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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 46: "WE LOVE YOU"

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This Week:
- The kitten that sings, "I love you"
- Mr Stabby, he wants to stab you.
- B3ta party ... Tonight
- Introducing, the "Blogdex Viral Chart"

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B3ta email 46 - 05 JUL 2002 -   "We're saving the
                                web ... together"

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: WE LOVE YOU
  And we're saying it with kittens.

  If you've been following our newsletters,
  you'll know that we often lead on an item
  in poor taste.

  This week we are redressing the karmic balance.

  This is completely without edge - and only
  exists to spread a bit of happiness.

  Go on. Send this to your granny.
http://b3ta.com/i-love-you/


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: THE RATHERGOOD CORNER
  "Mr Stabby" - When two web giants collaborate.

  Joel Veitch runs a site called Rathergood.
  He's our mate and we love his deranged work.

  Joel writes - 

  "This week I've been working with Weebl, the
  chappy who made the 'when come back, bring
  pie' stuff.

  "We've made a short gag called Mr Stabby,
  with me writing the script and Weebl doing
  the animation.
  
  "I really hope to make this into a series
  Weebl's art work is simply fantastic."
http://www.rathergood.com/stabbypool/


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: B3TA PARTY TONIGHT!
  Don't forget. We've got cake.

  We're very excited about tonight's 1st birthday
  party. We've got cake, DJs and some lovely
  arcade games from digitaltables.
http://www.b3ta.co.uk/flyer2.gif


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #1
  Sunny Anim, Scrollbar Racing, German Tube Map

  >> Sunny Day Animation <<
  This is rather sweet - with a lovely pay off.
  Thanks to b3ta boarder Tomsk for 30
  seconds of joy.
http://tomandphil.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mint/sunny.html


  >> Go go Scrollbar Racing! <<
  You know that slidey bit on the edge of your
  browser? It's called a scrollbar. B3ta boarder
  Tomsk likes scrollbars so much that he's 
  written a game where you can race them. This
  rocks - in a slightly nerdy kind of way.
http://tomandphil.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/scrollbarracing/


  >> German Tube Map <<
  Artist Arthur Ascii (ho ho) has taken the
  London tube map and translated it into German.
  It makes strangely satisfying reading - if you
  are mad.
http://www.myrtle.co.uk/art/untergrund.gif


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  B3TA SALUTES: MAGGIE THATCHER HEAD SNATCHER
   
  Paul Kelleher, of Middlesex, UK has been
  charged with criminal damage for knocking
  the head off an 8 foot tall statue of
  ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. We would
  like to offer him our full support for his
  legal costs - but we have nothing to offer
  but our respect.


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #2
  Laundrette comp, Audition video, Kill the Queen

  >> Laundrette Sign Competition <<
  B3ta reader Matt Round has got in touch about
  his new competition. He's photographed a sign
  in his local laundrette. There is a word
  missing - he wants you to email in your
  suggestions.
http://www.malevole.com/mv/misc/competition/


  >> Audition Girl <<
  We've been playing with our new video camera.
  We've made a 15 second clip of a young lady
  auditioning for a role in a blockbuster movie.
  Can you guess which one? Don't phone in, it's
  just for fun.
http://www.b3ta.co.uk/audition-girl.mpg


  >> Queen Quake <<
  Imagine taking a shit 3D shooter engine, and
  making the baddies be the Queen. Amusing
  for 20 seconds. Thanks Alphabet Soup.
http://www.print-gifts.com/jubilee.html


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: HOW TO SPEND YOUR MONEY THIS WEEK
  Buy a remote control Dalek.

  Er.. What can we say? We know this is geeky.
  But hell - it's a dalek! And it's remote
  control! Cool doesn't come cooler in our book.
http://www.prod-ent.freeserve.co.uk/radiocommand.html


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

  >> Shaved Punk Cats <<
  This Japanese site features shaved cats. They've
  styled the hair into full body Mohawk. Is this
  cruel or great? We don't know.
http://homepage3.nifty.com/pee/bun.html


  >> Most anal-retentive man on the net? <<
  Matthew McClintock is a 35-year-old webmaster
  from Chicago. He's so obsessive about lists
  and order that he's taken pictures of
  everything he owns and logged it all on a 
  website. Blimey.
http://www.mc.clintock.com/


  >> Buy Eminem's Car <<
  A US car dealer has bought Eminem's car and
  is now trading it on E-bay. Anything over 
  $17000 will be donated to charity. The price
  currently stands at $22000. Please note: there
  is a small dent in the front bumper. Probably
  where he ran over a child.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?K2AD65231


  >> Come on, fhqwhgads <<
  This charming song and animation had us dancing
  round the room. Reminds us of The Gap Band's
  "Oops up side your head." Is this a summer novelty
  hit in the making? Maybe.
http://www.homestarrunner.com/fhqwhgads.html


  >> Great Battleships Game <<
  Battleships might not be a game of huge
  skill - but it's still a good way kill
  a bit of time. This version has lovely
  stereo explosions and is enormous fun.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?M24E13231


  >> Scary Chatroom Transcript <<
  Ok. Here's the story. Guy gets message 
  off girl. Girl thinks guy is her boyfriend.
  He's not. She won't believe him whatever he
  says. This text is very long - but gave us
  several laughs reading it. (Thanks Ian Saunders)
http://www.team-wiseguys.dk/shes_fucked.txt


  >> How fast can you type? <<
  This little test is actually quite fun, if you
  fancy nerding out on your typing skills.
http://typera.solutions.fi/


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: BOOTLEG MP3 OF THE WEEK
  MC Pikey - MC Pikey

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

  the_dr writes - 

  "Sorry, our MP3 server is down, but it will
  return soon. You will not believe the amount of
  bandwidth we went through - 50 GIGS A DAY! 

  "So I'm gonna have to let you down this week,
  no MP3s for you lot."

  Arse. Oh well. This week we'll have to be this
  bit ourselves.
  
  We write - 

  "MC-Pikey is the eponymous debut from the UK
  rapper who -in his own words- 'lives in the
  flats'. We've been shouting the 'Noooorth
  London' bit out loud whilst writing the
  newsletter. 

  "Actually this is a lie. We wrote and recorded
  this ourselves - 'cause we quite liked The
  Streets CD."
http://www.b3ta.co.uk/McPikey-Mc-Pikey.mp3


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: BLOGDEX VIRAL CHART
  What's big in the blogs this week.

  Cameron Marlow is a 24-year-old PhD student at
  MIT. He runs a site that counts the amount of
  links that each website gets from personal logs
  - or blogs as they are known. This is a measure
  of popularity.

  Starting this week, we ask him about the most
  viral things he's seen this week.

  Cameron writes -

  "These are the top memes this week."

  #1 5k Wolfenstein
     "Winner of this year's prestigious 5k award
     for design simplicity and compactness."
http://www.the5k.org/description.asp/entry_id=946


  #2 Customised Mouse
     "Poor thing, all alone in that chamber. Now
     comes the evil modder and  adds some liquid
     nitrogen."
http://metku.net/cryo/index.html


  #3 Solo round world balloon flight
     "Currently seeking hugest dork ever award."
http://www.spiritoffreedom.com/


  >> Blogdex Plug <<

  If you care about viral media, then you should
  check his site everyday. It's the only chart
  that counts.
http://blogdex.media.mit.edu/


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from "Executive Stress Toy"

  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 design an executive
  stress reliever.
http://b3ta.com/challenge/executivetoys/

  We asked B3ta contributor DivStivs to judge
  the entries - here are his 3 faves.

  DivStivs writes -

  #1 "Glasto Desk - Great idea. Well chosen
     images. (Bitporn)
http://b3ta.com/board/1/8/1/5/8/6/

  #2 "Executive Quantum Leap - I actually want
     one of these. Badly. (Spaff)
http://b3ta.com/board/1/7/2/7/9/0/

  #3 "Punchable P.A - Funny. I like the look
     on her face. (Santexo)"
http://b3ta.com/board/1/7/2/5/8/3/


  >> This Week's Challenge <<

  This week, B3ta contributor MonkeyBoyBlue gave
  us the suggestion, "Complete this sentence.
  The All New Adventures of ...."
http://b3ta.com/challenge/allnewadventure/


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

  * RADIO 1 have played Thorpe's "Pretty Thick"
  tune three times on their breakfast show.

  * DONKEY MUGS are actually selling! We've
  shifted about 100 of them, mostly to PwC employees
  via the introducingmonday website.

  * 20 COMPLAINT EMAILS for last week's "kill all
  puppies" newsletter, vs. no complaints for the
  previous week's, "we are nazis" comment.


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