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by rodiponer
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Knots! Show me your Knots!
Replies: 11
Views: 888

Re: Knots! Show me your Knots!

This is my favorite knot algorithm. It's easy to learn and the knot is super useful. I use it all the time to lash stuff down tight with a trucker's hitch. With reasonable quality rope, this rope has never jammed on me. YouTube -- Lineman's Hitch I prefer rope, but it's expensive. My new shade struc...
by rodiponer
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: "Tracking" your Burn?
Replies: 11
Views: 592

Re: "Tracking" your Burn?

Become a Certified Nerd -- get a ham license and use an APRS tracker. $120 on Amazon and a test you can pass with a few hours of cramming. You're track will be immortalized on the tubes, and you'll be sought out, real time, by old school Nerds, cool folk who talk vacuum tubes and make rigging lasers.
by rodiponer
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Camp Perimeter Lights - Battery/Solar Powered
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: Camp Perimeter Lights - Battery/Solar Powered

Check my math. It's not guaranteed. I checked it with my own vague rules of thumb. I think you're about right. I came up with about $2,300 for a solar system. Here's a Google Doc spreadsheet of my math. I am some shade of environmentalist, and so have a natural enthusiasm for solar systems. But for...
by rodiponer
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Cargo bike?
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Re: Cargo bike?

How wide of a tire can you get on the front? The front is a 24x1.75 wheel. The fork seems like it'll fit up to a 2.75" wheel. I didn't think of trying a fatter rim and wheel in this bike. That could be easy and make a big difference. Thank you. In addition to your mid-drive for the rear wheel,...
by rodiponer
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Cargo bike?
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Cargo bike?

Hi All, Do any of you have experience with a cargo bike on the playa? I am about to try one, but worry the small front wheel will get too easily stuck in dust gators. In my experience deep soft spots are rare and easily avoided on the playa, but plentiful on city streets. Especially in our neighborh...
by rodiponer
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Two layers of Black Shade Cloth, or Aluminet-Black?
Replies: 1
Views: 349

Two layers of Black Shade Cloth, or Aluminet-Black?

Hi All, Have you guys ever used two layers of 90% Black Shade Cloth? Were you satisfied with the shade and wind transparency? Did the material get hot and radiate downward, like a tarp? In years past I layered Aluminet on top of the 90% Black. To make a deeper shade than just one alone. We liked tha...
by rodiponer
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Baby at BM, experience? preparation? what? where?
Replies: 134
Views: 6020

Re: Baby at BM, experience? preparation? what? where?

Ok, that was me, that you cut and pasted from the Kidsville list and posted on Eplaya. That feels a little rude, but se la vis. I've now read the entire thread here. And I am a parent. And this will be my third year in Kidsville with my kids. And, really, I am completely certain that you should not ...
by rodiponer
Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: One with the Playa
Replies: 13
Views: 873

geospyder wrote:The copper unfortunately was too brittle to do anything with.


You can try annealing it, just get it red hot over a stove then let it cool. It should be flexible again after that.
by rodiponer
Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Post something I'll forget to bring!
Replies: 51
Views: 5499

A backpack... So I had to stuff everything in my pockets or hook it onto my belt.
by rodiponer
Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: 2011 Art & Performance
Topic: SKYDANCE formal request for professional aerial-performances
Replies: 15
Views: 2374

Sounds cool. The airport (88NV) is closed at night, so to do night performances you may have to stage them from the airport at Winnemucca. I've flown at the event and think the random dust swirls and darkwads (some of them with bikes!) would make a night jump very scary, even in good weather. I thin...
by rodiponer
Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:44 pm
Forum: Building & Making Art
Topic: Metal fabrication- pipe bending, drill presses
Replies: 6
Views: 1692

Metal fabrication- pipe bending, drill presses

Hi Guys, I need to put a slight bend in 1" square aluminum tubing. 24" lengths need a mellow bend so that the center is about 2" off from a straight line. What is the best tool or way to do this? Harbor Freight has 'pipe benders', hydraulic benders, and floor mounted things, and a thi...
by rodiponer
Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Aluminet edging and grommets - is it really worth it?
Replies: 23
Views: 5847

Rodiponer: Is that 70% aluminet? Looks like it's doing a good job! That's 90% black shade cloth with 70% shade cloth towards the top of the wall and on the ceiling. You can see where it gets darker on the wall where the aluminet starts. We first bought 90% black shade cloth, but the shade wasn't as...
by rodiponer
Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Fake Internet at Burning Man-- bad idea?
Replies: 43
Views: 4485

Hi Guys, Thanks for writing. I am not looking for approval or a committee so much as trying to figure out what the right thing to do is. It's hard to develop ideas in a vacuum. I know other people are smarter or more thoughtful than I am, and as a group, hopefully, we are something more. We all help...
by rodiponer
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Aluminet edging and grommets - is it really worth it?
Replies: 23
Views: 5847

OK, while we're on the subject, using aluminet to cover art vehicles. Can the 30% really give you enough visability to not run over your fellow burners? I just worry about safety (it ranks third Hi Doc, The 30% is so sparse that it looks a bit like a fishing net, to me. It shouldn't be a problem at...
by rodiponer
Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: repetition of art, art with slight varitations.
Replies: 24
Views: 3615

I think sometimes the thought isn't finished. When making my walking machine, even though I was enamored the whole time with this specific one, I also kept thinking about a much larger one. With a burn platform on top of it. So that it would be some kind of large apocalyptic beast of burden that wou...
by rodiponer
Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Aluminet edging and grommets - is it really worth it?
Replies: 23
Views: 5847

We use the shark clips. You can see how it stretches between the clips along the ground, though it doesn't bother me.

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by rodiponer
Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric Bicycle?
Replies: 151
Views: 29295

Hi Robai, Your bus solar system is superduper. I don't think you need to change anything about it. Do you have an inverter to make AC power? This is the easiest, most off the shelf way to charge your trike battery pack. Other ways are more nerdy. If you go with a hub motor, I think you really need a...
by rodiponer
Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Fake Internet at Burning Man-- bad idea?
Replies: 43
Views: 4485

Or maybe I am just regurgitating what I've read... Or is that the same thing as being wise? :) Throw Away Project Idea #xx: The Business Center. The decor is authentic run down 80's cubicle furniture. A bank of VoIP phones, photo copiers, wifi, and Internet kiosks. Everything works and is real. But ...
by rodiponer
Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:36 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Getting Water at Gerlach: Pros and Cons?
Replies: 67
Views: 8871

I bought water in Gerlach last year. The water department was selling it. It was mentioned in the JRS, and then there were signs everywhere as we drove through. It was very quick, easy, and inexpensive. The folks were nice and ran a hose right up to our van to fill our bottles. They said that they d...
by rodiponer
Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric Bicycle?
Replies: 151
Views: 29295

Those panels are enormous, so you should have no problem powering everything you need. I am happy to do the math for you. - How many volts is the battery bank on your trike? - How many amp hours are the batteries on your trike? - How many volts are you running your solar system at? 36, or are you us...
by rodiponer
Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:46 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Fake Internet at Burning Man-- bad idea?
Replies: 43
Views: 4485

I don't have any lumps to give. I think forums tend to look more antagonistic than they are because each post has to effectively communicate a whole thought. I agree that people find what they are coming for. And that there is plenty of downtime. I also believe in coming with no expectations-- a cou...
by rodiponer
Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Fake Internet at Burning Man-- bad idea?
Replies: 43
Views: 4485

Well, I am rethinking this project. After some more research, I've learned that Black Rock is already up to it's ears in Internet. Skilled and dedicated people build excellent and huge connectivity for the city, so it is almost trivial to build on top of their work and make an Internet hotspot. I di...
by rodiponer
Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric Bicycle?
Replies: 151
Views: 29295

That's great!

How did you make that-- chop up three bikes and start welding?

I am pretty sure the DMV will have no problem with that since you can pedal it and it is only three wheels.
by rodiponer
Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: It was your first burn....
Replies: 56
Views: 7561

I knew I would come again. The preparation was so fun that I knew I needed a second (or third) year just for the excuse to make more things. A photograph of Unchronia in a dust storm is what made me get off the fence and buy tickets. I think I am coming back for the same reasons. I want to see what ...
by rodiponer
Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Fake Internet at Burning Man-- bad idea?
Replies: 43
Views: 4485

Vegetable porn would be perfect! I hesitate to ask Google if it exists... I mean, I'm sure it does, but I'm not sure it's as cute as I imagine it. Or an error page that maps popular websites to porn sites: ** TWITTER.COM does not exist, did you mean TWATTER.COM? ** And Google search that changes wha...
by rodiponer
Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Fake Internet at Burning Man-- bad idea?
Replies: 43
Views: 4485

That is part of the joke, my wife wanted to make a fake Facebook with a sign up form like this: - Full Name - Social Security Number - Real sexual orientation (not what your family thinks) - Age you lost your virginity - Upload a photo of yourself naked here And then post the profiles... No special ...
by rodiponer
Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:59 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Fake Internet at Burning Man-- bad idea?
Replies: 43
Views: 4485

Fake Internet at Burning Man-- bad idea?

I am making The Internut, a fake Internet, to bring to Burning Man. And having second thoughts. This is software to help people living in oppressive regimes that have turned off the Internet. People would install this software on their home computers, reconfigure their wifi routers, and blam, The In...
by rodiponer
Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: MY FAVORITE VIDEO (TODAY) IS...
Replies: 3326
Views: 317959

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TL80ScTLlM[/youtube]
by rodiponer
Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: MY FAVORITE VIDEO (TODAY) IS...
Replies: 3326
Views: 317959

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSfKlCmYcLc[/youtube]
by rodiponer
Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: 2010 Theme Camps
Topic: What happened with the unplanned keyholes experiment?
Replies: 2
Views: 1382

Whoops, they were Plazas, not Keyholes. From the Jack Rabbit Speaks, Volume 14, Issue 22 on 6/8/10: We've published the 2010 Black Rock City plan! New this year, the plan includes a set of new truly PUBLIC plazas on the 3:00, 6:00, & 9:00 streets, out near the back of the city (Jakarta street, s...

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