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Wednesday, September 17 12:00 AM ET

BBspot Mailbag

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.


Here's a good catch by BBspoter Michael S who wrote in to tell me about sci-fi site i09's post on the "squirrel smasher." Now, I think the person that posted the article, knew it was a joke, but some of the commenters I'm not so sure about...

If you liked the Large Hadron Collider, you'll love this new large-scale experiment. Scientists are going to smash single-celled organisms together at high speeds to see if they kind find special particles. Apparently the device they've created is big enough to smash squirrels together, so it's gotten the somewhat unfortunate nickname "squirrel smasher."

More BBelievers in the comments.

Movie Marathons

After the Star Trek movie marathon, I put out a call on the BBlog for suggestions on other marathons I could do. Here are some of the suggestions I received, and as always if you have a suggestion, let me know...

From: Jeff H
Date: Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 9:31 PM
Subject: other marathons

If you're really desperate, here are some other marathon ideas. There's always the easy ideas: Dirty Harry (5), Die Hard (4), Rocky (6), Rambo (4), Star Wars (6, but you have to live through The Phantom Menace first), Aliens (4 - 1st two:awesome, 2nd two: not so much), LOTR Extended (4, but this has been done before), but for some bigger bang:

Inspector Clouseau Installments: 5 - 10 (depending on how pure you want to be about it)
Advantage: the first 3 or 4 are some pretty funny stuff Disadvantage: They get really bad towards the end

and, if you really want to take one for the team, there's a certain movie coming out in November, which almost *begs* you to watch the ones that came before it. That's right

Bond, James Bond
Installments: 21
Advantage: hoo boy - 21 movies, roughly 2 hours apiece, this is a week's worth of work here
Disadvantage: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (yes, it's as bad as I remember), Moonraker, and Sean Connery's blue terry cloth onesie.

Just tryin' to help.

Forty-two hours worth of Bond? Do you expect me to watch that? No, I expect you to die!

From: Matthew C
Date: Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 6:11 PM
Subject: Video Marathon suggestion - Red Dwarf
To: "" <>

Ok, It a British thing (but then again I'm British) but I once did a marathon session of Red Dwarf. Its a fantastic series and it was interesting to see it evolve over 11 years (8 series). The overall opinion of most people is that series 6 was the best with the episode "Gunmen of the Apocalypse" winning an Emmy.

I've seen the first few seasons at least so this one would be doable and enjoyable, a definite possibility!

From: Jim M
Date: Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 12:22 PM
Subject: Re: Movie Marathon Suggestions
To: Brian Briggs

Maybe see if you could get people to follow along at home and you could group blog it. I would do that for LOTR, Firefly or SW. Might even take a day off work to do it, although Saturday would be better. We could setup a Skype or conference even if we wanted get crazy (could Twitter too for the streaming media challenged). That might be too crazy . . . which makes it sound all the more fun! The movies wouldn't even have to be perfectly synchronized - that would add to the fun.

For that matter we could just do virtual movie parties for one movie. Get a few people in a conference (could split the screen into quarters on USStream) and then everyone else could follow along. It would be kind of like a Mystery Science Theater 3000. Could watch Space Balls, Galaxy Quest, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc. Anything entertaining and a bit campy. We did a live movie party at where I used to work and when we watched Space Balls there was this one guy who would laugh before each of the funny scenes since he had seen it so many times. It was annoying to the couple of people who hadn't seen it yet, but still a lot of fun.

I think that would be a lot of fun, and since there's a movie section in the BBook it could be cross-promotional as well!

From: Alan
Date: Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 2:29 PM
Subject: Some marathon suggestions for you

I've got a couple of possible suggestions for follow-up marathons that you might want to think about if you want to stick to the sci-fi theme:

Something shorter would be the Martian Chronicles from 1980. At 6hrs it might not be enough. In the same TV vein, consider watching the entirety of V and V: The Final Battle. I think they come in around 8 hours for the both of them.

You're hard-pressed to find 8 movies tied together like Star Trek, although you could suffer through the Star Wars trilogies (and throw in a bootlegged copy of The Clone Wars for good measure) if you have the intestinal fortitude. My other suggestion would be the Alien/Predator saga - in order of release: Alien, Aliens, Predator, Predator 2, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, AvP, AvP:R.

I think the Alien/Predator combo would be fun, but it would be a test of endurance to get past the last couple.

From: Magus Dethen <>
Date: Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 11:15 AM
Subject: Squirrel Smasher + Marathon

[F]or another marathon you have a few options for geeky movies (not the 18+ hour Star Trek)

1) LotRs- extended bladder buster editions
2) Batman- And we are talking all Batman, from The Batman with Adam West, to Nipple Batman in Batman and Robin, and if you want to be complete the animated movies Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
3) Kevin Smith- Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks 2 and for kicks Clerks the animated series.
4) Everyone will say Star Wars, and if you want to make it interesting add in the abortion of 1-3.

Having just watched An Evening with Kevin Smith on Netflix streaming, that could be an interesting one too.

From: Allison
Date: Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 6:44 AM
Subject: movie marathon suggestion

Planet of the Apes movies:

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

Escape from Planet of the Apes (1971)

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

Planet of the Apes (2001)

That's a lot of damn dirty apes!

I'm surprised no one has mentioned a Uwe Boll marathon. Maybe people like me too much to even suggest that. Thanks!

So send me more suggestions, or your thoughts on which one I should do next.

Worst Book Ever

In a BBlog posting this week, I wrote about my feelings on the Twilight series of books. I didn't speak too kindly of it as the title suggests. One BBspotter showed a bit of concern...

From: John K
Date: Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 3:54 PM
Subject: about your latest blog
To: Brian Briggs

The one about the really bad book. Just saying that if you flame other people's books publicly, they might flame you back. And not to be offensive, I love you and your site, but she has a lot more media power than you. IDK if you want the potential negative publicity or not, so I'm just throwing it out there.

If Stephenie Meyer were to mention my BBlog posting or bash my BBook. I can only imagine coming out the winner in that situation, so if anyone wants to send this over to Stephenie Meyer, I have no problem with that.

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...

Seth has been sending over limericks for many weeks without any Mailbag. Thanks to him you've got many to enjoy now...

From: Seth

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And now Google is bringing us Chrome.
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