Wed, Jul. 10th, 2013, 01:10 pm Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla
On this date in 1856. Possibly one of the greatest scientists, one of the greatest people, who ever lived... and one who got screwed almost every step of the way. Edison, Marconi, J.P. Morgan... the list of people who elbowed their way in front of or stomped over Tesla is long and diverse.
If you ever listen to radio, or use alternating current (hint: everything you plug in), you owe thanks to Tesla.
My favorite kickstarter running right now is http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/902770045/dragon-precinct-graphic-novel Keith DeCandido is putting together a graphic novel featuring characters from his Dragon Precinct novels. Keith has written lots of comic books (notably the Farscape series) and he's put together a great team to do a professional job on this. Disclaimer: I've copyedited several of the novels in this series, so I'm really familiar with the work, and I love the world he's created here.
It's not science oriented, but Nuclear Bubble Wrap is having a kickstarter for it's next album. They're 1/3rd the way there with 3 weeks left to go. (But I haven't seen much movement on it lately so I'm giving it a signal boost.)
I got a Replicator 2 3D printer a few weeks ago and have been printing out stuff every day since. http://www.thingiverse.com (currently printing the cloud factory as I type this)
One very important thing you have to consider with 3D printers, and something enthusiasts often overlook, is the software. I've heard hobbyists rave about various printers and how easy they were to assemble and set up, yet they failed to mention it took them two months of struggling with the software before they could get good prints 40% of the time.
I bought the Replicator 2 because it's built the best, it's solid (no shaking itself apart like many rep-raps) and the software is the easiest to use. Soon they'll have a good 3D scanner that I can play with.
So in other words, Nikola Tesla knew exactly how Rosalind Franklin and every goddamn OTHER female scientist, doctor, mathematician or physicist, ever, went through. Not to mention the scientists, mathematicians and physicists of color, male and female - watching the Nobels go to the white male thieves who took their work.
More like Science Fiction, in the vein of 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' - my favorite is what I just saw announced on the morning news. There is going to be a sequel to 'Sharknado'. Yes, the instant Cult Classic that teaches us how shark attacks can happen on dry land or even in mid-air, will be brought back, and this time airborne sharks will be picking window-washers off the skyscrapers of New York City, and no doubt sightseers off the observation deck of the Empire State Building...