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16 Jul

Marco Tempest: The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla

(Too much sun during the day has made me quite impossibly exhausted now)

Tempest talks about one of the Internet’s greatest stars, and an inventor who became a star years after his death.  Admittedly, I had quite a few conversations about Tesla in highschool before the internet so he may have indeed been a phenom before already, however it is this rather unique fandom from social media culture which is quite peculiar.

Current Total number of Views: 718,441

Length: 6 minutes, 5 seconds

Tempest gives a great demonstration of how the medium is the message (McLuhan-esque) through use of the ‘old timey’ feel that his desk top presentation allows.  Combined with some sleight of hand, surprises and a fascinating character, and shows just why so many people have become absolutely steadfast in their rave of Tesla’s life.

(If you’re the type that just skipped the video, please don’t.  It’s a good exercise to see multiple biographies of an individual in an effort to get the full picture)

Here are some examples, I’m not summarizing these this evening only because the creativity and genuine love of the man should not be filtered.

Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived by The Oatmeal

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla

Ok, changed my mind.  Quick Summary:  The Oatmeal (Comic creator, blogger, runner) summarizes a great number of aspects of Tesla’s life, but even more highlights the intense rivalry between Tesla and other famous inventor, Thomas Edison.

Now what makes this more interesting is that this wasn’t a rivalry that existed during their lifetimes.  Rather, it is about the historical writings involving Edison versus Tesla’s historical recognition.  In effect, The Oatmeal tells us that not only do the history books / lessons mislead us, but there is a ‘nerdy’ purity about Tesla that modern geeks have forgotten.

That and he makes the point to show Edison was a big jerk.  And he’s funny while doing it.  (warning, he also swears a shitstorm)

Don’t take my word for it, it’s worth the read and it’s highly entertaining.  And don’t continue until you have actually done so as knowledge about Tesla will only make the next link more relevant.

Epic Rap Battles of History: Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla

One of my personal favorites, I have to admit, these epic rap battle guys are really damn clever.  Not only do they go about describing important details of the Edison vs Tesla trope but they do it while shredding beats and dancing.

They also make note of some highly important facts.  For one, Edison DID make electricity a global phenomenon.  Not by making electricity useful, it is inherently useful in this regard, rather it is by making electricity ‘profitable’.  That’s reason enough for people to start hiring other people nad building electricity generators everywhere.  I’m certain someday people will work incessantly hard for the good of the world alone, but that age of Aquarius wasn’t around in the early 1900’s.

As for Tesla’s tower (hinted in the ERB song and mentioned in the talk) have some more details listed here by the folks of DamnInteresting.com

http://www.damninteresting.com/teslas-tower-of-power/

Sure enough, this tower idea was to fire energy skyward and anyone wishing to tap into it could do so with a spherical antenna.  I honestly cannot envision a world where my cellphone has constant 100% power so I’m forced to state the Tesla Tower of Power fits into the ‘myth’ category.

That is, until it’s actually built.. again.
And if you’re one of those people who like to spend time on the internet forever, then you can attempt to search through Reddit.  (A source also mentioned in the ERB video)

http://www.reddit.com/r/skeptic/search?q=nikola+tesla&sort=relevance&t=all

Simple discussions, from hypothetical scenarios to happy birthdays to joke inventions, there is post after post of people talking about Nikola Tesla.

Now there was a reason why I had placed The Oatmeal as the first source on tonight’s list of links.  He went out and started an Indiegogo campaign to build a Tesla museum and ended up receiving just over a million and three hundred thousand dollars to do it.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/let-s-build-a-goddamn-tesla-museum–5

 

WOW, talk about a following!  That’s a huge amount of money 

Tesla sir, I tip my hat to you.

Share the power,

ED

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