The “No regrets” Edition :: Issue #332, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”

— Mary Oliver

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #332 :: The “No regrets” Edition :: 11:09:2022

No regrets…

Ok, let’s talk about the Collaboration Corner experiment from the last issue. You might remember that I build a simple form for you all to find help with a project, to plug into a project, or for “matchmakers” hoping to make a valuable connection or two.

The majority of you wanted to see what projects were being offered (totally cool). Couple of things came up about that though. First, if you signed up for any reason, everyone else could see your email (not ideal). Second, I’m pretty sure no one else was able to see the spreadsheet it automatically made with all the project requests (correct me if I’m wrong!). I personally didn’t get any responses for what I needed but that could just be because no one could help! 

Long story longer: I want to figure out a better way to do this (taking suggestions) but for the time being I’ve made a fresh form. 

Here’s how it works (I think):
Open and fill out the Collaboration Corner form;
Check out the spreadsheet it generates (if it indeed generates one);
Ignore everyone else’s email address;
See if a connection —anywhere in the world— can be made.


Heads up! The contract for my bread-and-butter client is coming to its natural conclusion at the end of this month. That means a) I’m open to new clients (yay!), and b) I may not return to the zine for a spell (sorry!). I’m not quite ready to unveil the new website for my consultancy just yet but if you know of any senior level marketing and communications opportunities, esp. remote ones, PLEASE let me know. 🙂 

— Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. The new Weird Al movie is laugh-out-loud funny. That’s it. That’s my review.

As seen on the Internets

NOFKGWY: A 15-year-old named “RJ” pulled DMV personalized license plate applications from 2015 and 2016 and made a bot that reveals (on Twitter, sadly) what the customer wanted for a plate, why they wanted it, and the real reasons why they were flagged. Just hilarious.
Image: Dylan @brickdylanfake

:: The story behind Spirit Halloween

:: “We put hats on frogs.”

:: I love a good pun, and follow-through on a concept: “Pan Solo”

:: Scream into the void

:: Need a pep talk? Let these kindergartners help.
:: Call 707-873-7862

:: “Puff the Magic Dragon” is NOT about drugs, sings songwriter

:: AI can generate more than art. Now it’s writing.

:: Infinite conversation

:: Freetone is Stuart Semple’s free fix for the Adobe/Pantone debacle

Real big art you can actually buy: yay!

Bigger is better: This is my long overdue appreciation post for Ari Bird. Her art supersizes ordinary objects—bread clips, cigarettes, trucker sunglasses, and, well, go look! Ari nails “giant novelty.” I am a big fan.

Real things you can actually wear: slay!

Swell-egant: My darling friend Arin designs beautiful mid-century inspired goodies. This week she’s launched the Mrs Fishkin Scarf Shop. Sign up for her newsletter and you might win one of her stunning new silk scarves! If the writing in her bio is any indication, her emails are going to be quite entertaining. 

Featured Events

[Los Angeles :: opens 11/11] Mark Ryden put his signature pop surrealism look on Barbie in a collab with Mattel! On November 11, Kasmin Gallery is hosting Pink Pop, an exhibition of his new body of works. 8382 Melrose Avenue.

[Point San Pablo, Richmond :: ongoing] Go get hot at good hot!

[San Francisco :: ongoing] Artists Television Access’ calendar

[San Francisco :: 11/19] SF Tweed Ride: put on tweed and go on a leisurely bike ride [Facebook link], 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

[12/1 to 3/2/23] Charlie Gadeken’s illuminated forest installation, Entwined Meadow, is coming back to Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow. Free.

[San Francisco :: 12/3Krampus Pageant at El Rio [Facebook event link]: San Francisco Krampus and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence “pay homage to the sinister and scary side of Christmas” 3 to 6 p.m. :: $10 to $20 donation

[Alameda :: 12/8Krampus Naught at Magpie & Thorn: get family photos with Krampus

[Los Angeles :: now through 1/7/23] Todd Schorr’s Rattlebrain Melodrama at KP Projects 

[San Luis Obispo :: 4/7-4/8] John Waters Easter & Pink Flamingos 50th Anniversary at Madonna Inn

[various dates] I’ve watched my friend Deborah take the long road to become a bespoke shoemaker and now she is so good that she’s teaching classes! If I lived near her, I’d definitely try my hand at it.

[2023] Attaboy’s Up Cycled Garden installation is going on tour 

Important life hack
Thanks, Mark!
Pumpkin poll results: 82% of you thought the squirrel did it better.

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