The “That guy” Edition :: Issue #266, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”

Marcel Proust

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Issue #266 :: The “That guy” Edition :: 05:06:2020

That guy…
I’ve had MTV on the brain this week. The good MTV. You know, in the eighties and early nineties, back when it was still cool, and I was still young. 

It started on Friday when I found out some guy donated his ENTIRE VHS collection of MTV recordings, everything he had from 1981 to 1989! If reminiscing about the early days of what was the coolest-channel-on-the-planet is your jam, get yourself a login and head to the Internet Archive. I suggest starting here. (Hullo, I hadn’t remembered that Andy Warhol was in The Cars’ “Hello Again” video!)

As if that wasn’t enough nostalgia, this past Sunday, I was a guest on a podcast that goes through TV shows scene by scene. Its hosts and I talked through the first episode of the first season of The Real World. You guys! It was 1992 and those “seven strangers”? They’re now 50-ish, same age as me. True story. I’ll, for sure, share more info about the podcast and its link when it’s ready.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I want my MTV! But MTV wanted Slack!

As seen on the Internets

Face Shield Art: I first met my friend Mike Wooldridge in 1996 — huddled up in a small RV, hustling to put together the Black Rock Gazette (Burning Man’s now-defunct daily newspaper). Over the years, I’ve seen him hatch brilliant, and often absurd, ideas**. His latest offering, Face Shield Art, combines the open-source face shields he was already making with some really terrific artists. They decorate the shields, Mike puts them up for auction on eBay, and the Open Source Shield Project benefits. Josh Ellingson (his art featured above), Mark Frauenfelder, and Jesse Reklaw have already made contributions and more are expected soon. 
**I’m going to take this opportunity to brag about stuff Mike’s done for a minute. On one hand, he’s this unassuming user-interface developer, but he’s also proven himself to be a pioneer of web culture. A real ahead-of-the-curve innovative kind of guy. Don’t take my word for it, here are just a handful of the many crazy and wonderful things he’s been behind:

:: 2004: He was the first to put “pets in uniform” via (domain lost but video remains)

:: 2006: Similarly, he brought the world “Pancake Astronaut”

:: …which ended up in the beginning of a Charlotte Gainsbourg music video (2010)

:: 2005: He launched a camera-phone scavenger hunt called Stalk
:: (I would love to see all the domain names he owns)

:: 2009: He accidentally coined the Halloween term “spoopy”

:: (1997) This is the big one: if you were on the internet in the nineties, you probably knew him as

Anyhoo! That’s Mike. He’s got face shields with art on’em on eBay

:: Great Small Works, a miniature theatrical production collective, has been hosting wonderful Toy Theater Festivals on Facebook
:: Thanks, LeBrie!

:: I bought a gallon of A-1. Help.

:: When you get to be 68, you’ve learned some things. Here are 68 things Kevin Kelly knows.

:: Escaped sheep doesn’t get shorn for six years, stays alive because wolves can’t bite it

Real doll you can actually buy: way!

Yep, they made a Basquiat Barbie. It’s real, and already sold out ($50 retail).

Featured Event

[May 9] Another shout-out for Lost Horizon Night Market: Quarantine Edition. It’s THIS Saturday. RSVP NOW.

Know about a cool, quirky, and/or indie socially distant event? Ok, email me with details.

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years, it’s this: “Don’t sell your body and soul to a bunch of bland Normals!!”

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