Raining Man

While British festivals are¬†infamous for their special ability to attract lots of rain and mud baths of biblical proportions, as well as lot’s of¬†forged beams of joy from festival goers, topped up with ruined tents and overpriced beer, there are places like Nevada desert – a magical home for Burning Man – a hippy¬†haven¬†that recently has been attracting not only millionaires of the silicon valley, but also hi-tech advancement and venture capital to pimp up this phenomenal event that happens once a year or a whole week in the Black Rock City.

I have love-hate relationships with festivals¬†. My first year of attending Glastonbury ended in tears in the tent on Friday night to the electro sound of Crystal Castles. After three days of heavy downpours I was physically and emotionally worn out, something like my dad’s old slippers he’s been wearing since around 1986. The questionable value of this festival¬†experience made me re-consider my future attendance regardless of how may happy people will brag to me about all this crazy fun they had in the mud, some of them would probably deny the fact that it was pissing down for about 5 hours anyway just to make you feel worse.

Truth be told, it rained at almost every festival I’ve attended. Speaking of bad luck, but at least with each wet experience, I learned to tell the difference between shitty ¬£25 popup tent and Regatta ¬£70 4 person dome, as well as getting an invaluable lesson of securing pegs firmly in the ground (including stealing other peoples pegs – I plead guilty as charged). Despite having a great summer this year, I still managed to find myself stomping my way through the mud at the Wilderness and wondering how the heck ¬†all this rain was caused by a stray cloud from hurricane Bertha that was ¬†heading for Caribbean and still somehow managed to rape British coast on this particular weekend? Even last year my boundless optimism in Croatia was seriously put to the test after I spent 2 hours in my hotel room watching how sandy beach resort is turning into a mudslide.

I immediately grew to believe that my proximity to the festival ticket is directly proportionate to chances of rain. Whatever you resist – persists could be the only logical explanation of this terrible luck, but there must be some serious brain activity done in order to send a down pour in the middle of the desert.

Call it a climate change or pure coincidence, guaranteed you will end up scratching you head and very possibly use a 3 letter abbreviation WTF to accentuate your feeling of surprise. ¬†Last time I checked desert was still a¬†waterless, desolate area of land with little or no vegetation, typically one covered with sand. ¬†Having observed handful of documentaries and eye witnesses testimonials, assuming that I have heard varied non-biased ¬†opinions, one can no longer claim that Burning Man is the same event than when it started in 1986. Woodstock, Glastonbury, Burning Man are potentially falling in the same pattern of “gentrification” of the venue on both ideological and pragmatical levels. The question however is, can we stop this from happening? Even more important question is – should we try to stop it from happening?

Trending feature of the festival coverage wasn’t so much it’s unique experience of living in a city created on ideology, community value, moneyless economy, fancy costumes or the burning of wooden effigy. It was more about runway developments for private jets, looming population of CEO sharks of silicon valley ¬†and supermodels (which I find to be a very odd observation). ¬†By rapid invasion of inflatable electricity powered hi-tech spider constructions and billionaire condos which is pretty much everything this festival isn’t about, want it or not, Burning Man’s landscape is changing. There can be an hour long debate about whether technology and venture capital is ruining the party for everyone, one thing is clear, you can’t stop it from happening, just as you can’t stop rain from pouring.

Festival is facing an inevitable pivotal shift towards restructuring festival’s and it’s communities values. The first signal for this was the scarcity of festival tickets created by an increased demand and popularity. Second bell was an influx of spectators which festival didn’t have before. Third became an affluent class of festival goers who take the liberty of tailoring the experience to their own needs instead of contributing to it’s authenticity. But, on the contrary of what original festival patrons think , money isn’t the problem for the festival, it’s what you can do with it. At the end of the day funding for festival installations must come from somewhere, and whoever holds the money, holds the power. Using Burning Man community as a model could be a key to creating perfect society without having the higher authority in the real world, except it’s ¬†science fiction. As we have witnessed, it’s very unlikely that any society based on plain equality can stand the test of time. The demand for expansion will create sources to facilitate the expansion no matter if it were better war weapons or 6 room air conditioned tent in the middle of the desert. If you want to survive, you have to adjust and resisting the change could only create more problems for the festival in the future.






Raining Man

Why weather forecasts from BBC are just small novels

And how first week of September is inspiring!

Spatial Background

UK Today

Settled conditions persisting, bringing variable cloud and sunny spells.

Any early mist and fog patches will lift during the morning. Otherwise, it will be a mainly fine day with variable amounts of cloud and some warm sunny spells, with just the odd light shower possible in the east…


Better than August!

Summer 2014 had been warmer and drier than normal, until August came along. August 2014 was much cooler and wetter than normal. In fact it was the coolest August for over twenty years and also made the top twenty wettest Augusts on record. But with August behind us, we can now look forward to a September that promises to bring an improving weather picture for many.

Monday 1 September‚ÄĒMonday 8 September
Mostly dry with some sunny spells

Pressure will build during the first week of September with the weather often dry. The amount of cloud however, will vary day to day. In any sunshine the weather will become locally warm for the time of year, with temperatures reaching the twenties, perhaps the mid-twenties given there will be some lengthy sunshine later in the week.

By Friday there is increased uncertainty in the forecast, with a chance of some rain in approaching the southwest. Otherwise the weather will stay settled.

Monday 8 September‚ÄĒMonday 15 September
Warmth might hold on in the south

Changeable conditions are most likely into the following week, with variable amounts of cloud. There will be some bright or sunny spells, but also showers or rain at times, particularly over central and eastern parts. Temperatures ranging from near normal in the north to rather warm in the south.

Monday 15 September‚ÄĒMonday 22 September
Typical September weather

During mid to late September most regions can expect to see periods of fine weather, with some warm sunshine at times. However, these fine periods may well be interspersed with occasional spells of cloudier, more unsettled conditions bringing showers or longer spells of rain.

Northern and western parts are probably most likely to see the more frequent bouts of unsettled weather, whilst southern and eastern parts should see the better fine and dry spells. Daytime temperatures are likely to be above average during fine weather which will leave conditions feeling pleasantly warm. Nights, however, may well be on the chilly side. During any unsettled weather, daytime temperatures are more likely to be near or below average leaving conditions feeling cool.

Next week  (A strong parallel between life and weather is seen here.)

The weather at the end of the month is uncertain.


Why weather forecasts from BBC are just small novels