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From the mouths of babes


Volume 1, No. 8, 15/3/2000


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Volume 1, No. 8 From the mouths of babes March 15, 2000

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

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Today is the first time I've touched a keyboard in six days.

That's a new record for someone who usually exhibits web withdrawal
symptoms after two days offline. You know the signs: absent-minded
tapping of fingers, glassy-eyed gazing into the distance, longing
for the high-pitched squeal of a connecting modem. . .

Yep, I've found something to compete for my attention – children.
Having spent six days in the company of my two-year-old niece and
one-week-old nephew, I can understand why parents of young children
say they have trouble finding time to surf the Net.

Still, I reckon you can get more sense from a toddler than some
of the virtual adults you meet in chat rooms.

Go teletubbies.




1. Web content tip
2. Lean, mean design contest
3. New media network
4. Free GST seminars
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

If your organisation does not already have a web style guide, now
is as good a time as any to start one. Any newspaper worth its salt
has a style guide for staff to follow in moments of doubt. Style
guides maintain consistency and uniformity in copy as well as design.
Decide on a house style for commonly used words and stick to it. For
instance, does your organisation prefer email or e-mail, online or
on-line, Web or web, Net or net? When in doubt on spelling, refer to
a specific dictionary. Spellcheck is great but its default reference
is American so don't change "colour" to "color" if your prime
audience is Australian. And don't forget design – include your
corporate identity guidelines in your web style guide to keep all
members of the web team on track.


2. Lean, mean design contest

If you can design super-slim web pages and would like $US50, enter
this web design competition. Stewart Butterfield, who organised
the contest, reckons the constraints of web design spur creativity,
and wants you to help prove it. The rules are simple - design an
interesting, attractive web page (or site) that's 5kB or less and
doesn't use side-server processing. The deadline is 2 April. Read
the FAQ to know what you're up against and peruse the judging list
for the names of the seven all-powerful judges.
See http://www.sylloge.com/5k/


3. New media network

Brisbane writer Maria Louise Tickle would like your feedback on her
idea to form an independent, not-for-profit organisation for Brisbane
interactive media. She explains:

"The association would not be a boys’ club or girls’ club, an excuse
to drink a lot of beer or a hardcore name card-swapping exercise. It
would be an opportunity/space/forum for the creative, talent people
pursing interactive media careers in Brisbane to exchange information,
find and advertise jobs, get/post info on courses or training
opportunity, swap info on software/hot sites. Whatever."

A web site would be a key component along with events and lectures.

The idea is not to replicate existing associations (eg AIMIA) and
that’s where community consultation comes in.

If you're interested, email Maria Louise at mltmedia@mail.com


4. Free GST seminars

Writers, artists, photographers, publishers, librarians and other
members of the arts industry might like to attend a free series of
seminars on the GST courtesy of the Federal Government and the
Copyright Agency Limited.

The four-part series will explain how the GST will affect you, your
business and your financial relationships with arts industry bodies.

The first seminar for Brisbane is on next Wednesday morning at
the Carlton Crest. For bookings and details, see

To explain how the GST will affect IT companies, Software
Engineering Australia has an evening seminar on 30 March. For
details, email mailto:cathy.norris@sea.net.au


5. Surf Club

The Most Wanted Paintings on the Web
Ever wonder what a true “people’s art” would look like? Russian
artist scientists Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid used market
research into art tastes across 14 countries to discover the
most liked and disliked paintings. Amazingly, every culture
(apart from the Dutch) preferred a blue-toned landscape
featuring animals and authority figures. Abstract paintings,
particularly geometric patterns, were least liked.
In a net shell: Painting by numbers.

Time Zone Converter
Need to know the time somewhere else in the world quickly? This
site will give you the time of day in a snap. Better still, you
can create a personal time zone reference card to carry with you
on your travels – just select the zones you want, hit submit and
print it out.
In a net shell: Timely.

Brisbane Powerhouse – Centre for the Live Arts
Take a sneak preview of Brisbane's newest cultural and arts
precinct online. The old derelict Powerhouse building at New
Farm will open its doors on May 6-7, 2000, but you can already
view the live arts performance program (or order a printed copy),
take a Quicktime virtual reality tour of the Turbine Hall, find
out how to get there, buy tickets online or sign up for the
discussion list.
In a net shell: Electrifying.

The Virtual Resource Centre for Sport Information
Pick a sport, any sport and you're bound to find something useful
in this mega directory for all matters sporting. The
Canadian-based Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) offers
links to resources from frisbee to Australian Football, sports
medicine to coaching and fitness tips. Sign up for the email
alerts, check the conference calendar or subscribe to a journal.
In a net shell: Good sports.

Personality Colour Test
This could well be the world's fastest personality test.
Simply click on the shape you find most appealing, for both
form and colour, from the nine samples presented. A new page
will appear summing you up, in a nut shell.
In a net shell: I see red, I see red, I see red.

Inside the Animal Mind
Are animals intelligent? Do they have emotions? These questions
and others about animal consciousness are answered through the
innovative use of puzzles, videos, presentations and articles
at this surprising site. Don't miss the links for more goodies.
In a net shell: Animal magic.


6. Weekly chuckle

Modem Times - Maxims for the Internet Age
* 'Ome is where you 'ang your @
* The email of the species is more deadly than the mail.
* A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click.
* You can't teach a new mouse old clicks.
* Speak softly and carry a cellular phone.
* C:\ is the root of all directories.
* Don't put all your hypes in one home page.
* The modem is the message.
* Too many clicks spoil the browse.
* The geek shall inherit the earth.
* A chat has nine lives.
* Don't byte off more than you can view.
* Fax is stranger than fiction.
* What boots up must come down.
* Windows will never cease.
* Virtual reality is its own reward.
* Modulation in all things.
* A user and his leisure time are soon parted.
* The http://www.joker.org is on you.
* Know what to expect before you connect.
* Oh, what a tangled web site we weave when first we practise.
* Speed thrills.
* Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to
use the Net and he won't bother you for weeks.

(author unknown)


Until next time ;-)

Yvette Nielsen, Editor
email mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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