September 12, 2015

In Roselawn, Indiana

Real soft news parody of the way every other TV news program deals with nudist resorts. This one is Ponderosa Sun Club.

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September 11, 2015

Burner Buddies Group Shot

Great bunch of Burners.

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September 6, 2015

Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014 Collage

"8) Leaving No Trace: Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them."

"9) Participation: Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart."

"10) Immediacy: Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience."

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September 5, 2015

Burning Man 2013

Burning Man Collage 2013

"7) Civic Responsibility: We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state, and federal laws."

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September 4, 2015

Burning Man 2012

Burning Man 2012 Collage

"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."

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September 3, 2015

Burning Man 2011

Burning Man 2011 Collage

"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."

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September 2, 2015

Burning Man 2010

2010 Burning Man Collage

"4) Radical Self-reliance: Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise, and rely on his or her inner resources."

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September 1, 2015

Burning Man 2009

2009 Burning Man Collage

"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."

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August 31, 2015

Burning Man 2008

2008 Burning Man Collage

"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."

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August 30, 2015

Burning Man 2007

2007 Burning Man Collage

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."

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August 22, 2015

Naked Performance Festival

Biel, Switzerland, is hosting naked performances as part of the Body and Freedom Festival. More info here.

Photos here.

Video of a performance piece done in Biel last year.

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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?

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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.

Interesting parts:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Tortuga del Sol.

Escape.

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.

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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.

Here's the website for next LA WNBR.

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June 16, 2014

LA WNBR Photos

GoPro and Sony
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.

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June 10, 2014

Swimming In The Coachella Canal

Felix D'Eon recently paid a visit to Salvation Mountain and Slab City where one of the citizens suggested a dip in the Coachella Canal. So he did, and there are NSFW photos: here and here.

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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.


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.

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