Our favorite ex-scientist of Amazon, Andreas Weigend (SIME speaker 2006 and 2007), will be at the Burning Man festival this weekend. It is the craziest, grandest and most spectacular of events and we are eagerly looking forward to a report!
Burning Man is an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. It has grown from a small group of people gathering spontaneously to a community of over 40,000 people. The event is held in the middle of the Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada and has always been a favorite of the internet community on the West Coast. The climax of the event is the burning of the effigy, a large sculpture of a human figure, on Saturday night. After the weekend, all participants leave the site, having left no trace. SIME is always aspiring to create some of the buzz, glamour and originality of the Burning Man event!