Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kibbles and Bits, Anti-Blogfest Gary Fest after Thoughts, Elon Musk, The Hyplerloop, Privaye Industry Vs. Government, and Juno

Hey, how about that Anti-Blogfest Gary Fest thingie earlier this week. I have to admit, I was surprised at the number of posts regarding vomit, boogers, poo, constipation, embarrassing photos, things we did while severely inebriated, and assorted usages for dead cats.
And I’m Quite Concerned a number of people expressed an interest in my Alien Abduction Blogfest, where we meet in a cornfield on Friday the 13th at midnight and be abducted by aliens, drugged, probed, then set free with a hundred abducted cows. Yes, I have serious concerns.
But hey, if there is an interest in an Alien Abduction Blogfest, I’ll set it up. Whatever floats your boat. Let me know if you want to be a co-host.
If we don't, the Japanese will.
Okay, Moving On. A month or so ago I dedicated a post to entrepreneur and visionary Elon Musk, who builds and operates companies to solve environmental, social and economic challenges. Paypal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX highlight his resume.
On Monday, Musk took the wraps off his vision of a futuristic "Hyperloop" transport system on Monday, proposing to build a solar-powered network of crash-proof capsules that would whisk people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour.
Musk stated that if successful, would do nothing short of revolutionizing intercity transportation. But first the plan would have to overcome questions about its safety and financing.
The Hyperloop, which Musk previously described as a cross between a Concorde, rail gun and air-hockey table, would cost an estimated $6 billion to build and construction would take 7 to 10 years. Eventually, it would jettison more than 7 million people a year along one of the U.S. West Coast's busiest traffic corridors.
Sure beats the $68 billion high-speed rail project Gov. Jerry Brown of California is trying to push through. You know that number will double in no time. To read more of the article, Click Here
Did You Know: NASA’s $1.1 billion spacecraft Juno is halfway (880 million miles) on its five-year journey to our solar system's largest planet: Jupiter. The probe is the first solar-powered spacecraft ever to visit the outer solar system. Juno's principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Specifically, Juno will:
• Determine how much water is in Jupiter's atmosphere, which helps determine which planet formation theory is correct (or if new theories are needed)
• Look deep into Jupiter's atmosphere to measure composition, temperature, cloud motions and other properties
• Map Jupiter's magnetic and gravity fields, revealing the planet's deep structure
• Explore and study Jupiter's magnetosphere near the planet's poles, especially the auroras
Fun Fact: The mission is named after the goddess Juno in Greek and Roman mythology. In the myth, the god Jupiter (or Zeus, in the Greek version) used clouds to hide his acts of mischief, but his wife Juno was able to peer through the veil to see her husband's antics. Reference
Question: Did you like the Blogfest? Interested in a real live Alien Abduction Blogfest? Think Elon Musk has some amazing, awesome, and practical ideas? Will private industry have to replace government if we want to get anything intelligent accomplished? The aliens might not come if we don't move forward.