Unrelated Thoughts

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

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Esozone 2008

Overall the event was amazing. Again I am blown away by the hospitality of PDXOcculture and the incredible city that is Portland. There are many specifics I will be covering in an upcoming Alterati article or two, but for now I want to thank Nemo for getting me to the airport and letting me check out the back room of r6xx.com and Taylor Ellwood for lunch Monday before I left town and for loading me down with research, Nick Pell for some shit, Klint and Jillian for going out of their way to make my stay in Portland comfortable, and Chris Titan and Brenden Simpson for handling the most important details. A special thanks to Mike and Bill for coming through with the disk that made Ikipr’s workshop happen too – and dead letter b who covered group mind synergy dynamics more thoroughly than either Edward or I had planned. All this may or may not make sense to you, reading here, but eventually I’ll unpack all of this at Alterati. In particular, there will be a full interview with Nemo on an upcoming GSpot, and today I am assembling coverage of Ikipr’s EEG interface workshop from Esozone 2008:

  • St Mae of Discordian.com Strapped into IKIPR EEG Device
  • Edward E WIlson on Ikipr’s EEG Interface at ESOZONE
  • Clyde Lewis Brainwaves made Audible at ESOZONE
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    I’ve moved


    will be my
    primary blog
    for all future

    this allows me
    to begin using
    rss feeds, to
    write for smaller
    screens, to
    maximize my
    time, and to
    leverage the
    platforms already
    available to me

    I spent the
    year toying
    with various
    blogging forms
    and have decided
    to use blogspot
    from here on
    out, while my
    longer articles
    will continue to
    appear on alterati

    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

    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.


    this weeks’ yellow sign

    so for the column this tuesday I’ll be touching on adoption in some media I’ve been exposed to recently… the upcoming alterati column will cover Lucifer, Black Sheep, Lucifer Rising, and The Abandoned.

    Anyway along the way I ran across this quote about the connection between adoptees and ADD…

    I’ve always been fascinated by the connection between ADD and adoption by the way, that is the idea that young parents-to-be who have ADD and are untreated are more likely to forget to take birth control, more likely to get pregnant, and more likely to give up their babies for adoption, partially because of societal judgements, but also partially because of higher levels of impulsivity and poorer organizational skills, which translates into poorer parenting skills. Then the adoptees inherit ADD through genetics (There’s a huge study on this right now in N.A.) and continue the cycle of impulse control problems. – Aurelia from No Matter How Small

    What The Fuck?

    This is a statement, not an appeal.

    Most great art movements, like surrealism, dada, or situationism all
    started with a manifesto, a statement of position.

    Here is our position: We are already here.

    The proscenium has been breached, disbanded and dismantled.

    Information networks span the globe, and cultures, ideas, and
    realities are converging and being redefined minute-by-minute.

    This revolution will not be broadcast, although it may be televised,
    on demand, portable and configurable— but it will be your choice.
    Possibly, it will be your creation.

    Remember the Future of “no future”?

    Well, this is it.

    That’s not a statement of doom. It’s an expression of freedom.

    Kill your clocks, burn your calendars, and hang out.
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