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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.


I didn't think anyone would BBelieve the "trebuchet commuting" story, but I guess I should've remembered that this was the Internet ...

From: Nicki
Date: Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 3:32 PM
Subject: People Turning to Medieval Technologies to Save on Gas Article

Hi Brian,

Where can I find more info on this article?

And from that hotbed of intelligence, Fark...

I have to ask a really stupid question. I am trying to visualize people being catapulted through the air to where they work. How do they not get injured. This seems like something out of Monty Python or something.

It just seems really unbelievable that people would not get injured. There has to be video on this.

The Gates Proclaiming Linux the Best OS Ever story snagged another one...

From: Stephen
Date: Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 10:22 PM
Subject: Article about Bill Gates and Linux

Dear Sir
Is there anymore news about this announcement Gates made? Sure interest me.
Send follow ups or info I you could.

I told him that BBspot was the only source for this news, he said he would "keep looking."

And finally, Monday's story about Microsoft stopping development on IE8 because of Firefox 3 snagged an awful lot of BBelievers...

From: Mothanna
Date: Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 4:12 AM
Subject: IE8


Why are doing such kind of fucking false news?

Even better than the swearing is that this guy is the assistant editor at a tech publishing company. I told him that publishing "fucking false news" was my job.

From: David
Date: Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 5:07 AM
Subject: Is it for real

This looks a lot like a joke or something.

Is it for real?

If it looks like a joke...

From: Ashish
Date: Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 5:19 AM
Subject: On the latest article on FF3 - IE8 - WIndows 7

Thanks for the post . However I wanted to know where was the announcement made ? I am not able to find any official Microsoft announcement till now.

Moreover you said on early morning. In America Monday is going to start. If you can send me some kind of link for this news of original source would be great.

I told him that we were the original source of the news. Then I found his blog where he made a post about this story...

Believe it or not that’s going to happen.

Who said journalism was dead on the Internet? And once again back to Fark...

so much awesome. /loves me some firefox


Parts of this make me think it isn't real.


Is this for real? What, do they get flung into giant nets, or do they parachute?

Last Day of School

In the BBlog I asked BBspotters if there was anything in adulthood equivalent to the last day of school. I got a few replies...

From: Todd
Date: Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 9:56 PM
Subject: Last day at school for adults.

The only comparison I've found is the last day on a job; especially if it is a job you have come to loathe. I suspect that it isn't so fun if you don't have another job to go to but thankfully that hasn't happened to me, yet.

I swear the walk to the car, knowing you never need to clock in there again is one of the top 5 non-family related experiences I've had in adulthood.


From: Jean-Marc
Date: Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 4:05 AM
Subject: End-of-school
To: Brian Briggs

"Tomorrow is the last day of school for the kids. I remember the excitement that day brought when I was a kid. Is there anything equivalent to that in adulthood? If there is, let me know."

Of course you might not know, being self-employed and all that, but such a thing exists, it's called a Friday.

I'm not sure Friday quite matches that end of school year feeling.

From: Chris
Date: Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 10:40 PM
Subject: Is there anything as exciting as the last day of school in adulthood?

Nope. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. At least not so far in my 47+ years.

If you know of something, let me know.

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 out that you should take a look at..

From: Seth

Two Italian folks got it on
In confession, while bishop was gone.
 Which saves time, I would guess,
  Once they need to confess;
It's just like eating bran on the john.

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