Inhuman Swill : Page 92
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.

Quite a one-two punch for parents at Salon today. First, an interview with Richard Dawkins:

I would say that parents should teach their children anything that's known to be factually true -- like "that's a bluebird" or "that's a bald eagle." Or they could teach children that there are such things as religious beliefs. But to teach children that it is a fact that there is one god or that God created the world in six days, that is child abuse....

Children ask questions. And when a child says, "Why is it wrong to do so and so?" you can perfectly well answer that by saying, "Well, how would you like it if somebody else did that to you?" That's a way of imparting to a child the Golden Rule: "Do as you would be done by." The world would fall apart if everybody stole things from everybody else, so it's a bad thing to steal. If a child says, "Why can't I eat meat?" then you can say, "Your mother and I believe that it's wrong to eat meat for this, that and the other reason. We are vegetarians. You can decide when you're older whether you want to be a vegetarian or not. But for the moment, you're living in this house, so the food we give you is not meat." That I could see. I think it's child abuse not to let the child have the free choice of knowing there are other people who believe something quite different and the child could make its own choice.

Then Bill Maher:

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And how about a little action sequence?

Granted, it's a peculiar sort of action....

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It was co-o-o-old this morning at a quarter-of-six as I made my way to the office, first truly frigid morning of the season. Which means it's as good a time as any for some Ella pix!

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The dreaded Soundtrack Shuffle Meme, via Tim Pratt.


  1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
  2. Put it on shuffle
  3. Press play
  4. For every question, type the song that's playing
  5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
  6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

So, I shift over to my Rock-O-Dex browser window, choose Advanced Search, set Limit to 20, and press Shuffle.1 Here we go!

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Whoever told Lidle he couldn't hit the side of a building must be feeling awful this morning.

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Helicopter crash

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A helicopter crashes into a building on East 72nd Street!

No reports of hijacking or terrorism.

Update:  Of course, we all know the real story now.

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Keeping a spiff upper lip

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Gentlemen, do you ever have that trouble where you're trimming your sideburns and you get one a little too short so you have to trim the other one up to match but you go a little too far and have to trim the first one up a little more to compensate and pretty soon you have so little sideburn left that you have to just say screw it and shave them off altogether?

Well, that's what happened to me this morning. Except with my mustache. And now I look like Bigamy Breed 'Em Brigham Young.

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October's CD mixes of the month

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A sad day. As of this month, I will no longer be able to attend every meeting of the CD Mix of the Month Club. I'm just too fucking busy, and that's a shame because everyone in the club is just so damn nice.

But that doesn't mean I still won't have a monthly mix. In fact, this month I had two, and if I had been able to attend this evening my contribution to October's club would have been Band for Life, with I've Never Been So Insulted! thrown in as a special Hallowe'en trick-or-trick bonus mix.

This is not goodbye! I will try to get to at least four outings a year, gang! I promise!

(The story so far.)

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ShunnCast #27

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Epidode #27 of "ShunnCast" is now available, live from the breakfast table, in which the fugitive Bill makes good his border crossing, but runs afoul of unexpected complications in a bus station men's room.

See also [info]shunncast.

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My review of Evil Dead: The Musical is now available at Sci Fi Weekly.

I sense a group outing in the air....

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