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Made 2 films with nearly a million views each on youtube, in both cases they are "successful" because people are hating on them.
More than thirty climate activists and local residents took mass direct action to prevent excavation work on Britain's biggest ever open-cast coal mine at Ffos-y-fran in South Wales.
Many people are learning to live sustainably, without money. In this video, they discuss their struggles, how they got to and developed kew bridge eco-village.
Its interesting how parasitic traditional media is, an idea or a news story will come out in a sub-culture (contemporary media) weeks or years before it becomes a “story” in traditional media. This time lag – together with the general lack of connection in traditional media to where story’s come from/break is noticeably dysfunctional in our new connected world.
This parasitical behaver will continue in-till we solve these issues in contemporary media:
* financial support for the production of grassroots per-per media – something like flattr is an example of an attempt to solve this problem.
* Ethical norms of linking and aggregation in per-per production need to solidify and be coded into contemporary media projects. An example of this would be the OMN project.
* a general discrediting of traditional media as a reliable source of information – shifting peoples behaver of linking away by providing better working contemporary media projects. An example of this would be the http://visionon.tv project.
The current connections between contemporary and traditional media are largly broken, do we try and fix it or not is the relevant question? Do we actually need these old gate keeping institutions and if we do, are they flexible and lean anufe to survive anyway? I think diversity of strategy’s are probably helpful here.
Insulation is importent for comfort and to stop rot/rust issues with condensation on boats.
The will have an added effect of absorbing/dampening engine noise - as I have herd that the lifeboats can be very noisy. Its going to be expensive - around £500 http://www.foamseal.co.uk/diy-spray-foam/index.php?cPath=3800006 but can leave this till the end of the summer.
Am thinking about getting one of these to covert into a live-in open media centre. They vary from 7-9m in length and have seating (like sardines) for 30-60 people.
Proposed mission would be to:
* remove most of the seats to open the space up
* paint it so it wasnt bright orange (need a good weeks dry weather to
* put in some very basic live in space, bed, table etc.
* fit some basic solar panels, batterys etc.
* steam punk it up a bit.
This would be done wombling style if anyone wont's to help.
They are fresh off oil rigs so should be in working condition with all survival gear in them. It seams that one of the reasons the is a lot of surplus lifeboats is that oil rig workers are getting fat (PDF) so the current lifeboats aren't large anufe.
Am going up to Scotland to have a look (and maybe buy) end of the week, then put it on the river lee/canal to do the rest of the fitting out over the summer.
Outline cost of liveaboard in the UK
BSS costs (4 years) £150
insurance (1 year) £120
Gold licence, all rivers and canals (1y) £643 (less for only rivers or canals)
Red diesel Propulsion is about 0.75ppl
Licence initially would be continues cruising - Optional cost Mooring £1000-5000 (1y)
Here is the law on continues cruising – you can stay for two weeks in many spots http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/633.pdf
Here is the width of canals - Red and blue are good for the lifeboat size wise - Gray likely not http://www.jim-shead.com/waterways/mwp.php?wpage=Inland-Waterways-of-England.htm
Working on the boat
Lifeboat dft (PDF)