Artworks want to be touched at Burning Man

“I quickly realized it’s the people that bring life to the artwork at Burning Man. Unlike those found in a museum or gallery, the creative achievements of the playa were conceived and constructed with the intent of human interaction. They were created specifically for climbing, touching, marking, wearing, giving and receiving, and in many cases, eventual destruction. They exist as sites of photo shoots, weddings, dance parties, transportation, wayfinding, sexual encounters, sleeping, bathing, mourning, and more. So rather than being protected from the masses, the artworks relied on them to achieve full actualization. And this was a curatorial revelation.”

https://journal.burningman.org/2018/10/burning-man-arts/brc-art/from-going-there-to-knowing-there-a-curators-shift-in-perspective/

Leobard’s idea how to connect Borderland Platforms

This is a set of 4-videos of Leobard (Leo Sauermann, me), talking about how we could use RDF/LinkedData/Schema.org to connect the various platforms of TheBorderland/Dreams/Realities/Burnertickets. I used video as a medium to convey the ideas, as I think it was the quickest way for me to transport it. Writing this up would have taken longer and as my Burning Man community contributions are done in my pastime, I try to make it fun for me to do this.

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Abnehmen durch Fasten, Energie aus dem Fettzellen-Akku

Meine Fettzellen sind meine Batterien, sie speichern Energie in Form von Übergewicht. Wenn ich ein paar Tage oder Wochen nichts esse, also faste, verbrenne ich die Energie und nehme ab. Ich beschreibe hier meine eigene Erfahrung damit, etwa war ich dieses Jahr nach 9 Tagen “wenig Essen” 3kg leichter. Eine einfache Tatsache, aber wenn ich auf Google nach “Abnehmen”, “Fasten”, oder “Gewicht verlieren” suche, finde ich nur Werbung. Darum ein Blogpost in dem ich meine Erfahrung aufschreibe.

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Personal Linked Data, Personal Knowledge Graph

What we need is a personal app that allows us to link our own data. An app where I can link projects to related appointments, people, things, documents/files, and notes. And all of these with each other. And tag everything.

It could be easy to build it on top of NextCloud or on top of Google Documents. It could be done based on my work about the “Semantic Desktop” or “NEPOMUK“.  The concepts I developed back then would still apply today. And all the research others and I did in the wake of NEPOMK would also still apply.

I would call it “Personal Linked Data” or “Personal Knowledge Graph”. Not even TimBl himself calls it “Semantic Web” these days, but rather “Linked Data”.

And to illustrate that blogpost here, I take the cover of my phd. Lookit, its SVG:

A pastor on the playa? (or “Why I Go To Burning Man”)

Randy Bohlender wrote a text in 2003 about why he goes to Burning Man. At the time, he was Pastor at a Vineyard Church in Cincinnaty. People following Jesus and Burners mix well together, in my experience. I joined the Vineyard Church in Austria and started following Jesus in 2001. I went to Burning Man 2006 and 2010. I am co-organizing Burns since then. Like Randy, I believe that a person with a christian faith can contribute something positive at a Burn. I believe that Jesus’ teachings are relevant today. When I read his text A pastor on the playa? (or “Why I Go To Burning Man”), I found he nailed it: his reasons are right, his argumentation is right. In his shoes, I would do the same.

I copy his article on my personal blog here to replicate the ideas to my readers, and to “have a backup copy”, should the original go away.  The following is a 1:1 copy from the text published by Randy on 26.8.2003 here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/970767/posts Continue reading “A pastor on the playa? (or “Why I Go To Burning Man”)”

Barefoot College

I am impressed by “barefoot college“, where women from rural areas learn how to build solar systems. Women, who often cant read, get 6 months of hands-on-training in setup and maintenance of solar systems. They learn skills nobody in their village has, their men respect them, their children see them as inspiration. The college has Ghandi’s principles as basis. Via technology review Germany., Foto: Dieter Telemans/ Panos Pictures/ Visum

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