Gongol.com Archives: May 2005
Brian Gongol

The United States of America (5.20.2005)
Chicago's Old Passenger Railroad Stations

Iowa (5.20.2005)
Don't Like Peanut Butter? Try a Sunflower Seed and Jelly Sandwich
USDA trying to perfect sunflower butter. No, really.

Threats to Western Civilization (5.20.2005)
Time Since September 11, 2001 Equals Length of US Involvement in WWII
Naming it a "War on Terrorism" was a bad idea: Terrorism is a method. The war is really one against a group of radicals who lay claim to a radicalized form of Islamic authority. It's not and should never be a war against Islam itself, either. But it's not about all terrorism: The IRA doesn't seem to have been much affected, nor have domestic white-supremacist groups. Naming things creates consequences; one of the consequences of naming something a "War on [some abstract thing]" makes pure victory impossible. George Orwell had something to say about perpetual war in 1984, and it wasn't pleasant.

The American Way (5.20.2005)
Tariffs as "Enforcing National Bias"

Computers and the Internet (5.20.2005)
How to Query Electronic Books Using Google
Enter the search string -inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:"index of" +("/ebooks"|"/book") +(chm|pdf|zip), plus whatever you're searching for. Rather elegant.

Computers and the Internet (5.20.2005)
Comparison of File Systems
FAT, NTFS, UFS all compared (from FlaminTiki)