The “So it goes” Edition :: Issue #092


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Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #092 :: The “So it goes” Edition :: 07:06:2016

So it goes…

Gentle readers, I want to acknowledge what a tender week it’s been in the Community.*

Life, lots of death, joy, pain, endings, beginnings, catharsis…a collectively exhausting and fragile time.

Be good to each other out there, ‘k?


Rusty Blazenhoff
p.s. I know not all of you reading this know what I’m talking when I say the “Community.” Yes, capital C. It’s my greater circle of chosen family, ie. “those who understand.”

Praise: “I love getting your newsletter. It’s basically the only one I read and one of few that arrive. Thank you for sharing all the fun things you find, and thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences around getting unpleasant emails”
-Daniel, RED reader

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As seen on the Internets


3D-printed robot bicycle zoetrope 

:: Kit Cameo’s 3D-printed robot bicycle zoetrope

:: Former A-i-R Victoria of Milkfed Press has a new Etsy shop!

:: Atlas of Emotions Thanks, MAJ!

:: “One of the things you don’t know about money is that it is covered in human skin” —David Wahl

:: “Holy $#*! It’s An 8-Track”

:: “Lightman Fantastic: This Artist Drenched ’60s Music Lovers in a Psychedelic Dream”

:: Livestock auctioneers sound like hip-hop stars by adding a beat Thanks, Andy!

:: Mark Van Proyen went to Peru and changed his life with Ayahuasca

:: Disneyland gift catalog from 1960

:: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale” Thanks, Mimi!

:: *Chills*: “Hallelujah” sung by Rufus Wainwright and a 1500-voice choir
:: Thanks, Annie!

Artist-in-Residence: Epiphany Jordan

An excerpt from Epiphany Jordan’s A Woman’s Touch:

“As I’ve spent time studying the cultural implications of touch, one of the most damaging trends I’ve noticed is that we suffer from our society’s inability to uncouple sex from touch. Men in particular bear that burden; while many women are comfortable being affectionate with each other, many men are not. If they don’t have friends and family living close by, some men can go weeks without being touched by another human being. It’s gotten to the point where I can look at a man and see that it’s been a long time since anyone embraced him.” [Read more…]

Epiphany Jordan knows firsthand how skin hunger keeps us feeling alone, ashamed and isolated in our bodies. Over the past three years she has been studying both the biological mechanics of touch and oxytocin, and the cultural/social environment around it. Her Austin, Texas-based Karuna Sessions allows her to embody compassion, providing other humans with tangible emotional support and deep physical stress relief via platonic touch.

Welcome, Piph!

Interview with Russell Sparkman

Russell Sparkman
There was a bit of a “glitch in the matrix” and June’s Artist-in-Residence Russell Sparkman‘s interview didn’t run last week. Here it is!

RB: How did you get into drone photography?

RS: About 4 years ago we reserved the URL for, but didn’t rush right into it, partly because the technology wasn’t far along enough for us to take it seriously for photo and video services. But, that’s changed, especially when DJI released their Phantom 4 drone. The quality of the camera, the built in flight safety technology, etc., the right time became now.

RB: Have you run into any sticky situations flying your drone? Meaning, have you ever gotten into trouble because of your drone?

RS: We’ve not gotten into any trouble, in terms of the human interaction type. In that regard, it’s been mostly people being fascinated and curious. In terms of flight problems, not really, although I’ve been taking my drone into the woods to fly it amongst the trees, and that gets a bit hairy.

RB. What’s the coolest or most meaningful thing you’ve experienced through flying a drone?

The coolest thing has been recognizing a drone like the Phantom 4 for what it is, which is a tripod in the sky. To be able to photography or shoot video at elevations between 15 and 60 feet off the ground is a perspective on our world that we just haven’t seen a whole lot of, yet.

RB. Can you recommend a first-timer’s drone photography set up?

I’d recommend the DJI Phantom 4. The combo of camera quality and flight safety technology makes this a great tool.

RB. What are you working on next?

We’re working on finding applications for our drone video services, particularly in environmental and conservation related uses.

Thank you, Russell!

Events of note


Soiled Dove

[7/15-7/16] Vau de Vire Society presents The Soiled Dove at The Taxiway at Point Alameda

United States
[Now until 8/19] Tiny Book Show, a touring bookmobile of little books handcrafted by artists and writers

Alameda, California
[7/8] Normal is Over, a Free Community Movie Screening at Redux, 6:30 PM to 9 PM [RSVP]

[7/9] 2nd Annual Super Hero and Villain Pub Crawl 8 PM

[7/9 The Brass Tax Prom: Enchantment Under the Sea, 7 PM to 12 AM [Tickets]

[7/15-7/16] Vau de Vire Society presents The Soiled Dove at The Taxiway at Point Alameda

[7/22] Vespertine Circus: Midsummer, 8 PM to 10 PM

[8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24] Intro to Cultivating Compassion with Heidi Bennett, at Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 5 PM to 6:45 PM

[8/6] Free Edwardian Picnic Dance: 1906 at Lincoln Park, 10 AM to 4:30 PM

[3/2017] Spannabis

Berkeley, California
[7/14] Rusty’s IRL Picnic, Codornices Park, Berkeley: meet near the concrete slides at 11:30 AM [Bring your lunch and a piece of cardboard if you want to slide]

[Until 7/17] Don Reed’s East 14th at The Marsh, Berkeley

Las Vegas
[Ongoing] Akhob, an immersive “Ganzfeld effect” experience by artist James Turrell at Louis Vuitton [by appt only: 702-730-3150]  HIGHLY recommended!

Laytonville, California
[7/8-7/10] The Cannabis County Fair 2016, 21+ [Tickets]

[7/1] Patti Smith and Massive Attack at Hyde Park

Los Angeles

Cool Places to Buy Weird Shit in Los Angeles

[Dates in Summer and Fall] Krampus mask-masking workshop

[7/22] See Jane Sing with Jane Lynch at Largo, $30, 8 PM [Tickets]

[8/14] BrunchCon LA at The Reef, 9 AM to 3 PM Thanks, Josh!

[Begins 9/13] 8-week long Neon workshop at Lili Lakich Studio, 6 pm to 9 PM

[Until 9/4] “Portrayals And Perceptions Of Gays In Hollywood” at The Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building

[10/1] Dolly Parton at Hollywood Bowl [Tickets]

[10/8-10/9] David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption at Ace Hotel via

[12/5-12/8] Henry Rollins at Largo

Mountain View
[9/24] Dolly Parton at Shoreline, 8 PM [Tickets]

New York City
Quirky NYC by Oriana Leckert:
“From Bumper Cars to Torah Taxidermy: A Guide to 25 of Brooklyn’s Most Unusual Museums”
“From Elevators to Outsider Art: A Guide to 16 Under-the-Radar Museums in Queens”

[Ongoing] Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel
[Ongoing] Jungle-Ized by Sound Collective, Free
[Ongoing] The Ferry Play on the Staten Island Ferry, $1.99
[Ongoing] More NYC events

[7/16-8/7] Mushroom Cure, “Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology.” [Tickets]


[Until 9/25] Altered State: Marijuana in California at OMCA

[Until 9/9] Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden Concerts, Fridays, 12 PM to 1 PM, Free Thanks, Jewelz!

[7/16] Cooking Cannabis with Aunt Sandy at Oaksterdam University, 10 AM to 2 PM

[7/29-7/31] Yard Sale of Epic Proportions at Bunnydome

[8/9] Heather Gold’s YARN at Octopus Literary Salon, 7 PM to 9:30 PM [Tickets]

Palm Springs, California
[7/8-7/11] Yes and Yes Yes (YxYY) at the Ace Hotel, a “summer retreat for anyone who considers themselves a thinker, maker, creator, nerd, or weirdo.” [Tickets]

Paris, France
Editor’s note:
I had the good fortune to spend the night in an artist’s yurt. My photos from that visit are included in this show…in PARIS!
[Until 8/29] Habiter le Campement, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine au Palais de Chaillot

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Portland, Oregon
[8/11-8/15] World Domination Summit [Tickets]

San Diego
[8/18-8/21] Tiki Oasis: “Monster Island”

San Francisco
“Best storytelling events in the Bay Area”
Upscale vs. Frugal SF
[Ongoing] Elsewhere Philatelic Society
[Ongoing] More SF events

[Through Sept] Midwayville, a mixed reality popup carnival at SoMa StrEat Food, 7 PM to 12 AM

[7/7-7/18] Flower Piano 2016 at San Francisco Botanical Garden, A must see! [Schedule]

[7/10] Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge at DNA Lounge [Tickets]

[7/10] A Salute to Chuck Jones, Selected animated 35mm films by Chuck Jones at the Castro Theatre, 12 PM to 3 PM Thanks, Jonathan!

[7/11] Tour NoiseBridge, a non-profit hackerspace for technical-creative projects, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

[7/13] Fireside Storytelling: “What Doesn’t Kill You” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM

[7/13] DorkbotSF 88 at Monument, 7 PM

[7/14] What You Talkin’ ‘Bout Allee Willis? at Vitellos E-Spot Lounge, 7:30 PM [Tickets]

[7/16] Drones & Drinks at iHangar, 6 PM to 1 AM [Tickets]

[7/17] Dark Garden Annual Corset Rummage Sale, 11 AM to 6 PM

[7/17] National Ice Cream Day at SoMa StrEat Food Park, 11 AM to 5 PM

[7/22] CCA MFA in Comics Presents: An Evening with Mariko Tamaki, 6 PM to 9 PM

[7/22] The Grand Newstand’s first anniversary and Kiosk Fest kick off, 6 PM to 9 PM

[7/22-7/24] J-POP Summit at Fort Mason Center [Tickets]

[7/23-7/24] Kiosk Fest

[7/23] The Murray Invitational. A Bill Murray Art Exhibition and Golf Party at Public Works

[7/23] Hugbomb by WhyTheNose?- 24 Hours of Worldwide Trust at SF Ferry Building

[7/23-7/24] The San Francisco Art Book Fair 2016 at 1275 Minnesota Street [Preview on 7/22]

[7/24] The Cannaisseur Series presents: Summer Soiree, 5:30 PM

[7/30 Learning to VJ with gifSlap at Gray Area Art & Technology Theater, 4 PM to 6 PM

[7/31] 3 O’Clock Rock (kid rock) show with Meshugga Beach Party and The Jet Stars at Treasure Island Flea Market, 12 PM

[8/5-8/7] Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park

[8/10] Fireside Storytelling: “Nerve” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM

[8/12-10/1] The Speakeasy: illicit bar, crooked casino, immersive theatrical experience at a discreet location near you [Tickets]

[8/13] Daylong Retreat with Michael Taft, 10 AM to 4 PM

[8/21] The New Pornographer’s at Stern Grove Festival, Free

[9/14] Fireside Storytelling: “Storyteller’s Choice” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM

[9/21-9/22] Dent: Space at Innovation Hangar

[10/1] Release party for Chicken John’s The Book of the Un at 111 Minna

[10/12] Fireside Storytelling: “Games People Play” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM

[10/13] Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary, 8 PM [Tickets]

[11/9] Fireside Storytelling: “Caught in the Act” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM

[12/14] Fireside Storytelling: “Hot!” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM

[10/2017] 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

San Jose, California
[7/23] Blacklight Slide

[9/24] Art Party 2016 — An Occasional and Irrational San Jose Arts Fest, 6 PM

Santa Clara, California
[7/16-7/17] California Extreme, an “annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines, video games and other novelties you once found in game arcades. All games on display are set for free play.” Hyatt Regency Santa Clara Thanks, Jonathan!

SF Bay Area
[Ongoing] Best swimming holes in the SF Bay Area

[10/7-10/9] Art Car Fest [Crowdfund]

Santa Fe, New Mexico
[Ongoing] Meow Wolf [Read this] [Tickets]

[9/2] The 92nd Annual Zozobra

The Obscure, the Charming and the Odd: Mark Pahlow’s Guide to Seattle

Sun Valley, Idaho
[4/19/2017-4/22/2017] Dent 2017, a creative retreat for people who want to “put a dent in the universe,” as Steve Jobs once said. (Highly recommended!)

Tomales Bay, California
[7/30-7/31] Bioluminescence Kayaking-Salty Sound, “a 24 hour camping trip located on a kayak only group camp site”

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“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”
 Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff. These personally-curated missives are beacons to signal and celebrate the global tribe of weird, wonderful, and unconventional people (“the Others“).

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