The “Dig Fish Bells” Edition :: Issue #282, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

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Issue #282 :: The “Dig Fish Bells” Edition :: 09:03:2020


Ok, so this is going out a day late, as I warned in that very important and official letter I sent yesterday. Two competing client projects just launched and I simply ran out of time on Tuesday to do a proper issue. That’s all it was. I’m back.

A couple of issues ago I shared that my friend Mikl-em was headed to hospice care. Well, he’s since passed — heartbreaking, to say the least. On Monday, a beautiful tribute about him was published on KQED. Its author Nicole Gluckstern asked me, and others, to contribute. Honored, I offered a photo and a few words. Only a bit of what I wrote made it in the final piece (I know as well as anyone that statements sometimes need to be chopped to fit the editorial). However, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to share what I wrote, in its entirety:

I don’t remember the exact circumstances of how Mikl-em and I first met. If I had to guess, I’d say it was around 1996 in the back room of Tommy Joynt’s. We were probably plotting and scheming future adventures with other co-conspirators of the Cacophony Society over plates of lavishly salted hofbrau selections. When you know someone for some 24 years, even peripherally, you get to see who they really are and how their life unfolds. By my observations, Mikl was a kinder, sweeter, and more wonderful weirdo than most anyone; his life was extraordinary — by his own design. Deeply entrenched in the San Francisco arts and theater scene, he will be remembered as a top-rate performer, raconteur, producer, and community organizer with a real joie de vivre. And a spirited Cacophonist. Many, many years after those late-90s meetings, Mikl and I found ourselves in the back room of Tommy Joynt’s again. We may or may not have been up to something. Rest in power, friend.
Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Life is short, peeps! Be kind to each other.

As seen on the Internets

“Video-call outfitting”: This literally made me laugh out loud. Target is particularly good at reflecting current culture and this is no exception. Boy oh boy, I would have loved to have been in the meeting when they decided to market regular ol’ shirts and jewelry as “waist-up styles” for Zoom calls!
Thanks, Phil L.!
:: Oldie but a goodie: John Giorno’s Dial-a-Poem Hotline — 641-793-8122
:: Thanks, Tracy!

:: Artist Isabel Samaras (*waves* Hi, Isabel!) is only the second woman in MAD Magazine‘s long history to create their cover art. It’s a big deal and she’s selling signed copies on her site

:: Al Green approves of hacked wAlGreen’s signs

:: Oh, David Blaine…

:: A positive deviant in Ohio built a “Nutty Bar” for his backyard squirrels that serves seven nuts on tap

:: “Talk to God” from now until September 7 (it’s a Burning Man thing)

:: Mail-art challenge: Mark Mothersbaugh and Beatie Wolfe want YOU to send them postcards

Real deck of cards you can buy: play!

Pee-wee's Big Adventure playing cards

Go fish: I love this deck of Big Adventure playing cards SO MUCH that I might have to marry it. Seriously though, just look at the details. The Abraham Lincoln from the Breakfast Machine, check!  Mickey holding the mattress tag he knifed off, check! Francis as the Joker, check! The bike chain with a broken link, check! ($20 at the Pee-wee Store, where there’s a bunch of great new stuff.)

Featured Events

[NOW — Los Angeles] Welcome Home is a neat “show in a box” experience that comes with dinner. “Journey into a ghost story as you unravel secrets, solve mysteries, listen in on phone conversations and enjoy a delicious meal with this at-home immersive experience.”

Thanks, Tommy!

[9/5] Also: Burn Night: Live From Home is a 24-hour live Burning Man event that will show pre-recorded and live Burns from around the world. One great thing: they’ve posted a detailed “blueprint” so you can build (and then burn) your own Man at home! 

So much love for this: The Biden-Harris team created art so players can make campaign yard signs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (the medium is definitely the message here).

Anyway, I was so inspired by theirs that I made my own sign! DIG FISH BELLS is an Animal Crossing riff on EAT FUCK KILL (hee hee).

If you play the game and want the one I made, you can scan this QR code in the Nintendo Switch smartphone app. Then you can download the image from the Custom Designs app on your in-game “phone.” I placed the image on the “Plain wooden shop sign” but I’m sure there are other uses for it!

(I got the Black Lives Matter art from the portal in the Able Sisters shop.)

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