JRS VOLUME #17; ISSUE #40
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 17, Issue #40
August 21, 2013
+ WHERE TO TAKE YOUR TRASH AND RECYCLING AFTER THE BURN
+ GUESS WHAT? IT'S DARK AT NIGHT.
+ BLACK ROCK CITY CENSUS GOES ONLINE
+ BURNING MAN 2013 AUDIO ART TOURS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
+ BMIR IS CRANKING OUT THE TUNES AND THE INFOS
+ OOOH OOOH OOOH! I WANT TO DRIVE ON THE PLAYA!
+ WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH OPEN CONTAINER ON MUTANT VEHICLES?
+ PLEASE HELP BURNING MAN'S PANELS GET INTO SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST 2014!
+ "SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY" NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, ET AL
+ BLACK ROCK CITY NAVIGATION APP FOR IPHONE
+ BAY BRIDGE CLOSURE DURING BURNING MAN EXODUS
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ A FAMILY STORY
+ PORTAPLAYA COVERAGE OF THE CORE PROJECTS
+ BURNING MAN WITH KIDS: GUIDE TO THE PLAYA
+ OPEN LETTER TO MYSELF AS A BURNING MAN VIRGIN
+ DEEJAYING IN EXTREME CONDITIONS
+ VOLUNTEER FOR THE BURN GARDEN WOOD DONATION TEAM
+ BURNER MAP
+ GET YOUR CREATION PUBLISHED IN "JETZT" MAGAZINE
+ WORLD'S LARGEST THRILLER DANCE NEEDS ZOMBIE INSTRUCTOR
+ CARGO CULTS, TRUE BELIEVERS AND POLYAMORY
+ CAMP RUN FREE - CLEAN AND SOBER CAMP
+ FIND YOUR FLOW! A CALL FOR FIRE PERFORMERS AND FLOW ARTISTS!
+ WHAT'S IN A PLAYA NAME?
+ PEACE OF A TREE
+ MAKE A WISH!
+ BE A READER FOR STORYTIME!
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ BURNING MAN - BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV - AUG 25 - SEP 2
BLACK ROCK CITY CIVICS:
+ TRAVELING TO BLACK ROCK CITY: REMEMBER, YOU'RE A BURNER
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
This will be our last JRS of the 2013 event season, and we thank you for your kind attention to the verbal onslaught we're unleashed on you this year. We hope you've found inspiration and helpful information in the mix ... we've certainly enjoyed bringing it all to you.
From all of us on the Jackrabbit team, we thank you for doing the amazing things you do, and we wish you the best Burn yet. We'll see you on the playa. Very soon.
The Man burns in 10 days!
WHERE TO TAKE YOUR TRASH AND RECYCLING AFTER THE BURN
Some of the more valuable reading you'll do to prepare for Burning Man: learn where to take your TRASH and RECYCLING after the Burn. And where NOT TO.
GUESS WHAT? IT'S DARK AT NIGHT
BREAKING: It's dark at night. Double Newsflash: You're dark at night, too. Molly Ditmore has the latest. http://bit.ly/14vlEf6
BLACK ROCK CITY CENSUS GOES ONLINE
The Black Rock City Census team writes:
"The only thing constant is change ...
Over time, the data gathering methods of the Census have progressed from an exclusively paper survey distributed on playa and required manual input of responses to the combination of a paper survey, a random sampling of Burners and online surveys. In 2013, the Census team will be gathering data via a random sampling at the Gate during ingress and exodus and a post-event online survey.
The Census is online ...
The Census will be available online Tuesday after the Burn (September 3) at http://census.burningman.com. We would love to receive your responses and welcome your input. The online Census fosters the immediacy principle of Burning Man and enables BRC citizens to access the Census independently of their preferences in terms of Burning Man experiences. It also allows the Census to be more eco-conscious by reducing the need for printed forms. Further, eliminating the paper form means removing the need for data entry and drastically reducing data errors due to manual entry.
The random sampling during ingress and exodus ...
Because data from the online Census is biased toward people that independently choose to complete the online survey, the random sampling of Burners at the Gate yields data that drastically improves representativeness, validity and trustworthiness of all results produced by the Census. The randomness of the cars selected to participate in a paper form of the Census is predetermined. Professional statisticians advise as to the days, times and selection interval for random sampling.
The end result ...
We want to hear from you! Census aims to provide the most accurate and thorough data possible. By employing the online Census and random sampling during ingress and exodus, relatively unbiased results about BRC population can be presented.
Please visit us at Census Lab located in Center Camp near Media Mecca. You can view all data collected last year and Census Burners hope to answer your questions and provide information about the service we provide. There will also be information about the Census in the Greeter packet. We hope you are inclined to participate in the online Census or at the Gate should your car be randomly selected.
Hope you have a great Burn!"
BURNING MAN 2013 AUDIO ART TOURS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
The Burning Man 2013 audio art tours are yours for the downloading and the listening and the self-guided touring (e.g. you can host your OWN tour!). Enjoy!
BMIR IS CRANKING OUT THE TUNES AND THE INFOS
More than 100 theme camp promos and playa safety messages are now on the air at BMIR, Burning Man Information Radio.
Tune in here: http://www.bmir.org/ and go here to find out more about BMIR and how to listen to BMIR as you travel to the playa:
OOOH OOOH OOOH! I WANT TO DRIVE ON THE PLAYA!
A public service announcement about driving on the playa from the Intercept Crew of the Black Rock Rangers:
If you are not authorized to drive on the playa, DON'T DRIVE during Burning Man. The ONLY people who ARE authorized to drive on the playa are registered mutant vehicles with visible licensure from the Department of Mutant Vehicles, artists placing art on the Playa with permits from the Artery, registered disabled persons displaying licensure and a placard, and limited staff vehicles.
ALWAYS operate your APPROVED vehicle in a safe manner. Remember, Black Rock City is primarily a BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN CITY. Take that in to account when operating a mutant vehicle.
Our established community standard is for vehicles to operate at 5 MPH or less. The unique characteristics of many mutated vehicles require drivers to exercise particular care when faced with limited peripheral vision and/or loading and unloading passengers. Please take this into consideration.
All of the laws and restrictions that apply to driving in the default world also apply on the playa. Additionally, playa conditions require that all vehicles STOP during white-out conditions, that you not drive on wet roads, and that you operate at speeds of even less than 5MPH if your vehicle is creating a dust plume in its wake.
Remember, in Black Rock City, driving is a privilege. More information about driving protocols can be found here:
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH OPEN CONTAINER ON MUTANT VEHICLES?
Keith, a 7-year art car owner/operator, wrote us a helpful email about operating a mutant vehicle on playa, based on his direct experience (and not all in a good way):
"WHAT IS OPEN CONTAINER ON AN ART CAR?
If the art car has NO separated cabin from the rest of the vehicle (e.g. a floating bed) then technically there can be no visible open container on the vehicle. This gets very tricky with certain vehicles especially if the driver's SEPARATION is somewhat subjective and if the driver relies on someone else to allow people aboard. Also throw in the factor of a guest pulling out their drink (or other substance) of choice out of view of driver and/or first mate, and then you have a ticket waiting to happen.
And guess what? The driver can get written up separate, cumulative fines for every different substance that is found on the vehicle. Each person possessing the substances also gets written up for what is individually found.
And while if you cooperate, you just usually get a ticket, getting caught can end your Burn, especially if the substance found is drug based, because of special Federal laws procedures pertaining to certain forms of possession. If they cannot identify the substance and don't trust your description, or you cannot or will not provide ID, you are in for a ride to Reno.
WHAT IS LEGITIMATE PROBABLE CAUSE?
That is any obvious alcoholic beverage with a label, or any obvious drug use, but also the SMELL of any obvious drug use. That will get you boarded and searched. But it could and has also been stretched to when someone is drinking out of a plastic/glass type receptacle that is typical of a bar environment (martini glass) and is displaying inebriation.
Depending on the agency, they usually search the rest of the vehicle (or call in the agency that can). Many past citations from past years are related to these issues. Obviously it doesn't always go down the same way but there are certain procedures law enforcement uses."
PLEASE HELP BURNING MAN'S PANELS GET INTO SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST 2014!
Burning Man wants to share our wisdom with the world at SXSW 2014, and we need YOUR help. Please vote for our three panel submissions before the September 6 deadline, and share this link far and wide! We thank you!
"SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY" NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, ET AL
Steve Browns writes:
"We released Spark: A Burning Man Story this weekend, and it is currently #2 in the documentary category and #13 in the independent category on iTunes.
Here's the link to Spark on iTunes: http://bit.ly/sparkpictures. Spark is also available on Amazon, Google Play and a bunch of video-on-demand platforms.
Here's a movie review from the New York Times:
BLACK ROCK CITY NAVIGATION APP FOR IPHONE
We have not vetted this -- like at all -- so your mileage may vary (so to speak). And for that matter, we prefer getting lost. But hey, it's up to you. Ali writes:
"We've made a free navigation app for iPhone (no ads, no nothing) and it can help you find your way around the Playa. It doesn't use cell service or roads. It uses the built-in compass to point you to where you're going and tell you how far you are. You can mark your home or any other place you wanna find later. If you somehow get cell service or wi-fi, you can even send them to other burners. A lot people downloaded it last year and gave us great feedback so we've improved it a lot. Here's where you can get it: http://bit.ly/12hYcjp , or just search for 'Falcon' on the app store."
BAY BRIDGE CLOSURE DURING BURNING MAN EXODUS
The San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge will be closed Labor Day Weekend 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. If your exodus involves travel through the San Francisco Bay area and or Northern California, take that into consideration. This website will help you plan alternate routes:
A FAMILY STORY
Scratch any member of the DPW, and you'll find a soft heart of gold. For your Saturday reading pleasure, enjoy "A Family Story". Warning: tearjerker. (p.s. don't actually scratch them.)
PORTAPLAYA COVERAGE OF THE CORE PROJECTS
The Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE) projects come from far and wide, representing Regional Groups from around the world. They will all burn simultaneously on Thursday night of Burning Man ... it's going to be amazing.
Portaplaya has been covering some of the teams on the Burning Blog. Enjoy:
BURNING MAN WITH KIDS: GUIDE TO THE PLAYA
From last year, but still pertinent. "Long-time Burner Mom Harley K. Dubois (Harley) and newbie mom Cory Mervis (Lady Merv) graciously gave us their advice and insights on life on the playa with kids."
OPEN LETTER TO MYSELF AS A BURNING MAN VIRGIN
This speaks some solid truth. Definitely worth a read, as many of us have been there. Amanda writes:
"This blog post began as a letter for the virgin letter project, but became something else -- and I wanted to share it with the greater Burning Man community.
DEEJAYING IN EXTREME CONDITIONS
"Ever wanted to perform a DJ set on the playa but don't know where to begin? Protecting your gear is crucial, but making sure you've set up properly and are in the right working conditions matters just as much. We talked to DJ Dan and Christian Martin to get their essential Burning Man DJ tips.
Check out http://bit.ly/174t4KG for more playa DJ info."
VINTAGE BURNING MAN PHOTOS FROM STEWART HARVEY
Vintage Burning Man Photos Provide Rare Glimpse Into The Birth Of A Counterculture
YOU ARE AN ARTIST. WISE WORDS INDEED.
YOU are an artist. Timely and valuable insight from Halcyon.
TIME-LAPSE OF BURNING MAN 2013 ENTRY SIGN BEING CREATED
In case you missed it ... here's the time-lapse of this year's Burning Man sign being created.
YET ANOTHER MOOP SONG
You can never have too many, we reckon. Note: contains profanity. Markle writes:
"We love that beautiful 'Hey Moop' song you shared. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me1l8Iw-KzE).
Our camp, Curque du Cliche (6:15 & D), has also produced a moop song of a somewhat different musicality that we'd love to share with our fellow Black Rock Citizens. BMIR has been nice enough to play it. We hope you like it and agree that we are all the MOOP patrol!!
LURVE & DURST
CIRQUE DU CLICHE
6:15 & D"
VOLUNTEER FOR THE BURN GARDEN WOOD DONATION TEAM
Looking for a way to participate and help the community on playa this year? Volunteer for the Burn Garden wood donation team!
If you haven't yet, put your camp on the BurnerMap, so you can find your friends (and vice versa). Thanks to the participants who created this cool service!
GET YOUR CREATION PUBLISHED IN "JETZT" MAGAZINE
"'Jetzt' Magazine from Germany is doing a photo story on the creations and creators of art-cars and other works at Burning Man! They are looking specifically for people who come from a background in technology or science and would like to present their creation and / or what part they worked on. Groups can apply, too. If chosen, the photographer will come by your camp during BM.
'Jetzt' Magazine is a supplemental to one of Europe's largest newspapers, the 'Sueddeutsche Zeitung'.
Contact the production with brief infos on your project at burningman (at) almostanything (dot) com "
WORLD'S LARGEST THRILLER DANCE NEEDS ZOMBIE INSTRUCTOR
It was only a matter of time, really. Fuser writes:
"The HARDLY is sponsoring the World's Largest Thriller dance on Friday evening in the 4:30 Portal. Our dance instructor decided to get pregnant with morning sickness and all that stuff and now we're stuck. We need a person to choreograph a 1 or two minute Thriller dance, teach it to a couple hundred zombies at 6 p.m., and then perform it at 7 p.m. for the World's record. Check out the Playa Events listing at http://playaevents.burningman.com/2013/playa_event/9488/
CARGO CULTS, TRUE BELIEVERS AND POLYAMORY
"Presentation by Sexual Anthropologist, Dr. Leanna Wolfe at 3:30 PM on Saturday August 31 at Poly Paradise
Papua New Guinea became the homeland for numerous Cargo Cults when once isolated native Melanesians witnessed military cargo drops during WWII. The locals noted how the military personnel would be seated at desks, scribble notes on scraps of paper and voila cargo would drop from the sky. The magical concept was infectious in that the Melanesian Big Men (chiefs) gained prestige by trafficking in the procurement and dispersal of goods. Oblivious to First World manufacturing and trade practices they assumed that these very light-skinned people who dressed in military fatigues were practicing magic. To procure cargo for themselves, the locals attempted to dress like these foreign magicians and replicated airplanes, rifles and radios out of thatch and coconuts. Sadly for them no cargo dropped from the skies.
People who are drawn to the practice of Polyamory can be seen as sharing a parallel belief system to the members of Cargo Cults. For both groups, belief is central to their practice. Poly people believe many things about how intimacy ought to be negotiated that are diametrically opposed to what mainstream people believe. They encourage transparency, disclosure and joyful acceptance of new lovers into their home relationships and families. Like the members of Melanesian Cargo Cults, they celebrate the supposed positive outcomes of sharing ones beloved with others.
One of the cornerstone beliefs of practitioners of polyamory is compersion, the notion that embracing one’s partner’s other love-interests is a good thing. Mainstream people would consider such a practice unthinkable and the outcome foolhardy if not downright dangerous. Meanwhile polyamorous people embrace the intricate processing that these otherwise jealous-provoking behaviors can engender. Cheating, the more standard mainstream practice carries a diametrically distinct belief system from polyamory but a very similar goal: love in abundance falling from the sky! Akin to cargo cult magic, they both hope to maintain the safety, love and security of their home relationships while kindling exciting dopamine sparks with outside lovers."
CAMP RUN FREE - CLEAN AND SOBER CAMP
"Run Free is a clean and sober Burning Man camp for folks whose common goal is enlargement of spiritual life through new adventures in being human and living life to the fullest. 7:15 and E. 2013 membership/camping space is full/taken.
Camp Run Free plans open 12-step recovery meetings and sober events. Since there will be Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Transexual and Polyamorous members, you should be gay, etc-friendly. And... Since there will be Straight, Monogamous and Asexual members, you should be straight, monogomy and asexual friendly.
http://www.facebook.com/events/565366910169210 has a listing of events and activities.
FIND YOUR FLOW! A CALL FOR FIRE PERFORMERS AND FLOW ARTISTS!
"Do you spin fire? Do you spin ANYTHING? Do you want to learn how to spin things with STYLE?
Flow Federation, a theme camp at 9:15 and D, is hosting workshops to teach YOU how to SPIN FIRE SAFELY and with PIZAZZ! Staff? Poi? Hoop? Juggling? Once your comfortable spinning fire we invite you to join us at scheduled meeting spots around the playa to create FIRE FLOW TAKEOVERS. Even though safety comes third (after having fun and looking good) will have experienced safety personnel to look after you.
Check our event page for more details!
WHAT'S IN A PLAYA NAME?
"Playa Shakespeare (a.k.a. Phakespeare) wants to know your playa name! Is it River Kleenex or Britney pap Smears? Oh no she di'int!!! Let's find out what some of the most popular playa names are? Or on the flipside what are the most wonderful, wacky, wild monikers in Black Rock City?
Fill out the simple form with your playa name, plus if you're feeling particularly inspired, how you got your name. In 2 weeks I'll compile a complete list and send everyone a personal email with the results - who knows maybe you'll end up recognizing each other out there. AND if you wouldn't mind passing the link on to friends, campmates or that certain someone with a very special playa name, it would be much appreciated!!! Thanks for participating and see you out there on the Playa soon! --Phakespeare"
PEACE OF A TREE
"A worldwide movement toward world peace. Peace in your mind, peace among your community, and peace among nations and cultures. You may call it a collective meditation, a collective prayer, or whatever you like.
The agency of this message intends for all its recipients to share a collective vision. Peace is a pure concept for people of all cultures and languages to envision.
Meditation and prayer have great power in numbers.
On August 30, there will be a half hour window of time in which we will pray/meditate. There will be a full half hour so that people who are pressed for time may find a moment to clear their mind and allow peace to surface.
Those who will be busy or sleeping during the specified time, please devote some attention when you can in the hours before and after. All are welcome, and every piece of the human spirit is helpful towards the cause."
MAKE A WISH!
"Come make a wish at The Wishing Tree! Located at 7:15 & Esplanade, across the street from Prometheatrics, The Wishing Tree was created as an arboreal space to meditate, imagine, exhale... This is a place for participants to leave wishes, set intentions, release fears, and let go of expectations. All are welcome. Your wishes will be burned with the Temple on Sunday."
BE A READER FOR STORYTIME!
Puppet (again) writes:
"Looking for a way to participate? I need books and Readers for my Storytime events on Playa. You can contribute a short story or thematically appropriate children’s book and/or become a Reader (in costume or as your avatar or whatever you like). My Storytimes are primarily meant for adults, but all are welcome. I will have a Storytime Tuesday 8/27 and Thursday 8/29 noon – 3 pm in the Dome at camp Prometheatrics at 7:15 & Esplanade. Email Puppet at phoenix.isacks (at) gmail (dot) com to participate. You’re also welcome to attend the event as an audience member, since we need those too. ;-)"
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:
HELP US PIONEER CLEAN ENERGY PRODUCTION ON THE PLAYA WITH OUR NEW MAGNETIC LEVITATION WIND TURBINE
Hek Yeah writes:
"We invite you to watch this video and learn about our next level magnetic-levitation wind turbine we will bring to the playa this year to power Fractal Planet. Your support of this project is a vote for energy independence and a sustainable future. We have the technology and we delight in debuting our unique wind turbine on the playa as a gift for all she has given us. Our turbine will be actively displayed across the Esplanade from Fractal Planet (2:00 & Esplanade) so stop on by, charge some electronics and experience it in action.
BURNING MAN - BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV - AUG 25 - SEP 2
It's this thing in the desert. You may have heard of it.
TRAVELING TO BLACK ROCK CITY: REMEMBER, YOU'RE A BURNER
As you're traveling to and from Black Rock City, please remember that as a Burner (whether you like it or not), you represent ALL Burners. Be courteous and considerate in our neighboring towns, on airplanes, buses, whatever. Don't speed anywhere (you WILL get stopped), and be careful of small children and animals while you head through small towns along the way. And of course, Leave No Trace wherever you go.
You represent Burning Man out there ... do us proud.
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