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Time for a break


Vol. 4, No. 12, 16/4/2003

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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I'm heading off at dawn for a long-anticipated Easter break in the bush and at the beach so I'll keep this one short.

Have a safe, happy and restorative break.



PS the newsletter will return on April 30


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

"A hallmark of any good UI [user interface] is its ability to be used effectively by both novice and expert users alike. It is striking a balance between these two oftentimes-conflicting user bases that poses the greatest difficulty." -

Email tip

"What's in an e-mail? Potential disaster, that's what. With the click of a mouse, you can accidentally broadcast that torrid note to 200 coworkers, forward a catty message about your boss to your boss, or send several thousand customer credit card numbers to, um, the journalist writing this story."

Avoid the top mistakes -


Readers write

POLLYANNA - You can't beat the innocence of children. Some of we so-called grown-ups could learn something from kids in the honest way they speak, write and interact -

FEEDBACK - "I thought I would write to tell you how much I enjoyed working out how the Flash Mind Reader worked. Finally got it and also found out that if you reverse any of the two figure numbers and subtract the smaller number from the other you will get the same results...I am 72 years of age and I find this type of thing keeps my mind active." - from Jim.


The Y Files

Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Surf Club (web site reviews)

We Love The Iraqi Information Minister
Despite overwhelming graphic evidence to the contrary, Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahhaf (MSS) maintained his own curious version of events during the war in Iraq. MSS, the omitted Joker in the "Death Pack" playing cards distributed to coalition forces, is now on "administrative leave". His last quote to journalists - "I now inform you that you are too far from reality."
In a net shell: Mad.

Business Jargon
Want to do business in America? Learn the jargon first. Actually, it's surprising how much of this stuff has already embedded itself into global English. Pick up gems such as "pig in a python" (slow movement) and "whistling past the graveyard" (mustering courage).
In a net shell: Fast talking.

Mathematical Interactivities
If only math had been this much fun at school. Challenge yourself with a multimedia puzzle, pattern, game, quiz, question, drill, mind-reading tricks or another brain-bender (most use the Flash plug-in). Follow the links to similar resources for other subjects, code to create your own interactives, or join the forum to discuss web-based education.
In a net shell: Penny arcade.

Ryze Business Networking
In our brave new information economy, success depends on who you know as much as what you know. Expand your network of influence through this online networking community. Set up your own fr*ee home page in seconds and start connecting.
In a net shell: On the up.

A Look at Pain
"Pain is not a sensation, but an experience, an utterably lonely experience." Explore the notion of pain through this interactive exhibit from the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Learn about the history, research and treatment of chronic pain through graphics, music, brief essays and interviews with pain sufferers (uses Flash).
In a net shell: Ouch.

Name That Face
Celebrity news buffs can test their star savvy with this warped quiz. Try to guess the identities by five photos of their faces, which have been deliberately distorted (digitally, not surgically, except perhaps for Michael Jackson).
In a net shell: Tricky.

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

Reader choice

Australian Navy
This is a site from the Australian Navy. A virtual tour of all of their craft from helicopters to destroyers. Very well put together site. A good trip down memory lane for any X navy people.

- reviewed by Rod

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


Weekly chuckle

After the egg hunt on Easter Sunday, the young farm boy decided to play a prank. He walked out to the chicken coop and replaced every single egg with a brightly coloured one.

A few minutes later the rooster walked in, saw all the coloured eggs, then stormed outside and killed the peacock.


Top links from last week

Secret to Happiness (Pollyanna)


Money Personality Test


Wheel of Dreaded Consequences

* 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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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

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