Well, that was way way too much fun.
Elon Musk, in a recent memo to Tesla employees:
Excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time. Please get [rid] of all large meetings, unless you’re certain they are providing value to the whole audience, in which case keep them very short.
Also get rid of frequent meetings, unless you are dealing with an extremely urgent matter. Meeting frequency should drop rapidly once the urgent matter is resolved.
Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.
Not all advice is applicable to every situation. This is Elon’s advice for Tesla at this moment in time. However, in general, I’d recommend looking at these three tips and doing an honest evaluation of your company’s meeting policy.
/via Jalopnik who first obtained the memo.
Astrophotography can be applied in many different ways. I utilize technology that allows me to capture ancient photons so that I can later process and create my own interpretation of the data captured, effectively blending art and science like not many other disciplines do, but I don’t usually track “small pixels in space” (aka comets, asteroids and yes, even spacecrafts) as some of my peers do. Yet, surely enough, comes the day when someone decides to launch a cool red car “driven” by a dummy in an astronaut costume, I had but to go for it! Yeah, red sports cars make even tiny pixels look cool!
Capturing the Tesla while it speeds through the night sky was no easy task. Read his entire post to see how he did it.
/via Space.com who didn’t directly link to his blog. Why do online publications do this? It is evil.
The first test flight of Falcon Heavy is targeted for Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 1:30 PM ET from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.
With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.
That’s tomorrow. And what this release doesn’t state is that they are putting a Tesla Roadster (which has a starting price of $250,000 USD) in Falcon Heavy’s cargo bay and, wait for it… are shooting it into orbit around Mars.
A luxury sports car is being shot from Earth to Mars. This is something that is happening tomorrow.