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by kman
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Water bottles v. water bladders
Replies: 47
Views: 7023

That is huuuuuuuuuuuge, way bigger than anything I'd need. That's why I love my belt so much. Holds everything I need and then some, and I hardly know it's there - well, I will with the new once, because of the water weight, but still. I'm thinking a bottle will also be much easier to ask for water...
by kman
Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BM a Day (2010-2012)
Replies: 7096
Views: 526980

MisaBlue wrote:Army Desert Boots :D the Item for today
Nice... which ones are they?
by kman
Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Nail Spikes/Stakes or Playa Staples ever failed?
Replies: 24
Views: 4930

TomServo wrote:Anyone ever try these? http://www.backyardgardener.com/gp/Home ... Stake.html
Might be ok, but I'd trust metal over plastic any day, especially on the playa.

And those aren't even super cheap.
by kman
Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Photographers! Night Shooting?
Replies: 18
Views: 6118

I just found a point and shoot that does tiff. Good zoom too. I knew they were out there somewhere. Not expensive either. They used to make many. Have you guys tried using a rifle position (holding the camera) for shots that need a tripod? I really love tripods, but I have taken shots of high speed...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: tents
Replies: 38
Views: 5587

At night it will be cold. I don't know if you want to move off the cot, but you do want to think through going into the 40s and possibly 30s (farenheit, I don't have the centegrade, but the 20s, I think.) 20*C is quite warm (68*F). 32*F = 0*C (roughly). But your point is correct. It could get quite...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Nail Spikes/Stakes or Playa Staples ever failed?
Replies: 24
Views: 4930

I have used rebar in the past for my shade structure and tents, and will also this year. But this year we are also bringing out large rugs, lounge chairs, etc... Will the metal stakes above hold down the rug if nailed through? Also, what would you say is the best way to anchor smaller things during...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Photographers! Night Shooting?
Replies: 18
Views: 6118

One thought on ISO- don't be afraid to go low for night shots. I shoot clubs, and never go higher than ISO 200, and I prefer ISO 100. You get richer colors, and you get less "noise". The caveat: you absolutely must use a tripod & a long exposure on the playa. The long exposure is key. And no flash....
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Photographers! Night Shooting?
Replies: 18
Views: 6118

Tripod is a must. Also, consider a decent VR lens, to help you get the shots when you can't deploy the tripod. ISO 400-800 should deliver pretty useable stuff. RAW is certainly worth considering, but hardly essential. If you decide to play with RAW, practice at home first... the playa is not the pla...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Bar hopping at Burning Man
Replies: 187
Views: 27496

Vodka can be used as a disinfectant. Just a thought... but carry one of those shot bottles of vodka, and a foam brush of sorts, for out and about cleaning of your container. I've rinsed out other peoples cups, but id doubt all bars do. Or better still, Everclear. The real stuff, the kind you can bu...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Bar hopping at Burning Man
Replies: 187
Views: 27496

Vodka can be used as a disinfectant. Just a thought... but carry one of those shot bottles of vodka, and a foam brush of sorts, for out and about cleaning of your container. I've rinsed out other peoples cups, but id doubt all bars do. Or better still, Everclear. The real stuff, the kind you can bu...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Nail Spikes/Stakes or Playa Staples ever failed?
Replies: 24
Views: 4930

I have used rebar in the past for my shade structure and tents, and will also this year. But this year we are also bringing out large rugs, lounge chairs, etc... Will the metal stakes above hold down the rug if nailed through? Also, what would you say is the best way to anchor smaller things during...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Nail Spikes/Stakes or Playa Staples ever failed?
Replies: 24
Views: 4930

I have used rebar in the past for my shade structure and tents, and will also this year. But this year we are also bringing out large rugs, lounge chairs, etc... Will the metal stakes above hold down the rug if nailed through? Also, what would you say is the best way to anchor smaller things during...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: In enquiry LED strings… Powerpacks, Solar Panel, Inverter
Replies: 8
Views: 2504

In case you're curious, I wrote an Instructable on analyzing the power differences between rewiring a string for 12V and using an inverter . In the end, you really can't match the 11-14V car output (or even the 11.5 to 12.9V battery output) close enough to really gain any efficiency savings by rewi...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1244
Views: 294998

STEELE tent stakes are better than rebar. You can drive the tent stakes straight in and keep them close (within 3" or so) to the yurt so you don't have to worry about tripping on the tie-downs. Rebar needs to be driven in at an angle which means you have to put them further away from the yurt. Alum...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:13 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Prescription Eye wear on the playa
Replies: 24
Views: 2883

I've broken glasses in many places, once at BM. A goggle incident. The time I broke them before was helmet event. Not at BM. Don't wear contacts, so I will bring a back up pair of glasses. I also wear prescription sunglasses. Keeping glasses clean is a chore, not an issue. You have to work at it bu...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:44 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: In enquiry LED strings… Powerpacks, Solar Panel, Inverter
Replies: 8
Views: 2504

Re: In enquiry LED strings… Powerpacks, Solar Panel, Inver

In enquiry into the power usage of LED strings… Powerpacks, HaborFreight, Kill-a-Watt, Solar Panel, Inverter I ordered 8 Sets of LED all look and run perfect. ( I also have some Solar backups) http://www.amazon.com/Commercial-Grade-Angle-Christmas-Lights/dp/B003T0LZRU http://www.amazon.com/Commer...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:21 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Prescription Eye wear on the playa
Replies: 24
Views: 2883

I've tried contacts at least 5 or 6 times over the past 20 years. Never could get used to them, long term, and always went back to glasses. I always wore my regular glasses at BM. No problem. What is that makes you think BM will instantly destroy something as simple as a pair of glasses? Lots of gog...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:16 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Glowies, Blinkies, UVies & Other Illuminations
Replies: 845
Views: 232617

If you use zip ties, be very careful how they are facing when you cut them. I sliced up the inside of my thighs on the cut edges while riding my bike and didn't notice until I was quite bloody. Make sure the cut part is out of harms way. AIEEE! maybe it would be good to cover them in some kind of d...
by kman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:01 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Anyone have instructions for building a Folding Hexayurt?
Replies: 4
Views: 1518

Re: Anyone have instructions for building a Folding Hexayurt

Hi there. I am a newbie. A spot has come up for me in a camp with people I don't know and if they are happy for me to set up a hexayurt I would love to build a folding hexayurt before I get there and assemble when I arrive. Has anyone got specific instructions for the folding 8' kind? I have seen t...
by kman
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: 2011 Share Resources
Topic: Extreme Glow burner discount code?
Replies: 12
Views: 2593

Eric wrote:just placed my order this morning, they're already shipping it.

Of course, now I have to deal with all the stupid blinky shit I bought.....

but Mom, they're cool!!
I'll take one for the team and help you with those if you find you over-indulged. ;)
by kman
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:37 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4322
Views: 1165583

Kman .....did you ever test for temps? I thought you said you would post them. :( Although the way the weathers going we may not need the coolers. Believe it or not, I STILL have yet to be home for more than 10 minutes at a stretch during daylight hours. I'm going camping this weekend. I may just b...
by kman
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:26 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Nail Spikes/Stakes or Playa Staples ever failed?
Replies: 24
Views: 4930

If you can beg, borrow or steal a better grade of bending tool, standard rebar can be bent into playa staples as well. Not to take anything away from fellow burners trying to make a buck, but they look exactly * like the bent rebar my buddy cranks out in his workshop... no forge needed. ~$4 each (pl...
by kman
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:12 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: C-PAPs & BRC
Replies: 15
Views: 3493

Re: cpap

There are travel CPAP machines now, with their own battery kits. http://www.cpap.com/cpap-battery-power/cpap-battery.php "Portable CPAP batteries can power a machine for about eight hours before it needs to be recharged." And they're $280. Better to just get a decent deep cycle marine battery ... t...
by kman
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BM a Day (2010-2012)
Replies: 7096
Views: 526980

Elorrum wrote:Got an american science and surplus box today: pocket protectors, plastic graduated cylinder, pocket rulers, AG 13 batteries, 4oz plastic "specimen" jars, ping pong balls. You know, regular order.
What, no rubber hoses?
by kman
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1244
Views: 294998

We finished our 6' yurts this weekend... finally, one MAJOR item off the list! I need to get some photos from my friend to add to mine, then we'll be putting together a full series of instructional photos and a comprehensive how-to page. These things are gonna rock. :) Improvements for next year: B...
by kman
Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:55 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BM a Day (2010-2012)
Replies: 7096
Views: 526980

Get some plain scrubs from a thrift store. Use it as a pattern or a lining, and sew your material on it. Get some cargo shorts from the thrift store. Take the pockets off. Put them wherever you want on your new pants. If I had time, I'd tell you to pay me to make them. Of course, then the pockets w...
by kman
Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BM a Day (2010-2012)
Replies: 7096
Views: 526980

It took me 3 weeks to get my sewing machine serviced. You might want to call around and ask about wait time if that's what you decide to do. It also cost me $75 for a tune-up. It's been a while, but there are plenty of local shops that do it. Only took a few days last time I had it done. But yeah, ...
by kman
Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BM a Day (2010-2012)
Replies: 7096
Views: 526980

second pair of crazy cargo pants done.. on to hats ! http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae132/Janele1/Mobile%20Uploads/Photo0210.jpg Those are freaking cool. I must have a pair of sweet cargo pants!!! Oy. Now to decide if I should have my sewing machine serviced and attempt to resurrect my rusty sk...
by kman
Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: 2010 Art & Performance
Topic: El Wire 4 Beginners
Replies: 27
Views: 9987

This is an old-ish post, I know, but for anyone looking to work with raw EL wire on their own, I threw together a web page with detailed instructions after I attended a CoolNeon workshop (I echo the kudos to CoolNeon, btw, great peeps!): Soldering EL Wire (It's quite possible that there are better p...
by kman
Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4322
Views: 1165583

If your still using 4" duct, this is what I used to connect the duct to the bowl... <snip> It was at lowes in the area where the duct was. $4. I like the 100% silicone for sealing things up cause it stays flexable and sticks things in place very well. If I need to change something It pulls apart an...

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