JRS VOLUME #17; ISSUE #06
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 17, Issue #06
November 17, 2012
+ I KNOW THAT BURNER! HELP REUNITE LOST CAMERAS WITH THEIR OWNERS
+ GET BURNING MAN TICKET INFORMATION VIA @BMANTICKETS TWITTER FEED
+ PARTICIPATE IN THE BLACK ROCK CITY CENSUS (DECOMPRESSION EDITION)!
+ BLACK ROCK SOLAR CELEBRATES 5 YEARS AND 2 MEGAWATTS
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ TALES FROM THE PLAYA - RESURRECTED!
+ EPHEMERAL ARCHITECTURE OF BURNING MAN UPDATED FOR 2012
+ CLARISSE THORN ON BURNING MAN
+ BURNING MAN SEEKING DJANGO EXPERTS!
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ AFTERGLOW: VANCOUVER DECOMPRESSION - VANCOUVER, CANADA - NOVEMBER 17 - TONIGHT!
+ OAHU DECOMPRESSION - OAHU, HI - NOVEMBER 17 - TONIGHT!
+ BRAF ARTUMNAL GATHERING - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 1
+ BURNING MAN & THE MEANING OF LIFE SCREENING - DELREY BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 1
+ THE BURNING MAN FILMFEST COMES TO BERLIN - BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 2
+ BARB TRAUB AT THE SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART - SANTA BARBARA, CA - DECEMBER 6
BLACK ROCK CITY CIVICS:
+ IF IT'S NOT FROM YOUR BODY, DON'T PUT IT IN THE POTTY ... BUT WHY?
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
Kinda mind-blowing, ain't it? OK, onward! This edition of the JRS brings with it plenty of opportunities to PARTICIPATE, including writing Django (if that doesn't make sense to you, don't worry), sharing your playa story with the world, helping reunite sad sad Burners with their lost cameras, making your mark on the Black Rock City census, attending a Decompression event in HAWAII, and participating in a gifting workshop ... how's that for variety, right?
Dig in, and we hope that you have plenty to be grateful for when you're sitting around the Thanksgiving table next week. We know we do ... after all, we get to hang out with YOU folks (awwww!). Seriously though, you guys are rad.
The Man burns in 288 days!
I KNOW THAT BURNER! HELP REUNITE LOST CAMERAS WITH THEIR OWNERS
It's time once again to play "I know that Burner!" and help us reunite folks with their lost cameras. Aaaaand GO!
GET BURNING MAN TICKET INFORMATION VIA @BMANTICKETS TWITTER FEED
Interested in hearing about the latest Burning Man ticket news, as it becomes available? Aaaand you're on Twitter? Follow @bmantickets and huzzah, there ya go. Real info. Real time.
Just to be clear, this doesn't provide any special access to secret ticket information or anything ... it's just a new communication channel to facilitate the smooth flow of information about Burning Man tickets. Check it out!
PARTICIPATE IN THE BLACK ROCK CITY CENSUS (DECOMPRESSION EDITION)!
Did you fill out the Census while you were at Burning Man? More than 10,000 people did this year (that’s more than one out of every five attendees!). If you’re one of these lucky Burners, you can access the final part of the Burning Man Census at http://census.burningman.com.
We're calling it the Decompression section, and for the first time in Census history, you will be able to tell us about your Burning Man experience!
For this project to work, we need your help. Please:
1) Fill out the Decompression survey at http://census.burningman.com
2) Tell your fellow Burners about the project and send them the address.
Heads up: to fill out the Decompression section of the Census, you must be one of those who completed the Census at Burning Man (the long paper form with a pink access card in the back).
THE CENSUS CLOSES THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER!
The Census began in 2002, and has grown into a living collaboration between nerdy Burner scientists, Burning Man Headquarters (BMHQ), and Black Rock Citizens. Since its inception, Census data has been used by BMHQ and social scientists to demonstrate that the people of Black Rock City are upstanding global citizens. We post summaries of each Burn’s Census data online in the AfterBurn section of the burningman.com site.
Confidentiality has always been strictly maintained. The Decompression section of the census was written by our Burning Nerd collaborators and their questions were designed to answer their particular research questions. Your participation will help them to write more and better articles about people who go to Burning Man and their experiences. Going forward, we hope the Census data will become more interactive, allowing Black Rock Citizens an opportunity to explore the data sets while maintaining the confidentiality of the respondents. We are just beginning to envision how this might work. If you have ideas, please share them! If you’d like to be part of the team, please join us! We always need more nerds. Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org."
BLACK ROCK SOLAR CELEBRATES 5 YEARS AND 2 MEGAWATTS
Marnee Benson, the Deputy Director of Black Rock Solar (www.blackrocksolar.org), the solar non-profit spinoff from Black Rock City LLC, wrote up a great summary of BRS's awe-inspiring achievements since its inception five years ago:
TALES FROM THE PLAYA - RESURRECTED!
Back in the day, the Tales From the Playa section of the Burning Man website played host to years' worth of participant's first-hand playa stories. It made for a veritable trove of wonderful nuggets, slices, crumbs and niggly bits of Burning Man culture. Well, it went dormant for a few years there, but we're happy to say that IT'S BEEN REVIVED!
We've migrated all the stories onto the Burning Blog (post-dating them to their original submission dates), and have caught up on posting our backlog of stories that you fine (and very patient) folks have been submitting. We're VERY excited about this, as this is an important part of Burning Man's historical archive. And with that, we give you Tales From the Playa:
YOU are welcome to submit your playa story (and photos, if you wish) for consideration to reflections (at) burningman (dot) com. We encourage well-written submissions relating to your participation at the event. Please sample the diverse Tales already posted. We are interested in your unique experiences, episodes, or reflections. It is not necessary to provide general descriptions or advice about the event. We may select and edit any submission. (We do not post everything and will not post descriptions of illegal acts or false or inaccurate information.) Making your submission as grammatically and stylistically precise as possible will enhance the likelihood that your exact expression will be posted as you intended. We look forward to reading your submissions, so get writing!
EPHEMERAL ARCHITECTURE OF BURNING MAN UPDATED FOR 2012
Philippe Glade writes to let us know that his blog capturing the unique architecture of Burning Man has been updated (this is an understatement) to include his photographs from Burning Man 2012, and hundreds of useful links. If you're into architecture porn, this is your place:
CLARISSE THORN ON BURNING MAN
Clarisse Thorn writes an account of Burning Man that could be yours, or mine, and makes us want to go back Right Now, Please:
PHOTO GALLERY FROM AARON FEINBERG
Aaron Feinberg brings us some breathtaking portraits and photos of Burning Man art:
NATHAN BERRY'S BURNING MAN PHOTO GALLERY
Nathan Berry has some interesting perspectives on things at Burning Man:
BURNING MAN SEEKING DJANGO EXPERTS!
Burning Man’s Technology Department is seeking djangonauts to help us with some small projects. Developers should have 3-4 years experience working with django, python, postgres, apache, linux, cloud based deployments, django piston, and API development. Should also have a basic understanding of html, css, js, and AJAX. Bonus street cred if you have experience with PHP, mysql, Wordpress, and mobile app development.
CONNECT WITH PROJECTS IN NEED (OR PROMOTE YOURS) THROUGH SPARK!
If you're looking to get involved with a Burning Man project this year, hop onto Spark and create a listing advertising what skills, talents and services you offer. And if you've got a project needing help, list it!
SUPPORT LOS ANGELES BURNING MAN REGIONAL AT GREEN FEST
Athena, one of Burning Man's LA Regional Contacts, writes:
"LA League of Arts (LA Burning Man) At Green Fest! Please take one second to vote for LA League of Arts to receive a $5000 Ford Green Grant. JUST CLICK AND PICK!!!
LA League of Arts is proud to join LA GREEN FESTIVAL as a non-profit partner, November 17-18th at the LA Convention Center! If you missed Green Fest last year, come join us this year – everyone who goes to Will Call and says “I’m here to support the LA League of Arts” will get FREE entry to LA Green Fest. Athena will be there all day manning the booth. Come by. Say Hi!. And VOTE. And on top of all the green attractions - (free yoga classes, organic beer and wine pavilion, intense eco-networking, dynamic presentations all day including Amy Goodman, John Robbins, and others, and over 300 eco businesses offering products and services) we need your vote!
LA League of Arts was selected as one of the 5 finalists at LA Green Fest for a $5000 Community Ford Green Grant, to support our education outreach program – Building an Aquaponic Eco System at Santee High School and hosting a symposium of experts and teachers to create a curriculum for the school.
The grant goes to the non-profit with the most votes, so we need your help! You can vote online for LA League of Arts or in person at the festival. Come to the expo and get your FREE ticket, and come visit Athena at the Green Expo Nov. 17-18 at the LA Convention Center!"
AFTERGLOW: VANCOUVER DECOMPRESSION - VANCOUVER, CANADA - NOVEMBER 17
Burning Man, eh?
"AFTERGLOW: Vancouver's Official Burning Man Decompression
Saturday November 17th
7pm – 4am
West Coast Railway Association, 39645 Government Road, Squamish, BC.
:::Let the Afterglow ignite our community in a celebration of art, music, fire:::
Many of us coming back from the desert want to reconnect and share our experience. Afterglow is a celebration of the interactive arts, with an emphasis on participation. It takes us all to bring it alive. Afterglow is presented in association with Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society (GVIAS). We follow the 10 principles of Burning Man.
All details are posted on our website at: http://afterglowvancouver.org. Please help us spread the word, RSVP to the Facebook Event page and invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/435855459808938
We welcome anyone to participate – let us know how we can support you! Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society is providing art grants, and transport for existing art and grants for new art. All proceeds from this event will be given back to the community to support interactive arts. We will be making a donation to either Black Rock Arts, BWB or the Regional Network.
OAHU DECOMPRESSION - OAHU, HI - NOVEMBER 17
If you're considering making the trek to a Decompression event, this one should be high on your list, for obvious reasons.
"Nov 17th is the night of an urban gathering of Burners to celebrate and exchange tales from the playa. Even if you were not able to attend this years burn, it will be a great way to get together with some like minded people. Dress in your finest Burner wear and come on down to SOHO Mixed Media Bar (Fort St. entrance) and enjoy!
Go to www.kapilina.org or https://www.facebook.com/kapilina for updates."
BRAF ARTUMNAL GATHERING - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 1
Join the Black Rock Arts Foundation for this extraordinary annual celebration in honor of our remarkable artists and in support of BRAF's future initiatives!
The 6th Annual
Saturday, December 1, 2012
The Bently Reserve
400 Sansome St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Don't miss this spectacular gathering and fundraising event! Enjoy epicurean delights, tempting libations, tantalizing treats, wondrous pleasures, captivating performances, original artwork by our favorite artists, a live and silent auction featuring exclusive experiences and items, and abundant expressions of creativity!
Tickets are on sale now at www.blackrockarts.org/artumnal
BURNING MAN & THE MEANING OF LIFE SCREENING - DELREY BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 1
"Learn the meaning of life from fellow Burners at the premiere screening of the documentary so many of you helped create, Burning Man & The Meaning of Life. Screening December 1st in Delrey Beach, FL. The 9pm screening will be followed by a Q&A and the midnight screening will be followed by a kick-ass after party! Pre-sale tickets are $15 purchased by going to http://www.jpifproductions.com/. $18 at the door. The profits will go to the Black Rock Arts Foundation, Burners Without Borders, Burnt Oranges, and the 2013 Florida CORE Project. Come join us for a meaningful night! Click here to view the trailer:
Special thanks to Scotty BabyHuey Bizzle for making this event happen!
Want to help schedule a screening in your area? Email info (at) jpifproductions (dot) com Follow the project on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/BM_MeaningOLife
THE BURNING MAN FILMFEST COMES TO BERLIN - BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 2
Our German friends write:
"After a brilliant night of films, stories and discussions in Munich on November 4, your co-regional contacts Claudi, Axel and Stefan are revving up for round no. 2 of the BM Filmfest in Germany. Join us for 5+ hours of documentaries, short films and discussions at Sputnik cinema in Berlin-Kreuzberg on December 2! Visit our website http://www.bm-filmfest.de to learn more about the event and to reserve tickets. You don't have to be a Burner to attend but it's likely you'll yearn to become one after ;-)!"
BARB TRAUB AT THE SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART - SANTA BARBARA, CA - DECEMBER 6
Barb Traub will be at the SBMA Store (1130 State St.) on December 6th from 5~8pm to sign copies of 'Desert to Dream: A Dozen Years of Burning Man Photography' during 1st Thursday downtown soiree... http://www.santabarbaradowntown.com/about/1st-thursday
IF IT'S NOT FROM YOUR BODY, DON'T PUT IT IN THE POTTY ... BUT WHY?
Why do we say, ‘If it’s not from your body, don’t put it in the potty’? And how come we’re so...ahem...anal... about the toilet paper used?
Do you know how the porta-potty suckers process our waste? They essentially spray it through a big screen (gross, we know. AND necessary). Anything more than single-ply TP gets stuck on the screen, and then, someone who works tirelessly doing this in 100-degree heat all day, a *REAL HUMAN*, has to pick out the thing that’s stopping the flow through the screen, *BY HAND*. Imagine for a moment, that that is YOU.
Now do you want to carry a ziplock bag with you to carry your trash back to camp? We thought you might. Have mercy on the troops of soldiers doing the work you don’t want to think about doing. Oh, and if they decide they don't want to work with us anymore, guess what? Big problem for Burning Man. :-(
Remember ... if it goes through your body, it can go in the potty. Want your watermelon rind in there? Eat it first. Same goes for tampons.
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