I’ve been on vacation in L.A. (Lower Alabama) for the past week, and it’s been great. Great weather, great beaches, great house on stilts. Sunk the SUV in the soft sand on Day One and had to get towed out and didn’t even care. Now it’s back to the grind.
This is an incredible success story. Dollar Shave Club was launched with a viral video on YouTube just a few years ago, and the founder just pocketed $1 billion in cash. For a razor-of-the-month club. What a time to be alive.
The biggest hurdle to interplanetary travel is just getting off Earth in the first place. Gravity is a bitch, and that’s why two-thirds or more of the energy created in a launch goes to just getting off the ground. With 3D printers in space, we could just build up there and save ourselves all the trouble. It really can’t be overstated what a big deal it is to be able to build in orbit.
Building spacecraft in orbit is all well and fine, but how useful is it if everything is still so far away? Well, hold the phone, because the drive technology that was once thought to violate Newton’s 3rd Law might not. What’s the significance of that? How about cutting the 7-month trip to Mars down to a mere 70 days?
For a book lover like me, this is practically pornographic. One of the great joys of my life has been casually browsing libraries and bookstores over the years, and I have to admit that I’m sad to see them disappearing. This is absolutely gorgeous, and I would get lost in here for hours.
Is that a lot? Because that sounds like a lot. And it happened over a period of…what? Three years? Jesus, that sounds fast. Is that fast? Because it sounds fast. I guess it’s a good thing the science isn’t settled.
Concerned yet? Unless you’re a tree, carbon dioxide is pretty hard to breathe. What most people don’t realize (or choose to ignore) is just how little carbon dioxide it takes to turn Earth into a hellscape like Venus.
I just spent the past week completely disconnected from work and it was GLORIOUS. As our world becomes more and more connected 24/7, the expectation of employers to always be able to reach employees has become unreasonable and untenable. At least the French are doing something about it.