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“It’s never about what YOU want.” — Shep Gordon


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Issue #167 :: The “Hidey Holes” Edition :: 2:21:2018

Hidey holes…

Wow, thank you all for your wisdom about pet rats. I’ll admit I was a little freaked out at first but I’m feeling better about the decision to bring rodents into our home.

On Presidents’ Day itself, I took SJ over to visit some friends who have two ratsies (SJ’s preferred term). Both of us took turns holding one of them (an adorable female named “Cocktail”) and watched the other (“Einstein”) sleep adorably inside a chewed-up fabric tent meant for Calico Critters. We also got to see their habitat up close and ask loads of questions. I’m kicking myself for not taking pictures.

Through last week’s inquiry, my friend Mark pointed me to another Mark who just got two rats for pets. That Mark pointed me to a guy in Hayward who sells them. He’s expecting a new litter in two weeks. We’re going to get everything in order before introducing them into our home.

Along with getting food and other necessities, we’ll set up their two-story cage with tiny hammocks (some look like bananas!), a walking wheel, and some hidey holes. It sounds like we’ll be ready to meet our new rat friends in early April, because a little anticipation never hurt anyone.

I think she’s picked names for them already but I’ll wait to share when I know what they are for sure. It’s not Peanut Butter and Fluff or Cheech and Chong, as I suggested. 

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. If you’re interested, this (“rats are awesome”) MetaFilter link was especially helpful. Thanks, Sean!

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Crying in Public map

Crying in Public: You can anonymously contribute times of joy, sadness and other emotional stories to this map of NYC.  One of those icons is mine and nope, I won’t tell you which one 😉

:: Fashioned like a 3D printing pen, Crayola’s neato “Crayon Melter” writes with melted wax from, well, crayons (available 8/18 for $25)
:: https://theawesomer.com/crayola-crayon-melter/466575

:: Jason Kottke on 20 years of blogging: “I am like a vaudevillian. I’m the last guy dancing on the stage, by myself, and everyone else has moved on to movies and television.”
:: http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/02/last-blog-standing-last-guy-dancing-how-jason-kottke-is-thinking-about-kottke-org-at-20

:: Things people have found in old books, like hair, letters, and… a finger (!)
:: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/surprising-discoveries-pages-old-books

:: Wow, someone’s making pottery with the ashes of the Sonoma Wildfires
:: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/sonoma-ash-project-wildfires-pottery-ceramics

:: “I was a foodie…who figured he could run a restaurant… I encountered rats, endless red tape, crippling costs and debt-induced meltdowns, started popping sleeping pills, lost my house, and nearly sabotaged my marriage.”
:: https://torontolife.com/food/restaurant-ruined-life

:: NSFW/Can’t make this stuff up: Merkin mohawks
:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/vagina-mohawks-kaimin-new-york-fashion-week

:: Former A-i-R Benjamin Wachs made a snarky flipbook to handle small talk at his high school reunion
:: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/16/a-clever-way-around-high-schoo.html

:: Turning $10K into $22M slowly, but surely
:: https://www.fastcodesign.com/90159246/how-anna-bond-built-a-22m-company-selling-paper

:: They danced with joy in South Africa after seeing Black Panther
:: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/19/south-african-audience-celebra.html

:: Time capsule: You have to see inside this (then) 96-year old women’s Toronto home Thanks, MAJ!
:: https://www.littlethings.com/toronto-1950s-home

Real things you can actually knit: yay!

 

Snail tea pot cosy by Anke Klempner

Those eyestalks tho: This Snail Tea Pot Cosy by Ravelry crafter Anke Klempner is just too stinkin’ cute not to share. You can make one of your own with the pattern she’s made available for about 3.62.

Get your fresh, hot carbs

 

Chef Emeric Fiegen

Not crabs, carbs: While on an epic cruising adventure, my friends Andrea, Nick and their teen daughter Pari had delicious baked goods delivered to them while docked in Barra de Navidad (Mexico). It’s a service of Chef Emeric Fiegen who owns the French Bakery in town. For nearly 20 years now, he’s personally sold his wares from his humble panga.  

GIFMUSE.io, the animated GIF museum

 

GIFMUSE.io

I love everything about this: Described as “a curated gallery of micro animations that elevate the animated GIF as artistic work,” it’s easy to fall down @konigi‘s GIFMUSE.io rabbit hole. [Shown: “axis of oscillation” by Charlie Deck which I’ve watched for five minutes straight already.] 

Featured events

 

RESPECT

RESPECT: Oakland Museum will soon have an exhibit on hip-hop ‘style + wisdom’ (opens 3/24)

Los Angeles, California
[3/17] Keep saving the date for the first Rusty’s Electric Dream meetup in LA

[3/31] A new date has been set for 49 Boxes

Berkeley, California
[3/1] That Really Happened? A night of true stories at The Monkey House, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Oakland, California
[3/5] Heather Gold’s Yarn, a comedy storytelling show especially for women who are ‘Hollywood old’ (age 29) at Homestead, 7 PM doors, 7:30 PM show

San Francisco, California
[2/21] Tonight! Fly Ranch: An Open-Source Burning Man Project talk at General Assembly, 6:30 PM to 8 PM

All over
[Multiple dates] Atlas Obscura has some great upcoming events… and most sell out quickly

 

MONSTER

NEW!: I know what you’re thinking, “Rusty, you just posted Sarah Cooper’s NYC vs. SF series a couple of weeks ago!” That’s true, yes, but she’s made more since then. Sheesh, chill.

 

MONSTER

Bonus ‘toon by John Atkinson of Wrong Hands

Thanks, Richard!

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“We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.” – Willie Nelson


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Issue #166 :: The “Rats!” Edition :: 2:14:2018

Rats!…

Folks, my kid hustled me into getting rats. She wanted a rabbit and I balked. Sensing she wasn’t going to get her way, she quickly pivoted to rats and made me this big long deck to convince me. It made me laugh. She charmed me in a weak moment. I couldn’t say no to her. Now I’ve agreed to having rodents in my home.

We don’t have them yet. I told her that after spring break we can get a pair. But she wants to go get pellets and hammocks (!) today.

What have I done? Does anyone have any tips for me? This will be totally cool, right?

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. RIGHT?!

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Time Out by Ashley Longshore

Time out in style: By sharing the image above, my friend Mary turned me onto the quirky work of New Orleans artist Ashley Longshore. If you’re a fan of bright, colorful, give-zero-fucks pop art, I think you’ll agree with me that her IG feed is downright swoonworthy. Her infectious, larger-than-life joie de vivre shines right through. (I can’t believe I had never heard of her before… shame on me!) 

:: One man’s 60-year hoard inspired Damien Hirst: “I’d been in a rut and they got me out of it. Now I was hyperactive.”
:: https://www.theguardian.com/damien-hirst-on-his-greatest-career-move-breaking-into-his-neighbours-home-mrbarnes

:: The Finnish snowboarding coach has been KNITTING — on the top of the slopes — during the Olympics
:: https://www.facebook.com/nbcolympics/videos/10157427519665329

:: My kind of souvenir: Toothpaste
:: https://www.saveur.com/toothpaste-souvenir-marvis-buly

:: Peyote Way Church of God: Arizona’s got some wacky Adopt-a-Highway signs Thanks, Andy!
:: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arizona-world-leader-in-weird-adopt-a-highway-signs

:: ICYMI/WTF: Quincy Jones spills many beans in this Vulture interview
:: http://www.vulture.com/2018/02/quincy-jones-in-conversation.html

:: Helpful: Wired lists their favorite Chrome extensions
:: https://www.wired.com/story/best-chrome-extensions


:: Stank Love: When neural networks conjure up candy heart messages
:: http://aiweirdness.com/post/170685749687/candy-heart-messages-written-by-a-neural-network

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

 

Marty McFly Nike crocheted slippers

Great Scott: If you didn’t snag a pair of Marty McFly’s futuristic kicks when Nike made a few available a couple years ago, don’t sweat it. Now you can get a crocheted/knitted version of McFly’s famous self-lacing shoes from an Etsy shop based in Turkey. The booties don’t actually tie themselves but I ain’t complaining. These are perfectly bizarro and not terribly expensive given that they’re hand-crafted ($59+).

(For you non-Back to the Future II fans, other soft-knit sneaker styles are available.)

Real things you can actually buy: no way!

 

No one wants to watch you eat that banana

Oldie but a goodie: I’m more of a “surprise and delight” than a “surprise and piss off” kind of person, but I do have to admit I think these Joker Greeting cards are pretty clever. When you open one and press its button, it will play (music or sounds) for hours. If you try to stop the noise and rip open the card, confetti or glitter will spill out. Oh yeah, you can also send them anonymously, so no one knows what jerk mailed a loud, messy card.

Now that I think of it, I really like the idea of these more than anything. 

Thanks, Julie!

Curiouser and curiouser!

 

Igor Siwanowicz's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with mushrooms growing out of it

Go down the rabbit hole: There is some debate if the golden caps (Psilocybe cubensis) popping out of this copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are really just a photoshop job. Though, growing mushrooms in books is a thing. In fact, there is a bible famously altered by ‘shrooms that has been going around the internet for years.

Either way, the psychedelic additions make for a photo befitting of the book.

image by Igor Siwanowicz

Featured events

 

Wonderland by Epic Immersive

February 24: This year’s Bob Baker Day looks super-fun. Amongst other cool things, OK GO’s Tim Nordwind is DJing. 10 AM to 6 PM

Los Angeles, California
[3/17] Keep saving the date for the first Rusty’s Electric Dream meetup in LA

UPDATE: I’m going to flesh this itinerary out as we get closer to March but I wanted to let you know we’re convening at Stash House in Koreatown. Yup, we’re going to start the meetup by trying to figure out Tommy’s new escape room! If you are thinking of joining us, I need to hear from you real soon. I’m going to send out separate, more detailed email to everyone who is going.

[3/31] Also, a new date has been set for 49 Boxes (don’t miss this!)

Oakland, California
[3/5] Heather Gold’s Yarn, a comedy storytelling show especially for women who are ‘Hollywood old’ (age 29) at Homestead, 7 PM doors, 7:30 PM show

San Francisco, California
[2/16] THIS FRIDAY! Opening of Michael Wertz’s Sacred Cows show at Alley Cat Books, 7 PM to 9 PM, RSVP

Sopchoppy, Florida
[4/14] Worm Gruntin’ Festival (learn about “worm gruntin'”) Thanks, Joyce!

 

Truth Potato

Starchy wisdom-bombs: Oh, Truth Potato, I know you’re right but shhhh.

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“A calling isn’t something new and shiny. Often it’s something old and predictable, a familiar face that’s easily taken for granted, an old habit or hobby that comes back into our lives..” —Jeff Goins


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Issue #165 :: The “Buying snowballs in winter” Edition :: 2:07:2018

Buying snowballs in winter…

The floor in our kitchen, and really the floor of the entire back of the house, really needed to be replaced. So, for the past week and a half, I’ve watched the removal of ancient layers of old, dirty linoleum and see it slowly but surely be replaced with a sturdy new marmoleum (a non-toxic, sustainable flooring which we’ve nicknamed “marmaladoleum”).

The flooring guy, John, is a friendly sort and guessed that the top yellow layer was about 15 years old. He estimated the pink patterned sheet directly underneath that was probably from the 1970s. The thin layer of green institutional-looking flooring tile squares at the bottom? He placed that in the 1950s. As a friend quipped about the layers, “It’s like sedimentary rock.”

There was one more layer uncovered, but only in the breakfast nook (aka my office). It was a simple wood floor on top of the subfloor. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nice enough to polish. It will also be paved over in gray marmaladoleum. Seeing some of the “bones” of the house, which was built in 1932, was a joy though. (Yes, I have been taking lots of photos.)

John is probably in his fifties and works alone. When he is on the clock, he keeps us separated with a thin, zippered sheet of plastic that covers the doorframe from the kitchen to the main living area. He brings a small rubbery bluetooth speaker to listen to soft rock and a red Thermos full of I-don’t-know-what, probably water, with him. He wears a headset so he can take calls.

At the end of each day, I got the rundown of what he was able to accomplish in those eight hours. First he removed the old linoleum by cutting them into big squares and stacking them up in short piles. Two days later, he brought all those misshapen squares to the dump, along with an old piece of foam that didn’t fit in my trash bin (he offered!).

Then, on another day he cut and placed a birch “underlayment.” The following day was a short one. He filled in the cracks where the underlayment sheets met with some kind of dark gray patching material that needed to dry overnight. Every night SJ and I have been able to use the kitchen as usual.

John’s meticulous with his work. He really takes pride in it. I told him I was surprised that he works alone because it’s really labor intensive. He said that he tried in the past to bring on help but it never worked out. They were always checking their phone or just not engaged in the work. He said he’s happy working solo. I told him I was happy working alone too, and I am for the most part.

On Monday, he placed the first piece of the brand new flooring. It was ok to walk on it by the time he left. Right now I can hear him ironing out another piece of it. He uses a heavy (and squeaky) metal roller to do the job.

I’m absolutely fascinated by the entire process. It’s cool to witness one man doing his craft. He takes no shortcuts, makes no excuses and confidently stands 100% by his work. It might sound silly but I’ve been so impressed that I want to raise my own, already high standards. I think it’s the only way to get to the next level… the only way to become a true professional. I sense I’ve been holding onto some of my amateur ways. No more.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. If you’re in the Bay Area and need the number of a good flooring guy, HMU.

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Fantasy super market signs by Lisa Congdon

I’ll take $5 worth of Grit today: I’m digging these “Fantasy super market signs” by Lisa Congdon (who I recently discovered through writer Jeff Goins’ blog… great podcast with her). Be sure to check out her Etsy shop, so much delightful stuff!

:: “Be cool! Be cool!… Just settle the fuck down!”: Tell’em, Patti!
:: https://youtu.be/jC6sLQg3gkk

:: This “deepfakes” stuff is crazy business
:: https://medium.com/@svencharleer/family-fun-with-deepfakes-or-how-i-got-my-wife-onto-the-tonight-show

:: If you’re looking for Girl Scout cookies, my friend’s daughter Astrid is selling them (they can be shipped)
:: https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/astrid848337

:: Someone wants you to work for free? Just say “No, thanks!
:: https://medium.com/conquering-corporate-america/heres-what-to-say-when-asked-to-work-for-free

:: Words that depressed people use
:: https://qz.com/1198671/depression-warning-signs-pay-attention-to-the-words-they-use

:: Doc Pop wrote a fun nerdcore song for his new yo-yo
:: https://youtu.be/-rJe6vYFujc

:: Vending machines of free items for the homeless
:: http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/02/05/vending-machines-homeless-action-hunger

:: There’s going to a Meow Wolf documentary!
:: http://meowwolf.com/documentary

:: Valentine barf bags
:: https://www.creepycompany.com/blogs/ghoul-gazette/valentine-barf-bag

:: Anyone want to have their own old timey roadshow? You’re gonna need this.
:: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/06/your-traveling-roadshow-dreams.html

:: “Creative individuals have also been found to have higher IQs and lower latent inhibition — that is, an ‘inability’ to suppress irrelevant or inappropriate thoughts, which provide the raw materials for their creative ideas.”
:: https://hbr.org/2015/02/you-can-teach-someone-to-be-more-creative

Real things you can actually buy: way!

I'll feed all you f*ckers
Pleased to meat you: It’s a little early for BBQ season, but it’s never too early to get an oven mitt that says, “I’ll feed all you fuckers.” Amirite?  $13.99

Real things you can actually buy: slay!

 

No one wants to watch you eat that banana

I’m bananas for this: Blue Q (the company behind these two products) is killing it this season. Check out all their new stuff or just grab this hilariously inappropriate dish towel for $11.88.

Real snowballs you could actually buy: brrr!

 

David Hammons' Bliz-aard Ball Sale in New York City, 1983

Get your fresh snowballs here: Would you buy a snowball.. in winter? Well, on Tuesday, I blogged about a vending machine in Minneapolis that sold $1 (real Minnesota) snowballs to tourists who were in town for Super Bowl weekend. It was a popular souvenir and all proceeds went to charity.

While researching it, I learned about artist David Hammons and his Bliz-aard Ball Sale performance. In 1983, he sold snowballs, in a variety of sizes, as street art near Cooper Square in New York City.

Steven Stern wrote an essay about the piece in 2009. Here’s a snippet:

…”As it comes down to us in documentation, it is a portrait of the artist as an anonymous and disreputable pedlar, an absurdist street hustler. Hammons’ notion of an artist includes a constant flirtation with notions of the illicit and the fraudulent – the ever-present suggestion that the whole business might be a scam. What, after all, could be more of a scam than selling snowballs in winter?…”

I love all of this so much!

Stphoto by Dawood Bey via Aphelis

Featured events

 

Wonderland by Epic Immersive

Special four-week engagement: Starting on February 24th, Epic Immersive is hosting an “adventure down the rabbit hole” with their new show, Wonderland. If you think you’d like to go, get on the mailing list now. Tickets go on sale February 12th and there are only eight shows total. It’s sure to sell out quickly.

Los Angeles, California
[3/17] Keep saving the date for the first Rusty’s Electric Dream meetup in LA

Oakland, California
[3/5] Heather Gold’s Yarn, a comedy storytelling show especially for women who are ‘Hollywood old’ (age 29) at Homestead, 7 PM doors, 7:30 PM show

San Francisco, California
[2/16] Opening of Michael Wertz’s Sacred Cows show at Alley Cat Books, 7 PM to 9 PM, RSVP

Reno, Nevada
[2/10-2/11] Reno Punk Rock Flea Market

 

NYC vs SF: attitude by Sarah Cooper

East coast vs. West coast: Many of Sarah Cooper’s NYC vs. SF comparisons made me laugh out loud, literally. #silentlyjudgingyou

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“I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.” — Andy Warhol


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Issue #164 :: The “Pop! Goes the Package” Edition :: 1:31:2018

Pop! Goes the Package…

When I started putting this issue together over the weekend, I had almost nothing to share with you. But, by Tuesday afternoon, I had too much. This is my way of telling you that it’s a big issue.

Because of that, I want to point out something in the events section that I don’t want you to miss… a save-the-date announcement for the first ever SoCal Rusty’s Electric Dream meetup! It’ll be in Los Angeles and I’ll have more details to share in next week’s issue.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I’m SUPER EXCITED. 

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What Yankee Stadium food vendors wore in the late sixties and early seventies
Ketchup & Mustard: This far out, font-heavy uniform is what Yankee Stadium food vendors wore in the late sixties and early seventies. [More of the story here.] 

:: “Prisencolinensinainciusol” is a 1972 song composed by a legendary Italian entertainer. “The song’s lyrics sound phonetically like American English… but are clearly total, utter, delightful nonsense.”
:: https://www.atlasobscura.com/deep-roots-italian-song-sounds-like-english-american-medieval-comedy-nonsense

:: Mark Rothko’s lessons on how to teach art to kids: “Lesson #1: Show your students that art is a universal form of expression, as elemental as speaking or singing.
:: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-teach-art-kids-mark-rothko

:: Oh, I know a little something about “‘Mosting‘: When People Come On Strong, Then Ghost”
:: https://melmagazine.com/mosting-when-people-come-on-strong-then-ghost-cafec9b78254 Thanks, Jess!

:: WSJ: “Business Cards Aren’t Dead, They’re Just Getting Weirder
:: https://www.wsj.com/articles/business-cards-arent-dead-theyre-just-getting-weirder

:: “The reality is that being single is about being in a relationship with yourself.” A-men.
:: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/nothing-wrong-with-being-single-release-shame-stigma

:: An open letter to Google by Seth Godin on not putting blogs (or inbox zines, in my case) in Gmail’s dreaded Promotions folder
:: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2018/01/an-open-note-to-google.html

:: Noted Cacophonist Carrie Galbraith passed recently. John Law wrote a beautiful eulogy about her:
:: https://johnwlaw.com/carrie-galbraith-enters-the-zone-for-the-last-time-photos-and-links-to-follow

Real things you can actually buy: moist

 

Knit sausage

MOIST: A much-hated word… now on a mug! $9.99

Real IG feed you can actually follow: yay!

 

Pop! Goes the Package

This is a new project of mine: My friend Jessica Lindsey (of Kooky Kitsch) has an absolutely mind-blowing collection of vintage pop culture artifacts. So, when we had dinner the other night, we got talking and it suddenly occurred to me that there should be an Instagram feed featuring some of it. In that moment, I decided to be its curator (heh) and, since I love product packaging design, I decided to start there. I went over to her place, pulled all kinds of packages off her shelves, and started shooting. I couldn’t believe some of the stuff she had (did you know that Howard Johnson’s had a canned soda brand? Or that Pillsbury made a beverage mix product called “Squoze“? Me either!).

Anyhoo, it’s called Pop! Goes the Package and I’d be delighted if you gave it a look.

Featured events

 

Adventure Potluck

Two things: Creative instigator (and loyal RED reader) Mark Krawczuk has 1) started a newsletter (!) and is 2) hosting an Adventure Potluck on February 6. Smells like Cacophony, folks…

Los Angeles, California
[1/30-1/31] John Doe and Exene play at First Fridays at the Natural History Museum

[3/17] Save the date for the first Rusty’s Electric Dreams meetup in Southern California! I’ve already booked my tickets and can’t wait to hang out in LA. There will be more details real soon but, seriously, SAVE THE DATE!

Oakland, California
[1/31] Untangling Local Myths & Legends with Oakland Librarians at Main Library, 7 PM to 8 PM

[2/5 and 3/5] Heather Gold’s Yarn, a comedy storytelling show especially for women who are ‘Hollywood old’ (age 29) at Homestead, 7 PM doors, 7:30 PM show

San Francisco, California
[2/2] My friend Absinthia is on a roll with her new absinthe business! On Friday she’s doing a tasting at Cask from 4 PM to 6 PM.

[2/3] Former A-i-R Doc Pop is hosting a mini-comics workshop at Mission Comics from 1 PM to 3 PM (See his downloadable mini-comic/zine template here)

[2/10] Odyssey Works is hosting a “Date Design” workshop at The Rathskeller Club, 12 PM to 3 PM, $40

[2/14] Decentralized Dance Party (theme: Fixes Everything), 6 PM to 11 PM

[2/15] Designers + Geeks: Don’t Call It That!, A dive into brand names with Eli Altman at Yelp, 7 PM to 9 PM

New York City
[March and April] Third Rail Projects has a bunch of immersive theater workshops coming up

 

Get off Twitter

Design professor Mitch Goldstein created a series of witty, on-point Venn diagrams for his project, A Helpful Diagram. I like his style.

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“Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain’t no free rides, baby.” —Ursula K. Le Guin (RIP)


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Issue #163 :: The “Action!” Edition :: 1:24:2018

Action!…

Hi folks, I missed you. I missed being here. I took a longer-than-expected holiday hiatus. I needed some time off and then took some more, because life.

I’ve been to Florida and back. I’ve had the flu and a tooth infection. I’ve been planning out a new project. I’ve been blogging. I’ve been reading. I’ve been taking SJ to a lot of rehearsals (for her show that opens Sunday).

Life.

What have you been up to in the last month?

Ok, let’s get started. I’ve been saving up all kinds of good things to share with you.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. My intention word for 2018 is “Action!” and I’m looking forward to taking some this year. 

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As seen on the Internets

OHIO rejected license plates in 2017
Here’s the list of 330 vanity license plates rejected by the state of Ohio in 2017.  There are some doozies.

:: Dirty John: LA Times’ podcast about falling in love with totally the wrong guy (cringeworthy)
:: http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-dirty-john Thanks, Mimi!

:: It’s the 55th anniversary of the Magic Castle. Here’s a nice long LA Mag article about it.
:: http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/magic-castle

:: All filmed in New Mexico, Sylvan Esso’s new music video was created with Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf!
:: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W9VYY5QpLg

:: Museum Hack has started offering Harry Potter tours at the de Young (!)
:: https://museumhack.com/san-francisco-harry-potter-tours

:: There’s an adorable little bookstore for mice in Sweden
:: https://www.thelocal.se/20171221/mini-bookstore-for-mice-opens-in-malmo-sweden

:: Speaking of adorable, check out these teeny tiny boxes of chocolates
:: https://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/gifts/tiny-chocolate-packages

:: You have to see this gorgeous board game. It was created by an alcoholic drink packaging design firm for their clients… Wow!
:: http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2017/1/5/designing-the-strangest-board-game-weve-ever-seen

:: Now there’s Clitter. Yep, vagina-shaped confetti… I kid you not
:: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1166263190/clitter-pussy-powered-confetti/description

Real things you can actually buy: oui

 

Knit sausage

Made in France, bien sur: These are not real sausages. These are knit sausages made to look like real sausages… and I think they’re great! Look a little closer.

Real thing you can actually buy: yes way

 

HAPPY LITTLE TREES DUDE MINIFIG

Just don’t say LEGO or Bob Ross: This is the “Calm Bearded Tree Enthusiast Painter Dude Minifigure” from the Action Figure Therapy store. I’m dead, too funny.

Thanks, Howard!

Featured events

 

Psychedelic Sound Meditation at Radiant Space

Hey get this, Tommy Honton, a loyal reader of RED, has opened an escape room called Stash House in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Raise your hand if you’re interested in going with me some weekend in March (let me know which weekend works best). I’ll start a group list.

Alameda, California
[1/30-1/31] Blue Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse viewing party on the USS Hornet

Oakland, California
[1/28] White Elephant PREVIEW Sale, 10 AM to 4 PM, Tickets

[1/28] The Dude Abides Variety Show at East Bay Community Space, 6 PM to 9 PM, Tickets

San Francisco, California
[1/31] dorkbotSF #98 at 140 9th St

[2/8 and 2/14] Fuck Tinder: A Love Story at Piano Fight, Tickets

[3/9-3/10] Bond, “a new, intimate conference that examines how creators make a living through the internet” (I’ll be there! Thanks, Heidi!)

[3/10-3/11] World’s Fair Nano, Pier 48, Tickets

[6/16] Corgi Con at Ocean Beach, 10 AM to 2 PM

Las Vegas, Nevada
[5/25-5/28] Punk Rock Bowling Festival, Tickets

 

Siberia!!

Remind me to not go to Oymyakon, Siberia. It dropped to a frigid -80°F (maybe even colder, that’s where the new thermometer stopped working) this winter!

No, thank you.

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