Making Sense of Apple’s Interest in Lit Motors and McLaren

September 21st, 2016|0 Comments

There are a lot of unknowns in the car industry today. How much recession-recovery growth will the Chinese market have? How many of the dozens of automotive startups actually produce a car? Will millennials ever find a car that they want to own? The biggest question of them all, though, is this one: What is Apple doing? The notoriously secretive [...]

Tesla’s Faux Goal

May 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Model S Factory, Fremont, California Source: LA Times During a conference call yesterday discussing Tesla Motors' latest earnings, CEO Elon Musk surprised everyone by announcing that the company will aim to produce 500,000 cars by 2018, which is two years earlier than the 2020 date that had been previously set. That goal certainly got Wall Street's attention: the [...]

SpaceX Falcon

February 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Timelapse photo of SpacEx Falcon 9's launch, re-entry and landing on December 21, 2015 I watched the triumphant launch and landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket last night with my 8 year-old son and 13 year-old daughter. I explained to them why reusable rockets are a big deal and what can be accomplished with cheaper spaceflight. They seemed mildly impressed. [...]

What’s in a Cairn?

February 25th, 2016|0 Comments

The second law of thermodynamics states that all things and systems are constantly in the process of expansion. Expansion, without adding new resources, leads to dissolution. And because every system is limited in resources, that means that everything in this universe is in a constant state of dissolution. Anybody who has climbed a mountain can attest to this. From [...]