Inhuman Swill : Page 184
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The countdown clock is a really nifty, get-involved type marketing idea, and if you want it you can get your HTML snippet here.

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Jesus, and I thought hearing Elmo telling me to buckle up in New York City cabs was bad enough....

Sesame Street breaks Iraqi POWs Uncooperative prisoners are being exposed for prolonged periods to tracks by rock group Metallica and music from children's TV programmes Sesame Street and Barney in the hope of making them talk.

The US's Psychological Operations Company (Psy Ops) said the aim was to break a prisoner's resistance through sleep deprivation and playing music that was culturally offensive to them.

However, human rights organisation, Amnesty International, said such tactics may constitute torture—and coalition forces could be in breach of the Geneva Convention. [read all]

I would suggest the POWs also be forced to watch the first 23 episodes of 24, but not the season finale.

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Quote unquote

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Don't fucking say "Quote unquote" to me. I might quote unquote rip your head off.

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The Bavarian job?

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We watched the original version of The Italian Job last night. Besides wondering who in movies today could possibly be as archly droll as Noel Coward, and whether the remake will dare end on as literal a cliffhanger, I have to ask this: Was the remake BMW's idea? I mean, the original is just as chock-full of cute little Mini Coopers as the new one's previews seem to be. Quelle product placement!

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Earlier this week, having read several cautiously approving reviews, I picked up a copy of James Frey's addiction memoir A Million Little Pieces. When I got it home and opened it, however, I was distressed to see that there are no paragraph indentations in the book at all.

Hey, I don't mind a little experimentation with typography. I don't even mind the book's ragged right margin, which after all is how most books appeared until this century. But no paragraph indentations? How the hell is the eye supposed to keep track of where it is?

I'll pick it up again eventually, but right now the thought of reading a book that willfully confrontational makes me feel weary. I just can't imagine getting through it right now.

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I arrived at Times Square at 8:30 this morning, ready to save a place in line for the 10:55 Matrix Reloaded for my three officemates. There were very few people hanging out yet in front of the AMC Empire 25 (hereinafter referred to as the "Escalator to Heaven"), however, so I set off in search of coffee and breakfast.

I found Sam's Bar & Restaurant not far from the Playpen on 8th Avenue. It looked suitably dinerlike and reasonable full, so I ambled on in and got a table. The waitresses all looked tough and spoke with Irish accents. The room had absolutely no charm. It seemed perfect.

Then I looked at the menu. Among my breakfast choices: Pancakes, Waffles ... Freedom Toast.

Double-take.

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Midway mourning

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Our local Greek Orthodox church has been gearing up for its annual Greek Festival, which begins today. Two mornings ago I was walking to the subway when I spied the strangest sight. The street in front of the church was impassably clotted with a mixture of hearses, black limousines, colorful funeral wreaths, and disassembled carnival rides on flatbed trucks. It was breathtaking. I only wish I'd had my camera.

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Hazard area

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Christ on a bleeding crutch. Someone keeps destroying the men's room on our floor. Can't you supposedly professional fucks learn to piss inside the lines and to flush? Jesus.

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Office field trip

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I'll be at a 10:55 showing of The Matrix Reloaded at Times Square tomorrow morning, along with my coworkers. Sometimes it's nice to work in an office that's all techies.

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Thanks!

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Thanks for the call, [info]omegapup. It meant a lot, to both of us.

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