The “I’m doing it right” Edition :: Issue #186, Rusty’s Electric Dreams


“It’s the moment when you feel you are doing something you care about, that you can be honest, and that you’re able to live in the moment.”

Gloria Steinem on defining success
Thanks, Affinity!

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #186 :: The “I’m doing it right” Edition :: 8:29:2018

I’m doing it right…

There’s a pretty good chance that if you’re going to Burning Man, you’re probably already there. Therefore, I will share my playa gift virtually with you.

So, “You’re doing it wrong!” is a popular saying in the Burning Man community. I decided to flip it to make it a more validating one with “I’m doing it right!” My friend Jenny (who hasn’t been to the event since 1994!) and I will be taking them to the playa to award worthy Burners.

Now, if you’re wondering about that Burning Man logo and how I can use it when “decommodification” is one of their 10 Principles, I’ll tell you. Anyone can use the logo as long as it’s for something that’s gifted, not sold. Check it.

Ok, this is a short issue because my bags to Black Rock City ain’t gonna pack themselves!

(Psst.. Wanna see some cool shots of this year’s city?)

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I’m out next week and, depending on my recovery time, the week after that. See ya in September!

As seen on the Internets


Thomas Kinkade makeover

When well-known modernist homes get Kinkaded.

:: “Life is too short for shallow friendships.

:: Stolen: “I rip off everyone I meet.”

:: “No reason to be surprised.” Nope.

:: Speaking of stealing: Font Cheat Sheet

:: The etymology of “motherfucker

:: Make your own luck: here’s how!

Real pins you can actually buy: yay!


¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Loving this Shrug ASCII Emoji enamel pin by Lost Type ($10). via

And/or: The Andorsand is a clever portmanteau of and/or and ampersand, first created by Doc Pop in 2014. Now he’s made it into an enamel pin ($10), yay!

Featured Events


[SF 11/29] A John Waters Christmas at GAMH, 8 PM (other cities too!)

Alameda, CA
[9/29] 13th Annual Parking Lot Sale at Forbidden Island, 2 PM to 7 PM

El Cerrito, CA
[9/3] Final day that Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is open, 12 PM to 5 PM
[9/15] Playland-Not-at-the-Beach Museum liquidation auction, 10 AM

Los Angeles, CA
[Until 8/31] Lucy Sparrow’s all-felt Sparrow Mart Supermarket is showing at The Standard in downtown LA

[9/21-9/23] Mercado Los Olvidados, an artists market conceived and curated by Camille Rose Garcia and Pskaufman

[9/22] In Gardena, master pumpkin carver Ray Villafane will be teaching a class on subtractive sculpturing techniques so you can decorate your own gourds, 9 AM to 6 PM. $350

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

[10/26] Extra Action 20th Anniversary Halloween Ball at The New Parish, 9 PM, Tickets

[12/8] 9th Annual East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest at Omni Commons

San Francisco, CA
[Now through Halloween] San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour: I went! It was cool!

[9/7] An Evening with Boots Riley at Herbst Theatre, 7:30 PM to 10 PM, Tickets

[10/13] Bikes to Books, San Francisco’s site-specific Literary Cycling tour, 1 PM to 4 PM

[11/7-10, 11/14-17] Hump! Film Festival 2018

Know about a cool event and don’t see it here? Send me the info!


I thought Burning Man would be more interesting.

“I thought Burning Man would be more interesting.”
a New Yorker cartoon by Drew Dernavich
Thanks, David!

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a (mostly) weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff for positive deviants and the people who love them.

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