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Burning Man goes virtual as thousands descend on in-person festival anyway

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Burning Man, the annual counter-culture festival that in recent years has drawn tens of thousands to the middle of the desert, has kicked off virtually again this year — but that’s reportedly not stopping renegade mega fans from trekking to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert anyway.

The festival organizers announced in April that they were canceling the official 2021 in-person event due to concerns over COVID-19.

The online event kicked off last week with participants using virtual reality headsets to replicate the in-person experience — everything from port-a-potties to hours-long traffic jams — The Wall Street Journal reported.

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The virtual reality headsets replicate everything from port-a-potties to hours-long traffic jams.
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“Do you see this port-a-potty in front of us?,” Andrew Barrett, a creator of some of the so-called “Virtual Burn,” asked during a tour of the digital world. “If you look up, there are all these port-a-potties with art inside.”

It’s a much-improved experience from last year’s virtual event, which was thrown together in a month and led to confusion with some participants unable to figure out how to enter the various digital worlds, the Journal noted.

But after another year of remote work, school and other events, Burning Man and its community are getting the hang of things, according to Colette Crespin, director of Virtual Experiences for Burning Man Project, a nonprofit which organizes the event.

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This year’s digital experience is much improved from last year’s virtual event, which was thrown together in a month.
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“We’ve improved on the technology because we’ve had a year and a half,” she told the Journal.

And the free virtual alternative to Burning Man, which usually runs $500 per ticket, has managed to draw staggering crowds of participants.

The Journal noted that half a million people showed up to last year’s Virtual Burner, compared with 80,000 participants at the 2019 Burning Man.

But there are some things that can’t be replicated online.

Virtual Burning Man
The festival organizers announced in April that they were canceling the official 2021 in-person event due to concerns over COVID-19.
Burning Man

“Those [virtual] people have their conclaves and groups, and that’s cool,” Larry DeVincenzi, a bar owner in Reno who’s attending the unofficial in-person Burning Man this year, told the Journal. “But it’s not the same thing. Here, I can go up to a bar and get a free shot.”

Several thousand are at the unauthorized event this year, the Journal reported. But Forbes added that the event could draw a crowd of up to 20,000 people over Labor Day weekend.

Some attendants hailed the unofficial event as a return to Burning Man’s roots as a counter-culture movement where money is shunned and “radical inclusion” is extolled.

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This year’s in-person event is being viewed as a return to the event’s countercultural roots.
Burning Man

But the event has become so famous in recent years that it’s drawn celebrities, including billionaires from the worlds of finance and tech.

The unauthorized events, some attendants told Forbes, are more like the original Burning Man gatherings that started in 1986.

“Unlike Burning Man, there were no trash fences, no speed limits, no restrictions beyond those we set for ourselves,” longtime burner and photographer Scott London told Forbes.

Virtual Burning Man
Thousands are still flocking to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the in-person event.
Burning Man

“You could camp anywhere, kick up as much dust as you liked, go for a dip in the nearby hot springs, even make late-night beer runs to Gerlach. Gone were the turnkey camps, the celebrity artists, the mayor’s tours, the VIP lounges, the staffers with badges and walkie-talkies.”

Marian Goodell, CEO of the nonprofit Burning Man, added that, “We’re not dissuading people from going.”

“But I don’t think you should try to go if you’re not an experienced Burner. And if you last went in 1996, when we respected the dangers of the desert, and communal effort was key, this is your year.”

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The online event kicked off last week.
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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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