The “Empty Abyss” Edition :: Issue #203, Rusty’s Electric Dreams



“In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.”

Henry Rollins  

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #203 :: The “Empty abyss” Edition :: 01:09:2019

Empty abyss…

I’d like to say 2019 came in with a bang for me. But it was more like a haze, one driven by cold medicines. On my drive down to Palm Springs, I started to feel a scratch in my throat and… I decided to keep going. (Yeah, I know.) Soon after arriving, I realized I was deep in a horrible cold. There was nothing to do but make the best of my trip. Though, I was fast asleep when the new year rang in. Not really complaining, as “low-key” seems to suit me well these days. On the plus side, I was surrounded by friends (who hopefully didn’t get sick from me) and came home with a condiment gun won in a kitsch-themed Yankee Swap. Shooting ketchup, yes!

Rusty Blazenhoff

P.S. If you start to feel sick, get Zicam Nasal Swabs asap. You might be able to stop it. My friend Susan gave me some, though I was already a few days into the cold and I’m not sure they helped.

As seen on the Internets

Meanwhile, in Idaho: First there was the Little Free Library, now there’s the Little Tree Library! A family in Idaho turned a 100-year-old cottonwood tree stump into a marvelous, well-lit place where people in their neighborhood can exchange books. Positive deviance in action!
:: Winner is “tender-age shelter”: 2018 Word of the Year nominations
:: Thanks, Suzanne!

:: “The difference between a SNAFU, a shitshow, and a clusterfuck
:: Thx, Marcia! 

:: Pedialyte for hangovers
:: Get two free months of classes at Skillshare
:: Thanks, Mark!

:: But will it thank the clothes for us? Thanks, Sunny!

:: Figure out this street art puzzle in France to win $1K in Bitcoin

:: This in-wall LEGO installation by Dante Dentoni is next level!

:: I LOVE Nicole Mclaughlin’s art — you just have to see it

:: Oldie but a goodie: The Beastie Boys performing “Cooky Puss” live in 1983
:: via

:: Father Time: David Sedaris has a new piece in The New Yorker

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Bee Bricks
Bzzz: See all those brick’s holes? Those are for bees, solitary bees. The kind that don’t live in hives or produce honey. The non-aggressive, non-stinging ones that are declining in population. Bee Bricks are kind of like a condo for bees, giving them a place to live, build nests, and lay eggs. (£27.50/$34.97 each) (caveat)

Featured Events


Coming to a sky near you (probably) [1/20-1/21] A supermoon combined with a total lunar eclipse is called a Blood Moon. January’s Full Moon is called the Wolf Moon. Put it all together and what have you got? Yup, the Super Wolf Blood Moon. Totality happens at 9:12 PM PST. image via NASA

Various Cities Worldwide
[1/13] Improv Everywhere’s Global No Pants Subway Ride 2019

USA and Canada
[various dates] Immersive listings

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

Alameda, CA
[4/20] The Menagerie: Oddities and Curiosities Market at Alameda Elks Lodge, 11 AM to 7 PM, Tickets

Berkeley, CA
[2/7] That Really Happened??? A night of true stories at The Monkey House, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Lodoga, CA
[6/20-6/23] Camp Tipsy

New York City
[1/18] Excursion to the Explorers Club, 11 AM to 1 PM, $35

Also, Oriana Leckert always knows what’s going on in the Big Apple

Niles, CA
[Dates in January] Silent Film Museum

Oakland, CA
[1/18] Burger Boogaloo’s Camp Fire & Punks with Lunch Benefit Show at The UPTOWN, 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM

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

[1/27] Young Frankenstein at The New Parkway

[6/6-6/7] Burger Boogaloo (lineup announced on 1/15), Tickets

[10/12-2/16] The Smithsonian’s No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit is coming to Oakland Museum of California

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

San Francisco, CA
[TONIGHT 1/9] Bawdy Storytelling: Super Kink, 7 PM Games, 8 PM, stories

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

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

[1/16] Nerd Nite SF #104: Sunfish, Ants, and SF Transit History at Rickshaw Stop, Tickets

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

[1/24] Office Space 20th Anniversary Screening at Castro Theatre, 8 PM to 10:30 PM — Q & A with Mike Judge!

[2/3] Celebrate Emperor Norton’s 201st Birthday, 12 PM to 5 PM. $30

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

Seattle, WA
[1/26] MUST-DO: After hours at the Archie McPhee store (!), 7:30 PM to 9 PM

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

It’s the new year, so SJ and I have been making vision boards. So, I pulled out our stack of coloring books (ones made for grownups), thinking there might be something in them to put on our boards. There wasn’t but I did find this drawing of a chicken mask in my Existential Coloring Book (Archie McPhee). My niece probably drew it when she visited in the summer of 2017… when she wasn’t yet reading

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