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Monday, December 7 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.


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In October I wrote a story about the MPAA cracking down on unlicensed Halloween costumes. Someone didn't quite get the reality of the situation...

From the comments: The link ( that you provided in the news article doesn't appear to be entirely valid any longer. It goes to a white page that says: "No input file specified."

Looks like we grabbed another BBeliever on the Google Store article...

From the comments: Schmidt has reached the stage where many other successes have in the past.... megalomania. Like the rest, the fall will be painful for him and enjoyable for us.

Just like finding out you BBelieved a fake news story?

Looks like someone took my trailer review for Twilight a bit too seriously...

ok LOL that was funny to read..... ANYWAY i have to say the first movie (twilight) was very very bad acting they were all just looking at each othe like their going to tackle each other and start to hug, and nothing really happened HE LIKED HER then he didn't like her she still liked him HE LIKED HER AGAIN and she was like all weird. and she's such a drama queen! THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME CRYING IN TWILIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! anyway i watched it 5 times and i know, I! KNOW!!!!!!!! that this one will be better well i hope it is, the only reason why it ain't going to be better is because bella looks like a vampire with alll the palness! and he'll leave her, AGAIN!!!!!!!! And she's going to do what he said not to, which is scream in her sleep like she's dying, and fall of a cilff WHICH WELL BE TOTALLY FUN TO WATCH THAT WITCH.... die.... THEN MY ALMOST BOYFRIEND WILL COME AND GET ALL SC ON HER..... i'll find her.... i wil... THE ONLY PERSON HE NEEDS TO BE SC ON is TS th! e one who sings YOU! BELONG WIT ME! AND IF HE IS GETTIN ALL TOUCHY WIT BELLA I'LL THROW A ROCK AT THE SCREEN!!! i will, i will, I WILL DARN IT! 
wait does he jacob (the one i've been talking bout) DIE?!?!?!?!?!?! OMG!!!!!! N00000000000000000000000000000

Fear for the future my friends.

I urge you to go read the comments on my latest story about Bing Ring, Microsoft's competitor to Google Voice. Seems quite a few commenters BBelieved it was real. Like this guy...

It is so funny when people talk about their product superiority and then state that the killer part of their app is being able to search your calls using BING. Never heard of it. Then the nail in the coffin to Google, being able to assign windows sounds as your ringtone, last time I checked windows sounds weren't winning grammy music awards.

Amazing. Lets see here, Google voice, forwards the call to any number of devices. Those devices have any of their own ringtones. Google, the worlds largest search engine searches through your calls, transposes them so you can read them, lets you listen to and download them. Oh and the nail in the coffin, it is FREE.

So did Mr. Nelson defending BING even look at the features Google offers or did he just make up his own little world where Googles app doesn't have these features?

I think Microsoft should stick to the things it is doing well like XBOX LIVE. Stop trying to play catchup guys. You have long missed the boat on this one.

Don't forget to check out the other comments.

Hot Dogs and Fries

I got this email in response to a link I posted about a Korean street vendor selling delicious hot dogs covered in fries...

From: Marcus
Date: Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 8:10 AM
Subject: Hot Dog & Fries


I actually have had the Korean hot dog & fries on a stick before - ah, good memories. I'm sure that's what contributed to me jumping up to 300 pounds at the time (60 pounds lighter now). My favorite at the food stands, though, was the waffles with jelly.

The stew the guy mentions is NOT the worst thing on the menu. The worst thing is this spicy sauce that you're supposed to dip things in. What do you dip? Anything. What's in the sauce? Anything... and everything. It is most unhygienic thing you might ever eat. These stands were everywhere.

Of course, I went to the "safer" stands near the university near the school I worked at, the ones that didn't serve that sauce. Now I've got a great hankering for a demi-soda and french fries hot dog now. Damn.

Thanks for the memories,

Happy BBirthday

From: Mitch
Date: Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 12:29 AM
Subject: My geeky birthday cake

Hey Brian, I thought you would appreciate my birthday cake. I'm pretty sure you'll know how old I am now.

I get extra geek points for this because my very-non-geek wife made it for me under no protest, though she did look a little puzzled by the whole thing.

That's all for today. Stay geeky!

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