Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Simon of the Playa » Wed May 18, 2016 11:16 am

wait,

is your last name bobbitt?
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by maladroit » Wed May 18, 2016 11:52 pm

I thought this was still about a goat.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by gaminwench » Thu May 19, 2016 12:04 am

I'm looking to hire a goat to mow the back forty.
Am I in the right place??
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Simon of the Playa » Thu May 19, 2016 8:09 am

maladroit wrote:I thought this was still about a goat.

it's ALWAYS about a goat.


goat figure.
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Post by ygmir » Thu May 19, 2016 8:15 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:
maladroit wrote:I thought this was still about a goat.

it's ALWAYS about a goat.


goat figure.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by sparr » Thu May 19, 2016 10:20 am

Captain Goddammit wrote:Now we seem to have drifted to "Non-Burners who do go to Burning Man, but shouldn't"
Someone asked me to compare some regionals to each other and to BM and one of the key distinctions I came up with was the spectator/participant ratio (to which I later added a third option, contributor). BM has, by far, the highest (worst) ratio of spectators of the burns I've been to. That group might correlate to your "Non-Burners who do go to Burning Man".
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Thu May 19, 2016 10:54 am

It didn't used to be that way... but it is getting progressively worse as time goes on.
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Post by Jackass » Thu May 19, 2016 2:51 pm

sparr wrote:
Captain Goddammit wrote:Now we seem to have drifted to "Non-Burners who do go to Burning Man, but shouldn't"
Someone asked me to compare some regionals to each other and to BM and one of the key distinctions I came up with was the spectator/participant ratio (to which I later added a third option, contributor). BM has, by far, the highest (worst) ratio of spectators of the burns I've been to. That group might correlate to your "Non-Burners who do go to Burning Man".

Which of those groups do you fall under??.... I bet I know.

You've only been to one burn, WTF do you know about it?

What does all of your painstakingly meticulous data (useful information LOL) indicate?
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Sham » Thu May 19, 2016 3:59 pm

As a rule, the sophomore year can many times produce a more excruciating expert on Burning Man. :roll:

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by sparr » Thu May 19, 2016 8:39 pm

Jackass wrote:
sparr wrote:spectator/participant ratio (to which I later added a third option, contributor). BM has, by far, the highest (worst) ratio of spectators of the burns I've been to. That group might correlate to your "Non-Burners who do go to Burning Man".
Which of those groups do you fall under??.... I bet I know.
Depending on where you draw the line, effort/investment-wise, between participant and contributor, one of those. I like to think the latter.
You've only been to one burn, WTF do you know about it?
That's an interesting corollary to my original point. The person who asked the question about different events explicitly wanted the perspective provided by attending many different events. I'm intrigued at the ways that two different people, one who has been to Burning Man ten times and one who has been to ten different burns once each, can both say to each other "You've only been to one burn, WTF do you know about it?".
What does all of your painstakingly meticulous data (useful information LOL) indicate?
That's a longer question to answer, and depends a lot more on the priorities of the person asking than on the data itself. Overall, if I had to generalize, it would say "go to five regionals instead of one Burning Man, if they cost the same $$ and time for you".
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Fri May 20, 2016 12:16 am

Regionals aren't really comparable to BRC.
Regionals can have burns and art, but they aren't Black Rock City. That's the difference, and it's a huge one.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by gaminwench » Fri May 20, 2016 2:20 am

Yes.

That first moment of 'WhawhoanotwhathefuckseriouslyIdon't,ahyes ...??!'

Cannot be duplicated.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Ann_Vader » Fri May 20, 2016 3:43 am

Captain Goddammit wrote:Regionals aren't really comparable to BRC.
Regionals can have burns and art, but they aren't Black Rock City. That's the difference, and it's a huge one.
That is absolutely correct, which is why I am very much looking forward to going to BRC.

As someone who attends 4 to 5 regional burns a year, from Vermont to Georgia, and is heavily involved in her local burner social scene, and lives in a burner household, I feel like I am better prepared for what we fondly refer to as "the big burn," physically, culturally and socially.

The smallest burn I get to is Frostburn in West Virginia in February. The biggest burn I've been to is Alchemy in Georgia. 300-400 for Frostburn, and Alchemy is around 3000.

The regionals I regularly attend (I have dropped a couple because they weren't my thing), don't have celebrities, PNP camps, or a high proportion of non-participant attendees. Most have amazing art, some of which will make its way out to the playa. Volunteerism and organizational involvement is a cultural norm. The music is incredible! People do fun things with their theme camps to share with other attendees. Lots of fun, random, silly performance art. Flaming sousaphones, wandering Shakespeare and acroyoga. Y

es, there are douchebag assholes, but not all that many, and no one douchebag has ever personally affected my day. Besides, Noodlebar loves to mock people, and I pity the douchebag that is on the wrong side of the bar.

So - a question to the group: How does this NOT make people who actively participate in regional burns, burners?

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Post by Skuzzy61 » Fri May 20, 2016 3:51 am

gaminwench wrote:Yes.

That first moment of 'WhawhoanotwhathefuckseriouslyIdon't,ahyes ...??!'

Cannot be duplicated.
I do not know why, but this just made me smile. It's like BRC's version of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Fri May 20, 2016 9:07 am

That all makes you very well prepped and a natural for it... but you can't tell your grandkids - or anyone - "I went to Burning Man" if you were never at the actual event.
And if you can't say "I went to Burning Man", It's just a slang term and is open to interpretation but it does usually mean "a person who goes to Burning Man".
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by sparr » Fri May 20, 2016 10:20 am

Captain Goddammit wrote:Regionals can have burns
This jumped out at me. To clarify, are you referring to the man-shaped bonfire at Burning Man as the "burn", which regional events can have facsimiles of?
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Fri May 20, 2016 10:36 am

It doesn't matter what they burn. Black Rock City is so much more than the actual burning of the man.
You can find tons of people, myself included, who don't give a flying fuck about the actual burning of the man. It's all about Black Rock City.
That's why regionals just aren't Burning Man. They are really great in their own way, but they aren't BRC.
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Post by mudpuppy000 » Fri May 20, 2016 12:44 pm

I agree there's nothing that really compares to the spectacle of BRC nowdays, but it wasn't always like that. You'd technically be a "burner" if you just went to the burns on baker beach and never to BRC. That's what the regionals feel like to me, small intimate groups vs a giant city of 70k people that you can't possibly interact with.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by sparr » Fri May 20, 2016 2:50 pm

Captain Goddammit wrote:It doesn't matter what they burn.
I wasn't asking if it matters what they burn. I was asking what you meant by "Regionals can have burns". It sounds like you're referring to the bonfire as the "burn".
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Post by GreyCoyote » Fri May 20, 2016 3:05 pm

I'm forming a new camp. Its called Minutia and we specialize in performance art that involves burning insufferable pricks at the stake.

You should come by, Clarence. Then you can definitely, and officially, know what a "burner" is.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Fri May 20, 2016 3:38 pm

sparr wrote:
Captain Goddammit wrote:It doesn't matter what they burn.
I wasn't asking if it matters what they burn. I was asking what you meant by "Regionals can have burns". It sounds like you're referring to the bonfire as the "burn".
What I meant was people at regionals can have sideburns because they don't shave. I was just calling them "burns"' cuz it sounded cooler. But that's not important right now...
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Post by Ratty » Fri May 20, 2016 5:12 pm

Greycoyote, You know GiggsVille has a 'Car-B-Q'. Consider a 'Bus-Bon-Fire'. It would be spectacular.
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Post by sparr » Fri May 20, 2016 11:35 pm

Captain Goddammit wrote:What I meant was people at regionals can have sideburns because they don't shave. I was just calling them "burns"' cuz it sounded cooler. But that's not important right now...
Liar.
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Post by Captain Goddammit » Sat May 21, 2016 12:37 am

spazz wrote:
Captain Goddammit wrote:What I meant was people at regionals can have sideburns because they don't shave. I was just calling them "burns"' cuz it sounded cooler. But that's not important right now...
Liar.
Spazz, Google "sarcasm". You need to know about it, because virtually every reply you get, whether you realize it or not, is exactly that.
See a psychiatrist about why you get sarcasm from so many people.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Eric » Sat May 21, 2016 1:12 am

sparr wrote:
Captain Goddammit wrote:It doesn't matter what they burn.
I wasn't asking if it matters what they burn. I was asking what you meant by "Regionals can have burns". It sounds like you're referring to the bonfire as the "burn".
1) In Burner culture, "burn" is both a noun and a verb. It can both be used to describe an event ("Toast is the Arizona Regional burn") or an action ("they're burning the Temple early tonight"). Anything that goes up in flames at any affiliated event "burns", including the effigy used by a regional - each regional has their own. It's a catch-all term, it does not just mean the Man Burn. Regional's not only can have "burns", they do have them, and they have been having them for years.

2) If you go up to someone in BRC on any day other than Saturday and ask if they're going to "the burn", they'll either ask you "which one" or they'll have some knowledge of what multiple of things are burning on any given evening. The big burn on Saturday night is usually called "the Man Burn" for clarity, because so many things do burn.

3) What is this "bonfire" you mention? I've been going since 2003 and I've never heard of anything called that, other than fire pits in camps.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by FIGJAM » Sat May 21, 2016 9:59 am

FYI: The AZ, regional is no longer "Toast".

It is now called Saguaro Man.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by sparr » Sun May 22, 2016 2:30 am

Eric wrote:Regional's not only can have "burns", they do have them
Thanks for the clarification. You two are the first I've heard use "burn" as a noun to describe the burning of the effigy/man/art/whatever. That's what I was trying to figure out about what Captain Goddammit said.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Jackass » Sun May 22, 2016 1:15 pm

Wow, where have you been? Are you dense or something?


Oh, that's right you've only been to one "burn" and it wasn't to your liking...

Better luck next year, it's a damn shame you won't be joining us this time around...

There always the live stream, if they don't bar you after chatting a bit.
Sooner or later, it will get real strange...

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Ann_Vader » Sun May 22, 2016 6:36 pm

Captain Goddammit wrote:That all makes you very well prepped and a natural for it... but you can't tell your grandkids - or anyone - "I went to Burning Man" if you were never at the actual event.
True that!

'Course I wouldn't be reading and posting here if I wasn't planning on going to the playa ;-) It'll make a nice close to a summer of regional burns.

I'm feeling pretty lucky to have all this fun ahead!

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