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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 38: "LEMMINGS, KITTENS & STEPHEN BYERS"

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This Week:
- B3ta people make stuff - Special Issue.
- Our Birthday party - you're invited
- Rathergood on TV

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B3ta email 38 - 10 MAY 2002 -   "We're saving the
                                web ... together"

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  This week our friends have been so busy making
  stuff on the web, that we're dedicating this
  issue to them.
  
  Make a cup of tea and get clicking.

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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #1
  Lemmings Game, Badger Game, Punk Kittens

  >> Lemmings Game <<
  DogEgg is a B3ta boarder contracted by
  the BBC to make web games. He says, "We just
  finished off this flash game. It's a distant
  relative of Lemmings." It's both polished
  and engrossing fun.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/choice/games/roadies/


  >> Badger Racing Game <<
  You know those games at the fair where you
  have to bet 10p on which mechanical motorbike
  wins a race? B3ta boarder Weebl has made a
  version with rocket badgers. It's the tune
  that makes it.
http://www.weebl.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/badger.html


  >> Punk Kittens <<
  Weebl has been busy. He's made this tiny but
  lovely animation of 3 kittens dancing to a punk
  record. It's a vibe thing.
http://www.weebl.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/cats.swf


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: COME TO OUR FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY
  Jelly, ice cream, cakes and penguins.

  Keep the evening free on Friday 5th of July.

  We'll be having a party in London, UK. More
  details will be given closer to the date.

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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #2
  Queen Mum, School Kid Photo and Booze Campaign

  And there's more. So much more.

  >> Fly the Queen Mum to Heaven <<
  In a submission too late to be topical, b3ta
  boarder Crazy Mum gives you a nice little game
  where you have to dodge airplanes and collect
  gin. Nicely done.
http://www14.brinkster.com/crazymum/queenmum.asp


  >> B3ta School Kids Photo <<
  This will only be amusing if you've met any of
  the people who contribute to B3ta. Thanks to
  Mr & Mrs Pickled Pizza we've got new wallpaper.
http://members.lycos.co.uk/mrpizza/b3ta/b3tanschool.jpg


  >> Campaign to drink later <<
  B3ta reader GI Joe has started a campaign to
  extend the UK licensing hours. He's seeking
  to build a petition of 250,000. Show your 
  support by leaving your name at his site.
http://www.drinklater.co.uk/

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: THE RATHERGOOD CORNER
  Jazz Kitten on TV.

  Joel Veitch runs a site called Rathergood.
  He's our mate and we love his deranged work.

  Joel writes - 

  "What a fantastic week. A few weeks ago I 
  made an animation featuring kittens playing
  Jazz. I launched it using the b3ta newsletter.

  "And now? It's been on TV! The production
  company who make the C4 breakfast show RI:SE
  got in touch and asked to use it as an
  interstitial - the bit before an ad break.

  "Anyway - if you missed it, here it is again."
http://www.rathergood.com/kittens/


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #3
  Weather Maps, Penguins & Dave Lee Travis

  Our brains hurt. There's too much stuff.

  >> Make Your Own Weather Maps <<
  B3ta boarder Tomsk says "I made this thing for
  fun. It's not funny or anything, it's just a
  toy. Read the instructions, click stuff, drag
  stuff, make nice weather... "
http://makeashorterlink.com/?G54C217D


  >> Whack Penguins Game <<
  Another week, and another variation on the mole
  whacking genre. Thanks Vbloke.
http://www.vbloke.com/whack.html  


  >> Which animal is that? <<
  Long-time B3ta boarder Monkeon has made a
  game to test your animal identification
  skills. It also features the much loathed
  DJ, Dave Lee Travis.
http://www.monkeon.co.uk/hairy/


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: ANNOUCEMENT: T-SHIRTS

  Fatlobster have been making B3ta T-Shirts,
  they write -

  "T-shirts have arrived and will be despatched
  Friday/Sat/Mon. Not a single cheque has been
  cashed and will not be until t-shirts are
  despatched. Apologies for the delay."


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: LISTEN AND WATCH SWEARING POLITICIANS
  Osymyso & Cartel do it again

  Each week we talk to th_dr at Boom Selection
  to ask him about his favourite bootleg music
  that he's heard this week.

  th_dr writes - 

  "With the return of Stephen Byers to our TV
  screens, I'm loving this delightful clip of
  various politicians cutup to sound like they're
  swearing, all to the soundtrack of Rocky and
  Chas n Dave. Class.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?J13F227D

  "BTW: Osymyso and Cartel have got into trouble.
  Read this newspaper article about them."
http://makeashorterlink.com/?Q52C327D


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: HOW TO SPEND YOUR MONEY
  Buy a remote control vibrator.
 
  We asked adult e-commerce site Fanny Batter
  what was the geekiest item in their catalogue.

  Andrew writes -

  "The Oyster is pretty geeky. It's a remote
  control vibrator with a key ring controller,
  and offers daring fun at dinner parties. 

  "With the receiving vibrating silent stimulator
  hidden inside the wearer's panties, shuddering
  vibes can be detonated from up to 50ft away."

  Sounds like a buzz.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?Y23C237D


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: SITES IN BRIEF 
  Stuff we like that wasn't made by our mates.

  >> Make weird animals pics <<
  At the Switcheroo Zoo you can combine pictures
  of animals to make a zebra with an elephants
  trunk, or a dog with a rhino horn. Cool.
http://www.switcheroozoo.com/zoo.htm


  >> A Periodic Table Table <<
  Theo Gray has made a real wooden table out of 
  the periodic table. Never has chemistry looked
  so good. We want one.
http://208.55.251.3/Periodic.htm


  >> Hidden images in music <<
  Fascinating story about how musician Aphex Twin
  hid a picture of his own face within his Window
  Licker track. Can only be seen with spectrograph
  software - these are the backward messages of
  the future.
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,52426,00.html


  >> Trippy Animated Story <<
  This strange and imaginative animation features
  a fly, regression therapy and magic mushrooms.
  It will make you go, "uh, that's odd."
http://w1.736.telia.com/~u73602493/flashback.html


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: LONDON RETRO GAMING EXHIBITION

  Stuck for something to do? We'll be popping in to
  "Game On: the Culture and History of video games".

  It starts next Thursday at the Barbican. More 
  details on their site.
http://www.gameonweb.co.uk/


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from Ronald McDonald, 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 tiny minds.

  Last week we wanted you to Photoshop Ronald
  McDonald.
http://b3ta.com/challenge/ronaldmcdonald/

  >> Winners? <<
  
  There was so much good stuff that we've put
  a little page together of our favourite
  entries.  
http://b3ta.com/features/ronaldmcdonald/


  >> This Weeks Challenge <<

  We want you to Photoshop Bill Gates.
http://b3ta.com/challenge/billgates/


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: STAR IN NEXT WEEKS ISSUE

  Make something cool and tell us about it. This
  newsletter now reaches over 22,000 people - if
  you are in it, then people will see your stuff.
  It's that simple.

  Stuff we'd really like to see includes

  * Contacts for celebrity interviews
  * Reviews of weird stuff you've bought on-line
  * Real world projects - have YOU built a robot?
  * Games, animations and general tomfoolery.

  Send contributions to http://www.b3ta.com/mailus/

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