Burning Man

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Burning man live webcast for folk who wanted to go but couldn’t.

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  • The most practical application of absolutely nothing that I’ve ever seen!

  • “Blinded by Science.” “Smooth Operator.” “Hello, Hello.”

    The soundtrack behind the live webcast is pirate-cast BMIR, ’the Beautiful Sound of The Man and Black Rock City’:

    2:20 pm Burning Man Time :

    “…WE don’t know how long the city can continue its explosive growth, and we get the feeling that the Burn, the big central event of the year, might benefit from spreading out. That’s another funny thing about being here before the event begins; you get tight with the people who are out here working, and then when the gates open and the city fills up, you don’t see those folks anymore. They scatter to their various camps…”

    “…FOLKS we’re getting reports some of the bathroom locks are being vandalized and removed. Please don’t remove or vandalize the locks. Handicapped folks use them as a brace to settle down on the throne. Please be respectful of others and porta potties in Black Rock City…”

    “…THE PLAYA RESTORATION TEAM will be here until October, when every last stake, flag and piece of MOOP is picked up. Leave no trace. Where there was once a city of 50,000 people, there will be nothing. No Man, no Temple, no art, no music, no people, no nothing. Just the desert, which looks pretty much as it has looked for hundreds of thousands of years. Temporal and timeless, juxtaposed.”

    “…FOLKS, MUTANT VEHICLES are a public conveyance. That means anyone can use them. Be respectful, use the, and get out and meet people! Questions? Contact the Burning Man DMV located at the corner of…”

    “…AND SO IT IS with Burning Man 2011. Unforgettable, deeply moving, beautiful beyond words, heart-wrenching …. Thanks again for following along, and for your words of encouragement and appreciation. So thanks, be safe, and have a great Burn.”

    ”NOTHING says Thank You like SOMETHING. Now back to our music…”

  • “Blinded by Science.” “Smooth Operator.” “Hello, Hello.”

    The soundtrack behind the live webcast is pirate-cast BMIR, ’the Beautiful Sound of The Man and Black Rock City’:

    2:20 pm Burning Man Time :

    “…WE don’t know how long the city can continue its explosive growth, and we get the feeling that the Burn, the big central event of the year, might benefit from spreading out. That’s another funny thing about being here before the event begins; you get tight with the people who are out here working, and then when the gates open and the city fills up, you don’t see those folks anymore. They scatter to their various camps…”

    “…FOLKS we’re getting reports some of the bathroom locks are being vandalized and removed. Please don’t remove or vandalize the locks. Handicapped folks use them as a brace to settle down on the throne. Please be respectful of others and porta potties in Black Rock City…”

    “…THE PLAYA RESTORATION TEAM will be here until October, when every last stake, flag and piece of MOOP is picked up. Leave no trace. Where there was once a city of 50,000 people, there will be nothing. No Man, no Temple, no art, no music, no people, no nothing. Just the desert, which looks pretty much as it has looked for hundreds of thousands of years. Temporal and timeless, juxtaposed.”

    “…FOLKS, MUTANT VEHICLES are a public conveyance. That means anyone can use them. Be respectful, use the, and get out and meet people! Questions? Contact the Burning Man DMV located at the corner of…”

    “…AND SO IT IS with Burning Man 2011. Unforgettable, deeply moving, beautiful beyond words, heart-wrenching …. Thanks again for following along, and for your words of encouragement and appreciation. So thanks, be safe, and have a great Burn.”

    ”NOTHING says Thank You like SOMETHING. Now back to our music…”

  • A surprising review from the Wall Street Journal: “Burning Man Comes of Age, Complete With RVs and Hired Help”

    “The giant Burning Man art festival, in its official manifesto, calls on attendees to exhibit “radical self-reliance” as they camp and frolic on the dry lakebed here for a week every year. But some bourgeois Burners are calling upon more than spiritual vibes to tap their inner self. They’ve got hired help.

    “Elon Musk, chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla Motors and co-founder of eBay Inc.’s PayPal unit, is among those eschewing the tent life. He’s paying for an elaborate compound consisting of eight recreational vehicles and trailers stocked with food, linens, groceries and other essentials for himself and his friends and family, say employees of the outfitter, Classic Adventures RV. It charges $5,500 to $10,000 per RV for its Camp Classic Concierge packages and stocked with Diet Coke, Gatorade and Cruzan rum. Burning Man is like any other community, with “a lower class, a middle class, an upper class,” says Dane Johnson, a Classic manager, standing outside the Musk compound. “We cater to the upper. People with money do not wish to stay in a tent.”

    “Elsewhere on the desert grounds, Burners wear bikini tops, leather chaps, stilts, goggles—and sometimes nothing at all. They rely on canned food for meals, sleep in the open field under the stars and use portable toilets. Limbs flail at dance-till-dawn parties. People are expected to share and to give gifts to one another. Money is banned. Sort of.

    “San Francisco caterer Gastronaut is one of many marketers targeting the Burning haute crowd. “People have less and less time to be radically self-reliant,” says head chef Nathan Keller, whose gourmet feasts-to-go include beef bourguignon and posole. The tab: $20 to $50 per meal, which feeds five.

    “For those who bristle at making the long pilgrimage to the desert by car, there’s Centurion Flight Services. It picks up travelers in the San Francisco area and deposits them on a makeshift air strip here. The cost to avoid dusty roads: $825 per seat in a five-person Cessna, or $4,325 for the whole plane. Hairdressers are cashing in, too. Stylist Tiffani Harper of Vallejo, Calif., said three customers responded to her online braids-for-Burning Man ad. She charged $70 to $140.

    “Mr. Harvey, now chairman of the organization that runs Burning Man, says he has no problems with participants who pay for services. He says he is spending this week in a camper, with food cooked for him, because he is 63 years old and it allows him to do his job more easily.”

    On a more light-hearted note, a few of the artistic homes of Burning Man.

  • A surprising review from the Wall Street Journal: “Burning Man Comes of Age, Complete With RVs and Hired Help”

    “The giant Burning Man art festival, in its official manifesto, calls on attendees to exhibit “radical self-reliance” as they camp and frolic on the dry lakebed here for a week every year. But some bourgeois Burners are calling upon more than spiritual vibes to tap their inner self. They’ve got hired help.

    “Elon Musk, chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla Motors and co-founder of eBay Inc.’s PayPal unit, is among those eschewing the tent life. He’s paying for an elaborate compound consisting of eight recreational vehicles and trailers stocked with food, linens, groceries and other essentials for himself and his friends and family, say employees of the outfitter, Classic Adventures RV. It charges $5,500 to $10,000 per RV for its Camp Classic Concierge packages and stocked with Diet Coke, Gatorade and Cruzan rum. Burning Man is like any other community, with “a lower class, a middle class, an upper class,” says Dane Johnson, a Classic manager, standing outside the Musk compound. “We cater to the upper. People with money do not wish to stay in a tent.”

    “Elsewhere on the desert grounds, Burners wear bikini tops, leather chaps, stilts, goggles—and sometimes nothing at all. They rely on canned food for meals, sleep in the open field under the stars and use portable toilets. Limbs flail at dance-till-dawn parties. People are expected to share and to give gifts to one another. Money is banned. Sort of.

    “San Francisco caterer Gastronaut is one of many marketers targeting the Burning haute crowd. “People have less and less time to be radically self-reliant,” says head chef Nathan Keller, whose gourmet feasts-to-go include beef bourguignon and posole. The tab: $20 to $50 per meal, which feeds five.

    “For those who bristle at making the long pilgrimage to the desert by car, there’s Centurion Flight Services. It picks up travelers in the San Francisco area and deposits them on a makeshift air strip here. The cost to avoid dusty roads: $825 per seat in a five-person Cessna, or $4,325 for the whole plane. Hairdressers are cashing in, too. Stylist Tiffani Harper of Vallejo, Calif., said three customers responded to her online braids-for-Burning Man ad. She charged $70 to $140.

    “Mr. Harvey, now chairman of the organization that runs Burning Man, says he has no problems with participants who pay for services. He says he is spending this week in a camper, with food cooked for him, because he is 63 years old and it allows him to do his job more easily.”

    On a more light-hearted note, a few of the artistic homes of Burning Man.

  • They are going to burn the man soon. The feed is strong and the wind is calm. Should be a fabulous burn!

  • They are going to burn the man soon. The feed is strong and the wind is calm. Should be a fabulous burn!

  • More than 6000 people are watching this live feed from the playa. I wonder how high the # will go by 9 pm?
    Burn Baby Burn!

  • More than 6000 people are watching this live feed from the playa. I wonder how high the # will go by 9 pm?
    Burn Baby Burn!

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