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Ron's personal web log that includes photography, libertarianism, gay issues, politics, as well as generally sarcastic and cynical views on the state of everything.
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2001-03-06 00:00:00 
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"I don’t think any person on earth has been corrupted by a giant penis car"  »  Ron's Log
Those are the naive words of Larry Harvey, as quoted in this Washington Post article about bringing kids to Burning Man. It goes into a little more depth with parents and kids than most of the kids-at-Burning-Man articles, with a focus on the Black Rock Scouts. “I like Burning Man better than Disney World,” says 11-year old Lucy Bartlett, who was busy earning her photography badge during our brief talk. “Burning Man has a million different things and every year it’s different. You have no idea what your experience is going to be like. But at Disney World, ...
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Posted:  7/31 6:38pm
Muppets Updated  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  7/31 12:58am
Temple to "Mazu: Goddess of the Empty Sea"  »  Ron's Log
Charlie Nguyen has organized a crew to build a Buddhist temple at Burning Man. I'm sure there have been many temples for specific religions at Burning Man, but they may have been small or even located in the residential zone (you know how religious organizations like to ignore zoning restrictions), because I don't remember anything on this scale dedicated to just one religion. Thank goodness this first one is Buddhist so nobody freaks out. ...
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Posted:  7/30 8:46pm
Tour de France GoPro Highlights  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  7/30 4:56am
Every Night At Burning Man...  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  7/30 7:11am
The Way It Was  »  Ron's Log
A 17 minute video by ABC of Burning Man in 1997. The most noticeable difference to me is the lack of people. This was before they settled on the clockface layout of the city. It shows Burners at a couple of the hot springs, but they can't do that anymore. ...
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Posted:  7/30 5:24am
Meanwhile In Patterson  »  Ron's Log
A political brouhaha has erupted in Patterson, California, that centers on City Council member Sheree Lustgarten. Since I came into this at the tail end, I've arranged the links below into chronological order. The dates are the dates of the newspaper where the information is published. Why those sometimes seem to be out of order is probably some quirk of how articles are dated. October 7, 2010, Lustgarten running for City Council answered a questionnaire from the local newspaper saying "I am troubled by the level of division we have seen on the City Council in the ...
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Posted:  7/29 7:25am
Before Conception Health  »  Ron's Log
Maybe everybody else has already heard of Before Conception Health here in Desert Hot Springs at 68257 Calle Azteca, but it's news to me. Their goal is to detoxify future mothers before they become pregnant. They list three doctors on their team. Two are not MDs and the third makes no claim to be an MD, so from the city's point of view this operates simply as another hot water spa resort, and I believe Transient Occupancy Tax is collected. Sounds like a good business idea. You can get most people to spend more on ...
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Posted:  7/29 4:08am
How They Make Recycled Water  »  Ron's Log
Photo by eyair. ...
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Posted:  7/28 7:51pm
"Solid And Fluid Minerals Program"  »  Ron's Log
The BLM's solid and fluid minerals program is so enjoyable, it's where you get promoted to if you've been really, really wonderful in working with Burning Man. At least that's how I interpret BLM's decision to move Gene Seidlitz from the General Director of the Winnemucca District. Mr. Seidlitz is the man responsible for that ridiculous request for a luxury camp at Burning Man. His supervisors had a confab with him some weeks ago and he has been out of touch with the media since then. But now he's gotten his promotion to oversee a state-wide operation. For ...
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Posted:  7/28 6:27pm
Unicorns, Storytelling and Music  »  Ron's Log
Unicorns, storytelling and music are all united as one in this art project that will be on the playa for Burning Man. A ridable unicorn with speakers. Music can be DJed to the speakers, or a storyteller can speak into a nearby microphone and take you on a fantasy trip with your trusty unicorn. Um, also they would like some money. A big part of the expense is bringing the unicorns all the way from New York. Yeah, New York. Who knew that's where the best unicorn ranches are? A full grown unicorn will eat a lot ...
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Posted:  7/28 7:00pm
Gateway To The Black Rock Desert  »  Ron's Log
Where the West Begins, a 16-minute documentary on the Greater Metropolitan Gerlach Area, where the Black Rock Desert begins and Black Rock City shimmers on the horizon (if by "shimmer" I mean "enveloped in brown dust"). ...
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Posted:  7/28 9:06am
Going Where No Farmer Has Gone Before  »  Ron's Log
At Burning Man this year we will have kale, cucumbers and tomatoes growing right on the playa...inside a converted Airstream trailer. This enclosed garden "uses 95% less water than conventional farming, it's two times faster, it doesn't use pesticides." ...
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Posted:  7/28 6:10am
Payoff From The Rain  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  7/28 6:48am
New Camp Chair  »  Ron's Log
I've never had a camp chair with so many features, the shelf, pockets, a carrying strap, and a cylinder of fabric on the back of the seat that the manufacturer suggests is for an umbrella, but I think I could use it for a flag pole, or just drive a long stake through it so nobody can move my chair. A veritable throne. ...
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Posted:  7/28 6:14am
A Realistic Picture Of Desert Hot Springs  »  Ron's Log
Brian Blueskye refutes some of the nonsense that is attributed to Desert Hot Springs, but he does it without sugarcoating anything. While Desert Hot Springs has its problems, the city is packed with potential, especially with people flocking from Los Angeles and finding Riverside and Redlands to be too expensive; eventually, the reasonable real estate prices here will attract them. The city is addressing issues such as crime, and is working on attracting businesses. ...
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Posted:  7/28 6:57am
Final Stage Of The Tour de France Seen Through GoPro Lenses  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  7/28 7:09am
New Burning Man Info  »  Ron's Log
This year, Burner Buddies, my camp at Burning Man, will be an officially placed theme camp. We've never done that before and it brings certain privileges, benefits and responsibilities. None of which involve drugs or money, but we enjoy them nonetheless. Turns out, one thing we get is access to a Facebook page just for our sector of Black Rock City. You can never join too many Facebook pages, am I wrong? Someone in that group has compiled a partial list (we're not on it yet) of camps in that sector (which is 4 o'clock to 5:30 o'clock) and I thought ...
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Posted:  7/28 3:09am
Huckabee Triggers Godwin's Law  »  Ron's Log
"...to the door of the oven." No one can fail to understand that Huckabee was calling Obama the new Hitler. Hence, Godwin's Law: "'As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1' —​ that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism." "once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress." IOW, Huckabee loses now and must ...
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Posted:  7/28 12:45am