April 22, 2017
Action Figure Family Fundraising Party
April 15, 2017
MedMen Cultivation Facility
This coming Tuesday, the marijuana cultivation facility proposed by MedMen will come before the Desert Hot Springs City Council. I wanted to share a few images from their proposal to build at Hacienda and Little Morongo. There's no paved Hacienda on the east side of Little Morongo, but on the west (county) side it's paved and called 13th Avenue.
The piece will consist of two red metal penguins in origami form. MedMen's COO and cofounder [Andrew Modlin] envisioned a piece that drew upon his own affinity for penguins, which frequent his own original paintings. and functioned as a juxtaposition between penguins' natural habitat and Desert Hot Springs' climate. Furthermore, the penguins' lifelong companionship and partnership is emblematic of our hope to build a lasting relationship with the City of Desert Hot Springs. The installation is red as that is MedMen's signature color.
April 14, 2017
"BLK NUDIST SEEKS COLLEGE AGE BLK NUDIST"
The headline says "spring break." The body of the ad says it will be for the summer. But the real question is why a house sitter needs to have a "great body" and why do they have to be college age? Something's a bit fishy, even though they require their house sitter to be honest.
April 11, 2017
The 14th Factory
This is their trademark (I guess) which I read as "nine gamma," but that makes no sense, not even in context, so I don't know its significance.
To Report Graffiti In Joshua Tree National Park: email@example.com
Joshua Tree National Park as well as many other parks across the country, has experienced a notable increase in visitation in recent years. With that increase also means an increase of graffiti and acts of intentional vandalism within the park. Superintendent David Smith says, “99% of visitors are respectful and truly appreciate the pristine scenery the park has to offer. Unfortunately there are visitors who feel it necessary to damage what Mother Nature has produced."
The park, in its efforts to more closely monitor and mitigate graffiti, is asking for the public’s help and providing some easy ways for visitors to aid in the process. Park officials ask visitors to report incidents of graffiti that they encounter to a new email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, new graffiti reporting forms will be available at park visitor centers and entrance stations. Keep in mind, when reporting graffiti; to provide a good, detailed description of the location. Photos and GPS coordinates are also very helpful in order to insure a quick response.
Joshua Tree National Park is a magical and unique landscape. Your vigilance and taking a few moments to report graffiti that you happen upon will insure that the park stays that way.
April 5, 2017
The 14th Factory Videos
April 4, 2017
Burning Man Census 2016
The Black Rock City census for 2016 has been released. I suspect the results are not accurate because completion of a census form is entirely voluntary and, I imagine, birgins are more likely to fill one out than veterans. But the BRC census people insist they know their statistics and can correct for the sampling bias. Maybe they are right. Anyway, I want to point out just a few of the interesting bits in the census that I noticed.
- 39.3% of the Burners in 2016 were birgins, which is consistent with prior years. 4.2% had been to Burning Man 8 to 10 times...that includes me.
- Only 1.3% of Burners were under age 20.
- 72.5% of Burners had attended college.
- 3.4% had an income above $300,000.
- The median household income (back in the default world) was $94,200.
- 56.8% male, 41.4% female, 1.8% fluid/both/neither.
- 8.8% said they were sexually attracted to either mostly or exclusively the same sex. 7.8% identify as gay or lesbian. (I thought it would be higher).
- 35.9% were not in a committed personal relationship (i.e., married or something like that).
- 1.1% of Burners identified themselves as black. 4.3% as Hispanic/Latino. (I thought it would be higher).
- 6.7% reside in Canada; 5.5% in Europe.
- In the U.S. 48.5% of Burners resided in California. New York was the second most popular state of residence at 8.1%. Nevada was 5.7%, in 4th place behind Washington.
- Only 2.8% named Spanish as their primary language, while 3.7% claimed French! 2.2% Russian.
- 46.5% "spiritual, not religious." 24.8% atheist (hoo boy!). 14.7% agnostic. 6.1% "religious." (I had no idea!)
- Breaking it down by religious denomination shows Burners were 7% Catholic, 2.6% Protestant, 6.4% Jewish, 4.6% other Christian, Buddhist 1.9%.
- 89.6% arrived at the gate by motor vehicle. 1.1% flew into the landing strip.
- 18.8% came in an RV (I thought it would be higher). 47.3% arrived by car, pickup truck or SUV. 0.8% came in a semi with trailer.
- Most popular reason to come to Burning Man? Survey says "To see/experience the art" at 62.5%! 3.7% said it was to consume intoxicants. "Bucket list" was 10.2%. "To grow or connect spiritually" was 21.6%
- 91.8% said they enjoyed Burning Man either "extremely" or "a lot." 0.1% said "not at all."
- 94.4% absolutely or probably intend to come back. 0.4% said they would absolutely not be back.
- 81.6% sort their trash at Burning Man.
- Power sources include batteries (54.1%), a camp generator (46%), solar (40.1%). 4.3% get it from the Black Rock City grid. Burning Man, using diesel generators, supplies electricity via buried cables to a few select camps and installations...how did you think they got the lights on the Man to work?
- 64.3% were in a placed (i.e. theme) camp.
- 52.6% of those not in placed camps said they chose their location based just on where they could find space.
- 34.7% were in camps with a population of 50 to 199.
- 32.6% came with at least one family member.
- 28.4% stayed in an RV or camper-trailer. I guess it just seems like there are more RVs than that because each one takes up so much more space than a tent.
- 66.7% spent $1000 to $5000 on Burning Man, exclusive of ticket price.
- On average, each Burner spent $635 in Nevada, mostly on food and lodging. 0.9% spent more than $5000 in Nevada.
- 39.4% got a ticket in an open sale from Burning Man. 3.1% got their ticket from a stranger.
- 2.5% paid more than face value for a ticket. 1.7% paid less than face value and 7.8% received theirs as a gift.