Remembering Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was born at midnight on July 10, 1856. To celebrate his birthday, I would like to share 10 things most people probably don’t know about Tesla. These things were pulled together from David J. Kent, author of Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity. He shared these exciting things on his own website where you can read further these fun things about Nikola Tesla. The first were published on January 4, 2013.

  1. Tesla was a showman, but also a recluse.
  2. Tesla inspired Google’s Larry Page to become an inventor.
  3. Nikola Tesla was a proponent of renewable energy.
  4. Tesla was from Venus (not really).
  5. Wardenclyffe Lives!

You can read more by following this link. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla.

Kent listed five more things about Tesla on his website on July 10, 2017.

  1. He was actually born on the cusp of July 9th and 10th.
  2. He was fond of practical jokes.
  3. The sight of pearl earrings would make him nauseous.
  4. He invented robotics.
  5. He was a science fiction star.

You can read more by following this link. 5 More Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla.

Nikola Tesla is one of my favorite historical figures. As the world remembers who he was, more and more information about his life is surfacing. He was almost forgotten to time and history. I’m happy people, not just me, are making an effort to remember him. There was a great show on the History Channel where a few scientists search for Tesla’s missing trunks and documents titled The Tesla Files. Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!

Remembering D-Day: June 6, 1944

76 years ago, during World War II, the Allied forces invaded northern France with beach landings in Normandy. This event was used as the opening sequence for the film Saving Private Ryan (1998). The “D” stands for day. The title was conventionally used for the date of any important military operation. Days leading up to D-Day were designated as D-1, D-2. Days following D-Day were designated as D+1, D+2, etc. This event was as important to World War II as the Battle of Gettysburg was for the Civil War. The official name for D-Day was Operation Neptune.

This was the turning of events for Nazi Germany as they began to lose control of territories. Less than a year after the D-Day invasion, the Allies formally accepted Nazi Germany’s surrender. The relevance of this invasion and the purpose of World War II is obvious. Here in the United States, we are experiencing continued hate towards people of color and other minorities. Nazis and white supremacists are as abundant today as they were during the days of World War II. I hope the United States does not have to resort to fighting each other to finally put an end to this madness. 

I do not condone violence of any kind no matter the justification. I try to live my life with kindness as my religion. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Being kind does not mean I’m not angry. There is nothing wrong with being angry and expressing that anger in production, non-violent ways. Now I have a message for the Nazis out in the world. Whether you believe you’re a Nazi or not doesn’t make you different from them. If you’re racists and promote hate speech, you’re a Nazi. Nazis are not welcome in my country. Get out!

Humans Have Super Powers

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This world has become so complex and abundant with noise and nonsense.  The only way people can survive is with distractions.  These distractions; binge watching television or movies, listening to hours of music, reading, going out to bars, pub quizzes, doing anything and everything to forget about everything.  Forgetting is the human super power.  It is when you cannot forget something that it eats away at you; it destroys you.  Forgetting is necessary for survival.  Humans live long, happy lives by forgetting all the pain and misery.  By forgetting; however, we are doomed to repeat that pain and misery.

People have said there are some experiences you never forget.  This is true, but over time these memories are not at the front of your mind.  One can recall almost anything they have experienced.  It is like a kind of time travel.  You go back in time and relive something from the past.  You remember a lesson you forgot you learned.  You remember an emotion you felt but have not felt for a long time.  Emotions are fluid. They come and go, and if you know how, you can control how long they stay.  You have the power to forget them or remember them as you see fit.

Artists have the most difficult job.  It is their duty to remember.  Some of them make the choice not to forget.  Others have the inability to forget.  They relive the pain and misery and happiness and pleasure to help others remember what has been forgotten.  The job of the artist is to make people feel something; anything.  It is the emotions we have to remember.  Emotions are what makes us human.  But we have a super power.  Sometimes we forget what it means to be human.  We forget our emotions.  We forget so we can survive.

I have never understood how everyone else could survive and look happy with their repetitive, mundane life experience.  It looks like people only do anything to continue distracting themselves.  Someone may not actually care about their support group or volunteering at the animal shelter, but it helps distract them and avoid thinking about their life.  It helps them forget.  It helps them survive.  I have never been able to survive this way.  It always feels like these distractions prevent me from doing what I am supposed to be doing.  These distractions prevent me from expressing myself because they make me forget myself.

I have tried expressing myself in many different ways.  I have tried drawing, photography, music, film; but the only thing that ever lasted was writing.  I am a writer.  It is how I remember who I am.  It is how I survive.  When I do not write, I feel lost and broken.  My purpose in this world is to make people remember; to make people feel.  I am an artist.  Maybe I can help distract others while still making them remember and feel something.  I do not fit in or blend with the crowd.  I never have.  Maybe that is my super power.