There’s a festival called Burning Man that I’ve been to a couple of times in America, but beyond being a cool get-together, there’s also an agenda of ‘leave no trace’. The idea is to make sure that you leave places in as good, or better, state as the one you find them in. I like to apply this to as many activities in life as is practical, and one of the ways of doing this is to support renewable energy sources.
A little while ago I sent a donation over to a small town in Lovelock, Nevada. Due to budget cutbacks, they were having to lay off some of their teachers. The organisers of Burning Man stepped in and asked the world if we could send a donation to build a solar array. By removing their electricity costs, they could afford to save jobs, keep teachers, and be environmentally friendly too.
The project has come to fruitition, and there’s even a lovely plaque with ‘Matazone’ on it, listed among the supporters.
I went through some hard financial times over the years, and it was thanks to the support of the visitors to this site that I got through them and I’m now in a position to help others. Keep passing on the favours and we’ll make this world a better place for everyone.
For a change, this gallery of photos from the Burning Man in 2008 doesn’t appear to have nudity so should be safe to browse at work. The photographer is particularly good, so I highly recommend spending a bit of time browsing through the weirdness that Waldemar has lovingly documented.
Nick Adams took some brilliant images of Burning Man in 2008. Click here to see them. Even if you don’t go past the first photo from the Burning Man 2008 file, go visit to see that one.
Don’t know what the Burning Man is? It’s an amazing performance-involvement art festival that I’ve written about it before, check out some of my earlier posts for more information.
Ireland? No, apparently not according to the ‘Banc’ Of America:
I think I should start an investment fund called 9/11 with the slogan ‘The “9” in 9/11 stands for “9 great ways to spread your finances for added security”‘.
Or I could just be overreacting.
What was happening out of shot on the photo shoot for the front cover of The Joshua Tree? It was a cross over with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, of course.
Click ‘more’ for the slightly not-safe-for-work image…
Continue reading U2 – The Red Hot Chili Tree
Strange, but true.
My musical tastes have changed a bit since I was a U2 fan, but The Joshua Tree is still probably the greatest single album made. Damn near every track on it is a classic, and it’s just been released as a ridiculously uber ‘Super Deluxe Edition’. Just buy the normal version, it’s great, but it’s still only the music, after all. (UK link, US link)
What does mad doctor do when he’s not creating life out of the scrap bins from the back of Iceland Superstore? He makes masks for a masquerade ball that my partner and I were going to, of course.
I think they’re pretty neat. That may also be the first time I have used ‘neat’ in that context. Hurrah!
If you’re interested, there’s more info on how I made them here.
The bunnies have worked out how to use guns! Run for your lives!
… because I use lots of PVA glue when making pictures:
Merry Christmas everyone!
There’s a weekly competition on a website I visit quite often to make pictures on a theme. This week’s one was ‘inappropriate Christmas cards’:
EDIT: Just to clarify – this is a joke! (In case anyone got the wrong idea!)
Did Morecambe & Wise ever become popular in America? Probably not, so there goes 50% of the people who’ll get this…
You cannot escape the T-Rex of Love!