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Smoke and Dust

I'm back safe from Burning Man, and have gotten most the dust off now. Still sleepy, but my sleep schedule is all wonky.

Short form report:

C.L.I.V.E. 2.0 was a well built structure, that looked nice, was easy and quick to assemble, and was sturdy, but the software and electronics had multiple problems. I never did get it to work. After the second day of debugging, I gave it up as a lost cause, and just had fun with the rest of the festival. Sad.

Surreal moment: Finding a big barn owl wedged in the front forks of my bike, on the bike rack of the car. Tor had hit it on the road in to the festival, but I hadn't seen anything behind him. Now we knew where the bird went. It was a very very big bird. Massively thick feathers. Oddly, it didn't look damaged at all. It must have snapped it's neck on the strike. Very pretty bird. Definitely a pity.

The burn was the best I've seen in years, and the art and structures on the Playa really impressed me this year. The art-deco style of The Man's pedestal didn't do much for me, though. The pre-game festivities were really nice. The fireworks outdid what most large cities do for independence day.

The number of people was scary huge. The number of frat-boys was also scary. Their idiocy was sometimes legendary. (Dancing on top of porta-potties, and falling through the roof, for example, just from what I personally saw.)

I don't know if it was the particular part of the city we were in, but I saw way more "baked" people than I remember seeing before. I just don't understand why anyone needs anything extra to make this festival more unreal than it actually is.

JayGryph and Cobalt rocked as camp-mates, sometimes literally. Cobalt had some awesome music mix CDs. Jay's Damnation-Alley-esque RV of Machine Gun Doom was really cool, if a bit beat up. Much fun was had by all.

Overall, despite the disappointment of C.L.I.V.E., it was a pretty good festival. I had a lot of fun.

Comments

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yaochi
Sep. 5th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
Unfortunate about C.L.I.V.E., but you guys will get that rocking between now and next time.

Really glad that you both had a great time.
dnellin
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Glad you're back and had a good time. We're waiting for pictures.
tuftears
Sep. 6th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Well, now you can fix up Clive and take it to next year's Burning Man! No biggy. Glad to hear you had fun other than that!
defenbaugh
Sep. 6th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
Awwwwww.. the poor owl. :/
I really wish there was a way that could help the numbers of roadside, critter fatalities to be reduced.
dustykat
Sep. 6th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
CLIVE looked great, I'm sorry you could not make the software work in time. But I think we did a good job of making it look the part.
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