Don’t Want to Lose Your Camera on Playa?

Camera Van by Harrod Blank, 2001 (photo by Steve Schwartz)
Camera Van by Harrod Blank, 2001 (photo by Steve Schwartz)

Every year, plenty of lost cameras are handed into PlayaInfo, looking for their rightful owners.  And every year, we do our best to reunite them, through the efforts of our Lost and Found team, and by putting identifying pictures up on our website.  Ender writes in from Arizona, offering this brilliant idea to make sure that if your camera is lost, you’re sure to get it back.  Check it out:

“Write down your serial number, make and model for all important items (cameras, bicycles, etc) and have it in your manila folder (that would contain your health insurance information, health conditions/allergies, emergency contacts, serial numbers, etc.) in your vehicle.  Have pictures of your items too (for the thoroughly prepared).

Write your name, playa information (playa address & playa name with which you can be found in PlayaInfo) and default world mailing address/contact info (ie: email address or phone number) on a sheet of paper, in large font/marker. Kick down your camera’s megapixels to the smallest setting, and take the first picture on every clean memory card that you’re going to take to BM. This will become the first picture (depending on your camera setup) seen when someone checks out your found camera, to see who it belongs to – or when someone checks out that memory card they found laying on the playa.  Even better, snap a picture of yourself, with that information legibly visible next to your grinning face.

If your camera has internal memory, turn it on and do the same. Internal memory stays with your camera, even if your card is out playing somewhere.  You can also make a (usually much smaller) image and upload it to your card or camera if you’re technically sophisticated enough – in almost all cameras it will display the same size as a full-sized picture on the camera’s LCD screen.”

And to this, we’d like to add:

For cameras that take video, filling out your Personal Use Agreement for permission to shoot video in BRC has two advantages – not only will you get a tag for your camera and permission to shoot imagery and use it for sharing with friends and family, but if your camera is lost and turned in to Burning Man, we will do everything in our power to find your contact info by using the tag number to search for your PUA and reunite you with your camera. Yet another good reason to register! PUAs are available at the Greeters, Playa Info, and the Ranger Stations.  Or you can download a PDF of it.

First Timer? Start Here

Greetings from your friendly Burning Man Web Team …

We wanted to let you know that we’ve recently updated our First Timer’s Guide on the website, which is an ideal resource for getting newbies oriented as they undertake the thrilling process of heading to their first Burn. Remember your first time? Whether you’re a Burning Man first-timer yourself, or know one who could use a primer, head over there … it’s a great place to start.

The Xara Learning Village Charter School

Anthony Petersen/ Image Gallery

On April 19, 2008, Burning Man’s Communications Manager, Andie Grace, received the email below from Mark Hinkley, a Burning Man acquaintance. Mark is the former Regional Contact for San Diego; he also organized both the Xara theme camp at Burning Man, and then later, in 2003, a Southern California art/music/creativity and mythology festival called Xara Dulzara, which grew from 200 people to 1100 in 2006.

In the years since, Mark has remained on the Regional Contacts discussion list as an emeritus member, and has kept in touch with Andie Grace about his latest projects. From time to time, he’d send an email to fill us in on his latest ideas about Burning Man or Xara. This April 19 email was titled “A spring update from Mark.”


Detroit Temple – The Dream Project

It just seems fitting somehow, considering this year’s theme and your 2008 street names, that what we’ve lovingly dubbed America’s motor city, Detroit, is awash with frenzied Burning Man activity. (For more on the street names, check out Larry Harvey’s recent post about them.)

So, if you happen to be passing by Detroit anytime soon, perhaps on an extended road trip to the Black Rock Desert, then stop by Peace Park to see its newest addition, The Temple Of The American Dream. A collaborative effort among the Detroit Burning Man community, the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF), David Best and Detroit community organizations have served to facilitate the realization of a shared dream–to reclaim the historic Old Redford / Brightmoor neighborhood from urban blight and gift a new public space to the people of Detroit. Visit The Detroit Dream Project Website.


Getting a Head of Ourselves

Head frame & lattice (Photo by Aaron Muszalski)
Head frame & lattice (Photo by Aaron Muszalski)

Black Rock Station, NV. June 23rd, 2008 – The cutters are nearing the end of their task, and are gradually moving on to gluing each ring or rib together with its mate. Thus assembled, each curved piece is meticulously hand sanded to remove any remaining imperfections or irregularities. Meanwhile, Krew members Dr. Glowire and Spyral have begun plotting out the complex angles required to create the Man’s iconic head.


The Bacontinuum

Time Since Bacon (Photograph by Ben Stoelting)
Photo: Ben Stoelting. Baconeer: Meredith Scheff

All of the Man Krew’s work is based on a complicated algorithm.

[Note: My apologies for the lack of posts. A dodgy Internet connection has made updating impossible for the past few days. It’s sorted now, and the story of the Man build will resume forthwith.]