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#17 thelerner

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:16 PM

This years theme is Cargo Cult.  Kind of strange past ones were Evolution, Fertility, The Green Man.  I learned about Cargo Cults from an old Larry Niven sci fi book.  Cargo Cults was a strange cultural snafu that happened on some South Pacific Islands when natives began thinking of visiting army base personal and there equipment as Gods!  

 

Coca cola became drink of the Gods, planes their mystical transportation.  After WWII the troops left and the legends grew.  Humorous and easy to look down as humorous foolishness until you wonder what Cargo cult ideas we all have. 

 

How would I express Cargo Cult?  Maybe from the angle of a sacredness that has left.  What was good in the world <and a bit ridiculous> that is no longer?  Scooby Doo, symbol triumphant togetherness?  Have a totem stick w/ Scoobies head, all worship the Doo.  Hmmn, stick would have Scoobies head impaled on Mountain Dew bottle!?   Not bad..not bad..

 

What else?  What was good, and a bit decadent and naiive?   What do I wish would return?  A show from the early 70's?  3's company? nah.   A book? a song.. A record?  Maybe a record.  Yeah a record, having a wind up recorder w/ bull horn speaker.   I wonder I could find one, make it into a public use/display?   Make art out of the covers and allow people to play what they will.  Have some inflatable couches around, corny music from the 60's.  Yeah, that cargo cult.  Back to the 60's when times were good straining to listen to old worn out records, cornier the better.  Dr. Demento, stuff like that.


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Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves. ~ Gabrielle Roth

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

thank you thelerner,

and i am now a hillbilly burner.

not sure if i will make it to the big one

but getting to a couple of regionals will be cool too

edit> maybe you can 30 day mentor me on burning?


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

edit> maybe you can 30 day mentor me on burning?

Lesson 1, its not about learning, its about dreaming and going with the flow. 

 

One of the camps I hung out w/ 4 years ago seems to be open to new members.  Whiskey & Dust, out of Denver.    They had a beautiful set up, small wooden houses, nice bar, yoga platform, very nice people.  I joined in one of there public offerings- foot massage.  I actually have some expertise in the field and my clients were often beautiful and well painted.  Good times.

 

I'll contact them, they actually have a website.  To get a taste of what theme camps are about go to http://www.burningma...ps.html?yy=2011 and a search word like 'yoga', you'll find some interestings camps.   Many downright blew my mind.  There was one giant cave that seemed impossible to build a short time.  It turns out the people behind it were special effects guys from California.   So many impossible things, like a sledding hill in the middle of the desert, amazing and fast but watch out of the nylon carpet burns. 

 

The idea to bring out an old fashion phonograph is not too practical, they're expensive, heavy and delicate.  A modern take is the Soundwagon, a toy car that runs its needle around an album!  The albums stays still, the toy car rides on top w/ its needle in the groove.  Relatively cheap, small, runs a single 9 volt; and its cool looking.  Just what the doctor ordered.  Until the needle breaks off and I don't have replacement. 


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Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves. ~ Gabrielle Roth

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

that is a nice site. i was there looking at the ten principles and found my state group.

the ten principles look useful in my doable anarchy idea ^_^

i will be looking at that site awhile.

i found this:

You could be the world's most intrepid traveler, but nothing you have done before will prepare you for Burning Man. Spending a week in the Black Rock Desert will stretch your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual boundaries. While you may be coming to the event for this very reason, it can also put a tremendous strain on you and your relationships. Many a hardy Burner has melted down when "it all gets to be too much."

count me in


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:11 PM

You think you're going, great.  It is an anarchists dream.   No money (cept for drinks in the main tent), no corporate logos, extreme self sufficiency in an extreme climate balanced by a gift economy and the ideal every one participates and everyone should find there art or passion.  <mine was hanging out in bars and a defunct body outline project that failed early>

 

Burning Man burn out.  It hits a lot of people.   For the Big Burn I came a day or two late and left a day early, still caught the big burn of course.  But 2 of the 3 trailers that made up my impromptu group left earlier.   You want to see it all, do it all, there so much energy in the place its very easy to melt down.   People stay up 40 or 50 hours then collapse.  Its the freakin desert  100 degrees w/ the wind blowing burning alkaline dust and all you want to do is see more and more. 

 

What saves you is slowing down, finding a bar or class, planting your feet and shooting the shit.  Its okay not to see everything, try to get some rest, stay hydrated, always have a cup w/ you <I use a drinking horn>.  Bring quality ear plugs, eye shades and very importantly a cheap bike; Black Rock City is just too big, hot and dusty to walk everywhere.  It could be a 4 or 5 mile hike to get to The Man, The Temple, the Art sections, your favorite watering holes; you'll need wheels- a cheap expendable no speed.  Sadly a tiny combo chain, its not that it'll be stolen, but it may be borrowed for a long periods.

 

Burn out happens at the smaller regionals too.  Camping isn't easy, I generally don't like it.  Loud and exciting people cut both ways too. 

 

If you <or any bum> are going, let me know.  We can set up some way to meet.

 

M.


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Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves. ~ Gabrielle Roth

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:23 PM

i would love to go, but no clue at all dude  lol no clue.


Sounds great.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:28 PM

Info for this year, unusual theme, even by BMan standards

2013 ART THEME: CARGO CULT

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Theme by Larry Harvey, text by Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum,
illustration by D.A. of Black Rock (aka Dominic Tinio)

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
        — Arthur C. Clarke

Who is John Frum? He is known to us by many names, this Visitor from Elsewhere, dispenser of endless abundance and wielder of mysterious technologies: John Frum, Quetzalcoatl, Osiris, "Bob." His cargo is splendid, his generosity boundless, his motives beyond our understanding. But across the ages and around the world, the stories all agree: one day he will return, bearing great gifts. Our theme this year asks three related questions; who is John Frum, where is he really from, and where, on spaceship Earth, are we all going?

"'E look like you an' me. 'E tall man. 'E live long."
        — Melanesian informant

13_theme_plane.jpg<I get it, its a plane.>

Our story begins in Melanesia during World War II. Thousands of American GIs suddenly descended on this South Sea island chain, bearing with them unimaginable riches: magical foodstuffs that never spoiled, inconceivable power sources. Just as abruptly the troops departed, leaving only broken, rusted Jeeps, crumpled beer cans, and the memory of Spam. To the astonished eyes of the natives, this was a miraculous occurrence, and they yearned for the return of abundance. Accordingly, they built totemic sky-craft in an attempt to summon back these Visitors and their legendary leader, the man the Melanesians called John Frum. They had formed a Cargo Cult.

 

This Myth of Return is no less relevant today. To put this in a modern context, what if your electricity went dead and stayed that way -- would you know how to make the current flow again? Can you fix your car if it breaks down, or build yourself a new one? Like the islanders, most of us are many steps removed from the Cargo that entirely shapes our lives. We don't know how it's made, where it's made, or how it works; all we can do is look beyond the sky and pray for magic that will keep consumption flowing.

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Pavilion design by Lewis Zaumeyer, illustration by Andrew Johnstone

Burning Man 2013 will court the return of our benevolent Visitors from Elsewhere by constructing an enormous replica of their sky-craft, hewn from the primitive materials of our backwater planet. Burning Man will stand atop this streamlined structure, majestically revolving like an interstellar beacon. Within this three-decked vessel participants will encounter the Temple of the Navigator, a shrine that features six hand-operated zoetropes that will function as prayer wheels. These will rehearse what little we know, or believe we know, of John Frum's story. A sweeping observation ring surrounding this central chamber will afford panoramic views of both the playa and our city.

 

We feel sure our theme will attract many alien Visitors, and hope this will stimulate our planet's faltering economy. To that end, we invite artists to create altars that may be placed in the vicinity of Burning Man's pavilion. These installations should be portable and easily removable from our burn circle. Participants are encouraged to contribute propitiatory offerings to these Space Age shrines. Artists are also invited to propose homemade interactive technology that may be installed on our saucer's upper Flight Deck (consult our online Art Guidelines for details).

"Your spaceship is cramped, and it's beginning to smell like fast food."
      — Reverend Al Ridenour

Burning Man is of course what one makes of it. So we must recognize that a few participants question the literal existence of John Frum1. They believe that cargo culture is unsustainable; no deus ex machina descending from the sky can possibly provide consumers with relief. The only spaceship worth considering is planet Earth. Each and every one of us, it is held, must find our Inner Frum: the first step toward salvation is to give our gifts to fellow human beings.

 

1It is speculated that when greeting Melanesians, American soldiers would state, "Hi, I'm John from Tallahassee" or "I am Johnny from Detroit." John, being a common name, was remembered, but the various place names were soon forgotten. The only other constant being "from", this word soon morphed into a surname, hence John Frum. However Orthodox Frumites within our community repudiate this interpretation. Note: the Burning Man organization takes no position on religious beliefs.


Edited by thelerner, 10 April 2013 - 04:30 PM.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:28 PM

the local kentucky/hillbilly burners are having a burn at (get this) Hell for Certain.

it is a real place. makes sense my first burn will be at Hell for Certain

http://reclaimation.....com/index.html


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 07:01 PM

The Man burns in 37 days.  

 

I'll be at the Whiskey & Dust camp this year, any bums heading down should look me up.   B)


Edited by thelerner, 25 July 2013 - 07:09 PM.

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Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves. ~ Gabrielle Roth

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 09:14 PM

This Myth of Return is no less relevant today. To put this in a modern context, what if your electricity went dead and stayed that way -- would you know how to make the current flow again? Can you fix your car if it breaks down, or build yourself a new one? Like the islanders, most of us are many steps removed from the Cargo that entirely shapes our lives. We don't know how it's made, where it's made, or how it works; all we can do is look beyond the sky and pray for magic that will keep consumption flowing.




This is where I type pointless words you don't listen to anyways. Right here...

and here.
 



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Posted 08 August 2013 - 09:16 PM

I come bringing story.
well... if I come, I guess?
 



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 08:52 AM

This is where I type pointless words you don't listen to anyways. Right here...
and here.
 

the above was me quoting from the official Bman page. Sadly it's no longer possible to do what I did 5 years ago, buy a ticket 4 days out and start driving. The last couple of years tickets sell out fast. But there are Bman events across the country. You find regional info link at the Bman site.

I've been hitting Lakes of Fire regularly, $40 for a fun mini Burn long weekend. There are other organizations out there too.

Also, I don't think your words are pointless. Off topic little bit, but not pointless :)
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Posted 09 August 2013 - 01:36 PM

this year i wont be making it out to my first burn. but i became a mod!

plus i have this final year of undergrad beginning the 19th.

next year looks like a better possiblity.

and yes, it is never too soon to prepare for such a journey,


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 12:59 PM

The ultimate picture from last year:

http://michaelholden...apixel-panorama

Remember to enlarge the picture and take it for a spin.


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 05:50 PM

That is amazing, Michael. Thanks for showing us. You ready to go?


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 06:29 AM

That is amazing, Michael. Thanks for showing us. You ready to go?

Sorta.  I'll leave the 23rd for the 30 hour drive.  I still have lots to do, pack, buy food, make sure my tent is useable.  I hit the library for audio material.   For entertainment I have Stephen King's '11/22/63' unabridged, 30 CD's = 33 hours of Time Travel terror.  Anne Rice's Metaphysical thriller- 'Of Love and EviI', 5 CD's.  More educationally based I have 'The Heart and the Fist- The Education of a Humanitarian, The Making of Navy Seal', 9 CD's and 'Drive- The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us'.

 

5 years ago I went there 'cold' and pretty unprepared but lucked out.  The last few years going to regionals I've done better, giving as much as I've taken.  This year my gift/art is music.  I have a portable record player and lots of records.  Mostly cheap .50 centers from the library and Half Price books, though I splurged for Duran Duran's RIO, $3.99 to relive my college years.  I've got a portable speaker for my ipod and a playlist of funny drinking songs. 

 

Foodwise I'll hit up Trader Joe's for there precooked brown rice, curry sauces, jerky's, granola, chili beans, dried salami,  cookies etc.,  Whiskey and Dust has a kitchen area. 

 

For voyeurs there should be some camera feeds set up on the playa, there's a radio station too.  Facebook is hopping with threads from the Burning Man site plus the official website.  My camp Whiskey and Dust is on facebook. 

 

I have to admit there's a little fear.  Fear of driving across the country, fear of meeting new people, fear of forgetting their names, fear of missing my family, fear of harsh desert camping, fear of burn out..  But fear is a good thing.  It means we're stretching, leaving our comfort zone.

 

A good article: 'An Emotional Survival Guide to Burning Man' http://www.fest300.c...-to-burning-man

 

nice pics from last year

http://stuckincustom...urning-Man-Page

 

Live Cam from Burning Man http://www.burningma...ach_webcam.html


Edited by thelerner, 22 August 2013 - 03:57 PM.

Push hard to get better, become smarter, grow your devotion to the truth, fuel your commitment to beauty, refine your emotional intelligence, hone your dreams, negotiate with your shadow, cure your ignorance, shed your pettiness, heighten your drive to look for the best in people, and soften your heart. A creed from Pronoia

Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves. ~ Gabrielle Roth




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