Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

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Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby Zorch » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:20 am

I have just been learning about a fascinating little thing called a Micromort. Has anyone ever worked out how many of these units a trip to Burning Man is?
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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby VultureChow » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:41 am

I live in New Jersey. I'm lucky to survive the drive to the airport.
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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby ygmir » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:38 am

As quoted in the 18th edition, "probabilities and possibilities of the Burning Man event, and or desert exposures", the author, one "Snowah Zark" (sp?), posits a calculation approaching 7,210 Micromorts, or as known in those days: "Barometrically Unexpected Logically Lascivious Super Heterogeneous Implicated Theory".
As such and with factors including the down rage location related to nuclear testing, and natural radiation extant, combined with the occurrence of silica and related detrimental elements in the surroundings but also the free distribution, and prolific use therein, of mind and physically altering substances, not to mention dehydration, physical and emotional stresses, Human conditions of sloth and perverse sexuality, and of course, masturbation.
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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby trilobyte » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:41 am

I have no idea whatsoever. And personally speaking, I think that fixating or overanalyzing the risks can greatly diminish the experience. Not just with Burning Man, but with life in general. I'm reminded of an Ignite talk that the former chief of the Emergency Services Division gave back in 2011. Well worth watching.

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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby GreyCoyote » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:00 pm

ygmir wrote:As quoted in the 18th edition, "probabilities and possibilities of the Burning Man event, and or desert exposures", the author, one "Snowah Zark" (sp?), posits a calculation approaching 7,210 Micromorts, or as known in those days: "Barometrically Unexpected Logically Lascivious Super Heterogeneous Implicated Theory".
As such and with factors including the down rage location related to nuclear testing, and natural radiation extant, combined with the occurrence of silica and related detrimental elements in the surroundings but also the free distribution, and prolific use therein, of mind and physically altering substances, not to mention dehydration, physical and emotional stresses, Human conditions of sloth and perverse sexuality, and of course, masturbation.


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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby EspressoDude » Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:25 pm

ygmir wrote:As quoted in the 18th edition, "probabilities and possibilities of the Burning Man event, and or desert exposures", the author, one "Snowah Zark" (sp?), posits a calculation approaching 7,210 Micromorts, or as known in those days: "Barometrically Unexpected Logically Lascivious Super Heterogeneous Implicated Theory".
As such and with factors including the down rage location related to nuclear testing, and natural radiation extant, combined with the occurrence of silica and related detrimental elements in the surroundings but also the free distribution, and prolific use therein, of mind and physically altering substances, not to mention dehydration, physical and emotional stresses, Human conditions of sloth and perverse sexuality, and of course, masturbation.



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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby BBadger » Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:58 pm

I'd be more concerned about suffering a significant reduction in quality of life, rather than outright death. Regardless, while you shouldn't necessarily eat your dessert first, you should eat it along with the rest of the meal, lest it spoil by the time you get to it.
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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:28 pm

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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby ^Rhino! » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:31 pm

Geez. Where do I start?

At work, recently I've had the dubious honor of being selected as our risk management coordinator. My job conditions can amount to one huge risk. People talk about playing in traffic? I do. I work in traffic, all the time. I face all kinds of risk when I go into rock quarries and in underground mines to sample aggregates. With heavy equipment, there's always the danger of overhead powerlines. Below ground (the stuff you don't see can kill you, too) an excavator can face all kinds of lethal risk from electric lines and gas mains. Believe me, you DO NOT want to strike a steel 1400 cfs high-pressure gas main with a drill bit made of carbide. So, like Joseph Pred sez, we MANAGE the risk. It does not mean we don't get the job done. We jump through societal hoops (use of the Federal Manual of Uniform Traffic Control, the fabled MUTCD is one)to cover some stuff. while snappy catchphrases get tagged and thrown around too....'Call before you dig'(for underground utilities)....'look up and live'(overhead powerlines), but it all boils down to AWARENESS.

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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:11 pm

"10 principles? you cant HANDLE the 10 principles..."
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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby moonrise » Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:09 am

Remember you're going to be dead, soon.

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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:47 am

If you have to ask, then you will most assuredly die.
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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby Ratty » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:00 am

Thank you Trilobyte.
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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby tatonka » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:11 am

I die a little each day
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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby FossaFerox » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:33 pm

tatonka wrote:I die a little each day

That just means you're still alive.
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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby Joeln » Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:05 pm

If you are still breathing there is more right with you than wrong...
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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

Postby Savannah » Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:18 pm

VultureChow wrote:I live in New Jersey. I'm lucky to survive the drive to the airport.


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Re: Burning Man and Quantifiable Risk

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