The “Pigjaw” Edition :: Issue #200, Rusty’s Electric Dreams



“Smiling’s my favorite.”

Buddy the elf 

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #200 :: The “Pigjaw” Edition :: 12:12:2018


Hey folks,

Remember Tim Klein and his incredible puzzle montages? Welllll, I can finally share the news that he and I are going to take it to the next level… together! I can’t yet share what that exactly means but, when we’re ready to, we’ll tell ya in our new e-newsletter called Pigjaw Suzzles. Do subscribe!

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I lopped nearly a foot of my hair off… and then I got a pair of socks with me and my new ‘do on them! Go see.

As seen on the Internets


Triptastic: This is Bergdorf Goodman’s Candy Cane Lane window display. All their 5th Avenue/58th Street store’s 2018 windows are an eye-popping celebration of all things sweet. Get this, the artisans spend TEN months creating them: Look: #BergdorfGoodies
photo by @rickyzehavi
Thanks, Scott!
:: The City of Melbourne, Australia gave 70K trees street addresses so folks could report on their condition. Instead, people are “writing love letters, existential queries and sometimes just bad puns.” via
:: The incredibly cool bookshelf dioramas of Japanese artist monde
:: via


:: Is a hot dog a sandwich? Check the Cube Rule for Food Identification
:: via


:: Data pr0n: Pornhub’s year in review
:: via


:: Hannah Gadsby and Roxane Gay in conversation


:: Oldie but a goodie: An 18th-century midwife crafted fabric wombs and babies to teach childbirth


:: The case for walking your cat (Missy would NEVER have this)


:: This treehouse in Bonny Doon looks like a pinecone (rent it for $300/night)
:: Thanks, Greg!


:: They call it “Eggnography”: Halcyon and his brother leave bizarre gifts for Santa and the jolly man responds

:: My friend Phil just showed me this free Star Chart astronomy app. It’s SO COOL. You point it at the sky and it will show you what constellations you’re looking at
:: Android:
:: iOS:

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

I finally get it: If you’ve ever struggled to figure out how some-cousin is actually related to you, you’ll understand why this Cousin Explainer Teatowel by Geoff Sawers is so terrific (£9.95/~$12.65). Thanks, Whitney!


Christmas Stinks by Unusual Cards

Christmas Stinks

What was in those cookies? by Unusual Cards

What was in those cookies?

Have yourself a positively deviant little holiday: Go grab some of artist Francesca Berrini’s perfectly quirky Unusual Cards ($5/each) to send to the people you love. Nothing you see is Photoshopped, she uses “good old fashioned cut and paste” to make her collages. Thanks, Marcia!

Real things you can actually make: yay!

Yep Yep: These are Christmas stockings based on Sesame Street’s muppets, the Yip Yips! They’re the work of Carissa Browning who has posted the patterns (both to knit and to crochet) for free on her Ravelry page. While you’re at it, whip up one of her Wonder Woman wraps.

What are you looking at?


What is that?

[Take a guess and then go here to see if you’re right.]
photo by Adrian Borda

Featured Events

[12/23] A friendly reminder that Festivus approaches: Get out the aluminum pole and prepare to air your grievances and compete in the feats of strength.

[Starting 12/16 in NYC] Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night, a “luminous soundscape played by the audience on boomboxes carried through city streets”

USA and Canada
[various dates] Immersive listings

[various dates] Dan Savage’s Hump! Film Festival

Alameda, CA

[12/13] Meshugga Beach Party (Jewish surf) at Forbidden Island, 8 PM

[12/14] Mini Masterpieces art show at Rhythmix

Austin, TX
[Until12/24] Blue Genie Art Bazaar (always great!)

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
[12/13] Los Angeles Krampuslauf (Krampus Run), 8 PM to 9 PM

[12/15] Cinespia is hosting a holiday party featuring Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Palace Theatre, Tickets

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

Oakland, CA
[1/27] Oakland White Elephant PREVIEW Sale, Tickets go on sale 12/8
[3/2-3/3] Oakland White Elephant Sale

Phoenix, AZ
[until 5/12] Electric Desert by Klip Collective at the Desert Botanical Garden, after dark only

San Francisco, CA
[Through 12/12] SF IndieFest presents the 15th Annual Another Hole in the Head fantastic film festival

[12/13] Bawdy Storytelling: Goodbye, 2018!, at the Verdi Club, 7 PM doors and games

[12/19] El Vez, the Mexican Elvis performs his Merry Mex-mas show at Elbo Room, 7:30 PM, Tickets (Look for him in other cities too!)

[1/10] The Lottery, at a secret location in the Dogpatch

[1/10-1/27] SF Sketchfest, schedule and tickets

[1/20] Julia Morgan’s San Francisco: a free two-mile walking tour by I Spy Tours, 1 PM

[1/22] Puddles Pity Party at Palace of Fine Arts, 8 PM, Tickets

Scottsdale, AZ
[4/12-14] Arizona Tiki Oasis, a cool new weekender by Baby Doe and Otto, at the Valley Ho

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

Elvis Presley, two St Bernards, and Colonel Tom Parker as Santa

Elvis Presley sent out this Christmas card in 1975. That’s Colonel Tom Parker dressed as Santa. 

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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