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Vol. 4, No. 4, 19/2/2003

In this issue:
From the editor
Web writers are not equal
Web content tip
Email tip
Readers write
The Y Files
Surf Club (web site reviews)
Reader choice
Weekly thought
Top links from last week
AD - Aquent recruits in marcomm too
Things that make you go huh?

From the editor

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As a former newspaper journalist, I've never participated in anything remotely political.

You know, journalistic ethics and all that (believe it or not, some journos do 'ave 'em).

Now, as an independent online journalist, I can do and say pretty much whatever I want within reason (and the law).

This newsletter is not an objective publication (those of you who've been reading since the start three years ago will recall my rants landing me in hot water on more than one occasion).

I'm human and have opinions too. I'd being doing you a disservice by pretending anything else.

So it was with great excitement that I joined the march for peace in Australia's capital city of Canberra on Saturday.

As a wordie, the anti-war slogans on the hand-made signs captured my interest as much as their colourful owners, from senior citizens to toddlers to dogs.

Here are a few of the better ones from the protest in Washington DC -

If you've seen or created an attention-grabbing slogan, send it on in.



Web writers are not equal

Writing simply for the impatient online reader is difficult, especially if you work in a large corporate organisation. Brush up your web writers' skills with a customised workshop. Choose from web writing and editing (including information architecture, content management), content essentials (including usability, accessibility and promotion), or e-newsletters. Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au for a quote.

Web content tip

Seems there's money in them thar blogs (that's "web logs", for short).

The Blogging Network gives you your own online column, the technology to publish, instant readers and money every time someone reads your words.

Read on -

Email tip

When responding to email, delete any irrelevant parts of the original message.

Retain only enough of the original message to keep the context.

Sending long compilations of email messages to and fro simply chews up bandwidth and network resources.

Oh, and netiquette suggests you type your reply below the quoted bit, not above it.


Readers write

POLLYANNA - As a retired school teacher, Pollyanna knows all about nits. With school back in swing down under, lice head back up to torment the children of conscientious parents -

FEEDBACK - "I really enjoy your Newsletter… full of great stuff and so bright and colourful - it brightens up my day instantly!" - Victoria of Brisbane.

"I'm in the middle of reading a book that explains why software is so hard. The book is written by Alan Cooper and is titled 'The inmates are running the asylum'. The sub title is 'Why High-Tech products drive us crazy and how to restore the sanity'. Cooper offers some great insights to what makes software so hard and offers a new approach to designing software products. I highly recommend the book." - Tony of Brisbane


The Y Files

Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Surf Club (web site reviews)

The Wrong Crowd
Police corruption is the subject of an innovative new online doco launched by the Australian Film Commission and ABC New Media. The Wrong Crowd follows the life of Debra Beattie from childhood in the 1950s to young adulthood in the 1980s in Queensland. Don’t miss other documentaries, A Year on the Wing (migration of wading birds from Siberia to Australasia), Long Journey, Young Lives (child refugees), and Homeless (six people in six cities).
In a net shell: Compelling storytelling.

Film Sound
Discover the sound behind the movie with this Swedish site. You’ll find an introduction to film sound, glossary, essays by Oscar-winning sound designers, the history of sound, FAQs, clichés and common logic flaws, animation and music, and sound effect design in horror films and the Star Wars trilogy.
In a net shell: Listen up.

Daily Zen
In times of trouble, centre yourself with a daily thought, e-card from the Zen Gardens, screensaver or inspirational quote. Sign up to the monthly journal for a reading from classics of Zen, Buddhism, Taoism and rare translations or step into the meditation hall for a quiet moment to collect yourself in cyberspace.
In a net shell: Peace.

When you want to browse a web site offline (while not connected to the Net), use this application to download pages on to your computer’s hard drive quickly. Some sites can be difficult to grab if from CGI scripts or contain JavaScript. WebStripper will try to create an exact copy of the site. It can also revisit a site whenever you want to download any new or changed pages.
In a net shell: Ripper stripper.

Meet an Inmate
If you lucked out on Valentine’s Day, try looking behind bars rather than in them. At least with these pen pals, you know where they are all the time. See the pictures, read their stories then start writing snail mail. Female addresses cost $US3 each while male inmate addresses are free.
In a net shell: Captivating.

Where’s Michael’s Nose?
Has anyone seen pop star Michael Jackson’s real nose recently? Can you remember what his nose used to look like? Take the test to see if you can sniff out his real snoz from a total of 15 photos.
In a net shell: Nobody nose.

* web sites are previewed in "the Cyber Scribe" spot on ABC Radio Statewide on Mondays (between 8pm and 8.40pm)

Reader choice

Bridge Base
Perhaps Bridge Base is the best new bridge site online. It has downloadable software for easy-to-play bridge. Home for many top players in the world and it's fr^e.
- submitted by Charles of Nundah

Send a brief review of your favourite site to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Weekly thought

In light of the news of the so-called human cloning going on, I have to ask the following hypothetical question: If you pushed your naked clone off the top of a tall building, would it be -
a) murder
b) suicide or
c) merely making an obscene clone fall?

* hat tip to Bruce of Singapore for sharing that corker


Top links from last week

Banished Words

Rent My Chest

Polling Report

Arab Net

Lucid Dreaming

* to reproduce any content from brizcomm's newsletter or web site in your own publication, please email yvette@brizcomm.com.au


AD - Aquent recruits in marcomm too

Global professional services firm Aquent has expanded its service offerings in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition to creative staffing in web and print, the company now provides total staffing solutions in marketing, advertising and media, public relations and marcomm support.

Aquent’s Asia-Pacific offices include Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane in Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya in Asia; and Bombay, India.


Things that make you go huh?

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Remember, this newsletter is shareware. Please give a copy to a friend or colleague and suggest they sign up. Cheers.


Yvette Nielsen, Editor - phone 61 (0)41 771 8683
PO Box 2026 Bardon Qld 4065 Australia

© 2000-2003 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

We accept no responsibility and disclaim all liability for any incorrect information in articles, sites or events in this newsletter. If links do not work, try again later - sometimes the host server for a listed site might be down temporarily.


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