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December 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm #16728
What price Freedom!November 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm #16656
1/16 or 1/8 size models Shredder. You’ve proven your concept and these intermediate scale models will only take time and spend money. If I were you, I’d go to a 1/4 scale model. I would be just big enough to be actually functional as a Seastead demonstraitor and get you the investor you need to build a fullsized Bergstead.November 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm #16643
First let me say congratulations to you for the sucessful test satisfying the conditions of the bet as stated. Ocean, I owe you $20.00. However, had I imposed the further condition that you effectivly regulate its depth, I would have won… In the second video the model did better with the counter weights and you did better with the buttons but never the less, it was a close run thing! Those whirlpools and eddies probably wouldn’t be a problem in a fullsize Bergstead for this reason: have you calculated the speed of the current in scale? After crunching those numbers I’ll bet that current is running at 10kts scale speed! Even the Gulf Stream only moves at 5.6kts and thats a maximum.
Ocean, I’ll sail down that way on a State Visit and pay this Debt of Honor probably next sumer/fall or hell, I may just make it easy on my self and drive down or something.November 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm #16631
Ocean: the Bergstead has to submerge and resurface under it’s own power. I was going to add the further condition that it not drop strait to the bottom (ie effectively regulate its depth) but that would have been no fun…November 24, 2011 at 3:48 am #16617
that it wouldn’t submerge. I said that you would not be able to regulate it’s depth effectively. Pumps require power, lots of it and as you’ve already discovered, generating the power to keep the pumps running for an ‘all up test’ is more than you can generate with the turbines you have procured. I speculate that in a full sized seastead you would still have the same problem. The premise of having the Bergstead submerge avoid the ‘stormy waves’ is a fine idea but ‘designs that can float’ above them and are ‘affordable to a large number of private citizens’ have been around for a long, long time. I own one. They’re called boats. To avoid storms in the Northern hemisphere (generally) you sail to the north and east and/or throw out the sea anchor and ride it out. I know, I know: a bunch of rafted up sail boats is not seasteading ‘everyone’ seems to agree… On the other hand, it is incremental toward building seasteads even if the government has to do it, (that is a major concession, an abandonment of Libertarian ideals, Ocean)… As for ROI, I looked that up after I posted it, I thank you for the offer.
I was going to put a quote from ‘SHOGUN’ here but thought better of it, too presumptuous.November 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm #16614
I want it to work because I’m a disillusioned romantic: I hate to see people fail even when they’re doing something I think won’t work. The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, the struggle of overcoming great odds and technical hurdles, failing yet persevering only to fail again. To rise up from the mud and the blood, shake your fist in the face of your enemies and try it again, and again and again. I am a disillusioned romantic… Also, like Ocean, I have a fundamental difference of opinion with you and Ellmer concerning submerging to escape what in essence is life at sea. I think you’re going in the wrong direction… What is an ROI?November 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm #16612
1-2mA isn’t all that bad for what you’ve got there. It’s really not if you think about it in terms of 1/35 scale. On an actual bergstead you’d have a battery bank that you’re turbines would be trickle charging…November 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm #16578
These molds are for producing solid concrete spheres not hollow balls unless you you use them and male molds. You could build your own male mold for much cheaper than they are selling these for…November 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm #16577
Shredder! Your ability to control its depth also very much impresses me but like Ocean said, ‘full submersion’ is the next big step. Also, are you sure those ‘turbines’ aren’t DC? What you need is a diode (electrical equivalent of a check valve) to have them charge as opposed to just ‘run’ when they’re hooked up.November 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm #16576
what Ocean said about the women! Ken, you look fine. Good Newsletter too.November 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm #16575
I would have to agree: that’s seasteading!November 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm #16425
(AKA Hoarder) like me. If you lived closer I could probably dig around in my junk and find what you need. An AC dimmer switch or volume knob should work just fine I think but go with the dimmer. In any case if it didn’t ‘IT’ would just burn up or just not work so long as you didn’t put more power through it than the pump motor could handle.November 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm #16420
come on Ocean: play nice! Compared to some of the things that Spru has posted, that was quite coherent!November 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm #16418
After watching the video (without sound) of your pump in action, I would suggest that you put a variable resistor on its power supply so that you can better control it’s speed. You would be better able to control your depth I think. Also it came to me last night that because your pyramid ballest is hanging far below your center of lift you have a what’s refered too in powered parachute terms ‘pendulum stability’ so weight and balance shouldn’t be too much of an issue.November 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm #16404
and they will come! Good luck and Gods Speed Spru!