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KIRKRIDER 01-08-2013 12:52 PM

Thomas Edison was an ASSHOLE
 
Just saw a movie on Nicola Tesla. What an amazing genius. tricked by the cat and the fox... Edison and J.P.Morgan (Now CHASE). The movie is on Netflix Streaming.
But read the link.

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

poutanen 01-08-2013 01:19 PM

Yeah I think the Oatmeal is hilarious! We were lucky in our highschool, we had a bit of a mad scientist electronics/biology teacher who had a full scale Tesla coil in the classroom, along with a large power supply that could feed anywhere from 1-200V AC or DC right to little knobs on our desks. We also had a jacobs ladder that was fun to play with.

I remember that tesla coil it was about 12 feet high at it's highest point, the top ball was about 2.5 feet in diameter. There was a glass plate capacitor that was about 16" square. It made a really cool sound when running, and then the teacher would hold a 4' flourescent tube light up the the coil and it would light up in his hand!!! Cool shit! :yahoo:

Of course most geniuses lived in poverty in their later years... Too bad!

KIRKRIDER 01-08-2013 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by poutanen (Post 563130)
Yeah I think the Oatmeal is hilarious! We were lucky in our highschool, we had a bit of a mad scientist electronics/biology teacher who had a full scale Tesla coil in the classroom, along with a large power supply that could feed anywhere from 1-200V AC or DC right to little knobs on our desks. We also had a jacobs ladder that was fun to play with.

I remember that tesla coil it was about 12 feet high at it's highest point, the top ball was about 2.5 feet in diameter. There was a glass plate capacitor that was about 16" square. It made a really cool sound when running, and then the teacher would hold a 4' flourescent tube light up the the coil and it would light up in his hand!!! Cool shit! :yahoo:

Of course most geniuses lived in poverty in their later years... Too bad!

He died in poverty BECAUSE of JP Morgan. Tesla was working on a wireless power system. Morgan had invested in copper lines. Who knows. We might have had free wi-fi power by now. But of course JP could not make money off it..so he killed the project. Sounds familiar? Again...thanks to "another" Great American...Hm?

Sora 01-10-2013 10:22 AM

Did they show that shit with topsy the elephant? He was an animal killer just to prove a point that ac current is dangerous. Guy was a dick beyond belief.

KIRKRIDER 01-10-2013 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Sora (Post 564257)
Did they show that shit with topsy the elephant? He was an animal killer just to prove a point that ac current is dangerous. Guy was a dick beyond belief.

He fried a puppy in the street just to prove that Tesla was wrong, AC was dangerous and he was the "King of Electricity".

But the real criminal is of course JP Morgan. Edison was just envious of Tesla's genius. Morgan took advantage of both. And as usual profited like a pig.

baldylox 01-10-2013 02:09 PM

His wireless power system failed because it was impractical and incredibly inefficient. Most of the energy would get fired off into space.

Free wireless energy? What makes you think you wouldn't pay for it another way?

KIRKRIDER 01-10-2013 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by cifex (Post 564498)
His wireless power system failed because it was impractical and incredibly inefficient. Most of the energy would get fired off into space.

Free wireless energy? What makes you think you wouldn't pay for it another way? NOTHING IS FREE!

I'll tell you when I finish the book I'm reading about him. My point was that the story we know is mostly corporate bullshit. Well 'Merican corporate bullshit to be precise. Really hard not to feel a bit ashamed.

backstop13 01-10-2013 02:36 PM

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Originally Posted by KIRKRIDER (Post 564522)
I'll tell you when I finish the book I'm reading about him. My point was that the story we know is mostly corporate bullshit. Well 'Merican corporate bullshit to be precise. Really hard not to feel a bit ashamed.

in the past I had been naive enough to think that all this corporate america bullshit just started in the last 30 or so years, but, when you really look back at the way this nation and even Europe was founded, you quickly realize that money rules all and always has...

..for shame

KIRKRIDER 01-10-2013 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by backstop13 (Post 564610)
in the past I had been naive enough to think that all this corporate america bullshit just started in the last 30 or so years, but, when you really look back at the way this nation and even Europe was founded, you quickly realize that money rules all and always has...

..for shame

Yeah. I was in the bubble until I moved here. Totally hypnotized by years of movies and TV. American Dream Yeahhh... After the past 13 years I do see the light finally. And it hurts. It's really all bullshit.

jdang307 01-12-2013 04:21 PM

Capital/corporate america is responsible for almost everything that comprises our standard of living today. Were there isolated instances of travesty throughout our history? Sure.

But you're typing on a corporate owned snowboarding forum, through a corporate developed internet (yes I know gov't invented the framework for the internet but it wasn't viable until commercialized), riding a corporate made snowboard, etc. etc. Hell, you have a corporate owned property in your name!

:laugh:

Yes Tesla's tech was probably better than Edison's but Edison's is better than none. I'm just saying, all this hate against corporate america when 99.9% of our lives are basically dependent on corporate america.

There are greedy people out there of course, and they should be stopped and punished.


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