#showertune: ‘back in black’ by AC/DC

apologies for not updating over the weekend, but you guys never read then anyways – and frankly why should you!?

saturday, being the 10th of July, was the 154th anniversary of the birth of Nikola Tesla. Tesla as I’m sure you all know is very famous for being not as famous as many people think he should be. he was undoubtedly a genius and his many ideas and inventions included spark plugs, neon lights, radar, an x-ray device, several remote control systems and of course his pioneering work on the generation and distribution of alternating current.

while many people remain bitter about Thomas Edison’s ability to retain his reputation as the ‘inventor of electricity’ despite the many weaknesses of his DC systems and the vicious smear campaign he conducted against Tesla and his work, the story seems to me to serve as a useful foil to the corrupt mythology of The American Dream.

anyone can move to America, start by doing manual labour, work their way up to truly great things, then have someone richer, more socially palatable and more politically artful steal all their thunder (and lightening), become even more rich and famous from it, and leave them to die alone, heavily indebted and relatively unknown.

happy belated birthday Tesla.

today’s #showertune is Back In Black by AC/DC

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    • Drew
    • July 12th, 2010

    I demand a more uplifting Monday morning post. This is crippling in its bleak, grey-day depressingness.

    In my head I’m listening to ‘Sunshine, Lollipops, Rainbows…’

    • Kirsty
    • July 12th, 2010

    Is that really true?! How sad! :(

  1. Yeah, sorry peeps.I guess that was a little sad and depressing.

    The up side is that he was right about AC. And, you know me, I think it’s always better to be right than rich.

    • Kirsty
    • July 12th, 2010

    I only just got the AC/DC link. Belm.

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