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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 4: SEARCHING FOX, HIDDEN XIAOXIAO

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In this issue:

    - Burning Bunny
    - The Incredible Hanson-Hulk
    - & Neil from Animutation



: BURN RABBIT BURN...
  Jada: where fish are killed with lasers

  Dave is a 27-year-old artist who works a night shift in 
  a press clippings agency in London. He's been getting 
  into Flash recently, and Jada is his first effort. 
  He has taken a large rabbit and combined it with a load 
  of images that people had made on the Tsluts mailing 
  list. Plus some fish. The result is, well, weird. 

Jada (Dave's movie)
http://www.btinternet.com/~david.st/b3ta/

  Dave says Jada was influenced by two well-known
  web animations - Hatten (which used a foreign 
  language song) and Animatutation's Hyakugojyuuichi
  (which took the "found images" approach to a new
  extreme.)

Hatten:
http://damnit.org/humor/flash/hatten.swf

Hyakugojyuuichi:
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/uploads/18000/18702_hyakugo.swf

  Dave hates the "Purple Ronnie" cartoons so much that
  he runs his own ultra-dark cartoon strip called 
  "The Real Purple Ronnie". A Google search for Purple 
  Ronnie will return Dave higher than the official site.
  Ha!

Dave's site:
http://lagrange3.blogspot.com


: EEK! IT'S "SCHWARZENEGGER HANSON"!
  Nine-year-old bodybuilder is new web celebrity

  First there was Mahir "I Kiss You", then there 
  was the man who dressed up as Peter Pan...

  ... but the new weirdo that everybody's 
  emailing each other about is nine-year-old
  bodybuilder Richard Sandrak. 

  Richard looks like a member of Hanson
  who's taken all the steroids in the world.
  (BTW, he claims that he's been tested
  on TV for steroid abuse and come up negative).

  Amid various disturbing pictures of Richard
  meeting N Sync, his site states that he gets 
  three offers of promotional, TV or movie 
  work every day. So watch your screens for stuff 
  like "Son of the Incredible Hulk"...

Little boy with muscles
http://web.ukonline.co.uk/gurr/index.htm

Mahir - the first web celebrity
http://members.nbci.com/primall/mahir/

Peter Pan
http://www.pixyland.org/peterpan/



: QUEST FOR STICKMAN
  Searching Fox, hidden XiaoXiao

  Xiaoxiao is the mysterious genius or geniuses
  responsible for incredible Flash kung-fu animations
  featuring stickmen that have been flying around the
  web for the last few months. 

  The text in the Flash movies is in Chinese, so we found
  a Chinese masseur, Mr Wong, who could translate it
  for us.

  Mr Wong told us: the movies are hosted on Suho.com - an
  information/entertainment  portal based in China. Suho 
  means "Searching Fox"

  Xiaoxiao means "little". The development team is 
  called 'Little Productions'

  The first installment of the animations is called
  "Lonely Fox begs for defeat". The recent Virtua
  Cop-style shooting one is called  "Xiaoxiao
  Special Force"

Lonely Fox begs for defeat
http://games.sohu.com/fightgame/fight.avi

Xiaoxiao Special Force
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/uploads/25000/25718_Xiaoxiao_4.swf



: RANDOM IMAGE ODDNESS
  Porn or bunnies?

  Last week Rob at tsluts wrote a program that showed 
  you in real time what people had typed into a search
  engine. This week we've glued it to a the Google image
  search engine.

  Rob says, "I found it mesmerising - pressing refresh and 
  seeing what would happen next. sometimes a broken image, 
  sometimes porn, or even a nice fluffy kitty."

light a big spliff and press refresh:
http://tsluts.com/project/woo.php3



: KILL YOUR FRIENDS UPDATE

  A couple of weeks ago we released Kill Your Friends, a 
  game allowed people to upload a photo of their friends 
  and shoot them.

  Our favourite image uploaded so far is of the mysterious 
  Monaco - a man posing in his swimming trunks in a
  carpark.
http://b3ta.com/kill/upload/997333289monaco%20and%20his%20speedos!.jpg

kill your friends
http://b3ta.com/kill/



: WEB HEROS
  words from the people behind the pixels

  Name: Neil Cicierega
  Age: 14
  Makes: fantastic animations of found images combined
         with ultra-kitsch Japanese music. Makes his      
         own music, too. 
  Site:  http://animutation.mixnmojo.com/



  When are you happiest?
         Various times... Usually when I'm getting a lot
         of work that I  want to done, like  when I'm
         in full swing on an Animutation or song.

  What is your proudest moment?
         Maybe early April, when Animutation Central was
         suddenly flooded with hits. I've also  had a few
         semi-celebrities praise my music... My music's 
         also been played on the radio on  occasion.

  Which ones?
         Well, Dominic Armato, voice of Guybrush
         Threepwood from Monkey Island commented on a
         couple of my songs (because they used his voice
         :)... Logan Whitehurst, a fellow MP3.com 
         artist, whose music is much more popular than
         mine and is played on the Dr. Demento show...
         Micheal Land, who's composed lots of great music
         over the years for LucasArts emailed me 
         once... also, Simon Jeffery, prez of LucasArts,
         liked my Animutation starring him.

  What is the best film ever made?
         Hmmm... I'm not too sure. I love all of
         Tim Burton's movies, so probably one of those.
         Out of them I think my current favorite is
         Ed Wood.

  Yeah... the Plan 9 stuff is great. which scenes do you   like?
         I dunno... I like Bela's creative use of the
         F word, and Bill Murray's part is funny. It's
         a great movie, funny, tragic, and relatively
         accurate.

  What can you cook?
         I can make some great scrambled eggs, and I
         do often.


Read another interview with Neil:
http://www.salonmag.com/tech/log/2001/04/26/animation/index.html


: FIN

  b3ta is a collective dedicated to celebrating weird
  creative shit on the web.

: CONTRIBUTORS THIS WEEK

    Joel http://www.rathergood.com/
    Rob http://www.tsluts.com/
    Dave http://lagrange.blogspot.com/
    Professor Tentacle
    

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: FISH UPDATE

  The chap who broke the world record for the largest
  bream ever caught has been disqualified from the record 
  books because he didn't use a rod and line.

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