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by mshaman
Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: wind generator
Replies: 18
Views: 5077

Re: wind generator

A car alternator is the first thing that all of us try on the journey to wind power, and it is usually a short stop, because a car alternator wants higher RPMs than you're likely to sustain for any length of time. A low-speed, high voltage motor out of an old tape drive is about the best thing you'l...
by mshaman
Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tracking solar concentrator from scrap.
Replies: 7
Views: 3628

Re: Tracking solar concentrator from scrap.

solarflower, The Lustrous Industrious camp has a number of renewable energy projects under construction. We've been contemplating a solar concentrator for a small Stirling engine. We'll take a look at this and see if it lines up with the Stirling project. Thanks for bringing this up again, and pleas...
by mshaman
Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: 2013 Tickets Discussion
Topic: 2013 TICKET SOLUTION
Replies: 96
Views: 15596

Re: 2013 TICKET SOLUTION

First, welcome to the board. I hope it proves helpful and informative. Ok, I know, I know, the regular ticket program is announced Jan 4, but what was the program for 2011 as far as how many tickets any one person can buy. We are impatient as we plan for this, and we need tickets for our whole crew ...
by mshaman
Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: When Burners do Christmas
Replies: 1
Views: 477

When Burners do Christmas

Tell the neighbors to watch out when a Burner has too much money for Christmas time...
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by mshaman
Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: 2013 Theme
Topic: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?
Replies: 627
Views: 54304

Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Seems like a number of the people on the website actually get it. I wonder how many other people will realize that we burners ARE the cargo cult. When BM started, with influences from Cacophony Society, zone trips, etc. it was just an attempt to be alive. There was no dogma, no 10 principles, just a...
by mshaman
Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: RV Catastrophes: Post your story!
Replies: 30
Views: 3698

Re: RV Catastrophes: Post your story!

Biggest catastrophe: Letting someone else drive early in the trip. Because our camp was decimated by the ticket situation last year, we'd been building solar arrays, refining fuel (I built a micro fuel refinery with which we make enough fuel from waste motor oil -not vegetable oil- to power the whol...
by mshaman
Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:35 am
Forum: 2013 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
Replies: 53
Views: 5015

Re: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

I'm calling it tiers, $350 in the cheapest tier, and the majority going for $500. Remember Larry and the gang are cashing out in the transition to nonprofit: The piggy-bank of about $6M cash on hand + whatever surplus the event can generate over the 3 years. If I recall, this is the last year of the...
by mshaman
Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:59 am
Forum: 2013 Tickets Discussion
Topic: 2013 TICKET SOLUTION
Replies: 96
Views: 15596

Re: 2013 TICKET SOLUTION

We could also merge 2013 Ticket Solution with the other most common thread, "where does the single male wannabe swinger find the endless supply of eager and nubile sparkle-ponies": Sell tickets only to single male swingers and you'll limit ticket demand to about 60,000. Problem solved. Giv...
by mshaman
Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: 2013 Tickets Discussion
Topic: CHRISTMAS TICKETS?
Replies: 106
Views: 9710

Re: CHRISTMAS TICKETS?

$650. Seriously?
by mshaman
Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:47 am
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Did you get a STEP Ticket?
Replies: 2517
Views: 175653

Re: Did you get a STEP Ticket?

Seems like the going rate on ebay is about $650 right now. ugh.

BTW, A friend just got two with a timestamp of 12:16:58, not sure what the latest timestamp is, but the 12:17 folks should be in good shape. We have a spot in line at 12:21, but I'm not holding my breath.
by mshaman
Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Tickets in the mail !
Replies: 115
Views: 10715

Re: Tickets in the mail !

Lemur,
Agreed... and it looks like we're headed for a dusty one, too. It's going to be a crazy year between tickets and weather.
by mshaman
Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Tickets in the mail !
Replies: 115
Views: 10715

Re: Tickets in the mail !

Part of me celebrates that tickets have shipped. Part of me wonders how we got here--we used to celebrate when we bought the ticket, or when we arrived at the playa, and the ticket process producing the desired outcome was a given. Now we're jumping up and down like we've received mana from heaven w...
by mshaman
Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Anyone else compromising your ideals?
Replies: 23
Views: 3405

Re: Anyone else compromising your ideals?

Nerp, tickets are freeing up and will continue to do so. The longer you are willing to wait, the easier it will be to get a ticket at face value. A friend of mine just got her two tickets awarded through STEP. It's late enough in the game that she's like "fuckit, I made plans for Scotland inste...
by mshaman
Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:22 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Conjoined troll threads
Replies: 87
Views: 6033

Re: Shame on you BM.org

It seems like many can agree that non-transferable or STEP-transferable tickets would have been a better solution to the new ticket-demand situation than a lottery. However the OP blaming it on BMorg's greed seems totally irrelevant to me. It wasn't greed, it was A)increase demand and B)craptacular ...
by mshaman
Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Have not received tickets yet. Have you?
Replies: 377
Views: 32150

Re: Have not received tickets yet. Have you?

2 tix at $390 arrived at our place, so they're starting to show up. Woot!
by mshaman
Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: Regional Network
Topic: Apogaea is on!
Replies: 1
Views: 726

Re: Apogaea is on!

Despite the Colorado burn ban (lots of forest fires in CO right now) Apogaea was groovy this year. I kept hearing phrases like "regionals are the new Burning Man". I'm not sure I'd go that far, but there was roughly twice the art this year at Apogaea, much more ambitious than previous year...
by mshaman
Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:35 am
Forum: Regional Network
Topic: Apogaea is on!
Replies: 1
Views: 726

Apogaea is on!

Apogaea is starts in 2 days, woot! I just got of the mountain and the buildout went swimmingly. City layout has been refined, land expanded, and participation increased from 1100 to 1300. It's going to have something like twice the art installations this year, more and bigger love for everyone. We'r...
by mshaman
Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:59 am
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Graph of tickets available vs minimum price on StubHub
Replies: 44
Views: 6551

Re: Graph of tickets available vs minimum price on StubHub

@JS, if you were calling me out in a way that was rational and had a basic modicum of respect, debating the statements on their own merit instead of using personal attacks and derision in an attempt to shame others into seeing things your way, I'd be all about it. I don't need you to agree with me o...
by mshaman
Thu May 31, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Graph of tickets available vs minimum price on StubHub
Replies: 44
Views: 6551

Re: Graph of tickets available vs minimum price on StubHub

@JS you're in a really troll-y mood today, dude. He offered it up "in case anyone cares". You said "you don't". But obviously you do, because you're still here insulting people instead of moving along. Get over it. If you don't like the thread, quit following it. Smoke dope, get ...
by mshaman
Thu May 31, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Graph of tickets available vs minimum price on StubHub
Replies: 44
Views: 6551

Re: Graph of tickets available vs minimum price on StubHub

I find this graph interesting, data whose relevance will be proven or disproven with time, and I'm having trouble with all the people trolling on the guy for putting it out there. The OP basically said "use it or don't" and if you don't find it useful, fine, quit following the thread. But ...
by mshaman
Wed May 02, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: 2012 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: MV Registration...Up, Down, the Same as 2011?
Replies: 9
Views: 1748

Re: MV Registration...Up, Down, the Same as 2011?

What will be most interesting to me is the ratio of invitations extended compared to those that actually show up on the playa. With ticket issues this year, I expect unusual attrition. We dropped 2 out of 3 art car projects so that we could make sure that the one was bangin' despite the short staff....
by mshaman
Wed May 02, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: 2012 Share Resources
Topic: We have RV's from Denver/Ft Collins, CO to BRC
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Re: We have RV's from Denver/Ft Collins, CO to BRC

trilobyte wrote:Giving this a nudge over to the Share Resources board, since that's a better fit for rideshares/caravans.


Thanks, Trilo.
by mshaman
Tue May 01, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: 2012 Share Resources
Topic: We have RV's from Denver/Ft Collins, CO to BRC
Replies: 4
Views: 830

We have RV's from Denver/Ft Collins, CO to BRC

The ticket situation has opened up some seats in our caravan. We have multiple RV's headed out from Denver and Fort Collins areas, with reasonable storage capacity and a good crew. We're looking to share fuel expenses to and from the burn. We'll be towing art cars/theme camp stuff, but with enough d...
by mshaman
Tue May 01, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Post BM tips please...
Replies: 30
Views: 3324

Re: Post BM tips please...

@ Steven, nice! Not smart-ass, just plenty of relevant information. I hope you answer when I ask questions. From a list some friends have made of "where to go other than that thing in the desert"... Sep-8 Sep-9 Hempstalk Kelley Point Park Portland OR USA http://www.hempstalk.org/festival/ ...
by mshaman
Tue May 01, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Trucking options from Oakland
Replies: 12
Views: 1401

Re: Trucking options from Oakland

Often trucking companies will charge loading and unloading time not because the driver had to load it, but because the shipper took too long to load it. I used to run flatbeds and we avoided do-it-your-selfers who didn't have forklifts, etc. Keep in mind that we could generally load a 53' trailer wi...
by mshaman
Tue May 01, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Can Rental Car Companies Refuse to rent to you?
Replies: 10
Views: 5512

Re: Can Rental Car Companies Refuse to rent to you?

It's really the smaller RV rental companies that shun burners. Haven't seen problems with car rentals.
by mshaman
Tue May 01, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Shut the FUCK up about virgins.
Replies: 91
Views: 9047

Re: This seems apropos here



I spent waaay too long looking at this. *ponders vegetarianism* *ponders the cuts of road runner as presented by Wile E. Coyote*
by mshaman
Tue May 01, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: How to approach an asshole
Replies: 95
Views: 7515

Re: How to approach an asshole

Seems like you're at the juncture where you must a) let the situation go, accepting that they just don't get burner philosophy because they have never been or b) let the whole relationship go because their values are so inconsistent with your own. I'll be interested to see which route you choose.
by mshaman
Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Advice on renting a trailer
Replies: 12
Views: 1857

Re: Advice on renting a trailer

Some box vans have bench seats for 3 up front... I've seen people pack 4 in but it's going to get pretty uncomfortable in the 300km to the playa. Also, there are only seat-belts for 3. Don't wreck. :-)
by mshaman
Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:24 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Advice on renting a trailer
Replies: 12
Views: 1857

Re: Advice on renting a trailer

Uhaul rents small enclosed trailers. This starts to get complicated, though: The SUV you rent probably won't be equipped with a hitch. You need to make sure it has a hitch receiver or a bumper hitch ball to hook it up. Then there's getting the lights to work (Uhaul uses a 4-pin flat wiring connector...

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