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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 42: "FOOTBALL VS. ART"

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This Week:
- Football Game
- Football Fan or Racist Quiz
- B3ta Steals The Turner Prize

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B3ta email 42 - 07 JUN 2002 -   "We're saving the
                                web ... together"

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: PLAY WORLD CUP GAME
  Don't worry - it's not much like football.

  The design agency playerthree have got in
  touch to tell us about their new game.

  Pete from playerthree writes

  "Pick a match and dive in... hammer 'n' and 'm'
  alternately to increase your speed, smack the
  space bar to kick the ball."

  Considering that B3ta is morally opposed to
  football, we found this game rather fun.
http://www.yomow.com/


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: SUPPORTER OR DEPORTER
  Who's the Racist? Can you tell?

  B3ta regular Monkeon writes - 

  "I spent the time when the football was on
  making this quiz. It's a rip off of the B3ta
  quizzes asking whether you can tell the
  difference between England supporters and
  people at a BNP rally."

  Blimey. Strong stuff.
http://www.monkeon.co.uk/supporter/


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #1
  Look-alikes, Pies & Jade the Big Brother Thicko

  >> Celebrity or Look-alike Quiz <<
  After last week's morally dubious Jailbait or
  Legal quiz we thought we'd return to much
  safer ground. Can you tell the difference
  between celebrities and their look-alikes?
http://b3ta.com/celebrityorlookalike/


  >> Pie Animation <<
  Weebl -who brought you The Cheese Family- has
  been making animations about Pies. They're
  great. 
http://www.weebl.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/b3ta/pie.html


  >> Big Brother contestant is a div <<
  B3ta reader David Nattriss has been watching
  the UK reality show Big Brother 3. He enjoyed
  the bit where contestant Jade revealed her
  ignorance of UK geography. She says, "I'm
  confused. I thought Cambridge was in London.
  I knew Birmingham weren't in London,
  but I thought Cambridge was in London."
  David has recorded the whole conversation
  for your enjoyment.
http://natts.com/jade-geography.mp3


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: HOW TO SPEND YOUR MONEY
  Buy a Mitten for your Kitten.

  A kitten mitten is a glove with long fingers
  with balls at the tips.

  They are designed so that you can playfully
  torment your cat without getting scratched.

  They only cost $6.99, and we'd really love
  you to buy one, play with your cat and send
  us some photos.  
http://www.vegancats.com/cattoys.html


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #2
  Marmite survey, Cats and Paintbrush Drawings  

  >> Do you like Marmite?<<
  B3ta reader Phin Pope is engaged in the eternal
  debate of whether people like Marmite (black
  salty stuff that UK people put on their toast.)
  He's gone as far as setting up TWO websites
  to canvass your opinion.
http://www.ilovemarmite.co.uk
http://www.ihatemarmite.co.uk


  >> Dear God no! Another cat animation <<
  B3ta reader Hooty Owl has given us this operatic
  cat animation. It's worth sticking
  through, as it has some unexpected bits.
http://www.ultraville.com/flash/cats.html


  >> Paintbrush Drawings <<
  Are you sick of all the Photoshop nonsense
  that B3ta gets up to? Board member Bananaman has
  been making all his work only using the crappy
  drawing package that comes with Windows.
  It gives his work a naive charm.
http://members.lycos.co.uk/magicalbananaman/mine.html


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

  >> Texttwist Anagram Game <<
  We're utterly addicted to this anagram game and
  managed to score about 36,000 on it.
http://games.yahoo.com/games/texttwist.html


  >> How Americans see the World<<
  This old but gold map of the world still
  makes us laugh.
http://members.lycos.co.uk/magicalbananaman/bush_world.jpg


  >> ASCII Penis Kittens go Wild <<
  This inexplicable Japanese animation did
  our heads in. In a good way.
http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~helpme/flash/chinko_anesan.swf


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: BOOTLEG MP3 OF THE WEEK
  30 Eminem Bootlegs. Golly.

  Each week we talk to the_dr at Boom Selection
  about his current favourite bootleg track.

  the_dr writes - 

  "Thought we'd do something different this week.

  "We are getting lots and lots of 'Without Me'
  bootlegs, so I decided to make a mini-site
  just for them. You can vote on your favourites
  and there's even instructions on how to make
  your own."
http://www.base58.com/withoutme/

  (BTW: We were worried last week that the
  site had gone AWOL. No worries. It was just
  undergoing a change of address.)


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from Jubilee 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 to make ideas for
  new challenges for Jubilee crockery.
http://b3ta.com/challenge/jubilee/

  We've asked B3ta boarder Dr Phil Kitten
  to judge the entries - here are her 3 faves.

  Dr Phil writes -

  #1 Brian May Mug Sugar Dispenser 
  "I don't like Queen, and I don't even take
  sugar in my tea, but I still want one of these.
  http://milhouse.members.pupiline.net/b3ta/kweenmug.jpg

  #2  The Gold Kween Jooberly Mug (Six50)
  "I like lo-fi and this really made me giggle.
  Particularly the Slade-esque spelling of Kween."
http://milhouse.members.pupiline.net/b3ta/kweenmug.jpg

  #3 Stripping Queen Mug (Salmon of Knowledge)
  "I'd buy one of these, wouldn't you?  But is that
  really what Lizzie looks like under her clothes?"
http://naxtek.com/mug.gif


  >> This Weeks Challenge <<

  This week, B3ta contributor LumpBucket gave us
  the suggestion, "B3ta should hijack the UK modern
  art competition, The Turner Prize." And so we
  are. We're nicking it.
http://b3ta.com/challenge/turnerprize/

  (BTW: Can anyone find us Tracy Emin? We'd
  really like her to judge our Turner Prize)


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  * Are you a famous? Say hello. 80s popstar
    Steve Strange sent us fan mail the other
    day. Fancy!
  * Reviews of weird/cheap stuff you've bought
    on-line
  * Games, animations and odd projects

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  REMEMBER! UK newsletter NTK is running their
  Extreme Computing nerd fest on Sunday. We're
  going to pop in, and so should you.

  11am-7pm, Sunday June 9th 2002
  The Camden Centre, London
http://www.xcom2002.com/

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