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by torrey.smith
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Water table depth at BRC ?
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: Water table depth at BRC ?

It varies of course. Typically between 4 and 6 ft before the chocolate pudding starts. When we do anchor pull tests we get a good read on it by seeing what comes up with the anchor. https://youtu.be/p_bHbuLeDE4 https://youtu.be/eGlyBvB4F7U Here you can see a combination of damp Playa and too-tight t...
by torrey.smith
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Best food in Reno!
Replies: 14
Views: 316

Re: Best food in Reno!

Sushimi's all you can eat sushi (formerly known as Hiroba). We gorge ourselves every time we pass through (BM, Juplaya, etc.) and this is a must do.
by torrey.smith
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Camping with Asterix is neat because...
Replies: 12
Views: 627

Re: Camping with Asterix is neat because...

Spag wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:05 am
torrey.smith wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:39 am
We offer zip at Sextant too.
Omg, I just check out your website. You guys are fucking nuts and I love it! I really hope a few of your ideas come to fruition.
We have a little fun.





by torrey.smith
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Camping with Asterix is neat because...
Replies: 12
Views: 627

Re: Camping with Asterix is neat because...

We offer zip at Sextant too.
by torrey.smith
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: AC Suggestion?
Replies: 11
Views: 1010

Re: AC Suggestion?

I use a 12,000 BTU AC for my Shift Pod.

We also make a buried power grid with a central whisperwatt diesel generator and spider box distro.
by torrey.smith
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Tell me where you at 2018?
Replies: 20
Views: 577

Re: Tell me where you at 2018?

Sarge
Sextant
7:15 & Esplanade
by torrey.smith
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: On-Playa Project Fundraisers
Topic: Sextant Tesla Coil (high fidelity sound!) Fundraiser
Replies: 1
Views: 329

Sextant Tesla Coil (high fidelity sound!) Fundraiser

Sextant is excited to be working on a new kind of sound with our big coil! The basic idea is using a new ultra high speed solid state switching circuit to be able to overlay lots of tiny sparks in an attempt to construct a complex sound with a sweetness to it. So, like, human voice and stuff :mrgree...
by torrey.smith
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Placement of the camp?
Replies: 12
Views: 540

Re: Placement of the camp?

JMS, Joining a camp is NOT EASY. This is not some resort where you just show up and sign in. I know I’m going to sound harsh, but you are in over your head (based on all of your posts). You have no clue where you are going and what you have signed up for. Fly yourself out to the US. Rent a car. Fig...
by torrey.smith
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: International Ranger looking to be adopted by creative camp
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: International Ranger looking to be adopted by creative camp

Sextant is looking for people with interest in sound. We're on the verge of a breakthrough into making high fidelity sound with our giant Tesla Coil. It's currently limited to a very harsh MIDI sound, bit what comes next could be very fun with the right team. A fair number of us have been to Afrikab...
by torrey.smith
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Mobility Camp will be back in 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: Mobility Camp will be back in 2018

The Rat Lady wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:55 pm
You bet Sarge!
Do you know where you will be this year?

Rat Lady
Sextant is at 7:15 & Esplanade!!!

I told a lot of people about Trevor at Freezer Burn <3

by torrey.smith
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Mobility Camp will be back in 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: Mobility Camp will be back in 2018

Come by Sextant for your usual harness wrangling up the Tower!
by torrey.smith
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: 2 way radio experiences on the playa
Replies: 14
Views: 2136

Re: 2 way radio experiences on the playa

KS4RGE here. We went Ham last year to great effect. Sextant does study sessions and carpools to test locations so we can get a contingent of legal Hams in camp to run the radios between the Tower, vünderbar, zipline LZ, mobile leads, and camp command. The 888s is a remarkable option because I can pu...
by torrey.smith
Tue May 01, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 755
Views: 80358

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

I came across this part from this ePlaya thread started by Elliot . I ordered one (only $27!) and I'm excited to test it with the next round of Sextant Penetrator Science Glory (SPSG) on the Playa. This could be an excellent way to anchor vertical 4x4's on the Playa. I am interested in the basic pro...
by torrey.smith
Tue May 01, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: No-Dig Ground Screw?
Replies: 6
Views: 1081

Re: No-Dig Ground Screw?

Well it arrived and I'm intrigued! It's a hollow welded-up assembly of mild steel that's been galvanized, which gives it some unique properties.

I'm going to cross post to FIGJAM's main thread.

Sextant will definitely test this on our next round.

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by torrey.smith
Tue May 01, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 49
Views: 3394

Re: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?

One thing I'd like to point out is that at Burning Man, a spacetime vortex causes the sunlight to always come in dead sideways to bypass the top and hit you right in the feels. I recommend side panels on the sunny side, and to plan your orientation appropriately. Sextant has a 40x190 ft shade struct...
by torrey.smith
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Newbie Order of Things
Replies: 24
Views: 1281

Re: Newbie Order of Things

6. Theme Camps This has been the one area I'm at a loss in my prep. I'm huge into community and being part of something which will help to create a fabric to the 10 Principles of Burning Man. I've scoured the list from last year's burn (more than 2000 camps?!) and, well -- it is difficult, isn't it...
by torrey.smith
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: No-Dig Ground Screw?
Replies: 6
Views: 1081

Re: No-Dig Ground Screw?

For $27, this is slightly cheaper than an AEA PE-26. It's actually excellent penetrator geometry. The drive scheme is a bit silly, but I could make an adapter for impact driving. To be honest, I'm intrigued. I have ordered one for evaluation. I'm not sure if this exact article is Playa appropriate, ...
by torrey.smith
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: After action report from One Wheelers on the Playa?
Replies: 8
Views: 1031

Re: After action report from One Wheelers on the Playa?

Torrey, I sent you an email with more questions. I'm curious about any other lessons learned, or extra precautions you'll take next (this) time? Fender? Spare parts or tools suggested? etc. Thanks Lessons learned: OneWheels are insanely awesome on the Playa. I won't be bringing any specific tools, ...
by torrey.smith
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: My first time going! Need Help...
Replies: 19
Views: 1491

Re: My first time going! Need Help...

All good! I see a lot of people perfectly prepared with camelbacks and goggles comfortably consuming everything they see in front of them in a blind party crawl. Sometimes a little subversion can be healthy. A little history: I used to be a super poor hippie kid travelling through Mexico and Central...
by torrey.smith
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: JRS - Has it lost steam?
Replies: 20
Views: 1331

Re: JRS - Has it lost steam?

Ratty wrote:Torrey A big congratulations. Wow! A piece in the Renwick is not something to take lightly. Brag on....You certainly deserve it. Hey, did I see you at the Classic Car last night?
Damn right I was there! Did I hawk the Queen of Black Rock City to you?
by torrey.smith
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: My first time going! Need Help...
Replies: 19
Views: 1491

Re: My first time going! Need Help...

For anyone who hasn't hung out with them, VBC is a punishment camp that naughty theme camps can spend a cycle placed next to if they've been bad before. VBC is an inverse of the 10 principles, which serves a valuable purpose in providing contrast and stress-testing our community. Without forces like...
by torrey.smith
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: My first time going! Need Help...
Replies: 19
Views: 1491

Re: My first time going! Need Help...

AntiM wrote:torrey is messing with you, there is no VBC. torrey seems to have forgotten that's not cool until page two.
There actually is a VBC. And believe it or not, I feel that I'm acting very much in the spirit of their camp :D

That spirit is somewhat... burneriffic.
by torrey.smith
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: My first time going! Need Help...
Replies: 19
Views: 1491

Re: My first time going! Need Help...

One other thing is that you don't even have to book them in advance. They actually like it when people show up at the burn so they can get more credit for the work they do taking in International "orphans". It all goes into their annual report of community service. They're usually placed around 2:00...
by torrey.smith
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: My first time going! Need Help...
Replies: 19
Views: 1491

Re: My first time going! Need Help...

Without a doubt, you want to camp with Voted Best Camp . They are extremely understanding of International Travelers, and they feel that the exposure it brings to our community more than offsets doing a little extra work for them. If you offer to donate $50 or so, they will treat you like a VIP and ...
by torrey.smith
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Hi! I'm doing a report on burning man and would like to ask several questions
Replies: 31
Views: 2125

Re: Hi! I'm doing a report on burning man and would like to ask several questions

What has drawn you to joining/ becoming a burner? I was dragged kicking and screaming but I took to it right away. I was drawn to the amazing builds and the even more amazing people behind them. How long have you been interested in burning man? I was aware of it in the 90's but I saw it as my child...
by torrey.smith
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: JRS - Has it lost steam?
Replies: 20
Views: 1331

Re: JRS - Has it lost steam?

Things like BED, JOTS etiquette, LNT, Stewardship etc. got lost in the glam of the Smithsonian and pleasing the Google overlords with campus art. Hey I've got a [tiny] piece in the Renwick exhibit and I'm really honored by the whole thing. My wife left me right before I made that piece, in many res...
by torrey.smith
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: JRS - Has it lost steam?
Replies: 20
Views: 1331

Re: JRS - Has it lost steam?

I figure that if you feel the JRS is boring, you should do something in our community worthy of making it interesting :wink:
by torrey.smith
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Art car/vehicle working space [Bay Area (SF)]
Replies: 5
Views: 1571

Re: Art car/vehicle working space [Bay Area (SF)]

vikingandamuse wrote:Hey Torrey,

Thanks for the tips! I will check out M0xy... are you there often? My fiance and I would love to come check out the space.
Someone from Sextant is there frequently. PM me for deets :D
by torrey.smith
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Art car/vehicle working space [Bay Area (SF)]
Replies: 5
Views: 1571

Re: Art car/vehicle working space [Bay Area (SF)]

Oh Ratty, thank you. It's all been weighing heavily on me recently.

I'm trying to find my path.
by torrey.smith
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Art car/vehicle working space [Bay Area (SF)]
Replies: 5
Views: 1571

Re: Art car/vehicle working space [Bay Area (SF)]

Do not underestimate the financial impact of building art at larger scales. The m0xy warehouse space in Oakland is home to Sextant and many other projects. All told I'm paying on the order of $2.30 per square foot for our space there. If that doesn't scare you, go for it!!! If it does scare you, you...

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