Below is a story I did about Mark earlier this year. This is what he was building when they claimed he placed the bomb.
My friend Mark Krause has come all the way from Arkansas to attend Burning Man with his wonderful almost finished creation Icarus.
I’ve know Mark for years though the California Blacksmith Ass. He has made some wonderful smithed sculptures seen at Maker fair for the last few years and has fixed most of the power hammers we smith use in the bay area over the years. Now it’s time to help him out with a financial last push to finish the last leg of his trip. I’m setting him up in my shop for the next few weeks. He needs both skilled help and money. He’s set up a Kickstsrter account here. I will personally vouch for his art and skill and welcome him to his first trip to Blackrock!
A three wheeled vehicle in the shape of a crashed airplane with the wings melted off just beyond fire belching machine guns. This is a scratch built vehicle made almost entirely from recycled or repurposed materials.
Using Icarus as a model, I am attempting to describe the absurdity of warfare. While being held captive, Daedalus made wings for himself and his son to escape from the isle of Crete. Icarus, through youthful exuberance, flew too close to the sun and melted his wax and feather wings only to perish in the sea. Placed into modern context, the superfluous use of technology for warfare, only leads to a similar demise. In my example, the modern flying machine was destroyed by melting off its waxy wings with its own guns. I intend to present an aesthetically pleasing, interactive, object that hopefully will make some people think a little.
One of the funnest things of the night were the steam punk wheel chairs we made from 1940’s airport fire extinguisher. I woke up at 2 am last night with a design to make them into giant tricycles. Stay tuned for those on the playa. Video
Tanzee the fire Queen
Theres a dragon in my driveway. Anyone who wants to help me write the children’s book with this title let me know.
This made us cry with pride, even Andy. This is Ann, Keith’s daughter, she is 16 and put us all to shame as performers. Stay tuned to what she does in the next!
The white mans Church of the Buzzard massacred the Empire of Dust natives at Rabbit head this July 4th. A Memorial will be erected in honor of our elders and things set straight one year from then. Please note the safety gear worn by our enemy while we wore only our native clothing. You can see in the video (3:30) ALL of our supplies going off at once as the Parishioner Buzzards storm our camp FULL of women and children!
John Behrens blood soaked tear for our fallen brothers.
Who needs farm show when I have friends like Fritz Hagist. Here is a true pyro solution to pesky weeds! Note that the propane line enters the combustion chamber for a pre-heat before the burners.
I have weed whipped all the weeds in the gravel around the shop and they came back. NO MORE as the we’d-b-gon will vitrify the earth to prevent any seeds from germinating. I have been wanting to build this for years but was perturbed as I did not want to have a electric blower on board, so with a # 60 drilled orifice the liquid propane turns to 100 deg. F. vapor @ 80 + PSI…… It ROARS!
And aren’t those rear tires fab!!!
It is slower than I thought, 3 passes although the ground is real wet. I might need to shorten the vapor tube as my vapor temp at the first jet was over 500 f. but I might have been real low on liquid. So tomorrow I will check again with full tank. With 3 # 60 jets, I can get 1 1/2 hours of burn on 7 gallons of fuel. So I really do not want to open them up to a 55 or so. I think if the fuel was much cooler it would be much denser and hence more BTU’s in the box. I tried subbing 10% gas-90% #2 diesel after the unit was well preheated and I got yellow flames and smoke….
Amy: I wanted to make a resin model kit to sell. 1998. And to make my Trekkie college friends laugh. Had just been laid off from job in model shop at industrial design prototyping company (Plynetics).
I made 6 panels- styrene sheets with model kit parts that fit together as a cube. Then made silicone molds for each, and cast the panels in resin.
It also needed to “do” something – I was trying to develop Action Feature Model Kits at that time. (Trademark rejected for “common words”)
That hole in the side is actually a little door that slides shut. On the opposite side of the cube is a plunger and inside is a spring- it shoots out a tiny planet. I made about 3 or 4 of em and practiced different paint jobs on each.
Approx 4″ x 4″ x 4″
Omega Recoil Performing with their Tesla Coil at Nimby for the Do it for Haiti Benefit
Concept and The Show
A team of high-level rat scientists have gotten hold of a Tesla Coil and will be testing it on a living human test subject in a special metal suit designed to protect the human, or so the rat scientists hope. They will lure the human out under this suspended 1.3 million volt Tesla Coil with man’s favorite drink… Beer. The un-suspecting human will be surprised to find out that this particular can of beer has been grounded to the giant coil. When he approaches for refreshment, the giant coil will come to life and he will receive a massive bolt of lighting to the head. This, we call the reverse Pavlovian an experiment. The rat scientists will be training the human to operate all of the machinery involved in the show using the positive and negative re-enforcement of a lightning bolt.
We will have a Narrator/Barker explaining the science of the Tesla Coil and the principals of the suit and the experiments. The barker will narrate the performance as the rat scientists perform the experiments on the human.
We will also do experiments with massive power distribution and switching equipment like that used by the power utilities.
Our show is much more informative than our previous incarnations. We have a larger team of very innovative and ingenious members creating the experiments that no one has ever seen, including a suspended, upside down coil.
Jason McLean and Madeline Fitzpatrick are teaming up for a show at Toby’s Gallery in Point Reyes Station, CA for the entire month of February. Come out on Saturday February 6th, 5:30-8:30pm for the show’s opening. Both Jason’s sculptures and Madeline’s paintings are raw, expressive, and mature. We’d love to see you!