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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 53: "WIN A DATE WITH A NET CELEBRITY!"

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This Week:
- Dutch painting quiz (better than it sounds)
- Design a tattoo
- Create a city in pixels

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B3ta email 53 - 23 Aug 2002

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: THE DUTCH RENAISSANCE PAINTING SUPERQUIZ
  Fun spoof game show.

  Do you know much about art? Don't worry - 
  you don't need knowledge to play this quiz
  from Superzorgon.

  It's very easy and the game show presentation
  makes it enormous fun.

  Be warned: there is no prize for winning.
http://www.ultraville.com/flash/new%20swfs/superquiz.swf


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: DATE A NET CELEBRITY
  Draw a picture and win GAY SEX!

  Log is famous. He created the 'Law of the
  Playground' site. Everyone's read it. Here is
  your chance to date him - you lucky people.

  He's looking for:

  * Un-camp chaps with a fondness for drink.

  * Someone who can laugh at himself without
    adding 'God, I'm such a worthless shitpiece'
    and weeping.

  * A towering hulk of ill-bred masculinity

  Is this you? Then send a drawing of what "your
  love looks like" to:
http://www.log.dial.pipex.com/mememe/lovemedo.htm

  PLEASE NOTE: This competition is only open to
  gay men.

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: CITY CREATOR
  Create cities from pixels & email them to mates

  Pep and Cal from B3ta have been busy. They've
  spent the last couple of months working on this
  project.

  It looks amazing - like a sci-fi SimCity - 
  and it's very easy to use.

  They are planning on extending the construction
  set and would like you to suggest ideas for cities,
  buildings or objects.
http://www.citycreator.com/


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: THE RATHERGOOD CORNER
  "Big Pant Trekking"

  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 advertising
  pants. Big pants. It's all a bit icky."
http://www.rathergood.com/pants/

  BTW: We've learnt that the Rathergood site
  is now banned in some schools. Yay!


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #1
  Funny book, Biscuit Quiz, Feed political fish.

  >> Biscuit Quiz <<
  Regular readers will know that Nicey loves
  biscuits. And now? He's photographed the
  broken ones at the bottom of his tin and
  asks you to identify them. Are you up to
  the challenge? It's tricky.
http://www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com/quiz/


  >> Print a funny book <<
  Log - the chappy who's looking for a date -
  has made a short comic book for you to print
  out. We read it on the loo - it made us
  smile.
http://www.mediapill.com/bookofmany/


  >> Feed the fish <<
  Nathan Gallagher has made a nice little
  fish feeding thing. Except the fish aren't
  fish - they are George Bush, Tony Blair and
  some cats. 
http://www.bulletclip.com/n8/swf/feedEmUp.html


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: DESIGN A TATTOO
  And get it inked onto a real live person.

  Marc Needham already has two tattoos, and is
  looking to get a third.

  He's asking you to design his tattoo - and the
  winner will be inked onto his inner forearm.

  If you are stuck for a theme, then he mentions
  that he likes England, cats, cycling and
  computers.
http://marcneedham.com/files/tattoo/


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK #2
  Shooty Circus Game, You've been b3ta'd, Poirot

  >> Duck Shoot Circus Game <<
  Smirnoff has made a little flash game to
  promote the Suddenstrike 2 PC game. It's
  commercial work but we forgive him because
  he's stuck some grenades in it.
http://www.eurogamer.net/suddenstrike2/game.htm


  >> When B3ta stuff goes wrong <<
  You know those clip programmes that show video
  of presenters mucking up their lines? We were
  working on the audio for a new bit of B3ta 
  content and it went wrong. However we found
  our wrong version more amusing than the proper
  one - so here it is. (Needs sound)
http://b3ta.com/razor-vs-house/


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

  >> Pre-date help <<
  Girls! Do you need a confidence boost before
  going on a date? This site has lovely little
  clips answering questions like "Do I need more
  make up?" We love it.
http://www.zefrank.com/predate/index.html


  >> Arnold Schwarzenegger Prank Calls <<
  We adore prank calls - but have always been too
  scared to make them. This site offers a sound
  board with phrases taken from Arnie's films.
  Also here are recordings of people playing them
  down the phone to unsuspecting victims. They rock.
http://www.btinternet.com/~pir8/arnie/


  >> Celebrities with and without makeup <<
  We know that fair bit of retouching goes on
  in celebrity photography - but this collection
  of photos are still an eye opener.
http://www.ebaumsworld.com/celeb.html


  >> Disney in WANKER domain-name hack <<
  Wanker.com re-directs you to the Disney website.
  We think someone is trying to say something.
http://www.wanker.com/


  >> Turn your dead-loved-one into a Diamond<<
  Lifegems has caught people's imagination this
  week. We've been sent it ten times. So what's
  the deal? It's a front for the 'Creation
  Association of North America' - and they're
  offering the service of taking the carbon from
  the ashes of a cremated body and turning it
  into a man-made diamond. Vom!
http://www.lifegems.com/


  >> Shazam. It works. <<
  We've been hearing a lot about Shazam recently
  - the UK mobile phone service that recognises
  pop songs by playing them into your phone. We've
  tried it with a dodgy old Goth CD. We are both
  surprised and impressed.
http://www.shazam.com/


  >> Japanese Mini Car <<
  Japanese technologists have a passion for
  miniaturisation. Check out these cars. They
  are very cute.
http://www.cqmotors.co.jp/qcar/catalog_f.html


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from "Shit Holiday" 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 adverts for a bad holiday.
http://b3ta.com/challenge/holidaysfromhell/

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

  Slim writes -

  #1 "The World of Mud" (by koit) - 10/10
     for a silly idea, accompanied by some
     mudtastic imagery.
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2/6/9/9/7/2/

  #2 "Come to Yorkshire on holiday" (by hanrahan)
     - As a Northerner, I think this one is great.
     Everyone looks pissed off, even the sheep.
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2/6/9/4/5/5/

  #3 "The Underground has some lovely beaches"
     (by Mr. Fancyteeth/Mantlepies) - Anyone who
     gets the Tube in the morning knows it is
     hell. Two very polished images here."
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2/7/5/3/4/1/
http://www.b3ta.com/board/2/7/5/3/5/3/


  >> This Week's Challenge <<

  This week, B3ta contributor Chthonic gave us
  the suggestion, "Household Implements of Doom."
http://b3ta.com/challenge/doom/

  BTW: Chthonic will be handling the Photoshop
  competitions on the B3ta site for the next
  month. Rob (me) has to go and earn some money.


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

  * FATSKIER BABY ANNOUNCEMENT - recently we
    asked you to submit names for a B3ta reader's
    baby. Stu writes, "At 01.25 GMT on 21st
    August, my wife Steffi gave birth to a 3.75kg
    (8lb 12oz) baby girl called Elise.  Both are
    happy and well." And yes - they selected the
    name from YOUR suggestions.


  * ISTHISYOU - the site that attempts to
    reunite people with their lost photocards
    is proud to announce TWO successes.

    Eri from Tokyo:
http://www.isthisyou.co.uk/japancentre.html

    And Rahat from Norway:
http://www.isthisyou.co.uk/forerkort.html

    BTW: They are currently on the hunt for
    Rui Fiske de Gouveia. Is this you?
http://www.isthisyou.co.uk/posh.html


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: STAR IN NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE
  It's Bank Holiday weekend - get creative.

  Make something cool and tell us about it. If
  you are in it then people will see your stuff.

  Stuff we'd really like to see includes

  * NO MORE BILLS - Our ISP sent us a $16,000
    bandwidth bill. Thankfully it was a computer
    error - but it scared the shit out of us.

  * REAL WORLD IDEAS - We're really enjoying the
    'design my tattoo' / 'find me a date' stuff.
    Have a think along those lines and get in
    touch.

  * GAMES / ANIMATIONS etc. Jeez. It's B3ta
    you know the score.

  BTW: We don't always reply to every email -
  but rest assured every link you send gets
  looked at.

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

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  LINKS: Dano, Lisa, Liz Balchin, Michael Escher,
  Tstar, Stuart S Thompson, Mark Kentwell, Jack,
  Dave, 43494, and Joelle Cleveland.

  And a special thanks to Cal who has spent the
  last week re-coding the site to make it go
  faster. Hopefully that should be launched soon.
  Huzzah.

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