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“There’s a fine line between a stream of consciousness and a babbling brook to nowhere.” Dan Harmon


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Issue #174 :: The “Babbling brook” Edition :: 4:25:2018

Babbling brook

At one point in the zine’s history, I tried to have themes. I tried to tie everything up with a sweet little thematic bow.

But that’s not how I work.

Friends who have seen my computer’s screen will attest that I keep WAY too many tabs open at once, in WAY too many windows.

But that is how I work. I find the stuff I share here while doing other things and I keep it in a special window until it’s time to put an issue together.

A new friend commented that she thought this section is a stream of consciousness. Yes! It is! Actually, as I got thinking about it, the whole thing is, not just this section. It’s sort of this flow of ideas, links, and products that come across my desk/mind during any given week. One image may spark something else that leads to something else, many rabbit holes occur, I sit in front of a screen for an ungodly amount of hours hammering away… and Voila! a new issue of RED is born.

Something else I want to say: Please don’t assume that I’ve seen everything. If you have something cool, send me a link, and if it’s a good fit, I’ll share with the class. I’ll be your idea conduit. 

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I’m traveling again. No issue next week and possibly the next. (Remember when I had a freewheelin’ lifestyle and could do this weekly?)

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Pyrex Tattoo
This one is called “Friendship”: The Pyrex pattern reference guide

:: Reader Jon Murray made this: His interactive documentary, “Windows of San Francisco,” is a peek into 100 different San Francisco vignettes… it’s really cool!
:: http://windowsofsf.com

:: In a similar vein: Peephole Cinema Thanks, Mark!
:: http://www.peepholecinema.com/san-francisco-now-playing

:: Brilliantly meta: The Show About The Show begins here…
:: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH Thanks, Mellissa!

:: Spliff, a film festival for stoners, by stoners
:: https://boingboing.net/spliff-a-film-festival-for-st.html

:: Life truths from a 90-year-old grandmother: “17. Relationship boundaries are life-savers”
:: http://www.marcandangel.com/19-great-truths-my-grandmother-told-me-on-her-90th-birthday

:: Cheesy 4/20 stock photos
:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/marijuana-stock-photos-420

:: A corpse flower is blooming in Tucson
:: https://www.facebook.com/ABC15/videos/101

:: High as the cat’s whiskers: David Bowie’s interview with Ellen (2004)
:: https://youtu.be/sVLLoVvHSOw

:: The Floating Library is looking for submissions of zines, comics, and art books
:: https://thefloatinglibrary.org/open-call Thanks, Wolves!

:: For Keeps, a podcast where collectors are interviewed about their interesting/unusual items
:: http://www.forkeepspodcast.com

:: #TravelNotebookGoals: omgosh
:: https://www.boredpanda.com/traveling-artist-handmade-sketchbooks-jose-naranja

:: I love all the Conan show travel segments. I think they are the best/funniest work they do. This time they went to Italy… Divertente!
:: http://teamcoco.com/italy

:: This Joe Coleman is brilliant.
:: http://getcoleman.com

Real things you can actually buy: way!

 

“1 Star” view: There are all kinds of souvenirs at Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel, like this “worst view” mug for approx. $12.20. Some of them are available only to residents of the hotel, at its gift shop, which is located at 182 Caritas Street, Bethlehem, Palestine. 

Real things you can actually buy: way!

 

WWPT*? Masculine-styled shoes with high heels by Cross Sword. Thanks, anon!

Real things you can actually buy: throw away!

 

Authentic and Original Disney Parks trash can highlighter set

from l to r: Main Street, USA; Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Frontierland train station and Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island; Tomorrowland; Adventureland; and Fantasyland

Trashy: A good friend of mine and I first bonded years ago over something funny. We discovered we both had a history of photographing trash cans at Disney Parks. (I mean, look at them, they’re all in theme.)

CUT TO NOW… Disneyland is selling (Authentic and Original) highlighters that look like little trash cans. I’m stupidly excited that they’ve made their garbage receptacles a product because nothing is sacred! Everything is a potential money maker. I love the absurdity of it. Much like their line of Turkey Leg products.

[There is also a monorail highlighter set (not as edgy as the trash cans but still cool). Though I’m partial to the monorail socks and play set.] 

photo by me!

 

It's a Small World mini trash can :: Mary Blair

Speaking of Disney trash cans: There’s an Etsy seller who 3D prints miniature ones (<3!). Trash cans, it’s what’s for dinner!

Real things you can actually buy: NO way!

Honorable mention not worthy of a photo: “Luxurious alternative garden appliances

Featured events

 

BREAKING: NEKO CASE IS GOING ON TOUR [with Ray Lamontagne] :: RELEASING FIRST NEW SOLO ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS :: WEARS CROWN OF CIGARETTES IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO

Berkeley, CA
[5/3] Fifth Anniversary show of That Really Happened???, A night of true stories

[5/28] Heather Gold’s Yarn: Comedy Storytelling (“which is especially for women who are ‘Hollywood Old.’ So. Over 29.”) at Shotgun Players, 7:30 to 9 PM

Glendale, CA
[Open now] The Museum of Selfies

Pleasanton, CA
[Summer dates] Sir Mix-A-Lot (6/24) and other musical artists are coming to the Alameda County Fair

San Francisco
[Wednesdays] Weird Wednesdays at The Den
From Doc Pop: Imagine sipping on a tiki drink while a two piece noise/drone/psych band plays in San Francisco’s smallest bar. The place is next to WesBurger, so you can order the Chicken Of The Week Sandwich (usually inspired by another local restaurant like Mission Chinese or Lazy Bear) and have it delivered to The Den.
Need a taste? Watch this https://flic.kr/p/Jc97yG

Everywhere-ish
[4/29, 5/1, 5/2] Jim Henson’s Labyrinth returns to theaters for 3-day fan celebration

 

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“It’s very, very dangerous to lose contact with living nature.” — Albert Hoffman


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Issue #173 :: The “Living Nature” Edition :: 4:18:2018

Living Nature…

Hey everyone, I missed you all. I really did.

What’s new?

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. My friends Jared and Absinthia make amazing craft cocktail syrups and are in the final moments of their Kickstarter. Do take a look!

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Dosshaus' Paper-Thin Hotel

Los Angeles: Dosshaus’ Paper-Thin Hotel

:: ICYMI: Brittany High and I spent an afternoon with Angelyne
:: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/02/an-afternoon-with-l-a-s-lady.html

:: Sometimes ideas get stolen
:: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2018/03/when-your-ideas-get-stolen.html

:: Hurry! Odyssey Works is hosting another super-personal experience for ONE. You can apply to be that one person. Deadline is 4/20 and the application is long:
:: http://www.odysseyworks.org/call-for-participants

:: This artist will draw what you feel
:: https://www.dearruksi.com

:: New NYC tiki bar: “Trader Vic’s meets ‘Mad Men’ meets ‘˜Pirates of the Caribbean'”
:: https://mobile.nytimes.com/drinks/tiki-bar-polynesian.html

:: Easter’s over but Jason Freeny’s anatomical chocolate Easter Bunny lives on
:: https://mightyjaxx.rocks/products/anatomical-chocolate-easter-bunny-red-velvet-edition-by-jason-freeny

:: “13. What is a celibate rope?”
:: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/fifty-six-questions-for-young-mc-upon-hearing-bust-a-move-for-the-first-time-in-twenty-two-years

:: FlueMarket: the “Craigslist” to buy and sell Fluevogs
:: https://www.fluevog.com/community/fluemarket

:: Braille typeface with letters you can see
:: https://www.fastcodesign.com/this-new-typeface-merges-braille-you-can-touch-with-letters-you-can-see

:: They started selling furniture in 1948: IKEA catalog covers from 1951 to 2015
:: http://www.home-designing.com/ikea-catalog-covers

:: Speaking of IKEA: Obvious Plant’s “relationship saving station
:: https://www.today.com/stressed-ikea-relationship-saving-station-pops

:: Pop Trash: Junk mosaic artist Jason Mecier has a BOOK!
:: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/11/pop-trash-celebrity-junk-port.html

:: “Colossal Curates ‘Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art‘ at San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum”
:: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/04/colossal-curates-inflatable

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!

 

“Are you sure you want to buy this rubbish?” British artist David Shrigley makes amazingly bizarre stuff including cocaine/heroin shakers, box of crap packing tape, and this, the Ridiculous Inflatable Swan-Thing

Featured events

 

March Fourth

TOMORROW night in Berkeley: [4/19] March Fourth is playing at Cornerstone! All ages, $15

Bay Area
[4/28] POSTPONED: Bay Area Electric Dreams meetup #2
I need to postpone this meetup. I’ll set a new date soon, I promise!

Gerlach, NV
[Now] Fly Ranch 3-hour guided nature walks, tickets are donation-based

Big Sur, CA
[4/22-4/27] Esalen Inspirational Film Festival at Esalen

Glendale, CA
[Open now] The Museum of Selfies

Oakland, CA
[5/3] “Killing It at Craft Shows” at The Port Workspaces, 5 PM to 6:30 PM

San Francisco
[5/19] Bikes to Books Five-year Anniversary Spring Ride combines “San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration,” 1 PM to 4 PM

Everywhere
[4/19] Happy Bicycle Day!

[4/21] Happy Record Store Day!

 

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Issue #172 :: The “San Francisco Treat” Edition :: 3:28:2018

The San Francisco Treat…

I moved to the Bay Area in the spring of 1994. It took me five years to get myself across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Everyone back then was “FIVE YEARS?!” In retrospect, that was nothing. It took me 24 years to get myself on a cable car.

I don’t know why I’ve never got on one. It just never happened. When I’ve been a tourist in my own town, I’ve always ended up doing something else, something that doesn’t require a novelty ride on a manually-operated mode of transportation.

Well, for Christmas this year, my brother sent SJ and me vouchers for City Pass (Thanks, Bubba!). With it, you get a booklet of tourist attraction tickets AND three days use of Muni, the public transit system that operates San Francisco’s cable cars.

So, on Saturday, I took SJ to SF to visit SFMOMA. Then, we hitched a ride on the cable car together.

It was fun. It was also mildly frightening. We sat on the wooden benches facing out, the ones open to the street. I looked for seatbelts and there were none. We got off that one and onto a more crowded one. I had to stand.

Someone took this photo of us and sent it to me:

Strangers can be so kind.

(Just kidding. I really did ride the cable cars with SJ but I was too busy holding on to take any decent pictures.)

Speaking of cable cars and my brother, check out this then and now portrait we did a few years ago. (I know what you’re thinking, “Why didn’t you ride the damn car back then?!” Well, I don’t remember why exactly. I think it was because it took a long time to find that exact one and maybe it wasn’t actually running to begin with…?)

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Save the date: a new Bay Area meetup is in the works! (See the events section.) Also: no zine for the next two weeks. I mean it this time.

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Stash House on Boing Boing

ICYMI: I wrote about our meetup at Stash House on Boing Boing. TL;DR version: it was AWESOME and you should go!

:: Bill Cunningham wrote a secret memoir titled “Fashion Climbing” and asked that it be published two years after his death. June marks the second anniversary since he passed. The book will be released in September. I’m REALLY stoked to read it.
:: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/23/street-style-photographer-bill.html

:: Just start
:: https://medium.com/personal-growth/the-most-important-word

:: “Does Having a Day Job Mean Making Better Art?” (Maybe it’s good to have an “artistic temperament“?)
:: https://www.nytimes.com/magazine/art/artist-day-job.html

:: One man’s chronicle of sleeping on store display beds
:: https://www.vice.com/heres-what-happens-if-you-fall-asleep-in-a-display-bed

:: If you lived through it, you’ll remember: the rise and fall of Yahoo!
:: https://www.fastcompany.com/the-glory-that-was-yahoo

:: Oh, the difficulties of photographing mirrors
:: https://twitter.com/i/moments/977020217652948992

:: I’ve been making homemade granola. Some people think that’s gross (cough*they might be reading this right now*cough) but I think it tastes great and so does my picky kid. This is the recipe that I’ve been using, although now I use coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar and maple syrup. (I know, I’ve become one of THOSE people.)
:: https://cooking.nytimes.com/olive-oil-granola-with-dried-apricots-and-pistachios

:: My heart be still: a great “where are they now?” piece on k.d. lang
:: https://www.nytimes.com/kd-lang-ingenue-tour.html

:: I’m not sure why I’m sharing this exactly: Dates for a bunch of eating contests
:: http://www.majorleagueeating.com/contests.php

:: Slices of ketchup: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should
:: https://boingboing.net/ketchup-slices-shaped-like-ch.html

Real things you can actually buy: yay?

 

From Japan, ofc From the product’s translated-to-English description on its crowdfunding page (because I truly couldn’t describe it better myself): “As a pillow pillow, I want you to heal as much as you like, in the chest of men. It is a muscle type cushion male pillow that answered such a thought.”

I’ll take ten.

Real things you can actually buy: no way!

 

Couture Crocs Balenciaga Demna’ Gvasalia has “a habit of trolling the fashion industry with upscaled versions of mundane items.” Case in point: these bubblegum pink platform Crocs. They’re $850/pair.

Real things you can actually buy: no way!

 

They’re “to die for” A friend was getting weird ads from Walmart in his Facebook feed, including one for these Funeral Potatoes. 100% a real thing you can actually buy! (You can also make your own.) I had never heard of them, you?

“Having originated in the West this delightful dish is anything but grim. In various parts of the USA it’s also known as Potato Casserole, Party Potatoes, Cheesy Potatoes, and Mormon Potatoes. Commonly served at funerals and social gatherings.”

Featured events

 

826 + KML = BFFS

This sounds downright delightful: [4/19-4/28] Killing My Lobster (sketch comedy troupe) has been teaching kids how to write sketch comedy at 826 Valencia (amazing kids writing center). Now some grownups are going to perform the skits the kids wrote. Frickin’ fantastic idea!

It happens at PianoFight in San Francisco. Six performances only. Tickets are $10 to $50 each.

Alameda
[3/30] Saint Stupid: The Movie at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Bay Area
[4/28] SAVE THE DATE: Bay Area Electric Dreams meetup #2
— There will be room for eight people total (me plus seven guests)
— Cost will be about $25 plus lunch money
If you’re interested –at all– email me asap and I’ll send out details about what’s on the agenda. From there, you can decide if you’re IN or not. You should be IN, I’m telling you!

Berkeley
[4/5] That Really Happened? A night of true stories at The Monkey House (my friend Cherry takes the stage this night!), 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Glendale, CA
[Opens 4/1] The Museum of Selfies 

San Francisco
[3/28] TONIGHT: dorkbotsf #99 (former A-i-R Doc Pop will be presenting!) at DNA Lounge, 7 PM to 11 PM

[4/1] 40th Annual Saint Stupid’s Day Parade, starts at Noon

[4/1] The annual BYOBW (Bring your own Big Wheel) event is happening this year on EasterFools

[4/24] Odyssey Works’ Empathy and Experience Design Workshop, 6 PM to 9 PM, Tickets

[5/19] Bikes to Books Five-year Anniversary Spring Ride combines “San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration,” 1 PM to 4 PM

 

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff for positive deviants and the people who love them.

Described as, “One of the most inspiring, weird and off-kilter collections of curated kitschy ephemera for the big-brained.”

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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — Buddha


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Issue #171 :: The “Oops, I did it again” Edition :: 3:21:2018

Oops, I did it again…

Yep, it’s me again. I said I wasn’t going to publish an issue this week but here I am. It’s a short one though.

A lot has happened since last week! I went on this epic LA adventure with some of YOU.

— I choked down some sweet. potato fries (like sugar sticks but not that tasty)
— and cracked clues searching for bags of fake coke in Tommy’s Stash House (story soon)
— and went on a surprise urban spelunking trip in an abandoned makeshift Buddhist school
— and ate spaghetti tacos and show’d and tell’d at Sizzler

…and that was just Saturday night.

On Sunday, I not only had a wonderful brunch with wonderful friends, I also saw the real-life spooky house from Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

THEN I had coffee with THE Angelyne. THAT story is to come too.

It felt like the old Cacophony Society days, full of IRL adventure. I was in my glory! A big big thanks to everyone who was part of it.

Hey, since I’m here, I’m in need of a digital artist who can twist an already-existing logo into something else. Think: Wacky Packages kind of thing. Know anyone? Is it you?

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I will be out of town soon and will definitely have to skip an issue or two. I promise.

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Pizza Hat

Bootleg Stuff: My new favorite Twitter account

:: When Jello Biafra and Norman Reedus get in a photo booth together Thanks, Jenny!
:: https://www.facebook.com/museemecaniquesf/photos

:: A TED Talk on “Why must artists be poor?” (WHY!?!)
:: https://www.ted.com/talks/hadi_eldebek_how_artists_contribute_to_the_economy

:: “Long-lost Sutro Baths photos”
:: https://www.sfchronicle.com/Long-lost-Sutro-Baths-photos-pulled-from-depths

:: “An Indigenous Language Is Stayin’ Alive In A Karaoke Contest”
:: https://www.npr.org/2018/03/10/592450719/an-indigenous-language-is-stayin-alive-in-a-karaoke-contest

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

 

Boob Tube My friend CTP’s daughter Sydney is selling prints of her cool retro-styled collages on Etsy. I’m diggin’ this one a whole lot.

Featured events

 

Michael Wertz's artists residency

Milan: [5/21-6/5] Michael Wertz is leading a super-cool residency in Italy this summer!
He writes:
“This residency is open to anyone at any skill level, but will be especially interesting to Graphic Designers (who want to draw), Illustrators (who love Graphic Design), Street Fashionistas, Architects, Fine (and Street) Artists, Art Historians, and Urban Explorers. Email me at mwertz@cca.edu for more information.”

 

Alameda
[3/30] Saint Stupid: The Movie at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Berkeley
[4/5] That Really Happened? A night of true stories at The Monkey House (my friend Cherry takes the stage this night!), 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Glendale, CA
[Opens 4/1] The Museum of Selfies (I’ve mentioned this before but what I didn’t mention is that it is co-created by RED reader Tommy Honton of Stash House!)

San Francisco
[3/28] dorkbotsf #99 (former A-i-R Doc Pop will be presenting!) at DNA Lounge, 7 PM to 11 PM

[4/1] 40th Annual Saint Stupid’s Day Parade, starts at Noon

[4/5] Parents Must Be Dead (Christine’s McHugh’s one-night, one-woman show!) at Noh Space Theater, 7:30 PM

[4/24] Odyssey Works’ Empathy and Experience Design Workshop, 6 PM to 9 PM, Tickets

Portland, OR
[9/6-9/9] XOXO is coming back! I’ve actually never been but have heard great things about it

 

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“Without deviance from normality, there can be no progress.” — Frank Zappa


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Issue #170 :: The “Deviant, in a good way” Edition :: 3:14:2018

Deviant, in a good way…

I know, I know. I told you I wasn’t going to publish the zine this week but I changed my mind. Surprise… now you can just take a ride on my spontaneity.

SO… I just learned about something called “positive deviance” and, well, it tickled me, so I came back to tell you about it.

This is what I learned…

In 2000, “positive deviants” (PD) were described in Fast Company as “individuals whose exceptional behaviors or practices enable them to get better results than their neighbors with the exact same resources.”

That didn’t precisely strike a nerve but this definition in a 2010 Independent article starts to get warmer:

“…look for outliers who succeed against all odds. Such individuals are outliers in the statistical sense – exceptions, people whose outcomes deviate in a positive way from the norm… such people do not know he or she is doing anything unusual.”

Getting warmer…

It was this definition in a 2017 Forbes article on “black sheep” that really caught my eye though; PD are described as “people who make positive changes in their lives and the world but are still ostracized by members of their family.”

Whoa, now they’re speaking my language. 🙂

While the term “black sheep” is generally seen as negative, I try to wear my “black sheep” status as a well-earned badge of honor. It’s gotten easier over the years to do so. The more I’ve let go of my past and the hurt it brought me, the easier it has been to see it as a gift. I became the “black sheep” through no choice of my own but what I did with the gift (of being my family’s scapegoat) has made me the “positive deviant” that I am today. [To be clear: It wasn’t always this way, it took me some time to truly embrace the “positive” over “negative.” And still, it’s a process. Deviance is easy, positive deviance is harder.]

Yet another description states, “A positive deviant is someone who departs from the norm in a way that adds value versus creates pain.”

This explains how I think of pranks. Some would disagree, but I believe a prank shouldn’t hurt anyone. I believe that pranks should instead invoke “surprise and delight.” It gives value not pain.

If I’m understanding it all correctly, this philosophy of PD is more than putting a positive spin on something, it’s carefully crafting a positive and rewarding outcome. It’s thinking many steps ahead and creating something wonderful. [Those of you who experienced the Jejune Institute — or any one of the many, many other awesome things in our greater community — know what I’m talking about.]

Ok, I have a favor. Can you send me names of any individual, group, art piece or project that you think might be PD? I want to start a list. I mainly want to know about PD that I am not already aware of but all suggestions are welcomed. And, while it resonates with me personally, let’s remove the “ostracized by family” part of the equation. I want your opinion on who is PD. [If you also send me your snail address, I’ll mail you a small token of my appreciation.]

One last thought… I had to laugh. “Positive deviants” reminds me a lot of Boing Boing‘s “happy mutants,” which they describe as “the cyberspawn of the behavioral shenanigans of the Dadaists, Surrealists, or the lesser-known but more interesting Situationists.”

Yes! It’s all connected, isn’t it? I hope this resonates with you all as much as it did with me. Either way, enjoy your week!

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. LA, are ye ready for me?

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

May 4: There’s going to be a documentary about badass (dissenter extraordinaire) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It’s titled RBG. Stoked. [Talk about a PD!]

:: Steamed Hams Inc. via
:: https://youtu.be/aRsOBFhNjVM

:: This French playground is super cool!
:: http://www.foldmagazine.com/best-playground-ever

:: Meta: High + Ideas = Highdeas
:: http://highdeas.com/popular/topalltime

:: Using AI to make knitting patterns
:: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/the-making-of-skyknit-an-ai-yarn

:: What words were first used in print the year you were born?  “Granola” was 1970
:: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/13/learn-when-a-word-was-first-us.html

:: Remember I told you about 49 Boxes? Well, apparently, Neil Patrick Harris LOVED it too!
:: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/13/dont-miss-one-of-the-coolest.html

:: At a conference I just went to, I learned about ANXY. It’s a magazine that sees “mental health through a creative lens.”… I picked up a copy. It’s both GORGEOUS and has great stories.
:: https://anxymag.com

:: Remember when I told you about my artist friends who lost everything in the Sonoma fire? Just five months later Erick Dunn, the husband of the couple, has made and announced his first piece. I was up at their new place in Kenwood recently and saw it for myself. It’s really quite spectacular
:: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211633707617543

Here’s a photo I shot of it:

#swoon

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

 

Flat Plants

Need This is a DIY “paint by numbers” style kit to make FLAT PLANTS. I love them and not just because I have a black thumb. Though, they’re kind of pricey (kits start at $40 and go up from there). I feel like I could make my own with a laser cutter.

Real chocolates you can actually buy: YAY!

 

St. Louis: Crown Candy Shop misfit chocolates

I love these SO much A St. Louis chocolatier, “Andy Candy” of Crown Candy Kitchen, takes the chocolate parts that are accidentally broken (from when he opens hand-poured Easter candy molds), melds them into new “misfit chocolates” and then sells those.  Brilliantly subversive and a money maker.

Featured events

 

Goldhive Salon: Feast of Fools

I’ve heard good things: [3/31] GOLDHIVE SALON: Feast of Fools: “FIRST in a series of Exploratory, Evolutionary, Dazzling, Delightful Cross-pollinating events where we bring together the very best SOCIAL, ART, TECH, PERFORMANCE, LIVE MUSIC and Innovation the kaleidoscope of Bay Area communities has to offer!”

Alameda
[5/4] Island City Waterways History Talk: The People of Neptune Beach at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Remember a couple issues ago I told you about Neptune Beach? Well know there’s going to be a talk about the “Daredevil aerialists, entrepreneurs, entertainers and athletes” of this island attraction of yore. Tickets are $10

San Francisco
[3/16] The Pathogens at Thee Parkside, 9 PM, Tickets are $10

[4/5] Parents Must Be Dead (Christine’s McHugh’s one-night, one-woman show!) at Noh Space Theater, 7:30 PM

[4/20-4/22] Neon Speaks, a three-day neon festival and symposium

WELL DO YOU

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