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Volume 1, No. 19, 31/5/2000


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Volume 1, No. 19 Writers' rates rise May 31, 2000

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

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If you're planning to visit Singapore in a few weeks, you can
brush up on web content while you're there.

Former colleague and QUT journalism lecturer Carolyn Varley has
invited me over to conduct a couple of workshops for the locals.

The dates are Thursday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 5, if you
have any contacts in those parts.

To book, email cvarley@singnet.com.sg or phone Singapore 247 8494.

The venue is Ngee Ann Poly and Carolyn reckons their facilities
are first rate.

Speaking of first rate, the Webby awards have been announced and
some online commentators are less than impressed.

FOCUS ezine stated of the "Oscars of the Internet":
"Don't expect too much. The editor is disappointed. It was quite
a difficult task to select 20 good web sites (out of 54 awarded)
for the FOCUS on the Best Webs ezine. Why? More than a half
awarded sites: Too much extravagance. The sites have confusing

Seems even the crème de la crème have a few lumps in their content.


PS the next web content workshop for Brisbane is Thursday, 22 June.



1. Web content tip
2. Going Digital
3. Writers' rates rise
4. Free sci-fi/fantasy books
5. WIT birthday party
6. Yet more columnists
7. Surf Club links
8. Weekly chuckle

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1. Web content tip

* Macromedia and Apple are hosting free half-day seminars at
Brisbane's Park Royal tomorrow (Thursday, June 1).
Register for the 9am-noon session or 1pm-4pm at:

This week's articles are courtesy of the Webreference newsletter:

Our XML expert continues WebRef's series on the exploding world
of the wireless web. Is WAP where it's at? Is the future written
in XML and WML? Find out with author Michael Classen.

The world's going wild over wireless. Whew! But what does this
mean to the designer of web sites? Plenty. The wireless wave is
one of several trends that will change the nature of web
development - and ironically make web coding more like the way
it was originally conceived.

Who's got the links to the lessons that'll set your graphics
straight? We do - and now so do you. For the best graphics
tutorials on Webreference and across the Net, this is the place
to start.


2. Going Digital

This is the book to buy if you're worried about your use of copyright
material on the Net, software patents, online privacy, online
payments and contracts, trademark laws, liability or any other
thorny legal aspects of e-commerce, multimedia and the Net.

The fully revised and updated new edition of the 1998 bestseller,
"Going Digital", was launched at the Parliamentary Annexe today.

The 2000 edition includes new material on e-commerce, Indigenous
protocols, Internet censorship and the impact of MP3s on the music

Content consists of 23 papers by some of Australia's leading legal
and IT professionals along with Indigenous writers.

The book was edited by lawyers Anne Fitzgerald and Brian Fitzgerald,
lecturer Cristina Cifuentes and QANTM project manager Peter Cook.

Published by Prospect Media in association with QANTM, the book is
priced at $175.



3. Writers' rates rise

Good news for scribes: the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance
has posted its approved minimum rates for 2000 - and they're up.

A freelance writer can charge $108 an hour or $519 a day
plus expenses.

For recommended rates for photographers, artists, broadcasters,
book editors, proofreaders and PR consultants, see:

To see how the Aussie rates stack up against our US colleagues,
see the National Writers Union survey on freelance and contract
writers' rates:


4. Free sci-fi/fantasy books

The winners of "Almost Perfect" - the story of the gruesome
Crawford family murders in Melbourne - were Michelle Hall
(Leaders) and Jo Capewell (ANTA).

Look forward to your reviews, girls.

This week we have two new novels for lovers of science fiction and
fantasy courtesy of Voyager Online - http://www.voyageronline.com.au/

"Majipoor Chronicles" is Robert Silverberg's collection of fantasy
stories covering thousands of years of the world's history.

"Knight of the Demon Queen" is Barbara Hambly's second follow-up
to her enormously successful "Dragonsbane".

If you'd like a preview copy, email yvette@brizcomm.com.au (only
catch is you have to write a 100-word review for brizcomm in July).


5. WIT birthday party

WIT (Women In Technology) celebrates its third anniversary with
a networking cocktail party at Lennons Hotel on Friday evening.

The fun kicks off at 5.30pm in the Queen Room (appropriately) -
on Level 5 of the hotel at the top of the Queen Street Mall.

Cost is $25 ($15 students) and RSVP was Tuesday - but if you
ask nicely Jill might let you come along anyway.

Phone 07 3272 4588 or email teams@powerup.com.au


6. Yet more new columnists

Brizcomm columnists Old Grumpy and Brisbane NetWit Carol Smith
are snuggling up with two new columnists this week.

Gold Coast NetWit Cameron Koo talks about State of Origin footy
in his first column for brizcomm while American NetWit
Doug Sassaman looks at life in New Zealand.

Old Grumpy laments the demise of the language while American
Carol finds instant peace and happiness in the land of Oz.


7. Surf Club

The Webby Awards
The 4th annual Webbys honour the best of more than 800 million
sites. Dubbed "the Oscars of the Internet", the Webby Awards are
judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
The online community decides the People's Voice Awards. Click on
a category title to see the winners.
In a net shell: Web heads.

Australian Newspapers on the Internet
http://www.nla.gov.au/oz/npapers.html - dandexam
If you prefer to read your news hot off the screen, bookmark this
page from the National Library of Australia. You'll find
publications from A to Z along with links to online newspapers
worldwide. If you know of a site not listed, emails are gratefully
In a net shell: News-full.

Music Education Directory
This Brisbane-based site offers links to online resources related
to music education for parents, students and teachers. Whether you
want to learn a musical instrument, play in an ensemble or brush
up on composers, chances are you'll find a useful lead here.
In a net shell: Note it.

Celebrity Baby Name Index
Judging by the labels some celebrities give their kids, many must
subscribe to the theory that "sticks and stone may broke your bones
but names will never hurt you". Would you call your child Moon Unit,
Dandelion or Dweezil? See the "great expectations and new arrivals"
pages for star pregnancy news or the "naming trends" for the most
popular choices.
In a net shell: Poor baby.

Win an iMac computer by answering six questions found on the State
Library of Queensland's QldWeb. The QldWeb section is one of the
library site's most popular and useful features, with nearly 2000
links of interest to Queenslanders. The competition closes on
Monday, 5 June, and the winner will be drawn on Queensland Day,
6 June.
In a net shell: Web of origin.

The Brisbane Pan Project
Take a virtual tour of Brisbane, the coasts and scenic rim through
a range of interactive and still views from local photographer
Carl N Gray. The Brisbane Pan Project is Carl's flagship gallery,
featuring 360-degree panoramas in four formats. Elsewhere on the
site you'll find his Hana-Bi gallery of fireworks and night-time
events, Digital Imaging (computer-generated architectural images)
and Snapshots including the opening of the Powerhouse Centre for
the Live Arts.
In a net shell: Click and drag.

Seeing Stars in Hollywood
To get up close and personal with your favourite celebrities, enter
the ultimate guide for cyber-tourists to Hollywood. Discover where
your number one star dines, lives, plays, worships, drinks and
studies. You can also find out where "no-longer-with-us" celebs
are resting or take a virtual tour of studios, landmarks, streets
or museums.
In a net shell: Star spotting.

While we rarely review commercial sites, this is not your
run-of-the-mall e-commerce venture. MuseumShop.com has partnered
with 40 major museums from around the globe to offer a unique range
of gifts with a difference. A portion of every sale returns to the
museum to support programs and exhibitions. Take a virtual audio
tour of exhibitions in the "exhibition spotlight" or follow the
links to museum sites.
In a net shell: Fine presents.

If you work in sales, you might want to spend some time at this
site to discover what not to do. SalesAutopsy.com is loaded with
sales horror stories - or "postmortems of sales that died". Submit
your own story and "dissect your experience by sharing the lesson
you learned".
In a net shell: Sell your soul.


8. Weekly chuckle

For those who have children past this age, this is hilarious.
For those who have children nearing this age, this is a warning.
For those who have not yet had children, this is birth control.
This came from an anonymous mother in Austin, TX (poor woman).

Things I've learned from my children (Honest and No Kidding):

* A king-size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2,000 square
foot house four inches deep.

* A three-year-old's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded

* If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not
strong enough to rotate a 42-pound boy wearing Batman underwear
and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, to spread paint
on all four walls of a 20X20 foot room.

* You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on.
When using the ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up
a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball
a long way.

* The glass in windows (even double pane) doesn't stop a baseball
hit by a ceiling fan.

* When you hear the toilet flush and the words "Uh-oh", it's
already too late.

* A six-year-old can start a fire with a flint rock even though
a 36-year-old man says they can only do it in the movies. A
magnifying glass can start a fire even on an overcast day.

* Certain Legos will pass through the digestive tract of a

* Play Dough and Microwave should never be used in the same

* Super glue is forever.

* No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still
can't walk on water.

* Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

* VCRs do not eject PB&J sandwiches even though TV commercials
show they do.

* Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.

* Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

* You probably do not want to know what that odour is.

* Always look in the oven before you turn it on. Plastic toys
do not like ovens.

* The fire department in Austin has a five-minute response time.

* The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms
dizzy. It will however make cats dizzy and cats throw up twice
their body weight when dizzy.


Go forth and prosper (or multiply, if you're game).


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

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