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Preparations for the Man Who Burns
February 3rd, 2012

Pavilion design by Rod Garrett and Andrew Johnstone

A (updatable) list for me to keep track of what I need to do/buy before departing for Burning Man 2012.  I have begun the research process. AND for those who must ask what is Burning Man? Check out this wonderfully written exploration of Burning Man.  It’s amazing.

Does anyone have any good costume ideas for me?! Something to wear in the land of no vending. 2012 Art Theme: Fertility 2.0


  • Sunscreen. Lip Balm.
  • 2 extra camera batteries for both the Nikon and the Sony.
  • Hat (Protections from the sun)
  • Goggles (Protection from sand storms)
  • Fixed camera mount for bicycle handle bars.
  • Large Canopy Tent
  • A weeks worth of portable and highly sustainable food.
  • As much water as I can pack.
  • Prepare some gifts to give. (one of the ten principles)
  • Water proof camera case for Sony.
  • Head lamps for night riding.

  • White Robe with Hood. White bandanas. Particle mask.
  • Camelbak.
  • Water tight protective camera bag. Plus a few more.
  • Earplugs.
  • Cologne. Cause there will be no showers.
  • Camping Cup and Utensils. Bowl.
  • 22 Gallons of Water
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Duct Tape. White Sheets.


  • Tune up bicycle for desert exploration. Balloon tires. Repair kit. Tools. Lock.
Photo Source:
Both images are from the Burning Man website.


2011 Movies: Year in Review
December 29th, 2011

The year’s end is refreshing.  I savor this period of time like a fine wine.  Not for the gift giving or the party partaking but rather for the cognitive thought process one utilizes while swishing around and sampling from the events that took place over the course of the last twelve months.

Normally, I would spend days deliberating and painstakingly deciding upon the top ten movies considered worthy of anybody’s consideration.  This year, however, either a decrease in funds or an increase in a social life (more so the prior) resulted in a significant decline in the amount of movies ingested. Legally or illegally. So I decided to choose a swift three for your reading and viewing pleasure instead of the lengthy ten per normal protocol and procedure.

Without further stalling…

Top Ten Three Movies of 2011

1. Bill Cunningham New York  {IMDB}
Nothing I watched this year has inspired me more to be a greater individual and more active photographer/artist than this movie.  Bill Cunningham’s love and devotion to his craft lit a theoretical fire under my theoretical @$$.  I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary which encompasses the life of Bill Cunningham, a well-known New York “street” fashion photographer, who lives to do what he loves without much concern for anything else.  I have zero interest in the fashion industry but this movie made the fashion world compelling in a way I’ve never experienced before.  Check out his ‘On The Street’ bit off The New York Times website.

2. Drive  {IMDB}
A badass movie with a badass character (Ryan Gosling as “Driver”).  ‘Driver’ because his role as the driver is more important than his real name or who he is as an individual. He drives and drives better than everybody else on the road.  Driver is the strong, silent type with a super human ability to maintain his calm and stay collected even in the craziest of situations.  He’s both a gentlemen and a scholar. A robin hood among thieves.  There is an interesting dialogue exchange between Driver and a child where Driver asks the child if there’s no such thing as a good shark (shark meaning bad guy).  This scene is a great examination of Driver’s own character.

Then there’s Carrey Mulligan as Irene (the leading lady) who makes it very hard not to fall head over feet for in almost every scene she’s in. I had to remind myself to close my jaw on more than one occasion.

3. Hanna  {IMDB}
Hanna, a proficient and deadly child assassin.  I for one enjoyed watching this girl somersault around, snapping necks and slitting throats.  There was even an interesting perspective on nurture over nature (possibly a little over done).  I have alway regretted that I wasn’t raised to be a top-notch deadly assassin by some underground organization or unsurpassed master of the trade.  I’ll make sure my children receive that which I never got. ;)

Check this movie out, especially if you enjoy movies like Leon: The Professional or any of the Jason Bourne movies.

Honorable Mentions: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rule of Margin, The Help, Source Code, The Thing, and Captain America.

Movies I Haven’t Seen Yet (That would probably affect my decision-making altogether): The Decedents, Sherlock Holmes 2, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Artist, Take Shelter

Worst Movies of 2011: Hangover II, Bad Teacher

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012: The Hunger Games, Django Unchained  (Quentin Tarantino), The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan), Only God Forgives, Marvel’s The Avengers, Bond: Skyfall, Red Dawn, World War Z, Gravity, and Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)

Now that my movie listing fetish is satisfied (for the time being) I can concentrate on other worldly matters.  2011 was a tough year for my family as I’m sure it was for a lot of people out there.  I can only count my blessings and focus on the positive as I look to the future. 2011 was a year of…

Huge props to whomever helped create that video.  You’ve moved millions.

My 2012 New Years Resolutions
Stop using the word ‘but’ so much in my writing.
Stop with the uncertainties and write with greater confidence
Take a writer’s workshop possibly.
Get a bike. Bike the trails.
Walk more. Run even
Climb that damn rock wall like I’ve always wanted to do.
Learn to have more patience.
Stand up straight.

This next year will be an exciting one. Armageddon here we come.