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(LA Times)   Burning Man attendees put up with a lot: heat, dust, no plumbing. But what they really can't stand are cellphones   (latimes.com) divider line 111
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2013-08-25 06:18:29 PM
You can add harassment by law enforcement to that list too. The ACLU has put up a booth at Center Camp this year to handle complaints.
 
2013-08-25 06:26:38 PM
I assumed it was "soap".
 
2013-08-25 06:29:29 PM
Aren't these like a Juggalo gathering, only a little more normal?
 
2013-08-25 06:41:09 PM
Big- and small-name DJs spin sets powered by portable generators, the vibrating thump traveling across miles of cloudless sky.

THAT would bother me infinitely more that someone's cell phone going off.
 
2013-08-25 06:41:32 PM
Every reference of Burning Man reminds me of this
 
2013-08-25 06:42:37 PM
Burning Man is on my bucket list.
 
2013-08-25 07:32:37 PM
Big- and small-name DJs spin sets powered by portable generators, the vibrating thump traveling across miles of cloudless sky. Cacophony is the cheerfully tolerated norm, but there's one sound that's frequently met with eye-rolling derision: the ring of a cellphone.

And so it comes clear to me that I shall become a DJ. And the tunes I spin will be the sound of an iPhone ring tone. For hours and hours.

I'll spin a super low frequency versions that rattle the desert floor, and ultra high frequency versions that only the young ones with no onions on their belts can hear. And trance versions that just repeat it over and over until they cry out in longing for the brown acid which has been reported to be bad.

And because I'm a DJ I shall be accepted, and because I play iPhone ring tones I shall be rejected, and the universe will tear itself apart.

Verily I say this unto you. And also sliver painted chick titties.
 
2013-08-25 07:55:47 PM
I need to send real time pictures to facebook otherwise my friends won't know I'm at burning man and it won't be worth going.
 
2013-08-25 07:56:05 PM
I admit, I'm bad with my cell. But there are times you just have to let it go and enjoy the moment.
 
2013-08-25 07:59:47 PM

Peter von Nostrand: Aren't these like a Juggalo gathering, only a little more normal?


There's actually hot chicks at Burning Man.
 
2013-08-25 08:00:16 PM
Ah, the unemployable festival.
 
2013-08-25 08:01:47 PM
No plumbing?  How do people bathe/shower?  What about after poop clean-up?  And sweating all day long.  And, oh my god, I just puked a bit at the thought of what sex would be like with someone who hasn't bathed in days, has been sweating the whole time, and hasn't been able to properly clean the stink spots, which by this point have grown to encompass the whole body.
 
2013-08-25 08:03:53 PM
Sounds like a bunch of farking whiners.

No snivelling.
 
2013-08-25 08:04:05 PM
As an old fart, I find it amusing how many people have a cell phone glued to their ear 24/7. And, they all look like they are passing on vital info on exactly where the bomb is planted, when in reality, most conversations are a variation of "what are you doing? Nothing, what are you doing?"
God forbid some virus shuts down the wireless transmission network for a day or two, suicide prevention landlines would probably redline.
 
2013-08-25 08:04:20 PM
People go there to show how different they are along with 60,000 others at a cost of hundreds of dollars. I can show people how different I am just by walking down the street for free.
 
2013-08-25 08:09:25 PM

Rip Dashrock: As an old fart, I find it amusing how many people have a cell phone glued to their ear 24/7. And, they all look like they are passing on vital info on exactly where the bomb is planted, when in reality, most conversations are a variation of "what are you doing? Nothing, what are you doing?"
God forbid some virus shuts down the wireless transmission network for a day or two, suicide prevention landlines would probably redline.


Nah.  They don't have landlines.
 
2013-08-25 08:10:06 PM

Rip Dashrock: As an old fart, I find it amusing how many people have a cell phone glued to their ear 24/7. And, they all look like they are passing on vital info on exactly where the bomb is planted, when in reality, most conversations are a variation of "what are you doing? Nothing, what are you doing?"
God forbid some virus shuts down the wireless transmission network for a day or two, suicide prevention landlines would probably redline.


Actually, those who would be most hurt by the proposed scenario likely don't have a landline.
 
2013-08-25 08:16:43 PM

Peter von Nostrand: Aren't these like a Juggalo gathering, only a little more normal?


The Gathering is to Walmart as Burning Man is to Whole Foods.
 
2013-08-25 08:18:15 PM
In 1999 there was zero cell coverage at burning man. Since everything is barter there, I traded quite a few interesting "things" for $4/minute briefcase satellite phone calls.

/csb
 
2013-08-25 08:18:44 PM
I get a little bored with these pseudo-naturalists who want to leave civilization behind by packing their SUVs and camping trailers with their weekend warrior gear and diesel-powered generators.
 
2013-08-25 08:23:42 PM

Rip Dashrock: As an old fart, I find it amusing how many people have a cell phone glued to their ear 24/7. And, they all look like they are passing on vital info on exactly where the bomb is planted, when in reality, most conversations are a variation of "what are you doing? Nothing, what are you doing?"
God forbid some virus shuts down the wireless transmission network for a day or two, suicide prevention landlines would probably redline.


True, it's overdone, but...some people have jobs they need to stay in contact with, even Burning Manners. It ain't the family farm and 9 to 5 anymore.
 
2013-08-25 08:25:29 PM
THE CELL TOWERS!!!!!! NOT THE CELL TOWERS!!!!!

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2013-08-25 08:26:46 PM

Shostie: Peter von Nostrand: Aren't these like a Juggalo gathering, only a little more normal?

The Gathering is to Walmart as Burning Man is to Whole Foods.


Same thing, except people pay way way too much for one of them?
 
2013-08-25 08:27:24 PM

wiseolddude: People go there to show how different they are along with 60,000 others at a cost of hundreds of dollars. I can show people how different I am just by walking down the street for free.


I always tell people that the time in my life where I saw the most  'individuals' was when I was in the Navy. That's because when everyone looks the same, has the same haircut, wears the same clothes, and lives in the same place under the same conditions, you're forced to develop a personality: faking it and/or imitating others just doesn't do.
 
2013-08-25 08:31:42 PM
When I think of cell phones now, I think of this little video
 
2013-08-25 08:31:47 PM
I'd have figured most of these folks would have appreciated being able to get in touch with their dealers.
 
2013-08-25 08:34:07 PM

Rip Dashrock: As an old fart, I find it amusing how many people have a cell phone glued to their ear 24/7. And, they all look like they are passing on vital info on exactly where the bomb is planted, when in reality, most conversations are a variation of "what are you doing? Nothing, what are you doing?"
God forbid some virus shuts down the wireless transmission network for a day or two, suicide prevention landlines would probably redline.


Hah!  THIS.

And also that video SomeoneDumb linked, priceless :)
 
2013-08-25 08:39:47 PM

MrHappyRotter: No plumbing?  How do people bathe/shower?  What about after poop clean-up?  And sweating all day long.  And, oh my god, I just puked a bit at the thought of what sex would be like with someone who hasn't bathed in days, has been sweating the whole time, and hasn't been able to properly clean the stink spots, which by this point have grown to encompass the whole body.


fap fap fap
 
2013-08-25 08:41:37 PM
"Big- and small-name DJs spin sets powered by portable generators"

Yeah.. if you allow that, then you're not in any place to complain about technology "spoiling" your event.
 
2013-08-25 08:44:49 PM

MrHappyRotter: No plumbing?  How do people bathe/shower?  What about after poop clean-up?  And sweating all day long.  And, oh my god, I just puked a bit at the thought of what sex would be like with someone who hasn't bathed in days, has been sweating the whole time, and hasn't been able to properly clean the stink spots, which by this point have grown to encompass the whole body.


you forgot about the abundant dust. But otherwise sounds about right.
 
2013-08-25 08:45:09 PM
Burning man looks incredibly stupid.  It was a damn neighborhood festival thats gone massively out of control, so much in fact that they had to ship all those trustafarians off into the desert.

Maybe some will wander off and stay there.

/I like some of the art aspects of it, but jeez....
 
2013-08-25 08:47:05 PM

nacho cheese sauce: MrHappyRotter: No plumbing?  How do people bathe/shower?  What about after poop clean-up?  And sweating all day long.  And, oh my god, I just puked a bit at the thought of what sex would be like with someone who hasn't bathed in days, has been sweating the whole time, and hasn't been able to properly clean the stink spots, which by this point have grown to encompass the whole body.

you forgot about the abundant dust. But otherwise sounds about right.


Somehow people managed to have sex in conditions just like that for about, well, since forever.
 
2013-08-25 08:47:43 PM

Rip Dashrock: As an old fart, I find it amusing how many people have a cell phone glued to their ear 24/7.


As a kid-these-days I find it amusing how many old people aren't willing to share their lives with anyone who can't be within shouting distance. And how they have this constant need to talk out loud whenever they are together -- some things are better shared in text.

Communications technology is communications technology gramps. Just because the version you're most comfortable with doesn't work over long distances doesn't make it any more "natural" or important.
 
2013-08-25 08:48:42 PM

NutWrench: Big- and small-name DJs spin sets powered by portable generators, the vibrating thump traveling across miles of cloudless sky.


But enough about the music.
 
2013-08-25 08:51:57 PM
phone call, so what. i'd be more concerned about being able to get my freak on without the possibility of winding up on YouTube etcetera.
 
2013-08-25 08:56:05 PM
Twenty years ago maybe. I honestly don't think I'd go if you paid me too. Now if someone wanted to pay me to go camping in the desert like ten miles away I'm on board. I just don't like camping with too many other other around.
 
2013-08-25 09:03:20 PM
Burning Man has the potential to be really interesting, but I get the feeling that it would be horrible due to everyone trying to out attention whore everyone else.

Probably a lot of people screaming "Woooooooooo!!!!!" at the top of their lungs for no reason.  When did that start?   When I was young if you went around screaming "Wooooooooo!" for no reason, they would lock your ass up.

I think that would just give me a headache.

/ And the smell.....I imagine it's worse than the monkey house at the zoo.....
// I sound old
 
2013-08-25 09:06:00 PM
I'd go if I was guaranteed some bohemian tail.
 
2013-08-25 09:08:47 PM
Burning Man, Burning Man
Driving to Burning Man....
GIF is too large for fark - BURNING MAN
 
2013-08-25 09:09:58 PM

Abox: I'd go if I was guaranteed some bohemian tail.


Exactly. The farking better flow REALLY free--like chicks tearing at your fly as soon as you enter the place--for it to be worth the BO. If it smells like that AND the biatches are stuck up then that's just lose-lose.
 
2013-08-25 09:12:45 PM
ITT: people who don't have the foggiest idea of what Burning Man is all about.
 
2013-08-25 09:14:44 PM

elffster: trustafarians


This may be my all-time favorite word.
 
2013-08-25 09:17:51 PM
Sounds like first world problems.
 
2013-08-25 09:19:29 PM

Mitch Taylor's Bro: ITT: people who don't have the foggiest idea of what Burning Man is all about.


Is it about love?
 
2013-08-25 09:22:03 PM

Mitch Taylor's Bro: ITT: people who don't have the foggiest idea of what Burning Man is all about.


Immolation.
 
2013-08-25 09:25:31 PM

Fuggin Bizzy: elffster: trustafarians

This may be my all-time favorite word.


Pretty much sums up an entire demographic, doesn't it?
 
2013-08-25 09:25:49 PM

Matthew Keene: Mitch Taylor's Bro: ITT: people who don't have the foggiest idea of what Burning Man is all about.

Immolation.


Immolation is waaaaay too good of a band to play at freaking Burning Man.
 
2013-08-25 09:26:35 PM
I love Black Rock. 49 weeks of the year.
 
2013-08-25 09:28:40 PM
I hate it when people get together for some fun.
 
2013-08-25 09:29:21 PM

profplump: Rip Dashrock: As an old fart, I find it amusing how many people have a cell phone glued to their ear 24/7.

As a kid-these-days I find it amusing how many old people aren't willing to share their lives with anyone who can't be within shouting distance. And how they have this constant need to talk out loud whenever they are together -- some things are better shared in text.

Communications technology is communications technology gramps. Just because the version you're most comfortable with doesn't work over long distances doesn't make it any more "natural" or important.


Yeah. That way corporations can control you better by knowing everything you do and everywhere you go, and how you react to it en masse.
 
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