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by Riv
Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: How stretchy is aluminet, anyway? (making a scale model)
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Re: How stretchy is aluminet, anyway? (making a scale model)

I don't think I'm going to have a free weekend between now and then to do a test run, so it's going to be a matter of improvising on-playa! Worst case scenario I'm just where I was last year... I've revised my plan a little--I'm going to lash some PVC to the upright poles and cap them with tennis ba...
by Riv
Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Is bleach necessary for very small graywater evap setups?
Replies: 7
Views: 1468

Is bleach necessary for very small graywater evap setups?

I used a pesticide sprayer for a "shower" last year, using a biiiig towel hanging in the sun to evaporate the small amount of graywater made (likely a half gallon or so). Only did that a couple of times (baby wipes the rest of the time). My wife is coming with me this year, so I'm bringing more towe...
by Riv
Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:07 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: old ripped bedsheets as shadecloth
Replies: 26
Views: 3115

Re: old ripped bedsheets as shadecloth

My one thought on the bedsheets idea is that I think (from what I remember of blanket fort construction) tying knots in the corners generally leaves more slack in the center, turning them into scoops/sails. You may want to investigate a workaround to get them flat--either a way to take the slack out...
by Riv
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Lighting yourself-help!
Replies: 42
Views: 23328

Re: Lighting yourself-help!

Yeah, something simple is fine, the bare minimum is "don't get run over". Brighter is better! If you're at all interested in going beyond the bare minimum: you'll find that a distinctive-looking piece of glow will help your friends find you when travelling together at night. Getting split up in the ...
by Riv
Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: How to attach a battery pack to clothes without a pocket?
Replies: 13
Views: 4964

Re: How to attach a battery pack to clothes without a pocket

That's genius, I love it! I can probably use something elastic--maybe base it on a bungee cord. Thanks for the idea :D
by Riv
Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: MINI monkey hut?
Replies: 26
Views: 3705

Re: MINI monkey hut?

Oh, and if you haven't already, look into cutting the PVC into 5' sections held together with 2' "sleeves" of 1.25" PVC. that worked fine for me last year, and a 5' bundle of PVC may be more doable for your car situation.
by Riv
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: How to attach a battery pack to clothes without a pocket?
Replies: 13
Views: 4964

How to attach a battery pack to clothes without a pocket?

I've made what's essentially a light-up scarf/necklace that I'd like to be able to wear and/or hand to an under-illuminated friend. So far so good, but I'd like a way to clip it securely to clothing (not involving safety pins). I can try to rig something up with duct tape and binder clips as well as...
by Riv
Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: What are you gonna eat this year?
Replies: 50
Views: 6671

Re: What are you gonna eat this year?

Update: I discovered this at the local Korean food place: http://www.house-foods.com/product/Curry+House+Vegetable+Curry+with+Beef/ I had it for dinner tonight, it's pretty good (to me)! Not at all spicy, yet a little more interesting tasting that straight-up beef stew. Had it with a package of heat...
by Riv
Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:48 pm
Forum: 2014 On-Playa Project Fundraisers
Topic: Cosmic Praise Fundraiser
Replies: 4
Views: 3340

Re: Cosmic Praise Fundraiser

Is it kosher to bump this? We're in the last 24 hours, folks, now's the time to chip in if you've been thinking about it! :)

I should mention that the artist is offering HIS OWN BEARD as a backer reward now. That takes dedication!
by Riv
Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Creating PVC joints that easily break down
Replies: 9
Views: 1115

Re: Creating PVC joints that easily break down

For my monkey hut, I used 2' sections of 1.25" pvc to make sleeves to connect pieces together (used gaff tape to hold in place better). To hold them together where the ribs crossed the spine, I lashed them together with old bike inner tubes. Seemed to hold well without creating any points where some...
by Riv
Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: How to bring my bike
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Re: How to bring my bike

Bikes were taken on the bus last year, though I didn't do so. Burner Express's customer service is pretty responsive, consider contacting them if you have any doubts.
by Riv
Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: What are you gonna eat this year?
Replies: 50
Views: 6671

Re: What are you gonna eat this year?

Couscous (just add hot water and cover!), with olive oil and raisins and garlic salt.
by Riv
Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Burner Express day question
Replies: 21
Views: 2428

Re: Burner Express day question

I don't know what they're doing this year, but last year, they had us put our bags of trash in a pile at the bus depot, saying they'd truck it away later. I don't remember if there was a fee associated with it or not. Felt kind of weird to just abandon it, but I didn't hear any complaints about the ...
by Riv
Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: 2014 Theme
Topic: The Man Pavilion
Replies: 30
Views: 8131

Re: The Man Pavilion

I wish they'd rig up a way for a bunch of participants to raise the giant man! Imagine how cool that would be :)
by Riv
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: 2014 On-Playa Project Fundraisers
Topic: Cosmic Praise Fundraiser
Replies: 4
Views: 3340

Cosmic Praise Fundraiser

Cosmic Praise is a project I'm involved with based in Boston. We're putting a high-voltage cosmic particle detector on top of a 50-foot minaret at the 6:00 keyhole! So you'll be able to climb up a ladder and see the whole city, *and* see an elegant piece of machinery visualizing the normally invisi...
by Riv
Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Burner Express Ticket Sales Launching May 8th!
Replies: 19
Views: 3335

Re: Burner Express Ticket Sales Launching May 8th!

Thanks Trilo! I finally got a reply from their customer service--all Sunday buses are fair game for regular (non-early) ticketholders!
by Riv
Sat May 31, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Burner Express Ticket Sales Launching May 8th!
Replies: 19
Views: 3335

Re: Burner Express Ticket Sales Launching May 8th!

I wish the website called out what the earliest Sunday bus normal ticketholders could take! Is 2pm the only safe option? What happens if the bus gets to the gate before 6pm?
by Riv
Fri May 30, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Burner Express Ticket Sales Launching May 8th!
Replies: 19
Views: 3335

Re: Burner Express Ticket Sales Launching May 8th!

The support form hasn't gotten me the answer to this yet, so I'll ask here: I don't have Early Arrival. Can I take the 11am bus from Reno to BRC on Sunday?
by Riv
Mon May 19, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Protecting your bicycle in a container?
Replies: 8
Views: 1185

Re: Protecting your bicycle in a container?

The minimum I do is to zip-tie the wheels to the frame so they can't rotate, remove the handlebars/pedals/seat to ship separately, and wrap the whole thing in a tarp (using some paracord to keep it snug). Ideally one would also remove the wheels, but I've found that to be more trouble than it's worth.
by Riv
Sat May 10, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: How stretchy is aluminet, anyway? (making a scale model)
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Re: How stretchy is aluminet, anyway? (making a scale model)

Oh, and I ended up going with some organza type fabric because seeing through it seemed more useful than experiencing the stretch. That stuff does stretch on the bias some, so realistic enough for my purposes.
by Riv
Sat May 10, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: How stretchy is aluminet, anyway? (making a scale model)
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Re: How stretchy is aluminet, anyway? (making a scale model)

Thanks for the tip, I'll order ASAP! For the curious, I was inspired by this thread 's latest update. Here's my Kodiak tent from last year --shaded only by the shadow of my Monkey Hut and some sarongs I strung up between the tent and the hut with spring clamps. Surely I can do better this year with ...
by Riv
Sat May 10, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: How stretchy is aluminet, anyway? (making a scale model)
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

How stretchy is aluminet, anyway? (making a scale model)

I want to make a small model of a simple shade structure before I go ordering aluminet--probably at 1"=1'. Is T-shirt jersey fabric appropriate here, or should I look for something more like spandex or tights?
by Riv
Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:02 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Burner Express Ticket Sales Launching May 8th!
Replies: 19
Views: 3335

Re: Burner Express Ticket Sales Launching May 1st!

Does anyone remember whether the bus tickets sell out, or if they just order more buses to meet demand? I want to know whether I need to decide between the bus and renting a car (both have their pros and cons) by May 1 or if I have more leeway.
by Riv
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: The Greeter's Station
Topic: First time burner from Boston
Replies: 11
Views: 1103

Re: First time burner from Boston

http://bostonburners.org

The meet-ups at CBC are great!

Also the Firefly regional is wonderful and the deadline for the ticket lottery is soon, if you're interested :)
by Riv
Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa
Replies: 82
Views: 29659

Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

I kept my hair in french braids, got them redone every other day or so--had a campmate who liked braiding, luckily! I used this "ShiKai Color Reflect Mist & Go Conditioner" leave-in stuff whenever it was getting re-braided. Kept things from getting totally straw-like. I really ended up liking that s...
by Riv
Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Newbie On Fire for 2014
Replies: 40
Views: 4345

Re: Newbie On Fire for 2014

Remember that you can camp alone, especially if you're a resourceful OCD type! You won't really be alone--you'll meet your neighbors and find people you click with really quickly. That's what I did this year, anyway :)
by Riv
Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BMan 2013 a Day
Replies: 2373
Views: 185104

Re: One Item for BM a Day

Container load happened and I survived!
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I learned how to take my bike apart and I thiiiink I'll remember how to put it back together on the playa :)

I know I'm bringing too much stuff, but ah well. At least I'll be prepared. (I'm camping by myself in Hushville.)
by Riv
Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BMan 2013 a Day
Replies: 2373
Views: 185104

Re: One Item for BM a Day

Brought home this bike from my father-in-law yesterday! He builds all kinds of bikes as a hobby, and this was his birthday/Christmas/wedding gift to me :) playabike.jpg Then I spent last night adding monkeylights, light up handlebar streamers, a normal rear light, and EL-wire to it. This thing is go...
by Riv
Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BMan 2013 a Day
Replies: 2373
Views: 185104

Re: One Item for BM a Day

Still have a bunch to do before truck load, but today I made a measuring triangle thingy (technical term) out of cord, for placing the stakes of my monkey hut. Should get me correct distances and right angles without messing around with a measuring tape.
by Riv
Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BMan 2013 a Day
Replies: 2373
Views: 185104

Re: One Item for BM a Day

Finishing up mending a bunch of holes in the thrift store sweater. Bought cheap(ish) towels, pillows, and those vacuum-sealing bag thingies. Hoping to pack up kitchen stuff and re-pack some of the boxes for the container truck (now with some of the clothes I don't want to wear for the rest of the su...

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