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2014-05-14 03:41:07 PM  
That is awesome!  I saw the Oatmeal's request yesterday, and was a little nervous about how Musk would respond.  Should I buy some Tesla stock or something to thank him?
 
2014-05-14 04:00:49 PM  
I believe the correct term is "a goddamn Tesla museum," but nevertheless, thank you Messrs. Inman and Musk.
 
2014-05-14 04:18:51 PM  
I've been to the Tesla museum, they have a high-frequency, high-voltage generator they fire up for a demonstration. You stand nearby and hold a light bulb, and it lights up. I like the idea of saving the old building. Would be nice to have a museum closer than Serbia.
 
2014-05-14 04:22:51 PM  

nuqneh: That is awesome!  I saw the Oatmeal's request yesterday, and was a little nervous about how Musk would respond.  Should I buy some Tesla stock or something to thank him?


I bought some a few months ago. Wild ride but I'm still up from where I bought it.

/not giving financial advice, consult your tax attorney, you may lose everything, hold away from hands
 
2014-05-14 04:57:10 PM  
I think it's good when Big Fragrance and Big Cereal work hand in hand.
 
2014-05-14 04:58:15 PM  

Twilight Farkle: I believe the correct term is "a goddamn Tesla museum," but nevertheless, thank you Messrs. Inman and Musk.


^^This

Also, I'm surprised that Mr Oatmeal is making such good money doing what he does. I was all set to buy a Tesla just based on his post, but then I realized that I still can't afford one. Good for him, though.
 
2014-05-14 04:58:46 PM  
Elon Musk is the farking man.
 
2014-05-14 05:00:45 PM  
i'm surprised and pleased that it worked.

Hooray for good things!
 
2014-05-14 05:05:53 PM  
The advertising from The Oatmeal's post, alone, is probably worth more than the 8 million the museum would cost Elon Musk.  Oatmeal's comics get re-posted and cross-posted in perpetuity.
 
2014-05-14 05:06:33 PM  
Oh sure, so this Oatmeal guy singlehandedly crowdsourced $1.3 million to preserve Tesla's laboratories and then convinced Elon Musk to fund his museum. I guess that's applaudable. But it pales in comparison to the time Fark saw a burning need in the community and through savvy Web skilz and masterful execution came together to almost purchase a used Trans Am for Joe Biden to stand next to.
 
2014-05-14 05:08:38 PM  
I thought his comics were cute at first but I slowly began to think he has mental problems
 
2014-05-14 05:11:36 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-14 05:19:07 PM  

johnnieconnie: Twilight Farkle: I believe the correct term is "a goddamn Tesla museum," but nevertheless, thank you Messrs. Inman and Musk.

^^This

Also, I'm surprised that Mr Oatmeal is making such good money doing what he does. I was all set to buy a Tesla just based on his post, but then I realized that I still can't afford one. Good for him, though.


That surprised me as well. Does Inman have a job other than writing a webcomic? And IIRC, he also set up some kind of marathon in Seattle. He has some organizing talent.

On the other hand, the Penny Arcade guys pretty much have a gamer empire going, with web shows, their own line(s) of games, multiple conventions, and a charity. These things can be leveraged, it seems.
 
2014-05-14 05:27:40 PM  
Nice he has a car that starts at $70K. Cool. Good that Musk wants to help with a museum, also cool.

But the "Tanks and Battle Axes" section gives me hives. Dysentery still kills about 700,000 people a year, Mostly in places where that 70K car will never be, so that's nice. Bubonic plague, still in some parts of India as I recall, as well as North Africa- or did I get those shots for nothing? Ephemeral life (actually, all life as far as we know, is ephemeral) has not been replaced by being a fatass in a Starbucks for anybody but a very limited slice of the world population.


Yeah, I'm fun at parties, I know....
 
2014-05-14 05:36:42 PM  

cgraves67: johnnieconnie: Twilight Farkle: I believe the correct term is "a goddamn Tesla museum," but nevertheless, thank you Messrs. Inman and Musk.

^^This

Also, I'm surprised that Mr Oatmeal is making such good money doing what he does. I was all set to buy a Tesla just based on his post, but then I realized that I still can't afford one. Good for him, though.

That surprised me as well. Does Inman have a job other than writing a webcomic? And IIRC, he also set up some kind of marathon in Seattle. He has some organizing talent.

On the other hand, the Penny Arcade guys pretty much have a gamer empire going, with web shows, their own line(s) of games, multiple conventions, and a charity. These things can be leveraged, it seems.


I think he had some sort of media advertising/web design career before he started the web comic thing. I don't know what else he does- I only follow him on theoatmeal.com. Maybe he still hasn't "quit his day job" so to speak.
 
2014-05-14 05:41:28 PM  
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"SWEET!!! Thanks Mr. Musk!"
 
2014-05-14 05:53:39 PM  

mainsail: Nice he has a car that starts at $70K. Cool. Good that Musk wants to help with a museum, also cool.

But the "Tanks and Battle Axes" section gives me hives. Dysentery still kills about 700,000 people a year, Mostly in places where that 70K car will never be, so that's nice. Bubonic plague, still in some parts of India as I recall, as well as North Africa- or did I get those shots for nothing? Ephemeral life (actually, all life as far as we know, is ephemeral) has not been replaced by being a fatass in a Starbucks for anybody but a very limited slice of the world population.


Yeah, I'm fun at parties, I know....


Yet here you are, spending your time complaining to strangers who don't care...
 
2014-05-14 05:54:50 PM  

cgraves67: That surprised me as well. Does Inman have a job other than writing a webcomic? And IIRC, he also set up some kind of marathon in Seattle. He has some organizing talent.


The webcomic is his full time deal.  He was developing and marketing sites when he realized his cute little comics were getting more traffic than anything else he had done.  His mother handles the merchandising aspects of the operation.
 
2014-05-14 06:14:45 PM  

johnnieconnie: cgraves67: johnnieconnie: Twilight Farkle: I believe the correct term is "a goddamn Tesla museum," but nevertheless, thank you Messrs. Inman and Musk.

^^This

Also, I'm surprised that Mr Oatmeal is making such good money doing what he does. I was all set to buy a Tesla just based on his post, but then I realized that I still can't afford one. Good for him, though.

That surprised me as well. Does Inman have a job other than writing a webcomic? And IIRC, he also set up some kind of marathon in Seattle. He has some organizing talent.

On the other hand, the Penny Arcade guys pretty much have a gamer empire going, with web shows, their own line(s) of games, multiple conventions, and a charity. These things can be leveraged, it seems.

I think he had some sort of media advertising/web design career before he started the web comic thing. I don't know what else he does- I only follow him on theoatmeal.com. Maybe he still hasn't "quit his day job" so to speak.


I would be fairly sure he's doing the comic full time, or at least long ago quit his day job. He sells books of his material, there are other things to buy through his site which at least he's going to get a cut offers, and I'm sure he's got other ways to exploit his fame.

Being famous is usually very VERY lucrative.
 
2014-05-14 06:20:37 PM  

rustypouch: mainsail: Nice he has a car that starts at $70K. Cool. Good that Musk wants to help with a museum, also cool.

But the "Tanks and Battle Axes" section gives me hives. Dysentery still kills about 700,000 people a year, Mostly in places where that 70K car will never be, so that's nice. Bubonic plague, still in some parts of India as I recall, as well as North Africa- or did I get those shots for nothing? Ephemeral life (actually, all life as far as we know, is ephemeral) has not been replaced by being a fatass in a Starbucks for anybody but a very limited slice of the world population.


Yeah, I'm fun at parties, I know....

Yet here you are, spending your time complaining to strangers who don't care...


Yeah, funny that. Must be the booze.
 
2014-05-14 06:29:44 PM  
The goddamn tesla museum?!  It's going to happen?!

Suddenly I feel like a bowl of victory oatmeal.
 
2014-05-14 06:30:29 PM  
Huh. I thought the headline was a madlibs for internet geekery.
 
2014-05-14 06:49:28 PM  

mainsail: Nice he has a car that starts at $70K. Cool. Good that Musk wants to help with a museum, also cool.

But the "Tanks and Battle Axes" section gives me hives. Dysentery still kills about 700,000 people a year, Mostly in places where that 70K car will never be, so that's nice. Bubonic plague, still in some parts of India as I recall, as well as North Africa- or did I get those shots for nothing? Ephemeral life (actually, all life as far as we know, is ephemeral) has not been replaced by being a fatass in a Starbucks for anybody but a very limited slice of the world population.


Yeah, I'm fun at parties, I know....


At the same time, the human race is diminished if we say we can't spend resources on something cool because someone somewhere is living a shiatty life. We'd never have things like the Sistine Chapel or other great works of art. You can't be completely utilitarian.
 
2014-05-14 07:03:46 PM  

gingerjet: cgraves67: That surprised me as well. Does Inman have a job other than writing a webcomic? And IIRC, he also set up some kind of marathon in Seattle. He has some organizing talent.

The webcomic is his full time deal.  He was developing and marketing sites when he realized his cute little comics were getting more traffic than anything else he had done.  His mother handles the merchandising aspects of the operation.


If memory serves he bought his sister a 250K house in cash.  She has about 5 or 6 foster kids and needed the room.
 
2014-05-14 07:08:38 PM  
See, the company name - Tesla - comes from Nikola Tesla, a brilliant man who died penniless because he was smart but terrible at business because he got f*cked by the same corporate interests that rule America to this day.

/See also: Edwin Armstrong; Philo Farnsworth
 
2014-05-14 07:27:13 PM  

Mad_Radhu: mainsail: Nice he has a car that starts at $70K. Cool. Good that Musk wants to help with a museum, also cool.

But the "Tanks and Battle Axes" section gives me hives. Dysentery still kills about 700,000 people a year, Mostly in places where that 70K car will never be, so that's nice. Bubonic plague, still in some parts of India as I recall, as well as North Africa- or did I get those shots for nothing? Ephemeral life (actually, all life as far as we know, is ephemeral) has not been replaced by being a fatass in a Starbucks for anybody but a very limited slice of the world population.


Yeah, I'm fun at parties, I know....

At the same time, the human race is diminished if we say we can't spend resources on something cool because someone somewhere is living a shiatty life. We'd never have things like the Sistine Chapel or other great works of art. You can't be completely utilitarian.


I don't know if he was the first to express this idea, but I like Hank Green's philosophy that in order to make the world a better place, you need to both decrease suck (e.g. fight dysentery) AND increase awesome (e.g. build revolutionary electric cars).  You can't just do one or the other.
 
2014-05-14 07:51:26 PM  
OK, I've not been much on Fark these past few days, and I've never found the oatmeal to be even slightly entertaining, so...

...what the hell is an Elan Musk? o_O
 
2014-05-14 07:51:32 PM  
Tesla Model S = WANT

There was a lot about the car, the company and the guy behind it that I had no idea about prior to reading the comic.

However, this was my favorite par:

insideevs.com
 
2014-05-14 07:57:33 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: OK, I've not been much on Fark these past few days, and I've never found the oatmeal to be even slightly entertaining, so...

...what the hell is an Elan Musk? o_O


i believe "Elan Musk" is french for "lively odor" or a description of Paris air quality.
 
2014-05-14 08:10:15 PM  
Are they building a 2nd museum in upstate NY?   The property that was bought was in shoreham NY on Long island.   Pretty far away from Upstate NY.
http://www*g­o­ogl­e­*co­m/­ma­p­s/­place/T­es­la+S­t/­[nospam-﹫-backwards]0­4*948­04,-72.897405,17z/d at a=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e85d54df72377d:0x3b6ec72bd479c8d9
 
2014-05-14 08:50:17 PM  
I'd say we should buy him a keg, but he can likely buy a whole brewery.

/still probably should
//Musk is like the farking most awesome guy this generation in terms of awesomeness
 
2014-05-14 09:01:12 PM  

mainsail: But the "Tanks and Battle Axes" section gives me hives...Yeah, I'm fun at parties, I know....


Funny you mention hives.

Smallpox was being eradicated globally at the same time the US was going to the Moon. Polio was eradicated in the US at the same time we were building the interstate highway system.

People can -- and have -- done both things at the same time. It just requires politicians who aren't complete assholes suckling 24/7 at the corporate teat.
 
2014-05-14 09:59:03 PM  

orezona: Tesla Model S = WANT

There was a lot about the car, the company and the guy behind it that I had no idea about prior to reading the comic.

However, this was my favorite par:

[insideevs.com image 738x395]


Not a Ferrari, but a dragon with a car, NSFW dragon penis
 
2014-05-14 10:05:30 PM  
Business Insider: for the inside scoop on Twitter posts!
 
2014-05-14 10:13:51 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: OK, I've not been much on Fark these past few days, and I've never found the oatmeal to be even slightly entertaining, so...

...what the hell is an Elan Musk? o_O


Elan Musk is the CEO of Tesla Corp., the maker of the new brand of electric cars.
 
2014-05-14 10:14:07 PM  
Who's going to visit this museum?  Hipsters and Bronies?
 
2014-05-14 10:22:42 PM  

that bosnian sniper: mainsail: But the "Tanks and Battle Axes" section gives me hives...Yeah, I'm fun at parties, I know....

Funny you mention hives.

Smallpox was being eradicated globally at the same time the US was going to the Moon. Polio was eradicated in the US at the same time we were building the interstate highway system.

People can -- and have -- done both things at the same time. It just requires politicians who aren't complete assholes suckling 24/7 at the corporate teat.


Oh yes- indeed. But the people who vote for them also have to not be willfully ignorant.
 
2014-05-14 10:30:16 PM  
Cool museum idea. Stupid business idea. It will never generate enough revenue to be self-sustaining.
 
2014-05-14 10:31:10 PM  

Flying Lasagna Monster: Who's going to visit this museum?  Hipsters and Bronies?



What do Bronies have to do with Nikola Tesla?
 
2014-05-14 10:33:27 PM  

Flying Lasagna Monster: Who's going to visit this museum?  Hipsters and Bronies?


I'll welcome both when I go.  It's freakin' TESLA, man!  This is the guy who built a giant death-volt tower and terrified people for miles around.  This man got closest to being a James Bond villian than any of us are likely to get.  You gotta respect that.
 
2014-05-14 10:36:09 PM  

johnnieconnie: Twilight Farkle: I believe the correct term is "a goddamn Tesla museum," but nevertheless, thank you Messrs. Inman and Musk.

^^This

Also, I'm surprised that Mr Oatmeal is making such good money doing what he does. I was all set to buy a Tesla just based on his post, but then I realized that I still can't afford one. Good for him, though.


A few days ago I stopped in the Tesla dealer in Bellevue (recently moved from Oklahoma, and it was my first time to actually see a Tesla). The dealer I was talking to told me the company was working on a more affordable model that would start at around $30k, allegedly.
 
2014-05-14 10:41:47 PM  

MVEAlpha: A few days ago I stopped in the Tesla dealer in Bellevue (recently moved from Oklahoma, and it was my first time to actually see a Tesla). The dealer I was talking to told me the company was working on a more affordable model that would start at around $30k, allegedly.


Yes. I believe the next model is targeted to be in that price range and in the "Crossover" style.
 
2014-05-14 10:44:32 PM  
atomictango.com
 
2014-05-14 10:49:59 PM  

MVEAlpha: A few days ago I stopped in the Tesla dealer in Bellevue (recently moved from Oklahoma, and it was my first time to actually see a Tesla). The dealer I was talking to told me the company was working on a more affordable model that would start at around $30k, allegedly.


I'd believe it. Right now the biggest barrier to reducing Tesla cars' cost is the choke point in battery production, and they're expected to start production on two battery factories within three months to alleviate that choke point. Once that's done, a few years down the road they can start really producing the suckers, and when used Teslas start hitting the market

Then all they'd have to do is integrate some level of photovoltaics, and come up with a way to make recycling lithium ion batteries economically feasible, and they'll be golden.
 
2014-05-14 10:55:37 PM  

Mad_Radhu: mainsail: Nice he has a car that starts at $70K. Cool. Good that Musk wants to help with a museum, also cool.

But the "Tanks and Battle Axes" section gives me hives. Dysentery still kills about 700,000 people a year, Mostly in places where that 70K car will never be, so that's nice. Bubonic plague, still in some parts of India as I recall, as well as North Africa- or did I get those shots for nothing? Ephemeral life (actually, all life as far as we know, is ephemeral) has not been replaced by being a fatass in a Starbucks for anybody but a very limited slice of the world population.


Yeah, I'm fun at parties, I know....

At the same time, the human race is diminished if we say we can't spend resources on something cool because someone somewhere is living a shiatty life. We'd never have things like the Sistine Chapel or other great works of art. You can't be completely utilitarian.


True enough, I'm just rather frustrated with the amazingly well off people having a short Starbuck's-filled horizon.
 
2014-05-14 10:57:22 PM  

Flappyhead: gingerjet: cgraves67: That surprised me as well. Does Inman have a job other than writing a webcomic? And IIRC, he also set up some kind of marathon in Seattle. He has some organizing talent.

The webcomic is his full time deal.  He was developing and marketing sites when he realized his cute little comics were getting more traffic than anything else he had done.  His mother handles the merchandising aspects of the operation.

If memory serves he bought his sister a 250K house in cash.  She has about 5 or 6 foster kids and needed the room.


What kind of asshole pays for a house in cash.
 
2014-05-14 11:14:52 PM  

KidneyStone: Cool museum idea. Stupid business idea. It will never generate enough revenue to be self-sustaining.


If the entire capital cost has been paid for by donations (Kickstarter and Elron Musk) then visitors only have to cover operating costs. If it doesn't get many visitors then it might only need a couple of people working there, and those could even be volunteers. A business needs to cover running costs and pay back the capital. This doesn't.
 
2014-05-14 11:23:37 PM  

mainsail: Nice he has a car that starts at $70K. Cool. Good that Musk wants to help with a museum, also cool.

But the "Tanks and Battle Axes" section gives me hives. Dysentery still kills about 700,000 people a year, Mostly in places where that 70K car will never be, so that's nice. Bubonic plague, still in some parts of India as I recall, as well as North Africa- or did I get those shots for nothing? Ephemeral life (actually, all life as far as we know, is ephemeral) has not been replaced by being a fatass in a Starbucks for anybody but a very limited slice of the world population.


Yeah, I'm fun at parties, I know....


It's all a matter of logistics and politics though. We have the capacity to take care of it. These are the sole reasons the entire world is not up to "western" world living standards.

We have the science, we have the money, we have the supplies. It just needs to get there.
 
2014-05-14 11:31:12 PM  
Tesla spent some time in Colorado Springs back in the day. The city ran him off because he blew up the power plant a few times. To this day, the only thing that proves he was here is a small plaque in Memorial Park where his laboratory used to be.
 
2014-05-14 11:45:46 PM  

Farking Canuck: MVEAlpha: A few days ago I stopped in the Tesla dealer in Bellevue (recently moved from Oklahoma, and it was my first time to actually see a Tesla). The dealer I was talking to told me the company was working on a more affordable model that would start at around $30k, allegedly.

Yes. I believe the next model is targeted to be in that price range and in the "Crossover" style.


Not quite.  The next model IS a crossover, but it's not the affordable one.  It will cost about the same as the Model S, and it comes out at the end of the year.  The ~30k one comes out in three years and will likely be a sedan.
 
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