The “Troublemakers” Edition [Issue #003]


The “Troublemakers” Edition :: Issue #003

Howdy folks! Welcome to issue #003 of The Newsletter Thingamabob! SO glad you’re here. I was reminded of this quote by Steve Jobs/Apple recently and it seemed fitting to include here:

“Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine.
They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, 
are the ones who do”


Your crazy friend,

Rusty Blazenhoff

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My sprog (who is almost TEN!) has decided to rename herself. Say hello to “Pippa Beatrice Hoodington.” 🙂

Events of note

[10/19, Oakland] The 5th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire (schedule :: tix)[10/19, SF] Borg Like Me reading with author Gareth Branwyn at Long Now (a free public event)[10/31, Oakland] An Extra Action Halloween with The Extra Action Marching Band, Itchy-O, Oingo Boinga & more[11/8, Oakland] FIGMENT Oakland[11/29, SF] The John Waters Christmas Show

[11/4, SF] Karen Marcelo (SRL, DorkbotSF) is speaking at Long Now about the last decade of renegade technology in San Francisco.

[11/28-12/24, Austin] Blue Genie Art Bazaar at Marchesa Hall & Theatre (This is one of my favorite holiday events!)


Alone: An existential haunting [LA]

Here is a Halloween event that’s a bit different. Think of this as less of a “haunted house” and more of your own worst nightmare. You’ll get dirty, wet, and you’ll need shoes you can run in. You’ll be given a safe word, you’ll sign a waiver saying you can be touched, and you’ll go in all alone.

“ALONE is a site-specific, immersive and artistic exploration of fear, loneliness and self preservation. and where you become a willing victim to your own inner demons. Borrowing the structure of a typical haunted house, but ditching the blood, guts and psychotic clowns with chainsaws, ALONE explores the deepest regions of the bizarre, and places you as a participant in your own nightmare.”

Sound like your cuppa tea? It happens from October 17th to November 1st in a yet-to-be disclosed downtown Los Angeles location. Tickets are available now.

The Ambassador of Americana, Mr. Charles Phoenix, is on tour!


Trust me, you need to see one (or more) of Charles Phoenix’s live events. You can’t go wrong with one of his retro slideshows –especially his holiday one– and if you’re in the SoCal area, don’t miss his tours. I took my Mom to his Anaheim/Disneyland slideshow a couple of years ago and she loved it.

Here’s a list of his upcoming shows:

Oct 19  Los Angeles — Downtown LA Tour
Oct 23 Los Angeles — KPCC’s Take Two

Nov 6  Dayton, OH — Big Retro Slide Show

Nov 7 & 8 Torrance, CA — Retro SoCal Slide Show
Nov 15 Huntington Beach — Alohaland
Nov 16 Los Angeles — Downtown LA Tour
Nov 30 Riverside, CA — Holiday Show
Dec 12 Palm Springs, CA — Holiday Show
Dec 14 SF — Holiday Show
Dec 21 – LA — Holiday Show
Feb 14 Palm Springs, CA — Retro Slide Show

Real things you can actually buy

Blood, dairy, & ice cream Stain Devils
Illuminated Ear Pick, Daiso Japan
Freaky Teeth, vending machine in San Leandro, CA
photos by Rusty Blazenhoff
Have any wonderfully weird ideas that I can include in my upcoming “beyond the pale of mainstream” Xmas list? Email me. I will give you full credit for your submission.
FYI: This was the most popular post on Blazenfluff last week. Cool, huh?


Thanks to Andrew A., Elliotte B., Jewelz C., Lynn L., and James M. for financially supporting my efforts! I really truly appreciate it! Your supporteven for the one-time amount of $10— will help other misfits, rebels, and troublemakers make a living from their “crazy” ideas.If you are unable to make a cash donation, would you consider asking your friends to subscribe to my newsletter? Thank you!

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