Friday Fives – Elon Musk is the most important person alive

know this guy?  he is the most important person alive… and I dare say for the last and next 100 years.  Read on to find out why… but its at the bottom

Do you remember the first time you used a computer? 

Yeah.  It was before you were born, and about 25 years before the internet.  In 8th grade, I took a computer programming class…. On the Radio Shack TRS 80.  It didn’t do shit.  It was a black screen with one font and one font color.  We learned to write 4 to 5 lines of ‘code’.  It actually looked like this

10: “intro”

20:  “kevin is cool, scroll”

30:  “run”

40:   “see line 10”

50:  “repeat”
60:  close

I found this, a vaunted green screen (even worse).

I am sure half the school’s budget went to these paperweights

To say your phone has more than this would be a deadly understatement.  Your dog’s microchip has more computing power than this.

We could make our name scroll across the screen in ugly green font.  That was ALL these computers could do.  This was 8th grade… so about 1984-ish

Do you remember the first time you used the internet?

 Yes, it was a friends computer, and (of course) it was AOL.  Here is what is and was criminally sucky about AOL.   AOL internet only took you to AOL sites.  What this means is we wanted to look at nekkid ladies.  We knew they were out there, but you couldn’t get there past AOL’s firewalls.  This is pre-google.  This is pre-yahoo.  This is pre-netscape.  ALL the search engines you know didn’t exist.  There was only AOL, they had the entire market… and it would only take you to AOL pages.

Do you remember the first time you used a word processor?

Yes, I had one in college, and it SUCKED.  It looked like, and basically was, an electric typewriter.  You could write a 20 page paper, but all you could see was about a quarter of one line at a time.  You could see about 6 words.  Personal computers weren’t the kind of thing most folks had.  You had to go to the computer lab for that.  And there wasn’t Word, or Word Perfect back then.  Basically, it was like note pad… no spellcheck, no formatting.

Do you remember the first time you used a spreadsheet?

No.  math was never my thing, so I was afraid, and had little cause to use one.  Now, though, I LOVE them.  They do the math for you, and that is a new thing.  Just as long as 3 or 4 years ago, you had to manually create formulas.

what is the next big thing in computers/telecom/technology?

This isn’t about computers, or telecom, but it will effect EVERYTHING.  The most important thing in the world happening now… and for the next ten years… will be inductive charging.  I can not possibly say enough about how important this is.  It is charging things without plugging them in.  Right now, MIT can move electricity about a foot over the air.  This is HUGE.  Using Moore’s law, think of where this will be in 5 years.  You won’t plug your phone in anymore… it will be charging as you walk  in the house.  Same with your laptop.  You won’t need to plug in your electric car.  Tesla is already working on a mat for your garage.   You plug in a big rubber mat into your garage.  Then, you pull your car into the garage same as you do now.  BUT… you are driving it over this mat.  Over night, that mat is charging your car.  Your TV won’t need to be plugged in.  Just hang it on the wall.  No more cables and cords for ANYTHING.

This stuff exists now, but at a very low level.  See this thing?  It is awesome, and I have one at home now.  You plug it in, and then just set your phone on it.  This is MIT type stuff, and odds are it will be Elon Musk who will bring it to market.  Surely you know that name, he should be on Mt Rushmore.  He IS the NASA space program, and I am serious.  There isn’t a NASA anymore, they pay Elon Musks’ ‘Space X’ program to deliver crap to space.  Electric cars?  He is past pioneering them, he is pioneering others.  He took ALL his Tesla patents and published them… for free… for anyone to see.  NO ONE has never done that.  He said ‘look at these, tell me what I am missing?  What can I do better?’  and Teslas aren’t just for the rich anymore, he now makes a 30K model.  Traffic?  He is working on eliminating that, with ‘the Boring Company’.  Alternative fuel?  Yup, he is Solar City.  How about using batteries instead of oil, to capture all that solar energy?  He has the biggest battery factory in the world, it is called the Giga-factory.

Maybe you say, cynically, that its nice to have electric cars… but what would really save the pollution and earth would be long haul trucking in electric vehicles.  Maybe he should do that?  Maybe autonomous ones.   Yup… that is already done.

The earth is dying.  The govt won’t admit it, nor will they stop climate change, but are WE working on getting to Mars.  How?  On the back of Musks’ ‘BFR’ (it stands for Big Fucking Rocket… seriously)

how does a nerd like that wind down?  Well, making and marketing flamethrowers, and getting high with Joe Rogan.  Let’s take a look at this again.  This is the guy who is single-handedly saving the world.

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What are you going to do to ensure Donald Trump is not our president? 

 Nothing need be done.  Women hate him, and rightfully so.  He can’t win without women.  Issue over.  What fascinates me more is this – will the GOP fall in line?  Trump is the embodiment of everything a Democrat (like me) thinks a Republican is:  rich, old, white, racist, misogynist.

 But just only very recently did the GOP finally figure out that isn’t the path to the future.  Their target demo is dying off.  Their goal, believe it or not, is to NOT be that guy.  They want to show Americans they are not old, rich, white, racist, and misogynist.  They know their long term strategy has to go WAY the other way.

 But.. for this election cycle, will they suck it up for the party and stand behind him?  If they do, they prove themselves to be the racist and useless stereotypes that they are.  If they don’t, they cross the right.  The right is a very powerful entity.  my god, you have no idea.  Google ‘citizens united supreme court decision’ if you want to know the exact moment that Democracy ended in America.

  Who is your write in candidate?

 Easy, Elon Musk.  He is a genius, for one.  He is the guy behind the Tesla sports car, Space X (which is effectively now NASA.  NASA does not travel to space anymore.  For cargo, Elon Musk’s company handles it all.  For humans, we use Russia.  He also pioneered solar technology so that average families could own it with his company ‘Solar City’.  So, the guy is doing great things for humanity.

He is literally a rocket scientist… and then there is this.  Last year, he took ALL the patents his car company (Tesla) that were developed to further the technology of batteries and electric cars… and made them public.  He just gave all that info away… to humanity.  He said ‘here world.  This is what we have done.  Tell me what you think.  Improve on it”.

 I can’t think of anyone in history who has been as benevolent and influential across a myriad of disciplines.  I think he is the most important person alive right now.

 I don’t want to buy stock in Elon Musk companies.  I want to buy stock in Elon Musk.  seriously; read this and tell me if he isn’t the greatest and most helpful mind living.

There were 5 Dem nominees for president and 17 for the GOP – who was missing in that huge field? 

 No Dems bothered to show up.  It was no secret Hillary was going for it.  She had the money and the backers and the political experience.  Why waste 2 years of your life and millions of dollars on a long shot?  Hold out until 2020.

If you are asking me who I think the next bumper crop of influential Democrats are, I have no idea.  Similar to messaging, I don’t think the left is as good at creating bench strength.  I am sure there are many great and hard working young minds out there that we don’t know about.  They have time, though.  Odds are, Hillary wins this election.  That will then be 12 years of Democrats, so America won’t re-elect her.  People are going to be VERY sick of Democrats by then.

If I were an ambitious young Democrat right now, I would sit out the next 8 years.  Hillary gets this one, the GOP gets the next one (2020).  Being the GOP, though, they will still be assholes who work aggressively for no one but themselves, and get voted out after a single term.

And if Hillary wins re-election, I absolutely guarantee you whomever succeeds her will not win as a Dem.  America will be wicked sick of Dems if we take 16 years.

What the right would be wise to do is find a young and super smart black kid with conservative values.  You get a 35 year old black republican congressman to say ‘welfare is holding America and it’s minorities back, and we demand work and accountability’ and every republican in America will jizz themselves simultaneously.

 Who is your favorite president? 

 Obama.  To paraphrase a great and famous football meltdown “he is who we thought he was”.  I also think he will go down as one of the absolute greats.

 For a real election to work everybody needs to vote. What will you do to get a few additional folks to the polls?

 Not a goddamn thing.  Do you fucking duty as a human and participate in society.  It’s easy, and it’s free.  The president doesn’t have near the power you think he does.  Wanna fix shit?  Instead of arguing about Donald or Hillary at the water cooler, talk about your congress folk.  Know who they are.  Vote on them.  They are the ones truly running the govt.  Those are the ones you say are dirty useless thieving bastards.  Those are the ones with 87% disapproval right now, and yet they are the ones who get re-elected 92% of the time.

 Want change?  Want hope?  Want a puppy in every new car?  Go fuck up Congress.  They are the ones literally and actively destroying your life right now.

 Want someone you can trust?  Elect me!  I wrote this 12 years ago, and it is truly every green.  Lono for SenateNow, more than ever!

 

Stonehenge – Mystery Uncovered

 

 

For decades… nay… centuries, there have been questions about Stonehenge. When did they build it, why did they build it? What’s it for? Where is the rest of it?

That is a big one. It very much looks incomplete. It’s tough to tell, though, since we don’t know what it’s for. Also, these things are too damn big for someone to rob, aren’t they? Just look at it, it’s simply not done… whatever the hell it is.

I have been there, it was cool. One thing I found, it wasn’t nearly as big as I imagined it. I guess I thought it would be 10 stories high. It wasn’t. It was maybe one story high. The cool thing is you can walk right up to it. There is no visitors’ center, or gift shop. Just a bus that takes you out to BFE and you walk up and check it out. You can walk all around it.

So, back to the point I mentioned above. Why isn’t it finished? Was there ever more. They used all the fancy technology they had: ground radar, whatchamacallits, thingamajigs. To paraphrase Arlo “they were using all kinds of cop equipment they had laying around the station.” Nothing worked. Nothing could unravel the mystery of Stonehenge – which is what makes it so enigmatic. Until now. Due to the brutal drought conditions of England recently, the original footprint of the monoliths was revealed.

Here is a sketch of what they NOW believe to be the original site to mapped out as. Here, let them explain it

 stonehengemap3

The 15 hidden monuments near Stonehenge suggest the site wasn’t an isolated place visited only on special occasions, as science has previously proposed, but was once bustling with all kinds of activity. “The perceived wisdom was driven by the monuments we knew about,” Gaffney told Smithsonian. “We’ve put in the data between the monuments.”

So this is good, right? Yes, this is super good. See, we can talk about climate change in Europe. They all believe the Science. The whole world does, except for 45% of Americans. That isn’t why I write, though.

I write because of this; do you know why they discovered this, or how? What great Elon Muskian type intellect solved the greatest mystery of all humanity? They didn’t. It was an accident. Better yet… it was the greatest human characteristic – sloth

The hose didn’t reach. They water Stonehenge with a garden hose. It’s just like yours, except theirs serve tea, also. The landscaper had the wrong hose. It was too short to reach all around the monoliths. I can’t believe this, either. So, I’ll let them explain:

One of the mysteries of Stonehenge has been solved because someone was too lazy to get a longer hose.

Usually, the grass around the puzzling collection of Neolithic stones is watered by stewards, but this year, the hose used was too short, and didn’t reach the entire grounds. The unwatered grass dried out. It looked gnarly, but the barren land ended up showing archeologists the answer to a lingering question: Whether Stonehenge was actually supposed to be an incomplete circle.

What the fuck? You are entrusted with greatest secret of human evolution, and you got the wrong hose? Seriously, man? This reminds of the crazy who went to clean a famous painting of Jesus, and turned him into a monkey.