2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Cargo Cult - Who is John Frum? He is known to us by many names, this Visitor from Elsewhere, dispenser of endless abundance and wielder of mysterious technologies: John Frum, Quetzalcoatl, Osiris, "Bob." His cargo is splendid, his generosity boundless, his motives beyond our understanding. But across the ages and around the world, the stories all agree: one day he will return, bearing great gifts. Our theme this year asks three related questions; who is John Frum, where is he really from, and where, on spaceship Earth, are we all going?

Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby unjonharley » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:44 pm

Hoping some mother in law plant comes through my cargo port. I know some people I would gladly share with..
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Postby edbrez » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:51 pm

"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man" Dr Johnson
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby unjonharley » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:01 pm

edbrez wrote:
unjonharley wrote:The potato was a cargo cult item to the Irish.. The potato came from South America


The Great Irish Famine
Cargo cult failure...


Potato was introduced as cattle feed before they were eating them The the disease "potato blight set in and spread to other garden plants. A million died in that time.. .
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:09 pm

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby edbrez » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:22 pm

unjonharley wrote:
edbrez wrote:
unjonharley wrote:The potato was a cargo cult item to the Irish.. The potato came from South America


The Great Irish Famine
Cargo cult failure...


Potato was the only thing there was to eat.


Potatoes were introduced as a supplementary food source to the Gentry of the Establishment, more than likely from Spain, who brought back from Peru.
Irish became dependent as ever increasing land rents forced the Irish to grow only potatoes because they required far less land to cultivate.
All money earned working (if paid) went to Landlord to pay for land rents to maintain right to grow crop.
The Irish prior to this survived on milk butter grain etc as all other European countries did at the time, but due to pressures created by The ruling establishment The Crown, the Irish were forced to become less diverse in their cultivation to ensure a father could support his family. Land rents paid to the ruling classes who were granted all the lands created the circumstances that resulted in the Great Irish Famine. Then the blight occurred and the rest is history.

The population fell by 25% from 8million
In the subsequent years emigration was the main reason for population decline, thus why the Irish have such a large diaspora
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:42 pm

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:53 pm

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Because we're so sick of Fairytale of New York.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:55 pm

Never liked vodka anyway. I'd love some sago whiskey, though.

Let's get back to feeling sorry for people who live on tropical islands.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:00 pm

I bet those chafe when she walks.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:01 pm

Burningman 2013: Cargo Cults--It's All About the Chafing
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby AbundantChoice » Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:05 pm

If you don't like the 2013 theme, go ahead and anagram it into a different one! Pretend the theme is OCCULT RAG.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Rice » Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:11 pm

AbundantChoice wrote:If you don't like the 2013 theme, go ahead and anagram it into a different one! Pretend the theme is OCCULT RAG.

There is no rule that states one needs to pay attention to the theme!! Radical Self Expression includes the right to do whatever the heck you want....
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:11 pm

I love the theme. And I'm not all that thrilled about Crowley's newspaper...
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby trilobyte » Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:41 pm

stretch80 wrote:There is no rule that states one needs to pay attention to the theme!! Radical Self Expression includes the right to do whatever the heck you want....

Exactly!
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:08 pm

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stretch80 wrote:There is no rule that states one needs to pay attention to the theme!! Radical Self Expression includes the right to do whatever the heck you want....

Exactly!

I'm going to get a bullhorn and ride around the playa at 6 am telling people that this is a great theme and they should express their joy right now.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby trilobyte » Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:16 pm

Or dress up like 1970's era Cheap Trick with some friends and proclaim yourself to be the Theme Police..

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:40 pm

How about if I dress up like the love child of 70s Cheap Trick and 40s Red Army Choir and call myself the Theme Checkists?
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Eric » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:26 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:I just wish I understood what it is about wheat-sourced vodka that makes it "vodka" as opposed to say, whiskey. No malt?
And grapes? Why isn't that brandy?


Vodka is distilled past the "mash" stage, then filtered. I believe it's also not aged, but not positive on that.
Whiskey (Scotch, Bourbon etc) keep some mash in & are aged. The barrels they age in affect their flavor.
Gin is basically vodka with juniper added after distillation ("basically" being the key word).
Etc...

As for what they are distilled from... that only matters if there are regulations on what you can call something. "Rye" must contain a certain amount of that grain to legally use that name, in Britain a "Single Malt Whiskey" must be made from Barley, etc. US Vodka is: "neutral spirits, so distilled, or so treated after distillation with charcoal or other materials, as to be without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color." Pretty much anything can be used to become a neutral spirit - fruit, grain, potato...

As for brandy or vodka from grapes - again, depends on the distillation. If you leave some grape mash in, brandy. If you distill the mash out & filter it, vodka.

And now I really need to get dressed for NYE! I have to be at work in a little over an hour...


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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:21 pm

So, theoretically, you could make something whiskey-ish with from potatoes, by using mash and aging.


Which means, that somewhere out there someone is doing it.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby aserendipity » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:37 pm

at juvie they called it pruno and proudly showed me the ingredients
which were anything and stashed anywhere
because I was only an ombudsman I listened and shuddered and said that care would be needed to avoid blindness
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:58 pm

They called it pruno because it was pruno. I'm discussing the possibility of some serious foodie variant of booze. A different ethos. Wanting to get drunk, sure, but not in that absolutely desperate way.

Shit, I should be trying the persimmon.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:38 am

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:54 am

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:39 pm

How many tiki bars will there be this year? Any guesses?
In all likelihood we will see a new record set.

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:41 pm

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby unjonharley » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:50 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:How many tiki bars will there be this year? Any guesses?
In all likelihood we will see a new record set.

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I could bare to see one more.. If it were mounted on an octocycle..Or would all the riders get a DUI??
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Rice » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:57 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:How many tiki bars will there be this year? Any guesses?
In all likelihood we will see a new record set.

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If anyone is going to do a "tiki bar", I hope they do not try to use a thatched roof... Anything that will dry up and flake/fall apart is not going to be let past the gate. (LNT) The roof in the original post is better, since it will not decay - fall apart or MOOP the playa....

So, none of this:
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby unjonharley » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:01 pm

Tempting, I have large bamboo patch to thin this spring.. Some of it is over 20 feet.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:29 pm

Unjon, bamboo is a fantastic material! Do bring some to doll up your camp!

I may be shopping for a new drink vessel for this year...
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