Inhuman Swill : Page 170
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.
            

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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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Remember those damn "God Says" billboards that were appearing around the country a few years back? [info]ckccfa's user icon nicely sends them up:

Hmm. Kinda reminds me of a little site called SaysGod.com...
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More temple tour accounts

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A couple more temple-tour accounts have come to my attention. Fascinating reading, to see the experience from so many different viewpoints.

First, this one, from the discussion boards at exmormon.org:

The first thing I realized as the tour began was that this was not going to be an interactive tour. The whole point was to get us in and out with the message they wanted us to hear before we could notice any oddities and so all we would remember was what a nice, quiet building it was, with so many cheery, helpful, people. You are invited to think about this and ponder that, but questions are NOT encouraged; there were no chances to do ask. To do so you would have literally had to interrupt your handler’s presentation. They give their message; questions can only come afterwards when others in the group won't hear.  [more]
And second, this one, from LJ blogger [info]alphistia:
Once inside the building though, I felt like I was on the Starship Enterprise, Mormon-style. The place was loaded with Mormons of all ages, all with name-tags. Some of them were effusively smiling, others slightly suspicious of these infidels in their midst. Of course to be wearing a tag meant you were the truest of true believers. For a moment, I wasn’t quite sure who were the "aliens". In any case, the contrast to the chaos outside on Broadway and the controlled activity inside was startling.  [more]
Bilmo says check 'em out.
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Move on, already

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Christ, I'm sick of getting email from moveon.org telling me that the White House doesn't want me to see The Day After Tomorrow. Is it just me, or are these people getting annoyingly shrill? They're starting to sound like the PAC that cried wolf, which is too bad.

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Roger Ebert relates the following anecdote in one of his reports from Cannes:

During the screening of [Australian film] "Human Touch," I had the misfortune to be seated next to a pathetic creature who was receiving e-mail messages on his pocket device, and replying with taps on his clever little keyboard. The tiny screen was bright green in the darkness. I asked him to stop. He said, "I have to do this." I said, "Then you have to leave." He continued to tap away. "The director is sitting right over there," I said. "How do you think he feels?" "I don't care how he feels," the cretinous man replied. "Stop it, goddamn it!" I said. He stopped for a while, and then took a little peek at his screen from behind his hand. "Why don't you go outside?" I said. He did. He was the only person who left the full house; his electronic masturbation had blinded him to the film's greatness.

After the screening, I mentioned the incident to ["Human Touch" director] Paul Cox.

"If he had started typing one more time," said Cox, a genial and philosophical man, "I would have ripped his bloody toy from his hands and smashed it to bits beneath my feet."

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My best line this week

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"I don't think he has an attitude problem. He just doesn't have a human interface."

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