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Volume 1, No. 42, 8/11/2000


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Volume 1, No. 42 Words with style November 8, 2000

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

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Web content workshop tomorrow and it's been a hard day learning
how to swing a golf club and decipher the BAS (the 'affectionate'
name for the new business activity statement designed by the Aussie
tax office to send we math-phobics mad).

Let's get to the meat.



1. Web content tip
2. Dial up for Leukaemia Foundation
3. Writing with style
4. Columns
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

For cheap, novel content, give your readers a disposable camera,
or digital if you can afford it, and publish their pictures.

I've mentioned sites in my Surf Club column that use this technique
to great effect.

Read Content Spotlight's case study of a site that gave its visitors
cameras to snap a local movie shoot:


2. Dial up for Leukaemia Foundation

If you live around Brisbane or Ipswich and need a new Internet
Service Provider, consider Global Info-Links (GIL).

Until December 11, GIL is offering its Mega-Bite 200 unlimited
Internet access package for $24.50 a month - of which $3.05 a month
will be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation.

The package includes an email address, 5MB of personal web space, no
establishment fees, free help desk via phone and email, membership
to Club GIL, a GIL Dollar loyalty program and no account-keeping fees.

This is a Queensland-only offer that will help patients and families
with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related bone marrow disorder.

Call GIL on 1300 650 980 and mention the Leukaemia Foundation or visit


3. Writing with style

A common thread on online writing lists relates to matters of style,
or the lack thereof, on the Net.

Do you hyphenate email and online? Is Internet capitalised?

Some experts believe editorial style guides restrict freedom of
expression (sounds a bit like the Queensland education system theory
a couple of decades ago to inspire creativity).

Still, consistency in terminology suggests attention to detail so
should be encouraged at least within an organisation's web site.

If you need guidance, read this light-hearted piece by Meryl Kaplan
Evans in response to Wired's new style (eg hyphenating e-mail):


4. Columns

Don't miss Pollyanna this week with her "hot tips for grandmahood"
(it's a goodie).

Old Grumpy draws droll parallels between Roman days, yesterday's
annual Melbourne Cup and elections.

Cameron Koo tells us why "the world is full of crap" while Carol
Ann Smith recounts a mystical little encounter with two gurus on
the beach.

They're at www.brizcomm.com.au (as if you didn't know).


5. Surf Club

The Buzz Saw
If empty, tired buzz words and phrases such as "mission-critical",
"best of breed", "end user" and "e-tailing" induce nausea, stop by
this site. The Buzz Saw is an effort by a small band of journalists
dedicated to eradicating such "buzz larvae" before it infests the
English language. Check out the worst PR examples in Rogues Gallery.
In a net shell: Buzz-ted.

UQL Cyberschool
The UQL Cyberschool was set up as an online research resource for
Queensland high school students. Anyone seeking quality information
in the virtual haystack will appreciate the library's Virtual
Reference Collection (from almanacs to weather), Internet search
tools, computing tips and links to educational web pages and gateways.
In a net shell: Info school.

People tend to dream more during electrical storms. Dreams about
falling or being chased are among the most common themes. They're
a few facts you'll pick up at the home site of Jungian analyst Jenny
Albertson, of WA. Email your dreams for an online interpretation in
the Dream Room, read the Nova Dream Files or visit the Odd Files for
views and musings about dreams and dreaming.
In a net shell: Dream stream.

AncientFaces is dedicated to "connecting families with their legacies"
through storing old photos, military papers, journals, family stories
and recipes. Search for relatives by surname, location or ship/unit.
Scan in birth and death certificates to add to your own family page
(read the legals first) or see if you can identify a familiar face
among the "mystery" photos.
In a net shell: Living history.

The Career Key
Measure how similar you are to six personality types to find your
perfect job - or, at least, those you should explore through the
Occupational Outlook Handbook. Parents can also learn positive ways
to affect their children's career.
In a net shell: Path finder.

Aboriginal Art Online
This site is a veritable treasure trove for those who appreciate
Aboriginal art and culture. Discover the meaning behind traditional
symbols, meet the artists, read guest articles, take a virtual tour
of Aboriginal regions, learn about music, discuss hot topics in the
forum or find new exhibitions.
In a net shell: Art with heart.

Chinese Love Calculator
Many stories describe how the years in the Chinese lunar calendar
came to be represented by animals. The most popular story is that
the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to meet him before he left
earth. Only 12 animals came and Buddha honoured each with a year.
Enter the birth dates of yourself and your partner for an instant
compatibility reading.
In a net shell: Animal magnetism.


6. Weekly chuckle

Le Thief

A bloke in Paris nearly escaped with stealing several paintings from
the Louvre this week.

But after planning the crime, breaking in, evading security, getting
out and escaping with the goods, he was captured only two blocks away
when his van ran out of fuel.

When asked how he could have overlooked such an obvious error, he replied:
"I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh."


Au revoir.


Yvette Nielsen, Editor
phone 041 771 8683

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

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