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Cupcake Cafe 2018 Milestones

Here's what's left to prepare for Burning Man 2018. Last update: May 21, 2018. 16-foot Trailer I bought a new trailer to dedicate to Burning Man events. In the past I've used a 10-foot trailer, but because I use that trailer for other purposes, too, much … [Read More...]

Bluster’s Milestones

A simple project always looks more daunting after one lists its detailed milestones! There are 15 weekends left to finish the 38 remaining milestones. Last update: May 19, 2018. Anemometer I'm using a modified Adafruit Anemometer to sense the wind speed. … [Read More...]

Burning Man 2018 Project

At Burning Man some participants bluster that they experience 60 to 70 MPH winds every day. "Bluster" is an anemometer constructed from a 13-foot commercial lamppost. The piece has an illuminated bargraph that shows the current wind speed and the peak wind … [Read More...]

Dusty Diner’s Juke-O-Matic

The Dusty Diner needs music! Diners of the 1950s had juke boxes filled with single-play records. "Wallboxes" on the tables of each booth let you play any of the songs by inserting a coin into a wallbox and pressing a pair of buttons corresponding to the song … [Read More...]

Dusty Diner Progress

Many thanks to Stacy who suggested the project name "Dusty Diner"! Platform Trike Options. The Worksman Cycles Model STPT front-loading Platform Trike has several options. I'm considering these: Parking Brake — to prevent it from rolling downwind … [Read More...]

Retro Pedicab

I'd like to bring an art car to Burning Man that looks like a 1950s diner and that will let me transport people on the playa while listening to popular 1950s songs. However, having an art car at Burning Man requires dealing with the Burning Man Department of … [Read More...]

After Burning Man 2017

Well, that was quite an adventure! After nine days in the desert running the theme camp "Cupcake Cafe" at Burning Man, I returned to the house exhausted but satisfied. I need to say that having excellent campmates makes it easier to run things. Here's how … [Read More...]

The TRAPPIST-1 Chord

Update: Since the original announcement, astronomers have obtained more accurate estimates of the planets' orbital periods, including the period of a seventh planet. This post has been updated with the new data. In February, 2017, astronomers announced that … [Read More...]

Architecture: Intimacy Gradient

I am inspired by architect Christopher Alexander's book A Pattern Language. One of its sections, Pattern 127 Intimacy Gradient, recommends ordering the spaces of a building so that public areas are closest to the entrance and private areas are more distant. … [Read More...]

“Bluster” at Burning Man 2018

Burning Man 2018 Project

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“Cupcake Cafe” at Burning Man 2017

Cupcake Cafe at Burning Man 2017

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“Worthy 2” at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Worthy 2 at Third Friday

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“Worthy” at Burning Man 2015

Burning Man 2015 Project

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing – 50th Anniversary

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