Simon Payne, a regular reader of the site and quite a cool guy, is going to be in Munich on the 16th of May (3 days from now). He asked what to do there? I said - BMW World.
It's really, really cool. I like factories and machines anyways, and touring the factory you get to see this marvelously amazing German system of work. Excellent craftsmanship, attention to detail, safety, precision. It's really amazing, inspiring stuff.
If you're in Munich or going to go to Munich, it's highly recommended. Simon will be there on Monday if you want to grab a coffee or tour the factory with him - cost is 8 euros, and if I remember correctly they give you some nice snacks and drinks with that anyways.
Simon had a guest post here: Some Badass Czech Historical Figures (my title, his writing)
His Twitter is @SimonPayneCZ, his email is email@example.com, and he's a martial artist, computer programmer, and en route to the Philippines right now which is why he's in Munich for one day.
Go to BMW Welt anyways if you're ever in Munich. It's super cool. And if you happen to be there on May 16th and want to meet an interesting dude and have some coffee, drop Simon a line.
Just a quick thought. Your website has so many visitors, and I bet you could make a lot of money putting some ads on it. But I kind of admire that you don't. I understand people putting ads on their websites, because it is business and an easy way to make money can be quite nice. However, I can't help but feel that people not putting ads are more... how should I put it... I often view them as superior in an intangible sense. I'm struggling to grasp in which. Attitude, pride, standards, noble? Hmm.
With your websites and ads, I wondered why you don't put up any. You don't need the money? Or is it from some kind of internal stance, and you wouldn't put any in either way? By the way, reading your website feels, to me, nice independent of content cause no ads are there to annoy me. These days it seems you can't read many good blogs without drowning in ads.
My blog doesn't generate enough constant traffic to make me consider adding any, but... I wonder, would I? I don't know. It's like the pride matter, though not the same.
Ps. I liked your absurdity post
Sue and I took a tour of the Tesla Model S factory in Fremont, CA today. This is the old NUMMI plant. If you haven't heard the NUMMI story between GM & Toyota, and you're a car buff, there's a This American Life episode about it that's just mind blowing. The net of it is that GM tried to learn Just In Time assembly practices from Toyota, they built a factory together for Toyota to transfer this know-how to GM, and GM completely blew it. The factory shut down and was sitting idle after that fiasco.
When Elon Musk was looking for a place to build his new Model S sedan, he approached Toyota with a $50MM bid for it, which Toyota accepted. Why would Toyota sell a car production plant arguably worth $1 billion or more for $50MM? For the answer to that, you really have to understand the relationship between Musk and Toyota, which is well portrayed in this 2010 WIRED magazine article.
As a reservation holder for the Model S, I'm proud to support one of the most amazing entrepreneurs of our generation. What makes Elon even more amazing is that he's not only revolutionizing the automobile industry, but the space industry as well, with SpaceX... at the same time. Elon, my hat is off to you.
Below are a number of pictures and vidoes of the factory and the event, which was very well done.