The “Trophy life” edition :: Issue #314, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

— Plato

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Issue #314 :: The “Trophy life” Edition :: 11:17:2021

Trophy life

I’m still gobsmacked that I make a living doing the work that I do. So, when I was asked to contribute to the Cool Tool Labs’ “What’s in my…?” newsletter, I knew I had tie in some thoughts about that. I was told, “We want to hear about unusual and unusually useful items that you have in your desk, bag, closet, fridge or where ever you keep things.” Marketing badass Seth Godin chose his kitchen counter, HILOBROW’s Josh Glenn chose his cigar box, and ant researcher Mark W. Moffett chose his insect photography bag.

Me? I chose my “trophy case,” a piece of furniture next to my desk that displays things that are near and dear to me. It’s less of a “pat on the back” and more of a survival hack to keep myself moving forward on this journey as a professional creative person. Whatever works, right?

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Happy (next) Thursday to those who celebrate!

As seen on the Internets

These are not photos: They are oil paintings by Seattle Artist Kellie Talbot!
Thanks, Marcia!
:: Real bus driver rates “San Francisco transit” bus scene in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

:: Mini museums, as found by Doc Pop

:: Looking forward to watching this documentary about Kid Cudi
:: (only on Amazon tho, boo)

:: I’m a little embarrassed at how much I want this Hyundai EV 80s-style sedan

Real pie you can actually tie: yay!

Pumpkin pie bow tie by Xoelle

Omg, how darling is THIS?! A pumpkin pie bow tie! If slices of pumpkin pie fashioned as a bow tie aren’t your jam, maybe one of Xoelle’s other whimsical, handcrafted designs are—scissors? pencil? Pi? velvet strawberries? SALVATION MOUNTAIN?!!! And those are just the beginning!

More real things you can actually buy
:: MistleTOE
:: Mistletoe is a Patriarchal Construct
:: Potato Pal
:: These ornaments should come with a sewing kit

Really good interview that exists: yay!

This might feel like a strange recommendation coming from me but Oprah’s recent interview with Will Smith on AppleTV was nothing short of a-mazing. Will has really worked on himself and it shows! He’s warm, engaging, insightful, and real. Whatever you think you know about him, throw it away. The interview captivated me to the extent that I stopped it and got out a pad of paper to take notes. Then I stopped several more times to jot down thoughts sparked by what I was hearing, and to text close friends and family to tell them about it. The interview is a long one, over an hour, and is mainly focused on sharing insight on the stories in his new memoir, titled “Will.” I learned later that Mark Manson helped him write it, so I am definitely going to read it now. 

Featured Events

DJ P-dubs

[KCRW streaming/radio :: 11/26#PeeweeHermanRadioHouronKCRW 6 p.m.! 

[Los Angeles :: now through 1/22] The Obamas Portrait Tour at LACMA

[Oakland :: Now through 11/28Ofrenda at OMCA

[Monte Rio :: now] A couple from LA recently purchased the historic Monte Rio Theater, now called Monte Rio Theatre & Extravaganza, and they’re already showing films!

[San Francisco :: 11/17Super Shangri-La ShowWar of the Wizards (1978) & Hercules in the Haunted World (1961) at Balboa Theater, 7 p.m. 

[Alameda :: 11/19 to ?] Krampus Korner: “get your photo taken with the keeper of naughty children!” 918 Central Avenue

[San Francisco :: 12/11Krampus is coming to town VII, “More wandering guerilla theater than pub crawl” Union Square

[Oakland :: Through 12/12] Playhouse: Puppets by Bill Walker Compound Gallery, 1167 65th Street

[San Francisco :: 12/18] The El Vez MeXmas Show! at Bottom of the Hill

[Berkeley :: 1/21-1/26] Fran Lebowitz at Berkeley Rep, tickets on sale 11/12

[Oakland :: 4/9Baba Yaga’s Forest Tea Party, “Baba Yaga invites all folklore and fairytale creatures from around the globe to join her for tea in her enchanted woods. Wear any fantasy or folk wear, and share your favorite dish.”

[Brooklyn :: starts 11/12] Empire Circus

[12/12The Krampus & The Old, Dark Christmas with Al Ridenour, a Zoom lecture

[Scottsdale :: 4/28 to 5/1] Arizona Tiki Oasis

[Seattle :: now through 12/27The Word of the Future, “a playful examination of simulation and belief. Artists Fennell and Donovan present technology as a concept we collectively worship, represented in the guise of superstition and religion.” Museum of Museums, tickets

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