The “Dada” Edition :: Issue #308, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“Healing also means taking an honest look at the role you play in your own suffering.”

— unknown

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Issue #308 :: The “Dada” Edition :: 8:25:2021


What are the top three things people think of when they think of you?

I posed that question online to my friends after being sent the same “putting googly eyes on blind cats” video several times (which is perfectly my sense of humor by the way). In the inquiry, I offered up my top three to kick things off: 1. Fluff, 2. Wienermobile, and 3. Googly eyes. If there’s something going around about one of those three items, no doubt about it, that link will be forwarded to me—usually many times!

Isn’t it funny what people relate to you? I’m glad mine are so lighthearted and quirky! And don’t get me wrong, I brought all of these things on myself. 

It made me think though. How well do we really know other people? Aren’t we all far more nuanced than our top three list? How do we introduce new things to be known for? What if your things are not good? Is everyone known for something? 

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Wait, I wasn’t suggesting that anyone stop sending me links about Fluff, the Wienermobile, and/or googly eyes. Just to be clear.

As seen on the Internets

Rusty Spur matchbook

Makes me wish I was still in the cannabis branding biz: Just learned that a company called The Match Group makes cool retro advertising feature matchbooks like these!
:: Howyoudoin, making tomato sauce Jersey-style

:: Nestflix Thanks, Jenny!

:: This is how they make those Frankenstein pumpkins

:: Because, of course he did: Ian Charnas built Thor’s Hammer to summon lightning

:: I’ve been saying “sherbet” wrong all my life Thanks, Jared!

:: A ch-ch-chia car

:: Anyone got an extra Speedweve they want to send me? Darn it!

:: This is not Tiger Balm

:: Why didn’t *I* think of this?!

:: This guy gets paid to break bad news to strangers
:: Hire him?

:: What in the ‘lifestyles of the rich and famous’ is this?

:: Here’s Gidon, a Holocaust survivor, talking to his six-year-old self

:: And since we’re being serious, here’s how you can help Afghan refugees
:: (behind a paywall but most libraries offer a free day pass)

Real book you can actually buy: f’ yay!

Darling reader Julie Jackson has a new book coming out this fall! Julie is the mastermind behind the Subversive Cross Stitch empire. Her latest offering promises “50 Fresh as F*ck Designs,” f*ck yeah! Available 10/19, pre-order now.

Real things you can actually make: yay!

Halloween charcuterie board by Petal & Platter

I know it’s August but there’s never a bad time to share HALLOWEEN CHARCUTERIE BOARDS!

Featured Events

Burning Man: The Musical

[Broadway on Demand :: 8/27] Not sure how this didn’t make my radar sooner but I’m just hearing about Burning Man: The Musical. YES, It’s real! It’s described as a “musical comedy about techies vs. hippies at Burning Man.” Oakland Magazine ran an interview with its creator, Matt Werner, who says the “idea for a musical came about because Burning Man is a very musical and larger-than-life event. It’s played out on a seemingly infinite stage, and a lightbulb went off about creating an immersive theater piece set at Burning Man. Everyone is a participant at Burning Man.” Well, there ya go. It premieres Friday on Broadway on Demand.

[Bidding opens 9/30Boundless Space… The Possibilities of Burning Man is an online Sotheby’s auction that offers an eclectic, genre-defying selection of artworks, collectibles, mutant vehicles, NFTs, and experiences from artists and creators within and adjacent to the Burning Man community.” Update: My art for this has been sent to Sotheby’s in NYC, hope to be able to share more soon.

[Vimeo] Weirdo Night, “a stand in for the eponymous, wildly popular underground club night in Los Angeles. Hosted and curated by Dynasty Handbag, the show assembles misfits from the comedy world, live bands, dancers and performance artists in a variety show that goes regularly and intentionally off the rails.”

[San Francisco :: until 9/10] It’s already sold out but you might want to get on the waitlist for 13th Floor’s Assemblage of Monsters: An Immersive Gothic Fairytale at the San Francisco Mint, $40-$65. Read this glowing review!

[San Francisco : 9/17 to 9/21] Flower Piano, an “alfresco concert hall where everyone is invited to play and listen” in Golden Gate Park  

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Thanks, Whitney!

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