He has been divorced three times (second wife, Talulah Riley, who he twice divorced, below), while my one and only wife passed away nearly six years ago. If there is a moral court, surely, I must have an advantage here.
He has won an incredible number of major awards, while my list is modest. At least I've published five books, and he has none to his credit. Overall, by current standards of success, Musk resoundingly trounces me, so why am I bothering to make this comparison? I'm at some t-ball level, while he is in the major leagues.
100,000 years just to cross our Milky Way Galaxy. The modern form of us, Homo sapiens, only appeared 100,000 years ago.
organic flow battery (left, Michael Aziz at Harvard) have now and then showed promise, it is possible that some version of the lithium battery will remain dominant for a long time to come. And the U.S. has no commanding patents in this field and no lithium on our lands.
Storage volume and weight compared, a fuel cell car should be able to go two to three times further than one powered by any battery. While hydrogen will be too expensive as the fuel, the only liquid fuel cell with any efficiency will use methanol, and bio-methanol produced much more cheaply than ethanol from biomass has a lot to offer. There already is a working DMFC, but the Toshiba micro version (right) is only for portable applications. The U.S. Department of Energy was largely prevented by the farm lobby to do much with the DMFC because the priority fuel was ethanol.
#2 non-fiction book on the New York Times bestseller list is Elon Musk. There must be a dozen books about him, but the popular version is by Ashlee Vance. The kindle edition sells for $12. According to the NYT:
Since the death of Steve Jobs in 2011, only one Silicon Valley titan seems to carry a similar air of dark mystique. This would be Elon Musk, currently the C.E.O. of the rocket company SpaceX as well as the electric-car company Tesla Motors. The 43-year-old Musk is also chairman of SolarCity, the largest American solar power installation company.
Thus, Elon Musk is rich and famous. People admire his success. His efforts to develop cleaner transport and storage options are commendable, in fact, laudatory. But I suggest that he could have chosen a more progressive path. For one, a colony on Mars is way too premature. He is too far ahead of his time on this adventure. I can think blue sky because I am a professor. But he is an entrepreneur. The next economy frontier is not outer space, but the ocean around us.
$150 billion International Space Station could result by the Year 2020 in the Pacific International Ocean Station (although I prefer Pacific Ocean International Station, or POI-Station), a floating research and industrial park to develop marine biomass plantations and next generation fisheries, remediate climate warming, prevent the formation of hurricanes and produce a cornucopia of other sustainable products in harmony with the marine environment. For details:
20-minute presentation I made on the above subject to The Seasteading Institute in San Francisco.
David Block of the Florida Solar Energy Center sent me a link to Musk's latest shareholder gathering. Interesting reading, but, certainly, naively far-fetched about his Mars dreams.
Hurricane Blanca is beginning to weaken, and will make landfall over Baja tomorrow as a tropical storm.
The first tropical cyclone of the season popped out in the Indian Ocean, and current projections show strengthening into a cyclone, then a path right into the Gulf of Oman, which should affect oil shipments: