JRS VOLUME #15; ISSUE #16
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 15, Issue #16
June 9, 2011
+ ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION AVAILABLE AT BURNING MAN HQ
+ COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT SUMMER INTERNSHIP
+ EPLAYA: SCHEDULED DOWNTIME FOR SYSTEM UPGRADE
+ HGH EMS RESCUE TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SERVICES AT BURNING MAN EVENT
+ FLUX BRINGS BURNING MAN TO TED
+ HEXAYURTS JUST GOT EVEN BETTER: TALLER AND EASIER TO BUILD
+ 41,000 ESPADRILLES LOOKING TO BECOME PART OF AN ART PROJECT
+ THE CRUCIBLE OFFERS DISCOUNTED INDUSTRIAL ARTS CLASSES FOR BURNERS
+ CENTER CAMP CAFE SOUND AND PERFORMANCE VOLUNTEER CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
+ EVAPOTRON WORKSHOPS
+ RITES OF PASSAGE: HOW DID YOU LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY?
+ SEEKING CAMPS TO PREMIERE "ELECTRONIC AWAKENING" MOVIE ON PLAYA
+ GRAPHIC DESIGNERS WANTED!
+ BAKERS! BUILD THE FINEST BAKERY IN BLACK ROCK CITY
+ WINEMAKERS UNITE!
+ FRESH ROASTED COFFEE ON PLAYA?
SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ HELP BRING A BURNING MAN PROJECT TO LIFE
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
Burning Man has once again passed (with flying colors) the annual site inspection performed by the BLM! This is a testament to our community's efforts to Leave No Trace. This year's site inspection was delayed a loooong time because the playa's been underwater (or snow) since last September - and there's still standing water in some locations, although for the most part early returns are that once dry the surface is awesomely, beautifully hard packed like only a really wet winter can do. Want to see how the inspection goes down? We've got the story -- with some great pictures -- here on the Burning Blog:
While we're on the subject of the Burning Blog, you should know that our bloggers have been blowing that thing UP lately. Click on over and check it out ... from tips and tricks to the latest from BRAF to a brilliant piece from new blogger Caveat Magister, there's some really great content waiting for you:
Coming up soon (June 18th to be exact), we've got the official Burning Man Precompression event (details below) to start your wheels turning ... we hope to see you there, and if you can't make it, we hope you're creating your own pre-playa celebration in your neck of the woods. It's time to start ramping up, people!
The Man burns in 87 days!
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION AVAILABLE AT BURNING MAN HQ
WHAT: ADMIN ASSISTANT position available
WHERE: Burning Man office/San Francisco
WHEN: Send resume/cover letter by Thursday, June 16th
CONTACT: admin-assistant-job (at) burningman (dot) com
JOB SUMMARY: Black Rock City/Burning Man is currently in need of an experienced Administrative Assistant responsible for providing administrative support for various departments and managers in the San Francisco Burning Man office as well as on playa in NV during event time. Work may involve internal and external contacts, administrative support of department processes and procedures, mailings, copying, faxing, making travels plans, scheduling, taking meeting minutes, etc. Judgment, professionalism, and initiative are frequently exercised in answering and interpreting verbal and written communications and projects.
FOR MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/jsRKfR
COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT SUMMER INTERNSHIP
Greetings Black Rock Citizens! Want to get behind-the-scenes experience working for the MAN this Summer? The Burning Man Communications Department seeks a highly organized, dynamic student of the Communications Arts to serve an Internship during the 2011 event cycle. The deadline to apply is Sunday, June 27th. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/commintern2011 for more information and for instructions on how to throw your name into the hat for consideration.
EPLAYA: SCHEDULED DOWNTIME FOR SYSTEM UPGRADE
E-Whiteout! On June 20th at 7:00pm PST, the ePlaya will be taken down for an important server and software upgrade. The whole process is expected to take about 24 hours, and once it's all said and done, we'll be unveiling a faster, better ePlaya!
If you're interested in helping to beta test the new version (which would be awesome!), please email eplaya (at) burningman (dot) com.
For those of you who don't know, the ePlaya is Burning Man's official BBS, where Burners stay in touch with each other year round. Want to join the conversation? You can find it here:
HGH EMS RESCUE TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SERVICES AT BURNING MAN EVENT
Humboldt General Hospital’s EMS Rescue Department will join forces with Black Rock City LLC to provide medical services on the Black Rock Desert next Labor Day weekend.
“With more than 48,000 people, there is an obvious need for a wide range of medical services,” said Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical Services Rescue Director Pat Songer. “We feel confident that our competent, compassionate skill set will be a great complement and partnership with Black Rock City’s Emergency Services Department.”
The Black Rock City Emergency Services Department (ESD) also provides medical, fire, mental health and communications services in the temporary city. Earlier this spring, HGH EMS Rescue signed a five-year contract with Burning Man officials to provide a municipal style EMS system much like those in most other cities in the United States.
Not only will HGH EMS Rescue provide advanced life-support ambulance service within Black Rock City, but Songer said his group will staff the medical clinic that will be open 24/7 during the entirety of the event and handle all ground transports from the event site to Reno hospitals.
More than 300 doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other medical professionals will staff the 2,000-square-foot medical clinic during this year’s Burning Man. The mobile unit will include 32 beds and six advanced life-support ambulances will be on call around the clock.
Jim Parrish, CEO/Administrator of Humboldt General Hospital, which operates the ambulance service, said all 250+ members of the HGH team stand ready to assist with HGH EMS Rescue’s efforts at this year’s Burning Man.
Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical Services Rescue is one of only five CAAS-certified ambulance services in Nevada. The agency has been hailed by EMS Magazine as the standard-bearer for rural emergency medical services in the United States, not only for members’ medical response efforts but also for their rescue and hazardous materials response, as well as tactical training and support.
The group operates one of the nation’s leading ground transportation services and was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for their innovative use of portable ultrasound in the field.
For more information on Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue’s partnership with Black Rock City LLC to provide medical services during Burning Man 2011, please contact HGH EMS Rescue Director Pat Songer at (775) 623-5222, ext. 260.
If you are a Nevada licensed medical professional (EMT, Paramedic, RN, NP, PA, MD) interested in working with HGH, please call or email bmmedstaff (at) hghospital (dot) ws to request an application or for more information.
FLUX BRINGS BURNING MAN TO TED
Jess Hobbs and the kids from The Flux Foundation write to share this awesome news:
"The Flux Foundation, creators of the Temple of Flux at Burning Man in 2010, and now an arts nonprofit building large scale art through community, just brought Burning Man and big art to TED. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. It brings together "the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less)."
In April, TED opened its first auditions to be a speaker at their annual conference in Long Beach, CA, in 2012, a coveted experience that has previously been by invitation only. Of the over 500 applicants, the Flux Foundation was chosen to audition in New York City, along with 16 other brilliantly creative people. On May 24, 2011, Flux shared the stage with some truly incredible people — musicians, astrophysicists, artists, innovators, makers, side-splitting satirists and so much more. They wowed the audience with the wonders of the Temple of Flux, Burning Man, big art, collaboration and participation: right in the middle of their 5 minute talk they engaged the audience in a participatory experience that everyone could be part of.
To learn more about their talk at TED and the wonders they are creating right now, visit:
HEXAYURTS JUST GOT EVEN BETTER: TALLER AND EASIER TO BUILD
Get your playa shelter on! Julie Danger writes:
"Procrastinators, it's time to get real: what are you going to camp in? Your fabulous dusty butt needs a home that's party worthy and that earns you all the pride of something you constructed yourself!
In 2010, you saw dozens of hexayurts (shiny, geometric and aerodynamic) and yes-- they're just as awesome on the inside. They are dust-proof, spacious, relatively sound-dampening, cool in the day and warm at night. There are sexy new designs that increase the amount of standing room. The building technique just got a whole lot easier too: no longer do you need to assemble the hexayurt like a giant 3D jigsaw puzzle on playa: pre-fabricate it at home, and pop it up in an hour once you hit the dust.
The updated do it yourself information is written just for Burners: http://www.appropedia.org/Hexayurt_playa
Let's not forget all the other great things to camp in: here's the Burning Blog on do it yourself shelters and cooling systems http://bit.ly/gAKlYf "
41,000 ESPADRILLES LOOKING TO BECOME PART OF AN ART PROJECT
Love the effort this Burner is making to divert potential art-making materials from the landfill ... hope somebody can find a way to turn these into art! She writes:
Recently the company I work for received 41,000 pairs of shoes that are deemed un-wearable and un-recyclable. We are looking at having to put them in a landfill. I feel we, as artists, can find a better use for them. Aren’t we all always looking for free material we can use or take apart and use parts of?
I challenge you to open your imagination and see what you can do with Espadrilles shoes. There’s 2 kinds, slip ons with an open toe and a slide.
If you can use 100, 1000, 10,000 or whatever you think you need, please let me know.
Most importantly, this will greatly affect Mother Earth!!
THE CRUCIBLE OFFERS DISCOUNTED INDUSTRIAL ARTS CLASSES FOR BURNERS
We <3 the Crucible! The folks over at the Crucible (in Oakland, CA) are reaching out to Burners eager to learn key skills that are very applicable to Burning Man art projects. We are fans and wanted to share for those in the Bay or who might visit for such an opportunity. They write:
"Calling All Burners! We have some smokin’ deals for you!
Sign up for any Crucible class online between now and 07/01/11 and receive 15% off of the class cost. If you are a member, you will receive the 15% off the member price. To receive the discount, just sign on and enter “Burner2011” in the coupon redemption area.
We have also created an opportunity for you to learn some new skills and then exercise them! Sign up for our “MIG & Plasma” class by 07/01/11 and get $250 off the regular price of this class.
In this 6-hour entry-level workshop is an introduction to the MIG welder and Plasma Cutter, designed for the builder and enthusiast in mind.
To take advantage of the MIG & Plasma class offer, go to www.thecrucible.org and click on the “Resolve to Create” link. Click through until you find our “MIG & Plasma” class. Once you have registered for the class enter “Playa2011” the in the coupon redemption area, and your total will be adjusted.
These offer cannot be combined with any other offer/discount coupon or volunteer hours. All refund and cancelation policies apply and access is based on shop availability. Information about access and shop availability can be found at: http://www.thecrucible.org/studio-access/studio-access-calendar#mig "
CENTER CAMP CAFE SOUND AND PERFORMANCE VOLUNTEER CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
The Center Camp Cafe stages offer, without citation or reference, the most strange and eclectic gathering of talent in the world. It brings instruments and musicians to audiences that cannot always be predicted or described, and it services the ears and eyes of Black Rock City for 24 hours a day, every day of the event. This herculean task cannot be done without the assistance of the community, and we implore you to join us at the stage. We need a wide range of talents for a variety of duties. Three duties, in fact.
Stage managers wrangle the talent, keep the stage (somewhat) organized and on time, and manage the big picture of our little stage.
Gear Gods build up and tear down the stage, very quickly, very often; you need to have a basic knowledge of how rigs work, where cords plug, and speak a bit of musician-ese.
Sound Engineers run the board. They fondle the knobs and caress the dials. Sound can be funny out there; the engineer needs to hear the dust caked speaker and make it sing, not cough.
If you want to grace us with your skills and presence, email themitch (at) burningman (dot) com. Let him know what position suits your fancy and when you want to work. From there, we're sure something strange but appropriate will occur.
A perennial favorite returns! Larry Breed writes:
"Life on the playa needs fresh water, and thus life on the playa inevitably produces wastewater. Last year in Black Rock City, burner-constructed evapotrons eliminated 500 to 1000 gallons of graywater every day.
With your help, we'll have even more evapotrons at work in 2011. Start by looking at two proven evapotron designs at <http://www.evapotrons.info> : the Gray-B-Gon and the Pumped Cascade. You'll also find a Construction Guide suitable for your garage workbench, a summer workshop schedule, and a guide for holding a Gray-B-Gon construction workshop in your area.
What's a workshop like? It's like a party, but more focused; it's like a class, but more fun. For some participants, it's their first experience at actually building something for Burning Man. You will likely learn some techniques with wood, wire, and other homely materials that will have you thinking about future projects.
I will conduct two Gray-B-Gon workshops this summer: 11 June in Willitts and 16 July in Oakland. Participants will pay a parts fee of $62, and will depart with an intriguing and useful device.
Please contact me, ember, to reserve a space. Helpful friends are welcome, too."
RITES OF PASSAGE: HOW DID YOU LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY?
Esa writes to invite you to participate in this cool creative project:
"Hello Fellow Burners!
I want to know how you lost your virginity (however you might define that)! If you are willing to share the narrative of how your cherry was popped, draw or hand write it on a 8.5x11 page of paper (you can use more than one page) and send it to P.O. Box 3883, Berkeley, CA 94703 Don't forget to leave room in the margin because I will be binding them all later! I am really looking for your subjective experience, using all of your senses. I will be compiling your contribution with others as part of a larger project about that rite of passage.
Thanks and keep on rockin the default world!
SEEKING CAMPS TO PREMIERE "ELECTRONIC AWAKENING" MOVIE ON PLAYA
We are looking for camps that would like to premiere our movie Electronic Awakening @ Burning Man this year.
Electronic Awakening is an Ethnographic Documentary which investigates the spirituality of Electronic Dance Music Culture.
Music is Spiritual technology and our film explores and shares that magic.
Much luv... your help is needed and appreciated - Julian Reyes"
GRAPHIC DESIGNERS WANTED!
"The Black Rock French Quarter is looking for graphic designers and other artists who'd like to help with posters, websites, and signs, for camps such as our voodoo botanica, gumbo cookery, bakery and coffee house. If you're interested, email ignatius (at) blackrockfrenchquarter (dot) org for details!
BAKERS! BUILD THE FINEST BAKERY IN BLACK ROCK CITY
"BAKERS! Whether you are with another camp or looking for one to join, help us build the finest bakery in BRC! Fresh breads, pastries, and pizzas, prepared in the heart of the Black Rock French Quarter, and delivered hot to theme camps around the city! Last year we produced everything from caramel espresso brownies to a lovely wedding cake, and this year we want to expand with your help!
Join our Google Group for more details...
...and become a fan on Facebook to spread the word!
"The first and only vineyard in the Black Rock Desert is looking for volunteers! The 2008 vintage of our exotic Vinum Pejorative will be available for tastings this year, along with other varietals that you create or help us create...we especially need experts and trainees to start our first batch of Dandelion and Lilac wines! Want to be a part of something extraordinary - email vintner (at) blackrockvineyards (dot) org for details!
Fermented for your pleasure,
FRESH ROASTED COFFEE ON PLAYA?
"Coffee was meant to be roasted fresh right before you enjoy it! Join the Cafe de la Fin du Monde on our shaded patio, to start those lazy mornings, and cap off those crazy nights, with a cup of the darkest expression of God's love. Whether you're looking for a camp to be a part of, or just bringing raw beans for us to roast, reach us through our Google Group:
Cafe de la Fin du Monde
HELP BRING A BURNING MAN PROJECT TO LIFE
We've been adding more and more projects to our Support a Project page that are seeking assistance with their fundraising, in hopes of bringing their projects to Burning Man this year ... there are nearly 40 at this point. Check them all out, help if you can:
And if you want to add your project to the list, learn how here:
BURNING MAN PRESENTS PRECOMPRESSION 2011 - SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 18
Art * Music * Performance * Theme Camps * Video Artistry * Unexpectables * You!
Saturday, June 18
7:00pm - 4:00am
161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA
$15 in playa finery or wearing a "Rite of Passage Photo" ; $20 street clothes
Join us in preparation for Burning Man 2011: Rites of Passage!
Ramp up your Radical Self-Expression and playa preparations because Burning Man will be just 70 days away!
Participate in this “Night of Passage” as we gather the community once again for our annual Precompression celebration! We invite you to live out this year’s theme in ways that manifest your personal journey, and come expressively costumed to reflect and celebrate those milestones in your life.
From start to finish, Burning Man events have always been a rite of passage, so come early for Tutu Tango Tini Time! From 7 – 9pm, a Tango demo/class and milonga music along with a martini drink special will greet those adventurous enough to try this “vertical expression of horizontal desire”.
Join a wide variety of performers, artist, theme camps and friends at this extravaganza of imagination!
SOULFIRE TICKETS AND CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - LOS GATOS, CA - JUNE 19
SoulFire: noon Friday, June 17th – 6pm Sunday, June 19th
20600 Aldercroft Heights Road, Los Gatos California
To kick off the summer, join the South Bay Burners for SoulFire, the 3-day, 2-night precompression held in the South Bay’s own back yard of Los Gatos, California. This will be our fifth annual regional precompression, with 300+ local burners who are friends you haven’t met yet ... heck, bring your whole theme camp with you! This is YOUR event, and we do need you to make it happen. We’re looking for greeters, rangers, performers, DJs, and all the other talents that our community has to offer.
Shake that dust out of your tent (or take it out of the box for the first time). Bring your talents in costuming (no, you do not HAVE TO be naked at Lupin)! Confirmed workshops so far include “Playa Virgins” (for first-year burners), Frankenanimals, Costume Exchange, a Saturday pool party, Erecting a Geo-Dome, Electric Art-Cycles/Vehicles, and a CORE decorating workshop, with more to come! Sign up to lead a workshop, place your EL Wire masterpiece, or be Grilled Cheese Camp (I keep waiting for someone to take me up on this suggestion)! If you want to be a part of SoulFire, send an email with the subject “Participate” to southbay (at) burningman (dot) com.
Pre-registration and more details at www.southbayburners.org/events Talk to other attendees on the Facebook event at: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=169877293067094
2010 PHOTO GALLERY FROM ALES PRIKRYL
Ales Prikryl is a member of Burning Man's official documentation team, and sure does know his way around a camera. Check out his fantastic gallery from Burning Man 2010:
Thank you Ales!
MUSIC VIDEO YEARBOOKS
Got 3 “music video yearbooks” that I hope you’ll enjoy that I did as an art project this year. I got all the burners we could to sing a word or line from 3 of my favourite songs which all have a has a Burning Man feel or ethos to them. I’ve edited them together using the original music dubbed on top.
There may be a couple of local faces you recognise in there too...
'Cheese Simon' aka CareFactorNil
The Burning Man Regional Network - connect with Burners in your
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:
The Official Burning Man Facebook Page:
Official Burning Man Twitter Account - All Things Burning Man:
Black Rock City Twitter Account - All Things BRC:
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Soundtrack for this JRS: Gil Scott-Heron (RIP), Jeremy Messersmith, Modest Mouse