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This Week:
* TWITTER - hate mobs!
* ADAM CURTIS - forever!
* USEFUL - An actual, useful Top Tip!

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B3ta email 653 - Friday the 13th, Feb 2015

Read this issue whilst "blowing your nose"
http://b3ta.com/newsletter/issue653 

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: SPONSORED LINK
  Buy a drum machine, fuck yeah

  One of the stupid but enjoyable things we've
  bought is a drum machine, not an old 80s thing,
  but a proper modern drum machine.

  Loads of fun,
  and you can plug headphones in and use it on the
  Tube. Which we did, making us feel like utter
  arseholes.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00CAKOVQM/b3ta-21 


  >> Sponsor B3ta <<
  Want this space? Then talk to us.
http://b3ta.com/mailus/


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK
  Other than "blowing their nose"

  >> Read, write or fork stories <<
  Like a Github for short fiction. "I had the
  idea in the shower this morning," explains
  HoratioFellatio. "You can either create a new
  opening line, or choose from existing ones.
  Then you choose the next sentence from the
  options at the bottom, or write one of your
  own..."
https://story-builder.herokuapp.com/


  >> "My Muslim friend Habib" <<
  Teen Thangz takes on the hot button issue of
  racial prejudice. Hard-hitting stuff.
http://www.b3ta.com/links/My_Muslim_friend_Habib


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: THINGS ROB WROTE FOR USVSTH3M
  Which he liked
  
  * The day I met Steve Strange - after he
  invited me to his birthday party
http://goo.gl/DUFMso


  * Other than Al Murray, who's standing against
  Nigel Farage in South Thanet?
http://goo.gl/8rd81L


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from the 'Lies' challenge

  Last week we asked to see your favourite fibs,
  fallacies and untruths in pictorial form.
 
  Your favourites included:

  * IE Detector: Should come pre-installed on 
  all browsers. (monkeon)
http://b3ta.com/board/11133991

  * Hulk: Awful accusation about the destructive
  force (Frogbeat)
http://b3ta.com/board/11133279
 
  * Payment Pun: No really, it is, I put it 
  there myself. (Capt Hood-Butter)
http://b3ta.com/board/11132701
  
  All these images, and a load more can be
 found here:
http://b3ta.com/challenge/lies/


   >> New challenge: Animals at War! <<
  George Orwell never wrote a sequel to Animal 
  Farm. But, if he had, it no doubt would have 
  included global warfare between all animal 
  species. Show us this hell in all its furry 
  mayhem. Cats vs Dogs, Monkeys vs Parrots, 
  Dolphins vs Beetles on Fruitbats. 
  Tool up Fido, it's war!
http://b3ta.com/challenge/animalwar/


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

  * Reading this Jon Ronson piece about Twitter
  hate-mobs might make some people uneasy.
http://goo.gl/rA5khN


  * Super-rare Commodore 65 up on eBay for a over
  $1200. With built-in floppy drive, it's a thing
  of rare beauty and worth more.
http://goo.gl/r4kMcn


  * Totally Mexico! Detailed Guardian article on
  why Nathan Barley is more relevant than ever.
  BTW: We're all Nathan Barley now, but B3ta was
  also a bit Nathan Barleyish first.
http://ow.ly/2UviLe 


  * This Buzzfeed post on the history of an
  anti-semitic internet memes is a superb bit of
  research. More stuff like this please Buzzfeed,
  less '16 times this vacuous celebrity was just
  perfect' - thanks.
http://goo.gl/fbfxsBa


  * Infinite Adam Curtis - if you don't think the
  moon shines out of Adam Curtis's bottom, this
  is for you. (Although we're quite fond of him,
  and having an easily-parodied style just means
  he's developed a style - more than most people
  manage)
http://www.tomscott.com/infinite-adam-curtis/


  * The nihilism of Werner Herzog's thoughts,
  presented as a series of inspirational posters.
http://herzoginspirationals.tumblr.com/


  * Madvertising - Flickr-based collection of Mad
  Magazine's extraordinary parody ads from the
  60s.
http://goo.gl/SCdg0H


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: VIDEO SCHMIDEO
  Like TV but a bit broken

  * Guitar pedals aren't usually funny -
  genuinely laugh out loud funny - but this one
  is. Listen. 
https://t.co/P8uUIzDS3m


  * Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground - mixing the
  talents of musicians from all over the world.
  Really rather brilliant.
http://www.b3ta.com/links/Stevie_Wonders_Higher_Ground


  * Together again at last! Richard Herring and
  Stewart Lee - this is partly a bookmark for
  ourselves to watch later, as it's an hour long
  epic!
http://www.b3ta.com/links/1274412


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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

  * A FOOTBALL SHIT CALCULATOR  - "Just went to
  the loo. In the time it took me to do a poo a
  Premier League footballer earned £6,500
  #footballshits"
  
  * AN UBER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISGRUNTLED OPINIONS
  - could call it Twitter.
  
  * NAME YOUR FIRSTBORN 'SIRI' - just to confuse
    iPhones.

  Send contributions via the mail form.
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 written by Rob Manuel with
  David Stevenson. Stuff sent in by Jabberwoc,
  Fork, Captain Howdy, fred zeppelin,
  wheresthefish.
  Image challenge by Fraser Lewry.
  Mike Trinder is QOTW bloke.
    
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