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by rodiponer
Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Eye Contacts?
Replies: 20
Views: 2427

Contacts are fine. I wear weekly disposables, and wore the same pair the whole time.
by rodiponer
Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike Security
Replies: 379
Views: 55489

There might be inspiration in non-circular gears:


Or asymmetrical gears, like the one on the top right of this apge:
http://www.armure.ch/WALKING.htm
by rodiponer
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: 2010 Art & Performance
Topic: Aluminipede, a small walking machine
Replies: 97
Views: 21952

Aluminipede, a small walking machine

In the spirit of The Contraption thread, or the Playa-Piano, I am creating this thread to ask anyone with interest in my vehicle for advice and thoughts on details while constructing it. I am building a twelve legged walking machine. If I am lucky it will work. And if I am even luckier I will finish...
by rodiponer
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: ePlaya Feedback
Topic: Thoughts on Commerce
Replies: 90
Views: 41842

It's better that such a site does not exist. People already have the choice to buy camping gear at Walmart, REI, Craigslist, a swap meet, or steal it from their relatives garage... The costumes, funny clothes, and accessories are supposed to reflect the individual. A site that sells these things wou...
by rodiponer
Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: 2010 Theme Camps
Topic: RV or Bus Shade structures - anyone use these at BM?
Replies: 9
Views: 7148

I draped a double layer of aluminet (silver greenhouse shade cloth) over my camper van. It was much cooler inside after that, though hanging out in the shade structure was still much nicer.

I learned this from here:
http://www.oceanbeach.com/ches/travel/b ... rning_van/
by rodiponer
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BM a Day (2010-2012)
Replies: 7096
Views: 402366

Milled a few more of the hundreds (hundreds!) of joints I need to make the twelve legged walking machine. Second day of learning to TIG weld. I figured out how to reliably weld 1/16th and 1/8th inch thick tubing together. http://www.rodiponer.com/2010-02-17-clevis.jpg http://www.rodiponer.com/2010-0...
by rodiponer
Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: 2010 Art & Performance
Topic: Proper Material used for Night Illumination on Art Car
Replies: 8
Views: 2127

I think most fabrics would work for backlighting. I made an inflatable slug last year out of ripstop nylon. I just threw a 50' coil of EL wire inside it and it made kinda cool patterns if the wire was close to the cloth, and if it was further away it diffused it to a nice even glow. Nylon can be ver...
by rodiponer
Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: WATER?!
Replies: 50
Views: 5709

1.5 gallons a day is enough to drink and cook with. It is not enough to shower. When you have all of your )*( stuff together, I suggest that you go camping for a few days and see how much water you use. And make sure you like your tent, sleeping bag, flashlights, stove, and all that other camping st...
by rodiponer
Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:39 pm
Forum: 2010 Art & Performance
Topic: The Contraption 2010
Replies: 416
Views: 73888

Those are great engines. I was once exploring up a jungle river in Borneo and saw someone rebuilding a single cylinder two stroke diesel on a muddy river bank. He was scrubbing the cylinders down with leaves and washing the parts in the silty river water. You can't do that with a modern engine with ...
by rodiponer
Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:49 am
Forum: 2010 Art & Performance
Topic: The Contraption 2010
Replies: 416
Views: 73888

It looks awesome, and I love your aesthetic. I read through all of the old thread a couple months ago. What kind of diesel engine? I love the small two stroke diesels, like they use on small canoes in Indonesia. The hand crank start and loud 'bap-bap-bap-bap-bap-bap' that must only be a couple hundr...
by rodiponer
Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: my Burning Man 2009 photos are here
Replies: 60
Views: 35560

You're right. It's too easy to get caught up in a single thing that someone says online. I was really responding to Tristan, who seems stuck on seeing his work at Burning Man as a potential business. I think it's great, admirable, and wonderful that you helped build the temple. But I do not think th...
by rodiponer
Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: 2010 Art & Performance
Topic: This should be rescued for the Playa
Replies: 22
Views: 3729

Have you seen the construction videos? He had to drill and tap 11,000 holes in stainless.

by rodiponer
Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:57 am
Forum: Stories
Topic: my Burning Man 2009 photos are here
Replies: 60
Views: 35560

I just don't get it. Being a photographer at Burning Man is one of the least expensive arts you can pursue there. All you have to do is bring equipment that you already have. To say that Burning Man is a 'rich mans game' and that you can't afford to pursue your own art unless you can make money off ...
by rodiponer
Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:05 am
Forum: 2010 Art & Performance
Topic: This should be rescued for the Playa
Replies: 22
Views: 3729

Ugly Dougly wrote:It's just a music box. It wouldn't take a brainiac to build a massive music box, powered by the wind.
NO I didn't volunteer! Stop thinking that!
Bullcrap. This is a work of genius.

So how is your wind powered techno music box going to work?
by rodiponer
Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:47 pm
Forum: 2010 Theme Camps
Topic: Alternatives to Rented Scaffolding for Large Shade Structure
Replies: 11
Views: 3552

What about camo netting or shade cloth stretched between the RV's and poked up higher with a few big poles that have guy lines running to the RV's?
by rodiponer
Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: my Burning Man 2009 photos are here
Replies: 60
Views: 35560

I'm sorry, I read what I wrote earlier today-- I was overly antagonistic. It's too bad about the donuts. The rules are silly if you do not consider what the organizers are trying to do. I believe the big picture is that they are trying to keep Burning Man themed shirts out of Hot Topic and Urban Out...
by rodiponer
Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: Stories
Topic: my Burning Man 2009 photos are here
Replies: 60
Views: 35560

Tristan, I like your photography. I think pursuing your work at Burning Man should be it's own reward. That you have been given a free ticket, weeks of highly coveted early arrival to take nearly exclusive photos of the construction, use of a basket crane for your photography, and probably free donu...
by rodiponer
Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: 2010 Art & Performance
Topic: Okay to use go cart base as mutant vehicle?
Replies: 33
Views: 5915

I do not think the application from this year is online yet. You can find last years application, Google for:
"Department of Mutant Vehicles Questionnaire 2009"
and click 'cached'. Towards the bottom is the PDF they used last year. Which of course may be different for this year.
by rodiponer
Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Has anyone ever done a methane digester on the playa?
Replies: 30
Views: 3572

I have no inside knowledge anywhere, but I think that if you get the Nevada State Health Department to approve it, that their approval will be good enough for any other organization that feels like they should have a say. http://health.nv.gov/ If this is something new, that they have not approved be...
by rodiponer
Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:23 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: what do people do during the day?
Replies: 71
Views: 10709

These folks made the "Tin Pan Dragon":
http://www.kineticsculpturelab.com/2009_lab.htm

Click around on their site and I think there are more detailed construction photos.
by rodiponer
Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: 2010 Art & Performance
Topic: Okay to use go cart base as mutant vehicle?
Replies: 33
Views: 5915

To what extent are go-cart based mutant vehicles grandfathered in from previous years? Or does the DMV not take that into account when approving for the current year?
by rodiponer
Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: Towards a More Accessible Burn
Replies: 174
Views: 42242

The ADA says doorways must be 30" wide. I don't know about hallways, I assume you might need more width for hands on the big side wheels. My daughters little kid manual wheelchair is 25" wide. It can go over a one inch vertical lip without needing to pop a wheely, but even a short wedge shape is bet...
by rodiponer
Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: Towards a More Accessible Burn
Replies: 174
Views: 42242

I want to help. Here's my wild guess at materials for a basic 10' long, 3' wide, 10" high ramp made out of aluminum: Two 10' long 2x2 0.125" tubing: edges of the platform Two 2" long 2x2 0.125": support column 2' up ramp Two 4" long 2x2 0.125": support column 4' up ramp Two 6" long 2x2 0.125": suppo...
by rodiponer
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Stories
Topic: Towards a More Accessible Burn
Replies: 174
Views: 42242

But what would the org do? Install elevators in vertical projects that other people make? Buy a a fleet of scissor lifts to park beside temporary buildings? Supply ramps to bars with wood platforms? This is nerdy, but it would be cool to design an old fashioned manual elevator that can be quickly as...
by rodiponer
Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: Stories
Topic: Towards a More Accessible Burn
Replies: 174
Views: 42242

My little daughter is in a wheelchair. She does not walk well and can only go a limited distance before she has to sit down. The ramps at the temple were great for her to walk up at her own slow pace. Her wheelchair would not work on the soft dirt of the playa, so last year she rode in a bike traile...
by rodiponer
Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Large generator for powering art
Replies: 17
Views: 3616

If so, the Artery might supply you with a generator unit, and schedule fuel deliveries for you. you might be able to get them to do just the Gennie, or even just the fuel deliveries, if not. Hey! I didn't know that. Maybe I will apply for a grant for my photo sharing device just for power. I really...
by rodiponer
Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:17 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: NO KIDS ALLOWED!
Replies: 308
Views: 51496

Changoloco, Feel free to stop by Kidsville this year and see how two year olds roll on the playa. They are generally running around like maniacs in the heat of the day while the parents hide in the shade. I think young kids may simply be too dumb to feel hot, or maybe they dissipate heat easier beca...
by rodiponer
Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:22 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Water Storage
Replies: 44
Views: 4342

Victorian, Have you kept track of how much you normally use while camping? A hundred gallons is a lot for a week. We used twenty gallons for three adults and two kids. Everyone in our group has sailed far together, and camp in the desert together a few times a year, and so we are used to conserving ...
by rodiponer
Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Google Bai Bai
Replies: 14
Views: 2930

I don't mean liberal arts in a political sense. Just that style of thought, the way of thinking that is taught in a liberal arts education. It's not at all political. There are plenty of right-wing liberal arts educations available. And, to be fair, from my limited education, I think a classical lib...
by rodiponer
Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Google Bai Bai
Replies: 14
Views: 2930

Well, this article indicates that China broke into the back doors Google added for our government to read our email headers (from, to, subject, ip address, message length, names of file attachments, and etc). http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/01/google-and-china-the-attacks-and-their-afte...

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