Unrelated Thoughts

Poems that are not in The End of the Word as We Know It, by Wes Unruh

Monthly Archives: September 2007

A bit of this, bit of that…

as promised in my last post, Interview with Jessica DelBalzo is up at Alterati:


also, this came in my email, thought I’d share:

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove,
set heat to med-low and heat until warm. This keeps the crust
crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on a talk show, Rachel
Ray and it really works!

Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock baggie. Seal, mash till they
are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep
mashing it up mixing thoroughly, and cut the tip of the baggy,
squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done, easy
clean up.

Expanding Frosting
You know how you always seem to nearly run out of frosting when
finishing up a cake? Well, when you buy a container of cake
frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes.
You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes
with the same amount. You also eat less sugar/calories per

Reheating Refrigerated Bread
To warm biscuits pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place
them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture
will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Newspaper those weeds away!
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet
newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover
with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some
gardening plastic they will not get thro ugh wet newspapers.

Broken Glass
Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken glass pieces of
glass-the fibers catch ones you can’t see!

No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes

Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with
cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the
squirrels won’t come near it.

Flexible Vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an
empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It
can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings. This also works
to clean way down deep in those dryer vents.

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not
have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that
cling when wearing panty hose. Pla c e pin in seam of slacks and —
voila – static is gone.

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it
with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry the cup.
Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how
easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the
glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser!
Works better than a cloth!

Reopening an Envelope!
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include
something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer
for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s a lot cheaper
than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a
great way to use up t he conditioner you bought but didn’t like when
you tried it in your hair…

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2″
with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix
well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take
it “home,” can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or
so, esp. if it rains, but it works &you don’t have the worry about
pets or small children being harmed.

Lastly, check out Curcio’s wrap-up for this week



I’ve noticed that my name has come up in a conversation one of my old roommates seems to have sparked. Yes I’m a real person, and like all people, I am made up of a confluence of selves, one of the more vocal self being the ‘angry adoptee’ – hence my occasional coverage on alterati of adoptee politics, issues, and themes. As for the ‘collective’ reference, it’s something of a result of pondering endlessly psychic and emotive states, personality in flux, ego, archetypal energy, etc. et. al, but I don’t know that I feel like defending myself.

I’m not playing an arg, but I’ve been writing a non-linear exploded novel for some time now, called Memwar – the timeline was the final post at the (now defunct) information virus this year, as I’ve finished the primary research for the book (or more accurately, books) in January. Currently I’m working on a small portion of the overall paradigm within which Memwar occurs, but Edward and I are just calling it non-fiction. Calling it secular magick wouldn’t be far off the mark, as it’s our intention to provide an academic, albeit subjective, approach to influencing and manipulating probability, and to do so according to intentional goals. That’s not the sort of magic you’re going to find in Thomas Barret’s work but it’s a kind of magic all the same, and after reading Kirk Packwood’s book I’m convinced we’re going to be covering a fairly broader range in terms of blending memetics with magic.

It’s an attempt to craft a grimoire from the post-modernist texts Edward and I have read, along with the weird underlying concept of Masterminding that runs throughout entrepreneur culture, while combining the underlying conceits of memetics and marketing. And to do so in such a way that accurately reflects our expectations and understanding of the paradigm shift engendered by the conscious social network that’s being assembled now. A selection is now publicly available here.

I’ve also finished an interview with Jessica DelBalzo, the author of Unlearning Adoption, and that interview will be going up shortly. Last week there was so much compounded crazy shit going on in the news that I felt like my head was going to explode, so this week I’m writing about a film and some books for alterati. The book Unlearning Adoption was a tremendously solid argument against adoption as it’s currently practiced in our culture. Watching the way in which DelBalzo is educating and spreading these ideas is interesting, because, as she says in the upcoming interview, this really is an outsider perspective.

Unrelated Thoughts on The Yellow Sign

For the last several months I’ve been working on this article

It’s up, and covers a massive amount of research, from international adoption as a front for pedophilia and organ harvesting to coerced and forced adoption news stories current in the press. It’s also a fairly personal piece, and writing it was a fairly rocky emotional journey. Please, if you find it interesting let me know, and pass the link along to others as well. Thanks.


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