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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
    More: Interesting, Burning Man, cell phones, Black Rock Desert, international aid, voice calls, marching bands  
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2013-08-26 12:25:42 AM  

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

Is it about love?

Well, I know a couple who met there, got married there and now bring their 4-yr-old daughter there, so... maybe.

I had a friend who went years ago late 90's or early 2000's and he enjoyed himself.  And I think some of the art projects look interesting, but I am just getting too old now to enjoy the insanity.

/ Plus, nobody wants to see silver painted, mid 40's, old man balls

Yeah, camping in the desert isn't my idea of fun. But a lot of my friends are regulars and it does sound cool. Just not worth the playa dust issues.
2013-08-26 12:28:58 AM  

specialkae: Dear friend and I talked about going to Burning Man 2012.  When we found out what tickets cost (IFIRC, close to $250 for a carload for 2 adult peeps) plus the expense of tents, camping equipment, etc and we're both fair campers, we decided, hell no.  Too expensive and I don't care if someone is handing out free acid/weed/ecstasy at the front gates.  Too expensive to go and camp and roast alive in the desert for a few days.

Unless you've been, you can't really know what you're missing out on.  It's not just camping in the desert. A whole goddamn city pops up for the span of a week, then disappears.  A city where there's always lights and music and pyrotechnics, where there's always something to do, something new to experience, and where nearly everything can be gotten for free or simple trade.  It's unlike anything else, and it's really worth experiencing once... provided you have the money and aren't afraid of the heat during the day.

Calling Burning Man "camping in the desert" is like calling a three hour marathon sex session with multiple partners "a bit of lovemaking".  It may be technically accurate, but the words do not properly convey the scope of what is happening.

Inchoate: I've not been to Burning Man and don't know if I'll ever go, but several folks I know and respect have had wonderful times there.
I went to a similarly themed but MUCH smaller event (moneyless economy, leave no trace, camping, ritual effigy-burning near the end) on a farm in New Jersey (Freeform). The other campers I went with were scientists who brought a DJ.
Lots of revelry, creativity, and camaraderie. Everyone wore whatever they wanted (or didn't want). It was a very relaxing, enjoyable weekend and I met some fascinating people, not all of whom were whom you'd call "hippies" or the like. Don't knock it till you've tried it!

If you can stand the heat, the locals have started doing a free event called "The Fourth of JuPlaya" on (you guessed it) the week of the 4th of July.  They can't build any of the amazing structures that Burning Man can (no permits), but since the Black Rock Desert is on BLM land it means anyone can camp there at any time, no camping permit required.  You do have to keep the camps a bit further apart to not fall afoul of the restrictions on large settlements, but that just means its spread out over a 10 mile radius instead of a 2 mile.  Not as many people mind you, but it's free.
2013-08-26 12:29:06 AM  

Emo Jeezus: Burning Manners

I think they call themselves "Burners", fwiw.
2013-08-26 01:15:20 AM  

AGremlin: When I was young if you went around screaming "Wooooooooo!" for no reason, they would lock your ass up.

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2013-08-26 01:46:14 AM  
One great thing about Burning Man threads is that it makes it very easy to identify the pinheads on Fark.

You know, the dorks who enjoy mumbling slackwitted snarks about people who are actually ambitious enough to go out and do something interesting.

Yes, you.
2013-08-26 02:27:43 AM  

yukichigai: and where nearly everything can be gotten for free or simple trade. It's unlike anything else, and it's really worth experiencing once... provided you have the money

divide by zero much today?
2013-08-26 03:26:30 AM  
OMG, people are bringing things in to burning man from the REAL world?!  GASP!  Just because you're all uptight about people bringing phones doesn't mean it's not going to happen more and more.

A few years ago, some Burning Man attendees BUILT a portable cell tower in order to support phone usage in the desert.

2013-08-26 05:52:18 AM  

proteus_b: yukichigai: and where nearly everything can be gotten for free or simple trade. It's unlike anything else, and it's really worth experiencing once... provided you have the money

divide by zero much today?

Confuse semantics for a valid point much today?
2013-08-26 08:17:27 AM  

GaperKiller: I love Black Rock. 49 weeks of the year.

You'll love this, then.
2013-08-26 09:05:49 AM  
This is the perfect storm.  I can mock both young people with cellphones and old hippies who are afraid of change.
2013-08-26 09:36:45 AM  

Sliding Carp: Peter von Nostrand: Aren't these like a Juggalo gathering, only a little more normal  self-obsessed

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