Inhuman Swill : Page 189
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.

Music week

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Sunday evening we saw David Bowie at the Beacon. Tonight it's Rush at the Garden! What a happy kid I am.

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Bowling for Columbine

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Laura and I went to see Bowling for Columbine last night. It was emotional and harrowing on a level that Michael Moore films haven't reached before. Highly recommended.

But during the movie, the couple seated next to my left (with an empty seat between us) just would not shut up, even after I did what I hate and shushed them like a schoolmarm. What's more, they were sort of twisted around in their seats so they could lie in each other's arms, and they had to shift around every few minutes, kicking the seats in the process with vibrations that could be felt all down the row. It distressed me no end that we were watching a movie about gun violence and all I wanted to do was shoot the people beside me.

The irksome couple didn't stay through the credits, like Laura and I did. As we were leaving our row, someone coming up the aisle pointed to the floor at my feet and asked, "Did you drop your keys?"

Well, I hadn't and Laura hadn't, but I found the idea that Buffy and Skip might get home and find themselves locked out mighty satisfying.

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From: "The Illuminati Order"

Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 23:02:34
To: bill@shunn.net
Subject: The Illuminati Order

The Illuminati Order would like to invite you to visit with us at: http://www.illuminatiorder.org

This invitation is at the request of someone who cares about you but she wishes to remain ananymous.

Kind regards,

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Fan mail

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X-Originating-IP: [202.8.224.133]
From: "Chris Minh"
To: bill@shunn.net
Subject: Inhuman swill
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 09:37:37 +0800

I've been reading some things on your website: Inhuman swill, Mormon matter, missionary man etc. One of the most interesting was your ignominious deportment while you were a Mormon missionary in Canada especially that of Flight 789. Shame on you; they should have given you 100 years without parole. I'm not Mormon, and certainly would never be a member of that cult, but this appears to be where you leaned your nastiness. You really are the height of your inhuman swill. It's difficult to believe such things as you really exist. I once heard a description of someone that really fits you: lower than whale shit, and you just can't get any lower than that. Someone told me to tell you to "get off the earth," before the insects eat you. Gawd, you're the worst. But I guess you like that kind of reputation. Guys like you thrive on it. What really bothers us is that your crap on the Net is bound to influence some with weak minds, those who can't think for themselves, and might even believe your filth.

Advice: Get of the earth inhuman swill. Vanish/disappear. Hopefully you will self-destruct--and the sooner the better.

Signed: A member of the human race.

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Make your own Bush speech

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Thanks for [info]pould, bringer of all things mischievous, for pointing out the Bush Speechmaker:

http://www.lemonbovril.co.uk/bushspeech/
You can hear my own feeble attempt here. Yours will be far more clever than this.

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Read my Palm

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I may be behind the curve, but I'm currently reading a book on my Handspring for the first time—Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. (What I mean is, this is the first time I'm reading a book on my Handspring, not the first time I've read Cory's novel.) I find the experience delightful, and I don't know why I haven't tried it sooner.

The next eBook on my list is The Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling, which, if you didn't know it, you can download for free from the Palm Free eBooks site.

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Some fucked-up, repugnant shit

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We had a delightful dinner with our friends Ron and Edie the other night. Despite the scintillating conversation that covered a plethora of topics, however, the high point of the evening was retiring to the iMac to play with the Samuel L. Jackson Soundboard. Shit, yeah.

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That, you know, kind of bell

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Say, does anyone know what you call one of those bells that sits on a counter at a window in an office and that you use to summon a clerk or receptionist? Is there a specific term for it?

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He said what?

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From the homepage of Doonesbury.com today come this remarkable quote from Dick Cheney:

"Maybe it's part of our national character, you know, we like to have these problems nice and neatly wrapped up, put a ribbon around it. You deploy a force, you win the war, and the problem goes away, and it doesn't work that way in the Middle East; it never has and isn't likely to in my lifetime."
—Dick Cheney, 1996
I would like to know where he said this and under what circumstances, but on the surface it makes Bush Administration policies all the more troubling, this notion that they know military action is largely futile, if not worse.
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Bombing Nigeria

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I laughed out loud repeatedly as I read this email exchange with a Nigerian scammer:

Something Awful: Something Awful vs. Nigeria and/or Asia

(Gee, this guy spends almost as much time in pointless email exchanges with stupid people as I do.)

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