Nikola Tesla | The Forgotten Father of Today

One of the greatest minds in history, Nikola Tesla. But unfortunately his name was discredited by Thomas Edison who had power, money, and many followers. Edison did not invent the lightbulb. In fact, many of “his” inventions were actually invented by the scientists that he employed. Edison was a genius, but also a ruthless cold hearted man that thankfully also made way for great progression in the electronic age.

“Nikola  Tesla developed and used florescent bulbs in his lab some 40 years before industry “invented” them. At the World’s Fair, Tesla took glass tubes and bent them into famous scientists’ names- the first neon signs. Tesla also designed the world’s first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls in 1895. Tesla also patented the first speedometer for cars in 1916. In fact, Tesla invented all of the things that are listed at the beginning of the paper.

But Edison soon had too much money invested into his DC system, and he tried his best to discredit Tesla by showing that AC was more dangerous than DC. Edison paid local children 25 cents for each stray dog they could bring him. Then he would hold press conferences and electrocute the dogs at public gatherings to frighten people. He claimed that DC could not kill, but in fact, it could.

Tesla was one of the world’s most original and greatest inventors and thinkers, but because he was so original and out of his time, his genius was mistaken for insanity and science fiction. Maybe next time, the world will recognize a true genius when it comes around.”

This excerpt is from an article entitled “Tesla versus Edison.” [here].

Engaging Deviancy

I remember my mother yelling at me for using foul language around my brother when he was younger, “stop using such language around your brother! I don’t want him to speak this way, it’s not nice” my mother would say, to which I’d reply “but dad says it!” Which was true, sadly I did learn this “improper” language from my father.

In this chapter “bad language” was the least of learned behavior to be frowned upon. In the islands of Micronesia there was an overwhelmingly large number of suicides being documented and on a large scale increasing dramatically in a short period of time. The act of committing suicide had tipped. Those that accounted for most of the tipping were young boys that weren’t suicidal by any noticeable means and had some form of negative confrontation with a family member, I thought this to be somewhat peculiar. However when I took a moment to realize the setting that these individuals were in I began to understand.

If I’d had an altercation with my mother or father, I’d shrug it off and bury myself in a video game or listen to some extremely loud obnoxious music to help me forget, I had a coping system. These individuals were actually committing what most if us would think of as the unthinkable, suicide. I believe it was for the simple fact there was no outlet or coping system available. Family in that western culture was and is everything, having the respect of your parent or elders is a golden and vital part of who you are and where you stand in society.

When this respect has been lost (from a lover as well, or even a friend), it’s damaging on a large scale. So much so that some just want to escape, and relieve themselves of such displeasure indefinitely… Sadly, through media and other forms of communication, suicide has a persuasive whisper to those susceptible to it’s promise of no more pain. And thus they blindly commit the act, blind because in reality, these people are undeniably foolish and completely misguided.

We Feel Fine

We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion on a global scale.

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine’s Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

The interface to this data is a self-organizing particle system, where each particle represents a single feeling posted by a single individual. The particles’ properties – color, size, shape, opacity – indicate the nature of the feeling inside, and any particle can be clicked to reveal the full sentence or photograph it contains. The particles careen wildly around the screen until asked to self-organize along any number of axes, expressing various pictures of human emotion. We Feel Fine paints these pictures in six formal movements titled: Madness, Murmurs, Montage, Mobs, Metrics, and Mounds.

At its core, We Feel Fine is an artwork authored by everyone. It will grow and change as we grow and change, reflecting what’s on our blogs, what’s in our hearts, what’s in our minds. We hope it makes the world seem a little smaller, and we hope it helps people see beauty in the everyday ups and downs of life.

Jonathan Harris & Sep Kamvar
  May 2006

http://wefeelfine.org/

Today in class we had a viewing of TED presentation videos of current and possible upcoming technologies. I was overwhelmed with joy when I learned of “We Feel Fine.” Joy, and sadness… why haven’t I known of this site earlier. It’s extremely cool and super neat. You have to take a look at this site, if you haven’t. It’s sophisticated madness, and it has to be… it’s a reflection of us, how we feel. Human emotions are iradical and can be unconventional at times, this site makes it amusing… and you, like a spy. Awesome!

Passiot Pit Meets Qootles

So, I’m an avid doodler, and I’ve been using my iphone to express that. I came up with a comic series that I called “Qootle.” Here are some samples of my Qootle doodles. 😀

QOOTLE | Qoote doodles? 😛

Qootle’s currently has a FaceBook group that your welcome to join, you’ll be updated on new qootle creations! Join here.

While working on my flash homework one day, somebody had posted a Passion Pit song on FaceBook and I kind of got hooked on it and eventually built my homework upon that song. The homework was to build a music related site, atleast 3 pages and had to be imported from either illustrator or photoshop into the Adobe Flash program, I used illustrator than created a simple animation in flash to make it fun. I hope you like it! 😀

It’s Passion Pit Meets Qootle!

(click the image above to watch my animation and browse the flash site! ^_^*)

Music by: Passion Pit | The Reeling

http://www.passionpitmusic.com/

Hipstamatic (iPhone App)

I just got the Hipstamatic app for my iPhone, I’ve been hearing a lil buzz about it, and I’m such a freak about taking pictures that I had to give it a try, so far I think it’s cool and all as it has its novelty flare… and a bit pricey with the $1.99 price tag, it comes with a 3 lens and flash option available, you’ll later find there are several more lens and flash packs available if you were too spend a $1 more for each of them. 😛 I can say that if you love taking pictures and can’t afford an awesome Lomography camera, than of course, this app is definitely the way to go.

Just some FYI, this app is reproducing an effect of a pastime plastic camera that WAS called the “Hipstamatic.” It was built around the idea of making a highly fun and creative photographic experience for those on a tight budget. You might find it really interesting and I suggest you take a look at this site here: http://hipstamatic.com/

…there’s a bit of a tragic story behind :'(.  took a few photo with the app today that I’ll share with you. I’ve had photo manipulating apps in the past, but this one honestly feels more genuine and enjoyable… so maybe my 2 dollars wasn’t so much of a waste, but I sure as hell am not spending a dollar for each new upgrade. Seriously. I currently have over 2000 photos on my phone that I’m about to clear, it’s been real sluggish, that will give me room to go wild with this new app.

PS. Yes, I did take a picture of my feet reaching toward the light, something about hands reaching for light just seams a bit too mainstream for my taste lol, that, and I’m kinda weird… but hopefully in a good way. I hope you enjoy the photos and I’ve given you enough insight to where you’ll know if you want the app or not.

…and another thing I should say about the app is that you can’t import images in from your photo library, each picture has to be taken live while in the app. I don’t mind that, it just gives me more of a reason to think up cool ideas for a new photo to take. ^_^*

Not only Facebook, but there’s also an option to upload to Flikr, how cool is that!

German Bold Italic

Music by:

TOWA TEI ft. Kylie Minogue

German Bold Italic

Lyrics

Hello
My name is German Bold Italic
I am a type face
Which you have never heard before
Which you have never seen before
I can compliment you well
Especially in red
Extremely in green
Maybe in blue blue blue

CHORUS
You will like my sense of style
You will like my sense of style

I fit like a glove – ooh!

Gut ja!
Gut ja!

Case Study

When Airwalk came onto the scene in the late 80’s, there were no shoe company that was solely dedicated to the skater generation. They had originally intended to make the brand known for being sporty, by developing gear that  would “enhance” some form of athletic activity. They did just that for a short while, but soon after there was a window of opportunity when it was realized that the full potential of the brand was not being met with their “small” goal of becoming a top athletic footwear company. They ran with the idea of becoming mainstream, and did so very seriously by designing and developing footwear for the every day activity,t and it couldn’t fall short in any aspect, it couldn’t because they were to compete with Nike, Adidas, and the many top selling footwear manufacturers to date. As you know, fashion and retail is extremely competitive. Airwalk did make it to the tipping point, and it’s evident that they had a clear goal set, which was to reach for the sky… they had no limit set, leaving no limitation.

They pretty much had to be ruthless and conniving with their sales approach if they wanted to be noticed in the industry. “WOM” (word of mouth) definitely played a part in their success, that and their cool advertisements that incised the idea that owning a pair of Airwalks made you some how unique and super awesome. The visuals appealed to the younger crowd, it was random, and fun… and let the “tipping” begin. Airwalk’s yearly gross in sales range well over the $200 million (that was estimated in 1995).

The Power of Context (pt. 2)

When Rebecca Wells, a playwright and occasional actress had released her novel the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, the expectations in number of sales weren’t on a super grand scale, her previous novel had only sold around a respectable 15,000 hardcover copies, setting the projected outcome for this next release. Amazingly and just as unexpectedly as the crime in the New York subways came to an abrupt halt, something happened, it tipped.

Though the first few months showed signs of previous “normalcy,” the months to follow thereafter were astonishingly spectacular, the sales of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood quickly grew in sales and surpassed any expectation that Wells and her publisher could have ever imagined. This is what Gladwell refers to as “the power of context.” There were a few key factors that played a part into the tipping of this book. Well’s was a story teller, and an actress… she didn’t tour the country, stopping in every city to hold public readings and publicize her name in works, but when she did read publicly, it was a performance from the heart and captured her viewers, her first public reading only had around 7 viewers. Months later, she’d be reading to thousands.

Another key ingredient that had left a window of tipping opportunity, was the pure nature of the novel, it was “sticky,” a heartwarming tale between a mother and daughter, people connected with it and lived it. It was a topic starter, and was a book clubs dream novel, people were living the story and formed their own “sisterhoods” that portrayed the one in the story. The Ya-Ya Sisterhood tipped, not just because it was a beautifully written piece of work, but because it was a beautifully written piece of work that brought people together. The Ya-Ya Sisterhood had sold over 2.5 million copies.

Further in the chapter, Gladwell starts onto a journey of cognitive psychology. We learn of why humans, and some primates possess a larger neocortex of all the mammals. A man by the name of Bill Gore concluded that it was the size of the groups in which they live (we) live; and not just the diet of the animal. He came to this conclusion after a study in the group size and took into account of the cognitive ability of the animal.

It is apparently so, group size can and does determine the intelligence factor. It takes a certain amount of brain power in order to live and function in a group, we’d need to keep track of each groups member, and their relationships with each other member. In observation of this portion of the chapter, I conclude that maybe the most socially developed of creatures are the most intelligent.

I think of how we as humans have the ability to bond and build emotionally driven relationships, and think of how sometimes you get so overwhelmed with everything that you think your head will explode, but it doesn’t. Than I think wow, my brain is awesome, even though it gets a little funky. Which brings me to the limitations of the brain, the human brain. It has been researched that as awesome as our cognitive abilities are, there’s a limit of 7 and 150. We can keep track of 7 instances of a memory at one time, anymore and you are just guessing. We will also learn we have group limitations, it has been proven that when in a group, we can successfully keep track of 150 group members, if that number is surpassed… you’d begin to notice a negative effect in relationship quality.

The Ya-Ya Sisterhood “tipped” because of the groups that built relationships upon the context within the novel and it’s purpose, it connected groups upon groups to eventually spread like a cool breeze on a summers day, it was an enjoyable stimuli that fed onto the desire and need for us to connect. I think I might just go out and buy the book, just to see what all the hubbub is about.

The magic number 150.

When Rebecca wells, a playright and occassional actress released her
novel the  ya ya sister hood, the expectations weren't on a grand
scale, her previous novel had only sold around 10,000 hardcover
copies. So that was about the number that was projected for this
release. but as unexpecdedly as the crime in the new York subways came
to an abrupt haul, something amazing happened, though the first few
months showed signs of normalcy, the months to follow after were
astonishingly spectacular, the sales of the ya ya sisterhood quickly
surpaced what Wells a d her publisher could have ever imagined. This
is what Gladwell reffers to as "the power of context." While the first
public reading of the book