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by melodiousdirge
Wed May 20, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: 2015 one item a day for BM list..
Replies: 690
Views: 56526

Re: 2015 one item a day for BM list..

Received necessary parts to assemble a 400 Watt black light fixture in the mail. With this much power, I plan to see if I can detect bodily fluids before they emerge.
by melodiousdirge
Wed May 20, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

USPS indicates that a reclaimed 400W Mercury Vapor ballast has been delivered to my door, along with a 400W Mercury Vapor black light bulb. Stay tuned; I may just be able to create a disgusting amount of glowtasticness for about $45 in parts.
by melodiousdirge
Wed May 20, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

caffeineslinger wrote:Lot's of stuff glows under a black light...
I just got around to watching this for some reason. HA! Thanks for sharing.
by melodiousdirge
Sun May 17, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

Learned an idiot lesson today. The flood lights I replaced the LEDs in had a waterproof coating to protect the electronics from the elements. Since I'd disturbed the coating I applied a fresh silicone conformal coating over everything to restore the weather resistance. Later when playing with the la...
by melodiousdirge
Fri May 15, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

melodiousdirge wrote:I could brightly illuminate the white blanket on my bed, 25 feet away.
It's worth noting that my blanket is freshly washed and white... it doesn't glow for the reason hotel blankets glow.
by melodiousdirge
Fri May 15, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

So my 385nm, 3w emitters finally arrived the other day I forgot to mention I bought 20 of these, and only needed 12 for the floodlights. The other 8 were going to get mounted to the 8 arms of a folding umbrella, so I can carry around my own UV party and be brightly lit by an invisible light source ...
by melodiousdirge
Fri May 15, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

So my 385nm, 3w emitters finally arrived the other day. I mentioned earlier that one project I wanted to do in this vein was to take some obnoxiously bright 18w LED flood lights from ebay ($20-$30 for a pair) and remove the white emitters, replace with 3w, 385nm emitters (about $1.20 per emitter). L...
by melodiousdirge
Fri May 15, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Work In Progress 2015/2016
Replies: 320
Views: 29735

Re: Work In Progress 2015

I saw a vid a while back that had a kid setting up a leaf blower in front of a pottery chimera, an outdoor stove/ heater. That thing roared and whined like a jet engine. Thus the term...rocket stove. I have a small brick stove in the backyard that uses wood scraps very efficiently. Chimney effect c...
by melodiousdirge
Thu May 14, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

If everyone will tolerate my pontificating about how glow paint works for a sec (I feel like I wasn't super clear what I meant about wavelengths in the last post): Glow paint (phosphorescence) and fluorescence work in similar ways, in that the material absorbs a high energy photon, hangs onto it bri...
by melodiousdirge
Thu May 14, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

I did a bit of googling, and I think glow in the dark paint gets much more of a kick from shorter wavelength light (blue-violet) than from long wavelength like red. In fact I think the light has to be higher energy than the yellow/green glow in order to charge the glow at all (think ROY-G-BIV - high...
by melodiousdirge
Thu May 14, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

I'm guessing that they put some protective layer over the medium they used, like a varnish. I wonder how easily dust comes off... I know very little about artistic paint mediums, but I'd think depending on what paint you used on the canvas, any of polyurethane, lacquer, or or acrylic clearcoat woul...
by melodiousdirge
Thu May 14, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol
Replies: 14
Views: 2205

Re: Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol

i have an umbrella that's held up through all 3 of my burns and will be going with me again this year. i invested in a good quality "old man" umbrella with the pointy metal tip and a heavy fabric and a curved wooden handle. i've never had a problem with it turning inside out. anything larger would ...
by melodiousdirge
Thu May 14, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Work In Progress 2015/2016
Replies: 320
Views: 29735

Re: Work In Progress 2015

This was an experiment at making a fuel efficient people warmer. This is a cool idea - I hadn't heard of such a stove before; I'll have to add it to the list. For the sake of interest on people warmers, I was able to make an 4xAA battery powered forced draft pellet stove for last year that would bu...
by melodiousdirge
Thu May 14, 2015 8:22 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

I did some experimenting with UV-reactive paints a few years ago, and found two products that produce an interesting effect when combined (the picture is below, sorry about the labels, they got all messed up in some kind of creative furry apparently). I painted with them in alternating layers (eg. ...
by melodiousdirge
Tue May 12, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol
Replies: 14
Views: 2205

Re: Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol

Just off the op of my head, the weak point in the brolly seems to be the inversion effect. What if you open the bumpershoot , then sew some unstretchable strap around the outer edge. This would make it impossible to invert, but still be closable. Yessir, this is one of the things I was thinking. Ev...
by melodiousdirge
Tue May 12, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol
Replies: 14
Views: 2205

Re: Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol

lucky420 wrote:A clear canopy wouldn't provide much shade :shock:

I suppose you could drape it with a scarf.
I was thinking shade cloth over top of the clear umbrella during the day, but yes, it would be a nice little sauna otherwise. Might block a bit of UVA/UVB though! :p
by melodiousdirge
Tue May 12, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol
Replies: 14
Views: 2205

Re: Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol

i just buy those 'cheap' sunblocking umbrellas that screw to your folding chair. a couple of them. then so what if they get destroyed. recycle as art. You missed the part where I add a bunch of electronics to the umbrella and thusly become attached to it not self destructing. Also I've chased down ...
by melodiousdirge
Tue May 12, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol
Replies: 14
Views: 2205

Re: Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol

Hi mel, I found and ordered, but haven't received yet: http://www.ebay.com/itm/361277957617?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Mostly I liked the shape of the dome, and its about the right diameter. Cool! I like the idea of a clear, deep umbrella like that I could hunker dow...
by melodiousdirge
Tue May 12, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol
Replies: 14
Views: 2205

Wind Tolerant Umbrella/Parasol

Couldn't decide if this was shelter or clothing; mods move as you see fit. I want to take a big (48" is probably a good size) umbrella, and modify it with some lights, so I can use it for shade during the day, and light during the night. The problem is, every umbrella I've ever had (especially large...
by melodiousdirge
Tue May 12, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

Haven't broken much ground on this lately - I'm still waiting for my 3w 395 nm emitters to show up so I can solder them into my flood lamps and see how well that works. The 18w flood lamps I have came with white LEDs and they are quite simply obnoxiously bright, so hopefully I get some oomph out of ...
by melodiousdirge
Thu May 07, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

TL;DR - Thanks Trilo! Glow Inc makes some great stuff... That's good to hear. They seem to lay claim to being THE source of phosphorescent paints and materials for the whole world, but their stuff is very expensive. I kind of want to make something absurd like a molded silicone octopus with a heavy ...
by melodiousdirge
Thu May 07, 2015 8:28 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 66
Views: 10763

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

Alright so I've tried a few things since the original Post. I've been testing stuff in a room about the same volume as the inside of my dome (room is about 14x20, dome is 23' round.) Eliminator lighting 48" T8 fluorescent tube & fixture (bought as a unit) ($36): This fixture is pretty cheap and crap...
by melodiousdirge
Thu May 07, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: 2015 Tickets Discussion
Topic: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people
Replies: 47
Views: 5514

Re: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people

I do love it when the ePlaya community derails a senseless snark war with whimsical nonsense. Thank you guys.
by melodiousdirge
Wed May 06, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Burning Man Laser Policy
Replies: 44
Views: 14560

Re: New Burning Man Laser Policy

Any BM policy is a construct [...] things said on ePlaya. I realize the above edited statement overstates your claim a bit, but nonetheless I'd like to say I've seen little or no evidence that any opinions expressed on ePlaya make it into official org policy. So let's work together to prevent more ...
by melodiousdirge
Wed May 06, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: 2015 Tickets Discussion
Topic: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people
Replies: 47
Views: 5514

Re: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people

So which is it? Did this friend bring something to the table or not? Or does the story change to support whichever argument you're trying to make? He does not bring anything more special than himself. This does not meet the requirements for DGS or EA. I am quite happy that he is able to bring himse...
by melodiousdirge
Wed May 06, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: 2015 Tickets Discussion
Topic: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people
Replies: 47
Views: 5514

Re: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people

You seriously still want to argue about this, even though you're still missing my point completely? I think I'll go back to "Obvious troll is obvious".
by melodiousdirge
Tue May 05, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: 2015 Tickets Discussion
Topic: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people
Replies: 47
Views: 5514

Re: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people

This is not the first time I've seen you post this anecdote. I'm so glad you pay attention! I'm curious, what was the Org's response when you reported this person for abusing the system? You did report them, right? Fuck off, obviously I didn't/won't report them. Because if you know of someone abusi...
by melodiousdirge
Tue May 05, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: 2015 Tickets Discussion
Topic: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people
Replies: 47
Views: 5514

Re: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people

I'm getting tired of people pulling shit out of their asses then selling it as gold. Please provide a link to where I'm selling anything as gold. If you want an anecdote of someone circumventing the system/using it in a way it wasn't intended; I personally know someone who (more than once) got an e...
by melodiousdirge
Tue May 05, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: 2015 Tickets Discussion
Topic: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people
Replies: 47
Views: 5514

Re: STEP tickets actually directed to specific people

STEP does work, but even going by the crazy accusation of only insiders getting tickets using STEP---- insiders would not have to go through STEP, they're INSIDERS. :roll: I don't know that it's a crazy accusation, given some of the anecdotes from last year, but it's certainly pointless and inflamm...

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