The filthiest camp at Burning Man


For the first time, the Burning Man Organization has published a "MOOP Map" -- a map showing litter left behind by camps at the "leave no trace" event (MOOP stands for Matter Out Of Place).

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Drone's eye view of Burning Man 2014

Beautifully shot and edited, a rarely seen vista on one of the most amazing places in the world.

Excerpt from Cory's story "The Man Who Sold the Moon"


Medium have published an excerpt from "The Man Who Sold the Moon, my 36,000 word novella in Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, a project to inspire optimism and ambition about the future and technology that Neal Stephenson kicked off (see also What Will it Take to Get Us Back to the Moon?).

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Beautiful photos from Burning Man 2014


John Goodman writes, "thought you guys might like to see my photos from Burning Man this year." Yes, thank you! Beautiful shots, they really capture the flavor of the event -- some of my favorites below (Thanks, John!)

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Portrait of a Burning Man scalper


SF Slim: "Passing through Gerlach? Don’t be fooled by this seeming burner-in-need; he’s actually running a professional scalping operation, buying tickets with a variety of false stories and then selling them online and in-person for $800 or more."

Burning Man rained out, closes gates on opening day


Police turned people away from the Nevada festival in Black Rock desert, as rains reduced the playa to undrivable sludge; organizers warn it may be closed tomorrow, too. Thousands of cars turned back for Reno, and nearby gas-stations ran dry.

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Instagramming the Playa: SFslim's photos from Burning Man setup in the Black Rock desert

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Longtime Boing Boing pal SFslim, aka Aaron Muszalski, is out in the Black Rock desert of Nevada as he is every year around this time.

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Crowdfunding a Nuclear Poker mega-hexa-yurt at Burning Man


Vinay Gupta, creator the Hexayurt, is selling decks of the Nuclear Poker card game to raise money for materials for the Nuclear Poker Hexayurt Quaddome at EMF Camp 2014.

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Want to fly a drone at Burning Man this year? Better read this first.

Camera-equipped drones, like the one that shot the video above, are a wonderful tool for photography at the annual Burning Man festival. But "if you're planning on flying a drone at Burning Man this year," says BB pal Eddie Codel, "You'll need to register and follow a ton of new rules."

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Crowdfunding Xylovan: a musical instrument mutant vehicle

Mack writes, "XyloVan is a roving musical mutant vehicle that our family built four years ago. Thousands of musicians, kids, Burners and amateur XyloVanists have enjoyed banging on the van, everywhere we've taken it. But its weird old heart blew a gasket last summer on the way to the playa, and we had to have it towed home. We're raising money to give it a new motor, some front-end work and general upgrades to get it back on the road, plus we're building a strobing, pulsing new lights-and-sound system for its reappearance this summer in Black Rock City, NV. Please give our Indiegogo campaign a look - we're offering some pretty neat hand-machined perks to our generous donors. Thanks!"

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Burners: photos needed of Cradle of Mir creator Sasha Mironov


Sasha Mironov is a Russian artist who instigated the Cradle of Mir, one of Burning Man 2013's most spectacular artworks. He has been arrested by US authorities for an undisclosed felony and is in jail in LA. His colleagues believe -- again, for frustratingly unspecified reasons -- that photos of Mironov taken on Aug 30 will help clear his name and they're appealing for anyone who might have a picture of him to send it in.

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Burning Man 2013 time-lapse

Matthew says: "Filmmaker Jason Phipps and his team spent several days atop Old Razorback (a.k.a. Trego Peak) to capture this time-lapse footage of Black Rock City."

General Wesley Clark is a burner

M. Otis Beard sez, "John Perry Barlow has confirmed the rumor with journalists: General Wesley Clark did indeed attend Burning Man 2013. . . but what does it mean?"

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Drone's-eye-view of Burning Man

[Video Link] Matthew says, "Filmmaker Eddie Codel used a DJI Phantom drone and a GoPro Hero3 camera to film a "drone’s eye view" of Burning Man."

Burning Man drone rules

This year, the Burning Man Organization has set out rules for drone operation on the playa, developed in concert with drone-hobbyist/burners who attended a summit at BMOHQ on July 17. The rules include a common-sense safety code, parameters on where/when/who can be videoed; fire safety rules; spectrum management procedures; and guidance on elevation and wind.

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