Gongol.com Archives: August 2020

Brian Gongol


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August 1, 2020

The United States of America "A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder."

Sage words from Benjamin Franklin

Computers and the Internet President Trump says he wants to ban TikTok

A sensible technology user wouldn't touch TikTok with a 10-foot pole. Anyone in charge of any sizable institution should probably try to prohibit its use on any company-supplied devices. There's far too much to worry about with its close relationship to China's ruling party. But to decree that an app will be banned from use in the United States smacks a bit of the divine right of kings.

Humor and Good News We have a Ratt problem

Any television show that calls itself a comedy had better deliver at least one laugh as solid as the GEICO "Ratt Problem" commercial. Just one joke, with impeccable setup and timing.

Humor and Good News Economist puts cupcakes on the barbecue

Creative destruction meets creative convection

Humor and Good News Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day

On how many social-media platforms are you really active?


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August 2, 2020

News Lookin' good, Sears Tower

Photographer captures a giant rainbow behind the Sears Tower. (It will always be the Sears Tower, no matter who pays for the naming rights.)

Health Japanese data gives strong evidence: Stay out of bars during Covid-19

"We noted many COVID-19 clusters were associated with heavy breathing in close proximity, such as singing at karaoke parties, cheering at clubs, having conversations in bars, and exercising in gymnasiums". Shame the bar-goers, not the beach-goers.

Humor and Good News The best scene in the entire "Scrubs" canon

In which Colin Hay's guitars goes to the graveyard

Threats and Hazards Murder hornet captured in Washington

Reductionist or not, "murder hornet" is just really good branding -- and that matters if you want people to take the problem seriously.


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