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Burning Man 2018 Tips plus 2011 videos “Home” and “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”

August 21, 2018


My Twitter bio lists two homes: Black Rock City, Nevada and Ventura, CA. One is the home of my physical body, and the other is the home of my heart and my imagination.  I’ve been a resident of Black Rock City 18 times from 1992-2017.  Read more about the early days of Burning Man here Part 1, about growing pains here Part 2, and about the 10 Principles here Part 3.  Learn more about Burning Man founder Larry Harvey here.

Right now, many of my friends are gearing up and packing up and showing up on the Black Rock Desert to populate Black Rock City, home to the Burning Man Festival. David Miles is busy constructing the Black Rock Disco. Ojai local Deniz Nicole has packed up Carousel Candeo which was exhibited at VC last April. Many of my friends will be helping out at the Elvis Wedding Chapel where a robotic Elvis last year married over 80 “couples” with the help of the 14 members of our camp.


the man in 2011

The Man is being erected in the center of the city, and the Temple is being built beyond: if the city was a clock with the Man at the center (see images above and below), then the Temple is located at the 12. Roads radiate out from 2 o’clock to 10 o’clock with the large sound camps on the far perimeter and roads radiate around from the Esplanade and then in alphabetical order. Going off at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock you’ll find broad plazas of interactive activity. Everywhere is art, much of it in correspondence with this year’s theme “I, Robot.”

Burning Man inspires many videos from pros to amateurs, but in 2011, two of my favorites were produced.  “Oh the Places You’ll Go” is based on the book by Dr Seuss but uses sights, sounds and people of Black Rock City to illustrate it: Where are the places you’ll go — both literal and metaphorical?

For many people, “Home” is Black Rock City. It’s the place where people feel comfortable, where they can be themselves, express themselves.

It’s a place that is all about the “shift” key. For many people, the Burning man experience is a permanent shift key.

Home isn’t necessarily a physical house or permanent place or the place where you grew up. Where is home for you? What does home mean to you?

For many, what makes Black Rock City so special is the culture there — one that is based on the 10 Principles. Last year these coloring books about the 10 Principles were created to help people understand the culture. Here’s the pdf for the coloring books.

Are YOU one of the 70,000 people heading home? Check out these last minute packing tips!


Check the weather!

Find your friends!

Not heading home?

Here’s how to re/create the Burning Man experience in the default world!

This post includes links to BMIR (Burning Man Information Radio) and a live video feed. 


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