Yep, I’m terrible at sales. And I’m okay with that.
Slept for 10 hours. I feel like a champ. I could take over the world today.
I suppose after a week to decompress, it’s time for a good post about Burning Man. It was my second year attending, but my first full-length +some burn. I went for 12 days. Which, is kinda a lot in the desert.
I had a great time, volunteered at the Box Office, ran around on adventures with friends, rode my bike everywhere, participated in some awesome art, wore fantastic costumes, and stayed hydrated. It didn’t feel like a rough year. I didn’t have a breakdown. I took care of myself, I was in an air conditioned container (at Will Call) during the hottest times of day, I went to sleep each night at a reasonable hour (only stayed up for one sunrise, and it was beautiful), and mostly I got to spend time being delighted with friends and loved ones. I even got my own burner name: Lamb Lamb
There are a few lessons that I learned, that were all pretty amazing:
Some Art I participated in:
Billion Jelly Bloom (link) - I was gifted a glowing jellyfish by a friend. My partner and I went out onto the playa one night, he was dressed as Steve Zissou, I was a shark, and we had a giant jellyfish. We looked for some other Jellyfish, we had a great time.
Free Slaps Friday - I’ve started a movement. Instead of walking around with a Free Hugs sign, make a Free Slaps sign. On the face only, from the left or right, soft/medium/hard. I couldn’t go 10 steps without being stopped and asked for a slap. There’s a whole big thing to unpack about this one.
Ladybug - The dead sparkle pony. Certain unnamed gorilla artists placed a dead sparkle pony in the deep playa. People added granola bars and glow bracelets to her over the week. It was brilliant. You can follow her adventures here: https://www.facebook.com/deadsparklepony
I can’t wait for next year. It’s going to be amazing.
Most people have FOMO (fear of missing out), I have FONDE (fear of not doing enough).
Guess what, bitches…
Monocline grouping is an inadequate system for physically managing the large quantities of data commonly found on computers, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful as a manifest model.
The solution to this conundrum is to render the structure as a user imagines it – as monocline grouping – but to provide the search and access tools that only a deep hierarchical organization can offer. In other words, rather than forcing users to navigate deep, complex tree structures, give them tools to bering appropriate information to them.
—Alan Cooper, About Face 3: the Essentials of Interaction Design