I was a crew member on the Burninator Grid project at Burning Man 2009. This was the 3rd incarnation of the Burninator – a creation of Bill Codding. Essentially it was a field of 16 large fire cannons 20 meters apart that were triggered by a computer sequencer.
The Burninator had some unique safety features, including a solenoid fuel shut-off valve and bullet spliced wiring… so that any sort of mishaps, such as an art car backing into a tank, would immediately shut down the whole system.
The effect was a very loud, hot and intense experience. At more or less two hours past dark each night, we lit up our pilot lights and waited for an unsuspecting person to wonder into the grid. At which point we’d fire all the cannons and watch the person jump out of the skin. Of course the lucky winner got to climb the 4 foot platform in the center, select a sequence, and trigger the fire cannons.
We were happy to get many people up on stage to trigger the big booms: friends, kids, Burning Man staff, EMS workers, cops, people with big stupid grins on the faces, as well as a long line of dudes asking ‘how does it work?… how much pressure in the tanks? how big are the valves? etc.” To which my response was, ‘less talk, more rock. Push the button and make the crowd happy.”
My old friend Alita Edgar brought me in to help set up a quick WordPress site for New Orleans Airlift project – the Music Box Village.
I set up a Slack team for Airlift. Outside of the corporate world, this is the first time I’ve convinced a team to take the leap. Hallelujah. I’ve set up six more Slack teams for projects I’m involved in. Let’s see how long it takes for it to catch on for my groups. I’m guessing six months.
I set up Slack teams for three groups I am part of. Will they take to it? I get the feeling it won’t happen right away… probably six months from now when they hear that their little niece is using it to organize her soccer team or Girl Scout troop.
How it works
You get an email for a team you are on. Like say – I don’t know you are getting married. Unless you are eloping, you are on a team… and your team is on a journey. Fasten your seat belt.
Slack does a lot… but the best thing is channels. So #centerpieces – moms, there you go.
Brother and soon to be brother-in-law have strong opinions about craft beer? #craftbeer_to_be _served. Have at it fellas.
#expenses – Ooh.. Let’s make this one private and invite in only the people that need to be there.
That’s it.. that’s Slack. Does a bunch of other shiz. Send documents. Direct messaging. But the main deal.. you don’t have to read every dog gone email just because someone thinks it’s important and shot it out to the whole group.
Let’s be very clear. Many of us have been in a nightclub bathroom where all the rules go out the window. People of both sexes, all sexual orientations, and identities, are doing their hair, taking a piss, doing blow, or maybe even starting a family in one of the stalls – in whatever bathroom happens to be free. And in the context for that night – the code of conduct is temporarily lowered by consensus. And you would hope, should something get out of hand – people would do something in pretty quick order.
That is not what we are talking about here. In your Walmarts, your schools, your goverment offices and business.. your highway rest stops – there are rules to make sure that creepy stuff is not happening and that everyone can do their business in a safe setting. Everyone. Creepy behavior does not belong in public bathrooms. If I walk into a public bathroom and see a straight man shooting up, i’m turning right around and filing a complaint.
Be-ing trans-gender is a real. It is not behavior – it is an identity. There’s nothing creepy about it. Here’s an expert link to get up to speed. If you are not up to speed, ok.. But no time like the present to get informed.
I recently watched – back to back – What Happened Miss Simone? – a documentary about Nina Simone – and Beware of Mr. Baker? – a film about the rock drummer Ginger Baker for the 60s rock band Cream.
All i can say is. Holy shiz. Like – holy mother flipping shiz. I had heard she was mad as a hatter. But I had no idea. She once walked up to Martin Luther King and shouted I’m not non-violent. On stage, her personal demons fueled by the indignities of the times enhanced her performances to hypnotic and frightening levels.
Ginger Baker looks, plays, and acts like the spawn of Satan. Not someone to turn your back on.
But – wow – what incredible artists. Ginger Baker is really a jazz drummer. Would have been wild to seen them on stage together. What would that have been like?
I’m currently under contract for a year working with ReelFeed.tv – helping to develop their VPAID applications.
Best purchase of the year for almost less than $100. A comfy, cheap, light and mobile air mattress. Have a patch kit to repair holes in less than 10 minutes. This is honestly the best bed I’ve ever had.
Come stay with us in Portland (OR), Brooklyn (NY), or New Orleans. We began hosting a couple years. I am the online manager, but there’s a team in each city to meet and greet you, clean up, respond to situations. We can point you to all the cool places or events – whether it’s the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar in Treme, or drinks with us under our big oak tree in Portland, or hipster dives in the far reaches of Brooklyn/ Queens.
Private Br/Bath – Historic NE PDX. Our big house in the Historic Irvington neighborhood of NE Portland. This is a shared house. We sleep upstairs. The bedroom and bath we rent out are downstairs – so you will have as much privacy as you want. Have a glass of wine and food with us under the big oak tree in the front yard. Borrow one of our three bikes and see the town.
Brooklyn – Funky 1 Bedroom. On the hipster frontier in Bushwick. Much cheaper and more authentic than the super gentrified parts of Brooklyn (do you hear that Williamsburg?!). Close to the L train and J/M/Z trains.
The Big Chief’s House / Rooms – This house belongs to a Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief. Located in a safe quiet working class neighborhood in Mid City – it’s close to everything . A 20 minute bike ride down tree lined Esplanade Ave. gets you to the French Quarter. It’s 1/2 a block from City Park. A short walk to the Fair Grounds (Jazz Fest). Check our reviews.We rent the house as a whole and individual rooms.
And we have a bike we can loan out.
Come stay with us!
Here’s an awesome tune I’ve never heard. Great for late night driving, thinking, and hatching of schemes. I know noting about Dennis the Fox, but i love his haircut and serial killer glasses.
My good friend and artist Mike Ross asked me to build a WordPress site for him.