Posts for category Playa Tips


August 25th, 2012  |  Filed under Dematerialize, Environment, Playa Tips

The Burner’s Guide to Leaving No Trace: MOOP Mania

The MOOP Squad is an international litter-fighting phenom!

Well folks, this is it. Burning Man starts in two days, the Man burns in seven — and as we Playa Restoration crew members like to say, it’s just ten days to cleanup!

That’s right: While you’re preparing for the biggest, weirdest week of the year, we’re already itching to get out there and start picking up MOOP!

Why are we so excited to clean up our city? One simple reason:

When Burning Man cleans up after itself, Burning Man gets to happen again next year.

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August 22nd, 2012  |  Filed under Building BRC, Environment, Participate!, Playa Tips, Preparation

Collexodus wants YOU

Exodus photo by Danger Ranger

You know how every year when you leave Burning Man after partying your butt off, interacting with amazing art, seeing your friends and making new ones, and wandering around an amazing city unlike any you’ve ever encountered that magically rises up out of a prehistoric lakebed; you go home and take a shower and maybe have a beer and think about how great that was? Well, there are people still out in those dust storms and that searing heat making sure everything is torn down, stowed and shipped and any little bits of trash you possibly, accidentally were inconsiderate about not taking home with you are being all picked up so we can throw this little event again next year.

DA and crew, photo by fling93

I was talking with DA who runs the Playa Restoration (or Resto) Crew and he told me how when the event is over they spend weeks tearing down Black Rock City’s structures and then walking miles each day in the sun over grids, making sure to pick up every last bit of trash that may have made it to the playa floor. The goal is to leave the playa as clean as it was before the event and it is hard, grueling work. They start early in the morning and DA tells me that around 3:15 in the afternoon someone will invariably yell “Morale!” and the crew will stop, go to the shade and drink a couple cold beers and eat some snacks. This makes the remaining two hours go by faster.

That beer and snacks are donated by you, kind citizen of Black Rock City.

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August 21st, 2012  |  Filed under Playa Tips

PSA: A Burning Man Tip – Where do I find the Internet?

One week to go! I’m so excited I can’t feel my legs! Do you think I’ll need those?

One of the most commonly asked questions on the playa is: “Where can I get an internet connection?” Today’s Public Service Announcement is here to help!

You can listen below:

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If you need more information, here are some other recent PSA’s you might enjoy (WARNING: PSA’s were made in a facility containing peanuts):

Leave no Trace!
Prepare for the Weather!
Cope with Traffic!
Meet the Theme Camps!

Caveat is the Volunteer Coordinator for Media Mecca at Burning Man. His opinions are in no way statements of the Burning Man organization. Contact him at Caveat (at) Burningman.com

August 20th, 2012  |  Filed under Playa Tips

(An unlikely) Public Service Announcement – Meet the Theme Camps!

Photo by Fanghong

There’s no problem in this world that a good PSA can’t fix – with the exceptions of genocide and erectile dysfunction.

That’s why today’s Public Service Announcement is about how to meet interesting people on the playa – a solvable problem! Although, be careful: it may lead to genocide or erectile dysfunction.

You can listen below:

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If you need more information, here are some other recent PSA’s you might enjoy, none of which were made with animal products:

Caveat is the Volunteer Coordinator for Media Mecca at Burning Man. His opinions are in no way statements of the Burning Man organization. Contact him at Caveat (at) Burningman.com

August 19th, 2012  |  Filed under Playa Tips, Preparation

The Secret to Eating Vegetables at Burning Man

[Guest blogger Jennifer Scribner is a lazy foodie and enthusiastic Burner since 2006. As a Nutritional Therapist and the founder of Body Wisdom Nutrition, she specializes in helping people learn to prepare delicious whole foods to heal illnesses by healing digestive problems first. She wows her campmates and neighbors with seemingly gourmet meals that are actually based on minimal effort in the default world.]

The only vegetables I brought to my first few Burns were small packages of baby carrots. Anything other than that seemed like too big of a hassle. Why take time to fool with veggies on the playa when I want to be out participating? Plus, won’t they just go bad in a couple of days? I’ll stick to my string cheese and goldfish crackers, thanks.

Veggies!

By my fourth Burn I thought, “If eating veggies in my daily life makes me feel awesome, why would I give them up for the week when my body is exposed to extreme conditions?” I became determined to figure out how I could make eating veggies at Burning Man easy and convenient. That’s when I stumbled upon the secret: chop all your veggies before you leave for the Burn, then seal them up in plastic containers or Ziploc bags and pack them in your cooler. Read more »

August 17th, 2012  |  Filed under Playa Tips

(Almost Certainly Not Really A) Public Service Announcement – Cope with Traffic!

It’s much, much, worse than this. Photo by OsvaldoGago.

Back when I got extremely drunk with a high ranking member of BMIR’s leadership team, I was specifically asked to prepare a PSA about how to handle traffic at Burning Man.

The first thing I learned is: Don’t drink and write a PSA. They’ll just accuse you of setting a bad example. But goddammit, I don’t have a problem, the Interstate Highway System has a problem! Have you seen how crooked those roads are? There’s only one way to cross a mountain, and that’s to go through it!

For the rest of my tips about how to handle traffic at Burning Man, listen below:

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Enjoy! And if there’s a topic you’d like me to produce a PSA for, drop me a line. Or actually don’t. It’s pretty close to Burning Man and I haven’t done any preparation yet. Do you think I’ll need a tent?

Caveat is the Volunteer Coordinator for Media Mecca at Burning Man. His opinions are in no way statements of the Burning Man organization. Contact him at Caveat (at) Burningman.com

August 16th, 2012  |  Filed under Playa Tips

Halcyon’s Tips & Tricks #12 “Artists”

One last message before you head to the Playa. Intended for Virgins, but a good reminder for everyone.

*I’ll be hosting HugNation on the Playa this year again on Tuesday. And again, with a Pink Ride, on Thursday. Join us!

August 14th, 2012  |  Filed under Playa Tips

(Probably not a) Public Service Announcement – Prepare for the Weather!

The desert can kill you. Photo by Ubub92

This is the second in a series of PSA’s for playa radio station BMIR that emerged out of too much bourbon and sexual tension.

BMIR staff tell me that my PSA’s are being reviewed carefully because they’re “kind of inaccurate and vaguely hostile,” so be warned.

Today’s lesson:  Prepare for the Weather!  (It’s gonna be brutal out there!)

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Enjoy!  And if there’s a topic you’d like me to produce a PSA for, drop me a line.

Caveat is the Volunteer Coordinator for Media Mecca at Burning Man.  His opinions are in no way statements of the Burning Man organization.  Contact him at Caveat (at) Burningman.com