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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 48: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIAN MAY"

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This Week:
- Spoon Guard
- Let's Fist Again (like we did last summer)
- A Tribute to Brian May of Queen

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B3ta email 48 - 19 JUL 2002

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: THE RATHERGOOD CORNER
  "Spoon Guard Animation"

  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 spoons and
  what a menace they are. If only there was
  something you could buy for protection.

  "So I've made this.
http://www.rathergood.com/spoonguard/

  >> I'm Famous - Yay << 

  "In other news, I'm very happy. UK style
  magazine The Face interviewed me and gave my
  site a lovely write-up. If you squint a bit
  you can read a scan of it here."
http://www.eepeep.com/crazy_joel_boy.jpg


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: LET'S FIST AGAIN
  The nasty hands are back. Again.

  Kids in the playground sing songs - often rude
  corruptions of pop hits that they've heard on
  the radio.

  We were thinking about this - and remembered
  a version of Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist
  Again" where the kids replaced the key word
  with "fist."  

  Let's celebrate puerile humour. For the kids.
http://www.b3ta.com/lets-fist-again/


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: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIAN MAY
  Queen Guitarist 55 today.

  B3ta regular and Queen fan Monkeon writes:

  "A big fan like me knows that 19th July is a
  very special day - for it's Brian Harold May's
  birthday.

  "To celebrate, I thought it would be an ideal
  day to launch a collection of my Brian images."

  Some of these are fantastic - the broccoli and
  the knitting ones in particular.
http://www.monkeon.co.uk/briantribute/


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #1
  Freddy Mercury, Gay Platform Game, Desk Quiz

  >> Freddie Mercury's Big Egg Washing Race <<
  Crazymum has made a new game. You have to pick
  up soap, wash some eggs and avoid the bad ones.
  It's actually quite innovative - in that it
  doesn't rip off some crap arcade game from
  the 80s. 
http://www.crazymum.com/eggwasher.asp


  >> Gay Platform Game <<
  B3ta reader Si has emailed us and said, "We've
  just finished a game for BBC Choice - it's a 
  cross between Loderunner, Worms, Bomberman and
  John Inman." The controls are tricky to pick
  up but it's worth persevering with. We don't 
  think it's very gay though. No cocks.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/choice/games/games/gaylords/


  >> Which item on my desk are you? <<
  B3ta programmer Cal appears to be a bit fed up
  with all those "which thing are you?" quizzes
  that do the rounds. He's made his own version
  featuring the items on his desk. Apparently
  we're "a box of Frosties". Hmm.
http://www.iamcal.com/misc/which/


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: HOW TO SPEND YOUR MONEY THIS WEEK
  Buy a USB Fan

  It's summer, it's hot, why not buy a fan that
  plugs into your computer? Its unique selling
  point is that it doesn't need batteries as it
  takes power directly from your PC.

  You'll be the coolest geek in the office.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?Q36F21D41


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #2
  Silly Porn Domains, B3ta Cheers Credits

  >> Silly porn domain names <<
  B3ta reader Ben has been thinking up funny
  names for porn sites and checking whether
  they are still available. It's quite a list
  he's built. Our favourite? MyNiecesFaeces.com
http://www.shiola.co.uk/xxx_porn_domain_names.shtml


  >> B3ta - where everyone knows your name <<
  JayBeeEmm is a keen B3ta message boarder. He's
  taken the tune to the classic U.S. sitcom Cheers,
  and reworked the opening credits with pictures
  of board members. We found it utterly charming.
http://members.lycos.co.uk/jaybeeemm/b3tacheers.html


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

  >> Japanese Cat Game <<
  Drag the correct cat onto the correct
  silhouette in this endearing pattern matching
  game.
http://www.com-th.net/relax/files/nekopuzz1.swf


  >> Elf Porn <<
  On the net every pervert finds a home. We were
  surprised to learn that people fancy Elves.
  (Er... hardcore porn with pointy ears.)
http://makeashorterlink.com/?R38F22D41


  >> Rude penis carrot <<
  Vegetables that look rude are funny. This
  naked man carrot made us chortle.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?N29F51D41


  >> Rate My Vomit <<
  Did you see ratemypoo? What about ratemykitten?
  Or even ratemyboobies? The "rate my x" trend
  continues with this nauseating variation.
http://ratemyvomit.com


  >> Strip Snake <<
  Do you ever play snake on your phone? We're
  completely addicted to it. We liked this
  web version with anime ladies whose clothes
  disappear as your score increases. Great tune too.
http://www.loungin.net/games/unreveal/unreveal.html


  >> Portable truck toilet <<
  A portable toilet that lets you shit into a bag
  attached to the back of your big old pickup 
  truck. The pictures are quite odd. It's 
  literally a toilet on the back of a truck.
http://www.bumperdumper.com/bumper2.htm


  >> Kill pedestrians game <<
  Wow. This is fun. Control the car with your
  mouse and kill the little people. It's got
  a lovely responsive interface and great
  sound effects. 
http://www.flaboratorium.org/data/flabor/4/4.htm


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: BOOTLEG MP3 OF THE WEEK
  CD Compilation and Boomselection Theme Tune

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

  the_dr writes - 

  "It's taken about 3 months, but the boom
  selection CDs are out! It's 432 tracks and 11
  mixes spread across 3 mp3-cds. Bootlegs,
  remixes, bastard pop, cutups, glitch-ups and
  all sorts of bizarre mp3s are contained within
  what must be the most illegal release this year.

  "Rough Trade are selling it via their site at
  £17, and if any one else fancies stocking it
  then get in touch.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?O6AF23D41


  "This weeks tune? An 8 minute mix of tracks on
  the CD. It's got loads of stuff you'll recognise,
  and lots of surprises I won't spoil. Download
  it!"
http://www.brianharvey.fsnet.co.uk/promo%20cd.mp3


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from "How We Won the War" 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 know "How We Won the War."
http://b3ta.com/challenge/howewonthewar/

  We asked B3ta friend Freddy Woo to judge
  the entries - here are his 3 faves.

  Freddy Woo writes -

  #1 "Horace goes code breaking - a cute joke
     about old computers. (chicago dave)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2/0/2/6/6/5/

  #2 "Nazis love Edwin Starr - Hitler's rallies
     were show biz. Good reference.
     (lord kronos)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2/0/6/2/6/7/

  #3 "Prossie Propaganda - this just made
     me laugh. (hanrahan)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2/0/5/8/6/1/


  >> This Week's Challenge <<

  This week our challenge is "MAKE something
  cute." 
http://b3ta.com/challenge/cutestimageintheworld/

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  THANKS: Cem Bali, Duncan, Joe, Lightforce, 
  Joanne & Patrick for link contributions and
  David Stevenson for helping edit the issue.

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