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numbered post again, dammit.

i hate making these posts where i put down disorganized little numbered items that spark the longer explanation only in my head without fleshing it out. but i feel that getting it down in short snippets is better than not getting it down at all.

  • i have come to realize that i can only trust people with at least a 5 percent geekery quotient, no matter what that geekery is.

  • i realized that if i don't want to watch a movie because i find the subject matter extremely discomforting or repellant, i can read the screenplay online nine times out of ten and it's easier and then i feel that i have some knowledge of the subject matter. last night i read 2001: A Space Odyssey. not that that is repellant to me, but it made me realize that i could.

  • from my conversation with C at breakfast yesterday morning:
    me :"doh... i just took a swim in the bitterness pool, i better dry that off."
    chris: "are you going to rinse off from the bitterness pool in the shower of cynicism?"
    me: "...well, yeah."
  • i was reading the burning man web page, and it occurred to me that i don't think i know anyone who would want to go. it sounds totally exciting to me. i don't suppose anyone knows someone or is someone who has ben before.

  • i got to have breakfast with three handsome men this morning, none of whom have livejournals so i have to refer to them by name. (dave, lou, and todd)

  • heard from five different people this week who really cheered me up, probably without knowing it. (AA, NH, JC, jack's mom, katie's mom)


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Jan. 24th, 2003 08:07 am (UTC)
omphaloskepsis's brother Mike has gone before, and will probably go again. He's living in Chicago presently but we could probably put him in touch with you. Very geek-accessible, to go with your first point, at that, too, so yay there. I suppose we could get interested in it at some point too, but I've got this concern about being out in the middle of a desert and dehydrating. Maybe after we've lost some serious weight. ;)
Jan. 24th, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
Well, I printed out the survival instructions so I could see if it was something I thought I could even fathom...

For one thing, this year, I'm not sure I can afford it. Every time I think I'm going to do some crazy thing on a lark, my practical self ends up putting the kibbosh on it.

But it really does sound like the kind of thing that I would feel comfortable (socially, if not physically) attending.
Jan. 24th, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
I know a few people who went to burning man, and i almost went myself one year.
Jan. 24th, 2003 08:18 am (UTC)
It sounds like so much fun!!! Did they say if it was fun??
Jan. 24th, 2003 08:51 am (UTC)
They sure did, except for the things you'd expect like bathrooms, heat, water shortage, etc. I sort of regret not going since I was pretty much in the area right before it took place.

Jan. 27th, 2003 02:43 am (UTC)
Do you think you'd go given the opportunity? (Enough $, ability to get the time off...)
Jan. 24th, 2003 08:23 am (UTC)
Burning man is an incredibly fun thing to do. I can put you in touch with the baltimore burn group if you have questions or just dont' wanna go alone. I'd be going myself this year if I werent going to visit Kat.
Jan. 24th, 2003 08:31 am (UTC)
See, I was looking for a local burn group but I couldn't find one. I would love to talk to them if they are friendly to questions. I knew someone would know about this or also think it was cool!!! Yay!! Thank you. If I went I wouldn't want to go alone, yes, but as far as this year, I dunno. I think I need to ask more questions first. :)
Jan. 24th, 2003 09:19 am (UTC)
Go join this group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/baltwash-burning/
(sorry I foget how to do links). This is the local burning man group and they are all incredible sweeties. They also have a miniburn in delaware twice a year so you could go to that and get to know the people.
Jan. 27th, 2003 02:59 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!!! I will check it out.
Jan. 24th, 2003 09:40 am (UTC)
* i have come to realize that i can only trust people with at least a 5 percent geekery quotient, no matter what that geekery is.

See, one of my unifying theories is, everyone is geeky about something. I'm geeky on (everything!, no, wait) comic books and some gaming things. My dad is geeky on science history and radiation schtuff. Everyone's got something they geek over, and it's just a matter of figuring out what it is.

Anyways. Rambling.
Jan. 27th, 2003 02:47 am (UTC)
This is what happens when you don't flesh it out. Maybe Insteady of geekery I should have said freakery, or something. I was thinking that I can't communicate with people who don't know the acronyms LARP or SCA, who don't know something about a computer game here or there, haven't watched an anime, etc. I keep people like that at an arm's distance until they say something, anything, that lets me know they are a little subculturey. In any way.
Jan. 24th, 2003 03:58 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting to go to Burning Man FOR YEARS; so now you know someone that wants to go. Did you know there's an East Coast Burning Man? They have it twice a year on Assateaque Island.

What is it about 2001 you're afraid of?
Jan. 27th, 2003 02:56 am (UTC)
Do you have a web page for this exciting East Coast thing??

We should discuss your interest in attending burning man in greater detail at some point...

I'm not afraid of anything about 2001; I've never found that repellant, but there are other things I do find repellant that reading the scrips might allow me to experience. The conversation I had that night was basically that almost every Kubrick film I've ever heard of is about subject matter I find repellant (arousing aversion or disgust). I do find the theme of "scary future/dark future/cyberpunk/man vs. machine" repellant most of the time. It's why I despise "The Matrix" so much.
Jan. 26th, 2003 06:45 am (UTC)
Jeremy's dad wanted to go to Burning Man and I always thought it was kind of fascinating. Seemed a little like Pennsic to me, though.

Jan. 27th, 2003 02:52 am (UTC)
But it has a crucial element: everyone is being themselves. Also, from what I have read so far, yes it has alot of art installations and the central feature is the burn, there are lots of different widely varying things going on.

But I know jack and shit about Pennsic except that it's an SCA war and people stay in tents for a few weeks. :)

Would you be seriously interested? Like for 2004 or something? I can now count 6 people who've said they have more than just a passing interest. I am kind of terrified of camping, but this sounds like the best reason I have ever heard to camp.
Jan. 28th, 2003 04:36 am (UTC)
my mom?
or some other katie? :)
Jan. 28th, 2003 11:15 pm (UTC)
Re: my mom?
that would be your mom :) i finally sent her some enquiries about med school. her responses were less depressing than some responses i've gotten.
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