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Volume 1, No. 23, 28/6/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 23 Singapore slingbacks June 28, 2000

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

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What a difference half-a-dozen hours or so can make.

That's all it takes to fly from Brisbane to Singapore these days,
but you might as well be travelling to the other side of the globe.

On my return from London six years, I thought the travelling bug
had been well and truly squashed.

The moment I stepped out of Changi Airport last night, clutching
a bag of duty-free booze in my sweaty hand, I knew my traveller's
eyes had returned.

You just can't beat the thrill of experiencing a different culture
even if only for 10 days.

The smallest details stand out so clearly during the early days of a
visit to another country.

This is the stuff that writers seek so desperately in their lonely
home offices late at night - inspiration.

If you find your creative juices stagnating, take a trip away from
the everyday, even if only to the next suburb.

Your muse will thank you for it.


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

PPS Please excuse the extra short newsletter this week. I'm using
the Net connection of my kind and generous friends, Bruce and
Carolyn, and don't want to use up their monthly quota of hours.
Plus, big workshop here tomorrow – time for sleep.



1. Web content tip
2. Hear Dale Spender speak
3. Column talk
4. Surf Club links
5. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

What does it take to be a successful online columnist? Find out:



2. Hear Dale Spender speak

Here’s your chance to glean practical career advice at a Brisbane
lunch hosted by WIT (Women In Technology) on Thursday, 6 July.

Guest speakers will include Dale Spender, digital media specialist,
educational consultant and learning services provider.

Dale specialises in new technologies and their professional
implications including those of knowledge worker management.

The one-time academic and author is a knowledge worker specialising
in the delivery of learning/earning products and the development of
interactive content for online distribution.

I strongly advise anyone serious about online content to read
Dale's book, "Nattering On The Net". You'll be glad you did.

The lunch will be from 12.30 to 2pm in the Albert Room, Level 5,
Lennons Hotel at the top of the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane.

Cost is $36.50 for WIT members (GST inclusive), $45 non-members
and $27.50 students. Phone 07 3272 4588 for more details.

RSVP to teams@powerup.com.au by close of business on Monday, 3 July.


3. Column talk

brizcomm’s columnists are piping hot this week.

Old Grumpy is on his soapbox about the growing number of Americanisms
creeping into the Aussie language.

Pollyanna shares her secrets to the perfect cuppa while NetWit
Cameron Koo recovers from a dinner party with "friends".

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


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

The Changing Face of Beauty
Despite moves toward equality for women, success can still hinge on
conforming to rigid beauty standards. This site looks at attitudes
to the beauty culture through the eyes of real women including a
28-year-old model turned down for being too old, a 19 year old with
anorexia, a 50-plus real estate agent with a facelift to keep up
appearances, and a 78-year-old dancer who succeeds through charisma.
In a net shell: Delusional illusion.

The Hacker's Diet
http://www.fourmilab.ch/hackdiet/If your resident Nethead is looking a
little worse for wear, point him or her to John Walker's Hacker's
Diet. The online book treats dieting and weight control from an
engineering and management perspective. You'll find motivation
along with computer-based and experiments in Excel or the Palm
Computing Platform (use pen and paper if you prefer).
In a net shell: Chips and bytes.

Drive Alert, Arrive Alive
Those most likely to doze at the wheel – ie commuters, truckies,
cabbies, shift workers and young people - can pick up potentially
life-saving tips at this site from America's National Sleep
Foundation. Think you know it all? Take the quiz and prove it.
In a net shell: Wake up!

Restaurant Row
"If you can't cook…click." That's the opener to the site claiming
to be the world's largest dining guide with more than 11,000
restaurants in 7000-plus cities. Make reservations, find the 10
best places to eat in your city, get door-to-door directions, become
a critic or add your own favourite. Useful for travellers but don't
expect many Brisbane restaurants at this stage.
In a net shell: Tasty.

Back to the Fifties
Step back to the Fifties (and Sixties) with a virtual jukebox
streaming hits in RealAudio (no coins required). Dance down
memory lane with Doris Day, Connie Francis, Elvis, The Platters,
Bobby Daren and other teen idols.
In a net shell: You'll be back.

Bizarre Video Games
Grown-up kids with a twisted sense of humour might enjoy this
collection of bizarre video games. Squash cockroaches, battle
with cows, stab flies, spin the turkey, karate chickens, whack
a rat or fight the evil prunes and save the raisins.
In a net shell: Weird wide web.

The Journal of Mundane Behavior
Ever wonder how the Japanese behave in elevators or what facial
hair really represents? This new scholarly journal is devoted
to the study of the "unmarked - those aspects of our everyday
lives that typically go unnoticed by us, both as academics and
as everyday individuals".
In a net shell: Extraordinary ordinary.

New Wings Oracle
If you have a problem or question and are weary of your own thoughts,
consult the New Wings Oracle. Just click on a realm (love and
happiness, work and money, truth and mystery) and a concern (self,
another, the world) then type in your question. Relax, click on the
eye for an oracle and interpret as you see fit.
In a net shell: Cryptic.


7. Weekly chuckle

* These signs have allegedly been spotted in public use. Even if
they weren't, the plays on words are great.

* Sign in a London department store: Bargain basement upstairs.

* In an office: Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday
please bring it back or further steps will be taken.

* In an office: After tea break, staff should empty the teapot and
stand upside down on the draining board.

* English sign in a German cafe: Mothers, please wash your hans
before eating.

* Spotted in a safari park: Elephants, please stay in your car.

* Notice in a field: The farmer allows walkers to cross the field
for free, but the bull charges.

* Message on a leaflet: If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell
you how to get lessons.

* Sign on a repair shop door: We can repair anything (Please knock
hard on the door, the bell doesn't work.)

* Spotted in a toilet in a London office block: Toilet out of order
please use floor below.


Happy trails.


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

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