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Burning Man Subverts The Mission?

August 30, 2010

Many of you have seen the awesome BBC Dimensions website that lets you overlay all sorts of historical and cultural events and geographic things over any zip/postal code. My favorites are the takeoff distance of a WWII Spitfire, the size of the Great Pyramids at Giza and the size of ancient Rome.

Another tremendously historic and cultural reference they include is Burning Man. Each year, the Mission depopulates and seeks the sun on the playa. Here is the camp’s relative size superimposed over the 94110:

Here’s a 2006 satellite photo of the camp itself that I cropped and masked:

(underlying satellite photo via via

Of course, with everyone out of town, the Mission kind of feels like this:

(via Ulrich Munstermann /Flickr )

or this:

(Bonus points if you figure out the underwater canyon.)

The population shift means lines for these are very short:

(mimosas via Flickr/Joe Shlabotnik)

However, given the recent fire at Boogaloos, I strongly suspect sabotage by those currently at Burning Man in an effort to maintain long brunch lines in the Mission in their absence. (We will retaliate by dramatically lowering water pressure upon your return.)

Anyone more creative than me who wants to superimpose your own dramatic image over the Mission (hmm, subimpose, I suppose?) feel free to use this tranparent PNG in your image editor of choice. If it’s particularly clever we can upload it here.

See also: Insert Nero Joke Here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. dolorespark permalink
    September 3, 2010 8:51 am

    I can’t see how the canyon would fit into that section of SF (I could imagine the lagoon being that slightly-lower plateau at left, but I see nowhere for Islais creek to enter/cross nor do I see the 18th St creek dropping in from Twin Peaks), but it does look suspiciously like the entrance to Monterey Canyon…

    – Mike

    • September 3, 2010 1:44 pm

      And you are the winner! Monterey Canyon it is.

  2. MandyFesto permalink
    September 3, 2010 8:56 am

    I went to Zeitgeist yesterday afternoon. It was sunny and warm. And it was pretty empty. Amazing. Thanks, Burning Man!


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