24 hours on and there’s still no return to normalcy…

24 hours on and there’s still no return to normalcy. So much bitter news. Such a horror. The events of yesterday may be the most heavily documented single tragedy in the history. Instantly we have hundreds of people with personal stories, video, and especially the grisly pictures. So much news.

The sheer volume of what’s out there to look at to read is amazing. First person accounts. Photographs of attack, collapse, aftermath. Emails about those final cell phones. Reports from terrorism experts about our lack of human intelligence about this. Complaints about the shortcomings of security for air travel. Comments from structural engineers about the world trade center. The history of the world trade center. Clipart of the skyline of new york whose profile is forever altered. Calls from religious leaders to show tolerance. Cries for vengeance. Acts of incredible heroism. Words of terrible vitriol.

I feel like I’ve been reading about a 400 page magazine – chock full of data. Hard to turn off the spigot for an information junkie like myself.

Here are some urls with links to interesting content:

camworld.com…, metafilter.com/, interesting-people.org…, kottke.org…, docsearls.com…, scriptingnews.userland.com…, commons.somewhere.com/rre.

And of course news sites: cnn/, guardian.co.uk, bbc.co.uk/, msnbc, npr.org, washingtonpost.com, nytimes.com, signonsandiego.com, latimes.com.

And the tragic death of an Akamai co-founder, Daniel Lewin on board Flight 11 gave me an odd twinge of irony. Akamai is a caching outsourcing technology – especially designed to keep up with heavy server loads such as we saw yesterday. Odd sensation to see Akamai urls float into news sites with news about the events yesterday.

Kudos to google.com/ , cnn.com/ , paypal.com/ , amazon.com/ , and many other online stalwarts who leapt to action to make news and information available to the public, and provide an outlet for donations.

Best wishes to you all, and may we begin to recover.

I was going to say that we can return to normal, but we can’t. The road ahead is hard.

(and as Kelly Abbott says) – Peace.

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