Today, PopSci salutes the Wall Street Journal and its hedcut engraver for finding the Venn-diagram sliver where David Bowie, Nikola Tesla, and stippled front-page portraits overlap.
A story in today's Journal documents the rise of Teslamania -- the transfer of adoration from square old Thomas Edison to cool Nikola Tesla among today's creative classes -- over a century after the inventors' initial battle over alternating versus direct current.
From the WSJ article: "'I can't imagine writing a song about Edison... too boringly rich, entrepreneurial and successful!' said Andy McCluskey, a founder of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark."
Back in 1940, Popular Science celebrated Mickey Rooney (the Bowie of the prewar era) in his screen appearance as Young Thomas Edison.
haha WSJ that is epic.
Quick. Someone name the movie Bowie portrayed Tesla in! Go!
cool this has little or no value
this article is the equivalent to the police ticketing you at the end of the month for not signaling before turning. must have been quota time at PopSci.
If you can't see value in this, I weep for your poor soul.
The value, to me immediately, is that it reawakens Tesla in my mind. I have an appreciation for Tesla and his ideas and studies, stolen or defamed. We have a tendancy to stop asking questions. Why? Because we have no cares beyond personal gratification? Forgotten what a days work is? Forgotten that something new is learned daily, or conceptualize even the simplist of thought? Where are we going as a race? Will people start dropping dead all around and leave only a select few? I hope so. Maybe I'll get lucky and be one among the dead. It's way easier than having to think about stuff.
"Like an idea from Einstien or a DaVinci sketch, I'm gonna toss a ball that you can't catch" by Zachery S. Polk of the Bandana Brothers and Prospect Studio Number One Blues/Mich.
Mr Bowie.... Thank You So Very Much!!! I am truly Grateful and appreciate you on the grandest of scales.
Zachery S. Polk
Many of the conveniences we have today have sprung from Nikola Tesla's work. The automobile ignition coil is just one of the most widely used.