…and the drugs they want to eat, sherpas they’re paying to haul their stuff, and free love they’re ready to unleash in the desert this week.

The Silicon Valley summer camp known as Burning Man was supposed to kick off today, but the entrance to the event is closed. Unseasonal rain in the Nevada desert has resulted in road closures, and the organizers are turning away eager “burners” at the gate, according to the official Burning Man Twitter account. Roads are expected to be closed until midday tomorrow, according to a posting. Burning Man, which takes place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, has become an annual mecca for Silicon Valley techies. The week-long event has drawn billionaires including Mark Zuckerberg and the Google triumvirate. Google CEO Larry Page said last year that he’d like to create a lawless society where inventors could test new products without consequence. He said the commune would be modeled after Burning Man, where monetary transactions are practically forbidden and drugs are free-flowing.

Sorry, Techies. Burning Man Is Closed Due to Rain [Bloomberg]

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  1. Posted by Guest | August 25, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag!

  2. Posted by Quant me maybe ... | August 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Given the opportunity to eat literally pounds of mushrooms, smoke kilos pot and have sex with hippie girls, all while cruising around in a car that looked like a tea kettle — I would.

    >FUCK YEAH!

  3. Posted by Guest | August 25, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    You buy hipster homes in the edgy neighborhoods, take guitar lessons, drink herbal tea, buy beach houses in Santa Cruz, surf and now Burning man is your fucking Mecca??

    -Bay area weed blazing hippie that is sick of sharing all that is good with 28 year old nerds.

  4. Posted by Joe Momma | August 26, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Compoundd by the fact that participant of an excercis in "radical self exposure" are making sure that they're sheltered from the elements and nature.

    THAT'S THE FUCKING POINT OF THIS THING