How to explain burning man to friends?

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:01 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:I hope it's a queer frat, because the crowd outside critical tits is too large already...

Eh? Too many straight people?

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:02 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:I hope it's a queer frat, because the crowd outside critical tits is too large already...

Eh? Too many straight people?

I was thinking of the proverbial "frat boys", but didn't want to step on Doc's toes...
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby JDCookMS » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:05 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
Ugly Dougly wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:I hope it's a queer frat, because the crowd outside critical tits is too large already...

Eh? Too many straight people?

I was thinking of the proverbial "frat boys", but didn't want to step on Doc's toes...


Ehh..... we actually don't have too many of the stereotypical frat guys, yet. I mean, I'm the first (ever) openly gay guy in a fraternity at my university, so it's different. But, like I said, I tell most of them that it would be horrible, just because I know that they wouldn't appreciate it.

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby illy dilly » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:57 pm

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illy dilly wrote:And damn it! I forgot... Alright you can take the left index and middle finger. I need the right side for mouse clicking.



HOLY SHIT I just realized that I seriously literally not even kidding had a dream with you and smAshley in it last night!! Whoa.

Not surprised. We're pretty awesome. A lot of people dream about us.
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:09 pm

Afraid I might be too vanilla for Burning Man. :)

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby lemur » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:13 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Afraid I might be too vanilla for Burning Man. :)



yeah i bet you just hang out in yer camp the whole time!!
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:20 pm

Yeah, I hide in my hexadome, hoping the weirdos won't find me.

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby TT120 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:41 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Afraid I might be too vanilla for Burning Man. :)


The way I see it is, the norm is not normal on the Playa, so being normal while on the Playa is abnormal and you'll fit right in.

Or something like that.

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby Bob » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:19 pm

It's just a fucking, camping, trip.
Amazing desert structures & stuff: http://sites.google.com/site/potatotrap/

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:44 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Yeah, I hide in my hexadome, hoping the weirdos won't find me.

And you hang out on eplaya so you know which weirdos you're hiding from the hardest...
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby Elorrum » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:26 pm

I say that what they hear about it is mainly true, and for myself, mainly false. The people who I believe would really love it, I can't get them to show any interest, like getting a cat to watch t.v.
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:05 pm

Elorrum wrote:... getting a cat to watch t.v.

Remember Scrooged?
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby jella » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:39 pm

poor little mice
Burning Man isn't about the stuff you see when you get there ....it's about the people that brought that stuff there

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby gyre » Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:09 am

Burning man can be explained.

People are just lazy.

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby 5280MeV » Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:22 am

gyre wrote:Burning man can be explained.

People are just lazy.


Reminds me of an xkcd:

Morpheus: Unfortunately, no one can explain what the Matrix is, you have to experience it for yourself.

Trinity: Sure you can, it's a computer simulation in which you live, thinking it's reality.

Neo: Oh.

Morpheus: What...

Trinity: Look, maybe you just suck at explaining.


http://xkcd.com/566/


I think that it is hard to explain because there is so much to do at Burning Man, and different people get wildly different things out of it. By analogy, it is hard for me to describe what living in Nashville is like for the average person, because the experience depends so much on what one does in the city.
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby gyre » Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:09 am

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I like that.


You don't have to tell people what the experience will be, to explain the event.

I can describe nashville without telling someone what their experience will be.

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby Mojojita » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:43 pm

One I like is that it is the world's largest outdoor cocktail party.
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby jella » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:47 pm

Mojojita wrote:One I like is that it is the world's largest outdoor cocktail party.

Oh I'm keeping that one :)
Burning Man isn't about the stuff you see when you get there ....it's about the people that brought that stuff there

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby Saguache » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:17 pm

It’s like being simultaneously slapped over every inch of your body with national anthem singing fish by an enraged harem of nubile bear women in latex. The pleasure is unquestionably unique.
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby junglesmacks » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:03 pm

Saguache wrote:It’s like being simultaneously slapped over every inch of your body with national anthem singing fish by an enraged harem of nubile bear women in latex. The pleasure is unquestionably unique.



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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby JDCookMS » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:33 pm

Saguache wrote:It’s like being simultaneously slapped over every inch of your body with national anthem singing fish by an enraged harem of nubile bear women in latex. The pleasure is unquestionably unique.


That is amazing....the only way it could get any better is if you had mentioned bacon somewhere in it. (Because, lets face it, everything is better with bacon.)

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby graidawg » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:44 am

everything I did at BM I have done elsewhere. having said that I am staying in and spending as little as possible so i can go again, because probably I will do things at Bm i have done before again.
oh actually I have never had my hair cut by people who have never cut hair after we all drank absinthe in the dark before. That was new.
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby gyre » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:25 am

Theme camps are the special paradigm of burning man.

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby lemur » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:39 am

PEOPLE FORCE YOU TO TAKE DRUGS AT BURNING MAN:

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:38 am

Yes, they do, Lemur.

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:40 am

The Burn that can be told
is not the eternal Burn
The TTITD that can be named
is not the eternal TTITD

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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby Saguache » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:22 pm

junglesmacks wrote:
Saguache wrote:It’s like being simultaneously slapped over every inch of your body with national anthem singing fish by an enraged harem of nubile bear women in latex. The pleasure is unquestionably unique.



I think I love you.


Oh you know the feeling is mutual, I'm curious to see what happens when we mix in a little bacon grease.
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby junglesmacks » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:33 pm

Saguache wrote:
junglesmacks wrote:
Saguache wrote:It’s like being simultaneously slapped over every inch of your body with national anthem singing fish by an enraged harem of nubile bear women in latex. The pleasure is unquestionably unique.



I think I love you.


Oh you know the feeling is mutual, I'm curious to see what happens when we mix in a little bacon grease.


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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby CornMan » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:24 pm

It's kind of like Woodstock, but with 1/10 the people, in the desert, with more visual art, less live music (in terms of total wattage), and mostly hipsters instead of hippies.
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Re: How to explain burning man to friends?

Postby JDCookMS » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:06 pm

Zeke Chaparral wrote:It's kind of like Woodstock, but with 1/10 the people, in the desert, with more visual art, less live music (in terms of total wattage), and mostly hipsters instead of hippies.


I like that one as well.... it's a good, decent answer and it would keep most of the people I know from wanting to go with me. Awesome.


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