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The Phoenix Project: Shipyards


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.

Most of the ships and buildings were made of biopolymers, and ran on power cells, or biodiesel;

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.

It was hard to imagine. This had been part of the DEW Line, NWS,  NORAD, and the Cold War, before serving as a Seed Vault; until, the permafrost began to melt.

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.


This was inspired byThe Do It Again Group Activity!, hosted by ManipulateThis


Theme: Redo an old photomanipulation

Due Date: September 24th, 2017

Skill Level: Noviciate, Level 2, Beginner


This revisits the crew of The Phoenix Project: Terra 3k c.e. and Terra 3k: A Mutant Pear.


And, Life is a Journey CONTEST, hosted by Stewed-Tomatoes


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.


And, Where is the love?-2 weeks left, hosted by DA-LOVERS


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:

Mari, by PirateLotus-Stock

Cloak 15, by AilinStock

DSC09449 Fedora 2, by wintersmagicstock

Browncoat - Stock Reference 14, by faestock

Coat VIII - Footsy, by BlooDoveStock

Steam punk 3, by magikstock

Post Apocalypse Pack 12, by mizzd-stock

Cut-out stock PNG 90 - white wolf profile, by Momotte2stocks

Sitting and Kneeling 231, by ImperialStarletStock

Cat Stock 073. by Malleni-Stock

Steampunk XII, by spectral-stock

Black Cat, by Cynnalia-Stock

Vehicles and Transportation:

(No doubt shanks mare, bicycles, llamas, carts, and horses will play a part in future transportation, as always.)

Mecha, Forest Walker: War Walker 1 jpg, by Random-Acts-Stock

Canard Float Planes (Electric Motors, composite and biopolymer airframes):

Cozy MK IVRutan Cosy Mk.III , by Arpingstone, 2 July 2005

Rutan Long-EZRutan 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]

(Floats and struts) Beaver floatplane, from Wikipedia page de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, uploaded by Phasmatisnox, 1 October 2007. [d]

Solar Panels, Wind Turbines, Tidal Generators, Hydrogen Cells:

Tidal Generators: 

Confederation Twilight Bridge, by somadjinn

AthenaStock:  :  Dammed Lake 5, by AthenaStock

Dam, by rem-severem

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.…)

Wind Turbine, by Nakeithia

Solar Panels, PV Collectors: Polycrystaline Photovoltaic 2 and Polycrystaline Photovoltaic, by Californianinja

Power Storage, Hydrogen Cells: Quartz Crystal Stock, by Enchantedgal-Stock
And, Thermos, by NellyGraceNG

Solar Panel and Turbine Poles: Wind Turbine 4463414 in StockProject, by StockProject1 and Wind Turbine, by Nakeithia 

Solar Boilers: Solar Water Heating (SWH)


Biospheres: Spaceship Earth full view front, by WDWParksGal-Stock

By the Sea 1, by Stickfishies-Stock

Ocean 1, by Stickfishies-Stock

Beach rocks, by TinaLouiseUk

Steps, by TinaLouiseUk

Maine Stock 029, by FairieGoodMother

Maine Stock 025, by FairieGoodMother

Boston Guard-Duty, by 3dmirror-stock

Harbour Radomes: Lighthouse by CD-STOCK, by CD-STOCK

Bench, by TinaLouiseUk

floor, by stock4profs

Lamp post, by TinaLouiseUk

Path, by YBsilon-Stock

Croatia Stock 126, by Malleni-Stock

Old Keys png stock. by Mom-EsPeace

Nail and Screw png stock, by Mom-EsPeace

Steampunk Goggles Various Png Stock (reposted), by Mom-EsPeace

3R Stock Steampunk Instruments, by NEOkeitaro

Other Resources:

Sky, by TinaLouiseUk

Sky Stock 05, by msfowle

Big Lens And Optical Flare Collection, by daWIIZ

Butterfly Wing Stock 3, by SilentGod88

Cut-out stock PNG 127 - halloween pair of crows, by Momotte2stocks

Seagull in flight 11, by CAStock

Nail and Screw png stock, by Mom-EsPeace

Steampunk Goggles png, by mysticmorning

Steampunk Goggles Various Png Stock (reposted), by Mom-EsPeace

Plumbers' Wrench 4937250, in StockProject, by StockProject1

Cresent Wrench 1, by lonermade

Red Wrench 4937250, in StockProject, by StockProject1

Wrench, by stock-it

Tool Stock 5, by BLOODBATHnSTOCK

Tool Stock 2, by BLOODBATHnSTOCK

Scissors Small Black Handle, by GoblinStock

Sonic Screwdriver 1, by gnu2000

Screwdriver, by Lizabee-Stock

Flying Stork, by EveLivesey

FOG/CLOUDS PNG, by Moonglowlilly

Cloud/Fog, by Moonglowlilly

Texture 259, by Malleni-Stock

Seafoam 2 png stock, by Mom-EsPeace

Ocean Waves 14 png stock, by Mom-EsPeace

Ocean Waves 18 png stock, by Mom-EsPeace



10 Electric Planes that Already Exist and Change the Future of Air Travel

What is Zeoform? Could it change the world? - Green Festival - Green With Tiffany

3D Printing: Make anything you want


Listening to:

Zolita - Fight Like a Girl (Official Music Video)

Lights - Giants (Official Music Video)



Ronald Wright's A Short History of Progress [2004]

Archived at CBC’s Ideas’ web page, Ronald Wright’s Massey Lectures

Film webpage, Surviving Progress, with Martin Scorsese



[1] 3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), refers to rendering a three-dimensional object[1]  under computer control .[2] 

Objects can be of almost any shape from a 3D model 

[2] Bioplastics are plastics derived from renewable biomass, such asvegetable fats and oilscorn starch, or microbiota.[1] 

Bioplastic can be made from agricultural by-products. Fossil-fuel plastics (also called petrobased polymers), are derived from petroleum or natural gas.

Bioplastics can be composed of starchescellulosebiopolymers, and other materials.

[3] 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.[2]

[4] The Phoenix, in Greek mythology, is a long-lived bird that regenerates..[2]

[5] The Phoenix Project uses designs similar to the pods used in Ontario Place, for the biospheres, built in Toronto Harbour, to manage wave stresses.

[6] Radomes: a portmanteau of radar and dome, a radome is an enclosure that protects a microwave , radar), or antenna.  These are geodesic.

Photo Credits, Wikimedia Commons:
[a] Cozy MK IVRutan 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-EZRutan 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 LicenseOTRS 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.


Further Notes:

 [1] 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.[1] 

[2] Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). 

[3] Solar water heating (SWH) is the conversion of sunlight into renewable energy for water heating using a solar thermal collector.

[4] 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.

[5] 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.

[6] 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.

Endocrine Disruptors - NIEHS - National Institutes of Health

“Found in many household and industrial products, endocrine disruptors are substances that "interfere with natural hormones  that are responsible for… homeostasis (normal cell metabolism)."[4] [7]

[7] A Fuel cell  stores electricity through a chemical reaction of positively charged hydrogen ions with oxygen…

[8] 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.

[9] 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.


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