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How to avoid information overload

 

Vol. 2, No. 33, 5/9/2001

BRIZCOMM
Discover new sites and the secrets to web success
Vol. 2, No. 33 September 5, 2001

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In This Issue:


1. Web content tip
2. Net catches more silver surfers
3. Columns
4. The Y Files (Q&A)
5. Surf Club - web site reviews
6. Reader's choice
7. Weekly chuckle

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From the editor - How to avoid information overload

Ever get the feeling you're drowning in a sea of information?

We need strategies to cope with the email, snail mail, phones, faxes and files flooding our lives.

Clear, concise communication helps everybody and is the basis of my workshops and a new article in brizcomm's Free Tips archives (go to Articles category).

Read how email is threatening to veer out-of-control for many -
http://slashdot.org/features/01/08/31/162221.shtml

Then pick up a few healthy tips for coping with cyberspace and communication in the 21st century at the Mayo Health Clinic -

http://www.mayohealth.org/home?id=HQ00455&bucket=staged



- Yvette

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1.
Web content tip

"Ultimately, you must be sure to produce web sites that will help your clients communicate with their customers, rather than web sites that will make you look good in your portfolio. Of course, if the sites you create help clients communicate with their customers and look snazzy in your portfolio, so much the better."

Read Steven Garrity's piece about creating content for low-budget clients.

http://www.alistapart.com/stories/clientcontent/

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2.
Net catches silver surfers

"They didn’t grow up with the personal computer. They are readers of the printed word. They are the backbone of newspaper and magazine readership..."“To attract them to the Internet is a remarkable achievement for the new medium."

The over-50 population is the fastest-growing segment online, according to media researcher Bob Jordan.


Smart marketers should woo this affluential and influential group.

http://main.travelwriters.com/articles/view.asp?articleID=54

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3.
Columns

Wedding bells inspire Pollyanna to share a few words of wisdom on relationships this week.

Kylie Herrick reviews the charming Australian children's book "A Moose Called Mouse".

http://www.brizcomm.com.au/readerswrite/default.asp


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4.
The Y Files
Nothing doing here this week, I'm afraid. If you have a question, send it to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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5.
Surf Club
Quia
http://www.quia.com/
With the emphasis on lifelong learning these days, you might like to exercise the grey matter with a few pop quizzes. Quia (pronounced "key-uh") is short for Quintessential Instructional Archive. In other words, this site is chockers with activities for teachers and learners including thousands of online games and quizzes in more than 40 subject areas, from astronomy to technology. You'll also find templates and tools for creating your own online games and quizzes.
In a net shell: Teacher heaven.

Himalayan Art
http://www.himalayanart.org/
See the web used to maximum advantage at this massive interactive archive of artworks from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India, China and Mongolia. You can navigate and search the collections effortlessly, zoom in for a closer look, read documentation, print copies, follow links or hear the correct pronunciation of common terms in Tibetan and Sanskrit.
In a net shell: Work of art.

The American Highway Project
http://www.highwayproject.com/
Take a virtual road trip back in time across America, courtesy of the non-profit American Highway Project. The project uses photography to document "vanishing Americana" including motels, billboards, transportation, service stations, signs, tourist attractions, drive-in theatres and diners.
In a net shell: Venture a highway.

About My Brain
http://www.brain.com/about/
Are men really brain damaged at birth? How can the brain cheer unhappy humans? Can high levels of stress hormone impair memory? Does a drink a day keep mental decline away? If you thought you knew your own brain, think again. You'll find fascinating articles on regeneration, creativity, sleep, diseases and conditions, free tests and quizzes to improve your brain's performance.
In a net shell: Think about it.

Weird Illusions
http://weirdillusions.com/
Don't visit this site if you're prone to dizzy spells or seasickness. The collection of classic static and animated optical illusions will play tricks on your eyes - no doubt about it.
In a net shell: Seeing is not believing.



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6.
Reader's Choice
BMW Films
http://www.bmwfilms.com
See BMW cars in action in short films by famous directors starring famous names. BMW Films features a different car model in every film. Download the free BMW Player to play enhanced films up to 2.5 times larger than streaming films.


Submitted by Bob, of Taree.

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7.
Weekly Chuckle

Do pediatricians play miniature golf on Wednesdays?

Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

If one synchronised swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?

Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them?




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