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by Angel Ben
Fri May 11, 2012 5:57 am
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Did you get a STEP Ticket?
Replies: 2517
Views: 214325

Re: Did you get a STEP Ticket?

12:13 here checking in, I just got a $390 ticket out of STEP today! Pretty awesome actually, as it's my birthday! I got up and thought "gee it would be the best birthday present ever if STEP came through today" and there it was! Also, it's worth noting that I had two emails: a 12:13 and a 12:17, and...
by Angel Ben
Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:57 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Is 110 degree dry desert heat very different from..
Replies: 33
Views: 4955

Im from the humid swamps of south Louisiana. Im used to a kind of heat that can kill you. What can I expect in terms of adapting to the desert heat? LOL! Bring a sweater. (Seriously, bring a coat for after dark.) Yeah, this is truth, not a joke! I have friends for New Orleans who go, and complain a...
by Angel Ben
Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:23 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Heads up from the playa: might be dusty
Replies: 130
Views: 24580

MIGHT be dusty? Bahahahahahahahahahahahah! Seriously though, prepare for the worst, always.[/i]
by Angel Ben
Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Last minute virgin anxiety
Replies: 48
Views: 9537

In 1974 I was hiking up a lonely California canyon road, intending to camp in the mountains for some time. I was carrying a hastily prepared backpack. After a few miles I stumbled on an unexpected monastery. One of the resident monks greeted me and we talked for a while. As I was leaving, I hoisted...
by Angel Ben
Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:38 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Limit on spatial size of camp?
Replies: 14
Views: 3837

It's like that sign at the buffet: take all you want, but use all you take.
by Angel Ben
Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Last minute virgin anxiety
Replies: 48
Views: 9537

Abondon any project you haven't started yet, right now. Also abandon any project that has more than an evening's worth of work left. Of any remaining projects, pick two and abandon the rest. You barely have enough time let to pack at this point. These things are not that important, and likely won't ...
by Angel Ben
Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:30 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Last minute virgin anxiety
Replies: 48
Views: 9537

I have the exact same problem where I get overwhelmed with too many ideas. I generally make a list of every project I can realistically accomplish before the burn, then cross off half of them, and that's what I'll work on. I then organize them by priority (ie, how sad I'll be if I don't get it done,...
by Angel Ben
Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:52 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: speaker volume
Replies: 15
Views: 2756

Proximity is key. I have a mobile bar with only a 15W sound system. If I were trying to play music for a dance floor or something, this would obviously be useless. But to anyone standing directly in front of the bar, this will be fine as long as I'm not next to a rave camp or loud art car. It should...
by Angel Ben
Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:39 pm
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: what size evap pond for a two person camp?
Replies: 8
Views: 1493

My evaporation plans for 1-4 people are usually the following: * Water jug with the top cut off for gross stuff. This is usually toothpaste spit or small amounts of water from dishwashing. If you leave it in the sun, it will mostly evaporate. If not, it's probably such a small amount that you can du...
by Angel Ben
Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:41 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Light: for self, not camp.
Replies: 33
Views: 5361

Re: Light: for self, not camp.

That probably won't be sufficient on its own. I hate glow sticks as well, both for environmental reasons and the ever important not looking like a raver. My main light source this year is a water bottle with an embedded solar panel and LED that will run 8 hours with a full day's charge. I'll be hang...
by Angel Ben
Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:36 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Camo netting questions
Replies: 16
Views: 3537

Our pieces of camo netting are large enough to double up, presto, nice thick shade. Yeah, but you gotta watch out for that. If you've got 60% shade and double it, you end up with 120% shade, and you get ice on the inside of the netting. Whatever you do though, don't start cutting it in half to avoi...
by Angel Ben
Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:27 pm
Forum: 2011 Share Resources
Topic: Advice Requested: Keeping Rental Car Clean
Replies: 9
Views: 1958

I have to rent a car every year, and I've tried everything from taping plastic down on the entire interior, to having it professionally cleaned, to washing and vacuuming it myself at a DIY brushless coin-op machine. I've never had a cleaning fine from any of them, and the DIY coin-op machine was the...
by Angel Ben
Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: 2011 Share Resources
Topic: RIDESHARE BEWARE! A tale of woe from last year...
Replies: 21
Views: 6078

Yeah, I've offered up rides with the ride share in the past, but I'd be very hesitant to commit myself to camping with somebody I don't know. I let somebody stay in my Reno hotel room last time, and almost missed my plane because they had their stuff strewn about when it was time to go, and the room...
by Angel Ben
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:25 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Seeking Goggles advice
Replies: 15
Views: 4657

You can also get goggles that have interchangeable lenses so you don't have to carry around 2 pair. I'm also seconding the air vents. The biggest problem with dust is not just it getting in your goggles. I got caught in a dust storm once with no eye protection and a dust particle hit my eye at high ...
by Angel Ben
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:20 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Hydration Pack?
Replies: 15
Views: 3099

While hydration packs are about the most useful thing out there, I personally can't stand the look of them. They never work with my outfits, are usually covered in logos, and they make just about everyone look the same from behind out there. I always just buy the replacement bladders and put them in...
by Angel Ben
Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:13 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Battery Powered Audio - Crate Taxi or Pignose Hog ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1001

Those are probably fine, I know somebody who brings something that looks like the Crate setup to spin jams and it's pretty good. The only problem is that it's an enclosed system so there's no flexibility. For around the same price, you can get a portable amp, speakers and battery and build your own....
by Angel Ben
Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:48 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Whatcha gonna do with your hair this year?
Replies: 26
Views: 4971

I do a wide mohawk that can be trimmed back down and still be vaguely professional when I get back home. When I had long hair, I used to do the braided extensions. I would have a couple friends put them in; takes about 4+ hours so they'd better be good friends. Failing that, if you go to a hair salo...
by Angel Ben
Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:41 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Powering a sound system by marine/car battery?
Replies: 19
Views: 17939

Ah! So you've got the T-Amp as well, then? I absolutely love that little guy; what sort of speakers are you using?
by Angel Ben
Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:23 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Powering a sound system by marine/car battery?
Replies: 19
Views: 17939

Yes, that battery will work fine. Sealed Lead Acid or Gel Cell is the type of battery you want. These are usually used in from scooters, golf carts, and UPSs. That's a pretty small battery though. I'm actually using 4 similar batteries linked in 2 sets of series for a mobile sound system of my own (...
by Angel Ben
Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:09 pm
Forum: 2011 Share Resources
Topic: It's gonna be dusty!!
Replies: 29
Views: 6185

Don't prepare too much, though. Last year I bought a few awesome fashionable coats in preparation for the cold nights that I always seem to be underdressed for, and didn't end up being able to wear them because it was so hot at night. I need to put a big sign on the inside of my suitcases this year,...
by Angel Ben
Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:36 pm
Forum: 2011 Share Resources
Topic: East Coast strays! Come home with me!
Replies: 3
Views: 895

Hello, fre! I just wanted to say hello to a fellow Baltimore burner. I don't know if you know me personally, but I'm ben from PDF. I'm flying out first thing Sunday morning on Southwest and renting a minivan in town (with 2 or 3 other friends). I'm not sure if we'd have room for you in the van, thou...
by Angel Ben
Fri Aug 20, 2004 8:58 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Good bikes and playa dust
Replies: 20
Views: 3188

I'm going to have a non-knobby tired bike meeting me out there. I don't have the time or resources to arrange to have the tires changed, so I'll just have to make do. I know I can let a bit of air out of the tires to give them more traction, but are there any other tricks I can try? Maybe wrapping a...
by Angel Ben
Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:29 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Lots of rain at BM?
Replies: 41
Views: 7241

dapete wrote:Your best bet is to leave your expections in Reno.
I've actually taken to checking around the parking lots of Trader Joe's and Walmart to collect the thousands of discarded expectations. One of these years I'll use them all in a mind-blowing art installation.
by Angel Ben
Fri Aug 13, 2004 1:42 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Emotional Survival Guide
Replies: 20
Views: 4611

JezebelinHell wrote:... There's no problem so big that it can't be countered by consuming ridiculous quantities of psychoactive drugs.
Including, ironically enough, overdosing on ridiculous quantities of psychoactive drugs ;)
by Angel Ben
Fri Aug 06, 2004 6:03 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa weather conditions / playa "floor"?
Replies: 16
Views: 3182

It ain't sand, it ain't sand, it ain't sand. Imagine a giant CoverGirl compact of face powder, packed nice and hard when you purchase it, but a few swipes of the powderpuff, and voila, poofy dust. Okay, so I'm not good at analogy. If there's a massive epidemic of fashion conscious newbies with "pla...
by Angel Ben
Fri Jul 30, 2004 7:26 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Refill NONpotable water
Replies: 4
Views: 1057

There is no vending on the playa!

Oh, except ice.

And coffee.

I think I saw a pepsi machine, too.
by Angel Ben
Tue Jul 27, 2004 10:00 am
Forum: 2004 Camps, Art & Activities
Topic: tsunamai village
Replies: 2
Views: 905

I believe you're thinking of Woonami. Their theme camp listing has a contact email:
2004 Theme Camps, W
by Angel Ben
Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:45 am
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: Uhm...POOP.
Replies: 13
Views: 2620

Personall, I like to completely purge myself beforehand, so I'm going in with a clean and empty system. It generally makes things smoother, and if you have a problem, there's plenty of, er, storage space to avoid a painful backup. Trader Joe's sells a psyllium based pill which I can't recall the nam...
by Angel Ben
Fri Jul 23, 2004 9:40 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Gifting poll
Replies: 54
Views: 12291

Yeah, people take the gifting concept too literally, and often think of it with a bit too much of a barter approach. What I really hate is when I make somebody a drink or something, and they feel compelled to dig through their bags for a gift to offer in return. If you weren't going to give it to me...
by Angel Ben
Fri Jul 23, 2004 9:34 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: why should she not go to burning man
Replies: 22
Views: 3943

Does anybody know where I can get vegan and/or certified organic rebar? Also, has anybody tried veggebar? I hear it holds up better in the heat, but will crumble a bit as you hammer it.

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