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  • #22119
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    Shall we make this a regular feature then? Seastead Tuesdays, then? Everyone drop by between 8pm – 11pm Eastern and we’ll discuss all matters pertaining to seasteading.

    Mind you, a couple of us lurk in that channel 24/7 so feel free to drop by anytime!

    #21067
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    Sorry I missed you there, Bisley. I was called away by dishes, laundry, and trash. ;)

     

    Would there be a preferred time of day, for participants to attend the chat? 7pm (Eastern)?

    #21009
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    The auction closed today, with a winning bid of $17,200, to these folks: http://zapwatertechnology.com

    #21002
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    Whoah! an ex-Navy barge that was on eBay years ago is still for sale… 261′ long for $750,000: http://www.scrutonmarine.com/B2107.htm Now, how to lift something 1,000 tons up on spars…. ;)

    Or for a more reasonable $239,000 there is this 110′ barge on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/110-x-34-NAVY-BARGE-SOLID-STEEL-US-Built-US-OWNED-9-000-sq-ft-Enclosed-/230841786636?pt=Other_Boats&hash=item35bf3e210c#ht_1052wt_1182

    #21001
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    After viewing additional photos of the structure, coupled with ambiguous wording in the inspection document that seems to state repairs must be completed within 2 years, methinks I will let this one Rust In Peace. https://extportal.pbs.gsa.gov/RedinetDocs/uploadedFiles/marketing/inspection.pdf (PDF, 100+ pages with photos)

    “The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000… provides a mechanism for the conveyance of Federally-owned historic light stations to qualified new stewards. The NHLPA gives priority to public bodies and non-profit corporations to acquire a historic light station at no-cost… If no steward is identified through this process, the NHLPA authorizes the General Services Administration (GSA) to conduct a public sale…” Since they could not even give this one away, it leads me to believe Diamond Shoals Light Station is unsalvageable.

    In essence I would be bidding on $15,000 worth of scrap metal that would have to be removed, cleaned, and replaced. Also, the bid did not include the land beneath the tower. Is it worth $15,000 to buy the right to rebuild a dilapidated structure, without any rights to the land beneath it? Maybe. Possibly. The diving would be superb. The night sky would be unmatched. But having to restore what looks like a John Carpenter movie set would be daunting at best.

    Now, if the land beneath/near the tower was included, I would establish a memorial reef made of concrete structures mixed with cremated remains, ala The Neptune Society. “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”. The light station could be used for solar panels to power a neighborhood of undersea homes like the H2OME.

    #20996
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    Three days left. No takers? ;)

    #20958
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    I found the same listing via a different website. It’s a tempting prospect, to be certain. Not far enough offshore to be in international waters, but if one was to invest in the property and then gather fishing and diving investors via via kickstarter, I’m sure it could be repurposed as a vacation property.

    #9649
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    “Some studies are looking into the use of fish — specifically tilapia — as a way to recycle shower water, toilet waste and the water clothes are washed in. Tilapia eat human waste and are safe for human consumption afterward, said Vickie Kloeris, who manages the Space Food Systems Laboratory at Johnson Space Center.” – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10179202/

    #9646
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    #9637
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    You might also want to research the Uros people that live on self-fashioned floating man-made islets in Lake Titicaca.

    #9636
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    Taken a step further, the FLIP engines could be used as generators, when the steastead platform is raised. In horizontal mode, the FLIP boats could be used as tugboats, to pull the modular components of the steastead.

    #9635
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    I was thinking about FLIP, today. It occurred to me that it might make an excellent spar for a larger seastead. Imagine 4+ of those vessels used as the columns of a larger structure. That would give the seastead a degree of portability, as the platform could be lowered (ballast tanks filled with water), the spars separated and transported in horizontal mode, then reattached and filled with air to raise the platform.

    #7631
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    I just read about a tree that actually fertilizes the soil around it… might prove to be useful:

    http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/08/28/tree-agriculture.html

    #6002
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    Here’s a new article about NASA growing algae for biofuel:

    http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/05/14/nasa-algae-biofuel.html

    #5891
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    I saw this bit about wave snakes at DVICE, today: http://dvice.com/archives/2009/05/anaconda-rubber.php

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