Tesla electric motorhome – Love or hate it?

When RVing lifestyle meets luxury car features

Telsa started with cars, and then pushed out into another market where they saw potential and need: semi transport trucks, and they’re coming close to putting out a powerful, electric-powered, sleek semi tractor that they’ve already shown publicly. RVing is yet another market where Tesla will likely go, given that it’s a large share of the auto industry. Electric RVs, including electric motorhomes, have already been made, but they’re still limited, because you need so much towing/pushing power for the weights involved in RVing vehicles. Some of the forerunners have already entered the market, including the Nissan All-Electric Camper Van, but they are somewhat limited in distance. Tesla seems to be able to push the boundaries as well as anyone, though. So Tesla Motorhomes, but when?

The design is by NeoMam Studios: “Tesla’s Model X is a mid-sized, electric, luxury SUV that can handle a bit of off-roading. But with its prototype of an electric semi truck, we feel that the brand could easily expand into camping territory. Solar panels on the roof power the living quarters, keeping it one with its environment. And with sleek lines and plenty of windows, you’ll be able to enjoy all the perks of camping, with all the comforts of home.” The design is based directly off what Tesla has already shown in their semi tractor offering. What do you think of the motorhome design? Love it or hate it?

This company is hiring part-time Chocolate tasters

Do you know anyone who wants a job as a Chocolate taster?

The requirements for the job? Just one, according to the company: “A passion for confectionary.” They’re looking for someone to pay $14 per hour to taste and review chocolate. They offer a relaxed set of options for what hours of the week their employee will work. They currently want to find 11 Chocolate tasters for this round of hiring, but they’ve hired Chocolate tasters in years past as well. Competition might be steep, though, as they reportedly received over 1500 applications in one day.

The company is Mondelez International, who have Cadbury Chocolates, Orea, belVita, Milka, and Trident. Oh, and they’re also hiring a Chocolate and Cocoa Beverage Taster.

Rainbow Opal “The most beautiful opal in the world”

Rainbow Opal

How the “most beautiful opal in the world” was found in an old mineshaft

This opal, worth over a million dollars, which catches all the light around it and sends it back to onlooking eyes in a blazing rainbow, is a Belemnite “pipe” that was once a kind of cuttlefish skeleton, and was found in 2007 by one John Dunstand, who had been searching and mining for opals for more than half a century in the deserts of Coober Pedy, Australia. He was searching in an old mineshaft in that area with an excavator, when he noticed the colors of the Rainbow Opal, half still burried in the sandstone around it.

“It showed this beautiful colour on the tip, but it was still in this hard lump of sandstone,” John recounted.  “So we cleaned it off and we could see it was a nice piece, but we didn’t know if it was solid, because a lot of time they’ve got sand in them or intrusions. There was a thick skin on it, like a rusty band around it, so we cleaned that off, and every time we touched it some more colour would come out. It was a true gemstone. I knew it was one of the best ever. You’ll never see another piece like that one, it’s so special. That opal actually glows in the dark – the darker the light, the more colour comes out of it, it’s unbelievable. I’ve done a lot of cutting and polishing [of opals], I’ve been doing it for 50 years, but when you compare it to the other pieces that claim to be the best ever, this one just killed it.”

The “Virgin Rainbow opal” is currently on display in the South Australian Museum opal exhibition in Adelaide, and the photo is by South Australian Museum. The stone is currently up for auction.

4-Door Corvettes

Would you drive a 4-door version of the classic American muscle car?

We’ve familiar with muscle car mixrods, such as the Ford Mach 40, but this is a mix of two of the same car. A company called California Custom Coach in Pasadena made a half dozen of these 4-door Corvettes by taking two 1979 Corvettes, cutting them and half, and putting them together again to stretch out the passenger area. The result: A Chevy Corvette sedan that now comes up on online auctions once in a while for a pretty significant pricetag. Although these may have gone for 300-500,000 in the past, the most recent one went up for around 65,000.

What about a new Corvette 4-door? Yes, designers and Corvette fans have been tinkering with the idea and working on concepts. Would you drive a 4-door muscle car like this? Photos by Ron Kimball.

Try Out the World’s Deepest Cave

Do you know where the deepest cave in the world is?

It’s called Krubera Cave, and it’s in the the Western Caucasus mountains of Abkhazia (which is a country that broke away from Georgia). It’s a limestone cave, composed of Lower Cretaceous and Upper Jurassic limestones. So how deep is it?

It plummets down below the modern sea level of the Black Sea. From the point people enter the world’s deepest cave to the bottom of it, it’s 2200 meters (7200 feet). It’s so deep Ukrainian expeditions didn’t manage to reach the bottom for several years and after several expeditions to lesser depths. The cave is the only cave in the world that is known to be deeper than 2000 meters. The second-deepest is Lamprechtsofen in the Austrian Alps at around 1700 meters.

Take a look at the photos and imagine rappelling down the world’s deepest cave. That’s something to add to your “try it some day” list.

The World's Deepest Cave

5G is here – It will change the world around us

5G can be 100 times faster than the current 4G (although 30 times faster is more likely), and you can expect some real changes.

What does 5G mean? “Fifth Generation.” It’s the fifth generation of mobile internet technology which all our phones use, and for most of us this just means how fast the internet on our phones is. Right now (since 2010) our phones use 4G (or older).

5G was the center of attention at the Mobile World Congress this year. That’s because it’s bound to have a massive impact on the power of technology around us.

A big area of discussion is self-driving cars, which we’ve all seen a lot of news about, but haven’t seen a lot of actual vehicles driving themselves on the streets. But 5G is so much faster, it could allow cars to talk to each other in realtime, so they can know when other cars are switching lanes, going off the road, passing another car, going too fast, braking, etc., and can adjust their own driving.

The cars will require a bunch of cameras and sensors on them to receive this data, as well as a cloud internet service to manage the masses of data.

The BMW iNEXT, expected to hit the market in 2021, is an SUV already being built to use 5G technology in this way.

Another use for 5G already being talked about is for managing farming. Sensors are already being used on beehives, for example, to measure temperature, humidity, movement and location, so farmers can tend to their farms’ health.

Another one is “smart glasses” that will provide augmented reality. Another is virtual reality on a mobile level – not just plugged into a computer in a room. Another yet is drone swarms to carry out rescue missions or monitor traffic.

With the implementation of 5G, cellular phones will become much faster, and mobile gaming and other internet computing will be burdened with lag a lot less. On the other hand, we can expect technology to have much more power and control over our ability to maintain our privacy and independence.

The advances in technology’s power will not come immediately. They will come as a response to the new capacity of 5G, so we’re talking about upcoming products being built to take advantage of some of what 5G has to offer.

5G is going to use higher-frequency bands – 3.5GHz  – 26GHz and higher, which means faster internet but less strong internet – it can be blocked more easily by real physical obstructions. This might mean a greater number of smaller, closer phone masts, but this would also be more expensive. It also might mean bad or no service in rural areas. 5G is expected to be better at handling lots of devices in a given space are trying to access the internet at the same time, though, so it will reduce internet service congestion in cities.

When? New phones sometime in 2019 in some countries, which will be able to use both 4G and 5G.

What about 6G? The industry is working on it, but it isn’t expected to be available until 2030.