A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits of the Week

  • The shooting at the Dark Knight Rises premiere happened almost two weeks ago, but I wanted to share one of the stories that I read about that really impressed me. Pierce O’Farrill was shot three times in Aurora, once with each of the shooter’s guns. He was interviewed by a local radio host just three days after the incident, and he had the following things to say: First, he forgives the shooter, and wants to talk to him. Second, he doesn’t think that the shooter should be given the death penalty. Finally, he’s still a staunch proponent of Second Amendment rights, despite what happened to him. Talk about sticking to your values under extreme pressure. Well done, Mr. O’Farrill. I hope more people remember your name than the sociopath who hurt you.
  • You may have noticed, if you’ve gone back through the archives, that a lot of the images I had used previously have been removed. I’ve only kept the pictures I’ve taken personally, or covers of books I’ve reviewed. I liked the other images I’d chosen, but in all honesty I didn’t do a good job of making sure that they were legally alright to use. Recently, that lack of care bit a blogger in the butt big time, and I don’t think it’s responsible of me to risk putting my family in a similar predicament if all six of you start sharing this blog and it becomes wildly popular. I’m already replacing the images removed with equally good works from the public domain or licensed free through Creative Commons, so the loss is only temporary. I would like to say something to the artists and photographers out there, though. Protecting your product doesn’t make you wealthy, growing a dedicated group of supportive followers does. Be careful which you are spending the bulk of your time on.
  • Have you ever looked at your iPhone and said, “Man, I wish I could attach Legos to this thing. That would be so cool!” Well, that day has finally come. Go get yourself a TinkerBrick case. It makes me want to get an iPhone.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

August 2, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week

Tragedy in Tucson

This will be quick.

The tragic events today in Tucson, where I live, will be in the spotlight of the national and local news programs for the next few weeks, I’m sure. I’m not a news junkie, so you’ll forgive me if I’m not all that interested in the finer points of the shooting. Here’s what I do care about:

Christina Taylor Green has died. She was the young child that was gunned down earlier today during the Arizona shooting incident in which US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot and left in critical condition. [full article here]

Christina was 9 years old. She was just a little older than my oldest child. I can only imagine the horror and trauma her family and friends are going through, and I barely want to do that. Having to bury a young child is one of the most terrible things a family will have to suffer, and to do it because of the actions of some deranged monster is more terrible still.

I don’t know what the results of Congresswoman Gifford’s surgery and recovery will be. I am sure, however, that she would gladly have given her life to have saved the life of that small child. I hope that would be true of any of us. Life is short enough.

To her family, and to all of those suffering loss as a result of today’s tragedy, I offer my prayers and sympathy. I hope that in this time of grieving and hardship, you are able to find peace and solace in those friends and family that gather around to support you.

Now, one more thing and I’m done.

As always, there are some who are even now licking their chops at the opportunity this tragedy gives them, their group or their agenda to advance. Please, don’t join them in using the blood shed as paint for wild strokes with a broad brush. Historically, some of the most poor and rash decisions have been made following that instinct. Take the more difficult road and see each, madman and victims alike, as individuals deserving their own share of justice and mercy. Now is a time for humble grief and love, not anger and bluster.

Thanks for your time.

January 8, 2011 Posted by | Past and Future, Politics and Other Insects | , , , , , | 3 Comments