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The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

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  • Fair enough (Score:5, Funny)

    by rossdee (243626) on Thursday July 10, 2014 @06:14PM (#47427659)

    After all he is using the name for his cars.

    Next up, the Ford motor company donates to the Gerald Ford presidential library

  • by bughunter (10093) <bughunter&earthlink,net> on Thursday July 10, 2014 @06:26PM (#47427751) Journal

    Happy birthday, Nikola, you crazy bastard [vice.com]!

    • by mirix (1649853)

      Why can't someone borderline insane be for the sterilization of the insane? Keep in mind that he had no partner or children, by choice... or barring that, that it's pretty common for people with an odd outlook to think of themselves as normal or proper.

      Parts of Canada kept sterilizing mental deficients through the 70's, he would have been proud.

    • "A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal."

      This makes me giggle.. he was not aware of the bad boy effect..

      I found it disturbing that as an intelligent college student working a full time job and having all my stuff together, the women often times passed me over for guys with drinking/drug problems that were drop outs, had criminal records, and were unable to hold any employment. Were these guys physically more attra

  • by Anrego (830717) *

    I love how this guy just does crazy awesome things to make the world better.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 10, 2014 @06:34PM (#47427791)

    Inman estimates it will take $8 million to clean up the site (lots of buildings from Kodak) and to build out the museum. His web comic plea to Musk was for the full amount, and Musk has pledged $1 million in response.

    Here's the next pitch: offer a long-term lease of the non-Tesla-related buildings to Tesla in order to establish a facility of some sort on the east coast and add that revenue to the museum's operating budget. This would increase Tesla's brand image considerably; it would increase the draw to the museum site itself (Tesla can offer tours of whatever type of facility it builds there).

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Son, business is about four things:

      1. Blood.

      2. Sweat.

      3. Tears.

      4. Losing all of your peers.

      As you can see, "Leasing unneeded office space thousands of miles away that isn't needed for current or future business purposes, for the sole aim of getting basically no goodwill or brand recognition from the 99.9999999% of people who have no fucking clue who Nikola Tesla was." doesn't appear in that list.

      Musk pledged $1,000,000 already. That's more than enough. He's got a goddamn business to run, and he shouldn't be

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by HnT (306652)

        All I really hear you saying is these four:

        1. money

        2. money

        3. money

        4. money

  • by RyoShin (610051) <tukaro AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday July 10, 2014 @06:39PM (#47427821) Homepage Journal

    PayPal, rockets, electric cars, solar panels, paying $1 million for oatmeal or something in the name of a Tesla museum. While he doesn't have absolute control of any one of those industries, he's sounding more and more like a modern Andrew Carnegie, maybe with some Benjamin Franklin mixed in.

    • by Anrego (830717) *

      Indeed.

      He's got crazy ideas, but he seems to be able to make them happen. We'll probably see consumer level electric cars and private space travel due in large part to his efforts.

      He's pretty much the only person in the world who if announced had discovered perpetual energy, I'd probably believe.

    • So you're saying we should name a deli after him?

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      PayPal is not exactly something to be proud of. It's only popular because eBay forces you to use it and excludes all other online payment methods, not because it's good.

      But yeah, all the other stuff is awesome.

      • by torkus (1133985)

        Paypal was unique and groundbreaking in it's day. I would certainly be proud of it.

        Imperfect? Sure. Still is for that matter. How they managed to avoid getting classified as a bank is beyond me (tin hat: backroom deals to provide info to TLAs)

        How eBay's using it now is obnoxious and abusive for sure.

  • conflict (Score:3, Interesting)

    by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Thursday July 10, 2014 @06:45PM (#47427863) Homepage Journal

    On one hand a FACT based science museum for Tesla is cool. OTOH Inman a rude asshat when you point out some of what he says about Tesla is false.

  • Speaking of Tesla (Score:4, Interesting)

    by PopeRatzo (965947) on Thursday July 10, 2014 @07:08PM (#47427991) Homepage Journal

    I have a Yugoslavian one hundred billion dinar note from when there was hyperinflation in that country a few decades ago. It's got a nice picture of Tesla on the front.

    His birthday is also the same as my wife's.

    I'm posting this comment apropos of nothing. But Tesla was one bad ass. And was so cool that David Bowie played him in a movie. And I have no evidence of this, but I'm pretty sure that the huge explosion in Tunguska back in 1908 was caused by Tesla trying to build a time machine. Or something. Here, go read it yourself. I have the day off tomorrow, so I'm already half in the bag. Catch me in an hour or so, and I'll tell you my theory about Tesla actually being the immortal Count of St. Germain, who still lives today developing Android apps and smoking DMT.

    http://www.teslasociety.com/tu... [teslasociety.com]

    • Re: (Score:1, Flamebait)

      by geekoid (135745)

      "that the huge explosion in Tunguska back in 1908 was caused by Tesla trying to build a time machine.
      you're an idiot. In fact, that so idiotic I think it rippled back in time and cause bigfoot's head to explode and THAT'S what caused Tunguska. That is just a plausible as your statement.

    • by mirix (1649853)

      I see your 100 billion and raise you 500 000 000 000 [wikipedia.org]

      one new (1994) dinar was equal to 10^27 old (socialist yugoslavia) dinar, four years later. I guess a country disintegrating war and embargo will do that.

  • by Animats (122034) on Thursday July 10, 2014 @07:34PM (#47428151) Homepage

    The Tesla Museum [tesla-museum.org] already exists.

    Tesla did great work with AC generators and motors. Most common AC motors today still use approaches he invented. That's his legacy.

    Wardenclyffe, though, is a monument to failure. From his patents, you can read how he thought it would work. He thought the ionosphere was a conductive layer. The Wardenclyffe tower was supposed to punch power through the atmosphere to that conductive layer, so that signals and maybe power could be received elsewhere.

    The ionosphere does not work that way. Tesla's tower would have done nothing useful, although with 200KW at 20KHz going in, it probably could have lit up fluorescent lamps and gas tubes for some distance around. Since the location is now surrounded by a housing subdivision, rebuilding the tower and powering it up would annoy the neighbors.

    • by Mal-2 (675116) on Thursday July 10, 2014 @09:05PM (#47428605) Homepage Journal

      Tesla's tower would have done nothing useful, although with 200KW at 20KHz going in, it probably could have lit up fluorescent lamps and gas tubes for some distance around. Since the location is now surrounded by a housing subdivision, rebuilding the tower and powering it up would annoy the neighbors.

      It wouldn't have done what he envisioned, but it could well have proven to be the worlds' first VLF radio station. I'm sure it would have crossed his mind to modulate the transmitted power at some point, and any receiving equipment on the other end could easily have demodulated this into an audible tone. Other people were already playing with radio, including modulating it with audio frequencies, but even if the idea wasn't original, it could have provided a viable product for Tesla to market and sell. It would have been accidentally useful, but that's exactly the sort of break Tesla could have used.

      • by Animats (122034)

        It wouldn't have done what he envisioned, but it could well have proven to be the worlds' first VLF radio station.

        Marconi already had VLF working, sort of, before Wardenclyffe was built. Marconi's R&D approach was to transmit across short distances, test and improve the hardware, then try longer distances. Over a few years, he slowly worked up from across the room to across the ocean. Less grandiose than Tesla, but more successful.

        Tesla is said to have assisted in the construction of the 1913 Telefunken VLF station on Long Island, but the IRE Journal article [google.com] doesn't mention him. Telefunken built a VLF antenna mu

    • by stajp (2588149)

      The Tesla Museum [tesla-museum.org] already exists.

      And there is a memorial center in his home village Smiljan in Croatia http://www.mcnikolatesla.hr/ [mcnikolatesla.hr] . Tesla cars are often seen there, as it has a free charger for electric cars (rarity in Croatia), although it's not a supercharger (Elon Musk, what are you waiting for? :D )

      Tesla memorial center was a stop during the Croatian EV rally earlier this year, with both Tesla S and roadster models participating (pictures available in gallery on their website)

  • by XxtraLarGe (551297) on Thursday July 10, 2014 @10:26PM (#47428949) Journal
    I'm going to visit the museum in an Elio! [eliomotors.com]

    Yes Slashdot, I even left your gclid in the URL so you get another ad credit for each click. :-P
  • Shit, reading these comments, you'd think Slashdot would take Tesla over Chuck Norris in a fight...

    • by cellocgw (617879)

      Shit, reading these comments, you'd think Slashdot would take Tesla over Chuck Norris in a fight

      Probably not a good idea, as here are
      the results [googlefight.com] of said competition.

  • The Electrotherapy Museum [electrotherapymuseum.com] referenced at the end of the summary is no longer open to visitors as of June of this year.

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