The “Know nothings” edition :: Issue #281, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

– Isaac Asimov

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Issue #281 :: The “Know nothings” Edition :: 08:26:2020

Know nothings…

Last week I shared that I had never heard of TEPCO beach, the place near Pt. Isabel in Richmond, California with all the broken pottery on its shores. Twenty-six years in the Bay Area and it was a new to me! Well, I got a fair amount of emails from you, dear readers, about that. Mostly you were just surprised that it hadn’t ever been on my radar. Believe me, I was just as surprised. A couple of you showed me photos of your awesome TEPCO collections found at this spot. Wellllllll, I took the bait and went to see it for myself on Sunday afternoon. I got a little lost at first, though can’t complain about the extra walking, and now I know exactly where it is. Next time I’ll go at low tide to get the full experience. 

Rusty Blazenhoff

P.S.: Thanks for the smokeless s’mores, Brody Q!

As seen on the Internets

Nook-y: I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I’m an avid Animal Crossing: New Horizons player. It’s been a real lifesaver for my mental health in this year of lockdown. So, I was completely tickled to learn that IKEA Taiwan recreated pages out of its new catalog in the Animal Crossing world! If you’ve played, you know this is no easy task. Color me impressed. [See them all here.]

:: “Frog and Toad go out after months in self-quarantine”

:: Trailer: Class Action Park

:: Jill Scott’s “Family Reunion” as performed by fruit-and-veggie-themed marionettes? Yes, please, and thank you.

:: I’m so charmed by these watercolor palettes. They’re made with vintage compacts by Fairyland’s art director

:: I’m already imagining the incredible things I could make with one of these “tufting guns”

:: “Trying to box Wall Drug into a single category is a little like trying to describe Burning Man (most go with “attraction”).”

:: You might already know this but Ricky Gervais was in a 1980s new wave band (!)

:: And that Elvis Costello got his thick-framed style from his dad

:: A parody but still worth a listen… Werner Herzog’s review of Trader Joe’s 

Real sneakers you can no longer buy: still… yay!

Election wares: Michelle Obama has her VOTE necklace. And if you were one of the lucky 500 to score shoe designer John-Erik Forsberg’s entry to Reebok’s recent First Pitch campaign, you’d have your own VOTE sneakers

Thanks, Lucas!

Real magazine you can actually buy: yay!

Popular Pandemics magazine

Retro-future-weird at its best: I don’t know who told Bob Rucker to contact me about his new Popular Pandemics magazine, but THANK YOU. I just got the review copy in the mail and it’s flipping fantastic — laugh-out-loud funny! Definitely up my alley. Each issue is $9.95 + shipping and worth every dime. Read what he shared about it on Boing Boing.

Featured Events

[8/30 – 9/6] Burn Week in the Burning Man Multiverse is right around the corner! I’ve already been exploring BRCvr and I don’t even have any VR equipment. But with Altspace VR, you can join in with your desktop computer (Windows 10 for now, Mac promised soon). Anyway, I wrote a little about the fun I’ve been having in this “new frontier” of Black Rock City and pointed to another Burn-universe experience I’m aware of, Black Rock Prime. It’s in Minecraft! My pal Michael Wertz has been busy making super cool block art for his camp (WERQ) there. 

Black Rock Prime cannot be found on Burning Man’s official virtual space page, but you can find it here: (requires Java Edition 1.16)
Live Map

ALSO: If you’re playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, HMU. I’m planning a little Burn event there.

[Thinking about just “showing up” on the playa to have your own “Burning Man”? “Don’t go,” says John Halcyon Styn.]

image: “Spacebear” by Michael Wertz (Black Rock Prime/Minecraft)

We all “win.”

“2020 Funpocalypse Bingo Card” by Hugh D’Andrade, inspired by Isabel Samaras

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