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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 51: "WEEBL IN FIVE FIGURE MTV DEAL"

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This Week:
- Spam Ticker
- Psychic Trick
- Weebl in five figure MTV deal

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B3ta email 51 - 9 Aug 2002

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: SPAM TICKER
  The ideal presentation for your corporate lobby

  Brian Millar has been collecting spam. He's
  edited the best into a ticker that works much
  like the New York Stock exchange.

  Sounds rubbish doesn't it?

  It's not - it's strangely uplifting and gives
  the material a gravitas that it doesn't really
  deserve.
http://www.baker-street.net/spam/  


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: WEIRD PSYCHIC TRICK
  Think of a number .... 

  Simon is an amateur magician and he can read
  your mind.

  His site asks you to think of a number between
  10 and 99 and then do a sum.

  We chose 23.

  So 23 - 2 - 3 = 18

  Simon has made a list of shapes that
  correspond with the result.

  The site will then guess the correct shape.

  It's spooky because it works.
http://www.dogbomb.co.uk/psychic_shapes/


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: WEEBL IN 5 FIGURE MTV DEAL
  The first graduate from the B3ta Fame Academy!

  Regular readers will be familiar with the Weebl
  and Bob animations which have gained a cult
  following of net users.

  And now? Their creator Jonti Picking has been
  commissioned to use the characters to make 20
  shorts for the European MTV2 channel.

  We're very excited by Jonti's success, and he's
  made a new Weebl animation to celebrate.
http://www.weebl.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/b3ta/show.html


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #1
  Animal Band, Penis Anim, Love Story, Kitten Owl

  >> Bad Weather Blues <<
  The weather has been awful in the UK. We've
  had thunderstorms, rain and some flooding.
  At B3ta we're never despondent, and Spacefish
  has galvanised the message board people to do
  something about it. They've put together this
  cheering song and animation to fight the
  bad weather.
http://www.glastonbridge.co.uk/blues/


  >> Penis Animation <<
  It's been a long time since someone has
  submitted something this weird. It's a music
  video starring penises. We think the TV deal
  might be a long time coming. (Thanks HootyOwl)
http://www.ultraville.com/flash/new%20swfs/gennies!.swf


  >> Kitten Owl Wallpaper <<
  Pop has made you some new wallpaper. It features
  an adorable kitten owl creature in a snowscape.
  It's classy. Install it.
http://www.robb.karoo.net/wallpaper.htm


  >> A Love Story <<
  Now that Weebl is an international superstar,
  his animator is working on new ideas. Jonti's
  most recent is a short animation about two
  people in love.
http://www.weebl.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/flash/lovestory.swf


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: WHERE I LURK
  Cider Girl on "Liphook Messageboard"

  People pass time on the web in different ways.
  Some people like links, some read news, others
  watch message boards. Each week we ask a B3ta
  reader where they like to lurk.

  Cider Girl writes -

  "I'm totally addicted to the Liphook message
  board. It was set up to serve a local community
  but got invaded by a load of media wannabees
  who big themselves up, squabble and bang on
  about how many drugs they take. It's a cross
  between Eastenders and Big Brother, only
  more pretentious."
http://www.knowhere.co.uk/board/kb4354/


  BTW: Do you lurk on any message boards? We'd
  like you to contribute to this section. Send a
  couple of paragraphs to http://www.b3ta.com/mailus/


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #2
  Mahjongg, Decision Machine, Clicky game, Irwin

  >> Mahjongg <<
  Thomas Weibel has built this neat web version
  of Mahjongg to play with his children. He says,
  "Kids are great at it, they recognize patterns
  and characters much faster than an adult but
  they'll leave finger prints on the screen.
  Mucky puppies."
http://www.thomasweibel.ch/mahjongg.htm


  >> Decision Maker <<
  Izb has built an advice machine. You go through
  a series of questions about your problem and
  it attempts to solve it. If it doesn't fix
  your quandary then you can suggest your own
  solution. Izb is hoping that your entries
  will make the site able to resolve
  every problem in existence.
http://www.lifesdifficultdecisions.com/life/


  >> Clicky Mouse Game <<
  Salmon of Knowledge has made his first
  web game. "I got the idea from an attraction at
  Alton Towers," he says. It's very simple. You
  need to click your mouse as fast as you can to
  race your character across the screen. It'll
  fuck up your hands.
http://www.oshq.co.uk/b3tarace/


  >> Steve Irwin Game <<
  Aaarrgghh...wasps has made a game where you
  pretend to be TV's Steve Irwin and chuck eucalyptus
  chewing gum at koala bears. But of course!
http://waspworld.gotdns.com/2dpb.htm


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

  >> Write an email in piss <<
  Pee-Mail is a fantastic new service. You 
  scrawl your message using a cute little
  cartoon chap weeing on the screen. You can then
  send the message to your friend. Here is a 
  special message we've prepared for our
  readers.
http://www.pee-mail.com/index.php?id=33309


  >> 'Rejected' Animation <<
  Utterly insane minimalist account of an
  animator's decline into madness and eventual
  self-implosion. One of the best animations
  we've ever seen.
http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~mad/krischan/download/Rejected.wmv 


  >> Anco's Energizer <<
  This cute problem-solving game gets you to
  push blocks and avoid giant insects to get to
  the next screen. The stepped level of difficulty
  eases you in gently and then shags your brain.
http://www.miniclip.com/acno/acno.htm


  >> Lego Porn <<
  Artist David Thomas has been photographing
  naked Lego ladies. Slightly disturbing but
  tastefully posed.
http://soli.inav.net/~thomas/mfactory/lm002.html


  >> Elephants on acid <<
  40 years ago two psychiatrists administered the
  equivalent of 3,000 LSD trips to an elephant.
  It shat itself and died. Poor elephant.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?U5C063B71


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from "How Things Really Work" 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 to know how things really
  worked.
http://b3ta.com/challenge/howstuffreallyworks/

  We asked B3ta boarder Breel to judge the
  entries - here are his 3 faves.

  Breel writes -

  #1 "How Medical School works - simple concept,
     excellent execution and made me spill me
     tea. (Rogan)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2/5/1/1/1/5/

  #2 "How batteries work - cute brand subversion.
     (Kubox)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2/4/8/1/5/8/

  #3 "How Daleks Work - know I know why they are
     so wobbly. (CJ)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2/4/3/9/8/2/

  # Honorary mention. "How Chaotic Illuminator
    really works."
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2/5/2/4/7/6/


  >> This Week's Challenge <<

  This week, B3ta contributor Freddy Woo gave us
  the suggestion, "What is the fifth emergency
  service?"
http://b3ta.com/challenge/fifthemergencyservice/


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

  * We asked you to buy Glitter Band T-Shirts.
  The fan club bloke thanked us and said "you've
  emptied my garage."

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: STAR IN NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE

  Make something cool and tell us about it. 

  Stuff we'd really like to see includes

  * Where you lurk
  * Things to buy
  * Your latest stuff

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

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  Thanks to Dave Stevenson and Lucy Reese for
  helping edit the newsletter.

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