Monthly Archives: July 2008


I’d like to use this blog partly for feedback on our ideas, but posts don’t seem to get a lot of comments.  If anyone is out there, can you comment on why that is?  :).  What changes would make you comment more?  Is it the subject matter, the interface, or something else?


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An old speech, freedom for the bold.

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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More time for Seasteading

As many of you know, in addition to my responsibilities at TSI, I have a day job at Google.  Having two jobs has been stressful, especially with the lack of alignment in having my passions one place and my time another.  Therefore I have given notice at Google, and will be leaving at the end of July.

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Wayne: Seastead Community

A guest post from TSI co-founder Wayne Gramlich about his vision for the evolution of seastead communities:

Venice, ItalyyMy model for a seastead community is that it will grow and evolve along the same lines of Venice, Italy. Venice started off as 118 small shallow islands off the coast of Italy. In the beginning, passage between the islands was via small boats. Over time these islands became fully populated and interconnected via bridges. I expect a seastead community to follow a similar evolutionary path.

While it would be wonderful to have a fully interconnected seastead city at the outset, basic economics dictate that an initial seastead community will start off as a heterogeneous collection of individual seasteads. These seasteads will range from sailboats, old converted cargo ships, ocean going yachts, and purpose built seasteads. The purpose built seasteads will range from small to medium and eventually to quite large. The small seasteads will be short and squat and relatively low to the ocean surface. The more expensive and comfortable seasteads will extend upwards from the sea surface to reduce interaction with large waves. Eventually, large elevated surfaces along the lines of Mini-Float, Float, Inc., or VersaBuoy will become available. The larger structures will be either be bolted together or interconnected via bridges.

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