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Amani Loutfy comes to the burning blogosphere as a 2008 transplant to the Bay area, by way of a former life in Seattle. She's been involved in many projects, both on- and off-playa, from the Temple of Light, to the Machine, to Ze Arc of Hawaii, Pillow Fight Club, several iterations of Arson Island Resort, and beyond. A current resident of Gigsville, she brings a crusty and opinionated perspective on the burn. Amani has retired her megaphone in favor of the keyboard, but that doesn't mean you're going to shut her up any time soon.

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Andrew Johnstone is an artist, muralist, 3D computer designer and enthusiastic geomapper. He was the creator of the first 3D fly-through simulation of Black Rock City (originally using Microsoft Flight Simulator software), and he crafts the 3D models of the Man and Man base found on the Burning Man website. He has been the Project Lead of the Burning Man Earth Project since its inception in 2005.

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Bex Workman is the Regional Network Administrator for Burning Man. She is fond of rubber chickens, clowns and pirates. Ye have been warned.

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Brad Berwick, a burner since 2006, enjoyed a short peak behind the Burning Man curtain during his 2008 internship. After graduating college with a journalism degree in his home town of Lafayette, Louisiana, he is pursuing a career in the culinary arts.

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Carolyn Ellis, aka Kali, rode in the Critical Tits Ride for several years before becoming one of the principle organizers of this storied Burning Man tradition.

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Christa Sperry has been involved in the Burning Man community since 2005. She is a mentor and Youth Minister at FreedomHill in Maryland, always trying to encourage the beautiful and absurd in the future leaders of the world. During the summer months, she throws locally grown produce at the urbanites for a fair price. When in Black Rock City, you can find her at BMIR 94.5 coordinating events, talking smack, and spilling drinks.

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Dan Miller was housemates with Larry Harvey in San Francisco from 1982 to 2000. He managed the construction and raising of the Man from 1990 to 2000 and contributed several design modifications to the Man including rigging, mechanical arm raising and the infamous straw bale pyramid bases 1996 - 2000. He took a break from raising the Man to raise his own son, born in 2001. He still brings various art pieces to the playa with his family, such as the "Yot Tub", and lives in rural Northern CA.

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Daniel Terdiman (Greeter Dan) is a 15-year Burner, and a senior reporter at CNET News. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Dasha is the deus ex machina of Burning Man's San Francisco office staff, working tirelessly behind the scenes to propagate Burning Man culture.

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David Koren (or "not that dave") is the Executive Producer of FIGMENT, which began in 2007 as a free participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York City. By 2012, this annual event involved 25,000 participants and 400 arts projects, and was named the Best Art Festival in NYC by the Village Voice. In 2010, FIGMENT began to spread to other cities and in 2013 FIGMENT events will happen in approximately 10 locations in North America and Australia. FIGMENT has also created several annual summer-long installations on Governors Island, including an interactive sculpture garden, an artist-designed mini golf course, and the City of Dreams Pavilion, the result of an architectural design competition in collaboration with ENYA and SEAoNY. He is also an official Burning Man Contact for New York City and a member of the Meta-Regionals Committee. Professionally, David is the Marketing Director for one of the largest architectural firms in the United States.

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