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Wednesday, January 30 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.


Just an update on the Nigerian Billionaire BBeliever who pestered me mercilessly last week. After making it clear to him that Esenam didn't have any money to give away, he sent yet another message to Esenam's MySpace account...

dear mr.ayele

how are you sir, i hope everything just fine

If this guy keeps this up then more extreme measures will have to be taken.

Last week we had a story about the RIAA putting RFID chips on CDs to prevent piracy. It made the front page of Digg for a short time before the bury patrol took over. There were a few choice comments though...

laughable. i hope they do, because sales would plumit and we could finally go digital.

I'm not sure that sales can plummet any more than they are already.


Yet again I endured a terrible movie so you didn't have to. It looks like the other critics agreed with me...

From: Werner
Date: Jan 25, 2008 6:15 AM
Subject: Untraceable
To: Brian Briggs

Looking at Rottentomatoes you seem to be spot on, except that this is probably "Torture Porn" rather than "Thriller", and hypocrisy (on the part of the studio) is a main feature in addition to implausibility.

Here's my favourite review so far:

"[...]She then explains it to her colleagues in a PowerPoint presentation[...]"

-Hmm. I know who done it. I could just _tell_ my colleagues ... Nah, I've been dying to use that new "serial killer" clip art and the"crayons" template.

It actually gets better:"[...] the ridiculous climax, in which the killer's computer skills have somehow blossomed to the point where he can remotely control Marsh's car.[...]"

I won't blame you if you don't watch this one.

Thanks for the support, but if I can brave an Uwe Boll film then I can brave anything.

Cooling Your Kid

From: Greig
Date: Jan 25, 2008 12:31 PM
Subject: human cooling

a while back you posted an article about cooling kids when they have a fever. Somebody has come up with a commercial product



The helmet isn't really for cooling your children, but it certainly looks like it. Read the BBC article to see what it's really for

Fat Guy

One BBspotter wonders why I'm not this guy yet...

Fat Guy

From: Jim
Date: Jan 24, 2008 11:23 AM
Subject: How do you do it?
To: Brian Briggs

You sit in your basement all day on the computer. I figured by now you should've shot up to a good 300 pounds by now. What's your secret? What's the best way to keep the weight off? Do you do a jumping jack for every mouse click? Is there some weight machine down there we cant see?

Do you put in a full 8 hours and tack on 2 hours commuting and 1 hour lunch before you allow yourself to move? heh.

Damn I'm jealous. Gotta get me one of those jobs.

Actually, there is a weight machine down here you can't see. It does go for long stretches without being used though. The secret is being cheap. I don't want to shell out any money for bigger pants, so I stop myself when I get to that point.

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

A new study on middle age finds,
That by forty, happiness declines.

 Once you're over the bump,
 You'll end up in a slump.
The solution? Die at thirty-nine.

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