It’s getting steamy out there! NEW DATES!!!

According to Twitter Handle @DaysToTheBurn we are 271 Days from when the Man Burns at Carnival of Mirrors. While it is usually about this time people get excited the reasons are different this time:

  1. No Christmas pre-sale; while there was not one in 2013 either it is also a time when people start seeing tickets going on sale but this year it’s not.
  2. The theme was announced: Carnival of Mirrors; important to stay in the loop on what is happening because people ARE already getting excited.

Positive or negative they both speak to the excitement brewing for this theme. The tent used for the Souk will reappear as the tent for the Midway of the carnival. And, Burning Man is pushing people to shit or get off the pot early setting a deadline for LOI (Letter of Intent) by December 19th.

Important BRC Dates

SNARK sucks… but I digress

Seems like the only time I just in is when something is going on that just makes me feel really upset about the way the burning man community is heading. On that note… these dramas are always temporary. If someone does not have something to bitch about then life is not worth living???

I hate Burners.Me. I hate the tone it had last year and with the posts that Danger Ranger posted it seemed to stir the beast into a foamy lather that is not good for anyone. So, I expressed my concerns with Toaster who told me what he knew about Otis who was one of the main writers for Burners.Me last year. Otis opened and it seems he only wrote a few articles and stopped in January 2014.

No one wants any more drama than what we already have. The whole turn key camp situation is some-shit! Just glad that is almost over. But, Danger Rangers post just dumped gas on other issues with the guy from Burner.Me…

I suppose the same people who appreciate Burner.Me is the same audience that thrives on the Burning Man Facebook Group (I hate that space and left that group for all the snarky, negative and basically evil content). Check this out too [Link]

After all the noise, Burners.Me posted on their Facebook page that the blog posts on the Borg page were being blocked implying that there was some great conspiracy. That is the bullshit tone I am talking about from them. Maybe Burning Man found a way to shut this guy off? Maybe there was a glitch in the machine for a minute someone decided to make something out of it that there was not? Either way, the posts are on the blog site and are working just fine…

The last word on Plug n Play (PnP) Camps

Burning Man posted 2 items on this subject this week giving us the defining and final decision on the subject. It is something that many members of the community have been up in arms about because to many – the existence of these camps appeared to be in direct opposition to the 10 Principles we all hold dear.

On December 3rd two blogs were released on the “Voices of Burning Man” page; one form legendary Larry Harvey and one from the Borg.

founder Larry HarveyIn the midst of the current controversy about Plug and Play camps, there has been a great deal of talk about equality, but I think that much of this misses the mark. Scan Burning Man’s Ten Principles, and you will not find radical equality among them. This is because our city has always been a place where old and young, and rich and poor, can live on common ground. The word for this is fellowship, as in the fellowship of a club or lodge whose members, however diverse, are united by common values and a sense of shared experience. But common ground is not a level playing field, and should not be interpreted as mandating equal living conditions.” – Larry Harvey [Link to the entire piece]

However, the real meat and potatoes came from a much more definitive post listed as from Burning Man that followed Lord Larry’s post. Together these releases provide the Burning Man COMMUNITY the final answer when it comes to the Commodified and #turnkeycamps; basically setting the standard back to the level any theme camp applying for placement needs to meet.

Below is from the Burning Man Blog: [Link to the entire article]

  • Camps should be visually stimulating, have an inviting design and a plan for bike parking and crowd management.
  • Camps must be interactive. They should include activities, events or services within their camps and they must be available to the entire Burning Man community.
  • Camps must be neighborly. This includes keeping sound within set limits, controlling where camp generators vent exhaust, and easily resolving any boundary disputes that arise.
  • Camps must have a good previous MOOP record 
(for returning camps).
  • Camps must follow safety protocols designed by the organization (this includes traffic management on the streets, proper handling of fuels, and any other areas defined by the organization’s production team).

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Basically, we are interpreting that Turn Key Camps have to meet the same standards as Theme camps for placement. And we seemed to have received an apology in the end as well as a set of changes we can live with moving forward for the betterment of the community.

It therefore follows that the best reform we can enact is to stop placing these Plug and Play camps in a category that sets them apart from others. This was done informally, it was not fully thought out, and we apologize for this mistake.” – Larry Harvey [Link to the entire piece]

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