I'm just one of the mazillion people inspired by Elon Musk. Posting what catches my eye in case you have as much fun watching this pioneer in action as I do.

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This illustration by Michael Marsicano is part of a recent aeon article about Elon Musk. The article is a great geek-out about space with Musk and, the author, Ross Andersen. Andersen weaves us in and out of conversation with Musk along with SpaceX history, looking at what it would take to colonize Mars, and exploring possible histories of our solar system. The article awesomely wraps up with Musk easily calculating light travel math contemplating how feasible star travel would be.

An awesome long read if you enjoy Musk talking in-depth about space travel and colonization.

My favorite highlight from the article:

Musk has a more sinister theory. ‘The absence of any noticeable life may be an argument in favour of us being in a simulation,’ he told me. ‘Like when you’re playing an adventure game, and you can see the stars in the background, but you can’t ever get there. If it’s not a simulation, then maybe we’re in a lab and there’s some advanced alien civilisation that’s just watching how we develop, out of curiosity, like mould in a petri dish.’ Musk flipped through a few more possibilities, each packing a deeper existential chill than the last, until finally he came around to the import of it all. ‘If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilisations, and I mean strange in a bad way,’ he said. ‘And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilisations.’

Thanks to Jordan Bishop for the submission!

Vanity Fair magazine just named Elon Musk the #1 Disrupter on their The New Establishment list. 

Elon Musk describing the Gigafactory at the Nevada State Capital on September 5th. 

Musk talked to reporters on the steps of the capital afterwards. This CNBC news report shows snippets of Musk talking Tesla stock, why Nevada won the bid, and some footage of crews already breaking ground for the Gigafactory.

After collecting that photo set of Elon Musk illustrations, magazine covers popped into mind. If anyone can find a better resolution of the Inc. cover, please send it my way.

After yesterday’s Fortune magazine post, I got to thinking about the illustrations I’ve stumbled across over the last couple of years. 

Artist credits top to bottom, left to right:

Clip from an upcoming episode of Man vs. The Universe. Morgan Freeman and Elon Musk discuss the prospect of humans living on Mars one day. The final episode of Man vs. The Universe will air Wednesday 9/27 at 10pm E/P on the Science Channel.

It doesn’t look like they have full episode online though. Sad face.

From Michael Solita’s Flickr page, Solita is an art director at Fortune. This is the magazine spread from last year’s Top People in Business. Solita notes that the illustration is by Señor Salme and the icons are designed by Luke Shuman.

A blog post about Tesla open-sourcing their patents. This image from the Digital Telepathy article is a classic Elonism.

…a thinker who can’t be boxed in by entrenched competitors, the ability to cheerfully put tens of millions of his own money behind his vision when necessary, a solid grasp of what technology means for the industry he operates in… all of these are great qualities in a CEO. Any company, big or small, is lucky to have a chief executive with just two of them. Tesla has all three in Elon Musk.
Tidbit from an article speculating why Tesla’s stock will double in the next year. 
There’s a tendency to focus on one person and think somehow that person singlehandedly does these things. But it’s important to emphasize—and I’m not just giving this lip service—that the only reason I was able to accomplish things is the great people willing to work with me.

Snippet from a quick Forbes interview with Elon Musk. He mainly says follow your passions, screw the money, you know, all the stuff we love to hear from Elon. Here’s a highlight from his childhood:

JC: How do you handle fear?

EM: Company death—not succeeding with the company—causes me a lot more stress than physical danger. But I’ve been in physical danger before. The funny thing is I’ve not actually been that nervous. In South Africa, my father had a private plane we’d fly in incredibly dangerous weather and barely make it back. This is going to sound slightly crazy, but my father also had a share in an Emerald mine in Zambia. I was 15 and really wanted to go with him but didn’t realize how dangerous it was. I couldn’t find my passport so I ended up grabbing my brother’s—which turned out to be six months overdue! So we had this planeload of contraband and an overdue passport from another person. There were AK-47s all over the place and I’m thinking, “Man, this could really go bad.”

ELON MUSK WILL BE ON THE SIMPSONS:

While there has been a nod to Elon Musk (above) in, at least, one previous episode of The Simpsons, he will be appearing as himself in the upcoming 26th season! The news was announced at ComicCon over the weekend:

According to information gleaned from ComicCon, Elon Musk is due to arrive in Springfield some time during Season 26, and will lock horns with everyone’s favourite evil Nuclear Power Plant owner Charles Montgomery Plantagenet Schicklgruber Burns (Mr. Burns for short), something which will not only make a mark on the centenarian billionaire’s ego but also leave him completely stripped of his fortune.

The other details of the episode are a closely-guarded secret, but with the real-world Musk known for his preference of solar power over nuclear fission, we’re suspecting energy and electric cars play a part too.

CANNOT WAIT!! If you guys see updates on this before I do, please send them my way.

This is a 9-minute clip from last night’s Colbert Report which is longer than what aired, it includes a discussion on vertical take off/landing of electric jets. Here is the 6-minute version that aired on Hulu.

Colbert shows a F9R take off/landing and talks rapid reusability and Mars, Tesla open patents, and jetpacks. Musk mentions that you’ll be able to name your Tesla with the next software update, and has named his Tesla Old Faithful.

UPDATE: Colbert Report is back online now so you can watch part one and two of the interview and a web exclusive where Musk talks Mars for a couple minutes.

Elon Musk will be a guest on the Colbert Report tonight at 11:30/10:30c.

We’re going to Elon like it’s 1999. Thanks to Michelle for submitting this awesome Internet gold, it’s a CNN look at Silicon Valley in 1999. It features Steve Jurvetson with vignettes of Jeffrey Skoll (eBay), Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail), Graham Spencer (Excite) and, of course, Elon Musk.

Musk comes in at 7:10 for brief comments about x.com, future of the Internet, and footage of the day he got his McLaren F1 delivered. Consider watching the whole video, other than chuckling at what was considered cutting edge technology in 1999 you’ll get behind the scenes of the entrepreneurial culture of the time.

I see why this interview got so much press, it covers a lot of territory. The 20-minute interview covers Tesla Model 3, reasoning behind the gigafactory location, plans for separating electric power from coal production, reason for SpaceX not going public, need for reusable rockets, frustrations that SpaceX wasn’t allowed to compete for military launch contracts, and why we need to be watchdogs for the development of artificial intelligence.

Musk was interviewed because SpaceX was selected as CNBC’s #1 Disruptor in 2014.