Full version of the blog feed available!

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As requested, there is now an RSS feed with the full text of each entry at http://seasteading.org/blog/feed/full, and the RSS links now point to it.  (For technical reasons we made a new feed rather than modifying the existing one).  This feed can be viewed on LJ as tsi_main_full.  You can still find the old feed, with summaries only, at http://seasteading.org/blog/feed.

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Floating islands in Dubai

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Spurred by Rising Seas, Dubai’s Floating Ambition

Paul van de Camp moved to Dubai from Holland because of that "anything is possible" spirit. He isn’t interested in skiing in the desert, but he has opened an office in Dubai to try to sell an equally bold concept: building on water. His company, Dutch Docklands, specializes in floating structures.

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Weekly Snippets, 4/21/2008

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My day job is at Google, where there has long been a tradition of the "weekly snippet".  This is a short summary written every Monday about what you did last week and what you plan to do this week, automatically indexed so you can search them or look at someone’s snippets.  It’s a nice way to keep track of what other people are doing, and I’d like to bring snippets to TSI.  Here are some snippets for our first public week:

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A Protocol Suite For Seasteads

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(Another new snippet from the book beta, inspired by a lunch conversation today.)

When talking about how we’d like to revolutionize the governing industry, we used the metaphor that we’d like government to be more like the internet industry than operating systems.  One of the properties of the internet is that it is based on a variety of open standards which allow many diverse programs, companies, machines, and people to interoperate.  We’d like seasteads to have this property also.

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Website formatting fubared

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Some of the recent set of website changes, probably installing the GUI editor, seems to have broken the formatting of the site, specifically by removing paragraph tags.  Sorry about that!  I’ve fixed some of the pages by hand, but the rest will have to wait until our Drupal coder fixes the bug.

This website is less than a week old, so you should expect more hiccups like this as we continue to rapidly add features :).

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Dunbar’s Number and Seastead Size

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(This is a small new section for the book beta.  I will frequently post such sections as writing progress on the book continues.  Comments welcome.)

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How not to seastead

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(this will go into the book beta, in the Review section)

Here is a comment on a floating city post somewhere on the internet that represents, to me, exactly what is not needed to advance the movement:

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Made To Stick

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This morning I took a leadership class that used the principles from Made To Stick, a fascinating book about what I’d call "memetic engineeering". The authors try to figure out what makes some ideas spread so fast, even when they are false (like urban legends), so that those principles can be applied to spread important true ideas.

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Today’s updates

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  • Lasse notes that the UC Boulder talks I gave in 2005 are up on Google Video, here’s a page with them embedded.
  • I’m working on job descriptions for some paid staff and volunteers we’re looking for.
  • Lots of small website bugs fixed. More still to come.
  • Some more "user properties" have been added, you can click on your name on the upper right, then click Edit to fill them in. Continue reading

Website issues

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Thanks for all the bug reports on website issues like broken links. Most of them have been fixed, except for users not being able to create new forum threads. Our programmer will fix that tonight, and for now I’ll start some threads. If you find more problems, please comment here.

UPDATE: I think I fixed the forums issue, let me know if you still have trouble. Continue reading