Snippets, 7/7/2008

  • Community
    • I will probably attend / speak at the Convergence 2008 Unconference in Mountain View on November 15th-16th.  Bay Area futurists may want to check it out, it looks to be interesting.
    • Website stats.  June was a fair bit under May but better than April.  Averaged 1900 visits/day and 7500 pages/day (this doesn’t include the wiki).
    • Announced conference for Oct. 10th.
    • Seasteading and Independence Day.
  • Engineering
    • We should be starting conceptual design with our consultants next week.
    • Wayne has finished an Aquariumstead model using a pool noodle for the spar.  Still working on DIY instructions / kits.
    • We are going to hold off on Poolstead until we know what design we are going to use, since that is still very much up in the air.
  • Research – Nada
  • Administrative
    • I will be leaving Google at the end of the month in order to have more time for seasteading.

2 thoughts on “Snippets, 7/7/2008”

  1. Yes, we are familiar with Patrick’s work. He is reference in “the book” .

    Buckminster Fuller’s Triton work predates most work in the field.

    Mining the ocean floor is hard. A seastead is not a necessary prerequisite for doing such mining. If it is economically feasible, people would already be doing it.

    Satellites are already launched into GEO from the equator. ArianeSpace does it from French Guinea, and SeaLaunch does it from a specialized launch platform. Both are commercially successful and do not require a seastead.

    OTEC is very expensive and it does not scale down to smaller scales. Some combination of Photovotaic, Wind, Wave, and Reverse Osmosis is probably cheaper.

    These forums are the place to have all of these discussions.

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