The Man who bought a lifeboat
The truck arrives from Scotland.
Lifting the boat.
In the air.
To the water.
On the way to London.
Steve helping with a low bridge.
Had to get 14 cyclist as ballast on her the next day to get under the bridge.
The locks are easer with two people, harder with only me.
Might just get there (:
Arrive in Hackney.
Home on the river.
Kicking apart the illusion that social media is a friend to radical voices
This post is to highlight and make visible that using social media to promote radical voices is marginally affective at best and simplay dose not work at worst. This good quality and fun lively video http://youtu.be/yr7RoAmtQP0 has been pushed hard by 3 people for a day mainly on facebook
* Promoted on visionontv youtube account (2,571 subscribers)
* More than 50 shares on Facebook (small selection of shares here)
* 23 hours online (137 views)
* 2 days (178 views)
* 5 days (230 views)
* 1 week (271 views)
As this should make clear, social media has relevance algorithms based on advertising revenue of the hosting company and secondly user interest. What we post on facebook is LARGLY not see by other people. And the harder you push content the smaller your reach due to SPAM algorithms, so your content is lost if you don’t push it and in the end if you do push it. Social media is increasingly a lose/lose game for radical voices.
We need our own media http://visionon.tv/mission
Lifeboat to liveaboard conversion
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)
Craning off truck into water on river lee £142
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
The is breakdown cover for boats like the AA - river rescue
Things to look at:
Lifeboat dft (PDF)