Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey dies aged 70

Harvey died in San Francisco after suffering stroke on 4 April and the festival in Nevada desert he co-created attracts 70,000 annually

Larry Harvey, whose whimsical decision to erect a giant wooden figure and then burn it to the ground led to the popular, long-running counterculture celebration known as Burning Man, has died. He was 70.

Harvey died on Saturday morning at a hospital in San Francisco, surrounded by family, Burning Man Project chief executive Marian Goodell said. The cause was not immediately known but he suffered a stroke earlier this month. A longtime friend, Stuart Mangrum, posted on the organization’s website that Harvey did not believe in “any sort of existence” after death.

“Now that he’s gone, let’s take the liberty of contradicting him, and keep his memory alive in our hearts, our thoughts, and our actions,” Mangrum wrote. “As he would have wished it, let us always Burn the Man.”

Burning Man takes place annually the week before Labor Day in northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The week-long festival attracts some 70,000 people who pay anywhere from $425 to $1,200 a ticket to travel to a dry lake bed 100 miles east of Reno, where temperatures routinely reach 100F (37.8C) during the summer.

There they must carry in their own food, build their own makeshift community and engage in whatever interests them. On the gathering’s penultimate day, the giant effigy or Man as it is known is set ablaze during a raucous, joyful celebration.

Friends and family toasted Harvey as a visionary, a lover of words and books, a mentor and instigator who challenged others to look at the world in new ways. “Burners”, as they’re called, left comments on the organization’s website thanking Harvey for inspiring them as artists and for creating a community.

“Thanks for everything. (No, really, pretty much everything in my life right now is a result of Burning Man),” read one post.

An “esoteric mix of pagan fire ritual and sci-fi Dada circus where some paint their bodies, bang drums, dance naked and wear costumes that would draw stares in a Mardi Gras parade” was how the Associated Press once described the gathering.

While tickets now sell out immediately, Harvey described in a 2007 interview how he had much more modest intentions when he launched Burning Man on San Francisco’s Baker Beach one summer day in 1986.

“I called a friend and said, “Let’s go to the beach and burn a man,” he told the website Green Living. “And he said, ‘Can you say that again?’ And I did and we did it.”

It wasn’t until afterwards, Harvey recalled, that he had the epiphany that led to Burning Man. Within a few years the event had outgrown Baker Beach and moved to the desert.

While Harvey would speak frequently about Burning Man in the years that followed, he would reveal little about himself and it was often hard to discern truth from fiction. He believed he was conceived in the back of a Chevrolet by parents who abandoned him soon after his birth, he once told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

His brother, Stewart Harvey, said in a post on Saturday that the two were adopted by farmers “Shorty” and Katherine Harvey and grew up outside Portland, Oregon. The brothers, who were not related by blood, were extremely close. Harvey said he hitchhiked to San Francisco at age 17. He settled in the Haight-Ashbury district for many years.

The ‘Man’ burns on the Black Rock Desert at Burning Man near Gerlach, Nevada in 2013. Photograph: Andy Barron/AP

After that first fire in 1986, Burning Man flourished as Harvey meticulously oversaw its every detail from the various communities that would spring up overnight to its annual arts theme to the beautifully crafted temple that accompanies Burning Man and is also burned.

Harvey eventually formed a limited liability corporation to put on Burning Man, converting it in 2013 to a nonprofit with 70 employees and a budget of $30m. He was president of its board and “chief philosophic officer”.

Although known for retaining its joyful celebrative atmosphere as it grew from a small gathering to one of gigantic proportions, Burning Man occasionally had problems. In 2017, a man ran into Burning Man’s flames, suffered burns over almost all of his body and died. In 1996, three people were injured when a drunken driver ran over their tent. The same year a man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a van carrying people to the festival.

In 2007, a prankster set fire to Burning Man four days early and it had to be frantically rebuilt while the man was charged with arson. After the 1996 troubles Harvey had a falling out with John Law, who had co-founded Burning Man with him and who sued to have its trademark placed in the public domain. They settled out of court and Harvey retained control.

“We don’t use the trademark to market anything. It’s our identity,” said Harvey, who often spoke against the commodification of popular culture.

He is survived by his son Tristan Harvey, brother Stewart Harvey and nephew Bryan Harvey.

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30 Rare Photographs From History You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

It’s sad to think that so many pivotal moments in history have gone on and there’s no chance of us ever insuring them for what they actually were. We have paintings and eye witnesses but do they really compare to the real thing ?

We can only imagine what the combat of Hastings was like. How it actually felt to walk through Rome during their empire.

With the addition of photography into national societies, we are able to get a glimpse into life’s major event- but it still merely scratches the surface of history.

1. Gadget- The first Atomic bomb

2. Baby gas masks being tested in an English hospital, 1940

3. German Banknotes being used as wallpaper during 1923 hyper-inflation

4. The Beatles play for 18 people in the Aldershot Club, 1961. They became hotshots one and a half years later .

5. Samuel Reshevsky, 8, beating several chess masters at once in France, 1920

6. A young Winston Churchill, 1895

7. The Cologne Cathedral remains amidst the city after an allied bombing in 1944

8. A German communist being executed in 1919

9. Illegal picture taken inside the Supreme Court. A man faked a broken limb to conceal a camera in his cast .

10. General George S. Pattons dog on the day ofPattons demise on December 21 st 1945

11. Painting the Eiffel Tower, 1932

12. Einstein’s desk the day after his death, 1955

13. Franz Ferdinand and his wife the day of their assassination, 1914

14. German soldiers and their mule during WWI, 1916.

15. Henry Ford obtaining the Grand cross of the German Eagle from Nazi Officials, 1938

16. Grotto In An Iceberg, During The British Antarctic Expedition, 1911.

17.17 -year-oldOtoya Yamaguchi assassinates socialist politicianlnejiro Asanuma in Tokyo .

18. The first painting taking into consideration Machu Picchu upon its discovery, 1912.

19. Testin of the German Messerschmitt Bl 109 E3, 1940

20. Underwater detonation of 15 kiloton atomic weapon .

21. Three humen compete in a marathon in the first Olympic games, 1896

22. SS auxiliaries pose at aresort for Auschwitz personnels, 1942

23. Philippines politician, Reynaldo Dagsa, photographs his own assassination .

24. US aircraft sinks Japanese aircraft off the coast of China, 1945

25. Control room of a German submarine, 1918.

26. Nikola Tesla in his lab sitting behind hisMagnifying Transmitter

27. The last known scene taken of the Titanic before it sank

28. Turkish official pestering starving Armenian children with food during the course of its Armenian genocide, 1915

29. The Unbroken Seal On Tutankhamuns Tomb, 1922( 3,245 Years Untouched )

30. The V1 flying bomb plunging towards central London, 1945

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These 13 Unexplained Photographs From History Are Seriously Weird

A image tells a thousand terms, apparently. But what if the picture needs more than a thousand terms worth of explain? Too bad. You merely get a thousand .

Pictures like these, for example, require at least a thousand-and-fifty terms as they are some of the most controversial andinexplicable photographs of all time…

1. The Battle of Los Angeles

Published in the Los Angeles Times on February 26, 1942, this photo is think by some to be proof of extraterrestrial affairs on Earth. It indicates numerous searchlights searching for the same thing.

Just three months after America joined WW2( after Pearl Harbour ), over1, 400 shells from anti-aircraft handguns were fired at the mystery, round, pale orange ball of light as it moved mutely through the sky, unaffected. People dismissed it as “war nerves” but, to this day , no one has a valid explanation.

2. The Black Knight Satellite

Taken by U.S. astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station in 1998, the Black Knight Satellite has been mystifying people for decades.Nikola Tesla apparently picked up repeating radio signals off of it in 1899, strange radio signals have been reported coming from it in 1930 and, in 1954, a retired Naval Officer told newspapers that the U.S. government had been aware or the satellite orbiting Earth for some time- this was before there were any man-made satellites.

It soon picked up serious media attention as both the U.S. and the Soviet Union believed one another to have owned it. Still today , no one( who’s telling anyone) has any notion what it is.

3. The Cooper Family unwanted dinner guest

In the 1950 s, the Cooper family moved into their new house in Texas. To mark the occasion, they decided to have a scene taken celebrating( albeit tamely ). When they had the photo developed, the latter are shocked to see a body hanging from the ceiling( as there was no body in the house ).

Some believe that there was an issue in the printing process -splicing two pictures accidentally- whilst others genuinely believe that this is documentation of a haunting … of course some think it was a hoax or, as an incredible doubled bluff, an actual dead body.

4. The ghost of Freddie Jackson

Royal Air Force Air Marshal Sir Victor Goddard released this photo from 1919 of his squadron on the occasion of the air mechanic Freddie Jackson’s funeral.

Freddie died when he walked into an air-plane propeller but, after looking at this photo, the squadron instantly recognised the face that appears behind “the mens” at the back row, fourth from the left’s head as his.

Some set this down to double-exposure but “Freddie” isn’t wearing a hat like the rest…

5. The ghost of Hampton Court Palace

In 2003, the fire alarms at Hampton Court Palace went off as a fire escape has been opened. When security officers went to investigate said doorway, they ensure that it was closed and there was no sign of anyone having been there.

However, when they checked the CCTV footage, they saw something no one could explain. The doors seemed to fly open on their own admission with no one around but, shortly afterwards, a hooded figure( nicknamed Skeletor) strolled from the building into the doorway and closed the doors.

6. The Hook Island Sea Monster

In 1964, Robert Le Serrec and his family bought a boat and went onholiday for a few months on Hook Island in Stonehaven Bay, Queensland, Australia. thy were floating around( as you might) when they noticed something that resembled a huge snake in the water. They estimated it was 30 feet long but, as they edged closer, it constructed no attempts to advance on them.

With this in mind, Robert got into the water( imbecile) and moved closer. He chose to inspect it underwater where he realised it was far bigger than he had previously imagined. That’s when it opened its mouth and started moving which led Robert the cowardly lion to run( swim) back to his boat.

When he got back, he saw that the animal had gone…

Just a side note, when an octopus or squid or whatever inks, is it like that or not nearly as much? Cheers.

7. The McMinnville UFO

Back on 11 th of May, 1950, Evelyn Trent saw something from her’s and her husband’s farm , not far fromMcMinnville, Oregon. She called her husband, Paul, who rapidly got his camera to document the UFO.

This picture was picked up by the local paper before Life Magazine got a hold of it and attained the photo famous. Since then, photography experts have confirmed the picture’s legality, stating that whatever is in the picture, was there when it was taken and nothing was added in later.

Even so , no one knows what the photograph is actually of. An extraterrestrial craft, a government experimentation, a plate? Your guess is ad good as mine … my guess is Superman … your guess is probably better than mine.

8 . The Phoenix Lights

In 1997, on two occasions in the same day, numerous suns were find flying/ floating overPhoenix, Arizona. At 7:30 PM, a triangular formation of suns was ensure flying over the city and, at 10 PM, hundreds of photographs and videos were taken of a group of stationary lights floating over Phoenix.

The air-force initially had no commentaries but later said that it was a training exercising where multiple flares were dropped. Eyewitness confirmed this but some still disagreed.

Claims came in that it was in fact one huge, v-shaped aircraft so big that it blocked out the stars above. Evena former Air Force captain, said, Im a pilot and I know just about every machine that flies ,[…] i t was bigger than anything that Ive ever seen. It remains a great mystery .

11. The Skunk Ape

The skunk ape is the name given to a beast similar to the( equally mythical) Sasquatch. There have been the reporting of the animal exclusive to the American( amaze astonish) Southeast from as early as the mid 19 th century. The reports say that the creature is huge, hairy and be permitted to flee promptly with its footprints measuring 14 inches long.

In 1997, the myth was brought back to life as multiple sightings were reported in Florida as well as photographs taken that were promptly rejected as fakes.

Then, in 2000, a woman sent photographs of an “escaped ape” toSarasota County Sheriffs Department after it had been stealing apples from her garden. She had no idea of the Skunk Ape myth and just assumed there was an ape on the loose…

12. The Solway Firth Spaceman

On May 23, 1964, Jim Templeton, a firefighter from Carlisle, Cumberland, in England took his wife and daughters to a green on the coast. He took a three pictures of one of his daughters, Elizabeth, without incident and sent them to Kodak to be developed.

When he got the photos back, however, he was shocked to see a unusual figure in the background of the second scene- one that didn’t was contained in either of the other photos. He confirmed that no-one else was around so it couldn’t have been a passerby.

The photos were sent to many photograph experts as well as Kodak but they all came back with the same outcomes- there were no issues with the photos or the camera. Kodak offered a reward of a year’s free cinema to anyone who could crack the example but, since then, it’s still not been claimed.

13. The Tulip staircase ghost

In 1966, Reverend Ralph Hardy from British Columbia took a photo of a spiraling staircase in theNational Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. He was there with his wife standing beside him at the time.

When he got the pictures developed, he noticed that there appeared to be a cloaked figure climbing the stairs with both hands on the railings. He and his wife had reaffirmed that no one was around at the time and , not only that, but, the staircase was also closed with a rope saying “no admittance”- so there you have it, ghosts are unruly.

Experts everywhere, like in the other cases, have all come to the conclusion that the image had still not been doctored.

Creepy, right?

Maybe not. There probably is an explanation for all of the pictures so before you get into the comments running “ how can you believe this shit !!! 11 !!! 1 n00b ! “, I don’t, it’s merely interesting, so don’t. What do you think? Let us know in specific comments !

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Comic-Con 2016: the movie panels to look out for at the San Diego event

Marvel Studios and Warner Bros are vying for dominance at this years mega-gathering in San Diego here are the panels were most excited about

These days, every major would-be blockbuster starts its journey at Comic-Con International, San Diegos ever-growing annual convention for all things related to pop culture. Year after year, studios unspool first glimpses of their upcoming slate of big-budget movies for the press and fans in attendance, to kickstart the buzz needed to make the films hits.

Last year saw the debut of Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad, as well as an extended look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which reunited Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill onstage at Hall H, the events largest venue. This year promises to be just as eventful, with Warner Bros hawking Wonder Woman and a new King Kong film, Marvel Studios previewing the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, and James Cameron reflecting on Aliens, joined by Sigourney Weaver.

Thursday 21 July

1.45am, Hall H

Oscar-winning film-maker Oliver Stone always makes for a contentious interview, and hes bound to be in fighting form while promoting Snowden, his upcoming sure-to-be controversial drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Snowden, will join Stone for the panel, where exclusive footage from the film will be unveiled. It opens in US cinemas on 16 September.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
1pm, Hall H

Apart from a few on-set images, not much is known about Luc Bessons follow-up to Lucy. It stars Rihanna and boasts a budget of $180m, making it the most expensive European film ever made. Although the sci-fi epic, based on the popular graphic-novel series, only finished filming last month and wont hit movie theatres for another year, Besson is expected to screen some early footage. Said to be joining him are Dane DeHaan (the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2), who plays the titular hero, and his romantic partner in the actioneer, model-turned-actor Cara Delevingne.

Friday 22 July

Batman: The Killing Joke
9pm, Ballroom 20

Before its one-night showing in cinemas across the US, the animated film adaptation of Alan Moores seminal graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke will have its world premiere at Comic-Con. Mark Hamill, reprising his role as the Joker from the Emmy-winning animated Batman TV series from the early 90s is likely to attend. The film, which comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on 2 August, marks the first Batman entry to be rated-R not surprising, considering the source materials graphic sexual violence.

Saturday 23 July

Warner Bros Presentation (Suicide Squad, Kong: Skull Island, Wonder Woman, The Lego Batman Movie, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
11.30am, Hall H

Following the crushing disappointment that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros is bringing their A-game to Comic-Con in a gambit to appease fans and get them riled up for their muscular slate of blockbusters. Last year, Suicide Squad debuted its first trailer at the event, offering the world its first glimpse of Jared Leto as the Joker. David Ayers supervillain mashup will make its second showing in Hall H, but given the film comes out in early August, all eyes will be on the other films being teased, namely Wonder Woman and Kong: Skull Island. Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, will be in attendance, alongside her love interest, Chris Pine, most likely to premiere the first trailer for the picture (all thats been released until now, is a teaser featurette).

Theres a lot riding on Kong: Skull Island to be a huge hit for Warner Bros: it needs to build on the success of the 2014 Godzilla reboot to warrant the new cinematic universe Warner Bros have invested in the two legendary behemoths are set to collide in one epic clash for the ages in 2020s Godzilla vs Kong. The films cast, including Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, will be on hand in Hall H to discuss the movie, which digs into the mythos of Kongs homeland.

Aliens: 30th Anniversary
3.15pm, Hall H

To toast to the 30th anniversary of James Camerons game-changing sequel to Ridley Scotts classic horror, Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd and cast members Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn and Paul Reiser will share stories from the making of the blockbuster. The chat is sure to be entertaining, but more exciting is the very strong likelihood that the conversation will veer towards Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scotts sequel to Prometheus, which opens next summer, plus Neill Blomkamps first stab at the franchise, set to star Weaver. 20th Century Fox has remain tight-lipped on whether footage from Covenant will screen; with an August 2017 release, its highly likely. Dont rule out Cameron from also dishing on his four (!) upcoming sequels to Avatar.

Marvel Studios Presentation (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Doctor Strange)
5.30pm, Hall H

Marvel Studios typically pulls out all the stops at Comic-Con and this year promises to be no different, with confirmed extended looks at Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, as well as likely glances at Spider-Man: Homecoming, Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok. Benedict Cumberbatch will attend on behalf of Doctor Strange, in which he plays the titular neurosurgeon turned superhero. Tilda Swinton, whose casting has been accused of whitewashing (the Ancient One she embodies is a Tibetan mentor in the comics), could also make a surprise appearance. Expect new footage from the film, since a trailer already debuted in April. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is meanwhile expected to debut its first trailer, ahead of its 5 May 2017 release, with its full cast in attendance.

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