The “Banana Surprise” Edition :: Issue #196, Rusty’s Electric Dreams


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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #196 :: The “Banana Surprise” Edition :: 11:14:2018

Banana Surprise…

Can I just say how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE meeting readers face to face? This past Friday, I had the opportunity to meet Miss Direction (aka Marcia Wiley, the artist who is fixing up that old Checker cab) who was visiting the Bay Area from Seattle.

She came by and I gave her the grand tour of my home — the House of Flufftown Follies — and the nickel tour of Alameda. We had a blast! (Getting together IRL is so much more rich and nuanced than any kind of digital communication, don’t you think?}

Anyway, she turned me onto some really cool things. I’ll tell you about my most favorite one. She said a friend of hers, a Washington artist by the name of Tim Klein (Hi Tim!), makes puzzle montages. Apparently, some mass-produced puzzles are cut with the same pattern which means the pieces are interchangeable… which means you can make art with them!

Then, she showed me an image on her phone of Tim’s work. I was blown away — sooooo cool! It was a vertical puzzle… a blend of Big Ben and a redwood tree. I’ve never seen anything like it. See an example of his work below and hit that link so you can see even more.

[Quick update, added just before publishing: Tim’s work has since gone viral in a big way! It’s hit reddit (71K upvotes), MetaFilter, Hacker News, Now I Know, and a whole bunch of indie blogs. Stephen King even tweeted about it! Tim has been fielding fan emails from around the globe. People are making offers to buy his montages. It’s been super fun watching it explode across the internet. I was telling Tim I haven’t had a post go this viral since Adam West died.]

Now, I got to share something cool with her too (which I learned from Seth Godin who learned it from Kevin Kelly). It’s a geography game called GeoGuessr. It uses Google Maps and to win you have to use your pre-Internet brain. Remember that? I got so into it that I’ve already curated my own map for others to play. Give it a try, if you DARE.*

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I’m taking the next TWO weeks off from the zine because SJ and I are gittin’ out of town for Thanksgiving. But, let me say THANKS to all of YOU for being RED readers! I appreciate you all so much.
*(“want,” not “DARE”)

As seen on the Internets


Puzzle Montage Art by Tim Klein

This is one of Tim’s puzzle montages! It’s called “Iron Horse.” Here are some more.
:: Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley is giving kids experiencing homelessness free birthday parties, cake and all
:: :: I’m down with this in theory: OLIO is an app to share extra food

:: Wes Anderson and his partner curated an art exhibition in Vienna that’s been described as “a totally quirky presentation of affectionate misfits”

:: The actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West once visited with Mr. Rogers (1975)

:: Remember when my friend Kyle let the Internet decide what he would do next? Well, it was a wildly successful venture and he’s doing it again
:: Apply within:

:: Affected by the smoke? Practice air self care STAT — it’s no joke!
:: Start with a N-95 mask:
:: Graduate to an IQAir purifier:

:: Whoa, these NYC subway dancers!

:: Using packing materials to make Renaissance-style costumes

:: Nails that can really grate on you har har

:: Road trip!: Utah’s Evermore is a new immersive theme park

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!

Ka-chingThese trading cards of venture capitalists are real but you’ll need a round of funding to be able to afford them. See what I did there?

Real things you can actually buy: no way!


Banana Surprise

Explanation deniedTHIS is something that you can ACTUALLY buy ($27) but I don’t know WHY.

Featured Events


El Vez, the Mexican Elvis

San Francisco, CA [12/19] El Vez, the Mexican Elvis (a national treasure, imo!) performs his Merry Mex-mas show (always fun!) at Elbo Room, 7:30 PM, Tickets


USA and Canada
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s Strings Attached tour (full symphony orchestra at each venue) tickets have just gone on sale

Alameda, CA
[Dates until 12/14] Mini Masterpieces art show at Rhythmix

Austin, TX
[11/23 to 12/24] Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Berkeley, CA [8 nights starting Nov. 29] Lisa Rothman’s Dragon in the Drop-off Lane (I’ll be at the December 13th show)

Los Angeles, CA
[12/1] A class to teach you how to make anthropomorphic rat taxidermy, 6 PM to 10 PM at Memento Mori, $200

[12/8] Los Angeles Santacon (this is the one that hasn’t been taken over by jerks), 11 AM to 10 PM

New York City
Oriana Leckert always knows what’s going on in the Big Apple

Oakland, CA
[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.]

[Open until 12/9] Hi-Fructose presents: The Art of the Mushroom at the Compound Gallery
[11/17] Art of the Mushroom curator Talk with Hi-Fructose co-founder Attaboy, 3 PM to 4 PM, The Compound Gallery

[11/23] Manarchy, a male revue where “talented men giving a middle finger to toxic masculinity,” 9:30 PM to 11 PM at Oakland Metro Operahouse

San Francisco, CA
[TONIGHT 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!)

[11/30] The Elk-Owl Society is hosting Lights Out, a four-hour blindfolded dinner soiree, $100 and only 12 can attend, RSVP to [Here’s an article about a past event]

[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

[12/1] Due to popular demand… Puppet Death Match returns! 8 PM to 12 AM, FREE

[12/4 and 12/5] Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes 13 at the Castro Theatre, 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!


I don’t know who made this but, c’mon, how could I not share it?

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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