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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.


Thank goodness for site logs, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to find these gems from our story on Bungie turning to third-world countries to replace AI in Halo 3. The story hit the official Bungie forums in at least nine threads (I bet they're loving me over at Bungie)...

Here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

In this next thread about the story, I was called racist (twice) and a moron. I just had to respond.

OK, this next link from Kotaku doesn't have any BBelievers, but I just wanted to complain about them calling me "The BBSpot." It's BBspot people. No "The", no capital "S." Geez. You'd think people would know by now.

I think I did find the original source of all the BBelievers. This Halo news site posted it without any disclaimer. It lead to some great discussion on their site...

What will happen to those fans that still play Halo 3 if those Indians and such start getting axed at their "jobs?"

And finally, this guy just wanted to make sure it was fake...

From: John
Date: Jul 2, 2007 11:35 AM
Subject: Hey Brian was that Halo 3 AI story for real?

Ok, I'm the most naive kid ever. Surely this is a joke right? Sorry if it's just painfully clear to everybody but me, but...yeah I'm confused.

Don't worry John, you weren't alone.

Now, onto the grammar rules BBelievers. This guy thinks he's so smart pointing out how wrong our grammar advise is...

From: Mike
Date: Jun 29, 2007 2:26 AM
Subject: Advice about the word advise

Unfortunately, your advice about the proper use of the words advice and advise is wrong. Advice is a noun, advise is a verb. Advice is what you give someone when you advise them. An adviser is someone who advises and gives advice. For what it's worth...

Um, that was the whole point.


One reader took issue with my dislike of Die Hard with a Vengeance...

From: stephen
Date: Jul 1, 2007 12:44 AM
Subject: Live Free or Die Hard trailer review

I share you're views on Die Hard, I hold it in the highest regards as the best action movie ever, even though I was only 2 years old when it came out. While reading your review of the trailer for Live Free or Die Hard, you say at the beginning:

> Die Hard II was a good action movie, but nothing
> spectacular. Die Hard III, well, let's forget that one

I disagree with you there, I don't disagree with you on Die Hard II, its Die Hard III, which is usually called Die Hard With a Vengeance. That movie is by far a step above it's predecessor on the awesomeness factor. Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis are perfect together, and Jeremy Irons is a beautiful brother to Alan Rickman's Hans.

I don't know if you've seen Live Free or Die Hard yet, but I have, and I think it was a very good movie, the PG-13 rating was a little sad, so none of the language or violence that made the previous ones so great. But the plot is there, and this one holds true to the original formula, just like first and third. I know you don't post reviews of the finished movies, but maybe you can post your views on Live Free or Die Hard in the mailbag or something, i think John McClane deserves it.

I guess I just wanted to point out that Die Hard With a Vengeance was a great movie, and deserves more respect, that's all.


P.S. I too watch Die Hard every Christmas

I should clarify my stance on Die Hard 3: MegaHard. My main problem with it was that it wasn't a Die Hard film. It was some script they pulled off the shelf, and adapted as a Die Hard movie. No wife in danger, no Christmas theme, a sidekick. It didn't feel like a Die Hard to me. As a stand-alone action movie it was fine, but just don't call it a Die Hard.

Weekly Limerick

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

From: Seth

Though the iPhone's been greeted with flattery,
All the cheerleaders soon will get madder. See,
 There's a lot you can do
 For an hour or two,
But beware the short life of the battery.


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