People often ask me how I spend my time. Seasteading, after all, is a complex and audacious goal, and it isn’t immediately clear to most people exactly how someone would advance it. As it turns out, I’ve been tracking my time by project for the last couple months as an experiment in productivity enhancement. So while we’re working on improving our strategy documentation and 2011 plans, which we’ll of course share with you, I can actually tell you exactly what I spend most of my time on!
O. Shane Balloun has crafted an extremely comprehensive yet very readable 29-page essay on the legal ramifications of American maritime law jurisdiction as it applies to seasteading.
Just a quick reminder that if you’d like to read drafts of the seasteading book outline, book proposal (including sample chapters), and eventually the book itself, subscribe to the TSI Book Feedback Mailing List. Participants have already reviewed the first half: “Why Seastead?”, and are about to review the second half: “How to Seastead”. Your feedback can help make this book a success!
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In Jody Shapiro’s documentary, How to Start Your Own Country, The Seasteading Institute discusses the importance of opening the oceans as a new frontier for the founding of autonomous communities. An eight-minute portion of the documentary is dedicated to interviews with executive director Patri Friedman and seasteading engineers, with examples of seastead designs from our design contest.
A [recent article in Slate.com](http://www.slate.com/id/2271265/) characterized seasteading thus:
> Seasteading, a movement to create law-free floating communes based on voluntary association. Led by Milton Friedman’s pajama-wearing grandson, this may be the most elaborate effort ever devised by a group of computer nerds to get invited to an orgy.
The Oceanographer position has been updated. Qualified candidates will have some academic education in oceanography or related disciplines. In addition, applicants should have a moderate level of knowledge and experience working with GIS. The position is also now a 6-month project (up from 3-month).
For more information about the Oceanography/GIS Researcher position, please visit the official job posting.
Patri Friedman recently gave a talk at The Feast, a social entrepreneurship conference. Patri talks seasteading in general and discusses TSI’s core challenges, strategy, and timeline for the next decade.
If we want to create a Very Large Floating Structure, VLFS, in the open ocean, and as commented in the previous blog, we need a type of structure that attenuates the waves. Semisubmersibles are ideal for that, as in the MOB. But other ideas and technologies are also being developed. The very well known Pneumatically Stabilized Platform, PSP, is a very promising structure.
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