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Volume 1, No. 27, 26/7/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 27 Potato heads July 26, 2000

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

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Had the cable guy here half the day and, after a few teething
problems, I reckon we've bitten off more than we can chew.

With the installation of cable TV, my partner has become a temporary
couch potato while my new cable Net modem confirms my status as a
seasoned mouse potato.

The novelty will wear off in a few days, won't it?

Next web content workshop is scheduled for Friday, August 11. In
response to consistent feedback from participants, I've decided to
extend the workshops by one hour - start at 9.30am and finish at 3.30pm.

That should give me time to take a breath in the morning session and
give workshopees more time to digest the content.

The price will rise slightly and include GST. For details, see my site:

Now, on with the show.


PS Space was tight in Brisbane News magazine this week and it was
Surf Club's turn to dip out. But you don't have to - I've included
reviews from a column I wrote for "Queensland Brides" mag instead.



1. Web content tip
2. Coping with email overload
3. Tone down your sites
4. Book winners
5. Communication, Kiwi style
6. Columnists
7. Surf Club links
8. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

A survey by Content Exchange has found that the rate of pay for
some online freelancers is still not great but it sure beats print.

The online survey of 270 freelancers also found that most writers
are gaining income by moving to online writing.

If you're a wannabe cyber scribe, don't miss this article at:

Freelance writing guide for About.com Kimberly Hill has published
another round in her series of articles about online content workers:

While on the subject of money, find out how to increase your Net
worth as a web professional at:


2. Coping with email overload

We're all victims of information overload yet email has
revolutionised communication.

If only you could separate the time wasters and spam from the
good stuff (ie mail from friends and fellow web heads).

Learn a few coping techniques:

and "The Ten Commandments of Email" (from Harvard Business School):


3. Tone down your sites

Web sites must tone down their individual appearance and distinct
design if they're to succeed, according to usability guru Jakob

Jakob outlines four trends that are forcing developers to re-think
their approach and focus on services and content. Love this man.



4. Book winners

Four brizcomm readers scored free books last week:

* Ian Dillon - "Medalon - The Demon Child Trilogy: Book One"

* Susan Jagganath: "Grand Conspiracy - Alliance of Light: Book Two"

* Jenny Stubbs: "Selby Snaps!" by Duncan Ball

* Abbe Winter: "Mystery, Magic, Voodoo and The Holy Grail"

Should make for an interesting batch of reviews on brizcomm.com.au


5. Communication, Kiwi style

New Zealand radio publications editor Simon Young has dozens of tips
up his sleeve for small businesses wishing to improve communication
with their customers.

Take a look at his site at http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20000723.html
and, if you like what you see, sign up for his monthly newsletter,
Communicate, by sending an email to communicate.x-subscribe@listbot.com


6. Columnists

Gardeners and canines have one thing in common - both species dig

Pollyanna recounts her partner's "war of the roses" while Old Grumpy
ponders on global warming and the greenhouse effect (with a stern
warning to us all).

Gold Coast columnist Cam Koo has just about had the media's coverage
of the impending Olympics (quick, hide the javelins).


7. Surf Club (back next week - hopefully)
* all reviews are hotlinked at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/

This site aims to give the men's perspective on marriage.
Articles include advice on "the Number 1 reason for divorce"
(money), popping the question, the role of the best man, wedding
gift alternatives, surviving "bridal tyranny", picking a ring and
grooming the groom.

And The Bride Wore...
To relieve wedding-planning stress, browse through this collection
of strange, odd and unflattering wedding accessories, from
gigantic sleeves to outrageous headgear. If the photos don't get
you, the cruel but amusing captions will.

Gender Purity Test
Are you a real woman or man? What is normal? What is average? What
behaviours are caused by this not-so-sane society? What is inherent
versus what is learned? Are your behaviors and inclinations okay?
This on-line quiz will test your ideas about these issues. Click
on the links to read related articles. (NB. The quiz is thought
provoking but may offend.)

Ultimate Wedding Song Library
Music can make or break your big day so give it a lot of thought.
This site offers you dozens of suggestions, many with sound
clips, for your ceremony and reception, from first to last dance.

Internet Reminder Service
You must remember this: forgetting an anniversary (eg your first
date, your first kiss, your proposal) can be grounds for divorce
in some households. If you don't want to be marking the anniversary
of your break-up, sign up for this free on-line reminder service.
Edit your own personal calendar and you'll be sent up to three
e-mail reminders before each occasion.

Virtual Proposals
If your partner spends a lot of time on-line, a virtual proposal
might be appropriate. At Virtual Love.net you can choose a
virtual ring to e-mail with your proposal. Once you receive the
desired reply, you can proceed with your virtual feast, flowers,
gifts, travel and wedding on-line at the virtual chapel.

Think of WedServ as your personal on-line wedding consultant.
You can download free software to customise your own private
WedSite Web page, complete with pictures and stories with your
family and friends. WedServ will dynamically deliver articles and
tips relevant to your stage in the planning process while their
expert advisers are on hand to help with questions or concerns.
(You'll need a PC with Windows 95 or 98.)

Wedding and Fashion Trends
Ever thought about sending out your invitations on a CD or lace
hankie? For a round-up of the latest wedding trends, from attire
to beverages, stop in at By Recommendation Only, the on-line home
of wedding and event professionals.

Unique Weddings in Vegas
Once renowned as home to the "quickie" wedding, Las Vegas has
become the weird 'n' strange marriage capital of the world.
Adventurous couples are flocking to the city from around the globe
to exchange vows on a replica starship Enterprise, in a 1000-gallon
tank of water, in a five-seater chopper, Elvis-themed chapels,
hot-air balloons and even in the buff.

Ultimate Wedding Photo Gallery
Before you decide on anything, check out other people's choices
at this on-line gallery featuring dozens of photos of hairstyles,
special moments, cakes, cake feeding, flowers, unique locations
and "the kiss".

Buy My In-laws!
So you think you have the in-laws from hell? Take a squiz at
this lot. The creator of the site is selling her in-laws and
ex-in-laws, cheap. Decorate your porch with her brother-in-law,
let her sister-in-law make all your decisions for the rest of
your life, and the mother-in-law ... Make sure you click on the
grey squares under the in-law photos to hear them.

Anagrams of "Will You Marry Me"?
You might be surprised at the hidden meanings in the phrase, "will
you marry me?" Use the free on-line anagram genius tool to reveal
secrets in the wording of your proposal. Try the anagrammatic
alias service to discover 500 male or female aliases from your
name by rearranging the letters. You can even create babies'
names, for example by combining the parents' names or entering
desired virtues.


8. Weekly chuckle

* Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

* Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?

* If horrific means to make horrible, does terrific mean to make

* Why isn't 11 pronounced onety one?

* Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

* Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a
person who drives a race car not called a racist?

* If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

* Why do women wear evening gowns to night-clubs? Shouldn't they be
wearing night gowns?

* If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

* When someone asks you, "A penny for your thoughts," and you
put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?

* Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

* Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It's just stale bread
to begin with.

* Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a "whack"?

* "I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language.
Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?

* If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow
that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys
deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners

* Do Roman paramedics refer to IVs as "4s"?

* Why is it that if someone tells you that there are one billion
stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you
that a wall has wet paint you will have to touch it to be sure?


Until next week.


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

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