I 'finished' this site (to the 1.0 version at least...I'd like to make it more comprehensive) a couple weeks ago and have been holding off writing on the blog or drawing any attention to it because:
A) The BMORG tech staff was working on a new site and I didn't want to seem like I was trying to step on their party in any way at all.
B) The way the BMORG executives have treated this commodification camp controversy has really bothered me (hardly a unique feeling in the community). I've had to repeatedly ask myself if I really wanted to contribute in the face of this issue. Ultimately, they've responded and I'm somewhat optimistic, but only somewhat. We'll see how things go this year, and whether they're really serious about shutting down commodification camps and holding them to the same standards as all the other theme camps. I've run a theme camp and it really ticked me off to learn that friends of the Board were able to put together camps that took advantage of all the benefits offered to theme camps without any of the associated responsibilities.
In any case, I feel it's fair to see how well the BMORG follows through on what it's said it will do and judge them based on their performance. Assuming they give us enough information to do that, which isn't certain.
I decided to call this site Burn.Life because I like the multiple ways the two words can be interpreted together. The "Burn Life", (with Burn used as an adjective) and"Burn Life" (Burn as a verb). I like that there's two ways "Burn Life" (as a verb) can be interpreted too. The destructive and the creative. Burn (as in destroy) Life vs. Burn-ify Life.
And the domain was available....
I've only been to BM five times (2010-2014) but am an obsessive person and few things cause me to obsess like That Thing In the Desert. My fourth year, I led a theme camp (Tasty Bits, focused around the Stimulus Tree - stimulating the gift economy!) of around 35 people with a substantial number of birgins, and since then have gotten the same questions a lot. I also feel like I've kind of dialed in my personal BM experience now in terms of preparation and survival, and am happy to share what I've learned, however incomplete it is.
So, I wanted to put this basic site together to help answer the questions my friends ask, to collect my favorite BM videos in one place, and to provide a platform for me to blog about one of my favorite topics. Maybe nobody will read this at all, which is fine, but it's been fun constructing the site and that's a good enough reason on its own.
I'm Dr. Yes. I run this site, lead a theme camp called Friendgasm, and make Burning Man videos. Just say yes, folks, and help keep Burning Man weird!