September 4, 2015
Burning Man 2012
"6) Communal Effort: Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote, and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction."
September 3, 2015
Burning Man 2011
"5) Radical Self-expression: Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient."
September 2, 2015
Burning Man 2010
"4) Radical Self-reliance: Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise, and rely on his or her inner resources."
September 1, 2015
Burning Man 2009
"3) Decommodification: In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience."
August 31, 2015
Burning Man 2008
"2) Gifting: Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift-giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value."
August 30, 2015
Burning Man 2007
If you are seeing this, then the gates have opened for 2015 Burning Man.
First of Burning Man's Ten Principles: "1) Radical Inclusion: Anyone may be a part of Buring Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community."
August 22, 2015
Naked Performance Festival
July 9, 2015
Boston Bike Renters Are Asked To Keep Pants On
Hubway, the company that provides shareable bikes in Boston, does not object to riders taking their bikes to ride in the Boston World Naked Bike Ride which happens this Saturday. But they do ask that you not ride the bikes bareass. Look, that rule applies even at Burning Man. They suggest underwear.
The ride starts at 9 PM in Cambridge at North Point Park, which is a newer park built since I left Boston. I'm sure some will tell you that the ride is at night to avoid the summer heat (big eye roll). Honestly, it may simply have grown out of a tradition among Boston bicycle messengers to hold an annual naked race at night. Or it may be to avoid heavy traffic.
I don't know if casual nudity is legal anywhere in Boston or Cambridge. Video from last year's Boston WNBR when they met in front of the State House shows some people riding actually naked. And also shows them riding in the wrong lanes - at night, in traffic. Idiots. Right turns from far left lanes in front of moving traffic where there is no stop sign or traffic light. Double idiots. Somebody built a high-rise next to Berklee School of Music - is that a dorm? The route was pretty short: across the Common to Tremont, go down to the theater district, back past the Public Garden to Beacon Street to Arlington to Comm Ave, ride that a ways to Mass Ave. That over to Boylston, following Boylston up to Berkeley, then over to Newbury and then somehow popping back up to the State House by some route they don't show. That's like, what, 4 or 5 miles?
April 21, 2015
Two Interesting Things In This Story
This story: man invites salesman into apartment; man gets naked without so much as a "by your leave;" offended salesman departs. But those aren't the interesting parts.
- The undressed man, Colin Maher, "said his religion requires him to be naked." Unfortunately for Mr. Maher, this story took place in Oklahoma where the state is not as enlightened as Indiana where this sort of statement would, assuredly, cause the police to immediately back off and release the perp who expressed his sincere belief that his rights were being substantially burdened. I think that would cover the window he kicked out of police car, too, if he can work it into his religion fast enough.
- But the real eye-grabber in the story is that the salesman was a door-to-door magazine salesman! Yes! Those are from back when we used to get eggs and bread delivered to our front door twice a week. Unless "magazine salesman" is a new euphemism for something like "marijuana dispensary operator," then this unnamed salesman actually walks from residence to residence to sell, face to face, subscriptions to stacks of paper that would be brought to the subscriber's home on a regular basis by the postal service. The subscriber would entertain himself for a time by perusing the magazine, even though it contained no audio or video files, just text and still photos. Once the subscriber finished perusing the magazine he just set it aside and either kept it or threw it into the regular household trash as there are almost never any environmental hazards in a magazine. So, rather than being able to return the used magazine to get a discount on the upgrade price of next month's magazine, you just get a whole 'nother magazine delivered and the process repeats. The cycle continues without end until either the landfill or the subscriber's home is completely filled. If it's the subscriber's home, then some distant relatives will come along and commit the subscriber to a facility where no magazines are delivered, thus bringing about healing or death, whichever comes first.
March 23, 2015
Gotta Draw The Line
Sure, you can have all the guns and marijuana you want and you can use your computer like an 8-lane highway for porn, but our gummint still wants to protect you from your TV. As I interpret this news report, WDBJ in Virginia pointed a camera for three seconds at the website of a woman who was volunteering for the rescue squad. The station's staff failed to note a little video ad for porn videos somewhere on the edge of the screen.
The FCC has proposed a fine of $325,000.
For the sake of clarity the FCC report includes this helpful description: "the Station broadcast an image of sexual activity involving the graphic display of an erect penis being stroked during a news report about a former adult film star who had joined a local volunteer rescue squad."
But that's not entirely all. The FCC has described some other things that could be seen in that news report, including "other images of the woman who is the subject of the story displayed at various times during the report, including one in which she appears to be sitting on a bed, wearing a bra." Oh no! Where is Chicken Little to spread the word!
October 8, 2014
Nudists Testify Against Kansas Republican
Having a little bit of fun while running for a House seat. Representative Yoder skinnydipped in the Sea of Galilee, doubtlessly just like the Son of his God...but, hey, it's Kansas so nothing has to make sense.
August 19, 2014
Eight Clothing Optional Gay Resorts
Gay Cities lists what they think are the eight best gay clothing optional resorts in the U.S. Palm Springs is the only city with more than one resort listed, and it's got three!
Inndulge. Wow, I think the central photo on their home page is the same one they were using when I first stayed there nearly 20 years ago. Probably they've photoshopped those shorts into different colors since then, though.
June 26, 2014
My L.A. World Naked Bike Ride Photos
This slideshow is made up almost entirely of photos shot with my GoPro mounted on the back of my helmet, so extremely little thought or skill was involved. All I had to do was keep my head from falling off. Enjoy not only the cyclists, but the changing Los Angeles streetscapes. The ride was a little over 16 miles long.
No music added. Please add your own.
June 16, 2014
LA WNBR Photos
The LAist has a selection of photos from yesterday's World Naked Bike Ride in Los Angeles including the photo above that shows a man who swings both ways: GoPro and Sony action cams. Maybe he was making an A/B comparison video. But that's a Hero2, so probably not.
The photos are NSFW and not pixellated. Lots of complete nudity.
June 10, 2014
Swimming In The Coachella Canal
May 18, 2014
San Francisco Tech Slips Just A Teensy
Two news sources are reporting that at today's Bay To Breaker's footrace in San Francisco, a naked man got into the bison paddock and was attempting to harass the unflappable beasts. SFist posted a story at 2:50 PM. KTVU posted their story at 5:50 PM. And below is confirmation from "SFPD RichmondStation" at 1:10 PM. BTW, "RichmondStation" refers to the Richmond Police station on 6th Avenue near Golden Gate Park.
Officers just arrested a naked man in the bison paddock in GG Park. The bison seemed unimpressed— sfpd richmondstation (@sfpdrichmond) May 18, 2014
The reason I am pointing out the times of these posts, is that as I write this all of the interwebs seem to have NO photos of the naked guy harassing the bison. In San Francisco! There are supposed to be over 100,000 participants in that race, so that means at least 150,000 phones in the area in addition to all the other information gathering apparatuses that would be floating around. Including drones. There must've been drones. But no pictures of "the bison incident."
How long must we wait?
UPDATE: Here we go. Two hours ago the San Francisco Chronicle shared this video. The perp was not really naked, but appears to have been wearing a fairly generous serape.
May 12, 2014
At The Austin Reggae Fest
A video from a rare and dedicated videographer. Some young, not bad looking guy got totally naked at the Austin Reggae Fest. "B2TheJ Howard" captured good clear video for more than 5 minutes. The nudist seems to be happy and in good spirits, but as you watch you'll see him touch women who do not want to be touched and at one point he walks backward across somebody's blanket and just rudely kicks something out of the way.
When the cops finally showed up and the naked guy took off running, our videographer chased along, still getting good video! Go to 3:10. Notice the dude (that is the correct technical term) sitting in the chair just inches from the wrestling match between the cops and the naked guy. Everybody else has cleared back away, but he stays seated. What is that on his lap that is so valuable?
I hope it doesn't spoil your enjoyment if I tell you the doper spilled none of his weed and went home a free man. The naked guy did not enjoy similar good fortune.
May 9, 2014
Olive Dell Bare Burro 5K
This is a rare thing. Olive Dell, a traditional nude resort in Colton, California, permitted a video to be made of their Bare Burro 5K. I participated in that last year, but not this year. Nobody told me there were going to be GoPro cameras, or I would have gotten up early and headed over. The video includes some pixelation, but it's of the faces of people who they didn't get consent from. The bodies are not pixelated.
April 22, 2014
Beer & Nudity
I don't usually have two Pennsylvania posts in one day. BTW, see those three ladies in the middle of this poster? They won't really be there...at least not until you've had about a dozen "samples."
January 19, 2014
Los Angeles WNBR 2013
I've uploaded the video I made from my GoPro still photos at last year's World Naked Bike Ride in Los Angeles. It's on Vimeo and it includes, as one should expect, naked people on bikes. The GoPro was attached to my helmet facing backwards so I had very little notion of what I had photographed until I got home and looked at the results. The video ends about two-thirds of the way through the ride because that's when the card filled up and I wasn't sufficiently attentive to check on it.