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by maladroit
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: How I charged my electric vehicles
Replies: 26
Views: 3265

Re: How I charged my electric vehicles

I liked my small solar-only setup in years past, it is quiet and kept the lights on and the swamp cooler running. But this year I ran a 2000 watt inverter generator all week to air condition the hexayurt and run a chest freezer. It was also worth the size, weight, and cost to me. The generator was o...
by maladroit
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Stories
Topic: DPW pulls a knife on a virgin?
Replies: 51
Views: 6760

Re: DPW pulls a knife on a virgin?

My experiences with DPW: two of the nicest kickass people I know work there. And there was one who pestered us multiple times daily a few years back and threatened to bulldoze an art structure into the burn pit if it wasn't done at the stroke of midnight on Sunday.
by maladroit
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Next Directions for Burning Man
Replies: 83
Views: 7154

Re: Next Directions for Burning Man

What percentage of the US population has wiped with a wad of deer moss or a handful of snow? How do we get these people to the playa, and even more important, how do we ensure they have enough moss, leaves, and snow to do the deed? You can probably put snow in the porta potty (in small quantities) b...
by maladroit
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Tips from someone who slept in a car, alone.
Replies: 33
Views: 5661

Re: Tips from someone who slept in a car, alone.

Looks like a pretty steep uphill section of the playa, too!
by maladroit
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: DPW looking for people to come get some bikes.
Replies: 62
Views: 7294

Re: DPW looking for people to come get some bikes.

That's bad due the scale of the moop, but that's evidence of like seven assholes versus 5,000 assholes. They're off-playa at least.
by maladroit
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Next Directions for Burning Man
Replies: 83
Views: 7154

Re: Next Directions for Burning Man

Hoping the next big thing in music, is Talent .. My answer to when you say you are a DJ is, : OH! I'm sorry .. You have no talent ?? I always wonder if it's just my music snobbery... but I feel exactly the same way. Every time someone tells me they're a DJ, I just roll my eyes :roll: Oh, you know h...
by maladroit
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric LED Surfboards?
Replies: 17
Views: 4042

Re: Electric LED Surfboards?

DISTRIKT had a bunch of them. I saw a young man get nearly shouted off one of the surfboards for zooming too fast down the street, what seemed like a 12 foot tall angry man was screaming at him "GET THE FUCK BACK HERE AND LISTEN TO ME YOU CAN'T GO THAT FAST" etc. Then a much more low-key woman gave ...
by maladroit
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: DPW looking for people to come get some bikes.
Replies: 62
Views: 7294

Re: DPW looking for people to come get some bikes.

It was obvious to anyone who cared about the actual event, rather than getting attention from VIPs via special treatment and feeling a little bit like rock stars. Bad news: we're all roadies.
by maladroit
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: DPW looking for people to come get some bikes.
Replies: 62
Views: 7294

Re: DPW looking for people to come get some bikes.

Admiral Fukkit wrote:You can't win. Anything like that makes it OK for people to just plan on dumping their bikes.
This is about recognizing that we've lost, and dealing with the problem as it exists rather than how we hoped it would be.
by maladroit
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: DPW looking for people to come get some bikes.
Replies: 62
Views: 7294

Re: DPW looking for people to come get some bikes.

Still entirely possible someone dumps a "borrowed" bicycle I'd expect that many of the "borrowed" bikes wouldn't make it out to the pile. They will typically drop them carelessly anywhere rather than work so hard to take the bike over to Cycle Mountain. Which means that we need a two-pronged approa...
by maladroit
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: eBikes and Burners who Ride them
Replies: 61
Views: 8690

Re: eBikes and Burners who Ride them

Can you tell I'm planning to take a break from the playa for a couple years? It's a good idea, I do it regularly. I skipped this year, '14, '09-'12, and '05-'06. There are other things to do and places to go, and pretty much ALL of them are easier and don't trash your whole house and garage and yar...
by maladroit
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: 2018 Art Theme....Predictions / Suggestions
Replies: 74
Views: 6186

Re: 2018 Art Theme....Predictions / Suggestions

Louder and Safer
by maladroit
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: DPW looking for people to come get some bikes.
Replies: 62
Views: 7294

Re: DPW looking for people to come get some bikes.

I think the problem has been ignored too long in order to cling to the "you really should be taking your own bike off the playa" ideal. Lock your bike, of course. If everyone locked their bike, then 75% of these bikes wouldn't be here. But maybe facilitate the bike leavers by connecting them to the ...
by maladroit
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Next Directions for Burning Man
Replies: 83
Views: 7154

Re: Next Directions for Burning Man

It's hard for me to imagine a fake burn, but I find it equally hard to imagine no fence at the Man burn next year. Law enforcement allowed it to proceed because of the preventive measures and promises made by Perimeter crews and the Sandmen. As much as I appreciate their role and understand that thi...
by maladroit
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Condition of Gate Road by Exodus
Replies: 31
Views: 5521

Re: Condition of Gate Road by Exodus

It must have been because the surface of the playa was so soft and crunchy on that side of the city. It decomposed into "kitty litter" and dust drifts. Those got moved around and compacted into the washboard surface, caused by most vehicles having roughly the same sized tires and suspension resonanc...
by maladroit
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Sealed wheel bearings for Cruisers?
Replies: 47
Views: 6281

Re: Sealed wheel bearings for Cruisers?

The Cranbrooks were sounding horrible by midweek. I was stopping people and offering them a squirt of lubricant in the bottom bracket. It was pretty telling that you could put a drop of grease alongside the bearings in the bottom bracket and it would instantly run smoother...if it's that easy to get...
by maladroit
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Preventing Bike Theft / Finding 'Lost' Bike Ideas
Replies: 75
Views: 10665

Re: Preventing Bike Theft / Finding 'Lost' Bike Ideas

Decorating your bike a lot (in one anecdotal experience) seems to work. There was a be-fuzzled and glitzed out cruiser bike dumped on our street frontage this year, no camp address so we let it lie where it was. Two days later a matching burner came to pick it up. We had also found a bike lock nearb...
by maladroit
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: eBikes and Burners who Ride them
Replies: 61
Views: 8690

Re: eBikes and Burners who Ride them

They are fun and therefore several people will abuse them and cause trouble, and in 1 or 2 years they will be regulated out of existence for everyone. UNLESS someone famous rides one anyway and gets widely publicized as having done so, upon which the BMORG will reverse any sort of ban or regulation ...
by maladroit
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: Overly Aggressive LEOs This Year?
Replies: 38
Views: 4388

Re: Overly Aggressive LEOs This Year?

I must be out of the loop but when did rolling papers become a target of sting ops? Is that probable cause to search you or something?
by maladroit
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: 2017 Playa Conditions
Replies: 157
Views: 19827

Re: 2017 Playa Conditions

It was hot as fuck and I didn't experience as much of the burn as I would have liked, but was still glad to be there. Some really great art pieces both old and new, some beautiful nights and sunrises. My girlfriend finished the ultramarathon despite the crazy heat, so she certainly did enough this y...
by maladroit
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Next Directions for Burning Man
Replies: 83
Views: 7154

Re: Next Directions for Burning Man

It's really just a camping trip in the desert - child's play, really. Not always. I can't be the only one sitting there with enough emergency food, water, and ratchet straps to hunker in place stranded in condition alpha for an extra week, uncomfortable that 5,000 of my neighbors brought two pairs ...
by maladroit
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Next Directions for Burning Man
Replies: 83
Views: 7154

Re: Next Directions for Burning Man

That's entirely false. "RVs" or trailers can cost a few million $$ or a few hundred $$. I've never had much money into my RVs. Many camps, such as every camp I've been in since '00, have a mix of all types of shelters. Yeah. I don't care about sorting people by what they own, or doing anything at a...
by maladroit
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Next Directions for Burning Man
Replies: 83
Views: 7154

Re: Next Directions for Burning Man

If you have 1000 people, 50 fuckwits can make a mess that is somewhat easy to clean up and those same fuckwits can be directly identified and shamed or disciplined within the community. If you have 70,000 people, 3500 fuckwits can make a huge mess and they can hide behind an ever-shifting smokescree...
by maladroit
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Condition of Gate Road by Exodus
Replies: 31
Views: 5521

Re: Condition of Gate Road by Exodus

This is a do-ocracy, I don't see you out there during the event with a shovel leveling out the road! You think our $80 vehicle pass goes towards improving the road or something? Selfish!
by maladroit
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Interacting with official misinformation?
Replies: 58
Views: 4970

Re: Interacting with official misinformation?

We should have a competition. I'll call it the "Fewest words to make a happy person's face turn awkwardly confused" Tournament and boy do I have a big winner in mind already!
by maladroit
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Interacting with official misinformation?
Replies: 58
Views: 4970

Re: Interacting with official misinformation?

There is free wifi during the Temple burn, which happens at noon on Monday (both of them, they rebuild).
by maladroit
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Foot - instead of vinegar...
Replies: 21
Views: 2850

Re: Playa Foot - instead of vinegar...

GreyCoyote wrote:Hehehe. Isnt that why all those free bars exist? 6 bars, 12 drinks, no Tums, and yer feet are good to go.
I did have terrible painful feet my first year, and I did medicate my feet with alcohol from the inside.
by maladroit
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Foot - instead of vinegar...
Replies: 21
Views: 2850

Re: Playa Foot - instead of vinegar...

I use a splash of hydrofluoric but you gotta keep it away from any glassware or metal utensils. Another good reason to only bring plastic bottles to the playa!

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