contribute to MISSION ETERNITY

For the recruitment of the first regular MISSION-ETERNITY users during this year's burning man festival in the nevada desert (august 29 – september 5, 2005), etoy urgently requires a know-how infusion from an etoy.SHAREHOLDER/toywar.VETERAN who attended previous burning man festivals and is planning to participate this year as well.

In particular, etoy depends on experiences regarding necessary equipment/precautions and required infrastructure for the setup and maintenance of a small media station. The following issues must be addressed: construction issues (ground consistency, sand), climatic issues (heat and temperature fluctuations), agent survival (food/water/shelter), power supply, social networking.

Please send descriptive responses to . etoy will establish up to three promising consulting contacts for collaboration before and during burning man to be compensated with 25 etoy.SHARES.

thanks to toywar.VETERAN SITO.jon! more obviously welcome!

Organization: UnderWorld Industries
X-Mailer: ELM [version 2.5 PL6]
Subject: mission-eternity / burning man
From: jon Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 11:05:09 -0700 (PDT)

greetings. sometimes-operative SITO.jon with my 2 euro-cents on
burning man. most of this info you can get from the web, but maybe
i will give a little bit of help. hopefully.

i went to burning man 1997, 1998, 1999. the desert pretty much stays
the same though, so this should be valid info.

addressing your points from the website:

* construction issues (ground consistency, sand)

anchoring in the playa is difficult, but not impossible. in recent
years they have really discouraged doing much damage to the ground.
even when you *could* dig big trenches or such, it was tricky.
in short: GO DEEP. the tool of choise is REBAR -- its a cheap
construction material (that can often be found for FREE at construction
sites... at night!)
best to sink it approx 1-2 feet (0.5 m) or more. this is difficult,
the playa is hard -- bring a sledgehammer
it sucks to get it out at the end (use ropes, hammer), but that
is what you have to do because of the wind (see below).

rebar is easy to tie rope to or fasten other items to (pipe, etc.)
if it is going to be used as a stake for a rope, you *must* mark
it and protect it -- an empty plastic water jug works perfectly --
because if it sticks out, someone *will* smash their foot on it
in the dark!

rebar is all about anchoring for the WIND. there can be very
heavy winds. build any tent/shade structure with lots of ropes,
and leave flaps to "luff" in the wind, so you dont end up with
a kite, not a tent.

any other design issues should, in addition to withstanding wind,
especially be ready for SAND. fine dust off the playa will
get in *everything*. sealed plastic containers still get dust in
them. so expect it to get kinda ruined! haha

rain is a possibility, but less likely to affect overall construction,
because when it rains the wind is usually a bigger problem, and if
it rains, everything will be dry within hours because the air is so
dry/warm out there.

* climatic issues (heat and temperature fluctuations)

it is very hot during the day, or can be (one year i went it never got
above 32C... but as a general rule, you can expect days to be much
hotter -- 37C is pretty normal, and it was fairly common to have
temperatures of 40C. and the sun is likely to be out all the time.
SHADE is a key word... if you dont like suntan/sunburn, dont forget
to shade yourself! there can be cold at night, but never freezing.
just bring a warm coat and some blankets. its no fun to walk around
in all the night fun and be chilly. make a "warm costume" in your
pack of cool/crazy costumes to wear. it never gets freezing, so
that should not be an issue (e.g. water freezing).

something that is sometimes forgotten is the DRYNESS of the air.
it is drier than anywhere i have ever been. wet food you have
will have the fluid taken out of it -- an open container of humus
or beans, etc will be dried in hours. bread will essentially be
turned to something like a cracker if left open at all. the same
effects happen to the body -- you do not SWEAT -- the liquid is
pulled off your body before it forms; so you often do not know
you are losing water.

* agent survival (food/water/shelter)

as everyone likes to point out, WATER is very important. because
of the affect of not-sweating, you do not know you are losing water.
you do not feel dehydrated til you start to feel sick. so the rule
of thumb is to do what *feels like* over-drinking of water. just
keep it with you and learn to sip on it. you probably have heard the
rule of "piss clear". if you piss and it is NOT clear -- you are not
drinking enough water. its not a reason to panic, but just a good
warning -- drink more water.

best to bring food that will not dry out. (e.g. better to bring
crackers than bread.) refridgeration is a luxury, therefore dried
foods (i always like dried hummus and tabooli), canned or packaged
foods (like camping food). beef or salmon jerky work out great
when you need protein (if you are not vegetarian). peanut butter
or similar (nutella!) is good. if you do not have a stove to bring,
you can often find a friendly camp who will let you use their stuff.
doing dishes sucks, so try to eat out of the containers. if you
bring paper/disposable dishes -- make sure you can bring them out
with you. as a rule, try to minimize trash; there is no trash
disposal, so it has to stay with you and leave with you.
i always had a lower appetite -- i think cuz of all the water
i drank and the heat. make things easier for yourself -- dont
bring pasta to cook, if you can bring already-made pasta in a
package, etc.

shelter is pretty easy -- just make SHADE for yourself. it can
get a *little cold* at night, so bring a blanket (if you plan to
sleep!) and a warm coat. mostly people just end up crashing all
over the place! a tent works well for sleeping unit.

* power supply

generators are very common; remember you need to bring enough fuel,
which can be a pain. if you need a larger commercial one, it can
be quite noisy and irritate people. in the old days people would
bury big generators in a hole -- but no more digging on the playa.
so now most big camps (needing big power) place the generator out
in the open playa and run a long cord to camp. if you have only
need for a smaller one, it will probably only be a little annoying.
even placing it between two cars can help reduce noise. if you can
afford it (and dont need much power) solar is awesome, of course,
as the sun is in endless supply. some day maybe this will be more
of a possibility for everyone at burning man.

* social networking.

there was never computer-network infastructure back when i was
there (e.g. wifi); i guess there is now. however, i can promise
you people are pretty overwhelmed and probably arent really into
tapping on a laptop, so consider "old-fashioned" means.

paper (e.g. flyers, handbills) is a bad idea. people will
fumble with them and they will just end up blowing all over the
place and making a mess. i recommend some creative solutions.
a favorite of mine is a rubber stamp -- you can have fun stamping
all sorts of body parts! the down side is the stamp pads will dry
out, so you need one that can be brought back to life with water,
or some other creative solution (e.g. using a marker on the stamp).
stickers are good if they are small and strong (glue dries out and
playa dust will render them useless). if low-quality, they can end
up trash like flyers. if you are going to hand out something, make
it heavy and easy to carry. ideas: something like small luggage tags,
pins (little pin/buttons, like:, etc.

information that is kinda important to know: location ... where is
your camp? if you can pick a location before, then you can put this
on your material you are handing out. if not, be creative. one year
we made small literature and had a map of burning man. then we brought
a marker to put an "X" where our camp was. problem solved.
you can make like a small booklet/zine for people to read. sometimes
people just want to relax (in the shade) and read, so this works.

no one really can remember or cares about (most) scheduled
events ("friday at 10pm!"), so if you can, just present events
that are on-going (e.g. an installation that is always open) or
predictable and regular (e.g. every night at sunset, all mornings, etc.)

its nice to make some special info for popular camps. a large
sticker or similar can work for this. if you have 10-20 of these,
you can find where people seem to be clustering, and make your mark.
even a small sticker with "visit camp etoy" in the right place can
get the idea into peoples minds -- then they might try to find you
while wandering. it is this reason that you see many such things
at the *portable toilets*! those are popular "gathering" places. haha

on another front, bring a bike. social movement at burning man is made
MANY times easier with a fast way to move around, and a bike is the
only good way to do this. make your bike an etoy advertisement, too!

wow, that was a long rant, no? hopefully out of all this noise you
can find some signal! please let me know if you have any questions
or anything. have fun!

_____________________________________________________________________________ * * *
We target your mind. //



No new comments allowed (anymore) on this post. twisting values since 1994