The “Boss Lady” Edition :: Issue #195, Rusty’s Electric Dreams



“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill
(I seriously need to remember this!)

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #195 :: The “Boss Lady” Edition :: 11:07:2018

Boss Lady…

Ok… so remember that app that randomly phones people so you can pretend to be their boss (and vice versa)? Welllllll… I finally got to try it out because they released the Android version this week!

Within an hour of downloading it on my phone, I got my first call from my new boss. I don’t want to spoil it by sharing my experience because it’s really something you should try for yourself.

To that end…

Apple ::
Android ::

Maybe *you’ll* be MY boss!

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S.  Have you ever been awarded a blue ribbon from me? Write me to tell me which one you got and I’ll share a story with you.

As seen on the Internets


Liza Lou kitchen

This is not a real kitchen, this is Kitchen by artist Liza Lou. It’s a life-size replica of a kitchen covered in millions of glass beads!
Thanks, Kimberly!
:: Visualizing the world’s population, in 3D
:: Who owns the Statue of Liberty? Oh, just wait until you hear the story.
:: About that “College of Extraordinary Experiences” you may have heard about

:: Baby Dino on the loose!

:: Over My Dead Body, a bespoke memorial service via

:: The Queen of Kitsch Allee Willis tells stories about how she started collecting

:: Need a vintage typewriter? This CA shop is liquidating its massive stock

:: Human chain moves bookstore to a new location book by book

:: In theaters Nov. 29: The Meow Wolf documentary

:: Nick Cave beautifully answers your questions through his new site, The Red Hand Files

:: Read this ONLY if you’ve already seen Bohemian Rhapsody

:: Frederick Douglass’ abolitionist paper North Star is coming back

Real things you can actually buy: yay!


Egg-a-matic hard-boiled egg mold

Remember the Egg Cuber? That device that shapes hard-boiled eggs into cubes?
Here’s what its box looked like. Poor imaginary hen!
Well, there are now egg molds that do more than cube your eggs. I saw ones at Daiso that shape eggs into hearts or smiley faces. And now, here’s this dino head one from Fred & Friends. It’s called the Egg-A-Matic and it’s $7. I kinda love it.

Real things you can actually buy: YAY!


I have a new favorite desk toy: this mini inflatable air dancer! Sorry, I mean, Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy ($7.51). It even comes with a little zine that tells the origin story of the wacky tube man, aka The Tall Boy.
[Dear Santa: I’ve been very very good this year.]

Featured Events


Berkeley, CA [8 nights starting Nov. 29] Lisa Rothman’s Dragon in the Drop-off Lane
Excited to share with you that Lisa Rothman’s one-woman show is back and is headed to The Marsh Arts Center in Berkeley. You may remember it was listed here earlier this year thanks to a friend who tipped me off about it. Well, we went to see it together and Lisa’s performance blew me away. Go watch someone rock their craft!

Los Angeles, CA
[11/10] Charles Phoenix presents BBMT This is Your Life!, After 55 years, Bob Baker Marionette Theater is moving to a new location. Tickets are still available for the 5:30 PM show

[12/8] Los Angeles Santacon, 11 AM to 10 PM

Oakland, CA
[11/10] Closing reception for Nemo Gould’s solo show, The 2nd Dimension of the 1st World at Lost & Foundry, 3 PM to 6 PM

[11/17] SIGNMAN: The FUNraiser at Pro Arts Gallery, 7 PM to 10 PM (auction at 9 PM), Tickets are $50 or $600 for a special curated experience with John Law. This is a fundraiser for John Law’s upcoming 40-year retrospective show that will take place next year at Pro Arts. November 17th is also John’s 60th birthday. Plan accordingly.]

There’s still time to enter Albert Kong’s contest to get a $50 ticket to the event. Nov. 9th is the last day though, so hurry!

[Open until 12/9] Hi-Fructose presents: The Art of the Mushroom at the Compound Gallery

San Francisco, CA
[11/9] Ouchy is going to tell his origin story at Bawdy Storytelling this Friday at the Verdi Club. I’ll be there! Tickets

[11/11] Immersive Meetup with Richie Rhombus at The Laundry, 7 PM to 10 PM, Free

[11/14] SRL’s Mark Pauline will be at DorkbotSF #102 at Gray Area Art + Tech, 7 PM to 10 PM

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

[12/1] Krampus Krawl #5: “Better not cry” (“More wandering guerilla theater than pub crawl”) begins at Union Square bar High Tide at 600 Geary, 5:30 PM to 9 PM

[12/19] El Vez, the Mexican Elvis at Elbo Room, 7:30 PM, Tickets

Saratoga, CA
[Until 3/17] Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light, Tickets Thanks, Tracy!

Know about a cool event? Send me the info and I’ll share it with the class!


Don’t let it set in.

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