AEther Salon: Orientalism! (Edited transcript)

| October 21, 2014

((Well, semi-edited transcript.  There was a great deal of discussion during the second half of the Salon, which I did not attempt to edit.))

Bookworm Hienrichs steps forward, flipping through her notebook.

Bookworm Hienrichs: Welcome to this month’s Aether Salon! Today, we celebrate the anniversaries of both the Salon itself, and the city of Mondrago.  The Salon is starting its seventh season

AEther Salon: Orientalism! (Unedited Transcript)

| October 21, 2014

[14:01] Tepic Harlequin: oh,,,,, Mr Baron, Sir, here’s the stuff yer were wantin fer my talk next year!

[14:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Excellent.

[14:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) reads and chuckles

[14:02] The Doctor (callidus.waydelich): Hello, Baronin, Ms. Hienrichs.

[14:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) bows


AEther Salon: September Planning Session

| October 20, 2014

[2014/09/21 14:04]  Bookworm Hienrichs: Hello, Jed.

[2014/09/21 14:04]  Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): Hello Book

[2014/09/21 14:06]  Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): oh well, good meeting :D

[2014/09/21 14:07]  Bookworm Hienrichs: /me chuckles.

[2014/09/21 14:08]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Guten Abend, Damen.

[2014/09/21 14:09]  Bookworm Hienrichs: Good

Adding bits…….

| October 20, 2014

This is the start of my new Ultimate Steampunk Entertainment System (U.S.E.S.)

| October 19, 2014

I have big plans for this old neglected, trashed radio cabinet from the 30’s…stay tuned! (Pun intended)

A short video of the 1921 speaker connected to an iPhone…….

| October 14, 2014

1921 Bluetooth Speaker

Finished and pumping out music!

| September 30, 2014

A little further on…..

| September 29, 2014


My first Bluetooth speaker! Unfinished.

| September 22, 2014

I went to the markets one sunny Sunday morning and came across this speaker cabinet from the early 1900’s.  It was a completely empty case which would have housed two very large speakers back to back and used outside.  Maybe part of a PA system or plugged into a radio/record player.
Anyway I thought what a perfect bluetooth speaker it would make.  It stands 42cm high and the speaker enclosure is 35cm in diameter……this thing is BIG!  So I bought a cheap blue tooth speaker from K-Mart and dismantled it.   I took a 25 watt amplifier (which I had on hand) and output the bluetooth speaker into the amp.  I had also picked up some cheap car speakers (15 watt each – $5 AUD for both) and connected them to the amp output.
Once all was set up I pulled out my iPhone turned on the bluetooth, found the speaker and logged on…well….to say this thing is loud is an understatement, it was ear shatteringly beautiful…a party machine at heart.  My next step is to ‘beautify’ the cabinet.  I’ll keep you posted.

A postscript and a compass

| August 21, 2014

As promised long ago, I'm doing book reviews over at the Pandora Society. Here's the first of what may be many. I encourage everyone to go visit the Society – they're good people. Thanks!

Hexayurt for Burning Man

| August 8, 2014

My family and I are headed to Burning Man this year. 

I have been twice in the past and have always stayed in a tent. I was reasonably comfortable, however sleeping late was problematic. As soon as the sun rose over the RV I had pitched my tent next to, it simply got too hot to continue sleeping.

So this year I built a Hexayurt to stay in. The Hexayurt is a structure originally developed for disaster response. It's a hexagonal hut built out of foam insulating panels and super strong bi-filament fiberglass reinforced tape. The particular design I chose is made from 12  4' x 8' panels. Six of the panels are cut diagonally and connected together to form six triangles. These triangles become the roof. The other six panels are laid on their side and set out in a hexagon and make the walls of the Hexayurt. The foil surface of the panels and their insulating qualities make this an ideal structure for desert camping.

I won't go into too much detail concerning the construction of my Hexayurt. If you are interested, you should go to the repository for all such information 

My Hexayurt will be shipped to the playa on the Boston burning truck. We'll be flying in at the beginning of the event and taking the bus from Reno to Black Rock city. However, the Burner Express stop where we'll arrive is about half a mile from the place where the Hexayurt will be deposited. Keep on reading to see how I'll deal with that situation.

Hexayurt for Burning Man

I began with polyisocyanurate insulation panels from Lowe's. Unfortunately, the panels from Lowe's come with logos on both sides. I cut them so that the silver side would be on the outside, I edged all of the cut panels with aluminum insulating tape. I used the Camp Danger method to create flexible hinges so that most of the Hexayurt can be pre-taped and folded flat for shipment. Once on the Playa the two halves of the base and the two halves of the roof are taped together and then taped to each other. It should only take about half an hour to erect the Hexayurt once we get to camp.

Upcoming: Hexayurt swamp cooler for Burningman!

| June 28, 2014


We’re headed to Burning Man this year! I am in the process of building a Hexayurt for us to stay in on the playa. To keep it cool I’m going to build a solar powered swamp cooler. These are a few of the components that I’ve gathered so far. The whole build process will be here in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!