The “Hidey Hole” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #167

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Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #167 :: The “Hidey Holes” Edition :: 2:21:2018

Hidey holes…

Wow, thank you all for your wisdom about pet rats. I’ll admit I was a little freaked out at first but I’m feeling better about the decision to bring rodents into our home.

On Presidents’ Day itself, I took SJ over to visit some friends who have two ratsies (SJ’s preferred term). Both of us took turns holding one of them (an adorable female named “Cocktail”) and watched the other (“Einstein”) sleep adorably inside a chewed-up fabric tent meant for Calico Critters. We also got to see their habitat up close and ask loads of questions. I’m kicking myself for not taking pictures.

Through last week’s inquiry, my friend Mark pointed me to another Mark who just got two rats for pets. That Mark pointed me to a guy in Hayward who sells them. He’s expecting a new litter in two weeks. We’re going to get everything in order before introducing them into our home.

Along with getting food and other necessities, we’ll set up their two-story cage with tiny hammocks (some look like bananas!), a walking wheel, and some hidey holes. It sounds like we’ll be ready to meet our new rat friends in early April, because a little anticipation never hurt anyone.

I think she’s picked names for them already but I’ll wait to share when I know what they are for sure. It’s not Peanut Butter and Fluff or Cheech and Chong, as I suggested. 

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. If you’re interested, this (“rats are awesome”) MetaFilter link was especially helpful. Thanks, Sean!

This space intentionally left ratsied

As seen on the Internets


Crying in Public map

Crying in Public: You can anonymously contribute times of joy, sadness and other emotional stories to this map of NYC.  One of those icons is mine and nope, I won’t tell you which one 😉

:: Fashioned like a 3D printing pen, Crayola’s neato “Crayon Melter” writes with melted wax from, well, crayons (available 8/18 for $25)

:: Jason Kottke on 20 years of blogging: “I am like a vaudevillian. I’m the last guy dancing on the stage, by myself, and everyone else has moved on to movies and television.”

:: Things people have found in old books, like hair, letters, and… a finger (!)

:: Wow, someone’s making pottery with the ashes of the Sonoma Wildfires

:: “I was a foodie…who figured he could run a restaurant… I encountered rats, endless red tape, crippling costs and debt-induced meltdowns, started popping sleeping pills, lost my house, and nearly sabotaged my marriage.”

:: NSFW/Can’t make this stuff up: Merkin mohawks

:: Former A-i-R Benjamin Wachs made a snarky flipbook to handle small talk at his high school reunion

:: Turning $10K into $22M slowly, but surely

:: They danced with joy in South Africa after seeing Black Panther

:: Time capsule: You have to see inside this (then) 96-year old women’s Toronto home Thanks, MAJ!

Real things you can actually knit: yay!


Snail tea pot cosy by Anke Klempner

Those eyestalks tho: This Snail Tea Pot Cosy by Ravelry crafter Anke Klempner is just too stinkin’ cute not to share. You can make one of your own with the pattern she’s made available for about 3.62.

Get your fresh, hot carbs


Chef Emeric Fiegen

Not crabs, carbs: While on an epic cruising adventure, my friends Andrea, Nick and their teen daughter Pari had delicious baked goods delivered to them while docked in Barra de Navidad (Mexico). It’s a service of Chef Emeric Fiegen who owns the French Bakery in town. For nearly 20 years now, he’s personally sold his wares from his humble panga., the animated GIF museum

I love everything about this: Described as “a curated gallery of micro animations that elevate the animated GIF as artistic work,” it’s easy to fall down @konigi‘s rabbit hole. [Shown: “axis of oscillation” by Charlie Deck which I’ve watched for five minutes straight already.] 

Featured events



RESPECT: Oakland Museum will soon have an exhibit on hip-hop ‘style + wisdom’ (opens 3/24)

Los Angeles, California
[3/17] Keep saving the date for the first Rusty’s Electric Dream meetup in LA

[3/31] A new date has been set for 49 Boxes

Berkeley, California
[3/1] That Really Happened? A night of true stories at The Monkey House, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Oakland, California
[3/5] Heather Gold’s Yarn, a comedy storytelling show especially for women who are ‘Hollywood old’ (age 29) at Homestead, 7 PM doors, 7:30 PM show

San Francisco, California
[2/21] Tonight! Fly Ranch: An Open-Source Burning Man Project talk at General Assembly, 6:30 PM to 8 PM

All over
[Multiple dates] Atlas Obscura has some great upcoming events… and most sell out quickly



NEW!: I know what you’re thinking, “Rusty, you just posted Sarah Cooper’s NYC vs. SF series a couple of weeks ago!” That’s true, yes, but she’s made more since then. Sheesh, chill.



Bonus ‘toon by John Atkinson of Wrong Hands

Thanks, Richard!

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