Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday!

Happy belated birthday to Nikola Tesla!  His birthday was July 10th.  Time for a roundup!

First off, a comic book about Tesla and his (best?) friend Mark Twain.  No, seriously, they were friends in real life.  How cool is that?  It's called the Five Fists Of Science--again, how cool?!  If you want kids to be interested in science, this comic book would probably do it, although if I remember correctly it's a little science fictiony, although no more than The Prestige (which is also awesome).  Okay, maybe a little more fictiony than that.

Next up, these really swanky posters from Meganlee over on Etsy.
Tesla here is part of a set of scientists, and if they dark color isn't doing it for you, here's a really bright version.
I think I like the darker ones better though, although it's hard for me not to like something as bright as that.  I tend to have that problem.

Next, check out these amazing lamps from VictorianMachines on Etsy.

 I would buy these in a second if they weren't so expensive.  Still, it looks like a lot of complicated work went into them, and I'm sure they're worth it...but the DIYer in me just screams at those prices.  I helped re-wire my entire house, surely something like this would be doable, right?

Anyway, if you have never read about Tesla's works, you really should read up on him. He was working on a death ray!  Like, a seriously bona fide evil scientist death ray.  And he thought Einstein's theories were bunk.  And the ladies loved him! Although I don't think he returned their feelings.  Bros before hos, right Tesla?  I can only imagine that if he were alive today we would definitely have space travel by now.  And death rays.

Stay tuned!
(oh, and Edison is such a jerk)


RuthyToothy said...

Are you aware of the recent Eight in Eight project by Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds, Damian Kulash and Neil Gaiman? One of the songs they wrote was all about Tesla -

Megan said...

Thanks for sharing my Rock Star Scientists prints! I have a whole new set available so there are 10 different scientist to choose from now :)

Have a great weekend!

- Megan Lee