Burning Man Punked Itself

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It seems the upside down, headless Man – first spotted by yours truly on our Facebook page in the wee hours of Monday morning…

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… was not intentional. But it was news-worthy, for USA Today at least.

Image: Andy Barron, Reno Gazette-Journal

Image: Andy Barron, Reno Gazette-Journal

 

Jenny Kane reports that Burning Man wasn’t quite ready for opening, people were still working on the workshop and not in the workshop:

The main attraction at Burning Man is stuck — upside-down…

Crews raised the man above the Renaissance-style piazza Sunday but discovered that the gear designed to rotate the man like a Ferris wheel was broken. He still is without a wooden head as well.

The “man” site, including the piazza, is planned to open Tuesday morning since crews are expected to work through the night on a project.

Usually the man is hoisted upright by Sunday, the opening day of the event, but various large-scale projects on the playa have been delayed and are behind after sporadic dust storms and rainfall before the event. The Catacomb of Veils and the Temple also have yet to open.

The “man” is expected to burn Sept. 3, and the temple is set to burn Sept. 4. Other art installations will burn throughout the week beginning as early as Thursday night.

Check out their whole story which has 6 dozen photos from the Playa. Or, check out my screenshots from the video feed, below.

Is this a message from DPW, that Burning Man is now turned upside down with its head up its ass in the sand? Or is it the same message..but from the Rulers, showing us what the event will be like once they all leave for the retirement village hot springs?

Anyway, I thought the whole point was that people would push something and rotate The Man. Another Burning Man dream that fizzled? Or just “coming soon”?


The hilarious Burning Man hate week is back:

When do you think we should tell ‘em this isn’t the hot springs but rather the security guard’s latrine? #nolifeguardondoodie #burningmanhateweek #burningman #blackrockcity #burningman2016 #brc #blackrockhotsprings

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They’re now on Instagram too: @burningmanhateweek

 


In other good news, Paris Hilton has lost her Burginity:

 

I believe I can fly…✨🌠✨ #BurningMan

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Taking off to #BurningMan 🚀 #LetsDoThis 🔥 #DragonflyDen

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#GoodTimes at #BurningMan with @BarronHilton @PoppyDelevingne & @CaraDelevingne. 🎶👫👭🎶 #Siblings ❤️

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America’s Next Top Model winner Adrianne Curry is staying well away from the smelly and salty event:

adrianne curry burning man


I’ve had the live stream on in the background most of the day. The Man was fine from this morning. It looks like The Temple is open now. Not sure yet about The Piazza, the Workshops of “Da Vinci’s workshop”.

Realism seems to be the order of the day. Whale, gorilla, bear, boar, bull, pyramids, 747, @, #  – all look a lot like larger-than-life imitations of their real-world inspiration.

Australia has a lot of this sort of stuff, Big Banana, Big Sheep, etc. The tourists love it, it’s great for Instagram.

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[For those who’ve been to Byron Bay, the Big Prawn in a Ballina gas station was saved by a Big Box hardware store, who bought the site and built around the prawn]big prawn bunnings

Perhaps we will see all these “Big Things of Burning Man” trotted out each year now, providing a comforting familiarity like Disneyland and Las Vegas. They can mix it up a bit; maybe one year the 747 has a wing, maybe one year they bring part of the tail section. With enough fundraising from the community, we may even get to see a wheel or an inflatable slide…or a coat of paint.

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Plug-n-Play looks amazing, the Space Whale looks amazing at night. I’m sure it’s incredible up close too. I like the Converse art car, and Icarus.

For every mutant vehicle you see driving around, you see 3-4 non-mutant ones. Vans, trucks, driving all over the Playa. I would say 70-80% of the non-mutant vehicles are speeding.

The Magical Realism certainly applies to the HD video feed as well.

Kudos to @motorbikematt for a major upgrade on what we’ve previously had. GoPro exceeding the capabilities of NASA and JPL?  The resolution, stability, panning speed, and zoom have all greatly improved from last year. I am watching via YouTube and a 4 year old iMac, and I can clearly identify people and read signs. I bet they could read license plates if they want. If this is what us in the public get to see on YouTube, I can only imagine what Google, DARPA and the Sheriffs are looking at, combining drones, low and high orbit satellites, radar, infrared, geospatial and electromagnetic intelligence…I bet they know where all the Pokemons are

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Here’s some Playa video from Mark Day:

We’ll let artist Otto von Danger have the last word:

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7 comments on “Burning Man Punked Itself

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  2. Under the general theme of the Disneyfication of Burnt man, and this failure, maybe there is a lesson to be learned from Walt:

    http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf

    How far can the Borg push the volunteer and comp-zombies and still expect things to function? Is there something to be learned from those whom you would have serve you?

    http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf

    Perhaps another lesson from Kung Fu is in order:

    https://vid.me/e/nzvI

    Time for the Borg to reconsider what they have done and their place in the event.

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    • (Screw photobucket and their video embed scripts!…)

      Under the general theme of the Disneyfication of Burnt man, and this failure, maybe there is a lesson to be learned from Walt: https://vid.me/TeGE

      How far can the Borg push the volunteer and comp-zombies and still expect things to function? Is there something to be learned from those whom you would have serve you? https://vid.me/ohAd

      Perhaps another lesson from Kung Fu is in order: https://vid.me/e/nzvI
      Time for the Borg to reconsider what they have done and their place in the event.

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  3. No suprise the man can’t do a barrel roll. I remember when they tried getting him to spin around the other way (2005? 2006?) and even that didn’t work out. It’s pretty clear the org can only plan ways to get richer off us, not original ideas for their “iconic” “art”.

    The twisty thing in between the man and the camera is pretty cool too, especially at night. The catacomb of veils and 747 are less impressive than I thought (and I already had pretty low opinions on both of those). Love the Kate Raudenbush (sp?) piece, wish the flaming lotus girls piece was in focus.

    I’m sure Paris will have the most magical time ever, and if we don’t believe she did, we can confirm on her and her enterouge’s twitter, instagram, and such. I’m sure it will change her life. Maybe she will bless everyone with one of her amazing, life changing, dj sets. As long as her sound tech (who does everything for her, while she pumps her fist) is with her.

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