Inhuman Swill : Page 87
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.

BuckellCast #1

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My friend SF writer Tobias Buckell has just launched a weekly video blog. Check out the first episode!

(Or go straight to YouTube.)

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Out of the dark

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It's always a lovely thing to find someone saying something nice about one of your stories, but when it's a story that was published thirteen and a half years ago it's even nicer. Part of [info]jamietr's very interesting project of reading through the full run of the late, lamented Science Fiction Age from the beginning.

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The shrinking habitat of the polar bear
Ella contemplates global warming:

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So, I think Laura and I have let know face-to-face most everyone we need to let know face-to-face: we're moving this summer. Gotham's been good to us in a myriad of ways, for 14 years in Laura's case and nearly 12 years in mine. Not to mention this is where the two of us met. But now it's time for the next adventure!

(If we overlooked you in our face-to-faces, it's because we are Distracted People and we apologize.)

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When colossi walked the earth

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Speaking of saxophone colossi, it turns out that one of Bret Primack's gigs these days is tagging along with Sonny Rollins and producing a monthly video podcast. Check this out, you jazz fans:

The Sonny Rollins Podcast
My somewhat cheeky "Sci-Fi Colossus" icon here is based on the cover of the classic 1956 Sonny Rollins album Saxophone Colossus. The man is now 76, and still going strong.
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Since I forgot to burn a promised DVD for David Bowie fan [info]steelbrassnwood before the episode vanished from our DVR, I went digging through YouTube to find this hilarious scene from the BBC/HBO series Extras. ([info]rajankhanna, I know you're a Bowie fan too). I knew it had to be there somewhere.

Do you watch Extras? If not, you should. To set the scene, Ricky Gervais plays the star of a popular new lowbrow sitcom, but he can't enjoy his success because he knows he sold out. He and his entourage have just had to leave the VIP area of a trendy club to make way for David Bowie:

This song has been stuck in our heads for weeks. (Pug, pug! Pug, pug!)

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Michael Brecker memorial

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[info]steelbrassnwood hipped me to a Michael Brecker memorial service taking place this evening at Town Hall in Manhattan from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Doors open at 5:15. All friends and fans are invited to attend.

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I won't be able to go myself, but I sure wish I could.

Clicking around following Brecker links this morning, I ran across a very nice tribute video at, which happens to have been done by Bret Primack, a jazz journalist I used to work with back in the halcyon days of N2K. My first Web job in the big city! Can't believe it's been ten years since I took that job.

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ShunnCast #38

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Epidode #38 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which Bill gets booked into Calgary's big downtown jail, encounters hardened criminals and guards, revises his opinion of both, and begins questioning some of his life's basic assumptions. Longest episode yet! (As if that's any reason for pride.)

See also [info]shunncast.

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Okay, Greg's news about Rush is pretty damn cool, but how about this?

The Police at Madison Square Garden

(Yes, I know, sounds like the Republican National Convention, but hey.)

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Lovely spam, wonderful spam

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I've noticed a new flavor of spam slipping through my filter today. Is it similar to the Nigerian scam, or is it even more dangerous? Check this out:

Subject: How are you? Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 08:45:28 +0500


How are you? My name is Nadejda. I am 26 years old. I live in Russia, city Yoshkar-Ola. I am cheerful woman, and like to do many things as sport, camping, go to the cinema, theatre etc. In a word I like to do all what like all people. I work in marketing structure on sale of cosmetics. My dream this travel abroad. I know the english language well enough.. I began to study english language approximately one year ago. I wish tell to you history which have pushed me write to you. 8 months ago I have got acquainted with the man from other country by name Justin. During this time we had good relations. We have understood that our relations become serious and we have decided to meet in his country. I wrote the application for reception the visa. I waited reception of the visa approximately half of year. All time I kept in touch with Justin through the internet and often called to each other. I and Justin waited reception of the visa to our meeting. I have received the invitation from the ambassador for reception of the visa. My director has given me long-term holiday from work and I have gone to Moscow to receive the visa. I informed good news to Justin, but he has answered, that does not want our meeting. He played with me. He has informed that has the wife with two children and at all has no plans to meet me. I was not ready to such turn of events. I could not think what even after 8 months of acquaintance he can so unscrupulously act with me. Now I am in Moscow trip to Moscow and reception of visa. I do not want that all was gone for nothing and will be glad if my visa will be useful to our meeting. I could arrive already through 4-5 days, but a problem in that that now I have no man which would like my arrival. Probable it will silly sound but if you will be interested in a meeting with the good woman I shall like to meet you sometime soon! As Justin was dishonest with me I have decided to find the man which is interested to meet the woman from Russia. I do not know your ideas about my letter, but it would be fine if we could meet and have some weeks or months together. On my trip I want to receive rest from my work and a life in Russia. Also the basic purpose for the future it is search good men for serious attitudes which go to a marriage. I have no children, but I want to have children in the future. I am the mature woman and ready to creation of family with good man. I do not know what you really search in the future but if we could meet I shall be happy to discuss with you more about our meeting. What are you going to do this time? It would be fine if we could meet, do friendship or more than simply friendship. I shall be happy if you also have a free time and we could meet soon. I do not know your interests, but anyhow write to me back and I shall tell to you more about myself. Write to me all that you want. Maybe we have similar plans and it will be interesting to us together.

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