JRS VOLUME #16; ISSUE #31
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #31
August 10, 2012
+ TICKET UPDATE
+ THE GUIDE TO GETTING IN AND OUT OF BURNING MAN
+ ADD YOUR EVENT, ART OR THEME CAMP TO THE PLAYA INFO DIRECTORY
+ NEED A RIDE TO THE PLAYA? GOT ONE TO OFFER? RIDESHARE!
+ DRUG-SNIFFING DOGS ON PLAYA?
+ CAN WE FILM INTERACTIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT?
+ OR-58 LANE RESTRICTIONS AND OVERNIGHT CLOSURES
+ NEED A BIKE?
PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO:
+ BEAUTIFUL BURNING MAN 2011 VIDEO FROM JEFF MARTIN (AKA DIJON)
+ AERIAL DRONE VIDEO OF BURNING MAN 2011
+ AWESOME AUDIO TRACK FROM SKYSPLITTER
+ PHOTO GALLERY FROM LENSCAP (AKA S.N. JACOBSON)
+ WORK THE GATE!
+ GEOEYE SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPH OF BLACK ROCK CITY 2012
+ ARCTICA SEEKING STUFFED TOY PENGUINS AND POLAR BEARS
+ RECYCLE! BLACK ROCK BOUTIQUE NEEDS CLOTHING DONATIONS
+ JOIN IN THE ELECTRIC PARADE!
+ SWAGXMARTS COSTUME APPRECIATION WINDOW
+ SEX FILTH AVENUE
+ LAST CALL FOR AERIAL SILK AND FIRE PERFORMERS AT ILLUMINATION VILLAGE
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
We went out of our way to dig up some inspiring videos, photo galleries and a song(!) to include in this JRS to help get your motor running, in case it needed a jumpstart. Sure worked for us! Goose-bumpy and teary-eyed and the whole bit. We're really really excited for Burning Man this year! You'll really want to check 'em out, and then get packing, people!
We're going to keep pounding this home the last couple weeks here, so bear with us ... there are important preparation topics critical to the future of our event, and we need YOU to educate yourself about them and PLAN AHEAD. Read up and make sure your first-timer friends do too. (In fact, we've just made it even easier to SHARE this information with your social network: we've added share buttons on ALL preparation pages of the Burning Man website, including the Survival Guide. Just click and share!)
Survival Guide: http://survival.burningman.com
Leave No Trace: http://survival.burningman.com/leave_no_trace
First-Timer's Guide: www.burningman.com/first_timers
Finally, in case you missed it in the last JRS, we're letting you know that this promises to be one of the dustiest years we've ever seen. If last year was your first year, YOU WERE BLESSED BY UNBELIEVABLY GOOD WEATHER AND PLAYA CONDITIONS. And it won't be like that this year, no siree. Plan ahead for very dusty conditions! We love the dust, but it's less fun when you're not prepared for it. We got ya covered: http://survival.burningman.com/your-survival-in-brc
The Man burns in 22 days!
All tickets to Burning Man 2012 have now been sold and sent to their buyers. In addition, earlier this week the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) closed, both to people putting more tickets in as well as tickets being offered for sale. We're thrilled to say that EVERYONE that was waiting in STEP who still wanted a ticket was able to get one. Great news!
Are you still looking for a ticket? Are there any out there? Yes, there are. People's plans change, especially around NOW, and we're seeing and hearing about a lot of tickets changing hands in the community. Keep your eyes peeled on Tickets Offered board on the ePlaya (http://eplaya.burningman.com), your Regional discussion lists (http://regionals.burningman.com), Craigslist, and your friends and campmates for available tickets. Please remember to be careful when buying a third-party ticket, and never agree to wire money to anyone in exchange for one.
If you're looking to offload your ticket, you can sell your ticket-in-hand, or change the name at Will Call. (here's how: http://tickets2.burningman.com/faq.php#elsepickup). If yours is being held at Will Call and is a NON-transferrable ticket (bought through STEP or the recent Limited Sale), it is not eligible for a name change. As always, please resell tickets at face value.
Yes, it's certainly been a challenging year for tickets given the advent of a scarcity market, and we appreciate everybody's patience and support as we've navigated these new waters -- we're dedicated to continuing to work hard to improve the system for everyone in years to come.
We hope to see you on playa!
THE GUIDE TO GETTING IN AND OUT OF BURNING MAN
Jon Mitchell provides some great tips, tricks and insights about traffic into and out of Burning Man ... important reading for first-timers and vets alike.
ADD YOUR EVENT, ART OR THEME CAMP TO THE PLAYA INFO DIRECTORY
Want to make sure you're on the radar? People can find your shindig? Your art? Your theme camp? Now that everybody's plans are starting to gel, add your gig to the Playa Info Directory. Have at it, people:
NEED A RIDE TO THE PLAYA? GOT ONE TO OFFER? RIDESHARE!
Wherever you're coming from, carpool if you can! Hook up riders with rides offered on our rideshare board:
DRUG-SNIFFING DOGS ON PLAYA?
Yep, they're out there. After our Law Enforcement edition of the JRS, folks asked about drug-sniffing dogs. Yes, the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Investigations use drug sniffing dogs on playa ... and it's well within their rights to do so. For more info:http://www.flexyourrights.org/taxonomy/term/41.
Your best bet? Don't have drugs in your vehicle, in your tent, or at all for that matter.
CAN WE FILM INTERACTIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT?
A couple people asked whether or not it's OK to film law enforcement interactions with participants. It's a good question worth answering. Long story short, it's a fine line. The First Amendment protects people who film law enforcement. But people cannot interfere with law enforcement in any way. If people videotape they need to stay out of the way and they need to NOT provoke law enforcement officers in the process.
OR-58 LANE RESTRICTIONS AND OVERNIGHT CLOSURES
Wally Glenn (who is one of our very favorite pains in the ass) generously crafted our driving directions from the Pacific Northwest (http://bit.ly/ON91Fb)back in the day. He equally generously writes to let us know:
"I am getting updating my directions for PNW Burners and I just heard from Gameshow that OR-58 has lane restrictions and overnight closures. If anyone follows the directions for Route 1 or 2, they could face significant delays getting to Black Rock City. I am advising people to take Route 4 or Route 3 instead.
Anyone in the Eugene / Springfield area of Oregon will need to seek an alternate route through Medford, then east along 140 to CA-299.
OR-58 Total Closures Near Eugene http://gwally.com/directions/000947.php
I am collating other issues and putting them up on the PNW directions page at: http://gwally.com/directions/
Don't Fuel up in Gerlach http://gwally.com/directions/000948.php
Your 'Don't gas up in Gerlach' thing may not work for PNW burners. It's 220 miles from Cedarville to Black Rock City and back. I am advising people to consider your advice, but be practical, since in my opinion it's dangerous to run out of gas between Gerlach and Cedarville."
NEED A BIKE?
"Playa Bike Transport is a service and theme camp. We collectively buy, transport, and warehouse bikes for Burners worldwide.
PRE-PLAYA, visit our website to:
• Rent a bike.
• Buy a lightly used hybrid bike.
• Arrange bike transport. Open to everyone.
IN BLACK ROCK CITY
• We run a "Bike Lounge" at 9:00 Plaza, with a bar, mist, music, shade, and tools.
• Mechanics drop in. Friendly, nurturing, and supportive, they will help anyone fix any bike, free.
• Last year, our first, we fixed over 1,000 bikes!
AFTER THE BURN, we offer:
• Bike transport, cleaning, maintenance, and storage.
Your support enables us to offer free bike repair on the playa. Our camp is presently open to new members. Mechanics please drop in!
PlayaBikeTransport (at) Gmail (dot) com
HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE BURN
Will this be your first Burning Man? Been going for well over a decade? Two of 'em? Regardless, this project promises to serve many a Burner in their efforts to Burn well. As a resource for our community, we thought it was worth your consideration. Sean Kemp writes:
"Do you remember how ill prepared you were for your first Burning Man, despite all your friends' best efforts? While it is true that nothing can truly prepare you for the awesomeness that is Burning Man, it is important to know what to bring, the right attitude to have, what the culture is like (and how it evolved), and what your rights are on the Playa.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Burn is a comprehensive event guide to Burning Man, detailing everything from the history and evolution of the event to traveling to and from (and around in) Black Rock City to building a camp (wiring said camp for solar power, grey water disposal, etc.) and surviving the Black Rock Desert (what to bring, the culture, how to change a bicycle tire, etc.) for a week. I have spent the last year in close collaboration with Burning Man and doing lots of painstaking research to bring you this work. Enjoy!
The eBook is available here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210317
The kickstarter for the first print run is here: http://kck.st/ON5gj8 "
BURNING MAN MEETS POHODA
Burning Man founders Larry Harvey and Marian Goodell traveled to Slovakia to attend and give a talk at the Pohoda festival to share Burning Man vision, values and culture. Matt Nelson tagged along, and wrote up this report in the Burning Blog:
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
There Goes the Neighborhood: Mobile Victorian House Sets Sail for Desert, By Hunter Oatman-Stanford in Collectors Weekly:
BLACK ROCK CITY AS MODEL FOR MARTIAN COLONY?
Six Earth Cities That Will Provide Blueprints for Martian Settlers, in iO9:
BEAUTIFUL BURNING MAN 2011 VIDEO FROM JEFF MARTIN (AKA DIJON)
Want to start getting pumped up for the playa? This great little video has it all to get you going ... the days, the nights, the spirit, the energy. Check it out, and monitor your pulse rate. Enjoy.
AERIAL DRONE VIDEO OF BURNING MAN 2011
Want to see what Burning Man looks like from the air? Here ya go. Mars writes:
I am french, I was on the playa last year and I made this cool video with my drone if you want to follow it on the mailing list. http://vimeo.com/31053044
I will be back this year :-) :-) :-) with more material...
Kind Regards, M
AWESOME AUDIO TRACK FROM SKYSPLITTER
We're pretty wary of people sending us Burning Man-inspired audio tracks they created, cuz as you can imagine the quality varies quite widely. But this one really got us bumpin' (maybe because we were brought up with Phil Collins, but that's another story). Anyway, we thought you might enjoy it and might give it a play while you're packing your gear. Skysplitter writes:
"This is my own musical dedication to the people and energy of Burning Man 2012. I created this with Ableton Live v4 in a total of about 20 hours, with a little help from a younger version of Phil Collins. "Take Me Home (Skysplitter's Dusted Mix)" will hopefully capture a bit of the spirit of Burning Man in all its fertile glory. )'( Glad to be returning home very soon!
Peace and Love,
PHOTO GALLERY FROM LENSCAP (AKA S.N. JACOBSON)
Quite a treat, this extensive gallery of Burning Man 2011 shots from LensCap. Gave us the legitimate chills and aimed our psyche directly towards the playa. Good chance it'll do the same for you:
WORK THE GATE!
Who works the Gate? Really great people, as it turns out ... and they're ALL volunteers. Maybe you'd like to join their ranks? Learn more about these folks, and what it takes to be one of 'em. You definitely won't regret it. Kristy's got it handled in the Burning Blog:
GEOEYE SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPH OF BLACK ROCK CITY 2012
Here we go again, folks. Please do Black Rock City proud. Jeff Johnson writes to let us know that GeoEye's GE1 Satellite will do a capture over BRC starting at *precisely* 11:45:40 on Friday August 31st.
ARCTICA SEEKING STUFFED TOY PENGUINS AND POLAR BEARS
This is serious, folks. Bobcat Queen writes:
"Arctica is looking for stuffed toy penguins and polar bears, the larger the better! These will be used for decorating the igloos as well as our trucks that pull the ice trailers in and out of the city.
We will accept these at any of the three ice stations, Arctica (behind Center Camp), Ice Cubed (in the 3 o'clock plaza) and Ice Nine (in the 9 o'clock plaza)."
RECYCLE! BLACK ROCK BOUTIQUE NEEDS CLOTHING DONATIONS
"If you Need some freaky, funky or furry clothes at Burning Man this year, head over to the Black Rock Boutique- we're at 3:45 and Center Camp. Since 1996, we've been helping the citizens of Black Rock City slip into something a little more questionable. Open Monday-Saturday. Fabulous clothing donations and volunteers accepted.
JOIN IN THE ELECTRIC PARADE!
This sounds like it'll be amazing, right? Michael writes:
"Attention bikers, pedestrians, stilt walkers, zombies, bunnies and electric vehicles alike. Meet at the Man Thursday at 1630h if you’re ready to join "Electric Parade" and show how to get from A to B in style using human and renewable energy powered transportation. Yes. We want all you electric people to show your colors and join us when we complete a CO2 shaped route on the open playa starting from the Man. With the help of GPS tracking you can be part of a CO2 shaped "tag" as we parade our way through the open playa. Basically, we'll all be brushes, smartphone technology the paint and Black Rock City our playground and canvas. As long as your mode of transportation is based on renewable technology we can’t wait to ROCK the dust with you! ...And if you happen to provide non-stationary music (live or dj) or a cooler on wheels we'd love to hear from you!
To learn more about the project please visit http://www.facebook.com/CO2greendriveatburningman2012 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org"
SWAGXMARTS COSTUME APPRECIATION WINDOW
"Be sure to visit SwagXMarts Costume Appreciation Window for some Incredible
FREE Swag. Rod's Road & 2:15
( Costumes are something you may or would not wear in the default world )
Our Annual Big Costume Contest at SwagXMart is Thursday 7 to 9 PM
Incredible Prizes, Premier Swag, Bragging Rights, Plus, Plus.
Rod's Road & 2:15"
SEX FILTH AVENUE
Oh yes. Dwayne writes:
"Sex Filth Avenue: The ultimate playa boutique. Lace it up or strip it down! Sex Filth Avenue, the sauciest, sultriest, most scintillating costume boutique on the playa, needs your help to outfit less-fashion-conscious burners. This playa legacy is made possible by your costume donations. Visit us on playa to recycle your naughty playa wear and help others find their inner nymphet. Stop by Sex Filth Avenue at 3:45 and Alyssum to donate your hottest playa get-ups. Bring us a bag-full, a box-full, even an arm-full of costumes to restock this amazing boutique. Cleanup and restocking start at 9:30 AM daily. Volunteers get first pick of the sexy new costumes! So come to help, come to see, come to play dress-up at Sex Filth Avenue, 3:45 &A, right next to BRCU."
LAST CALL FOR AERIAL SILK AND FIRE PERFORMERS AT ILLUMINATION VILLAGE
"Illumination Village (2:30 & Esplanade) has a few open timeslots for conclaves and individual performers @ the Ill Ville Fire Garden on the Esplanade.
For more info & to sign up check out the FAQ: http://bit.ly/ON8HWO "
SUPPORT A BURNING MAN PROJECT THIS YEAR
Want to lend a hand to a project? Check out the listings on Spark:
Got some money jingling around in your pocket and looking for a good place to put it? Consider supporting a Burning Man project ... check out our Support a Project page:
SUPPORT ZOA, THE LATEST AMAZING PROJECT FROM THE FLUX FOUNDATION
The good folks at the Flux Foundation are in the final stretch of making their ambitious playa projects a reality, and they can use your help getting over the hump. Here are some opportunities to help them out, whether you're in the bay Area or elsewhere:
Friday August 10th:
FOR FLUX SAKE @ Icon
Sunday August 12th:
MY FIRST POOFER CLASS @ American Steel
Build your own poofer at My First Poofer! on August 12!
Sign-up for class:
Sunday August 12th:
FLUX's Bikini - CAR WASH! @ Gilman & San Pablo
PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAMBOX PROJECT - YOU WON'T REGRET IT
"This year the team who made the "Oh, The Places You'll Go" Dr Seuss video are back and this time they plan on bringing a DreamBox.
What is a DreamBox? It is a solar powered video booth that will allow you to walk into it and record a statement of your life-long dream. They then plan on attempting to make your dream come true by allowing the internet to watch it, so that viewers can contact you and lend you a hand.
Their Kickstarter page is on its last week so check it out show your support: http://kck.st/Q4KD63 "
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: Kaskade, Steve Earle & the Del McRoury Band