Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Shooting rampage in US college

As I write this, my heart is pounding, my mouth is dry, and my hair is standing on end.

Thirty-three people dead in a shooting rampage in Virginia Tech. And that's where my friend and former student Roy Patrick Tan is taking up his post-graduate degree.

I was in a panic. No cellphone number, no landline, no instant messenger. I couldn't even remember his email address. So I did the only thing I could do: head over to his blog.

Thank goodness, he's safe. All Filipino students are also accounted for.

Regardless, I'm still a bundle of nerves. Scary.

How did I find out? CNN? No. BBC? No. TV? Haven't even turned it on yet. Answer: Slashdot.

And that's commentary on how the Net -- and blogs -- has changed our way of living. More on that when I'm not so as wired (no pun intended.)