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Two special donors will get unique web comic written about them; one comic is still available to a generous donor

As word of the effort by Matthew Inman -- aka "The Oatmeal" -- to save the lab of Nikola Tesla spread, donations soared.  Currently the IndieGogo-hosted charity campaign has raised $945K USD.

That's enough to likely defeat other potential bidders on the project.  Part of that windfall came thanks to a set of unique "perks" for donors.  Mr. Inman promised $33 dollar donors a Tesla bumper sticker; $333 USD donors, a signed copy of his humorous and informative webcomic "Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived"; $3,333 USD donors a custom portrait in the style of The Oatmeal; and $33,333 USD donors a personalized story about them/their company on The Oatmeal.  

Other perks include admission to a special Tesla event at the New Yorker hotel ($2,500 USD), mugs, totes, signed photographs from Tesla's last living relative, and unsigned photos.

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The bumper sticker for donors [Image Source: The Oatmeal]

Apparently 2 people/companies have claimed the $33,333 story opportunity, with one left; 3 have claimed portraits, with 7 still available.  With 38 days left, most of those perks are sold out, but the donations keep coming.

The charity continues to raise money at a steady clip.  Mr. Inman and his partners -- the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe -- promise to use any funds past the cost to purchase the Shoreham, Long Island where Wardenclyffe Lab sits to restore the lab and create a museum dedicated to the life and work of this iconic Serbian-American inventor.

Congrats to Mr. Inman and all who helped him.  And kudos to Nikola Tesla, wherever he may be (possibly geek heaven) for allowing us to enjoy the internet, which is of course powered by the AC current he almost single-handedly allowed mankind to harness.

Source: The Oatmeal

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Computers and AC
By mcnabney on 8/23/2012 1:02:22 AM , Rating: -1
I'm not sure what everyone else is running, but all of my computer components run on +/- 3.3, 5, or 12V DC. Sure, AC goes INTO the power supply, but the actual computer equipment runs on DC.

RE: Computers and AC
By muhahaaha on 8/23/2012 2:56:16 AM , Rating: 2
Basically, DC is best for integrated circuits and computer chips.

AC is good for transferring energy over long distances. Once it gets to your home, it is converted to DC for most devices.

This process uses a transformer or a "rectifying circuit". Even your phone charger has one. There are a few devices that can run on AC purely, but not many. Mostly that would be things with a motor like a washing machine or pool pump.

Here you go:

A brief segment:

"Based on work of Nicola Tesla Patent Oct 22 1889 no 413,253
Although Nikola Tesla was know for his work with Alternating Current he neverless saw the need to convert his so beloved AC into DC..."

This guy figured out things no one has ever been able to reproduce (ball lightning, wireless energy transfer, etc. ) even to this day. There are some notes that he didn't write a lot of things down that he figured out, and some that he did burned in a fire at his lab.

RE: Computers and AC
By mcnabney on 8/23/2012 8:48:37 AM , Rating: 1
I know that. I was being snarky about Jason's comment regarding AC being necessary for PCs (which it technically is not).

RE: Computers and AC
By MozeeToby on 8/23/2012 9:31:18 AM , Rating: 2
his guy figured out things no one has ever been able to reproduce (ball lightning, wireless energy transfer, etc. ) even to this day. There are some notes that he didn't write a lot of things down that he figured out, and some that he did burned in a fire at his lab.
He did, but then again he didn't. The thing about being decades ahead of your time, you're still going to be wrong pretty often. Take his wireless energy transfer system for instance, it was all rooted on the idea that the ionosphere was a giant, world encompassing conductor. His plan was to ionize a path up to it using a rudimentary particle accelerator, then send power up the ionized channel. Getting energy out worked the same way.

Only problem? That's not at all how the ionosphere actually behaves. Oh, you're also essentially talking about transferring electricity via semi-controlled lightning strikes. Genius? Of course. Insane? ... probably a bit. Don't get me wrong, he was an awesome engineer and inventor, but that doesn't mean every single one of his ideas was golden.

RE: Computers and AC
By praktik on 8/23/2012 12:23:26 PM , Rating: 1
Tesla is HUGE in the conspiracy/New Age community - talking to them you would think we would be going around in flying cars powered by free-energy, if it weren't for the NWO suppressing his world-saving ideas!

Like most conspiracy theories, the truth is a little short of these expectations...

...ok maybe a LOT short..;)

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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