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Not Burning Man 2021

Not Burning Man! Breaking News!
Black Rock Desert, Nevada – August 2021
TTITD? TOTITD? Or just a radical simulation?

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People will be out on The Playa (Black Rock Desert, Nevada) again this year!
Many more people this year then were at the “Pretend Burn” last year most likely.
Last year, the whole world was deep into the COVID-19 Pandemic
and the BMorg told people not to go, but of course people went….

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So this year, people have forgotten about the Pandemic and want to go.
There is NO BURNING MAN this year.
There wasn’t time or anyway to sell tickets and everything else.
Too many unknowns and TOO MUCH LIABILITY. AND NO CASH TOO.
So, hopefully they will be able to have Burning Man 2022… but who knows?

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“These rules are pretty specific.
It’s almost as if they know who’s showing up…”
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Practice the “Ten Principles” and also Consent (“the eleventh principle”)
AND ALWAYS SAFETY THIRD!
Safety for OTHERS, Safety for PLACE AND PROPERTY,
and then SAFETY THIRD! (for yourself)
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This letter is from Chelsea McKinney, Burning Man Project Manager from the
Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office
June 7, 2021
Good Morning,
You are being contacted because you have reached out with questions or you have submitted an application for a commercial or organized group Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to come out to the Black Rock Desert playa this summer.
I am writing to inform you that the Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office (BLM), has made decisions regarding the activities mentioned above. These decisions have been made with Public Health and Safety, and Resource Protection in mind, and we hope that you all and other visitors will respect these decisions. The decisions are:
No Organized Group SRPs will be authorized/issued.
People are still welcome to visit the Black Rock Desert playa and camp.
No Commercial/Vending SRPs will be authorized/issued. Camps must be self-sufficient. No deliveries, or services will be authorized. This includes porta-potties. Camps can get their own toilets, off of public land, and bring them out themselves, then return them. This must all be done by someone in your camp. No pumping services will be authorized.
The BLM will also be implementing Temporary Restrictions of the playa.
These restrictions include:
Commercial activities, as defined at 43 CFR 2932.5, are prohibited.
Camping use is limited to the flat and un-vegetated playa surface.
Building of structures is prohibited. A structure is defined as construction, placement or organization of parts, pieces, or objects that are not intended for sleeping, cooking, or protection from the elements, such as shade tents.
Ignition of fires other than a campfire is prohibited, unless specified by a fire prevention order. Campfires may only be burned in containers that are sturdily elevated six (6) inches above the playa surface and in a manner that does not pose a risk of fire debris falling onto the playa surface. Plastic and nonflammable materials may not be burned in campfires. Burning of construction materials, pallets, or wood with screws or nails is prohibited.
Possessing, discharging, using or allowing the use of fireworks, pyrotechnic or incendiary devices is prohibited.
Possessing, shooting, or causing to burn; explosives or explosive material, to include binary explosive targets is prohibited.
The discharge and dumping of grey water or black water onto the playa/ground surface is prohibited. Grey water is defined as water that has been used for cooking, washing, dishwashing, or bathing and/or contains soap, detergent, or food scraps/residue, regardless of whether such products are biodegradable or have been filtered or disinfected. Black water is defined as waste water containing feces, urine and/or flush water.
Depositing human waste (liquid and/or solid) on the playa/ground surface is prohibited.
Dumping or discharge of vehicle oil, petroleum products or other hazardous household, commercial or industrial refuse or waste onto the playa surface is prohibited. This applies to all recreational vehicles, trailers, motorhomes, port-a-potties, generators and other camp infrastructure.
Storage of over 20 gallons of fuel must include secondary containment capable of holding and preventing leaks and spills on the playa surface. Storage of less than 20 gallons must include a spill pad or other measures to prevent leaks and spills. Secondary containment is defined as capturing the entire contents of the largest tank in the containment area in the event of a leak or spill.
Unauthorized dumping or discharge of fresh water onto the playa surface in a manner that creates a hazard or nuisance is prohibited.
Aircraft landing, taking off, touch and go’s, and taxiing is prohibited. Aircraft is defined in Title 18, U.S.C., section 31 (a)(1) and includes lighter-than-aircraft and ultra-light craft. However, in an emergency, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters that are providing emergency medical services are not prohibited.
Possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage by the driver or operator of any motorized vehicle, whether or not the vehicle is in motion, is prohibited. An open container is defined as any bottle, can, or other container which contains an alcoholic beverage, if that container does not have a closed top or lid for which the seal has not been broken. If the container has been opened one or more times, and the lid or top has been replaced, that container is an open container. The possession of an open container includes any open container that is physically possessed by the driver or operator or is adjacent to and reachable by that driver or operator. This includes, but is not limited, to containers in a cup holder or rack adjacent to the driver or operator, containers on a vehicle floor next to the driver or operator, and containers on a seat or console area next to a driver or operator.
All motor vehicles must comply with the following requirements:
A. The operator of a motor vehicle must possess a valid driver’s license.
B. Motor vehicles and trailers must possess evidence of valid registration.
C. It is prohibited to ride on the top of or outside of the passenger compartment (the area intended for sitting inside a vehicle).
D. Motor vehicles, other than a motorcycle or golf cart, must be equipped with at least two working headlamps and at least two functioning red tail lamps. Motorcycles or golf carts require only one working headlamp and one working red taillight during night hours, from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise. Trailers pulled by motor vehicles must be equipped with at least two functioning tail lamps and at least two functioning brake lights.
E. Motor vehicles, including motorcycles or golf carts, must display a red, amber, or yellow light brake light visible to the rear in normal sunlight upon application of the brake.
F. Except for the flat and un-vegetated playa surface, all vehicle use is limited to designated vehicle routes (roads and ways).
G. Motor vehicle is defined as any device designed for and capable of travel over land and which is self-propelled by a motor.
H. Trailer means every vehicle without motive power designed to carry property or passengers wholly on its own structure and to be drawn by a motor vehicle, this includes camp trailers, pop-up trailers, 4’x7’ or larger flatbed trailers, enclosed cargo trailers, or RV style trailers.
The possession and or use of lasers is prohibited. A laser means any laser beam device or demonstration laser product that emits a single point of light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation that is visible to the human eye.
The discharge of any firearm is prohibited within the flat and un-vegetated surface of the Black Rock Desert playa. Firearm means any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun or other device which is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the ignition of a propellant. Discharge means the expelling of a projectile from a firearm. Discharge of firearms outside of the flat and un-vegetated playa surface requires a safe back shooting across or towards roads and trails is prohibited.
The use or discharge of flame effects is prohibited. Flame effect is defined as the combustion of solids, liquids, or gases to produce thermal, physical, visual, or audible phenomena. This includes all flames that are automated, switched, pressurized or having any other action than simply being lit on fire; as well as projects using propane or other liquid or gaseous fuels.
We also ask that everyone continue to follow Leave No Trace principles and follow all other state and local laws.
Please be respectful of the communities and services you use when coming to the Black Rock Desert playa.
Please use best judgement and know your limits. The BLM wants visitors to have a good time when visiting public land but we want you to be safe. Be aware that Emergency Services (medical, fire, law enforcement) are limited around the area.
I want to thank you all for reaching out and being responsible recreationists. I hope to see you out on the Black Rock Desert playa this summer. If you have questions please email me to schedule a time to talk. Thank you.
Chelsea McKinney
Burning Man Project Manager
Bureau of Land Management – Winnemucca District
Black Rock Field Office
5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445
(775) 304-8216 mobile
(775) 623-1771 office
cmmckinney@blm.gov
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Please check with individual offices regarding customer services
available by phone or email and the status of recreation sites and facilities:
https://www.blm.gov/office/nevada-state-office
  • Nevada State Office 775-861-6400
  • Southern Nevada District 702-515-5000
  • Winnemucca District 775-623-1500

Nevada Health Response website: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/

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As per The Bureau of Land Management in Nevada website:

Responsible recreation is essential to ensure your public lands remain open to multiple uses. Please remember to stay on existing routes and practice “Leave No Trace” principles while enjoying your public lands.

Nevada’s public lands are open to camping. There is no fee for dispersed, primitive camping, but there is a limit to the number of days one may camp in the same location. Dispersed, primitive camping is camping where there are no developed amenities such as water or toilets. Primitive campers are asked to follow the “Leave No Trace” land use ethics. Dispersed camping in a motorhome is allowed, but dumping black or gray water on public lands isn’t allowed. Some campground are established that requires a fee to manage it.

A person may not occupy undeveloped public lands or designated sites or areas for more than 14 days within a 28 consecutive day period.
Following the 14 days, a person and their personal property must relocate to a site outside of at least a 25 mile radius from the occupied site for a period of 14 days.

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The following Travel Guidelines have been developed for travelers entering, departing, or returning to the State of Nevada. Traveler must follow state and local requirements, and at a minimum, avoid large indoor gatherings, maintain social distancing, and always wear a face covering.

You should NOT travel if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not yet recovered
  • Have been presumptuously diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have been potentially exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19

IF you travel, make sure to do the following:

  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

Before you decide to travel to or from Nevada, do an assessment of the following:

  • Do you live with someone who might be more likely to get very ill from COVID-19? If you get infected while traveling, you can spread the virus to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Are you more likely to get very ill from COVID-19? Anyone can get very ill from the virus that causes COVID-19, but older adults and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

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Come on, baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire


YUPDATED: Friday, June 11, 2021 – 2:00am
We just ripped this pic from P. Mackey (who took this pic earlier today)
The Playa on Thursday, June 10, 2021
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Some “beginner” guidelines to get you started::
Please consult the Burning Man website for THE SURVIVAL GUIDE and other info.
There are some “rules and regulations” and even some LAWS that you need to know.
WE ARE NOT AN ATTORNEY.
THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE! Consult a licensed attorney.

Never burn anything directly on The Playa surface!
Use a Burn Platform or Burn Barrel for all pyrotechnics.
And technically you are not allowed to burn anything this year (as per the BLM)

Store fuel safely! Separate Fuel Safe Containment is required!
Make sure everything is ventilated properly!
(generators, fuel storage, cooking equipment, etc.)
Have charged fire-extinguishers and other fire-fighting equipment in your camp.

LEAVE NO TRACE! Pack it in, pack it out. LEAVE NO MOOP! (Matter Out Of Place)
There are no trash cans in the Black Rock Desert. Don’t let anything hit the ground.
Refer to the Burning Man website for more about LNT (Leave No Trace) and MOOP.

DON’T PEE OR POOP ON THE PLAYA! Seriously. Prepare for bodily functions.
It’s against the law to urinate/defecate on The Playa! There are serious FINES if caught!
Also, it’s fucking GROSS and OFFENSIVE and INCONSIDERATE, so don’t do it PLEASE.

Dispose of all fluids and materials, including gray water, by the appropriate means.
Again, DO NOT DUMP ON THE PLAYA! Evaporate Grey water properly.
Take the rest with you.

Drive safely and at a reasonable speed for the conditions.
Don’t drive erratically, ride on the roof or hang off the side of your vehicle.
DO NOT DRIVE WHILE INTOXICATED!  (“Buzzed” Driving is Drunk Driving!)

DON’T DRIVE ON WET PLAYA!
If it rains, do not drive until The Playa is completely dry.
Do not get stuck in The Playa Mud
it doesn’t just wash off and you may not recover your vehicle.
Towing from The Playa can get into the THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
(if you can get a tow truck to come out on The Playa,
most warranties and/or services end at the highway and they won’t service you)

Secure your load, inspect your trailer, have a backup plan.
EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING TO AND FROM THE PLAYA!
Obey all Traffic Laws and Vehicle Regulations! YOU MAY STILL BE PULLED OVER!
Nevada State Police, Reservation Police, Bureau of Land Management Police,
the FEDS, and other LEOs are just looking for a reason…..  DON’T GIVE THEM ONE!
Fines are high for all violations. You don’t want to go to jail in Nevada.
In the past they have harassed, searched, sniffed, and arrested Burners
using questionable and sometimes illegal tactics.
If you are stopped REMAIN SILENT!
DO NOT CONSENT TO SEARCH (even if you’re clean)
If you are searched GET NAMES AND BADGE NUMBERS!
They must identify themselves!
Get it on video if you can without antagonizing the situation!
USE THE ACLU APP!
If you are arrested: REMAIN SILENT! ASK FOR AN ATTORNEY!
Just STFU! Do not talk to officers. DO NOT TALK TO OFFICERS!
Once you are arrested
“ANYTHING YOU SAY, CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU!”
CONTACT AN ATTORNEY! ASK FOR AN ATTORNEY!
They cannot ask you anything else after that. REMAIN SILENT!
And do not try to talk your way out, it doesn’t work.
They want you to incriminate yourself.
DO NOT LIE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT! REMAIN SILENT!
ASK IF YOU ARE UNDER ARREST!
ASK IF YOU ARE FREE TO GO!
If they say no, ASK IF YOU ARE UNDER ARREST!
REPEAT UNTIL THEY ARREST YOU OR LET YOU GO! REMAIN SILENT!
“I have been advised to remain silent. Am I under arrest? Am I free to go?”

Bring everything you need for RADICAL SELF RELIANCE and SURVIVAL!
The Nevada Desert can kill you.  Emergency Services are limited.
A HOSPITAL IS FAR AWAY!  If you are seriously injured you could die.
Have Medical and Travel Insurance for Medical Evacuation (by helicopter)!
Refer to the Burning Man SURVIVAL GUIDE for more info about NOT DYING.
1-2 Gallons of WATER per Person per Day is REQUIRED for SURVIVAL
Bring it with you! Use it wisely! STAY HYDRATED! PISS CLEAR!
Food. Shelter from the Elements – THE BLACK ROCK DESERT IS NO JOKE.
(SUN, EXTEME HEAT, WIND, WIND STORMS,
FREEZING COLD, PLAYA DUST, AND RAIN!
Prepare for the worst, you will probably experience it during your vacation.
Have FUN. Don’t die.

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Another UPDATE: Wednesday August 11, 2021:

DIY if you aren’t making the trip to The Playa:
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And if you’re still going to Northern Nevada,
expect SMOKE from the California and Oregon Wildfires!
AND THE COVID-19 DELTA VARIANT IS STILL SPREADING!

NOT BURNING MAN SUCKS. DON’T GO.

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Burning Man 2014 – Wake of the Flood on Monday



UPDATE Wednesday, August 18, 2021
For anyone going to the Black Rock Desert this month, be aware of these things:
– The Smoke from Fires in California and Oregon will impact your experience.
– The lack of infrastructure and contracted law enforcement,
porta-potties, and medical services.
– Cell reception is BAD.
You may be out of contact or have limited service on The Playa.
– The nearest Trauma-II Hospital is 141 miles away and a 3+ hour drive to Reno.

The Bureau of Land Management has published temporary restrictions, regulations,
and rules that will be in effect until October 31, 2021 to prevent Burning Man events.
If you are going to the Black Rock Desert, make sure you read and review the rules.

The Playa from the 8 Mile Gate Entrance today:
(pic by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office)
Note: No Black Rock Mountains visible!
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We won’t be there. But have a good time if you go. Don’t die.

The end of the road….



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SCREENSHOTS FROM BURNING MAN 2018 CAMP ENVY LIVE STREAM

SCREENSHOTS FROM THE BURNING MAN 2018 LIVE STREAM

The THEME this year was “I, Robot”.
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70000 Participants together in Black Rock City
in the northern Nevada desert
August 25 – September 3, 2018

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Black Rock City, Black Rock Desert – Google Maps (for education use)

Every year, thousands gather in the Nevada desert to erect a vivid temporary city devoted to art, community & 10 guiding principles including “radical self-expression.” – Wikipedia

BIG THANKS TO CAMP ENVY and @MotorBikeMatt for the stream!

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The Man Burns in 2014!

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome……
Burning Man isn’t your usual festival. It’s a city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the experience.
from the Burning Man website

Couch trippin’ Burning Man 2018 with Camp Envy and the webcam LiveStream!

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Burning Man 2018! “They’re combing the desert!”

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1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
— Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

LAST YEAR WAS BETTER…. but we decided long ago that we weren’t going in 2018 and other circumstances have also prevented a possible last minute “grab and go” adventure.
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This year’s Burning Man began with a huge BUMMER!

August 21, 2018 Statement on Police Activity on the Road to BRC:
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is conducting intensive law enforcement operations on Highway 447 in Wadsworth and Nixon. Many of these stops progress into lengthy vehicle searches, and they are using dogs to inspect vehicles. We’ve been told this operation will continue throughout the week and possibly into next week, when the Burning Man event is officially underway….

“U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officers are stopping many vehicles traveling to the event. Reasons provided by officers for the traffic stops include: speeding, going too slow, not stopping at stop signs, crossing the centerline or even a tire touching the centerline, partially obscured license plates, and dim or non-functioning tail lights. These stops often involve police dogs and lengthy searches of vehicles. Many of our staff and volunteers report they were not breaking any traffic laws, but were stopped anyway.”
from The Jackrabbit Speaks, August 22nd, 2018

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DILDO AKBAR! The HERO of Burning Man 2018!

And so… we participated from afar with Camp Envy on Facebook.

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Taking “Big Imagination” (the airplane fuselage) for a ride on The Playa!

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NOTE: As of September 14th, “The largest art car at Burning Man, a partially reassembled 747 airplane, remains parked on the Black Rock Desert two weeks after the event. The plane was moved further into the hard-packed playa about 12 miles away from the Burning Man site, said Rudy Evenson, acting communications chief of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Nevada.” – Reno Gazette Journal

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UPDATE: The plane was eventually moved to private land near the Black Rock Desert where it currently sits waiting for next year….
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Daft-Punk

Trash Fence at Midnight?

 

 

 

 

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Dust in the Wind MotherF*cker!  Tuesday’s Whiteout!

 

Tuesday Night’s Drone Show over Black Rock City!
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Tuesday Night’s Drone Show over Black Rock City!

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Tuesday Night’s Drone Show over Black Rock City!

The Drone Show for Larry!
Even watching it via the webstream, it was pretty cool.
Must have been really far out seeing it live.

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Drone shot from the Temple to The Man

 

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Center Camp at night

 

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Party at the Pyramid!

Pictures from The Playa (ripped from the interweb):
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CLICK ON ANY SMALL PIC TO SEE A LARGER PIC AND VIEW THE GALLERY
AND THEN CLICK AGAIN TO VIEW THE PIC AT FULL SIZE!

 

Friday’s “Magic Hour”

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Friday Night on the way to the Trainwreck

TRAINWRECK on Friday Night!

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Prepping the Great Trainwreck on Friday Afternoon

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The Flying Morgans at the Great Trainwreck! I know them! (not my pic)

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The Great Trainwreck Illuminated!

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THE GREAT TRAINWRECK! (this pic won a prize)

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I wanna Sammich now!

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NOTE: Confession time. This Blog Post was laid out in early September and then shelved until early October, and then shelved again until December 2018. Too many distractions and not enough motivation to finish. We apologize for our interweb absence and hope you will forgive us. We have posted other Blog Posts during the intervals, so please check out the ARCHIVES going back to February 2013. (see the Sidebar>>>>>>>)

We grabbed many screen captures during the week of webcam broadcasting from Camp Envy, and then we ripped some other pics from different places. Enjoy the education!

The Man Burns on Saturday Night!

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Saturday Afternoon

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Prepping The Man for Saturday Night’s Burn

CLICK ON ANY SMALL PIC TO SEE A LARGER PIC AND VIEW THE GALLERY
AND THEN CLICK AGAIN TO VIEW THE PIC AT FULL SIZE!

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One More Saturday Night!

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…..and Sunday Morning After

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The Exodus Begins before the Temple burn on Sunday

The Temple Burns on Sunday Night!

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The Temple 2018 (not my pic)

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Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004

The 10 Principles of Burning Man

Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Gifting
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

Decommodification
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Participation
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediacy
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

 

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Larry Harvey RIP “May the Four Winds Blow Him Safely Home”

 

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Prepping the Temple on Sunday evening

 

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The Temple burns on Sunday Night!

 

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The Man burns while flipping the bird and pissing fireworks!

After the EXODUS! “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”
What once was, and all that remains, now must vanish until next year.

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Monday Morning on The Playa

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Monday Morning After the Temple Burn

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F*ck Yer Burn! It was better last year! (not my pic)

Again, BIG THANKS! HUGE THANKS! To Camp Envy and @MotorbikeMatt!

Most pics screenshot from the Webcam LiveStream – used with “permission”

It was better next year…….
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Out of Order!

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The Man Burns in 2018 (as seem on the web stream)

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The Man Burns in 2017! (not my pic, I was there)

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Are we done yet?

 

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Post-Playa Depression!

Post-Playa Depression!

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Black Rock Desert, Nevada

So, it’s been a month 2 MONTHS since we got back from our road trip….

We didn’t go to the L.A. Decompression event or any of the other local “Burning Man” related post-event activities. Instead we saw Pete Townshend’s Classical “Quadrophenia” at the Greek Theatre (see our previous Blog post) and went to the L.A. County Fair.

And we bought a NEW AUTOMOBILE!

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“You Get A Car!” – “You Get A Car!”

And then DEPRESSION set in….

There are almost finished Blog Posts almost ready to publish, and we can’t even finish them. We haven’t told the stories of Burning Man and the Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun.

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JoshWillTravel Eclipses the Sun!

We cleaned Vanessa (the van) and cleaned a bunch of stuff and did laundry, and then cleaned a bunch of stuff including our bike (which we didn’t leave on the Playa).

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We’re still not done cleaning stuff…. and we have too much stuff.

It’s raining!! It was raining briefly just now (4am Friday morning)

We were in Ashland, Oregon for a week, between the Eclipse and Burning Man, and have a few stories to tell. We lost most of our pictures from the first part of the trip when we crushed our iPhone and we’re still pretty bummed out about that.

We had such a good time on our summer trip and then we got home. We were SO HAPPY and we didn’t expect the post-adventure “return to real life” to be so difficult to process.

9 days in the desert and other “interesting” experiences during our 3 weeks on the road.

We haven’t been able to get stuff done. Feeling sad and lonely all the time….
except for our three dogs, who are our constant loyal and loving companions.

The current Government and political climate are also contributing to our depression and anxiety. There is no end in sight. We don’t even want to talk about it or blog about it.

If you are interested in politics,
please visit www.facebook.com/USADumpTrump 

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And it’s the Holiday Season…. Thanksgiving is next week!

Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake recipe>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/grandmas-cherry-cheesecake-recipe/

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Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake – Thanksgiving 2015

 

We cooked a nice dinner tonight (Thursday).

On The Menu: Stirfry shrimp, sautéed asparagus, brown&wild rice and an iced espresso

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What’s for Dinner?

That’s all for now.
It’s Saturday afternoon, I’m going out on this beautiful day.
Posted on Monday Morning.


p.s. Saturday afternoon we found this painting at Goodwill while “Thrifting”:

 

We also found an unpriced PYREX pie plate and when I asked “how much?” they wanted $6.99, so we passed.

NOTE: Actually we found 2 Glasbake and one PYREX glass pie pans that weren’t priced and took them to the Manager who was standing nearby with a Clerk. He instructed her, “Go look these up in the Back and if they’re Pyrex jack up the price, jack it up.” This happened right in front of me. When she came back the 2 Glasbake pans were taped together and marked $4.99 and the PYREX pan was marked $6.99. So, NO THANKS.

We did buy this signed, original painting titled “Bernie Sanders and Moth Orchid” by Peter Gullerud for $7.99 though. He’s an ex-Disney animator and fine artist, who confirmed Sunday via email that it was indeed his work. SCORE!



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Shadow of a Man – Total Solar Eclipse in Madras, Oregon

Burning Man 2014 – The Temple Burn Epic Fail & More Playa Pics!

So disappointed with the ustream feed! The Man burned Saturday night and as per my previous blog it was a total failure. I was hopeful the Temple Burn on Sunday would be better.  It wasn’t, it was worse.

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Burning Man 2014 – The Temple

The Temple Burn Epic Fail

First, the music on the audio stream was incredibly inappropriate! Temple burn is a solemn ceremony, and the DJ showed ZERO RESPECT! I can’t even express how disrespectful it was. The DJ was even asking for listeners on the playa to bring him “a tasty adult beverage” on air during the Temple burn.  I hope karma finds him for his massive failure.

Second, the camera was zoomed out and out of focus, and the Temple burn was a little orange spot, even on my large monitor. They should use some of that Silicon Valley money and invest in decent broadcast equipment, coverage, and trained operators. FOCUS!!!!!

Burning Man 2014 - Temple Burn via ustream

Burning Man 2014 – Temple Burn via ustream

Again, thanks to everyone who made the webcast happen, with the exception of a DJ previously mentioned, we really appreciate your effort, but unfortunately EPIC FAIL! (x2)

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Burning Man 2014 – Inside the Temple – Valerie V.’s photo

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Burning Man 2014 – Temple Burn

More Playa Pics: (here are a few more pics from this week on the interweb… )

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Burning Man 2014 – Wake of the Flood on Monday – Valerie V.’s photo

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Burning Man 2014 – building the Temple – Valerie V.’s photo

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Burning Man 2014 - Clean Kitchen Cooking for the Crew!

Burning Man 2014 – Clean Kitchen First Class Cooking for the Crew!

Burning Man 2014 - First Class Cooking for the Crew!

Burning Man 2014 – First Class Cooking for the Crew! (not vegan)

Burning Man 2014  - sunset on the playa

Burning Man 2014 – sunset on the playa

Burning Man 2014 - Monday after the exodus

Burning Man 2014 – Monday after the exodus

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Burning Man 2014 – The Man Burns Longtime!

Took the week off posting to the blog, but I’ve been armchair surfing the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert all week. Last night the Man burned, and smoldered, and smoked, and then finally fell.

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Burning Man 2014 – Great Pic! The Man and “Embrace” silhouetted against the desert sky

THE USTREAM WEBCAST COVERAGE SUCKED HARD!!! (and “F*ck your day!” if you think otherwise) YES I’M A CRITIC! And I’m going to trash the Ustream cast.

Someone suggested that if I wanted better coverage I should go out to the desert. I don’t disagree, and it would be really cool to be there, but alas I’m stuck here in Los Angeles sharing the experience with about 14000 people online (at peak viewing) and the camera operator doesn’t know how to focus the HD camera. There were 100% Technical Problems including not enough bandwidth and choppy streaming, MAJOR AUDIO PROBLEMS, loss of picture, loss of stream, terrible picture in picture that distracted from the burn, ZERO CREATIVITY!, and terrible camera technique. Learn how to FOCUS!

BEST MOMENT: At one point the picture cut to the guy operating the stream, a bearded hipster in coveralls, he looked up from the keyboard and saw that he was live on the web, made a great “surprise” face and then immediately switched the stream back. I hope someone got a screen shot of the guy’s video selfie, so we can post it!

Okay, so there you go. thanks to everyone who made the webcast happen, we really appreciate your effort, but unfortunately EPIC FAIL!

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Burning Man 2014 – The Man Burns!

I watched the webcast and wasn’t the only person who thought the coverage sucked.

And here’s the big kicker: It took over an hour for The Man to burn. There were fireworks, and a great conflagration, and then another 45 minutes or more of “smoldering man”, “standing man” and “boring man” before the effigy actually collapsed.

A much better burn happened on Friday afternoon when they burned the “Embrace” art! There are great pictures and cool video online of the fire. Check it out!

Burning Man 2014 "Embrace" burns!

Burning Man 2014 “Embrace” burns!

So here are some more pics from this week:

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Burning Man 2014 - Heidi B.'s view of the Playa

Burning Man 2014 – Heidi B.’s view of the Playa and The Man from inside “Embrace”

Burning Man 2014 - Dawn on the Playa Saturday am

Burning Man 2014 – Dawn on the Playa Saturday am

 

Sunset on the Playa

Sunset on the Playa – major dust storms before The Man burns on Saturday night

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BURNING MAN 2014!

BURNING MAN 2014!

Burning Man 2014 - The Man 100 feet high

Burning Man 2014 – The Man 100 feet high!

Gates are OPEN! Tuesday 6am – The PARTY is live! www.facebook.com/joshwilltravel

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Burning Man 2014

On opening day Monday, heavy rain and hail muddied the playa and caused the organizers to close the gates due to BLM restrictions on vehicles. The gates may have been closed but the PARTY was in full force Monday night into Tuesday morning.

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Burning Man 2014

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Burning Man 2014

Here’s the LIVE ustream link: http://www.ustream.tv/burningman

Burning Man 2014 Tuesday 7:30am

Burning Man 2014 Tuesday 7:30am

Burning Man 2014 - Remember it's all about the ART!

Burning Man 2014 – Remember it’s all about the ART!

Burning Man 2014 Tuesday 7:30pm

Burning Man 2014 Tuesday 7:30pm

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Burning Man 2014 Tuesday 9pm

Burning Man 2014 Tuesday 9pm

Burning Man 2014 Tuesday 9pm

Heidi B. is on the playa (early entry) and is sending some cool pics back:

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Burning Man 2014 – pic by Heidi B.

Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014 – pic by Heidi B.

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