The “10-4, Good buddy” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #152

“I’m a couple miles off your front door just past the credit-card machine. Just paid the water bill and that pickle park is swarming with lot lizards.” Aaron Miller

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #152 :: The “10-4, Good Buddy” Edition :: 10:04:2017

10-4, Good Buddy…

Hey friends,

It’s October 4 (10-4), so this is the CB lingo issue.

(Hey, it’s my zine. I get to decide this stuff.)

Without further ado, let’s put the hammer down…

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Meow Wolf was AMAZING. Promise me you’ll go experience it.

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As seen on the Internets

No sleeping No vaping
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign: Spotted by me at a Dunkin Donuts in Santa Fe, New Mexico

:: Wow, check out this psychedelic house in Austin, Texas

:: Oldie but a goodie: Why LaCroix water is so dang popular

:: “Right now, virtual mixed and augmented reality is the wild west of typography.”

:: Are you open minded or closed minded?

:: Prince wrote a bunch of songs for a bunch of folks

:: Emeryville’s memorial Ghost Ship

Real books you can actually read: yay!

A caveat, this is going to be greatThe Deeds of Pounce is the most-recent book by my friend Benjamin Wachs, who you may remember as February 2016’s Artist-in-Residence.

I asked him why he wrote the book and he explained that it started as an exercise for a writing workshop he attended.

He continues, “The first half of the first chapter was basically just written for funzies, and I never intended it to go anywhere.

Then people started asking me ‘what are the goblins doing next?’

And I thought, ‘really?  You want more goblins? And talking animals?’ And I figured it would go away.

But they kept bugging me about it. And, hey, it was kind of left on a cliffhanger, so, I finished the cliff hanger, and thought that would be the end of it.

But people pestered me, and wanted more.

So eventually I asked myself if there was a novel here, and started writing it out to see where it went.

That’s why I started it. The reason I finished it was because the goblins turned out to be so much goddamn fun. They were just delightful to write, even as their world began to hold more resonance and more depth of feeling. I just couldn’t let these little guys go – and once their story was finished, I felt an aesthetic obligation (the most powerful kind) to bring them into the world.  They’re too much fun to not go the distance.

The book is filled with insider references to San Francisco politics and what might be termed deep thoughts on the nature of culture and sacrifice, but honest-to-God that’s all stuff I threw in just to see how they’d react, and what they’d do next. This book is a romp across San Francisco with two goblins.  And it turns out I really wanted to do that.”

Fun fact: Benjamin writes for Burning Man under the name Caveat Magister.

The Deeds of Pounce is available now as a paperback (and for Kindle).

Real thing you can actually buy: yay!

Put your best face forward: Meow Wolf artist Nicholas Toll has brought his “longtime dream product” to market. It’s called the Experience Tube and it’s described as “revolutionary analog device which connects one experience to another.” I LOVE it (and just bought one). $24.99 online or in person at Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, NM. 

Featured events


Extra Action Marching Band

Oakland, California

[10/31] Halloween Ball with Extra Action Marching Band at Starline Social Club, 8 PM to 1 AM, Tickets

Also in Oakland

[10/18] dorkbotSF 97 at the MADE, 3400 Broadway, 7 PM

The MADE – unlimited games with membership!
Alex Handy – Six Years of The MADE – Highlights
Randy Farmer – The NeoHabitat Project
Heather Vescent – Surviving the Cyber Apocalypse

Los Angeles, California
[3/15 to 3/24] Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music at the Theatre at Ace Hotel

I regret not seeing this show when it was in San Francisco. It’s 24 hours long, broken into four parts and all my friends who saw it here LOVED It. Mistakes were made. 


Extra Action Marching Band

Port Costa, California

[10/25] Pre-Halloween Forbidden Island pop-up bar, take a bus to Port Costa where Forbidden Island bartenders take over the Dram Shop, the lively bar at the Bull Valley Roadhouse, 5:30 PM to 10 PM, $20

Current mood: This.

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