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Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:30 pm

Nixon in Caracas.

there was at least one Burning Dick Effigy.


probably many more.



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Postby kitoconnell » Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:36 pm

As I noted in my lexicon entry:
the symbolism of the effigy ties the Burn into a rich cultural, religious, and historical tapestry


I'm highly entertained by the Nixon == effigy symbolism. Thanks for sharing.
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Raver

Postby kitoconnell » Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:14 pm

Today on A Burner Lexicon: Raver
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Theme Camp

Postby kitoconnell » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:52 pm

Today on A Burner Lexicon: Theme Camp
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:00 pm

Like other confused virgins, there are many who have arrived as ravers but left as full-fledged participants.


nail on the head...


Noise Camps / Esplanade is the window dressing to get them in the room.


often as stated above a 'Playaversion" takes place and the "raver" evolves into a new being, is transformed, and makes his/her way thru the dust to call BRC Home for many more reasons than the love of ooontzOOOntzOOOOOntz.

i've seen this awakening occur before.

come for oooontz, stay for the art, culture and community.


is this so bad?

perhaps it will be an Enlightened SparklePony(tm) who will guide our city in the future.

you never know, now do you.
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Postby kitoconnell » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:04 pm

No I think it's an excellent thing. Every virgin arrives confused and with misconceptions about something on the playa. We can measure how well our culture is functioning by how well we are able to inoculate them with our values and morals.
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:17 pm

the very best sheep-dogs used to be wolves.
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Postby kitoconnell » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:19 pm

My first burn was a regional. I had been to other festivals (mostly pagan ones) and figured this was going to be exactly the same. I was lost within minutes of arriving. What do you mean I can't camp wherever I want?
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:31 pm

the first year i went was helco, and that night i was altered chemically and could not find my camp to save my life.

at first nervous, then terrified, then........then it happened, i realized it really didn't matter, why worry?

the feeling of lightness was almost unbearable, to paraphrase Kundera, and the moment is forever locked in my mind.

why worry? what good is it doing? is it helping me in my life, or task at hand or relationship or anything for that matter?

no.

enjoy the moment, every moment, this moment, that moment, it gives a sudden urgency to life that is lacking i'm afraid in too many people.

Relax, Be who you are, Go out of your comfort zone but be comfortable in your own skin.

these notions were all foreign to me, that is not how i was brought up.

here comes the pitch...

i did change my life. How can anything this profound not?

now i sound like some fucking hippy, but dammit, i fell in love with the dust, and have been fiercely loyal to it ever since.

it is from whence i came and to it i will return, year after year until i can no longer.

even then i will return, eventually.
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Postby kitoconnell » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:35 pm

Thanks for sharing this. I know I have had some very similar and profound realizations. A decade on, I can't imagine quitting.
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Bicycle

Postby kitoconnell » Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:42 pm

Today on A Burner Lexicon, Bicycle:
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Also, from yesterday, some thoughts on the Lexicon:
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Why I write

Postby kitoconnell » Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:38 am

Today in lieu of a Lexicon entry, I posted this short piece on why I am writing about Burning Man:
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Re-Entry

Postby kitoconnell » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:37 pm

Today on A Burner Lexicon, Re-Entry: http://kitoconnell.com/lexicon-reentry/
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Postby moonrise » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:56 pm

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Village

Postby kitoconnell » Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:15 pm

Today on a Burner Lexicon, 'Village':
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Postby fbcota » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:28 am

You should add:

Trustafarian

and

Raccoon

Also is there a term for the Swag that you get that basically becomes instant moop. You know, the bad gifts. For example I had a kid try to give me about 40 carnival tickets (the ones you get from the games to redeem for stuffed animals) or during the burn found another kid passing out cheap 3d glasses from a stack of about 500 he had.

Ok, I will try to loosely define both. Will need some serious wordsmithing or maybe the original source.

Trustafarian: The Trustafarian is any individual who professes to have found a new way to exist outside of the norm. These individuals usually profess a fondness for popular alternative religeons (generally Rastafarian or Buddhism) but however do not understand the religeon beyond the context of the music they listen to. Trustafarians finance all actions through trust funds established by family members, or through illicit drug sales. In the wild Trustafarians are most often heard preaching during the temple burn vague statements akin to "Its time to shine", "The Universe will guide your soul" and "Trust your third eye"

Raccoon (Sub species of the sparkle pony): The Raccoon is a group animal. They always travel in groups of 3 or more. When a raccoon is hungry they find an open meal and send the smallest most attractive raccoon to investigate the food. If the small raccoon is successfully fed, they will return to the other raccoons. At which point all raccoons will slowly recover as much food as they can. When discovered the raccoons generally scurry quickly into the darkness (Raccoons are generally darktards, which makes there detection especially challenging). Raccoons will repeat this pattern with any urge, particularily dancing, drug use and procreation.
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and then there are dogs.

Postby Simon of the Playa » Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:11 am

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Oontz

Postby kitoconnell » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:45 pm

Thanks for your continued comments, suggestions and interest in this series.

Today we cover 'Oontz oontz'
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:15 pm

i take offense at the denigration by use of the terms "Hippy" and "raver".

you as a linguist can appreciate the subtle difference and nuance that words can have.

WE ARE ZIPPIES

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zippie


and we are entirely new DNA...

put that in your DMT pipe and smoke it.
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Postby kitoconnell » Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:08 pm

50,000 unwashed freaks in the desert for a week, driving mutant vehicles, sharing everything in a gift economy and dancing for hours on end to oontz oontz music while many are in states of questionable sobriety? You might think everyone at Burning Man is a hippie; you might argue that Burn culture is a descendent of the counterculture that came to prominence during the 1960s, but has roots which go back much further.

If you did make these arguments, you’d probably be right. But while some hippies embrace the term, for others it’s used with (playful?) disdain. You might be a hippie, but we’re serious artists, musicians, Burners, etc (see also: Burnier-than-thou).


From A Burner Lexicon on hippie.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:14 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:i take offense at the denigration by use of the terms "Hippy" and "raver".

you as a linguist can appreciate the subtle difference and nuance that words can have.

WE ARE ZIPPIES

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zippie


and we are entirely new DNA...

put that in your DMT pipe and smoke it.


Not as new as all that...
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:44 pm

you're right...we've been doing this for years... :wink:


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FreezerBurn

Postby kitoconnell » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:04 pm

Today on A Burner Lexicon: FreezerBurn
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Catchphrases

Postby kitoconnell » Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:31 am

Today on A Burner Lexicon, some popular catchphrases:
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Virgin

Postby kitoconnell » Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:45 am

A Burner Lexicon on Virgins:
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Postby MyDearFriend » Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:08 pm

Thanks, Kit! I want to say that all y'all at eplaya have been great sherpas for this birgin so far, thank you...

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Okay now I got the lingo, does that make me 'stealth' or what?
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Postby Dr Helix » Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:33 pm

Hey Kit, has "Walk of Shame" been covered yet?
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Postby moonrise » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:39 pm

"Frog March" hmmmm?
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Postby moonrise » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:39 pm

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I am surprised by knowing this type of news. I have lot of wish to write enough on this topic. But, i am so shocked. For this, i am not able to write more.

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