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This Week:
* WEB TOY - You are an arse
* INTERVIEW - Graham Rawle 
* CONFESSION - I've pooed myself

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B3ta email 68 - 06 Dec 2002

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: "YOU ARE AN ARSE"
  Tell your friends

  B3ta editor Rob writes -

  "My girlfriend was having a bad day at work
  and was annoyed with a client.

  "To cheer her up, I made a quick flash thing to
  allow her to add their name to a picture of a
  bum.

  "Why not try it yourself? It's therapeutic."
http://www.b3ta.com/arse/youareanarse.swf?t=This


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: GRAHAM RAWLE INTERVIEW
  'Lost Consonants' bloke speaks

  Graham Rawle is an illustrator best known for
  his strip in The Guardian. Each week he depicts
  a sentence that has had its meaning changed by
  the removal a single letter. 

  He uses photomontage in his work, making him
  a bit of an inspiration to the people on
  our messageboard.

  Best bit? Almost all of it, he's a witty man.
http://www.b3ta.com/people/grahamrawle/


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: "I SHAT MY PANTS"
  True confessions of the loose-bowelled

  Log - gay web superstar - has been collecting
  people's conversations about the times they've
  pooed themselves.
  
  We're not sure why he's doing this. It's as
  grim as it sounds, but surprisingly enjoyable
  to read.

  Prepare for the worst.  
http://www.disappointment.com/randomacts/soiling/philsstory.htm


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK 
  Weebl, Domain name theft, Chair, Psycho 

  >> New Weebl, 'Bob's return' <<
  This is the penultimate episode of Bob's Week
  in France. It's the same old bollocks that we
  know and love. BTW: Look out for Weebl posters
  coming to a blank wall near you soon. MTV is
  printing 15,000 of the buggers. 
http://www.weebl.jolt.co.uk/bobs%20week%20in%20france%20pt6.htm


  >> Domain squats <<
  For some reason this week you lot have been
  registering domains in celebrities' names and
  sticking your own stuff up there. Er.. great.
http://www.glennhoddle.com/
http://www.justintimberlake.co.uk/
http://www.robertkilroysilk.com/


  >> Tragic chair animation <<
  We found this inexplicably sad. The poor little
  chair touched our hearts. Thanks Mr Mantlepies.
http://www.mantlepies.com/disaster.html


  >> Psycho bloke cartoon <<
  Mung returns with another well produced and
  slightly odd interview-style animation.
http://www.brianmung.com/fancysoup3.htm


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

  >> One Minute Prose <<
  This website has a unique gimmick. It gives you
  60 seconds to write about a random word that
  appears at the top of the screen. It's surprising
  what you think of when the pressure is on.
http://oneword.invisibleland.tv/index2.html


  >> The Worst Things on the Web 2002 <<
  An attack on the most annoying aspects of
  using the internet this year: Interstitials,
  banner ads, and spam. We found ourselves
  agreeing totally with the writer, which was
  slightly worrying on a site called Right Wing
  News. 
http://www.rightwingnews.com/special/theworst.php


  >> Gothy Cartoon <<
  'Freakshow of Pipingrad' is a regular
  newspaper-style cartoon. There's a dreamy,
  melancholy feel to the artwork that we like
  very much.
http://www.pipingrad.com/fop/fop1.html


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from the 'Dr Who Monsters' 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 'Dr Who monsters that
  should have been:
http://b3ta.com/challenge/doctor/

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

  Chthonic writes -

  #1 "Funding Cuts - not a monster per se, but
     lovely, lovely animation. (Maels)
http://b3ta.com/board/532961

  #2 "They don't let him out much - bouncy bouncy
     bouncy. Makes me giggle every time. (Trin)
http://b3ta.com/board/522441

  #3 "Kerplunk - a great visual gag, and the best
     of the hundreds of dalek images. Fab"
     (Monkey_doo_kid)
http://b3ta.com/board/527470


  >> This Week's Challenge <<

  This week, B3ta contributor Dr_Phil_Kitten gave us
  the suggestion, 'Why I was late for work'
http://www.b3ta.com/challenge/late/


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: WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
  Follow-ups on previous stories

  * GASH OR TASH ON TV - we were very excited
    to see our quiz on Graham Norton's UK chat
    show. Mark Owen - former Take That star - was
    the lucky celebrity to witness its awesome
    moustachy/gashy power.


  * B3TA XMAS PARTY - to the bloke who emailed us
    asking, "Can you charter a plane so that all
    the Canadian B3tans can travel at half price?"
    Er, sorry, the answer is no.
http://b3ta.com/party/xmas.gif


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  We promise to only spend your money on costs
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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:

  * Real world projects. Come on! Turn off your
    computer and do something less boring instead
  * Something as good as kittens
  * Your usual mix of games quizzes 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 Big
  David Stevenson.
  Links sent in by Fraser & Ghost Dog.
  Image challenge handled by Denise Wilton. 
  Proofing by the cheeky B4ta monkeys. 
  Thanks also to Cal. We're scared that if we leave
  him out he'll stop improving the site. (54908)

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