Gongol.com Archives: November 2010
Brian Gongol


November 12, 2010

Computers and the Internet Guy who mockingly proposed (on Twitter) to blow up an airport loses his appeal
He'll have to pay a lot of money in fines to make up for expressing his displeasure in an indiscreet way. That's one problem with our always-on access to the Internet now: People are so eager to say something clever that they don't always take the time to apply some good judgment first. Just watch: The next time a major celebrity dies, Twitter will be flooded almost instantly with people seeking to make what they think will be the wittiest comment about the passing -- no matter how tasteless. It's crass and crude to do so, but eagerness to be the first to say something runs in direct conflict with the notion of judiciously knowing when to speak and when to shut up.

Business and Finance Microfinance may be restricted in India
Just imagine: Microfinance loans, a concept that was dismissed as ridiculous until the Grameen Bank got its start just a couple of decades ago, is now so successful that there are calls for its tighter regulation. Amazing.

News The first time in history the words "Garfield" and "controversial" have ever been paired
Someone failed to take a careful look at their calendar when they put a recent "Garfield" comic strip into syndication. That's why we need editors, even in the digital age. Spell-checking can be automated (most of the time), but common-sense-checking cannot.

Humor and Good News Baby monkey riding backwards on a pig
(Video) One would think the title is fully self-explanatory, and it is. But the music video is so much more than that. Kinda.

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