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NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 77: "DOMO-KUN VS. DONNIE DARKO"

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This Week: 
* FILM - Domo Darko 
* ANIM - Gay Bears 
* GAME - Shout at your PC 

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B3ta email 77 - 21 Feb 2003

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: DOMO DARKO 
  Japanese animation cult vs. Donnie Darko 

  Domo-kun is a web cult. You must have seen him, 
  he looks like a weetabix with a mouth. 

  His 30 second stop-motion vignettes exude a
  charm and warmth that have brought him fame
  greater than his real job as the mascot
  of Japanese satellite TV show BS2. 

  Fnord has taken clips and remixed them with
  the song Mad World from Donnie Darko. 

  The result is unlike anything we've featured 
  on b3ta before. It's exquisite.
http://www.fnord.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/DomoDarko.ram 


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: B3TA PARTY 
  London UK, 11th April 2002 

  It's nearly been a year since our first party 
  so to make it special we're going to celebrate 
  in style. 

  Instead of a grotty pub in Kentish Town we've 
  rented a place called Insomnia in Wardour 
  Street, Central London. 

  So open your diaries and write "I'm going 
  to the b3ta party and it's gonna rock." 


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: GAY BEARS VIDEO 
  See them dance. Hear them sing. 

  The term 'bear' has a special meaning in the
  world of man-on-man love. It refers to chubby,
  bearded fellows who look like truck drivers. 

  Ultraville has a made a Flash tribute to bears. 
  It's not exactly safe for work and some of you 
  might find it sexually threatening. 

  Us? We just like the cold look of death 
  in their unblinking eyes.
http://www.ultraville.com/flash/buster.swf 


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: WHAT B3TA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS WEEK 
  Fridges, Shouting, Brummies, Traffic & Photos

  >> B3ta Fridge Poetry <<
  A site doing the rounds this week allowed you
  to create fridge poetry based upon the text
  of any website. Flibz has made a cool 
  variation. His tool allows you to do the
  same with the b3ta board. The innovation?
  You can drag around the pictures too. Fun.
http://www.flibz.com/po3try


  >> Stop the War With Shouting << 
  JBoom writes - "In this game you play the role 
  of a UN Weapons Inspector and you have to talk 
  with the Iraqi. You will either have to talk 
  nicely, or shout at him." We certainly enjoyed 
  screaming at the computer with all our might. 
http://www.jboom.com/iraq/stopthewar.html 


  >> Singing Brummie << 
  Huw writes "A mate of mine is at Uni in 
  Bournemouth and knows these lads who live in 
  a student house together. They were trawling 
  through their flatmate's PC and came across 
  some MP3s with him singing on top. And so 
  they made a website without his knowledge." 
  We recommend listening to his version of 
  My Girl. It's a smasher. 
http://www.abitstrong.demon.co.uk/download.htm 


  >> The Truth About Traffic Lights << 
  Koit has made a sweet little collection of 
  animated gifs that give us the inside skinny 
  on what the little men in the traffic lights 
  get up to when no one is looking. 
http://www.trafficlightwars.co.uk/ 


  >> Document the day with a camera <<
  Mr & Mrs Wheatley have started an interesting
  project. They're asking you to photograph
  your day with a camera and post it on their
  site. They want a complete record of human
  existence. Nice plan. 
http://www.weareacamera.com/


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

  >> Everything Is Gay Video << 
  This is quite extraordinary. Imagine a Jack 
  Osbourne look-a-like sitting in his scuzzy 
  bedroom hitting one chord on a guitar while 
  listing everything in the world that is gay.
  We salute this man. He says all we want to say
  about life with an eloquence we don't possess. 
http://www.andymilonakis.com/gaynew.wmv 


  >> Hubcap Fish << 
  Men! Don't throw away your old hub caps - 
  make them into lovely robot fish sculptures 
  instead. Artist Ptolemy flogs his creations 
  on his site. If we had any cash then we'd 
  certainly buy one. 
http://www.hubcapcreatures.com/forsale1.html 


  >> Official Korean Website Is Nuts << 
  You know those arty sites that you get? The ones 
  where you keep clicking and none of it makes 
  sense but it's all kinda pretty and looks 
  important? This state-sponsored Korean website 
  is just like that. But better. 'Coz it's real. 
http://www.korea-dpr.com/ 


  >> Invisible film quiz <<
  A taxing little photoshop quiz here. They've
  removed the heads from actors and you have
  to guess the name of the film. We're shit
  and couldn't guess one.
http://www.filmwise.com/invisibles/invisible_114.shtml


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: B3TA IMAGE CHALLENGE 
  Results from Dog Nose 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. 

  Think week b3ta regular Crazy Mum judged
  the result and gives us his three faves:

  #1 "Alien Dog - very nicely done. (Obz)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/802200


  #2 "Anteater Doggy - for making me feel I was
     on a ketamine flashback! Where does the dog
     start and the nose end? Please, make it
     stop!! (CALL &BB18)
http://www.b3ta.com/board/817547


  #3 "Staring Dog - Just because it made me
     laugh every time I saw it. (+slick_stick+) 
http://www.b3ta.com/board/802829


  >> This Week's Challenge << 

  This week, B3ta contributor DumbMonkey gave us 
  the suggestion, "Crap Superheroes" 
http://www.b3ta.com/challenge/crapsuperheroes/


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

  * TOMSK GETS ON MTV - they've picked up
    his Mint animations and will be showing
    them shortly. It's all about the gravy baby.
http://www.tomandphil.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mint/


  * CHRIS MORRIS INTERVIEW - last week we asked
    if he was out there and if we could get 
    an interview. Looks like he's not. Although
    LP bumped into him on the London anti-war
    march and said hello.


  * ICON CHALLENGE WINNERS - we asked you to
    design a new icon for our message board.
    The winners? Tomsk, A Handinthebush, Slim,
    Breel, Bovine, Pickledpizza, Expensiveface,
    Arrrgh...wasps, Captainsmithers, Cow23 and
    Monkeon. Look out for the icons appearing
    on the board in the future.
http://b3ta.com/challenge/icon/

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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 

  * Sticker projects. We think the guy who's
    been putting the "loop the loop" stuff
    on the London tube maps is the coolest
    guy on the planet.

  * Newspaper subversion. Can you get a national
    paper to print a story that's clearly
    bollocks?

  * Freebees, damn it. We've checked our subs
    and enough of your seem to work for 
    ad agencies, PR companies and in TV
    production. Send us something to watch.


  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.
  Links sent in by Grey Triggerfish, Ptolemy,
  Ossko Andras & James Maguire.
  Proofing by the skanky b4ta hoes. (60777)

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