Sugar

To understand the hidden secret of the modern industrial world in which I find myself, I have to return to another world. That world is at once wartime Nice and the plantation – the sugar isles on which Europe’s prosperity was built. J. M. G. Le Clezio When sailing the pristine waters of the Caribbean,Continue reading “Sugar”

Seaweed

I’ve always thought it’d be nice to be seaweed, kind of just floating about. Devendra Banhart Christopher Columbus, on his way to the Caribbean, sailed through the Sargasso Sea, which is named for the sargassum seaweed that collects in the North Atlantic as the result of circular sea currents. The name is from the PortugueseContinue reading “Seaweed”

Sail Power and Famous Birthdays

The world can be powered by wind, water and sun alone. Mark Z. Jacobson You’d think there would be a simple formula to calculate the power that a set of sails can generate in a a given amount of wind . But then you would be wrong. I did find the following after doing aContinue reading “Sail Power and Famous Birthdays”

Social Distancing

The reason that fish form schools, birds form flocks, and bees form swarms is that they are smarter together than they would be apart. They don’t take a vote; they don’t take a poll: they form a system. They are all interactive and make a decision together in real time. Louis B. Rosenberg I thinkContinue reading “Social Distancing”