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(ERRATA: Yesterday we said LA Decom was October 15th...but we meant  
Saturday, October 16th - guess I'd better move my Burning Man calendar  
a little closer to these ol' eyes of mine. Also, there are TWO MORE  
Decompressions coming up in the North Bay and San Diego that were not  
included, so we've put them in this news edition for you today in  

Ahhh, October. It’s been a month now since everyone got back to Reality  
Camp. How are you doing, readers? If you’re anything like us, chances  
are you’re ready to get together with other friends who shared BRC this  
year and do a little re-connection…or, as so many of us call it,  
“decompression.” There’s no better salve for the heart that you left in  
Black Rock City than to reconnect with others who also participated in  
Burning Man 2004, and October is a big month for opportunities to do  
just that, as you saw in yesterday's (and today's) JRS.

If you're coming to SF Decompression on Sunday, you'll definitely want  
to get a gander at the full, updated list of performances and schedules  
at . We're SO excited about  
Sunday...we hope to see you there.

“But,” you might be saying, “I’m stuck at my desk right now, I can’t  
make it to a Decom, and I’m longing to go back to the playa!” Have no  
fear, our dears, we think we can help. To wit: participants share their  
’04 photos and stories, more tips for playa dust removal for we  
procrastinators, plus, find out how to share your playa gifts with the  
Material Culture archive, or your images with the free Burning Man  
screen savers created by another participant.

Plus, if the reason you wish you could go back is that you lost  
something in BRC…well, with the site inspection this Thursday wrapping  
up the long, hard cleanup process, the DPW folks will be coming back  
home, so you might find such a trip both lonely and unfruitful. So  
where’s your lost item? There’s information below on how to check the  
resources on the ePlaya, plus links to the rolls of film we’ve had  
developed from Found cameras that were turned in to Playa Info.

As usual, all that and more!





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Did you lose something on the playa?! Do you know to check the lost and  
found discussion board on the E-Playa? We have heard many success  
stories from participants who were re-united with their missing  
treasures through the E-Playa (Gosh our community rocks!). Check it out  

(A reminder: Burning Man has in the past attempted to reunite lost  
bikes with their owners, but we have had to halt this practice due to  
the enormous amount resources money it required, and the sad reality  
that very few of the bikes ever found their way back to their owners.  
Most bikes left after the event were beaters; unfortunately there are  
always very few “nice bikes” that end up being turned in. Any unclaimed  
bicycles left behind after the event were donated to worthy causes.)

A handful of cameras were found and turned to Playa Info. We have  
developed the film and posted a few photos from each roll in hopes of  
finding the owners of the cameras. Go here to check it out and see if  
it is you or your friends:

If you see your photos - send an email to:  
lostfound(at)burningman(dot)com and we'll arrange to get them back to  

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Images, images, everywhere. Ladybee’s curated hundreds of great 2004  
images in the Image Gallery: .

Want to see even more? As always, participants keep sending us their  
own fantastic photo links. Here, go nuts:

Margot Duane:

Philip Chudy:  http://


Marc Merlin:  (see 2004 for this  
year's pictures)

James Hickey:

Dolphin Ed:
Click on Photo Albums, then Burning Man 2004 - Vault of Heaven

and…Brad Templeton really outdid himself this year:

"The first 2004 giant panoramic photos (some will be on display  
at Decompression) including my first taken from a cherry picker at  
the entrance to center camp.  Also one of the Temple.  No night shot  
this year, though.  Plus all the old ones people saw in my installation  
on the Esplanade at 4:40

The regular 2004 photos:

Already popular based on my logs are the aerial shots I took from a  
campmate's plane, with some close-ups of various areas of the city.  
Find your camp!

And finally, the remapping of the constellations that was featured on  
the cover of the Gazette and displayed on Mercury can be seen on the  
web at:

The story of the Playa Phone -- the free working booth on the  
playa that Burners used to call 1000 locations around the world,  
including technical details, playa stories, photo gallery and maps of  
all the places they called:

The panoramas, star map and possibly the phone will be at the SF  

And we will have more photos for  you next week...(see, October ain't  
so bad!)

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Many thanks to those of you who dropped off your playa gift items at  
the Artery for inclusion in our Material Culture archives! If you  
produced a gift item for 2004 and would like to see it in our online  
gallery:  and in our permanent  
collection at our offices, please download this  
, fill it out and send at least two of your items and the form to:  
Archives, PO Box 884688, San Francisco, CA 94188. If you have extra  
items left over and you'd care to send them, they will find a happy  
home with our office staff members. 

Another way to get your items to us is to bring them to our  
Decompresssion event on October 10. We will have a Material Culture  
collection box at Playa Information Services and you are welcome to  
drop them off. We will have forms available there as well.

For those of you with digital cameras and Photoshop skills, we have set  
up our online Playa Gifts gallery so that you may upload your own gift  
item images and information, in the same manner as our Image Gallery.  
And speaking of the image gallery, please check out the first 2004  
images to come in at .

Finally, I want to remind you all that if you're searching for the  
identity of an art installation you loved, you can refer to our Theme  
and Playa Art listings for a title, description and contact  
Theme art is here (you’ll have to check all the categories) 

Playa art is here: 

. The artists love to hear your feedback - so let them know what you  
liked about their art.

A great big thank you to all of the artists who contributed their  
time, effort and sweat to bring their art to Black Rock City. As always  
we were delighted to see all of the inventiveness and creativity in our  
community come to flower in the desert. From large scale to tiny, the  
art was wonderful and diverse. Thank you all for your gifts!!!

Christine Kristen aka LadyBee

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If you still haven’t cleaned off the dust from your stuff (some of us  
never actually bother), Mesmerelda has a tip: “Did you know that a  
dilute solution of Borax (laundry additive) is really terrific at  
neutralizing the alkaline residue of playa dust? (It's better than  
vinegar). It has been safe with my electronic equipment and radios as  

“We've discovered that better than vinegar and water to remove that  
ungainly playa scum (on those things that you *want* to remove playa  
dust) is.....dilute solution of Borax laundry additive!!! 1/4 to 1/5  
cup per gallon or two of water (with an aliquot of your favorite  
non-foaming detergent such as Spic and Span, Lysol, etc) will form that  
needed weak buffered boric-acid solution that will instantly neutralize  
the alkaline playa dust but without the nasty smell of vinegar. Our  
laboratories have found that it is safe to wipe onto electronic  
equipment with a damp cloth if wiped off immediately.”

(we lost track of the email where we got this quote, but thanks!)

Of course many of us prefer to leave the magic dust on our belongings,  
but for those that don’t…there you have it.

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Greetings Cleu people and everyone.  For the last 3 years, many of you  
got your very own Cleu pendants at Burning Man from the Cleu lady or  
the Cleu camp.  This year, some of you made it all the way out to the  
Cleu camp to pick up a pendant or pin, and the Cleu lady did her best  
to distribute lots of Cleu cards so that you can get a Cleu all year  
round.  If you got a Cleu card at this year's Burning Man, remember to  
come to our site to request a Cleu pendant or lapel pin.  If you didn't  
get a Cleu card, go to our site anyway, and we'd be delighted to give  
you a Cleu.

Gimme a C...... Gimme an L....... Gimme an E........... Gimme a  
What's that spell?
It's who you are.
You are the Cleu!

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Starting October 17th, Macroscopic Microcosm, a site specific, ceramic  
environment originally created for Burning Man 2004 will be finding  
it's way to the campus of Citrus Community College in Glendora,  

Thanks to the generous people at Citrus College (and Burning Man!)  
this installation of small pod-like forms will be installed in an  
entirely different setting and in a new format.  We invite everyone to  
take a trip to this beautiful campus and experience the art of Burning  
Man in new places. An opening reception will be held on the  evening of  
Sunday October 17th between 6 and 9pm -- All are invited!  The  
experimental ambient sounds that were originally created for this  
project will be heard again and refreshments will be served (sorry no  
alcoholic beverages allowed...).  At dusk each pod will be lit on fire  
for the one and only time while in this location. Please join us and  
escape your daily life while experiencing a little bit of the playa in  
a beautiful new setting!

Citrus Community College
1000 West Foothill Blvd.
Glendora, Ca 91740

from LA:  10E to 605N to 210E
from OC: 5N to 57N to 210W
from IE:    10W to 15N to 210W
from SD: either follow OC directions or go 15N to 210W
all: from 210, exit Citrus Avenue and head north (toward the  
mountains; eastbound people go left/westbound people go left off  
freeway then right onto Citrus).  Past Route 66 & past Azuza Pacific  
University (on Right) will be Citrus Community College on the right  
side of street (east side).  Make right into campus and follow big  
arrows with "M.M." written on them,

If you have any questions about the opening or anything else regarding  
this project please email If  anyone has any  
images of this work while on the playa the artist is interested to see  


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Do you want to be the coolest photographer in your camp? Then get  
your photos into the Vault of Heaven screen savers. Go  
to to get the skinny on  
submitting your work in this year's project. Last year we had 41  
photographers submit material, and the big screen saver had over 900  
phenomenal photos! This year's screen savers will be even better. Don't  
hold back. It's so damn simple, you can do it between Decompressions!!!

Also, as if you didn't know, screen savers from Beyond Belief and The  
Floating World are available for download. Click on the site above and  
then just navigate your way around.

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 I work backstage for a public radio show, West Coast Live and I am planning on pitching to This American  
Life interviews with Burners on their  
unique playa experiences/art/community/etc. related to Burning Man.   
Curious to know if a blurb can be put in the next JRS for Burners who  
would like to contact me about an audio retelling.  I live in San  
Francisco, so the greater Bay Area Burners would be main resource.    

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MONKEY CHANT/MARCHING GAMELAN (metallophonic Balinese-inspired marching  
troupe) of One People Voice--SEEKS VIDEO, STILL IMAGERY, AND AUDIO from  

Even with our efforts to deliver focused performances and workshops  
this year at Burning Man, we have ended up a bit shy regarding the  
documentation of our work.

Please contact our group if you have ANY Photo's, Video, and/or Audio  
Recordings from any of the performances LISTED BELOW.  We are compiling  
all media and authoring a DVD. This DVD is Not To Be Sold, but merely  
for  inclusion in a promotional package for future festivals, shows,  
and workshops. All media used will be properly credited.

Performances at Burning Man 04:

8am, Monday Morning Gamelan March into Center Camp, opening day of  
8pm, Wednesday evening on Esplanade in front of Earth Guardians Theme  
2pm Friday, participatory Monkey Chant in Center Camp.
10pm Friday, celebrating the burning cauldrons of Charlie Smith on the  
4-5pm Saturday, Gamelan in Center Camp right before the Burning Man  
Fashion Show.
11pm Saturday, Post-Burning of the Man, Gamelan in Center Camp.
9pm Sunday, Temple Burn.
(all times "ish")

  We can be reached at:

Thank you much,
One People Voice

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BUBBLEBOY WRITES: “I'm the creator of the Ufo installation during this  
BMan 04. The Ufo was an inflatable tent where you could go inside and  
chill. It was located out in the playa, between the end of the city on  
3 o clock and Jadu Beta - the huge pile of bubbles. It was the thingy  
that would glow in the night in changing colors.

Due to unlucky circumstances my photos got lost in the mail.... and I  
don't have good photos from the Ufo. Help - anybody that took photos  
from the Ufo installation - please send me an email.  I'm looking for  
photos from day and night, photos from the inside and the outside.

Do you think you could add this post onto the burning man mailing list?  
I've put in a lot of time, energy (and cash...) into this project - and  
got rewarded by the love and appreciation of all the visitors. But I'd  
love to have some photos too :)

 I will be back next year - with more lights, more interactivity!”

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==================EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS=====================

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Saturday, October 23, 2004
4 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Santa Rosa, CA

Welcome back!  Are you back?  ...Or is some part of your spirit still
blowing in the winds of the Black Rock Desert?  You're not alone!  You  
invited to decompress with the artists, theme camps, performers and  
Rock citizens from the Northern California Bay Area at an art event from
heaven's vault.

Interactive Art Installations - Live Music - Theme Camps - Black Rock  
DJs -
Art Cars - Fire Art Installations - Fire Performers - Burning Man Slide  
Video Showroom - Playa-wear Fashion Show - Food & Bar - Outdoor Art  
Park -
3 Performance Stages - Magicians - Costume Swap - And YOU!

Confirmed Acts so far: Adam Ohana - Freddy Clark - Magically Inclined -
Swami Beyondananda - Virtual Playa - Phoenix Rising - The Cohorts
Zack Darling - & Many more to come!

Bring your art, decor from your camp, digital photos & videos, and of  
your most amazing playa costumes.

$10 with Black Rock City attire - $20 with Street wear
Outdoor Interactive Art Park FREE!
All ages (kids under 12 free), 21+ to drink

Terry's BBQ Restaurant & Lounge
3345 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa (next to Days Inn)

Want to volunteer, bring your theme camp, playa art, or perform?  Email:  Deadline for artist check-in:  Wednesday,  
20th.  Final performer line-up to be announced on the North Bay Burning  
Announce email list.  To join, send a blank email to

Contact the Days Inn to stay on site at 707-568-1011.  Park free on  
site or
take the Airport Express shuttle directly to the event with pickup  
sites in
Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, SFO, or Oakland Airports

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Fuego de los Muertos 2004

A Decompression Presented by San Diego and Orange Counties

Halloween Weekend, Starting on Friday, October 29th at 4:00 PM
and concluding Sunday, October 31st at 4:00 PM

All ages are invited!

Ticket pricing based on a tiered system:

$35 - September 30th through October 8th

$45 - October 9th through October 28th

$55 - At the door

Volunteers for the event (4 hours minimum) will receive considerable  
discount based on "at cost" pricing. Please see for details.

Purchase tickets on-line at  
or send checks, or money orders to Brian Davis, P.O. Box 81412 San  
Diego, CA 92138.

Location to be announced, keep posted as it will be released one week  
before the event.

Celebrate the end of autumn with us! This is the harvest season, a time  
of remembering and reviving past loved ones and renewing your own  
spirit! Bring your best costumes and performances out and Burn  
Halloween style. Express yourself and dress your Playa best! There will  
be many spectacles to behold. Many of your favorite Burning Man theme  
camps, art, musical acts, performance art, art cars, and art making  
workshops will abound in this outdoor forest paradise. Plan on  
traveling about an hour East of San Diego to a grove of oaks, filled  
with faeries, goblins, and other magical fantasy creatures! Please see for continuously updated  

This is an official, interactive Burning Man event and will be  
upholding the ethos of the Burning Man Festival. Please  respect this  
beautiful property and Leave No Trace! See 
faq_what_is.html for further details. Please bring everything you will  
need to keep you alive, healthy, and interactive for three days. Pack  
your trash out with you and leave the area cleaner than when you came.  
Porta-potties and areas to keep you warm and sheltered will be  
available. Bring clothing to keep you warm and active for chilly Fall  

This is not a rave, it is a festival of self -expression and a multi  
disciplinary art event. We welcome all as we are a radically inclusive  
community. Share this magical event with your loved ones, but please  
keep this announcement off of non-Burning Man related lists. Minors are  
invited to share this event, but must be accompanied by an adult that  
will be responsible for their actions.

  This is community participation based. Bring something to help  
participate and be a part of this magnificent festival of the arts.  
Please see If you are an  
artist, musician, performance artist, or you just want to lend a  
helping hand, please visit our website for  
details, or write to We will need participants for  
art, music, performances, greeting, rangering, and infrastructure  
set-up and control. Fire art will be allowed only with proper approval,  
with conditions permitting, as it is a very fire sensitive area.  
Propane heaters and burn barrels will be allowed only in approved  
locations. Please bring any lights to add to the splendor of light  
shows already planned.

If you plan on bringing an RV, please RSVP to with  
your name, contact info and size of vehicle.

Thank you for your participation and we look forward to celebrating  
this holiday with you.

The Fuego de los Muertos 2004 Organization Committee

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{Soundtrack to this JRS: My Bloody Valentine, "Sometimes"}
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