The Imagination Machine – Burning Man 2013

Below is a guest post from my awesome friends, The Fucking Unicorns. They’re Colorado Burning Man family and their art car, The Imagination Machine, is going to be epic:

Dear friends of Capacity and Desire,

How are you? We think you’re swell. Also, you smell nice. Say…do you like unicorns? Do you also like rainbows? Who doesn’t, right? Hey…remember that rainbow art car last year, covered in clouds and humping unicorns? Guess who has two hooves and made that thing…The Fucking Unicorns! No really we did…and we’re working on getting “The Imagination Machine” back out to the playa so that we can play with you again. Wanna help?

What’s that you say? You don’t know who the Fucking Unicorns are?

Well…we’re a theme camp based primarily out of Colorado. We share a collective desire to add more life and color to the world. We are “those” people. The ones walking down the street wearing a little more pink, a lot more faux fur, and way more sparkles than might be considered decent. You know the type? Then we are your new best friends with whip cream and a cherry on top.

What now? You don’t know what the Imagination Machine is?

Capacity and Desire - Fucking Unicorns(Sigh) The Imagination Machine, our pride and joy of the past year, is a mobile double rainbow with 7000 programmable LEDs, unicorns, glowing clouds, an aerial rig, cuddle cave, dance platform, and one of the best views of the playa. What’s not to like, right?

Okay…now you remember. What’s that? Oh…what are we trying to do?

Jesh…so many questions. Okay, here’s the deal. We have a handful of repairs to make to our current vehicle and are working on purchasing a bigger and better vehicle to serve as the long term base for the Imagination Machine. We also have some cosmetic improvements we hope to make by August – like new lighting programs for the LEDs and brighter lighting for the clouds. In the long term, we’ve got some big ideas that include everything from a second aerial rig to new aerial apparatuses to ride-able carousel unicorns to crazy ground effects!

So you want to know what you can do to help, huh? Great question!!

First, check out our Kickstarter link here:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1554537122/the-imagination-machine-f-king-unicorn-art-car?ref=email

Then, consider donating or helping us spread the word by forwarding the link to your burner friends.

You Sir, are a god among men…a king among non-kings…a star among lesser magnitude stars. What’s that? Oh, you’re a woman? Sorry. That mustache is confusing…but it looks good on you. Shine on you hairy diamond and we will see you on the playa. Good talk Russ.

Sincerely,
The Fucking Unicorns

Working With Limitations

There are times when I find myself pushing my body to its limits. I’ve noticed that when I don’t eat healthy and then push myself, I tend to get sick. This past week has been a one-two-three knockout punch to my immune system. A combination of stress, eating incorrectly, performing, and a lack of sleep all caused me to finally go down for the count. I got a bit sick.

The stress and lack of sleep both stem from my current jobs. My day job, which I find to be quite fun, is getting slammed during this Christmas season. My department alone has done more sales in the first few days of this month than it has ever done in any previous month. Combine that with my contract jobs, which are really shifting into high-gear for the end of the year, and I’m pushing myself to my work-limit. This has caused me to fall a little behind on the learning Python coding.

Capacity and DesirePerforming at the Bootie Seattle Holiday Party was a blast. I managed to round up a decent costume. I practiced my face painting skills with some new Mac makeup. The design I used was based off of a Wildchild World photo. I didn’t have enough time to really go all the way with the makeup, but I got far enough that I was getting some pretty decent compliments throughout the night. There are some really helpful guides on face-painting techniques over on http://www.reddit.com/r/makeupaddiction.

It’s always fun to have random people come up to you later in the night and thank you for performing. I like to inspire people and it’s nice to hear it when I do. Check out the video of A+D rocking out (with a bit of dancing in the background) here.

Saturday through Wednesday afternoon were spent recovering from being sick and I almost didn’t make it to aerial. I’m really glad I did though because I ended up nailing a move that I’ve been wanting to do for a few weeks! Progress!

This next week, I plan on stepping up the Python coding, eating healthy, working out more and finishing some of the contract jobs I’m working on. The next big performance is in two weeks for NYE with Super Geek League. I can’t wait to show you all the costume I’m going to be wearing for NYE!!!

Bass Fans and Pictures

Ah! It’s always wonderful to get in a new set of fans for the Facebook page! I finally figured out how I’m going to grow the site and Facebook pages without paying for tons of promotions. I’m going to use my camera (BTW Bassdrop fans… Dubstep fans in general… you all rock!). I took a ton of pictures of Friday’s Bassdrop show and many of them turned out great! I’m glad I got to capture so many moments as they happened. This new camera rocks! I can’t wait to do it again. If you haven’t seen the pictures from the show, hit up the Facebook page and check them out!

I got to meet Freaq Nasty at the show on Friday. Awesome, awesome person. He’s directly responsible for me dancing so hard at a night at Burning Man 2010 that I went through 3 gallons of water (Ishe, Bassnectar, Freaq Nasty, and Mimosa… best set EVER!).

Bassdrop Music WashingtonSpeaking of the camera, it was really hard to dance with it. I’m going to have to find a way to make a camera holster for while I’m dancing. I have the camera bags, it will now be about finding out the right combination of straps to make the camera accessible and safe while moving.

This weekend was fairly hectic; Friday was the Bassdrop show. Saturday was spent editing and posting the photos from Friday night and then running off to work for a while. I then spent the rest of the weekend working on a client’s website. All of the website stuff pushed me back on the timeline for learning Python (I also dropped the ball on some workouts and conditioning for Aerial).

This week is going to be spent finishing the client’s site, playing catch-up on all of the coding, and prepping for this weekend. Bootie Seattle Holiday Party is this Friday. I’ll be dancing at it. Come out and see me! Bootie shows are so much fun! Hopefully I’ll have a costume ready by then. I’ll also work on face painting this week to be ready for the show.

I’m really excited to be booked for NYE! More on that in the next post (look for it later this week).

Dancing With Excitement

The Weekend

Ah! And how! Life throws so many things at me sometimes, both good and bad. My weekend was amazingly jam-packed with life! I managed to; work for a client and get their website up and running, go to a barbecue, help host and promote a very successful event at my work, go to a friend’s welcome home party, learn coding, dance at a new and fantastic venue, and go to my work’s holiday party.

Capacity and Desire DanceI always love meeting and sharing new experiences with people. The new venue that I danced in wasn’t like any place that I have danced before! It was located in what looked like an office building in the heart of downtown Seattle. You had to go down a side street, into an unmarked door, up some stairs, and then hang a random left. Boom! Out of nowhere there was a place packed with art, instruments, drinks, dancing, sound, and Burners. Take an old fashioned, gate-closing service elevator to the second floor and you’d see an open gallery populated with more dancers and art.

It was on this second floor that I got to perform. I danced! I don’t know what was up with me that night but I was really feeling the music. Aerial practice is helping me learn a whole new range of movements. After my performance, I had people coming up to thank me for putting on a show. Ah ah! I must be doing something right. It feels good to see people inspired by my movements! I’d like to thank Matt Freedman of Matt Freedman Photography for the great photo he took of me while I was dancing.

The camp, that threw the event, was made up of some of the most wonderful loving and kind people that I have had the pleasure to be around. I’ll definitely be looking them up during Burning Man 2013.

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Capacity and Desire FXSpeaking of Burning Man 2013, who’s excited for the new Cargo Cult theme?! I’m going to be developing a space man and alien costume for the event. I’ll be using the FX Prosthetic and Electronic Fashion Design books that just came in the mail to help me.

This week I’ll be; learning more coding with Python, working on client’s web sites, designing a costume for Bootie Seattle’s event next weekend, Aerial practice, learning makeup design, working on a new Burning Man Project and Burner’s Without Borders charity and art project, and working on my photography!