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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 78: "DIE PIGEON SCUM"

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This Week:
* VIDEO - Chasing pigeons with toy cars
* SITE - Trick photography
* ANIM - Weebl meets Elvis

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B3ta email 78 - 28 Feb 2003

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: FASTER, PIGEON-CAM! KILL! KILL!
  Chasing birds with remote control cars

  JKF writes -

  "Working in an electrical store in sunny Croydon,
  I get the opportunity to play with lots of
  expensive gadgets without actually having to
  pay for them.

  "To help break the monotony one quiet day, I
  fixed a £400 digital camera onto a £10 remote
  control car using electrical tape and set off
  to harrass pigeons."

  Watch the video. It's class.
http://www.b3ta.com/board/836177


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: SMALL OR FAR AWAY?
  False perspective optical illusions

  Steve Carter writes -

  "I had a burst of inspiration while at a
  juggling convention and thinking about
  those photos you featured making toy cars
  look real."

  The results are great. Have a look and if you
  fancy joining in then Steve is looking for
  more contributers.
http://www.sweavo.34sp.com/photos/photomash/


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK
  Scanners, Elvis, Doppelganger, Celebs & Hammers

  >> Squashing food on a scanner <<
  Owning a scanner is a buzz. After you've scanned
  your face and the cat what can you do next?
  Why not scan food and squash it with the
  lid? Thanks Kamikazee Killmouse - next, why
  not try extended time-lapse scanning?
  e.g. slam your fingers in a car door and
  animate your recovery?
http://www.kamikazee.freeserve.co.uk/2003/squish/squish4.htm


  >> Weebl meets Elvis <<
  Remember Elvis? He was that fat dude on the
  telly in the 70s. Now he's back as a donkey.
  Watch him and Weebl in two-fisted action,
  except neither of them have fists.
http://www.weebl.jolt.co.uk/elvis.htm


  >> How popular is your name? <<
  How many people share your name in the UK?
  Glenn Chalmers' website will tell you, by
  searching the electoral roll. We found
  someone called Cuntos. Yay for Cuntos.
http://www.yournotme.com/


  >> Celebrity defacer <<
  Are you the kind of person who likes doodling
  moustaches and willies onto pictures in
  newspapers? We are. But what if the newsagents
  are shut? Help is at hand with Scott Huot's
  online tool.
http://www.scottsmind.com/celebrity_defacer/index.php


  >> Hammer the whore <<
  "I was reading the news about the hammer-based
  killings in the UK", writes b3ta editor Rob,
  "And I wondered who would be the first to make
  a crass, exploitative game? Then I thought fuck
  it - I'll do it."
http://www.b3ta.com/hammer-the-whore/


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

  >> USB tea warmer <<
  The Japanese have the best computer
  peripherals. This one attaches to your PC
  and keeps your cup of tea piping hot.
  Fantastic. Now all we need is a USB toaster.
http://www.dct-net.co.jp/special/usb_hot.html


  >> Make your own snowflake <<
  Despite a slightly tricky interface, this
  Flash toy lets you create your own lovely
  snowflake designs out of a piece of
  internet cyber paper.
http://snowflakes.lookandfeel.com/


  >> Peckham art project <<
  London's Peckham area is best-known for being
  shit, so a group of local artists decided
  to redress the balance with a series of
  oddball projects. We particularly liked when
  they turned local graffiti tags on a park
  bench into permanent engravings, embellished
  with gold leaf. Warning: clunky interface.
http://www.ilovepeckham.com/ilovepeckham.html


  >> Art goth Flash video <<
  Mew are a Danish pop group who met at film
  school. But don't let that put you off. This
  extremely atmospheric song and video is
  both beautiful and affecting.
http://www.evil-office.net/likepapercuts/


  >> Frog game <<
  Male frogs have specially adapted sex-thumbs so
  that they can hang on to the female's back even
  if she gets bored and tries to hop away. Anyway,
  this puzzle-based game kept us cooing with
  delight, going "Mmm. Good frog. Tasty dragonfly."
http://www.gamerival.com/games/frogmania.swf


  >> Something to read <<
  Have you had some junkmail with a fake
  cheque in it? Patrick Combs got one for
  $95,000 and in a moment of whimsy cashed it.
  Read his long and fascinating story.
http://www.goodthink.com/$$tablecontents.html


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from "Crap Superhero" 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 Crap Superheroes
http://b3ta.com/challenge/crapsuperheroes/

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

  AndyK writes -

  #1 "Great! This has to win because of the
     confused logic that just seems so obvious.
     It all makes sense. (mozza)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/830305

   #2 "For inventing a superhero that everyone wants
     to see. (100% Kitten)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/840779

   #3 "We always knew there was a mystery lurking
      behind the smile. Finally we can uncover it.
      Python-esque and marvellous. (Razor)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/843837

   "And I couldn't get away without mentioning
    aHandInTheBush. It's a terrible geek joke that
    no-one will get but it made me laugh."
http://www.b3ta.com/board/830292


   >> This Week's Challenge <<

   This week, B3ta contributor Monkeon  gave us
   the suggestion, "Robots!"
http://www.b3ta.com/challenge/robots/


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

  * EVERYTHING IS GAY KID - reader Elissa writes,
    "He's no kid. He's 26 and lives in Queens,
    NYC. A friend of mine took an improv acting
    class with him last summer. Apparently he
    is very hard to work with because he swore
    constantly and brought up homosexuality
    regardless of the scene they were working
    on. Also he is kind of dirty."


  * FREE STUFF UPDATE - we've been sent some
    toy Daleks by a lovely chap called Jon Stroud
    who works for a online gift site.
http://www.past-times.com/

    
    BTW: If anyone else wants to send us free
    stuff then get in touch at http://www.b3ta.com/mailus/


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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.

  Things we'd really like to see include

  * MECCANO MONKEYS - why does every project
    have to be Lego? And hey, Stikklebrix
    would make a fullsome beard.

  * BLOGS THAT HAVE A HOOK -  give up work,
    go to Africa, blog some lions. Or maybe visit
    a different prostitute every night and tell
    us about it.

  * "WHAT IF?" PROJECTS - what if you had no
    thumbs? Live life for a fortnight with your
    thumbs taped up. See what happens. Might be
    shit. Might be good. You won't know unless
    you try.

  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 Lewry, Jason Russell,
  tattmaylor, GR££DY & rob_dean007.
  Image challenge handled by Mike Trinder.
  Proofing by the hell-damned b4ta sinners.
  (61112)

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