Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

I apologize for my lack of attention to this story, considering the passionate feelings I hold toward Starbucks. I have, however, crawled out from under my avalanche of work to do a little bit of internet research.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported today that a man by the name of Ronald Schouten, 44, of San Francisco has been arrested in connection with an explosive device that was found in the Starbucks’ bathroom on Van Ness.

Living the the Age of Google, I thought I would see if I could find out any further information on Mr. Schouten by engaging in a favorite activity: name Googling, or, as I like to refer to it: Armchair Journalism.

I searched:
“Ronald Schouten”
+ “Ronald Schouten” + “San Francisco”
+ “Ronald Schouten” + bomb
+ “Ronald Schouten” + glue (earlier vandals had smeared glue on other San Francisco Starbucks’ stores)

And if learning about those with whom one shares a name on the Googlesphere reveals anything about oneself, I think my research has been very telling. Here is what I discovered:

1. Ronald Schouten is a special contributor for OS News, an online computing forum
2. Ronald Schouten is a father of an epileptic girl in Delft, Netherlands
3. Ronald Schouten is a Marketing Officer at Abebooks.com an online independent bookstore out of BC, Canada
4. Ronald Schouten, M.D., J.D., is the Director of the Law & Psychiatry Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School–specializing in workplace violence and prevention…
5. And then there’s this guy.

…enough said. Back to the avalanche…

§69 · January 11, 2006 · In the News, This Modern Life · · [Print]

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