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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 70 : "MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY"

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This Week:
* GAME - Glam rock minesweeper
* MP3 - Mad person sings
* ANIM - 12 days of Xmas

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B3ta email 70 - 20 Dec 2002

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: GLAM ROCK XMAS MINESWEEPER
  It does what it says on the tin

  B3ta weirdo Monkeon writes -

  "I was thinking that people always associate
  Xmas with holly, Santa, Jesus etc., but tend to
  miss the fact that it's also the season of glam
  rock - with Slade, Wizzard, Mud and Shakey
  always on the telly and on the PA system in
  TK Maxx.
 
  "As a result, I have made a glam rock
  minesweeper variant."
http://www.monkeon.co.uk/glam/


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: NUTTER SINGS XMAS MESSAGE
  20 minutes of musical madness

  B3ta first-timer James Mitchell writes -

  "The company where I work employs a lot of
  people 'out in the regions'.

  "We don't really have a lot of contact with them.
  Especially because most of them are bonkers. One
  woman has sent our head office a Christmas tape.

  "It's a recording of her, a guitar, and her mother
  on the tambourine."

  "It was too good not to share."
http://www.poprevolution.co.uk/mp3/


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: 12 DAYS OF XMAS
  According to the people on the B3ta board

  B3ta message board regulars have got together
  to make a special Christmas animation for you.

  It's a curate's egg - good in parts.
http://www.milkthebridge.co.uk/christmas/12.swf


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

  >> Adult Babies <<
  They says Christmas is for the kids. Some
  people never grow up as you can see from these
  photos of men in children's clothes. Anyone
  look familiar?
http://makeashorterlink.com/?U2D8527D2


  >> One man's face - a year in photos <<
  The best web projects are trivial, anal and
  almost autistic in their attention to detail.
  This is all three. It gets pretty exciting 
  a third down the page when the chap buys
  some new glasses and gets a hair cut.
http://www.c71123.com/daily_photo/index.php?date_range=all


  >> Entrance to Hell <<
  Ever walked past an odd looking door? Ever
  thought that it might be a portal to Satan's
  sitting room? Send in your photos to this site.
  (We're sending in a snap of the rotting front
  door of our demented witch of a neighbour,
  Themis Michaelidou.)
http://www.entrances2hell.co.uk/


  >> Learn to play Jingle Bells <<
  Did you ever learn to play Chopsticks on the
  piano by sticking numbers on the keys? Expand
  your repertoire with Jingle Bells. Cute.
http://www.pianoiseasy.com/showpage.cfm?page=keyboardmain


  >> Squish this face <<
  Pleasing web toy based around a photo of a face.
  Yay. You can click. Stuff happens. What else
  do you want?
http://www.alterfin.com/dominique/index.html


  >> Copyright, B3ta Xmas Lecture <<
  And now for the serious bit. Much of web
  creativity is fuelled by borrowing
  music and images from random sources. This
  creates enormous legal problems when
  conventional media want to reproduce the stuff.
  Creative Commons propose a solution - a new
  symbol (CC) which marks work as available for
  re-use. Interesting.
http://www.oblomovka.com/images/entries/getcreative_121002.swf


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE
  Results from the 'Home Alone Pets' 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 show us what your
  pets do when no one is looking
http://www.b3ta.com/challenge/pets/

  We asked B3ta boarder 'Missing' to judge the
  entries.

  Missing writes -

  #1 "Although I was slightly disturbed by the
      number of pets who spend their time
      downloading porn, this is great.
      (artamnesia)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/565915

  #2 "It was the look of 'and what are you going
      to do about it?' combined with sheer
      contempt on this one.  And it's a cat
      wearing pants. (Slim)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/559548

  #3 "Absolutely fantastic animation on the left
     hand rabbit. (Stick_figure)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/582145


  >> This Week's Challenge <<

  This week, B3ta contributor Thorpe gave us the
  suggestion, "cows / horses being devious".
http://www.b3ta.com/challenge/devious/


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

  * DEAD SNAKE - it's real. Jason Oswald of
    New South Wales, Australia found it whilst
    working at the Harvey Norman Computer
    Superstore. Where's Steve Irwin when you
    need him?

  * BINARY CLOCK - it's real too. Hurrah! It
    displays the time in binary with 1 being the
    bottom digit and 8 being at the top. Geeks eh?

  * B3TA PARTY - it was great! Which is why
    the newsletter is so late this week. We
    all had enormous hangovers and stayed
    in bed.


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: STAR IN 2003's FIRST ISSUE

  We're taking two weeks off writing the
  newsletter and will be back in the New Year.

  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

  * The Web hit of 2003. Let's make the new
    year rock.

  * Many of you will have some time off from
    work. Use it productively. Stuff talking
    to your family. Get nerding. 

  * New quiz formats. We're convinced that
    there's appetite for them.

  Send contributions to 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 edited by Rob Manuel with David
  Stevenson & Lucy Reese.
  Links supplied by GNF Lou, Fraser Lewry,
  James Moore, Stuart Rolland & Haddock.
  Image challenge handled by Denise Wilton. 
  Thanks also to the B3ta DJs Phatmess,
  Popjustice, Weebl, Mc Mark McDonald, Braces
  Tower and everyone who came to the party.
  (56288)

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