Looks like we’re going to have to come up with another description for inventor Nikola Tesla, besides “under-appreciated.” Plans for a museum at Wardenclyffe are well under way, and now a Kickstarter project has raised $127,260 to build a life-sized bronze monument to the man smack in the middle of Silicon Valley.
What, no colossus?
The project is the brainchild of Dorrian Porter, who discovered Nikola Tesla four years ago thanks to a Google doodle. The statue will be parked in front of a Palo Alto office building, and it will hold a time capsule to be opened in 2043. Also included: a Wifi hotspot!
Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
So, 2013 is almost here. Time to break out the paper hats, the party glasses and the annoying air horns. How are you planning to spend your New Year’s Eve? At home with friends and family watching TV? Partying it up (a.k.a. getting your drunk on) at an overpriced club / lounge? Or smooshed together with the rest of humanity in the bowels of Times Square? Well, wherever you are, I hope you have fun and remember that 2013 will be an amazing year!
While we’re on the subject, an advisory from our friends at Uber: Surge pricing will be in effect for NYE, people. So don’t be surprised tomorrow morning when ya see the bill. In Uber’s own words, “NYE pricing is not for the faint of heart! The average surge multiple will likely be 2x normal prices, but during extreme spikes it could cost you $100 MINIMUM before time and mileage charges!” The most expensive times to take an Uber? Between 12:15am and 2:45am. There. You’ve been warned.
This Sunday is the Tesla Spirit Award Gala Benefit Reception at the New Yorker Hotel, marking the 70th anniversary of Nikola Tesla. Tesla died on January 7th, 1943 at the hotel in room #3327 on the 33rd floor, where he’d lived for the last 10 years of his life (1933-1943). Yup, he was a fan of the number three. And in case you don’t know who Tesla is (god forbid), here’s the Oatmeal comic celebrating the greatest geek who ever lived.
Science Is Magic
Poor Nikola Tesla. The man pioneers alternating current, dies alone and forgotten, and now his legacy is being subjected to the ultimate desecration: Becoming fodder for David Blaine’s latest public work of utter ridiculousness.
The New York Times reports:
For all the modern-day desire to emulate Steve Jobs, the heroic nerd isn’t a new American trope. As long ago as the Gilded Age, scientist Nikola Tesla was a celebrity. He lived at the Waldorf Astoria and was close friends with Mark Twain.
But he was neither entertainer nor robber baron. Rather, as the inventor of an effective alternating current system of power generation, he’d helped usher in a new, electrified era. His ambitious visions of the future (and complete lack of a filter) made great copy, meaning newspaper reporters were always eager to put him in print.
In 1901, at the height of his fame, Tesla built a laboratory in the rural farmland of Shoreham, Long Island. Dubbed Wardenclyffe, the facility was designed by Stanford White and meant to be the site of his greatest achievement yet: Intercontinental transmission of wireless radio signals. But it wasn’t to be. “Wardenclyffe was a landmark as magnificent in concept and execution as America’s Golden Age of electrical engineering ever produced,” writes Margaret Cheney in her 1981 biography Tesla: Man Out of Time—“magnificent and doomed.”
Gen Y just loves working for tech companies. This study cites “flexibility,” which we’re just going to read as “free food.” [CNN Money]
AT&T towers are reportedly screwing with a pricey new police radio system in Oakland, California. [Ars Technica]
Quora assesses Y Combinator’s latest batch of graduates. [Quora]
Speaking of YC: Revenue was all the rage at yesterday’s Demo Day. [Bloomberg]
Shoreham, Long Island is one step closer to having its very own Nikola Tesla Science Center: The Oatmeal-instigated Indiegogo fundraiser to buy the inventor’s last remaining lab surpassed its funding goal late yesterday afternoon. [Indiegogo]
Six percent of the American population lives out of reach of broadband. [Wall Street Journal]
Google Maps updated its transit layer and now has scheduling info for more than a million public transportation stops, but that still won’t make the F train come any faster. [Google]
Speaking of Google, its Mountain View campus has a 3D pasta printer for its employees. We’re not jealous or anything… [TechPP]
What’s the deal with Obvious Corporation’s new publishing platform, Medium? Nieman Lab breaks it down for you. [Nieman Journalism Lab]
Fresh off the heels of his amusing lawsuit debacle with Charles Carreon, The Oatmeal is putting his efforts into building a museum for Nikola Tesla. [The Oatmeal]
People pirate because it takes three years for Avatar to come out on 3D Blu-ray, apparently. [Gizmodo]