Flipside Flame April 2016

FBSLogoWe’re getting ever closer to Burning Flipside, so publication of the Flame and Announce will pick up the pace a bit. There’s a lot of information heading your way, so hold onto your NO! Please, do us all a favor and read the whole thing. It’s worth your time, and there’s lots of good advice.

For more info, stay tuned to:

Remember, if you have something you’d like to contribute to the Flame or Announce, use Flipside Flame/Announce Submission page to send it in. Announce tends to be at the beginning of the month, and Flames usually get published around the middle of the month. Get me the info at least a week before then, and I’ll do my best to get your contribution included.

~Editor


Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer!

Howdy, Flipizens. This is Dahling, your volunteer coordinator.
We are trying a new program this year, to help with people who want to help, but who don’t quite know how…. we are allowing volunteer intake through volunteer roulette.
How does this work?

Well, you fill out the friendly neighborhood form here.

And then, our lovely volunteering team will analyze the results, and in the background, magically find a place where you can help out. It could be anywhere, so long as the departments don’t have training requirements.
(also, leads, if you’re seeing this, and want volunteers from this, please let me know privately if you have not already done so)

Shaven Apes Needed

Like helping people build things and looking for folks in need of assistance? Sign up to be an Ape!
Be someone’s hero! Shaven Apes are the helping hands of Pyropolis. We help hold poles, bang stakes, and, in the case of last year, lay a lot of hay.

Our shifts are 3 hours long and you get to be a part of art projects, theme camps, and have an inside look at what folks are doing or have brought out this year.

We are not a safety department, so new event attendees can volunteer. If you have a friend coming for the first time and looking for a great way to participate, send them our way. Shaven Apes wouldn’t exist without volunteers. Sign up for a shift today. Thursday shifts are in particular need!

Work Weekend 4

We have one more work weekend left, May 6-8. ONLY THOSE WHO ATTENDED AND WORKED DURING WORK WEEKENDS 1, 2 OR 3 MAY COME TO WW 4.

Weather permitting, we will be treating for fire ants and poison ivy. We have some road work to finish and trail maintenance to do. There are always sticks to pick up and burn. Sign up on the Work Weekend Sign Up Form (required for entry on the land; don’t just show up).


New Traffic Pattern for Pyropolis

Yes, you heard that right. As you arrive to Pyropolis, or pilot your mutant vehicle during the event, you may notice some slight changes to the traffic directions this year.

While the eastern half of the city remains somewhat the same, the effigy loop has been reversed, creating an infinite loop pattern and a criss-crossing interchange in the center.2016RoadDirectionMap

Located at this intersection is the Crossroads Civic Center, where you can find the Volunteer Grove, Earth Guardians Meet Up, Recycling, and rumor has it, a mail delivery kiosk for those cards and packages that just need to get delivered within Pyropolis come hell or high water (knock on wood).

Please obey any traffic flow signs including one way, yield and stop signs as well as the 5 mile per hour speed limit for all vehicles.


PETs Advice

On the 1st day in the great desert, the Burning Man spoketh thus, “All should endeavor toward self-reliance. That they may needeth not, and taketh care of their own shit.

pets_patchI want to talk about first aid kits.
Every individual should have one.

But FOR REAL, CAMPS, THEME CAMP OR OTHERWISE, SHOULD HAVE A KIT. This is the biggest thing theme camps can do to help PETs Nobody plans on needing it, but then they need it. So buy it with camp dues. Whether or not you choose to share of your kit with people outside your camp is up to your giving burning soul.

Tips

  1. Tailor your kit to your own potential needs, as well as your skill/knowledge level. Put stuff in there that you have wanted in the past. Put tampons in there if you’re the type to need such things. Put stuff in there relevant to your, or your campmates’ medical conditions. A paper list of your medical conditions, medications and allergies. Glucose tablets and a spare glucometer in if you’re a diabetic. Etc.
  2. If you have a kit, and there’s stuff in there you don’t know how to use, either learn how to use it, or throw it away. Practice with your kit as much as you can. Sure, you’ll use your precious stuff, but then it will be more valuable because you know how to use it correctly. This also reduces the need to….
  3. Check you kit from time to time. At least yearly. Meds expire, tape and such decomposes. Especially if you store it in a car in the Texas summer. Crusty unusable supplies are no good.
  4. Buy quality stuff. Lots of pre-made kits have these little dinky tweezers in them with blunt tips, worthless scissors, etc.
  5. Buy generics instead of brand names of everything until you have personally found them to not be as good. This applies to things like moleskin as well.

The Actual List

  1. Things to have in your kit if you don’t have them elsewhere:
    • Soap (Poison ivy’s active compound is an oil. Tecnu is very expensive. Dish soap cuts oils just as well)
    • Handwashing stuff. Pump sprayers are $12 at Home depot. This reduces water use and can be used as a great cooling method.
    • Bug repellent
    • Blanket. Have you ever tried moving a passed out person? Bodies are very floppy and hard to move. A blanket or similar thing will let you haul them back to camp, or whatever. Also keeps you warm. Even in May, a person laying out all night can get cold. Wool stays warm even when wet.
    • Electrolytes. It’s what plants crave. Gatorade….I don’t know, easy to carry in powder form, cheap, but kind of sucks. Too much sugar, no magnesium. If used, mix 1/2 and 1/2 with water. Eating complex foods is best, juices. Coconut water is bland if you’re nauseated.
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Duct Tape
  2. First aid kit
    • Mole skin for blisters.
    • Bandaids of multiple sizes and shapes. Breathable preferred
    • Coban – that self adhering elastic wrap. Be careful with latex allergy
    • Gauze – in sterile packaging. Flat pieces and in roll form.
      With Coban and Gauze you can pretty much cover anything. There is a huge variety of choices when it comes to putting white stuff on red stuff. Again, the most important thing is that you know how to use different products.
    • Saline – contact solution. Good for washing ash, bugs out of eyes. Also good for cleaning cuts.
    • Eye drops I like regular eye drops. Numbing and irritation relief varieties exist
    • Good tweezers, not bad tweezers. Fine point or flat tipped. Good for splinters and cactus thorns.
    • Antibiotic cream: In general, I’m not a huge neosporin fan, at least not for small stuff. I get cut and scraped all the time and have never gotten tissue infections. Soap and keeping it clean are your best bet. That said, camping for several days may make that difficult. Being a dirty hippie may make that difficult. Using the river as your primary means of bathing may make that difficult. Also, punctures, like stepping on a stick, can get infected easily.
    • Aloe vera or a time travel device and more sunscreen
    • Disposable gloves You’re way more likely to touch someone who needs help if you’re wearing these. Also useful for touching anything greasy, sticky or otherwise gross. Also useful for ice packs.
    • ACE bandage The best thing for an injury is rest. People never want to do that. Find a former athlete and get them to show you how to wrap injuries.
    • Tape Useful for taping injuries as well. Don’t make this stuff up, get a knowledgeable person to show you. Too tight wraps can be dangerous.
    • Scissors
  3. Over the counter meds: OTC meds are not harmless. Read warnings. Make sure people you give them to are familiar with them, or have read and comprehended warnings. Be careful with Tylenol and alcohol, as well as Advil and not drinking enough water. Be careful with Tylenol in general, it’s actually a very dangerous med.
    There’s a million options. Most are stupid. Here’s a good article about OTC med labeling.
    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/02/what-over-the-counter-drug-labels-really-mean/index.htm

    • Aspirin – pain and potential heart attack.
    • Pain and swelling (Tylenol for pain, Ibuprofen for both) Lots of options, just pay attention to active ingredients.
    • Anti-diarrhea (loperamide or imodium) I usually prefer to let my body purge itself, especially in the case of food poisoning situations.
    • Anti-nausea (dramamine or meclizine, pepto-bismol)
    • Anti-histamine (diphenhydramine or longer acting drugs for seasonal allergies),
      Hydrocortisone cream for bug bites
    • Calamine lotion for poison ivy, if that works for you. I never use it.

Sincerely, PETs


 Need a Mixer?

Come chill with us! The Combustion Chamber wants to invite you to a mixer.

We want to relax, hear what you think about the Burning Flipside event and community, answer questions or point you in the direction of the volunteer in the know, and share ideas; all while having a drink. Philosophical and practical questions are welcome. Answers are not guaranteed.

Join us at Lloyd the Warehouse, at 7:42pm, on Monday, May 9th. This event is BYOB & LNT.


What Are Rangers?

For those new to the “burner” culture, you may be curious as to who these people wearing khaki and walking around with radios may be. These are the Pyropolis Rangers. They’re participants just like you, who volunteer a portion of their Flipside time to ensuring the safety and well-being of our community. They seem to materialize out of nowhere when something happens, help to solve a problem and then disappear again. They’re like helpful ninjas.

The Pyropolis Rangers are non-confrontational community mediators. In other words, they’re not security, not the police and not your Mommy. They’re experienced burners that are the eyes and ears of Flipside and can be counted on to provide reliable assistance or information when it’s needed most. They’re the clear-headed voice of reason in the chaos, but they are not there to hold your hand and tell you what to do. Keeping you safe from you is not their job.

Becoming a Ranger can be a fun and rewarding experience that doesn’t require much in the way of special skills or a significant amount of time. All Rangers go through training, but honestly the greatest skill a Ranger possesses is to just listen and know what to do when “things get real.”

If you’d like to help contribute to the community and are interested in becoming a Ranger, contact RangerLead16@BurningFlipside.com


Sanitation says ADOPT A POTTY TODAY!

How can you create ART, give a much needed GIFT to the community and ENHANCE everyone’s experience at Flipside? Adopt a Potty! or 2!wicked-witch

It’s a small easy Art Project. You already have your canvas (it’s blue). Make it funny, beautiful, ridiculous – anything other than a potty. Gift those items you like to have in a bathroom but never find in a potty.

Keep in Mind:

  • You must return the potty to it’s Original Condition after the burn
  • Interior decorations must be kept above waist level for easy cleaning.
  • Battery operated lights are great. No Candles though.

Preferred Method: use wire, string, zip ties or S hooks (bend a paper clip) to hang decor from the vent holes at the top.
If you can’t avoid tape: use Gaffer or exterior painters tape (weather resistant kind). NEVER USE Duct Tape or Masking Tape (or you’ll ruin your nails scraping off the residue).
Note: Wiping the area to receive tape with alcohol will help adhesion.
Have fun creating a superior porta potty experience!


Pregnant at Flipside?

Your pregnancy is a natural continuation of your usual life. If you are experiencing a healthy, low-risk pregnancy then you should have no problem camping. If you are experiencing complications or have high-risk indicators, stay home and nurture yourself.

For camping, I would advise an extra comfortable air mattress, pillows, ear plugs, sleeping mask to block light, and a couple battery fans for sleep.

Take everything slow, be willing to just sit with your feet propped up in a shady place. Take some good earplugs. Meet the folks at Kidsville.

Embrace the opportunity to be out in the woods, with so much love, while pregnant, just be aware of the fact that you will likely tire more quickly and be willing to honor the need for rest.

Nutrition Tips

For everyday living you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of non-caffeinated liquids — water, raspberry tea, mineral water. So, if you are 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces. At Flipside :: drink more. Stay hydrated! Pee clear(er)! You want to eat foods that are
salted to taste. Many women have salt cravings because the salt is needed to process nutrients that your baby desires and your body needs those nutrients to build the blood that will help make baby.

Carry some lara bars, nuts, canned dolmas or stuffed eggplant for easy snacks. Keep your protein level up.

Stay hydrated!

Also, for safety and sanity, if you go, agree on a plan and mutual acceptance with your camping partner that you might not be able to stay for the whole event. Be ready & willing to sacrifice the event and go home early … think of it as a test run for the sacrifices you’ll make for your kid over the next umpteen years ;-).

~Kati


Tell the World About Your Event

Your event is going to be AMAZING!
I am super excited to go to your Sunrise Yoga / Sparkle Pony Parade / Bootie Brunch / Dance Party…(all with bacon of course)

Tell everyone about it by REGISTERING YOUR EVENT by May 15th!!!
Do it.
Register your event, so we all can come and enjoy.
For reals…go and register that shit…cause I want to go!
Thanks
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Flip Side Franks

Flip Side Franks will return this year bigger and better out in the Badlands with Ice Cream!

First off, apologies for our absence last year, the mud we could not handle being almost 70… Now that is out of the way, we will be back with a bang. Not only will we be supplying our delicious flame grilled Hot Dogs, with all the wonderful fixings, we have added a wonderful piece of equipment, a Soft Serve machine. Yes you heard me right, we are giving away Ice Cream everyday. Bringing a certain supply with us witch will be divided up proportionately each day. So come early to get your fair share.

Feeding hours will be 11:oo am to 4:oo pm each day. Unless you’re starving, then we’re prone to fire up the grill at any hour, Hee Hee Hee!!!! Look forward to a great burn, and Doc if you see this please reserve our usual spot for us.

Live Love Play

Flipside Flame for March ’16

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March marches inexorably into NO. Several deadlines are coming up, so be sure you’re on top of them!

For more info, stay tuned to:

Remember, if you have something you’d like to contribute to the Flame or Announce, use Flipside Flame/Announce Submission page to send it in. Announce tends to be at the beginning of the month, and Flames usually get published around the middle of the month. Get me the info at least a week before then, and I’ll do my best to get your contribution included.

~Editor


Work Weekends

Sign up for Work Weekends!

Please put these remaining dates in your calendars and join us for prepping the land for our wonderful event!

  • WW-II – March 26
  • WW-III – April 9
  • WW-IV – May 7

Items needed / Work to do:

  • Wheelbarrows are needed for road and trail work (for road base spreading…)
  • Shovels (we have 3 or 4 on hand)
  • Trail cleaning and repairs
  • Spraying poison ivy
  • More limb and downed tree removals

Register ALL the Things!

There are some deadlines you need to know about if you’ve got a theme camp, Art to place, and Mutant Vehicles to bring to Pyropolis.


Greeters

Are Greeters just a happy fun-time welcome-home celebration, or are Greeters only there to make sure everyone attending knows all of our principles and rules?

No.

Greeters are here to GET THIS PARTY STARTED.  This party is a consent party.  This party is a respect party, a boundaries party, a self-reliance party.

This is a party where we dance and shout.  This is also a party where we stop and talk about what kind of party we’re having.  This is a party where we express ourselves, honestly and openly, through a truly baffling range of style and medium.

This is a party where I might be uncomfortable with your self-expression, where I take responsibility for communicating my discomfort, and where you and I can work together so we both have a good time.  This is a party where other people are available to help us work that out.

This is also a party where I don’t touch you or photograph you unless I have your explicit permission and enthusiastic participation.

This is a party where we pick up after ourselves.  This is a party where we get more out of it when we put more into it.

This is a wiki where you can sign up for a shift to help get this party started:  https://wiki.burningflipside.com/wiki/Greeters


Shaven Apes

Like helping people build things and looking for folks in need of assistance? Sign up to be an Ape!
Be someone’s hero! Shaven Apes are the helping hands of Pyropolis. We help hold poles, bang stakes, and, in the case of last year, lay a lot of hay.

Our shifts are 3 hours long and you get to be a part of art projects, theme camps, and have an inside look at what folks are doing or have brought out this year.

We are not a safety department, so new event attendees can volunteer. So if you have a friend coming for the first time and looking for a great way to participate, send them our way. Shaven Apes wouldn’t exist without volunteers. Sign up for a shift today.


Ticket Updates

The Ticket Window has passed. The Mass Gathering Permit has been acquired. All the requests have been processed. There will be NO additional sales of tickets. We’re just going to be a little bit smaller this year.

But there is hope yet! Deploy the Do-ocracy!

A common question from new participants is “How do I get a tickets outside of the ticket window?” There are lots of answers to this question, but the BEST answer is: Volunteer!

If you do not have a ticket for Burning Flipside, the very best way to get a ticket is to volunteer for something, anything, everything. If you volunteer then you are rubbing elbows with ticket holders. Ticket holders usually have more tickets. If you start going to the Warehouse, start volunteering, start meeting with other burners, you will find a ticket.

They say if you want something to be at Flipside, then bring it. That includes yourself. If you think you should be at Flipside, but you don’t have a ticket just yet, just PLAN TO GO. Start packing. Start that art project. Start making those friends. The first step is NOT to get a ticket to go. The first step is to get involved. (check out the work weekend post, for instance)

Yes, there are aftermarket ways to connect to people who are looking to sell their tickets, but volunteering is THE best way to get a ticket outside of the ticket window. When you volunteer, your Lead will likely help you find a ticket, because they need you.

There are no “OFFICIAL” aftermarket sales, but these are two of the clearinghouses.


Road Show Wrap-up

The Flipside Town Hall roads shows were a success! We had the first road show on March 5 in Houston and the second road show on March 12 in Dallas. Both were a great success with at least 30 people in attendance at each location.

The Houston Road Show was a chance to check out their warehouse, talk about their own regional burn event, and discuss a lot of the topics covered during Spring Town Hall in Austin.

At the North Texas Road Show, topics discussed included this year’s theme and effigy, the combustion chamber, safetyside, city planning, greeters, volunteering, and theme camps.

The road shows were so successful that we are planning for an even better town hall road show next year! Want to help prepare for next year’s road shows? Contact Chim-Chim at
https://www.burningflipside.com/contact
for more info.


CC Meetings

The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. CC meetings each start at 7:42 pm at the Warehouse. Special topics are as follows:

March 28:

  • LLC/Regionals/AF Updates 
  • Improving/Increasing Community Engagement – What can we do to increase engagement between the community and the CC? Can the CC use social media to improve our outreach? What other ways can we increase our interaction with the community?

April 11:

  • LLC/Regionals/AF Updates
  • Fireworks – Recent changes to state law will allow fireworks sales over Memorial Day weekend. This topic is an opportunity to reaffirm, strengthen, and disseminate Burning Flipside’s fireworks policy.
  • General Social-Media Communications

Have a topic you believe the community needs to discuss? Send suggestions to us at
https://www.burningflipside.com/contact.  Keep in mind that we discuss community and policy issues, not operational ones.


TinderBox

TinderBox Grant Application Information for Flipside 2016 Art Proposals
This application is specifically for grant money related to art for Burning Flipside 2016. Calls for proposals for other burn events and wider community art projects will be issued as we have funds availability. We issue grants to cover the expenses and materials of creating an art project. We ask that artists cover their own ticket, camping gear, and other personal expenses. Being awarded a TinderBox art grant does not guarantee you entry into the event. Artists must still complete the Burning Flipside ticket acquisition process, and follow all applicable entrance rules.

  • Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Is your project original and creative?
  • Is your plan feasible?
  • Does your project bring value to the burn community and Flipside itself?
  • Do you have a safety plan if necessary?
  • What is your Leave No Trace plan?
  • Is it awesome?

We encourage artists working in any media to apply.
Each grant proposal must be submitted to  us at
https://www.burningflipside.com/contact
as an editable electronic document and include the following information:

1. Your full legal name, street address, phone number, and email address. This information is for financial bookkeeping and granting oversight purposes only and will be removed from the individual applications prior to the jury process.
2. A detailed description of the project. Please answer the following questions:

  • What is your project? (Title, project description)
  • How will your project involve the Flipside community through its planning, creation, realization, and removal? Will it need power? What is your power plan?
  • Does the piece incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is it climbable? If so, how will you ensure the safety of Flipside participants? Please describe your safety plan in detail if applicable. (Note: if flame effects are used, your project will be subject to inspection by the Flipside Fire Chief, who has final say if your project will burn during the event).

3. Your experience and history with projects on the scale of the one you are proposing.
Have you worked on this scale before? In this media? Where and when? How did the project go? Do you have pictures or recordings?
Not having experience does not disqualify you from consideration, though for especially ambitious projects it helps to have a plan to learn new skills you will need.
4. A thorough itemized budget and the amount of grant money you are requesting.
Please include a reasonably researched estimate of the cost of the materials you expect to need.
5. A timeline detailing the planning, creation, installment, and removal of your project.
6. Optional but encouraged: detailed drawings, CAD files/SketchUp documents, sketches, or other graphic illustrations of your creative concept.

Grant winners will signify their intent to:

  • Create the proposed art piece.
  • Save receipts of materials and present copies of those receipts greater than or equal to grant amount along with a short follow-­up report so we can learn from artists’ experiences each grant cycle.
  • Work with the Burning Flipside Burnable Art Team and Art Area Facilitator on placement, burnability, logistics, hype, etc.
  • Return funds if the project cannot be completed. We know life happens, and an artist may not complete their project on time. We will communicate with the artist to figure out the “Why?” as well as the “What next?” We would hope that in most every case, the art would simply be able to be displayed at another burn event, for example Myschievia or FreezerBurn, and are prepared to help facilitate relationships with those event organizers. (With all things, we will consider the artist’s intentions when pursuing any course of recovery action.)
  • Lead one community education workshop. We will work with the artist to find a location, advertise the workshop to the community, organize attendees, etc.

The TinderBox board will choose Art Jurors from a pool of community applicants to select proposals for funding. The selection process will be blind; your name and identifying information will be removed from materials before they are sent to the jury.

After the art is displayed, the artist will retain ownership of that piece. It may be asked that images of the art are obtained, so that we can show our donors what their donations helped create, to the artist’s comfort level.

Jurors will not be current applicants for funding, related to any current applicant for funding, and will have attended at least one Flipside. Jurors will not be TinderBox board members. If you are interested in applying to be a juror, please contact at
https://www.burningflipside.com/contact


Red Dress Run

reddressfoot1The Pyropolis Hash House Harriers will be hosting the annual Flipside Red Dress Run on Saturday, May 28th, at 2:00 PM! We will gather at the burn site at 2:00 for a tour of various Flipside camps, a few beer checks, and an ending with free drinks provided by the Pyropolis Hash House Harriers camp. Attendees are encouraged to bring a red dress, thirst for beer, sense of humor, and a desire to sing/hear classic dirty songs. Running, on the other hand, is entirely optional, and generally discouraged. For more information, stop by the Pyropolis Hash House theme camp during Flipside!

Flipside Flame for February ‘016

FBSLogoSpring Town Hall was a blast, and we saw the first glimpse of what NO means in effigy form. Are you excited yet?

Stay tuned to the Flipside Flame, the Announce email list, and the official Burning Flipside Facebook Page. If you’re a Twitter user, follow @BurningFlipside for 140-character fun. Remember, if you have something you’d like to contribute to the Flame or Announce, use Flipside Flame/Announce Submission page to send it in. Announce tends to be at the beginning of the month, and Flames usually get published around the middle of the month. Get me the info at least a week before then, and I’ll do my best to get your contribution included.

~Editor


YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU…

It takes a boatload of knowledge, experience, care, and feeding to keep the hamsters jogging in the wheels of the technology (websites, wikis, etc.) which facilitate our annual family reunion.

For eons, the sacred knowledge and duty of building and maintaining these wheels has been passed down from flipizen to flipizen, each meticulously hand-selected and arduously trained by the secret cabal in the mystical magic of the Weird Wide Web.

The secret cabal has opened its books and is actively seeking to recruit new members. More hands make light work and lone wizards tire and get lonelier, the more of us who know how to craft these wheels, the less work any single one of us has to do… and so, you are hereby invited to join us and learn to make the magic!

Come and learn how to build modern web apps. Like DaFT, no prior experience is necessary to be a part of this and if you have experience you can help us teach.

All you need is a working computer with wifi and the desire to learn. We will provide the REST.
We need YOU. We will train you. (It’s not rocket surgery.)

If you wish to join us please contact us at
https://www.burningflipside.com/contact
to learn location, dates, and times.


Combustion Chamber Meetings

The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. CC meetings each start at 7:42 pm at the Warehouse. Special topics are as follows:

February 29:

  • LLC Update
  • Regionals Update
  • Firearms—A general discussion of current firearms policy at the WareHouse and the event.
  • Art and Consequences—Does Art have Consequences? What does this mean for our community? Where does my art end and your safety begin? What if my art makes you angry? How can we think about our art to help build our community while maintaining our open minds?

Work Weekends!

Howdy Cats & Kittens ~
Burning Flipside Work Weekends are set! Please put these dates in your calendars and join us for prepping the land for our wonderful event!

  • WW-I – Feb. 19
  • WW-II – March 26
  • WW-III – April 9
  • WW-IV – May 7

What to do: Please contact Saraphina at https://www.burningflipside.com/contact. Let me know what dates you plan on coming out, and I will put you on the list. The list helps us know how many people to plan for and gets you on the super-secret work weekend direct emailer that will give all the specifics of what is needed each weekend.
Cheers,
Saraphina
2016 WW Communications


Burning Flipside Road Shows

If you didn’t get a chance to make it to Town Hall, a Road Show might be coming to a town near you!  Each event is Leave No Trace.

Houston Road Show
March 5, 2016, 1-4PM
908 Winston St, Unit G
Houston TX 77009

North Texas Road Show
March 12, 2016, 1-4PM
2518 Bridal Wreath Ln
Dallas TX 75233


Theme Camp Registration Window

Hello, Theme Camp Leads!

Theme Camp Registration opened February 7th, 2016.

Theme Camp Registration closes April 1st, 2016

So get your theme camp registration information organized and get that lovely form filled out. Don’t be a fool by waiting to the last minute. Friendly reminder: the earlier we have your details, the earlier we can place your camp.

Never say I don’t love you,
♥ Ste. Michelle ♥
https://www.burningflipside.com/contact


Art/Burnable Art/Art Car Registration

Art. We love it. We observe it. We MAKE it. We also register it!

If you have art that burns, it’s SUPER important that we know as early as possible about it. It helps out with theme camp placement, and with Cartography. Register your ART by April 20, 2016!

Register Mutant Vehicles by May 15, 2016.

If you haven’t gotten a secure login, you’ll have to do that first.


 Earth Guardians Ask: Will You Meet Me?

Here’s a Leave No Trace question for the Flipside Flame. Will you meet me?

Earth guardian parades start just south of the Parking Tree in the badlands:

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The exact position may shift a bit as badlands campers move the signs. But I’ll be there at 10 AM and 4 PM each day of the event. We will make performance art as we make our way to the effigy reminding our friends and neighbors to Leave No Trace.

~Mulch


Events (at The Event) Registration

If you’ve got a thing going on while we’re at the Pecan Playa, you can register it, too!

Head over to Event Registration and let us know what’s up. We’ll be closing this registration on May 15, 2016, so you’ve got plenty of time to get your proverbial ducks in a row. As always, the sooner you let us know, the sooner we can do something with the information. It’s not required to register, but it’s really helpful. The Disinformation Kiosks will be lonely without your help!

Flipside Flame January ’16

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Burning Flipside is WHERE IT’S AT. We’ve got two Announcements and a Flame-o-phone…

Things to know, places to be, stuff to do! You want to be a part of things? Read on for more details about HOW TO PARTICIPATE!

Stay tuned to the Flipside Flame, the Announce email list, and the official Burning Flipside Facebook Page. Remember, if you have something you’d like to contribute to the Flame or Announce, use Flipside Flame/Announce Submission page to send it in. Announce tends to be at the beginning of the month, and Flames usually get published around the middle of the month. Get me the info at least a week before then, and I’ll do my best to get your contribution included.

~Editor


Combustion Chamber Meetings (January 25 & Feb 1)

The final January CC meeting of 2016 is coming up, as is the first February meeting. This is an unusual back-t0-back schedule, so make note.

The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. CC meetings each start at 7:42 pm at the Warehouse. Special topics are as follows:

Jan 25:

  • LLC/Regionals/AF Updates 
  • Kids, Families, Policies, and Culture, Safety—Flipside welcomes families and their children. We will be discussing the roles, concerns and intersections between parental responsibility and community support for families.

Feb 1:

  • LLC/Regionals/AF Updates
  • Town Hall Prep
  • CC operations

Have a topic you believe the community needs to discuss? Send suggestions to us at
https://www.burningflipside.com/contact
Keep in mind that we discuss community and policy issues, not operational ones.


Sticket Deadline January 29, 2016

This is it. Really, really, totally, finally IT. Get your designs in! See the most recent Special Announce for the specifics, because it’s lengthy but important, and I want to save digital space in this Flame edition.

You got art? SHARE IT. Do it NOW!


Lloyd the Warehouse Clean-up January 30, 2016

Come help clean up the new warehouse before Spring Town Hall
When: Saturday, January 30th, starting @ 11am
Where: The Warehouse, 3106 Industrial Terrace
Goal: to move a large part of what is downstairs to its final resting place on the newly finished mezzanine!


Spring Town Hall: NO! (February 6, 2016)

Join us for an afternoon of details, delights, and distractions. Learn about the event, discover ways to participate, and have a great time while leaving NO trace!

Spring Town Hall
Saturday, February, 6, 2016
At Lloyd the Warehouse
3106 Industrial Terrace
Austin, TX 78758


Work Weekends Announced!

Howdy Cats & Kittens ~
Burning Flipside Work Weekends are set! Please put these dates in your calendars and join us for prepping the land for our wonderful event!

  • WW-I – Feb. 19
  • WW-II – March 26
  • WW-III – April 9
  • WW-IV – May 7

What to do: Please email me at saraphinacantu at gmail dot com. Let me know what dates you plan on coming out, and I will put you on the list. The list helps us know how many people to plan for and gets you on the super-secret work weekend direct emailer that will give all the specifics of what is needed each weekend.
Also, come visit our booth at Spring Town Hall! You can also sign up there. It’s fun for the whole family!
Cheers,
Saraphina
2016 WW Communications


Oh, NO! The Ticket Window is Closed!

But there is hope yet! Deploy the Do-ocracy!

A common question from new participants is “How do I get a tickets outside of the ticket window?” There are lots of answers to this question, but the BEST answer is: Volunteer!

If you do not have a ticket for Burning Flipside, the very best way to get a ticket is to volunteer for something, anything, everything. If you volunteer then you are rubbing elbows with ticket holders. Ticket holders usually have more tickets. If you start going to the Warehouse, start volunteering, start meeting with other burners, you will find a ticket.

They say if you want something to be at Flipside, then bring it. That includes yourself. If you think you should be at Flipside, but you don’t have a ticket just yet, just PLAN TO GO. Start packing. Start that art project. Start making those friends. The first step is NOT to get a ticket to go. The first step is to get involved. (check out the work weekend post, for instance)

Yes, there are aftermarket ways to connect to people who are looking to sell their tickets, but volunteering is THE best way to get a ticket outside of the ticket window. When you volunteer, your Lead will likely help you find a ticket, because they need you.

 

Flame for September 2015 (2015 Vol 6)

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That Thing in The Desert happened. The Warehouse is making the big move, and we’re getting ready for the Fall Town Hall. The CC is meeting as I polish this Flame edition. Our burning lives continue apace, and before you know it, we’ll be back Home again.

Stay tuned to the Flipside Flame, the Announce email list, and the official Burning Flipside Facebook Page. Remember, if you have something you’d like to contribute to the Flame or Announce, use Flipside Flame/Announce Submission page to send it in. Announce tends to be at the beginning of the month, and Flames usually get published around the middle of the month. Get me the info at least a week before then, and I’ll do my best to get your contribution included.

~Editor


NEWERER&IMPROVEDERER Fall-ish Town Hall is upon us!

The Facebook Event for those of you who schedule yourselves with it…

Join us Saturday, September 26th, at OUR BRAND NEW WAREHOUSE! 3106 Industrial Terrace, Austin 78758. Tailgating starts at noon, Town Hall starts at 2:34PM.

AFTERPARTY: Join us at 7PM, at the OLD WAREHOUSE, 1023 Springdale Rd, Austin 78721, for music, beverages, and reminiscing. We’re saying goodbye to our old home, so let’s send it off with a bang.

Both events are BYOWhatever You Need To Be Comfortable. Bring a chair, a beverage to share, and a way to carry it all home with you when you go. Both events are, as always, Leave No Trace.

We’ll be hearing updates from AAR, LLC, the Combustion Chamber, the DaFT team, and more. We’ll also be hearing theme nomination presentations, then voting on the Burning Flipside 2016 theme.

If you’ve got an amazingZOMGcool theme in mind…pyropolisMove
Just click below to add that amazingZOMGcool event theme:
https://secure.burningflipside.com/themes/add.php (must have login to submit)

To view event themes that have been submitted click below:
https://secure.burningflipside.com/themes/view.php (must have login to submit)

To present a theme, please bring a sealed manila envelope containing 10oz of glitter (no color preference) a $200 bill in unmarked bills, three tacos marked “Property of the Combustion Chamber” (we like corn tortillas), a Toblerone, and a unicorn, preferably live. (No Pegasuses please, they know what they did.)

–OR– Just show up, and check in with the Emcee prior to Town Hall. If you have any audio/visual needs for your presentation, advanced notice is awesome, so that our sound person doesn’t give you condescending look of condescension. ALMOST anything goes, so don’t be afraid to get weird with it.

Best,
The Combustion Chamber


CALL FOR FALL TOWN HALL VOLUNTEERS

Howdy Flipizens!

Fall Town Hall is coming up on Saturday, September 26th at the NEW WAREHOUSE. We need volunteers to make it go!

If you or your theme camp are available to help out, please fill out this form so we can contact you about logistics:

https://docs.google.com/…/1VB7R9pyxhIunVDtLsgSnxe…/viewform…

~Sparkles

An Hour in the Shoes of the Off Season Event Coordinator…

Our continuing series on what it’s like to volunteer for Burning Flipside brings you a quick message from Sparkles, who is busy rounding up volunteers for the Fall Town Hall:
Eyes glued to spreadsheets, making calls, finding venues, sourcing beer, renting porta-potties, sending invitations, making events that bring our community together go!


Combustion Chamber Meetings

The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. Meetings are open to everyone, starting at 7:42 pm at the Warehouse. Special topics are as follows:

September 14:

  • Town Hall: Getting ready for the big show.
  • Calendaring: Where we put things on the calendar. 
  • Exodus:  Leaving Burning Flipside and You! An exercise in patience.

September 28:

  • TBD (many of us are still recovering from TTITD)

Who Can/Should Attend:
You! If you care about the event and especially if you care about any of these topics you should come to discuss them.

Why this matters:
The CC provides advice to the LLC. The LLC provides the overall direction and policy guidance that end up making the event happen. The topics discussed at this meeting may have a direct impact on you during the actual Flipside event and/or at the AAR, LLC warehouse.

You can’t stay involved if you are uninformed. Meeting minutes will be posted as they are received. Thanks for your patience. http://www.burningflipside.com/organization/cc/minutes

Have a topic you believe the community needs to discuss? Please send suggestions to cc@burningflipside.com.  Please keep in mind that we discuss community and policy issues, not operational ones.


More Art Opportunities

Attention all Artists, Creators and Makers: I am working to create a new art experience in Austin in October 2015. Part of what makes it special is that it does not occur (much) on social media. So if you would like to talk to me about how you can pArticipate please email me at austinnightmarket@gmail.com.

~XTC


 

Flame for August 2015 (2015 Vol 5)

FBSLogoAugust is here, along with the hard-baked heat. A lot is going on during the lull between Burning Flipsides, so make sure you stay tuned to the Flipside Flame, the Announce email list, and the official Burning Flipside Facebook Page.

Remember, if you have something you’d like to contribute to the Flame or Announce, use Flipside Flame/Announce Submission page to send it in. Announce tends to be at the beginning of the month, and Flames usually get published around the middle of the month. Get me the info at least a week before then, and I’ll do my best to get your contribution included.

~Editor


Feedback on Combustion Chamber Nominations

Hey-o! The Combustion Chamber recently put out a call for new members, and we have six nominees! We’d love community feedback on each candidate. If you know them, or you’ve worked with them before, feel free to tell us what your experiences with them are, and whether or not you’d feel comfortable with them representing your community — Our Community. The CC Nomination Feedback page has a menu with each candidates name. You will need to submit a new form for each candidate.

The candidates are:

  • Amy Heidel
  • Christopher “Chin-Chim” Sabater
  • Cooper Crouse
  • Jillian Selcer
  • Kati Taylor
  • Katrina Decker

The Combustion Chamber advocates for the Burning Flipside community and its principles in creating policy recommendations & by fostering an open forum to exchange ideas and information between Austin Artistic Reconstruction, LLC and the community at large.

Thanks in advance for your time!

Best,
The Combustion Chamber


Warehouse Art Relocation Team

The Wherehouse is moving. There’s a lot of art. We’re going to move the art.

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There is a team – the Warehouse Art Relocation Team.

There is a form – http://goo.gl/forms/KTuszwKx4w

If you have art at the wherehouse and want to have a say in what happens to it, or want it back, please fill out the form. If you want to help us catalog, clean, pack, and move all this precious art, please fill out the form. If you just want to tell us why a particular piece is super important to move to the new warehouse, please fill out the form.

Again, the form – http://goo.gl/forms/KTuszwKx4w

You can also send email to warehouseart15@burningflipside.com.
The WART thanks you for your participation!


Fall Town Hall

The Facebook Event for those of you who schedule yourselves with it…

Saturday, September 26, 2015! Tailgating will start at noon, meeting portion will start at 2:34PM. We’ll be picking the theme for Burning Flipside 2016, talking about the DaFT selection process, volunteering, and so much more!

Town Hall will be in the new warehouse, with an after party at the old/our current warehouse at 1023 Springdale Rd. We’ll keep you posted!

Invite your fellow Flipizens! Get your theme presentations ready!

More details to come.


Combustion Chamber Meetings

The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. Meetings are open to everyone, starting at 7:42 pm at the Warehouse. Special topics are as follows:

August 17:

  • Fall Town Hall: Town Hall – Who is running this show?
  • Early Dropoff/Vendor Interaction at the event: Some of the large-scale art projects and theme camps that come to Flipside have sought to drop off their infrastructure  pre-event and/or pick it up post-event, and some have had material/infrastructure drop-offs by outside vendors. We’ll discuss how we can make this work for those projects, our volunteers, and the event as a whole.

September 14:

  • Town Hall: Getting ready for the big show.
  • Calendaring: Where we put things on the calendar. 
  • Exodus:  Leaving Burning Flipside and You! An exercise in patience.

Who Can/Should Attend:
You! If you care about the event and especially if you care about any of these topics you should come to discuss them.

Why this matters:
The CC provides advice to the LLC. The LLC provides the overall direction and policy guidance that end up making the event happen. The topics discussed at this meeting may have a direct impact on you during the actual Flipside event and/or at the AAR, LLC warehouse.

You can’t stay involved if you are uninformed. Meeting minutes will be posted as they are received. Thanks for your patience. http://www.burningflipside.com/organization/cc/minutes

Have a topic you believe the community needs to discuss? Please send suggestions to cc@burningflipside.com.  Please keep in mind that we discuss community and policy issues, not operational ones.


An Hour In The Life Of…Volunteering!

We love volunteers. A lot. And we want more of them! To help our community better understand what volunteer opportunities exist, we’re posting a series of descriptions detailing what it’s like to be a volunteer in various capacities for an hour. As your Content Lead, I’m setting the stage:

Content Lead is a year-round position that has peaks and valleys of activity. In the busiest times, I’ll spend an hour in front of my computer, sifting through emailed articles that have been submitted through the Flipside Flame/Announce Submission form (hint, hint!), and grazing through the Burning Flipizens Facebook page to capture as much as I can. I then log into the burningflipside.com site and make a publication just like the one you’re reading now.

Where I need help: Gimme content! Take photos (with consent)! Make Art!

Use the submission form to let me know what you’re trying to get out to the community. What you submit doesn’t have to be “publication ready.” I’m happy to edit things as they come in, and will gladly share drafts with you if it helps you.

I have to make judgement calls about which articles go into the Flipside Flame, and which go to Announce messages, but I have lots of support from the LLC and the CC to make those decisions. I’d love to make the posts more visually appealing, but I need your help with that. If you draw, if you take photos, if you’re interested in graphics, let me know!

Flame for July (2015 Vol 5)

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We hope you had a happy burn with The Wizards of Odd!

Did the Wicked Witch of the Wet get you? She certainly got your Content Lead! We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled content for the Flame and Announce. Remember, if you have something you’d like to contribute to the Flame or Announce, use http://www.burningflipside.com/contact/ff-submission to send it in. Announce tends to be at the beginning of the month, and Flames usually get published around the middle of the month. Get me the info at least a week before then, and I’ll do my best to get your contribution included.

~Editor

Combustion Chamber Seeks New Members

Do enjoy listening to/discussing/debating the finer points of Community with your friends/campmates/fellow burners? Would you enjoy communicating about crucial matters in this community all year long? Do you know someone else who fits this description?

The Burning Flipside Combustion Chamber (CC) is the Communication conduit between the Community and the event organizers (aka AAR, LLC), and acts as the Burning Flipside organization’s advisory body. The CC meets typically every other Monday evening for approximately two hours, at the Austin warehouse.

To learn more about the Burning Flipside Combustion Chamber, click here: http://www.burningflipside.com/organization/cc

As always, we’d like to remind folks that Combustion Chamber membership is not limited specifically to those that live in the Austin area, so if you’re in another city, but could make regular meetings, feel free to apply.
The Combustion Chamber currently seeks new members to renew and diversify its ranks.  Submit your application or nomination at:

http://www.burningflipside.com/contact/cc-nomination-form

The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 27th, at 11:59PM.
After that, we will ask for community feedback on all potential CC candidates. The deadline for that will be Monday, August 3rd, at 11:59PM.

Interested in seeing the CC in action? Regular CC meetings are open to participation of all Community members. Our next meeting is Monday, July 20th, 7:42pm, at The Burning Flipside Warehouse, 1023 Springdale Road, Austin, Texas. Best,
The Combustion Chamber

Combustion Chamber Meetings

Just because the event is over, doesn’t mean the year-round work stops. The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. June meetings each start at 7:42 pm at the Warehouse. Special topics are as follows:
June 20th topics:

  • Photography – Revisiting the topic of photography at Burning Flipside, for edjumication purposes.
  • Edjumicate – Safety, Enculturation, Community S’mores & Mores
  • CC Scribes– A brief discussion of the process for choosing CC Scribes

August 3rd topics:

  • Safety Comm – A recap discussion on how communication worked at the event this year under  the challenging conditions, what worked well, what didn’t, and a discussion of ideas of how to improve safety communication at future events.
  • Effigy – what was, what is, and what will be.

Have a topic you believe the community needs to discuss? Please send suggestions to cc@burningflipside.com.  Please keep in mind that we discuss community and policy issues, not operational ones.

Volunteering: What it means for you

The greatest indicator of whether someone will volunteer is if they have volunteered before. This is why you see a lot of the same people volunteering for multiple roles, in multiple events. It’s natural to ask someone who has served well to serve again. It sometimes means that we forget to look for NEW volunteers among the throngs of people who have only recently discovered Burning Flipside.

Sometimes, the consequences for low volunteerism aren’t immediately obvious. In that light, here are a few things that happen if we don’t fill all our volunteer positions:

Gate Closes. If Greeters aren’t there, Gate can’t do its thing. If no one shows up for Friday’s early shift to greet, then people who arrive early on Friday will have to wait until Greeter volunteers arrive to get in and set up. If Greeters aren’t staffed late, then Gate has to close early.

Ice Closes. We can’t run Ice distribution without volunteers. No people, no ice. All your food spoils and your drinks are tragically warm. No one wants that!

Parking: You want to be able to park your car, right?

We’re going to have a series of posts about what volunteer positions are out there, what they entail, and how you can give the gift of your volunteerism. Stay tuned!

Lost and Found Threads

There are random places on Facebook where people have posted lost and found items, but the best place to go (that won’t get buried in the mud of Facebook) is the Burning Flipside Lost and Found Page. You’ll need an account to edit the page, but there’s a helpful link right at the top to help you get there.

 

If I Only Had A Flame (2015 Vol 4)

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The time is drawing near where we cast off the Default World and become Wizards of Odd. This Flame is long, but important. Please read it all, and pitch in to help where you can. We’ve got a lot of work to do to make this burn all it can be!

Wrap Up of Recent Events

Work Weekend

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Uncle Mulch says: Kill All Poison Ivy!

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The Final Work Weekend of the season was a rousing success! Downed branches were burned, a multitude of ant mounds were taken out, and more poison ivy than you can shake an itchy stick at was removed. Thanks to everyone who participated in our condensed work weekend schedule!

Theme Camp Mixer

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Sticky Ideas

A recap of discussion points from the event:

  • Fundraising
  • Sharing resources among theme camps
  • Edjumicating your noobs
  • All the Safetyside topics—The rundown, not the reacharound
  • Communication with theme camp leads
  • Theme camp registration process
  • Theme camp events
  • Volunteering! “The zombie horse that just won’t die!”
  • Alcohol restrictions – Age limits, etc.
  • Theme camps across events—Interregional theme camps
  • Polycamporous
  • LNT—both intra and extra (No dumping at the ISD!)

Interested in learning more from Theme Camp Leads? Join theBurning Flipizens Theme Camp Leads Facebook Group!

Combustion Chamber (Post-event)

Just because the event is over, doesn’t mean the year-round work stops. The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. There will is one more meeting in April, and only one in May before Burning Flipside 2015, each starting at 7:42 pm at the Warehouse. Special topics are as follows:
June 8th topics:

  • Flipside Wrapup – The community is welcome to join the CC in discussing Flipside 2015: The Wizards of Odd
  • Warehouse Update – There will be a brief update on the State of the Warehouse
  • Calendaring – The CC will calendar topics for their meeting through early fall. Have a topic you believe the community needs to discuss? Please send suggestions to cc@burningflipside.com.  Please keep in mind that we discuss community and policy issues, not operational ones.
  • Followup on CC Retreat – A quick update on what’s up with the CC Retreat.

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Last Minute Checklist

Survival Guide

Read it. There will be a quiz. Seriously.
A PDF is available online at http://www.burningflipside.com/sg

A text-only version (good for smartphones) is available at
http://www.burningflipside.com/event/survival-guide

Ticketing & Gate

Ticketing is all will-call this year. There are a few things you can do to ensure that you zip through formalities at Gate.
Make sure your ticket is in your legal name. Log in here:
http://secure.burningflipside.com/tickets/index.php
If it isn’t, click the edit button (looks like a pencil) and fix it.

If you don’t already have your will-call receipt, download it from the same web address. Click the download button (looks like a cloud with a down-arrow). Print it out and bring it with you to Gate. The gate scanners cannot read phone screens.

If you’re having trouble logging in, try a password reset here:
https://profiles.burningflipside.com/reset.php

Never had an account on our website? Create one here:
https://profiles.burningflipside.com/register.php
And then go through the above process to check your info and download your will-call receipt.

Maps

The theme-camp map is not available as of this writing, but when it is, it will be here:
http://www.burningflipside.com/event/map

Directions to the event site are here:
http://www.burningflipside.com/event/directions

The map may show that you should take FM 908. Don’t! Take FM 486 up to San Gabriel, turn right, and continue for 3.1 miles to County Road 428. If you’ve been going the past couple of years and got held up at the bridge that was down to one lane while it was being repaired, you’ll be happy to learn that construction is finished.
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Fundraisers

Fire & Ice

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Help bring us bring ice and pizza to Flipside. This year we will teach a class on how to sculpt and we are bringing more pizzas then we have ever done in the past. Helping fund our art will help teach our community a little more about bringing the whimsy to Flipside. 🙂 <3 Fire and Ice Camp

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flamethrower-pizza-and-ice-sculptures-at-flipside/x/2532713

Boombox Cartel

We plan to bring our boombox fueled, grass roots, neon Party Safari to Flipside this year! The catch? Batteries are expensive. Very expensive. We have enough batteries on hand to cover most of the Flipside event, up until Burn Night, but it would be very nice to put a fresh set of batteries into all the boomboxes for our planned flashmob dance party after the burn.
Why do we need boomboxes after the Effigy burn? Well, just imagine everyone on the burn field dancing to the same beat, and wandering all over the Flipside site in one massive boombox fueled mob while we’re doing it. Donate today!
http://www.gofundme.com/boomboxcartel2015
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Get Involved

If you have ever volunteered, you know how much fun it can be, and how nice the warm-fuzzies are. There is still plenty of need, and plenty of ways you can participate. See what suits you, and sign up. This list is just the beginning… Help make the event GO!

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Hello Pyropolisians,
Parking is back and more fabulous than ever, with more cars, more sparkle and more parkle motion! We could use a few folks to help us however. Please sign up on the Parking Wiki Page.
Come parkle with us!
– veryscary of Flipside parking

Zone Czars

Thursday’s 7 to Midnight shift is starved for volunteers. Help get people to the right place! Volunteer to be a Zone Czar! Please sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/jD5iOPXmv5 Thank you!!!!

Reese
Your Friendly InterZone Coordinator!

Recycling

recycling Hours:
Saturday 10 am-6 pm
Sunday 10 am-6 pm
Monday 9 am- 5 pm
Earlier this year, people said they loved recycling and wanted it to be present at Burning Flipside. Now is the time to put those words to the test.

Recycling is looking for extra help Monday and/or Tuesday, even if only for a short time. Monday shifts, to load the truck Monday and Tuesday, and then unload the truck Tuesday. Please stop in and show how important this is you so we know recycling should be present in 2016. Anyone who volunteers for a Monday shift can stay on the land until Tuesday morning; volunteers helping to load the truck and unload the truck will need to stay over night, If there not enough volunteers for the Monday shift, and we get swamped, we will have to shutdown early! So please, plan ahead for your recycling needs.

Leave No Trace

Our Leave No Trace team is looking for a few good Flipizens to participate and help return our Pecan Playa to its natural state of bucolic beauty! Join the Clean-Up Crew on Tuesday, May 26th and/or Saturday May 30th to be a part of one of the most glorious demonstrations of our communal culture: We collaborate to build a kaleidoscopic mandala and then ensure that it’s as if nothing happened! It’s my job to make sure y’all are as comfortable as possible during our workdays, so trust that all y’all need to bring is hydration and your awesome self! the sign-up list and more details can be found on the Clean-Up Volunteering page: http://wiki.burningflipside.com/wiki/Clean_up
Or just email me, The Clean-Up Lead, and we can discuss our passion for LNT: cleanup15@burningflipside.com
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So you want to be a Ranger?

burn-night-crew-2014Yay!! Come volunteer with us! Gizmo, your friendly neighborhood Flipside Ranger here and we need all the help we can get folks. Ranger shifts are a mere six hours! Helpful qualities include a sense of humor, flexibility, integrity, patience, empathy, focus, and an unwavering commitment to the event and the participants who make it happen. If you have a willingness to be a responsible adult for brief periods in our fair city of Pyropolis and want to look fabulous in khaki while doing so, you’re in the right place!

You might say, “Gizmo, there aren’t any more trainings, ZOMG what are we going to do!?” Never fear! We will have our very last training ON SITE Thursday evening. Shift Lead training 6-7PM and Dirt Rangers 7-9PM. Report to Safety HQ 15 minutes early and we’ll get you trained!

Some key gaps in our schedule include BURN PERIMETER. Best seat in the house folks and one of the most fun shifts worked every year! We are also in need on Sunday Swing shift (during the burn) Sunday from 8p-2a and Grave from 2a-8a. We are nearly empty on Monday. Any shift worked on Monday will earn you our eternal gratitude and possibly some extra schwag.

Guardians

Wanna be even more badass? Come be a Guardian and help protect the people of Flipside!

Looking to volunteer somewhere low-key and fun? Wanna learn how to use night vision and infrared lights? Need a little quiet space away from the city for a bit? Well the Guardians Department is the place for you. We are still in need of some badass volunteers. Spook shifts are only 4 hours, and you’re welcome to bring a friend with as long as they’re sober and won’t interfere with your shift. Digital and Guardian of the Day shifts are a bit longer, but still just as fun. All volunteers will receive super cool stickers, and if ya work a burn night shift or at least two shifts you get a Guardians t-shirt. Come help keep Flipside safe! Contact me at guardians15@burningflipside.com for more information.
Froggy
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Clean Up/Post Ops Needs Help Saturday, May 30th

At the end of Burning Flipside there is a whole bunch of stuff that needs to go back to the warehouse so it can be used next year. Also the beautiful pecan orchard we currently are residing at needs to be swept for any last minute MOOP. These two actions help keep Burning Flipside sustainable (and able to have a 2016).
This can’t happen without you. Please come back out to Pyropolis Saturday May 30th at 10am to do a quick couple hours sweep of the lands. Lunch will be provided. IF you can’t come out then please make yourself available to help unload some items at the warehouse Saturday afternoon.

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Want to get your inner badger on? The Exodus Badgers would love for you to help out Monday in helping our participants head back to the default world.
There are both Morning and Afternoon shifts (times dependent on weather, but generally 9 and noon) for your convenience and all Badgers have the added benefit of not having to rush out Monday after undoubtedly enjoying themselves too much on Burn Night. Ride a cart and watch the city deconstruct itself!
If interested, contact wrinn1@gmail.com or on-site (typically he can be found lingering around RedCamp.

Disinformation!

Hello, Pyropolis Participants! Are you wondering what awesome things are happening at Flipside this year that you want to attend? Such as the Big Belgian Beer Breakfast? Or the Burning Glam Fashion Show? When is it? Where is it at? Well…your answer is here: https://secure.burningflipside.com/register/view.php. This page gives you a short preview of the event, and there will be a more detailed descriptions displayed on one of the red and white kiosks posted around the city. Also, if you have an event you would like to register so it’s both on the website and on the kiosks, do so here: https://secure.burningflipside.com/register/event_reg.php. (Keep in mind you need to log in to the secure site to be able to do either of these things.)
Hey! Do you want to make your own poster to put up on the kiosks? YES! Do-ocracy! There are 11 kiosks that will be spattered, each with two sides, so do what you want with those numbers. 🙂
Oh! The deadline is May 15th!!! That’s Friday, y’all!
Questions? Email Disinformation15@burningflipside.com
See you there!!!
Tamerika
Your Friendly Disinfo Lead 2015
Which leads us nicely to…


Events at Burning Flipside

Sweet wizards, you guys submitted a lot of stuff this time around! I’m going to do my best to get these in some kind of order, but, well…there’s a lot. Like most things at Burning Flipside, roll with it. You’ll probably miss some things, and likely find other things you never expected!

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Lick n Suck is providing prime BACON delivery Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning (burner time)! Come by the camp and sign up before 6 the day before and receive your bacon tag. To insure we aren’t shot when entering your space, there will be the option of “in tent” or outside delivery.
NAKED bacon Cookoff- Saturday 10 a.m. Bring your bacon, limited number of grills and utensils, but sharing is how it works! Prizes will be awarded.
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Bunny Brunch: Theme Camp Leads Appreciation Mixer!

When? Flipside Sunday, 2-4PM
Where? Team Awesome Pants / TAP FLOPHOUSE

Attention all Theme Camp Leads: Come be pampered by luscious bunnies, nibble on brunchtastic munchies, and sip on mimosas all while schmoozing with your fellow theme camp leaders.
Not a theme camp lead? Camp members are encouraged to bring their leads to this event. If you are not affiliated with a theme camp, go theme camp leadnap! (we will give you an extra mimosa for baiting if you come by at the flophouse at 1:30PM) hosted by Serious Camp on Team Awesome Pants’ turf

Burning Glam (Donations & Fashion Shows)

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7:00pm Saturday May 23
At the Hive!

Calling all Lions, Tigers, Bears and Fairies. Come strut your stuff and win fabulous trophies!

Burning Glam Fashion Show
8:00 pm Saturday May 23
At the Hive, right after the Kids Fashion Show

Brently & Cydney’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow Wedding

Come out and celebrate two joyous burners as they unite as one. Saturday May 24th at 3:45PM we will start a processional from Fire and Ice Camp (dress up in your best Rainbow attire with your parasols) and accompany us as we make our way to the Island. After the ceremony we will return to Fire and Ice to prepare for our Rainbow over the yellow brick road party. In the event of rain the wedding will move to the Hive. Reception at the party. The Guild will be serving up somethings you can trust, as well.
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mohawk-baby1Mohawks only, fools!

So you’ve got your wizard powers, and your ruby slippers, and your magic spells, but do you have a Mohawk??

YOU SHOULD. Mohawks are the ultimate hairstyle for all Flipizens, but most especially when you realize that all that hot hair is just making you sweat harder. Come to Lava Lounge and ask for Madalene on Friday, May 22nd from 2-4pm to be shorn and born again as a Mohawkee or Mohawkette for the rest of your fabulous weekend!

Sunrise Bloody Mary Bar

Come by Fire and Ice on Sunday May 24th and enjoy a chill dj set with a full do it yourself bloody mary bar. We plan to bring all sorts of fun things to zing up your Bloody Mary. Cups not included. Starts at 10AM

 

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Bring your GOLD for the ultimate in Lava Lounge DJs erupting big boom boom sounds and earth shaking tremors we have been missing in the default!
(Lava Lounge GOLD Party = formerly white party)
Friday, May 22 @ 9pm

Red Dresses & Camp Curly Chills

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Zion Community Kitchen & Hookah Lounge Has Plans

Mentalcase’s Mudd-Daddy Crawfish Boil hosted at Zion Communal Kitchen and Hookah Lounge – Thursday Afternoon
MentalCase will be making a big batch of crawfish for Flipside 2015 at Zion Communal Kitchen & Hookah Lounge. Come join us, bring additional supplies if you would like to contribute to the event, just coordinate with MentalCase on anything that you would like to help out with or to donate towards the boil.mentalcases-mudd-daddy-crawfish-boil

Donate to MentalCase’s Paypal Account:
1) Go to Paypal.com
2) Select “Send” at the top of the page
3) Type the email address: Johngoebel@ymail.com
4) Enter the amount that you desire to donate and USD for currency.
5) Select Continue
6) Select “Friends or Family” option
7) Continue with your information to complete the donation process through Paypal.

Looking forward to having all of you lovely Flipizens join us at Zion. The boil will last until we run out of Crawfish and hope to have some lovely help with cleaning up the dishes.

We will catch you on the Flipside!!!
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Event Page

cah-with-zionCards Against Humanity – Nightly at Zion Communal Kitchen and Hookah Lounge
Come join us in playing Cards Again Humanity nightly at Zion Communal Kitchen and Hookah Lounge. Never played, well come and join us, watch a few rounds and then jump into the camp and laugh your butt off, listen to some odd and random answers, and enjoy the social setting of this horribly addictive and fun card game.

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Open Mic/ Jam Session – Nightly at Zion Communal Kitchen and Hookah Lounge
Come join us on the stage with nightly open mic and jam sessions starting at 3 AM until 6 am at the Zion Communal Kitchen and Hookah Lounge Stage. This will be hosted by Amy and Michael Body, the stage is set and the atmosphere is relax, live music, open mic, join in on the jam session. Or if you would like to come and watch, you are welcome to come enjoy our hookah lounge or the open area to sit and encourage the performers.

Fire Manipulation – Nightly at Zion Communal Kitchen and Hookah Lounge

zionsflame-zck_eventCome join us at Zion Communal Kitchen and Hookah Lounge in watching, encouraging and even performing with the Fire Manipulators in our open performance area. Site in the Lounge or even in the messhall. Encourage the performers with their talent and skills while they put on a show for all to witness. This will be hosted at Zion by our various fire manipulators starting at dusk and running until our Safety and Fire Hazard LEAD decides that the performance has concluded.

Note: If you plan on coming to perform, you will be required to have your own fuel, your own safety equipment, your own safety person, and your tools will be inspected by our LEAD to ensure that you and your tools are in working order. Under no circumstance will you be allowed to perform, without your own everything (fuel, tools, safety equipment, safety person) and we will not allow anyone that is intoxicated or in an altered state to perform in our area or at our camp. Be respectful and mindful.

SNOWBALL FIGHT!

Don’t forget to bring an empty, cleanish, labelled ice chest by ICE on Sunday, and have it filled with snowballs for the snowball fight! Held around 4ish on the main field, the snowball fight is one of Flipside’s best traditions. Cool down before the burn!

You are also welcome to stop by ICE around noonish and help shave ice for the snowball fight!
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I go searching through Flipizens, and wading through the bitchin
Looking all in vain
And my eyes are a’ bleedin while
I really should be readin
If I only had a Flame.

I’d locate every party, for all the good and naughty
In dry times and in rain
With the Grog I’ll be drinkin’
If the efffigy’s not sinkin’
Think I’ll go and read a Flame

Oh, I could tell you why there’s leeches near the shore
I could drink some things I never drunk before
And then I’d sit, and drink some more.

I would not be just a nuffin’ my head all full of stuffin’
My heart all full of pain.
I would dance and be merry, life would be a ding-a-derry,
If I only had a Flame.

Congratulations, you made it to the end!

WE'RE GOING ON AN ADVENTURE!

WE’RE GOING ON AN ADVENTURE!

 

Love,

Your Friendly Neighborhood Content Lead

 

 

 

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April Showers Bring May Flames (2015 Vol 3)

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April has brought its fair share of content to present, so strap yourself in and forge ahead! I’ve added a Table of Contents, because this is a rather large Flame… Feel free to jump around, but please take the time to read the whole thing.

Remember, if you have things you’d like to contribute to the Flame, please check out the Flipside Flame/Announce Submission form. You can find it under “Contact” on the home page of burningflipside.com. There is only one more planned Flipside Flame before Burning Flipside 2015: The Wizards of Odd. Let’s get to it!

Get Involved

DaFT participation invite to community: make art!

WizHowdy from your friends in DaFT 2015! This is a call/invitation to all interested parties (individuals, theme camps, volunteer groups, families, etc.) wishing to CONTRIBUTE ART to the community effigy. CHEERS FOR ART!!!

The Wizard FEG is zooming right along! Please ADD your ODD to the wizard by creating 2 1/2′ x 2 1/2′ fabric patches to be attached to the Wizard’s hat. Camp logos, whatever, etc., due back to DAFT by May Day (that’s May 1.) Drop it off at the wherehouse on any Church Nite or ping onemarva@yahoo.com. We can’t wait to see your special, magic touch!

Zone Czars

czar_gdorange_toptubeZone “Greeter” was too confusing so we asked the community what a suitable replacement was, and after wading through the submissions there was a clear winner. Welcome to our new name!! It has a nice ring to it huh? Zone Czars. Yeah…

On to the real news of the day. You spoke, and we listened. Wednesday and Friday (when very few cars are coming in) can be exceptionally boring either hanging out by yourself waiting for a car to come, or insane running around trying to catch everyone by yourself, so we are trying something new: BIKES! Yes, if you sign up for a Wednesday (there are only a couple left, so I may close this one down quickly) or Late Friday shift there will be bikes and we will be a mobile crew. If this is not something you are up for, you can still sign up for a Thursday or Friday morning shift and we will run status quo (a group of 3-4 folks per zone ready for cars to come in.)

Sign Up Now! Welcome to 2015 Zone! EXCITED!!!!

Combustion Chamber

The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. There will is one more meeting in April, and only one in May before Burning Flipside 2015, each starting at 7:42 pm at the Warehouse. Special topics are as follows:

April 20:

  • Warehouse – AAR will give a State of the Warehouse update.
  • Theme Camp Leads Mixer topics – The fabulous Emily Sparkles has asked if there are any topics that the CC feels it might be beneficial for theme camp leads to discuss at their upcoming mixer.
  • CC retreat – Does the CC feel that a retreat would be beneficial?If so, when & where should this event occur?

May 4:

  • Volunteering – General State of the Volunteers address. Are there volunteer needs in any departments? How can we sufficiently support those gaps? How can the organization as a whole encourage more volunteering?
  • Burner Arts Fest similar to EAST – Does the community want this? Who is willing to work on the team to make it happen? Is there a budget or is the a contribution-only festival? If there is a budget, from whom or where do those monies come?

Work Weekends

Neither Hell nor High Water happened, and the Third (yet First) Work Weekend went on as planned! Poison Ivy was pulled (but there’s always more, so don’t get complacent), broken limbs were downed, downed limbs were burned, brisket was cooked and consumed, and while a lot got done, there’s plenty more to do!

The final Work Weekend of this season is May 1-3. If you’re coming, please email wwcomm15@burningflipside.com, or sign up on the Work Weekend wiki.
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Call For Volunteers

Choose Your Own Volunteer Adventure

Do you want to get involved, but maybe don’t know where to start? Would it help to have a kind of tour guide to ask you the right questions about what you want to do? Did you know you can Choose Your Own Volunteer Adventure? Check it out, even if you think you know what you want to do. You might be surprised and find out another way you can contribute!

Help / Store / Accept THE HIVE

You know it and love it: The Hive.

hive-logoThis beautifully designed, expansive structure has been at Flipside for the last 3 years, and now The Hive needs an ongoing, committed group of people to bring it back to Flipside this year. It also needs a new storage location. So………

  1. If we can get a critical mass to join the Hive crew, we can keep it going.
  2. If anyone can provide a storage location, please get in touch.
  3. If a theme camp wants to take it over and make it their own, we are open to gifting The Hive to a major theme camp. You provide a dedicated team to assist with load-out of the structure from its current location in Driftwood and on site at Flipside for build and break-down, so you can manage it in the future on your own. In return, your camp would receive all the infrastructure (valued at $12,000) and the expertise to bring your camp to a new level. We’ll provide a small team on-site to help put it up and tear it down, and pass on our knowledge to you.

After Flipside 2015, transport, storage and maintenance is your responsibility. Interested? Email a proposal to runsarisk@gmail.com.

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Culture

Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Headdress At Flipside

by Kit O’Connell

TLDR: You shouldn’t wear an Indian headdress at Burning Flipside because it’s not your right to wear one. The headdress is a special ritual garment only worn by Plains Indian tribes members who have earned their headdress and were ritually awarded the right to wear it by the leaders of their nation.

You may have seen people wearing these headdresses at other events, like music festivals. Members of the tribes that make the real thing have asked us very nicely to stop. So we should.

If you’d like more information, please continue reading. Also, if you plan to argue with me, please read on so at least you know what you’re talking about.

What is a headdress?

The wearing of feathers and warbonnets in Native communities is not a fashion choice. Eagle feathers are presented as symbols of honor and respect and have to be earned. Some communities give them to children when they become adults through special ceremonies, others present the feathers as a way of commemorating an act or event of deep significance. —Adrienne K, “But Why Can’t I Wear A Hipster Headdress?

The idea of a soldier earning medals for acts of valor is similar to the meaning of the feathers on a headdress, but with an added spiritual and religious significance. Further, headdresses are never given to non-natives — in fact, they aren’t given to men who aren’t members of specific Plains Indian tribes where the headdress is traditional, or even to every member of that tribe.

You may have visited a Native American gift store or art vendor who sells specially made artifacts, designed to be bought by tourists and other non-natives. Just like souvenirs you bought in other places, these are specifically made for you to buy and display or enjoy later. A true Plains Indian headdress is never sold in this way.

Why shouldn’t you wear one?

“As wearing a headdress reinforces stereotypes about Native people and appropriates our culture with little or no regard for our traditions, I think it is egregious and contributes to the dehumanization of our people.” — Jacqueline Keeler, founder of EONM (Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry)

“The headdress is reserved for our revered elders who, through their selflessness and leadership, have earned the right to wear one. It’s a spiritual garb, not just cultural; it’s not merely an addition to one’s attire. Wearing one, even an imitation headdress, belittles what our elders have spent a lifetime to earn.” — Simon Moya-Smith, citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and journalist

Quoted from Brenna Ehrlich, “Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Native American Headdress

Because of the stereotypes associated with the headdress (remember the Indians in Disney’s “Peter Pan”?), non-natives wearing headdresses is a similar racist practice to wearing black face. Whatever your intentions are in wearing that headdress, other people will perceive it as an offensive roleplaying of another race.

Some people argue that they wear the headdress out of respect, not as a fashion prop. Lighting In A Bottle is a Burning Man-inspired event that happens over Memorial Day Weekend in California, and they’ve added a special section to their survival guide asking participants not to wear headdresses. They point out that there are better ways to show respect:

Sporting that headdress or other imitation accessories that were not received through cultural rights or permission and the understanding that comes with it, means being a walking representative of 500+ years of colonialism and racism.

We embrace raw, creative, and authentic self-expression. But by embracing the current tribal trends you aren’t asserting yourself as an individual, you are situating yourself comfortably amongst a culture of power that continues to oppress Native peoples.

TAKING OFF THE HEADDRESS IS ABOUT RESPECTING THE REALITIES FACED BY NATIVE PEOPLES TODAY.

Although the land where we celebrate Burning Flipside is private property today, Apache Pass and its waterway were used by people indigenous to the region for thousands of years before we arrived. Show some respect to their legacy — and the struggles their descendants face today — and find another way to decorate your head.

Besides, the headdress sheds and creates piles of MOOP (matter out of place, garbage). A lover and I once spent hours following a trail of feathers left behind by a headdress through Pyropolis, until we’d filled an entire HEB plastic grocery bag (remember those?).

What if you decide to wear one anyway?
Yes, some people will mock these symbols.  However in order to do this, they have to understand what the symbols represent, and then purposefully desecrate or alter them in order to make a statement. They cannot then claim to be honouring the symbol. –âpihtawikosisân, “An Open Letter to Non-Natives in Headdresses

I’ve been attending Flipside for 15 years now, and I know that at its heart, it’s impossible to tell people what to do — anywhere, really, but especially in our community.

Some people will choose to wear headdresses anyway — because they have their reasons for disagreeing with me and the Native peoples I’ve quoted above. Or even out of deliberate flaunting of taboo.

That’s your right. Our community prides itself on radical self-expression. No one’s going to kick you out of the event for doing so.

But, “we welcome the stranger” — we also pride ourselves on being an open and accepting community. Wearing a headdress might be interpreted as insensitive, and some people will certainly consider it racist. Do you want to be the Burner who makes a Plains Indian feel unwelcome at our event because of your insensitivity?

Maybe you don’t care. Your headdress is MOOPy and leaves bits of feathers everywhere, but maybe Leave No Trace doesn’t matter to you, or (hopefully) you’re planning to spend extra hours picking up after yourself.

But at least, having read this article, you’ll know what that headdress actually means.

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Fundraisers

If your camp is having a fundraiser, we want to let people know about it. We’re not talking about vending, just good old fashioned fundraising for camp needs. Yes, you can make that event on the book of faces, but we’d love to hear about what you’re doing and help you get the word out! Use the Flipside Flame/Announce Submission form to send me details.

TinderBox Update

The art jury has made their selections, and TinderBox art grants have been selected. This year, thanks to community love and support, we are able to give out well over $4,000 to help fund a total of 15 projects. We appreciate everyone’s help in making ART!go! Stay tuned to our Facebook page, and further editions of The Flame for a complete list of winners.
Thanks,
Kate, Susan, Turtle, Casey:
Your TinderBox team.

And now, the fundraisers that your friendly neighborhood Content Lead could find:

  • Serious Camp has a garage sale:
    Come out on this beautiful Spring day to buy the odd and ends that you didn’t know you needed.  Updates later with specific items, but there will be clothes, electronics, small furniture and various home decor. Proceeds will support Serious Camp’s Flipside 2015 endeavors, including an Apothecary addition to The Sweet Shop and the Theme Camp Leads Appreciation Mixer. Help the Serious Bunnies make your Flipside AMAZING!
    Saturday April 18 from 7AM to Noon at 4915 Avenue G Austin, Texas 78751
  • Tortuga is having a fundraiser garage sale:
    Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26th at 13008 Hunters Chase, Austin, Texas 78729
  • Mecha-Gator Storms Pyropolis!
    Help Mecha-Gator come back to the pecan playa. It’s already built, so it just needs a little love for transportation and fuel.
  • Spindra, Momma Spider
    Spindra, Momma Spider is a 10 foot tall steel spider, created by SoS and Fireball and friends  to play with. Her sparkly bouncing eggs are stuffed into her belly and  need your help to be turned. Yup that’s right – she’s interactive!!! Step right up and give that big old belly a turn to light up your eyes and heat up the night. She’s going to be near the Fire and Ice Camp so come visit her there.

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Events/Happenings

Theme Camp Leads Mixer

All Theme Camp Leads are invited to participate at the Theme Camp Leads Spring Mixer at the Warehouse at 7pm on Wednesday, April 22 (Church Night). Come meet other Theme Camp Leads and share experiences.

There may be homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Hot Dog King Returns

Flipside Franks will once again be serving all the doggies you can eat. We will be in the bad lands as always located behind the greeters station. Come join us, and regroup your thoughts with a full belly.
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Community Contributions

Sometimes, we get contributions from the community, and this is a way to showcase the art of language. This kind of gift is perhaps best given before the event, where we can take time to savor the words. This is just another form of art, so please accept it as such!

Angel of Nudity

© Dirac 2015

I saw her at FreezOrBurn, a few years ago, when it was still at Rec Plant. I had just woken up on the last day, so I was contemplating the tasks ahead of me to depart. I had slept well, in a heated trailer, and I was still in the sweatsuit that I had slept in. I decided that I would keep these clothes on for now, then shower when I got home.

I saw her as I came out of the bathroom. She was nude, crouching over a campfire, frying bacon in a skillet on the open flame. She was a vision of loveliness. She had a nice body, a little skinny perhaps, but young and beautiful. I thought she looked vulnerable, unprotected against the spattering and popping of the bacon fat. I approached, remembering that it is always good luck to smile and say hi to a pretty woman, and more so when she is so obviously comfortable in her skin.

“I guess you beat me to it,” I said, “I’m usually the first one nude around here.”
“Oh no,” she replied, “I’m always the first person nude among my friends.”
I could not refute her. I realized I was not really qualified to talk about how often I am nude, while I am clothed and she is nude.

“I’m a little lazy to get cleaned up,” I said, making some attempt to excuse my clothiness.
“Yeah, I’m lazy too,” she said, “but it’s worth it because it feels so good to have the sun and the breeze on my skin.”

Of course she was right, I knew she was right. I have said most of those words myself! Instantly I knew I must shower and go sky clad. I don’t know if it was my pride that demanded it, but I felt a little shown up, when this little wisp of a girl, who has barely been alive as long as I have been nudist, is telling me why to go nude.

After I was showered and shaved, and wearing my usual protective gear of socks, shoes, and visor, I went back to that campfire. She was not there. Apparently it wasn’t her camp, she was just using the fire for cooking. My impulse was to go seek her out, to thank her for what she did for me. And also it’s still a good idea to chat up a pretty nude woman. But I stopped.

I came to see that this was one of those burner type encounters, unforgettable, transformative, but over. She had given me the gift of nudity. Not just her nudity, which was a significant gift by itself, but my nudity, even better.
Even though I don’t know her, I will always remember my angel of nudity.

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Tune in next time for more Flipside Flame action!

The Flipside Flame March(es) On! (2015 Vol 2)

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It’s March! Time for more information about all the stuff and things relating to Burning Flipside 2015: The Wizards of Odd! Remember, if you have things you’d like to contribute to the Flame, please check out the Flipside Flame/Announce Submission form. You can find it under “Contact” on the home page of burningflipside.com.

Bonus Round Tickets

Hi Flipizens,

After our announcement that we did not meet our capacity at ticket opening, we’ve received LOTS of emails from people about how they can get in on a hypothetical “second round.”

Unfortunately, the ticket window is closed, so please don’t contact the ticket team about these hypothetical tickets and please don’t send in a money order or any additional ticket requests at this time. Please only contact the ticket team if you submitted your ticket request during the normal window and are having an issue. We’ll announce new opportunities to buy tickets as they come up.

We’ve always said that volunteering for DaFT, kicking ass at Work Weekends or volunteering in other ways, building art, checking in with your theme camp, coming out to church night, and in general participating is always the best way to get a ticket. We’re putting our tickets where our metaphorical mouths are now. Expect to see us at Church Night looking at who’s working on awesome art projects and speaking with our leads to put some of those tickets in the hands of people who are stepping up.

Whatever you do, DON’T PANIC.

We’ve already distributed some at the Houston Road Show and the North Texas Road Show and we will announce any opportunities that come available on official channels like the Flipside Flame, the official mailing lists, the official twitter page, etc. Maybe on just one of them, just because.

You might think that this kind of sounds a little like a pain in the ass.

And it is!

Let me esplain. No, let me sum up.

Our normal mail-in ticket process is partially in place to make ticket sales easier on our entirely volunteer run event, so when participants wait until after the ticket window to get their money together, they’re making it harder on the volunteers. Ideally, Austin Artistic Reconstruction won’t sell any tickets outside of the mail in window, and we just might not in the future, so next year be sure to follow directions, and get your ticket requests in on time.

So, if/when we sell additional tickets, we’ll probably have a few hoops for you to jump through and if you want tickets, keep watching, keep listening, keep participating. (And register on the website so you can get them easier!)

Thanks,
Austin Artistic Reconstruction

Adam
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Ticket Opening Rundown

Hello Flipizens from Loribug the Ticket Lead.
The Ticket Window is CLOSED! Please stop sending in Ticket Registrations – they will not be accepted. The official ticket window was January 7 to January 22, 2015.

The Ticket Team processed over 3,400 tickets and accepted almost all of them. I personally researched all the returns.

The reasons for return this year:
• Late Postmark
• Personal Check
• Underpayment
• No Money Order Included
• Late Postmark AND Underpayment
• Late Postmark AND Personal Check
• The person who sent in a 1 cent Money Order

Impressions from Ticket Opening

  1. You guys are AMAZING – decorated envelopes were awesome – but some had problems going through the post office.
  2. Check your postage! Extra weight = extra postage. Inadequate postage can get your envelope returned to you from the post office.
  3. Smart Moves: Some of the more extravagantly decorated envelopes (think stickers, ribbons, dangling bits, etc) were mailed INSIDE of a second pre-paid USPS envelope. It costs a bit more, but makes it easier for the Post Office to read the address. I think those envelopes are even trackable. TRACKING IS GOOD when it comes to the post office.
  4. If you are getting really close to the deadline, make sure you get your envelope hand stamped.
  5. Don’t send personal checks! Don’t sent cash! If you include additional funds, tell us what they are for! If we do not get explicit instructions, we may have to refund the whole ticket registration. 🙁
  6. Contact the ticket team when you have problems. Really! We helped a lot of people before, during, and after the ticket window.

Most Sincerely, Loribug, Pterrifying Pterodactyl of Ptickets for P2015


Survival Guide is LIVE

Everyone who sent in a ticket request for Burning Flipside should be receiving a printed survival guide in the mail, but for now, you can regard it in all its electronic glory online at http://burningflipside.com/sg — it’s been extensively reorganized and looks great. And pay special attention to the Plan Ahead section while there’s still plenty of time to, well, plan ahead.


Town Hall Road Show Wrap-up

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North Texas

Thank you, Houston and North Texas for making the Road Shows great! We had fantastic turnout at both events, with lots of excited participants ready to learn more about what to expect from The Wizards of Odd.  There were small and lively batches of ticket sales at each event. Many thanks to our gracious hosts: Last Concert Cafe in Houston and Emily Rodriguez Simpson in Dallas. We were grateful to have good enough weather for both events to be outdoors, even if there was still snow (!!!) on the ground up in the Dallas area.

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Houston

Burning Flipside wants your pictures

Have you ever looked at the burningflipside.com website and thought that it seems kind of…plain? Especially considering we’re a community of artists?

We’re trying to fix that. If you would like to contribute photographs or other digital media that would appear on the website and in other official Flipside communications, you are invited to submit it via the form at

http://www.burningflipside.com/contact/media-contribution

There’s a media-use agreement there that will govern Burning Flipside’s use of your work. It’s short and in plain English.


Get Involved!

Work Weekend II Update!bwWW

WORK WEEKEND II IS CANCELLED. Next Work weekend scheduled: March 20-22.
Come for a few hours, or stay for the weekend and help us lay the foundation for Pyropolis by trimming limbs, clearing trails and getting rid of poison ivy and fire ants—among other things. If you’re coming, please email wwcomm15@burningflipside.com, or sign up on the Work Weekend wiki.

The next work weekends are April 10-12, and May 1-3.

Greeters

GreetersPatch
Do you like to hug people?
Do you wish more people read the survival guide?
Are you a fan of the Socratic Method?

If any of the above are true, then you should volunteer with Greeters this year. Greeters are the front line of edjumication, self­reliance, and most importantly, inclusion. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or wide­eyed first timer, there’s a place for you to volunteer at Greeters! We have fun, but we also provide a necessary and mandatory service for the city ­ if we aren’t staffed, then the gate cannot open!

We need around 150 volunteers throughout the event to keep Greeters going. If you’re with a Theme Camp we’d love to have your camp adopt a whole shift. If you don’t have a theme camp, feel free to put your name in any open slot. At the end of the shift, you will have a dozen or so new friends! If you have the time and energy, sign up for several shifts!

The Greeters volunteer wiki is open and ready for you to choose a shift. Sign Up!

If you have any questions, feel free to email JulieSchmooly at greeters15@burningflipside.com.

Thank you so much for volunteering!!!!

Shaven Apes: Kanihepya?

Shaven Apes is an all volunteer department that can help with things like Theme Camp setup, Art installations, to building your shade structure, and will even helping you pitch your tent, provide transportation or just help you drink your booze.

Shaven Apes will be wearing a bright, banana yellow, easy to spot t-shirts with the word KANIHEPYA on it. If you can’t find one of us, find someone with a radio and have them ask for one (fyi, folks driving carts usually have a radio).

Do you already know that your theme camp is going to need assistance? There is a wiki page for this.

Please understand that Shaven Apes is a small team of volunteers and we’re not equipped to lend DaFT-sized amounts of help.

Like helping people build things? Sign up to be an Ape! Shaven Apes wouldn’t exist without volunteers. Please consider volunteering some of your time, it’s a great way to improve your karma. You can sign up for a shift on the wiki.

If you are interested in volunteering, but don’t yet know what your schedule will be like, sign up to be on the mailing list, we will not spam you with a bunch of messages.

If you have issues with any of these links, you can email the Top Banana (Fractallia) directly at apes15@burningflipside.com.

More Links of Interest:

Volunteer Wiki
Theme Camp/Art/Events registration continues! There are deadlines, so don’t dawdle!


Combustion Chamber

The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. There will is one more meeting in March, and two in April, each starting at 7:42 pm at the Flipside Warehouse. Special topics are as follows:
March 23:
– Recycling
Revisiting the recycling topic: Though having recycling available at Flipside impacts our individual self-reliance and consumes some resources, the community has felt that offering this was more of a benefit than a detractor from the event. The CC and our amazing Site Sign-Off crew want your input. Also, are there specific things you feel should or should not be recycled?

– Flipside without a Burn
What factors could prohibit burning of the effigy, arising either prior to
or at the event? Are we at risk of a no-burn this year? If Flipside
burns were prohibited for several years, what would that mean to the
event?

April 6:
– Cultural appropriation
April 20:
– Warehouse
– CC Retreat

Do we want this, and when/where


Fundraisers

If your camp is having a fundraiser, we want to let people know about it. We’re not talking about vending, just good old fashioned fundraising for camp needs. Yes, you can make that event on the book of faces, but we’d love to hear about what you’re doing and help you get the word out!

Seriously Sexy Flipside Countdown Calendar: Bunnies in Spaaaace edition

Serious

Serious Camp is now seeking donations for the Seriously Sexy Flipside Countdown Calendar: Bunnies in Spaaaaace! edition.

The Seriously Sexy Flipside Countdown Calendar will run June 2015 to May 2016 to help you countdown to next year’s Burning Flipside event. Featuring 12 months of the sultry Serious Camp bunnies exploring the far depths of space, the calendar will also contain dates for many of your favorite regional burn events. You can even choose to add your own event(s) to the calendar!

In addition to funding the creation of the calendar itself, your donation will help Serious Camp make improvements to The Sweet Shop and host another kick ass Theme Camp Leads Appreciation Mixer celebrating Theme Camp leads at Flipside.

https://fundly.com/2015-seriously-sexy-flipside-countdown-calendar

The Chez Parabolé Magical Dining Experience

The members of Chez Parabolé are planning a Dinner & Show experience that you do not want to miss: The Chez Parabolé Magical Dining Experience. This magical event will be happening Saturday, April 11th in Houston and will transform the fine dining experience of Chez Parabolé into cocktail party form, complete with some spectacular local entertainers for a fun night of delicious entertainment sure to stimulate all of your senses.

We will have a Cocktail Party which will include a 4 course tasting menu, cocktails and 4 performances of a musical and dance variety. We will also have a VIP Experience, which will include the above as well as access to the VIP area and entrance to a VIP After Party with additional tasty treats and special performances of a more risqué variety.

Tickets and info for the event will be available at http://chezparabole.eventbrite.com starting Saturday March 14th, and you can get additional information for this event as well as what we will have in store for Flipside at our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/chezparabole

Thank you everyone and hope to see you at our magical evening in April.