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Going for gold


Volume 1, No. 34, 13/9/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 34 Going for gold September 13, 2000

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

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After years of media hype and hullabaloo, we're on the dawn of the
Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

I'd like to feel just a twinge of excitement but I just can't seem
to muster the enthusiasm.

Security at Brisbane's Gabba, where I conduct my content workshops,
was at a premium last week in preparation for the Olympic soccer.

Even the sight of official-looking Games guards and a glimpse of
the hallowed ground didn't stir me.

Am I "un-Oztralyun" or just unable to respond to anything that's not
on the Net.

Let's just hope the opening ceremony is a winner.



1. Web content tip
2. How to find a web writer
3. Jobs online
4. Columns
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Editor of Contentious e-zine Amy Gahran continues her no-nonsense
guide for newcomers to the online content game this week.

Discover which personal qualities will keep an online content pro
healthy, wealthy and wise in this highly rewarding but often
draining emerging profession.

A must read for anyone contemplating a career in online content:


2. How to find a web writer

ClickZ columnist Susan Solomon offers tips on finding competent
content writers.

I particularly like her analogy that "you wouldn't hire an accountant
to run your direct marketing campaign" so why let a programmer or
designer write your content?



3. Jobs online

Saw a good opportunity in Inscriptions Magazine this week for
freelance writers and editors at the award-winning www.suite101.com

You can choose from hundreds of topics (writing, editing, online
life, education, pet, travel, beauty, law, politics, art, craft,
teen, relationship, self-help).

Find out more at:


4. Columns

Pollyanna reflects on the "creases of age" in her column this week
while Old Grumpy calls for an end to "private school envy".

For all the visiting Americans, Carol Ann White presents "A Yank's
Guide to Australian Birds".

Read them while they're free at http://www.brizcomm.com.au


5. Surf Club

Great Buildings Online
This site claims to be the leading gateway to architecture on the
web, around the world and across history. You'll find more than
1,000 buildings and hundreds of leading architects as well as
photos, drawings, commentaries and free 3D "walk-through" models.
In a net shell: Built to last.

Silly 2000
Silly 2000 is a spoof of the Sydney Olympics site with the goal
of "keeping you sane through the Games". Play and bet on the
silly steroids race, discover the real Sydney including its beaches
("Bette Midler wouldn't been seen dead on them") or count down the
days till the Games end.
In a net shell: Fair game.

Photo Direct
When you need an Aussie photographer, focus on Photo Direct. This
Brisbane-based site features searchable databases containing
thousands of photographers, retailers and labs along with news,
galleries and links (eg agencies, clubs, magazines). Browse through
the tips (eg scanning, Web graphics) or take a tour of what's new
of interest (eg digitally manipulated photos, waterfalls and
business cards of 1800s photographers).
In a net shell: Click quick.

aeclectic tarot
Tarot cards are works of art in their own right. This site is
dedicated to showcasing and reviewing "the almost never-ending
diversity and beauty of Tarot card artwork". You'll find hundreds
of decks (including unpublished, non-commercial and rare cards),
FAQs and forums. Discover where online you can learn Tarot or
get a free reading.
In a net shell: Stunning.

Antiques on the Web
Whether you're into board games or teddy bears, chances are the
old ones are worth a quid or two. Find out with the BBC's companion
site to the Antiques Roadshow program. Pick up tips of the trade
and gain valuable shopping advice in the buyer's guides. Test your
know-how with a quiz, swap treasures on the message board or admire
the antique of the week.
In a net shell: A real find.

If you've ever dreamt of playing lead guitar with your own rhythm
section, here's your big break. Hit any letter on your computer
keyboard to hear a range of 26 guitar licks.
In a net shell: Electric.

SoloTrek Personal Helicopter
The human being has been trying to fly solo since the days of
ancient Greece. Today, in Silicon Valley, California, one lucky
test pilot can. The SoloTrek XFV (Exo-Skeletor Flying Vehicle)
lets you step on, strap on and take off vertically. Standard
cruising altitude is 100 feet at 70 mph, you can land anywhere
and all your controls are in the helmet.
In a net shell: Jam buster.


6. Weekly chuckle


1. Your potted plants stay alive.
2. Having sex in a single bed is absurd.
3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
4. 6am is when you get up, not when you go to sleep.
5. You hear your favourite song in the lift at work.
6. You carry an umbrella.
7. You watch the Weather Channel.
8. Your friends marry and divorce instead of get together and
break up.
9. You go from 130 days of holidays to 7.
10. Jeans and a jumper no longer qualify as "dressed up".
11. You're the one calling the police because those damn kids
next door don't know how to turn down the stereo.
12. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.
13. You don't know what time the kebab shop closes anymore.
14. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.
15. You feed your dog Pal instead of McDonald's.
16. Sleeping on the lounge is a no-no.
17. You no longer take naps from noon to 6pm.
18. Dinner and a movie - the whole date instead of the beginning of
19. You go to the chemist for Panadol and antacids, not condoms and
pregnancy test kits.
20. A $4 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good stuff".
21. You actually eat breakfast foods at breakfast time.
22. Grocery lists are longer than macaroni & cheese, diet coke, CCs.
23. "I just can't drink the way I used to" replaces "I'm never going
to drink that much again".
24. Over 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for
real work.
25. You don't get drunk at home to save money before going to a bar.




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

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