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

Survivor registries

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Kevin Elliott of About.com has written a penetrating analysis of the WTC survivor registry phenomenon, which I seem to have helped kick off:

http://websearch.about.com/library/weekly/aa091401a.htm

I hope you'll forgive me if I also point out a very kind interview at News.com:

http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1014-201-7147460-0.html

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Check-in list redux

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My check-in list got a little out of control today. It brought my web hosting service to its knees. I finally had to knuckle under and turn it off.

It's been a surreal day. I've been interviewed by reporters from the New York Times to People magazine. The emails keep pouring in, telling me what a wonderful thing my list was, how it brought them some comfort.

And still I didn't accomplish anything useful today. I worked on the list obsessively so I wouldn't have to deal with my own feelings of grief and terror. They're welling up now, and I'm going to have to deal with them somehow.

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Automated check-in

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I've created a form you can use to add your name to the list of people in NYC and other cities that are okay, at http://www.shunn.net/check-in. The previous link I posted now redirects to this page.

I figured doing updates by hand might overwhelm me.

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Check in, New Yorkers

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I've posted a check-in page at http://www.shunn.net/okay.html.

If you're in New York and alive, write to me at checkin@shunn.net and I'll post your name.

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Stuyvesant High School

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Firefighters say there's a bomb in Stuyvesant High School in Battery Park City. They're redoubling the evacuation there now.

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Check-ins

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I sent out email to a long list of people letting them know Laura and I are okay and asking them to check in if they live in the area. Getting a lot of responses, and we're sharing lists of those safe. Thank God for the internet.

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Both towers collapsed

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The second tower just collapsed. The entire southern end of Manhattan is wreathed in a cloud of dust. We watched a fireman on television throw his helmet against the curb in disgust. From street level, the cameras watched the giant cloud of smoke advance up the street while people ran. We're devastated here. How many people we know are dead or injured?

They say another plane may have been hijacked and is on its way to Washington.

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We're okay for now

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We're okay for now. Numb and shaken and terrified and hollow, but okay. Given up trying to get hold of friends and make sure they're okay, not wanting to contribute to the logjam on the phone lines. We just hope they check in here and let us know they're okay.

Jesus, we hear the first plane was hijacked from Boston.

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Second explosion!

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Were you watching? An explosion in the second fucking tower! Jesus Christ!

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Turn on your television!

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A commercial airliner has crashed into the World Trade Center? A huge gaping hole in the upper floors? Huge crowds of billowing brown smoke? It's like a goddamn movie. Jesus.

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