August 24, 2015

Thunderdome In Spherical Virtual Reality

This is the best video for conveying the atmosphere of Thunderdome. You can scroll around, up and down, while the video is running. And that's Thunderdome. Too bad they didn't get them chanting "Two may enter, one may leave." And while we're wishing for that, how come Tina Turner has never come to Burning Man and put in an appearance at the Thunderdome?

Obviously, a lot of stuff at Burning Man was inspired by the earlier Mad Max films, but the most recent Mad Max seemed to be inspired by Burning Man.

This is not the latest Mad Max. This was made from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

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July 22, 2015

Giant Interactive Tesla Coil - what could go wrong?

2000 amps, 700 volts. Worth a look to admire Mr. Baritone Beardman (AKA "Matt F.", I think).

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July 21, 2015

"Can You Feel The Love Tonight"

An authorized, legal video of part of the Pride concert by San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.

In addition, an album with two (or is it three?) of the pieces performed at the earlier spring concert is now available for purchase. #twitterlieder: 15 Tweets in 3 Acts and For a Look or a Touch (plus Epilogue: The Narrow Bridge From Tyler's Suite):

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July 20, 2015

Best Temple Video Ever

This uses two Temples, 2013 and 2014. The pyramidal Temple is 2013; the more ornate Temple is another by David Best for 2014. This is as close as you're going to get to the Temple without playa dust in your teeth.

This year's Temple Of Promise is still a few thousand dollars short of its goal and is asking for donations.

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July 12, 2015

Boston Gay Men's Chorus

First gay men's chorus to perform in the Middle East - Israel and Turkey. A montage of scenes from their tour.

Boston Globe news story.

BTW, the video below shows the Istanbul Pride parade on June 28, 2015. Add a few dogs, make it black & white and you've got Alabama in the 1960s. The nominal reason for the police interference is that the parade took place during Ramadan.

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June 30, 2015

Why Did The SFGMC Cross The Street?

The answer is there is inadequate (like nearly none, I am told) backstage area at Nourse Hall because it was originally a high school auditorium, so the chorus does its dressing across the street in Davies Symphony Hall. Then, a few minutes before the performance, they cross the street. Since one is not permitted to video their performances, this is a rare opportunity to video most of the members of the chorus while they are in performance dress.

Jeff shows up at the 1:00 mark, but you'll have to pick him out on your own. That's Vicente who comes up to give me a hug at 1:40.

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June 27, 2015


Dan Savage explains.

How was it that this one song resonated so deeply with me when I was only 8?

Boas at the Castro Walgreen - Pride Weekend (1315)
Pink boas $2 cheaper than other lesser colors at the Walgreen in the Castro

Yesterday as I was walking through San Francisco's Civic Center wearing my accustomed attire (clothes, I mean), a man on a bicycle passing me called out "It's been a good day for the pink team!"

White House in rainbow colors

Niagara Falls in rainbow colors

Empire State Building in rainbow colors

I-35 bridge in Minneapolis in rainbow colors
The new I-35 bridge in Minneapolis.

World Trade Center in rainbow colors
World Trade Center.

St. Louis landmark in rainbow colors
In St. Louis.

Kansas City bridge in rainbow colors
Kansas City.

SFO control tower in rainbow colors
SFO control tower.

Little Rock bridge in rainbow colors
Little Rock.

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May 15, 2015

NYC Music Map

TouchTunes released data from their e-jukeboxes in New York City and the Wall Street Journal mapped it by zip code. Zoom out on that map to see the entire city. The Rolling Stones, Romeo Santos, and Vicente Fernandez are the big ones. Take a look at Staten Island. It's got the only zip codes that prefer Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, Eminem and the Zac Brown Band. Two zip codes on the north shore of Queens are the only two for Metallica. There's one Beatles zip code along the East River in Queens. One for Marvin Gaye in Harlem. And one for Johnny Cash at the northern extreme of The Bronx.

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March 26, 2015

Music For My Gang Posse

Pinky Boom Boxlette (6498)
Check it out; this is going to be my new sound system for my bike at Burning Man
. Picture me and my posse roaming the playa while this thing booms out the soundtrack to "The Sound Of Music" and other appropriate gang posse tunes. Yes, we will have to avoid big sound camps and stick pretty close together so we can all hear it - but that's just how we roll.

I'm looking for some nursery rhymes set to upbeat music for this. All music suggestions are welcome...but some may be scoffed at.

Before anybody points it out, I will have to gaffer tape the iPod to the Sony dock to make sure it doesn't pop off and become a victim of playa bike traffic.

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February 26, 2015

Music Video In DHS

Shot at the DHS Spa hotel and other sites in Desert Hot Springs, this video has been on Youtube since September, but I hadn't seen any mention of it until Michael Burke posted it on the Desert Hot Springs Neighborhood Group.

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February 16, 2015

Lesley Gore, 1946-2015

"Gore died Monday, February 16, 2015 at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, of cancer." Lesley Gore came out in 2005. You Don't Own Me.

It's My Party. This is the one you know even if you don't think you know Lesley Gore.

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December 22, 2014

New Year's Carol

Commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, New Year's Carol by Ola Gjeilo was just one of the numbers in their incredibly impressive holiday concert. The chorus will perform most of the concert three times on Christmas Eve in the Castro Theater. Tickets are still available, but they will surely sell out. If you are in the Bay Area I encourage you to get to the Castro on Christmas Eve.

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October 7, 2014

A Reason To Go To Palm Springs Pride

Parts of Camp Walter will be at Palm Springs Pride this year: Kalliope, their VW Bus, and maybe even their least it's depicted on the poster. November 8 and 9 on Amado Road.
KALLIOPE Art Car and Giant VW Bus Burning Man 2013
Photo by Duncan Rawlinson.

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August 19, 2014

No Stinkin' Dubstep DJs Needed

Some genius (named either Anita or Martin) has devised some software that will create endless dubstep with no repeats. It runs on a phone. A sample:

They've put this system with its phone into a box with a lot of speakers and they're bringing it to Burning Man. Ho hum, right? I wouldn't walk over to Playoffs for dubstep night. But here comes the real gee-whiz part: humans can interact with the system to step up the intensity of the music by turning a handcrank (like on a Model T) until it reaches a level the program considers sufficient for a drop, the red button lights up, you hit it and the drop. Here's a demonstration:

I hope you didn't fail to notice the unintended consequence. If this is on during daylight hours, Burners may feel compelled to put their head into the speakers to try to see if the red light has come on.

Their blog.

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August 8, 2014

Burning Man Baroque

Handel shares his views on Burning Man 2013:

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"Close to you"

Apartments Built By Richard & Karen Carpenters (0288)
An apartment building in Downey built by Karen and Richard Carpenter
. Another one across the street was named for another of their songs. This building also commemorates one of their less popular tunes: Deliveries In Rear."

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July 4, 2014


I experienced my single annual LOL watching this.

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June 11, 2014

All by himself

Overnight in the Las Vegas airport and this is the result:

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June 5, 2014

GoPro Makes Music

Or helps to make music, anyway. The fun begins at about 33 seconds.

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June 4, 2014

In The Tradition Of Baseball And The U.S. Navy

Watch for the cameo appearance by the American flag.

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