Can Someone Get a Note to Elon Musk?

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 6:40 pm

You’ve got the chassis, motor and battery. Why not pop on a ’68 Ferrari 250, or Jaguar E-Type body? Or even Jim Rockford’s car. I mean, if they can make Taco Bell tacos with Doritos, surely the car companies of the world can work together to create works of lasting beauty. Plus I hear you know how to work with Europeans, so you’re already past the first hurdle.

 

California Delays High Speed Rail, and also Opposes SF to LA Hyperloop

By: Wednesday September 18, 2013 11:25 am

After receiving 70 billion dollars in funds approval from the government for a high speed rail track, not one bulldozer or shovel has touched the ground. There is yet another delay, due to some legal hyper-technicality involving the additional land that the new track will take, if you read the mainstream news. In plain English, the delay means that deals are being made, while government contractors lick their chops at the prospect of even more money for nothing.

Come Saturday Morning: Yup, Hyperloop’s a Joke

By: Saturday August 17, 2013 6:45 am

Even the economic experts agree: Don’t believe the hype(rloop). Even the most generous outsider estimates of the cost of Musk’s plan say that he’s underestimated the cost by a factor of ten.

There Are Lots of Cool Ideas, But Few Real Plans to Bring Them to Fruition

By: Tuesday August 13, 2013 2:40 pm

As a big science fiction enthusiast I love cool new technology proposals and I think Elon Musk’s Hyperloop proposal has several intriguing aspects. However, I find the incredible level of attention the Hyperloop proposal has garnered to be bizarre.

Elon Musk Left Mark Zuckerberg’s Group Due to Group’s “Cynical Politics”

By: Friday May 31, 2013 2:10 pm

Successful entrepreneur and South African immigrant Elon Musk disclosed that he left Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy group FWD.us out of disgust with the organization’s cynical political tactics.

FDL Movie Night: “The Revenge of the Electric Car”

By: Monday November 7, 2011 5:00 pm

It’s baaaack! The electric car is charging its way onto the freeways and Chris Paine, our guest tonight, documents the vehicle’s resurrection by GM (who killed off the EV1), Nissan and Tesla along with Reverend Gadget aka Greg Abbott’s retro-fitted electric cars which use the bodies of Boxters and other sports cars to house rechargeable batteries. In Revenge of the Electric Car, Paine takes us through the death of the EV1 to the return of the electric car, spurred as much by public demand as by rising gas costs, corporate rivalry, and in some cases the creators’ desire to redeem themselves or to be heroes.

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