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Early Man-Man: proto-Burnin’ Dude builders & inspirational catalysts

In this one time at burning man by summerburkes0 Comments

If you’ll notice, talking to most of the elders of the Burning Man tribe, they put emphasis on the third syllable of the name of our weirdo company picnic. “The burning MAN,” they say, with a “The” at the beginning each time. All the rest of us say “BURN-ing man.”

So that’s how things used to be different right there, is the early Cacophonists emphasized the event’s syllables differently. Read More

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Early Man: proto-DPW setup at Burning Man

In this one time at burning man by summerburkes0 Comments

Back when the Man’s knuckles still scraped the ground as the Earth’s crust cooled, there was no official setup and cleanup crew. There was no official anything. As the years have gone on — this writer joined the DPW in 1998 — we have built from scratch an annual temporary city and a rock-solid worldwide society, fanning out over the ‘90s and ‘00s from amorphous clumps of mayhem into an intricately-designed temporary autonomous zone requiring some half-zillion volunteers who come early to set up the whole thing, and a full zillion DPW and Gate/Perimeter folks to make Restoration happen. (Which we used to just call “cleanup,” but that wasn’t specific enough.)
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Cops at Burning Man

In this one time at burning man by summerburkes3 Comments

Well this is a relief. Law enforcement at Burning Man seems to be acculturating into the community — displaying far less heavy-handed tactics than in previous years. With Ferguson on everyone’s mind, we’re all more tuned in to that channel than usual.

Working DPW and Gate at Burning Man has given many of us on staff our first taste of what it feels like to be an Enforcer. Of any type. In order to build and run a city out of thin air, sometimes a bunch of anti-authoritarians have to figure out how to tell other anti-authoritarians what to do, in the way we’d like to be told ourselves.
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Gerlach Senior Center, NV wishlist

In this one time at burning man by summerburkes0 Comments

Hello from Burning Man 2014 setup. Most of the DPW is out on the dust already. We are in town, doing town things, and have discovered Gerlach’s elders could use help.

The Nevada town just outside the Black Rock Desert where Burning Man occurs is home to a small but thriving population of senior citizens. Rather than head towards the nursing homes of Reno, the elders in this dusty Western hamlet pretty much decided to hunker down and stick together.Read More

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Summertime Rolls pt. 2: Built with clowngineering & Obtainium

In cacophony, clowngineering, franken-sewing, obtainium by summerburkes0 Comments

Obtainium — the world’s most precious element. That which others throw away.

Remember the TV show Family Ties? It was an ’80s series about a left-wing family with a right-wing son named Alex P. Keaton, played by Michael J. Fox. His sister Mallory on the show always dated Nick, an attractive jumpsuit-welder-artist-environmentalist guy who made art out of junk. That was the punch line. “So, Nick, what do you do?” … “I make art out of junk.” ::canned laughter::

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