August 13th, 2004

alert, fascinated, aware, enthusiastic


"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Time to die."

impotent, death waits
entropy stalks back and forth
truth and art go on
  • Current Music
    here without you
greyscale self

World War W

I have a new meme to propose. From now on, the recent war in Iraq should be recognizable by the distinction "World War W" or, alternatively (though pronounced the same) "WW\/\/" — please from now on use the term WW\/\/ or World War W to refer to the American invasion of Iraq.

For reference, the progression of US wars in the 20th-21st century would be thus:

World War One.
World War Two.
Korean War
Viet Nam War
Persian Gulf War
The Balkans War
World War W. aka WW\/\/
  • Current Music
    Bad Religion - Kyoto Now!
Pin Curls

Need advice from Burners who skipped a year

This is my first year in five that I will not be traveling to Black Rock City, due to circumstances that I really cannot change. I thought I would be fine, knowing that I will go next year, but now that it is August, I find my heart is totally aching as all of my playa buddies are doing the traditional gearing-up last push before the journey. It's not just the actual event I'll miss, but also the caravan road trip journey from Seattle (through the beautiful Oregon outback, Summer Lake Hot Springs, the small friendly towns of Lakeview, Alturas, Cedarville and of course Gerlach) and all of the laughter and adventures on the way down and back are just as significant. And there's something in that magical desert alkaline dust that simply recharges my battery.

I'm so homesick. :-(

Anyone want to share their experiences about how they survived their year(s) away?

And to those who are going this year -- newbies and old-timers -- have a splendid, beautiful Burn and happy new year.
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    sad sad
  • sporkly

So sad you won't be there...

So sad you won't be there...

But you can still write!

If you aren't going to burningman, but want to get mail to and from your friend, write to Camp Dead Letter.

{friend's name}
{camp address or camp name}
C/O Camp Dead Letter
Black Rock City, NV

Also, you can participate in the Dead Letter Project - send us a letter, any letter, and we will find someone to write you back. They must write you back IMMEDIATELY (no taking it back to their camp and forgetting), and no, they don't get your address. We'll database it all and follow up in a few months to see if you two kept talking.

Don't forget to mark it C/o Camp Dead Letter, and if you are going, take your Mailbox!


ps. the Dead Letter Truck is officially okayed for On-Playa Inspection!

Woo Hoo!


Last year as I was searching for burning man culinary inspiration, I came across this great website full of excellent burning man food recipes. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find it again. Can anyone suggest a good website for burning man recipes? I seem to have lost all of my inspiration to cook this year on the playa, and I would like to find it again.
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    devious devious
The Honeymoon

burning man at home

can't say i agree with it all but thought some of you might get a kick out of part of it.
BURNING MAN at home:
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 everyone leaves, follow them back to their homes, drink all their booze, and break things.
2.Buy a new set of expensive camping gear. Break it.
3..Stack all your fans in one corner of your living room. Put on your most fabulous outfit. Turn the fans on full blast. Dump a vacuum cleaner bag in front of them.
4.Pitch your tent next to the wall of speakers in a crowded, noisy club. Go to sleep.
5.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.
6.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 4 days. Hide all
the toilet paper.
7. VISIT a restaurant and pay them to let you alternate lying in
the walk-in freezer and sitting in the oven.
8.Don't sleep for 5 days. Take a wide variety of hallucinogenic/emotion
altering drugs. Pick a fight with your boyfriend/girlfriend.
9.Cut, burn, electrocute, bruise, and sunburn various parts of
your body. Forget how you did it. Don't go to a doctor.
10.Buy a new pair of favorite shoes. Throw one shoe away.
11.Spend a whole year rummaging through thrift stores for the
perfect, most outrageous costume. Forget to pack it.
12.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.
13.Bust your ass for a "community." See all the attention get focused on the cracked out drama queen crybaby.
14.Get so drunk you can't recognize your own house. Walk slowly around the block for 5 hours.
15.Sprinkle dirty sand in all your food.
16.Mail $200 to the Reno casino of your choice.
17.Go to a museum. Find one of Salvador Dali's more disturbing
but beautiful paintings. Climb inside it.
18.Spend thousands of dollars on a deeply personal artwork. Hide
it in a funhouse on the edge of the city. Blow it up.
19.Set up a DJ system downwind of a three-alarm fire. Play a
short loop of drum'n'bass until the embers are cold.
20.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. Lust after Bugs Bunny.