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by caveatlector
Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:14 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: What will Law Enforcement decide to crack down on this year?
Replies: 60
Views: 7066

IMHO

I've got quite a bit of experience with cops in the past, and unless they're so different down in the states I can assure you one thing: They're folks who volunteered for this gig, who are interested in seeing what goes on, and are sworn to uphold and maintain the law. They will ticket you for being...
by caveatlector
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:21 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Balls! How to avoid?
Replies: 29
Views: 8204

In the States. I have a load of it because Potato Starch is not the easiest thing to find in Houston and when you do its often sold out. It runs about 78 cents to $1.50 depending on if it mattes if you have a certain brand. I'm considering it. I've got a 4 day road trip ahead of me and some DIY in ...
by caveatlector
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Balls! How to avoid?
Replies: 29
Views: 8204

For already irritated skin, I use Penaten skin creme. I'm a cyclist so chafing and heat rash is pretty much one occupational hazards. I also never go camping without it. Gold bond is good but can often sting on chafed bits. I use a home-made mix of cornstarch, tea tree oil, and some lavender or vani...
by caveatlector
Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Costume & Crafting Help
Replies: 2064
Views: 220115

See, that's why I wouldn't have used a suit jacket pattern for a mountie jacket. You really need one square for the back, one for the front and the sleeves. Doesn't need to be all tailored and fitted and junk. You can split the front square up the middle to make a working jacket (ugh buttonholes). ...
by caveatlector
Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:56 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Costume & Crafting Help
Replies: 2064
Views: 220115

jella wrote:whatcha makin ?
This is a mock-up for a single-breasted blazer. The actual one is going to be bright red, with brass buttons, and epaulettes-- A Mountie uniform. :)

If the mock-up goes well, I'll likely add some Elwire details and have it as my nighttime version.
by caveatlector
Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Costume & Crafting Help
Replies: 2064
Views: 220115

So noted.

Image

It might help me deal with the fact that the pattern I'm working from is the devil.
by caveatlector
Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:54 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Costume & Crafting Help
Replies: 2064
Views: 220115

Jackets are advanced - well, again, depending on what you're going for...how well you want it fitted, how it is to lay, etc. I just hate doing sleeves...measure twice, cut once! I've made a dressform of myself (a Judy? A Jude?) to help myself with sizing in the torso-- I'm just hoping that the slee...
by caveatlector
Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:22 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4322
Views: 1208382

Is there an alternative to using a DuraCool Pad? Such things are not available here in Canada.
by caveatlector
Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:06 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Costume & Crafting Help
Replies: 2064
Views: 220115

I've sewn before, but a suit jacket feels like a bit of an advanced project. I am, in fact, doing a mock up to begin-- I cut the pieces last night and starting the pinning. I was just trying to get a bit of "you're on the right track" verification before I started stitching the whole kit-and-kaboodl...
by caveatlector
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:30 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Border Crossings from Ontario into the USA
Replies: 12
Views: 1920

Thanks for the advice and the link, Token and Stickygreen!
by caveatlector
Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Border Crossings from Ontario into the USA
Replies: 12
Views: 1920

Border Crossings from Ontario into the USA

Hi! I'm driving down to the playa for my first burn with a few other folks, and I'm wondering if there's some advice regarding what I should be telling the border guard when I'm making the crossing. For some reason, I think that saying "We're headed to Burning Man!" when asked for our reason for vis...
by caveatlector
Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:34 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Costume & Crafting Help
Replies: 2064
Views: 220115

Modifying existing patterns

Hi all! I was hoping someone here might have some experience in adjusting a stock pattern? I find myself in an unfortunate position where the pattern I'm working from has my dimensions directly *between* Medium and Large. I've assumed that if I find a median between medium and large cutting lines, I...
by caveatlector
Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: 2010 Theme Camps
Topic: Wayward Canadian seeks camp!
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Wayward Canadian seeks camp!

Hello! My plans have finally firmed up to get to my very first burn and while I originally asked a few months ago, it seems like it might be time to ask again if there are people who are looking to include a nice and pretty laid back Canadian in their camp. There are clearly quite a few options out ...
by caveatlector
Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Looking to get some help with a vehicle project... resources
Replies: 37
Views: 9997

I am frankly floored by the technical knowledge being shared here. Its certainly looking like I'm looking at way more work than I can get done for this year-- in particular since I'll need that advance permission to bring the vehilce to the playa and I'm going to need at least 3 months to save funds...
by caveatlector
Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:57 am
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Looking to get some help with a vehicle project... resources
Replies: 37
Views: 9997

How is a dogsled steered by leaning? It's been about an eternity since I've driven one, but what I can recall: A dogsled is actually controlled by a combination of leaning and the dogs. A good track helps as well on keeping the sled on target. When you lean on a dogsled, you're putting torque on th...
by caveatlector
Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: The Greeter's Station
Topic: After a decade of trying to get to the Playa, here I come!
Replies: 8
Views: 1062

After a decade of trying to get to the Playa, here I come!

After a chronic streak of the not-having-the-cashitis to get my butt from Toronto, Canada to BM, I've finally lucked onto a rare set of circumstances that allow me to do so. My route to BM, the camp I'm staying in, and what I'm bringing with me is clearly still up for consideration-- but come hell o...
by caveatlector
Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Looking to get some help with a vehicle project... resources
Replies: 37
Views: 9997

Thank you, LeChatNoir, I think I might use these pneumatic tires. The ones I've been considering using are solid plastic and might simply dig into the dirt. Captain Goddammit: Do the playa conditions vary wildly from year to year, or are they degrading further with each BM? Should I be considering m...
by caveatlector
Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:07 am
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Looking to get some help with a vehicle project... resources
Replies: 37
Views: 9997

Captain Goddammit: I'm sort of stuck on the wheels at the back, I think, if I want to keep with the idea of lean-and-turn-- unless I decide to go insane and tool my own mondo-sized trucks that can handle a larger wheel set (which isn't a terrible idea but not something I can do for this year). Local...
by caveatlector
Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:09 pm
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Looking to get some help with a vehicle project... resources
Replies: 37
Views: 9997

I'm so pleased to see so many useful tips and people willing to help. I know I'm biting off more than I can chew, so I am not really holding my breath about getting the vehicle done in time this year-- but I like the idea of the project so in the very least I'd like to get started. The idea sort of ...
by caveatlector
Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Looking to get some help with a vehicle project... resources
Replies: 37
Views: 9997

Looking to get some help with a vehicle project... resources

Hi all! I'm preparing for my first burn, and was wondering if there were building resources for those of us who are thinking about making a vehicle or small installation. I need someone to look at my idea essentially and give me feedback about potential issues. I'm aware of the dusty nature of the p...

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