Monthly Archives: October 2009

Poll on holding a 2010 Seasteading Conference on a cruise ship

Terry Floyd gave an unconference presentation at Seasteading09 about the possibility of holding a conference on a cruise ship. This could replace or supplement our 2010 Conference (for example, it could be in a different region like Europe, Asia, or the US Eastern Seaboard). Terry created a survey which many conference attendees have filled out, and we’d like to get y’alls responses as well.

[Fill Out The Survey Here](

BTW, videos from the conference should start appearing this week or next!

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Wendy Sitler-Roddier on Seasteading Architecture

ClubStead’s architect Wendy Sitler-Roddier answers a number of questions about the [ClubStead]( design:

1) What parts of the ClubStead Project were you specifically part of, and who was responsible for the other (building and architectural) details?

MI&T designed and engineered the platform for the proposed ClubStead structure and I was commissioned by MI&T to conceptualize the architecture on the 400’-0” by 400’-0” square deck.

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Jeff Chan gave an interesting presentation at the recent conference about Seadrome, an ocean platform design created back in the 30’s as an airplane refueling stop. It was never built due to increased aircraft range, but the design still serves as a good example of how to build a spar platform for the open ocean.

Check out the [wiki page on Seadrome](, and the [PDF of his conference talk]( He focused on the common elements between Seadrome, ClubStead, and other designs, as an indication of how best to approach the spar platform portion of the design space. As with other talks, we’ll be putting this talk online later this year once the slides have been edited into the video.

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Useful medical information from the military

Was briefly researching motion sickness, and stumbled across the book Medical Aspects of Harsh Environments, published by the [Borden Institute](, part of the US Army Medical Department, in two volumes: Volume 1: Hot Environments, Cold Environments and Volume 2: Mountain Environments, Special Environments (ocean surface, underwater, high-G, spaceflight, etc).

Both are ava

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Guest posting on Think Tank Diary

Just a reminder that I’m guest posting for the [Atlas Network News]( Think Tank Diary this month:

* [Week 0 – Intro to The Seasteading Institute](
* [Week 1 – Prep for Conference & Ephemerisle](
* [Week 2.5 – Post Conference](

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Renewed interest in the Isle of Roses

In the Seasteading book, [we quoted Erwin Strauss on this project](

> Giorgio Rosa was (or is) a professor of engineering in Bologna, Italy. In the early 1960’s, he built a tower in the Adriatic Sea, in water less than 20 feet deep, about 8 miles off the coast of the Italian city of Rimini. This first tower was wrecked by a storm on February 13, 1965. A new one was built, with an area of about 4,000 square feet. It had a bar, a restaurant, a post office, a bank and a store, all surrounded by a promenade.

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