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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 75: "ALL TOAD. NO HOLE."

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This Week:
* QUIZ - Animal, Vegetable or what the fuck?
* ANIM - Video Killed The Radio Star
* TOY - Rescue kitty

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B3ta email 75 - 7 Feb 2003

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: ANIMAL, VEGETABLE OR MINERAL QUIZ
  What the fuck is it?
  
  Artamnesia writes:
  
  "In the game Twenty Questions, it's the first
  thing you ask. But can you tell from the 16
  images which is animal, vegetable or mineral?"
  
  And what a selection of objects! Tricky? Very.
http://www.modestypanel.com/whatisit/


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: PAID PLUGS
  We've been bunged some cash to say stuff

  >> Hula Hoops' Steve is innocent <<
  Steve's Mum writes - "My son has recently
  become the face of Hula Hoops. His employers
  have been concerned that he'd been seen
  eating a rival snack product. He's innocent
  and I'm touched that music group The Rock
  Witches have come out in support and made
  this song and animation."
http://www.savesteve.co.uk/innocent/


  >> Disco Squirrels <<
  Lastminute.com write - "you fashionable types
  have probably seen this by now, but... Look!
  Squirrels!"
http://www.discosquirrels.com/


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: VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR
  A tribute to the animated gif

  The B3ta editor writes -

  "We started B3ta to celebrate the web. I made
  this animation to help focus our thoughts
  on what we loved about the Internet.

  "The animation has been lost from the web
  for two years.

  "It's now back - watch and remember the
  web how it used to be."
http://www.b3ta.com/videokilledtheradiostar/


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: RESCUE KITTY FROM THE TREE
  Only using your microphone

  Mr Fancyteeth writes -

  "I've done another microphone thingy. The
  little kitty is now stuck up a tree, if you
  call nicely to him he starts to come down. If
  you shout too loud or are too quiet he won't."

  There isn't much gameplay to this but it's
  rather endearing.
http://www.mantlepies.com/kittystuck.html


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK
  Hawking, Nose, Hart, Arse, Ukulele, New Zealand

  >> Stephen Hawking Joke <<
  "Could you include my first ever flash thing?"
  writes Mystery_Bob, "it's very, very poor, but
  it made me laugh." It made us laugh too.
http://www.mysteryaction.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/hawking.htm


  >> Name That Nose <<
  R Castles has made an interesting quiz
  where you have to guess the celebrity whose
  nose you're presented with. On Michael
  Jackson's face, but of course.
http://www.spaceruk.com/features/michael


  >> Hart to Hart - Spazmix! <<
  This is a re-imagining of Seventies TV favourite
  Hart to Hart. On stupid pills. Phantomboner, you
  are a special man. Yes. Very special.
http://www.headwindow.com/hart/


   >> Whose Arse Quiz <<
  Monkeon continues to plough a furrow very much
  his own. This week's offering is a beautiful
  quiz testing your ability to identify pachyderms'
  bottom parts. Trickier than it sounds.
http://www.monkeon.co.uk/elephant/


  >> Ukulele Man <<
  Likeable, slightly hypnotic animation, following
  the incredible journeys of a ukulele-playing man.
  We could almost watch this one forever.
  Thanks Paul Wilson.
http://www.skaife12.btinternet.co.uk/ukeleleman2.html


  >> New Zealand B3ta Meet <<
  K3rry and Rapitinui are organising the first
  ever meeting for b3ta's Auckland, New Zealand
  contingent. It'll be kicking off at 7:30 am.
  UK time, of course. Here's the flyer:
http://www.marshallsoftware.co.nz/b3ta/b3tabash.html


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

  >> Flying With Little Balloons <<
  This week's dangerous sport is based on
  everybody's childhood dream: "If I held enough
  balloons then maybe I could fly." How to get
  down safely is another matter.
http://www.clusterballoon.org/cluster1.htm


  >> Ming The Merciless Random Clicky <<
  The intro is undoubtedly the best part of this
  Ming of Mongo-themed, surrealist art project.
  But the rest of it kept us exploring happily
  for quite a while.
http://mingthemerciless.com/


  >> Crap Ape Costumes <<
  Plenty of people liked Planet of the Apes, but
  some felt compelled to take their appreciation a
  step further. They wanted to be the apes. This
  gallery celebrates them in all their tacky,
  simian glory.
http://www.apemania.com/gman.htm


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from the World Peace 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 Greenpeace asked us for images of
  world peace. The results weren't quite what
  they were expecting:
http://b3ta.com/challenge/worldpeace/


  Gilberto Cutrupi of Greenpeace writes - 


  #1 "World Tear - Expertly done and we really
     are a bunch of sentimental bastards - this
     one had our unanimous vote. Peace. (Darryn.R)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/742571


  #2 "Greenpeace? Fucking lightweights - Made us
     laugh and who said there was only one primate
     war monger? (Sasquatch)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/742221


  #3 "If he gets it wrong, we all lose - Woo! We
     reckon this has game potential. But why oh
     why isn't "Oil" choice number 4?"
http://www.b3ta.com/board/750427


  >> Results Bonus! <<

  We also asked B3ta boarder Manic to judge the
  entries - here are his 3 faves.

  Manic writes -

  #1 "Kittens - This reworking of a masturbatory
     classic is not only fluffy; it manages to
     sneak a serious point in. (Artamnesia)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/744262

  #2 "Esso Memorial - An early entry that hits
     the nail right on the head. So well made,
     so early on. (riot)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/741588

  #3 "Tear - I'm not sure if this one wants to make
     me cry or vomit. It would've been #1 were it not
     for the lack of a unicorn asking 'Why?'" (Darryn.R)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/742571


  >> This Week's Challenge <<

  This week, B3ta contributor Freddy Woo gave us
  the suggestion, "New Cockney Rhyming Slang"
http://b3ta.com/challenge/cockney/


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  * Interviews. We love running interviews but
    hate talking to agents. Are you famous for
    something unusual? Get in touch.

  * Freebies. Who doesn't like freebies?

  * Your usual mixture of bad animation, games
    that Your Computer magazine wouldn't print
    and quizzes that'll scare your mum.

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

  BTW: If you've sent something in that hasn't
  been featured then don't be put off - we look
  at everything you send us.


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  THANKS: 

  This issue was edited by Rob Manuel
  with David Stevenson.
  Links sent in by Fraser, Jennifer O'Leary and
  Alienboy.
  Image challenge handled by Mike Trinder.
  Proofing by The B4tles. (59966)

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