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Woman, 29, killed at Burning Man was hit by fur-covered 'Shagadelica' party bus filled with festival-goers
Associated Press reports:

The 29-year-old artist who was killed at Burning Man on Thursday was struck by a fur-covered party bus, it has emerged.
Alicia Louise Cipicchio, whom friends described as 'sweet, loving and adventurous', was hit by the vehicle carrying festival-goers just after midnight on Thursday and died at the scene. Authorities are now working to determine what led to the accident.

Cipicchio, from Jackson, Wyoming, was hit by a bus known as the 'Shagadelica', according to the Burning Man blog. She may have been riding on the double-decker bus before she fell under the wheels and was run over by it, said Sheila Reitz, dispatch supervisor for the Pershing County Sheriff's Office.

A website for the vehicle describes it as 'the ultimate night club on wheels... featuring a fully equipped DJ booth, an array of multi-beam laser sky projectors and lights, 32,000W of high quality sound, and a full bar'.

It is not known whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, authorities said. Cars are banned from Burning Man, which has its own transit system with a 5mph speed limit strictly enforced for safety reasons.

Cipicchio worked at a fine art gallery in Jackson Hole and had studied art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, according to her Facebook profile. The page also reveals her love for hiking and shows her grinning alongside family members.

In a profile on couchsurfing.org, she listed her interests as 'nature, art, music, food, culture, philosophy, dancing, laughing' and said her philosophy was: 'Love your neighbor',
SFGate reported.

A friend added on the website: 'Alicia is such a sweet, loving, adventurous, caring spirit. She just radiates wonderful vibes.'
An employee at the gallery where she worked said Cipicchio, who worked in sales and management, was an 'amazing girl, full of life, loved by everybody', the
Reno Gazette Journal reported.

In a statement, Burning Man co-founder Marian Goodell said: 'This is a terrible accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and campmates. Black Rock Rangers and Emergency Services Department staff are providing support to those affected.'

Burning Man - the largest outdoor arts festival in North America - is patrolled by 500 rangers in addition to 95 federal and local law enforcement officers.

This is not the first death at Burning Man, Jim Parrish, Humboldt General Hospital chief executive, said earlier this week. He said that the most recent death at the event was seven years ago when an attendee fell under a trailer.

The shortest route to the hospital is more than 120 miles, but the roads mean it would take six hours to get there, but the hospital does have a helipad for air transport.

The tragedy comes after revelers eventually got through the event gates after being forced to wait outside due to heavy rains on Monday. On Thursday, it emerged that some festival-goers were forced to wait for up to 29 hours to get inside the gates.

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How to enjoy the Burning Man Experience from the Comfort of your Own Home

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1.) Tear down your house. Put it in a truck. Drive 10 hours in any direction. Put the house back together. Invite everyone you meet to come over and party. When they leave, follow them back to their homes, drink all their booze, and break things.

2.) Stack all your fans in one corner of the living room. Put on your most fabulous outfit. Turn the fans on full blast. Dump a vacuum cleaner bag in front of them.

3.) Buy a new set of expensive camping gear. Break it.

4.) Lean back in a chair until that point where you’re just about to fall over, but you catch yourself at the last moment. Hold that position for 9 hours.

5.) Only use the toilet in a house that is at least 3 blocks away. Drain all the water from the toilet. Only flush it every 3 days. Hide all the toilet paper.

6.) Set your house thermostat so it’s 50 degrees for the first hour of sleep and 100 degrees the rest of the night.

7.) Cut, burn, electrocute, bruise, and sunburn various parts of your body. Forget how you did it. Don’t go to a doctor.

8.) “Downsize” last year’s camp by adding two geodesic domes, a new sound system, art car, and 20 newbies.

9.) Don’t sleep for 5 days. Take a wide variety of hallucinogenic/emotion altering drugs. Pick a fight with your boyfriend/girlfriend.

10.) Spend a whole year rummaging through thrift stores for the perfect, most outrageous costume. Forget to pack it.

11.) Shop at Wal-mart, Cost-Co, and Home Depot until your car and trailer are completely packed with stuff. Tell everyone that you’re going to a “Leave-No-Trace” event. Empty your car into a dumpster.

12.) Roast and give away 1,000 hotdogs to strangers while singing your favorite obscure Tom Lehr songs.

13.) Listen to music you hate for 168 hours straight, or until you think you are going to scream. Scream. Realize you’ll love the music for the rest of your life.

14.) Spend 5 months planning a “theme camp” like it’s the invasion of Normandy. Spend Monday-Wednesday building the camp. Spend Thurs-Sunday nowhere near camp because you’re sick of it or can’t find it.

15.) Walk around your neighborhood and knock on doors until someone offers you cocktails and dinner. Or acid.

16.) Leave a nice couch on the side of the highway.

17.) Bust your ass for a “community.” See all the attention get focused on the drama queen crybaby.

18.) Parade around naked and then complain that someone is ‘oggling’ you.

19.) Get so drunk you can’t recognize your own house. Walk slowly around the block for 5 hours.

20.) Tell your boss you aren’t coming to work this week but he should “gift” you a paycheck anyway. When he refuses, accuse him of not loving the “community”.

21.) Search alleys until you find a couch so unbelievably tacky and nasty filthy that a state college frat house wouldn’t want it. Take a nap on the couch and sleep like you are king of the world.

22.) Ask your most annoying neighbor to interrupt your fun several times a day with third hand gossip about every horrible thing that’s happened in the last 24 hours. Have them wear khaki.

23.) Go to a museum. Find one of Salvador Dali’s more disturbing, but beautiful paintings. Climb inside it.

24.) Before eating any food, drop it in a sandbox and lick a battery.

25.) Mail $200 to the Reno casino of your choice.

26.) Spend thousands of dollars and several months of your life building a deeply personal art work. Hide it in a fun house on the edge of the city. Hire people to come by and alternate saying “I love it” and “this sucks balls.” Blow it up.

27.) Set up a DJ system downwind of a three alarm fire. Play a short loop of drums n’bass until the embers are cold.

28.) Make a list of all the things you’ll do different next year. Never look at it.

29.) Have a 3 a.m. soul-baring conversation with a drag nun in platforms, a crocodile and Bugs Bunny. Be unable to tell if you’re hallucinating.

30.) Lust after Bugs Bunny.

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Burner Service Announcement: A Message From the Man

Hilarious.

Halcyon's last tip before leaving for the playa

Quantum Portal, Friday 9/29

Here’s an interesting way to connect to Black Rock City and the playa in 2012 when you are actually back in the Default World:

Ahmed's 2011 Burn, by day and by night





A short glimpse of a Burning Man experience by Ahmed. Shot in August/September 2011 using a (very dusty) Canon 7D with 70-200 f.40L, a 50mm 1.8, and a 10-24mm Tamron. If you are interested in checking out more of his work, visit ahmedelhusseiny.com

Black Rock City 2010 Yearbook

The Black Rock City 2010 Yearbook is out -- hooray! This is such a lovely and heartfelt gift to the community each year, and having visited their photo camp for the first time last summer, I can tell you it is a lot of work.

Browse the gallery of all the freaky beautiful amazing Burners, or download a pdf version of the yearbook,
here. Here’s a small sampling of what goodness is in store for you.... <3









Of course, this awesome project reminds me of another awesome project that I have been working on since my first Burn in 2007:
The Playa Portrait Project!