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Time for a global sea change

 

Vol. 4, No. 5, 26/2/2003

In this issue:
From the editor
Web writers are not equal
Web content tip
Email tip
Readers write
The Y Files
Surf Club (web site reviews)
Reader choice
Weekly thought
Top links from last week
AD - Aquent recruits in marcomm too
Things that make you go huh?


From the editor


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You can't beat a sea change to rejuvenate a weary spirit.

I had an unexpected seaside break last weekend, thanks to mixing up my conference dates (but that's another story).

Finding myself in southern Australia with a hire car for three days and no plans, I decided to hit the road on my own and, boy, was it great - the Great Ocean Road, in fact.

You can't help but be humbled by the massive ancient rock structures that stud the coastline of southern Victoria. These things have survived thousands of years of relentless surf, wild winds and other natural forces.

Hundreds of tourists visit each day yet you wouldn't know people had been but for a few cigarette butts here and there (we're not all yet totally evolved).

With the car radio threatening war, I found comfort in these gentle giants of the sea. After all, if they've survived all this time, we will too, right? Or maybe we've just become better at protecting nature than humankind.

Yvette

PS during my journey I chanced upon the town where they filmed the hit Aussie television series SeaChange - spooky or what?

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Web writers are not equal

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Web content tip


When you're designing a new web site, ensure your team mates are involved in discussions. Learn how to run a quality design critique -
http://www.uiweb.com/issues/issue23.htm

* hat tip to London web developer Simon from http://www.simonwalter.com/

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Email tip

Did you know that simply opening an email lets the sender confirm the validity of your address and ensures you get on even more sp*m lists?

Or that viewing mail in the preview pane on Outlook equates to actually opening the message? It was news to me -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/column/column170203.shtml
* hat tip to Carolyn in Singapore

PS beware the Luvgate worm -
http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_100072.htm


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Readers write

POLLYANNA - Technical support via phone can be a virtual lifesaver, as resident silver surfer Pollyanna attests - http://tinyurl.com/628u

FEEDBACK - "After reading your article I felt that I had to respond as I cannot understand people wanting to protest in support of Sadam. As a Journalist I would have thought that you had more intelligence than to march through the streets in a rally in support of Sadam Hussein, everyone seems to be ready to get on the I hate America band wagon, are you all so forgetful of what happened on September 11 or what happened in Bali, I believe it is not right to want war, peace would be a far greater thing, however, when there are weapons of mass destruction in the hands of someone with the beliefs and morals of a Sadam Hussein then anywhere that is Western and Democratic is in danger, when you put him alongside of someone like Osama bin Laden then you have a recipe for many more innocent deaths of defenceless civilians, all in the name of what? I say what because I ask what are you supporting?

"Please come and join the rest of us in the real world, I pray for peace, but a peace where mad men do not have access to weapons of mass destruction like anthrax, small pox, sarin, VX gas, and possibly nuclear weapons. I would like my children to grow up in a world where they can travel and not be used as a pawn in the insane guiles of terrorists." - from Brett in Brisbane

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The Y Files

Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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Surf Club (web site reviews)

World Cup cricket bumped the cyberscribe off the airwaves this week so no fresh web site reviews BUT you'll find thousands of previous sites to entertain you in the Surf Club -
http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/default.asp

* web sites are previewed on ABC Radio Statewide on Mondays (between 8pm and 8.40pm)
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Reader choice


Logos Language
http://www.logos.net/en/company/index.html
A great place for grammar and spelling nuts like me, and I haven't even tried the translation aspects yet.
- submitted by Sally of Blackall

Send a brief review of your favourite site to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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Weekly thought

"Do you believe in life after death?", the boss asked one of his employees.

"Yes, Sir", the employee replied.

"Well, then, that makes everything just fine," the boss continued. "After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmothers funeral, she stopped in to see you".

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Top links from last week


Cool anti-war slogans
http://tinyurl.com/1mmg

Daily Zen
http://www.dailyzen.com/

Where's Michael Jackson's nose?
http://www.modestypanel.com/mjackson/

Meet An Inmate
http://www.meet-an-inmate.com/

Blogging Network
http://www.bloggingnetwork.com/Blogs/Redir/Writers.aspx

* to reproduce any content from brizcomm's newsletter or web site in your own publication, please email yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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AD - Aquent recruits in marcomm too

Global professional services firm Aquent has expanded its service offerings in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition to creative staffing in web and print, the company now provides total staffing solutions in marketing, advertising and media, public relations and marcomm support.

Aquent’s Asia-Pacific offices include Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane in Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya in Asia; and Bombay, India.

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Things that make you go huh?

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Yvette Nielsen, Editor - phone 61 (0)41 771 8683
PO Box 2026 Bardon Qld 4065 Australia

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