I recently sold my 1V starplate dome to an Aussie coming for his first burn next month. What replaced it I'll get to shortly.
I've cut back on my gay activism greatly. When I was 18 I went through pray-away-the-gay therapy and have spent much of the last ten years speaking out against it. Here I am doing an interview with Stephen Fry a few years back for his 2-part documentary series Out There.
"Ex-gay survivor" activism is important work but I can only re-live a painful part of my past for so long before it begins to wear on me. During the course of my activism I also put my photo and video skills to use and developed them greatly.
Ergo, I have recently pivoted and took a position with the photography department of my local burn, Apogaea. I started out as a basic volunteer but after the photo lead turned out to be MIA the board promoted me, an Apo-virgin, to photo lead.
This year I bought a Honda Civic which is NOT the best car for loading up with gear -- hell it doesn't even have a roof rack. So in the spirit of radical self reliance I set out to design a shade structure that would fit in the truck of my Civic, meaning every piece had to be less than 5 ft long.
My first step was developing a tower element that was strong, lightweight, and could break down into pieces less than 5 ft long. Here are some of the rejected designs
This design below is a well established concept called "Noah's Tarp" which is supposed to be great but I ultimately decided I wanted something that would provide more protection from the wind.
Here's the design I settled on. It's not shown in the sketchup model, but two of the sides are flaps that can be opened to allow air to circulate.
Here's the tower under construction along with my virgin friend Jeff. I can't tie knots worth shit so ratchet tie-downs from Harbor Freight Tools are a huge must-have for me.
And here's the finished product in action at Apogaea. Notice one of the side flaps lifts up to become a covered entry/porch of sorts.