A maybe fake video of a GoPro tumbling off of a drone and landing on the main dance floor at Burning Man has emerged. It is now a perfect testament to what makes those three things—GoPros, drones, Burning Man—so annoying.
Hordes of party-minded hipsters are heading out to Black Rock City this weekend for the annual Burning Man festival — possibly as many as 70,000, if past growth trends hold. And according to British seismologist Paul Denton, that’s enough frenzied dancing feet to generate a small earthquake measuring about 0.5 on the…
Yesterday, Burning Man organizers revealed the truth: the annual desert arts festival is infested with bugs. Swarms of them. Piles of them. What are they? Why has nobody ever seen them before, in over two decades of building mega-party spaces in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert? We found out.
Burning Man, favorite summertime gathering place for Silicon Valley’s VC-funded shirtless mollybros, is combating a large-scale pest infestation at Blackrock City, Nevada. Crawling over every surface of the pop-up desert city—biting, sowing mayhem and discontent—this scourge of pestilence has proven damn near…
Every year, San Francisco empties out during Burning Man week. Suddenly there are no lines at the cargo container ice cream shop. Nobody is wearing an “interesting” hat to make a statement about self-actualization. We are at peace. That’s why a group of comedians are crowdsourcing a Great Wall of San Francisco.
On the barren flatlands of the Nevada desert, children ages 5 to 14 weave unnoticed between ecstasy-tripping ravers, elaborate penis-shaped art cars, and an endless sea of topless young women. The children of Burning Man, and their nearby parents, don’t seem to mind the NC-17-rated madness.
Why let all the big cities have all the gentrification, design battles, and corporate takeovers? This week we focus on the towns—including a famous temporary one in the desert, population 50,000. It's a small-city edition of What's Ruining Our Cities.
It's been almost a year since my first trip to Black Rock City and I'm pretty sure that I'm no longer carrying any playa dust on my body. As that magical week approaches, I've been seeing first hand and virtually all the chatter and preparation my fellow Burners are going through for their trip "home".
It's been a little over a week since Burners set fire to "The Man" at Black Rock City in the middle of the Nevada desert, but the incredible images keep rolling in.
This week is Burning Man, when your quiet downstairs neighbor with the amber-lensed glasses takes off for the Nevada desert wearing less clothing than Miley Cyrus at the VMAs (but surrounded by the same ratio of plushies). Each year Burning Man has a theme beyond the overarching Will-Trade-Glowsticks-for-Molly, and…
This year I acted as an embedded reporter at Burning Man, a place of extreme temperatures, high winds, and white-out dust storms. The ultra-fine alkaline dust is hell on gear—so it'd seem like a good place to test some rugged stuff out, right?
The guys at Re-Char, a small startup that makes carbon-negative products, were faced with a problem. They wanted to ship products to Kenya, but the options available were wasteful, costly, and not nearly as efficient as simply manufacturing near to the customers. To do it, in a place with little industry or…
We generally hear about drone aircraft killing people in war zones. But there's a reverse side to that narrative—an autonomous copter can drop medicine and supplies to people stranded after a natural disaster even when roads have been demolished. A humanitarian group called Ideate recently tested drones' viability…
A good tail light helps a bike rider get noticed on the road at night. The front light, however, has a more difficult challenge—it has to make you a beacon to drivers, and, crucially, it has to make the darkened world visible to you.
Sometimes you have a bunch of booze, but no fridge and no ice. During a blackout. Staying at a cheap hotel. Spending a week in the middle of the goddam desert. Don't worry, though—with the right bottles of booze, you can still come up with a killer cocktail.
Most people assume Burning Man is just this mecca of sex and drugs. It isn't. Well, it is, but that's a much smaller part of the picture than people make it out to be.
Burning Man, despite its reputation, is not just some low-fi hippie party in the middle of nowhere. The place is bursting with unique technology. Some of it blows out your eardrums, some helps you survive in a hostile environment, and some just inspires wonder, awe, and a little bit of fear.
An Oakland-based Burning Man vet is selling this absurd "Mutant Vehicle/Art Car," on Craigslist—fashioned in the likeness of a milk carton and cereal bowl—and has chopped down the price in hopes that some ambitious soul will buy and haul it over to Burning Man this year.
This time lapse video shows 5 weeks of Burning Man 2011 in 5 minutes. It covers the entire event—from set up to everyone leaving—at about 3 hours every second. It's like watching a disease spread on the face of the Earth.