Flame for July (2015 Vol 5)


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.


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:


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.