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

"The Last Day of Peace"

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I was thinking about the war today
New York is a target, no doubt
People on the street, shoulders tensed
Against the possibility of flame and flying glass
What is it like in Baghdad tonight?
To know the bombs are coming
What kind of prayer is it to ask
Please, please, let it be someone else?

Robert J. Howe (reprinted by permission)

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from http://www.msnbc.com/news/887175.asp

Looking for a friend but don’t have her phone number with you? For now, you can call directory assistance for her home number, but her wireless digits are off limits from 411. That’s about to change, however. After years of hesitation, cellular providers are getting close to making wireless numbers available to 411 callers.
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New York Terror Survey

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Poll #114462

Open to: All, results viewable to: All

As a New Yorker hearing reports of expected terrorist retaliations to the impending military conflict in Iraq, I am scared __________. [Check one only.]


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a little.
2 (40.0%)

moderately.
2 (40.0%)

silly.
0 (0.0%)

shitless.
1 (20.0%)

to death.
0 (0.0%)

like Saddam scares Dubya—not one tiny bit.
0 (0.0%)

As a New Yorker preparing for terrorist attacks, I have __________. [Check all that apply.]


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bought duct tape and plastic sheeting.
0 (0.0%)

agreed with loved ones on one or more rendezvous points.
1 (33.3%)

stockpiled emergency food and cash.
1 (33.3%)

attended one or more peace rallies.
0 (0.0%)

wrapped myself in the American flag for protection.
0 (0.0%)

bent over and kissed my ass goodbye.
1 (33.3%)

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Just a reminder that I'll be reading at KGB tomorrow night, Thursday, March 20th, with Barbara Krasnoff, Sue Young Wilson, and current Nebula Award nominee Richard Bowes. We'll be there despite the war, and hope that you'll be too.

KGB is at 85 East 4th Street in Manhattan. The reading starts at 7:30.

For more info: http://www.shunn.net/writing/events

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Lost post

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I was halfway through a long, long post about the burglary when I accidentally lost what I'd written so far. I can't bear the thought of going back to the start now. Maybe sometime later this week. But thanks, everyone, for your expressions of support and sympathy. We really appreciate it.

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Another burglary

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Almost immediately upon finishing that last entry, Laura called. Our upstairs neighbor Jason had called her cell phone. He had just gotten home and discovered the house had been broken into. I came home immediately and get here almost before the police. All we lost was my laptop, a Palm Pilot, an antique watch, and some pearls, as far as we can tell. But the bedroom and my office are turned upside down, and we're rather upset. Nothing to do now but sit tight and wait for the print squad to come dust. More later.

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The last mixture show

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You may know by now that Josh Benton's CD Mix of the Month Club will be shutting down forever at the conclusion of March's trading.

I've known about the club since September, but this is the first time I've participated. That this is the end of the game didn't even influence my decision; I had just made a mix CD and I figured I'd get in on the action this month.

My mix is called Children of the Beatles. Here are the inserts I made:

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Let's go squirrel fishing!

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http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~yaz/en/squirrel_fishing.html

Another question that has been puzzling researchers for years is whether it is possible to make a squirrel fall on its back by skillful manipulation of a bait suspended above its head. The theory was that this could be achieved if this bait was moved in a straight line over the center of gravity of the squirrel towards its back.

After many hours of experimentation, we were able to disprove this theory. More research is needed to determine if squirrels get dizzy from prolonged spinning around.

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