It’s hard for any sane person to wrap their mind around the awful act in Norway—that a beast in the form of a man could calmly walk around and gun down defenseless youths.
The perpetrator himself does not deserve to be remembered or noticed. He is scum, and only interesting in that we need to know as much as possible about him for the purpose of improving our ability to detect people like him early and intervene before they get a chance to spread their terror. Apart from that, he deserves to die in prison, in obscurity.
From what I’ve been able to gather from the media, the response of the Norwegian people has been an inspiration to us all—grieving together with a calm dignity. I sincerely hope they’ll be able to heal together as a people while cherishing their memories of the victims.
Apart from the closeness between Norwegian and Swedish societies (open border, similar language and culture) one thing that chills me about this particular crime is that I went to the Swedish-equivalent youth camp (SSU, for those of you familiar with the Swedish political system.) of the one held annually on Utøya when I was in high school.
It was a fantastic week. Great memories. Just like I’m sure the one on Utøya was for the young men and women attending. And this swine decided to desecrate their joy of life. It’s hard to contain my rage and grief.
My thoughts are with Norway.
Solid reads abound in this installment of the roundup. Includes Console Wars, Your Inner Fish, Flash Boys, Digital Wars, The Perfect Storm, Tower Lord, By Blood We Live, I am Pilgrim and Lexicon.
Why whatever Apple is about to release will not be anything like the Pebble or Android Wear.
Game of Thrones and The First Law Trilogy illustrate the different ways England and America are dealing with fading empires.
Nic is homesick on Midsummer’s Eve.
We should forget the names of our mass murderers.
Movie time, kids! Includes an excellent documentary and a lot of not-great movies. Includes Sorcerer, Generation Iron, Restrepo, The Numbers Station, Pacific Rim and 300: Rise of an Empire.
It’s way easier to be an extremist in America if you’re white.
The idea that both the left and the right in America are getting more extreme is false. Nic explains why.
Get medieval on your fascia.
Hey, you like lasers? We have lasers!