JRS VOLUME #17; ISSUE #36
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 17, Issue #36
August 9, 2013
+ POSITION AVAILABLE: NEVADA PROPERTIES MANAGER
+ BOOK YOUR SPOT ON THE BURNER EXPRESS NOW!
+ CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS
+ 2013 UPDATE FOR THE TIME TO BURN IPHONE APP IS AVAILABLE NOW
+ VIRTUAL PLAYA CLOTHING/GEAR SWAP WITH YERDLE
+ BLACK ROCK CITY SUBWAY
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ STUDY: BURNING MAN ALTERS YOUR EMOTIONAL REGULATION
+ A POMO GARDEN OF EDEN? SLEEPING IN THE DUST AT BURNING MAN
+ THEME CAMP DUES AND DON'TS
+ BURNING EXPECTATIONS
+ DEPARTMENT OF REDUNDANT CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT (AGAIN)
+ PARTICIPATE IN AN ART PROJECT EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO THE EVENT THIS YEAR
+ BURNING WRITERS, GIFT YOUR BOOK!
+ THE ROCKSTAR LIBRARIAN WANTS YOUR CAMP'S MUSIC LINE-UP
+ EARTH GUARDIANS NEED YOUR COMPOST BAGS
+ VIRGIN SACRIFICE FLASH MOB FOR PUSSY RIOT
+ LED HOOPJAM AT THE MAN
+ BLACK ROCK BOUTIQUE NEEDS YOUR CLOTHING AND ACCESSORY DONATIONS
+ THE BLACK ROCK BEACON: BACK WITH MORE BACON
+ KOSTUME KULT ALSO NEEDS YOUR CLOTHING DONATIONS, A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC, THOUGH
SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ SUPPORT A BURNING MAN PROJECT!
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ BERKELEY SPARK EVENT - BERKELEY, CA - AUGUST 10
BLACK ROCK CITY CIVICS:
+ WHAT TO DO IF IT RAINS ON PLAYA
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
John Curley is in the Black Rock Desert as we speak (type), chronicling the building of Black Rock City 2013. He starts with the Golden Spike, and heads on to Fence Day (http://bit.ly/197XkYB), during which the hearty DPW crew installs (by HAND) 9.2 miles of perimeter trash fence in as many hours, setting a new record. Un-be-LIEVable. Follow along ... it's an amazing ride (including the epic rainstorm that hit the playa last night):
We're in the home stretch to the playa, and everybody's gearing up to make it all happen, including YOU. Woot!
The Man burns in 22 days!
POSITION AVAILABLE: NEVADA PROPERTIES MANAGER
Location: Gerlach, NV
** Please submit resume and cover letter by 5pm on Sunday, Aug 25th, using this link:
This role is responsible for the management and oversight of Black Rock City’s Nevada properties and facilities. The Nevada Properties Manager is responsible for the complete maintenance of all facilities in Gerlach, Nevada, which include but are not limited to the Office, Helen’s House, the Saloon, the Trailer Park, the Showers Property, the old Theatre and Black Rock Station (BRS).
For comprehensive details on the duties and essential functions of this role, as well as a list of qualifications, please view the complete job listing here:http://blackrockcity.theresumator.com/apply/5Shp1N/Nevada-Properties-Manager.html?source=Volunteers
This is a full-time, regular position eligible for benefits.
** Please submit resume and cover letter by 5pm on Sunday, Aug 25th, using this link:
BOOK YOUR SPOT ON THE BURNER EXPRESS NOW!
Need a ride to the playa? The buses are filling up but we've still got some seats available on the Burner Express from Reno and SF to Black Rock City. Reserve your spot before they're gone!
In particular, there is availability on 8/24 and 8/29 TO the playa and 8/30 and 8/31 FROM the playa.
They'll stop taking reservations on August 21, so hop to it!
CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS
Gate Road Advisory:
In the Law Enforcement edition of the JRS, we mentioned that you shouldn't get on top of your car and crack a beer while you're driving on Gate Road. We should also say: DON'T DO ANYTHING STUPID UNTIL YOU'RE ACTUALLY *IN* BLACK ROCK CITY AND PARKED AT YOUR CAMP.
Law Enforcement patrols Gate Road heavily, especially between Greeters and the City itself. If they catch you speeding (like even 1mph over!), driving with an open container, sporting broken tail lights or an obscured license plate, and -- yes -- riding on the top of your vehicle, THEY WILL STOP YOU AND CITE YOU ... and starting your Burn that way would suck.
And remember your rights ... a Law Enforcement officer must have probable cause in order to search you or your vehicle.
Mutant Vehicle Licensing:
We also mentioned that Mutant Vehicles should get their license before fully mutating their vehicle. In fact, MV owners are *required* to fully mutate their vehicle before they're licensed so the DMV knows what it is they're licensing. Makes sense, right? Right.
Stolen Cameras vs. Lost Cameras
You can go to Law Enforcement to report a stolen camera, but only do that if you KNOW somebody stole it. If it's lost, report it at Playa Info, and see if somebody's turned it in.
Sorry for the confusion.
2013 UPDATE FOR THE TIME TO BURN IPHONE APP IS AVAILABLE NOW
"Almost 2,000 events, 1000 camps, and 400 art installations easily searched, favorited, and shared with your friends. A GPS enabled map of Black Rock City, the entire 2013 Survival Guide, and strange alien experiments all in your hand! Downloaded last year by almost 20,000 citizens of the city, this year we're aiming for full adoption. (Android version update coming soon)
Find it in the app store. For FREE."
VIRTUAL PLAYA CLOTHING/GEAR SWAP WITH YERDLE
This is rad. Online gift exchange!
"Yerdle, a free service where people gift items to others in their communities, is inviting Burners to gift items between each other. Use the link below, so you can gift and receive items from other Burners. As you get ready for the Playa, gift items you no longer need (but another Burner might love). Goggles, shade structures, bikes, water containers, costumes, whatever you've got that can use a new home; clean out your storage area and start gifting. You may just find that perfect accessory you need as well!
BLACK ROCK CITY SUBWAY
Tired of trudging long distances to get where you want to go in Black Rock City? Sick of dodging pedestrian traffic, weaving bikes and bulky Mutant Vehicles as you make your way to your destination? Thankfully, a solution is at hand.
Get around BRC quickly and easily on the new Black Rock City Subway! This year, the BRCS boasts 10 convenient stations, serving the sites and attractions you most want to see. Trains run every 15 minutes. For more information, including station locations, see:
Please be forewarned: access points may drift away from the station markers, and trains may arrive before they depart.
STUDY: BURNING MAN ALTERS YOUR EMOTIONAL REGULATION
While the findings of this study aren't entirely surprising, it's interesting to see the results of research on the psychological dynamics of the Burning Man experience. Check it out:
A POMO GARDEN OF EDEN? SLEEPING IN THE DUST AT BURNING MAN
Ron Feldman writes us:
"'Welcome home!' the Greeters exclaim when you arrive at BRC. Could this reflect the nostalgia of our Cargo Cult is for the ultimate return home – to Eden? After all, if the Playa isn’t someplace to experience the essence of, 'For you are dust, And to dust you shall return,' where is? Ron Feldman writes that the ancient dream of Eden can also be seen as a quest for a messianic future, and that Burning Man might just be a foretaste of this future because, according to the Talmud, 'Three things are a foretaste of the world-that-is-coming: Sabbath, sunshine, and sexual intercourse' - all of which he thinks are plentiful on the playa. To read more, see his new essay published in Tikkun magazine, 'Sleeping in the Dust at Burning Man'.
THEME CAMP DUES AND DON'TS
Thinking about joining a theme camp? What does that mean exactly? Halcyon provides great perspective about "Theme Camp Dues & Don'ts" on the Burning Blog (hint: everything is a gift).
Here's a beautiful piece of thought-provoking and truth-speaking writing on the Burning Blog about being a second-year Burner, from the great Molly Ditmore:
"I ached to be back on the playa. I came back to BRC ready to do it all over again and my expectations fell flat. Where was the lightning bolt to my psyche?"
Read the full piece: http://bit.ly/13mVCKP
PHOTOGRAPHY AT BURNING MAN
Matt Freedman writes:
"Burning Man is one of the most photographically rewarding – and challenging – places you will ever visit. Just protecting your gear from the harsh desert conditions can be challenge enough. To bring home the kinds of images that will stand up in comparison with your memories, you will also have to master lighting, composition, and technique –for photography in general, and for Burning Man in particular. And you will also have to understand the unique social contract between photographers and event participants."
TIPS FOR CAPTURING THE MAGIC OF ‘GOLDEN HOUR’
You know the light is perfect right around sunrise and sunset on playa. Here’s a great article on how to get the best out of your photos at those times of day!
LUKE SZCZEPANSKI SENT US HIS TOP 100 PHOTOS
Thank you Luke!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lukemeup/sets/72157634892129203 (Preview) Wanna chat him up? luke.szczepanski (at) gmail (dot) com
2012 PANORAMA FROM THE MAN
John Davis brings us this awesome gigapan panorama of the 2012 playa activity as viewed from the upper platform inside The Man:
or view it in Google Earth at:
DEPARTMENT OF REDUNDANT CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT (AGAIN)
BALKAN MUSICIANS WANTED- We were remiss in posting Sophia’s email in the last issue; if you’d like to participate in her Balkan band, here it is: sophia.emigh (at) gmail (dot) com
What, we did it for the PLAYA CHOIR SEEKS MUSICIANS, too? Here’s Madi’s email, if you wanna sing: madis_service (at) yahoo (dot) com
Whoops. (We're getting good at this!)
PARTICIPATE IN AN ART PROJECT EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO THE EVENT THIS YEAR
This is pretty rad. Volunteer to participate in an art project for Center Camp Cafe, even if you can't go to the event this year! Center Camp Cafe’s Sound & Performance Team writes:
"Bummed that things just didn't align this year so you can make it to playa? That needn't exclude you and your family from a fun volunteer art project that you can contribute and send in! Volunteer to Make Your Own 'Man' out of Found Objects and Take a picture! Center Camp Cafe’s Sound & Performance Team Would Love Your Virtual Presence!
WHO: You, your friends, your kids, your pets?
WHAT: Make your own version of the man and take a picture to send to playa!
WHERE: Here, Now- but to be shown on playa!
WHEN: Between now and August 20th!
HOW: Follow the directions below and email your photo to
CONTACT: cafesoundgroupart (at) gmail (dot) com
We will be creating a slideshow video from the photos you submit. The video will be playing on TVs lining Center Camp Cafe’s Performance Stage between acts at certain times (mostly at night).
Use (non branded) objects to create the man! Take a picture! Email it! Go to this link to print out a PDF of the image: http://bit.ly/133OFUb
Use objects around your house to recreate the man! (You do not have to use the template, but it it provided to help with sizing and accessibility if need be.)
Objects include everything and anything you can think of!? To see some examples of what we are talking about go HERE: http://bit.ly/133OOH7
Take a picture (preferably 300 dpi, but we can work with most resolutions above 120dpi) and send to cafesoundgroupart (at) gmail (dot) com
Please send us your photos before August 20th so we have time to put them all together! Also note - if you send in an image, they may also be used at SF Decompression!
Thank you all! We hope to see some strange and awesome things.
Much dust and crust and excitement,
Cafe Sound & Performance Team"
BURNING WRITERS, GIFT YOUR BOOK!
Matt Melnicki has a cool project:
"Help develop literary culture at BM! 'Spines' will be two book cabinets (shaped like lumbar vertebrae), and word artists are encouraged to place their own books inside for gifting! 'Spines' will be placed in Center Camp (beside the poetry stage), and somewhere out on the playa. Also, a finalized event schedule for the new Get Lit collective will be posted on the inner doors. POETRY OKAY!!!
THE ROCKSTAR LIBRARIAN WANTS YOUR CAMP'S MUSIC LINE-UP
Every year the (awesome) Rockstar Librarian collects all the line-ups from as many sound camps as she can muster, formats 'em all pretty like, and posts them for YOU to download and/or print for your party planning.
If you're planning a DJ line-up in your camp, get your info to her before August 15 so you'll be included. Thank you!!!!
EARTH GUARDIANS NEED YOUR COMPOST BAGS
Sarah Sunrise asks you:
"Do you share my dream of making Burning Man a greener, cleaner, more conscious community full of healthy unicorns and faeries? And do you happen to work for a restaurant, grocery store, or just have a ton of burlap/compostable/plastic mesh produce bags lying around?
I'm looking to collect a TON of bags for a workshop I'm teaching at Earth Guardians: Happy Hour composting! how to collect compost while camping in the desert (M, W, & F: 5-6pm).
Basically, we are looking for bags that biodegrade in compost and/or 'breathe' allowing food to dry out quickly in a desert environment before being packed out to an appropriate collection site. In addition to teaching the basics, I'm giving participants a burlap, compostable, or plastic mesh bag and a sign explaining the Do's and Don'ts.
I'm looking for at least 100 bags, preferably 500+ so let me know how many bags you've got and how much (or little) $ you want for them. I live in Oakland and I'm able to collect in many parts of the bay. skoplowicz (at) gmail (dot) com "
VIRGIN SACRIFICE FLASH MOB FOR PUSSY RIOT
Dr. Realz says:
"We will be practicing the step the night before the 'event' on Wed Aug 28, 5:00 pm for anyone interested at our camp 'Dr. Realz mysterious wheel of uncertainty and mystical inclusion?'. Here is a description of the event.
Dedication to pussy riot, a sacrifice of virginity Thursday Aug 29, 9:30pm, located at 4:30 and G
Embrace our festival of magic, our goddess of light and love will sacrifice herself. We are hosting a sacrifice of virginity, complete with choreographed dancers and synchronized music and a dance after. What would you be willing to sacrifice for the benefit of good, pussy riot has been imprisoned for peacefully acting out against the will of the church and state and we are dedicating our event to them. We are asking all to sacrifice your worldly attachments if only for a moment and envision the change that is happening. Bring your outrage and lay it at our altar of change. All hooligans, blasphemers, harlots, and heretic are welcome. Bring your pussy riot mask and dress colorful if you are so inclined. The festivities will start at 9:30 pm with our choreographed dancers followed by the sacrifice then join us after for beats spun by our Dj.
LED HOOPJAM AT THE MAN
Dancing Mandy invites us all to hoop jam at the Man!
"Hoopcamp's Magical Midnight Mayhem comes to the Playa. Let's prepare the man for lift-off by circling him with hundreds of flow artists with their LED toys!
Look for Walter, the big VW Bus Art Car. Meet at the Man on the 6:00 side with your LED hoops/poi/staff on Wed. night at 11pm. Hoopcamp Heather will be there to facilitate our circling around the man as we 'dance our light' in a big way, spinning magical colors in a connected circle of Hoop Dancers. Come join our dazzling light parade!
BLACK ROCK BOUTIQUE NEEDS YOUR CLOTHING AND ACCESSORY DONATIONS
"Since 1996, we've been helping the fashion hungry citizens of Black Rock City slip into something a little more questionable. Take a few minutes this year to set aside your unwanted playa clothing that you no longer wear, and donate them to the boutique.
We're at 4:00 and Inner Circle (Center Camp).
We're open daily (maybe taking Thurs. off) and we will of course be giving away tons of fabulous, funky and furry fashions. Volunteers welcome- especially those with alteration or on the fly sewing skills."
THE BLACK ROCK BEACON: BACK WITH MORE BACON
Black Rock Beacon, people!
"The Black Rock Beacon is tickled a rosy pink to be announcing our 9th year serving Black Rock City with crispy and chewy morsels of news, views, and totally tangential references to pork-related products.
We will be producing five issues during the week to entertain and inform the record population of our Burning burg. The Beacon is the only paper written and delivered on-Playa.
Beacon Burnalists have already begun to gather information for this year’s papers but we are hungry for more. We have a long list of stories we would like to do, and we need writers to do them. There are also openings for editors, illustrators, schwag-starved delivery folks, and if you’re good at assembling Playatech furniture, we need some extra chairs.
If you know us and love us from past years, please consider making a donation to support our work. We would like to increase our press run; printing the paper our largest expense, and the population keeps growing.
No money? No time to volunteer? No problem. We exist to serve Black Rock City, we are happy if you read our paper. You can also drop by our camp just to say hi, we will be located in Center Camp, 1:00 the Inner Circle of Center Camp, right across from the Cafe. Our City Desk will operate all day and late into the night, you can come by and discuss the news of the day, what you would like to see in the paper, and whether fried or baked is the better approach.
If you want to join us, see our website at www.blackrockbeacon.org for information, shoot an email to questions (at) blackrockbeacon (dot) org or come by for our daily team meeting at 10:30 a.m. at our camp. Donations can be made via PayPal or credit card on our website."
KOSTUME KULT ALSO NEEDS YOUR CLOTHING DONATIONS, A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC, THOUGH
"Our friends at Kostume Kult are taking donations of costumery appropriate to Mardi Gras at Burning Man and the Jazz Funeral for the Man! You can deliver your contributions to them in NYC, or better yet, to their camp at 3:15 and Esplanade on playa!
Here is the Kostume Kult:
Here are some ideas:
SUPPORT A BURNING MAN PROJECT!
Feeling generous? Check out what's afoot for Black Rock City 2013 on Burning Man's Support a Project page, and help 'em out if you can:
Looking for a project on which to utilize your formidable skills? Or need somebody with said skills to work on YOUR project? Hook up with each other here:
BERKELEY SPARK EVENT - BERKELEY, CA - AUGUST 10
While this is a local event, and we usually don't post these on the global JRS, this is a great example of city government officially partnering with community groups to support Burning Man culture ... and that? Is cool. From the producers in Berkeley:
"We are honored to be bringing Burning Man's energy and we are grateful for the support from all of you at Burning Man Project.
It looks like we're also talking with the filmmaker from 'Spark: A Burning Man Story' to screen his film. I'm crossing my fingers for fire performances next year.
Full details, programming and line-up are available on our website:
WHAT TO DO IF IT RAINS ON PLAYA
In honor of yesterday's epic rainstorm, which stranded 160 DPW crew members on the playa in the midst of building Black Rock City, we bring you this helpful reminder:
PREPARE FOR ANYTHING: MOTHER NATURE BATS LAST!
Yes, the playa can be subject to sudden bouts of fierce, unpredictable weather. Storm cells, fed by rising thermals that stream upward from the surrounding mountains, may arise in the late afternoon or evening and bring high winds, lightning and rain into camp. Likewise, dust storms can prowl the playa in packs or sweep in a broad front across the plain. Dust storms can produce instant “white outs” but are usually over quickly.
Long, sustained rainfall – or prolonged white out conditions – are unlikely; however, you will want to come to the event mentally and physically prepared for such occurrences. In case of rain:
- DO NOT DRIVE your vehicle. You will become stuck and tear up the playa surface.
- Remain where you are.
- Do not ride your bike. Carry your bike; playa mud clogs wheels and gears in just a few feet.
- Relax and wait until conditions change.
- Bring an extensive first aid kit.
- Bring a battery-powered radio and tune into BMIR, 94.5 FM for updates.
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