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by smittydc
Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Notes from the Mutant Vehicle Workshop
Replies: 7
Views: 4661

Re: Notes from the 2015 Mutant Vehicle Workshop

Why is there no bulletin board section for mutant vehicles 2015? Or can i just not find it?
by smittydc
Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: 2014 Art & Performance
Topic: 2014 Honorarium Art Installations List
Replies: 16
Views: 2384

Re: 2014 Honorarium Art Installations List

How much was spent on direct art grants to honorarium recipients this year? I can't seem to find a total anywhere. Thanks for any help!
by smittydc
Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: 2014 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: PA and sound systems for vehicles
Replies: 6
Views: 812

Re: PA and sound systems for vehicles

Marine stereos and speakers are designed to be better sealed and resistant to the elements. You can also find amps nowadays that have a volume control - that way you can not bother with a head unit. Just plug your ipod into the amp and mount the volume control knob anywhere you want.
by smittydc
Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: On Playa Generator Rental/Servicing
Replies: 1
Views: 499

On Playa Generator Rental/Servicing

What companies will be doing theme camp/village sized generator drop-off and refueling in 2014?

I know United Services handled a lot of it last year. Does anyone have contact information? Are there other options?

Thanks for your help!
by smittydc
Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Sharing Music Across Cars
Replies: 3
Views: 797

Sharing Music Across Cars

What systems are people using to share music across art cars? (besides running long RCA cables)
I know someone was loaning good quality wireless receivers around some of the major large cars, and I was wondering what they used? 5.8ghz uhf? WiFi?
by smittydc
Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: 2014 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Directed Group Sale
Replies: 197
Views: 6096

Re: Directed Group Sale

I've tried different browsers, cleared caches, different computers, different networks -- all end in "invalid code".

SOMETHING IS BROKEN ON YOUR END BURNINGMAN/TICKEYFLY! FIX IT!
by smittydc
Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: 2014 Tickets Discussion
Topic: New car fees and more great ideas
Replies: 96
Views: 4069

Re: New car fees and more great ideas

With the closing of the Gypsum mine the wear and tear on these roads has to be down 80-90%. This is basically a shake down of burningman by Nevada, and the Borganizers decided it was easier to not argue this one. They can't win every fight on every issue. And maybe we'll actually get better road con...
by smittydc
Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: 2014 Tickets Discussion
Topic: New car fees and more great ideas
Replies: 96
Views: 4069

Re: New car fees and more great ideas

Just thought I’d also point out that the $1.4 million in extra ticket revenue from these parking passes is 75% more than what is given out in art grants (~$800,000/yr). So the participants are now spending more on managing traffic than the organization does to encourage art. Barf.
by smittydc
Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: 2013 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Done Driving At Night
Replies: 43
Views: 3720

Re: Done Driving At Night

I gave up on Friday night - it was complete chaos. I mean I LOVE chaos and all, but I had to spend so much time dodging people I couldn't enjoy looking around or talking with my passengers. I parked it and we went out for a walk. Saturday night didn't seem as bad. I have a 500watt halogen spotlight ...
by smittydc
Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: 2013 Art & Performance
Topic: 2013 Honorarium Art Grants
Replies: 12
Views: 13255

Re: 2013 Honorarium Art Grants

I was surprised by the number of past projects that received honorariums this year. Sure, it's nice to bring back past art, but I would have thought more preference would have been given to new projects - or that they could fund transport on their own.
by smittydc
Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: 2013 Theme Camps
Topic: Esplanade at night
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Esplanade at night

Is it just me, or are esplanade theme camps kind of dead at night nowadays? Last year at night I cruised playa art, and made the usual stops at the man/temple/2&10, but I didn't find many esplanade camps that were interesting in the evening. Wal-mart?!? Meh. I wonder if this is because so many g...
by smittydc
Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: 2013 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Meet Beezus Christ, Super Car!
Replies: 14
Views: 1878

Re: Meet Beezus Christ, Super Car!

Nice!
by smittydc
Fri May 03, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: How fast can you charge an electric cart?
Replies: 30
Views: 3930

Re: How fast can you charge an electric cart?

Or use something more sturdy. I built my MV based on an electric Cushman Titan baggage truck. I was cautious at first, but soon realized that if I plugged it in when back at camp, and ran the 2000w genny when parked somewhere for a while (off dancing, etc) - I could pretty much drive it as much as I...
by smittydc
Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Tail lights
Replies: 9
Views: 1773

Re: Tail lights

I used taillights from a 1959 Cadillac - they look like rockets. For the front I used a vintage 500w spotlight off of a fire engine (I put it on a dimmer to be nice).
by smittydc
Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Night Time Illumination
Replies: 37
Views: 4362

Re: Night Time Illumination

For a medium sized 5-man vehicle, go with batteries and LEDs (strips, bulbs, washes, string lights, etc). There are tons of reasonably priced options out there and you will be plenty bright. Nightime is basically 7pm-5am, so powering 10 hours of lights isn't as tough as it used to be. Don't bother w...
by smittydc
Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Tires
Replies: 7
Views: 1763

Re: Tires

The guiding principal is that your MV shouldn't look like the original base vehicle. If covering the wheels helps it look more like whatever it's supposed to be (cow, head, couch, etc), then that's preferable.
by smittydc
Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Speakers for MV
Replies: 6
Views: 2110

Re: Speakers for MV

I've seen a lot of mackie tops overheating in the daytime- even not in direct sunlight - requiring fans and other cooling mechanisms. Newer models might be more durable, however.
by smittydc
Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: 2012 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Merry Marauder
Replies: 7
Views: 2172

Re: Merry Marauder

Ho Ho Ho! Lots of progress being made! You can check it out at http://merrymarauder.com/ Our fundraising is over in five days, if you want to help Santa out! http://www.indiegogo.com/merrymarauder http://merrymarauder.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/484520_502205046472518_1830529953_n.jpg
by smittydc
Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:01 am
Forum: 2012 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Merry Marauder
Replies: 7
Views: 2172

Re: Merry Marauder

Not quite the correct link above...

Here's the right one: http://www.indiegogo.com/merrymarauder
by smittydc
Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: 2012 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Merry Marauder
Replies: 7
Views: 2172

Re: Merry Marauder

Merry Marauder fundraising is now up and running - donating to this art car is the quickest way to get onto Santa's Nice list for the year! We are also offering some of the best SWAG around as thanks your help (pictures below). Please contribute whatever you can! Thanks! http://www.indiegogo.com/mer...
by smittydc
Mon May 14, 2012 9:23 am
Forum: 2012 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Merry Marauder
Replies: 7
Views: 2172

Merry Marauder

Prepare yourself for radical gifting! The Merry Marauder is a Santa Claus themed Rocket Sleigh from Washington DC. Based on a 48v Cushman Titan (former airport baggage truck). You can follow construction on the blog below. Fundraising efforts will also be detailed there as they come together (buildi...
by smittydc
Mon May 14, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: 2012 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Parade of renewable energy powered vehicles
Replies: 69
Views: 4688

Re: Parade of renewable energy powered vehicles

I might be down for this. The parade route looks a bit long, however...
by smittydc
Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:48 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Shipping an art car from the East Coast
Replies: 17
Views: 1375

Re: Shipping an art car from the East Coast

I'm facing the same problem - but mine is much smaller... Take a look at uship.com. You post your shipping details (size, weight, origin, destination, etc), and truckers bid on moving it for you. U-ship is also the basis for the tv reality show "Shipping Wars" on which they ship all kinds ...
by smittydc
Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Mutant Vehicle Forum
Replies: 32
Views: 3218

Mutant Vehicle Forum

Is there a great internet forum out there somewhere that deals with Mutant Vehicle design and preparation? This one doesn't seem all that busy. Usually with stuff like this you can find ONE forum where all the really obsessive people go. With all the art cars I see every year, I'm so far surprised t...
by smittydc
Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:15 am
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Please Reconsider Tier Prices This Year
Replies: 25
Views: 2108

Please Reconsider Tier Prices This Year

Please reconsider the Tier prices this year. I am not too worried about the lottery system - it will make it more onerous for people to get tickets, but they will be available. However, the increase in ticket prices is a concern. Last year the majority of attendees could find tickets for $240 or $28...

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