JRS VOLUME #13; ISSUE #20
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 13, Issue #20
May 28, 2009
+ CALLING ALL GEEKS: PLAYA WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT - JUNE 3
+ BURNING MAN STICKER CONTEST FOR 2009 IN EFFECT!
+ "BURN ON THE BAYOU" - BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS DVD IN MARKETPLACE
+ SKIP YOUR LATTE, SAVE A TEACHER, IN BURNING MAN'S BACK YARD
+ NEW FLAMETHROWER REGULATIONS IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ FISHBUG PROJECT FUNDRAISER - MAY 29, EMERYVILLE, CA
+ 2009 MAKER FAIRE -- AND SWAP-O-RAMA-RAMA - MAY 30-31, SAN MATEO, CA
+ THE GALACTIC GALA: FUNDRAISER FOR THE RAYGUN ROCKETSHIP - JUNE 5, SF
+ BURNING MAN PRECOMPRESSION 2009 - JUNE 6, SF
+ NOWHERE: REGIONAL BURN - JULY 8-12, SPAIN
PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ BURNING MAN 2008 PHOTOS FROM NIGHTSHADE
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
Today is an auspicious day, ladies and gentlemen (and undecideds). It's that magic day where it's a mere 100 days until the Man burns. Which means, after today, you'll only need TWO digits for the remainder of your countdown (until it's ONE digit, of course). Anyway, so yeah, Bejeezus! You getting ready? You better be!
Theme camp pre-registrations close May 31, and any non-pre-registered camping you snap up on a first-come first-served basis (don't worry, it's a BIG playa, with plenty of room). Speaking of playa, our DPW crew has started work weekends out at Black Rock Station, our Nevada work facility, and they report that the playa surface looks gooooood. With luck, it'll hold up until we get there!
People are getting all revved up, as you can see on the vibrantly active Burning Man Facebook Page. There's a great discussion cooking about what people have up their sleeve for Burning Man 2009 ... hop in, the water's great! http://tr.im/bman_fb
Today is also an auspcious day becaaaaause ... we are proud to be relaunching the Burning Blog! We've sought out a host of excellent new writers representing a wide diversity of perspectives, plucked them from the far corners of our community, and asked them to offer their unadulterated insights on Burning Man culture out in the world. Check it out, it's way cool:
100 days, people! Chop chop!
CALLING ALL GEEKS: PLAYA WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT - JUNE 3
Are you an artist, camp and/or geek who brings wireless/internet technology to the playa?
If you are planning a large-scale technological project, have an art project that absolutely requires Internet connectivity, or will be beaming any sort of bits and bytes into the airwaves above the playa, you are cordially invited and strongly requested to participate at the Burning Man Technology Department will be hosting our third Playa Wireless Summit (in San Francisco at Burning Man HQ - but of course you can participate remotely -- we're geeks) at 7 pm on June 3, 2009. If you're not in the area, and would still like to participate please write to us for info on how to dial in.
PLEASE RSVP and get more info by responding to this post at playatech (at) burningman (dot) com
It would be great if you could give us a few details on your project in your email.
Thank you from the Burning Man Tech team.
BURNING MAN STICKER CONTEST FOR 2009 IN EFFECT!
Hello friends and fellow playa-schwag-ophiles!
Don't we all just love getting fabulous playa schwag to help us remember our home in the desert even when we're away throughout the year? Well, now we want you, the Black Rock Citizens, to contribute YOUR design for the official 2009 stickers. That's right! It's that time of year again - time for our annual sticker contest.
This is the official call for designs for the 2009 Burning Man stickers. Your design could be the one passed out with the materials you receive as you pass through the Greeters Station upon entering Black Rock City. Several designs will be selected -- the other designs will become official sticker schwag passed out randomly by staff and volunteers at the event and throughout the year.
Your sticker designs can vary in size from 2.25" by 5.5" to 3" by 3". Round designs should be 3" in diameter.
Designs for the car window stickers should be 2" by 2". Round car window stickers should be 2" in diameter.
Please incorporate both the name Burning Man and the year 2009 into your design for either type of sticker. Unfortunately, sticker designs are limited to only TWO or THREE colors. Please design accordingly.
Whichever type of sticker tickles your fancy (or maybe your very ticklish and want to enter several designs), remember there IS a theme, and we like stickers that attempt to use the theme. This year's theme is "Evolution". Read up on it here:
How to submit: If at all possible, PLEASE post your design on a web page and send the URL to stickers (at) burningman (dot) com ... otherwise, send in a color separated vector Adobe Illustrator file to stickers (at) burningman (dot) com . Whether sending your design or questions, please put "STICKER DESIGN" in the subject header.
The deadline for design submissions is Sunday June 14th.
Once again, please note that all artwork selected for stickers needs to be submitted in a color separated vector Illustrator file in the actual size the sticker is to be produced.
Thank You and Good Luck!
Red Sonja & Squirt
Sticker Goddesses Extraordinaire
"BURN ON THE BAYOU" - BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS DVD IN MARKETPLACE
Burning Man is proud and honored to share the story of the origin of Burners Without Borders - what is now a social phenomenon for Burners around the globe has its roots in 2005, when a group of Burner volunteers headed for the Gulf Coast to lend a hand after Hurricane Katrina.
While many wonderful documentaries have tried to tell the story of Burning Man the event, this film is a rare look at Burning Man the cultural philosophy, and how the experience of Black Rock City inspired participants to give passionately of themselves in the wake of a devastating natural disaster.
"Burn on the Bayou" is a story that's meant to be shared: if you've been before and had trouble explaining to family or friends that Burning Man is more than just an event, this film provides a fine example...or if you're coming for the first time, it'll lend depth to your understanding of the culture you're about to experience. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Available now on the Burning Man Marketplace at:
SKIP YOUR LATTE, SAVE A TEACHER, IN BURNING MAN'S BACK YARD
Black Rock Solar's Tom Price writes:
"It's not often you get a chance to make a big difference with a small donation, but this is one of those times. Black Rock Solar is asking you to skip your latte today, and help us save a teacher's job in a community in need.
As many of you know, although Burning Man actually happens in Pershing County, NV most of the money spent for the event ends up in Reno/ Sparks. Little of the economic benefit of the event ends up in Lovelock, Pershing's county's main community. Lovelock has been in for some very tough economic times because of the recession. How tough? Their school district just had to lay off six of their 40 teachers, just to make ends meet. So the Burning Man community is pitching in to help them out.
This is where we, and you, and all of us come in. Black Rock Solar has lined up more than 90% of the resources to build a 50 kilowatt solar array, to help slash their electricity bill. We need to raise another $20,000 in June to build this project before the event. If you can chip in just a few dollars, together we'll raise what we need. If we raise more, we'll build more--and all at absolutely no cost to them. (The community is helping out with loaned heavy equipment, free housing for our crew, etc...they just can't afford any cash contribution).
This solar array will save them a *lot* of money. How much? In the words of the Superintendant Dan Fox "it's gonna save jobs--we can keep a teacher's assistant in the classroom if this happens." The other really cool thing about this project? It will save them at least $12,000 a year, every year, for the next 25 years--that's $300,000 over the life of this solar array.
This is the gift economy in practice, out in the real world, helping keep a teacher in a classroom. Please visit http://is.gd/FElS to learn more, and donate $5 or as much as you can afford. We'll put the names of every donor to this project on a plaque at the array. Thanks for your help!"
NEW FLAMETHROWER REGULATIONS IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
The following is a communique from the State fire Marshal's office regarding a "flamethrower" bill that's been long in coming into law. It's scheduled to go into effect July 1st 2009 and puts strong prohibitions on devices that "shoot flammable LIQUID more than 10 feet."
Because of work done by NAFAA and ASEPO, fire breathers are not affected by this, nor are most propane devices. However, some of the devices found on the playa may fall under this bill and become 'military grade weaponry' legal status for ownership and use in the state of California.
-- Tedward, webmaster
To Interested Parties:
On May 15, 2009, a Notice of Proposed Regulations related to Flamethrowing Devices, Title 19, State Fire Marshal, is published in the California Regulatory Notice Register at:
For your convenience the following documents may be accessed on the State Fire Marshal website at:
1. The Notice of Proposed Regulations (NOPR),
2. The proposed text of the regulations (Express Terms) and other reference materials
3. The Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR) for the proposed action
The State Fire Marshal will accept written comments on the proposed regulations for the next 45 days beginning May 15, 2009 until 5 pm on June 29, 2009.
Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal
Office of the Ca. State Fire Marshal
Code Development and Analysis
1131 "S" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 324-9592
Fax: (916) 445-8459
E-Mail: diane.arend (at) fire.ca (dot) gov
SUPPORT THE 2009 TEMPLE PROJECT!
This just in:
"The Temple for 2009 is being done out of Texas for the first time ever this year, and there are fundraisers for this monumental project going on Thursday night May 28 in Austin and Friday night May 29 in Houston. The events will feature the Texas premier(s) of The Temple Builder, a lovely doc made by Ireland's Purple Productions (Dust Devils) and Austin's Gone Off Deep Productions (Beyond Black Rock), as well as original art and photography of the Temples over the years from a slew of talented contributors.
David Best, the originator of The Temple projects will be on hand for both, as will Dave Umlas, the fearless leader of Community Art Makers out of Austin, who is spearheading this year's Temple, "Fire of Fires." If you'd like to contribute to the Temple project either in person or virtually, more information can be found at:
SUPER HERO DAY DECLARED IN BLACK ROCK CITY
While this is not an official communique from the Burning Man Project, it certainly bears no less weight. Do with it what you will. Arya writes to inform us:
"Thursday will be Super Hero day at Burning Man! Be sure to bring your best and most original Super Hero outfit and get ready to demonstrate your highly evolved powers."
FISHBUG PROJECT FUNDRAISER - MAY 29, EMERYVILLE, CA
Chimera Sententia (a.k.a. Fishbug) is one of Burning Man's honoraria art installations for 2009, headed up by Rebecca Anders of Flaming Lotus Girls fame. Their intrepid crew writes to tell us of their impending fundraiser:
"Chimera Sententia (a.k.a. Fishbug) is a towering, ominous creature with mesmerizing firey bits. Emerging from the desert bed - thousands of years past extinction - and HUNGRY! Come feed our monster and the kick-off to the party season.
We are raising funds to take Fishbug to the Playa and beyond...
Entry donation: $10 - $1,000
* Swag for sale * Wicked Beats * Photoboof!* Tarot Readings by Zephyr*
* Clowns * Cage Dancers* Fire Performers* Belly Dancers* hotness * DJs!
DONATE TODAY: http://tinyurl.com/o9mmxn
Lots of love from the Fishbug crew xx"
2009 MAKER FAIRE -- AND SWAP-O-RAMA-RAMA - MAY 30-31, SAN MATEO, CA
The Maker Faire is an amazing DIY (that's "do it yourself") showcase event that absolutely takes the Burner get 'er done DIY spirit and blows it out in fine form! A ton of people from our community will be there, showing off all the amazing things they do. The Swap-O-Rama- Rama part of it is illustrative of the mantra of reuse, recycle and repurpose ... and turn it into art. An inspiration for all of us, tell ya what. Our good friend Scatha (aka Miss Velvet Cream) writes:
"Clean out your closets! Tell Your Friends. . .
The Maker Faire
SWAP-O-RAMA-RAMA is Here!
May 30th and 31st 11am to 5pm
With a ReUse Fashion Show Saturday Eve
@ The San Mateo Fairgrounds
Tix & Info: http://www.makerfaire.com
Maker Faire ...
The 4th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area is a family friendly fun event to MAKE, create, learn, invent, CRAFT, recycle, act up, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology. Maker Faire will showcase individual creativity and grassroots innovation in the largest festival devoted to DIY culture and technology in the country.
Join in the communal process of reuse and celebrate our collective creativity! You are invited to Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing. A host of talent will teach you how to transform your new/used duds into works of your own. The core of the swap is the gigantic piles of free clothing sorted into categories: pants, shirts, skirts, sweaters etc. Take home as much clothing as you can carry. Remainders go to a local women's shelter.
Wondering what to bring to the swap? Visit:
Want to work at Swap-O-Rama-Rama? We still need a few general helpers.
Please contact Scatha: missvelvetcream (at) gmail (dot) com to join our crew.
ADMISSION: A ticket to Maker Faire
AND any sized bag of your clean unwanted clothing.
See you there... and please... PASS IT ON!"
THE GALACTIC GALA: FUNDRAISER FOR THE RAYGUN ROCKETSHIP - JUNE 5, SAN FRANCISCO
The Rocketship is one of Burning Man's honorarium art installations for 2009 ... they're throwing a fundraiser to make up the difference between their art grant and the cost of, well, building a rocketship. They say:
"The Raygun Rocketship crew invites you to San Francisco's exclusive Bently Reserve Intergalactic Assembly Hall for The Galactic Gala, a fundraiser to support the construction of The Raygun Gothic Rocketship, a fully-functional neo-futuristic rocketship to be exhibited and launched from Black Rock City, NV at Burning Man 2009.
Galactic formal attire encouraged. Costume contest!
The Galactic Gala
A Fundraiser for the Raygun Gothic Rocketship
Friday, June 5th
301 Battery St, San Francisco
General Admission $20
Exclusive VIP Access to Admiral's Chamber $50
Line-up and more info: http://www.raygungothicrocket.com
WARNING: NORAD has intercepted a subspace transmission indicating a force of extra-terrestrial creatures have targeted this event for invasion at MIDNIGHT. Attendees should be prepared for ANY eventuality."
BURNING MAN PRECOMPRESSION 2009 - JUNE 6, SAN FRANCISCO
Precompression is our annual community mixer and celebration to ramp up for Burning Man. It is a showcase for artists, theme camps and performers to find collaborators and try out new work. It’s a venue for idea exchange and an incubator for new ideas and collaborations. This one will have an evolution-themed slant—whatever evolution means to YOU!
Saturday, June 6th
Mission Rock Café - Indoor/Outdoor Waterfront Nightclub Lounge and Restaurant
817 Terry Francois Blvd, San Francisco
$15 in Playa Finery or with 3 or more cans of food donation
$20 in street clothes
FOOD DRIVE: We will be collecting canned and dry food donations for SF Food Bank. Thanks for helping others!
Evolutionary attire encouraged! Dress for indoor and outdoor weather on the waterfront. See Evolution theme for inspiration:
21+ over; No ins and outs at this venue. Come early; stay late! Happy Hour Drink Specials and early bird playa schwag! Come for dinner on the water, starting at 8pm. Snack service till 12am.
Artists, Theme Camps, Performing artists (especially short acts), and musicians, we want to hear from you! Email flambelounge (at) burningman (dot) com. To volunteer, email firekitty (at) burningman (dot) com
Additional info and schedule here:
BBQ-A-NOOBIE VOLUNTEER PIQUE-NIQUE - JUNE 20, SAN FRANCISCO
Golden Gate Park, SF.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Map Here: http://tinyurl.com/6hj46k
Bring your virgins, your newbies, your dust-free friends ... and introduce them to the Burners in their backyard. This as an event FOR and BY Burning Man volunteers and their NOOBIE friends ... (yes, bring your kids too!) ... If you are a Burning Man volunteer, or are a virgin burner "NOOBIE" who wants to meet burners and learn more about the event, this picnic is for YOU!
This here is a Potluck BBQ...
Bring something for the grill, or a dish to share, or drinks to share. It's self-reliant, Burner do-ocracy, gift economy-style! After all, we're out to ed-ju-ma-cate them virgins on how we do it in Black Rock City. There will be many Burning Man departments in attendance; so come out, talk them up, get some info and volunteer for that perfect Playa experience!
BBQ-A-NOOBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE...
"You must bring everything with you to survive the pic-i-nic"
*Enough grillable food for you and your group.
*One (1) 12 oz beverage of your choice per person per hour
*Layered clothing that preferably sparkles.
*A good folding camp chair or picnic blanket.
*'Leave No Trace' garbage bags.
*Common sense, an open mind, and a positive, playful attitude
. *Coleslaw/Frito Pie/Potato Salad/Baked Beans/Ambrosia.
*Goggles and face masks in case of dust storms or bear attack.
*Virgins! Noobies! More Virgins!
Some stuff will be provided, such as charcoal, plates, utensils, and condiments. You know, the basics.
We are putting out the call for musicians, entertainers, pranksters, craftspeople, performers, artists, theme camps, art cars, etc. etc. How will you participate?? Email: partyradar (at) burningman (dot) com to register and get in on the fun!
NOWHERE: REGIONAL BURN - JULY 8-12, SPAIN
The Nowhere crew want you to come to Spain! And why wouldn't you? Here:
"Nowhere: Not your average hippie party.
Inspired by Burning Man, Nowhere is a regional event taking place in the desert of Spain - an empty space waiting to be filled by your imagination. It is organized entirely by volunteers - the art and entertainment is created solely by participants. There are no spectators, no concession stands, and no cash. A fuse to inspire creativity and participation, the extreme conditions and harsh beauty of the Spanish desert provide a blank canvas for people like you and me to make something out of nothing.
20+ nationalities, languages and cultures, from as far as Russia, Norway, and Holland, all coming together to share the key principles and enjoy a regional unlike any other. Trust me – you want to see this for yourself!
We have a strong Euroburner community that can help with logistics + get you details and help coordinate. Please check out our site and we’d love to see you in the Middle of NOWHERE! www.goingnowhere.org
Nowhere is held near Zaragoza, in Spain, from 8–12 July 2009. For more information, to buy a ticket and to get involved, go to:
This is a Leave No Trace event."
BURNING MAN 2008 PHOTOS FROM NIGHTSHADE
Nightshade, the ever-intrepid, carnivaltastic event photographer extraordinaire, has been gracious enough to bless us with his Burning Man 2008 photo gallery. Thank you, fine sir!
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