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SpaceX is building a ‘kid-sized submarine’ to rescue trapped soccer team

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  1. pseudolobster Link
    My favourite part of is is Musk's twitter thread on this: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1015657378140704768 You've got people asking all these technical questions about the submarine, and...

    My favourite part of is is Musk's twitter thread on this: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1015657378140704768

    You've got people asking all these technical questions about the submarine, and Elon is answering them all, taking suggestions etc, and then you get to the bottom and there's this:

    Dirk Bonhomme
    @dirkbonhomme
    3 hours ago

    Can you add an mp3 player to reduce stress?

    Elon Musk
    @elonmusk
    2 hours ago

    Yes

    5 votes
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    CashewGuy Link
    This is super cool, and I hope it makes it through development and works. This would also be really, really, good press for Musk. I really like him, but he's also kind of scary. I feel like he...

    This is super cool, and I hope it makes it through development and works. This would also be really, really, good press for Musk. I really like him, but he's also kind of scary. I feel like he could change by one degree and suddenly be a Bond Villain.

    2 votes
    1. Kiloku Link Parent
      I really dislike him, but there's nothing I can say against this action. I hope it succeeds and I don't care if it gives him good press

      I really dislike him, but there's nothing I can say against this action. I hope it succeeds and I don't care if it gives him good press

      10 votes
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      pseudolobster Link Parent
      It occurred to me earlier, this is some Tony Stark level shit, like "I'll just build you a submarine out of some spare rocketship parts I have laying around over here..." Naturally, the credit...

      It occurred to me earlier, this is some Tony Stark level shit, like "I'll just build you a submarine out of some spare rocketship parts I have laying around over here..."

      Naturally, the credit goes to the team of SpaceX engineers toiling away on the problem, doing crazy shifts and working themselves to the bone for below market rate pay - not Musk. But, still. I mean, the guy projects a very large reality distortion field and people are willing to follow him. That's pretty powerful on its own.

      7 votes
      1. [4]
        CashewGuy Link Parent
        The Tony Stark comparison is exactly what I keep coming back to as well. I love the term "Reality Distortion Field" - I first read that in Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs and it fits Musk really well.

        The Tony Stark comparison is exactly what I keep coming back to as well. I love the term "Reality Distortion Field" - I first read that in Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs and it fits Musk really well.

        5 votes
        1. [3]
          pseudolobster (edited ) Link Parent
          Yup, that's the origin of the term: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_distortion_field Funny side-story, I once spent a couple weeks with Walter Isaacson's daughter Betsy on a hippie bus that...

          Yup, that's the origin of the term: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_distortion_field

          Funny side-story, I once spent a couple weeks with Walter Isaacson's daughter Betsy on a hippie bus that was supposed to travel from Alaska to Argentina. She was ostensibly there to cover it for Newsweek, but the whole thing was a bit of a disaster and we spent the whole time with the bus broken down on a beach in Oregon waiting for a replacement clutch.

          3 votes
          1. [2]
            Neverland Link Parent
            Was it The Green Tortoise bus?

            Was it The Green Tortoise bus?

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            1. pseudolobster Link Parent
              Nope. It was started by members of /r/vagabond on reddit. They called it "The Vagabus", which I've always argued was a really awful name.

              Nope. It was started by members of /r/vagabond on reddit. They called it "The Vagabus", which I've always argued was a really awful name.

              2 votes