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September 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm #21020
Welcome to the forums, Landlubber.
As you say, the forums have been largely inactive lately, but we still check in occasionally. Reply to some old posts or start new topics if you want to take part – and if it appeals to someone, they’ll eventually respond to it.September 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm #21019
Welcome to Seasteading, Michael.
The forums are not as active as they used to be, but stick around and some of us will wander in occasionally. Reply to old posts or start new topics, and someone will see it eventually.June 18, 2012 at 10:46 am #20706
I’m somewhat familiar with Antarctica. There is one sector that has never been claimed by any nation. Some spots have been claimed by two or three nations, and some of the reasons for the claims (“It’s south of Argentina/It’s south of Chile”) are weak at best.
The United States and Russia have both reserved the right to claim the whole continent.
All claims have been suspended under the Antarctic Treaty.
That said, squatting might work.April 27, 2012 at 8:44 am #20195
I like where you’re going with this, but will you have an opportunity to work with an actual obsolete oil rig?
I should mention that although early ideas focused on such structures, further research suggested that the platform approach is too expensive for general use. If the platform already exists, however, it might be interesting.April 17, 2012 at 3:58 am #20024
Welcome! It’s great to see people coming to this board from all over the world.January 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm #16943Chucker wrote:
how about assisted suicide? Just asking.
Clearly a dead end.
No potential for repeat customers.
But more seriously – I’ll take a closer look at that wiki soon.December 12, 2011 at 6:54 am #16770
It’s been a while since I logged in here, but perhaps a year or two ago I started a similar thread about a medical seastead off Florida – though not with the Latin American doctors angle. It’s nice to see that there are people more qualified than myself who are investigating the possibility.
If there’s anything I can do to help, let me know.September 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm #15706
It’s good to have you here.September 3, 2011 at 10:16 am #15208shredder7753 wrote:
just to buy 4 acres of basic land onshore can easily cost more than 900K. that figure is nuts!
I assure you that S$900,000K is a high price for 5 acres of land. It might be reasonable in the center of a major city, but in the countryside land is quite cheap.
On the other hand S$900,000 for 5 acres of *finished living space* is quite cheap.August 29, 2011 at 7:22 am #15049
Thanks for posting these links. Very interesting, especially the link to Sudaglass.August 29, 2011 at 7:08 am #15047i_is_j_smith wrote:
Again, maybe I’m being a bit harsh. But what hope do people like me have of changing the world, when BILLIONAIRES are complaining about the state of the world and their inability to improve it?
I know how you feel, but consider a few things:
One, Thiel owes us nothing. He has donated some of his money because he wants to, not because he has to.
Two, something this big requires time and a community that is devoted to its goals. Sure, Thiel could spend his money and build a huge yacht and hire a crew to run it … but what would he really have? Just a traditional yacht, a crew that was motivated mostly by money, and no cash to build a real city. We’ve been discussing things here for a couple years, and we have yet to agree on the best course of action – but there is universal agreement that the early concept of an oil rig type of platform would be a bad idea. Where would we be if Thiel had blown all his money on Clubstead? All we’d have would be “proof” that seasteading would never work – and no chance of getting funding for something better.
Three, something this innovative requires public relations and legal research. That can’t be purchased on the spot. It has to be grown.
I understand your frustrations, but so far Thiel has shown pretty good judgment – and if his investments in other areas continue to grow, he will have more money to devote to seasteading if he sees that it is going well.August 29, 2011 at 6:29 am #15045
This is a pretty good thread, and it’s nice to see some new members who apparently came here via Slashdot – a site I have kept up with off-and-on since the late ’90s.
I have been thinking of the spherical structure a lot lately, but still find it problematic in several respects, including mobility and practical use of space. Perhaps begin with a sphere and stretch it out: a cylinder with hemispherical end caps, for instance – but even so, there are probably better shapes that would not be much more difficult to construct.
But one thought I can give: when considering ballast, keep in mind that it might be a good idea to have several tanks filled with fresh water. These can also serve as ballast. No need to make the concrete extra thick just for ballast: cheaper ballast can be found, and has the advantage of being more easily exchanged for different ballast. That said, I agree with Ellen’s sentiments about over-engineering. I don’t want to be out in the middle of the ocean when I discover that a mistake was made in the construction and the perfectly designed structure is not quite perfect enough to stay afloat.
I work in construction, so I know there will be errors in the construction. The only question is how many and how serious.August 29, 2011 at 5:55 am #15044Ellen wrote:
I've done some design work with freaquency 5 icosahedral spheres with an internal diameter of 20 meters, but I want to put mine underground rather than underwater.
OMG! a gurl! and she shares my interest in underground construction! and she's smart! and she reads slashdot!
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[Wait! something's wrong! There are no gurls on the internetz. What have I done?]August 29, 2011 at 5:47 am #15043
Check out Monolithic Domes. They’ve already done half the design work for you.
For reinforcement, consider fiberglass or basalt.
If you wanted, you could even use this method for the structure part of the superstructure – simply leave plenty of openings for doors and windows.July 5, 2011 at 2:33 am #14082
Well, this is certainly thinking outside the box.
I wonder, however, why we need this speed for a stead.
Glad to have GenSeneca here.