What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby trilobyte » Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:01 am

I'm giving this a nudge over to Politics and Philosophy, as this great conversation feels a bit philosophical to me :) Adding my own response...

This may not sit so well with the vegetarians and vegans, but it's a lot like a bacon-wrapped filet mignon. That is, something pretty amazing all wrapped up in something that's even better.

I think of it as the living brain trust of Burning Man, covered in a juicy layer of participation and community. For those who care to look, you can find answers to most Burning Man-related questions (and project questions) here (or for those looking for pro-tips, use your search keywords plus the word eplaya on any search engine), and you can also pay it forward and share your advice and experience with others. I know I never would have made it to the playa if it hadn't been for the kindness and help of complete strangers, and serves as a great way to try and do that for other people. Unlike some kind of simple FAQ or wiki site, the threaded nature of message board conversations means the answers and explanations come in the form of conversation and interaction. Even when things get heated or awkward, it feels more organic and interesting to me. And as you spend more time here and get to connect with other participants, it becomes an even more wonderful way to stay connected throughout the year.

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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby unjonharley » Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:47 am

It's coffee in the morning..
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby graidawg » Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:29 am

this is where i come to torture myself.

let me explain, over here i find most people boring and conventional. even the friends i have kept over the years do not find burning man of interest, the desire to commit to going to an arid desolate wasteland to meet friends and try and find something you haven't done before (and succeed usually) to be a bit ridiculous. the first question i was asked when i got back was "have you got it out of your system yet?". No, in fact every year i want to spend more of my life, time and money making it bigger and better. So eplaya is my way of reminding myself what i really want and making think what i am prepared to do to get it.
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby shroom » Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:18 pm

eplaya is my burningman when i can't go. You all answered all my questions before I went in 2010 and you've talked and entertained ever since. Can't wait to get back again next year, finally!
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby forty_eight » Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:44 pm

What kittyrodriguez said ... come for the info, stay for the snark.

I love the histrionics that often play out here. It's almost always super entertaining.

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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby goathead » Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:58 am

Fuck, I don't know.

Simple question, and I don't have an answer why I am here.
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby GreyCoyote » Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:43 am

Eplaya is my version of "Cheers". Its a great place to help a noob, get some snark on, learn something new, and tweak on ol' Bbadger a bit. :mrgreen:

Heck, you guys make me look "normal"! LOL.
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby unjonharley » Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:55 am

GreyCoyote wrote:Eplaya is my version of "Cheers". Its a great place to help a noob, get some snark on, learn something new, and tweak on ol' Bbadger a bit. :mrgreen:

Heck, you guys make me look "normal"! LOL.


Where did you steal that word from.. Normal has never been in your vocabulary..
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby kiboy » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:03 am

GreyCoyote wrote: Its a great place to help a noob



I"m still waiting.

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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby ranger magnum » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:58 pm

It's yet another way to stay connected year round. I've met a few eplayans in person, and without this site, may not have meet them otherwise.
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby goathead » Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:57 pm

goathead wrote:Fuck, I don't know.

Simple question, and I don't have an answer why I am here.


Emotions.

Laughter, blowing coffee through my nose.
Pain, sometimes very raw and honest.
Inspiration, the fucko's imagination runamuck.

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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby BBadger » Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:56 am

People with heads on their shoulders, not the hippies I used to associate with the event. Well, the people I feel I "know" anyway. People who can laugh at snark and sling it too, but aren't necessarily trying to be mean or power-hungry. People I can agree and disagree with, and voice it too. People I actually wanted to, and was willing to, meet at MnG, not just blow it off; I very rarely meet people I only know online.
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:20 am

honestly, the only reason i never attend the meet & greet is because i don't want to destroy the carefully crafted illusion of omnipotence i have so painstakingly sculpted.


and because i was on acid and just didn't want to deal.


otherwise, pretty much the same reasons stated above... :twisted:
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby H.G.Crosby » Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:23 am

we'll show up......one day...



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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby Ratty » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:44 am

Sometimes it's my guilty pleasure. Other times it saves me from reality, loneliness, overworking and everything else the real world provides. Yes, I spend too much time here. And yes, I love every minute. I love you guys.
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby kiboy » Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:11 am

H.G.Crosby wrote:we'll show up......one day...



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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby Joeln » Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:46 pm

At first it was the primary place I could read/talk about/ask questions about BM.
A number of people here I liked right off, others not so much (Doc).
Then it's where I got my ticket after blowing the online sale.
It became the best place to voice my enthusiasm for my first burn.
Eventually I started liking more (Doc) of the people here (maybe even most).
Nobody cares if my snark is heavy-handed even clumsy.
Now, it's the place where people get it about how psyched I am to go again.
And even though most of you are 'supposed to' not give a shit about me/each other this place is a well of support for whatever we struggle with.
I find myself quite fond of people I have never/barely met - this doesn't usually happen online.

Yeah and play petrol seems to have gotten pretty burned up but I don't agree with his sigline.
And where else would there be a beloved sock-meister?

It does in fact represent in a quirky way some aspects of the playa.
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby BootKickingStrumpet » Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:42 pm

Eplaya is giving me a place to process during Decomp and has given me tuns of info beyond the survival guide on how to prepare for BM, and gives me laughs when I need it.
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby Eric » Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:53 pm

Joeln wrote:And even though most of you are 'supposed to' not give a shit about me/each other this place is a well of support for whatever we struggle with.


I disagree with this part - I think most of us definitely give lots of shits about each-other, otherwise we'd move on. You don't have to "like" everyone (just like you don't need to like everyone at a party on the playa), but that's very different than us the idea that we're "supposed to" not give a shit about each-other.
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby tatonka » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:46 pm

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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby Lonesomebri » Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:40 pm

Eplaya is where I come to find out that the commodification, commercialization and for-profit hotels in BRC are actually my fault. I brought up the issue but have no solution. Guilty.
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby Elorrum » Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:56 pm

Lonesomebri wrote:Eplaya is where I come to find out that the commodification, commercialization and for-profit hotels in BRC are actually my fault. I brought up the issue but have no solution. Guilty.

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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby kiboy » Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:40 pm

Lonesomebri wrote:Eplaya is where I come to find out that the commodification, commercialization and for-profit hotels in BRC are actually my fault. I brought up the issue but have no solution. Guilty.


Well you did your part right? Others have offered some, imo, reasonable solutions and that's them doing what they can. I'm looking forward to seeing them next year. I'm going to make contact with those folk and see what they're up to. As far as I can tell there was really only one possibly nasty P&P who seemed to be really doing it wrong. I'll bet there are plenty of regular camps that aren't doing things so swell either.

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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby TomServo » Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:19 am

Its a place to vent...discuss...maybe get kicked off of... I'm starting to realize, it's far better than BM facebook. Oh yeah! It's also a good place to meet really Bad decisions.
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby FreePeacelove » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:44 am

Eplaya means for me, that im informing me about Burning Man, ask questions and laughing my ass of. To get the best experience and be prepared for next BM! :=)
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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:48 am

Lonesomebri wrote:Eplaya is where I come to find out that the commodification, commercialization and for-profit hotels in BRC are actually my fault. I brought up the issue but have no solution. Guilty.





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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby socks2 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:30 pm

The Eplaya was better last year

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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby kiboy » Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:01 pm

socks2 wrote:The Eplaya was better last year


I'm pretty sure that's my fault.

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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby RosieTahoe » Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:16 pm

ePlaya is my "sanity" in an insane world... that's ridiculous isn't it?!?! But seriously, I can feel completely insane sometimes with the amount of prep and thought that I put into an event that only takes place once a year, but I come to ePlaya and realize, not only am I not alone, but there are plenty of fuckers that are crazier than me on here ;)

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Re: What Does ePlaya Mean to You?

Postby Ratty » Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:08 pm

Rosie, I didn't recognize you with the new 'tough looking' avatar. I like it. And yes, I am over the top with playa prep.
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