Silk Road

Caravansary - This year we will create a caravansary that occupies the crossroads of a dreamland: a bazaar of the bizarre wherein treasures of every sort, from every land and age, flow in and out to be flaunted, lost, exploited and discovered. This is not a tourist destination, but a home for travelers who come here bearing gifts. Amid the twisting and the turnings of its souk, participants will come upon an inexhaustible array of teeming goods and unexpected services. Anyone may pose as 'merchant' here, and anyone may play a 'customer', but nothing in this strange emporium shall have a purchase price — no quid, no pro, no quo — no trade at all will be allowed in this ambiguous arcade. According to a rule of desert hospitality, the only thing of value in this 'marketplace' will be one's interaction with a fellow human being.
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Silk Road

Postby PermaBurgin » Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:30 pm

Anyone else get a giggle?

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Re: Silk Road

Postby theCryptofishist » Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:11 pm

Just how many insects have to die in order to make a yard of silk?

And then you can dye it red!
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Re: Silk Road

Postby A-RockLeFrench » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:42 pm

I do find it contradictory that the theme for an event that pretends to be strictly non-commercial is a concept born of commerce...

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Postby tamarakay » Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:39 pm

Yep. More things that make you say huh?
But, since my camp gives silk scarves as our gift, I rather like it. :D
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Re: Silk Road

Postby Aurelia » Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:53 pm

surprise is a favorite sense at BRC

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Postby MyDearFriend » Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:39 am

aserendipity wrote:surprise is a favorite sense at BRC


It's the Fifth Element. 8)
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Re: Silk Road

Postby mgb327 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:57 am

MyDearFriend wrote:
aserendipity wrote:surprise is a favorite sense at BRC


It's the Fifth Element. 8)


Wasn't that a Boy Band back in the '80's?
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Re: Silk Road

Postby ygmir » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:22 am

I equated "silk road" with "treasure trail", more in the grooming sense.
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Re: Silk Road

Postby unjonharley » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:29 am

Silk Road The Spice of Life..

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Postby Aurelia » Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:37 pm

umm, okay bf's; but see, to this devotee/genuine sparkleponie
IT just feels good

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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:57 pm

Oh I get it, Silk = Commerce?

Haha, that's a good one.

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Re: Silk Road

Postby Sunbeam56 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:05 pm

Ummm.... Silk Road has a meaning that transcends Marco Polo and the fabric/spice trade.
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Re: Silk Road

Postby BBadger » Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:38 pm

Ummm.... I thought we were were trying to feign ignorance and misdirect?
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Re: Silk Road

Postby trilobyte » Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:47 pm

I thought that's what the OP was talking about all along.

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Re: Silk Road

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:58 pm

Sunbeam56 wrote:Ummm.... Silk Road has a meaning that transcends Marco Polo and the fabric/spice trade.
...

Ouch. Can't we say that there's been a recent addition to the term? "Transcends" sounds like it has surpassed Mr. Polo and the spice trade, which is actually a very hard thing to do.
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Postby unjonharley » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:14 pm

Most of us in the west think of the silk road as one camel trail..

The silk roads were like our interstate high ways to the far east..

The more famous one runs though the khyber pass.. In the day the top of the pass was only wide enough for one animal at a time..

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Re: Silk Road

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:15 pm

Probably precedes would have been a better word?

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Re: Silk Road

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:21 pm

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Re: Silk Road

Postby Aurelia » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:50 pm

Thank You !

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Re: Silk Road

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:42 am

But can we make a silk road from a sow's ear?
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Re: Silk Road

Postby Aurelia » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:28 pm

sorry you are having a bad day ..for me the air is cleaner at last
so YES a silk road

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Re: Silk Road

Postby unjonharley » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:52 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:But can we make a silk road from a sow's ear?

The BRC road is a bit of a sow's ear..So deferring the question to the Larry..

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Re: Silk Road

Postby chuckularone » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:25 pm

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Goat polo at 24 minutes!!
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Postby Elliot » Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:37 pm

chuckularone wrote:...

Goat polo at 24 minutes!!

Can we compete in writing our names in the snow instead?
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Re: Silk Road

Postby trilobyte » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:53 pm

I like that there's some squidginess to people's understanding or interpretation of what it might be. Whether they think it's one road, or realize that it was many (and some of those routes changed over the years). Or if they consider that there were lots of trails and paths and routes that connected to all those connecting points. Aside from moving physical goods and facilitating trade, it was also a massive information superhighway in its own right, with merchants and travelers carrying along news, information, knowledge and culture. And over the course of countless decades, styles and trends and art and culture flowed back and forth and mashed up along the way.

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Below is a snapshot of the connections just in China, at some point in history

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FYI, this site has lots of little bits of interesting info collected, you may find it useful when reading up or exploring the subject, or when riffing on ideas.

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Re: Silk Road

Postby theCryptofishist » Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:04 pm

I don't suppose this year's theme is a good reason to reread Declare, but rereading Declare doesn't need any other reasons...
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Re: Silk Road

Postby Sunbeam56 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:40 pm

I aint playing headless goat polo.... waste of good goat.

From that map, Okie dokee pass was further south than the trade routes.
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Postby unjonharley » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:53 pm

Sunbeam56 wrote:I aint playing headless goat polo.... waste of good goat.

From that map, Okie dokee pass was further south than the trade routes.


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Re: Silk Road

Postby Sunbeam56 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:24 pm

Makes sense. He had lots of heads. They are rounder and roll better than goats. :)
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Re: Silk Road

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