Science & Tech

Category of general science and technology topics.

Taking delivery of my Model 3

It’s June 5th at 12:30 pm, just after my 50th birthday, and I’ve just arrived at the Toronto International Centre.  After 795 days, 17 hours, and 15 minutes give or take, I am driving my beautiful black Model 3 LR (Long Range) PUP (Premium Upgrade Package) with 18″ Aero wheels.  I began this gamble by handing over a $1000 (in Canadian $) just 15 minutes after Tesla’s reservation page went live March 31st, 2016 at 10:30 EST (7:30 PT), one hour before the Model 3 reveal event.  Eventually,…
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I welcome our AI car overlords…

A Year Has Gone By… Being a Tesla Model 3 reservationist, I’ve been keeping my ear to the ground on any news related to my future EV car.  You can read my first post Why I’m Buying A Tesla Model 3 for the rationale.  Of course, the main reason why I plunked down $1000 on a car sight unseen is because of the potential the Model 3 represented at the time of the launch/reveal (part 1).  That potential was all the…
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Why I’m Buying A Tesla Model 3

I meant to do a post about my decision to reserve a Tesla Model 3 at the March 31st unveiling.  I held off in writing the post as I was questioned by the Admiral as to why I would spend $35,000 (USD).  My immediate response was that it’s only $1300 (CDN) to reserve and completely refundable.  Also, it’ll be at least 2 years before delivery so we have plenty of time to save and our Ford Fiesta would be nearing the…
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As SpaceX Knows All To Well, Space Is Hard

Getting to space is hard, really really hard.  Getting back from space can be just as hard or even harder.  This post chronicles some past and present events which show how hard space really is. Why talk about space?  Well, you can thank the space race in the 1960s for the majority of technology we enjoy today like integrated circuits, smart phones, etc.  Television, global communications, weather forecasting, navigation/travel, and other areas exist because we conquered the frontier of space….
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SpaceX Sculpts Future Manned Spaceflight to Mars

One of the passions that has been with me since I can remember is rockets and spaceflight.  As a youth, it started with building and launching model rockets.  As I settled down in Ottawa, I got more involved into rocketry culminating into building and launching very large and very high powered rockets.  At that point, it became an obsession as I sunk several thousand dollars and hours into my hobby.  My personal best is building a 8.5′ long 6″ diameter 1/4 scale Black Brant…
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