Gongol.com Archives: November 2007
Brian Gongol


November 30, 2007

Humor and Good News Lawyer tricks Boy George into "autographing" legal papers at a club
Clever

Computers and the Internet Google Ireland VP doesn't think the Internet is going to kill traditional media

The United States of America Is Ted Turner buying up western Nebraska in a diabolical plan?
Some locals think so

Weather and Disasters NWS assessment of the March tornadoes in Georgia
The report on the deadly tornadoes highlights some good news: The Weather Services is getting better at issuing warnings than ever before, with one warning granting people 36 minutes of lead time to act before a tornado hit. They also point out, though, that automated radio stations don't get EAS warnings on the air like they should.

Water News Approaching ice storm a good reminder of the value of backups

News Wall Street Journal studies college-prep schools with the most Ivy League-bound grads
The problem with articles like this is that they suggest to people that smart kids have to attend high-priced, "brand name" schools in order to get the best education. But there's nothing wrong -- at all -- with attending a small school or State U. In fact, it's probably a better choice for most students, since virtually no one really cares where anyone else went to college. It's not as though students at Harvard read a different version of the Iliad than students at UNI -- and the UNI students aren't competing with many grad students for their professors' attention.

Computers and the Internet Few things can experience exponential growth without limits

Humor and Good News Under arrest for committing an act of painting
The artist Elmyr de Hory sure had an interesting story -- he copied masterpieces so well that they passed as the originals. One has to imagine that a good copy of an aesthetically pleasing painting should probably be worth more than an original work of nonsense -- but then again, the art world is rarely sane.

Aviation News 15,000 new pilots needed every year through 2025
Training costs are huge and starting salaries are low, so while demand is increasing (we're flying more than ever), the supply of pilots is shrinking

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