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!)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A possible shade shelter

Lovemonkey's MonkeyHut

12 ft wide PVC arch tunnel... Interesting...

What 'worked' and what didn't make the cut.

I like this idea!

I tried using a dry ice cooler filled with frozen 2 liter soda jugs & transferred a jug to the food cooler each day. I used 30 pounds of dry ice, 7 jugs, & still had frozen soda jugs on Friday. I did pre cool my coolers with ice 2 days before use & only opened them when necessary. The bonus of this method is when the jugs thaw you have nice cold drinking water.

ePlaya • View topic - What 'worked' and what didn't make the cut.

Cool time lapse video from Burning Man 2011

I stumbled across this Cool time lapse video from Burning Man 2011  Can't wait to go!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

We got 4 tickets!!!

After a nerve racking 4.5 hours on Wednesday, All 4 of us have tickets to Burning Man 2013!  I'd complain, but at least this year we got tickets!!  Last year, three of us tried, and only White Doug got a ticket.  All in all, I'd say the ticket sale went pretty smooth seeing as the 40,000 tickets in the main sale sold out in about 5 hours. I got mine and White Doug's at about 1.5 hours into the sale, and Israel got his and CNP's ticket after about 4.5 hours of waiting (poor Israel).  Israel got kicked out so many times that his user code got disabled!  Luckily Burning Man's twitter account was active and helpful in resolving that.  I only had to refresh the page 3 times, and and hour and a half wait wasn't bad considering I didn't get in until 29 seconds after the sale started (way too late by my standard).

189 Days until we leave for Black Rock City!!!

Black Doug

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Other Brew is going to Burning Man

Hello all, 

Thanks for checking out our Burning Man Blog.  This will chronicle 4 "playa virgins" attempt to plan, prepare for, and experience Burning Man 2013.  Last year we tried to get tickets, but thanks to the great ticket debacle of 2012, we weren't able to attend :(  This year will be different.  We will get tickets.  We will figure out how to get 4 guys and a week's worth of desert survival gear 2000 miles away in a mechanically questionable Grand Am.  We will survive.  We will have experiences that I imagine will fuel many episodes to come.  Come September, look for The Other Brew, Live From Black Rock City!

Black Doug, White Doug, Israel, and CoolNamePending (CNP)

The Other Brew Crew