2 September 2003
I'm back from my second Burning Man, which was spectacular -- and essentially indescribable. I like how Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow puts it: "The important thing about Burning Man is that it is the most experiential phenomenon I can think of. It can't be turned into data in any useful way. You can't informatize it by blogging it, filming it or taking pictures of it, because so much of it can't be translated into information."
I also like how a friend of mine described his experience: "I cracked myself pretty wide open this year, and don't imagine I'll ever be quite the same again. I ran my soul thru the wringer and have come out leaner and cleaner for it. Back in the office I'm wavering between a normal work day and periodically wanting to burst or implode. The lesson learned: burn bright, kids; burn as bright as you possibly can every day you're alive."
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