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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 110: "PET CARE FOR ROCK STARS"

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This Week:
* ANIM - Bob Dylan's Space Monkey
* INVESTIGATION - Who owns the no hands kitten?
* RADIO - Miles Hunt live in the studio

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B3ta email 110 - 24 Oct 2003

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: B3TA HALLOWEEN PARTY
  31st October 2003

  Next Friday is our London Halloween party.
  If you enjoy our stuff and fancy saying hello
  we'd love to see you. There will be drinking, 
  t-shirts for sale and a raffle.
http://www2.b3ta.com/party/halloween2003.gif


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK 

  >> Bob Dylan song <<
  Remember Mystery Bob, the man who brought you
  War of the Worlds a couple of weeks ago? He's
  been busy writing and producing this great
  Flash video castigating Bob Dylan for his
  lack of pet care skills. There is a message in
  there for us all.
http://www.mysterybob.com/bobdylan.htm

  
  >> Spooky Halloween Animation <<
  Matazone has been messing with the classics:
  Evil ventriloquist dummies. His story is long
  and sent a few shivers up our spines.
http://snurl.com/186y


  >> Conker game <<
  Conker season is upon us. But forget about
  collecting nuts from trees and pickling them
  in vinegar. Like a squirrel. Happyperson has
  made a super-advanced conker simulator to
  recreate the thrills without leaving your desk.
http://www.happyperson.org/conkers.html


  >> No Hands kitten - secret origin <<
  Surely everyone in the world has seen the
  picture of the No Hands kitten. The tiny cat
  with his paws in the air has appeared on
  countless websites over the last year or so.
  Indole Ring tried to track down the owner of
  this famous creature.
http://snurl.com/187o


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: B3TA RADIO
  Evil pranks and Miles Hunt

  >> Evil pranks <<
  We've been asking you about the most evil
  pranks you've ever played. The response has
  been both phenomenal and scary. You lot really
  are some sick puppies. We'll be reading out
  the best stuff on Friday's B3ta radio show, but
  if you can't tune in read them on the site.
  There's some good stuff here.
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2185958


  >> Miles Hunt live on B3ta Radio <<  
  Oh, and we've also got a very special guest this
  week: Miles Hunt (ex Wonder Stuff) playing
  a live accoustic set. Yay. If you're in the
  London area, tune in on 104.4FM or you can
  listen here:
http://www.resonancefm.com/audio.htm


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


  >> Woman shoves dildo up man's Jap's eye <<
  Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. This really does what it says
  on the tin. It made our eyes water, but we
  couldn't look away in time. Probably not safe
  for work.
http://www.myg0t.com/CS-Condition_Zero.BETA-myg0t.mpg


  >> Tiny Korean girl plays xylophone <<
  This is probably the cutest thing you'll ever
  see on the internet. Cuter than 1000 kittens.
  Apparently a lovely video of a three-year-old
  Korean girl playing a complicated song. We
  suspect she may be a some sort of genius midget.
http://robpongi.com/pages/comboMOKINHI.html


  >> Loony + Photoshop = web gold <<
  We love paranoid nutters, but we thought we'd
  seen it all. How refreshing to see this guy's 
  take on the world. Why not try using Photoshop
  filters on random photos to reveal lizards
  hidden in the tiniest details? DO YOU SEE THE
  GNOMES WITH THEIR HATS?
http://www.wiolawapress.com/clem.htm


  >> Your games are crap and you are old <<
  Remember Space Invaders with affection? Donkey
  Kong? Bet you thought you were pretty cool. But
  you're not. Electronic Gaming Monthly got 10-12
  year-olds to look at some retro game favourites.
  They weren't too impressed. "Kirk: I'm sure
  everyone who made this game is dead by now."
http://www.egmmag.com/article2/0,4364,1338730,00.asp


  >> Man bends steel <<
  We think we're pretty hard at B3ta towers but
  we're no match for this guy. He can bend thick
  steel nails using his bare hands. And he's not
  the only one. There's a whole scene of people
  bending metal and exchanging tips. We suppose
  a strong grip comes in very useful on lonely
  winter nights.
http://home.insight.rr.com/strongman/bending.html


  >> Adam Ant sings <<
  Celebrity mental health patient Adam Ant has
  been all over the UK tabloids with his new
  version of his 80s hit Stand and Deliver. 
  Called Save the Gorillas it's a charming
  plea on behalf of the Dian Fossey foundation.
  But what we really enjoyed is this unplugged
  style video showing Adam really enjoying
  recording the song. He looks really chipper.
http://homepage.mac.com/dianfossey/iMovieTheater40.html


  >> Crap Japs impersonate album art <<
  Enjoy this series of photos of young japanese
  people posing in the style of their favourite
  album covers. Its charm lies in trying to
  guess what album they are imitating without
  looking to the right of the screen. Tricky
  because they are rubbish.
http://lsd.lovely.to/disc/fool/fool-01.html


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from the Local News 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 local news stories
http://b3ta.com/challenge/localnews

  We asked b3ta boarder Freddy Woo to judge the
  entries - here are his 3 faves.

  Freddy writes -

  #1 "Ink Shortage - so simple, so clever, so
     nicely done it would have been a scandal if
     this didn't win. (Indole Ring)
http://b3ta.com/board/2163714

  #2 "Local Man - somewhere out there a local
     paper really is running this story. This
     sums up the tedium of local news beautifully.
     (monkeon)
http://b3ta.com/board/2165379

  #3 "Tree Hoax - worth it for the evil smile on
     the kittens face alone. We all know the little
     buggers do it deliberately, now we have proof."
     (lemonhead)
http://b3ta.com/board/2165998

  Freddy would also like to say how much he enjoyed
  Threepwood's local edition of Heat magazine:
http://b3ta.com/board/2187023


  >> This Week's Challenge <<

  This week, b3ta contributor Supermoore gave us
  the suggestion, "100% FACT"
http://b3ta.com/challenge/facts/


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

  * PENNY/BREATHALYSER TIP WRONG - "I tried the
    penny thing a few months ago", writes kriscoco
    "Didn't work. I made a new friend while I slept
    it off in jail that night. She was butch, and I
    still cry at night sometimes." More on how
    wrong we were at Snopes.
http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/breath.asp


  * MICROWAVE EXPERIMENT SUCCESS - "I tried some
    as demonstrations", writes Dr Anna K. Croft
    of the University of Wales, Bangor, "for
    classes of first year chemists and can highly
    recommend them. Not in your own microwave
    though. Borrow someone else's."

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: THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SENT RAFFLE STUFF IN
  And remember we're still looking for more

  At our Halloween party we're holding a raffle
  to raise extra money to pay for our server
  costs. Lots of lovely people have be donating
  stuff to use as prizes.


  So thanks to Skateattack for a remote control
  helicopter. They've asked us to mention their
  Xmas competition. Oh, ok.
http://www.skateattack.co.uk/compo.php


  Computer Arts are donating a handful of
  magazine subscriptions. Cheers guys.
http://www.computerarts.co.uk/


  Web design company Fizzymedia is donating a
  DVD and Executive Marble Run set. Huzzah.
http://www.fizzymedia.com/


  For the ladies and the goths we've got some
  animal friendly cosmetics courtesy of:
http://www.be-spoke.com/


  And further thanks to Sue Blakeston for the
  signed book, and Nicecupofteaandasitdown
  for some lovely pre-release biscuits.


  >> Send us more stuff<<

  If you fancy giving us some stuff for the
  b3ta raffle get in touch with pep @ b3ta.com
  to discuss where to send it.


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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

  * MORE FREE STUFF - as we said we're having
    a raffle. Talk to pep at b3ta.com 

  * MORE GUESTS FOR B3TA RADIO - maybe you're
    Bill Drummond or Clive Sinclair. Why not
    come on our show - you'll enjoy it.

  * MORE WEBSTUFF - first and foremost we love
    the web and the stuff you send in. Don't 
    stop - there would be no b3ta without you.

  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, then tidied up by Mike
  Trinder
  Links sent in by 90Nx0, Richard Fisher,
  Chris, schminkypinky, Fraser, KnitWit and
  Brendan Collins
  Top Tippery by The Wife.
  Additional linkage by Fraser Lewry.
  Board research by Fnord.
  Image challenge handled by Mike Trinder.
  Proofing by the clicky b4ta woos. (70914)

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  BIKER TOP TIP:
  To stop your visor steaming up on these cold
  mornings, rub a little bit of washing up liquid
  into it. It'll stay clear as a clear thing and
  you'll be able to see where you're going again.

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