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Are you Devoted?   Explore the ritual of voting, the power of identity politics, and external influences at Burning Man 2017.
Are you Devoted? Explore the ritual of voting, the power of identity politics, and external influences at Burning Man 2017.
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Posted by Joe Miller (PocoJoe) (Creator)

It is now Tues AM.  The original plan was to be waking up in Las Vegas today... but far better was being in Tucson yesterday enjoying the Eclipse with Sarah!

Time out for a great show
Time out for a great show

 Then, back to work, and clean up the little details that start to accumulate... like how did I end up with 6 sticks of IMC (the thick wall conduit) when I need 6 sticks of EMT (thin wall conduit).  A hopefully final trip to Home Depot for structural steel followed, and final construction of the first floor of Devoted was underway.

The Final Squish
The Final Squish

 In 2011, Emily and I went to Burning Man together the first time.  

The Domes
The Domes

 Here are the 2011 domes, where Emily and I took off to Burning Man with enough camping equipment for forward deployment.  Supply lines were stretched.  Two domes, two people!  These domes are made of Electrical Conduit, and at the ends the pipes are "squished" or flattenend, to make an easy-to-connect flat surface.  A big part of Devoted is based on this construction method... and all that work is done.  The final squish is complete.

Not much shade yet
Not much shade yet

 Not much shade, but it is dark!  Technically, this was done while it was still light, but by the time we got back from dinner, it was too dark to photograph assembly details and tear down the "Ground Floor".

Today, the spaghetti sorting starts.  Today's plan is to tear this down, and assemble the second level (the upper mast and that which it connects to) and the 40 steel cables that define the roof line.  Cruchy's comment when I showed him the initial design of Devoted ... "I really want to see how you are going to do that roof line".  Well, me too!  Let's see how this goes.  Need to drill some holes and string up a bunch of cables. 

Sarah keeps asking "When do you think you will be done?" (Once I am on the road, she goes back to New Hampshire ... but I am sure that the two events are not linked.) 

The To-Do list:

1)  Cabling for the Devoted Roof Structure

2) Software installation on the tablet computers

3) Devoted Electrical - this is fairly extensive - running power to the LED Christmas Lights that outline the roof, getting power to a couple of pin spots to light up the banner that Sarah made, fabricate a little cart to hold the propane generator and propane tank.  Extension cords.  Power to the USB Hubs for the tablet computers. Power to the lights that are at the voting booth.  Little stuff, little risk of something not working, but stuff that needs to be done.

4) Make a latte.  I know, why not go around the corner to Raging Sage and just get one?  Well, end-to-end testing is the only way to know if this stuff all works, and there is still a stuck directional valve that is keeping "Shots Fired" - our espresso machine- from making a cup of coffee.  This might take some time, still some details - but this is the cherry on top of the departure schedule.  It is something I really am looking forward to - getting a cup of coffee out before taking off ... and if it proves to be a big problem, the coffee machine stays and I just got a lot more room in the car.

So, at present, plan is to depart sometime Wednesday.  Here's hoping!

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