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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 61: "NAME THAT BEARD"

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This Week:
- Beard quiz
- Simon says, "Fuck"
- Mickhucknall.com domain squat

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B3ta email 61 - 18 Oct 2002

Read this issue online:
http://b3ta.com/newsletter/issue61/

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: NAME THAT BEARD
  Can you identify the celebrity from their beard?

  B3ta editor Rob writes,

  "I haven't bothered shaving this week and I've
  grown some extravagant facial hair.

  "This got me thinking that great men - like me -
  generally have fantastic chin furniture.

  "So I've made a quiz. Turn up your sound and
  try to identify these splendid beards."
http://www.b3ta.com/namethatbeard/


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  According to a recent job survey, having a
  monitor nobody can see is the second most
  important thing after salary.

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: SIMON SWEARS
  The Simon game - with added swearing

  The original Simon memory game was hugely popular
  in the 1970's. Now DIY Joe has updated it, by
  adding swearing. It's ace, not least because of
  the fantastic attention to detail.
http://www.diyjoe.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/simonswears.html


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: MICK HUCKNALL FORGETS TO REGISTER SITE
  So a B3ta boarder does it for him

  You must know Mick Hucknall, he's the singer in
  the dull soulsters Simply Red.

  Guess what? He's forgotten to register
  MickHucknall.com

  Ooops.

  Dogbomb has nabbed the domain and is asking
  you to submit names of celebs that you find
  more annoying. (Er... we can't think of any.)

  BTW: Clicking on the "add name" button takes
  you through to a message board. You don't
  have to register to post.
http://www.mickhucknall.com/


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK
  Scrabble, Bubbles, Kittens, Prison and Boobs

  >> Online games for the overly competitive <<
  Mr Fancyteeth & Mr Mantlepies have made some
  online parlour games. Sort of. There's a choice
  of Scrabble, Chess and Connect 4. Have a look
  and pick your favourite.
http://mantlepies.com/games/


  >> Virtual Stress Relief <<
  Tomsk has made these two mellow little Flash
  toys. Can you pop all the bubbles and knock
  the stars from the sky? Well, okay, you can't.
  But it's nice and relaxing to try. There's
  something for everyone - people who like stars
  and people who like bubbles.
http://tomandphil.myby.co.uk/stars/
http://tomandphil.myby.co.uk/bubbles/


  >> Kitten Healer <<
  Kingmob is a regular on the B3ta board. Recently
  his kitten was attacked by a dog, and lost an eye.
  Brian Millar writes, "I like kittens so was
  saddened and made a vibe uploader which you can
  use to transmit nice thoughts to his cat. Press
  your hand to the screen and think of kitty."
http://www.baker-street.net/getwell/


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  B3TA HALLOWEEN PARTY - Friday 1st Nov.
  Full details in the flyer. Come.
  http://www.b3ta.com/images/b3ta/halloween.gif

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

  >> Pen Spin Jap Fad <<
  Elbow writes, "I teach at a school in Tokyo.
  Pen spinning is the latest craze to sweep
  Japan. Check out these amazing mpegs."
http://members.fortunecity.com/angenehm/


  >> Freestyle wheelbarrow mayhem <<
  While the US may dominate the BMX and
  skateboard circuit, Britain comes to the fore
  with freestyle wheelbarrowage. This is
  the UK's fastest growing sport. Maybe.
http://www.wheelbarrowfreestyle.com/email.mpa


  >> Test your kids' underpants for semen <<
  Are you worried that your children are having
  sex with somene you don't know about? Is your
  partner cheating on you? Worry no more. For a
  modest fee, this company will go through their
  smalls and check for traces of spunk.
http://www.sementest.com/


  >> Celery affects knicker elastic <<
  These charming drawings from the 1950's all
  have a common theme: Ladies with their
  knickers round their ankles and sticks of
  celery in their shopping bags. The commentary
  is delightful.
http://www.lileks.com/institute/frahm/index.html


  >> Lovely dancing thing <<
  Dancing animations on the net are a bit of
  a cliché. This one has a new twist: ballet.
  It's beautiful.
http://www.flyingpuppet.com/shock/legato.htm


  >> Off-road racing game <<
  Unusually for a racing game, this takes a platform
  approach. It's technically innovative and fun.
  We also think it's advertising biscuits though.
http://4x4.lapoo.nl/


  >> Something to read <<
  Six pages on how a team of MIT students took
  on the casinos of Las Vegas and won millions.
  Fascinating.
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/10.09/vegas.html


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from the 'End of the World' 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 to see pictures of how the
  world would end:
http://b3ta.com/challenge/howtheworldwillend/

  We asked B3ta boarder 'aubergene' to judge the
  huge number of entries - here are his 3 faves.

  Aubergene writes -


  #1 "Fat lady - just so terrifying, imagine her
  voice erupting in front of you in the post 
  office queue as the world finally gives way.
  (littlebean)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/4/0/2/9/5/2

  #2 "World mash - lovely, that first squash
  with the masher is always the best, very 
  satisfying. (discostu)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/4/0/2/5/6/9

  #3 "Effiel tower - all those years they spent
  just watching us, and when they came it was
  all over so quickly, *shudder*" (rogan)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/4/0/8/5/7/3


  >> This Weeks Challenge <<

  This week, B3ta contributor Darryn.R gave us
  the suggestion, "Badly Mishead Instructions"
http://b3ta.com/challenge/misheardinstructions/

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

  * IUSEDTOBELIEVE - last week we mentioned Mat
    Connolley's project to collate odd childhood
    beliefs. The project has taken off big style.
    He's had 2500 entries. Read them. That'll
    keep you busy 'til Monday.
http://www.iusedtobelieve.com/


  * XYLOPHONE KITTENS - Joel's latest kitten
    animation has been huge. It even got bigged
    up on Radio 1. Now he's been contacted by
    forgotten rock dinosaurs Blue Oyster Cult
    about doing one for them. Go Joel!


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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.

  Stuff we'd really like to see includes

  * An invitation to run a sinister broadband
    nerd lab at a large media corporation
  * Large sums of cash
  * Your links, projects and games

  Send contributions to http://www.b3ta.com/mailus/

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  Thanks: Links supplied by Santexo, Fraser,
  BigDaddyMerk & Cal. This issue was edited
  by Rob Manuel with the help of Fraser Lewry
  and David Stevenson. Proofed by B4ta. Thanks
  to Mike Trinder for handling the image 
  challenge. And thanks to everyone who supplied
  stuff - we can't link to it all but we do look
  at everything. (48313)

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