will likely get you a slap across the chops for being so stupid. I haven't bothered but I'm betting that a quicki wiki will suggest a raft of films and other stories based upon or ripped off from Matheson.

Then they announced the Schwarzenegger version, which was scrapped thanks to the collective will of every sane person on the planet. Now the Fresh Prince take is, evidently, in post-production. Not even the sane people could stop it. Neville help us all.


Talk to the Hand

One reader wrote in with some additions to our recent top 11 list...

From: Ty
Date: May 16, 2007 1:41 PM
Subject: Female Geek Euphemisms for Masturbation
To: Brian Briggs

Tending the Blackberry Bush

Flying with the Palm Pilot

Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before

The Power of the Dark Side

I have a talking life-size Darth Vader in the BBasement now. One BBspotter warned me that this could be dangerous...

From: Icty
Date: May 19, 2007 7:49 AM
Subject: Moving to the Dark Side

Any windows (not m$) in the bbasement ?

Watch out for the police.

Be careful, very very careful.

P.S. I have two :)

If the police mistake Darth Vader for a hostile, I'll at least have an interesting BBlog post to write.

World of Warcraft

I'm not the only one with visions of Azeroth dancing in my head ...

From: Guy
Date: May 21, 2007 11:22 AM
Subject: Quitting WoW
To: Brian Briggs

I can fully appreciate the challenge of quitting WoW. I had to close my account April 26 so I could focus on finals at college. Since then, my guildies have kept e-mailing me, my roommate has shown me the new content patch, and I've had the occasional dream about playing. Needless to say, there are more than a few times when I get bored and go looking for the W icon in my dock (on OS X) only to see it replaced with a strategically placed NeoOffice (for typing papers).

I have to say, as an economics student, your article about being able to buy downtime still seems like an effective (but evil) idea to me. If you pay $15 a month to play, that's only about $.02 per hour. That's just too low to stop addicts. But if you had to bid against your family's desire to see you for that hour, the apparent cost of playing would go way up, and people would play less (or play at times when it doesn't conflict with real life obligations).

I think the real danger in that service, though, is when your loved ones don't bid that high against you. "I'm only worth a dollar an hour to you, Mom? WTF? My guildies like me more than my own family!"

You would finally find out how much you are worth to your family.

Weekly Limerick

The winner of the 2003 and 2006 Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot...

From: Seth

Jerry Falwell, a right-wing authority,
Disliked gays and non-Christian minorities.
 Though his death caused some grief,
 Most just hope his beliefs
Will join him in the mortal majority.


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