Friday, April 12, 2013

Pelican Products 95QT Elite Cooler

This would be perfect for BM if it wasn't $425:

95QT Elite CoolerInterior Dimensions:
27.34" x 12.00" x 17.62" (69.4 x 30.5 x 44.7 cm)
  • 7-10 day ice retention*, freezer grade gasket, 2" polyurethane insulation
  • Dual Handle System (Molded-in & Hinged Handles)
  • Press & Pull Latches (Wide for Gloved Use)
  • Molded-In Tie Downs
  • Non-Skid & Non-Marking Raised Feet
  • Molded-In Lock Hasp, Stainless Steel Plate
  • Sloped Drain & Tethered Threaded Plug (Garden Hose Attachable)
  • Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Integrated Fish Scale on Lid
  • Guaranteed for life
  • Assembled in the USA with US and foreign components
  • *Ice retention - Initial test results are based on the Pelican 65Qt Elite Cooler model. Testing was conducted using forced air circulation in a temperature controlled environmental chamber at 90 degrees F. The test specimens were loaded to capacity with commercial cubed ice. Performance will vary by model size and external user conditions, such as; (sun exposure, wind, ice type, frequency of opening, etc.).

Pelican Products 95QT Elite Cooler

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Burning Blog » Blog Archive » Burning Man may be the future, but it’s not an escape

Any future envisioned to be “like Burning Man” will have to wrestle with this fundamental fact:  Burning Man forces you to make meaningful choices.  Some people do this well, some people do it poorly, and some don’t really know how to do it and just follow the herd they’re with.  But the option to make a meaningful choice … here, right now, in this moment … is constant at Burning Man.

Burning Man is not an escape from personal responsibility – it is an embrace of it.  How else would you explain the mass numbers of people who take their “leisure” at Burning Man by building vast and elaborate camps, or spending the entire year designing a massive sculpture or crafting an art car out of scrap?

This has nothing to do with sex and drugs and leisure:  these people made a choice.  No one forced them to.  In many cases no one even asked them to.  No one said it would be easy, and it virtually never is.  They did it anyway.

Burning Man is perhaps too often thought of as a vacation or escape when in fact it is a series of ongoing existential choices.  Given the chance to do anything … anything at all … in a place where almost anything is possible, what do you do?

Burning Blog » Blog Archive » Burning Man may be the future, but it’s not an escape

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The quest for cheap used billboards continues

We'll I've contacted 4 companies looking for bulletin sized (14'x48') used billboards... I've heard back from 2 so far, no luck. Here's crossing my fingers before I bite the bullet and spend god knows how much on shipping from MN @

My other option was a craigslist ad based in Skokie, but they have really screwy hours that would never work for pick-up:

Hi, Doug. 
We have many different sizes.  The average thickness is .35 ml.  Please see price list, following. 
Our office, in Skokie, is open Tuesdays (9am-5pm), Thursdays (9am-3:30pm) and Fridays (9am-12pm).  You will have to come to Skokie and pick it up, since we do not ship.  We are not a retail business, so we accept cash only.  Please call (847-674-6500) or email ahead and let us know when you are interested in coming to purchase vinyl(s) and we will give you the address.  Thanks.

H W SqFt $$$ Back Color
8 12 96  15 black
8 12 96  15 black
12 20 240  30 black
12 20 240  30 black
12 20 240  30 black
12 24 288  35 black
12 24 288  35 black
12 24 288  35 black
14 28 392  45 black
15 20 300  35 black
15 23 345  40 black
15 33.5 502.5 60 black
15 33.5 502.5 60 black
16 18 288  35 black
18 56 1008 115 black
18 56 1008 115 white
18 56 1008 115 black

 Hmmmmm... what to do?

Friday, February 22, 2013

How to make a shade structure for Burning Man that won’t blow away! at

Kind of digging this 4 post version of my triangle design.  Maybe a redesign is in my future.

How to make a shade structure for Burning Man that won’t blow away! at

Basic necessities for your playa-tripping survival pack or tote

From: Burning Man Camping Hints and Tips

External Hang Tag with your name and camp location, as well as your home contact information, in case it gets separated from you (like an airport luggage tag)
Seriously, don't skip the hang tag: how many people have you talked to who lost their daypacks at Burning Man? It's a real bummer to lose your stuff! With contact information, you might get it back.

Water bottle(s) -- Never leave home without water!
A cup -- for partaking of offered beverages
Powerbar or some other non-meltable snack
Sunscreen, sunblock, lip balm
Sunglasses, eye drops
Flashlight, glow sticks (You might be gone longer than you think)
Long sleeved cotton shirt or jacket
Band-aids, moleskin, basic first aid, Swiss army pocket knife
Dust mask, handkerchief, dust scarf (see clothing section for dust scarf hint)
Pen, pencil, or marker, and paper (there are things to write on)
$10 for chai or latte at the cafe, or maybe you will want to buy ice on the way back to camp
Clean pair of sox (seriously)
Condoms and other such things? (Your scoutmaster would be impressed)
Small garbage bag (to corral your trash or pick up trash you see blowing around)
Mints or some such
Toothbrush and toothpaste (hygiene is so much fun!)