Mark Clipsham

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It is spelled out in the KS in detail. It is not just for urban areas but everywhere. Part of the funding would used for crunching numbers - what is the difference between installing and maintaining this system vs traditional systems; which would be completely replaced with this one, not a redundant system. The funding would be used to figure out what sort of efficiencies could be obtained with hooking vehicles together magnetically out on the "open road" and using uplift to effectively lighten the load of the vehicle to the equivalent of pulling a kite? We would lay out/design likely scenarios - going to the big box store - how would that work? we would compose an example of going canoeing or hiking using the system - having your vehicle drop you off and resupply and pick you up when finished. What are the positive implications of other incidental things like the health effect of having walking and biking be safe to the point it would be part of everyday life for most people? We would investigate the effects on wild life - could there be migration corridors for buffalo/bison and a safer habitat for animals in general without a road way every couple miles? How would less impervious pavement affect the environment? How would this work? I get up in the morning and then go somewhere in my vehicle - or call one to pick me up and then when I get there what happens? Does the vehicle park on the roof - in a parking cube (where no people go) does it go inside? Do I even take the trip or do I get the item on line and have it delivered to my home or office? A positive economic opportunity is that I can coop with other people and have RIPE produce shipped to my house in a day or I can market my products to people directly and ship it to them -  we would graphically display this opportunity along with "Gypsy" pods; "homeless" by design or need - I take my home to where the jobs are or where the weather suits my clothes or maybe I just live around the country in different places for a while. The product will be a presentation of the findings of the work afforded by the funding and will include videos, plans and renderings about the benefits of this system. This issue is so huge it is hard to get your head around it - it would change everything - it takes dedicated time to figure out what these changes will be - that is what the funding does - I have thousands of hours into it so far - I'd like to take it to the next level - not just left over time but seriously study the issues and document the findings. The funding will allow me to show people how the system would change their lives in a positive way and be less stressful to the environment.
7 years ago
The pathetic reality is this could only start in China because it is so ridiculously efficient - it would threaten our all powerful and important economy. My KS is about funding for more research and design to address the issues of which you speak. As for the cost of a vehicle they would be far less expensive (and lighter) than current vehicles. No tires, shocks, motor, axle, crash protection etc. just recyclable hard plastic shell and foam insulation with a top mount elec motor - vehicles join in route to form trains - on the open road if you will. China could become the green poster child while making its infrastructure costs super lean which would give them the economic advantage - which would force the rest of the world to adopt the system or become irrelevant - I can dream. A system such as this would go a long way towards alleviating some of their more pressing prob;ems. I can't just sit by and watch - even if this is not THE answer the dialog needs to open up because more of the same is not going in a good direction. I see the system as a giant step forward in the opposite direction. What if we only worked for other people half as much because there wasn't the need to work more than that? Theses are all relative terms - over three quarters of what is produced or imported to our country is unneeded anyway already - hopefully a system like this makes that painfully obvious. The economy grows at the expense of the environment - this system represents stability and sustainability to me compared to the current bottomless pit we have. It has a snowball's chance in hell but it is a chance Ill take with my time and effort for a possibly healthier world.
7 years ago
Dear Folks - I've been working on this for a long time - my time, my dime - for the planet and everything and everyone on it. I'm not going to build it, I hope someone does - they will make the money. People that make money don't think like this - they are into trashing the planet not saving it in general. I don't know how I would reciprocate for helping to promote this - I may have pre-reciprocated. If you don't think it is worthy remove it - it is the only thing i could think of that will buy us enough time to figure things out. The idea is that the longer it exists the less it is used - people, plants, animals, the environment will be important/the priority again - before the economy. Blasphemy I know.

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7 years ago
It's not the moisture so much as what's in the fill - what comes in contact with the metal - anything far off from neutral will cause problems eventually, especially base/alkaline soils. Culvert pipes are in contact with the soil for many, many decades. While I technically don't need it i put a rubberized asphaltic coating on my bins below grade and if the soil has sizable rocks I might add 1" of rigid insulation - belt and suspenders means no problems for at least a hundred years. I use the insulation (R-7/in) as structure. Arches/Quonset huts are very strong if loaded evenly - you'll know it wasn't when it fails. Take a lot of time to figure this out - it is resolvable - haste makes waste and probably corpses in this case. You can come up with a lot of "greener" solutions (they are not green if the project fails) but in the end the structure foam is the ideal material in the big, long-term picture (gosh knows I've looked at alternatives) - high R value - adds structure, completely resistant to moisture, insects rodents etc. It is very conducive to decommissioning (or repurposing) - the foam burns clean in a blast furnace. Do it that way and it is something you will never have to worry about again - or your offspring for that matter.
7 years ago
Field formed SIP using 2# structure foam. Arched forms need to be loaded evenly to work as an arch (do your research on how much you can do without problems  - check gauge of steel/load rating) - don't forget about freeze thaw issues - freezing water is an incredibly powerful force  - they used it to mine stone back in the day. Surface mount conduit as in a commercial structure. Be careful - research twice, berm once. Condensation will be an issue if you do not use foam or completely sealed batts.
7 years ago
dream green homes is a god source. Use a piece of wire for your measuring line. Same with X bracing - using cable (much like rope) will not really do it, you need solid material so it doesn't stretch (learned the hard way).
7 years ago
I visited Seattle about two years ago and was surprised to see eight foot tall artichoke plants, fig trees and gardenias that had bee hacked back because they had gotten overgrown among other things. I live in Iowa and am lucky to get fruit on my peach, apricot and apple trees every couple four years. be thankful for what you have - a little slice of paradise in my eyes. Tropical plants in a non-tropical area seems a little out of line with permie philosophy unless it can be done low impact/man made micro climate. Good luck
7 years ago