Monthly Archives: July 2009

Hobie repairs begin in earnest

I’ve been moving tentatively on the hull repairs for the Hobie 16 because it’s scary. Grinding down gelcoat and fiberglass generates clouds of hazardous dust. There’s the expense of buying all the epoxy product to do the repair, not to … Continue reading

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Project clocks

UTC-10 UTC-4 UTC-5, daylight savings +1 UTC Hawaii Kai Schwarz 26′ Westerly Centaur Sloop Desire (drydock) Northern Michigan Dan Kelly Hobie 16 (drydock) Gretchen Eichberger NMFC New York Ann Loeding ESMA Trickster Pictures On Desire

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Freaken Kraken

I’m doing some research and trying to get up the nerve to shoot some video at the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii and I came across this fascinating news clip: SATURDAY, JULY 07, 2007 “Octosquid” Discovered Off Hawaiian Coast It’s … Continue reading

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Kauai Channel Race – Siesta trip canceled

~~Kauai Channel Race – ‘Sieasta’ Canceled~~ Running a racing sailboat requires a lot of work. The Kauai Channel Race is probably the most challenging race in Hawaiian waters because of the distances involved and the exposure to unprotected waters. In … Continue reading

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Kai’s Kauai Channel Race aboard Siesta 31 July 2009

I have never been very keen on competitive sports. I prefer engaging in activities where I am more focussed on bettering my own abilities rather than beating other people. Sports like hiking, climbing, back country skiing, scuba diving, and long … Continue reading

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Policy phone discussion

Give credit where credit is due… two reasons – context for new language and imagery, credit because that’s the right way. We each take responsibility to caption our own posts. Listing events – Dan Around Lake Michigan, Kai’s thinking about … Continue reading

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Gear

Bold = got Underline = gotta get Hobie flares horn submersible VHF running lights new sails (ordered from Whirlwind) solid fenders for rocky beach and marinas new shrouds spare rudder and hardware etc. power airmarine (wind power) agm battery Repairs … Continue reading

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On Desire remix

Gosh, everything was just hitting the fan this week! Kai’s friends were calling him a wussy and worse because this blog didn’t make any sense. He complained that he couldn’t find anything. Meanwhile I’ve been scrambling on Plan B, a … Continue reading

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History

The original On Desire concept featured two aspiring earth stewards sailing around the Hawaiian Islands aboard the 26′ sloop, Desire. The project title ‘On Desire’ referred both to the central theme of their talks and to their circumstances. The voyage … Continue reading

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Kai’s Babalu chronicles May – June

08May’09 1339PST ~900knm from San Diego- We are officially in the tropics now having crossed the Tropic of Cancer yesterday in light airs heading for an imaginary gate at 0degrees N x 130degrees West. We are sailing downwind in a … Continue reading

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A note about timing

With the web and the world being a 24hr, 360 degree longitudinal environment I struggle constantly with time when travel. Although my internal clock and sensibilities go into what I call ‘boat time’ (a near timeless state) I have to … Continue reading

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Rifting establishes protocols

Kai is in the house! We’ve been doing a lot of undocumented talking phonewise. Kai isn’t totally comfortable with posting full names of collaborating individuals, he want’s to protect their privacy. He’s also reluctant to release the On Desire blog … Continue reading

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Riposte – sustainability isn’t an abstraction

I was just commenting on Telemetry 090630 and I realized my comment was worthy of it’s own post. Kai and I are a few steps past this now, but you can’t practice fundamentals too much. > It seems, for ideological … Continue reading

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Elements of Style

Dan here! Those of you reading On Desire so far may be annoyed with my quirky and often obtuse writing style. With the delivery of the Macbook Pro two days ago, Kai is in the process of coming online and … Continue reading

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Creative Commons License

Around Lake Michigan, The Search for Sustainable Civilizations by Dan Kelly, Trickster Pictures is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

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Radical redesign

As reported a few weeks back, Kai’s got problems with Desire. It’s been sitting for so long unattended that there’s no way he can get it ready in time to return to Seattle ahead of big weather in September. After … Continue reading

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Horizon Lines declines

Last week I spoke with Jim Storey and Kelly Dennison of Horizon Lines, one of the container ship companies serving Hawaii. I made a proposal to document operations on a container ship traveling from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii as … Continue reading

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Working on Water

The Empire State Maritime Alliance is offering On Desire expertise and guidance on working boats, emphasizing the historic perspective. Captain Ann Loeding, (who also produced Daughter of God), has come aboard with her considerable experience and encyclopedic knowledge. Check out … Continue reading

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Telemetry 090711

Still working on getting over the last dregs of my Honolulu cold. Several interesting developments in the last week though. Apple has come through on it’s pledge to loan us a spanking new Macbook Pro laptop with all the latest … Continue reading

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Collaborators

Collaborators fill holes in the project with goodness – expertise, advice, elbow grease and even poetry. Yes, there’s room for you here too! Non-profit Empire State Maritime Alliance – Guidance and expertise on working boats Northwest Michigan Folklife Center – … Continue reading

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John Lilly video

Great talk by John Lilly of Mozilla at Wordcamp. On the Web, you don’t have to ask persmission. If you don’t know what Mozilla is, check this.

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Expansion and sustainability

Kai has been keeping a log of his exploits since arriving in Hawaii and setting up Desire, but since he hasn’t had reliable internet enabled computation, contributing to the On Desire blog has been problematic. Mostly we talk on the … Continue reading

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Hobie disassemble and inspection

Future Sailors of America (Dan, Patrick and Jonathan) met this week for disassembly and inpection of our pre owned Hobie 16. We removed the hulls, washed off surface oxidation and crayoned the problem areas. Here is the most problematic problem… … Continue reading

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Sweet moon

Another week in full tilt at the water temple. The Hobie renovation support team arrives in about 3 hours. For the moment, sweet silence and the moon. Been doing a little strategic shoving of local allies, helping to deploy web … Continue reading

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Where's Faisal?

Dern that boy, I thought I told him to mind the store. Well, here’s a taste. Your humble Director is way up in Northern Michigan yanking miracles out of his butt, a half dozen a day practically. Mostly concerning the … Continue reading

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Glorious gray

It’s heavy ‘ready to rain’ color today, with a hint of purple / pink peeking through. Back to wearing the wetsuit when swimming deep.  A shy summer so far, teasing warmth at the end of June and now mostly wet … Continue reading

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Telemetry 090707

Back in Kona after a long weekend in Honolulu, racing on Siesta and whooping it up under the 4th of July fireworks. Sick as a dog from a cold, most likely picked up on the flight to Honolulu.

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Up at dawn

Too many nights celebrating with the tribe this week. Forsaking my sauna pals I crawled into bed at 9:30 pm last night for much needed tissue regeneration. Up at first light this morning and wrapping the Shop and Save project … Continue reading

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Vision summary (draft)

Vision We can’t sustain a process that converts limited raw materials into garbage and toxic waste. Eventually we will run out of raw materials, toxify the environment beyond our ability to tolerate or break the global life support system by … Continue reading

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All hands on deck

July 5 is the deadline for my Hawaiian ride. We’re down to the wire. 11th hour. Time to ship or get off the ops. Now or never. Magic! In last weeks episode… Riding the Transpac would have been an exciting … Continue reading

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Plan B

Once again Dan is manning blog command. Say that 10 times fast. Location – Artist house, Beulah Michigan Weather – overcast Health – excellent Morale – high Electricity – plentiful Food – adequate Water – abundant Equipment – functional There’s … Continue reading

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Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly is an artist, bon vivant and filmmaker. In 2007, Dan solo camped for 5 days on Lake Michigan’s North Manitou Island and shot ‘Some Almonds Are Harder to Skin that Others’, a poetic manifesto for nature worshipping tricksters. … Continue reading

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