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Happy Australia Day (and brizcomm birthday)


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


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 1 Happy Australia Day January 26, 2000

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

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Congratulations. You're a founding subscriber to the brizcomm

We're all overloaded with information so I'll try to keep each
issue short (really) but forgive me if I give you a quick

What is this brizcomm anyway? It's my company and also the
web site that has hosted the site reviews from my weekly
column, Surf Club, in Brisbane News magazine since May 1997.

The brizcomm site was always going to be more than just an
archive of hotlinks and the new century seemed like an apt
time to launch a full-blown web presence.

The new-look brizcomm has been graphically enhanced by web
designer and good mate Matthew Tanner (who also has had little
sleep these past few nights).

As well as Surf Club, brizcomm now hosts my professional sub-
site, cyber scribe, and a virtual community for and about
Brisbane with free chat, virtual postcards and message boards.

If you have a spare sec, drop by to www.brizcomm.com.au and let
me know what you think.

We're also seeking lively content so, if you feel like tapping
out a few lines about an aspect of life in Brisbane, go for

With luck, I'll be offering books, CDs, games and other
giveaways for you to review soon, so stay tuned.



1. Web content tip
2. Next web content workshop
3. New teachers' workshop
4. Web site design/building
5. Job vacancy
6. Surf Club links
7. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Write half as much, or less, than you would for print. Web
readers scan or skim and read from the screen less carefully.
To help visitors to your site absorb your message, keep your
sentences short, preferably fewer than 30 words. You have only
one chance to make a good first impression online.


2. Web Content Workshop

When: Wednesday, 16 February (10am-3pm)

Where: Training room, floor 6, Gabba Towers, 411 Vulture St,

Why: To create a site with substance as well as style (eg
learn to write for Web, plan content strategy, maximise
accessibility/usability, promote site

Who: Anyone funding, planning or maintaining a Web site

Convenor: Yvette Nielsen, Brisbane News columnist and owner of
Brizcomm Pty Ltd (Web consulting, writing & editing)

How much: $250, includes light lunch and handouts ($220 for
full-time students, those not yet employed, members of QWC,

Bookings: email yvette@brizcomm.com.au or phone 041 771 8683


3. New Web Content Workshop specifically designed for
teachers, librarians and others associated with school web
sites. Contact yvette@brizcomm.com.au or phone 041 771 8683.


4. A former workshop participant would like to enrol in a web
design/building course in Dreamweaver and/or Fireworks but the
Firmware Group needs a minimum of 10 people to register first.

See http://info.firmware.com.au/promo/FwksTrain/FWsite or

QANTM@The Hub also teaches web design. See http://www.qantm.com.au/


5. Spotted an ad for a web site content manager for Jumbomall.com
in the papers recently. The job requires advanced written
communication skills and a self-starter. Exposure to HTML/Javascript/
Technical writing would be considered an advantage.

Not sure whether it’s been filled but great to see recognition of
content managers at last. If you’re keen, email a short CV in text
format to wesleys@jumbomall.com


6. Surf Club

Daily Escape Picture Postcard
If you're wishing you were a million miles from your desk,
send yourself a virtual escape daily courtesy of
greentravel.com. Submit your e-mail address to have a picture
postcard from an exotic destination sent to you each day. You
can save your favourite pictures as a desktop calendar or
In a net shell: Dream away.

Space and Aerial Imagery
When life starts crowding you, step back and look at the big
picture. Brisbane-based company iglass, the Australian and New
Zealand partner of Space Imaging, provides high-resolution
satellite imagery capable of one-metre ground resolution. Once
the domain of spy technology, this new imagery is now
available to everyone from real estate agents to farmers. See
the sample pictures to really feel small.
In a net shell: Clear to earth.

Web Graphics 101
"If you work anywhere near a Web site, sooner or later you'll
have to deal with graphics." As professional designers quickly
learn in the transition from print to online, "there are more
ways to do graphics wrong than there are to do them right".
Let CNET walk you through the basics, from colour depth to
vectors, before running into the hands-on tutorials.
In a net shell: Picture this.

Legendary Surfers
You can tip your hat to the world's real surfers at this jam-
packed tribute site featuring biographies and the evolution of
the surfboard along with surfing's origins, history and
In a net shell: Hang 10.

The Los Angeles Grim Society
Has anyone seen Angelyne? Many people in LA know her from the
dozens of billboard ads but nobody knows who she is other than
that she's famous for being famous. This site updates Angelyne
Sightings, invariably including her pink corvette. Other
goodies from LA's Grim Society include maps of local
cemeteries, photos of celebrities' graves and a live chat
In a net shell: Alive and kicking.

Worst Case Scenarios
You never know when you might have to fend off a shark,
perform a tracheotomy, land a plane, treat a bullet wound or
escape from quicksand. To be on the safe side, learn step-by-
step instructions for 10 life-saving techniques from
skydivers, pilots, Navy SEALS, stunt people, demolition derby
drivers, surgeons and other experts.
In a net shell: Prepare ye.


7. Weekly chuckle

A man walks into a butcher shop and says to the butcher: “Do you
have a sheep’s head?”. The butcher replied: “No, it’s just the
way I part my hair.”


That's it for the inaugural newsletter. Whew. Matthew’s also just
emailed to say he’s uploaded the new brizcomm:
6pm, Australia Day 2000, a site was born.

Don’t forget to drop by when you get a sec. See you next Wednesday.

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

(c) 2000 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

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