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.
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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.
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.
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.
Before the company’s collapse, Holmes gave speeches at universities detailing…when she started Theranos in 2003, she had resolved to never, ever give up on the company, no matter what…“the minute you have a backup plan, you’ve admitted you’re not going to succeed.”…she would stay with Theranos even if it failed, determined to see her life’s work through to the end.
Holmes had always done things her way—she hewed herself to a diet of disconcerting green juices, wore a Jobsian turtleneck, and as I recently reported, walked around the office with a dog whom she repeatedly told people was a wolf, and whom she doted on even when he shat all over the company boardroom. Indeed, Holmes spent Theranos’s final days not in mourning, but at the biggest party on earth. As Taylor locked the door at the company’s lab in Newark, California, Holmes was roughly 375 miles away, dressing in white fur, with pink bug-eyed sunglasses, prancing around the playa at Burning Man with her boyfriend.
I learned this detail, along with plenty of others, after the publication of my recent article [which] struck a nerve with former Theranos employees, many of whom say they hate Holmes like a cartoon villain. One former Theranos employee reached out to me to recount how small and petty her lies could be…Holmes’s comment about being able to quote Jane Austen in a New Yorker profile was nonsense. In public, Holmes often attempted to appear well-read and scholarly, in a dreary New England sort of way, despite her single year of college. She touted the titles of works of philosophy that she had absorbed. According to this former employee, however, it was all fiction. Colleagues who questioned her about the canon found that Holmes’s intellect was mostly superficial. For this person, it was a harbinger of what was to come. “How is it that you can remember every word of Jane Austen but you say ‘I don’t remember’ 600 times during a deposition,” the employee asked me rhetorically, referring to Holmes’s now infamous pattern of response during a series of depositions with 12 attorneys from the Securities and Exchange Commission.