Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nikola Tesla Day

Today is Tesla's 157th birthday!  I first learned about Nikola Tesla when I was 19 years old, not from school, but from this:

Suffice it to say, my interest was piqued.  Soon after, I read Margaret Cheney's biography "Tesla: Man Out of Time" and became fascinated with the gentleman engineer, his visionary work and crazypants OCD.  So today, we're wearing our Tesla Stardust tees and singing our own geek karaoke remix in salute to the rock star scientist who quite literally made the world a brighter place.  

Tesla played with sparks, jamming good with coils and lightning
and signals from Mars
He built with both hands but made it too far
Became the Wizard man, then we were Tesla's fans

Tesla really shined, gray blue eyes and dapper hairdo
Like some cat from Smiljan,
He could shock 'em with current, he could blind 'em with flash
He came on so brilliant man, well heeled but wouldn't shake hands

But where was his death ray
when Edison tried to steal our volts
No A/C power to light us
So bankers messed with his plans and wireless energy was canned

Tesla lived out of time, giving us a better future
The world was too crass
He was the nazz, with a mind sharp as glass
He took it all too far, but boy could he play with sparks

With only love for his pigeons,
Tesla got lost into his mind
Like an electric messiah
Though the years have killed the man, his genius still stands

Oh yeah...

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