The “Rebuilt from the inside out” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #180



“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.”

Rusty's Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #180 :: The “Rebuilt from the inside out” Edition :: 6:27:2018

Rebuilt from the inside out…

I rarely ask for favors buuut… *promise me* you’ll watch Nanette on Netflix.

It’s Tasmanian-born comic Hannah Gadsby‘s (kinda/sorta) stand-up comedy show and I think it is really something special. Groundbreaking even. She’s so real. So brave. Talk about a Positive Deviant!

It’s funny at times. Serious at others. I cried at one point. Fist pumped at another (silently, alone here at the house).

I really don’t want to share too much in the hopes that you’ll see it for yourself. It’s different. It’s edgy. It’s authentic. And, honestly, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Given that, I still say it’s a must-see.

Here’s its trailer.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. No zine for the next couple of weeks, work is ZANY! (Also: Happy early birthday, America! Hope you have a better year than last.)

As seen on the Internets


How to get a free scenic flight over Black Rock City

:: Through gifting, you can take a free scenic flight over Black Rock City like I did last year
:: A really cool fan-made “ASCIImation” of Star Wars, well, 40% of it anyway


:: Weird Al is in a Drunk History episode (with Tony Hale and others)

:: Neil Patrick Harris got his very own immersive experience for his birthday

:: Should you want to make your own moonshine… or more Thx, Greg!

:: Disappointment of the week: Spaghetti donuts are not REAL donuts

:: Phew: Sparkling water is A-OK! Thx, Andie!

:: Big love: This season of Queer Eye has an episode dedicated to a cool Atlanta Burner named Jason

:: Then, Queer Eye‘s Fab Five headed to Australia to tackle toxic masculinity in a real place called Yass

:: Oof: The big difference between being broke and being poor

:: We have a Beach Toy Library here in Alameda (that really needs new toys)

:: Wowsers: Daniel Mercadante‘s long exposure rainbow photos are dreamy
:: via

Real things you can actually buy: yay!


Floating baby head socks

I thought this was cute: So, my friends Roxane and Dave recently adopted a baby. For (his first) Father’s Day, Roxane got Dave these socks. That’s their baby daughter’s floating head on them. Awww…! Should you need a pair (with the head of your choosing on them, of course), head on over to DivvyUp. They cost $24/pair and are worth every penny, I do think.

photo of Dave’s socks (and legs) taken by Roxane, used with permission

Real things you can actually paint: yay!


How charming is this?: Urban artist Arthur-Louis Ignoré paints outdoor “carpets.”

Featured Events


[OAKLAND, CA 8/17] Normally to get into Children’s Fairyland, the magical circa 1950 theme park for kiddies in downtown Oakland, you need an actual child. But not for Oaklandish’s annual Fairyland for Grownups event. Now in its eighth year, children 21 years and over are invited to play. It’s absolutely delightful and I encourage all Bay Area folks to go at least once!

Tickets go on sale at the Oaklandish downtown store at 10 AM on Saturday, July 21 and the fun happens Friday, August 17 from 7 PM to 10 PM. The price includes two drink tickets.

Alameda, CA
[6/30] Rock Art by the Bay, a Rock Poster Society-hosted event at Faction Brewing, 12 PM to 7 PM, Free

Berkeley, CA
[6/30] Fleetwood Macramé, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band at Starry Plough, 8 PM, Tickets, 21+

Los Angeles, CA
[7/28-7/29] Just announced: three new shows of 49 Boxes at the Mountain View Mausoleum

[10/13-10/14] David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel, Tickets

[Until 9/2] The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited at Skirball Cultural Center

Oakland, CA
[8/5] A Witches Walking Tour of Oakland Lake Merritt Walk, “Join us for a 2.5 hour walk along the Lakeside Dr. part of the lake as we identify the magical, medicinal, and practical uses of over 22 plants,” 11 AM to 2 PM (Every first Sunday from March to October)

[9/29] FIGMENT Oakland 2018, 10 AM to 6 PM

Pleasanton, CA
[7/27-7/29] NorCal Night Market

San Francisco, CA
[TONIGHT 6/27] Hey hey hey… Heather Gold and Julian Cash (and others) are presenting at dorkbotSF #100 at DNA Lounge, 7 PM to 11 PM, Donations $5-$20

[7/12] Heather Gold is taking her Yarn storytelling show to the Contemporary Jewish Museum (!), 7 PM to 8:30 PM, Tickets

[7/5-7/16] Flower Piano at San Francisco Botanical Garden, “Twelve Days, Twelve Pianos, One Garden & You!”

[7/12-7/14] NightGarden Piano at San Francisco Botanical Garden, $45

[7/19] The Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things is back. What is it? It’s “a social-mixer-disguised-as-a-slow-dance-club that welcomes dancers and non-dancers of all skill levels to share in a night of song-length social vignettes,” Verdi Club, 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM

[Until 9/3] Inflatable Expanding Works of Art at the Exploratorium, curated by Colossal’s Christopher Jobson, Tickets

[11/13] Southern Culture on the Skids at Slim’s, 8 PM


FINALLY: The (new) Love Language, by John B. Crist

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