10th of July is Tesla Day

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10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Jenelmo » 10 Jul 2012, 03:08

Today, the 10th of July is the day to celebrate one of if not the greatest inventor the world has ever know; Nikola Tesla.
Use today to celebrate the man who was born under a thunderstorm and shaped the world as we know it today
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Fezzul » 10 Jul 2012, 05:20

Happy coils everyone
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Keab42 » 10 Jul 2012, 09:14

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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Dominic Appleguard » 10 Jul 2012, 09:34

I understand that Tesla was a rad idealistic super genius, but I'm not really certain why the internet has such a massive collective boner about him. In humankind's long history there have been plenty of other people deserving of personality cults.

That being said, happy birthday Nikola. Maybe one day we can provide wireless electricity for free.
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby plummeting_sloth » 10 Jul 2012, 09:42

Happy birthday to a man with a statue that looks pretty much nothing like him right by Niagara Falls
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Elomin Sha » 10 Jul 2012, 09:45

None of you guys looked for this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO80eON1F58
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Dibria » 10 Jul 2012, 09:49

Really want to build a Tesla Coil, particularly after being shown the video of one a friend built in sixth form several years ago, they used it to charge a home made capacitor.

The teacher decided it was no longer safe so ground it using a tent peg they'd wired up (they did have the sense to do it outside) the resulting dead circle of dead grass was impressive.
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Fezzul » 10 Jul 2012, 10:17

Tesla is popular because aside from being an influential genius, he was a loser. I mean that with love. It's part of his appeal.

He was a socially awkward genius with a heart of gold who wasn't completely understood or valued by society in his lifetime, but was vindicated years later. It's a standard, peaceful, nerd-revenge fantasy brought to life.

That and the fact that he was a real-life mad scientist. Which is always cool.
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby gcninja » 10 Jul 2012, 11:06

EJ wrote:Lyinginbedmon, I'm looking forward to when Paul or Graham reset your & Elomin's post count back to zero. If you keep it up it's bound to happen =p

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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Elomin Sha » 10 Jul 2012, 11:31

I wonder how many people in this forum have a secret crush on Tesla.
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Fezzul » 10 Jul 2012, 13:08

Secret?
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby empath » 10 Jul 2012, 13:14

Well, not so much of a secret. :)


We Newfoundlanders are supposed to venerate Guglielmo Marconi (because he did that first verifiable wireless transmission between Ireland and here, thus giving us a soupcon more tourism/notoriety) but even in grade school some basic research pointed back to this mad Serb who came up with all the ideas that others went on to develop, and a whole lot of blue-sky stuff that might work...if we keep improving our underlying technology for another hundred years or so to catch up with some of his really wild hairs. (others I hope we NEVER figure out)

So maybe it's a little exaggerating to say I have a 'crush' on him, but I have a lot of respect for a pioneer who - in part - made much of my daily life possible.

Happy Tesla Tenth, everyone!
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Keab42 » 11 Jul 2012, 15:03

We've only just started to crack wireless electricity transmission.
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Dominic Appleguard » 12 Jul 2012, 07:33

Yeah, that's one of the topics where people get kinda...hyperventilative about Tesla. If he were wealthy and respected, he still would not have cracked the code for viable, wireless electricity in his lifetime.
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby empath » 12 Jul 2012, 12:48

Three words:

Tesla's Peace Ray



empath wrote:(others I hope we NEVER figure out)


...because if we DID every solve that one, I'm sure that whatever afterlife he'd be inhabiting would be wracked with unending anguish of his that'd make Alfred Nobel look ambivalent.

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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Lord Chrusher » 12 Jul 2012, 23:27

Oppenheimer and company could commiserate.
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby empath » 14 Jul 2012, 03:23

True, but I'm reasonably certain that, while they had a huge magnitude on the 'my god, what have I done?' scale, they didn't go into the Manhattan Project with the idea of "if I create this I will bring an end to war because no one would ever dare use it", more "if we bring this about, it'll end THIS war".

What I've read of Oppenheimer leads me to believe he was more cynical and realistic about human nature.
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby gcninja » 14 Jul 2012, 04:12

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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby empath » 15 Jul 2012, 04:16

Yeah, Bale can be high-strung enough for the role, but what worries me about this supposed film is that he'd be starring opposite Nicholas Cage's Thomas Edison.

...Tesla's supposed to be the nutty one, casting people! :P
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby Fezzul » 15 Jul 2012, 04:43

I think David Bowie was an excellent Tesla in the Prestige.

Bale could do it... Cage... mixed feelings.
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Re: 10th of July is Tesla Day

Postby empath » 15 Jul 2012, 05:32

Yes, Bowie was GREAT, but seemed to be missing a little je ne sais quoi that I've gathered from what I'd read of Tesla's...he seemed a little...'out of phase' with the rest of us, and from time to time expressed frustration at seeing and understanding things but not being capable of getting others to 'grok' what he meant.

Mind you, The Prestige was set with Tesla being in Colorado Springs; I think his depression started to set in a while later after he returned from there...


Tesla was one of those stereotypical 'brilliant inventors that blur the like between genius and madness'; he created, he INNOVATED in the truest sense of the word. I feel his eccentric behaviour was a large influence on the 'mad scientist' trope of pulp fiction.

Edison? Was a workmanlike inventor, but he was a business maven. He was the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates of his generation all rolled into one.

The difference being, many people still know who Nikola Tesla was, whereas I doubt anyone can say - off the top of their head without looking anything up - the name(s) of the person/people at Xerox PARC that came up with the idea of a GUI; I couldn't. ;)
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