Inhuman Swill : September 2001

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September 28, 2001

Fast Company presents a modest proposal from Dan Pink, author of Free Agent Nation. I got to help.

september 11

Ebert on "Zoolander"

From Ebert's movie review today:

"Responding quickly to the tragedy of Sept. 11, the makers of Zoolander did some last-minute editing. No, they didn't dub over the word 'Malaysia' or edit around the assassination of the prime minister. What they did was digitally erase the World Trade Center from the New York skyline, so that audiences would not be reminded of the tragedy, as if we have forgotten. It's a good thing no scenes were shot in Kuala Lumpur, or they probably would have erased the Petronas Towers, to keep us from getting depressed or jealous or anything."

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September 17, 2001

Real World cast member misses Flight 11

The infamous Mormon from the New Orleans cast of The Real World was nearly on the highjacked flights from Boston. Details in a Canadian Press story in the Calgary Herald.

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September 16, 2001


That URL should have been:

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September 15, 2001

Survivor registries

Kevin Elliott of has written a penetrating analysis of the WTC survivor registry phenomenon, which I seem to have helped kick off:

I hope you'll forgive me if I also point out a very kind interview at

If you haven't dropped by my infamous Check-In page lately, I've posted an essay about why the time for independent survivor registries is well past. I have more thoughts on that subject which I will try to force myself to post here in the next couple of days.

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September 12, 2001

Check-in list redux

My check-in list got a little out of control today. It brought my web hosting service to its knees. I finally had to knuckle under and turn it off.

It's been a surreal day. I've been interviewed by reporters from the New York Times to People magazine. The emails keep pouring in, telling me what a wonderful thing my list was, how it brought them some comfort.

And still I didn't accomplish anything useful today. I worked on the list obsessively so I wouldn't have to deal with my own feelings of grief and terror. They're welling up now, and I'm going to have to deal with them somehow.

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September 11, 2001

Automated check-in

I've created a form you can use to add your name to the list of people in NYC and other cities that are okay, at The previous link I posted now redirects to this page.

I figured doing updates by hand might overwhelm me.

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Check in, New Yorkers

I've posted a check-in page at

If you're in New York and alive, write to me at and I'll post your name.

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Stuyvesant High School

Firefighters say there's a bomb in Stuyvesant High School in Battery Park City. They're redoubling the evacuation there now.

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I sent out email to a long list of people letting them know Laura and I are okay and asking them to check in if they live in the area. Getting a lot of responses, and we're sharing lists of those safe. Thank God for the internet.

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