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Vol. 4, No. 19, 30/7/2003

From the editor

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A whole month has passed since we last met.

I took the opportunity of a break in my ABC Radio Queensland show to get the rest of my life in order - new partner, new house and new job.

Ah, nothing like a little stress to remind you you're alive.

How about you? Too much change in your life (or not enough)? Take this quick test to check your stress levels -

See you again in a fortnight.


Web content tip

What skills do you need to develop a web site? More than you might think.

Ensure you have these nine essential competencies covered for starters -


At your service

Management doesn't "get" the Net and the potential of online communication. Your employees don't "get" the difference between writing for print and online. Your techies and marketers don't get along.

Perhaps you need a web evangelist to convert the masses. Book a customised presentation, 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


Email tip

About 11 billion emails are sent each day worldwide - three times as many as in 1999.

Email is twice as likely as the phone to be used to communicate at work, according to a survey by software company Oracle.

Nearly one in 10 workers say they'd need two or more days to catch up on email if they went on a two-week vacation.

So how do high-profile people such as Bill Gates and Michael Dell cope with their ever-growing inboxes?

Learn their tips and tricks - http://tinyurl.com/itim


Readers write

POLLYANNA'S COLUMN - Hats can make or break a person, especially if he's a keen lawn bowler - http://tinyurl.com/628u

BOOK REVIEW - If Justin Herald could turn his last $50 into a multimillion-dollar enterprise, why can't you achieve your dream? It's just a matter of attitude, says Justin, in this new easy-to-read paperback, "Do you want Attitude with that?


The Y Files

Q - Re site submission to search engines and indexes, what is the Open Directory Project?

A - The Open Directory Project - at http://www.dmoz.org - is a massive human-edited directory of the web built and maintained by a global community of volunteer editors. The data is used by many search engines, including AOL Search, DirectHit, HotBot, Google, Lycos and Netscape Search. Melbourne-based volunteer editor Vicki Falkland says she checks for new submissions twice a month, sometimes more. to submit your site, visit http://dmoz.org/add.html

* email your Net-related question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Surf Club (web site reviews)

If you want to harness the power of online connection, visit the winner of the Webby Community Award. Meetup is a fr*ee service that organizes informal, real-world local gatherings about anything, anywhere. Find or create a topic (from agnostics to yoga), sign up and show up at the venue (chosen by member votes).
In a net shell: Shared passions.

The Face Memory Game
How would you go describing a criminal's facial features for police? Test your powers of observation and memory with this online game. Just select a random cartoon face, memorise it then try to re-create the features. Follow the link at the bottom of the page for more harmless fun.
In a net shell: Face facts.

Mom's Minivan
Keep the kids quiet on family road trips with more than 101 travel games (organised by age group), safety info and tips. Bright ideas include printable games and songs, travel journals, string figures, scavenger hunts, car sickness prevention tips and their worst "barf" stories.
In a net shell: Are we there yet?

JPEG Resizer
Resize multiple JPEGs (digital photos) in just a few clicks with this fr*ee tool for Microsoft Windows. Advanced features include anti-aliasing, colourisation and selectable JPEG compression factor. Choose between four different resizing methods, specify how resized JPEGs should be named and where they should be stored. Great for resizing high-resolution digital camera images for the Net.
In a net shell: Time saver.

Online Conversion
"Convert just about anything to anything else." That's the promise of this mega-handy site for converting distance, temperature, speed, volume, weight, dates, times, cooking and clothing. Don't miss the Fun Stuff category to work out how many days till you retire, your age to the second, your typing speed, the day you were born or help picking lottery numbers.
In a net shell: Fun with numbers.

Word Spy
Word Spy is devoted to recently coined words and phrases, old words used in new ways, and existing words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance in newspapers, magazines, books, press releases and web sites. "Globesity" (global obesity epidemic), "BHAG" (big, hairy, audacious goal) or "extreme beer" (well-aged, usually high-priced beer with an exotic flavor or exceptionally high alcohol content). See the top 100 Word Spy words based on page views from the past week or sign up for a daily word email and quotation.
In a net shell: You don't say?

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


Reader choice

This web site, owned by Wishlist, sells a voucher that can be redeemed at one of 4000 retail stores. It's idea for rewarding employees or clients.

* email your brief web site or e-newsletter review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Food for thought

These are real answers given by children. Don't you just love kids?

Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.

Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the earth and the moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Q: What are steroids?
A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A: He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.

Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.

Q: What is artificial insemination?
A: When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.

Q: How are the main parts of the body categorised (eg abdomen)?
A: The body is consisted into three parts-the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels, A, E, I, O, and U.

Q: What is the fibula?
A: A small lie!

Q: What does "varicose" mean?
A: Nearby

Q: Give the meaning of the term "Caesarean Section".
A: The Caesarean Section is a district in Rome.

Q: What does the word "benign" mean?
A: Benign is what you will be after you are eight.


Top links from last issue

Error 404 - cannot find weapons of mass destruction

Non-verbal dictionary

Kartoo search engine

SegPlay (paint by numbers)

Is email forwarding legal in Australia?


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://www.journoz.com/weblog/


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?

Buy a copy of Odd Bods - 50 bizarre sites about the human body and shock your dinner party guests with tales from the dark side of the Net.

Grab your credit card to pay securely online for instant access to professionally reviewed sites that could take years to find among the millions of dead links, scumware and pop-ups.

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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.


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

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