One of the main disadvantages of dynamic positioning systems when compared to mooring systems, is the fuel costs incurred in operation. But it is necessary to quantify that difference in order to make an informed choice between the two possibilities: mooring or dynamic positioning.
Some holiday weekend humor:
[Our more analytical explanation of why we aren’t recycling the gyre](http://www.seasteading.org/blogs/main/2009/11/03/why-we-arent-going-recycle-north-pacific-garbage-patch).
Apparently the webcomic above will be making fun of us next week – I hope they do a good job!
> Spoiler Alert: on Monday, I will also be talking about Seasteading, but I will be uninhibitedly making fun of some of the players on the scene.
Hey everyone, I just wanted to remind those who don’t follow our sister blog [Let A Thousand Nations Bloom](http://athousandnations.com/) that it has a great list of recommended reading for background in my unique angle on political theory and public choice, with writing by Mancur Olson, David Friedman, Arnold Kling, and many others, including myself.
[Recommended Seastead Political Reading Here](http://athousandnations.com/recommended/)
Reader hd passes on a link about shipping container homes from Urban Space Management, a group of builders in London who are building entire communities, schools, and farmer’s markets using old freight containers:
Although traditional shipbuilding uses steel for almost the whole structure, concrete has also been used in the past in a few vessels. But in the last years, the offshore industry has been discovering the great possibilities that concrete presents as compared to steel, and it is being used in more and more projects, such as floating LNG terminals and in the development of the MOB concept (Mobile Offshore Base), as shown on the picture.
## The Seasteading Institute May 2010 Newsletter ##
>_”Unless we change direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.”_ — Chinese proverb
## Table of Contents ##
* Jim Von Ehr Donates $100,000 to The Seasteading Institute
* Ephemerisle 2010: Making Headway
* Seasteading Conference on a Cruise!
Jim Von Ehr donates $100,000 to The Seasteading Institute
Not all nanotechnology entrepreneurs think small. Jim Von Ehr, founder and CEO of Zyvex Labs–a leading nanotech company–recently gave $100,000 to The Seasteading Institute (TSI) toward the goal of creating independent communities on the open ocean.
This year’s event promises to be amazing, for all of the reasons Patri talked about in his recent blog post, How Ephemerisle 2010 will bring us closer to seasteading.
There are a limited number of tickets available, so get yours before they run out!
See you on the water…
Lauri Buckley from OnlineClasses.org wrote us to mention that they’ve done a round-up of interesting ocean-focused documentaries that can be found around the web. Some of these have direct relevance to seasteading.
Here are a few I liked:
Big Stuff: Water: This video is a great place to learn more about the mega-ships of the water industry.