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Volume 1, No. 24, 5/7/2000

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Volume 1, No. 24 Singapore slingbacks II July 5, 2000

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

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The trouble with holidays is they have to end (so you can return
to work to pay for your days away).

Fortunately, I've discovered a way to stay and play working
holidays.

Though my workshops in Singapore are over, the response has ensured
I'll return to conduct more of the same.

Content is queen, regardless of colour, creed or country.

The demand for people with content skills is no less here than in
Australia.

If you have a second language, so much the better.

The new medium has banished the twin tyrannies of time and distance.

Live and work anywhere you like as long as you're connected to
the Net.

Sounds like a plan.

Yvette

PS Next Web Content Workshop for Brisbane is Thursday, 20 July. See
http://www.brizcomm.com.au for details


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IN THIS ISSUE:


1. Web content tip
2. Job resources
3. Freelance inspiration
4. Column talk
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


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1. Web content tip

Fluff is the highly technical content term for waffle, hype, broad
sweeping claims, nonsensical mission statements and related bumf.

American content guru Amy Gahran offers tips for cutting the fluff
from your content and strengthening your site's message:

http://www.content-exchange.com/cx/html/newsletter/2-3/tb2-3.htm


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2. Job resources

The web development industry has a high turnover rate, presumably
as a result of the high demand.

If you're in the market for a new job, explore these links courtesy
of webreference.com:

http://webreference.com/internet/jobs/

If you're seeking Australian jobs, try http://www.careerone.com.au

The site lists jobs from Murdoch papers including The Australian
and The Courier-Mail.

You can also set up a personal agent to let you know when a new
vacancy matches your criteria.


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3. Freelance inspiration

Gain insight into the life of a freelance online writer through
a new series of articles by About.com guide Kimberly Hill.

In her first piece, Kimberly profiles a mixed bunch including:
* former online editor Kim Wimpsett
* journo and mother of two Carolyn Lawrence
* textile and accessory designer Beth Lee Segal
* former AOL staffer John Scalzi

Although it helps to have a background as a writer to work in
online content, it's not essential, as this article shows:

http://freelancewrite.about.com/library/weekly/aa063000.htm


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4. Column talk

This week, Old Grumpy compares the state of Queensland under
current and former premiers while Pollyanna recalls life as the
proud daughter of a beloved dunny man.

American Carol Ann Smith celebrates her first Independence Day
down under while Gold Coast NetWit Cameron Koo spends an evening
with the local film industry's "elite" and lives to tell the
sordid tale.

Read them for free at http://www.brizcomm.com.au


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5. Surf Club
* all reviews are hotlinked at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/f-surf.htm

Luxury Traveler
http://www.luxurytraveler.com/
Discover Europe in style with the help of this online journal.
Read features about J.S. Bach, golf in Scotland, the art of Spain
and great English theatre. Check the calendar for cultural
experiences, find splendid accommodation in the registry or plan
your program of opera, ballet, concerts and special exhibits.
In a net shell: Divine.

Maori Culture on the Net
http://maori.culture.co.nz/
The number of indigenous people in New Zealand collectively known
as the Maori is more than 500,000, about 15 per cent of the
country's population. This provides an introduction to the Maori
culture, including history, tattooing ("ta moko"), leader profiles
and a cookbook of modern Maori recipes.
In a net shell: Living culture.

eteamz.com
http://www.eteamz.com/
You don't have to know anything about web design to build a site
for your local sporting team. This online community for amateur
sports offers a web site wizard to walk you through the entire
process. You can include schedules, standings, rosters, directions,
news, weather, message boards and photos. Share your club's success
via the community forums or tune into the tips and drills section
to learn how to coach.
In a net shell: Team builder.

Creation: A Multimedia Blast
http://www.theartmill.com/creation.htm
Regardless of your beliefs, this multimedia version of the story
of creation is worth a look. You'll need the free Flash plug-in
to view the short animation which moves along swimmingly to
Pachelbel's Canon in D.
In a net shell: Delightful.

AntiVirus Resources
http://www.hitchhikers.net/av.shtml
If you're seeking an independent resource for anti-virus information
and software, try this one. You'll find links to alerts, developers,
news and reference sites, research papers, attacks and recovery,
firewalls, privacy protection, reviews and testing, and virus
encyclopaedia. See the top 10 sites or find out what's new and "cool".
In a net shell: Use protection.

Online Seniors Net
http://www.onlineseniors.net.au/
If you're new to the Net, but weren't born yesterday, this Aussie
site's for you. Find training sessions, jargon-free tutorials,
a glossary, frequently asked questions (ie FAQs), forums and
useful links. My surfing parents heartily recommend this site for
"older newbies".
In a net shell: Simply the best.

Bad Burns
http://www.badburns.com/
Sideburns have been adorning the male face since ancient times
(remember the Dukes of Hazzard and Welcome Back Kotter?) Elvis
Presley was the king of burns but many celebrities have sported
muttonchops during their careers. Consider James Dean, Al Pacino,
Sonny Bono, Lenny Kravitz and Jason Priestly. Check the gallery
for more famous burns or submit your own photo to the museum.
In a net shell: Top of the chops.

CNET Digital Dispatch
http://www.cnet.com/subscription/0-16335.html?tag=st.cn.1.ft.16335
CNET is the mother of all sites for anything to do with computing
or technology. Keep up with all the news via the weekly Digital
Dispatch newsletter featuring the latest product reviews, games,
downloads, shopping services and technology news.
In a net shell: One-stop update.


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6. Weekly chuckle


This is an actual job application submitted at McDonald's. They
hired him.

NAME - Greg Bulmash

DESIRED POSITION - Reclining. Ha ha. But seriously, whatever's
available. If I was in a position to be picky, I wouldn't be
applying here in the first place.

DESIRED SALARY - $185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael
Ovitz style severance package. If that's not possible, make an
offer and we can haggle.

EDUCATION - Yes.

LAST POSITION HELD - Target for middle management hostility.

SALARY - Less than I'm worth.

MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT - My incredible collection of stolen pens and
post-it notes.

REASON FOR LEAVING - It sucked.

HOURS AVAILABLE TO WORK - Any.

PREFERRED HOURS - 1.30-3.30pm, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL SKILLS? Yes, but they're better suited to a more
intimate environment.

MAY WE CONTACT YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER? If I had one, would I be here?

DO YOU HAVE ANY PHYSICAL CONDITIONS THAT WOULD PROHIBIT YOU FROM
LIFTING UP TO 50 LBS? Of what?

DO YOU HAVE A CAR? I think the more appropriate question here would be "Do
you have a car that runs?"

HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY SPECIAL AWARDS OR RECOGNITION? I may already
be a winner of the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.

DO YOU SMOKE? Only when set on fire.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS? Living in the Bahamas with
a fabulously wealthy super model who thinks I'm the greatest thing since
sliced bread. Actually, I'd like to be doing that now.

DO YOU CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE IS TRUE AND COMPLETE TO THE BEST OF YOUR
KNOWLEDGE? No, but I dare you to prove otherwise.

SIGN HERE Scorpio with Libra rising.


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If you haven't had a holiday recently, treat yourself. Life's too
short to say "one day".

Yvette

Yvette Nielsen, Editor
yvette@brizcomm.com.au
phone 041 771 8683
Brizcomm, PO Box 2026, Bardon, Queensland 4065, Australia

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