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Conference & Ephemerisle are over

The website & blogs have been quiet because we’ve been very busy (obviously) with the conference & Ephemerisle, James & I just got back last night. I suspect this will be a bit of a decompression week for us, so don’t expect to hear much this week either, but I’ll try to get some links and roundups posted when I can.

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Video: Open Sailing

[Via Justin Pickard](http://justinpickard.net/2009/06/the-lighter-side-of-seasteading/) (who has some entertaining commentary) comes this video from [Open Sailing](http://international-ocean-station.org/blog/). I had some trouble understanding the concept when I saw their website awhile back (perhaps a language issue?), but the video makes it clearer. I like their idea for swarming algorithms based on weather, political systems, and so forth to automatically suggest good clustering locations for all the participating vessels.

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Robert Ballard’s TED Talk on ocean exploration

A number of people have emailed me this awesome video, and it was posted [on the forums](http://seasteading.org/interact/forums/community/feedback-tsi/robert-ballard). Some quotes from [Robert Ballard](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballard):

_”NASA’s annual budget for space exploration could fund NOAA’s budget for ocean exploration for 1600 years.”_

_”Fifty percent of the United States of America is underneath the ocean.

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