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JRS VOLUME #9; ISSUE #11

JRS:V9:#11:01.26.05

Hello again, ladles and junior mints! It's time for another edition of the Jack Rabbit Speaks, direct from our fingers to your screen. January brings our first all-staff meeting here at our San Francisco office, and we're already jumpin' and excited for 2005's event. It's already been a year of a lot of change for our organization. The departure of a couple of longtime staffers (heading off for new adventures) has presented us with interesting challenges, and we've had plenty of opportunity for some major in-depth looks at our responsibilities and how we get our work done. And it's all just in time for the major push toward the desert to begin...

So, with 219 days until we burn again, how are YOUR plans going? Maybe you need a little sprinkling of Burning Man news to spur you through  this long winter...well, here you go: we've got a ticket update for you  from the fine folks here in "Ticketlandia", a whole slew of new goodies  at Burningman.com, a nd news on an upcoming broadcast of Renea Roberts'  "Gifting It" on Free Speech TV. (Hooray for Renea!) Plus more...

...including more film news: ur good buddies at Gone Off Deep are  holding an exciting "DVD Cover Design Contest" so you can participate  in creating the cover for the upcoming release of their documentary,  "Beyond Black Rock". Find out how to submit your design idea (and have  a chance to win a ticket to Burning Man 2005!) under "Participate",  below.

We also share the sad news of a Burning Man community affected by a  deep loss in the Southern California landslides this month. Our hearts  go out to this community and the families affected by this tragedy.  Find out more under BRC News.


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BRC NEWS:

TICKET UPDATE * TICKET UPDATE * TICKET UPDATE
WHAT'S NEW AT BURNINGMAN.COM?
GIFTING IT AIRS ON FREE SPEECH TV 1/30/05
FREE FORM RADIO ON THE PLAYA - DOWNLOAD
CALIFORNIA MUDSLIDES CLAIM LIFE OF BURNER

PARTICIPATE:
CONTEST: DESIGN THE COVER FOR "BEYOND BLACK ROCK" DVD!
PARTICIPATE IN BLACK ROCK CITY: HOW TO VOLUNTEER!
YOUTH WRITING CONTEST ON CREATIVITY IN SOCIETY

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TICKET UPDATE * TICKET UPDATE * TICKET UPDATE

Greetings from Ticketlandia...

By now many of you have already purchased tickets and some of you may  have experienced issues when first arriving to purchase tickets at 12PM  NOON on Jan 5th.  We are very sorry for the inconveniences and the  confusion, believe us - we certainly didn't want that to happen.  A LOT  of planning and effort went into the launch of ticket sales for this  year and it was as disappointing to us as it was for those who  encountered frustrations with their ticket order.

We made considerable upgrades to our server hardware from 2004's ticket  launch.  We purchased 7 new servers, optimized our code, accelerated  our processing capacity and worked with a team of engineers to load  test the scenerio for 2005 ticket launch.  When tickets went onsale, we  were more than capable to handle the load of thousands of ticket  orders. Unfortunately, we had technical issues with our central  database server -- it took us 45 minutes to fix this server. So, the  first 45 minutes of tickets being onsale, the site was up and down.  At  12:45PM, things were smoothed out and within 4 hours, the 10,000 $175 tickets were sold  out!

In the panic for ticket sales, a few of you completed multiple orders, trying everything to get your tickets!  We have corrected all of the  scenerios and have a team of burners working to ensure that you get  your tickets.

Our plans are to get you all of your tickets by the end of this month -  many of you are already receiving your tickets by the time you get  this email!

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How to check on a 2005 Burning Man on-line ticket order:
If you have not yet received a Burning Man confirmation number for your purchase, visit: http://tickets.burningman.com/confirm

Use the new feature 'Search for your order online.' by entering your email address used in the purchase to view online your confirmed order with your name and how many tickets you purchased without checking your email.  No address appears here, for your security.

PAYPAL orders:: We have received several support requests regarding issues with PayPal's server in your order processing.  We have currently updated our system with your order, IF you received a PayPal confirmation number.  Simply search for your order online to verify.

If you have another question about your online order, go to the following link and use the pull down menu to submit your question. These requests are answered in the order they are received so please do not submit multiple support requests.  There is a great crew standing by to personally research and respond to your email inquiry. Visit:   http://tickets.burningman.com/contact

If for any reason you need to change the delivery address of your  order, visit:
http://tickets.burningman.com/shipto

To add shipping to your WILL CALL order, visit:
http://tickets.burningman.com/shipit

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The $175 and $200 tickets are SOLD OUT!

There are still some $225 tickets left, they are going fast and won't be around for long.  Once the $225 tickets are sold out the going rate will be $250.

$225 tickets are available for purchase via Mail Order and online. If you want to avoid using a credit card - buy your tickets through the mail - it is easy and the turn around time is less that 2 weeks! Check out the link below for information to buy tickets through the mail.

 To buy ticket go here and scroll to the very bottom:
 http://tickets.burningman.com/

See y'all on the playa,

The Ticket Team


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WHAT'S NEW AT BURNINGMAN.COM?

Glad you asked! Our webteam have been busy bees this month, working all kinds of magic, and we thought we'd share this list with you, so you can thank your local Burning Man webteam volunteer:

 - Added the newly-published Burning Man Project mission statement: http://burningman.com/whatisburningman/about_burningman/mission.html
- New 2005 Ticket information, including news, links to ticket support, info about $175 and $200 levels selling out: http://www.burningman.com/news/ticket_info_05.html
- New Top 10 Art Myths page: http://www.burningman.com/themecamps_installations/installations/ top_myths.html.
-  The 2005 Art Theme is now live: http://www.burningman.com/themecamps_installations/bm05_theme.html
- News item offering the Burning Man organization's response to community feedback: http://www.burningman.com/news/comm_feedback2.html
- New poll asking our participants "What day marks your new year?" http://www.burningman.com/polls/polls.php
 - Updated the copy on the Art Installations index page and Art Guidelines to be more web-friendly and readable: http://www.burningman.com/themecamps_installations/installations/ index.html,  http://www.burningman.com/themecamps_installations/installations/ new_guidelines.html.
- New tale from the playa, new playa tip, and more!

Check it all out at http://www.burningman.com. And hug a webteam geek!

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GIFTING IT AIRS ON FREE SPEECH TV 1/30/05

A one-hour version of Gifting It: A Burning Embrace of Gift Economy will begin airing on Free Speech TV starting on January 30, 2005 (all times Eastern) 1:00; 6:00; 9:00; 1:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.; 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  For more information about Gifting It see http://www.giftingit.com.

Free Speech will continue to air it throughout the first half of 2005 - you can check http://www.freespeechtv.org for additional showtimes.    FSTV works with activists and artists by using television to cultivate  an informed and active citizenry in order to advance progressive social  change. Free Speech TV is a non-commercial, independent, non-profit television station specializing in social, political, cultural, and environmental issues from progressive and under-represented perspectives.   FSTV broadcasts 24 hours a day via DISH Network Channel  9415.

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FREE FORM RADIO ON THE PLAYA - DOWNLOAD

At this last Burning Man 2004, I had an installation at Center Camp called Free Form Radio 104.5. It was a completely automated radio station that allowed people to record their personal and public messages for broadcast to all of Black Rock City over the FM airwaves. The project was totally successful and saw the recording of a great variety of messages. I would like to invite anyone -- especially those who recorded a message -- to download a compilation of all the messages recorded this year as a little souvenir of their trip to the playa:

http://www.california.com/~fuzzy/Free%20Form%20Radio%202004%20Messages.zip

(The file is 11.1 MB)

Enjoy!

A bientot,

Fuzzy :philippe
FFR 104.5 FM


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CALIFORNIA MUDSLIDES CLAIM LIFE OF BURNER

Steve Samo writes to us with sad news:

"The world lost a truly beautiful soul this month when the earth came crashing down on the town of La Conchita.  Charlie Womack was one of those rare people whose generosity was limitless and whose love and optimism was unstoppable.  He was a father to four amazing kids, and to an extended tribe of many many more.  With the destruction of the space that he created and opened up to so many, we are left with a void the size of which is somewhat unfathomable at present.   The Womack residence, which now lies shattered under tons of mud and stone, was until recently the home of twelve.   Five of those twelve are now gone, those who remain have lost almost everything.

In the Burning Man community we talk often and at length about bringing that amazing place we call Black Rock City home with us to live in a state of heightened openness, awareness and generosity.  Charlie Womack did much more than just talk about it -  he lived it.

Please help the friends and family of Charlie, and the people of La Conchita by donating to any or all of the relief funds that have been set up.   Additionally, please come out and attend one of the many gatherings that are being planned by his many friends in the art and music community of Santa Barbara and Ventura.

---Donations---

Donate with Paypal at http://www.theclandestino.com

-or-

Make a check payable to the family you are contributing to, and send it to or bring it to Santa Barbara Bank and Trust  - it doesn't matter what branch.
The Wallet Memorial Fund
The Delgado-Kennedy Memorial Fund
The Bryson Memorial Fund
The Womack Memorial Fund
The Alvis Memorial Fund

Santa Barbara Bank & Trust
250 South Mills Road
Ventura, CA 93003-3436

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Clan Destino will also be hosting a benefit on Friday Feb. 11 at El Paseo in Santa Barbara.  More information to come.

For continually updated information local funds and events, as well as more information on Charlie and the Llama Tribe,  please visit http://www.theclandestino.com

---Contact---

If anyone in the community has images of Charlie, please send them to Jeff Clark at jeff(at)jeffclarkphoto(dot)com

If you would like more information or have questions please email me at samo71(at)gmail(dot)com or call me at 805-451-8944.

Thank you,
Stephen Samojeden"


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CONTEST: DESIGN THE COVER FOR "BEYOND BLACK ROCK" DVD!

Gone Off Deep is excited to announce that the special 2-DVD set of "Beyond Black Rock" is just about ready to roll off the presses and will soon be available to you! Boasting a surround-sound-enhanced full cut of the film on one disc and extras, outtakes, deleted scenes, and extended interviews on the second, this DVD set lovingly brings the story of Black Rock City to the big and little screens.

And now, here is YOUR chance to contribute to this fantastic movie! For the next two weeks, Gone Off Deep will be holding a DVD Cover Design contest, to give members of the community a chance to show their designer stuff. This cover should speak to the experience of Burning Man, and catch the eye on the shelf to bring this film beyond our community and share our story with the larger world.

From the GOD website:

"(Designs should be) crazy, fun, off the wall, outrageous, spontaneous, Burning Man inspired art to put on the case cover of this DVD and on the faces of the two DVDs themselves. YES, you heard right ... it's a new TWO DVD set! We'll be the final judges (with input and thoughts from the Burning Man office monkeys) {Hey, I'm not a monkey! Ook ook! - AG} and we're looking for something that will literally jump off the shelves at potential viewers and say 'You Must Watch This Film!' Yes. Literally."

Sound fun? OK! Now, don't you go writin' the JRS with questions - we forgot all of our Illustrator skills years ago. But our friends down in Texas have posted ALL the instructions, file sizes, elements to include, submission requirements and other such like HERE:
http://www.beyondblackrock.com/dvdart/

Submissions are due by February 14th....and the winner will not only  get credit for their work, and the fun of working with the Gone Off  Deep crew, but will also receive one FREE ticket to Burning Man 2005!

Contact production(at)goneoffdeep(dot)com with your questions. Now, git  designin'!

(One last note: the Gone Off Deep folks reminded us today that the special community offer of the un-enhanced version of the movie, which was selling for $10, has ended. Your chance to own a copy of the 2-DVD set is coming soon, so watch this space for the announcement of the cover design winner!)

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PARTICIPATE IN BLACK ROCK CITY: HOW TO VOLUNTEER!

We thought to send a note with the link to the Volunteer Questionnaire on our website, for those of you who have been waiting to get involved at Burning Man. Yes, the time is ripe for plugging in as a volunteer - but we've also updated the link to the questionnaire, so if you've seen any of the older versions of the link, this is the one to use if you'd like to connect with one of our city's teams and help bring Black Rock City into being in 2005!

The CORRECT URL is: http://www.burningman.com/participate/questionnaire.html


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YOUTH WRITING CONTEST ON CREATIVITY IN SOCIETY

Stevendalf from Kidsville sends this essay contest opportunity, which may be of interest to young aspiring writers in our community:

"The contest is open to all full-time students or anyone 25 years old or younger.
Essays must be submitted online by March 1, 2005 and address the following
question:

 In 'The Creative Powers of a Free Civilization', Nobel Prize winner  F.A.  Hayek  posits that only in a truly free society can the creative powers  of individuals be maximized. In an essay of 2,500 words or less, please  answer the following question:

'To what degree are the creative powers of individuals influenced by the  structure of the society in which they live? What legal, social,  cultural,  or educational conditions would be needed to fully realize their  creative  powers?'

Visit http://www.TheIHS.org/essays for more information and to submit  an essay.
http://aWorldConnected.org and http://aBetterEarth.org, our websites on globalization and environmental issues respectively, will also be sponsoring essay contests this spring.

http://www.TheIHS.org -- supporting the next generation of free-thinkers"

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