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

ShunnCast #13

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Epidode #13 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which I and my trainer Elder Fowler take charge of missionary work in the lonesome prairie oil town of Brooks, Alberta, and many naughty words are uttered as a result.

See also [info]shunncast.

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Mea culpa

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Sometimes you do something and you know it's wrong and you shouldn't do it as you're doing it. You know that doing it will make you look like an asshole, and that a lot of people will see you being an asshole, but you do it anyway. Why do we do this? I don't know—maybe to pay the universe back for giving us consciousness. I'm just glad that LiveJournal has a delete button. Of course, I wish your memory had one too.

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Vote early and once!

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Richard Bowes's short story "There's a Hole in the City" was very likely the best work of short fiction published on the Web in 2005. It's currently in the running, with nine other stories, for the Million Writers Award for Fiction.

Never heard of this prestigious award? Neither had I. But you can still help Rick's story win! All you have to do is vote. Few enough people have voted that your ballot will make a difference. But only vote once! The award administrators are very cranky.

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Via [info]jlundberg...

You Belong in Dublin
Friendly and down to earth, you want to enjoy Europe without snobbery or pretensions. You're the perfect person to go wild on a pub crawl... or enjoy a quiet bike ride through the old part of town.

Although I actually answered that I would prefer a cosmopolitan and slightly snobby city. But I can't complain too much about Dublin!

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We are attending the opening of artist Edie Nadelhaft's new show "Cuddle" at BAMA Galleries in Hoboken tomorrow evening. You should too.

Edie's a friend of ours, but we love her work over and above the obligations of friendship, and we wouldn't preach what we don't practice. If you've ever seen the large painting of Gerber daisies that hangs in our salon, which I bought for Laura one Christmas, then you've seen Edie's work. Over the years the subjects of her paintings have included barbed wire, chains, body parts, jacks, panties, flowers, cows, and now those cuddly, lovable flies.

I can't wait to see these new paintings in their lifesize incarnations, and I hope we'll see you there too.

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Discussion topic

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I was browsing Amazon and came across the following assertion in a customer review of Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (Orson Scott Card, ed.):

Early science fiction (pre-1960s, let's say) is almost inherently more worthwhile than most later science fiction.
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Meme via [info]holyoutlaw: Search Wikipedia for your birthday, minus the year. List three neat facts, two births and one death in your journal, including the year each occurs.

Neat Facts:

  • 1040:  King Duncan I of Scotland is killed in battle against his cousin and successor Macbeth.
  • 1994:  Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, the terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal," is captured.
  • 2003:  Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.

Two births:
  • 1771:  Sir Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet (d. 1832)
  • 1851:  Doc Holliday, American gambler and gunfighter (d. 1887)

One death:

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I popped uptown today to have lunch with my lovely wife Laura and a few of our friends. I met Laura and Anand outside their office, but we were nearly frustrated in our attempts to reach the next rendezvous point by the Mitzvah Tank convoy rolling down Fifth Avenue with a police escort. There were at least twenty of those RVs, probably a lot more, festooned with signs announcing the presence of Moshiach, happy Lubavitchers waving out the windows from inside. I did not realize the parade was today. The line of tanks scrolled off so far down the street we couldn't count them.

We waved back jauntily, and Anand called out, "Hello, chosen people!"

Lunch for me was curry don with duck, served piping hot. I am now sleepy. I wish Moshiach would come and slap me awake so I can get some work done.
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Out getting mashed

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I'm a little late to the party, but the album in heavy rotation on my headphones this week is American Edit, a mashup of Green Day's American Idiot by Dean Gray (second-level nom de plume of Party Ben and Team9). If you haven't heard it, you can defy the Warner Bros. injunction and grab the tracks here. Hey, Billie Joe Armstrong thinks it's cool. (And here's a complete list of the samples used.)

I'm also listening a lot to the new Secret Machines album, Ten Silver Drops, which they've released in its entirety on iTunes a few weeks ahead of the street release.

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No fish story

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The New York Times is reporting:

Scientists Call Fish Fossil the "Missing Link"

Talk about deep time! I am in awe.

(I move that Tiktaalik roseae be nicknamed "Darwin Fish.")

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William Shunn