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by Toe
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Sharing Large Generator
Replies: 27
Views: 2608

Re: Sharing Large Generator

Another win for solar this year :D After a few minutes of rejigging I've got my lithium solar rig humming along quite nicely. It charges the battery in like an hour or two even if it's cloudy, and after that it's all electric gravy for things like other people's batteries, a buffer massage station, ...
by Toe
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: laundry on the playa?
Replies: 86
Views: 22114

Re: laundry on the playa?

I did laundry in the shower again. This time I wish I'd brought clothes pegs XD
by Toe
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Rideshares & Resource Sharing
Topic: RV split - you get Thur-sun
Replies: 19
Views: 1551

Re: RV split - you get Thur-sun

Glad it worked out :)
by Toe
Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Rideshares & Resource Sharing
Topic: Stranded!
Replies: 4
Views: 595

Re: Stranded!

When this happened to my ride we 'burped' the radiator and that fixed it.

It is common to have overheating in cars that have recently had their radiator serviced.
by Toe
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Getting playa dust out of clothes
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: Getting playa dust out of clothes

I noticed that my shade structure had some light coloured stains or bleached areas on it after I washed it. The cloth is cheapo stretchy cotton(?) spandex and it had sat dusty for a year before I washed it. Maybe the playa dust reacted with the fabric dye. Has anyone else encountered playa dust disc...
by Toe
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Shaving at Burning Man
Replies: 65
Views: 11489

Re: Shaving at Burning Man

Post burn report on straight razor shaving at TTITD: It works! Yes it's actually a compact shavette that I use, so there was no stropping or honing, just a double edge blade from the drug store. First shave was in a moving car bumping along the playa during early entry. Yes it was fine. No I wasn't ...
by Toe
Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Water infrastructure for camp showers
Replies: 36
Views: 2343

Re: Water infrastructure for camp showers

I hope this worked out :)

For anyone designing water rigs for the playa, bear in mind two things.

One, gravity feed your water, it never burns out and never needs electricity.

Two, evaporation is worth investing in. Get evaporation right and you eliminate an expensive ongoing cost.
by Toe
Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Advice for what NOT to bring as a birgin tenter
Replies: 16
Views: 1209

Re: Advice for what NOT to bring as a birgin tenter

-Don't bring a janky bike. Bring a properly maintained bike. -Don't bring a 2000Watt generator to charge a cell phone. Bring a bit of solar. -Don't bring your cellphone. This may be your only opportunity to really unplug. -Don't bring a 2000W generator to run a 2100W air conditioner and then realize...
by Toe
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: I made a Freeform Stretch Tent!
Replies: 8
Views: 584

I made a Freeform Stretch Tent!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48728580291_93d1e66ca9_z.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48728754067_ba85199a4b_k.jpg And the original that I copied from: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48728269898_522dc5cac2_k.jpg TLDR: It works. Cheap, flexible, repairable. One person set up. Fou...
by Toe
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Shaving at Burning Man
Replies: 65
Views: 11489

Re: Shaving at Burning Man

I've since moved on to a super cheapo 'shavette' mini straight razor with a finger ring. It takes disposable double edged blades from a safety razor. The result is zero clogs and fewer nicks, surprisingly. I'll see how it works on the playa in a couple weeks.
by Toe
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Mountain bikers... full suspension or hardtail?
Replies: 9
Views: 1211

Re: Mountain bikers... full suspension or hardtail?

Bear in mind that playa dust destroys the tender bits of bicycles. You might want to forego the full suspension for a simple springy seat on a hard tail. This could give you most of the comfort and avoid deterioration of your nice full suspension bike. My personal favorite is a single speed with a s...
by Toe
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: How 'BIG' is burning Man (Physical size of site)
Replies: 26
Views: 30789

Re: How 'BIG' is burning Man (Physical size of site)

Okay birgins, listen up. This is important. She'd tell me to go ahead, then get pissed off at me for going off and doing my own thing. That right there is probably the bigger issue. I invited a dear friend to TTITD and quickly remembered that radical self reliance can sometimes mean emotional self r...
by Toe
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Glasses
Replies: 13
Views: 2715

Re: Glasses

Ah yes, ski goggles are what I use for sunglasses over my glasses. I haven't needed them at night.
by Toe
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Nose filters?
Replies: 17
Views: 3774

Re: Nose filters?

Did anyone else try these?
by Toe
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Glasses
Replies: 13
Views: 2715

Re: Glasses

I may be wrong but it almost seems like playa dust grabs oil off glasses lenses. I've wiped dust off my glasses using my t-shirt and they seem to come out as clean as if I'd used soap and water; no smudges.

Anyone else have this experience?
by Toe
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Need a soldering iron on the playa??
Replies: 11
Views: 3497

Re: Need a soldering iron on the playa??

Another vote here for butane soldering irons. Due to their autonomy, they're especially handy if ever you need to repair your main electrical system.
by Toe
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Lactating Mommas: Need Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2255

Re: Lactating Mommas: Need Advice

Brilliant!
by Toe
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 138677

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

For chain, I kept the cut piece from each segment. (make one cut per link and bend it open) These pieces make handy hooks for guy lines. They also fit over lags that are a little too thick. Yes, they're not as strong. No, strength hasn't been an issue. To cut chain like this, use the type of compact...
by Toe
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Sharing Large Generator
Replies: 27
Views: 2608

Re: Sharing Large Generator

Pappachuck, I'm being hard on you because I can't stand generators especially somewhere so sunny. Mine runs the lights phones, music, and camera charging for fifty odd people and I've had a lot of positive responses. Resource sharing is good though. You're sort of on the right track; maybe your effo...
by Toe
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Lactating Mommas: Need Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2255

Re: Lactating Mommas: Need Advice

evathedefiler wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:19 pm
... really glad I did the work to adapt my electric pump to my deep cycle battery and solar set up.
That's awesome!

Could you provide some details about how you adapted it?
by Toe
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: Playa Tested Greywater Evaporator
Replies: 279
Views: 168251

Re: Playa Tested Greywater Evaporator

Here's a theoretical hybrid between a FIGJAM cooler and an evapotron. -no electricity -'reverse stack effect' aids convection, maybe. -bag pump powered by foot traffic. -gravity based pump can be 'charged' quickly but actuate slowly if desired. -cheap! The filter outlet is not properly drawn, I know...
by Toe
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Shaving at Burning Man
Replies: 65
Views: 11489

Re: Shaving at Burning Man

I love using a double edge 'safety' razor because my multiblades clog. Shaving with cold water works fine for me. My friend used a straight razor at the last burn to good effect. I can never get mine sharp enough though. For a stove, I often camp elsewhere with a 'penny stove'. They're pretty elegan...
by Toe
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Black Rock City Cultural Direction
Topic: Service Camps: Heroes or Plight of BRC?
Replies: 28
Views: 3278

Re: Service Camps: Heroes or Plight of BRC?

I see your
chainsaw-blender
and raise you a pedal blender.
by Toe
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Inexpensive Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
Replies: 2
Views: 686

Re: Inexpensive Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

My all-time favourite tool is the Speedy Stitcher sewing awl. It's no sewing machine but it works great for repairing backpacks and shoes and it fits in my pocket.
by Toe
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Sharing Large Generator
Replies: 27
Views: 2608

Re: Sharing Large Generator

With uncomfortable amounts of sunlight in an era of dirt cheap solar, it seems like a hop in the wrong direction to bring a hub-and spoke model of electricity, especially so with an air-MOOPing generator. The future of the powergrid is decentralization so it's worth thinking about how to apply this ...
by Toe
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: any minimalists?
Replies: 47
Views: 4725

Re: any minimalists?

I'm sort of a hybrid. I try to keep my personal items minimal and I also bring a lot of stuff to contribute to my camp. For 2018 I brought: Personal: basic tent and camping stuff, groceries, BMX bike, warm clothes, a few costume items. No cooler, no stove, To share: 780W of solar, 2.6kWh lithium bat...
by Toe
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: Ideating a meal prep service for BM 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 2654

Re: Ideating a meal prep service for BM 2019

Heh heh heh... It takes like what, an hour to zip around with a schlopping cart at TJ's or wherever to get two weeks of groceries. You may have a hard time getting clientele who don't know how to buy groceries, maybe. Anyway, the real trick is to understand the meaning of decommodification and radic...
by Toe
Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Black Rock City Cultural Direction
Topic: Cultural Course Correcting post by Marian Goodell
Replies: 130
Views: 15828

Re: Cultural Course Correcting post by Marian Goodell

Just photobomb all the pro photoshoots. An amorphous cultural problem might require a cacophonous cultural solution. Photobombing in diapers seems to be part of the equation. It's classic culture jamming and it works. Here's how to DIY: https://www.burn.life/blog/weirdout-wednesday-keeping-burning-m...
by Toe
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Smart Grid!
Replies: 2
Views: 609

Smart Grid!

Our home away from home is a pretty good place to try out a smart grid. Black Rock Labs was working on some hardware for this a while back. We should try it out. A simple smart grid is a way of sharing electrical storage between camps in an intelligent manner. I'm thinking something like: -Your camp...

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