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Olympic castaways


Volume 1, No. 36, 27/9/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 36 Olympic castaways September 27, 2000

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

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Roll on webcasting if it means an end to selective broadcasting of
Olympic events.

The television networks' exclusive coverage rights have cramped the
freedom of the Net while force-feeding viewers a steady diet of
cycling, gymnastics, swimming, track, horses and shooting.

How about showing us some of the other sports occasionally?

Word around town is that you're better off listening to the good
old ABC on the wireless (translation for teenagers: radio).

The Net offers the potential to see any event, any time you choose
instead of the "muscles for the masses" mix being dished out.

The only trouble with open-slather coverage could be a gigantic
leap in advertising to capture such rich niche markets.

Still, sure beats the alternative.


PS Next web content workshop is next Friday, 6 October.
See www.brizcomm.com.au for details


1. Web content tip
2. Find a telecommute job
3. Numbers behind Net profits
4. Columns
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Online reading is difficult at the best of times but you can reduce
the eyestrain by cutting the word count.

For starters, slash the redundant words in this showcase of common

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enter into
absolute guarantee
first ever
all of
invited guest
ever since
results achieved
still remains
personal friend
complete overhaul
whether or not
sum total
end result
period of time
have got
in order to


2. Find a telecommute job

If cubicle life has you boxed in, find a job that lets you work
in the freedom of your home (or, better still, a beach house).

Sharon Davis offers tips and links on convincing the boss and
finding a job and online courses in this article for Inscriptions:



3. Numbers behind Net profits

Forty-two per cent of content sites are profitable if their sites
have been live for three years or longer and mid-sized businesses,
not the high-profile sites, are doing the best.

The average web site costs $US74,000 a year, with much more spent
on operating and maintaining the site than on building it.

Discover other interesting facts in this summary of an ActivResearch
report, "Real Numbers Behind 'Net Profits 2000":



4. Columns

This week, Pollyanna savours rare amusing moments from the pew while
Old Grumpy pleads for recognition of Aussie research heroes.

Carol Ann White, meanwhile, is learning about Aussie bugs the hard
way in her little patch of paradise.

Enjoy them free at http://www.brizcomm.com.au


5. Surf Club

Olympics Postcards
See Australia through the eyes of the rest of the world with daily
Olympic Postcards from the New York Times On The Web. George Vecsey
and his wife are seeing the real Sydney, from beaches and opera to
fruit bats and flames.
In a net shell: Postcards from Down Under.

The name says it all. This site is devoted to creating and capturing
goofy faces, from goofy babies to grown-ups. Learn how to "goofyface"
or ogle at "goofy face of the month".
In a net shell: Face ache.

Paper Airplane Flight Simulator
Test your skills as a paper plane pilot with this online flight
simulator. Click and drag the coloured dots on the control panel to
adjust angle, thrust and elevator. After five throws, your results
will be displayed based on distance, altitude, time aloft and
In a net shell: Paper saver.

Institute for Druidic Technology
Who says techies don't have a sense of humour. This online institute
(read parody) aims to prove the ancient inhabitants of Britain had
access to advanced computer technology. See flint mice, bronze
mousepads and early computer games or explore spooky parallels
between Stonehenge and a 20th century supercomputer.
In a net shell: Celtic hardware.

How To Talk New Age
The New Age movement is all about becoming holier, wiser, freer,
sexier, serene and generally "with it". If you don't know your yin
from your yang or yoga from granola, brush up on "New Age speak"
with this helpful, tongue-in-cheek guide.
In a net shell: Cheeky.

Banja is a free online game with a twist. It's not about conquering
but of "evolving within a whole way of life and discovering its
mysteries".You embody the character of Banja the Rasta on the
mysterious island of Itland. Through your actions, relationships
and live chats, you can direct the entire community. The game
features great stylised graphics and reggae music with new episodes
every month (uses the free Flash 5 plug-in).
In a net shell: Banja adventure.


6. Weekly chuckle

The London Underground, affectionately known as The Tube, is one
of the world's largest subway systems. Most announcements are
automated these days but the following messages were all made by

Heard at Earl's Court:
"The train at platform three is not going to Parsons Green but to
Richmond. The train approaching platform two is also not going to
Parsons Green but to Ealing Broadway. These trains are not going
to Parsons Green despite what the signal men think."

On the Northern line:
"Beggars are operating on this train, please do NOT encourage these
professional beggars, if you have any spare change, please give it
to a registered charity, failing that, give it to me."

On the Piccadilly line:
"To the gentleman wearing the long grey coat trying to get on the
second carriage, what part of 'stand clear of the doors' don't you

At Leyton station (where a train was stationary despite a green light):
"Sorry for the delay ladies and gentlemen but there is a queue of trains
ahead of us so I have decided to wait here, because I'm sure you don't
want to sit in a tunnel getting hot and sweaty."

On the Central line:
"Next time, you might find it easier to wait until the doors are open
before trying to get on the train."

At King's Cross:
"This train is completely broken, it isn't going anywhere."

At Camden town station (on a crowded Saturday afternoon):
"Please let the passengers off the train first...
"Please let the passengers off the train first...
"Please let the passengers off the train first...
"Let the passengers off the train FIRST!...
"Oh go on then, stuff yourselves in like sardines, see if I care,
I'm going home."

At Moorgate (after a 20-minute delay):
"I apologise for the delay but the computer controlling the signalling
at Aldgate and Whitechapel has the Monday Morning Blues."

At West Hampstead:
"We can't move off because some **** has their f***ing hand stuck
in the door."

At Mill Hill East:
"Hello this is xxx speaking, I am the captain of your train, and we
will be departing shortly, we will be cruising at an altitude of
approximately zero feet, and our scheduled arrival time in Morden
is 3.15pm. The temperature in Morden is approximately 15 degrees
Celsius, and Morden is in the same time zone as Mill Hill east, so
there's no need to adjust your watches."




Yvette Nielsen, Editor
phone 041 771 8683
Brizcomm, PO Box 2026, Bardon, Queensland 4065, Australia

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