Inhuman Swill : Page 215
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.

Done done done. 712 ms pages now. On I trudge.

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Chapter 34: "Reigning Buckets"

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In the can. Up to 685 ms pages now. Whew!

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Sesame Workshop on SNL

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Did you catch SNL over the weekend? I missed it myself, but one of my coworkers forwarded this to the department today:

Did anyone see Saturday Night Live? If you didn't, the Workshop made it onto a headline on Weekend Update for the firing of 60 employees. Rumor has it the firing was "brought to you by the letters F and U." It kind of brings a tear to my eye . . . well, that passed.
If I'd captured it on videotape, it would have been a keeper.
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Well, I'm just back from a four-day trip to Arizona, so if you've been expecting email from me, that probably why you don't have any. I returned to discover an awfully nice gift—my short story "The Practical Ramifications of Interstellar Packet Loss" has just been reprinted on the very fine SF site Infinity Plus. Check it out if you get a chance.

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Chapter 33: "Dedman on Arrival"

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Chapter 33 is in the can. 670 ms pages. Now the workday can begin.

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Smooth-filtered Bilmo

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I have many Sticker World, the next week, story. Laura keeps asking me if so how I have learned that might be angry about a Mail Boxes Etc.

I think this snippet could just as well have been transcribed from the restless mutterings in my sleep.

Thanks, Reive!

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Acme Heart Maker

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And now, having shown you the License Plate Maker, I introduce to you, just in time for Valentine's Day, the Acme Heart Maker.

Have a happy Valentine's Day!
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Yesterday I was called into a meeting with a couple of representatives from the German television network NDR, which coproduces Sesamstrasse,the Deutsche version of Sesame Street.

That's not the interesting thing, though. When I came into the meeting, I was introduced as the senior developer for the Web site. While that's certainly my title and true as far as it goes, it's also rather misleading . . . since I'm the only programmer for the Web site anymore!

Sometimes I just want to scream.

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Go, Roger!

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I love this quote from Roger Ebert's article in yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times with his predictions for Oscar nominations:

Supporting actor? If the academy passes over Willem Dafoe's astonishing work as a vampire in Shadow of the Vampire, I may have to hurl my coffee at the TV screen. If it nominates Albert Finney just because he was in Erin Brockovich, I know I will; he is such a powerful actor that he showed up that tepid role just by appearing in it.
As it turns out, both of them got nominated, as you probably know.

Ebert also hoped for a nomination for Wilson, the volleyball from Cast Away.

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Sesame Workshop publishes a whole mess of magazines: Sesame Street Magazine, Sesame Street Parents, Kid City, Contact Kids, Sesame Street Padres, and maybe more I'm not remembering. At least, they did until today.

Apparently the entire magazine group, including the ad sales people who work with Online, are over packing up their stuff right now. The fine magazines are all expiring, with the exception, I believe, of Sesame Street Magazine, which will be sold to AOL-Time-Warner and bundled with their magazine Parenting. At least, that's the rumor I hear.

I think morale at the Workshop is about to hit an all-time low. I think someone should mount a suicide watch for Telly—I'm afraid they're going to find him in the bathtub with his wrists slashed and foam stuffing pouring out.

One of the big projects I'm working on for the web site right now involves content from the magazines. Who knows what the future of that is now? Who knows if my position will even survive until the end of April?

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