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by Toe
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Mountain bikers... full suspension or hardtail?
Replies: 9
Views: 755

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: 27171

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: 2283

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: 3270

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: 2283

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: 10
Views: 2697

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: 1817

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: 891
Views: 121066

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: 20
Views: 1356

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: 1817

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: 162365

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: 60
Views: 9380

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: 2121

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: 506

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: 20
Views: 1356

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: 4130

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: 1757

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: 120
Views: 9843

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: 394

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...
by Toe
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Black Rock City Cultural Direction
Topic: Which of the 10 principles needs tweeking?
Replies: 16
Views: 1328

Re: Which of the 10 principles needs tweeking?

LNT needs more emphasis on CO2 emissions; we can't see the air but we still face consequences for MOOPing it. Pop a couple of solar panels off your house and bring them to the burn. See about the best ways to save gas on your trip and save carbon emissions and $ as a bonus. The playa is swimming in ...
by Toe
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: laundry on the playa?
Replies: 85
Views: 19593

Re: laundry on the playa?

I've washed my socks and underwear in the shower with regular hand soap. It worked fine. Rinsing took a small shower worth of water though. I'll need to improve my technique.
by Toe
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Quality Lights?
Replies: 9
Views: 4065

Re: Quality Lights?

I'm not sure I'd call them quality but fairy lights do work, sometimes, for a while. One of their qualities is that you can repair them with a little bit of soldering know-how. Another quality is they're cheap as shit. I pull them out of the garbage and resurrect them. Pro tips: -Get ones that have ...
by Toe
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Anyone have experience with BMX Bike on Playa?
Replies: 14
Views: 2383

Re: Anyone have experience with BMX Bike on Playa?

Yep, I've taken a BMX bike the past two years. As mentioned above, it's probably not as good as a cruiser. Mine is playa optimized: -not too expensive (but not so cheap that it crumbles. $50 + $150 in playa-specific upgrades) -waxed drive chain keeps the playa out -new cables and housing -springy se...
by Toe
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?
Replies: 54
Views: 10231

Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

My method is to cover up:
Tights,
long sleeved thin hoodie,
abuse-tolerant broad hat,
keffiyeh (wet or dry),
ski goggles over glasses,
respirator.

Riding a bike creates a breeze, so ride and don't stop. Walking is uncomfortably hot.
by Toe
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Help: removing mold/mildew off canvas tent?
Replies: 9
Views: 1509

Re: Help: removing mold/mildew off canvas tent?

Grapefruit seed extract is supposed to be pretty good for this kind of situation according to the end of this article: https://moldpedia.com/mold-removal
by Toe
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: how to get rid of the wife and go to bm alone
Replies: 20
Views: 2507

Re: how to get rid of the wife and go to bm alone

Whats up guys one week to go, counting down, so excited and cant wait for that so we burners gotta a very friend of us that wants to go but his wife has been keeping him on a tight leash we are seeking for a good excuse so then he can come alone and join us she knows what burning man is, which make...
by Toe
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Art Theme
Topic: Patent for Teledildonics Expires After 20 Years
Replies: 3
Views: 925

Re: Patent for Teledildonics Expires After 20 Years

Yass!
I'll get right on it.
by Toe
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag VS rebar on bus
Replies: 12
Views: 3695

Re: Lag VS rebar on bus

A simple wrench may work fine for you. For a single person tent, four 12 inch lags and a manual socket wrench will be fine. Four 12 inch nails with washers and a claw hammer will work fine too. I've worked a few 24 inch lags with a simple adjustable wrench. You probably wouldn't want to do more than...
by Toe
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning
Replies: 178
Views: 84474

Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Bump

Going coolerless two burns and counting.

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