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Vol. 4, No. 10, 2/4/2003

In this issue:
From the editor
Save your hair
Web content tip
Email tip
Readers write
The Y Files
Surf Club (web site reviews)
Reader choice
Weekly thought
Top links from last week
Net guide for Aussie journos
Things that make you go huh?


From the editor


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Autumn has arrived down under. Afternoons are growing shorter and cooler as leaves turn from green to brown.

I always feel a little melancholy saying goodbye to summer yet in some ways it's a time for reflection - an excuse to go inside and reflect on the first quarter of the year.

With always-on Internet access, 24/7 television and the pace of modern life, it can be hard to find time to look back. We become so busy keeping up that we lose sight of where we wanted to go in the first place.

The working week no longer ends on Friday for many people, particularly those of us who work in the virtual world or spend weekends ferrying around others.

With my laptop out of action last week (hard drive), I decided to take stock and re-evaluate my professional and personal goals. The result? I'm still working on it but at least I've started.

So please excuse the Sunday posting this week but sometimes a change is as good as a holiday.

Yvette

PS thank you for your overwhelming response to the last issue - we have some smart readers out there, on both sides of the war argument -
http://tinyurl.com/1mmg

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Save your hair

The bosses don't "get" the Net and the potential of online publications? Your employees don't "get" the difference between writing for print and online? Your techies and marketers don't get along? Need an outsider to set the record straight? Book a customised lecture, seminar or workshop (choose from content introduction, web writing, editing, information architecture, content management, layout and design, usability, accessibility, web marketing, e-newsletters). Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au for a quote.

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Web content tip

The war coverage by old and new media is generating a debate in its own right.

Journalists Telling it as it is?
http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=26594
Poynter.org's guide to which images of war should be shown and how they should be handled.

War: A Defining Moment for Net News
http://tinyurl.com/876f
"Eventually...television starts to loop back on itself and repeats the narrative over and over again. I think that's where the Web gains a huge advantage. The best sites can move quickly to develop a story in multiple directions, add depth and detail, and give readers their own pathways to explore."

Where is Raed?
http://dear_raed.blogspot.com/
One of the most popular war-related weblogs is a diary written from Baghdad under the pseudonym Salam Pax, who says he is a 28-year-old Iraqi architectural engineer educated in Austria. The author describes the devastation in his city and is often more compelling than pictures.
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Email tip

About.com's top 10 most popular email tips, tricks and secrets -
http://email.about.com/cs/tipsandtricks/tp/top_tips.htm
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Readers write

POLLYANNA - Whether you use the Sunday newspapers to wrap fish and chips or while away a few lazy hours, you must admit they have a certain charm -
http://tinyurl.com/628u

OLD GRUMPY - The war in Iraq has lured out Pollyanna's silver-surfing offsider who returns after a year's break and, boy, is he fired up -
http://tinyurl.com/8x19

FEEDBACK - Read the thought-provoking responses to last week's newsletter about the war -
http://tinyurl.com/1mmg

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The Y Files

From Brian -

Q - I used to be able to get Kazaa for free and now they want to charge me money for it. Is there an equal alternative to Kazaa, which is free?

A - Try searching www.download.com for "MP3 search" and you'll get a few choices or try this -
http://mp3.about.com/cs/napsteretc/

Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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Surf Club (web site reviews)

Write a Senior Citizen
http://www.writeseniors.com/
Find a new friend or foster a grandparent at WriteSeniors.com, a penpal site for seniors John Thomas, 17, and his sister, Kelly, 20, created the site after being touched by seniors they entertained at retirement homes - "This Great Generation of senior citizens contributed unendingly through World War II and the Korean War while judiciously shaping our world through innovations and policies. They must not be ignored and forgotten." You'll find tips and news, a cookbook, online memorials and forums.
In a net shell: Caring community.

Gratuitous Pleasures
http://www.gratuitouspleasures.com/
Lighten up with this assortment of playthings developed with Macromedia Shockwave and Flash. Play split the atom, be a pram-pushing pedestrian in New York, talk with spirits, learn the mambo or compose a mambo opera, play a Mexican card game, sing along with Brunnhilde, or feel the thrill of a pig in flight as you chase tasty morsels. (Best with fast connection.)
In a net shell: Just for fun.

Scatty.com
http://www.scatty.com/
With all the strife in the world, our kids could use some fun. Dip into more than 12,000 children's jokes in categories from animals to sports. Check the A-Z of knock knocks for a joke to suit your name or play an online game.
In a net shell: Kid safe.

Hit Lab
http://www.hitl.washington.edu/
Seeing ain't believing at the human interface technology (HIT) labs in Washington and New Zealand. The labs research and develop virtual interface technology. Learn about amazing projects using virtual reality for pain and spider phobia and augmented reality, the overlaying of virtual objects on the real world to enhance face-to-face and remote collaboration. Visit the NZ lab to learn about the magic book and download the software.
In a net shell: Edge of reality.

Lateral Thinking Puzzles
http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/sloane/index.htm
Lateral thinking puzzles are usually strange situations that need an explanation. They're solved through a dialogue between the quizmaster and the solver or solvers who ask questions to try to figure out the answer (the quizmaster can reply only yes, no or irrelevant). Try the Wally Test, browse through list of best and classic puzzles or join the forum.
In a net shell: Perplexing.

Bzzzpeak
http://www.bzzzpeek.com/
Hear how people from different countries imitate the sounds of animals and vehicles in this collection of "onomatopoeia" from around the world. This unusual interactive project compares pronunciation of sounds by presenting them side by side with their respective flag. Choose an animal from the border to listen or submit your own recording.
In a net shell: Animal crackers.

* web sites are previewed on ABC Radio Queensland on Mondays (between 8pm and 8.40pm) -
http://www.abc.net.au/backyard/




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Reader choice


Beauty of East Timor
http://members.dodo.net.au/~cathyok/
A Queensland Presentation Sister visited East Timor recently to help the Director of Catholic Communications East Timor plan for the future of the ministry, which includes a newspaper and radio station. When she returned, she noticed the beauty of the country was such that many of her photos looked like postcards. She decided to have 20 of them professionally printed as greeting cards to raise money for the communications ministry in East Timor. The web site includes samples of the photos and information on how to order.
- submitted by Cathy O'Keeffe

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

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Weekly thought

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Dr Martin Luther King, Jr



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Top links from last week


Your responses to first war newsletter
http://tinyurl.com/8x25

Intelligence Test
http://www.dur.ac.uk/t.m.jackson/intelligentietest

Today's Front Pages
http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/

Self-Guided (tips for war-related stress)
http://www.self-guided.com/

Stupidity on a global scale (newsletter March 19, 2003)
http://tinyurl.com/86ms

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

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Net guide for Aussie journos

TECHNO (Technology Enhancing Chances, Hopes & New Opportunities) Chicks is a school-based computer club for girls based in Cairns in far northern Australia.

They're seeking organisations to "sponsor" a half-day program in Brisbane which may include -

* presentation on your product/ service
* guided tour of workplace and/ or production line
* meeting industry personnel
* demonstration and hands-on workshop

Time spent will provide an insight into the ICT industry and opportunities. The excursion to Brisbane is scheduled for the third week of July 2003.

In return for your time and resources, TECHNO Chicks will include your logo as a sponsor on their web site, presentations and promotions held this year.

Contact co-ordinator Geetha James at Smithfield State High School on +61 7 4055 6604 or geetha.james@smithfieldshs.qld.edu.au

Visit TECHNO Chiicks at-
http://www.smithfieldshs.qld.edu.au/technochicks/

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Things that make you go huh?

"Yvette, this is the best ebook ever! Oh my God, who knew??...BTW, I LOVE the virtual autopsy (mystery lover here...)." - Tina Swift, Library Business Manager and freelance writer, western Massachusetts.

Ready for some extreme surfing? Want to be titillated, taunted and tempted?

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Only 9.95 (incl. GST) in Aussie dollars (that's about five US dollars) - less than a bottle of red wine and the wicked pleasure will last longer.

Available in .exe format for PCs (.pdf for Macs coming). Don't worry, we'll tell you how to download it - it's super easy.

Go on, live dangerously and get it while it's hot - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/shop/




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

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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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