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:: Tattoo flipbooks, emojis for gingers, and more! ::


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Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #148 :: The “Final countdown” Edition :: 08:16:2017

Final countdown…

Last year at this time I thought to go to Burning Man after a eight-year hiatus and posted my desire to Facebook. Within minutes of that post, I had not only a ticket but a vehicle pass. I was going to the playa whether I liked it or not. 😉
At that time, I was slowly coming out of a long depressive state and my confidence could be best described as shattered, but I landed safely in a camp of loving friends. As I was leaving, I knew I wanted to work with the Org again. I wanted to bring my life’s experience back to the group that “birthed” “Rusty Blazenhoff.”

It took a few months but I got some perfect-for-me work there. That contract ended yesterday (I hope to get some work with them again in the fall).

So today I brought SJ to the office to show her around and meet folks. It was simultaneously strange and beautiful to show my girl this part of me. It was like taking my past and connecting it with my present and future. I’ve never brought her to the event though she has been to Juplaya once. Someday, when her school schedule isn’t in conflict, I’ll bring her out there. I can’t wait.

Folks, you probably know this already but life’s journey can be seriously humbling at times.

Also, I’m feeling so incredibly sad/angry about Charlottesville. As I’m running around packing for Burning Man and stressing about work-related stuff, I’m processing all of it in the back of my head. I wonder if the human race will ever learn to love each other.

I love each and every one of you. So, there’s that.

xoxo,

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S.  Hey, I won’t be around for a few weeks. I’ll see you in mid-September!

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As seen on the Internets

 

Freelance Achievement Stickers

Last week, I came across this video shot at Burning Man in 1996. Then I came across myself at the 32:00 mark. Weird.

:: The difference between amateurs and professionals
:: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2017/08/amateurs-professionals

:: How to make a great first impression
:: https://www.fastcompany.com/do-these-5-emotionally-intelligent-things-within-5-minutes-of-meeting-someone

:: “The Real Butlers of the .001 Percent”
:: https://www.gq.com/story/rich-billionaires-butlers-servants

:: Myths about Burning Man
:: http://www.10best.com/interests/festivals-events/everything-youve-heard-about-burning-man-is-wrong

:: Trader Joe’s sources revealed… and it ain’t pretty, folks
:: https://www.eater.com/2017/8/9/16099028/trader-joes-products

:: What you do when you have self respect
:: https://thoughtcatalog.com/things-people-dont-realize-youre-doing-because-you-actually-have-self-respect-now/

:: You can still get arrested for smoking weed at Burning Man
:: http://www.rgj.com/story/can-you-smoke-pot-burning-man-legally-its-complicated

:: Animated ‘flipbooks’ made with tattoos
:: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/11/tattoo-artist-makes-animated.html

:: Taylor Swift is kicking ass and naming names in court (Part 1)
:: http://www.slate.com/taylor_swift_s_sexual_assault_testimony_was_sharp_gutsy_and_satisfying.html Thanks, Piph!

:: (Part 2)
:: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/14/entertainment/taylor-swift-verdict/index.html

:: Freaks and Geeks: “Have you seen this?”
:: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/13/arts/freaks-and-geeks.html

:: Redheads will now have their own emojis
:: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/redhead-emoji_us

:: “Don’t Be a Sucker,” an anti-fascism educational film from 1947
:: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/14/anti-fascist-film-from-1947.html

Real things you can actually buy: fuck yes!


I love this so much I want to marry it: This summer when I was putting the shop together, it popped into my head that EFK needed to be cross-stitchable. Then Julie Jackson of Subversive Cross Stitch totally made it happen in the raddest way possible. The black fabric in a round hoop was all her idea and I couldn’t be more thrilled! (Folks, my name is even on the package!)

It comes with everything you need to make your own, including the pattern. I know it’s not everyone’s cup o’ tea, but if it’s yours, it’s on sale this week for $20 ($5 off!).

Featured events

 

Burning Man 2017 :: Radical Ritual

Black Rock City, Nevada
[Now-ish] Burning Man 2017: Radical Ritual

See you on the playa? I’ll be at Camp Misteriosos: 6:00 and Rte. 66 (it’s really a road).
That black rectangle is the location of our camp.

San Francisco, California
[10/14] Black Top City: San Francisco Decompression 2017, Pier 70, 22nd & Illinois, 2 PM to 4 AM

[11/18] The Artumnal Gathering 2017, save the date

Palate Cleanser: Love Symbol #2

Prince and his piano inspired a new Pantone color… a shade of purple, of course.

Current mood: Final countdown!

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Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #147 :: The “It’s electric!” Edition :: 08:09:2017

It’s electric!…

Wow, there’s so much energy buzzing around right now. I head to Burning Man in just two weeks and SJ starts SEVENTH grade just a few days earlier than that. Plus work and social engagements and… phew! No complaints, I just need a little downtime 🙂

Has your summer been busy too?

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S.  Don’t forget, my online pop-up shop is open until September 23rd. Last day to order for Burning Man delivery is August 15th. Pre-order earrings now!

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As seen on the Internets

 

Freelance Achievement Stickers

I wish these “Freelance Achievement Stickers” were real.

:: A ‘Shazam’ for bird songs via
:: https://www.producthunt.com/posts/songbird

:: A song bird: Maggie Rogers on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert
:: http://www.npr.org/event/music/maggie-rogers-tiny-desk-concert

:: Because I’m 12: Netflix crime-doc spoof asks: ‘Who drew the dicks?’
:: http://boingboing.net/netflix-crime-doc-spoof-asks.html

:: Because he’s 11: When you fearlessly belt out ‘Let it Go’ with the song’s star
:: http://boingboing.net/11-year-old-boy-performs-let.html

:: “What Key & Peele Teach Us About Comedy”
:: https://youtu.be/-ZjuAeRLjHM

:: Brazil’s “trash tattoos”
:: https://www.demilked.com/artist-ugly-tattoos-helena-fernandes-brazil

:: Cool! “Chuck Palahniuk hid a timecapsule in his former home and the current owners found it”
:: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/08/chuck-palahniuk-hid-a-timecaps.html

:: The actual “Burning Man” is being built in an old Reno bottling factory
:: http://www.rgj.com/burning-man/burning-man-man-being-built-reno-first-time

:: A limerick battle about weed between transit systems: SF’s BART and LA’s Metro
:: https://twitter.com/laura_nelson/status/893586578672558081

:: Because it sits on an earthquake fault line, Cal’s new field has an intentional “fault line” in the grass
:: https://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/california-golden-bears-football-field-hayward-earthquake-fault

:: An interview with Mimi Pond and a sneak peek of her new book, The Customer is Always Wrong
:: http://themuse.jezebel.com/a-chat-with-mimi-pond-on-the-service-industry-cocaine

:: Ta-ta towels
:: http://bust.com/style/193293-tata-towels-are-the-breast-idea-like-ever.html

Real things you can actually buy: yay!


An idea whose time has come: the Bob Ross Chia Pet. His signature ‘fro will just grow and grow… “happy little trees,” of course. via

You may need to change your password style


You may need to change your password style

This gave me pause: The now-retired Bill Burr, who is the former National Institute of Standards and Technology manager, told the Wall Street Journal that he regrets his previous advice on how to create a password.

The Verge reports:

“The problem wasn’t that Burr was advising people to make passwords that are inherently easy to crack, but that his advice steered everyday computer users toward lazy mistakes and easy-to-predict practices. Burr’s eight-page password document, titled “NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A,” advised people to use irregular capitalization, special characters, and at least one numeral. That might result in a password like “P@ssW0rd123!” While that may make it seem secure on the surface (neglecting, of course, that “password” is a bad password), the issue is that most people tend to use the same exact techniques when crafting these digital combo locks. That results in strings of characters and numbers that hackers could easily predict and algorithms that specifically target those weaknesses.”

Interestingly, in 2011, xkcd’s Randall Munroe saw this problem and created that cartoon above.

Tl;dr: Use a string of memorable plain language phrases to create your passwords.

Featured events

 

NorCal HearseCon at NightMARE Island

Mare Island, California
[10/14] NorCal HearseCon at NightMARE Island, a spooky car show featuring hearses, 5 PM to 9 PM

San Francisco, California
[10/8] Polkacide at Bottom of the Hill, 8 PM to 1 AM 

Palate Cleanser: This might break your brain


Cafe Wall Optical Illusion by Victoria Skye

Victoria Skye‘s latest optical illusion will mess with your head. Those horizontal bars are straight and in parallel rows. 

Current mood: Taking a break


Take a break by Liz Fodor

art by Liz Fodor

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:: A literal thumb drive, a secret bridge party, a Gummy Bear pyramid, and more! ::


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Issue #146 :: The “Seeing the sights” Edition :: 08:02:2017

Seeing the sights…

Hey all,

Hope you’re having a great summer. I’ve had some out-of-town friends and family in town, so I’ve being doing some in-town sightseeing which is always fun. The (haunted) USS Hornet here in Alameda is definitely worth a visit.

One thing I’ve never done in my 23 years in California: taken a cable car ride! Can you believe it? We were going to do it last week but it was seven bucks a person and there were six of us total. Ka-ching. Another time.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S.  Bay Area folks, did you get tickets to Color Factory? Neither did I. Boo!

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Thumb drive

**This** is a thumb drive

:: Oriana Leckert on “The Last Secret, Illicit Parties Atop The Old Kosciuszko Bridge”
:: http://gothamist.com/kosciuszko_bridge_parties.php

:: Design your own cornhole board cover
:: http://www.vinyldisorder.com/cornholeboards.html

:: 3D printing an intricate mechanical calculator
:: http://makezine.com/see-how-intricate-3d-printed-mechanical-calculator-works

:: NASA is hiring for Planetary Protection Officers
:: http://uk.businessinsider.com/nasa-planetary-protection-officer-job-opening

 My favorite Boing Boing posts (of mine) from this past week:

:: Why there are “I Hate Elvis” buttons
:: http://boingboing.net/2017/07/31/the-brilliant-idea-behind-thes.html

:: Ferris wheel karaoke
:: http://boingboing.net/2017/07/31/ferris-wheel-karaoke-now-exist.html

:: So cool: the Keaton Music Typewriter
:: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/01/this-rare-1950s-typewriter-ham.html

Real things you can actually buy: thrift score


This really exists: Bored Panda put together a huge compilation of amusing thrift scores, including this oh-so-wrong “I should have danced all night!” sign. 

Real things you can actually buy: Dis-nay


I wish I had thought of this first: Spireside’s line of candles are inspired by Disneyland and have some of the best knockoff names (and scents) ever. For example, there’s the Haunted Manor which smells like “Musty Carpets, Dusty Furnishings,” and “Graveyard Grasses” and then there’s the Splash Down which smells like “Disney Ride Water.” I’m not making this up.

Best part: the company goes to the actual park for clandestine product shoots. I’m dying over here.

They’re $18 each.

Featured events

 

Hair at the Great Star Theater

San Francisco, California
[8/4-8/26] Hair at the Great Star Theater, Tickets $20-$40

(My favorite musical!)

 

Gummy Bear Pyramid at Burning Man

Oakland, California
[August] Help build the Gummy Bear Pyramid, a Burning Man light installation, with Dicapria at American Steel Studios, email gummybearpyramid@gmail.com

I heard about this project at the Desert Arts Preview a few months ago and it looks really cool. The pyramid needs 200,000 hand-cast gummy bears to complete it and in order to finish before Burning Man, the crew needs YOUR help:

“Let us know your interests, skills, and time you’re able to commit. We are specifically looking for metal workers, mold making/casting people, and all around crafty people that want to join our fun crew build nights.”

Also in Oakland
[8/17]  Mimi Pond’s “The Customer is Always Wrong” Book Event at the Starline Social Club, 7 PM to 10 PM

Mimi’s the coolest. You should go meet her at this signing event for her new graphic novel, The Customer is Always Wrong.

Palate Cleanser: Mandelbrot set


Mandelbrot set

This Mandelbrot set has 750M iterations!

Current mood: Potato chip playa

“The Gold Spike has been set.

The entire Black Rock playa has an evenness that I’ve never seen before. The dunes, playa serpents, depressions & soft spots are gone. Even the heavily-traveled, deep-rutted playa highway along the western edge, which has been a common feature for more than 3 decades, has been erased by the unusual winter lake of 2016-2017. The Black Rock City site is covered with a thin layer of potato chip playa, which crumbles easily underfoot, but below that is a firm, dry, hard, flat surface.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . There will be dust.”

photo by Danger Ranger too

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:: Amy Sedaris’ new home show, America’s scariest motel is for sale, Hamilton crayons, and more! ::


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Issue #145 :: The “Keepin’ it short” Edition :: 07:26:2017

Keepin’ it short…

I’ve got family visiting, so I’m going to keep this short.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I said I was going to keep it short. 

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As seen on the Internets

 

At Home with Amy Sedaris

:: Amy Sedaris has a show called At Home with Amy Sedaris (link)

:: What does it mean?: A full circle rainbow
:: http://boingboing.net/2017/07/24/see-this-incredible-full-circl.html

:: The Congo Dandies: poor but in fancy designer clothes
:: https://youtu.be/W27PnUuXR_A

:: ZOMG, CAN’T WAIT: The Season 2 trailer for Stranger Things
:: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ2RGaDBfwI

:: Save Snopes
:: https://www.savesnopes.com

:: New track from Jessica Lea Mayfield, “Sorry is Gone”
:: http://www.npr.org/event/music/539113821/with-sorry-is-gone-jessica-lea-mayfield-is-taking-back-her-life

:: Best bathrooms in Austin Thanks, Piph!
:: http://do512.com/p/the-best-bathrooms-in-austin

:: “Facebook worker living in garage to Zuckerberg: challenges are right outside your door”
:: https://www.theguardian.com/facebook-cafeteria-workers-wages-zuckerberg-challenges

:: Dumb” by Manhattan Murder Mystery
:: https://youtu.be/QvJh3oBxOo4 Thanks, Heather!

:: “Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits”
:: https://www.inc.com/michael-schneider/google-thought-they-knew-how-to-create-the-perfect.html

:: Fake service dogs are becoming an issue
:: http://www.wusa9.com/life/service-dog/fake-service-dogs-becoming-a-problem

:: “Hippies, Guns, and LSD: The San Francisco Rock Band That Was Too Wild For the Sixties”
:: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/hippies-guns-and-lsd

 My favorite Boing Boing post (of mine) from this past week:

:: This Burning Man documentary traces its history from a bohemian gathering to a global movement
:: http://boingboing.net/2017/07/24/this-burning-man-documentary-t.html

Real estate you can actually buy: $900K


Shark stroller buggy

(Not-so) sweet dreams are made of these: The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada is up for sale, folks. It’s been described as “America’s scariest motel” because the inside of it is filled with clowns AND it backs up to a “historic miners’ cemetery.” No and no.

Real things you can actually buy: smile more


Hamilton Crayons

I could not love these more: These are called “Hamiltones” and they are crayons that reference the hit musical Hamilton in funny and punny ways. (Btw, I still can’t get tickets to the show!), $13.95 via

Real things you can actually buy: 0_O


Hamilton Crayons

Have yourself a merry little Krampus: This one’s sold but Krampus L.A. founder Rev. Al is taking orders now for his amazing masks. It’ll arrive right on time for the hellidays.

Featured events

 

Sing along Mary Poppins at the Castro Theatre

San Francisco, California
[8/3-8/6] Sing Along Mary Poppins at Castro Theatre, Tickets are $16

This looks fun!

“For those of you not yet converted, Sing Along Mary Poppins is a screening of the classic Walt Disney musical complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest!”

Also in San Francisco
[TONIGHT] The Holy Haight: How the 60s Counterculture Changed American Religion Forever, Roxie Theater, 7 PM, Tickets

To help celebrate San Francisco’s 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, cultural historian Erik Davis will give a talk on “hippie religion” which “will draw on a kaleidoscopic array of clips from local outfit Oddball Films’ vast archive of 60s and 70s era stock footage, amateur films, home movies, pro documentaries, and experimental films.”

 

Fairyland for grownups

Berkeley, California
[7/29-7/30] Berkeley Kite Festival, free event and free shuttles from Golden Gate Fields but parking is $15, 10 AM to 6 PM each day

Palate Cleanser: Nyan Cat mutant vehicle

The Nyan Car is coming to Burning Man this year! 

Current mood

kind of like this

art by Thoka Maer

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:: My Eat Fuck Kill pop-up shop is opening! ::


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Issue #144 :: The “EFK or bust” Edition :: 07:19:2017

EFK or bust…

Hi,

My Eat Fuck Kill 20th anniversary site goes live TOMORROW.

Not only have I created a bunch of new products based on the original EFK button, but I’ve also dug through boxes and boxes of old photos in my garage to find EFK-related images.

The pop-up shop part of the site will only be open until September 23 (and will be closed while I’m at Burning Man). Along the way, I will be adding new products to it, partially influenced by YOU. So, if you have something you want to see, I will try to make it happen. 

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. This probably goes without saying but I’d love it if you checked out the site when it goes live. I’ve moved past a bunch of creative blocks to build it. TY!

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B-52s

“No novelty, the B-52s may be the most subversive band America ever gave us” (link)

:: Amazing interactive graph: Analyzing plot trends for every top-grossing film from the past 50 years
:: https://pudding.cool/2017/06/film-trends

:: WHOA: “Disney is opening an immersive Star Wars Hotel where each guest gets a storyline” Thx, Laura!
:: https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/15/disney-is-opening-an-immersive-star-wars-hotel-where-each-guest-gets-a-storyline/amp

:: Snail Militia, a social address book by FnF’er Matthew Johnson
:: https://snailmilitia.com
:: https://snailmilitia.com/contact/8a450da2f8986bc3/blazenhoff

:: The Limbo Queen
:: https://youtu.be/ez-UAHWggYU

:: “Being Busy Is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively” 
:: http://bigthink.com/21st-century-spirituality/creativity-and-distraction

:: Creatives speak on “What I Wish I Knew at Every Age”
:: http://99u.com/articles/55667/what-i-wish-i-knew-at-every-age

:: Oldie but a goodie: Emotional survival guide to Burning Man
:: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chip-conley/burning-man-survival-guide_b_3769346.html

:: “Photographer Philippe Glade captures the ephemeral architecture of Burning Man”
:: https://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/black-rock-city-burning-man-photography-book-phillippe-glade

:: Help a lady blogger out: One of my favorite bloggers, Brittany High, is looking for work
:: http://incrediblethings.com/web/brittany-high-says-goodbye-incredible-links

 My favorite Boing Boing post of mine from this past week:

:: Text SFMOMA and they’ll text you back artwork
:: http://boingboing.net/text-this-san-francisco-museum.html

Real things you can actually buy: yay!


Shark stroller buggy

Duh nuh: For babies, for cats, for dolls… this shark stroller by Maclaren has raised the bar on whomever or whatever needs to be pushed around ($250). Note: I hear there is a much cheaper version available at Target.

Real things you can actually buy: <redacted>


Censorship glasses

I gotta get a pair of these for Burning Man: Censorship sunglasses, $9.99 via

Real things you can actually buy: play


Querkles color-by-number book

Adios regular coloring books: I spotted these Querkles “puzzling color-by-number” coloring books at Michael’s recently and it really took me a minute to process what was going on with them. If you go to the comments section of this page, you can see how they are created too, dot-by-dot. So cool!

Featured events

 

Jaws on the water

San Francisco, California
[7/19] DorkbotSF 95 at DNA Lounge, 7 PM social hour,  8 PM speakers, sliding scale $5-$20

This week’s speakers are
Weidong Yang and Daiane Lopes da Silva – Brainwashing Machine MESH and Kinetech Arts
Scott Kildall – What Does Data Look (and Sound) Like
DA Therrien – Works (Artificial Sun, Beautiful Light, ARTCon, more)
Christopher Schardt – The State of the LED Art 

 

Fairyland for grownups

Oakland, California
[8/18] 7th Annual Fairyland for Grownups at Children’s Fairyland, 7 PM to 10 PM

Also in Oakland
[8/17] Mimi Pond stops in Oakland on her book tour

Palate Cleanser: Neon rainbow


A neon salesman’s sample case (1935)

Current mood

kind of like that

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