The “Maps Maps Maps” Edition :: Issue #229, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the map.”

 Dora The Explorer

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #229 :: The “Maps Maps Maps” Edition :: 07:31:2019

Maps Maps Maps

I’ve never really had a great sense of direction or memory for the places I didn’t frequent all the time. I tended to stick in a rut because of this, but I remember how all of that changed when I bought my first smartphone. I had no idea how empowering it could be to have constant access to a map wherever I went. Anytime I hear someone talk about the good old days before smartphones I’m just reminded of how Google Maps helped me explore the real world in ways I hadn’t before. 

Doc Pop
PS- Bellwether, Sam Greenspan’s new podcast of speculative journalism, is over halfway to its goal on Kickstarter. Unlike other crowdfunding projects, Sam’s goal is focused on the number of backers he receives, not the total amount raised. If Bellwether doesn’t have 1,000 backers by August 14, the Kickstarter project will be canceled. Check it out here and listen to the first episode. 

As seen on the Internets

The Shining by Andrew DeGraff
:: Cinematic maps by Andrew DeGraff

:: Awesome maps from the golden age of comic books

:: By recording screens from previous playthroughs, wideNES syncs the action in a generated map which players can then use on subsequent playthroughs of old NES games.

:: Beautiful patterns emerge in these aerial photos by JP and Mike Andrews.

:: Anatomical paper organs created from old maps. I love how the rivers and roads are worked into veins and arteries in this stunning project by Katrin Rodegast.

:: Did you know Google Maps has a timeline feature than can display satellite images from the past 30 years?

:: 33 more tips for Google Maps

Real things you can actually buy: yay

The Map Of Zombies: This beautifully illustrated poster categorizes over 350 types of zombies in a visual format.

Featured Events


Hayward, CA

[8/18] Bell Plastics Annual Public Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Free, All ages

New York City
See what RED pal Oriana Leckert has picked as the must-go-to events in the Big Apple

Oakland, CA
[All summer] Oakland Heritage Alliance has some swell walking tours lined up, $15 each/non-members

[8/13] Everything is Terrible! at the New Parish, 8 PM to 11 PM

[8/24] SIGNMAN: John Law, a retrospective of John Law’s work at Pro Arts Gallery, Closing reception, 8 PM to 10 PM

[8/3] Artist Kasey Smith is inviting folks to take their selfie in front of the “amazingly pink wall” of the now-defunct Mexicali Rose in Oakland from 11 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, August 3. She writes, “Bring yourself, your selfie-taking device, and an outfit (or outfits) befitting this wondrous wall.”

[8/16] It’s rare, but Children’s Fairyland sometimes opens its fairy gates to adults who want to attend without kids. Your next opportunity is August 16 from 7 PM to 10 PM for #Fairyland4Grownups. Tickets are now available online. [Your next chance after this is in September for Drawn Together, an after-hours live-art event. I’m told this one is absolutely terrific… and less of a “party” atmosphere.]

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

[10/17-10/19] Autumn Lights Festival at Lake Merritt Gardens
[7/30] Artist submissions deadline

[11/8] No Spectators opening party at the Oakland Museum, 5 PM to 9 PM

San Diego, CA
[8/7-8/11] Tiki Oasis: Catch the New Wave, Tickets

San Francisco, CA
View: An illustrated guide to quirky local spots in San Francisco Thanks, Joyce!

[Dates between now and 9/21] Artist Kasey Smith keeps a map of all the ghost signs in San Francisco. You know, the old handprinted advertising signs on the side of buildings that were just never painted over. And now she’s hosting Tenderloin Ghost Sign Walking Tours until September 21. Not to be missed! Tickets are $15.

[8/2] The return of indie pop group Imperial Teen at Rickshaw Stop, 8 PM, Tickets

[8/3] Benefit Concert for Mark Growden’s Calling All Choir at The Lost Church, 8 PM

[8/4] James, along with the Psychedelic Furs at Stern Grove (free concert), 2 PM to 5 PM

[8/10] Bikes to Books has launched a new project called Boots to Books. It’s a one-mile walking tour of literary North Beach and Chinatown because not everyone bikes! 12:45 PM to 3 PM, Meet outside City Lights Books

San Jose, CA
[Now] “Surreal Sublime” at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Walnut Creek, CA
[Until 9/15] Blow Up II: Inflatable Contemporary Art at Bedford Gallery

[8/3] Create and Inflate Workshop: Make Your Own Inflatable! at Bedford Gallery, 10 AM to 4 PM

USA and Canada

[various dates] Immersive listings

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

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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