See you at Burning Man!

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I'm about to switch off my email until September 5 and drive to Black Rock City for 10 days of incinerating the dude. Read the rest

Burning Man for rich spectators

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Further Future is a desert festival created by wealthy Burning Man attendees who want to get rid of the festival's DIY/participatory ethic and replace it with a pampered weekend where poor people wait on them while they strut around the desert, "networking." Read the rest

Digitally animated photos from last year's Burning Man

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Ari Fararooy writes, I digitally animated my photographs from the Burning Man festival to create a surreal illustration of my experiences. Read the rest

Help wanted: Burning Man's Chief Fed

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The Bureau of Land Management has posted a job listing for a Burning Man project manager, salary $69,497 to $90,344, responsible for risk-management plans, environmental impact statements, environmental assessments, and special recreation permits for the event, which is held every year on the Black Rock Desert, a BLM territory near Reno, Nevada. Read the rest

Company that pampers rich people at Burning Man won't give up

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"Festival Concierge Service" is a European company that advertises a pampered, all-inclusive Burning Man trip to wealthy people -- a major no-no at the festival. Despite being blacklisted, ejected and legally threatened by the Burning Man organization, they refuse to give up. Read the rest

Uninsured driver plows through gamer's living-room wall and creams him mid-Fallout 4

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Ben Rose was in the middle of a game of Fallout 4 when an uninsured driver in the parking lot outside his Irving, TX apartment building hit the accelerator instead of the brakes and crashed straight through another apartment, then through his living room wall, straight into Rose, fracturing one of his vertebra and nearly severing one of his tendons. Read the rest

Black burners on race and Burning Man

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Steven W Thrasher, a self-described "black burner" interviewed 20 burners of color on their experience at and motivations for attending Burning Man, where the population is 87% white and 1.3% black. Read the rest

Burning Man's public Fleshlight

Some funny stuff from this year's burn. Read the rest

FBI used Burning Man to field-test new surveillance equipment

The FBI's 2012 file on its Burning Man surveillance, obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests, reveals that America's domestic spy agency for at least five years, and has been using the event as an opportunity to try out its latest toys, with help from Pershing County sheriff's deputies. Read the rest

Larry Harvey on Burning Man's race gap: 'Black folks don't like to camp as much as white folks'

Larry Harvey: ‘We’re not going to set racial quotas.’ Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters
And just in case that line wasn't problematic enough, he added, “we’re not going to set racial quotas.”

Burning Man said to be "wealthy libertarian fantasy world" and cautionary tale

The art installation Pulse & Bloom is seen during the Burning Man 2014 "Caravansary" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 29, 2014. Over 65,000 people from all over the world have gathered at the sold out festival to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops. Picture taken August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)  FOR USE WITH BURNING MAN RELATED REPORTING ONLY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS - RTR44CLY

Though famous for banning ads and appealing to progressive values such as inclusiveness and self-expression, Burning Man is becoming defined by Silicon Valley co-optation and various business shenanigans. Read the rest

Burning Man: The Musical

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Here are the first 5 minutes of a full-length musical about Burning Man and life in Silicon Valley that these people are hoping you'll want to pitch in and fund. Read the rest

The best Burning Man coffee table book

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About two-thirds of the way through NK Guy’s enormous, gorgeous, and thoughtful new Taschen book, Art of Burning Man, the author/photographer makes a small confession: “For all the wonders of Burning Man, it has to be said that not all the art is inspiring. Read the rest

Home Depot reports huge spike in rubber band sales around Burning Man

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Home Depot stores located in the area of Reno, Carson City, and Nevada's Black Rock Desert--where Burning Man takes place--create special Burning Man sections that cater to people who are headed to the annual festival. These stores report huge sales spikes for certain items. Read the rest

War Boy bandanas

Matthew "Gianteye" Borgatti, creator of the Guy Fawkes bandana and dangly lockpick earrings, has done it again with the $20 War Boy Bandana: "YOU WILL RIDE INTO VALHALLA SHINY AND CHROME!" Read the rest

Gorgeous Taschen book: Art of Burning Man

NK Guy writes, "I've spent the past 16 years photographing the spectacular art of the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. And this book is the culmination of those years - 65,000 photos boiled down to a single volume representing the perfect day on the playa." Read the rest

Harry Reid tells BLM's Burning Man squad to suck it up

The senator from Nevada scoffed at the Bureau of Land Management's demand that Burning Man build it a $1m VIP compound with showers and flush toilets, saying that the festival's ethic of radical self-reliance should extend to its Fed minders. Read the rest

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