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

Read my Palm

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I may be behind the curve, but I'm currently reading a book on my Handspring for the first time—Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. (What I mean is, this is the first time I'm reading a book on my Handspring, not the first time I've read Cory's novel.) I find the experience delightful, and I don't know why I haven't tried it sooner.

The next eBook on my list is The Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling, which, if you didn't know it, you can download for free from the Palm Free eBooks site.

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Some fucked-up, repugnant shit

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We had a delightful dinner with our friends Ron and Edie the other night. Despite the scintillating conversation that covered a plethora of topics, however, the high point of the evening was retiring to the iMac to play with the Samuel L. Jackson Soundboard. Shit, yeah.

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That, you know, kind of bell

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Say, does anyone know what you call one of those bells that sits on a counter at a window in an office and that you use to summon a clerk or receptionist? Is there a specific term for it?

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He said what?

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From the homepage of Doonesbury.com today come this remarkable quote from Dick Cheney:

"Maybe it's part of our national character, you know, we like to have these problems nice and neatly wrapped up, put a ribbon around it. You deploy a force, you win the war, and the problem goes away, and it doesn't work that way in the Middle East; it never has and isn't likely to in my lifetime."
—Dick Cheney, 1996
I would like to know where he said this and under what circumstances, but on the surface it makes Bush Administration policies all the more troubling, this notion that they know military action is largely futile, if not worse.
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Bombing Nigeria

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I laughed out loud repeatedly as I read this email exchange with a Nigerian scammer:

Something Awful: Something Awful vs. Nigeria and/or Asia

(Gee, this guy spends almost as much time in pointless email exchanges with stupid people as I do.)

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This CNN article has to have the oddest accompanying photo montage I've ever seen. I mean, Big Bird and Larry Bird, too?

CNN: Massive bird spotted in Alaska

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My wife fell in love last night

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Last night my wife fell in love with another man.

We went to see Umberto Eco reading and in conversation with Jay Parini last night at the 92nd Street Y. Laura was enraptured. Eco is a very charming, self-effacing, funny fellow—and the Italian accent probably doesn't hurt—all of which masks an incredibly sharp and subtle mind. Heck, I was spellbound myself. I'm feeling a strange compulsion today to rush out and buy semiotics texts.

Can't wait to read Baudolino.

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Thanks to [info]greygirl for helping me verify what I already halfway suspected . . .

By dictator standards, you're not that bad. Sure you almost started world war 3, but the treatment of your people is moderate. You're a saint compared to the guy before you that you kicked out, so your people tolerate you. However, you're ability to stand up to America has made you one of the more popular dictators. Hardly a movie star… but hay, it's a start!

What tin-pot dictator are you? Take the "What Dictator am I?" test at PoisonedMinds.com

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So good I even ate the bowl!

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Of course, I would fuck up pretty badly right after posting that. I ordered a steak and chicken tostada from Fresco Tortilla for lunch, and rather than stopping when the innards were finished, I accidentally ate the tortilla shell too. Oops.

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Thinner

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So I've been sticking fairly close to one of those trendy new-fangled low-carb diets for the last month or so. I started out at 220. (That's lbs, not kg, kiddies.) Yesterday I was 202, and although this morning I was hovering at about 203.5, I'm still pretty juiced. I'm almost back down to my wedding weight! Yeah!

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