The “Ham” Edition :: Issue #021


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #021 :: The “Ham” Edition :: 02:18:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #021 :: The “Ham” Edition :: 02:18:2015

Ham, just ham


In case you haven’t heard, I’M GOING TO BE BLOGGING PART-TIME FOR DANGEROUS MINDS!! **Total dream come true**[Not to worry, I’ll still be cranking out a new Rusty’s Electric Dreams every Wednesday. Tell your cool friends.]– Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Again, have learned that gmail tosses this zine into a “Promotions” tab, where you’re unlikely to see it. It also runs long and will get cut off. When it does that, be sure to hit “View entire message.”

Morning cock, photo by Rusty Blazenhoff
This space
intentionally left
honey glazed

As seen on the Internets

Hand-carved Ham like To Kill a Mockingbird's Scout
:: Mirrored cups that reflect the pattern on its saucer (by D-Bros)
:: via Colossal

:: Earrings that look like Girl Scout cookies

:: Jump In!: An art exhibit/ball pit for adults

:: ‘Everything is Terrible’ is going on tour

:: Mark Van Proyen critiques the artwork of presidents & dictators

:: It’s a Long Story: My Life: Willie Nelson’s memoir due out May 5th

:: Dungeonette: Memoir of a Dominatrix (A friend of a friend wrote this)

:: Listen to this: Matt Jaffe & The Distractions, “Put Your Finger In The Socket”
::  Thx, Jenny!

Real things you can actually buy: nay!

Ham Bone Flask

Canned Ham by DAK

Fake Ham display

Spiced Ham

Artist-in-residence: February 2015

by Joe Holliday

February’s Artist-in-Residence, Joe Holliday, is sharing Hole and Corner with us this week. It’s a collaborative art piece now located in East Jesus which he created with former A-i-R Mirabelle Jones. 

Take a look.

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Meat Dress by The Rodnick Band

Ham Leg Beanbag

2015 Shasta Canned Ham Trailer
“…Great poets imitate and improve, whereas small ones steal and spoil.” –W. H. Davenport Adams in 1892

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal…” –T.S. Eliot in 1920

“A good composer does not imitate; he steals.” –Peter Yates attributed to Igor Stravinsky in 1967

“The immature poet imitates; the mature poet plagiarizes.” –Laurence J. Peter attributed to T. S. Eliot in 1977

“Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.” –attributed to Igor Stravinsky in 1986

“Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” –In 1988, Steve Jobs attributed the quote to Pablo Picasso (who apparently never said it to begin with)

Bronzed bras
According to this article, bronzing baby shoes –amongst other things– is in fashion again. Thx, David!
Unless you sell Thin Mints...No Soliciting
Thx, Carl!
Coffee cup
“I usually drink tea or coffee while I work, so I fiddle with the cup non-stop…I guess it feels relaxing and natural, since I do it without noticing.

Quick, name one thing that you fiddle with when you’re sitting at your desk.

Why? Well, Mike KarleskyKacie Kinzer, and Dr. Katherine Isbister of NYU would like to know. They are conducting a bona fide scientific study called the Fidget Widgets project which examines the relationship between hand and body.

“Think of a Fidget Widget as an indirect productivity tool aiming to subtly enhance your creativity, or give you focus, or decrease stress just when you need it.”Mike wrote me to tell me about the project, “At the moment I’m trying to learn from anybody and everybody what the things are they fiddle with while they work and how they do that…I would absolutely love to see what your subscribers might submit.”

So, dear readers, head on over to their Tumblr and share the “doohickey you fiddle with as you work.” For science.

Events of note

2015 Burger Boogaloo with John Waters

[3/15] The first SXSW panel I’ve ever been on happens on this day. It’s called “The Greatest Geek Moment in History” and I’m honored to share the stage with Chris Taylor of Mashable and Daniel Terdiman of VentureBeat. 5 PM


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

Las Vegas
[Ongoing] Akhob, an immersive “Ganzfeld effect” experience by artist James Turrell at Louis Vuitton [by appt only: 702-730-3150] HIGHLY recommended!

Los Angeles

[2/28] The Murray Affair: A Bill Murray Art Show at the Syrup Loft [Tickets]

[3/21] Escape from the Walled City by Real Escape Game [Tickets]

[6/16] 826LA‘s 10th Anniversary Celebration

New York City

[2/19] Aram Bartholl: Point of View Opening at BabyCastles Thx, Albert!
[3/6] Cravings Exhibition Opening Party at grumpybert, a pop-up art store in Brooklyn Thx, Albert!


[Until 2/18] The 17th San Francisco Independent Film Festival
[2/18] Drag Me To Bingo, bingo with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
[3/19] ” ”
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[2/20] East Bay Burners Social: The Bliss Project, at m0xy
[2/21] Nerd Nite at Chabot Space & Science Center with guest Mark Pauline of SRL
[2/28] The New Pornographers at the Fox Theater

[2/28] Lost & Foundry Art Show and Open Studios, 4-8 PM, 305 Center Street

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

[4/25] 20th Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair


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

San Francisco
[Until 2/18] The 17th San Francisco Independent Film Festival

[2/19] Courtesans, Cooks, Samurai and Servants: The Seduction Opening Party at Asian Art Museum [Tickets]

[Until 3/1] Cognitive Technology: Tools to Understand and Extend the Human Mind; Exploratorium

[2/18] City of Women opens for The Love Me Nots (Phoenix, AZ) and Capsula (Spain) at the Elbo Room [Tickets]

[2/18] Nerd Nite SF #57: Viking Gender, Induced Quakes, and more!

[2/19] Suzanne Vega in concert at JCCSF [Tickets]

[2/19] BITTER QUEENS – a Drag Show Benefiting a Family of the Mission Fires

[2/20-3/1] Noise Pop Festival 2015 [Info]

[2/22] Undercover Assassins at Pier 39, an undercover game of stealth, identification, and clandestine pursuit Thx, Albert!

[2/24] Jason Scott (Internet Archive) salon talk: “The Web In an Eye Blink” at The Interval [Info]

[2/24] Odd Salon: METHOD: Featuring tales of feigned madness and elaborate systems, cautionary tales of scientific process and legacies of artistic rigour. [Tickets]

[3/4] Kim Gordon in conversation with Carrie Brownstein at JCCSF

[3/5-3/29] Cracked Actor: David Bowie on Screen, nine Bowie films playing at YBCA

[3/6] UNPLUG SF 2015

[3/7] Barbary Coast Burlesque at Doc’s Lab March 7th

[3/13] Pier 70 Happy Hour

[3/15] Beware the Brides of March 2015

[3/21] Cacophony Society Presentation with John Law & Carrie Galbraith at Adobe Books, 7-9 PM

[4/9] Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast: An evening with author Mark Anthony Wilson

[4/9] Ian Harvie Live in San Francisco (standup comedy) Two shows at SF Oasis [Tickets]

[4/26] How Weird Street Faire

San Mateo, California
[5/16-5/17] 10th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area 2015  [Tickets]

Sun Valley, Idaho

[3/22-3/25] DENT conference, “explores the magic and science of visionary leadership and groundbreaking success”

Heads up!
~~ The Replacements are on tour, “Back by Unpopular Demand”
~~ Amanda Palmer will soon be on tour too
~~ The Dead Milkmen are on a West Coast tour
~~ Eddie Izzard is also on a West Coast tour
~~ Tickets ($140) are now available for Camp Tipsy 2015
~~ Burning Man tickets are available.
~~ Lightning in a Bottle tickets are available.
~~ Save the date: Yes and Yes Yes happens June 12-15, 2015 in Palm Springs
~~ Save the date: This year’s Tiki Oasis happens August 13-16, 2015 in San Diego[February] There is now an event’s tips form. Go there to suggest an event for the zine.
“I’m not a celebrity, I’m a worker. I’ve always worked. I was working before people read anything about me, and the day they stopped reading about me, I was doing even more work. And the idea that if you’re a mother, you’re not doing anything—it’s the hardest job there is, being a mother or father requires great sacrifice, discipline, selflessness, and to think that we weren’t doing anything while we were raising a son or daughter is appalling. It makes me understand why some human beings question their worth if they’re not making a huge amount of money or aren’t famous, and that’s not right.” —Patti Smith

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