Friday, August 17, 2012

fundraising in the name of tesla

Matt Inman of The Oatmeal is making a plea to the Internet- donate money to buy Nikola Tesla's New York laboratory, Wardenclyffe.  The proceeds would purchase land to save the property from developers and start a project to create the first U.S. museum dedicated to the great inventor.

Inman has recently gained Tesla fan-boy notoriety before through his comic "Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived," While I have a few qualms about some of the exaggerations in his Tesla comic, (despite Edison being an asshole at times, he's no worse than other businessmen of his era, and he actually got discoveries out there into the market, for example) the cause that Inman is now touting is pretty worthy.  Tesla is not easily recognizable to many outside geeks, steampunkers, and science-minded folk in this country.  Such a museum might help to bring Tesla back into the spotlight.

Also, think of all the amazing steampunk gatherings that could occur at Wardenclyffe!

To learn more or to donate to this cause, click on the link to The Oatmeal's "Help me raise money to buy Nikola Tesla's old laboratory."  The state of New York will match up any fundraising amount up to $850,000.

Also, I would like to point out that, after one day of fundraising, Inman managed to raise over half of the $850,000 goal.  I've donated.  Will you?

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