The “Live. Laugh. Love.” Edition :: Issue #284, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

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Issue #284 :: The “Live. Laugh. Love.” Edition :: 09:16:2020

Live. Laugh. Love…

My brother and his family moved this summer. My BFF Jenny and her man, Matt, also moved this summer. I soon found myself dipping my toes in the someday-I’ll-move-and-buy-a-house pool. Needless to say, I looked at a lot of Zillow listings this summer. One noteworthy trend? All the Chinese-made signs on the walls of listed homes, probably hung by well-meaning stagers. You know the ones. They’re faux distressed and offer manufactured eye-rollers like “Blessed, Stressed, and Football Obsessed” and “Time to wine down.” Or “Home is Where the Wine is” (there are many wine-themed ones). I saw so many of these signs that I thought to start screengrabbing them to start an Instagram feed to poke fun at the trend (no doubt someone already has). Instead, I shared my findings with the BFF, then she shared hers, and we both had a good chuckle. 

So, when I was coming up with my “Eat Fuck Kill” alternatives for 2020 recently, I was pleased at how well our personal favorite fit into the meme’s format:

I printed this image on some tiny blank postage stamps (from Portland Stamp Company, yo!) and couldn’t wait to mail them off to Jenny and Matt. (It took a tremendous of amount of mental fortitude to not spill the beans in a text.) Well, the stamps finally arrived, just as they were putting the finishing touches on the house they’re selling. Let’s just say, some lucky homebuyer in Florida is going to someday find some sweet, sweet stamps hidden in their cabinets.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I hope I haven’t offended anyone. Apologies to any of you who are displaying signs like these right now in your home. I’m more cynical than you and I can’t help it. Please don’t email me.

As seen on the Internets

Finally a Venn diagram that really speaks to me.  (via unknown)
:: Love me some Steve Martin

:: Found object kinetic sculpturist Nemo Gould is moving his studio and is selling select works at a discount!

:: Australia introduces “donation dollar” coins

:: Archie McPhee finds that PayPal’s got a problem with the word “tardigrade”

:: Anxiety killer

:: In a mycelium (fungi) coffin, a body takes 2 to 3 years to decompose compared to a decade in a traditional one 
:: Thanks, Mickey!

:: Even my super-hip 26-year-old boyfriend wears a mask

:: How to quit your job like a boss

:: Baby sees waterfall for the first time and her reaction is everything. I dare you not to smile.

:: What makes someone hot to blind YouTuber Tommy Edison?

:: Oddly unaffiliated to Adbusters’ Buy Nothing Day, there are now local Buy Nothing groups focused on giving stuff away for free

Real book you can actually buy: yay!

Live. Laugh. Love.

SEE?: Author of Wild Masterpieces, Evan Douglas, is familiar with overused platitudes too (preorder for $14.95).

Real thing you can actually buy (yay?) runner-up: SANTA IN A FACE MASK ORNAMENT

Real thing you can actually buy (yay) runner-up 2: DOT CANDY SILK SCARF

Featured Events

[9/17+] Adbusters is staging a 50-day non-violent protest in D.C. and across the U.S. as a way to stop Trump from stealing the election. “Refuse, resist, reboot and #ReOccupy,” they write. Artist-inspired activism is encouraged and they definitely want peeps to play jazz: “Jazz, the gift Black Americans gave to the world — we honor it as our muse. Its structure, improvised. Its soul, profound. And its message, one of togetherness and love… In honor of this revolutionary American musical tradition, we’re calling on every saxophonist, drummer, clarinetist, trumpeter, flutist — any and everyone who can blow a blue note — to grab your instrument, go out, and start playing on every street corner of the Republic.

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