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by 5280MeV
Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: future of burning man?
Replies: 56
Views: 3715

Re: future of burning man?

I did not know burning man made 50,000 tons of greenhouse gas, that would be 110,230,000 lbs that's is huge. Wood creates approximately twice its mass in CO2 when burned. Unless the man actually weighs over 25,000 tons, it doesn't produce that much CO2. The Eiffel tower only weighs 7300 tons. We ha...
by 5280MeV
Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: A Statement from Jim Tananbaum
Replies: 187
Views: 7949

Re: A Statement from Jim Tananbaum

I think that there is good evidence that breast milk is marginally better than modern formula under sanitary conditions - there are some things that make biochemical sense like the presence of sIgA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immunoglobulin_A) and a makeup that is a bit easier to digest. However, ...
by 5280MeV
Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Electromagnets on playa
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Re: Electromagnets on playa

Generating a static magnetic field does not require any power , just current . Unfortunately, unless you want to haul superconducting wire out to the playa, keeping a current going requires power. By coiling the wire you are effectively "cheating" by using the same current over and over - ...
by 5280MeV
Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:14 pm
Forum: 2014 Theme
Topic: It's all about the Larrys.
Replies: 171
Views: 11717

Re: It's all about the Larrys.

maladroit wrote: normal wads.


Normal wads, regular bags, undecorated ponies, plain hats

Seriously - fuck those assholes.
by 5280MeV
Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: How Turn Key Camps Get Placed
Replies: 233
Views: 8700

Re: How Turn Key Camps Get Placed

the whole transition to a non-profit in order to "gift the event back to the community" I think it is sort of bullshit from the get-go given that the same people still own the brand as Decommodification, LLC and rent it to the non-profit. The brand is what has the real value. The burning ...
by 5280MeV
Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Cultural Appropriation and Decommodification LLC.
Replies: 19
Views: 1334

Re: Cultural Appropriation and Decommodification LLC.

What the fuck is Burning Man Culture anyways? Maybe 'the culture' that exists at Burning Man isn't actually 'Burning Man Culture'.. Maybe this culture needs some new words to describe itself? I dunno - it always seemed to be more of an activity to me. Somehow every activity that is even mildly expr...
by 5280MeV
Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Nothing Can Be Done Thread.
Replies: 104
Views: 3346

Re: Nothing Can Be Done Thread.

Entropy concerns me, but I hear nothing can be done. You are just looking at it wrong. If you look at the universe with the arrow of time reversed, then entropy is decreasing - and that is bizarre. Consider the following scenario: You have a room filled with coins on the floor, and every single one...
by 5280MeV
Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: How to tell if your doing it WRONG.
Replies: 112
Views: 4116

Re: How to tell if your doing it WRONG.

At best, they can really only manage what goes on within the event. That's the meaning of "It's more about keeping a principle for most transactions that occur on playa": it's about the best that can be done. This is really at the heart of the disagreement - what does it mean for a transa...
by 5280MeV
Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:25 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: How to tell if your doing it WRONG.
Replies: 112
Views: 4116

Re: How to tell if your doing it WRONG.

1) Keep decommodification as a principle as is, and get rid of vendors (or at the very least limit them to deliveries and people quickly entering and leaving in special cases). 2) Drop or revise the decommodification principle, and let people hire bartenders. 3) Deal with people getting pissed off ...
by 5280MeV
Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok
Replies: 253
Views: 9440

Re: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok

Ugh, every year I hear the plain awful solution to the problem is to "mentor" new Burners and force them into some regime that complies with some subjective standards. That whole idea needs to be conferred to the MOOP pile of time. People will "participate" how they're going to ...
by 5280MeV
Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Bright-line test: Theme camps paying live-in employees $$$
Replies: 56
Views: 2690

Re: Bright-line test: Theme camps paying live-in employees $

You have to read the survival guide: "As a matter of public safety, ice is sold at Arctica in Center Camp, and in the 3:00 and 9:00 plazas. During the event, Monday to Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m. and Exodus Monday in Center Camp only from 9 a.m. to noon. Ice is av...
by 5280MeV
Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: How to tell if your doing it WRONG.
Replies: 112
Views: 4116

Re: How to tell if your doing it WRONG.

I think Burning Man's doing things wrong, too, but think trying to dictate how someone can burn is both impossible and destroys a big chunk of what makes Burning Man special. Ok. I mean, I can't disagree with that in some sense, but if there are no basic parameters then there is no need for princip...
by 5280MeV
Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:21 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Toward a PnP Code of Ethics and Best Practices
Replies: 176
Views: 7536

Re: Toward a PnP Code of Ethics and Best Practices

This is what I see with the PnP discussion: "I Burn correctly, but people who buy more conveniences than I do are plug-and-play." I agree, and think that everyone should simply stop talking about "plug and play", "turnkey" and all these terms that have to do with self-...
by 5280MeV
Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok
Replies: 253
Views: 9440

Re: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok

Calling them commercial camps is not accurate, either. Any camp that charges dues (or contracts for services ranging from water delivery, RV servicing, equipment delivery or rentals, etc) could technically be considered a commercial camp in that light... money changes hands as part of the normal ba...
by 5280MeV
Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok
Replies: 253
Views: 9440

Re: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok

Also, can we start referring to them as "Commercial Camps" because plug n play suggests the only distinguishing feature is the ease of burning and not the selling of burning. That is an important distinction that should have been made at the beginning of this whole debate which is very po...
by 5280MeV
Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok
Replies: 253
Views: 9440

Re: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok

Really this is about vending, plain and simple. It is a very interesting loophole that certainly meets the letter of the BLM regulations to vend at Burning Man by insisting that all monetary exchanges take place before the event. That is what occurs. I can go to a commercial festival and buy a fanc...
by 5280MeV
Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok
Replies: 253
Views: 9440

Re: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok

You don't get gifting, radical inclusion, participation, or even for that matter decommodification . Actually, I am not sure anyone involved in Burning Man (including the org and Larry Harvey) seems to understand commodification. Nor am I sure that Burning Man is really about decommodification or i...
by 5280MeV
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:11 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Teachers -Left out in the cold
Replies: 92
Views: 3523

Re: Teachers -Left out in the cold

If we trap the DJ in a high-finesse optical cavity with a low enough temperature, we can place the DJ into a quantum superposition of states!
by 5280MeV
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Teachers -Left out in the cold
Replies: 92
Views: 3523

Re: Teachers -Left out in the cold

Eric wrote:I feel like I'm reading the Congressional Record at this point.


That is another great example of an interaction-free measurement!
by 5280MeV
Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Teachers -Left out in the cold
Replies: 92
Views: 3523

Re: Teachers -Left out in the cold

Hey guys - I think that we can do this! Put a DJ in a dark soundproof box. The output of the decks will be digitized and sent to a lab where a photon can be emitted into a Mach-Zehnder interferometer scheme as described in http://arxiv.org/pdf/1004.1895v1.pdf. These bits of information can be measur...
by 5280MeV
Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:11 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Teachers -Left out in the cold
Replies: 92
Views: 3523

Re: Teachers -Left out in the cold

Hell, even at the quantum level you can't "spectate" anything without actually "participating" in the interaction. This is normally true, but the Elitzer-Vaidman bomb tester (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elitzur%E2%80%93Vaidman_bomb_tester) arrangement proposed provides true qua...
by 5280MeV
Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:36 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Teachers -Left out in the cold
Replies: 92
Views: 3523

Re: Teachers -Left out in the cold

It's a lot simpler than all this psychobabble hippie idealism. It's an art festival and pretty much a party and vacation. The people that "contribute" are the ones who put up some art or work to provide the necessary logistics for the event to operate. Teachers are not the missing link to...
by 5280MeV
Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:35 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Teachers -Left out in the cold
Replies: 92
Views: 3523

Re: Teachers -Left out in the cold

In many ways the regionals are poor substitutes for the big burn. However, it is my experience that if you take the time, effort, and $1000+ you would spend on ticket and transportation to Burning Man on an interesting project for the regional event, you won't even notice the difference. I also reco...
by 5280MeV
Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: or is it just something only nerds
Replies: 31
Views: 1052

Re: or is it just something only nerds

Rock is electronic music anyway. The guitar doesn't really make much of a sound, it just provides a waveform to be picked up by a microphone, manipulated with all sorts of analog effects, and then amplified drive a speaker cone. It is ALL about electronics - pedals, tubes, transistors, pickups... Th...
by 5280MeV
Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:19 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Snark, is that really something burners take pride in?
Replies: 156
Views: 7822

Re: Snark, is that really something burners take pride in?

I've seen people take some misplaced sense of pride in it - not too much on eplaya. This crowd always seemed pretty honest about who they are, snark or no snark. I think people are just being people. Snarky discourse is tolerated more, so there is more snark, and hence people take it as a feature of...
by 5280MeV
Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: 2014 Art & Performance
Topic: The Alien Siege Machine
Replies: 150
Views: 9306

Re: The Alien Siege Machine

I'm impressed by that tail - looks over 20' long and it has all sorts of joints. The torque on those has to be tremendous.
by 5280MeV
Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:54 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Work In Progress 2014
Replies: 172
Views: 8609

Re: Work In Progress 2014

coopers_hawk.jpg I am rescreening my porch (using "the device"). Not much to do with Burning Man other than that I wouldn't be attempting this if I had never gotten into that. Right now the screens are done on two of the three sides. This weekend, what I believe was a juvenile cooper's ha...
by 5280MeV
Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Plug & Play/Turnkey Camping
Replies: 797
Views: 83160

Re: Plug & Play/Turnkey Camping

please, no righteous virus ... ( Is there a vaccine? ) My experience is that building stuff and burning it down is the vaccine. I did that and found it to be extremely helpful. Stopped caring what other people were doing when the sculpture went up. Forgot what it was that I was supposed to "ge...
by 5280MeV
Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: 2014 Tickets Discussion
Topic: RV incentive.
Replies: 34
Views: 1962

Re: RV incentive.

RVs are like bricks - you don't have to make a wall with them.

You can do all kinds of cool things with bricks. You can make pizza ovens, platforms to put ladders on, or play dodge-brick. The possibilities are endless!

Same goes for RVs.

Captain Goddammit wrote:Remind me, why would you want a tent?


I'm cheap.
by 5280MeV
Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Today I built the device.
Replies: 54
Views: 1638

Re: Today I built the device.

If the ladder tips to the side, assuming the table stays upright, it's what, around a 5 to 1 ratio against the bungee cord? You need something that will hold it there. They are actually 1/4" nylon ropes that loop around a 2x4 on the underside. They are tightened with a trucker's hitch, so ther...

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