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by Gravity Mike
Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:56 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Burningman and the occult
Replies: 44
Views: 15143

The 'BM and the occult' page ( http://occult.thevaultofheaven.com/ ) is full of made up inaccuracies, and repeats items as independent when they are just the basic properties of a pentagram: Esplanade is 2100' feet from the man. At least that's the number on this year's map, unless that's changed......
by Gravity Mike
Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:33 am
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: Playa Tested Greywater Evaporator
Replies: 279
Views: 181219

The 'wicking' and nesting are both good ideas. However, make sure you have good air circulation around all of the evap surfaces. I'm going to use el cheapo shade fabric for my 'wick' as it still allows a fair bit of air flow, yet is a fairly tight fabric (compared to a metal fabric). Actually, havin...
by Gravity Mike
Tue Jul 25, 2006 12:10 pm
Forum: 2006 Theme Camps
Topic: When is the &%$#@*& map coming out?
Replies: 13
Views: 3854

I remember this map. It's a great resource. Thanks in advance, assuming you're able to acquire the necessary data with adequate time.

Gravity Mike
by Gravity Mike
Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:59 am
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: Playa Tested Greywater Evaporator
Replies: 279
Views: 181219

I have this 380 gph bilge pump lying around that I'm gonna use. The spec sheet says it'll do 300 gph at 4'. I'm going to use langscape fabric instead of steel fabric. I believe that maximizing the evaporative surface area is how to optimize this, not the flow rate per say. That is, although I'll pum...
by Gravity Mike
Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:39 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Are Permits Required for Camps to Give Away Food or Drinks?
Replies: 13
Views: 3142

Our camp is an afternoon bar camp and we registered a couple of years back. We were using freshly-squeezed lemons in some of our drinks. They told us we needed a prep sink at the bar, which we didn't have, and we weren't allowed to serve drinks. That is, not to strangers. We just made a habbit of ma...
by Gravity Mike
Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:51 am
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Wheeled vehicle construction (cont from tracked thread)
Replies: 169
Views: 42864

I wish I knew, but I seem to recall that prior to the website update a couple of days ago there was a note stating that 'it could take a while' because they're a little overwhelmed - this was a generic statement and included theme camp registation and the like too.

Gravity
by Gravity Mike
Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: Playa Tested Greywater Evaporator
Replies: 279
Views: 181219

I agree, I think you've got 'it.' I was going to do something similar last year, but didn't think it would do more than 8-10 gallons - so I did something more complex, power hungery, and high maintenance - never again, lost too much fun time. Your design has great execution with the round design. Wi...
by Gravity Mike
Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:57 pm
Forum: 2006 Art & Performance
Topic: Giant robot needs ride to the "Future"
Replies: 6
Views: 2955

Anti M's got it right. I'd tow it with my F250 diesel (without dualies, but that just makes towing more luxurious), but I'm way out of the way.

Look for a local burner with a diesel truck and you'll be golden.

It looks to be really impressive, I hope you get it there!

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by Gravity Mike
Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:35 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Wheeled vehicle construction (cont from tracked thread)
Replies: 169
Views: 42864

And here's another project. The reverse trike is for the Mrs. I built myself a crazy chopper over this past weekend. A simpler job, for sure, but certainly I'm getting better and faster working with metal. http://www.slac.stanford.edu/~saleski/chopper.jpg This is still going to get painted, likely t...
by Gravity Mike
Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:25 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Wheeled vehicle construction (cont from tracked thread)
Replies: 169
Views: 42864

Elliot, Everybody (who cares), Here's some photos of the steering linkage: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/~saleski/trike3.jpg http://www.slac.stanford.edu/~saleski/trike4.jpg Pretty straight forward. I welded a couple of little knubs on the 'arms' that connect to the rack. They bump against the rack t...
by Gravity Mike
Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:50 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Wheeled vehicle construction (cont from tracked thread)
Replies: 169
Views: 42864

Elliot, Jafe, Tiahaar, everybody, So this last weekend, pumped up from the kinetic sculpture races, I finally got the steering linkage on my 'trike' working and rode it around the neighborhood. Some of them have no 'inner child,' but all the kids want me to make them one! Tiahaar, you're far to humb...
by Gravity Mike
Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:01 am
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Wheeled vehicle construction (cont from tracked thread)
Replies: 169
Views: 42864

Elliot,

It was great meeting you at the KSR extravaganza. I wasn't able to stick around for the finish due to various time constraints among my fellow travelers.

However, I learned alot and am definately addicted. I'm already working on ideas for next year.

Gravity
by Gravity Mike
Tue May 30, 2006 10:20 pm
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: Bike Maintenance Camp
Replies: 6
Views: 4620

The folks at the 3 o'clock keyhole are 'BYB.' They're really nice folks and would probably never turn down help. The BYB organizer, Christopher, presided over a wedding last year between a woman from his own camp and a friend of mine in my camp! You can probably just show up and say 'what can I do t...
by Gravity Mike
Thu May 18, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: Evaporation ponds RARELY work
Replies: 30
Views: 9150

This is basically a giant swamp cooler. This should also provide improved evaporation per unit camp space. I thought of doing this last year, but went with the giant mist cannon I described in a post above. I'd love to see this in action! As far as evap ponds, of course bigger/shallower is better - ...
by Gravity Mike
Thu May 18, 2006 1:01 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Please share your generator baffle designs.
Replies: 94
Views: 64320

If at all possible, do NOT bring one of the Powermate generators that are ultra-noisy. No amount of baffling can completely muffle these. A baffle need not be complicated. You could use two 4x8 sheets of wood. Cut them both in half and make a four-sided "pen". You might also line them with an old p...
by Gravity Mike
Fri May 12, 2006 4:54 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Tracked vehicle construction?
Replies: 350
Views: 103496

Jafe, Awesome work! I was wondering what you were using for the metal. I've been 'away' working way too much, but I've also been improving my welding skills substantially - but I'm in awe of your guys building skills. I've been welding bicycles together, so I didn't have the same fume problems. That...
by Gravity Mike
Fri May 12, 2006 4:42 pm
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: Evaporation ponds RARELY work
Replies: 30
Views: 9150

Work or not work, it all depends upon the size of your camp, and your per person water usage - and the size of your pond. Our camp was around 45 people last year, and we allow a 1 1/2 gallon shower per person per day, plus there's dish washing. Now a 10x10 evap pond might work for 5 campers, but not...
by Gravity Mike
Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:28 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: wood construction question
Replies: 13
Views: 4002

Re: wood construction question

if i build something use screws and a power drill, before burning man can i dismantle it and put it back together on the playa using those same screws in the same holes? Without knowing the specifics of the project, I'd say avoid it. I do in fact use that technique in many of my projects, BUT they ...
by Gravity Mike
Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Cool Google Earth Burning Man 05?
Replies: 8
Views: 2665

This is the same view (google) as prior to the 2005 event. I had started my own thread at that time and was rather excited that BRC is also on yahoo maps.

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by Gravity Mike
Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:48 pm
Forum: Get Involved Year-Round
Topic: ACOUSTIC Music, Anyone?
Replies: 44
Views: 22507

There was this 'blue grass' band that played at the Golden Cafe last year. In general I can only listen to 30 mins of blue grass, but these guys were not only really good, but also did modern rock and classic rock blue grass covers, and also BM-customized lyrics. They were very entertaining. Wish I ...
by Gravity Mike
Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:32 pm
Forum: 2011 Share Resources
Topic: Misting Question : Suitable pump to run 12 nozzles @ 100 psi
Replies: 24
Views: 17809

I ran 30 gal/hr worth of those very misters last year with 45-60 psi. Actaully, let me correct, most of my gal/hr was gardening misters, cuz those misters are only like 1/2 gal/hr/mister - and I needed volume. Either way - both types worked fine at that pressure. My purpose was evaporating gray wast...
by Gravity Mike
Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:48 am
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Wheeled vehicle construction (cont from tracked thread)
Replies: 169
Views: 42864

...so I think we can all agree not to put a big ass sail on any on the bicycle creations we make! When I first started going to BM in the early '0's, land sailers were outright banned. Now, there are limitations, not outright ban. There were a couple guys using some small 'ultrulight' landsailers o...
by Gravity Mike
Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:32 am
Forum: 2011 Share Resources
Topic: Bicycle Modification
Replies: 21
Views: 12565

I concurr with Chai Guy - get a used one and modify, depending on what you're trying to do. I built my own last year, let me list the problems. Of course, my trailer was a 7-foot high mobil observation tower (that people kept asking me 'is that a shower?'), which you'd never be able to make out of a...
by Gravity Mike
Fri Feb 10, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Wheeled vehicle construction (cont from tracked thread)
Replies: 169
Views: 42864

Bob wrote:
The org won't let you put a sail on anything this big at Burning Man anymore, btw.
Here's a blog describing an accident written by a guy taken away from BRC on an ambulance because of a crash of that very land yacht that year.

http://www-cdr.stanford.edu/~petrie/burn.html

Gravity
by Gravity Mike
Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:30 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Wheeled vehicle construction (cont from tracked thread)
Replies: 169
Views: 42864

I HAD to be an artiste , and only have an oxy/ace setup. No quickie frame fitups...but I work too fast already, anyway. And besides- I can MELT stuff! Still can't decide whether to go rectangular or triangular. I'm building wooden protos for both...Just in time for winter to return and spoil my "te...
by Gravity Mike
Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:25 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Wheeled vehicle construction (cont from tracked thread)
Replies: 169
Views: 42864

cheap welder OK cheap welding helmet not OK (took me 2 years to learn this) spend the extra on those instant on/off lenses, they at least triple your work speed and greatly improve your quality... Don't worry guys, I got one of those nice photosensitive helmets right up front - a result of similar ...
by Gravity Mike
Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:17 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Free energy for BM 2006
Replies: 320
Views: 71005

"ask any physics teacher" You can ask any physics teacher and you won't find one iota of this. http://www.chronos.msu.ru/EREPORTS/oleinik_electron.pdf That's because it doesn't make any sense, and is mostly conjecture, not supported science. No different from all the 'experiments' over the years th...
by Gravity Mike
Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:55 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Question about Ikea / question about memory foam
Replies: 12
Views: 4419

Most Ikea stuff is particle board, but they do have a fair amount of 'real' wood products also. In general, my impression of Ikea: they nearly always have something that suits my taste and budget - otherwise I have to endlessly drive around from store to store. If there's one in your area (an hour o...
by Gravity Mike
Thu Jan 26, 2006 1:57 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: A virgin having doubts...
Replies: 27
Views: 10358

"MOST" people don't have tangible gifts (like stickers/necklaces, etc). I think the whole gifting thing has been blown way out of sorts. Not only that, plenty of folks are put off by 'trinket' gifts and don't want them. Participate at the level you're comfortable, first time or not. Gifting is just...
by Gravity Mike
Wed Jan 25, 2006 11:33 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Black Rock weather station
Replies: 0
Views: 483

Black Rock weather station

There used to be a Black Rock weather station available online. It had not only a once-in-a-while updated web cam, but had real-time reporting of temperature and wind speed and rain fall, AND histories were available for all of these. This was the link: http://rawfire.torche.com/~bc/brs.html Does an...

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