Jack Rabbit Speaks, Saturday, August. 26, 2006
This is your last, final post for the Jack Rabbit Speaks before
Burning Man 2006. Of course, we reserve the right to change our minds
and send you another one! Here's what it looks like in Gerlach
- Theme Camp Locator
- Playa Conditions and Weather
- Current TV
- Body/Potty reminder
- Safety and Driving
- Driving through Reno
- Stay Well
- Ticket Info
- Personal Use Agreement Update
- Burning Man Earth – Mapping the Cultural Genome
- Internet at Burning Man
- Sugarcube Project correction
THEME CAMP LOCATOR
Burning Man 2006 Theme Camp Locator: Brought to you by: Safe Sex
Camp, Eager near 6:30. The Theme Camp Locator is an Excel spreadsheet
that helps burners print out where their friends will be,
or what other theme camps they might be interested in, before they
head for the playa. Download the Locator here: http://
PLAYA CONDITIONS AND WEATHER
Playa is flat and dusty. Oh, you want a serious response…
okay….Playa is interesting this year. On one side of the city it’s
hard packed, and kinda less so on another. The clay is kinda sharp
and edgy, not great for bare feet. The surface did not dry until
AFTER July 4th. This means that people over that holiday weekend
tried to cross the playa and got stuck. You’ll see and feel the
evidence of this when you ride your bike in the open areas. There are
HUGE divots and troughs from cars that drove in the mud. The Support
Services/ Heavy Equipment Team has been working at night to fix the
deeper of the scars. However, smaller ones exist and will affect your
night biking experience. BE CAREFUL, and use a bike light.
Black Rock City dust conditions are married to weather . We’ve not
had any severe wind yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
The city location has moved slightly and is also turned, both may
help the way dust from Gate road covers the city. (see safety and
driving below) Weather has been HOT during the day, not much wind,
and rather chilly at night. You’ll need a warm sleeping bag and lots
of wraps for the night-time. Those that experienced 1999 might want
to keep that freezing cold year in mind. It’s NOT that cold yet, but
ya never know. Remember to bring gloves, hats, scarves, blankets. ETC.
They’ll be at Burning Man. Look for the “TV Free Burning Man”
set up behind Media Mecca. They’ll be posting a piece each day from
the playa, and telecasting the Burn LIVE on Saturday night. Visit:
IF IT WASN”T IN YOUR BODY DON”T PUT IT IN THE POTTY
No Trash….Retrain yourself. Most importantly, “wet ones”,
“handi-wipes”, “baby-wipes” all are forbidden from the
toilets. They jam the hoses and pumping systems.
SAFETY AND DRIVING:
Driving speed through Nixon, Wadsworth and Gerlach should be 25 MPH
maximum. Slow down near the Empire Store in Empire. Stock up on the
way in, not the way out when traffic is more congested.
Where is the turn off for Black Rock City? 8 miles from Gerlach,
EXACTLY where it was last year. Don’t miss the turn off.
Drive 10 MPH down gate road, and 5 mph in Black Rock City. NO DUST.
See below for more on playa conditions.
DRIVING THROUGH RENO?
Check out the work your fellow Burners from Reno have done to give
you information on resources in the “Biggest Little City in The
World”. THANK YOU to the Burners that put all the work into making
this happen. http://www.burningman.com/preparation/travel_info/reno/
Secure your trash. Don’t leave garbage at the road side rest stops.
Read your survival guide for information about disposing of your
trash. You’ll have less to take home with you if you separate your
Please remember, when we have 36,000+ people together we should take
precautions to stay well. Washing hands: GOOD THING. Keep yourself
healthy, stop the spread of germs with intelligent behavior.
Tickets can no longer be purchased online, and only at Box Office. Be
prepared to pay $350 at the event entrance box office. Due to our
remote location, we cannot guarantee credit card sales - there are no
local cash machines so please plan ahead if you need to purchase your
ticket at the Gate.
Avoid Ticket Scalpers And Counterfeit Tickets
For the past several years ticket scalpers in Empire and Gerlach have
told burners on their way to Black Rock City that Burning Man has
stopped selling tickets and that the only way to get tickets is to
buy from them. Burners have then purchased higher priced tickets
from scalpers, only to find out later that Burning Man was still
selling tickets. Adding insult to injury, some of these burners
bought counterfeit tickets which were not accepted at the Gate.
Please note that ticket sales will not stop at the Box Office until
11 PM on Thursday, August 31, 2006. Do NOT buy tickets from scalpers
otherwise you will pay more than you need to, and you run the risk of
purchasing a counterfeit ticket.
PERSONAL USE AGREEMENT UPDATE
If you have already printed your personal use agreement for your
video camera on the playa, please note that there have been some
changes to the document this summer, so we've updated it before
printing out our playa copies. For the few of you who print it out
before you depart, we wanted to make sure you got an updated version.
The new PDF is on the page at:
BURNING MAN EARTH – MAPPING THE CULTURAL GENOME
Ever wonder about the other 95% of Burning Man you didn’t get to
experience? Want to meet the people, like yourself, who’ve joined
with others to create it? This year Burning Man, in conjunction with
Google Earth, is bringing you a virtual Black Rock City through a
brilliant new initiative – Burning Man Earth. Not only will this be
an interactive resource for participants and organizers; it will also
serve as a historic record of each year's event, thus mapping the
Burning Man cultural genome.
You will fly through Black Rock City - in 3D, visiting theme camps,
artworks and spontaneous events. This environment will also function
as a comprehensive map of our city, with markers and coordinates.
Most importantly, this is not envisioned as an enclosed world or as a
substitute for real participation. Burning Man Earth will be a portal
that allows you to make contact with thousands of Burners in the
everyday world. Now you can discover who did what while learning why
and how they did it. It’s time to talk to one another in a way that
isn’t possible amid the hectic turbulence of our event.
Here is how it works. First, go to http://bmearth.burningman.com.
There you will find links to download the Google Earth program, our
city map, and many associated files such as geomapped events from
the “What Where When” guide, and art installations for 2006.
Next, locate your campsite, installation, or event on the map (so
it’s geotagged), and document it with text and a photograph,
digitized sketch, computer graphic, or 3D model. Email this to us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll review it for placement on the Burning
Man Earth map, with the identifying text that you supply. We strongly
encourage you to include contact info so that your fellow
participants may interact with you!
We will initially offer our official overlay of the City, with its
primary structures, events and services, located and to scale. We
expect new models, photos and references to be added continuously,
and your Google Earth program will automatically get updated
versions. This process will continue to evolve year-round, finally
rotating into the following year's event. This ongoing project will
be used as both a current guide and as an amber archive of the past.
We hope this symbiosis of both people and technologies will push the
limits of what’s possible, and expand its use to applications not
yet dreamed of . . . which, after all, is what Burners do best!
THE INTERNET AT BURNING MAN
Once again, the friendly geeks from the "Internet at Burning Man"
Project will provide WiFi access to the Internet throughout Black
Rock City. Look for the networks named "internet", "internet2" and so
Help us help you by keeping the airwaves as clear as your pee...
We are all sharing the limited unlicensed radio spectrum in our city,
and we are trying to make the most of it. Last year we had a lot of
radio interference, which made it difficult to provide wireless
Internet access. Therefore we humbly ask all participants NOT to
repeat or rebroadcast WiFi signals in your camp. While a local access
point might make the WiFi signal stronger in your camp, it might
prevent your neighbors from connecting at all. It's kind of like
being in a place where everyone tries to play music louder than their
neighbors, oh wait...
Also, if your art project involves using radio waves at 2.4 or 5.8Ghz
or cordless phones of any kind, please contact us at
email@example.com or find us on playa (at the NOC or on the IT
Channel) so that we can coordinate channels with you.
SUGARCUBE PROJECT CORRECTION
In JRSV10:#29b, we told you about the SugarCube project...but we
forgot to give you the URL. For more info, and pictures of what
they've done so far, please visit <http://www.sugarcube2006.com> For
specific questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We regret
See you all in Black Rock City.
Play safe, be safe.
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