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About the Author

Brian Briggs grew up on a farm outside of the small town of Milan, Michigan--not exactly fertile land for geek creation. Brian overcame his environment by spending the money he earned on the farm on a Color Computer 2. After getting an Electrical Engineering degree (can't spell geek without EE) from the University of Michigan, he worked for a small industrial computer company for ten years. In January 2000 he started posting stories he had written on some free Web space. Quickly overrunning his bandwidth quota, he convinced his wife he needed his own domain and BBspot.com was born. In January 2003, Brian "quit his day job" and started doing BBspot full time. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his lovely wife, two wonderful children, and a life-sized, talking Darth Vader.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806530022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806530024
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,134,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've also been reading the BBspot for years, so I had high expectations for the book. Boy did it deliver. I was laughing out loud so much I had to stop to explain some of the jokes to my non-geek wife. The book arrived 4 days before the official release date (aka the Chump date from now on) and I finished it before I was supposed to receive it. Yes, I actually cut down my World of Warcraft play time in order to read a book :)

The book is very well organized and follows a consistent structure. It would make excellent episodic reading, if you can put it down.

I'm buying two more copies for my geek friends, but I think it would be an excellent purchase for non-geeks interested in learning about what makes us tick.
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Brian Briggs has long been a talented, innovative writer for the Internet age. This book compiles many of his best "web-icles" in one breezy book. If you remember the "Books of Top Ten Lists" from David Letterman and his writers, this is similar, only it's tailored to those who work and live in the current Internet, online-gaming, and general Geek culture, including everything from computer gurus to academic mathematicians. Grab this book. It's a load of fun that you can read any time, and in any order.
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but I wish I was! This book is hilarious from front to back. My husband brought it home and it sat on my kitchen counter for two days. Out of pure curiosity I picked it up and read the entire thing! I could not stop laughing. The pictures are my favorite for sure! I guarantee if you have the ability to laugh you will find this book amusing.
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The Bbook of Geek is definitely a well-rounded book, covering topics like TV, movies, the Internet, software, hardware, science, gaming, and literature. From D&D to WoW, from Gates to Jobs, from The Twilight Zone to Firefly, this book will keep you laughing and remind you of all those years of terrible technology. I am so very thankful I wasn't born until the 80's.
This book is a delightful mix of truth and fallacy, much like Briggs' website. See: "BBelievers". Each entry in this book contains a blurb of the topic, a list of "facts", and a hilariously funny picture featuring Briggs.
I was pleasantly surprised with some of the topics, like Rube Goldberg machines, manga, and Metropolis, but was also surprised at some of the things not included (like Magic the Gathering and They Might Be Giants).
All in all I thought this book was great. It's funny, it's sentimental, and hey, you just might learn something.
If you have an ounce of geek in you, and we all do, check out this book!
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This is essentially what this book consists of

bunch of allegedly geeky topics
* 2 true facts + 4 lame (untrue, unfunny) facts
* half a page of nonsense vaguely related to the topic at hand
* creepy picture of the author(?) and friends doing their rendition of said topic

The content is really slim.
Read : size 16 font and tons of white space.

The jokes aren't funny.
Essentially, the author just pulled some random word-associations out of his ...

For example,

Emacs :
* Emacs only runs on Imacs

Spider Man :
* In 'The Amazing Spider-Man #56' Peter Parker learns that he is heir to his Uncle Ben's enormous rice fortune

Battlestar Galactica :
* Dirk Benedict, the original Starbuck, was a founding investor of Starbucks, the coffee giant, and helped name it.

This is my first negative review on Amazon in over 5 years.
This book has 0 entertainment and educational value.
I highly discourage anyone from purchasing it.
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I've been reading BBspot for years, and this does not disappoint. Great book, required reading for any geek. He does a fantastic job on touching on most of the main facets of geekdom, and in the same highly humorous way that any reader of BBspot is well familiar with, and any other geek should become familiar with. Sure, there are things I could wish had been included, but its hard to argue against those that were included. Well worth it!
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Have been reading BBSpot since the beginning. Brain is definitely a geek, and writing books is probably safer for the accident prone like him. I mean who can say they have gotten their finger stuck in a wire stripper not once but twice?!? Can't wait to get my own autographed copy.
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I never thought of myself as a geek - I really don't have the attention span -- and in truth I bought this book as a gift for more technically minded friends. But after reading it myself, it appears I have, at a minimum, geekish tendencies because this is one very funny book. The BBook has a consistent format: each of the 100 or so "geek-related" entries (e.g., Bill Gates, Archimedes, the Commodore 64, Star Trek) gets two pages. Each entry has actual facts: "Arthur Clarke has a dinosaur named after him"; fictional facts: "Star Trek was the first TV series to have an entirely gay and lesbian main cast"; and a satirical story: "Geek Can't Stop Ruining Romantic Moments with His Knowledge of Science." It's fun reading, and a proper geek would doubtless give it five stars, but I give it four stars primarily because the book sometimes made me feel woefully ignorant. I had never heard of LARP, the Dremel Rotary Tool, or Cthulhu. And while I'm sure Pokemon "prepares young geeks for a lifetime of gaming," I was never into it. (Although I might have if one of the BBook's "facts" were true: "In the card game, in case of a tie, players throw cards at one another until the loser bleeds.")
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