Around the Web September 20, 2013

I have not always been the biggest fan of J.J. Abrams.  Still, he managed to earn a lot of my respect with his faithful reboot of Star Trek, despite his insane over use of lens flair.  After Star Trek: Into Darkness, I now have considerable faith in Mr. Abrams ability to direct Star Wars VII, especially after reading this interview about his own vision and feelings of concern regarding the Star Wars franchise.

photo by Gage Skidmore

Seriously though, if he over uses lens flair again, he and I are going to have words.

This week brings us very sad news. Hiroshi Yamauchi, former president of Nintendo and the man who brought the company into the video game industry, has passed away. Yamauchi took over the company at just 22 and promptly fired all of the executives left over from his grandfather’s tenure because they didn’t think he could do the job (he totally had the last laugh there). He stepped down as president in 2002 and passed away this week at age 85.

This man helped give me hours of joy and frustration.

Interesting side note, Mr. Yamauchi was the owner of the Seatle Mariners for 12 years and remained a controlling voice until his death. He was the first international owner of a MLB team.

More than once we’ve talked about all of the different things in which Elon Musk has involved himself.  While not all of his endeavors may come to fruition (i.e. the hyperloop), there is no doubt that he is an incredible innovator.  It now seems that Mr. Musk is looking to challenge the automated car.  This seems like a pretty sensible choice for him, given that this technology is already so heavily integrated in Tesla cars.  Musk has stated that they expect to have a 90% automated car in three years and a fully automatic one sometime after that.

Looks like the last hurdle to these cars is state insurance laws. It might be time for some of us to quietly start looking into our options to change them.

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