April 17th, 2007

boot hill


doodle041707Yesterday, the power outage after work was a blessing. I didn’t need to hear all of the news time misery over what happened at Virginia Tech. I know the basics, and certainly don’t feel the need for any in-depth analysis just yet.

Due to the heavy winds and rain, the house was without power from about 2pm to right around 11:30pm. There is something to be said for snuggling up with BHK and the kitties in bed to watch a movie (X-men 3) on the last charge of the laptop. Speaking of last night’s power outage, my hand-powered flashlight came in handy for the first time in about a year. We have more than a few items with juice that we can use as a flashlight, as well. Amongst our light-throwing servitors there are a PSP (see doodle at right), a PDA, two cell phones, an unknown quantity of laptops, a GPS, and an Ipod.

This morning was another story. Since BHK’s folks both went to VT, plus the fact I live in DelMarVa in general has me inundated with the story. It’s nice to see the community pull together and support one another, but I’m just withdrawing from the topic as much as I can. Too much junk information out there on TV, too much noise to signal, too many people hurt for me to process this properly just yet. At work, it has been quiet, not too much mention of things non-work related. I figure that I'll soak up more information by osmosis rather than pointless conjecture.

rec'd in my email -

How many copycats are out there thinking, "yeah, I could do that, I could be famous." How much has this wall-to-wall coverage of The Cho Show are you guys going to air? When does the DVD come out? When is the made for TV movie?

By giving Cho his moment in the sun, postmortem, you're just giving the next wacko more motivation to get famous. By declaring it, even on the day it happened the "Deadliest shooting in U.S. History," or "Deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history," and "Deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history," you're setting a mark for the next crazy guy with a gun: "Can you break this record crazy people? The score to beat is 32!"

Report the news. I don't need to know Cho Seung-Hui's shoe size. By "glamorizing" this insane person, you're just egging on the next guy. Report that he left a goofy manifesto and some lame videos, but don't plaster his videos up everywhere for ratings. Don't worry, we'll sit through your damn commercials.
Yeah, that sums my feelings up pretty well. The first person who tries to tie Virginia Tech shooting to violent video games, movies or music is a despicable publicity whore. Anyone willing to exploit this tragedy for media face time, or use it to support their agenda to censor media content is a pathetic excuse for a human being.

Today at work, plans were pretty straightforward. Fix a printer problem with oce’. Migrate some machines for the treasury and Sheriff’s Office. Swap out UPS’s on those that are looking a little threadbare after all of our recent power spikes.

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