Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you spend time with family and friends and relax
I’m not sure to what degree I have expressed here my passion for EVs, race driving and my adventures with my shifter kart (that I miss dearly since we moved to Geneva, about 2 months ago).
I have this plan for several years already to build a crazy powerful electric kart – think 100+hp – to beat my Tesla Roadster test drive experience:
I have read tons of materials in the different areas (electronics, motors, batteries, manufacturing techniques etc.) and been experiencing with electronics for quite some time now. Even my Robox 3D printer was a step stone towards learning CAD techniques for printing and later CNC. And my shifter kart I have bought, it was also part of the plan (reuse the chassis and store, sell or throw the engine away).
I have come to realize that I cannot do that by myself for many reasons (space, time, experience, knowledge) so I gathered a team of 5 including me and a professional mechanic, software engineer and electronics / electrical engineer (still waiting for his answer to my detailed 30-page project). We have a garage back in Romania (the other 4 members of the team live nearby that place) and I might try to fund everything from my pocket – unless the taxman takes everything that I have left.
So I wonder if I should start a Kickstarter campaign while I have no prototype to show yet, or if I should take it on myself and try to build on the cheap a quick kart to beat the world record for 0-62 mph acceleration time (which stands at 3.45s). Then, reaching for external funding may be easier. Unless someone does that in the meantime, I think I can do better than 3.4s with less than $10k. But that is just an intermediary goal, ultimately I am aiming 1.5s but will be happy with 2s as well.
I am reaching to you to get advice, ideas and hopefully some cheers
Our second daughter, Clara Simona, was born this morning. Everybody’s fine
My adrenalin is calming down just now, making place for sweet and gentle happiness …
Have just done reading Taleb’s book. I have learned lots of things and made me look at known things in a new light. Every investor and those who live in a volatile environment or wonder why present society (politics, business, finance, even science) seems to go down rather than up, there are some very interesting answers there.
In short, among other things, it proposes a strategy to do well in a worlds that we do not understand. And believe me, the most important developments out there are chaotic (prey to the butterfly effect), so we do not understand / cannot predict. So how can one possibly do well without being able to predict? – Be antifragile (or convex to volatility). Natural things have this property and we would better use them instead of trying to control everything.
Present politicians, corporate and even academics become antifragile at the expense of everybody else (they only take the upside like bonuses, stock options etc. but have no downside when they blow us up), which of course it’s not ethical. But before we can solve this dilemma, we must first see it, understand and explain it to others.
R.I.P. Joan Rivers. She was so beautifully obnoxious. A bit shocking as she looked very much alive not that many days back.
Out of town! for a few days, spending just a bit short of two weeks in a very remote place in south of France (Curvalle, Tarn), in a 16th century house
Therefore less active, not posting trades real time (I can hardly pass orders on GPRS) and not playing estimates game about Apple’s earnings on tuesday. Now in a relatively large town so I can get up to speed with news and stuff on 4G
Have a nice summer all!