Thanks to Aqua Survey, I get to be involved in some interesting projects, like finding Murder weapons.
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I'm Just Messin!
Actually Allan Torp Jenson of Adventeer asked some intriguing and thoughtful questions and I hope I answered them well. The photo was taken by Lazaro Estavez on one of our Voyages of Scientific Exploration on the DKL.
Adventeer is a cool website and blog about travel, adventure, and exploration. The frequently interview people that are involved in interesting projects, like Mountaineer Meagan McGrath, and adventurer Alastair Humphreys.
If you have a thirst for adventure, extreme sports, or travel off the beaten path, or want to use a facebook app to track your own travels, Adventeer is a great site to check out.
Recently I was invited to join the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation, an organization dedicated to safeguarding humanity from Existential Threats, such as Asteroid Impact and Rogue Technology.
The invitation was precipitated by some posts I made in a forum alongside such luminaries as Oceanographer Dr. Silvia Earle. The discussion was NOT about immenent Doom from Little Green Men, but about Ocean Acidification and existing and emergent technologies that could help remidiate these problems. (Apparently I applied spell-checking technology in those posts more successfully than I have here)
Especially exciting is the opportunity to discuss strategies for human exploration and habitation off the earth, with really smart people, and hopefully include such concepts in the design of the Floating Living Island Project.
For a fascinating tour of all the ways we could potentially be a very brief blip on the evolutionary radar, plus insight into the issues of permenent space habitation, check out Lifeboat.org
Can you invision a Floating Living Island that looks like a Manta Ray?
Maybe this image will help. Its a model for a school in Thailand designed by 24H Architecture and built of Bamboo.
Lets see if we can create something just as inspiring for our FLIP MANTA.
You can view more images of this exciting exploration in Architecture by visiting the Accidental Mysteries blog.
Photo by Clark Lubbs
Asher Jay, the High Priestess of Garbagea, recently asked me to come up with a few words for one of her ambitious new projects. Subject? What the Sea means to me.
Well I'm no poet, and if I was, I would probably prefer Rap stylin' to Iambic Pentameter. Fortunatly we have a lot of excellent writers who have shared their excellent words on the beauty of nature and why we explore. And I'm not one of them.
So after a bit of musing I realized that the following words are true enough for me;, and maybe thats good enough for now;
As a sailor, I know the immensity of the ocean.
As a diver, her profundity is clear.
And only when I am with the sea do I know the role I play in the universe,
that I am simultaneously part of the immensity, and nothing at all.
When Sid Imes and I sailed in to Cocos Keeling I was amazed to see that
the most current Nautical Charts are still those made on 1 April 1836 when the
HMS Beagle under Captain Robert FitzRoy arrived to take soundings establishing
the profile of the atoll as part of the survey expedition of the Beagle. Also
aboard, one young Charles Darwin.
When I tell people that I want to build a Floating Living Island, they sometimes think that I also want to start my own society, currency, culture, etc. Well the truth is...
My Name is Eric and My Job is Scientific Exploration.
That means I'm lucky enough to join expeditions to excavate sunken cities, climb volcanoes, find missing bombs, and Sail old research vessels, while searching for the mysteries of the natural world.