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Wednesday, August 8 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.


Since we did a quiz on Code Red or Poison, this person thinks we're experts on it...

From: Jim
Date: Aug 2, 2007 5:55 PM

what exactly is your blog referring to and is there somewhere i can get more info on the code red product that pepsi makes. My son had a bottle and he started to have red lips and tongue and it felt imflamed and he said he couldnt taste anything. His lips were burning really bad and when he called the company he was told to seal the bottle not to drink anymore and they would ship out a label for getting the bottle back. have you heard of anything like this>??? please respond back to I would greatly appreciate it

Yeah, if you want more info on Code Red products then what you should do is email a site dedicated to printing fake news. That's where I go for my information on possibly toxic beverages.

Link Commentary

Some of our links this week, prompted people to email. First, was our link on Harptallica...

From: Nikolaj Borg
Date: Jul 30, 2007 12:51 PM
Subject: Metallica played by chellos
To: Brian Briggs <>

Hey BB

The Harptallica link today reminded me of something I heard some years ago: Apocalyptica - metallica for cellos. Good fun :)

Next was yesterday's link to the poor whiny millionaires, who couldn't find happiness if you handed it to them in a Whole Foods cloth grocery tote...

From: Mark
Date: Aug 7, 2007 1:25 AM
Subject: The whiny millionaire next door

To refresh I'm about the same as you demographic-wise (36, married, 2 kids age 9 and 12). As to my reason for writing tonight was the story about these multimillionaires and their complaining. For all the truly crapola weather we put up with (mich. and NE ohio) It certainly is nice to be able to make a very normal college educated salary (<$100k) and be able to afford to live in a nice school system (mine go to public and I'd bet yours do to from the way you talk), live in a decent a house, take a yearly vaca somewhere without worrying about where the next million was going to come from.

Net worths of $2-5 mil and they are worried about affording their kids college? I can sort of empathize with those people that make from $75-150k and find themselves in debt because of where they live, but making the kind of money these fools make and worrying just makes me throw up.

Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Citizen Kane. Bernstein calls Thatcher the biggest darn fool he ever met, and the reporter replies, "He made an awful lot of money."

Bernstein replies, "It's no trick to make a lot of money if all you want is to make a lot of money."

If I happen upon millions in some freak accident, I assure you that I wouldn't be whining or complaining.  I wouldn't need to see a therapist,  wouldn't be "keeping up with the Joneses," and wouldn't be worrying about paying for college for my kids.

It's no trick to find contentment if all you want is to find contentment.

Top 11 Binary Digits

I had the idea for the Top 11 Binary Digits list for a long time, but for some reason never posted it. It seemed to be a favorite of many...

From: Feargal
Date: Aug 3, 2007 12:27 PM
Subject: Top 11 Binary Digits
To: Brian Briggs <>


I saw the title and thought "sure, 1 and 0 are a shoe-in, but what'll the third entry be?"

Man, my sides actually did hurt from laughter, that's the funniest thing I have seen for a long time.

Pretty sad reflection on my life, though.

Although now that I think about it, it's not quite as sad a reflection on my life as this email is itself.

Sigh, from uncontrollable laughter to stark reality in about 30 seconds.


No shame in finding humor in the world.

From: Jim
Date: Aug 4, 2007 10:12 PM
Subject: Top 11 Binary Digits

I noticed that number 11 was "reserved for future use".

It is my pleasure to correct you.

Know then, that is is the year 10101. The known universe is ruled by the Padishah Emperor William Gates the 4th, MS SQL Server's father.

Emperor Gates has declared one can use the value of <NULL> in addition to the "classic" 0 and 1 digits that one would normally expect to find in a BIT and/or BOOLEAN, BINARY situation when using said product.

The SQL is the WORM!!! argh.

Future Quiz

I make mistakes on the site all the time. It's one of the hazards of not having a large editorial staff. Usually, I get polite emails pointing out the goofs, so I can fix them. Sometimes, the emails are more of the "in your face smart boy" variety. I don't mind, I fix the error and move on. But, then there's the snarky emails correcting mistakes that aren't there. Like this one...

From: Glen
Date: Aug 2, 2007 10:41 AM
Subject: Future knowledge quiz

Cute idea, but I'm sure the laws of mathematics will not have changed so much by 2207. Specifically, the square root of two times pi is approx. 2.506. I may not be the first pedantic type to point this out, but I'm confident of being smarter than a future 8th grader in at least that one respect...

I replied with: Actually the square root of two times pi is approximately 4.44 like it says in the quiz.  In the future they still have the order of operations. To which replied...

From: Glen
Date: Aug 3, 2007 9:11 AM
Subject: RE: Future knowledge quiz
To: Brian Briggs <>

Yes, but did you know that the egg on my face tastes delicious with a nice slice of humble pie?

4.4428789 ... I'll be in the corner if you need me...

Ah, life's little victories.

Weekly Limerick

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

From: Seth

First bagged spinach had stuff cows excrete,
Now we have to avoid British meat,
Botulism, oh man,
It's in can after can;
Is there anything left safe to eat?


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