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RunningBear
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I am building one for my senior project, and having a fun time at it. I am winding the coil right now, and was just wondering if any of my fellow hatrackers had any experience with them.


Or that they knew Nikola Tesla is the coolest guy ever.


So.... Do any of you?

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My dad really considered building a Tesla Coil once about ten years ago for very little reason at all. He read every book he could find on him around that time too.
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Boris
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Oh yes. Nikola Tesla is the man. I mean, he's the guy responsible for children NOT dying when they stick their finger in a socket.
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Most screwed over guy since the one who invented sex. So smart that people still think he was recieving his ideas by telepathic contact with aliens. Probably created the first 'new' tools in several thousand years.
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I read a book on Tesla. Holy cow, he's got to be the one of the most insane inventors ever. And most intelligent.

And the stuff about him and Thomas Edison is fascinating -- it seems that Edison wasn't exactly the saint that people make him out to be.

Anyway, good luck on the project! Maybe you could show us some pictures when you're done?

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quote:
Originally posted by Boris:
Oh yes. Nikola Tesla is the man. I mean, he's the guy responsible for children NOT dying when they stick their finger in a socket.

Interesting way of putting it. [Smile]

Good luck with the project.

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I used to love that band.
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RunningBear
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I will attach pictures. I am really enjoying how amazing he was, I mean, he made computer monitors possible, and if you have a wireless mouse or keyboard, he made that possible, and so many other things.

Edison and Marconi were worms compared to Tesla.


Right now I am filled with that happy tired feeling, I just got back from a practice house burn. I am volunteer firefighting and fire is really amazing, much like electricity, thus like tesla coils.

wow.

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Just let me know when you get your death ray working and you're going to blow up Siberia.
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RunningBear
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I am scheduling the utter destruction of Siberia for about mid April. Although Canada is looking mighty fine about now. (less distance for my killer death zap to travel)
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I <3 tesla.
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Who doesn't <3 Tesla?
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quote:
Originally posted by aragorn64:

And the stuff about him and Thomas Edison is fascinating -- it seems that Edison wasn't exactly the saint that people make him out to be.

People make Edison out to be a saint? Almost everything I've read about him has made him out to be a colossal jackass.
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RunningBear
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He is a colossal jackass.

Well... He was an entrepreneur who was willing to screw everyone else over.

Yeah, he was a colossal jackass.

And Marconi is a fraud. HE DIDN'T INVENT RADIO!

Tesla did. Along with...


* Various devices that use rotating magnetic fields (1882)
* The Induction motor, rotary transformers, and "high" frequency alternators
* The Tesla coil, his magnifying transmitter, and other means for increasing the intensity of electrical oscillations (including condenser discharge transformations and the Tesla oscillator)
* Alternating current long-distance electrical transmission system (1888) and other methods and devices for power transmission
* Systems for wireless communication (prior art for the invention of radio) and radio frequency oscillators
* Robotics and the "AND" logic gate
* Electrotherapy Tesla currents
* Tesla impedance phenonomena
* Tesla electro static field
* Tesla principle
* Bifilar coil
* Telegeodynamics
* Tesla insulation
* Forms of commutators and methods of regulating third brushes
* Tesla turbines (eg., bladeless turbines) for water, steam and gas
* Tesla pumps
* Tesla igniter
* Tesla compressor
* X-rays Tubes using the bremsstrahlung process
* Devices for ionized gases
* Devices for high field emission
* Devices for charged particle beams
* Arc light systems
* Methods for providing extremely low level of resistance to the passage of electrical current (predecessor to superconductivity)
* Voltage multiplication circuitry
* Devices for high voltage discharges
* Devices for lightning protection
* VTOL aircraft
* Dynamic theory of gravity
* Concepts for electric vehicles
* Polyphase systems

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RunningBear
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Also, according to several females who saw a poster of Tesla, he is hot.
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quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
quote:
Originally posted by aragorn64:

And the stuff about him and Thomas Edison is fascinating -- it seems that Edison wasn't exactly the saint that people make him out to be.

People make Edison out to be a saint? Almost everything I've read about him has made him out to be a colossal jackass.
Okay, maybe they don't make him out to be a saint. I guess I just remember what they taught us in elementary school.
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Yeah, I was indoctrinated into the school of Edison when I was young, too. Tesla was amazing. Anyone seen The Prestige?
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quote:
Originally posted by RunningBear:
Right now I am filled with that happy tired feeling, I just got back from a practice house burn. I am volunteer firefighting and fire is really amazing, much like electricity, thus like tesla coils.

wow.

I believe the word you are groping for is "wired."
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David Bowie made an awesome Tesla.

-pH

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I remember reading that his documents that were taken after his death are still held as top secret by the US government today. I'd love to get a look at them.

Tesla is also one of the reasons I'm going into electrical engineering (though with a biomedical slant, because I also <3 cyborgs).

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quote:
Originally posted by pH:
David Bowie made an awesome Tesla.

-pH

And aren't you glad you weren't distracted by Tesla's package in that movie?
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RunningBear
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???


I will um... Where did the "package" comment come from? (Sorry, deleted portion that made it seems like I was saying something I was not)

And I think Tesla's Magnifying transmitter may have been the best.

Big Coil

[ March 18, 2007, 02:10 PM: Message edited by: RunningBear ]

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Nighthawk
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The last two posts are making this thread way to phallic for my taste.
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Nighthawk,

And you think it's OK, somehow, to put "phallic" and "taste" in the same sentence?

You're no better than the rest of them.

Wait. Then neither am I. Damn!

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RunningBear
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Aargh.

Back to magnificent displays of ZAP!

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First, Edison the Saint--see the movie staring Spensor Tracy.

Second, if it wasn't for Edison's attempts to monopolize the movie industry, Hollywood would still be an orange grove. Edison is not my favorite person.

Third, Tesla is great.

Finally, Don't blow up Siberia until much later please. I plan to be there a couple of times between May and August.

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RunningBear
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I will go with Canada then.
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Boris
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quote:
Originally posted by RunningBear:
???


I will um... Where did the "package" comment come from? (Sorry, deleted portion that made it seems like I was saying something I was not)

And I think Tesla's Magnifying transmitter may have been the best.

Big Coil

What, you never heard all the hype surrounding David Bowie's package in Labyrinth?
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RunningBear
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No...

I have not.

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Lisa
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You mean "area", no?
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Mmmm... directed engergy weapons...
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Something you may not know about Tesla, he developed a way to transmit electrical energy through the ground. That is, his method did away with powerlines. He successfully demonstrated his method, then disassembled it and it was never heard from again. Not sure why though. Tesla swore his method was safe and efficient.

Think what this might mean, you could be out in the middle of a wilderness, and simply plug your receiver into the ground and draw electricity to power lights and heat.

I suspect one of the problems was that once the power was in the ground, how could you control who tapped into it. If you can't control who, how, and when people access your product, how can you charge them for it?

It is true that after Tesla's death, his house was ransacked and all his papers were taken away. Most people, an probably rightly so, suspect the government took all of Tesla's writings and stashed them away some where, or possibly destroyed them.

As has been referenced by others, Tesla conceived of a 'charge weapon' device that could direct an immense charge of electricity with high degree of accuracy. It is suspected that a massive explosion in Siberia that leveled a large section of forest was the work of Telsa, and it is likely for this reason that his records were seized after his death.

Just a few fun facts.

Steve/BlueWizard

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quote:
Originally posted by BlueWizard:
It is suspected that a massive explosion in Siberia that leveled a large section of forest was the work of Telsa, and it is likely for this reason that his records were seized after his death.

Steve/BlueWizard

You're referencing the Tunguska event here, I assume? While is has been suggested that Tesla was responsible for it, saying that "it is suspected" lends this theory a bit more credence than it deserves.
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My favorite thing about Edison was when Tesla championed the superiod AC (alternate current) as opposed to Edison's DC (direct current), Edison started a big marketing campaign where people were told that they use AC to power electric chairs for executions and that if they employed the deadly AC in their homes they risked being killed whereas DC was completely different and 100% safe.

Edison was a very interesting man and definitely a work horse, but he was definitely not a man of unscrupulous principles.

Anybody play command and conquer: red alert? I still don't understand why the US does not employ Tesla Coils as a parameter defense [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by BlueWizard:
Think what this might mean, you could be out in the middle of a wilderness, and simply plug your receiver into the ground and draw electricity to power lights and heat.

Let's say that, on that same wildernress trip, you have to stop to perform "number one"...
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HA!!!


owwwwiiieee....

Also, how come this thread is always returning to that area?


-And I have heard of energy transmittance, Tesla used his Magnifying Transmitter to conduct through the ground 40 kilometers and lit up fields of light bulbs ala The Prestige.

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Does anyone know of any interesting tricks that can be used with a tesla coil?

ex: lighting a fluorescent bulb by holding it near the coil...

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DONE!

3 AM!

LIGHTNING IN MY HANDS!!!

woooo....

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"In a moment, we'll check in with Jack at the news desk for more information on the massive power outage in Oregon and Washington state, but first we are now getting reports of a massive explosion over the Yukon..."
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quote:
It is suspected that a massive explosion in Siberia that leveled a large section of forest was the work of Telsa
Yeah, no, that was an asteroid.
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*This just in: a high school student from oregon is suspected of sending his school into a... wait? whats that? a Black Hole, apparently!

More at six o'clock, and now, Cheers!

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You can't make a black hole with a tesla coil...
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quote:
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You can't make a black hole with a tesla coil...

Well, you certainly can't if you don't try.
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quote:
Originally posted by Alcon:
quote:
It is suspected that a massive explosion in Siberia that leveled a large section of forest was the work of Telsa
Yeah, no, that was an asteroid.
Unproven.
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Pretty good case, though. Lots of evidence. Fireball sighted.
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quote:
Originally posted by Boris:
What, you never heard all the hype surrounding David Bowie's package in Labyrinth?

I am 40.4% dba corrupt on the David Bowie Area purity test.
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quote:
Originally posted by Tatiana:
Pretty good case, though. Lots of evidence. Fireball sighted.

Fireball != asteroid
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quote:
Originally posted by Lisa:
quote:
Originally posted by Dragon:
You can't make a black hole with a tesla coil...

Well, you certainly can't if you don't try.
I like your attitude.
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