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The secret to happiness


Vol. 4, No. 11, 9/4/2003

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 chuckle
Top links from last week
Net guide for Aussie journos
Things that make you go huh?

From the editor

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Ah ha, I knew that subject line would get you in. This week's column from our faithful silver surfer columnist Pollyanna inspired it.

Pollyanna is a retired teacher and a mother of five, grandmother of six.

If anyone should know the secret to happiness, I reckon Pollyanna would.

But I'm not going to steal her thunder - you'll have to read her column (link below) to find out.


PS If you haven't had time to read the contrasting responses to the war issues of the newsletter, here's another chance -


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.


Web content tip

E-business is a buzzword and the consulting game is littered with the corpses of former buzzers.

What does it really mean? Find out for yourself -




Email tip

As a good Netizen, be sure to clean up your headers before forwarding the latest side-splitting joke to your 50 dearest mates.

If a message has been around the block a few times, chances are you can see the previous recipients' details in the header information (date, sender, subject etc) at the top of your copy.

Delete the old stuff before forwarding on the joke or copy and paste the relevant info into a new message then send.

You'll save your friends time and you'll save bandwidth by not duplicating meaningless text.


Readers write

POLLYANNA - Discover the secret to happiness with someone who knows from years of experience -

OLD GRUMPY - In case you haven't had a chance to read the wise words on war from our other senior contributor, here it is again -

FEEDBACK - "Your newsletter is great. Thank you. But if you intend to keep using it politically, pls unsubscribe me." - from Doug (who unsubscribed after I suggested he might have missed the point of open, honest online communication and debate).

"A great newsletter, each time I read one I find it more interesting. I am an old Brisbaneite and absolutely love the place. I have even written a book which includes school life here in the thirties, there have been lots of changes but the character of Brizzie stills sets it apart from other cities. Keep up the good work." - from Ken.


The Y Files

Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Surf Club (web site reviews)

Odd Music
Flap your ears if you love unique, unusual, ethnic or experimental music and instruments. Listen to cigar box guitars, bamboo saxophones, stalagmites in a cave, gourd music, industrial insect metal, bow telegraph wires across the Nullarbor Plain or call whales on a Waterphone. Follow the links for sheet music or tips on making instruments.
In a net shell: Aural treats.

On June 17 every year, one family in Buenos Aires takes part in a private ritual - they photograph themselves. See the lines of life etched on the faces of Mum Susy, Dad Diego and their three sons since 1976.
In a net shell: Fleeting moments.

Wheel of Dreaded Consequences
When you need creative punishments for the kids, turn to the wheel. Let the kids take a spin for a range of chore suggestions, from cleaning up the garage to listening to an hour of Dad's favourite music.
In a net shell: Round reprimand.

Money Personality Test
Are you a balanced spender/investor or are you a binge spender, big spender or a micromanager? Take the quiz to discover your money personality.
In a net shell: Scary.

Forget your worries with this intriguing Shockwave game. Move the beach ball, gobble up the goodies and grab the keys to unlock the next maze in the 3D labyrinth.
In a net shell: Lose yourself.

Know your saki from your sushi? Is it impolite to add wasabi to the dipping sauce? Learn sushi etiquette and tips at the World-Wide Sushi Restaurant Reference. You'll find sushi restaurants, a glossary and listing of sushi clubs and societies.
In a net shell: Totally sushi.

* web sites are previewed on ABC Radio Queensland on Mondays (between 7pm and 9pm) -

Reader choice

Asian Women Online
This web site reflects some very fine writing by Asian women. Just thought you may be interested.
- submitted by Jim, US.

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


Weekly chuckle

"Although he had only just turned 30, Jake was dying.

His wife, Becky, was maintaining a candlelight vigil by his side. She held his now fragile hand, tears running down her face. But her praying roused him from his slumber. He looked up and his pale lips began to move slightly.

"My darling Becky," he whispered.

"Hush, my love," she said. "Rest. Shhh, don't talk."

In his tired voice, "I have something I must confess to you."

"There's nothing to confess," replied the weeping Becky. "Everything's all right. Just go to sleep."

"No, no. I must die in peace, Becky. I...I cheated on you!"

"I know," Becky whispered as she softly stroked his forehead. "Just let the poison work".


Top links from last week

Top 10 email tips, tricks and secrets

Lateral thinking puzzles

Dear Raed (war blog)

Gratuitous Pleasures

Scatty (jokes for kids)

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


Net guide for Aussie journos

Find experts, contacts and Net-based sources of Australian facts, figures and background information in Belinda Weaver's Guide to Internet information sources for Australian journalists -

And keep up to date with what’s new at http://journoz.blogspot.com/


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.

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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.


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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