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.


  1. Take the government out of it and the cost comes way down. Imagine that. After that crazy sex bill the California governor passed this week, I'd say he's insane. Let Musk build it.

    I did have fun with the Garyfest. I contributed to the poo, too.

  2. I'm concerned people want to be abducted as well!
    Yes, there were a few vomit fests. Guilty as charged. Bet no one else had one about urinal cake flavors though!
    Six billion versus sixty-eight billion? I'm no math whiz, but that one seems obvious.

  3. I have every admiration for Elon Musk and I think his new scheme is an excellent idea. I agree, if North America doesn't the Japanese will. Musk is quite an incredible innovationist.

    Didn't take part in the anti blog fest nor did I read too many of them.

    Have a joke on my Wed. blog you might like.

  4. The hyperloop sounds super cool

    Oh, and about all the interest with the alien abduction blogfest... it's because it's already happened and everyone's responding to their latent memory of the event (which had mostly been wiped).

  5. Hey, Stephen,

    So very interesting prospects. Love the idea of the Hyperloop... imagine building those all over the country! How cool would that be. FINALLY something resembling the Jetson world... LOL.

  6. I too like the sound of the Hyperloop. Have not been able to take part in any blogfests recently because of the work pressures.

  7. The Hyperloop sounds awesome! And I love when NASA names missions and the like based off Roman/Greek mythology!

  8. I think its fun to connect astronomy with the Greek and Roman mythology. I do find it ironic that many scientists do not believe in the spiritual and metaphysical, but seem to have an amazing knowledge of mythology.

  9. The Gary fest was filled with lots of poo-poo boo-boos... and all sorts of pukey things too... as well as strange growths...
    Wow! The Hyperloop is amazing!
    Writer In Transit

  10. I thought the blog fest was hilarious. I guess we all are a bunch of potty talkers. The alien abduction thing sounds, well, interesting!

  11. I loved Gary's Anti-blogfest, though I think the Alien Abduction might be more fun in theory than in practice...
    Yay for the idea of the Hyperloop! I hope it gets made. :-)

  12. I enjoyed the posts I read for the Anti-blogfest. I didn't see the vomit ones. And the Hyperloop sounds awesome!

  13. Loved the Anti-Blogfest. It set a whole new tone!

    The Juno mission is so exciting and already half way to its destination. Thanks for setting out what the goals for Juno are.

  14. Just catching up from a week away and I'm now a little scared to check out the rest of the Gary Fest posts!!! :)

  15. I loved the Anti-Blogfest and I think an alien abduction fest would be cool.

  16. Hm, I'm a bit concerned about your alien abduction blogfest as well... .

    My son was recently on a fast train in Japan. It's amazing how much more other countries have invested in that kind of travel compared with the US.

  17. I thought the anti-blogfest was such a clever idea and loved reading all the posts, but a lot of them DID focus on bodily secretions/excrement!

  18. Wow, great information about the Jupiter exploration via Juno! I'm not into alien abduction though, you know that old saying, be careful what you ask for! Don't really want to go there! :)

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments on Alex's blog today - flirting does work for some, not me, but some!

    Happy Monday!

  19. Wow, the hyperloop does sound revolutionary. Yeah, just hop from L.A. to San Francisco for a Friday night out. Sounds good!