August 1st, 2008 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal
Aug. 1st, 2008
12:07 am - The Cement Boat
The Cement Boat by Stu Reininger.
“…The strangest thing about the Larinda may not be that she’s made of cement. Belowdecks, in the boat’s main salon, you’ll find a rare, 100-horsepower (1,400 foot pounds of torque) Wolverine diesel that was built in 1928. Mahan was obsessed with Wolverine motors (he eventually bought rights to the defunct company), and searched Panamanian jungles fruitlessly for an 1895 Wolverine locomotive engine that had long been abandoned at the end of the tracks. When he finally found the 1928 power plant in a marine salvage yard, he had it restored, trimmed in brass and painted bright green. After his massive search, Mahan couldn’t bear the thought of hiding his bounty in the engine room, so now it sits in the salon, gleaming, and reminding you that this boat is extraordinary in many different ways…”
04:52 pm - Seasteading idea
Build a space frame with bamboo. Then attach interlocking concrete-foam-concrete SIP panels to space frame. Coat exerior with rubber membrane. The resulting structure should be waterproof, lightweight, and demountable. Would it be strong enough? Not sure.
I really need a copy of SolidWorks. Also, a Wacom tablet.
Bamboo tinker toys would rock too. A toy version of this:
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