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This Week:

 - Rocket car
 - Blode III
 - MaciGame

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B3ta Issue 12 - 05 OCT 2001 - WASTE TIME AT WORK
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  One of the great joys of the web is that it 
  offers endless ways of bunking off from work
  whilst in the office.

  Considering that most of us will be sacked soon,
  why not have a holiday on company time?

  And so - here are B3tas' 10 ways to waste time
  in the office.

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: READ THE BEST EMAIL EVER WRITTEN
  .. Legend of the Rocket Car.

  In 1978 a 22 year old man attached an aircraft
  jet rocket to his car. This is his - very
  long & extremely funny - account.
      
http://www.wagoneers.com/pages/RocketCar/rockit.html


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: WATCH AN ODD ANIMATION
  .. Blode III - Marmot Mayhem.

  Joel Veitch - creator of The Frightened Boy
  & the Swearotron has released a new animated
  flash movie.

  It features a small fury animal going into
  space and defeating Space Marmots - and a song
  about cleaning a Musk Ox.

  Joel claims, "This is the dawn of a new era
  in entertainment and the best thing ever
  made, of any sort, ever in the history of
  everything." 

http://www.rathergood.com/blode3/

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: BEST THREE WEB GAMES
  .. that we've wasted most time on.

  Lego JunkBot
http://www.lego.com/build/junkbot/junkbot.asp

  3D Pong
http://www.liquid.se/pong.html

  Spaced Pengiun
http://bigidea.com/penguins/kids/k_spacedpenguin.htm

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: MESS UP A NEWS PHOTO
  .. post it to Fark.com

  Fark is a community site which hosts links
  to interesting stories and allows you to
  comment on them.

  Farks' weird genius is a section called
  "Photoshop this picture", where the editor
  finds an unusual image and challenges the
  you to edit it.

  Don't have to worry if your artistic
  skills are lacking - it's all about making
  a quick gag. 

  View a recent example - with a clown:
http://www.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=53263

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: TYPE YOUR NAME INTO A SEARCH ENGINE
  ..  it's called Ego Surfing.

  B3ta member Rob says, "I have the same name
  as the chief of police in Haiti. I was 
  strangely thrilled to learn about my
  doppelgangers' series of human rights
  abuses."

  Suggestion: find that special person,
  email them, and really weird them out.

http://www.google.com/

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: MAKE A PAPER AIRPLANE
  .. and throw it at a co-worker.

  This site features many novel designs - a step up
  from the ones we made at school.

http://www.josephpalmer.com/planes/Airplane.shtml


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: KILL YOUR BOSS (online)
  .. and get sacked.

  Find a JPEG image of your boss - there will
  probably be one on the company intranet -
  and upload it to B3ta's customisable Space
  Invaders.

  This will generate a unique web address which
  you can forward to all the employees in the
  company.

  If you get sacked - email us so that we can
  laugh at your expense.

http://b3ta.com/kill/


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: PLAY MACIGAME
  .. the most addictive game in the world.

  Like Tetris - on first glance MaciGame
  looks unappealing - and like Tetris, it's
  genius is it's simplicity.

  B3ta member Neil says, "I had to take it
  off my computer. I didn't do a stitch
  of work for 2 months."

  (BTW: It's not a web page, it needs
  installing - and there are version for
  the PC & Mac.)

http://www.chronicsite.com/gatchaman/freebies.html  


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: MAKE WEIRD ART
  .. out of dead crabs.

  Crab Pallete is a silly little web page
  which allows your to make pictures by
  squashing crabs.

http://www.rathergood.com/crabpalette.html


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: HOW GOOD ARE THEY IN BED?
  .. that sexy person, in the office.

  Howgoodinbed.com asks you to fill in a quick
  quiz, and attempts to rate your friends' bedroom
  technique based on a series of clever sums.

  Site designer Rob Malone got in contact and said,
  "I honestly believe there must be some real
  predictive factors and this site is meant to
  figure out what they are."

http://www.howgoodinbed.com/


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: SEND US STUFF!
  .. pictures, games, whatever ..
 
  We are always interested in hearing from people who
  are attempting to make cool things on the web. Say
  hello at http://www.b3ta.com/mailus/

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