For those of you who have been follow Boyan Slat’s debacle — you know, the pretentious kid who claims to have figured out how to clean up ocean garbage — you should be reading Deep Sea News for all the Ocean Cleanup Schadenfreude. You might also learn a little physical oceanography, which is cool. I was startled in that article by the discussion of Stokes Drift, which I hadn’t heard of, but I know all about Stokes Shift, which made me wonder if they’d been discovered by the same guy. They were. Now I’m imagining a Victorian gentleman going around discovering scientific principles and giving them rhyming names. Did Stokes Thrift mean he gave cheap Stokes Gifts? Was Stokes Sift used to excavate Stokes Rift?
I’m punchy. I need a nap.
Anyway, I don’t know oceanography. What convinced me that this was a con was how young Mr Slat & Co. treated Dr Miriam Goldstein and Dr Kim Martini. Dismissing relevant expertise is a bad way to build a real initiative.
We were referred to as “Mrs. Martini & Mrs. Goldstein, who are not engineers.” We are actually “Dr. Martini, physical oceanographer & expert in ocean equipment deployment” & “Dr. Goldstein, biol. oceanographer & expert in the ecological effects of plastic in the N Pacific Gyre.” https://t.co/IKTzrJBQYi
— Miriam Goldstein (@MiriamGoldste) January 9, 2019
May their booms keep on breaking.