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Satellite Captures Burning Man From Space

Unknown Lamer posted about 3 years ago | from the from-here-i-can-see-everything dept.

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MikeCapone writes "A European Space Agency satellite has captured what has become one of modern society's most hedonistic adventures: Burning Man. Taken about 400 miles up, the picture shows Black Rock City in full swing along with all of its 50,000-something attendees. ESA compiled the photograph using four photos, each with a resolution of about 16 feet. " The ESA has a high resolution version of the image available.

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In lieu of the moon or Mars (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#37330210)

I just hope that one day we can improve our satellite resolutions to the point where we can make out an individual hemp shirt, or maybe even an individual blonde dreadlock.

Re:In lieu of the moon or Mars (1, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | about 3 years ago | (#37330566)

After I saw the picture I was quite disturbed that it was a High Resolution magnified image. It is like saying that when you use Google Earth to zoom into your house you go I can see my house from space.

I was thinking that this event was so big that it could be seen with the Unaided Eye (well the aid of air and pressure) from space. No it is just a zoom in picture.

Re:In lieu of the moon or Mars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330786)

you're extremely stupid, huh?

Re:In lieu of the moon or Mars (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37331102)

Probably not as stupid as your are dickish

Re:In lieu of the moon or Mars (1)

tverbeek (457094) | about 3 years ago | (#37331266)

You can see pretty much anything "from space". Find yourself a strong enough lens or a low enough orbit, and "I can see my house from here".

Re:In lieu of the moon or Mars (3, Funny)

nitehawk214 (222219) | about 3 years ago | (#37331328)

You can see pretty much anything "from space". Find yourself a strong enough lens or a low enough orbit, and "I can see my house from here".

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I can move my house from here.
-Archimedes

Re:In lieu of the moon or Mars (1)

hedwards (940851) | about 3 years ago | (#37330632)

I'm sure the CIA can by this point. It's been known for years that they can resolve a grapefruit sitting on the ground from space, I'd be shocked if they hadn't bettered that by now.

The bigger problem with that tends to be one of manpower, it's great to be able to zoom in like that, but only after you've determined the area to be interesting. And often times it's just more convenient to use a UAV anways.

Re:In lieu of the moon or Mars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330798)

Most "satellite" photos that are high res enough to see your car licence plate, are all plane/UAV photos. Arial photos are higher res and easier/more reliable to take, they tend not to have many of the issues that satellites have like, you know, clouds. I once worked on a deforestation tracking project and out of 30 years of satellite imagery we only had 3 cloud free images that we could use.

Re:In lieu of the moon or Mars (2)

Joce640k (829181) | about 3 years ago | (#37331230)

often times it's just more convenient to use a UAV anways.

But not as cool. And that's [esa.int] one cool looking satellite. The Borg couldn't have designed it any better.

Re:In lieu of the moon or Mars (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 3 years ago | (#37331994)

often times it's just more convenient to use a UAV anways.

But not as cool. And that's [esa.int] one cool looking satellite. The Borg couldn't have designed it any better.

The Borg surely would have made all sides equal length.

Re:In lieu of the moon or Mars (1)

Amouth (879122) | about 3 years ago | (#37331336)

not sure about Satellite photos - but the U2 was the best last time i saw anything released -.. during the Cuban missile crisis they where able to read number markings on wires going into the consoles near the launch pad.

There are easier ways... (4, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | about 3 years ago | (#37330218)

There are easier ways to see pictures of naked hippies.

Re:There are easier ways... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330310)

There are easier ways to see pictures of naked hippies.

When I read the title, for a moment I thought the ESA were compiling self-immolation satellite photos. I'm not sure which one is creepier.

Re:There are easier ways... (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about 3 years ago | (#37330446)

No, self Immolation would be NASA at this point...

Re:There are easier ways... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330616)

Self-immolation? Why not just plain old immolation? And I think you meant "awesomer".

Re:There are easier ways... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330378)

There are easier ways to see pictures of naked hippies.

But not without getting closer to them.

Re:There are easier ways... (2)

kenj0418 (230916) | about 3 years ago | (#37331506)

There are easier ways to see pictures of naked hippies.

But not without getting closer to them.

In space, no one can... smell that you haven't bathed in a month.

Re:There are easier ways... (5, Funny)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about 3 years ago | (#37330460)

With the age they are now? I think it is probably easier on the eyes this way. Anything with 2-foot or better resolution could be quite unpleasant.

Re:There are easier ways... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330792)

2-foot or better resolution

I think you're giving the hippies a bit too much credit there.

Re:There are easier ways... (1)

drnb (2434720) | about 3 years ago | (#37332274)

With the age they are now?

What makes you think it was terribly different back in the day? The hot actresses who play hippies in film and on TV are not exactly representative of reality. Imagine the average guy/girl you see in ordinary places - work, lunch time restaurant, gas station, *not* a trendy bar or nightclub. Now imagine them with the grooming/hygiene habits of Richard Stallman. :-(

Nuke it from orbit (5, Funny)

smooth wombat (796938) | about 3 years ago | (#37330222)

It's the only way to be sure to get rid of those damn hippies - Eric Cartman

nice headline (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330240)

If you don't take the time to figure out what a Burning Man is, the headline by itself is quite perplexing and intriguing.

How is this man burning in space where there is no oxygen? And what does the satellite do with this man after capturing him?

Re:nice headline (1)

Microlith (54737) | about 3 years ago | (#37330462)

Well, if you use the internet to a great degree and don't live under a rock, surely you've heard about Burning Man. Especially if you regularly browse Slashdot.

Or you could hit Google.

Re:nice headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330588)

Well, if you use the internet to a great degree and don't live under a rock, surely you've heard about Burning Man. Especially if you regularly browse Slashdot.

Or you could hit Google.

Sanctimonious prick! Editorials and summaries are supposed to cover the basics, and if they're too useless and make assumption, they should at least link. Fuckers like you are a waste of space offering the pathetic "google it" response. There is no point in doing "news" when you assuming your audience is all-knowing. This isn't a dedicated mailing list covering a single subject, fscktard.

Re:nice headline (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 3 years ago | (#37330688)

There is no point in doing "news" when you assuming your audience is all-knowing.

I'm not sure if the assumption is that the audience is all-knowing so much as the assumption that the audience is capable of rubbing together two brain cells in order to find more information. The summary referred to Burning Man (capitalized) as a "hedonistic adventure" which apparently takes place in Black Rock City and is attended by 50,000 or so people. If you can't use that information to conclude that this is some sort of event, one that you can easily find more information about if you're so inclined, then you're probably the type of person who relies on Fox News to form your opinions for you.

Re:nice headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330846)

Not if you live outside the US.
That event is by no means world famous.

You can say at least "Burning Man festival" to give a hint.

Re:nice headline (1)

Defenestrar (1773808) | about 3 years ago | (#37331952)

Unless you're just going off of the initial information gleaned from the title to determine if the rest is worth reading. (i.e. the classic science literature parsing strategy: read the title, the abstract, the conclusion, and occasionally the rest of the paper...). My first impression was perhaps one of the international space station workers did a jumper and someone else took pics. It's just a fraction of a second, but sometimes the brain has to catch up to itself - Google not needed.

I think the parent was commenting more about the degree of clarity and efficiency with which this title conveyed information about the content of the article summarized and posted. Particularly in regards to an internationally read website in reference to some backwater gathering in the desert (for global events 50 kilo-persons isn't all that much after all - how many sports teams do that on a semi-regular basis?). It wouldn't have been that hard for an editor to add one word to the title: "Satellite Captures Burning Man [Festival] From Space." Of course it wouldn't have been anywhere as much fun :)

Re:nice headline (1)

drpimp (900837) | about 3 years ago | (#37330554)

My first thought was that they captured the man from Tunisia on fire in this image.

Re:nice headline (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 3 years ago | (#37331504)

Within a half-second of seeing the title I knew they were talking about the Burning Man festival. But for some tiny sliver of time in there, I thought they had recorded video of an astronaut burning up on re-entry from space.

Re:nice headline (1)

Beorytis (1014777) | about 3 years ago | (#37331020)

Even though I'm familiar with the Burning Man Festival, I didn't instantly read it correctly. It's almost a "Crash Blossom [wikipedia.org] ."

Re:nice headline (1)

bjohnso5 (1476817) | about 3 years ago | (#37331514)

Yep, based on the headline my first thought was "... how did a burning man get into space in the first place, and what possible benefit could this satellite reap by imprisoning him?". Then my brain turned back on. Still, silly headline.

Re:nice headline (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 3 years ago | (#37332416)

"Crash blossom", that's a new one for me. Reminds me of "mondegreens". Both these linguistic phenomena have names derived from an actual intance. I wonder if there's a name for that linguistic phenomenon, and I wonder if it derives from an actual instance of that phenomenon.

Re:nice headline (1)

Pope (17780) | about 3 years ago | (#37332682)

Ever seen "Moonraker"? This is exactly the same.

The Borg have come... (1)

pahles (701275) | about 3 years ago | (#37330260)

Have you seen that satellite?

Re:The Borg have come... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330322)

Going AC to avoid karma whoring: borg satellite [esa.int]

Re:The Borg have come... (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 3 years ago | (#37330374)

But I will go normal account to say this:

I can't beleive they'd use a cube for a satellite. I mean, you'd be hard pressed to come up with a less aerodynamic design.

And please don't correct me.... I can't go "woosh" in outerspace.

Re:The Borg have come... (1)

ZankerH (1401751) | about 3 years ago | (#37330606)

It's _space_. Why would it need to be aerodynamic, again?

Re:The Borg have come... (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 3 years ago | (#37330706)

If you would have seen ALL of my post, you would have noticed

"And please don't correct me.... I can't go "woosh" in outerspace."

Re:The Borg have come... (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 3 years ago | (#37330750)

And yes... it was a damn lame joke.

Re:The Borg have come... (1)

Rei (128717) | about 3 years ago | (#37331268)

Actually, it is aerodynamic drag which deorbits satellites over time.

The atmosphere is exceedingly thin in LEO, but it still exists.

Re:The Borg have come... (2)

WhiplashII (542766) | about 3 years ago | (#37331424)

Interestingly enough, the normal drag paradigm does not apply, however.

It is more accurate to look at it as if the air molecules wander over, attach to the satellite for a while, and then wander away. The key difference being that the side of the object facing orthogonal to the orbit "drags" almost as much as the front. So a cube is actually better than a cylinder or cone! (Not better than a sphere, though)

Weird stuff!

Can't fool me! (1)

PPH (736903) | about 3 years ago | (#37330266)

Its the Borg!

They've come to assimilate us into their hive mind/economic system.

NSFW Please! (1)

RoverDaddy (869116) | about 3 years ago | (#37330270)

Geesh!

Re:NSFW Please! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330586)

Don't worry, all the genitalia are pixelated.

Title case is inferior (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330286)

This is why I hate ambiguity of title case. A real live burning human would've been cooler.

Re:Title case is inferior (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330330)

And yet, an actual burning human may have been hotter...See what I did there?

Re:Title case is inferior (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330572)

So immolation makes a person more attractive? I hear it makes women in close proximity go wild and lose possession of all their clothes.

Re:Title case is inferior (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 3 years ago | (#37331648)

The non-fireproof clothes anyway.

what a great place to watch burning man from (1)

atarione (601740) | about 3 years ago | (#37330306)

the best place to see burning man....is in fact SPACE...so well played ESA

on the other hand why are we letting these bitches take sat photos of our strategic reserve of filthy hippies??

Re:what a great place to watch burning man from (2)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 3 years ago | (#37330752)

I've got to admit, that had me concerned as well.

With such a satellite, the Europeans can count the number of hippies we have. Then they can generate more hippies than us!

Mr President, we cannot have a hippie gap!

1m (3ft) resolution vs 16ft? (2)

Hadlock (143607) | about 3 years ago | (#37330338)

Is anybody else a little shocked that that photograph is shot at 16ft (4.8m) resolution? I'm assuming they mean 1:16 or 1 pixel to 16 ft. That seems like the sort of resolution you might get from a stop end film spy satellite from the 1960's. I would have figured that we would be down to 1m or 0.3m (1ft) resolution by now.
 
Or are public images severely degraded to not give away the more obscure pros and cons of their imaging systems at actual resolution? The pictures of the moon landers seemed awfully crisp compared to this, although one was flying at 24km (presumably with a much smaller camera) vs a geopolar orbit at (searches wikipedia) 1000km. Also presumably with a much larger camera.
 
What's average resolution these days for satellite imagery? That seems awfully low.

Re:1m (3ft) resolution vs 16ft? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330410)

This was not a normal satellite. This is a micro-satellite called proba-1. This is why the resolution is relatively low compared to what you can get elsewhere. http://www.esa.int/esaMI/Proba_web_site/index.html

Re:1m (3ft) resolution vs 16ft? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330620)

Theoretically, there's an optical limit on resolution due to water vapor and atmospheric thermal distortion. Though I'm sure modern spy sats are using software to cleanup the layered exposures via post-processing to achieve results in the classified range.

Re:1m (3ft) resolution vs 16ft? (1)

niktemadur (793971) | about 3 years ago | (#37331618)

What's average resolution these days for satellite imagery? That seems awfully low.

Those are my feelings exactly about the Huygens Probe images of Titan. What is it with these european space cameras?

each with a resolution of about 16 feet. (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 3 years ago | (#37330406)

per pixel? OMFG

Re:each with a resolution of about 16 feet. (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 3 years ago | (#37331548)

Yeah I've seen places on Google Earth that are a few inches per pixel, even back in the early days before Google had their quadcopters. But I suppose those could have been aerial photography vs. satellite images.

Re:each with a resolution of about 16 feet. (1)

Pope (17780) | about 3 years ago | (#37332592)

Most of Google Maps is aerial photography, not satellite.

fuc4.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330416)

aww.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330424)

Dammit, for a second i thought an astronaut was falling out of orbit and he was badass enough to land on a satellite and glide down safely.
Oh well...

if it's green and glowing, DON'T TOUCH IT! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 3 years ago | (#37331132)

Dammit, for a second i thought an astronaut was falling out of orbit and he was badass enough to land on a satellite and glide down safely. Oh well...

Well, since we retired the Space Shuttle, we can't send up a Corvette in the cargo bay for him to use for reentry.
I guess the next most likely scenario is that the ISS breaks up and those groovy Cosmonauts surf in on the wreckage.

Grammar Nazi (0)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | about 3 years ago | (#37330444)

I'm not normally the type to point out grammatical mistakes made my posters, but I feel like the articles should be a tad more scrutinized before published.

FTFA: "Keep in mind that Burning Man looks a lot different from space then it does up close. "

I mean, come on guys...that's 3rd grade stuff there.

Typo Nazi (1)

city (1189205) | about 3 years ago | (#37330716)

I'm not normally the type to point out grammatical mistakes made by commenters, but I feel like the comments should be a tad more scrutinized before published.

FTFC: "mistakes made my posters, "

I mean, come on guys...that's 3rd grade stuff there.

Re:Typo Nazi (1)

UninformedCoward (1738488) | about 3 years ago | (#37331012)

Hey! How do you know that mistakes didn't make his posters?

Re:Typo Nazi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37331116)

I'm not normally the type to point out grammatical mistakes...

FTFC: "mistakes made my posters, "

I mean, come on guys...that's 3rd grade stuff there.

Yes, very clever. You just pretend the part about grammatical mistakes didn't exist and then a typo becomes so ironic!

Actually, no, it doesn't. Well, that's Nazi Nazis for you.

The ESA has a high-resolution image available... (1)

QID (60884) | about 3 years ago | (#37330454)

and the NSA has an even higher-resolution image.

Re:The ESA has a high-resolution image available.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37331324)

You mean the NRO, surely.

Who cares (1)

Aeros (668253) | about 3 years ago | (#37330488)

Seriously...anyone care about burning man? Most are just a bunch of wannabie hippies.

Re:Who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37331034)

yes. lots of people. and we're not all hippies either.
stay at home in your box

Re:Who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37331066)

I lived in SF for a few years and had a couple of female roommates who went to Burning Man every year. Based on this, and from other friends (male and female), I would say Burning Man girls are almost exactly my type of girls -- attractive, artsy, stylish, into unusual things -- but somehow they always manage to be extremely annoying. If I was into casual sex, Burning Man would be perfect since I wouldn't have to deal with their stupidity for long enough for it to ruin the sex.

much higher resolution (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330492)

A much higher resolution photo will be coming out at some point; it was announced in the JRS a couple weeks ago:

The Satellite Overflight of BRC will be at 11:49am on Thursday 9/1 this year. I believe they are tasking the GeoEye-1 satellite with 50cm resolution (as opposed to 1m resolution on the IKONOS satellite used last year).

Burning man my ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330496)

Are the throwing the Christians to the lions in there

So when does the ESA get sued (2)

CaptSlaq (1491233) | about 3 years ago | (#37330556)

for photographing the event? http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/travel/detail?entry_id=96365 [sfgate.com]

Re:So when does the ESA get sued (2)

hedwards (940851) | about 3 years ago | (#37330744)

That raises an interesting point, to what extent does reasonable expectation of privacy apply to satellite imaging?

Re:So when does the ESA get sued (1)

tverbeek (457094) | about 3 years ago | (#37331392)

If you can be observed, you do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and can be photographed. The direction and distance don't matter.

(Unless you're a police officer doing your job poorly, of course.)

Re:So when does the ESA get sued (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330772)

While there are points here, these photographs in question are beyond the scope of those "rules".

Resolution is way too low. There isn't anything that is really identifiable in them, besides an overall structure of layout around said Man.

Google are more likely to be sued if there was Google Maps views of this (same with Microsoft and the various other groups who manage space photography)

Misleading Headline (1)

ohnocitizen (1951674) | about 3 years ago | (#37330582)

Here I thought a Satellite had finally captured an alien humanoid who had lit himself on fire (a common tactic for avoiding ninjas (src: http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p15/) [drmcninja.com] ).

Did they find an intelegence? (1)

thbigr (514105) | about 3 years ago | (#37330596)

I am sorry I had to ask...

Re:Did they find an intelegence? (1)

jfengel (409917) | about 3 years ago | (#37331096)

I don't ordinary point out typos or spelling errors, but sheesh, dude, you REALLY stepped in this one.

It Looks Like The Suburbs (2)

NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) | about 3 years ago | (#37330640)

I have seen many subdivision layouts that looked just like this. Has Burning Man gone the way of Desperate Housewives?

Burning Man From Space (obvious post is obvious) (1)

quickgold192 (1014925) | about 3 years ago | (#37330650)

He must have been on some serious shit to be burning in a vacuum.

Or look at the GeoEye .5m resolution image (5, Informative)

Tyger (126248) | about 3 years ago | (#37330800)

http://www.geeked.info/burning-man-2011-geoeye-satellite-image/

I can't believe the 16ft resolution image is getting so much press, when the 0.5m resolution image is so much better, and was announced ahead of time (And scheduled, as you can see from people forming shapes in it).

Re:Or look at the GeoEye .5m resolution image (1)

SeeSp0tRun (1270464) | about 3 years ago | (#37331748)

/.ed

Re:Or look at the GeoEye .5m resolution image (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37332624)

That's because it's one of the few times Europeans do something space-related that's at least marginally interesting to the world.

bigottery (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37330870)

the people at Burning Man think they're so damn special, but they're not even hippies, they're just a bunch of kids with toys. god playing with test tubes comes to mind...

After taking the picture... (1)

jjohnson (62583) | about 3 years ago | (#37330908)

... the satellite sent "Thank you for not including an odor sensor in my analytics package."

Re:After taking the picture... (1)

Scutter (18425) | about 3 years ago | (#37331236)

They're still working on smelloscope technology [wikia.com] .

Simulator? (1)

pz (113803) | about 3 years ago | (#37330958)

One of the things that makes small hardware a ton of fun to play with is the ability to develop code with a simulator that can show far more detail than is available on the real hardware.

Will you have a highly instrumented simulator available?

However... (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about 3 years ago | (#37331070)

...after being retrieved from the satellite, Johnny Storm was unavailable for comment.

Re:However... (1)

tverbeek (457094) | about 3 years ago | (#37331606)

He's not from space; that's just where he got his super powers.

smells like infringement (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37331262)

I wonder if ESA registered their camera with the Burning Man Media Team, or if they got the written permission of the Mistress of Communications for using the photo.
http://www.burningman.com/press/pressRandR.html#guidelines

Oblig.. (2)

wiredog (43288) | about 3 years ago | (#37331264)

XKCD [xkcd.com]

Not impressed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37331302)

Was expecting an actual burning man.

That's some insane skydiving! (2)

Beelzebud (1361137) | about 3 years ago | (#37331338)

The headline was enough for me. Anyone who skydives from an altitude where they can burst into re-entry flames, and be caught by a satellite is just nuts!

Burning Nags (1)

billcopc (196330) | about 3 years ago | (#37331540)

The question is: Did they get permission to use that camera from the Burning Man officials ?

Look, I like the root idea of BM, the whole transient art-city-building concept, but the net result is always a bunch of hippies acting friggin' weird. And the money, ZOMG the money - both to get a ticket (which buys you fuckall), and the effort and resources spent to build art installations - only to be torn down a week later. Why can't they just build a permanent hippie city somewhere so they can live the way they want to live, do their silly little spirit dances and make love to Gaia or whatever, and we indoctrinated modernists can visit once in a while and bring them toilet paper.

And then we'll get satellites to take ho-hum pictures of it from SPAAAAAACE!

Re:Burning Nags (1)

painandgreed (692585) | about 3 years ago | (#37332420)

Look, I like the root idea of BM, the whole transient art-city-building concept, but the net result is always a bunch of hippies acting friggin' weird.And the money, ZOMG the money - both to get a ticket (which buys you fuckall), and the effort and resources spent to build art installations - only to be torn down a week later. Why can't they just build a permanent hippie city somewhere so they can live the way they want to live, do their silly little spirit dances and make love to Gaia or whatever, and we indoctrinated modernists can visit once in a while and bring them toilet paper.

If you like the idea, you might want to actually look into it because it doesn't sound like you have any idea what is is actually like or you are just trying to be offensive for the sake of insulting something you don't understand. Like any city, there is a wide and varied population. While there are hippies there, they are not the largest demographic. That would probably be ravers. Hell, even computer programers from SF probably outnumber the hippies; how do you think all that art gets built? Some of the ticket price does go towards art, but even then, the majority of the art has to come from the builders. Most large art pieces will go on to other events such as maker faire, art car shows, other outdoor festivals etc. If you really think the ticket price gets you fuckall, I'd really like to see you put on your art-city-building concept for and do it cheaper. It would be pure schadenfreude as you have no idea what you are talking about and would fail miserably.

Re:Burning Nags (2)

Migraineman (632203) | about 3 years ago | (#37332588)

Compare this to car racing. For a typical SCCA single-race weekend, you pay about $300 for your entry fee. That money buys you access to the facility ... approximately the same "fuckall" available at Burning Man. You bring your race car, food, water, fuel. You participate in the event - most events require one or more representatives from your team to volunteer as corner workers, timing & scoring, tech inspection, etc. At the end of the event, you pick up your stuff and leave. I have friends who thing racing is categorically insane for the reasons you mention - lots of work to drive around in circles for a weekend.

These events are explicitly transient (both BM and racing.) BM is not a permanent activity that would otherwise be sustainable. And if you don't see the significance and spirituality of the closing event at Burning Man, might I suggest that you just book a room in Vegas instead?

Title misleading (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37331950)

I was expecting to see an AI satellite rescuing an astronaut falling through the atmosphere.

But how did he get there...? (1)

ruiner13 (527499) | about 3 years ago | (#37332298)

How did a burning man get into space? I assume he has an on-board oxygen supply to allow for this combustion to happen in a vacuum?

I for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37332318)

I, for one, welcome our spontaeously combusting overlords from space.

If only they had better sense than to let themselves be captured by inanimate objects...

Overestimation of high res. (1)

olborro (1684086) | about 3 years ago | (#37332392)

Well maybe I'm just being picky, but for me high resolution version must be at least as large as resolution of mainstream screens at that given time and I must say that I was sadly disappointed by the pixel count of the so called "high resolution version of the image" given in the summary.
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