August 27, 2014

One Summer At Burning Man...

2007 My Camp In A Dust Storm
I used a parachute for shade
in 2007. Never again.

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August 26, 2014

One Summer At Burning Man...

Flower Shower (4855)
We had this flower shower in our camp
in 2013.

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Every Summer At Burning Man...

Barbie Death Camp (4932)
Barbie Death Camp has a display like this

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August 25, 2014

One Summer At Burning Man...

2007 Perimeter Fence and Bike
I rode my bike out to the perimeter fence
in 2007. Look. I have absolutely zero decoration on my bike! I'm surprised they let me through the gate.

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One Summer At Burning Man...

Roasting Peppers (4882)
I got to eat some of these peppers
across the street from Camp Walter in 2013.

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August 24, 2014

Several Summers At Burning Man

2012 El Pulpo Mecanico
I saw El Pulpo Mecanico

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Fernley At The Moment

Overwhelming impression of the new route to the environs of Burning Man is that the Nevadans are all super-friendly everywhere! Are they like this always, or are they just feeling the pleasure of a little rush of Burner money? Must return incognito to investigate.

New route is to go east from Bishop on US 6 to route 95 in Nevada, thence north to Fernley, vaguely. The friendliness is in very marked contrast to parts of California that used to consider themselves a tourist destination.

Provincetown 3,205 Miles (2449)
Seen just east of Bishop on US 6
, this was a real shocker and my brain took a half second to adjust to what the eyes (sometimes unreliable these days) were seeing. There is a similar sign at the other end of the highway.

US 6 sign in Provincetown
From Wikipedia

Filed under Burning Man,California,Travel | August 24, 2014 at 06:54 AM | Comments (0)

Burning Man Kicks Off With 6.0 In Bay Area

Occurring at almost the same time that Bay Area Burners had set their alarm clocks, the earthquake guaranteed that everyone was awake so that everyone could get to the gate on the Black Rock Desert at the same time as me. Without a doubt, some art cars suffered minor damage and a few gallons of alcoholic beverages may have been spilled.

"People posted pictures on social media of a Walmart and a grocery store with bottles knocked over and shattered. Some residents posted pictures of their kitchens in disarray." Those weren't people, those were Burners!

No reports of damage to bridges. I-80 failed to disappear. So here they come, I say from the safety of Fernley, Nevada.

Filed under Burning Man,California | August 24, 2014 at 06:29 AM | Comments (0)

One Summer At Burning Man...

2007 Playa
The playa looked like this
in 2007.

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August 22, 2014

The Man Gets A Head

Burning Man 2014
Click for more photos shot today by John Curley
. I'm wondering what they were doing to the Man's butt when this photo was taken.

Members of my camp are kind of spread out. We've got two guys with early arrival tickets who are on the playa right now. Most of the RV/trailer guys started out earlier today and are camped somewhere between here and there. And then there's me and the other tent guys who are still "packing" which really means wandering the house wondering where that thing is I just have to have.

The gate opens in 38 hours. The Man burns in 8 days and 1 hour.

Filed under Burning Man,Photography | August 22, 2014 at 07:53 PM | Comments (0)

Mission Creek Fault in Desert Hot Springs

Above Desert Hot Springs and the Mission Creek Fault, Riverside County, California
Mission Creek fault, just east of Two Bunch Palms Resort
. Photo by Michael Rymer.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs,Photography | August 22, 2014 at 06:42 PM | Comments (0)

Even In Sunset Magazine

Sunset's article was written by a veteran Burner who brought along his reluctant birgin wife.

(thanks to George and Richard)

Filed under Burning Man | August 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM | Comments (0)

Some Residents Of Brookline Are Offended

At least 100 Brookline, Massachusetts, residents have been offended and demand - demand I say, to have New England Treatment Access Inc.'s provisional medical marijuana license stripped from them for the heinous, heinous crime of Lack Of College Degree. Makes you shudder, doesn't it? "[T]he Globe reported that its executive director, Kevin Fisher, wrongly claimed on the dispensary applications that he had a college degree."

"Fisher resigned his position with New England Treatment last weekend, and the company assured state regulators he would have no further role in its operations." But that's not good enough - not yet a full pound of flesh. The entire team must be punished and purified of their sins. Nothing less than pillories on Boston Common at dawn will bring satisfaction.

This is all understandable. Here in California it's well known that a Ph.D. is required to either cultivate or dispense medical marijuana. That's why the medical marijuana entrepreneurs who have been hanging around Desert Hot Springs City Council meetings these last several months have raised the quality of the audience a little, with their polite, friendly, rational way of speaking that does not rise to the level of developer-smarmy.

Filed under Marijuana | August 22, 2014 at 08:57 AM | Comments (1)

August 21, 2014

Best Temple Video

Certainly the best photographed video of last year's Temple burn (that I've yet seen).

The Temple will burn some time after 8 PM (Pacific time) on Sunday, August 31. You should be able to see it via live streaming at this link but it won't look as good as this video.

They are keeping this year's design under wraps (figuratively), which is why we've seen no photos of its construction yet.

Filed under Burning Man,Photography | August 21, 2014 at 01:11 PM | Comments (0)

The State Of Burning Man

Burning Man August 20 2014
This is what the Man at Burning Man looked like yesterday
. They say they are running about a day behind schedule...which means they are on schedule. Photo by John Curley.

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August 20, 2014

DUI Checkpoint in DHS Friday, August 22

Lead Up to Labor Day Brings DUI Crackdown to Desert Hot Springs

Desert Hot Springs Police Department Reminds Everyone to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Labor Day weekend is coming up. For many Americans, that means an extra day off, backyard and beach barbecues, visiting friends and family, and the unofficial end of the summer season. Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities. Now through Labor Day, September 1, Desert Hot Springs Police Department will be aggressively targeting drunk and drugged drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end impaired driving and save lives. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on Desert Hot Springs streets.

Desert Hot Springs Police Department will be looking for impaired drivers throughout the city with plans in place for DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints on August 22, 2014, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

"Since 2011 within the boundaries of Desert Hot Springs, DUI collisions have claimed one life and contributed to twelve injury crashes, harming many of our friends and neighbors," said Sgt. Gustavo Paiz of the DHS Police.

Every 51 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk-driving crash. Over the Labor Day weekend, those fatalities increase to one every 34 minutes. Nighttime is especially dangerous; almost half (46 percent) of the fatal crashes in nighttime over the Labor Day weekend (compared to 25 percent in daytime fatal crashes) involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.

This Labor Day weekend don't let the festivities turn into fatalities. Remember that, aside from the obvious risks of killing yourself or someone else, driving impaired can also lead to serious punitive consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI can cost up to $10,000.

Funding for this special operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone: Report Drunk Drivers! – Call 9-1-1. The Office of Traffic Safety is offering a free mobile app – DDVIPCA.COM – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants.

I'm not sure how the DDVIPA website (it's not an "app" as far as I can tell) is supposed to work. All it does for me is pull up a Google map of the Coachella Valley and helpfully point out seven businesses that serve alcohol. You can click on them and get their names, but that is all. Maybe this will be ready in time for Labor Day 2015.

The Google Play Store has no app called "ddvipca."

Nothing in the Apple App Store either.

But when I use my Chrome browser on my smartphone - you have to use your browser because it's a website and not an app - I am offered the opportunity to register, which I did. It then displays those drinking establishments on the map again, but now I have the ability to "check-in" and see a description of a non-alcoholic drink. I am going to have to guess that after checking in you go through some personal interaction with a bartender (or member of the helpful waitstaff) which includes your phone and then that drink, as described, will be given to you free. You have to be within 300 feet of the establishment to check in, and I'm not, so that's as far as my testing goes.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs,Public Safety | August 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM | Comments (3)

Today's Weather Report

| August 20, 2014 at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

Look What Just Washed Up

Self in Boston early 1980s by Rob Meyer
A photo of myself at Government Center in Boston
, very early 1980s, shared by Rob Meyers who still lives in Massachusetts.

Filed under History,Photography | August 20, 2014 at 08:59 AM | Comments (5)