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Wednesday, November 28 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.


Most of the time we like to point and laugh at BBelievers. After reading this one, I didn't have the heart to laugh. This guy is talking about our story on Interstate Driver for Xbox. In the story we joked about how long and boring the game was, but that's just what this guy wanted...

Date: Nov 27, 2007 8:00 AM
Subject: About Interstate Driver for Xbox

Hello, my name is xxxxxxx, and I had just stumbled upon your web site and I noticed that someone has finally developed a long distance driving game for the xbox. The article is found on the following page below.

I was wondering if you knew where I could get this game. I can't find it anywhere else on the net but from your site.

You're going to laugh, but here's why I really want this game. You see, I am legally blind. I do have some eyesight, but I absolutely love driving games. However, I am not attracted to most driving games where you are confined to a circular track where you drive round and round the same course time and time again. I want something that is more challenging, and since I can't legally drive, this game is the only way that I can drive legally.

I have been searching for such a game for a very long time, even as far back as when games were done on the PC. I searched for driving simulators and such, but to no avail, I didn't find anything that didn't involve long distance driving and was not geared towards racing.

Every single game that I found was racing related and involved either blowing other cars up, or just driving round a particular track. I am not interested in that kind of thing, and the individual who invented Interstate Driver for the Xbox has finally come up with exactly what I have been searching for.

I really really want that game! I don't have an xbox at the time, but if I had the game, it would prompt me to go out and buy one just for that game. This game will definitely satisfy my driving crave. I could then drive from one city to another without the police getting on my tail, plus I can legally drive without getting hurt.

You see, the road has been calling me for quite some time now. It is quite interesting that a legally blind individual wants to drive, but isn't that the same thing as someone in a wheelchair wanting to walk? Hmmm, maybe someone could develop a walking simulator for people in wheelchairs for the xbox. Just kidding, no harm in that is there. My fiance is in a wheelchair, so I am not making fun of her, or anyone else in a wheelchair for all that matter.

Anyway, please tell me where I can get Interstate Driver for the Xbox, or put me into contact with the developer of the game.

If any game developer is out there, there's a market for this game. Don't forget the royalties to BBspot.

Creation Museum

One reader emailed in about the review of the creation museum that we linked to...

From: Greg
Date: Nov 15, 2007 8:50 AM
Subject: Your Creation Museum Report
To: Brian Briggs <>

True Story About 15 years ago I was working for a local phone company in Cinci, OH, and we had a customer - In Florence, KY (Northern KY) That was one of these creation museums. I had to go work on their phones about 3 times in as many years. Man those people creeped me out. I just didn't know what to say to them at all. Conversations never strayed from the telephone system or the weather. It was reeeeeeeeeaaaaallly hard not to insult them and their silly ideas. Thanks for the great link, I haven't thought about them in a long time. Great Laugh!

sometimes I really wanted to say, "So Jesus had a saddle and rode around on a Triceratops?" HAHA

You know I don't encourage people to laugh at the less mentally inclined around here. Oh wait... I do. Sorry.

Babylon 5

Mention Babylon 5 in the BBlog and I'm bound to get plenty of email. What are you people a bunch of geeks or something?

From: Feargal
Date: Nov 27, 2007 7:42 AM
Subject: Re: Babylon 5
To: Brian Briggs <>

You mentioned being told not to watch season 5 of Babylon 5.

I'd disagree; watch season 5, but approach it with the same caution you would a movie sequel.

Season 1 was the exposition, and seasons 2-4 are the real story. Season 5 is kind of an epilogue or spin-off, with some weaker story arcs. However, there is still a lot of good episodes, dealing with G'Kar and Londo, as well as Garibaldi's story. There's also a good Psi-corps episode, and the season finale is fantastic. There's two B5 episodes which made me weepy, and the finale is one of those; I'll let you guess the other when you've seen it.

I'd recommend having a break between watching seasons 4 and 5. I think that because season 4 was so good, people were expecting season 5 to be even better, and ended up feeling a bit let-down.

I think the reason people are so vocally "against" season 5 isn't down to their personal opinion on it, it's more of an Internet-meme-thing.

Opinion duly provided.

And an alternate view...

From: David
Date: Nov 27, 2007 9:18 AM
Subject: B5 and stopping while the stopping is good.

Babylon 5 ends after the 4th season. The reason for this is simple. B5 was to have a five year story arc. However, JMS thought he wasn't getting funding for the 5th season so he wrapped up the story lines for the end of the 4th season.

Suddenly, and without warning, he got funding for the fifth season AFTER he had wrapped up season 4. So, a new storyline was quickly done that was, in effect a new show. Due to the speed of which it was written, the amount of re-used footage and a general lack of enthusiasm by the cast, the final season was terrible. Well, maybe not terrible but not up to the standard set by the first 4 seasons.

That's why I bought seasons 1-4 on DVD and let season 5 rot in the store.

Now I don't know what to do! If only there were some way I could ask a bunch of geeks all at once and get their opinion. Do you know of a way?

Weekly Limerick

The winner of the 2003 and 2006 Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot. Seth also has a new book coming out that you should take a look at..

From: Seth

The U.S. gets a visiting Pope,
In a time when we all need more hope.

But will files be released
On the pedophile priests?
The smart money would have to say: Nope.

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