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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 41: "JAILBAIT OR LEGAL"

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This Week:
- Jailbait or Legal Quiz
- Name the Baby. The Results.
- Jubilee Challenge

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B3ta email 41 - 31 MAY 2002 -   "We're saving the
                                web ... together"

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: JAILBAIT OR LEGAL
  Are these girls under or over 16? 

  This quiz has been on our minds for three
  months - and we didn't dare make it.

  We were worried that everyone would say that
  we were kiddie fiddlers and call the police.

  We just want to make a point about how the 
  media represents teenage girls.

  Or maybe we just want people to come to our
  site.

  Anyway - it's dead good and should be
  entered for the Turner Prize. Maybe.
http://b3ta.com/jailbaitorlegal/


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #1
  Drum'n'Bass, Beer Clock & Biscuits.  

  >> Drum'n'Bass animation <<
  Boarder Tomsk has made two short and sweet
  drum'n'bass animations.
http://tinyurl.com/9uh


  >> Beer Clock <<
  B3ta boarder Breel has been making a Beer Clock.
  You simply type in the time you wish to go for
  a beer, and it'll play an annoying alarm. Useful
  for making sure you get everyone to go for a
  drink after work.
http://www.what-ever.co.uk/time/


  >> Biscuit of the Week <<
  Have you ever looked at B3ta regular Nicey's site?
  Each week he reviews biscuits. It's both 
  authoritative and funny.
http://www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com/biscuits/week.php3


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: NAME THE BABY UPDATE
  The results are in.

  A couple of weeks ago, our friend Stu asked
  you to supply names for his new baby.

  And you did. 1,334 times.

  Interestingly men tended to choose boys names
  while women chose more names for girls.
 
  Er.. and someone else chose "Yogurt".

  You can read all the names here.
http://www.fatskier.com/b3tababy/


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #2
  Otter Pics, Ear Socks, Pants & Tourettes 

  >> Otter Photos <<
  Flibz has found some nice otters and took 
  photos of them. Lovely.
http://www.flibz.com/otters/


  >> Ear Socks<<
  Nacho has made a page where you can add
  ear socks to photos of her friends. Ear
  Socks? Yep. There are socks. For ears.
http://www.snakemountain.co.uk/breel.htm


  >> Without My Pants <<
  Hugo Rune has made a page that takes other
  sites and puts "without my pants" at the end
  of every sentence in a web page. He says this
  is "Funnier than it should be."
http://www.design4online.com/twat/twist.asp 


  >> Tourettes Acronym Generator <<
  Boarder Zetsumetsu has made a tool to
  convert acronyms into their true meaning.
  So SAT becomes "Shitting Anus Todger."
  His tool speaks the truth.
http://www27.brinkster.com/quee0076/TAG.asp

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: HOW TO SPEND YOUR MONEY
  Buy Collapse!

  Collapse is the crack of computer games, and
  it's now available for the PalmPilot.

  It costs $15 - and will destroy your life.
http://www.astraware.com/palm/collapse/


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

  >> Freak your friends with email <<
  This is an art project that allows you to
  assume a man called David Stills identity
  and send email to your friends. It's quite
  odd - and the results can really take people
  in.
http://www.davidstill.org


  >> Silly Dancing Thing <<
  Yeah yeah. Dancing web pages are boring, we've
  seen it all before - but this one is nicely
  animated and you can control the dancers with
  your keyboard to very pleasing effects.
http://www.imaru.co.uk/


  >> Extreme Computing <<
  UK newsletter NTK has organised a computing
  conference celebrating UK grass roots
  creativity. That sounds right up our street.
  We'll be checking it out. (Sunday 9th June 2002)
http://www.xcom2002.com/


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: BOOTLEG MP3 OF THE WEEK
  Get your lyrics recorded by an invalid.

  Normally we ask Boomselection for their
  favourite MP3, but their site has been down all
  week and they haven't sent us any email.

  We hope they haven't been shut down.

  Anyway, we've been making our own music at 
  B3ta instead. Board member Koit is currently
  recuperating after an operation. To fill his
  time he's been taking lyric submissions and 
  recording them as songs.

  It's all quite wonderful - and we particularly
  recommend the Hypno Cat song to fans of early
  90s indie/dance crossover.
  
  Koit is also looking for new lyric ideas - so
  send him some.
http://www.koit.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/b3tasong.htm


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from David Blaine 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 make ideas for
  new challenges for David Blaine.
http://b3ta.com/challenge/musical/

  We've asked B3ta coder Cal to judge the
  entries - here are his top 3.

  Cal writes -
  
  #3 "Have you heard about the women who walked
     to the North Pole in special body suits?
     All they needed was fucksocks. (rufus)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/1/1/9/6/6/3/

  #2 "It would surely be a trick if he could
     make Lord of the Rings exciting. (Daniel
     Fard)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/1/1/5/8/0/9/

  #1 "This is so primary school that's it's
     fantastic." (Monkeon)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/1/1/4/5/8/5/


  >> This Weeks Challenge <<

  This week, B3ta contributor Lucy Reese gave us
  the suggestion, "Can you make some commemorative
  crockery for the Queens Golden Jubilee. "
http://b3ta.com/challenge/jubilee/


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: BEST OF B3TA - CHTHONIC SPECIAL
  Celebrating his genius through his work.

  Chthonic - AKA Mike Trinder has been an
  important part of B3ta history. A few weeks ago
  he gave your his H & Claire levitation game -
  here are some of his greatest stuff from the 
  past.

  Mike writes -

  >> Keyboard Sumo Game <<
  "Requiring naked aggression and a good supply
  of keyboards - we broke mine testing this.
http://www.chthonic.f9.co.uk/sumo/


  >> Hawking & Davros Animation / Song<<
  "True love exists in the boring, ordinary
  things you do together.
http://b3ta.com/hawking/


  >> Wendy Craig Swears <<
  "Wendy always appears to be prim and proper,
  and yet I'm sure there some foul mouthed
  nastiness boiling away in there somewhere."
http://www.chthonic.f9.co.uk/wendy/

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: STAR IN NEXT WEEKS ISSUE

  Make something cool and tell us about it. This
  newsletter now reaches over 26,000 people - if
  you are in it, then people will see your stuff.
  It's that simple.

  Stuff we'd really like to see includes

  * Suggestions for image challenges
  * Reviews of weird/cheap stuff you've bought
    on-line
  * Games, animations and odd projects

  Send contributions to http://www.b3ta.com/mailus/

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