It’s all in the comma. A pause. A self-awareness. A narcissistic pleasure of inhaling the echo of one’s voice. Except it’s not – when everything is everywhere and anything is possible; when art, drugs, music, dancing, love, bitterness, crazy costumes, fire – when all of it crescendos into a roaring cacophonous kaleidoscope, then it becomes uniform white noise. A tabula rasa. Specs of dust in a dust storm painting your vision. And then it’s you, in a cloud, alone with your thoughts. This was my burn.
I’ve had several people ask me “What is Burningman?” I can’t speak for others, but to me it’s about two things: 1) extreme respect for individuality and 2) self-awareness.
Got back to SF this morning. Re-entering default after my second burn is more challenging than I thought it would be. I apologize to anyone expecting to hear from me for delays – it has been an incredibly overwhelming few days. The burn has pushed, challenged, and built me in ways I did not expect (as is usually the case). In the meantime, a piece of advice from Samantha, a virgin burner brought to the burn by her son. Paraphrasing:
“Focus on exhaling. It’s easy. You’ll have to inhale later anyway to match the exhale, so no need to worry about it.”
Very cool – I was invited to be a judge for a Web/IT track at one of the rounds for the MIT 100K Accelerate Competition. The judging happened a couple of days ago and, while I can’t discuss the details, being on the “other” side of the fence was definitely a fascinating experience.
This weekend I implemented WhatChangedMyLife during the Boston Startup Weekend. As usual, not much sleep, but very educational. This is what I learned:
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Last night checked out Nuit Blanche in Paris. Art is definitely not good enough to wade through crowds… although probably would have been fun if we had left at 3am and started hanging around when most of the crowds turned in…
Last Friday I was flown out by the Knight Foundation (big thanks) to the Moby Dick Project at Stanford, a working session about future of media organized by Ben Huh. Ben basically got a bunch of people in the room and told us something along the lines of “Brainstorm on problems with news consumption and come up with solutions”. All this happened in about a total of 4 hours of work. Some things that I’ve learned:
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