The “Ship came in” Edition :: Issue #230, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”

― Toni Morrison (RIP)

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #230 :: The “Ship came in” Edition :: 08:07:2019

Ship came in

SJ and I have been visiting the Pacific Northwest since July 27, just getting home on Monday afternoon. Now, if you follow my Instagram, you probably saw several modes of our vacation transportation featured in an ongoing Story (which has already expired).

A friend suggested I catalog all of it. So, here goes:

Minivan x1
Airplane x2
Pickup truck xa lot
Ferry x4
Paddle board x1
Electric bike x1
Kayak x1
Westfalia Vanagon x1
Train (Amtrak) x1
Yarn Car sighting x1
Lyft x3
Walking x65K+ steps

No rickshaws, funiculars, or helicopters though. Maybe next time.


Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Loads of bizarro secondhand stuff popping up in the new Facebook group!

As seen on the Internets


Positive deviants strike again: In Lincoln, Massachusetts there is a place where toy rocking horses gather, multiply, and move around mysteriously. It’s called Ponyhenge. One was abandoned there, then came more. 
“For the Kentucky Derby, that the horses were moved into lines, waiting for a starting gunshot that presumably never came. After Labor Day… the horses were arranged in rows as if they were in school. They’re draped in lights at Christmas, and sometimes they’re buried completely by snow during the harsh New England winters.” via
:: Neat! Artist makes elaborate outfits out of wrappers Thanks, Mark!

:: Fascinating read about a guy who bought an unlimited airline ticket, and then had to go to court to fight for it — written by his journalist son

:: Now showing on PBS: The Ursula K. Le Guin documentary  via

:: Lizzo tore up NPR’s Tiny(-ass) Desk

:: Identify the autographs on the Warfield’s backstage walls

:: Annie Atkins: Wes Anderson’s graphic designer

:: TED Talk: “The architectural wonder of impermanent cities
:: Thanks, John!

Real things you could actually buy: yay!

Already sold out though: Converse collaborated with Chinatown Market on neat-o color-changing Chucks (!). They infused the canvas sneakers with special ink that changed colors when they were exposed to UV light. Low tops were $95/High tops were $100. via

Real things you can actually make: yay!

Dad shoes for your hands: Unnecessary Inventions’ Matt Benedetto is a true creator. One of his recent creations is this one-up pair of fingerless Crocs gloves. I mean, c’mon… brilliant, right?

Featured Events

Abba Zabba, 2019, by LeBrie Rich

[PORTLAND, OR :: Until 10/30] On my recent stopover in Oregon, I was delighted to hang out with Portland’s “Duchess of Felt” LeBrie Rich again. I find her needle-felted and stitched sculptures of products to be so-o-o-o charming! Alas, I had to leave before her new show, Sugar Spin, opened at COLAB Architecture + Urban Design. It features 15 of her new candy package sculptures and every single one is absolutely delightful (the Whitman Sampler looks good enough to eat!). One of these days I’m going to get her down here to teach one of her classes!

**Head to the show’s space on 9/17 for her Artist’s Talk**


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

[8/16] 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 SOLD OUT.

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

[9/27] Drawn Together, an after-hours live-art event for grownups at Children’s Fairyland, 6 PM to 9 PM (tickets not yet available)

[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

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

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.

[8/10] 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

[9/17] The EPS (“Erstwhile Philatelic Society”) will be giving a talk at the Adventure Design Group, 7 PM to 9 PM, Free

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

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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