Today’s Special!

Nikola Tesla was born 157 years ago today in Serbia. His many inventions include the rotating magnetic field which led to the use of 3-phase alternating currents in the production and distribution of electrical energy through motors and generators. He also designed a high-voltage coreless transformer (Tesla Coil) which he planned to use for the wireless transmission of electricity.

“If you only knew the magnificence
of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would
have the key to the universe.”

Nikola Tesla harnessed the power of Niagara Falls by installing a hydro-electric power plant; he patented wireless telegraphy and, after his death in 1943, the US Supreme Court granted him recognition as the inventor of radio; Tesla received a patent for a mechanism to remotely control moving vehicles or vessels; his last patent was for an aircraft that could take-off vertically, rotate its wings and fly in a normal manner (VTOL, anyone?).

Nikola Tesla is, indeed, The Man Who Invented Tomorrow, and without his genius I wouldn’t have a job.

Happy Birthday, Nikola!

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  19 comments for “Today’s Special!

  1. July 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Great post, Allan. I always thought Tesla was an interesting character. Have you seen the movie, “The Prestige?” David Bowie plays Tesla in an interesting role, and a very good film.

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    • July 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Hello Bill,

      Yes, I have seen the movie, thanks for the suggestion. He was a “man out-of-time”, wasn’t he?

      Sent from my iPhone

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  2. July 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Allan, this is a terrific post.

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    • July 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks, Honie. I am glad that it struck a chord with you.

      Sent from my iPhone

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  3. July 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Great quote – so true…. Have you seen “The Prestige” with David Bowie playing Nikola Tesla? (just a clip) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF76qlwWM8s – like so many other visionaries, he got screwed over by big business and short-sightedness…

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    • July 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Yes, I have seen the movie. Thanks for thinking of me with the clip. Tesla is a fascinating individual.

      By the way, have you tried the Repix photo app? There is a great review on Rubicorno’s blog today of his 5 top apps and Repix is one of them.

      I downloaded it and will be giving it a try in the coming days.

      Sent from my iPhone

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      • July 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        Your welcome. The remix app is very cool but I feel a bit like a kindergartner with one of those gigantic pencils moving my finger around the iphone screen – must make the effort to edit on the iPad. I’ve used it for a few things lately namely (partially) the last eyem chair pic, the blue pic that accompanied my travel theme:flow and a couple of others. I am hoping with a bit of practice to get the hang of it. Just downloaded ScratchCam as well which could prove interesting – so many apps so little time/space! Looking forward to your RePix.

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        • July 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

          I know what you mean about “fat fingers” on the iPhone screen. I saved up and got a Cosmonaut stylus and it makes a world of difference.

          Here is the link: http://www.studioneat.com

          Have fun, Allan

          Sent from my iPhone

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          • July 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm

            That’s exactly what I forgot to ask you – thanks!

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  4. July 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    He is a most interesting man indeed

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  5. July 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    So how many phases are currently alternating? Still 3? “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have the key to the universe.”
    Would that be the power 3? Some electrifying trinity?
    Thanks Saint Nik of time Tesla!

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    • July 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      I have read that NT was apparently afflicted with OCD. He was particularly obsessed with the number 3 and numbers divisible by the same.

      He died in room 3327 of the New York Hotel. Go figure…

      Allan

      Sent from my iPhone

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  6. July 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

    utter genius 🙂

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  7. July 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Definitely an amazing man!

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  8. July 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Bright chappie, eh?

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