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B3ta email 633  - 6th Fri 2014

Read this issue whilst feeling sick:
http://b3ta.com/newsletter/issue633 

   Sub :  b3ta-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
  Snub : b3ta-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

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  Look. It's Rob Manuel here and I'm fucking
  hungover and I can't write a proper newsletter
  so I'm going to write it in the first person
  and just ramble.

  This might be a bad idea but here goes.

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: ACTUAL REAL NEWS! B3TA ON TWITTER!
  Blimey! 
  
  I've decided to start a proper @B3ta account.
  CR3 is working on a special project to make
  interesting things happen on it all the time.
  
  There's nothing on it now, but please follow,
  as we're planning to launch AMAZING THINGS.
https://twitter.com/b3ta

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: OOH ANOTHER THING! WHERE IS ROB TINSLEY?

  Seriously - does anyone know? He wrote the
  B3tards site back in the day and it's gone off
  line so we've lost loads of old images. Can
  someone find him? We'd happily pay him for his
  time to help us out getting the images back.


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK
  Drinking, drinking and more drinking

  >> VIDEO: The Outsider <<
  BrokenToaster writes, "A man spots a feral man
  in the bushes near his flat..."
http://www.b3ta.com/links/The_Outsider


  >> ANOTHER GREAT VIDEO: Google cat killer <<
  Smearballs writes, "I made a little video
  outlining the dangers of driverless car
  technology. No cats were killed in the making of
  this video."
http://www.b3ta.com/links/Google_cat_killer


  >> FLASH: Post University Simulator <<
  LeoZ writes, "I've made a game about the
  crushing feeling of despair that descends when
  you finish uni and can do nothing but face the
  misery that is early adulthood in 2014." Bloody
  hell! It's a flash project! Let's party like
  it's B3ta 2002! (This is very good though)
http://www.dashumph.com/game.html

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: USVSTH3M STUFF
  This is possibly why I am hungover.
  Office parties are bad, kids, don't do them.

  * Gender Switch Your Name - What would your
  parents have called you if you were born the
  opposite gender? Contains FACT.
http://games.usvsth3m.com/gender-switch-your-name/

  * Which 8-bit Computer Are You? - Spectrum, C64,
  BBC or Amstrad?
http://games.usvsth3m.com/which-8-bit-computer-are-you/

  * What's The Theme Tune Of Your Life? - It's the
  song that was #1 on your 14th birthday.
http://games.usvsth3m.com/the-theme-tune-of-your-life/


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: QUESTION OF THE WEEK
  You know, words.

  This might not be written up properly, due to
  the aforementioned hangover.
  I'm getting memories of people holding my hand
  and weeping. Did that really happen?

  This week, we're asking about fantasists.
http://www.b3ta.com/questions/fantasists/

  Last week: you wrote about being sacked, and
  you came up with a lot of good reasons.
http://www.b3ta.com/questions/sackedagain/    


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: THREE THINGS I JUST FANCY TELLING YOU ABOUT
  Yeah, not links, art, music and people

  * Recently I saw Stewart Lee perform John Cage's
  'Indeterminacy'. It was awesome. Bloke reading
  out cards that made little sense whilst getting
  heckled by onstage musicians. It felt like my
  life - a rambling inner monologue interrupted by
  people pushing me off my true path.

  * Also Luke Haines's new album is great - another
  one of his concept albums, this about 1970s New
  York musicians. It's recorded so quietly it
  sounds like the sex you have when you're trying
  not to wake your kids (or parents, do we still
  have young readers?). But the live performance
  was something else - righteous rock and roll.

  * Very excited to meet John Higgs, the author of
  'The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a
  Million Pounds' this week. Trying to get him to
  do a bit of writing for UsVsTh3m about the most
  esoteric shit he can think of. The man has a
  fantastic mind and needs money thrown at him to
  continue with his head turning analysis of the
  world.


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from the Smash Hits Challenge

  Last week we asked you to travel back to the 80s
  and have fun with the rich cultural tapestry that
  was Smash Hits magazine. 
 
  Our favourites included:
 
  * Rick: The infamous misprint that started it
  all (Afinkawan)
http://b3ta.com/board/11080598
 
  * AHA: Knowing me, Knowing Morten (HappyToast)
http://b3ta.com/board/11080864
  
  * Bros: Poor Craig (monkeon)
http://b3ta.com/board/11080702
  
  All these images, and your favourites 
  can be found here:
b3ta.com/challenge/smash-hits


  >> New challenge: Fake Infographics <<
  This week's challenge is to create impressive
  looking informative diagrams, but don't worry
  about the facts, you can just make that stuff
  up.  Challenge inspired by
  Spellingmistakescostlives and suggested by
  Monkeon
http://b3ta.com/challenge/fakeinfographics/


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: STAR IN NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE

  Things I'd really like to see include

  * THE KLF REFORMING - ok this isn't that
  realistic and would damage the myth.
  I'd still buy tickets.
  
  * THE QUEEN TO SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUST - dunno
  really, just rambling but it wouldn't be dull.
  
  * WHERE THE **** IS MY ***ING ****? This should
  be a service that finds shit, as this is the
  phrase I spend a lot of time mumbling hung over
  anyway.

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  THANKS:
  This issue was written by Rob Manuel with Tom
  Scott as beleaguered stand-in editor who's
  hoping that Rob doesn't check this bit. (It's
  been a strange half hour, I'll be honest.)

  Image challenge by Fraser Lewry. Mike
  Trinder is QOTW bloke.
  
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  TOP TIP:
  You want a tip? A tip?! Look one up
  yourself via the toptip archive thingie we
  opened years ago:
http://www.b3ta.com/questions/toptips/

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