History of Ephemerisle
Ephemerisle was originally organized by the Seasteading Institute (http://seasteading.org/)) (TSI) to promote the cultural concept of seasteading - the construction of autonomous floating nation-states - in a hands-on and accessible way.
The event amassed 9 houseboats and a community*built platform anchored to the shore. A variety of art projects were funded by TSI. The event attracted media attention and was the subject of a documentary by Stanford Film Master's student Jason Sussberg.12345.
Perhaps most importantly, it was successful enough to lead to community interest and growth in future years.
- Ephemerisle 2009 Documentary - 08:32
- Ephemerisle 2009 - by Tamas Kalman
- I'm On A Boat spontaneous community dance moment
- Brian Doherty on Ephemerisle vs.Seasteading (shot by Jason Sussberg)
- love the transition out of the mini-interview (minterview?)
- First test of Patri's Pirate Pyramid raft - by Sean Hastings. This raft capsized during Patri's journey to the site when he tried climbing to the top for a better view.
- Ephemerisle Saturday night - short clip of how the island looked Saturday night.
- Matt and Holly fighting with light sabers
- Saikat describing Ephemerisle Sunday morning
- "Drunk" guy crosses back from Achievement Lounge Ben Lavender - seastead.org's sysadmin!)
- Matt's Ripple Theater
- Aerial images
- Chris Rasch (257 pics)
- Kalman (186 pics)
- Liz Henry (136 pics)
- Anja Ulfeldt (89 pics)
- Matt Bell (54 pics)
- Ben Lavender (29 pics) - Ephemerisle & Conference
- Danger Ranger (23 pics)
- Sean Hastings (21 pics)
- Lasse Birk Olesen (38 pics) - Ephemerisle & Conference
- For 2+ years, Ephemerisle 2009 (picture taken Friday, before full combining of boats/platforms) was in the Google Maps satellite image for that location, it was lots of fun to show it to people in their Google Maps :). As of 2012, the image has been updated and Ephemerisle is no longer there.
- Sean Lynch: Lessons learned at Ephemerisle, and the dairy ferry (about the rope ferry).
- Matt Bell: the Ephemerisle experience - *It was beautiful, sublime, chaotic, messy, and full of potential for future years.*, many pictures.
- ephemerisle, year 1 - a grand success!
- Matt Bell's list of Lessons learned
- Chris Rasch - Thought dump following Ephemerisle ‘09
- Will Wilson -- his questions before attending Ephemerisle, and his thoughts afterwards.
- James Hogan
- Patri Friedman
- Describing a few tiny fragments of an incredible experience.
TSI decided that the liability from the event was too serious to bring it back in a 2nd year without getting insurance. About a month before the event was supposed to happen, TSI cancelled it because the cheapest insurance they could get was over $300/person.
A group of people who had already rented houseboats for the event decided to show up anyways for a leadersless non-event: "Not Ephemerisle" was born.
This year, The Seasteading Institute officially abandoned the event about a month before it was to begin because the insurance costs turned out to be around $300/person. As a community, we decided to show up anyway and create an unofficial self-organized event, branded "NotEphemerisle". Despite the lack of central organization, it still worked quite well, and around 120 people showed up and had a great time.
Besides recreational activities, the event also hosted 12 "Memocracy" talks.
- Aerial photos from a balloon
- Flickr tag: notephemerisle2010
- Flickr tag: ephemerisle2010
- Flickr tag: floatingfestival2010
TSI handed the name "Ephemerisle" back to the community and the community run event continued and turned into a huge success. Every available houseboat in the delta was rented for the event and a large community/dance platform was built.
After having to rebrand the event "NotEphmerisle" (or "UnEphemerisle") last year due to insurance and legal technicalities, this year The Seasteading Institute did not officially attempt to organize the event and let us use the name "Ephemerisle". We rented out every houseboat in the region, built a 20x24 floating platform, brought around 200 people, and made the event an unequivocal success.
Read Matt Bell's excellent summary of Ephemerisle 2011. Paul Bohm also write his thoughts on what made Ephemerisle a great occasion to connect.
Photos and videos
- 30-second 360-degree video of Ephemerisle City and panoramas
- Matt Bell's Flickr set and video
- Flickr pictures tagged ephemerisle2011
- Darryl Hunt's Picasa album
- Tanya's Picasa album
- Bonnie's Flickr set
- Testing Matt Bell's game platform
- Ping's pictures on Facebook
- Scott's pictures on Shutterfly
- Cj Sewell's pictures on Picasa
- Ratha's pictures
- Tyson's pictures
- Megan Dobro's photos
- Community Platform (aka "center stage") - a 20x24ft. floating platform assembled on location
- BYOL design (Bring Your Own Land)
- Research on how to float structures
Talks and lectures
- (Most of the) Ephemerisle 2011 microtalks
Lost and found
In 2012, the Ephemerisle "city" was broken into 3 islands to simplify anchoring the large number of boats. A HUGE windstorm hit, houseboats were damaged, anchors were pulled out, and the community as a whole learned a ton about boating safety, and gained a new respect for the elements.
The first year of islands!
Ephemerisle 2012 took place from June 6 to 10 at Mandeville Tip, the same location as the previous year. The event grew significantly this year, with houseboats and sailboats numbering at least 25 and attendance estimated around 300.
This year we experimented with breaking the city into three separately anchored islands. North and South were made up of houseboats and each had their own platform. The West Island was made up of sailboats and powerboats.
A huge windstorm picked up just before the weekend with winds up to 40 knots. Anchors were pulled out. Boats were damaged. And calls were made out telling no else to come to the event because everything was falling apart.
Miracuously, the two 60lb anchors held the two houseboat islands by themselves when all other anchors had pulled free preventing these islands from drifting away.
Photos and videos
Please add links to your photo albums and videos of the event below!
- Matt Bell
- Abid Mohsin
- Video - Launching the rope barge that connected the two rafts
- Tanya's photos and a few videos (including Jellypus and fire dancing
- Add a link here
- Add a talk here
What did you help build or create this year?
- Jellypuss: 
- Dance platform
- Cuddle gallery platform and dome
- Lemonade and lasers
Unofficial statistics for Ephemerisle 2012
- Population: \~290 (including day trippers)
- Ephemerisle (the discussion group) members: 597
- Fully funded projects: 9
- Total donations: \$7,898
- Unique donors: \~113
- Avg donation: \$70 (very loose \#'s as didn't have the actual data of individual donors)
- Number of houseboats: 21
- Number of other boats: 9+
- Anchors set: 19
- Anchors lost (temporarily): 2
- Anchors lost (permanently): 2
- Community Platforms: 2
- Rescues from the water: \~11
- Whale rescues from the water: 1
- Rescued whales hoisted to a mast: 1
- Couples married: 1
- Coast Guard Calls: 1
- Coast Guard Hotties: 1
- Injuries requiring medical attention (1 head gash, patched with skull & crossbones bandaids)
- Deaths: 0
If you want to view the performance/broadcast schedule, make your request to thipdar ta gmail tod com. If you would like to play CDs for Radio FMerisle or be a performing DJ, you can send a request for a time slot to the same e-mail address.
Fill out the boat/platform survey so we can plan the city. Learn how to build your own floating platform!
Come to the build your own land event, April 7-8.
[images/2011-platform-design-final.pdf Download Ratha Grimes' 2011 platform design.]
- Central Platform **FULLY FUNDED** - Bring back the Central Platform from last year and expand it to be 24'x28'.
- Cuddle Platform / Gallery **FULLY FUNDED** - Ephemerisle needs a space where community members can chill out, cuddle among friends, admire art, practice yoga, and talk about all the great ideas that our floating festival inspires!
- Anchoring **FULLY FUNDED** - This has been a problem in the past at Ephemerisle. We met our original goal. Now we're looking for a couple of hundred extra dollars for additional rope and chain. Help ensure Ephemerisle literally doesn't get blown away.
- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/22415368/jellypus-floating-flashing-art-thing-take-2 [Jellypus] **FULLY FUNDED** - a massive underwater octopus like light show. There is a [second round of funding](https://www.wepay.com/donations/jellypuss-round-two) to cover extra costs to the project.
- Lemonade and Lasers **FULLY FUNDED** - a floating lemonade stand with lasers.
- The Amphibious Red Couch **FULLY FUNDED** - a Bicycle-Pedal-Powered Paddlewheel Pontoon Couch
- Performers and equipment fund
- support the Radio FMerisle Saturday Night Dance Party. About $1,400 in expenses paid out-of-pocket and the event was cancelled due to high winds. Still time to donate, if you want to express appreciation for Rion Fish's Friday evening performance.
- Speed Limit Signs **TIMED OUT** - temporary floating speed limit signs, to warn boaters to slow down near Ephemerisle. These signs will be reuseable for years. Overly-optimistic; signs were not stable in high wind.
- Well deserved rum **FULLY FUNDED** - send bottles of rum along to Paul Wheeler and the two people (who despite not being able to attend Ephemerisle) loaned us the big expensive 60lb anchors.
- Repay for Paul's Cut Anchor **FULLY FUNDED** - Paul lost an anchor at some point; most likely someone motored over his anchor line. Adam found a nice used anchor, but let's get this and his bottle of rum.
- Platform Storage()
- rental on the storage unit for the platforms
THE BALLAD OF JACK FRENZY
(name changed due to privacy considerations)
(sung to the tune of The Ballad of Gilligan's Island) Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale A tale of an acid trip One man took at Ephemerisle Out near Mand'ville Tip. Jack Frenzy's trip began midday With sun and spirits high But soon dark thoughts and fears took hold! And reason went awry. Into the Delta waves he dove The wind and currents fierce Fears grew as rescuers' offers Of help fell on deaf ears. Neither smiles nor threats nor pleas Nor sirens' breasts aflare Could lure Jack Frenzy to a boat 'till Jungle Jim got there. Back to the north isle Frenzy went With friends, laid safely sound But a mayday already had been called! And the Coast Guard soon came 'round. The kindly Guard gave options three: Stay here, or rejoin your ship; Or if you like, you can come with us in cuffs for a one-way trip. His frenzied brain was laced with fear He eyed the distant shore With a glance behind, and a sudden leap He chose option four. He chose option four. Back in the dark'ning waves he leapt! Stunned faces in his wake Mightily he swam, not seeing A police boat on his flank. Boldly he climbed up those rocks Cheeks shining in twilight He reached the road, he ran, but no! 'Twas not a long-lived flight. Those cops tackled him to the ground And hauled him off to jail But safety was their real concern They set him free, no bail. Jack Frenzy's tale had a lucky end Neither death nor felony But bad trips at Ephemerisle Won't always come for free. Won't always come for free.
Matt Bell Quote
“Oh Ephemerisle -- I went for a vacation and ended up doing an intense 5-day group workshop in leadership skills, team-building, community design, crisis management, technical problem-solving with limited materials, seamanship, and mediation. Thanks to all the awesome individuals who made the event happen!”
The idea of "islands" were taken to a new level. From 2009-2012, decisions were made by general consensus or by ad hoc leaders. From 2013 onward, Islands gained their independence. Every self-proclaimed island was responsible for it's own rules, self-reliance, system of government, etc.
The first independent islands were Dromhaven, Ithaka, Titan, and Shitshow/Blanket Fort
Photos / Videos
- Blanket Fort - Pics
- Traci Parker - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.210446549109876&type=1
- Lorien Pratt - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.185679574932303&type=1
- Diana Bond - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.173272292853530&type=1
- Josh Morriss - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.339642142834021&type=1
- Monica Canilao - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wewillallbewell/sets/72157634865533222/
- Darryl Hunt - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201622611866893.1073741827.1226529146&type=1&l=2c6879fdfe
- June Porzellan
- Daniel Smith
- Tanya Jones - https://picasaweb.google.com/memgineer/Ephemerisle2013
- Matt Bell - http://www.flickr.com/photos/9055206@N06/sets/72157634661814786/
- Vladimir Sidatch
- Dania Morris
- Edan - https://www.facebook.com/groups/notephemerisle/permalink/476876322405972
- Machiavelli Davis
- David Pablo Cohn
- Naureen Nayyar - https://www.facebook.com/groups/notephemerisle/permalink/476240909136180/
- Anselm Hook
- Candice Achenbach
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Waterslide. Tea House. Cooperative spirit. Social but mellow evenings.
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8 houseboats, a few sailboats. Space Pirates. People seriously committed to social responsibility, fun, and technology. And Bacon.
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Shitshow / Blanket Fort
Official Trailer Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JmKMgi_A_g
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The biggest year of Ephemerisle so far. Titan island was huge and largely the central focus of the year. No real problems, and everyone left excited for 2015.
July 14 - 20.
There were two islands, with speedboat and jet ski service gracefully provided by several kind folks, especially Randolph Hencken of The Seasteading Institute.
Photos / Video
Turned into a huge conference with almost everyone attending and microtalks all day.
Mystery Ingredient -- Pluots.
4 chefs and their sous chefs competed in an epic battle. Jonathan Cain took the top prize.
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