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by SnowBlind
Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Warning
Replies: 16
Views: 2070

Re: Spirit Airlines Warning

I needed to go the restroom, so when they turned off the seat-belt light I called the attendant over to ask how much that was going to cost me. You joke, but IIRC Ryan Air actually tried to do that a few years ago. The backlash was harsh and immediate, and they ended up backpedaling, but the way ai...
by SnowBlind
Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Seeking towing advice
Replies: 52
Views: 4020

Re: Seeking towing advice

My understanding is that truck tires are usually radial tires, because when you are accelerating or braking, the forces acting upon the tire are in the direction of the movement, and radial tires are better at that. Trailer tires are usually bias tires, which are not as good with forces in the direc...
by SnowBlind
Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Tickets Discussion
Topic: Vehicle Pass Required for Trailer carrying MV?
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Re: Vehicle Pass Required for Trailer carrying MV?

Interesting. Maybe I should have said: "They're supposed to".

But I have met several people who had their vehicles get put in D-lot by gate because they didn't have the letter. I have no idea what percentage they check though.
by SnowBlind
Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Tickets Discussion
Topic: Vehicle Pass Required for Trailer carrying MV?
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Re: Vehicle Pass Required for Trailer carrying MV?

You probably know this, but just in case: Gate will want to see the DMV invite letter if you are trailering an MV in. Make sure you have it accessible at the gate.
by SnowBlind
Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Flame effects for mutant bicycle (approval/licensing)
Replies: 6
Views: 682

Re: Flame effects for mutant bicycle (approval/licensing)

Shoeshine, you do *not* need to get in line with the MVs. If there is any confusion, make sure you tell them that your vehicle is human powered and you are only there for the flame inspection. Ask for a place called 'Salem's Lot'. That's where FAST does the flame inspection. Note that technically yo...
by SnowBlind
Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: RGBs and 12 Volt Batteries
Replies: 7
Views: 1106

Re: RGBs and 12 Volt Batteries

This is of course impossible to answer since you don't provide any details about the leds or the batteries. But here is some math to get you started. Let's assume your strip has 60 leds per meter and each led draws 200mW. That gives you about 1A per meter. You have 33 meters, so that's 33A. If you h...
by SnowBlind
Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Costco carport or pop up?
Replies: 12
Views: 1753

Re: Costco carport or pop up?

Costco carports are definitely playa proven, I'd highly recommend it over the ez ups. A work of warning for anchoring the carport. Neighbors of ours had theirs insufficiently secured, and in a storm the carport broke free. It flew thru the air high enough to clear another car port, then started roll...
by SnowBlind
Tue May 17, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Quiet generators
Replies: 23
Views: 2030

Re: Quiet generators

Like i said it depends on the model. Even Honda, it depends on the model. My friends farm model honda is loud, so depends on the model. I don't know who that original guy was that you were talking to, but certainly no one here says that any Honda is good and any other generator is bad. When people ...
by SnowBlind
Mon May 16, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Reminder! Mutant Vehicle registration closes on 4/13!
Replies: 4
Views: 855

Re: Reminder! Mutant Vehicle registration closes on 4/13!

willyloafofphora wrote:I remember the deadline used to be in june.


The last time it was in June was five years ago.

But this year it was earlier than the last few years, because of the new process they use. If you follow the links in trilo's post on top, you can find all the details about it.
by SnowBlind
Fri May 13, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 716
Views: 60216

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Yes, I was not using that corded impact wrench. We don't have a generator, otherwise I would have gone for that one. I used the 18 Volt 1/4 in. Cordless Variable Speed Hex Impact Driver ( Item Nr 68853 ). It did OK with 3/8" lag screws, but struggled with the 1/2". What's worse, with one c...
by SnowBlind
Thu May 12, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 716
Views: 60216

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Any recommendations on 3/8" vs 1/2" dia? The latter should have much higher pullout strength, but how hard is it to screw into the playa? Anyone tried 18"? When I ordered them last year I got 3/8" 14" (that was the longest they had in 3/8") and, because I was concerned...
by SnowBlind
Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Mutant Car for 2016 cons and pros...
Replies: 44
Views: 4393

Re: Mutant Car for 2016 cons and pros...

Has anyone heard back from DMV? What was the wait time previous years? Thanks. Any data from previous years will be useless as they have a completely different process this year. Afaik, some people have recieved answers already, but the majority of applications will go thru serveral rounds, so it c...
by SnowBlind
Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Getting a shipping container to Playa
Replies: 9
Views: 1812

Re: Getting a shipping container to Playa

There is a container service run by the borg. That's what most people use. The containers are stored on the Ranch, I believe. You can't access them outside of BM though. I'm not sure what the exact status of the program is. There may be a waiting list. If you go with someone else, then as Gaminwench...
by SnowBlind
Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Important Changes for Mutant Vehicles in 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2817

Re: Important Changes for Mutant Vehicles in 2016

Dr Helix wrote:I have seen DMV raise the bar almost every year since I've been bringing an MV to BM (2008).


I think the DMV likes to say that it wasn't them who raised the bar, it was the builders who brought better and better cars year after year.

But I wholly agree with what you said, Dr Helix.
by SnowBlind
Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Tickets Discussion
Topic: does each ticket needs to associate with a individual name??
Replies: 13
Views: 1005

Re: does each ticket needs to associate with a individual na

Ratty wrote:If you're in a country other than the U.S. or Canada you may have to pick them up at will call.


That used to be the case, but I think as of last year (or before?) they *do* mail them internationally.
by SnowBlind
Mon Dec 21, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Tickets Discussion
Topic: Directed sale?
Replies: 79
Views: 5378

Re: Directed sale?

AntiM wrote:
remi wrote:I would hope that the moop map results would also weigh into this decision.... but that's just my opinion.


They do. Takes a lot of red (or the dreaded Black Spot), but they do.


Case in point: Flower Power Gypsy camp probably didn't get DGS tickets this year.
by SnowBlind
Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Hardier Hexayurt
Replies: 20
Views: 2110

Re: Hardier Hexayurt

A few years ago someone in the AEZ had built a hexayurt that used six inch velcro strips instead of tape. I liked the idea, though I remember checking afterwards and the six inch velcro was hard to find and quite pricey.
by SnowBlind
Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 4371

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

Melodiousdirge, the locks you referred to are quite common in Germany, and probably elsewhere in Europe. They are commonly known as 'Speichenschloss', which translates to 'Spoke-Lock'. There is a simple variant which just slides sideways into the spokes (http://s28.photobucket.com/user/182grad/media...
by SnowBlind
Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 716
Views: 60216

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

I guess going to a much larger diameter had significantly more of an effect than I thought. We had 14" 3/8" diameter and 18" 1/2" diameter. The 1/2" seemed to go in *significantly* slower and harder than the 3/8. So going to 5/8 I wouldn't be surprised at all if those were ...
by SnowBlind
Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Carport Ratchet Straps
Replies: 19
Views: 1720

Re: Carport Ratchet Straps

Also, are 10ft lengths long enough, or would longer be better. We are test setting it up this weekend, haven't taken it out of the box yet. Longer is better. We had some that were too short, and you end up coming to the ground at a steep angle. Because of that the rebar had to be at a steep angle a...
by SnowBlind
Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: 2015 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Fraud or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 782

Re: Fraud or not?

This exact text (including the weird 15 year thing) has been posted multiple times, by multiple people. It's a scam.

Edit:

there are Two reddit threads with the same guy
by SnowBlind
Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: 2015 Tickets Discussion
Topic: What's the QR Code for?
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Re: What's the QR Code for?

No, unless someone wrote a app specifically for BM tickets that checked the voided ticket list, then no, a normal QR scanner app wouldn't know that it's a burning man ticket and wouldn't check the voided ticket list. That said, gate will probably scan the code, and they obviously would check if the ...
by SnowBlind
Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Running a figjam swamp cooler off 12V D battery pack
Replies: 10
Views: 1469

Re: Running a figjam swamp cooler off 12V D battery pack

My pump draws 500mA and the fan draws 1.6 A, wired per figjam's instructions (parallel?) for a total of 2.1A (?) That's correct. The 8-pack of D alkaline batteries totals 12V (?) Correct. Eveready's D batteries are rated at about 10,000mAh at a draw of 500mA (http://data.energizer.com/PDFs/E95.pdf)...
by SnowBlind
Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: 2015 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Dear Burning Man: Parking Passes
Replies: 57
Views: 3162

Re: Dear Burning Man: Parking Passes

the VP programme *has* to push the community to bring less vehicles, that's the whole point. Yes, but there are two knobs they can turn to achieve that. They can raise the price, or they can reduce the numbers. If they raise the price, it becomes more economical to car pool. Heck, they could even r...
by SnowBlind
Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in parallel
Replies: 20
Views: 4616

Re: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in para

You can run one cable, and then hook several of these strands up to the same cable, as long as they are wired in parallel. The cable just needs to be thick enough for the load. Looks like each strand would pull 0.5 Amp, so if you hooked ten strands to one cable, it would need to be able to supply 5 ...
by SnowBlind
Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED bulbs, Batteries & Charging
Replies: 31
Views: 2341

Re: LED bulbs, Batteries & Charging

I actually thought Deep Cycle batteries were designed to be drained deep, but I keep getting mixed information about whether this is true or not. Deep Cycle batteries can certainly go much lower than a regular car battery. Car batteries are designed to give a fairly high current for a couple of sec...
by SnowBlind
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: BM Transport - Buying a truck?
Replies: 14
Views: 1003

Re: BM Transport - Buying a truck?

For those of you who bought an older cargo van or truck, how do you go about ensuring reliability? I think I *really* would prefer to not break down on my way to or from the burn. Bring it on the other fifty weeks of the year, but not when I'm loaded to the gills with my whole camp. Obviously you ca...
by SnowBlind
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Older Burner
Replies: 17
Views: 1255

Re: Older Burner

You can check the Burning Man census (PDF warning)

According to their data:

0-19: 1.4%
20-29: 30%
30-39: 35.2%
40+ : 33.9
by SnowBlind
Thu May 28, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: A Burner Analogy For Understanding Electricity
Replies: 50
Views: 9483

Re: A Burner Analogy For Understanding Electricity

1. I have solar panels that produce 45 watts of energy. (still confused on how that's measured...per day, per hour...anyway I digress) It's 45 Watts. Not per hour, or per day, just 45 Watts. Think about a Stereo system that produces 120 decibels. That's not 120 decibels per hour, or per day, its si...
by SnowBlind
Thu May 21, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Conflict between school and Burning Man
Replies: 10
Views: 929

Re: Conflict between school and Burning Man

A Berkeley student who was facing the same issue wrote a piece for the Student newspaper called : My Grandmother is Planning to Die During the First Week of Classes Its quite hillarious. You can find the whole thing with the introduction here: http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2003/05/19/my_...

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