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

It's a black and white world

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My review of the new French animated film Renaissance (opening today in selected U.S. cities) is available now at Sci Fi Weekly.

(Also, you should check out the English and original French versions of the movie web site. I like the French version of the trailer better, even though I don't understand most of it.)

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When R.E.M. walked the earth

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I joked in my tribute to the class of '84 at my 20-year high school reunion that my friend Darin was the only one in the school who had heard of R.E.M. That might not strictly have been true (which I alluded to in the version of my speech I actually submitted to the reunion committee beforehand), but here, for you young kids, courtesy of Amazon, is some video of what Darin was all excited about back then:

"Radio Free Europe/Wolves, Lower" by R.E.M. (1983)

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Give the people what they want

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Okay, for everyone who thought they did indeed want to see the flattened mouse, here you go. I guess it really isn't as flat as all that, but it's certainly flatter than a mouse should be.

(There's a little blood in the picture, just so you know.)

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Is it so much to ask?

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I really don't want that much of the sidewalk. I'm only asking for the width of my shoulders. So why is it, when there's more than enough room for three big guys to walk abreast, and there are only two of you coming my way, and I'm already as far to the right as I can get without stepping into the street, that I have to turn sideways to avoid a collision? I guess I left my sense of entitlement home today.

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Letters to the editor

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From Paul Fischer, an audio comment on my podcast:

http://www.dancingcatstudios.com/ADDCast/Files/Shunn.mp3

I did, I laughed my ass off.

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How I wasted my so-called life

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Via [info]jlassen:

The instructions are simple: change the color and/or bold the shows you've watched at least three complete episodes of, and italicize a show if you’re certain you've seen every episode of it.

You can add up to three shows to the list, but keep them in alphabetical order.

The A-Team
Adam-12
The Addams Family
Aeon Flux
A.L.F
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alias
Alias Smith & Jones
Alice
Allo Allo
American Dad
American Idol/Pop Idol/Canadian Idol/Australian Idol
America’s Next Top Model/Germany’s Next Top Model
The Andy Griffith Show
Angel
Are You Being Served?
Arrested Development
As Time Goes By
The Avengers
Babylon 5
Babylon 5: CrusadeBattlestar
Batman
Battlestar Galactica (the old one)
Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
Baywatch
Beauty & the Beast
Beavis & Butthead
The Ben Stiller Show
The Beverly Hillbillies
Beverly Hills 90210
Bewitched
The Bionic Woman
Black Adder
The Bold Ones
Bonanza
Bones
The Book of Daniel
Boomtown  (second greatest television series of all time!)
Bosom Buddies
Boston Legal
Boy Meets World
Brady Bunch
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bug Juice
Chappelle's Show
Charlie's Angels
Charmed
Cheers
China Beach
Cliffhangers!   (greatest television series of all time!)
The Colbert Report
Columbo
Commander-in-Chief
The Cosby Show
Coupling (UK)
Coupling (US)
Cowboy Bebop
Crossing Jordan
CSI
CSI: Miami
CSI: NY
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Daily Show
Dallas
Dancing with the Stars
Danny Phantom
Dark Angel
Dark Skies
Davinci's Inquest
Dawson's Creek
Dead Like Me
The Dead Zone
Deadliest Catch
Deadwood
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Designing Women
Desperate Housewives
Dharma & Greg
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Diff'rent Strokes
Doctor Who (new Who)
Doctor Who (series 1-26)
Dragnet
Due South
Dungeons and Dragons
Dynasty
Earth 2
Emergency!
Entourage
The Equalizer
ER
Everwood
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Loves Raymond
Extras
Facts of Life
Falcon Crest
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
Family Guy
Family Ties
Fantasy Island
Farscape
Fawlty Towers
Felicity
La Femme Nikita
Firefly
Flamingo Road
The Flintstones
The 4400
Frasier
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Friends
Full House
Futurama
Get Smart
Gilligan's Island
Gilmore Girls
The Golden Girls
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Green Wing
Grey's Anatomy
Growing Pains
Gunsmoke
Happy Days
Hart to Hart
Head of the Class
Hercules
Highlander
Hill Street Blues
Hogan's Heroes
Home Improvement
Homicide: Life on the Street
The Honeymooners
House
How I Met Your Mother
I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy
Invader Zim
Invasion
Iron Chef (Japan)
Iron Chef (USA)
Ironside
JAG
Jackass
Jeopardy!
The Jetsons
Joey
John Doe
Kath and Kim
Knight Rider
Knots Landing
The L Word
L.A. Law
Laugh-In
Laverne and Shirley
Law & Order
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Law & Order: SVU
Life on Mars (UK)
Little House on the Prairie
Lizzie McGuire
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lost
Lost in Space
Love, American Style
The Love Boat
M*A*S*H
MacGyver
Magnum P.I.
Malcolm in the Middle
Married…with Children
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Melrose Place
Miami Vice
The Mighty Boosh
Mission: Impossible
The Mod Squad
Monk
The Monkees
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Moonlighting
Mork & Mindy
The Munsters
Murphy Brown
My Family
My Favorite Martian
My Life as a Dog
My Mother the Car
My So-Called Life
My Three Sons
My Two Dads
Mysterious Cities of Gold
The Mythbusters
NCIS
Night Court
Night Gallery
Nip/Tuck
Northern Exposure
Numbers
The O.C.
The Office (UK)
The Office (US)
One Tree Hill
The Outer Limits
Oz
Parker Lewis Can't Lose
Perfect Strangers
Perry Mason
Picket Fences
Pirates of Darkwater
Pokemon
Police Squad!
Power Rangers
The Pretender
Prison Break
The Prisoner
Profiler
Project Runway
Psyche
Quantum Leap
Queer as Folk (UK)
Queer as Folk (US)
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
The Real World
Red Dwarf
ReGenesis
Remington Steele
Rescue Me
Road Rules
Rome
Room 222
Roseanne
Roswell
St. Elsewhere
Samurai Jack
Sanford & Son
Saved by the Bell
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Scrubs
Seinfeld
7th Heaven
Sex and the City
The Shield
Simon & Simon
The Simpsons
Six Feet Under
The Six Million Dollar Man
Sliders
Slings and Arrows
Small Wonder
Smallville
Soap
So Weird
The Sopranos
South Park
Space: 1999
Spaced
Spongebob Squarepants
Sports Night
Square Pegs
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Enterprise
Stargate: Atlantis
Stargate SG-1
The Starlost
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Superman
Supernatural
Surface
Survivor
Taxi
Teen Titans
Teletubbies
That Girl
That 70's Show
That's So Raven
3rd Rock from the Sun
Third Watch
Thirtysomething
Three's Company
Thrill Seekers
Top Gear
24
The Twilight Zone
Twin Peaks
Twitch City
Two and a Half Men
Upstairs, Downstairs
Ugly Betty
Veronica Mars
Vicar of Dibley
The Waltons
Welcome Back, Kotter
The West Wing
Wings
What Not To Wear (UK)
What Not To Wear (US)
When Things Were Rotten
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (US)
The Wild, Wild West
Will & Grace
Wiseguy
Witchblade
Wonder Woman
The Wonder Years
Wonderfalls
The X-Files
Xena: Warrior Princess
Young Hercules
The Young Ones

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Humans 3, Mice ?

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The other night, Laura and I were startled by screaming and running sounds from the apartment upstairs. I was up to my elbows in cleaning, so Laura investigated. Turns out the three roommates up there had spotted a mouse. And had named it Ernest.

When our landlord started renovating the apartment upstairs (and he's still not finished), the cockroaches moved downstairs to ours. Just as we were getting them under control, the mice showed up. We killed one mouse within an hour of laying out our first traps. It took a couple of weeks more, plus a long trip out of town, to kill our second. We've spotted other mice at various times, and Ella has even chased one to ground beneath the oven.

When I was done cleaning, I took a couple of traps upstairs to the girls and set one for them. But as I was leaving for work yesterday morning, I spotted Ernest or one of his doubles trotting down the front entry hall. He scurried into the space where a long, heavy section of unattached baseboard, meant for the apartment upstairs, leaned against the wall. I lifted one end of the board. Exposed, the mouse came scurrying back my way to attempt an escape beneath the door to the basement.

I dropped the board flat on him.

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In these hallowed halls

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I left work a little early yesterday to attend a press screening of a film I'll be reviewing next week. The screening room was located in the Brill Building, I was delighted to discover. I had never been to the Brill Building before, or even noticed before it as I walked along Broadway, but this is the famous building where hordes of ambitious songwriters would crank out tunes for hire day in and day out back in the '60s. Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Paul Anka, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Gene Pitney, Jim Croce, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Simon ... the list goes on and on, and defines a whole generation of popular song. Donald Fagen and Walter Becker even worked there for a bit.

I didn't see any famous songwriters there yesterday, but I did arrive at the elevators at the same time the movie—two big reels on a handtruck—did.

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September's CD mix of the month

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Recent wildlife sightings

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Hearing a friend's story last night about spotting a coyote crossing Santa Monica Boulevard reminded me that Laura and I have had some wildlife sightings recently.

August 24th, pulling into our hotel parking lot in Anaheim after having been to Disneyland, we spotted a huge raccoon lumbering across the asphalt.

August 27th, waiting to board our flight at LAX, we spotted James Brown being pushed in a wheelchair.

September 9th, outside a friend's birthday party at Dempsey's on Second Avenue in the East Village, we spotted Drea de Matteo sitting at a table outside the restaurant next door.

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