Album: 08-28 Burning Man

     Album:2004:08-28 Burning Man

Burning Man 2004.

Wow.

BM'04 was a great year for me, but very different from previous years.

There was less art this year [1] (I'm under the impression that many of the big names were burnt out and needed a break), so the energy wasn't quite as powerful, and I had some things I needed to deal with, so it was much more a year of introspection and learning for me.

I brought back my Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots this year, and they kicked ass. I had to make a bunch of modifications to them so they'd be stronger and survive another year, and they worked great.

The van, finally packed.
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Arriving at BRC.
Alternate driving rules are obeyed. [movie] [Video, 247k] ( comments)
The ticket gate.
Early morning Sunday (not alot of people yet) ( comments)
BRC in the distance.
Man visible in the center. ( comments)
Driving up to the greeters.
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I met this great guy, Romeo
the white fuzzy rabbit, who was very helpful with the 'bots ( comments)
Brien's got the bling-bling.
I convinced dancing friend Brien B. from Seattle to come to BM, and he camped with me and helped with my 'bots. ( comments)
Referee Dave and new burners
Romeo and Brien ( comments)
The robots are back!
[photo geoffsi] ( comments)
A great video of the robots
[courtesy Marc Merlins] [Video, 1M] ( comments)
Action shot of the robots
[courtesy Romeo] ( comments)
Nice action shot
[photo tecgirl] ( comments)
Another found photo
[photo Mr. Fang] ( comments)
And a nice photo of Romeo
resetting the robots [courtesy Marc Merlins] ( comments)
Robots fighting
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Victory!
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Another knockout.
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And Red Rocker takes on another challenger
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Nice profile of the Red Rocker.
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Terrified Blue Bomber
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Art cars often came up behind the ring
to watch the fights. ( comments)
Referreeing a match
with Romeo (the helpful assistant and nice-guy) in his lovely dress in the background. ( comments)
Overseeing a match.
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Entering the ring.
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Panda wins as Red Rocker
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Robots attack!
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More fighting
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Entangled robots,
Red Rocker wins! ( comments)
Blue Bomber wins!
[movie] [Video, 119k] ( comments)
Quickee side view
[movie] [Video, 75k] ( comments)
Some people didn't understand
how to position the robots. Brien led a chant to egg them on. [movie] [Video, 511k] ( comments)
Dark, with Blue Bomber winning
[movie] [Video, 151k] ( comments)
Brien gets the crowd riled up.
[movie] [Video, 303k] ( comments)
Then we found Bop!
This great game where you have a flexible pole (PVC) with a mutilated stuffed animal on the end. ( comments)
Your job,
to remove your opponents helmet with the stuffed animal. ( comments)
So I challenged Brien from Seattle.
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Overhand Bop!
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The Jedi Master of Bop!
came up to us after the match ( comments)
and asked where we had learned to play.
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He said it was the b..h he had seen there.
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We were totally exhausted.
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The game is actually quite hard.
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So finally we got too tired.
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And called it a draw.
(No, we are not kissing..) ( comments)
Coming home I randomly run across
Brien on the top of an art car. ( comments)
And he believes himself to be a god.
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A few thousand people on bikes
at Critical tits. [photo Stewart Butterfield] ( comments)
Beautiful art car.
Reminiscent of Tron LightCycles ( comments)
Lumerian Tribe
and my dome and robots to the left (behind Freq's van) ( comments)
Working on the robots.
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The shoulders took a beating this year,
for some reason. ( comments)
And got cracked silly.
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My excellent and dedicated robot crew:
Jen (BM'03!), Brien, Dave and Romeo ( comments)
Travelling around after
running the 'bots, we run into some of Romeo and Jen's friends in Jadu Beta ( comments)
Watching Nate make fire
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Nate sure does a good job of making fire.
(Actually this is probably one of Nate's crew in the suit) [courtesy Romeo] ( comments)
Nate brought his vortex.
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The wind was not kind to him this year.
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But at the end of the week
they ran manually ( comments)
With just the outsid.. one or two torches.
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Wow.
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and it was great, as always.
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Fire and tornadoes.
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You can't beat that.
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Another wow.
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Neat shapes at the bottom.
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A few bursts of the vortex.
[Video, 231k] ( comments)
A great vortex shot
[courtesy Shiree] ( comments)
The site of the man,
after the burn. ( comments)
A big pile of ash
and twisted wreckage. ( comments)
Alien Mothership and 9 Robot Rovers
[photo geoffsi] ( comments)
Lumerian Tribe had a..ctical joke workshop
'planned' out by the Trash Fench [photo Dale East] ( comments)
And for the last year,
David Best graced us with another one of his beautiful temple creations. ( comments)
This time he went wide,
with walkways that people could use to reach the second story. ( comments)
Featuring his intricate sense of detail,
as usual. ( comments)
Some people playing
some sort of orb instruments. [Video, 359k] ( comments)
The sun sets against.. back of the Temple.
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And Best's beautiful art car
looked like a Cadillac LandSpeeder. ( comments)
Jadu Beta
was a marshmallow looking space. ( comments)
Which you could crawl into.
[Video, 327k] ( comments)
And this year I got
to ride the swing car. [Video, 255k] ( comments)
Last year I took som..ideo on the zipline,
but it was lost! This year I went back to replace it, and it was overexposed! Argh! Here's Brien taking a zipline run. [Video, 334k] ( comments)
My patented full-body landing.
[Video, 214k] ( comments)
Jack takes a run.
[Video, 215k] ( comments)
My dustiest landing ever.
Beautiful. [Video, 415k] ( comments)
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