The “Cosmic Happenstance” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #160


“”The greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin.”” —Harry Houdini

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #160 :: The “Cosmic Happenstance” Edition :: 12:13:2017

Cosmic Happenstance…

Thanks to a dear friend, I was whisked away on a quick, though utterly grand, LA adventure this past weekend.

Here’s what I discovered:

— The Houdini Estate is just as awesome as it sounds;

— The pillows at The Standard hotel in WeHo are divine. In fact, I bought two to replace my ancient flat ones;

— The front desk at said hotel will call your room if a lobby full of drunk Santas are chanting your name;

— From the plane, you can see the massive, scary clouds from the Ventura fire;

— Last (and certainly not least), the participatory storytelling show called 49 Boxes is one for the books. I’ve been to my fair share of immersive events and this one is definitely one of the best. Color me impressed.

If you get a chance to experience it, please do. There are no scheduled shows right now but I will definitely let you know when tickets go on sale again.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Want to read some minor spoilers about 49 Boxes? Go here.

This space intentionally left dedicated to Floyd G. Thayer

As seen on the Internets


What a Wonderful World by Raymond Crowe

This is actually really great: The signature piece of Australian-born unusualist Raymond Crowe is this hand shadow puppet version of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”

:: Classic albums re-imagined with cats

:: “Academic Journal Devotes an Entire Issue to Prince’s Life & Music: Read and Download It for Free”

:: “The 2017 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog”

:: Gorgeous Soviet-era bus stops

:: The “invisible box” trick/challenge

:: How to ween yourself off Apple products

:: The Not Yorker

:: Say it loud, say it proud: “Feminism”

Real things you can actually make: yay!


Pac-man Icelandic Peysa by Christine Clarke and Doc Pop

Wonder twin powers activate!: Doc Pop designed this badass Pac-Man Icelandic peysa (sweater) online and his wife Christine Clarke spent months knitting it up.

I’ve decided I want a peysa for myself but instead of a vintage arcade game theme, I want a Fluff theme. On mine, those ghosts and cherries would be jars of Fluff and tiny Fluffernutters. (A girl can dream…)

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!


Candy Whore Dish

HEY WHORE, NICE CANDY, WHORE: On the tail of last week’s insult teacups, I present to you… the Whore Candy Dish by Fishs Eddy. It’s $19.95. 

Real things you can actually buy: yay!


3D Pee-wee Herman tee-shirt

3D Pee-wee tees: Creepy Co.’s latest offering pairs a 3D anaglyph t-shirt of Pee-wee Herman with those special paper glasses. You know what to do next. 

Featured events


San Francisco: [1/5 and 1/6] First Church of the Sacred Silversexual’s 7th Annual Bowie Birthday Bash at The Chapel, Tickets
(I’ve heard this is a not-to-be-missed show!)
[12/14] SF Bazaar Holiday Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences, 6 PM to 10 PM, 21+Oakland, California
[12/14] How to be a Woman and Not Give A Fuck at Impact Hub, 7 PM to 9:30 PM

Joshua Tree, California
[12/16] Paint-by-Number “Art” Show! at La Matadora Gallery, 5 PM to 8 PM



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