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TigerWu
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September 5th, 2018 at 2:27:03 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob


What thread should Burning Man be
discussed in, oh wise one..



MrV
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September 5th, 2018 at 5:10:15 PM permalink
The reality is that the people who would most likely benefit from and have a real epiphany at BM are those least likely to attend.

Oh wiz, you might as well kill the idea of a meet n greet at BM: without a casino nearby most forum members would probably be jonesing within a day.

Appreciation of BM requires an open mind, heart and wallet.


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Wizard
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September 5th, 2018 at 5:33:48 PM permalink
Quote: MrV

The reality is that the people who would most likely benefit from and have a real epiphany at BM are those least likely to attend.



I think you get out of it what you put into it. If you sit in your RV most of the time, you won't get much back. It is designed to be a participatory experience. In fact, Essential #1 is, "Participate: Unlike other events, Burning Man is created by the people who attend -- that means YOU! Participants are responsible for creating Black Rock City."

If someone went with the attitude that they wouldn't like it, they probably would prove themselves right somehow.
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MaxPen
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September 5th, 2018 at 7:12:34 PM permalink
I would go if I could be a stowaway in the RV. Of course I would contribute to group costs. But there is no way in hell I am buying a $1200 ticket to use some porta potties.
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September 5th, 2018 at 7:15:06 PM permalink
Quote: MaxPen

I would go if I could be a stowaway in the RV. Of course I would contribute to group costs. But there is no way in hell I am buying a $1200 ticket to use some porta potties.



They probably search RVs. Security is pretty tight entering. If they find a stowaway everybody's ticket in the RV will be confiscated.
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Ayecarumba
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September 5th, 2018 at 7:45:16 PM permalink
What is your estimate of the total paid attendance?

Besides bartering drugs, did you notice any opportunities to make money?

Would a gambling camp that offered games of chance using WizCoins draw traffic? The days can get long, and gaming can provide an engaging diversion.
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September 5th, 2018 at 8:20:22 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

What is your estimate of the total paid attendance?



I heard it was 80,000. That seems reasonable so I had no reason to do my own estimate.

Quote: Ayecarumba

Besides bartering drugs, did you notice any opportunities to make money?



It's possible there is some prostitution, but nobody approached me.

Quote: Ayecarumba

Would a gambling camp that offered games of chance using WizCoins draw traffic? The days can get long, and gaming can provide an engaging diversion.



No. People can gamble almost anywhere now. Nobody pays all that money and endures harsh conditions to gamble. That said, I did play some cribbage with one of my camp-mates for modest stakes and lost $3 betting on dildo jousting. My advice there is bet on the one who can balance on the beam better.
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MaxPen
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September 5th, 2018 at 8:20:25 PM permalink
I think there is money to be made in human smuggling. Doing a little research, I think they employ FLIR technology, which makes things a little tough. I think I could rig up a way to get 6 or so in at a time though.
I like the gaming idea.
I think it would be fun to figure out how to beat the organizers. Their whole rouse of a sharing community, with a little research, seems to be a bunch of BS that is for everyone except themselves.
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September 5th, 2018 at 8:28:11 PM permalink
Quote: MaxPen

I think there is money to be made in human smuggling. Doing a little research, I think they employ FLIR technology, which makes things a little tough.



For the benefit of others, FLIR is an acronym for "forward looking infrared radiometer." It is what border agents are supposed to be using to scan trucks from Mexico entering the US. My car never went through any kind of scanner that I can tell, so I'm skeptical BM employs them. They just did the old-fashioned eye-ball scan.
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September 5th, 2018 at 8:34:49 PM permalink
Quote: MaxPen

I think there is money to be made in human smuggling. Doing a little research, I think they employ FLIR technology, which makes things a little tough. I think I could rig up a way to get 6 or so in at a time though.
I like the gaming idea.
I think it would be fun to figure out how to beat the organizers. Their whole rouse of a sharing community, with a little research, seems to be a bunch of BS that is for everyone except themselves.

You could be the first BM coyote. : )

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