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Heart and Seoul


Volume 1, No. 43, 15/11/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 43 Heart and Seoul November 15, 2000

Yvette Nielsen, Editor, yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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Another short preamble this week - off to Singapore again tomorrow
en route to guest-speaking engagement at an Internet conference in
Seoul, Korea, next week.

Guess I'll have to pack my swimmers (for Singapore's 34 degrees)
and thermals (for Seoul's 4 degrees) - that's if I clear my desktop
in time to take off.

I'll take a raincheck next Wednesday if that's okay and see you
again on Wednesday, November 29, with the latest buzz from Asia.


PS For those who care, had the all-clear today for quarterly cancer
check-up. Ain't life great?


1. Web content tip
2. Drop-down menu warning
3. Domain name generators
4. Columns
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Ever wonder who is linking to your site?

You should. The popularity of your site with other sites heavily
influences your rankings with some search engines these days.

To find out the number of sites linking to you, enter your URL at:


2. Drop-down menu warning

Usability king Jakob Nielsen reckons drop-down menus are often
more trouble than they are worth.

They can also be confusing when used for several different
interaction methods.

Read all about it at:


3. Domain name generators

Cyber squatters have taken a lot of the best site addresses but,
with a good domain name generator, you might just strike gold.

Domain name generators generally combine a thesaurus and word list
with a whois tool to check availability.

Read a review of the major players at WebmasterBase.com:


4. Columns

Apparently Pollyanna and Old Grumpy have become favourites with
readers of Australia's SeniorNet newsletter.

The Canberra-based SeniorNet is at http://netspeed.com.au/seniornet/

Of course, you can read our star senior writers' columns every week
at www.brizcomm.com.au or rage against the world with Cameron Koo and
Carol Ann White.


5. Surf Club

We don't usually include sites promoting individual artists but
this one's a ripper. Even if you're not a fan of former Crowded
House and Split Enz member Neil Finn, do visit and feast your
senses on the beautiful piano background music, crazy eye candy
and amazing pop-ups. Mix your own sound samples, click through
the interactive photo album or view a video.
In a net shell: Tricks and treats.

Wonderboy X Theme Station
Videogame-heads seeking a nostalgia trip might like to wander into
the 10th anniversary tribute station to Wonderboy 3. Download a
free desktop theme and screensaver, read tips and trivia, or follow
links to other wondrous resources.
In a net shell: Monster magic.

HeavenPoint is a place for people to pay tribute to their loved ones.
The Singaporean-based site states that it is "not just to mourn a
passing but instead to celebrate life". You can read "cyber-obituaries"
and "cyber-memorials", lay "cyber wreaths", share your views in the
forums, offer condolences or learn about the funeral rites of other
In a net shell: Good grief.

WaiterChef Gallery
See and hear your favourite chefs whip up their signature dishes on
the Web through Brisbane-based WaiterChef. You can send in your
comments and vote for your favourite. Featured chefs include Ben
Davis, Craig Warren, Dean Yorkston, Dominique Rizzo, Paul Mcgivern
and Phillip Johnson.
In a net shell: Recipe for success.

Absolute Arts
If you like your arts news fresh, bookmark Absolute Arts or sign up
for the site's free arts news ezine. This dedicated arts news service
covers important, international arts news on a daily basis. You can
even email your own press releases and arts information for
In a net shell: Hot art.

Fastest Talking Female
Living in New York, you have to talk fast. Actor, author, comic and
single mum Fran Capo is the world's fastest-talking female, according
to the Guinness Book of World Records. Fran can talk 603.32 words a
minute (that's 10 words a second). Read her articles, including tips
on using humour, or visit her first cyber sitcom, "The Estrogen
Files: Money, Men and Motherhood".
In a net shell: Click quick.

Am I Hot Or Not?
If you didn't feel insecure about your appearance before, you might
after visiting this site. Browse through thousands of personal
photographs and vote on whether you think the person is "hot".
Masochists are welcome to submit their own photos.
In a net shell: Ego surfing for extremists.


6. Weekly chuckle

A young English couple had two very small identical twins.

The couple decided they were too young to keep the babies so placed
them for adoption.

A Spanish family adopted one baby and called him Juan while an
Egyptian family adopted another and called the baby Amall.

Fifteen years later, Juan decided to send his birth parents a
picture of himself.

His birth mum said to his birth dad: "Look, Juan sent a picture
of himself to us, I wish Amall would."

The birth dad replied: "What's the point, if you've seen Juan,
you've seen Amall."


Back in a couple of weeks.


Yvette Nielsen, Editor
phone 041 771 8683

brizcomm - online content consulting and training
PO Box 2026, Bardon, Queensland 4065, Australia

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