The “Happy Birthday, America” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #142

:: Ack Flag, Deep-fried bubblegum, Puta sweater and more! ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #142 :: The “Happy Birthday, America” Edition :: 07:05:2017

Happy Birthday, America…

I’m putting this issue together on Monday, July 3rd, so the big Fourth of July festivities here in Alameda haven’t begun yet. Our island city boasts the longest Independence Day parade in the United States, it’s three miles long! Over 66,000 spectators watch it, including SJ and I. We get out our picnic blanket and sit in our shady spot waiting for the Americana to walk by.

At dusk, we head over to Alameda Point to watch amateurs set off fireworks illegally. ‘Murica!

If you’re in the States, hope you had a great holiday! 

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I’m loving the new Facebook meme that’s going around: “What’s something you’ve done that you’re reasonably sure you’re the only person on my friends list who’s done it?” So many great replies! 

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The marketing copy for this sweater reads: “I want you to wear clothing with the word PUTA on it because I want you to be very aware that no one can justify disrespecting or mistreating you, because of how you choose to dress or who you fuck. I want you to know that your body is a beautiful” Thanks, Sunny!

:: Steve Casino’s “Pocket Pollock”

:: God is Disappointed in You

:: Proof that Americans are lying about their sexual desires
:: Thanks, Piph!

:: For the ladies: “Consider your intimidation the best fuckboy filter on the planet.” Thanks, Polly!

:: Will robots take my job?

:: Ghost sushi

:: On being an ASL comedian

:: More Tales of the City are in the works

:: Powerful photos: Homeless camps in Oakland

:: LOL: “I think it tastes like butter”

:: “Headbadge Hunter: Rescuing the Beautiful Branding of Long Lost Bicycles”

:: Better Known As Peaches Christ

 Cherry-picked Boing Boing posts of mine from this past week:

:: Louis C.K. releases Check It, a film on his site about a gay and transgender youth gang

:: How to create impressive red and blue 3D effects in Photoshop

:: IDEO’s rules of brainstorming

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Ack Flag

Fucking Cathy: Over the weekend I took a silkscreening class (at a cool DIY place in Oakland called Grease Diner). In the rag bin, I spotted this “Ack Flag” design, a brilliant Black Flag and Cathy mashup. I posted it on Instagram and the woman who created it contacted me. Turns out she sells totes, tees, and sweatshirts with the design in her Etsy shop, Crimson + Clover.

Real things you can actually eat: run away!

Deep-fried Bubble gum

Deep-fried Bubble gum

Yes, you can swallow it: Deep-fried bubble gum is a thing, at the state fair in New Jersey anyway.

photos by Amy Kuperinsky

Featured events

Decentralized Dance Party in San Francisco

Oakland, California
[7/9] Walking Tour: Mountain View Cemetery, 10 AM to 1:30 PM, Tickets $10-$15

Local historian Dennis Evanosky leads this walking tour of California’s most historic cemetery. You’ll “meet” some familiar names like Charles Crocker, Domingo Ghirardelli and Samuel Merritt.

Jaws on the water

Richmond, California
[8/12] Third annual Rosie Rally at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, 10 AM to 4 PM

This looks fun! Thousands will take part in defending the Guinness World Record for “The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as a Rosie the Riveter.” 


Jaws on the water

San Francisco, California
[8/19] Pink Flamingos Take Over Dolores Park at Mission Dolores Park, 1 PM to 5 PM

“Object of the event: to reinact the cover photo
Dress in your best (or worst) pink flamingo costume
Picnic with your friends, all your friends”

Palate Cleanser: Independence Day

I am the sea and nobody owns me

Current mood

The sea

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a weekly inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff.

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