Just a Boy and His Dog… My 11 Years at Burning Man

A robot boy and his dog check out the building of Medusa. She will show up in my next post. Beware of her eyes! (Well, maybe my next post— after I report on how the Russians used WordPress as a key tool in their efforts to disrupt the American elections of 2016.)

I often think about how are lives are impacted by robots. Peggy and I even have one of the small vacuum cleaners that runs around and cleans our floors and carpets. We call her, Robota. As I grow older, I look more fondly on the robots of the future. In 10 or 15 years from now when the world decides my driving leaves a bit to be desired, I am hoping there is a self-driving car sitting in my yard or readily available to zip me around to where I want to go. Next stop, Grand Canyon. Then there is the downside. Maybe when robots are given quantum computer brains, they will decide we aren’t necessary. I seriously doubt that they will approve of our ‘pulling their plugs,’ under any circumstances.

What’s the danger of a flower sniffing robot, however? This fellow was given one of Burning Man’s prime locations, just in front of the Center Camp Cafe bordering on the Playa. The woman provides some perspective on his size.
Fido appears a little questionable. Maybe she is howling at the moon.
It appears our robot is more sinister here. What happened to the rider of the bike he is holding? Is it time to run?
This robot looks like it was an extra in a 1950’s sci-fi movie.
No question here. Run for it!
Spotting this creature, I’d want a bunch of Burners between me and it.
I think the red eye glowed a dangerous red at night.
A bit more personality.

Aliens are another matter. Maybe they are already here. I’ve blogged several times about the UFO I saw over Sacramento circa 1968. If there are aliens, it seems obvious to me that they would show up at Burning Man. Think about it: a remote desert where it is easy to disguise yourself and people don’t care if you are an alien. Each year there are a number of candidates.

This guy shows up as a master of ceremonies every year at the annual costume contest. What better way to infiltrate Burning Man?
This one showed up in our camp and demanded a beer, an expensive beer. (Photo by Tom Lovering.)
I’ve always been suspicious of purple people. Remember, “He was a one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater?” Or are you too young?
Or maybe their disguises are more subtle. Slap on a few tattoos and you can get into any party at Burning Man.

Flying saucers aren’t unheard of in the Black Rock Desert. One year we even had one crash.

How much more attractive can a flying saucer get? Aliens contracted with a group of kids in the Bay area to create this one.
But then there was the crash…
Rumors were that a human the aliens had captured was a notorious back-seat driver and had caused them to crash.
The way she buddied up to aliens later seemed to confirm this suspicion.
Undoubtedly part of the crew.
Alien buzzards tend to be a little scary.
And they may be the reason that there are so few alien bodies found. They are also known to snack on Big Foot, or is that Big Feet?

Enough on Invaders from Outer Space. My next post will feature invaders from Russia.

22 thoughts on “Just a Boy and His Dog… My 11 Years at Burning Man

  1. haha, the way this world is going, aliens could land just about anywhere and fit right in! I wonder if they’ll want a home from HGTV when they settle in? Burning Man might be too over the top for them.

  2. It amused me to find this post just after reading a report about the disruptive effects of robotics in the transportation industry. I think I’m going to start checking out the plethora of trucks around here more carefully. They may look ‘normal,’ but there’s no telling who’s muttering “Leave the driving to us” these days.

    • Given that the trucking industry is one of the major employers in America, the impact of switching over to self-driving vehicles will have a major impact. And I don’t see anyone doing any real planning. It’s the tip of a very big iceberg that is coming at us faster than you can say Titanic. –Curt

  3. Fabulous photos of robots, tattooed men, and Peggy with aliens! If ever I had to vote on your best posts, it would be ALL of the ones on Burning Man. Probably won’t ever get there, but your posts are the NEXT BEST THING!

  4. Is that a photo of Peggy behind a window in the wreckage? The suit of the alien– er, the Master of Ceremonies is a work of beauty! I guess some aliens are worth having around. The three-legged red-eyed thing is pretty cool, and the boy robot seems at once sweet and scary.

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