At Least 2000+ SHIFTPODs at Burning Man in 2018

Congratulations to Advanced Shelter Systems and SHIFT Camp, whose Burning Man-inspired invention has been featured by us before:

SHIFTPODs – the new generation of Burnitecture

Where did the SHIFTPOD come from?

They were mentioned in an earlier Burning Man-related story in Fast Company. The author Daniel Terdiman followed up this year by taking one of the newer air-conditioned models out to the Playa.

From Fast Company:

The ShiftPod was originally created as an answer to things like the hexayurt. Longtime Burning Man attendee Christian Weber came up with the idea for something that could be set up quickly, that could withstand heavy winds, and that was big enough to stand up in. He definitely succeeded.

I love my first-gen ShiftPod, but I have to say, the second-gen version is a step up. It’s a bit bigger–enough to notice, for sure–it’s more reflective, which means it’s cooler inside during the hottest part of the morning, and it’s just a little more modern. It feels like a second-gen version. As well, it comes standard with what’s called a Blast Shield, a highly reflective cover meant to make it possible to sleep a little later in the morning, even when there’s no shade.

[Photo: courtesy of the author Daniel Terdiman]

The consensus in my camp, where, amazingly, there were seven ShiftPods this year, was that the Blast Shield probably made it as much as 10 degrees cooler inside than without it. Given that the ShiftPod 2’s higher-reflectivity alone probably cuts 10 degrees over a first-gen version, you’re looking at up to 20 degrees less searing heat by moving from a coverless ShiftPod 1 to a v2 with a Blast Shield. That’s big.

Read the full article at Fast Company.

 

2018 Crime Scorecard: 43 Arrests

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports crime was about the same as last year (according to the Sheriff), or 26% less (according to the math). There were 2 arrests for domestic battery and 2 DUIs.

Sheriff Allen’s arrests at the event don’t include the unprecedented crackdown in tribal territory in the days leading up to the event.

Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen said the 43 arrests at Burning Man this year is on par with previous years.

Allen said arrests will continue despite the official end of event on Monday.  Last year, the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office arrested 58 people at Burning Man. Most were on charges of drug possession and trafficking of drugs…The majority of the arrests so far this year are also for drug possession and trafficking.

Of the 43, the sheriff’s office arrested two people for driving while under the influence at Burning Man and two for domestic battery. He said several involved obstruction of a public officer.

“People are still leaving the playa and recovering from a week of partying,” Allen said about the likelihood of more arrests into the coming week. “They are trying to orient themselves and coming to terms with reality.”

[Source: RGJ.com]

Jumping in the pool at the Grand Sierra is a great way to reorient and come to terms with reality.

 

 

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Christian Group Infiltrates Burning Man to Learn Transhumanist Secrets

Christian channel SkyWatch TV had an undercover team at Burning Man this year. Quite an interesting discussion of ideas related to the I, Robot theme – fast forward through the infomercial in the middle. We look forward to hearing their report. Did they have a transformational experience?

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The Man With The Hat – A Celebration of Larry’s Life and Legacy

The Man with the Hat: A Celebration of Larry Harvey’s Life and Legacy (1948–2018), at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on Saturday, July 14, 2018. On this special evening, we celebrated Larry Harvey’s life, legacy and influence, through storytelling, live music and performance, videos, and audience participation.