In light of the events today at Virginia Tech, I’m suddenly not in the mood to talk about framing, or Imus, or the Pope’s statement on evolution. At this point the death toll is up to thirty-three people.
Blacksburg, VA, where Tech is located, is a roughly two-hour drive from my home in Harrisonburg. I just spent the weekend at a local math conference that included quite a few faculty members and students from Tech. I made some new friends, and renewed some old aquaintances. I do not know if any of them were directly affected. It’s hard to imagine that after the high spirits and light mood of the conference, they had to go back to find this carnage. It’s sobering to be reminded that it only takes one crazy person to inflict this much damage.