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JRS VOLUME #15; ISSUE #03

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 15, Issue #03
October 29, 2010

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INTRODUCTION - The Rumor Edition, List of Decompressions, How to join a Regional Group!

LATEST NEWS:
+ BURNING ACADEMIA
+ NEW IN THE BURNING BLOG
+ BURNING MAN 2010/11 DESK CALENDAR AVAILABLE
+ SAN FRANCISCO EXPLORATORIUM'S VIDEOS ABOUT SCIENCE ON THE PLAYA
+ BURNING MAN MONTAGE ON AN AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC BROADCASTING STATION
+ STORIES ON COMMUNITY-BUILDING AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT BURNING MAN
+ FIND PLAYA ARTWORK ON FLICKR USING THIS COOL TOOL
+ A THANK-YOU NOTE FROM A PARTICIPANT
+ CAMP CONDUIT POSTS THEIR HAT PICTURES

PARTICIPATE:
+ A CLASS ON FLAME EFFECTS FOR THE ARTIST - NOV 20/21 - SPARKS, NV

SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ OFF-PLAYA-O-GRAMS FROM THE BRCPO2.0

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ LAS VEGAS HALLOWEEN PARADE AND *NOW* AFTER PARTY! - LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 31
+ CHICAGO DECOMPRESSION 2010 - CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 6
+ IRELAND DECOMPRESSION - CHARLEVILLE CASTLE, TULLAMORE CO OFFALY, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 20

PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ PHOTO ESSAY FEATURING THE REMIXED PHOTOGRAPHY OF BHASKAR BANERJI

CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

ADMINISTERRATA:
+ Want to unsubscribe from the JRS? Really? OK, here's how: http://tinyurl.com/2rwqzx

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Next week, the Burning Man staff will escape the concrete confines of our San Francisco office for a four-day intensive Staff Retreat. This is an annual tradition where we take the lessons learned from 2010 and all the feedback that you the participants have provided us, chew on our visions for where we think we're headed as a culture, and stir it all up to co-create what's next for the Burning Man Project. Not just for 2011, but beyond...and not just on playa, but every day, all around the world.

It's an exciting opportunity to contemplate all the possibility that lies before us. Thank YOU for giving us your feeback to incorporate into this discussion... we do read ALL of it and take it with us into this process.

It's always good to take some time (personally or professionally) now and again to be self-reflective, and lean into the opportunity to change course and evolve. Like all good rites of passage, right? And so here we go! Watch for a report-out from one or more of our staffers about the goings on at the retreat.

In other news, we're happy to announce our new Academics at Burning Man webpage, which will be an ongoing repository for the papers, books and studies that've been written about Burning Man, as well as an open invitation for scholars to connect with each other and share information about their research. Learn all about it, and please do get involved!

http://burningman.com/whatisburningman/academics.html

We hope and trust your ongoing Decompression season has been going well ... and that maybe you've finally gotten all that playa off your car. Well, we can hope, anyway.

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BURNING ACADEMIA

Scholars and academics have long found Black Rock City ripe for research projects and scholarly analysis. Burning Man's Communications Department has served as a liaison to these projects by providing access to the Burning Man archives, photo and video passes on the playa, staff and participant interviews, and other forms of support for research and educational efforts.

In 2010, the Jack Rabbit Speaks newsletter issued an invitation to scholars, educators, and academics to attend the first official "Burning Nerds" Meet and Greet, held on Friday, September 3rd at Hotel Ashram Galactica in Black Rock City. We expected a small gathering of 30 or 40 people -- but over 200 academics attended; sociology, anthropology, performance, art, business, spirituality and religion, business, and dozens of other disciplines were represented at this lively meet and greet. Several researchers took the stage to provide insights into their current or planned projects about Burning Man and our related culture.

Are you an accademic interested in connecting with other Burning Man academics and scholars? Join the Burning Nerds Google Group to stay updated on recent, relevant, and ongoing research about our collective experience in Black Rock City, and find out about meet-ups, collaborations, and future events.

Learn more on our new Academics at Burning Man webpage: http://burningman.com/whatisburningman/academics.html

We've known about these researchers for years, and at last, now these brainy Burners finally are connected and know they're not alone in geeking out on their favorite social movement!

The Chronicle of Higher Education also recently covered scholarship around Burning Man. You can find their article here:

http://bit.ly/aCEIii

The LA Times got in on this movement as well with "Burning Man becomes a hot academic topic":

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-burning-man-20101020,0,3074357.story

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NEW IN THE BURNING BLOG

Regional Spotlight on Asbury Park, NJ:
http://bit.ly/b7JuDI
Meghan Rutigliano delves into some of the great projects happening across the Burning Man Regional spectrum.

On the Ground in the Dirt — Burning Man 2010
http://bit.ly/bXcWVZ
Neil Girling writes about his 2010 Burn experience, from the perspective of a professional photographer ... his shots are incredible.

Celebrating Our New Year Across the World
http://bit.ly/d9aP9l
Meghan again, telling us about all the mini-Burns that happened around the world while we were in the Black Rock Desert ... how people celebrate Burning Man even when they can't get to BRC.

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BURNING MAN 2010/11 DESK CALENDAR AVAILABLE

Remember that last time we told you about the Burning Man 2010/11 Desk Calendar? And then we, like, ran out of them in the Marketplace? Yeah, that was no fun. Well, we're fully restocked again. So if you want one (and you know you do), get it now ... before they're gone.

http://bit.ly/b8hwby

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SAN FRANCISCO EXPLORATORIUM'S VIDEOS ABOUT SCIENCE ON THE PLAYA

The San Francisco Exploratorium created some webcasts this year about scientific phenomena on playa. They're educational and straight up cool! Check 'em out:

http://www.exploratorium.edu/webcasts/index.php

http://www.youtube.com/user/Exploratorium?feature=mhum

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BURNING MAN MONTAGE ON AN AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC BROADCASTING STATION

Lee Anna writes:

"An Australian public broadcasting station--ABC Arts--recently visited BRC and created a little montage for viewers down under. They'll hosting it online for a couple of weeks. Perhaps burners would get a kick out of seeing this?

ABC Arts Online - http://www.abc.net.au/arts/stories/s3046039.htm

Thanks!"

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STORIES ON COMMUNITY-BUILDING AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT BURNING MAN

Burning Man's James Hanusa writes:

"I wanted to bring attention to a couple of articles that I was made aware of last week.

- Daniel Homsey in the SF City Administrators Office brought this article to my attention. Daniel runs the Neighborhood Empowerment Network & NEN U (http://vimeo.com/14979224). NEN U has an online learning and service learning component. See article on community building, lessons from Burning Man:

http://bit.ly/bikIMU

Social Entrepreneurship Era of Burning Man http://bit.ly/a0d8IH

Triple Pundit (3P) is an online news source focused on the triple bottom line (financial, environmental and social) and innovation.

Best Regards, James"

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FIND PLAYA ARTWORK ON FLICKR USING THIS COOL TOOL

Nym writes:

"I made this tool to help Photographers find Flickr machine tags for artwork on the playa for this year:

http://tomlongson.com/burningflickr/

Turns out it's kinda fun to surf around too! Hope you enjoy. Please feel free to pass along.

Cheers,
Tom Longson (nym)"

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A THANK-YOU NOTE FROM A PARTICIPANT

Nice.

"Thank you Black Rock City.

I solo biked to Burning Man, 2010 from Canada and when I got to the gates Aug 30th I was the first in the gates 6:00 pm sharp. Feeling like a rock star, I biked in and found a place to call home. As a "Burgin" it was a once in a lifetime moment.

What an experience, everyone was so openarmed, that warm and fuzzy feeling goes on.

I couldn't stay for the burn as the High Sierra's called and floated off. Crossing Death Valley and down to the Grand Canyon.

A trip never forgotten.

Thanks.

Burner Brian from Canada."

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CAMP CONDUIT POSTS THEIR HAT PICTURES

Greetings from Camp Conduit!

• Did you receive a gift hat from us at Burning Man this year?
• Did we take a photo of you wearing it?
• Would you like to see the photo?

As promised, we have posted all the hat pictures to a Facebook page (along with all our other pictures--a rare few appropriately cropped/fuzzed where needed, so all pics should be "safe"). Public links are below, and folks can also friend "Camp Conduit." Enjoy, and feel free to email us or post to our wall. Have a great year, everyone!

--The Camp Conduit Rad Hatters

The Camp Conduit Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/camp.conduit

Hats! Hats! Hats! - Volume 1 - 2010
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=1417&id=100001646223691&l=302cfda166

Hats! Hats! Hats! - Volume 2 - 2010
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=1511&id=100001646223691&l=338c4c3a89

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A CLASS ON FLAME EFFECTS FOR THE ARTIST - NOV 20/21 - SPARKS, NV

DaveX, our Fire Art Safety Team manager, writes to let us know about this great class:

"Attention all artists who wish to incorporate fire aspects into their art! This class is for you ...

Sparks Nevada just outside Reno will be the site an exciting two-day seminar and workshop teaching basic practices and principles for incorporating fuel based flame effects into your work. This class is great for the beginning fire artist and always has something new for the "expert".

Our hosts will be members of the Reno fire art community including: Dave King (Controlled Burn) http://controlledburnreno.com/ Steve Atkins (creator of the Spire of Fire) http://www.spireoffire.com One Eyed Dick (flame effects lead on Ein Hammer) http://www.mutantvehicle.com/Ein_Hammer.htm

Leading the workshops for this weekend will be Dave X, Fire Safety Manager for Burning Man for over 10 years, and Eric Smith, Chief Inspector for the State of Nevada Board for the Regulation of LP Gas.

The first day will consist of a classroom session where we will discuss NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guidelines including NFPA 54 and 58 the LP gas codes as well as NFPA 160 Flame Effects Before a Live Audience and other codes. We will examine the physical properties of LP gasses and get some hands on time with fittings and parts. The day will finish off by taking a look at some typical designs for Flame Effects including accumulators, free burning effects, pilot lights, etc. We will have plenty of demonstrations and hands on materials as well as the legendary clear propane cylinder.

The second day will be a shop day where we will put what we have learned into action and create a one of a kind flame effect from the materials on hand. The best part of the class is the assembly of the effect so please let us know if you have materials or elements you may like to see incorporated. This class will be fun for the artist who is thinking of incorporating a small flame element into their work, as well as the more experienced fire artist wanting to take their work to the next level.

Check out some pics of past classes

New York

http://www.monkeyview.net/id/1030/nyc_flame_effects_class/index.vhtml

Toronto
http://www.monkeyview.net/id/1030/toronto/index.vhtml

San Francisco

http://www.monkeyview.net/id/1030/flame_effects_class_sf/index.vhtml

The cost of this 2-Day class will be $120.

Both days’ classes will be from 10am – 5pm.

Printed materials and a crappy but filling lunch of burnt (Turkey…Gobble Gobble) hot dogs and whatever cheap sodas we can get will be provided.

Come and join us for this weekend to hang out with other fire artists and have a blast, no pun intended. We have room for 30 and will be taking walk up registration the day of the event, space permitting. Email your name to Fuelmaster (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve your place."

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OFF-PLAYA-O-GRAMS FROM THE BRCPO2.0

Those frisky kids from the BRC Post Office 2.0 write:

"The Black Rock City Post Office 2.0 proudly presents off-Playa-O-Grams. To help us bring an (even more) beautiful and awesomely interactive BRCPO 2.0 to Burning Man in 2011, we are having some between Burn fun. Check out our fall fund raiser at http://bit.ly/dqdFAl

There's lot's of very cool PO swag to be had but most important are the ultimate in Burner gifts: Off-Playa-O-Grams! (You know like a telegram only delivered by a Burner... so better than a telegram. Way, way better.) Send off-Playa-O-Grams to all of your friends, family and campmates this holiday season. Have even more fun and volunteer to deliver off-Playa-O-Grams in your area. E-Mail brcpo2oh (at) gmail (dot) com for details.

We look forward to spending our winter doing lot's of stamping and mailing but, most of all, door-bell ringing to deliver off-Playa-O-Grams. When we arrive in the desert next year we will be all warmed up for more licking, sticking, bureaucracy and delivering e-mail and all other kinds of playa-o-grams. After all, the most important Rite of Passage at Burning Man is surviving the line at the Post Office. (You know like a Post Office only run by Burners... so better than a Post Office. Way, way better.) http://brcpo2oh.weebly.com "

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LAS VEGAS HALLOWEEN PARADE AND *NOW* AFTER PARTY! - LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 31

Burners are Launching the 1st Las Vegas Halloween Parade & After Party this Sunday October 31st, 2010 in Las Vegas.

Cory Mervis, along with her husband Leslie Boskcor, Nikki Doran and Merritt Pelkey, have made Las Vegas their new home and want to bring large scale participatory events to Las Vegas... and it all begins NOW with this creative participant based Parade in Las Vegas. The Gold Spike is going in the ground here, in Las Vegas on October 31st.

As many Burners know, the Golden Spike is the first stake to be pounded into the playa marking the absolute center of Black Rock City. Now, the figurative Gold Spike is going in the ground with this event and its also the location of the official Las Vegas Halloween Parade after party!

The Burning Man theme camp, Black Rock Syndicate, is hosting the official party at the Gold Spike Casino/Hotel . The Syndicate will be spinning all night long in celebration of the success of the 1st Las Vegas Halloween Parade and helping you get your freak on!

Sunday, October 31st
Parade lines up at 6pm, walks at 7pm!
Parade route is from the Hoover and 4th Street to Ogden Street, one block North of Fremont Street, to Gold Spike Hotel
Complete details and map on www.thelasvegashalloweenparade.com
It's Free to march in the parade in costume (without advertising)
8pm; The Official After party with the Black Rock Syndicate @ Gold Spike Hotel & Casino @ the end of the parade route, Downtown, Las Vegas $10 entry.
217 Las Vegas Blvd North, Las Vegas, NV 89101

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CHICAGO DECOMPRESSION 2010 - CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 6

CHICAGO DECOMPRESSION 2010
Little Playa on the Prairie
Saturday, November 6th, 2010
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 A.M.
East Bank Storage - 5th Floor
1200 W. 35th Street @ Racine, Chicago, IL

Join your friends in Chicago's Burning Man Community for Decompression 2010 This B.U.R.N. NFP-sponsored community event brings the open-hearted energy and creative spirit of the Burning Man Project to our great city for fourteen magical hours. (We get an extra hour when the clock "falls back" at 2am.)

On Saturday, November 6th you and hundreds of your closest friends will create your version of Black Rock City on the 5th floor of the East Bank Storage facility, a Bridgeport storage, studio, and event with 15,000+ square feet in which to play! This community-arts event will be - as always - for you, and by you, complete with music, art installations, food, friends, family and FUN!

This year's theme is Little Playa on the Prairie. Think bonnets, top hats, pioneers and covered wagons. This is the Land of Lincoln y'all, the Prairie State, so we're going back in time to the days of our homeboy Abe Lincoln, a time when Chicago was just an up-and-coming little burgh bridging the East Coast with the Western states.

Years ago, pioneers travelled in wagons west from the great plains. Now Chicagoans follow the same corridor - now Interstate 80 - to get to the Black Rock Desert. Pickups may have replaced ponies, but both groups travel and camp in risky conditions and wide open spaces, seeking opportunity and adventure.

We have a wide open space to make our own at Bridgeport Arts Center. Do you bring a little playa to the Prairie, taking all the art and finery and madness of Burning Man, or will you bring the Prairie spirit to our little playa - barn raisings and bonnets, farmers and cowboys. Or Can you do both?

For more pre-sale contributions, our Survival Guide, directions (It's just a mile off the expressway) and more info, please visit www.boldurban.org/events

$15 suggested pre-sale contributions - http://boldurban.org/donate
$20 suggested contribution at the door, if you're in pioneer or playa-gear
$25 suggested contribution at the door, if you're in street clothes
Participants 12 and under will not be asked for a contribution.

This event will be conducted in accordance with the "Ten Principles" of the Burning Man Regional Network
http://regionals.burningman.com/network_principles.html Full financial reports will be available to this community after Decompression is over.

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IRELAND DECOMPRESSION - CHARLEVILLE CASTLE, TULLAMORE CO OFFALY, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 20

Hear ye, hear ye. The Irish Burning Man community invites you to its 4th Decompression event!

Our grandest annual celebration, "Smokin' Craic!" takes place Saturday November 20th, 2010 from 7pm until very, very late (early). Location is second to none: the historic and quintessentially Irish Charleville Castle. This event is a part benefit for the Charleville Castle Heritage Trust.

All are welcome to participate, celebrate, and revel in the majestic beauty of this landmark venue, whether you're new to the community or an old hat, been to the playa before or always dreamed of going.

This will be an unforgettable evening of visual art, live music, DJs, performance, fire, storytelling, interactivity and much more - all created by YOU! There is no better way to get that burner love you're yearning for. Shed your inhibitions! Come play with us and express yourself in a safe, non-judgmental space - the space we give to each other.

Go here for more details and to purchase tickets:

http://www.irishburners.org

Tickets are €30, a limited number of early bird discount tickets are on sale now for €25.

Attendance numbers are strictly limited. Advance purchase only - no gate sales. This event is expected to sell out.

Want to help create this magical night or have questions? Contact: Ireland (at) burningman (dot) com

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PHOTO ESSAY FEATURING THE REMIXED PHOTOGRAPHY OF BHASKAR BANERJI

We've been enjoying Bhaskar's amazing Burning Man photography for a while now, and we finally begged him to create a gallery for us to publish. Alas, Christine Garvin beat us to the punch, and published a great photo essay. Hurray! Check it out ... Photo Essay: Burning Man Remixed "Photo: Bhaskar Banerji":

http://bit.ly/d8LUbp

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The Burning Man Regional Network - connect with Burners in your hometown:
http://regionals.burningman.com

Visit our own Lyceum and engage with published authors, bloggers and thinkers in and around the Burning Man community as they observe and comment on our culture and like-minded cultures around the world:
http://blog.burningman.com

The Official Burning Man Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/burningman

Official Burning Man Twitter Account - All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account - All Things BRC:
http://www.twitter.com/blackrockcity

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