Live radio broadcasts: Every Thursday from June 7th

Live on BMIR, Burning Man Information Radio. Thursday June 7th and every Thursday afterwards until we are all home in the desert (exact Thursday night times TBA). BMIR will be live from Burning Man HQ in San Francisco bringing you music, chat and info about the 2012 burn. Then on Friday June 8th at 9PM PT until we drop BMIR will bring you the Dustfish event live from CellSpace in San Francisco. Tune in !


Face Off? Or Off his Face? “LSD 2.0” Heralds the Zombie Apocalypse (updates)

It’s 2012. The Zombie Apocalypse could be here any day. So what’s a Burner to do? Bite off another dude’s face, obviously.

You may have been sleeping under a tree this week, and not heard about this. A cannibal professed his love to his girlfriend, then ate a guys face, and when cops warned him off it, he growled at them, and went back to face-chomping.

A lot of crazy shit happens at Burning Man. The official Burning Man blog has a lot to say about embracing barbarianism, according to Them it’s not all peace and love at Burning Man. We’ve certainly seen all kinds of flaming Mad Max shit out on the Playa before. But still, this is going too far. What’s up with this guy? Is he a CIA experiment, a public alpha test, the fore-runner of the fore-told  Zombie Apocalypse? Is this yet another way you can get hurt at Burning Man?

His brother informs us, “it’s very uncharacteristic of him”. Of course. Most people’s family members would notice if their brother ate a live human face or two every day. Imagine if he were to say, “it’s very characteristic of him!”.  His victim/meal  had been living on the roof of a Zoo since last Thursday – most people don’t do that either. Most people don’t resist a “Jungle Outreach Team” sent to rein them in, and then live large with their homeboys on freeways. Europeans like a kiss on each cheek, this guy just had to go that little bit further…
Apparently, eating a tub full of “the new LSD” aka “Vanilla Sky” aka replacement for cocaine aka methadrone aka Bath Salts, might have caused this young chap’s minor aberration into cannibalism. Warning Burners: do not try this at home. Your face may get hot. If you do want to, the Bath Salts are on sale now. Luckily for everyone involved, including the faceless guy in a critical condition, Miami PD (Bad Boys!popped his cap.
Anyway, a cautionary tale lies herein for any Burners. Protect your face! And drugs and bathing don’t mix.
Like something that could only come out of a zombie movie, his girlfriend defended his honor and said he was one of the better zombies, a nice, sweet, Bible brandishing Voodoo Haitian who deserves better than to be remembered this way. Ummm, maybe, except for the cannibalism and murder bit…oh and having to be tasered when he attacked his Mom in 2004.
It took no time for YouTube to start selling ads for animalistic behavior, superhuman strength, Doomsday Preppers, Assault Rifles, and the Zombie Apocalypse. This is not good…not good!


[updates 6/2/12

– apocalypse continues with another attack in Maryland

– Colombian drug “turns crime victims into zombies

– Ugandan children get mysterious zombie disease

– other suspicious events around the time of the Miami face attack

– the spate of zombie attacks has warranted an official denial from the CDC – hmmm, just like in the movie Contagion


– the Daily Beast has created this handy map tracking the outbreak of zombie/cannibal attacks]

Precompression 2.0: The Pollination Factory

Burning Man is throwing an official Pre-Burning Man event on Saturday June 30 in the city. No word yet on who the DJs are or what the performances will be, organizing stuff like that’s a bit too hard, but you should come ready to pollinate. The event is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls of the Tenderloin.

8pm – 4am, Saturday June 30

At The Factory
525 Harrison St, San Francisco
(between 1st and 2nd St)
Parking nearby at 2nd St between Harrison & Bryant

$20; just $15 before 9pm or w/donation of Art Supplies

3 performance areas and multiple rooms of art, info and theme camps! Come for The New-Bee Happy Hour & Cross-pollinator Mix-a-thon from 8-9pm Stay late and don’t miss a thingy!


Participate in The Pollination Factory of Abundant Life and BUZZ-arre Experience! The garden will be abloom with cultural treasures and gilded petals at our annual Precompression celebration! As our culture floats to new frontiers like pollen on the winds of change, fragrant blooms and bursts of color will brighten the night sky. Embrace the immediacy and machinations of this moment in the company of enchanted flowers, brave hummingbirds, exotic insects and fluttering bees abuzz with the honey-dewed nectar of imagination!

Arrive promptly at 8pm for a special New-Bee cross-pollination mixer! Come festooned to participate in our Fertility 2.0 Fashion Show for cultural cross-pollinators, cross-dressers, floral hybrids, and honey bees! Dress your fertile best and join a stunning variety of performers, artists, theme camps, DJs, and new friends in this special pollination edition of Precompression!

To perform, bring art, theme camp, video/imagery, now!

To volunteer:

* Bring generous art supplies for the Boys & Girls Club of SF, Tenderloin Clubhouse, and get a $5 discount on entry. They need: drawing paper, acrylic paints, brushes, scissors, markers, fun stickers, yarn, crochet hooks & knitting needles, masking/duct tape, simple digital cameras, and craft items.
Not needed: crayons, glue, glitter. (They’ve stocked up on glitter. Gotta love that!)