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Friday, November 04, 2005

Citation Information

Crap.

Apparently, I have to do more in-depth citations. Like paraphrasing stuff. So I will.

Ciao

Dennis Papadopoulos says of Tesla:

"I have been inspired by Tesla. The man thought big, he had revolutionary ideas. He was a risk taker, he had high risk, high payoff ideas. You expect, if you're lucky, to have one percent of these ideas be true, then you've made a tremendous contribution. Tesla had much more than one percent of his ideas being true. I would be lucky if I had one percent of my ideas being utilized, even one hundredth of what Tesla has succeeded."

Margaret Cheney says:

"Well, Tesla is an endlessly fascinating personality. He seemed to think that anything people could conceive they would be able to achieve. So I think that what his story gives us is a sense of endless possibilities—especially with electricity."

The above comment sums up my thoughts on Tesla pretty well. The fact that anything is possible. If you can dream it, you can do it.


Introduction to Destruction

Yo Yo check out my Introduction. It'll be something along the lines of:

Tesla Arrived with a few cents in his pocket and a lot of ideas. Years later, he was on the cutting edge of science. He had over 700 patents, and is hailed as the creator of Radio, among other things. Yet he died alone, depressed, and poor. His name is nowhere to be found in Electrician's Handbooks and physics books, and he has been ignored as an integral part of modern technology. Why is a man who pioneered ideas we are still utilizing today remembered as if he was a petty magician?

So, that's it. I can now mess around for an hour and a half. Yay!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Okay, I give up.

Ms.Goode says that I have to make an outline even if it sucks, because the State makes us. So suck it will. Royally.

I.Introduction
A. "Tesla Arrived with a few cents in his pocket and a lot of ideas. Years later, he was on the cutting edge of science. He had over 700 patents, and is hailed as the creator of Radio, among other things. Yet he died alone, depressed, and poor. His name is nowhere to be found in Electrician's Handbooks and physics books, and he has been ignored as an integral part of modern technology. Why is a man who pioneered ideas we are still utilizing today remembered as if he was a petty magician?"
B. Something along the lines of that (I wrote that :)

II. His Life
A. This is the part where we go "Tesla was born to a poor, working-class family in Serbia. They, like many families, were bound by tradition....blah blah, so on, so forth."
B. Tell about his life
1. When we get to his first experience with Edison, lapse into next paragraph (p.g. III)
III. Tesla and Edison
A. Tesla spent most of his life in the shadow of American Legend Thomas Edison.
B. Talk about Tesla's expeiences with Edison
C. Talk about how he lived in his shadow.
1. Edison was everything Tesla was not: Charismatic, outgoing, a community leader
2. Tesla had few freinds (fact) and probably felt constantly alienated because of he was foreign (speculation)

IV. Continue With Life
A. Talk about Inventions. *Remember to include dates frequently so that the reader isn't confused by constant jumping around*
B. Gray Area here....I'll try to find something meaningful to put in this section

V. Tesla and George Westinghouse
A. Yeah....I'm feeling kind of uninspired right now....See? This is why outines are evil!
B. Anyway, this is pretty much a placeholder at this point. This paragraph may be about Westinghouse, but maybe not. For now, at least though, it is.

VI. Sum Up Acheivements
A. At this point we Pretty much make the reader think Tesla is the greatest thing ever (which he is)

VII. Conclusion
A. Say his legacy and be all like "He should be remembered more~!"

Outline a vine, and make it mine.

So, apparently I have to make an outline. Great. Just my cup of tea. Not. I hate outlines with a passsion. An orange passion. They make me want to lay on some train tracks.

I fancy myself a decent writer, and outlines totally rain on parade. It's usually one in a million when I start writing a paper and know what its long term aim will be. I'd much rather let the paper develop itself instead of succumbing to this frenzied, artificial evolution that they call an outline.

You can't see into the future in real life, so why should you be able to with a paper?

In light of all this and more, I appeal to the administratot at hand, Ms.Rebekah Goode, in hopes of voiding this request for a silly outline.

Thank you.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Oh I wonder, wonder, wonder, well I--HOOO! What's in a Wonderpaper?

Address to the Nation in Regards for the Wonderpaper


As many of you know, I am undertaking a quest. It is a quest for freedom. This quest is hard. It's hard. But, as a nation, we must persevere in the face of Evil. They will try to demoralize and destroy us. They will use whatever means necessary, and so will we.

Nikola Tesla. The topic of my wonderpaper. To be exact, Should he have a biggger place in history? Dismissed as a petty magician, he has been in the shadow if Thomas Edison his whole life. Now it is time to restore him to his former glory. Gentleman, today you will witness history in the making. History will be made. You will watch as I make it. We will make it with sugar, spice, and everything nice. We will garnish it with a dash of murder most foul. Gentleman, one of you will leave this room in a coffin. Coffin sounds like coffee. Mmmm coffee.

Anyway, ignore that, it was my pesky alter ego. ALTER EGO, B!+(h. Now then, which one of you will it be? WHO WANTS TO DIE!!!!!????? But then again, what is death? Is it a spiddtgikkfgkfkldfl;;g;df;f;;fffksgldkms/mfvbskfg.dmflskdfgsbrdjsdjerb/kfj/skdrgdfbsfsl/kfvb,rbrfdfghsd;kfjbfjebufadjcvb

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Go luck yourself!

I just found an amazing resource. It turns out PBS did some huge-ass segment on Tesla. It aired in April. 2004, but they have a section of the website that is pretty much the pretty text version of the show.

Here is a likkle citation:

"Tesla-Master of Lightning." pbs.org. Public Broadcasting Systems. 01 Nov. 2005 .


You threw the bums a dime in your prime---ary source

I've run into an unexpected adversary in my quest for the wonderpaper. This adversary, while inamimate, is a very powerful foe. The adversary is Time. Nikola Tesla lived one hundred years ago, so I obviously can't interview him. I have thus far been unsuccesful in finding any letters that Tesla might have written. I suppose they are all in his museum.

However, I have found something of interest. A book called Nikola Tesla: Colorado Springs Notes 1899-1900. I read all the Amazon reviews. They made the book seem very promising.

"I personally find this book as one of my most valuable resources on Nikola Tesla. It is his diary of day to day events and thoughts during 2 years of research in Colorado Springs (1899-1900). As you read and study this book, it becomes absolute clear Nikola Tesla was a genius with the heart and mind of a pure engineer/inventor/scientist. This book is given my highest recommendation for all who dare to study the experiments Tesla was working on during the turn of the century."

-"A reader" from Amazon.com

I'd really like to get into Tesla's mind, and, according to this review, this book should give me the means to do it.

"This is an excellent resource for those who wish to study about Tesla's experiments. The notes are highly detailed, and clearly show his attempts at transmitting electricity without wires by means of his magnifying transmitter. I also find it a very good insight into the inventor's mind.For those studying Tesla and his methods, the technical notes are very rewarding, although the casual reader might have some difficulty with the text."

-"nojaa," from Amazon.com

This review was bittersweet. From the beginning, I guessed that the book would be rife with technical jargon, most of which I am not interested in. Hopefully I will still be able to draw some conclusions from the notes.

*The reviews shown above are NOT my primary source. The Colorado Springs Notes are my primary source.


Monday, October 31, 2005

'Ello Ducky...

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Check it out:

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Ze Citations

So, here are some citations that may be useful in my future researching. probably not >.>

*Concentrates*

Voila!

n/a, n/a. "Nikola Tesla." wikipedia. 25 Oct. 2005. Wikipedia. 26 Oct. 2005 .

Kosanovic, Bogden R. "Nikola Tesla: inventor, engineer, scientist." Neuronet. 20 Oct. 1994. Pitt. 26 Oct. 2005 .

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Rah the Wonderful Wonder Project

I have been interested in Nikola Tesla. You wouldn't think stuff like 'polyphase engines' and 'death rays' could actually exist outside of crappy sci-fi paperbacks. But they do. And Tesla is father, godfather, and scion to it all.

So. I had my topic: Nikola Tesla. But that's much too vague. Nevertheless, I went on researching without any greater aim. As I researched, I noticed that I seemed to have stumbled upon a unique story. Tesla, unlike most scientists, had a heart. One of his close freinds, George Westinghouse, was in danger of going bankrupt. Tesla had numerous patents with Westinghouse. He let Westinghouse void the payments he owed to Tesla and thus the patents too became void.

This was a key factor in Tesla's descent into poverty and, eventually, death. Westinghouse, however, went on to become a famous millionaire.

Now I had my topic. Why is Tesla nearly ignored in history? Children are still taught that Thomas Edison invented electricity when it is Tesla's alternating current that we use today. In an electrician's handbook, there are no mentions of Tesla and almost 8 mentions of Edison.

I also hope to explore whether or not Tesla made a wise choice when he essentially forfeited his life for his best freind's. Is compassion truly more importanat than Technological advancement? Is the concept of compassion obsolete, replaced with a cold, heartless frenzied drive for breakthroughs and development? Also, how would our world be changed had Tesla continued to invent far into the future?

I hope to answer all these questions and more in my Wonderpaper.