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Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.

Oopus Dei

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So I started reading The Da Vinci Code this morning on the train to work. The introductory matter indicates that the ultra-Catholic and rather scary Opus Dei organization has fairly recently constructed its world headquarters at 243 Lexington.

That's only about two blocks from my office but I couldn't picture the building, so instead of going straight to work I figured I'd amble over to 34th and Lex and take a look. I discovered I was well familiar with the building. It's a red-brick structure on the northeast corner that looks like a regular high-rise apartment building. On the 34th St. side of the building there are a few benches set amidst some low bushes, with a sign identifying this as a small public space proferred by Murray Hill Place, which is also the only name to be found on the building.

I took a look at the 34th St. entrance, then, feeling a little like a conspicuous gawking tourist, I wandered around to the Lexington Avenue side to see if there were any other identifying marks to be found. For some reason, the complete lack of anything but another modest MURRAY HILL PLACE sign struck me creepy and ominous.

I was just passing the Lexington entrance, craning my neck, when a loud voice at my shoulder said, "Hey, buddy!"

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Plus ça change

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Boy, a lot's changed since high school. I don't think I'd even fit in my locker anymore.

Don't mind me. I'm just trying out lines for my upcoming 20-year high school reunion, where I've been asked to give a wee speech. Okay, back to the drawing board.

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Float on

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This, from the New York Times, is one of the most exciting pieces of news to be published in a long time:

Pilot Guides Private Plane Beyond Atmosphere, a First A veteran civilian test pilot became the first human to reach space in a privately financed mission today, riding a small, winged rocketship high above California before gliding back to a powerless, soft landing in the Mojave Desert, organizers said.

Despite a washboard ride and a loud bang on the way up, the craft, SpaceShipOne, soared beyond the Earth's atmosphere, according to preliminary radar data collected by the design team, a voyage that if confirmed, would make the pilot, Mike Melvill, the world's first private astronaut.

Upon crossing the threshold of space, more than 62 miles up, Mr. Melvill said later, he opened a celebratory package of M&Ms as he became weightless.

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Funny as shit

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Don't read this unless you find bathroom humor humorous:

Craig's List: I'm sorry

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A good heart

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My attendance here has been rather spotty lately. I was derailed from this and many other activities early last week by an unexpected hospital stay.

I was sitting at my desk at work on Monday the 7th, minding my own business, when mild chest pains set in. This was soon followed by shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and dizziness. Finally, when I felt what may or may not have been phantom pains in my left arm, I hauled my butt out of my chair and made a couple of coworkers take me to the nearest emergency room. This happened to be the NYU Medical Center on First Avenue.

The triage nurse whisked me quickly to a bed in ER, past the fifty or so other people crowding the intake area—even past the woman who was writhing on the floor in the throes of a kidney stone attack. Minutes later I was berobed and hooked up to a saline IV and electrocardiograph.

My office manager Joe was meanwhile phoning Laura, who happened to be in a cab just pulling away from the Diane von Furstenberg studio on West 12th Street near Washington, almost a river-to-river trip away. She's been working part-time with the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, and was at the studio helping prepare an opening for two days later of an exhibit of some of the prize-winning artwork from this year's competition. She told the cabbie there was a change of plan and directed him to the hospital.

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An embarrassment of riches

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Underwood No. 5
Yesterday evening brought an embarrassment of wondrous stuff into the house. First was a mailing from Classic Malts of Scotland, which, if it didn't actually contain any whisky, reminded me that we had representatives of at least three of the six Classic Malts in our liquor pantry and happy memories of visiting two of the distilleries.

Next was a box containing the antique Underwood No. 5 manual typewriter I won at auction on eBay a couple of weeks ago. It's a beautiful machine, and I can't wait to get it working. It's been a long, long time since I've written fiction on a typewriter, and I'm eager to try it out and see what happens. (I'm also eager to see the design that Stephanie Tamez of New York Adorned comes up with for a tattoo based on the Underwood. If all goes according to plan, a woodcut-styled rendition of this baby goes on my arm June 30th, my wedding anniversary.)

After that was a long mailing tube sent from Canada. It contained a beautiful numbered print sent to me quite out of the blue by Kenn Brown, a frequent illustrator for Wired and other publications, in thanks for support of one kind or another over the years. True, I was a fan of his work back when he was still obscure, but I'm not sure what I did to have been honored with print number 1 of 50. I'm humbled. It will have pride of place on the wall of my den.

Finally, our friend Stephanie Lienhard delivered us a four-panel painting of birch trees for our living room, simply out of the goodness of her heart. Originally two of the panels were going to hang in the Lienhards house and two in ours, but in the end Stephanie couldn't bear to break the grouping up, so we've ended up, over our weak protestations, with all four.

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High on Calgary's hill

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Go, Flames!

Hey, I lived in Calgary for a few months. I've even been to actual Flames games at the Saddledome. That was before I got my ass thrown out of the country, but I don't hold that against the Flames.

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Apocalyptic manuscript-formatting wisdom gleaned from the Web:

If these guidelines are not followed exactly, the manuscript will be rejected unread.  That's a rule of the business; whether it is a novel, short story or article.  [more]
And Bob's your uncle. A manuscript in 10pt Courier probably is the better choice, but using Times Roman certainly won't get you rejected out of hand.
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Nyla is Ella's neighbor from upstairs. They battled evildoers and a red rubber ball in the back yard yesterday evening.

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