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by ilmarinen
Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:59 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Tip: Source for big duffle bags for shade cloth, etc.
Replies: 21
Views: 5449

Of course, now that I look again, I do find some nearly-as-large duffles online (30"x50") for about 2x the price. So, those might be the better deal for durability.
by ilmarinen
Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:52 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Tip: Source for big duffle bags for shade cloth, etc.
Replies: 21
Views: 5449

The ones I have are 30" diameter by 60" long. (2.5' x 5'). Wouldn't try to be anything heavy in them, but shade cloth (woven and aluminet varieties) are light. e.g. http://www.organize.com/newchristreb.html#product-tabs http://www.hangercity.com/newchristreb.html (order multiple and <$10 each) http:...
by ilmarinen
Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Tip: Source for big duffle bags for shade cloth, etc.
Replies: 21
Views: 5449

That was my first thought too, but didn't find anything near the size/price ratio of the xmas tree storage bags. Long run, might be cheaper to go with "real" duffel bags, but it'd take a number of years to make-up the price difference--and I didn't readily find duffels nearly as large as the xmas tr...
by ilmarinen
Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Tip: Source for big duffle bags for shade cloth, etc.
Replies: 21
Views: 5449

Tip: Source for big duffle bags for shade cloth, etc.

:idea: Been thinking of writing-up some of those things I thought worked really well for us last year (2008), and some that didn't work so well. Starting with a (minor) success. This may be silly, but boy were we glad for it at the time. We wanted bags or other storage for our large amounts of shade...
by ilmarinen
Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Rejected Mutant Vehicles
Replies: 211
Views: 41977

It does seem like the rules are applied unevenly. For instance, big articulated buses on the playa are, clearly, buses. They are not mutated beyond recognition. No doubt the argument will be made they provide enough community service to make up for that. Think that was the point about Tieland--that ...
by ilmarinen
Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Mutant vehicle - figuring horsepower required?
Replies: 96
Views: 18320

For both those truck-type vehicles, you should be able to rip it down to the bare frame just about (no body, etc.), true? Depending on how you wanted it all to look, think you could weld an extended-frame onto a garden tractor rear-end, just have it flare-out in the front. Interesting description of...
by ilmarinen
Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Mutant vehicle - figuring horsepower required?
Replies: 96
Views: 18320

The problem with most MV conversions is taking a vehicle designed for 60 mph travel and making it go 5 mph with very heavy loads, etc. I keep thinking something closer to the industrial vehicles designed for high weight, low speed operation would be ideal (if harder to find and more expensive). Seem...
by ilmarinen
Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric Bicycle?
Replies: 148
Views: 33967

Maybe there were just a lot of "pirate" vehicles running around then. [quote="theCryptofishist"][quote="ilmarinen"] Also, having lots of non-DMV approved vehicles running around because they are DPW, Emergency, staff, etc., yet don't have any clear markings of such further creates confusion as to th...
by ilmarinen
Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:30 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Costumes and Participation...
Replies: 44
Views: 6958

My joke with my campmates this year (2008, my first) was that I was "bringing no art and no costumes." I was infrastructure-geek for our camp, and admittedly, I did bring one item that might have been art. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3239/2826479581_50f55874d4_m.jpg And I had fun clothes--but tha...
by ilmarinen
Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric Bicycle?
Replies: 148
Views: 33967

I have to say, I'm really baffled by the "stand-up scooters OK" rule, but nothing else is? What default-world-legal or in-reality difference is there between them and other powered vehicles that I am missing? In particular, low-power mopeds--electric or gas. I saw a lot of these around the playa wit...
by ilmarinen
Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Mutant vehicle - figuring horsepower required?
Replies: 96
Views: 18320

That hit me too. You could put some extra support bearings out near the wheels, but that axle still seems small for anything really giant. Yeah, I'm thinking medium-sized vehicles--6 person? The axle ratings on the smaller hydrostatic garden tractor transaxles is around 700 lbs , but, also, Tuff To...
by ilmarinen
Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Mutant vehicle - figuring horsepower required?
Replies: 96
Views: 18320

Garden Tractors

Reading through this thread, it sounds like the power train from a 10-20 hp garden tractor sounds really close to ideal for a mid-size MV. I've just recently learned about hydrostatic transmissions on these things--which again sounds like the almost ideal transmission for the application. These vehi...
by ilmarinen
Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:23 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Building a cart for moving sound gear to/from the playa...
Replies: 10
Views: 2446

The first thing that came to mind to me was one of these: http://yardlover.indigofiles.com/images/ecom/product_images/medium/GC20.jpg From here. Seems like it'd handle drifts and such better than casters (which I'm dubious of on-Playa). Or one of the big fat-tire garden wagons? http://www.harborfrei...
by ilmarinen
Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: best...shade structure...ever!
Replies: 11
Views: 6952

We had 5-pole and 4-pole "tensegrity" structures

..which both worked well for us (Kung Fu Sock Monkeys, KFSM). We called them the Silver Pentacle (aluminet) and Black Diamond (shade cloth). The size and arrangement of them didn't work very well for hammocks (didn't try). One was about 35' square (at pole tips), and the other about 27' round (at po...
by ilmarinen
Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:54 am
Forum: 2009 Art & Performance
Topic: The Contraption 2009
Replies: 373
Views: 106082

See, I always think of Steampunk as a time that never was but should have been. So I don't think it's reasonable to limit it to set historic periods. After adding my personal opinion, I'll add some sort-on-topic eye candy to the thread. Check out this dude's awesome air guns. They are totally steamp...
by ilmarinen
Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Mutant vehicle - figuring horsepower required?
Replies: 96
Views: 18320

Uh, I think you are doing it wrong. That part where you take the kinetic energy in joules, then equate that to joules-per-second, a power rating...that's not a correct relationship. I think what you just calculated is what kind of (theoretical) power would be needed to accelerate the object to 5 mph...
by ilmarinen
Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: age question
Replies: 30
Views: 5497

Re: good question

Doh, missed that you said "next year", by which you mean 2009. Should totally be enough time to befriend some local burners, convince them you are responsible (if you are) and get them to "smuggle" her in for ya. (Might be best if someone actually *did* sign temporary/limited guardianship over to on...
by ilmarinen
Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:32 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: age question
Replies: 30
Views: 5497

Yes, but are they responsible drunken dope addict glue sniffers?

-B.
Fire_Moose wrote:I thought all teenagers were drunken dope addicts who are glue sniffers...
by ilmarinen
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Our camp designs, last minute panic stations!
Replies: 9
Views: 2340

I have to rib on architects a bit as I work with them so much. I'm the site design guy in a mixed-disciplined office. Most of the engineers work on the long-skinny projects (roads) while I work on the big square ones. I support architectural projects, designing the site work around them--big sites w...
by ilmarinen
Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:24 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: age question
Replies: 30
Views: 5497

Re: good question

I know nothing about any of these per se, but that doesn't usually stop folks from talking.... Really, how hard is it going to be to find a vehicle of respectable-looking (is there such a thing in a burner?)-clear-of-age friendly burners in the queue-up at gate (I've an impression there is a big que...
by ilmarinen
Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Nearest online weather station?
Replies: 5
Views: 1618

How much difference between Gerlach and BRC, typically?

-B.
by ilmarinen
Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Nearest online weather station?
Replies: 5
Views: 1618

Nearest online weather station?

Is there anything online approximates the playa conditions, real time? Any of the DPW/setup crews got a weather station running? Weather Underground gives me Empire as the nearest, and that shows highs in the 70s. Gotta imagine that's mountain-weather, not playa. (I'm a newbie, so not seen the respe...
by ilmarinen
Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:20 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: how long is the wait to get in at Sunday 12:01?
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

What's the open-container law in NV? Can passengers drink? -B. [quote="ibdave"]last year I worked opening night.( Major Fun). Heard from the folks in line anywhere from 2-4 hours depending when you get in line... [b]JUST DON'T DRINK IN LINE.[/b] Saw a few DUI handed out.... I was told to walk into t...
by ilmarinen
Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:40 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Champagne, err, Sparkling Wine, in other than glass bottles
Replies: 11
Views: 3032

Now, a bunch of cheapo sparkling wine in 40s, that'd be more the speed of what I'm looking for here.

Thanks tho!

-B.
Rocket75377 wrote:I work at a health food store in southwest Michigan, and we carry it. Cute little four-packs.
by ilmarinen
Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:32 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Champagne, err, Sparkling Wine, in other than glass bottles
Replies: 11
Views: 3032

Naw, it's totally doable. It's strictly marketing keeping it in glass. Same with wine-in-a-bag-n-box, etc. Like I say, *have* found mini-servings in plastic. But those aren't a good choice (environmentally, cost, nor convenience). Plastic has its downsides, but the savings in shipping alone make it ...
by ilmarinen
Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:02 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Champagne, err, Sparkling Wine, in other than glass bottles
Replies: 11
Views: 3032

Champagne, err, Sparkling Wine, in other than glass bottles

I've heard rumors of it in plastic. So far only found it in single-serving plastic bottles.

Any hints/leads/suggestions?

Glass is such a pain for hauling in and out. Etc.

Thanks,
B.
by ilmarinen
Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:36 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Help Bending Rebar
Replies: 28
Views: 17112

I tried, half-heartedly I admit, to heat rebar with a propane hand torch and was getting no-where with it. How long do you folks spend heating it? Of course, by this time next year, the forge will be operational....didn't happen this year, and by the time I realized how useful it would be, too many ...
by ilmarinen
Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:26 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Our camp designs, last minute panic stations!
Replies: 9
Views: 2340

Bah, us engineers do just fine. Just don't trust the architects.

-B.

[quote="Firmwood"]We don't have any boy scouts, only engineers :([/quote]
by ilmarinen
Sun Jul 27, 2008 1:42 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Skate floor repairs..
Replies: 23
Views: 3176

While we are brainstorming . . .

How about a few more radical solutions . . . Not sure I understand your floor--is it just sheets of plywood, with the masonite on top? The panels of each layer are staggered I assume, relative to each other? How thick is the plywood? Now for the wacky ideas: 1. No screws! Go to industrial velcro to ...
by ilmarinen
Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Has someone NOT USED rebar and had success?
Replies: 91
Views: 15362

I've no direct experience with DPW, but the various web references implied they use a number of things: steel concrete form stakes (often), water pipes, augers, t-stakes, car axles . . . Presume they base on the needs of what they are doing. I'll spend part of the burn just looking at stuff like tha...

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