Become a Multi-Planet Species & Extend Consciousness Beyond the Earth…Do It Now

Forget self-driving mutant vehicles with A.I. adaptive blinky lights. #woke Burners leave the Playa for space.

Why have hours stuck in Exodus when you can have a countdown from 10 and you’re outta there? “Come chill back at my moon base” is the new “I have a place on the Lake at Tahoe”. All you need is a Space VISA to pay for a few of those 1200-ton orbital refills of SpaceGas.

Starship is a bold and remarkable vision from Billionaire Burner Elon Musk. He says they’ll be flying these into space in 6 months, plenty of time for Burning Man 2020.

Here’s the full presentation.

An historic moment, Burners should be proud that someone in our community is getting shit done on this level. Kudos to you, Mr Musk – this is the most inspiring thing I’ve seen in my lifetime. A gigayacht is no longer the ultimate plaything for the well-funded adventurer.

Image: US News and World Report

The Black Rock Desert was being used as one of the best sites in the world for amateur rocket launches before Burning Man came along – and still is.

Image: National Geographic
Check out this great Flickr set from rocketmeister Steve Jurvetson

There’s also a history of rocket cars in the Black Rock Desert. RAF Pilot Andy Green set the world land speed record there on October 15 1997 in his car Thrust SSC, breaking the speed of sound in a car for the first time in history. Burning Man was held at a different location that year.

Raygun Gothic Rocketship art installation at Burning Man. This was later installed at the SF Embarcadero. Image: Reddit

Submission to NZ Venture Capital Fund Bill

Today I was invited by the New Zealand Parliament to address their Finance and Expenditure Committee about my submission to the 2019 Venture Capital Fund Bill.

Here’s my submission:

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There were a dozen submissions in total. I was pleased to see the Ākina Foundation calling for many of the same things as me.

Here is their submission:

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New Zealand is punching above its weight when it comes to innovation but we still have a long way to go to be a worthy competitor to Silicon Valley. I hope the Committee listens to my recommendations and uses this opportunity to massively accelerate Kiwi entrepreneurship.


I’ve received some good feedback about my presentation to Parliament. People can’t believe how bored the politicians looked. I was the last speaker of the day, at the end of a 2 hour+ session, so they probably wanted to wrap it up. I was pleased that the Chair Dr Deborah Russell acknowledged and supported my point on inclusiveness.

The following submission was sent in by John Holt, who founded the Kiwi Landing Pad which has helped more than 6000 New Zealanders launch their businesses in San Francisco and elsewhere. I agree with everything he’s saying, he has some great ideas about metrics.

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At Least 2000+ SHIFTPODs at Burning Man in 2018

Congratulations to Advanced Shelter Systems and SHIFT Camp, whose Burning Man-inspired invention has been featured by us before:

SHIFTPODs – the new generation of Burnitecture

Where did the SHIFTPOD come from?

They were mentioned in an earlier Burning Man-related story in Fast Company. The author Daniel Terdiman followed up this year by taking one of the newer air-conditioned models out to the Playa.

From Fast Company:

The ShiftPod was originally created as an answer to things like the hexayurt. Longtime Burning Man attendee Christian Weber came up with the idea for something that could be set up quickly, that could withstand heavy winds, and that was big enough to stand up in. He definitely succeeded.

I love my first-gen ShiftPod, but I have to say, the second-gen version is a step up. It’s a bit bigger–enough to notice, for sure–it’s more reflective, which means it’s cooler inside during the hottest part of the morning, and it’s just a little more modern. It feels like a second-gen version. As well, it comes standard with what’s called a Blast Shield, a highly reflective cover meant to make it possible to sleep a little later in the morning, even when there’s no shade.

[Photo: courtesy of the author Daniel Terdiman]

The consensus in my camp, where, amazingly, there were seven ShiftPods this year, was that the Blast Shield probably made it as much as 10 degrees cooler inside than without it. Given that the ShiftPod 2’s higher-reflectivity alone probably cuts 10 degrees over a first-gen version, you’re looking at up to 20 degrees less searing heat by moving from a coverless ShiftPod 1 to a v2 with a Blast Shield. That’s big.

Read the full article at Fast Company.