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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 65: "WHY CATS LOVE EARWAX"

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This Week:
- Build your own snow city
- Moustache game
- Potato song

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B3ta email 65 - 15 Nov 2002

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: CREATE SNOW CITIES
  And print them on mugs

  Remember the City Creator? This fantastic site
  allowed you to drag around tiny pixel buildings
  to create your own pictures.

  B3ta gods Denise & Cal write -

  "We've updated it for the festive season.
  You can now make little winter scenes.

  "There's also a funky addition: you can turn
  your designs into mugs & t-shirts."
http://www.citycreator.com/


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: PLUCK THE MOUSTACHE
  A game to make you wince

  Weebl and B3ta editor Rob have knocked up a
  quick game for the BBC.

  The unique selling point? You have to pluck a
  man's hairy lips with tweezers.
  
  Fans of B3ta stuff might recognise the hands
  - although the Beeb made us airbrush out the
  gnarled cuticles.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/lawrotash/


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: MEET THE NEW POTATOES
  Flash video and song

  Monkeon can always be relied on for a little
  dose of weirdness. He's a big fan of neglected
  90s band Go Kart Mozart and has made a video
  for them out of potatoes.

  He hopes that this will garner them a new
  generation of fans.

  Monkeon writes - 
  
  "St Etienne's Sarah Cracknell is the voice of
  the Colorado beetle."

  Behold the Monkeon magic.
http://www.monkeon.co.uk/potato/


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: B3TA CHRISTMAS PARTY
  Featuring booze, drink and alcohol

  Open your diary. Find the 19th of December and
  write, "B3ta Party, 7:30pm"

  Full details and map on the flyer.
http://b3ta.com/party/xmas.gif


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK
  Venting, Appraisals, Sandwiches, Sex chat

  >> Vent your spleen <<
  Had a bad day? Someone really fucking you off?
  Your boyfriend is a bastard? Your boss is a cunt?
  Tell Fraser. He's listening.
http://www.blogjam.com/vent/


  >> How to deal with office appraisals <<
  Santexo has recently been appraised at work.
  He didn't like it much, so he's poured his
  frustration into a fantasy of how it should
  have gone.
http://www.thegravy-train.com/el-fuego.html


  >> Share your sandwich recipes <<
  Derren Wilson wants to find the world's
  greatest sandwich filling. So far he's had
  several submissions from American sandwich
  fans and is now looking for UK people to
  share their sandwich secrets.
http://www.iliveonyourvisits.com/sp/


  >> Bad cybersex -  the sequel <<
  Last week we linked to a chat log of some
  disturbing sex chat. Looks like you are
  all at it - you dirty pervs. Read this,
  knowing that April17 is an Australian man.
http://slackers.net/~kanji/281000.html


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: WHY CATS LIKE EATING EARWAX
  A question the net couldn't answer .. answered

  Last week we asked you why cats liked eating
  ear wax. We'd trawled the net and found nothing.

  Stuart Moffat (BSc) got in touch and told us
  that cats have a poor sense of taste
  and will eat anything that smells like food.

  Read his detailed science answer:
http://b3ta.com/files/cat-earwax-conundrum.htm

  BTW: Have you got a query that the web can't
  resolve? Tell us at http://www.b3ta.com/mailus/. We'll
  pick the best and punt it out to the world.


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

  >> Who is the amazing dancing boy? <<
  This clip shows a guy get up out of the audience
  at a talent competition and do the most peculiar
  and yet spectacular dance routine we've ever seen
  - he puts Michael Jackson in his prime to shame.
  Who is he? We need to know. (Doesn't work on a
  Mac.)
http://www.sierize.com/file/kolla2001.wmv


  >> Extraordinary pencil sculptures <<
  Dalton Ghetti sculpts the tips of pencils into
  staggeringly intricate designs. We salute
  both his artistry and his dedication.
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/features/scn-sa-pencil1nov10.story


  >> Fire without matches <<
  Everyone thinks they know how to make fire. They've
  seen a film or read a book. But very few people
  have actually sat down and tried to do it. This
  man did - it took six days. A great read.
http://www.cockeyed.com/incredible/fire/firefirst.html


  >> Goth computer case <<
  There is a thriving subculture of people
  customising their computer cases to look cool.
  We think this heavy metal fan has gone too far.
http://snipurl.com/c2k


  >> Whose arse quiz <<
  Can you guess the name of the celebrity by
  simply looking at their arse? We couldn't.
  BTW: The format looks a little familiar. Well
  it's nice to be influential.
http://www.shockhaber.com/Whosebutt.htm


  >> Inexplicable platform game <<
  We have no idea how to play this game - but
  it's cute. Great hand-drawn characters and
  a fantastic rope swinging jumpy thingie. Yay.
http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/tokyogames/opniyama.html


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from the Ostrich 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 wanted you simply to photoshop
  an ostrich:
http://b3ta.com/challenge/ostrich/

  We asked B3ta boarder 'Mr Sheep' to judge the
  entries - here are his 3 faves.

  Mr Sheep writes -
  "What a competition! Nearly 600 entries!
  These show the best combination of
  originality, skill and sheer woo-yay.


  #1 "Untitled - brilliant. Just brilliant.
     Definitely the winner. (monkeon)
http://b3ta.com/board/4/7/1/4/9/8

  #2 "They're here - just loved this, in
     wheelbarrowloads (spassmonkey)
http://b3ta.com/board/4/6/7/3/8/1

  #3 "What the Bustard saw - topical, ingenious
     and arrrrrtful use of 'Bustard'" (manic)
http://b3ta.com/board/4/6/7/1/3/9


  >> This Weeks Challenge <<

  This week, B3ta contributor 'thewife' gave us
  the suggestion, "1950s Government Warnings"
http://b3ta.com/challenge/governmentwarning/


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: WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
  Follow-ups on previous stories.

  * DRAWING THING - last week Tomsk asked you
    to draw some pictures. You did. 4,300 of
    of the little buggers. Tomsk has picked a
    few favourites. Have a look.
http://tomandphil.myby.co.uk/drawing/bestof.html


  * PLUMP OR BUMP QUIZ - AndyK made a quiz
    testing whether you could tell the difference
    between pregnant and fat women. UK TV show
    'Very Graham Norton' got in touch asking to
    use it. Huzzah.


  * NAME THAT BEARD - we've learned that our
    beard quiz has been featured on stateside
    TV show, 'The Screen Savers.' We'd love to
    see a tape. Pretty please?


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  please help pay for it by donating a small
  amount to our fund.

  We promise to only spend your money on costs
  we incur in running B3ta. Oh, and crack.
http://www.b3ta.com/features/appeal/


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: STAR IN NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE

  Make something cool and tell us about it. If
  you are in it then people will see your stuff.

  Things we'd really like to see include:

  * A question that the net can't answer
  * A seven figure cash offer to buy b3ta
  * Your quizzes, games and animations

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

  BTW: If you've sent something in that hasn't
  been featured then don't be put off - we look
  at everything you send us.


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  THANKS: 

  This issue was edited by Rob Manuel
  with David Stevenson
  Links sent in by Fraser, James Moore, Tom M,
  Chris Cummins, and the guy who sent in the
  Korean dancing video whose name we lost (sorry)
  Image challenge handled by Mike Trinder
  Proofing by the shadowy b4ta cartel (52576)

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