Gongol.com Archives: January 2011
Brian Gongol

January 20, 2011

Computers and the Internet What really lasts forever?
Is an object that lasts for a century something that has survived "forever", at least in our minds? And can it survive that time without a caretaker? And what does that say about how long things will last on the Internet? Thus far, the Internet is a lot more accessible than the world's books (we can't fit those into our pockets like we can our smartphones), but the books have proven to be far more robust.

Business and Finance Median weekly earnings in the United States last quarter: $751
That's among the nation's 100.1 million full-time workers, which for a full 52-week year is about $39,000

Health A "neurological epidemic" is coming
(Video) With the world's average age rising, our future is likely to be influenced heavily by neurological disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Be aware.

Humor and Good News "F*** You" by Cee-Lo Green...in signed exact English
(Video - of a song that has a "dirty" word in the very title) It's probably not technically a rendition in ASL (American Sign Language), because the interpreter actually translates the song word-for-word -- but it's a delight to watch

Business and Finance Why would anyone want to work for companies that ask ridiculous interview questions?
Sure, it makes some sense to test interviewees' math skills for accounting jobs, but one website has documented a whole slew of bizarro interview questions that seem designed mainly to throw off the person being interviewed. What's the point? It's one thing to test people "on their feet", but an interview is usually about as high-stress as any other occupational activity, so why make it worse? Interviews are of wildly overestimated value for predicting an individual's suitability to a task, anyway.

Humor and Good News Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise race on "Top Gear"
Turns out Cameron's a fast driver with a foul mouth...and Cruise knows how to drive on two wheels