Inhuman Swill : February 2005

February's CD mixes of the month

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My contribution to the February CD Mix of the Month Club was Words Cannot Express, with Year of the Rooster generously thrown in as a Chinese New Year bonus.

(The story so far.)

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How do you catch a unique blogger?

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Unique up on him, of course. Which brings me to yet another meme, caught this time from [info]readwrite:

Ten Things I've Done That Most of You Probably Haven't

  1. Argued with kindergarten teacher about nature of God.
  2. Plea-bargained way out of hijacking charge.
  3. Been barred from Canada following felony conviction.1
  4. Made out with Mormon sister missionary.
  5. Helped Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee participate in online chat before Mötley Crüe concert.2
  6. Had picture taken in Oscar the Grouch's trashcan.
  7. Got married on television in Las Vegas with Elvis impersonator present.
  8. Built first online "survivor registry" to appear in wake of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  9. Had science fiction published in Salon.3
  10. Written custom Web application to cross-index entire 2,000+ album music collection and play it remotely from any browser.

1 See item #2.
2 Also offered Tommy advice—which he followed—on how to convince online chatters he was really who he claimed to be.
3 Unless you're [info]bobhowe, that is!

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Via [info]pnh:

  1. Los Angeles, CA  1967-1973
  2. Grantsville, UT  1973-1974
  3. Liberty, UT  1974
  4. Bountiful, UT  1974-1978
  5. Kaysville, UT  1978-1985
  6. East Lansing, MI  1985
  7. Kaysville, UT  1985-1986
  8. Provo, UT  1986
  9. Brooks, AB  1986
  10. Calgary, AB  1986-1987
  11. Yakima, WA  1987
  12. Bonners Ferry, ID  1987
  13. Orofino, ID  1987-1988
  14. Pasco, WA  1988
  15. Wenatchee, WA  1988
  16. Kaysville, UT  1988-1991
  17. Salt Lake City, UT  1991-1993
  18. Provo, UT  1993
  19. Orem, UT  1993-1994
  20. Provo, UT  1994-1995
  21. Orem, UT  1995
  22. Seattle, WA  1995
  23. Brooklyn, NY  1995-2001
  24. Queens, NY  2001-
Dates for the Provo/Orem years are my best approximation of a truly silly number of moves.
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SWTD™ Episode I

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So What's The Deal™ with people who board a crowded descending elevator at the fourth floor and then get off at the third floor? I haven't noticed any serial killers lurking in the stairwell lately, so I'm frankly puzzled.

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Hey, anyone know some good

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Hey, anyone know some good cheap Windows software for converting AVI files to MPEGs?

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Saffron river

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So Laura, Ella, and I went to Central Park Saturday morning with Barbara Lynn, [info]bobhowe, [info]steelbrassnwood, and Christopher to see the unraveling of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's The Gates. In a word, it was spectacular. But I'll let our pictures do the talking.

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Knives out

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I wonder how many units Shop at Home moved after this little demo?

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Dumb all over

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Was just listening to a little live Zappa here at the office, and my inner stenographer took over for a moment or two:

Listen, we can't really be dumb if we're just following God's orders. After all, He wrote this book here, and in the book He says He made us all to be just like Him. So if we're dumb, then God is dumb—and maybe even a little bit ugly on the side.
Then, guitar solo.
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From the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series mailing list:

A brief reminder and revision for tonight's (Monday, February 7th) NY Review of SF Reading:

Since a total of 7 people from this group (named after Jules Verne's birthday) have stepped up to perform, we are splitting the event into two nights, the second part most likely to be our April offering. Tonight's readers will be:
Richard Bowes
Jae Brim
Robert J. Howe
David Barr Kirtley
Bill Shunn will host.

Monday, 2/7/5
Doors open at 6:30

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The ice—

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An excerpt from my short story "The Ice Queen," which appears in its entirety in the Winter issue of the Canadian fiction magazine Storyteller, is currently available online.

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