The “Happy” Edition :: Issue #014


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #014 :: The “Happy” edition :: 12:31:2014

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff

Issue #014 :: The “Happy” Edition :: 12:31:2014

Adios 2014


There’s about a million things I want to share with you, but instead, for now, I want to take a minute to thank you all for being here. Creating this zine was definitely a highlight of 2014 for me and I’m so thrilled to be going full steam ahead with it in 2015. Yay!

And, a big thank you to Doctor Popular who shared his cool 3D wigglegrams with us this month. In January we have a new artist-in-residence, who I will announce in the next issue.

See you next year!

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Holy synchronicity, Batman! This is issue #14 and the final issue of 2014.

Happy, the baby new year
This space
intentionally left happy

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
–Author Unknown

As seen on the Internets

Christmas Meat Boy, photo by Rusty Blazenhoff
:: “Through the no-looking glass,” a trick to see through frosted glass


:: The Nostalgic Machine, “Get your childhood jam on”


:: Netflix faking the New Year’s Eve countdown for little kids Boo!


:: “Outside of New Year’s Eve, One Time Square exists largely as a very expensive billboard.”


:: When life handed this bride lemons, she painted them. Wait, that doesn’t make sense.


:: Mark Mothersbaugh eyewear is now available at retailers


:: Emoti-cookies by Pudge Cakes (pictured above)


Real things you can actually buy: nay!

Mercy Hangover Prevention drink
Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause
<3! Deep Dark Fears, a web comic series about irrational fears by Fran Krause
12 grapes in a champagne flute
Las doce uvas de la suerte, aka “The twelve grapes of luck”


On New Year’s Eve in Spain, there is a tradition of eating a grape with each strike of the clock’s bell at midnight. It started in the late 1890s and by 1909 it was an established custom. Grape growers in the city of Alicante popularized it that December as a way to sell the excessive amount of fruit they had from a bountiful harvest. Now, in most any Spanish grocery store, you can conveniently buy a can or champagne flute filled with just 12 grapes.


Uh, if you choose to take on this tradition, you may want to brush up on your Heimlich Maneuver skills.

Artist-in-residence: December 2014

Doctor Popular: 3D Photographer

Doctor Popular: 3D photographer 


This is KC. He’s one of those ‘Mission characters’ we often talk about. He spends his days near Mission and 18th, kicking cans and bottles into trashcans. He makes some amazing shots. I have lots of fun photos of KC, mid jump with a serious look on his face and a Gatorade bottle just inches from its target… but as these days get colder and the wind starts picking up, I don’t feel right sharing them. Instead, I’m drawn to this shot of KC sleeping in his makeshift bed in the Mission, just a block from where my wife and I live. It’s easy when we only see some of the folks in the city as lovable eccentrics who add personality to a neighborhood. It’s important, I think, to also realize that those folks don’t just stop existing when we aren’t there.” — Doc Pop

:: Take a look at Doc Pop’s year-long 3D City project here. ::

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Champagne Sabre

Daruma doll

Vintage noisemaker for New Year's Eve

Black eye peas
“Dear Sugar” now has a weekly radio show. I KNOW!


“The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Dear Sugar –the cult-favorite advice column–” is back, but this time speaking right into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions –no matter how deep or dark– and offers radical empathy in return. Remember, we are all messed up.”

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to now
We tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how…
“Same Auld Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg
(Confession: I get super sappy when I hear this song.)

Events of note

Vintage New Year's Eve noisemakers

[12/31] New Year’s Eve and 12th Anniversary at Pacific Pinball Museum

[12/31] Forbidden Island Tiki NYE: Twist All Night!

[1/18] Beatles Thingy* with Joshua Raoul Brody at Fireside Lounge, 21+


[Until 1/4] David Bowie Is at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

[Until 1/5] Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night


[Until 4/12/15] Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Los Angeles

[1/8] Marc Maron

[1/11] The 7th Annual No Pants Metro Ride 2015

New York City

[1/9] Kiddie Flamingos: a 74-minute video of a “defanged and desexualized” script reading of John Waters’ Pink Flamingos. Happens in conjunction with Waters’ new exhibit, “Beverly Hills John,” at Marianne Boesky Gallery through February 14th.


[12/31] NYE Dinner with the Waitiki 7 at Longitude
[1/9] Hot Couture at The Crucible [Tickets]
[1/10] Hot Couture at The Crucible [Tickets]


[1/16] The Calling All Choir Season Finale [Tickets]

[1/25] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant PREVIEW Sale [Tickets]

[2/5-2/18] The 17th San Francisco Independent Film Festival takes place at the Brava and Roxie Theaters in SF and the Humanities Hall in Oakland.

[3/7-3/8] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale [Free]


[10/10/15] Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

San Francisco

[Until 1/4] A World of Characters: Advertising Icons from the Warren Dotz Collection at SFO Museum

[12/31] Extra Action Marching Band plays New Years Eve at Brick & Mortar Music Hall with BluBall Revue [Info] [Tickets]

[12/31] Mission Control presents New Year’s Eve

[1/3] Bawdy Storytelling:  7 PM Uncharted Territory [Tickets]

[1/3] Bawdy Storytelling:  10 PM Extra! Extra! [Tickets]

[1/3] Ask Dr. Hal at Viracocha

[1/3] Bunny Pistol’s Barbary Coast Burlesque

[1/10] First Annual Sex Culture Book Fair

[1/18] Crashfaster, Doctor Popular, and Curious Quail at Brick and Mortar Music Hall

[1/20] Mathieu Victor @ The Interval: Artists with Lasers

[1/22] City Of Women, Erik Blood, and Steely Nash work you at The Hemlock

[1/22-2/8] SF Sketchfest: The SF Comedy Festival. This year’s lineup is fantastic. [Tickets]

[1/24] The Calling All Choir Season Finale [Tickets]

[1/30-2/1] Pancakes & Booze Art Show with an all-u-can-eat pancake bar

[1/31] Fallen Cosmos

[2/5-2/18] The 17th San Francisco Independent Film Festival takes place at the Brava and Roxie Theaters in SF and the Humanities Hall in Oakland.

Teh Interwebz
[1/4] SF power pop band The Real Numbers ring in 2015 with a live online concert to benefit Conscious Immaturity yay!

~~ Tickets ($140) are now available for Camp Tipsy 2015 ~~
~~Burning Man pre-sale tickets are available on January 14, 2015 for $800 each.~~


~~Help me fill this section out. Email me with a cool event you know about.~~

Douchey New Year's Eve

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