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Desire in Hawaii 2009 – getting ready

Checklist Vixia HFS10 (Camera A)

√ (1) Drybag Sealline Sealpak Camera A √ (1) Tenba padded case √ (1) hand towel √ (1) Kingston Technologies MobileLite card reader ~$20.00 √ (1) Delkin Technologies 16 gb class 6 SDHC ~$40 √ (1) Canon Vixia HF S10 … Continue reading

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Checklist Sundries

20′ rope, 30′ drawstring, 200′ twine 4 x spare synch thingies 2 x lighter candle lantern 3 x candles Hygiene Health and First Aid scissor tweezor utility knife finger nail clipper aspirin cotton swabs 20 x hair ties Shaman Rx … Continue reading

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Mid Pacific Garbage Vortex

~~Mid Ocean Garbage Vortex~~ Last January while attending Seattle’s annual boat show I came across the ‘Junk Raft’, a catamaran sailing vessel built out of trash and found objects by Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal. Over the course of … Continue reading

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Jungle delivery – Hawaii to San Diego, August – September 2009

Just about the time that I was realizing that ‘Desire’ wasn’t going to be ready to sail back to Seattle and I realized Dan wasn’t going to make it to Hawaii the universe conspired for me yet again. I got … Continue reading

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Logo idea

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On Desire, an expedition towards sustainability

~~A stab at understanding sustainability~~ On Desire, an expedition towards sustainability. This discussion is half of the primary focus of the On Desire expedition. The other half being the real world implementation of sustainably practices. I believe that there are … Continue reading

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Foam dilemma

I’ve got voids in the foam sandwich and rather than cut little pieces of new foam I thought it made more sense to pour in foam that would expand to fill the voids and joints completely. There’s product by uscomposites.com … Continue reading

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The hydrodynamic advantages of multi hulls and keels

~~The Hydrodynamic Advantages of Multi Hulls and Keels~~~ Dan and I had a great discussing yesterday about twin keels/hulls verses mono keel/hulls. I was noticing that the amas (pontoons) on his Hobie Cat are asymmetrical. When attached to the trampoline … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Telemetry 090630

So here I am again, in my well appointed fiberglass barnacle on the edge of paradise behind a chain link fence, only this time no dogs parole the perimeter. Instead of smelling cordite and consumed jet fuel I’ve got whiffs … Continue reading

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Telemetry 090630

I don’t think Dan’s coming to Hawaii. It seems, for ideological reasons as he won’t fly in a jet due to it’s carbon footprint. I can respect his convictions though I don’t fully adopt them as my own. He’s been … Continue reading

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Jorn Winkler, DK Group

Container Ship – How to reduce effect on Climate and Pollution View more presentations from Glenn klith Andersen.

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Shop and Save

Watch Gretchen Eichberger at Shop and Save Here’s another chapter of On Desire in collaboration with Gretchen Eichberger and the Northwest Michigan Folklife Center. Camera ops are Patrick and Yo. Enjoy!

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Meanwhile

The first wave of Transpac 2009 starts without me tomorrow. Jets are only $100 from LA to Honolulu – not an option. So how am I getting to Hawaii? I spoke to the San Francisco office of Greenpeace and passed … Continue reading

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Apple® in the house

Fantastic news – Apple Inc. is willing to support On Desire with an additional Macbook! Kai, Dan and the extended On Desire tribe enthusiastically welcome our latest collaborator. What with Final Cut Pro Studio, an iPhone and a gaggle of … Continue reading

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Telemetry 090620

8:50 AM 8/3/06 For me, the ocean is a place that keeps me riveted to the reality of the moment. A place which is always changing and one that keeps me focused and alive in so many sublime ways. I … Continue reading

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Calling all collaborators

Yesterday was momentous. Thanks to advice from Christin Shacat I researched the Division 1 and 2 Transpac skippers. I also blasted Apple execs with an inspiring email, strategized with Kai for an hour and implemented Twitter. What’s it all about? … Continue reading

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Letter to Steve Jobs

From:       Dan Kelly Subject:   Hey Steve! Date:        June 16, 2009 7:36:07 PM EDT To:            Steve Jobs, Apple Computer Hey Steve, Trust you are doing well. I haven’t been following your progress, have you looked … Continue reading

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Terrorist Training TM

I’m sending out screeners for ‘Almonds’ to film festivals this morning. You can watch the trailer here… http://almondsmovie.com The press package is also available as a pdf – the project’s back story. After reviewing the press package and checking in … Continue reading

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da kine Kai

Kai checked in yesterday. Since he had just been blown from San Diego to Tahiti aboard Babalu and then flown to the big island of Hawaii, I was surprised to hear him sounding sort of stressed. Having experienced the big … Continue reading

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Vision revisited

What begins to emerge is the demonstration. Apparently we face big challenges on planet Earth. There are some who claim we’ve passed the point of no return for global climate change. If that’s true then only miracles matter. I don’t … Continue reading

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On jets

I’ve been active on the online sailing communities looking for a ride from *anywhere* on the west coast of the North American continent to Hawaii. I’m preparing my pitch to the container ship companies for Monday. I also decided to … Continue reading

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Away kit

Today I am assembling the away kit and cleaning the house. I thought I’d update along the way… In it’s function as a staging area and way station, the Artist house needs regular maintenance. Today I replenished the grain and … Continue reading

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Still here?

I laze. It’s spring at the artist house, lovely. One might conjecture a very slow tourist season hereabouts, what with the end of capitalism and all. Sigh! What a time to be thousands of miles away. A cat eating mackerel … Continue reading

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Loose ends

From:     DAN Subject:     Re: Kona next week Date:     June 8, 2009 9:38:11 AM EDT To:     KAI Hey Cap’n, Still in Michigan waiting for a few final components of the kit to arrive. In the meantime, I … Continue reading

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poetry by Kari

It’s actually July 9, 2009 and I just now found this poem from Kari Tomashik for On Desire. From:     Kari Subject:     RE: On Desire Date:     June 3, 2009 8:02:42 PM GMT-04:00 To:    Dan Cc:    Kari … Continue reading

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Personal finances and whuffie

An unproductive visit to the outhouse this morning as far as bowels were concerned, but the brain – oh the brain. I receive $2000 a month in investment income. I invested in my family, in a weird juxtapostion of truth … Continue reading

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Launch the first wave!

After 5 days of screen gazing I have achieved blog launch. About 75 souls in the first wave. Assuming there’s no major hitches in the next day or two, we’ll do the next 500 or so on the big list. … Continue reading

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Desire links

The 26′ Westerly Centaur sloop ‘Desire’ is awaits our arrival atop a lava flow on the big island. Here are some details and specs. http://web.grinnell.edu/individuals/zeiss/boat/WesterlyOwner.html http://www.yachtsnet.co.uk/archives/westerly-centaur/westerly-centaur.htm http://westerly-owners.co.uk/boat_centaur_26.htm

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Training today

8:55 – 9:55 blog preparation Preparing to launch the blog.

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Train

Train as in practice, not what hobos ride. How do I get ready for anything? What abilities and awareness are needed to pull off On Desire? Pre-production training May 28 – June 5 Daily blog planning and update, (30 minutes … Continue reading

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Aloha Beulah

Here a silver gray and green morning with rain lightly tapping on spring leaves, copper roof and stone.  Location – Artist house, Beulah, Michigan, USA, Earth. It’s exceptional and a little hard to believe. I drove 18 hours in a … Continue reading

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Whatever it is I am about to do

What I was doing can no longer be neatly contained by the descriptions previously posted. Just as Desire has to be pulled from the lava flow, fitted and rigged (insert sloopish jargon here) so too On Desire must be made … Continue reading

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Kai fix

From May until June, Kai is sailing fom San Diego to the Marquesas / Tahiti. He is scheduled to catch a plane into Hilo, Hawaii on June 13. Desire has been parked on a lava flow with all her open … Continue reading

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schedule

Kai April 30 – June 10 sail from San Diego, California to Tahiti June 13 fly to Hilo, Hawaii June 15 – July 15 Desire re-commission July 15 – whenever Big World Small Footprint Dan – revised 7/01/09 May 24 … Continue reading

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