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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 33: "TEST YOU GAYDAR"

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This Week:
- GAY OR STRAIGHT PHOTO QUIZ
- INSITE PHYSICAL VIOLENCE WITH WORKMATES
- THE RETURN OF THE YAK

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B3ta email 33 - 05 APRIL 2002 - "We're saving the
                                web ... together"

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: GAY OR STRAIGHT PHOTO QUIZ
  Can you tell?

  Last week we launched a Female or Shemale photo
  challenge. It got millions of views in a couple
  of days, crippled our server, and took down
  another 50 sites on the same box.

  Woo.

  It even reached U.S Radio, B3ta reader AMKaplan
  got in touch to say, "It was on KZOK 102.5
  Seattle. One of the guys on their morning show
  had the other hosts and guests taking about 
  it on air.  He told everyone to and call in
  while they were doing it."

  It was time to take it down.

  However, fools that we are, we're putting up 
  another quiz. If this one gets too popular then 
  we'll take it down as well, so get it whilst you
  can.

  It's based on testing your Gaydar. Can you
  tell straight men from gay men? Find out.
http://64.246.28.104/gayorstraight/

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: PLAY KEBOARD SUMO
  And cause chaos in your office.

  Computer fighting games have got so boring,
  twiddle the joystick, learn the combos, it's
  all same same same.

  Help is at hand via b3ta bloke Mike Trinder
  who has designed a game where you can
  physically fight.

  "Playing Keyboard Sumo may look pretty easy",
  Mike told us, "but it requires cunning and
  dexterity. All that's required is to hold
  down one key on the keyboard longer than
  your opponent. Shove, push, pull and scratch
  with abandon to get their finger off their
  key. Just be nice to them afterwards, OK?"

  Mike says he got the idea whilst in bed.
  "Monday Morning, 3am.", said Mike,"Woken
  up instantly by idea banging around in
  head. Attempt to go back to sleep, but
  it won't leave me alone. I had to make this
  so it would go away and let me sleep."

  Challenge a friend and fight.
http://www.chthonic.f9.co.uk/sumo/

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: HOW TO SPEND YOUR MONEY THIS WEEK
  Buy the coolest USB gadget ever made

  Takahiko Suzuki, a jewellery designer from the
  industrial city of Nagano, Japan, has designed
  the PowerMate, an external volume control for
  computers.

  "Touching the buttons on a computer does not
  agree with me very well," Suzuki said.

  The company has already shifted 10,000 of the
  little buggers.

  We recently bought one, and it has boy appeal.
  A friend said "What's the flashing blue thing?
  It's too cool."

  They cost $45 and do international delivery.
http://www.griffintechnology.com/audio/pwrmate.html

  (BTW: Have you bought something cool online?
  Tell us about it at http://www.b3ta.com/mailus/)


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: MP3 OF THE WEEK
  Earl Zinger - Can't get you out of my bed.

  Fantastic jazzy cover of the recent Kylie
  Minogue hit. Made us laugh and it made us
  sing. 
http://boom.phink.net/approved/kyliecover.mp3

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: THE RETURN OF JEFF MINTER
  Play retro games on a PocketPC

  Jeff Minter - creator of the classic computer
  games Llamatron, Grid Runner & Tempest 2000 has
  restarted his software company Llamasoft to
  recreate new versions of his old games for the
  handheld Microsoft Windows machines.

  With the collapse of his employer VM Labs with
  it's DVD player and games machine Nuon - Minter
  was recently been made redundant. "Getting
  laid off from VM was upsetting, and since then
  I have worked like a bastard and put my heart
  and soul into this."

  His company plans to start selling his first
  two titles, Hover Bovver and Deflex - an old
  ZX81 game - from his website shortly.
http://www.llamasoft.co.uk


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK
  Wap Elite and Orking Animals
  
  Do you remeber Elite on the BBC micro in the 
  mid 80s? It was fantastic. And now? B3ta friends
  Dan & Modesty B Catt have made a multiplayer 
  WAP version for mobile phones. BTW: We think
  multiplayer mobile gaming is going to be big.
http://www.phink.net/elite/

  Orking. What's that? Orking is act of taking
  a photograph of an animal with it's nose too
  close to the camera. B3ta boarder Monkeon has
  been researching this odd trend, and has
  produced a touching tribute.
http://www.monkeon.co.uk/orking

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: B3TA INTERVIEWS
  The people who have refused.

  We like interviewing people. It's fun and makes
  us feel like proper journalists instead of
  idiots messing about on the web.
  
  Despite our successes with people like Tony Hart,
  Dave Gorman & Osymyso - we've had a lot of
  refusals too.

  Our latest was Dom Joly, his agent said "Having
  spoken with Dom I'm afraid it is a no on this
  occasion.  Many apologies for the negative
  response."

  Oh well, that means Dom Joly joins David Icke,
  Matthew Smith, Pauline Quirk and Russell Grant
  in our list of people who won't talk to us.

  BTW: We are always open to suggestions for
  interviews. Please send ideas, and if you can
  get them, contact details to http://www.b3ta.com/mailus/

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: SITES IN BRIEF
  TV fuck ups, Eye spy and Dead Gamers.

  10 best TV fuck ups including audio files of 
  dead French pervert Serge Gansbery trying to 
  chat up Whitney Housten with the line "I said
  I want to fuck her."
http://www.prioryv.demon.co.uk/media.htm


  Creepy but inovative Eye Spy game.
http://www.throbbing.com/spy/


  Web game addict kills himself after playing
  EverQuest.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/mar02/31536.asp


  Weapons for ladies. We love leopard skin
  guns.
http://web.tiscali.it/ladiesweapons/weapons.html

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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results - Easter winner - New Challenge

  Each week we run a competition to test your
  creative skills. We set a challenge and you open
  Photoshop and mess with our heads.

  Last week we asked you to design some Easter
  merchansise for Jesus.
http://64.246.28.104/challenge/easter/

  The winner? We have a joint first place
  with Pabulum's water into wine convertor.
http://64.246.28.104/board/4/2/1/3/0/
 
  And the goth side of b3ta rather likes
  Lum's Tourettes shroud quilt
http://64.246.28.104/board/4/2/1/0/3/

  This week's challenge? We want to know what
  or who should be fed into a kitchen blender.
http://64.246.28.104/challenge/intheblender/


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: IN NEXT WEEKS ISSUE

   * Jeff Minter interview
   * Another quiz - if we can be arsed

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: NICE PEOPLE HELPING SAVE B3TA:
  You sent us cash. You rule - damn it.

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  REDFERN&FREEMAN, SM GARDNER

  BTW: Have we missed you out? Then tell us.

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