The Phoenix Project: Shipyards
“Captain, you look like your going to say, ‘Leia, I am your Father!’, wearing that respirator,” the crew Chief said.
“And, if her Father had checked the ground and his equipment, before lunging at Rei’s Uncle, he might not have needed a respirator,” Captain Rin laughed.
“Always look after your gear, Chief,” the Captain reminded her.
“And, it’ll look after you,” the Chief, concluded.
“That’s what my Gammer always said,” the Captain nodded, remembering.
“You know what Ching Shih said, ‘Battles are won, or lost, by choosing the ground.’ But, she might have been quoting Sun Tzu’s Art of War,” the Captain admitted.
"Right, of course, Cap," the Chief nodded. (Actually, she wasn't sure what the Captain was thinking about.)
Then, getting back to the business, at hand, Captain Rin asked, “What’s our E.T.C. [Estimated Time of Completion], Chief?”
The Chief scratched her temple, which Captain Rin thought was a dangerous habit, holding a welding torch; she wished the Chief would cure herself of, before searing her off her head; or, somebody else’s.
“About Six U’s [A Unit being 15 minutes],” she said. "But, that's just a guess, Cap."
“Make it so,” the Captain said. “Let’s have her ready to go at Oh-Six-Hundred, Chief.”
“Aye, Captain,” the Chief Petty Office said, getting back to her work.
But, there were still a few metal parts, which couldn’t be rendered by the 3D printers, that needed to be smelted, welded, and repaired, from time to time. A few months ago, they'd had an intake valve that was giving them trouble, and needed to be replaced.
The Captain looked over at the biospheres and harbour, where the heart of The Phoenix Project began. She shook her head.
And then, finally people expanded the site to research ways to avoid the Progress Trap of the 20th Century, and bring civilization into the next millennia.
She had her fingers crossed that they would make it.
Theme: Redo an old photomanipulation
Due Date: September 24th, 2017
Skill Level: Noviciate, Level 2, Beginner
Theme: Use any form of transportation you see fit. Trucks, Cars, Ships, Trains, Planes, or even Space Ships!
Theme Song: Route 66 - John Mayer
Due Date: September 30th, 2017
Skill Level: Noviciate, Beginner, Level 2
The scene shows the Walkers [Mecha], the crew of The Phoenix Project use when surveying the remnants of urban areas, to protect themselves from the residual toxins in the cities.
And, the planes, made with biopolymers, and powered by fuel cells or biodiesel.
It’s clear the internal combustion engine and petrochemicals have taken humanity about as far as they can; and, if society doesn’t quickly adapt, Climate Change, fueled by petrochemicals, is going to drive civilization into an early grave.
Theme: Make a piece inspired by The Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?
Due Date: September 29th, 2017
Skill Level: Noviciate, Beginner
It seems like half the world is on fire and the other half under water this year. And, people are still arguing that Climate Change isn’t as important as tax cuts for the wealthy and the petrochemical industry, without holding anyone accountable for the cost and quality of the water table.
The world has gone mad, if anyone thinks they can buy health, when the water table is contaminated; the oceans choked with petro-plastics; and, consumed with fire, or drowned in floods.
It seems like we’re caught in a “Progress Trap”: petrochemicals have proved so successful; politicians are convinced they’re the best way out of our political difficulties; when clearly they’re continued use is only exacerbating the problems: literally fanning the flames.
Thanks to all the Stock Artists, and Sponsors.
Crew and Inhabitants of The Phoenix Project:
Vehicles and Transportation:
(No doubt shanks mare, bicycles, llamas, carts, and horses will play a part in future transportation, as always.)
Canard Float Planes (Electric Motors, composite and biopolymer airframes):
Rutan Long-EZ, Rutan Long-EZ 16, [b] at Wikimedia Commons, by Arpingstone, 2 July 2005
(Floats and struts) H-IDO De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1, at Wikipedia page, de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, from Robert Frola, 21 January 2013 [c]
Solar Panels, Wind Turbines, Tidal Generators, Hydrogen Cells:
VAWT- Vertical Axis Wind Turbines: VAWTs, Vertical Access Wind Turbines, Vertical Wind Turbines, and Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (Small wind turbines can be safer for wildlife, than large wind farms, while still providing sufficient power for a site's needs. www.sedtapp.psu.edu/design/des…)
Solar Boilers: Solar Water Heating (SWH)
Archived at CBC’s Ideas’ web page, Ronald Wright’s Massey Lectures
Film webpage, Surviving Progress, with Martin Scorsese
 Tidal energy is a form of hydropower that converts tides into electricity. Tidal generators can be even more reliable than wind energy and solar power, as a source of renewable energy. The earliest examples date to the Middle Ages and Roman times.
Photo Credits, Wikimedia Commons:
[a] Cozy MK IV, Rutan Cosy Mk.III [(photo), by Arpingstone, 2 July 2005, who releases this work into the public domain, worldwide, and grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions.
[b] Rutan Long-EZ, Rutan Long-EZ 160 (photo), at Wikimedia Commons, by Arpingstone, , 2 July 2005, who releases this work into the public domain, worldwide, and grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions.
[c] (Floats and struts) H-IDO De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1, at Wikipedia page, de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, from Robert Frola, 21 January 2013 Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, OTRS reviewed).
[d] (Floats and struts) Beaver floatplane, from Wikipedia page de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, uploaded by Phasmatisnox, 1 October 2007. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, at Wikimedia Commons.
 Vertical axis wind turbine (VAWTs) are a type of wind turbine where the main rotor shaft is set transverse to the wind. This allows the generator and gearbox to be located close to the ground, facilitating service and repair. VAWTs do not need to be pointed into the wind.
 Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP).
 Solar water heating (SWH) is the conversion of sunlight into renewable energy for water heating using a solar thermal collector.
 Y chromosome is one of the two sex chromosomes in humans (the other is the X chromosome). The sex chromosomes form one of the 23 pairs of humanchromosomes in each cell.
 YCD- “Y-Chromosome Deterioration” hypothesizes that Y chromosomes are more vulnerable and may be reduced or eliminated in some mammalian populations.
“The Y chromosome is subject to higher rates of variation… Ys degrade inexorably… There is evidence that the Y in other mammals has undergone… degradation and already disappeared in some…” Is the Y chromosome disappearing?, On August 31, 2011 at the 18th International Chromosome Conference in Manchester, Jenny Graves debated the demise of the mammalian Y chromosome.
 Endocrine disruptor are chemicals that may interfere with the body's endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.
 A Fuel cell stores electricity through a chemical reaction of positively charged hydrogen ions with oxygen…
 Light pollution is excessive, misdirected, or obtrusive artificial light. A global dark-sky movement has emerged, with concerned people campaigning to reduce the amount of light pollution. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is one non-profit NGO.
A full cut off fixture, when correctly installed, reduces the chance for light to escape above the plane of the horizontal.
Decreased skyglow of amber and red lights preserves the luminous efficacy of white lights, while resulting in less energy consumption and less light pollution.
 Light-emitting diodes [LEDs] are a two-lead semiconductor, which emits light when activated.
LEDs have many advantages over incandescent lights, including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved physical robustness, smaller size, and faster switching.
I had a couple of electric airplanes, as a kid. I always hoped there’d be electric planes I could learn to fly; maybe someday.
It seems I’ll have to move, though I’m not sure where I can afford to go.
As my Grandma always said, “Everyone has to be somewhere.”
Take Care of Each Other.