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An Intelligent Solution - to Pollution - from Beer

Everyone who has ever seen 'Happy Feet' knows the horrors of those plastic rings that hold cans together. But they are far worse in real life. Sea life really do get caught in those six-pack rings and eventually die, and then - after the plastic begins to break down the fish eat that plastic, they have a second chance to die from our garbage.

However some incredibly clever people at the Saltwater Brewery*1 in Delrey Beach FL in collaboration with We Believers out of NY, have come up with a solution that is a creative and sustainable alternative to the harmful plastic six-pace rings. They use their byproducts from brewing beer to make an edible bio-degradable replacement that doesn't harm the environment, and instead of killing animals - feeds them.

Now, if those rings end up in the lakes or oceans, the fish can safely eat them. This gets rid of one environmental threat, feeds the fish, and creates a supplemental income from what had been waste and a removal cost. Not bad guys, not bad at all.

Just one question, edible underwear was available back in the mid 1970s, why did it take 45 years to take such a dumb idea and do something intelligent with it? Hopefully it won't take another 45 years before we take the next step and start to make more things from products that will break down into biodegradable food sources.

One other topic that is talked about a lot when discussing living at sea is the diversity and ease of growth of the various types of algae. Algae can be used to make oil and from that plastics. But when we are thinking about a one use disposable product, why not use algae to more directly make other substitutes for plastics - which would also be a good lunch for some poor hungry fish.

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An Introduction to Marinea

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Congratulations to Asgardia for creating a buzz in the emerging industry of space colonization and for dreaming big! I signed up to be a citizen…
This has been a dream of many, and hopefully we’re starting to develop the technologies and have enough interest to start moving the dream into a reality.
But here’s a thought. There’s an alternative to space colonization that we can do right now to test the theories and technologies that will make space colonization a reality, namely seasteading or ocean colonization. I think of it as steps we will take as a society. The first was to colonize the land. The next will be to colonize the sea. And finally we will colonize space and other planets.
The interesting relationship between seasteading and space colonization should be obvious to those who think about the complexities of starting a permanent community in an environment previously only visited. Many of the aspects of living in space could be replicated by living at sea. No, seasteading doesn’t have to deal with low or zero-g environments, air management, or radiation, but interpersonal dynamics, logistics, governance, waste management, and many other concepts and technologies can be tested real-time in a more realistic environment than on a land-based system.
We have many things in common, such as a desire to pioneer a new frontier, experiment and develop our own government and society. Through a staged approach, seasteading has much to offer space colonization. We all desire to expand and make a better life for humankind. Let’s explore these concepts locally while continuing to develop the techniques and technologies to reach the ultimate goal.
It’s interesting the buzz around space colonization, between organizations like Asgardia and Mars One. People are ready. And it’s important to dream big. Let’s start the conversation.
Mark Stephan / CEO of The Marinea Project


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“Roads, where we are going, we don't need – roads.”
... Dr. Emmet Brown, Back to the Future

Everyone asks how people would get around in an oceanic community, like going from their home floats to the town store, parks or what ever.

Most assumed a small boat or jet-ski would be all there is to choose from, but you haven't met the Volocopter yet. It flies like a helicopter, taking off straight up and landing from a hovering position - but that's where the similarities end.

Instead of two or four large blades, the Volocopter has 36 small ones. There is a world of benefit to be had by changing from one power source to 18 separate ones. The first is that there is no need for a tail rotor like helicopters use. With the large spinning blades, there is an angular push on the body of the helicopter in the opposite direction of the spinning blades. However with 18 smaller blades, the angular torque is completely missing.
This means that the whole operation of the craft can be control with one joystick controller. No special flying course needed - anyone who can drive a car can fly a Volocopter.

Flying with no hands? If you take your hands off of the control, the Volocopter just hovers where it was left. Don't try that on your helicopter.

If the motor of the helicopter dies, that helicopter is going down. If a couple of motors go out on the Volocopter, it will still fly, or at least, land softly. Redundant safety features are part of the design.
There was some speculation that the two seated Volo would sell for about the same price as a new car, approximately $35K, but I can't find any pricing as of yet. They are winning awards but evidently have not yet begun manufacturing the Volo on a large scale.

In my opinion, the Volo is the worlds first, flying car. It is perfect for living at sea when you want to jump in the car and run to the store.

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Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the serenity that comes with living at sea.
What would be adventurer has never thought about living on a boat. There is something enchanting about the sea, and it calls without words.
You awake with a cool fresh breeze coming in the open portal while the gentle rocking of your floating cradle that rocked you to sleep is gentle shaking you awake. A smile comes over your face because you have had a beautiful uninterrupted nights sleep listening to the splash of the waves against the hull.
My wife and I set out to see how plausible it would be to actually live on a boat. We bought a 40 foot cabin-cruiser live-aboard. At first glance, it seemed as though there would be enough room. There was a living room / kitchen combo, 2 bedrooms, bathroom with shower, and an open deck. There were two double beds in the aft section and two single births in the bow (front). The galley (kitchen) had hot and cold running water, a three burner electric stove and compact oven, microwave, small refrigerator, full chest freezer and toaster - however you could not run all of them at the same time. The boat was set up to run power from its own generator, or off a hook up to an on shore electrical source. However since the generator used fuel, we plugged in to the marina's outlet as we wanted to see how economically things could be done for this experiment. For living space, a cabin-cruiser is open and spacey compared to a sailboat of the same length. However, if you are planning to do more than just live on your boat, the wind is a lot cheaper than feeding those two Detroit diesels.
Yes, it was doable, but just barely. We figured that there was only about 300 square feet of open deck space and about 250 below deck to be shared by two people. It seemed like we were always in each others way. From our experience, we determined that to be comfortable, you need at least a minimum of a 50 foot long boat for two. The 40' is plenty for a single person.
This test was the first experiment with ocean colonization. At that point, we had thought to maybe find some island that was too small to live on and drop anchor, just going to shore when we needed supplies. That never materialized because I realized that the only reason boaters don't congregate by some island is because of the lack of supplies and amenities. The first threads of Marinea had begun to come together.
Living in a marina is okay but rather expensive as you are competing for waterfront property, and the city, state, county and federal taxes and ordinances can make you go broke quick. This is where the disconnect becomes visible. We paid about $15,000 for our live-aboard and the rent and utilities cost around $500 per month. Food and restaurants are also more expensive by the sea. We needed internet for business and the marina supplied wifi. But, if you don't make your living via the internet and you don't mind the hassle it takes to just go to the store, then you can save a bundle by dropping anchor off shore.
When Marinea is fully functional, it will be normal and convenient to go to the store (located in the town center) by boat, wifi should also be available even for those that choose not to use the marina's slips. Picture a bustling town center in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean, instead of one on land.
Every persons expectations, desires and experience will be different. We lived on a spacious cabin-cruiser and was a little bit crowded. For a sailboat, I would have thought that it would be very tight but there are many who say they don't need as much space as they thought they would and are very comfortable on a 40' sailboat. You can find out more about others live-aboard experience by visiting live-aboard-living. *1
There are several key differences between Marinea, and other seastead projects. Marinea is the pilot project for colonizing the oceans, and this first village at sea must be self-sustaining, expandable, and capable of being replicated. This research project will be developed in three well thought out phases, check out our website for details.
While other developers are trying to design a floating city with apartments and everything included all on the one seastead, with costs somewhere in the billions of dollars and years to make - Marinea is thinking small and easy to make happen. Our phase one, developing a town square capable of supporting a small community (mostly living on their own boats), will be operational for less than twenty million dollars. At this point the groundwork for expansion will be well underway.
Phase two will see the new housefloats being designed today. Big yards, swimming pools, spacious living, and all the amenities found with living on land. Convenient access to stores and utilities. Living space below deck on individual housefloats will be air-conditioned and comfortable. Open air space with a sun cover for shading, and the cover will also gather water when it rains that can be used for showers and laundry. The sun cover will also house solar cells for electricity production.
Where phase one may be considered by some to be more like camping in an upscale campground, phase two should have everything that anyone would expect from living comfortably in a small city.
From our experiences, and from talking with every live-aboard boater that we encountered, we have determined that living on a boat is not only doable but by many, a preferred lifestyle. 
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The flying boat is not a new idea, in fact they were used for rescue during World War II. Those flying boats have a long history of service, but for all its benefits there has always been the one nagging problem of leaking. The saltwater would eat the metal and weaken the rivets allowing the water to get in. In other words, they leaked. It would also ruin the engines with in just a couple of years.
Helicopters had replaced the flying boats because they could hover in the air and not get quite so rusty. But helicopters are expensive to buy and expensive to use. And having qualified pilots is no easy task either.
Things are about to change once again and the flying boat is back. The Seastar (from Dornier Seawings) is made from a continuous poured fiberglass so there aren't any joints and it won't rust. But the improvements are not to just the seaworthiness, the engines are mounted above the body so it isn't effected by the saltwater spray like the old models were, and the fuel tanks are low in the body instead of the wings for better stabilization.
It also has a landing gear for airport landings but is design with a lockout so the wheels don't get extended during water landings. These people seem to have thought of everything. And it cost less than a helicopter, caries 12 passengers, and is cheaper to operate. For Marinea's use, it would also save us from having to build a runway.
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