Saturday, June 30, 2012

The importance of TST

Our camp has changed names many times. Slumber Marshals, TST, Urban Pirates, Electric Sheep Farm and other names I might not even be aware of have come to define us as a group. Without a consistent camp name it is hard to establish our awesome reputation on the playa. We've done an amazing job ingratiating ourselves to the community through our hard work and we should be recognized for it. We've participated in Feed The Artists, been a long standing Theme Camp, performed at regional events, created a great bar atmosphere and above all provided a much needed service. As far as I know we are one of, if not the only, late-night food service on the playa. We've gotten praise in national publications for the environment we've worked so hard to cultivate.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Favorite Memory from 2011

Ok, so this is the test to see a) if I disabled the auto email function and, b) give you the promised a favorite memory (Dani: you better add to this with your much anticipated Earth Guardians adventure!)

Burning Man tips V2.012

Burning Man Tips v2.012

First and foremost, if you haven't read it already:
The Survival Guide-

Goggles- many unwary burners are seen out and about without
their goggles or dustmasks available for rapid deployment. If you are
the truly hardy type then maybe you'll be fine but just know that
60mph duststorms can blow in at any moment day or night, and last for hours.
2010 and 2011 were VERY quiet weatherwise during the week of the burn, but do not be fooled. Anything that you leave outside your tent/RV will be GONE and transformed into awful M.O.O.P. if the quite common 70mph wind gusts kick up. And of your tent isn't heavy enough, it might be gone too! I have seen entire camps blowing down the street.
Nighttime dust storms are
infrequent but one happened at the Temple Burn recently and
caught many veterans unprepared. If this happens you're blinded until it blows over. If you use dark lens goggles at night you are also essentially blind, so having a couple pair of each type is best.

Dustmask- Do not use the ones designed for painters. They quickly get
nasty and are quite uncomfortable for long term use. A cheap, easy, and
comfortable solution is to use cotton t-shirt material bought at a
fabric store. Cut into the shape of an edge-on view of the "flying saucer shape", around 6" to 8” wide in the middle part. Comfortable enough to wear for days on end.

Updates and fun!

Hey everyone,

I'm not sure how many of you are aware that we have a TST blog. Most of the emails that have been disseminated recently have actually been blog updates. The reason for the blog is to stop cluttering our emails and start to try and contain discussions in an easy to find format. Email threads can get cluttered and it can be hard to find old posts/comments. With the blog we want to be able to create a forum for discussions that can be found easily by topic. Right now the default for the blog is to send an email to the TST email group for every update. I'm going to disable that function to try and encourage traffic to the blog instead. We will still send all pertinent camp information to the email list but things like camping tips, art brainstorms and other non-essential information will be contained at the blog. Please check it out at

As for the fun part... check out the blog for a fun update by yours truly,

Mike (aka Mouse)

Friday, June 15, 2012

A message from Poda and the Planning Crew

Hey TST Campers!

Hope you are all getting excited for the madness that will be Burning Man 2012. I wanted to send out a message that will outline the basic camp plans so far, and what we need from everyone that will be Twilight Spaghetti citizens. Of course there is much more room for developing these ideas, but I wanted to start a discussion so that everyone can get informed and get involved. I think we'll be able to pull off some amazing things this year!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Anticipating The Burn

Hey All!

How did we get to the middle of June already? There hasn't been too much progress on the planning end, but we've got a pretty good plan in place. The Bay Area crew is going to be grabbing the equipment and starting on the routine maintenance soon and getting our act together on the new builds. We've got to get our act together on creating a new camp sign, formalizing the layout and getting some new artwork for this years theme, Fertility 2.o. The big news is that we are officially placed on the theme-camp list and are eagerly awaiting placement. I'm holding out hope for Esplanade again, but last year was pretty cool being able to relax a bit.