The Golden Spike


The building of Black Rock City has begun! Here is Makeout Queen driving the Golden Spike in to the playa, a marker from which the entire city is then plotted and built around. Read more on this auspicious moment Burning Blog at http://blog.burningman.com/2014/07/building-brc/the-beginning.

BRC 2013 Resources

The Man, 8/20/13. By sfslim

I will be updating this page several times as new resources come up….check back for latest info!

Burnermap: “Find Your Friends on the Playa”: https://burnermap.com/map

2013 BRC Music Guide from Rock Star Librarian: http://www.rockstarlibrarian.com

dBMcasts (131 free music mixes suitable for the road & the playa: http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts. dBMcasts on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/moontrolling. Subscribe via iTunes: http://bit.ly/h60Ijk.

BMIR live radio from the playa: http://bmir.org

Current weather conditions: http://blackrockdesert.org/friends/current/conditions and http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Gerlach+NV+USNV0033:1:US

Gerlach Live Cam: http://www.burningman.com/preparation/travel_info/gerlach_webcam.html

Driving directions from the Pacific Northwest: http://gwally.com/directions

moontroll's Burning Man video collection: https://vimeo.com/channels/moontrollbmvideos

Time to Burn app for Mac: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/time-to-burn/id362942005?mt=8
for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xtophersd.ttb

To Burn or not to Burn

Happy Junetime Burners! Sending out the most positive love-waves to all of you out there, whether you are currently plotting your return to Black Rock City or not. As the sun finally breaks through the spring clouds here in the Pacific Northwest, all thoughts turn towards summer and road trips and adventure and nights spent beneath the stars. I can almost hear the murmur of Burners across the planet starting to stir, thoughts angling towards the playa, and your camp, and who you're camping with. Maybe you've got it all dialed in already and are working to build your art installation, mutant art car, theme camp infrastructure or whatever else. Or maybe you're only now starting to get little glimmers of what lies ahead of you in three more months, a wee inkling of what its gonna take for you to get from here to there, and how, and with who, and why.

Or maybe, like pretty much all of our camp crew Get Found, you have decided not to go to Burning Man this year. Maybe you're breathing a little sigh of relief even, feeling the lightness of not having to make any plans or commit to any projects or raise any funds for a change. After five consecutive summers of Burning Man expeditions, in a wide array of styles, employing a diversity of strategies and skills, I decided that I was ready to set aside, take a deep breath and let the entire momentum of the the Burn go on without me. This personal intention was matched by most of my camp crew, each of us deciding on our own to take a pass, do some other cool shit, and come roaring back in 2014.

This spontaneous group decision also has the benefit of limiting symptoms of FOMO.

So me, Maketa, Orbit, Grapenuts, Rachel, SugaCube, Hekter McElliott, J-Rey and others will all be cheering y'all on from the sidelines this year. Destination Burning Man.com will continue to keep the flame lit from the Fourth Corner, sending out music mixes, BM links, bad advice, bacon recipes, survival tips, videos, field reports, weather forecasts and other crucial nuggets of insight & intuition.

(Now that I think about it, unsure the current BM2014 status of Suzi Starpants, Scotty G, Hannah Tangerine, Leah, Kai, Gabriella….time will tell.

xo, Playaduster

ps. just uploaded a new dBMcast this morning --
DJ Playaduster and Kaya Rainface join forces to bring you "Temple Twilight > Moonjuice Dub." Enjoi!

Get Found on playa 2012

A few of the men of Get Found /dBM/ Boogie Universal have banded together this year, and are joining forces with Buddha Lounge at 8:45 & Esplanade. See below for the roster of this manly mancamp full of mans and by all means, drop by our camp for yoga, shade and chill/bass sets during the day and stellar entertainment at night, including Emancipator, Pumpkin, Random Rab, Desert Dwellers, Chris B, Kalya Scintilla, Jobot, DubVirus, Sex Pixels and manymanymany more!

Scotty G

Pablo / DJ GrapeNuts

Moontroll / DJ Playaduster

Erik / Boogie Universal



Dusty kisses!

dBM stickers — get some!

First annual dBM stickers, limited edition. Pick one up at Buddha Lounge, 8:45 & Esplanade. See you back home!

Seeking guidance from the universe

I have been actively reconsidering my earlier decision to not go to Burning Man this year. Ever since I left the playa last September, my mindset has been one of taking a break from my annual pilgrimage to Black Rock City, for a variety of different reasons. No hard feelings, BRC, I just got some other things I gotta attend to! Now, with less than 40 days before the gates to the city open to the masses, my outlook is shifting. Without getting in to details on the evolution of my summer plans, another trip to Burning Man — my fourth in a row, and sixth overall — is beginning to look inevitable, like it wouldn't make any sense for me not to go!

"All roads lead to the Burn," a fellow Burner quipped.

So I've been meditating these past two weeks on the ifs, whens, wheres, whys, hows and whos of it all. One crucial step for me is to turn to the I Ching for consultation and guidance. Here's the hexagram I drew this week:

Fire over Mountain

Travel is developmental when small; if travel is correct, it leads to good fortune.

Travel means passing through and not lingering. Fire is luminous, mountain is still. One stabilizes illumination and does not use it carelessly. One nurtures the fires and transcends the world. Understanding stillness and staying in the proper place, stabilizing illumination so that it is not damaged, when illumination and stillness are used together one can thereby transcend the world while in the world. Therefore travel is developmental when small, and travel leads to good fortune when correct.

Travel means passing through—you should not remain attached to the realm you passed through.

When illumination is called for, then be aware; but while aware still remain calm. When stillness is called for, be still; but when still, remain aware. When illumination and stability, awareness and stillness, are unified, how can there be failure to develop and prosper?

Do you have any pre-Burn rituals? How do you seek sage advice?

Get Found 3.0.7: Scotty G & Kat

Name (playa or otherwise): “Scotty G”
Years Burned: ‘04, 09, 10
Where is Home Right Now?: Taos, New Mexico
General Outlook/Philosophy of Life: Enjoy! If you don’t like it, create something you do like.
Favorite Memories from Burns of Yesteryear: “The Night,” the Get Found origin, moshing to the Vandals, doing energy work, center camp magic, being one of the first to show up on the playa and one of the last ones to leave last year and sunrises on temple burn mornings.
Something I learned about myself on playa I didn't know before: It is possible to live in an almost constant stream of synchronicity.
Top 5 Playa Essentials: Hat, sun block, water, bike and night lighting.
Best Tip for Playa Virgins: Let it go. So much easier said than done, but so liberating. Also, embrace the dust.
Personal Role/Character on the Playa: This year I think my role will be a grounder and space holder.
Most Looking Forward To: Getting more time to go around during the day and learn about ways that people are expanding their minds and cultivating their visions. Also, more climbing, bouncing, dancing and overall movement.
Intentions for the 2011 Burn: Expand, not escape.

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Name (playa or otherwise): Have gone by many but to those who know me well, Kathryn
Years burned: 0
Where is home right now?: Bellingham, although I have many
General outlook/philosophy on life: At the risk of sounding cliche... "Energy can neither be created, nor destroyed"
Favorite memories from Burns of yesteryear: Seeing my brother and Christian in PDX after they got back. I cherish those memories....
Something I learned about myself on playa I didn't know before: I imagine that I will find something there that I isn't possible to find anywhere else
Top 5 Playa essentials: Don't know yet, but drawn by many things... the sky, the barrenness, the creation of something I can't imagine out of nothing, the ability to take emotional risks in an environment in which it is safe, and my wonderful brother
Best tip for Playa virgins: Ring the bell like you never have and never will again. :) That's my plan...
Favorite personal role/character on playa: Well... there's a lot of things I thought of, but now that I stop and reflect, my answer at this point would be premature. I think one of the reasons I'm drawn to going is to find this out....
Most looking forward to: The openness in both people and nature, and the rawness... again in both people in nature.
Intentions for the 2011 Burn: To allow myself to be.....

Get Found 3.0.6: Maketa & Hartz

Name (playa or otherwise)  Maketa, Edub, Edubious
Years Burned:  This will be my third burn.  Priors:  2007 Green Man | 2009 Evolution
General Outlook/Philosophy of Life:  We are absolutely the creators of our reality - individually and collectively. Intention is the weaving of Universal energies that create the tapestry of one's life.  hat you focus on expands. Your words create your world.
Top 5 Playa Essentials:  tabi boots, drum, solid community, camera, soundstick
Favorite Memories from Burns of Yesteryear:  Rocking the Purple Palace w/ Moontroll, Torsten, Pomme Frites and dosing everyone around us;  Team Love and unbreakable tractor beams with Suga Cube, Moontroll, Scotty G, Rachel, Leah and Atlas; chillin' in the soundproof-red light-mirrored box in deep playa;  full Glitch Mob at Enthion Village; freak circus and Bassnectar at Cirque Berzerk, and on and on and on and on.....
Personal Role/Character on the Playa:  warrior and king - deeper reflections of my strongest archtypes
Something I learned about myself on playa that I didn't know before: That I like wearing eye makeup and face paint
Intentions for the 2001 Burn: Deep connection with my partner Rey; deep service to the Get Found Tribe known and unknown; to play and laugh in new ways; to drum and share rhythm and music in community. 

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Name (playa or otherwise)  Hartz / Sarah
Years Burned:  this is my first!
Where is home?: Chez Verite in Seattle and there's always part of me in the West Bank
General Outlook/Philosophy of Life:  ancestor knowing and honoring, cultivating growth and depth, foundation in community and connection, universal energy and stepping into the flow
Top 5 Playa Essentials:  boots, a scarf and trust trust trust
Best Tip for Playa Virgins: dream about it
Personal Role/Character on the Playa:  favorite new role is the super heroine/hero, I usually listen and ground before I 'enter' and I'm trying to move beyond that
Intentions for the 2001 Burn: opening/unfolding/unfurling of heart wings

Getting Found in the Default World

It has been a busy couple of months in the Pacific Northwest for Camp Get Found as we prepare for our 3rd year together on the playa. We’ve always been a small camp with a population hovering around 20, and this year is no different: 11 Get Found alumni and 9 new Foundling initiates (with 7 playa virgins in the mix) -- you can read more about who is Getting Found this year in our ongoing camp registrations. This year, our campers come also exclusively from homebases in western Washington & Oregon -- our Colorado, California and New Mexico friends are either not going or camping in other configurations.

So last spring, as the deadline for theme camp application approached and we had not had any conversations about what we were going to do in 2011,
Hannah Tangerine (I think) came up with the idea of creating a tea house for the people. “We could call it SynchroniciTEA, serve brews and elixirs, and help cultivate meaningful coincidences,” she suggested. “How about throw ‘and JuJu Parlor” in there for good measure?” I added. A concept was born.

In the months and weeks since, we put out the word to alumni and new friends alike and, by July, had our camp roster pretty well finalized. This gave us nearly two months to get to know each other, to communicate, brainstorm, share ideas, host gatherings and begin to divvy up tasks -- the work that it would take to Get Found once more in Black Rock City -- this time with a teahouse in tow.

Maketa and
J-Rey threw themselves in to the SynchroniciTEA concept and began designing, buying materials and constructing the prototype. Tina took on teahouse interior visions, helping to imagine a soothing space full of intentionality and spirit by way of lights, colors, art. Rachel dove in to some playatech furniture building, Tangerine began organizing the group kitchen and Moontroll worked on herding cats, keeping communication and logistics flowing, painting signs, buying tea and teapots and getting the Boogie parachute ready for its 4th burn. Colby is building a sink and generator mufflers. Dana spraypainted bamboo designs on teahouse walls. Everybody shared surplus hugs and bacon.

emerged from his recent touring with March Fourth just in time to step in as our pragmatic camp foreman, and in short order busted out our greywater evaporation system, jigsawed a lightbox sign, worked on parachute repairs and rebar advisement and also helped think through systems like electrical, showers and transport.

Our first major gathering was in Bellingham over a weekend in July, and consisted of a Friday night meet-and-greet social, which led in to a dance party (of course) which led in to a slumber party which led in to a potluck brunch which led, finally, to a long and detailed meeting scoping out the details of camp, some of the logistics, some of the concerns/questions and figuring out who was doing what. A follow-up gathering was held in August in Seattle, in which the primary goal of raising the teahouse structure for the first time was accomplished (to great joy and excitement) along with several other small projects, all featuring the surprise guest appearance of GF alum Scotty G. fresh from Taos.

So we’re less than 2 weeks out before we all hit the road, eastward towards the Black Rock Desert.... with a few more things to finish up & tinker on before we go. Many have moved in to personal prep now and are living, breathing and dreaming the Burn round the clock. Without receiving official placement from BMorg, we don’t know exactly where we’ll end up in BRC,
but if yer meant to find us, it will be a meeting of great synchroniciTEA!

Here are a few scenes of Get Found pre-playa gatherings, work parties and funraising....

Our first official meeting, at the Purple Palace in Bellingham, WA -- we managed to get nearly 3/4 of the camp in the same place at the same time! After some chattering & swilling, we soon dudded up to head out for a birthday party complete with a treehouse, yummy keg & food, drum circle and DJ Grapenuts.

More photos by Tina and moontroll after the jump.....
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Get Found 3.0.5: Rachel & Dana

Name (playa or otherwise): Rachel...perhaps this will be the year my playa name Gets Found?!...
Years Burned: This will be my 4th
Where is Home Right Now?: Olympia, WA
General Outlook/Philosophy of Life: Desiderata, baby!
Favorite Memories from Burns of Yesteryear: Violin serenade in the Tunnel of Love, Carcass Wash with Ramona Mayhem, Dr. Megavolt, eating pancakes off embers of the Man, excursion on the Naughty Bus, solo missions, going to the Temple for the first time, hot chocolate, aural soundscapes, being floored by a desert mermaid, Team Love, serving up bevs at Center Camp Cafe, meeting my little green friend...
Something I learned about myself on playa I didn't know before: I LOVE TUACA
Top 5 Playa Essentials: all purpose playa-cup, lip balm, goggles, baby wipes, belt with pockets
Best Tip for Playa Virgins: Read the Survival Guide. Drink lots of water....The rest is an Adventure
Personal Role/Character on the Playa: Hmmm....by the end of the week, when layers unpeel & I am being truly who I am, I have more magic to share.
Most Looking Forward To: Get Found Co-Creation, Exploration, Lamplighting, Giving and Receiving lots of Hugs, Riding my New Playa Bike out into the deep, Art!!!, the Power of Whimsy, Laughter, and Dancing like my Vagina is on Fire - yeow!!
Intentions for the 2011 Burn: Open Heart, Open Mind. Let myself Expand. Getting dusty with Get Found. Celebrate being Alive!

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Name (playa or otherwise): Dana
Years burned: virginal
Where is home right now?: West Seattle and primarily in my heart
General outlook/philosophy on life: believe in yourself, trust what the universe shows you, listen, love freely, laugh, create space for life’s gifts
Top 5 Playa essentials: connection, freedom, decision maker boots, lip gloss, comfy pillow
Favorite personal role/character on playa: Gifter of Deep Hugs
Most looking forward to: soaking in the sense of community, creating an environment of trust and joy, creativity sparks, expression, the unexpected and the unknown, growth
Intentions for the 2011 Burn: to open my mind and heart to new territory, be present, laugh, enjoy the dust, let it flow!

Get Found 3.0.4: moontroll & Gabriella

Name (playa or otherwise): moontroll, DJ Playaduster
Years burned: This will be my fifth burn in 8 years. First: 2004, Vault of Heaven.
Where is home right now?: As of March, I have been dwelling in a purple house surrounded by tall trees on the outskirts of Bellingham with my new Tangerine-flavored family.
General outlook/philosophy on life: You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. -- Dr. Suess
Favorite memories from Burns of yesteryear: Wingin it my first Burn, unprepared with Torsten. Building the Boogie Pyramid in '07 with Boogie Universal and the following adventures & mishaps on the Esplanade. The Party Formerly Known as the Prince Party I conducted in aforementioned pyramid. Team Love tractor beam explorations and Getting Found on perimeter in 09. Sunrise on open playa with Abraxas sipping mimosas on the Glacial Facial in 10. Discovering Whomp & Bass Chakra Therapy at Cirque Bezerk & Entheon; dancing to DISORIENT's micro-nerf beats by myself in deep playa; Crude Awakening and Bliss Dance. Falling in love with TanjaLove.
Something I learned about myself on playa I didn't know before: The power of setting focused intentions, aka The Pure Power of Potential.
Top 5 Playa essentials: Goggles, vitamins/herbs/bee pollen, purple pig tails & tutu, comfortable/functional bike, camera/soundstick.
Best tip for Playa virgins: No expectations, no agenda, no drama. Keep it simple & light!
Favorite personal role/character on playa: Playa Portraits facilitator.
Most looking forward to: Getting found. Again. Biking deep playa at night. Stumbling on to random funky dance parties in unlikely places. Absorbing all of the amazing kaleidoscopeness of Center Camp. Spending more time in the Healer villages. Serving oolong in the SynchroniciTEA House & Juju Parlor. Grounding at the Temple, checking in.....
Intentions for the 2011 Burn: Deeper personal explorations (beneath the psyche, on the backside of ego), deeper soul connection with my Tangerine lover, deeper collective love & authenticity with the tribe.

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Name (playa or otherwise): Gabriella, GabrieBella, GLORIA, Love Angel
Years burned: Going on my 7th... I think
Where is home right now?: Oh boy.... right now? Or now? Hmm... oh, you mean now? I'm in Portland as I type this.
General outlook/philosophy on life: Follow your heart and trust that all is as it should be.
Favorite memories from Burns of yesteryear: Dancing alone to the best sunrise set ever, Drunk Kissing Angel Day, riding the Orgasmatron, singing and dancing around a fire til sunrise, building the temple in '09, sex in a hammock, becoming a hug angel, being awed by what humans can create.
Something I learned about myself on playa I didn't know before: I'm sexy and I'm really good with a framing nailer!
Top 5 Playa essentials: Open mind, goggles, sun hat, comfortable boots, blinky lights
Best tip for Playa virgins: Stay hydrated and spend at least one day or night off on your own solo adventure.
Favorite personal role/character on playa: MYSELF.... to the nth power!
Most looking forward to: Being awed by what humans can create.
Intentions for the 2011 Burn: Getting found, sharing love, hugs, music, and lots and lots of laughter!

Playa Tips from Halycon

Get Found 3.0.3: Colby & Leah

Name (playa or otherwise): Colby Rae Jackson, Miss Leah Webb calls me Peter Pan
Years burned: Virgin
Where is home right now?: Edmonds is where I am for today. I grew up in Republic Wa. As of late always undecided, my boxes reside in Arizona, I've been in and out of Los Angeles the last 4 years.  
General outlook/philosophy on life: Chin Up, Cheer Up. Be, your best self. Become, everything you can. Believe, in everyone, everything and yourself. Love. Use your voice, stand up in what you believe.  
Top 5 Playa essentials: Forgiving. Becoming. Blossoming. Truth. Freedom. 
Favorite personal role/character on playa: Childlike innocence. love. smile. laugh. give. build. teach. learn. dance. scream. being me.
Most looking forward to: Being with all of you. sharing. singing. dancing. meditate. creating. community. 
Intentions for the 2011 Burn: Be impeccable with my word. Do not take anything personally. Do not assume. Always do my best. 

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Name (playa or otherwise): Leah, Heilanilou, Pele Kit'N, Kanti Devi (aka Cunty Diva)...still awaiting official playa name...
Years burned: 2009, 2010
Where is home right now?: Home is where the heart is, literally above my feet on a ship in Alaska, but in essence I will always be an island girl of Hawaii.
General outlook/philosophy on life:  "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”-- Eleanor Roosevelt. With more intention than a leaf in the wind and less security than an old oak, finding harmonious reflection and ideals in an evolving environment.
Favorite memories from Burns of yesteryear: laughter, soul-sister space, double rainbow recharge, tractor beam throwdowns, robot heart sunrise, fire, lightning, magic, bliss.
Something I learned about myself on playa I didn't know before:  finding and defining personal boundaries is not restrictive but safely refining.
Top 5 Playa essentials: community, freedom, reflection, expression and evening gowns.
Best tip for Playa virgins: basics of survival...buddy up with open heart exploration, awareness of your journey and where you can share your gift, yourself.
Favorite personal role/character on playa:  Suppose I prefer observation and organizing just as much as adventurous exploration and inspiration !
Most looking forward to: Experiencing our Get Found Tribe, expanding and contracting with the breath of universe!
Intentions for the 2011 Burn: Setting them, crossing thresholds, holding space, organic evolution, finding resonation with more beings seeking to GET EVN! Elevatin' Vibration Nation...never underestimate the power of a small group of likeminded people!

Get Found 3.0.2: Tangerine & Daisy MayBe

Name (playa or otherwise): Tangerine
Years burned: Rites of Passage will be my 2nd Burn
Where is home right now?:  Bellingham, Washington!  Yep, I finally made it home. 
General outlook/philosophy on life: Follow your heart.  Be true to yourself.  Serve and love others.  Shine on.
Favorite memories from Burns of yesteryear:  Meeting/loving the Moontroll, finding family, Mimosas on the Glacial Facial, Suzy Bedspread, Gabriella's beauty, The Night the Man Fell, reading Maketa's note and knowing I found a brother before I even met him, Bagels and Lox, meeting a wheelchair friend and spending the night Getting Found, becoming a butterfly, Palace of Mirrors with Rachel...
Something I learned about myself on playa I didn't know before:  I am worthy to be loved, and I have value and a whole bunch of treasures to share.  
Top 5 Playa essentials: lip gloss, sparkles, good scents, stomper boots, and lots of lights for my bike
Best tip for Playa virgins:  No expectations.  You just gotta be, gotta be, gotta be.
Favorite personal role/character on playa:  Hi!  I’m Tangerine!    I’m slightly woodsy, and I playfully prowl around like a joyous woodland creature.  I like snuzzling, schnoozling, and being giddy.  I mind my manners and find reverence when it serves me, but you can find me climbing big things, dancing wildy, laughing loudly, and hunting Moontrolls most of the time.
Most looking forward to:  Holding hands with all my lovelies, DANCING into the sunrise, dusty hugs, synchronicity, going deeper, spending time with all the friends not on playa last year, serendipitous encounters with magical people, spreading the LOVE.
Intentions for the 2011 Burn:  Illuminate and fortify Self.  Settle in to this body.  Be free to be Me.  Fall in love.

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Name (playa or otherwise): Daisy MayBe
Years burned: 2007 (and regional burns for the past 5 years)
Where is home right now?: Bellingham, WA
General outlook/philosophy on life: Radical acceptance, compassion, and love for all beings: human, animal, and otherwise! 
Favorite memories from Burns of yesteryear: Riding my bike across the playa at dusk feeling the deepest sense of universal alignment, full moon rising, and finding myself at the Temple for a time of contemplation, reverence, and release. Definitely a spiritual highlight on my life journey thus far. 
Something I learned about myself on playa I didn't know before: Ask me in person, as the details are rather (ahem) intimate. :)
Top 5 Playa essentials: Fake fur coat, sun or cowboy hat, Critical Massive/Regional Burner necklaces, breezy bright dresses, close-toed shoes.
Best tip for Playa virgins: Embrace dust and grime. 
Favorite personal role/character on playa: I enjoy providing positivity and good vibes during projects, and working as a team to accomplish camp tasks.  I also can be very affectionate, and in the past have enjoyed participating in snuggly times with campmates. 
Most looking forward to: Being part of a family, having a cozy tea-infused home base, and exploring the playa together!
Intentions for the 2011 Burn: Be present and don't complain. :)


Get Found 3.0.1: Tina & Jessie Rey

Name (playa or otherwise): Tina Praseuth, "Issa" - Beloved Cup of Tea
Years burned: Rites of Passage will be my 2nd
Where is home right now?: Mercer Island, WA - Came into being in Nongkhai, Thailand "Savannh, City of the Heavens"
General outlook/philosophy on life: Everything is a *choice*. In order to fully step into our power, we must realize, practice and vibrate intentionally in this deep understanding. Life is a gift and a dance we create with Universe. Our journey goes to wherever we choose it to be. Being in the flow. Knowing what your purpose is and living your purpose with passion & authenticity. Om.
Favorite memories from Burns of yesteryear: Riding out on my bike alone to greet the sunrise. Sitting in a bird nest on the outskirts of the playa, watching the man burn from afar in quiet observance...
Something I learned about myself on playa I didn't know before: I discovered a hidden jewel within myself. Coming to an awareness that I have been here before… I knew that my life was meant to change and I changed it.
Top 5 Playa essentials: 1) Body paint 2) Incense 3) Candles 4) Tea 5) Moon energy
Best tip for Playa virgins: Be open, receptive and free. The experience of the Burn becomes whatever you make of it. Have an intention without holding onto it too tightly and allow Universe to flow for the rest of it! Dance, Create, Play, Love and Shine your Light!
Favorite personal role/character on playa: Pixie Love Duster, sprinkler of love, inspiration and creativity.
Most looking forward to: Connecting deeply to the feminine energies of this tribe! Drum circles > expressing my newly discovered inner rhythm with this group. Yoga and meditation in the desert. Creating sacred space with this group, and sealing that connection and intention through tea and ceremony.
Intentions for the 2011 Burn: To further evolve & clarify the vision I have been creating for myself. To connect fully with this spiritual tribe (who I have traveled with for many lives) & deepen the understanding of our connections & synchronistic paths. To combine our collective intentions and manifest the magical co-creation of this "art" that we have been powerfully preparing for the past year. To step fully into my power and rise in my vibrational frequency in order to pass through the veil into the new world.

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Name (playa or otherwise): JRey
Years burned: Virgin
Where is home right now?:Gardenlife Sanctuary, Seattle, WA
General outlook/philosophy on life: optimistic Earth based evolution of consciousness.
Top 5 Playa essentials: I think: electrolytes/wet wipes/gifts to offer/face paints/shade
Favorite personal role/character on playa: grounding/healing/trickster
Most looking forward to: deep connection/dream weaving/wish making/hearts being blown open all around
Intentions for the 2011 Burn: To be witness to and participant in the ultimate dream weaving, miracle manifesting, wish granting community where consensus reality holds no power over the population.  To step out of the boxes that I and others create around me and truly shine, not just for the time on the playa, but to utilize the playa as a training ground for all of life. To be glorious witness and facilitator of the unfolding of the true potential of my partner, my self and my friends. Boo-ya.

SynchroniciTEA House & JuJu Parlor rising!

Well, with less than 50 days until the Man burns, production is just getting underway on the Get Found SyncroniciTEA House and JuJu Parlor. What? You haven't heard about his yet?!! Well, let me fill you in.

The centerpiece of this year's Camp Get Found will be a beautiful and welcoming tea house and ju ju parlor. It will be a place for all things creative, reverent and irreverent! We shall be serving thirsty city dwellers a plethora of different teas - each accompanied by it's own unique ritual. Among our tribe are tea connoisseurs of many styles. We currently awaiting a shipment of the finest oolong from a secret source in Taiwan. We also have an insider relationship with Zen Dog, a local Seattle tea master and importer. We will also be serving up chai teas, special blended herbal teas, medicinal teas and more! You will be able to sip your tea in the comfort and sereniTEA of the SyncroniciTEA house.

The tea house will be an octagonal space that is about 365 square feet. It will be capped with a easy to spot, baby blue parachute and protected from the wind by white tarpaulin walls. The tea house design is based on the tried and true shade structure design that dBM has used every year on the playa. The parachute will be supported by a center mast and pulled out over the guy wires that are used to hold it upright. The walls will be supported by posts that are sunk into the play and layed out in an octagonal shape.

The teahouse interior will be beautifully created by the "vibesquad" - a crew of divine ladies from our tribe who have a vision for a sacred and restful space that will encourage connection, reflection, cuddle puddles and ritual. Picture plush carpets, massive piles of cozy pillows, low tables, exquisite art, lanterns, draping fabric in reds and golds, red LED lighting and of course MUSIC! Live music from one of our many tribal troubadours and your favorite dBM casts spinning throughout the day and night. This is the place you want to be!

The garage here at Cottage Groove is beginning to pile of with materials: cables, ratchet straps, rebar, parachutes, rolls of tarp and carpet, rope, posts.....  The build is not far out now, just a few more items to go. The mast heads to the welders to be fabricated within the next week and then it's on! Stay tuned for more updates on the build.  

We hope to be able to serve you.


~ Edubious, SyncroniciTEA House Architect

Halycon's Tips for the Playa v1

Get Found version 3.0!

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes. With less than 80 days to go before we all hit the road, the Get Found tribe is actively making plans for our next trip to Black Rock City. It will be the third year that the entity and spirit that is Get Found will be manifested on the playa and this year is looking like we’re going to reach a new level of awesomeness and magic. Right now we’ve got about 15 ticketed, committed and fired up, including two virgins. There is another half-dozen that we’re still waiting to hear from, and we expect to be around 20 in total, which is just about perfect. Here is a basic, nuts ’n bolts description we’ve been rallying around of what our playa plans are this year, though it is fair to say that most of the details are waiting to get filled in and the final shape of our camp this year is ultimately a mystery that fate/chance/destiny will decide:

Camp Get Found’s SynchroniciTEA House & Juju Parlor general outline: This year's sleeping shelter will be beneath the big green parachute, as in 2007 & 2009, which rises on a steel mast and supported by guy wires. We'll array our tents on the outer ring of the parachute and park our car's for windbreaks and support. Tent space is limited, with space prioritized for returning Foundlings. Our kitchen will be based on 2010, beneath the carport without a centralized plan but communal-style with shared stoves, prep areas & supplies.

Connected to our living space, facing the road, will be the
SynchroniciTEA House, also made from a mast and parachute but smaller. Inside of the tea house -- which is decorated with art & lighting, wired for sound and lounged out with pillows and rugs -- there will be a serving area from which we'll prepare and serve all kinds of various teas, both herbal infusions and the Camellia sinensis leaf, throughout the week. There will be special brews and brewing events,  music, meditation, massage and performance. The teahouse, and the steamy magic we create inside, is our gift to the community. (R. has a dome she wants to bring as a secondary chill space -- details TBD.)
It is envisioned that we'll procure a panel/moving van for transport of parachutes, masts, furniture, kitchen, sound and other infrastructure items from Washington State to BRC. Do you know of how we can get one for cheap? There may also be room for bikes, etc. A camp tithing will be collected from each Foundling to support parachute & truck rental, transportation and perhaps other shared resources. Also, be prepared to bring extra water, tea pots/cups and tea/herbs, loungey goodies and funky art/lighting to support our teahouse gift.
This year more than ever before, each Foundling is asked to make a substantial contribution to a shared resource, including leadership, costs, materials, time and/or energy. It is envisioned that everyone chooses a role and is pro-active on bringing motivation and resources to share. We want to encourage community and ritual through
active participation, and believe that the Burn begins long before we hit the playa. As always, the camp is a blend of communal gathering, resource sharing and radical self-reliance. Everyone is responsible, ultimately, for their own transportation, tent, food, water, bike, beverages, waste, blinky lights, wigs, etc.
We have applied for theme camp status, which would give us early arrival passes and a pre-chosen BRC address (we requested the 3 o'clock neighborhood). We'll know in early July if we get it or not.
Feel free to suggest any
theme days or nights we may want to play with, or to plan particular Get Found rituals to take place through the week, in and out of camp. Finally, we are hoping for one or more pre-playa gatherings and activations, including July/August camping in the Cascades.

That’s what we’re working with for now, and the next step is coming up with “project areas” and folks volunteering whatever their expertise may be to fill vital roles: power generation, kitchen, transport, shelter, tea house, sound, waste & greywater, vibesquad, etc.

Foundling Leah sums this stage of our journey up best:

I cannot wait to integrate these ideas that we all relate, the intentions of a given state for gathering and to celebrate, a platform of elevation, sensation, vibration, collaboration and divine nation we can create. It's a simple form of presence, defined with interdependence, it's what we bring to the table in whatever form we are able, it's creative and it's energy, it's a lot of you mixed well with me!

As Suzi Starpants sez, PEACE OUT!

Halycon's Tips for the Playa v1

Serving up a mug of SynchroniciTEA!

So Hannah Tangerine and Rose put together our theme camp application last week and, at the high noon deadline today, clicked
send. Nice work ladies!!! While we still have 100+ days to work out the details, this much we know: get ready for The Get Found SynchroniciTEA House and JuJu Parlor at Burning Man 2011!

Looking ahead & Temple 2011

Having just passed the Burnal Equinox, beginning our slow slippery slide down the slope towards Black Rock City 2001 and "Rites of Passage," Burning Man is increasingly on my mind. Daydreams of the desert, the dust, the nights full of flame and tribal family reunion that awaits me causes my pulse to rise and heart to pound. I sent out a message to the rest of Get Found today in an attempt to rally the troops and begin the envisioning and intentioning that will create our next generation camp, though it is still early to get much spark out of folks. Thoughts race through my brain: will we have the parachute or sleep tunnel again this year? will we team up with Chillville and the Glacial Facial again, as in 2010, or strike out on our, as in 2009? where's Hekter gonna end up? Highlove? Starpants? do I need to invest in a new tutu? can I show up several days early again, and stay late, to watch the city rise, shine and then disintegrate again?

Ah, patience young grasshopper. All will reveal itself in time, perfectly in sync with how things need to be.

For now, my burgeoning urges will need to be satiated with this crucial tidbit: the design for the 2011 Temple has been revealed!

It is called "The Temples" and looks to be a worthy successor to a long line of sacred architecture creating introspective spaces:

Check out more sketches, volunteer for build crew, donate money and more at

Here’s a cool pictogram that shows how it will match past temples, both architecturally and dimensionally:

And here’s some temple action from 2007 and 2009, videos by Moontroll:

Sunrise at the Temple of Forgiveness * Burning Man 2007 from moontroll on Vimeo.

Temple Burn at Burning Man 2009 from moontroll on Vimeo.

Breaking news....

On most days, visits from the mailman are very uneventful: bills, statements, catalogs, junk, every now and then a good Netflix movie. But yesterday's delivery was an entirely different story --

It's not often that something that reaches you by way of the post is life-changing, but in the case of receiving a ticket to Burning Man, accompanied by a spicy fireball candy, it is not exaggerating to call it that: life-changing. Who knows how the next 210 days will play out, what schemes will emerge, how my tribe will fragment and reconstitute in new and surprising combinations, what virgins might jump on board? Getting my Burning Man ticket in the mail -- my fourth one -- always reminds me of Willy Wonka's golden tickets -- I get to go to Wonkaland! I've just secured admittance to one of the greatest gatherings known to mankind! I just queued up for the most powerful soul-shakedown celebration-ritual that I've ever experienced! Thanks Mr. Postman. You have no idea what that nondescript white envelope
really contained: an express ticket on a journey that takes one to both the deepest reaches of outer space and the inner psyche.

As a Burner friend in Seattle commented on seeing the above photo, "And so it begins...."

"Yer goin' where? To do what?"

Photo by John Curley; The Man 8/26/2009.

Some last thoughts before leaving for Burning Man 2009

Camp dBM location : Because of our (hopeful) partnership with another larger camp that we're drawing power from, we ended up involuntarily situated at the far edge of Black Rock City -- 2:15ish and Lineage, or on the perimeter out by walk-in camping. AKA, the Boonies, or as Torsten called it, The Frontier. This is exciting for several reasons. First of all, I wonder: what the hell goes on way out there??? I've camped near Center Camp and the Deep End (accidentally) and on the Esplanade, and so have always been, for better or for worse, close in to the downtown BRC action. What will it be like on the Frontier? Will there be periods of peace and tranquility? Does anybody wander by out there? What's it like trying to get around on bikes from way out there? And just what exactly are those walk-in campers up to? With all of these questions unanswerable until we strike camp and find out, I am psyched to be getting a new perspective on the city. I can't fathom that there's a "bad spot" to camp -- except for a few camps I wouldn't care to be next to -- only different spots, providing for different perspectives. Sounds like a good way to keep the Burn fresh! Secondly, which leads me to...

2.) the natural vibes of the
Black Rock Desert. I expect the Frontier positioning, with our camp facing outward towards open playa and the hills, to allow me, for the first time, to try and discern some aspect of the natural vibrations of this special place. I typically move through the world attuned to the natural world around me, noticing the birds and plants, reading the landscape. Down at Burning Man, this hasn't really been a part of my experience -- in part because there doesn't seem to be anything living for several miles, as well as because the humanoid stimuli is so overpowering! Imagine bird-watching during Carnival or Mardi Gras, netting butterflies on the Las Vegas strip, Id'ing fungi in Alice's Wonderland. Not likely. I do remember, in 2007, taking a personal timeout one night and biking out to the trash fence on the edge of Deep Playa, sitting down and gazing out at the desert. I felt an electric charge when I slowed down and focused on the vastness of open space out there, how far the playa stretched on to the horizon, how incomprehensibly vast the cosmos above was and how many stars it held. I think that it is the only time I've dialed in to the natural powers of the Black Rock, and I look forward to making more of an effort to do so this year. Another way to keep it fresh.

Speaking of nature...

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Hot Links for BRC '09

Photo by John Curley; Center Camp 2009.

Required reading: The 2009 Survival Guide. The Evolution theme. First-time's Guide. FAQ. The Ten Principles. 2009 Honorarium Art Installations. An audio art tour of the playa.

Building Black Rock City, including Center Camp and Temple construction and the landing of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship. An awesome interactive map to this year's theme camps.

The Arctic Monkey's
Completely Unofficial Burning Man Guide & Packing List. Matt's guide to photography at Burning Man. Stoke-enhancing playa videos. Downloadable soundtracks for playa explorations. Da'Bomb's Best of Burncast reports and BurncastTV episodes on Vimeo, including an emotional tribute to Burners Who Have Passed On. The "Go Bag."

Rideshare. Driving directions. Black Rock City weather forecast. 24-7 Live Gerlach webcam. And BMIR 94.5 FM should start broadcasting any day now.

3G cell phone service on the playa?

on-playa WHOMP schedule. Disorient's new Art Car Wash (and the return of Dex!). Unverified Sound Camp DJ programmes at Root Society and Opulent Temple, Simpler Times (The Do-Lab + Cirque Bezerk=SICKNESS), Basscamp, Bootie, False Profit, Rock Bottom, Space Cowboys, Shift Camp and Disorient. PleasureSean's Playa Party Guide. Or, skip all the preceding links and take it straight to Rockstar Librarian's essential 4-page schedule of DJs and dance parties at Burning Man 2009.

The Onion is reporting that nobody made it to Burning Man this year.

Love and dust, moontroll --
see you in a few days!

PS. Apparently, some people take drugs at Burning Man. That what
some blogger claims anyway:

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Ramona Mayhem's tips on playa diet, health and hygiene

"So what do you eat out there?  Do people sell food?  Are there free showers?"

Ha Ha Ha.  Er....Um...No.

Me?  Fourth year.  Using the same list since 2006 with minor changes each year to suit my whims and appetites.

For those who haven't had playafied grilled cheese sandwiches or dusty lemon drops, let me edumacate you with some tips on the finer points of the playa diet, health, and hygeine. 

Tip #1:  Radical Self Reliance.  Read the Burningman.com site "cover to cover"--not only is it eye candy and a plethora of information, there are so many checklists on there you can essentially tailor any one of them to suit your own needs.

Tip #2:  Bring more water than you think you need (average 2 gallons per day)--not only will someone thank you for providing them with much needed hydration in BRC, you might even enjoy a shower once or twice.  Do NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT ever refuse H20 on playa.  Piss Clear=no drear(y) moments in the medic tent with an IV drip.  If you like bubbly water, buy it before Lakeview (Bend or Bigger) because it isn't a hot (cool?) commodity in Lakeview.  I.E. you'll be lucky to find seltzer in a can in the "mixers" aisle next to the empty shelves that formerly held water by the individual gallons.

Tip #3:  Trader Joe is your best friend.  EVER.  TJ's is focused largely on flavorful, ready to go meals.  Not all of them are a hit.  Not all of them are a miss.  And trust me, some of them are just plain ole damn YUMMY!  I consider myself a situational omnivore (after all, Bacon is a four legged fruit!)  No lips, no hips for me, thanks.  Though sometimes I eat turkey.  A default wonder with having carnivorous children.  Hell, last weekend I was at a Black Rock Ranger Silkscreening party and had two bites of bloody steak.  It reminded me of my childhood.  I didn't get even get a stomach ache.  SO.  Here is an incomplete list of recommendations for the Trader Joe fan:

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18 days

Camp dBM gathered last weekend at the Samish Island Zendo, halfway between Bellingham and Seattle, to set up some of our camp infrastructure and go over all kinds of details for establishing our encampment on the outer perimeter of Black Rock City in less than two weeks-- we went over our plans for travel and BRC rendezvous, food and booze, rebar and tennis balls and nuts and bolts, furniture and soundsystem, medicinal potions and lotions and other essentials. (Ramona, we need a hoop infusion!!!)

Most gratifyingly, we obtained and then set up a structure destined to become our dBM dome -- the Stereo Sauna -- which took the most work. We also sussed out the giant center pole and army parachute that we intend to cover the entire camp with beneath a balmy shade-- we didn't erect it entirely -- that shit is
heavy -- but we confirmed the missing structural elements we need to obtain to make that happen (Update: G'nutz took care of it today!). We also put together several Playatech furniture pieces that will ultralounge out our dBM dome and envisioned what else we would need -- lighting, DJ station, bar, hammocks, furriness -- to make the space very inviting and chilltastic.

Grapenuts drew us a map of where we'll be located at
2:15 and Lineage (perimeter), an address determined by our loose partnership with the Get Lost temple-builders camp (we're drawing power from them -- literally). So, we're about as far in the boonies as one can be, and all of us are pretty excited about it. For me, having spent one year near Center Camp and another on the Esplanade, I'm curious about the going-ons out there on the fringes of the experimental city, not to mention the opportunities to commune with the natural forces of the Black Rock Desert that I've only dabbled in. Make a note of it -- 2:15 and Lineage (perimeter)-- and come visit us on the playa! Bring some beer and bacon, and let us massage your inner earhole sanctums with delectable musical selections. (If we're not in that location, who knows what happened, but we'll register our location at the Center Camp computer registry thingamajig and you can find us that way.)

So far, so good. No emergencies or crises or panics or even concerns, really-- maybe that will come later, but maybe not. Things are feeling smooooooth and many pieces have fallen in to place over the past week, including new campmates (see the rest of the
dBM blog for official camp registrations -- more are in queue.) Getting all our shit down to the remote northwestern corner of Nevada is proving to be the most complicated as we're all on different timelines and coming from various angles -- Seattle, Taos, San Francisco -- but I think we've got it worked out. We're a faith-based oranization. Believe!

Lil' Fox believes

Of course, some aspects of Camp dBM, as humble and simple as it is, will go awry -- the unexpected will grace us with unknown challenges and unforeseen possibilities -- so we cultivate a posture of flexibility and spontaneity, and are ready to laugh at ourselves too, sticking together and enjoying the ride, wherever it takes us...

Click below for many more photos of Camp dBM preparations at the Zendo...

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20 days

My people! Are any of you having as much trouble focusing on 'default world' obligations as I am? My mind and spirit are at the threshold of the Portal waiting for the green light to go Home. In the meantime, my body is held up and directed by the remaining faculties and autopilot systems that keep the blood moving and the air flowing. I am being tested in my practice to stay Present. I guess that's why it's called a "practice". Needless to say, I'm getting my workout.

In the past week, many necessary details have fallen into place and camp dBM is creeping ever closer to manifesting on the playa. I easily convinced my business partner that we need to purchase a PA for our upcoming gig and for future performances, so this week I will picking up a bumpin' ass soundsystem to hype up the dBM dome (it's a tax right off, of course :o)!
Grapnutz got the green light from Erik - the mastermind behind 2007's Boogie Universal Pyramid Project -- to "take whatever Boogie gear is in his garage" Really!!!??? Aaaah yeah! click for more…

Airing out the Fun Boxxx

I made some progress on readying myself for Burning Man last weekend by exploring the totality of my fun boxxx: taking inventory, airing things out, making a list of what is lacking. It gave me a much-needed sense of accomplishment, albeit a tiny accomplishment. I enjoyed reconnecting with old bits of costumage, still slightly dusty, that brought back memories of Burns gone by -- the original magenta wig with pig tails and ripped-up sun dress from '04, the purple sari, sequined tuxedo shirt and fuzzy vest-hat combo from '07, the American Dream suspenders from the aborted '08 mission. Things were in pretty good shape overall, I have to say, though I think my favorite pair of aviator goggles are rusted out beyond repair and will have to fill a symbolic role in '09.

I like how the selection of wigs looks like a family of muppets ready for a night on the town.

I also uncovered some ephemera like unused glow sticks (do they go bad?), a map of Oregon and Nevada, past gift-swag, walkie-talkies (never used), earplugs, a What Where When BRC guide, batteries & film, etc. etc.

After taking stock of my fun boxxx status, I could see that I was going to need to work some freshness in to the mix, and so spent an entire day in Seattle visiting various thrift stores in the U-District. Most of what I picked up will need to remain confidential until I am on-playa transmorgifying in to DJ Playaduster. But you may enjoy a sneak peek of some of the new styles, such as my rasta rainbow of knee-high socks...

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Introducing Camp dBM

We've been keeping the good word under wraps for the past month or so, to see how our concepts would solidify into actual plans. But now, with exactly 50 days until the Burn, we're confident enough to announce some news: Destination Burning Man will be representing on the playa this year with a camp made up of all your friends here at www.destinationburningman.com, offering a cozy dBM dome for music, dance parties, soirees and fuzzy lounging!

This here website -- hosting the dBM blog, musical mixes distributed via podcasts, videos from the playa, burn reports and interpretations, links to the Burning Man universe, photo collections and Burner profiles -- began on April the first, 2007, to document the voyage of "three broke dudes with a dream and a desire to burn" to Burning Man 2007. Originally envisioned as a way to raise funds for our visions, it soon morphed, along with our evolving plans, in to a record of
Boogie Universal's Pyramid Project. Our crew grew to something like 40 people, and we committed to the creation of an esplanade theme camp, with many logistics and hours upon hours of labor involved. A goodly portion of that story can be found here, here, here, here and here.

The principals behind Destination Burning Man --
DJ Playaduster/moontroll and DJ Edubious -- took 2008 off from the Burn (not necessarily by choice -- it is a long and unpleasant story) -- but have held tickets for Burning Man 2009 since the first day they went on sale last winter. They knew that their co-conspirators Hekter McElliott and Ramona Mayhem would likewise be traveling to Black Rock City too, creating their own parallel plans that would allow the four to join forces on the playa and raise some holy ruckus together.

With open minds and hearts, and the experiences of creating an epic burn together in 2007, moontroll and the Most Dubious E began whispering visions of a smaller, more intimate camp to be erected back towards the fringes of the city with an elevated state of comfort, a vigorous sense of adventure and soulful seeking and a mission to bring the dBM groove -- a deep groove that encompasses more diverse musical ideas than is typically found in the loudest sound camps -- to the people.

It was a natural fit then when DJ Grapenuts, a leading creative and musical force from the Boogie Universal camp, stepped forward with similar ideals for his 4th Burn -- comfort, music, dance parties, freedom, adventure, independence, pushing boundaries. And with the inclusion of G'nutz came....the RV (more on that later).

An initial summit at the Samish Island Zendo brought forth a rush of ideas for camp construction, amenities, playa art installations and hijinks, along with rough sketches visualizing the dBM dome. It was agreed that creating a simple environment in which the DJs Playaduster, Edubious and Grapenuts could plug in laptops, fire up a sound system and mix music for friends, new and old, was essential. Spinning sets from their overflowing vaults of grooves -- funk, salsa, reggae, raga, dub, breaks, soul, downtempo, cumbia, glitch, ambient, etc. -- became the organizing principle behind the mission.

It was likewise agreed that the dream camp included other friends that they either knew or hoped would be in BRC too -- Camp dBM would not emulate Club Exclusivo but instead be open to fellow merry-makers and rabble-rousers, dreamers, musicians, circus performers, healers, artists and seekers. Each of the original three have passed on the whisper on to a few friends that they could envision spending a very intense and edgy week with in the desert, with positive results at the end of the double-rainbow.

Torsten (playa name not registered) of San Francisco, with seven burns under his belt, knew what kind of experience he sought and thus eagerly jumped at the opportunity to merge with Camp dBM. His last burn was in 2007; while moontroll, G'nutz and Edubious were erecting the Boogie Pyramid at 9 o'clock and Esplanade, Torsten was working like a monkey on the epic Crude Awakening installation on Open Playa. Needless to say, he too was looking to gear down in 2009 and experiment with a smaller, tightly-knit camp existing on the fringes. It was also suggested to Torsten that he might know of some fellow Bay Area Burners, carefully selected, that might add good ju-ju to Camp dBM.

There are rumors that Grapenuts has found two more friends enthusiastic to join the camp -- including a childhood chum and rumored Burning Man virgin -- and there is secretive campaigning going on for another brother in Taos, New Mexico, underemployed and newly single, to commit to the amorphous tribe, a tribe that is slowly but perfectly converging intentions, mapping out possibilities, and counting down the weeks and days until the Man burns...

Over the next 50 days, Camp dBM intends to chronicle with some regularity the evolution of their journey to Black Rock City. First step: this dBM blog will begin to introduce each camp member, starting with a spicy dose of Doobsauce. Check back frequently and get yo'self ready to rumble!

Are you ready to Evolve?

Thoughts on the
forthcoming Burn from www.examiner.com:

"For this year's theme, Burners are asked to contemplate three questions: What are we as human beings?  Where have we come from? And how may we adapt to meet an ever-changing world? There is perhaps no better moment in time to ask these. We stand at a unique epoch, amidst a world in turmoil that is transforming literally before our eyes. How will humans evolve to meet the challenges of a world besieged by war, overpopulation, economic depression, climate change, and over-consumption, yet one that has never been more consciously aware and interconnected? A world daunted by convergent crises, yet equipped with tools and ideas unimaginable to generations past? Will we find a collective pathway out of the morass, or will we end up our own worst enemies and seal our own fate?

For Burners and the vast culture they have spawned, the key to surfing the apocalypse (from the greek meaning "lifting of the veil" or "revelation") is creativity and community, and the endless ways that each are continuously reinvented...."

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Hekter's Field Report

Of the two DMV's I have been in contact with this last week, BM's DMV Hotties win my award for "Fuck Yeah!".  California's DMV.... not so much! I will always choose a name "Purple Koosh" over "Bonnie" and BM's questionnaire is much more dynamic and flirtatious. 

So.... the "Glacial Facial" has the green light to be built!  This will be a completely solar powered electric iceberg.... really - no generator.  And yes there will be loud music, led lighting, miscellaneous mojito materials and a giant trailer.  Wolfie & I (my solar bear partner) will be putting in some late night hours in the upcoming month in order to get the rig ready for Reggae Rising in late July. The electric 4-wheeler has been bought by Reggae's land owner and fortunately, he is into our mission.  We build this for him and in return we take it to the burn for the betterment of all.

Nightime Polar bear suit is in the mail... daytime version will be handcrafted out of scraps. Just a fuzzy banana hammock really... maybe some matching smittens?  

Single White Polar Bear Male seeks HWP penguins & arctic foxes!  Looking for a place to chill. Maybe I'll get online dating going with this shit? 

Portable assault unit, silent but friendly, misting machines, commercial spray gun... I'm getting all wet just thinking about it.  Hope UR2 ;)

~ Hekter McElliott

The Fuse is Lit

With less than 100 days until the Burn -- 92 days, 1 hour and 43 minutes to be exact -- I wonder to myself how I am preparing myself for that explosion of madness, creativity and life-loving fun that awaits me.

Last weekend, one of my alter-egos was called upon to DJ a party up in the mountains, following up a concert that was the world-wide debut of a husband-wife musical duo known as The Raven and the Hawk (and they each performed solo too, as Violet Modestly and Alexander Beetroot). Since I was pretty tired from the work week, I couldn't make it, but my alter-ego showed up in fine form, even though DJ he had to borrow a wig.
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Riding the Evolutionary Wave

The world spins hectic and has commanded that my focus be on things other than the Burn. But, as we cross the threshold of the Burnal Equinox my thoughts begin to descend toward this year's Burn. Feedback from the global Burner's network that has tuned into Radio dBM reminds me that our tribe is tuned in and listening. There is a collective momentum that builds toward our convergence on the Playa. Jack Rabbit speaks and reminds me that the wheels are turning - have been turning - to manifest Evolution in 2009.

The connecting thread is CHANGE. The BM offices are moving; Fourth Corner Soundsystem - the primary location of the dBM studios has passed to new hands and the Skagit Island Zendo has emerged as the new command central; Hekter has departed to an undisclosed southern location to cultivate new possibilities for global broadcasting; Ramona Mayhem is lost in the backwoods of the Southern Cascades but somehow continues to be the keeper and director of Camp Mystic; Cottage Groove Studios and DJ Edubious (your's truly) has been silent (until Burnal Equinox Evolution) for nearly a year and many are wondering if the plug has been pulled permanently... Don't bet on it!
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Towards Evolution

I've got my magic Willy Wonka-meets-Charles Darwin golden ticket that will allow me passage through the portal at the end of August. We are poised somewhere right around the Burnal Equinox, which means that we are sitting at the other end of the Gregorian calendar in relation to The Burn. Balanced, if you will. And I know you will. That means that all the Burners in all the different corners of the world have exactly six months to prepare for the journey and the gathering.

Six months doesn't seem like a lot of time to reach readiness status, depending on how you look at it, or more accurately, depending on how big your dreams and schemes are for 2009.

It also seems like a fucklong time to have to wait. Granted, I need plenty of time to physically, mentally and spiritually prepare for my trip to Burning Man -- this will be my third pilgrimage in six years -- but late August seems impossibly far away right now. Just last week, I woke up to a couple inches of snow on the ground. Nothing is blooming, the Skagit flats are dull and muddy. Nights are cold. Big, dark clouds full of rain blow in off the Salish Sea. It is very difficult to daydream myself to a place of desert sun, dry winds and warm nights. Visualize sunburns -- it’s harder than you might think.

I have no choice but to patiently wait, and to savor the wait, the build-up, the gathering of energy.

As for how much time I need to get my project together, that is as undetermined as the project itself.

I haven’t had a chance to dig in to dreaming up a new experiment with Ramona Mayhem or Hekter McElliot -- haven’t seen much of either this past year as both have taken up temporary residences far away from Bellingham -- but with Edub, who lives just down the road in Seattle, I’ve had several chances to brainstorm, blowing on the embers, bringing up a little flame.
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special delivery!!!

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Hekter's Last Words

It's Tuesday (whatever the fuck that means other than I have a short week to get burn ready) and I find myself back in sun-cradled California with soul-sauce just dripping out of all of me.  These last three weeks have lit my fuse and this boy is already on fire.... combusticated benevolence.  Tal' started with Reggae Rising with my Cali crew then it morphed into Shambhala with my Sandpoint crew and a few new intergalactic teammates.  Now "it" is going to Black Rock with a new old hat, some fresh wigs for my weary top shelf and whatever else lies semi-dormant in my fun box....click for more…

Re: )*( Your Center Camp Cafe Video

Hey Moontrolling,

I just wanted to say hey and thank you for
the Center Camp Cirumnambulation beautiful video (with some Bassnectar to boot!). My name is Heloise Ladyslipper and I'm the volunteer coordinator to decorate Center Camp Cafe. Your video was just what I needed today. I am a bit stressed out and behind on my Burning Man work but seeing this totally brought me back to why I volunteer for this position and spend a great portion of my free time on it. I love the sense of community that CCCafe brings and I really think you captured it in your video. I love the brightness of the color too. I love that you captured to flags because they are my (and the vols that sew them here at BMHQ at craft parties) babies and I was super proud of them last year! Plus the rags to flags pennant flags in the 3 rings and just seeing all the people in there having a blast. it made me heart happy. Love the smiles!!!click for more…

American Dream
Burning Man 2008

Illustration by Jack Haye and Rod Garrett

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Going, going....

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Safety Third : A Public Service Announcement

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So the Boogie Universal crew was unanimous in our resolve to keep plugging away on the Boogie Pyramid project and get it in shape so it is a worthy addition to Black Rock City. We're gonna be on the Esplanade and 9:00, and we want to be proud of our contribution. The first erection of the Pyramid revealed several structural flaws, which Erik, Chad, Robin and I got to fixin' last night in a work party that went until dark. We added some "bonus cables, restrung a few seams, incorporated more stakes to pull out the bottom and other nips and tucks, and finally got to raise it half-way to see how it looked in Version 2.0. It was promising, and I feel less anxiety regarding the status of our dream project.

We've got two more work parties scheduled and hope lots of fellow campers will be there to further the makeover work.

I think it is going to work out excellently, just like Erik predicted.

First Erection : Massive Mast

So, the erection of the mast was a smashing success today...

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Burning Boogie Rising : Update (32 days, 1 hour, 1 minute & 17 seconds until the Burn)

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Edub built some cool furniture...

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Boogie on the Esplanade?

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Boogie Pyramid work party #1

We've got the first wave of our materials for building the Pyramid!

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Glowtus Lounge

All right kids... our visions are solidifying right in front of our eyes.  I've been battering my brain about trying to figure out how to create the pedal powered lotus lounge art bike (you know, this year is all about keeping it green) and look at what craigslist delivered to my cyberstep...

...a golden ray of light, with wheels, steering wheel and the best part - there is a trailer that attaches to the mothership with room for two more pedalers..... hee hhe he eh....can you see it now...smell the scorched playa wind....crunchy grit in the molars..... pedaling around BRC with DJ Playaduster and Edubious flowing out of the elevated sound fort and flabbergasting the masses.  This is beautiful!   The frame for the glotus lounge (glowing cause it will be black light powered my friends) has already been built for us... all we have to do is "accessorize" the unit.

This is where all you cyberfriends enter.... you know your parents/kids/grandparents/friends garages are full of much needed "accessories" for our mobile sound system.  Even if we could borrow, with oaths of solemn integrity, some of these items (especially the **    ** items) for a week it would sure help keep our tires inflated.  We have agents from Whitehorn to Selkirk.... oops sorry about the code there.... all over western Washington and a few undercovers hiding out in the Spokompton/Panhandle of Idaho.  If your in Washington, Idaho or Western Montana then dig it out and we'll come pick it up if we can use it :)  Keep posted for updates on the Glotus Lounge and it's destination to burning man.  The bike/trailer combo is costing $500 (after much barter debauchery) so if you just feel like dropping a dime in our piggy bank then that is always relished too!  Gotta go..... gotta find a welder!
Scotty "Hekter" Gonzallass
List of materials needed/wanted for Glotus Lounge:

**Stereo System/ I-Pod compatible**
**Golf cart sized trailer**
**Generator (1,500 - 2,000 watt)**  borrow one?? Honda is best.
Black lights (2-4) with ballasts
Primer/Paint - black light reflective
Deep cycle battery/cable to lights/stereo
El wire

Materials for lotusing it out:
White fabric
Shapeable poles
Someone who can sew
and an RV to take it all in... just kidding... well
not really.

Contact us if you can help out with any of these items: [email protected]

pyramid power

We had another meeting on Thursday and voted to continue onward with the current design for the pyramid...click for more…

eric pulls shit together

Hey guys, today I'm experimenting with toxins...click for more…

Things We Need: Hekter prepares the first list

Large black plastic and 2x4's for gray water pit. (10X10' should be sufficient for 3ish folks)
Large squeegee for moving graywater around (maximize evaporation) Tie long stick to squeegee.
Crate for standing on in shower.
Solar shower (2 would be nice)
50 gallon drum to hold shower/dish/misc water.
Personal containers for drinking water (around 2 gallons per person per day)
How many cases of Schmidt?
Outfits - look for fauz fir on ebay or craigslist so we can make fuzzy bunny outfits.
Try to find animal ears that are on a headpiece (like the bunny ears in the ski photos) cause if we could give out ears with picture frames.... ooh la la!!
Picture Frames - Think of a easy and cheap way to find materials (driftwood for you coasters and river wood for my inland self) to make our own frames. (they are expensive to buy!)
Stilts - would like to make tree outfits and walk around on stilts (Entish I know)  Maybe I can find some birch bark to make it work.
Generator - I'm on it but look for a Honda 2000i generator. (retail for $1,000 so look for better deals).
Body Lotions - I know vinegar helps to neutralize the playa and fine ladies would give lil' squirtdowns of pure freshness last year.
Material for covering domes. Parachute or something cheaper.
Solar fans?? would help keep domes from stagnating.
Long boards and ski ropes. (so much fun to hook onto an art car and surf the long board!)
I do have some leftover windsurf sails if we wanted to integrate them somehow.
Home stereo system for mobile sound system (great finds on craigslist) ie-(http://spokane.craigslist.org/ele/301444322.html cheap good speakers?
Rethinking Milk of Amnesia cause anything dairy or soy based may rot quickly. Another drink we could make?
Brewin' ideas ;)

chatter on the road to the Green Man

On May 8, 2007, at 12:01 PM, Hekter wrote:

I've looked into rv's from the reno area and they are really expensive... seems like the cheapest ones are 2,500 - 3,000 for the week.  Here is a good link.  Sounds too expensive for me ($1,000 each) but I'll look into renting from other areas, although then the gas price is a big factor.
The other option is to try and rent my bro's rv from him although I'm not sure how road worthy it is.  Sure would suck to be broken down before even getting to the burn.  Any family members of yours have RV's?  Maybe we need to put a little tidbit on our site asking for rv donations or borrowments?
Chris- what is the link so I can upload bm photos?  I would like to put some time into the site this week :)
Hekter Updater

Thanks for the update Hekter!  I hear you, bro.  I figured the price for an RV would be pretty steep, but I think we can get it for cheaper.  I'm trying to connect with a private party to see if we can get a better deal.  Check out your brother's rig and find out if its road worthy.  If it is, that's probably the best deal we'll find - no doubt!  I want to put the RV on the wish list on our site.

I think that we can fall back on the dome option it an RV doesn't come through.  We should have the money and the resources to pimp one of those out pretty well.  If we don't have an RV (or if we do) I can get a box trailer from 
Gary that is lockable and sealed so we have some extra hauling capacity.

I haven't sent out a link to the site to my contacts yet.  I feel like we need to give it a little infusion of some fresh musings and give it a "Grand Re-Launching."  If we all send out shout at the same time, we can create bigger cosmic ripples and wash some new people to our cause.  You feel me?

I will try to write a little something on the DJ Fundi / Sunnyland meltdown and send a few pics from the Cottage Groove mix session.  Outside of that, I'll get to work a new podcast for the peeps.  Maybe re-visit one of the mixes from the Cottage Groove session...

Christian, I need to get those dates for Pyramid construction ASAP.  My calendar is filling up waaaaay too fast.  Lemme know so I can show.  Hope you had a soul-filling excursion into the North Cascade wilds.  Pics?

"It's all about the Burn now, from here on out..."
~ Edub 

blueprints for the Lotus Lounge

Hashing out some ideas for the mobile soundsystem, sketchin' out some dream designs...

I tried to flesh out some early designs for the Lotus Lounge, a bicycle-powered mobile soundsystem that we intend to build and then bring to Black Rock City in '07. IF skills and money were no option, we'd build something beautiful, an 8 foot-tall lotus flower, heavy with bass nectar, who's petals could unfold at random points across the playa and deliver sweet music.

These plans clearly show a bird's-eye perspective as well as two views from the side. You can see the three-bike pyramidal-platform design, and the mighty lotus sprouting up the middle. The front of the vehicle has an large oversize tire and is steered by the Mad Hatter. There is an insulated under-compartment beneath the lotus designed to hold and keep cold hundreds of cans of ice-cold Schmidtties. Whent he flower is open, speakers rise above the desert floor and play downward towards the people, creating a "sound cone," an audial effect scientifically explained in the sketch on the far right.

Also of interest is the note expressing a wish to have the whole sound rig powered by the sun.

Let's bear in mind that the three broke dudes have little to no engineering experience between the three of them, nor do they have any money. So what are thh chances of the Lotus Lounge ever actually roaming the dark, techno-filled nights of BM, bringing juicy music, real music, to the masses? Much of it depends on how this blog performs, if we can shake a few dollars out of the heavens...

another playakart idea....

Hey Scotty & E -- whatchoo think about stylin' something like this on playa?

don't think it would stand up to the dust storms very well...but damn we'd be PIMPIN'!

solar golf carts & more

MicroMoog Laboratories of Portland, Oregon are serving the three broke dudes as a consultant in the early stages of playa transportation-visualization. Their motto is "Keep the Dream Alive" and the hypervisionary dRF has got some fine ideas on how we might go mobile with our desert soundsystem....click for more…

Here we go

Greetings and salutations. Today is the first day of our website and blog that will track the adventures of three broke dudes with a dream and a desire to burn. We are talking about Burning Man, of course, and our burning desire to make it to the cosmic gathering this summer in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.