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

Whither warmth?

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When it comes to public restrooms, the only thing worse than a cold toilet seat . . . is a warm toilet seat.

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Wasps at the speed of sound

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My good friend (and collaborator on a story we may yet finish someday) Derryl Murphy has a short story collection just out from Wildside Press, Wasps at the Speed of Sound. I've read many of the stories in the book already, and I recommend them unreservedly.

In his blog he lists a lot of places you buy the book, but if you want the hardcover and are a Barnes & Noble Readers' Advantage member, I will point out that you can save three bucks through them.

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Hey, New Yorkers—I wanted to remind you that I'll be reading along with Barbara Krasnoff and Ian Randal Strock this evening at 7:00 pm at the South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street in Manhattan. There's detailed information here, and I hope to see you there!

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Not an April Fool's Day joke! Despite Laura's absence from the team, I know some of you wanted to be kept updated on when the Gotham Girls Roller Derby season would start. April 1st, as it turns out. And where is it, you ask?

from http://gothamgirlsrollerderby.com All bouts are held at Skate Key, 220 E. 138th Street in the Bronx. Take the 4/5 one stop out of Manhattan to 138th Street/Grand Concourse.

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW! $12 advance/$15 at the door. VIP and season ticket rates also available!

I'm not sure we'll be able to make that first game, but you'll see us there cheering at some point during the season.

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Well, what do you know again! This just in from the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series mailing list:

The New York Review of Science Fiction and the South Street Seaport Museum Present

The Eighth of February Writer's Group Redux
Barbara Krasnoff — William Shunn — Ian Randal Strock
Monday, April 4th, 7 o'clock


Previously, on NYRSFr...

You may recall that in January, we featured readers from the writer's group known as The Eighth of February, but decided at the last minute to spread out the seven writers over two evenings. Here then, is part two, hosted and guest-curated by Bill Shunn.

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"Reverb!"

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The cry "'Freebird'!" undemystified by the online WSJ.

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March's CD mix of the month

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The joy of auto-Googling

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One runs across the most interesting things when one gives in to the temptation of Googling oneself. There's the listing in the Library of Congress's online archive:

http://lcweb4.loc.gov/911/catalog/1805.html

There's the Rutgers class in "Science Fiction, Technology, and Society" where I'm on the syllabus:

http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~hbf/SFSYL2.004.htm

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Dog switch

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We took Ella to a new groomer yesterday, where we traded the puppy in for an adult Wheaten terrier:

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Spamalot—not!

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I was contacted yesterday by David Gallagher, a New York Times business editor, about a story he was doing on how a security lapse at the http://www.montypythonsspamalot.com site led to many names, postal addresses, and email addresses of subscribers being exposed online, including his.

He wanted to know, since the email address I'd used was obviously "tagged" (i.e., configured to be recognizable if it ended up being sold to a spammer), if I'd actually received any spam at that address. Funnily enough, the only spam I'd gotten as a result of the security lapse was from a New York Times business editor.

The story ran today here. (Or here, if you're not a registered nytimes.com user.) None of my droll wit was quoted.

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