Inhuman Swill : Page 154
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.

Perry takes a bow

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My alter-ego/mind-virus Perry Slaughter's first published story, "Optical Allusions," is available now in issue #7 of Electric Velocipede. Subscribe now and support editor John Klima's fine publication.

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Cheerio

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Saw [info]pould off on the first leg of the last leg of his American trip about 90 minutes ago. Subway to AirTrain to JFK to England again. See you, Peter! It was great having you!

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Today's celebrity sighting

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Bronson Pinchot, on East 32nd.

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Minor bridge

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So I was searching online for news about the subway derailment that was only one of many problems plaguing this morning's commute. All I've found so far is a service alert at the MTA web site that says this:

Due to a minor derailment on the Manhattan Bridge, and a rail condition at the W4 Street station the following service diversions are in effect...
Is it just me, or is it hard to think of any subway derailment on the Manhattan Bridge as minor?
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Agony and ivory

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So Andrew and Stephanie's stuff is all on its way to Texas, and we're sad. But that's nothing compared to the emotions that Andrew experienced as the moving guys were preparing his Steinway for the trip:

Moving the Steinway  (8.2 Mb AVI file)
He tells me the first expression was feigned, the second un-.

(Thanks to [info]markbourne for the subject line.)

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Numb

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A cartoon this week in The New Yorker captures well what it often feels like in the city nowadays. It shows a crowd of commuters on a rush-hour subway train, while over the P.A. the conductor says (paraphrased): "Due to a bomb scare in Times Square, this train has been temporarily delayed. Please remain numb."

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Rare candid moment

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Last night at dinner at Aliada in Astoria, Andrew and Stephanie captured a candid moment of a sort rarely seen—Laura cutting up and me in shock:

Laura's allergies have been killing her for more than a week, but she feels much better today. Which means her coworkers may not be seeing this same sight.

(Full disclosure: A watershed moment in our relationship was when we were in the gift shop at the Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona and Laura stuck a Crispy M&M up my nose. We're still together.)

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Seriously

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Bless Roger Ebert for using the phrase "serious science fiction" is his print review of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, even as a passing reference.

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A big tip of the middle finger...

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...to the fellow who just had to push his way up the middle of the crowded stairs to the subway platform, between me going up and the woman with the baby stroller coming down. Here's to you, you long, skinny drink of turpentine.

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A story about someone else's ass

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Do you ever read Dooce? Yesterday she related a story about someone else's ass.

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