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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 47: "THE RETURN OF THE SINISTER FINGERS"

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This Week:
- Nasty Ginger Fingers
- Mark Llama Gerbil Farmer
- Weebl and Bob ... In French

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B3ta email 47 - 12 JUL 2002 -   "We're saving the
                                web ... together"

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: THE RETURN OF THE SINISTER FINGERS
  They're back - and this time they're evil.

  Remember the introducingmonday link? We got
  a lot of comments about the hand model we used.

  "Has this guy got skin cancer?"
  
  "Yuck! Ginger fingers!"

  As we're not ones to be deterred by a bit of
  criticism, we've brought back the hands - 
  this time to control your mood.

  We're not gonna say anymore because that will
  ruin the point.
http://b3ta.com/phillipmorris/


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: THE RATHERGOOD CORNER
  Mark Llama Gerbil Farmer

  Joel Veitch runs a site called Rathergood.
  He's our mate and we love his deranged work.

  Joel writes - 

  "This week I've been thinking about how some
  of our UK celebrities have names that are
  similar to animals.

  "I've also been thinking about gerbils."
http://www.rathergood.com/mark/


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: NEW WEEBL AND BOB ANIMATION
  "Une Fois Revenu Apportez le Tarte"

  In celebration of Bastille Day B3ta regular
  Weebl has translated his "When come back bring
  pie" animation into French. Zut alors!
http://www.weebl.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/b3ta/tarte.html


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #1
  2001, Polar PacMan, Pointless Clicking


  >> 2001 Pastiche <<
  Santexo has re-edited cult Kubrick movie 2001
  as a flash cartoon - and made it a lot shorter
  and probably funnier.
http://www.thegravy-train.com/misc/2001.swf


  >> Polar bear PacMan <<
  Spanky has made a version of PacMan featuring
  a polar bear and a penguin. Why? We don't know
  but we quite liked playing it.
http://195.167.178.230/g/furtive/


  >> Pointless Click Counter <<
  Ben has got in touch and said, "I've made a
  page with a button on it. When you click it,
  the number goes up. Despite being frighteningly
  addicted to it, I'm still only at 30,000
  clicks. Can you help?" Yes we can help. See a
  doctor.
http://spod.cx/pcc


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #2
  Epilepsy, Broccoli Asteroids, Hive mind art

 >> Don't send this link to an epileptic <<
  Spassmonkey & Pop write, "We've created this
  very informative health related website." They
  are lying. This could make epileptics have an
  attack. We strongly urge you NOT to send this
  to an epileptic.
http://www.epilepsy.tk


  >> Asparagus vs. Broccoli Asteroids <<
  Blimey Spassmonkey has been busy. He's also
  built this version of the ancient arcade 
  game Asteroids using pictures of vegetables.
http://www.spassmonkey.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/broccoli.htm


  >> Can the collective mind draw?<<
  B3ta reader Kevan has got in touch to say,
  "I want people to contribute to a pixelised 
  picture, each person adding a few dots at a
  time. Conclusion: People don't know what Great
  Britain looks like."
http://www.kevan.org/smaller.cgi

  
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: HOW TO SPEND YOUR MONEY THIS WEEK
  Buy our useless crap in the B3ta shop.

  This is a plug for our shop. It's crap and 
  over-priced and we're earning bugger
  all money out of it as all money is given
  to the designers of the items.

  But where else could you buy a Fred West clock?
http://www.b3ta.com/shop/


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

  >> Naked Spiderman <<
  Eugh! This naked fat bloke in Spiderman 
  body paint turned our stomachs.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?A42732231


  >> Star Wars Origami <<
  Ever wanted to re-create the special magic
  of George Lucas's blockbuster using only
  paper nicked from the fax machine? Then
  observe.
http://www.happymagpie.com/swdiagrm.htm


  >> That bird stole my cash! <<
  What an odd little story. A group of birds
  began sneaking into a vending machine and
  taking the coins. Great photos.
http://www.utahbirds.org/BirdStory.htm


  >> Modern life in the office <<
  An accurate depiction of how life has changed
  for office time wasters. Oops - that's us.
  BTW: At least one person on our board lost their
  job this week for excessive Internet use.
http://bbspot.com/News/2002/07/then_and_now.html


  >> God's Theme park<<
  Americans will make a theme park out of
  anything, including The Bible. It's
  unbelievable. Jerusalem recreated in the style
  of Alton Towers. Apparently created by "Jews
  For Jesus" as a bit of populist evangelism. 
http://www.theholylandexperience.com/


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: BOOTLEG MP3 OF THE WEEK
  "Woodchuck - Hang On"

  Each week we talk to the_dr at Boom Selection
  about his current favourite bootleg track.

  But since he's not about this week we thought
  we'd do this section ourselves.

  Our mate Drew Pearce has been in the studio
  recording his debut album under the name 
  Woodchuck.

  We particularly like his "Hang On" recording
  that makes him sound 20 years older than 
  he actually is. It's country rock and you
  can download the MP3 here. (3rd link down)
http://www.teamwoodchuck.com/music.html


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from "All New Adventures Of" 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 you to complete the
  sentence, "The all new adventures of ..."
http://b3ta.com/challenge/allnewadventure/

  We asked B3ta contributor Fraser to judge the
  entries - here are his 3 faves.

  Fraser writes -

  #1 "Rupert The Bear - beautifully crafted.
      Makes you wonder how Rupert got out of this
      predicament. (thebear)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/1/9/8/0/6/0/

  #2 "Spiderman - in his new role as a flamboyant
      hairdresser. (cobby)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/1/8/9/6/3/7/

  #3 "Fire Loris - I can imagine there'd be a
      lot less trouble with fire if this fella
      was in charge. Just look how quickly he
      reacts!" (juniorsquire)"
http://www.b3ta.com/board/1/9/4/1/6/9/


  >> This Week's Challenge <<

  This week, B3ta contributor The Unknown Anorak
  gave us the suggestion, "How we won the war,
  the weird gadgets that our intelligence forces
  built"
http://b3ta.com/challenge/howwewonthewar/


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

  * LAST WEEKS PARTY was pretty good. Lots of
    people turned up and the pub cleared £1000
    at the bar.

  * BEST EMAIL "I am unsubscribing. Margaret
    Thatcher is a great woman !!!!!!!"


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