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seems like we should have a thread on this guy, idk

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:40 (seven years ago) link

Who he?

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:40 (seven years ago) link

It's really an anagram of "Nole Skum."

C-3PO Sharkey (Phil D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:41 (seven years ago) link

Suk Lemon

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:44 (seven years ago) link

ahe's kinda like tony stark, so i gather from ten mins research, but without the weapons and with clean energy and space

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:45 (seven years ago) link

it's kinda surprising he isn't more well known all things considered

iatee, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:45 (seven years ago) link

seriously. if wiki is even half-accurate shouldn't he be a fixture on Time mag or something?

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:47 (seven years ago) link

His family sound really annoying. Was married to, uh, somebody who was in that St Trinians film, uh, the one with Russell Brand.

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:47 (seven years ago) link

You realise that if he was ever to become involved in some sort of scandal and subsequent cover-up, newspapers could use the headline, "Elongate"

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:50 (seven years ago) link

if he was caught cheating he'd be THE MUSKRAT

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:53 (seven years ago) link

dude owes his company's survival to gov programs but
says it's no big deal if Romney wins and makes good on his promise
to obliterate them all.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 17:04 (seven years ago) link

lots of companies do well out of govt contracts/programs, i'd imagine.

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 17:10 (seven years ago) link

nine months pass...

so hyperloop huh

well if it isn't old 11 cameras simon (gbx), Monday, 12 August 2013 22:40 (seven years ago) link

people on twitter so mad. trying to understand why. i guess it boils down to:

1) shouldn't we fix BART / buses / systems that working class people use before building toys for rich people

2) LA-to-SF only is ridiculous, there's like a whole state in there

3) nobody wants to hear half-baked plans from an arrogant rich dude

still, i mean, it's pretty cool, right?

eris bueller (lukas), Monday, 12 August 2013 22:55 (seven years ago) link

1) shouldn't we fix BART / buses / systems that working class people use before building toys for rich people

There are lots of problems everywhere all the time. Can't let it stop technology from moving forward.

2) LA-to-SF only is ridiculous, there's like a whole state in there

There's a whole country, even! LA-to-SF sounds like a perfectly fine beta test.

3) nobody wants to hear half-baked plans from an arrogant rich dude

Not all rich dudes are arrogant. Elon Musk has never struck me as anything close to that.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:13 (seven years ago) link

people on twitter so mad.

who do you follow?

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:17 (seven years ago) link

i'm not getting that impression from all the tech ppl i follow

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:17 (seven years ago) link

unveiling this while CA is deep in the hole with it's bullet-train project (something I support wholeheartedly btw) is pretty arrogant

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:18 (seven years ago) link

You might be right, Johnny, dunno. I was just trying to figure out why there was this explosion of contempt all over my twitter feed after the announcement.

eris bueller (lukas), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:19 (seven years ago) link

markers, here are some of the people that were entertainingly scathing: kalebhorton, quartzcity, tcarmody, mikesonn

eris bueller (lukas), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:24 (seven years ago) link

i do follow tim but i guess whatever he said didn't stick

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:27 (seven years ago) link

cool monorail bro

lag∞n, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:54 (seven years ago) link

lol

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:55 (seven years ago) link

i have a plan for a train that goes from boston to atlanta in 10mins, its called lasertrain and ill give you some cool drawings of it in a couple weeks, its ridiculous no one is building it btw it only costs $10

lag∞n, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:59 (seven years ago) link

im not gonna build it tho cause im kinda busy

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00 (seven years ago) link

even i can afford that

markers, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00 (seven years ago) link

unveiling this while CA is deep in the hole with it's bullet-train project (something I support wholeheartedly btw) is pretty arrogant

isn't his point that hyperloop would be fraction of the cost and twice as fast?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:02 (seven years ago) link

the douchey thing is that he made a big ol deal abt something thats not at all real

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:07 (seven years ago) link

Which is how 70% of architecture and urban planning works.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:10 (seven years ago) link

sure 70% that sounds totally realistic too

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:10 (seven years ago) link

I meant 94% sorry.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:12 (seven years ago) link

To me, it really sounds like a kickstarter project... but from a billionaire.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:17 (seven years ago) link

i mean who knows maybe its revolutionary technology but its so preliminary its p comical to call a press conference abt it

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:18 (seven years ago) link

maybe this is the best way to convince someone else to give it a shot idk

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:25 (seven years ago) link

LOL "elon musk"

the late great, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:00 (seven years ago) link

This should keep us occupied for a while: http://www.spacex.com/hyperloop

c21m50nh3x460n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:09 (seven years ago) link

markers, here are some of the people that were entertainingly scathing: kalebhorton, quartzcity, tcarmody, mikesonn

I wasn't scathing about Musk (I am about futurism in general) - if anything, he has a good track record on quixotic tech quests. I hope he's successful with this. I also hope there's a state left that can use it.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:37 (seven years ago) link

unveiling this while CA is deep in the hole with it's bullet-train project (something I support wholeheartedly btw) is pretty arrogant

Knowing how CA politics works (and the CA rail projects are amazingly political), how would you expect a non-arrogant to even get traction with this?

I have no doubt that Musk will solve the Hyperloop technical issues. I very much have doubts about him navigating Sacramento.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:40 (seven years ago) link

I was describing this to my wife today and kept calling it Supertube.

"Turkey In The Straw" coming from someplace in the clouds (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:14 (seven years ago) link

Bad connotations...

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/supertrain-1_7696.jpg

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:21 (seven years ago) link

lol @ the "open source" pdf proposal. build a section of the thing and then get back to us when you have it working.

wk, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 06:23 (seven years ago) link

Musk says the Hyperloop is best for distances of 900 miles. Beyond 900 miles, he thinks you're better off in a supersonic jet.

Lol

joe sixpac hologram (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:33 (seven years ago) link

I never use my supersonic jet anymore as parking is always a total bitch

joe sixpac hologram (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:35 (seven years ago) link

I have to say I rather like Elon Musk. He's made a massive pile of money and rather than sitting on it or managing it in mundane ways; he's making risky bets on thinks he's passionate about: Cars, Rockets, vacuum tubes.

Hyperloop seems a bit ridiculous to me, vacuum tube powered trains and trains in evacuated tubes are an old chestnut, almost as old as railways themselves. However, he's built a commercially viable private space programme and a car company* in the last ten years so anything is possible.

*Tesla isn't really a car company it's a power train company and if it is still making cars in 5 years I'll be surprised.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:18 (seven years ago) link

ya i'm kinda ll for crackpot genius billionaires actually doing interesting stuff, up until they become str8 up supervillains obv

darraghmac, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:23 (seven years ago) link

lol @ the "open source" pdf proposal. build a section of the thing and then get back to us when you have it working.

― wk, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 2:23 AM

he might do this

markers, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:23 (seven years ago) link

is this dude one of the crazy silicon valley libertarian types or is he just beloved by them?

carlos danger zone (mh), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:27 (seven years ago) link

iirc he has liberal tendencies mixed in w the libertarianism

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:28 (seven years ago) link

xp I heard him speak and he seemed not crazy and to have some kind of social or at least environmental conscience, unlike the usual libertarian types, but maybe he's just better at hiding it

(I like him too fwiw and right now he seems one of the most likely "crackpot genius billionaires" to solve some hard problems which are overdue for solving, so I hope he carries on with that. Also hoping that one day I'll get to see/read his computer game that appeared in some 8-bit micro type-in listings mag in the 80s)

the supreme personality of Godhead : a summary study (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:35 (seven years ago) link

he's not as bad as some of the other silicon valley libtards, I'll give him that.

nonetheless, this is a stupid proposal

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:35 (seven years ago) link

He is saying if we lower New York completely to the depths of its highest building all the original streets become low level tunnels that we can build upon without needing flying Teslas.

here we go, ten in a rona (onimo), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:23 (one week ago) link

Elon's tweets work better in the context of imagining he just took a massive bongrip prior to posting.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:31 (one week ago) link

"imagining" the "take stock private at 420" guy taking a bong rip

here we go, ten in a rona (onimo), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:35 (one week ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/Vf3Hw8r.gif

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:55 (one week ago) link

the height of buildings matters because the only other viable alternative - flying cars - would be obstructed by them.

how you gonna get down to these tunnels? 600 laps down a corkscrew ramp? car lifts?

koogs, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 07:51 (one week ago) link

if only there were some preexisting system for transiting rapidly through cities, in tunnels

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 12:00 (one week ago) link

Yeah, but that approach is so modest. They should just scoop out the rest of the rock and dirt and make one *big* tunnel. Big problems deserve big solutions!

Did he ever finish his submarine? That, for those who don't know, is a machine that tunnels through *water.*

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 12:19 (one week ago) link

Can't wait to use the tunnels in New Orleans and Miami.

pplains, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 12:37 (one week ago) link

he just skip the prologue and just get straight to his tunnel from NYC - Shanghai project

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 14:58 (one week ago) link

just drop people in, fast commute!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:11 (one week ago) link

what about a pneumatic tunnel that shoots people around without a vehicle

lag∞n, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:18 (one week ago) link

Or better yet, shoot people out to space!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:19 (one week ago) link

shoot them to mars

lag∞n, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:22 (one week ago) link

seems like all of this could be done more easily with rope and elbow grease

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:23 (one week ago) link

a sling shot

lag∞n, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:24 (one week ago) link

I was thinking a rope and pulley system, but that could probably be enhanced with sling shot modules

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:32 (one week ago) link

a paternoster lift, but for cars

koogs, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 16:14 (one week ago) link

(i didn't mean paternoster, did i. what's the one where you step on and off every floor?)

koogs, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 16:19 (one week ago) link

That’s just a standard pre-bedtime routine to ward off spirits, I think

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 16:32 (one week ago) link

a paternoster lift, but for cars

― koogs, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 9:14 AM (eighteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

(i didn't mean paternoster, did i. what's the one where you step on and off every floor?)

― koogs, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 9:19 AM (thirteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

that's a paternoster

rascal clobber (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 16:34 (one week ago) link

i called him a dumb fuck yesterday and it kinda blew up, had to mute the convo before the stans got there

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 16:35 (one week ago) link

Elon Musk-rats are some weird fucks

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:13 (one week ago) link

Kinda wish he'd get hit by a truck and have Guy Fieri bake him into some new Flavortown concoction

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:14 (one week ago) link

i called him a dumb fuck yesterday and it kinda blew up, had to mute the convo before the stans got there

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:35 PM (forty minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

You’re not going to solve the problem by insisting that people use a form of transportation that is objectively less convenient than cars.

— Regyptian Slut (@RegyptianStrut) September 16, 2020

lag∞n, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:17 (one week ago) link

markets determine correctness; if there are enough rich people who want to drive, they should be allowed to turn the city into a honking traffic sewer for everybody else, there are no other options

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:27 (one week ago) link

The car is so convenient there must be tunnels under other tunnels to conduct them.

nashwan, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:30 (one week ago) link

(a cursory glance at google was giving me a doorless lift that moved in a continuous loop and went over the top as a paternoster. not what i was after. which they used in mines...)

koogs, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:35 (one week ago) link

fuck cars. yeah, now and then I like going for a drive, but one of the things I love about visiting NYC is that I don't gotta rent one, the subways are easy to navigate, cheap, and hey, it's part of the experience.

all we have in Florida is the terrible Lynx bus system and the very limited SunRail. I wish I didn't have to drive.

but it's more important to get somewhere at 1:18 pm than a subway getting you there at 1:25 pm

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:35 (one week ago) link

lmao i love the idea that we can tackle climate change without any sacrifice convenience

clearly the best way to combat climate change it to keep pumping out $80,000 luxury sedans

serious question: is Tesla as a company even carbon neutral??

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:51 (one week ago) link

the car is so convenient, all it asks of us is the melting of the polar ice caps by its byproducts, decades of murderous imperialist policy to provide its fuel, the complete transformation of landscapes at a continental scale to create markets for it, and ongoing mass death caused by its operation by barely-trained amateurs. until you can answer to that unprecedented level of convenience, then *shrug* i guess there's a reason they call elon a genius and YOU'RE a nobody!!

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:55 (one week ago) link

I really believe that people who think “cars are convenient” have literally never had the chance to live anywhere that’s walkable, with limited parking and decent public transportation. Cars are astoundingly inconvenient and expensive to boot.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:13 (one week ago) link

cars are in almost every way a huge pain in the ass

lag∞n, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:39 (one week ago) link

Cars are fun to drive, that’s about it

brimstead, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:40 (one week ago) link

most of the time theyre not even fun youre just trying to get somewhere in a deadly machine that you control and theres a ton more deadly machines around too, and dont even get me started on parking!!

lag∞n, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:45 (one week ago) link

I own a car I bought before moving to a city, and when I even remember that it exists I mostly hope someone steals it

rob, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:49 (one week ago) link

h8 cars so fkin much
h8 car culture
h8 how everyone in a car culture intense place talks about cars

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:56 (one week ago) link

h8 old cars, new cars
h8 car shows
also driving is so painful and hard on your body

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:58 (one week ago) link

last point so otm, I used to love driving when I was young and supple.

I would gladly sit on a bus for 30mins extra just to not have to deal with the sustained adrenaline-pumping stress of urban driving; hell even taking a cab/car can be terrifying

rob, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:05 (one week ago) link

i have a hooptie right now so that probably has something to do with it but i swear more people drive like maniacs now than ever. feels like constantly dodging bullets out there!

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:07 (one week ago) link

what we absolutely need is dark tunnels full of computer controlled cars with nothing to anchor perspective, definitely the way forward

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:09 (one week ago) link

working from home has been such an unexpected joy, and a big part of that is no longer wasting 30 minutes a day on a highway, and saving $80 a month (at least) in gas.

sleeve, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:09 (one week ago) link

save on wear n tear too

lag∞n, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:19 (one week ago) link

NB I still read Jalopnik and can’t wait for The Grand Tour to come out with more episodes. I hate cars too but I’m drawn to single-minded enthusiasts of all stripes (also see: me still reading The Ringer despite having stopped following any sports)

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:19 (one week ago) link

Lagoon I thought you liked cars these days?

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 21:08 (one week ago) link

i like cars... in some ways

lag∞n, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 21:24 (one week ago) link

map just described the shitty climax of the shitty fourth Fast & Furious movie, maybe we just need to get Musk to watch some of the other ones and we can look forward to new Teslas tuned up for "drifting"

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 17 September 2020 01:52 (one week ago) link

it's called Fast & Fourious, you're welcome

erratic wolf angular guitarist (sic), Thursday, 17 September 2020 02:08 (one week ago) link

i also hate cars and cannot drive. but i've spent lockdown watching literally hindreds of episodes of Wheeler Dealers, Fantomworks, Fast and Loud, Misfit Garage etc.

koogs, Thursday, 17 September 2020 12:18 (one week ago) link

Left lagoon, right me

added a couple updates in response to feedback pic.twitter.com/YKMUqQpttC

— Michael Tae Sweeney (@mtsw) September 17, 2020

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 17 September 2020 17:34 (one week ago) link

left caek right me

https://i.imgur.com/JTEx4x6.png

lag∞n, Thursday, 17 September 2020 18:31 (one week ago) link


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