Feeling blue over Web sales agent

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 July, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 July, 2000, 12:00am

Is your Web site running in the red? Then maybe you should turn it blue.

At Bluesites.com, your loss is their gain.

Reader Mimi Poon sent us their e-mail ad. If nothing else, it's sure to boost Prozac sales.

Potential clients are greeted with this:

'Are you one of the unfortunate souls who quit your job, mortgaged your house to embrace the Internet revolution? Have you spent millions of dollars on your site only to find that your cash will dry up in two months? Are the [venture capitalists] that you approached unwilling to commit because your prospect of listing is virtually zero? Are you stuck between a rock and a hard place as to whether to cut your loss now, or continue and bleed more?'

If you fit that description and didn't slit your wrists after reading it, Bluesites has a suggestion for you.

Sell your business to 'The World's First Virtual Estates Agent' at a bargain-basement price.

Bluesites' 'unique break-up valuation method' helps e-failures 'ask for a realistic price'.

If you don't need their services, the vultures ask that you forward their e-advert to friends.

Good to see that the Hong Kong real estate agents' online counterparts are doing their bit to maintain the profession's traditional level of popularity.

Power mad: Reader Michael Thomas is disturbed by current affairs.

By 'current' we refer to the electrical kind. Dr Thomas lives in MacDonnell Road, and was surprised to come across a notice warning building residents that on July 31 their electric supply would be interrupted.

He was shocked by the electric people, and sent them a letter telling them so.

'You intend to deprive a building with 36 floors and some 600 inhabitants of electricity for a whole working day,' it said.

'Even as a layman I know you have back-up facilities including mobile transformers to avoid such incidents which one would at best - and grudgingly - tolerate in the darkest parts of Africa.'

'As a metropolis which keenly holds itself out as 'The City of Lights' please reconsider your course of action.'

Good for him. Lai See likes men with power.

Cat napping: Today's science quiz is to guess which of these research projects is real:

A) A multi-million dollar Australian government-sponsored study to determine 'if flies are a pest'.

B) A British university-backed study that took 10 years to conclude that female sheep fancy male sheep more than they fancy humans.

C) A French study on mosquitoes. Researchers concluded that the insect is 'characterised by a spindly body, diaphanous wings and an apparatus which injects and sucks'. In other words, mozzies look like mozzies and they bite.

D) Oxford University research proving that cat dung helps rats relax.

E) All of the above.

The answer is E. The results just came in.

British researchers triumphantly proclaimed that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii makes rats less fearful.

Said parasite lurks in the intestines of cats and is excreted with faeces.

We're told that the findings 'are particularly interesting because many humans, including 22 per cent of Britons and 87 per cent of French, are infected with the parasite'.

Not entirely sure what that means: are the French more relaxed? They're more feline? They eat cat dung?

Lai See is sceptical about the whole study. Sounds like a pile of . . . faeces.

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