I was saddened to read on the Tuna Guys Facebook Page:
long time burner, Captain Jim Peterson of Tuna Guys is lost at sea. On 12/12 his boat capsized. The 2 other deck hands were rescued and they will be OK. The search for Capt. Jim has been suspended by the Coast Guard. A memorial fund has been established to help his family. Those of you who wish to donate can do so here.
Few people embodied the Burning Man spirit to me like Captain Jim & The Tuna Guys. I met him my first year on the playa (1998) and have made a point to connect every year since. The only meat I’ve eaten since going vegetarian was tuna caught by Jim & his crew. I am grateful to have been so blessed by his gifts and spirit.
I recorded a tribute to Jim during my weekly podcast.
Recorded live during Hug Nation, Dec. 13, 2011. **NOTE: I AM NOT AN OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF BURNING MAN. I am merely a Participant with a passion for the event, people, and principles of Burning Man. Half-baked ideas & views expressed aren’t necessarily those of the Burning Man organization.” **
It began with the first day of sales with “Ticket-tastrophy.”
And most recently we had “The Great Sell Out.”(If I’ve learned anything from “Carmageddon” it’s that inciting panic requires a catchy name.)
Yep, the rites of passage began long before we started packing this year. And just like a crazy dust storm, each of these challenges tests us and teaches us.
In these videos I address some of the fear and anger swirling around as well as highlight some of the lessons to be found in all this.
“Burning Man ‘News’” – Aug. 2, 2011
“Sellouts, Scalpers, & Surrender” July 26, 2011
As mentioned in the 1st video, it is important to resist the urge to focus on just the negative stories. The news wants to focus on the scalpers. But there are also amazing Burners who are selling their tickets at face value…even though the market value is much higher. Why? Because their values are more important than their wallets. THAT IS AWESOME. We will survive this social dust storm just fine.
These views are solely the views of Halcyon and do not represent the opinions of The Burning Man Organization or Major League Baseball.
The act of declaring yourself an artist is a bold one.
You are saying, “I consciously alter my environment. I shape the world. I create.”
This is in direct opposition to our socialization.
We are expected to walk a well-worn path of consuming. Our role is to passively consume media, products, & ideas.
So many of our societal systems are designed for us to be passive. No ruler or corporation wants to deal with active decision makers.
Unfortunately, artists do not fit well in a society that prefers passivity. (side note: I would argue that “artists” are not a type of person, but simply the state that EVERY person gets to when they are actively living.)
So is there anywhere where the artist (or state of being an artist) is welcome and at home? Read more »
Let me clarify that I am not intending to be critical of the DoLab or festival attendees. I mean to point out that as our community grows quickly, we need to remember a few things:
1) Have compassion for people in all stages of their conscious evolution.
2) Role model good behavior.
3) Help people understand that a Principle is much more than something we “should* do…. it is something that can elevate your joy and change your life.
(This is more of a “Philosophical” tip. For more on the “How” of Leaving No Trace, consult BurningMan.com & The Survival Guide.)
**NOTE: I AM NOT AN OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF BURNING MAN. I am merely a 13-year Participant with a passion for the event, people, and principles of Burning Man. Views expressed aren’t necessarily those of the Burning Man organization.” **
One of the themes of this year’s Regional Summit was “Collaborative Leadership.” A number of Burners submitted videos about the subject and a compilation video was shown at the live event. Here’s my complete (90 second) video reflecting on Collaborative Leadership and how it creates magic at Burning Man.
Now that you know how to avoid death, dehydration and dismemberment, are there any other tips for making Burning Man even more amazing?
Youbetcha! Several years ago I started recording collections of things I’ve learned over many years of participation. (This will be my 14th Burn.)
Part 1 includes: BASICS, GLUE GUN, GLOVES, WET NAPS, WATER TRUCK, PISS BUCKET, SOCKS, & SHOES.
(NOTE: I’m told that water trucks contain non-potable water and should not be used in the way described in the video. And ALL of these tips are solely the views of Halcyon and do not represent the The Burning Man Organization or Major League Baseball. Also, “Gifting It” is no longer available at that URL, but can be found in the Burning Man marketplace.)
Stay tuned for more tips! Have some tips? Share in the comments!