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(EcoGeek)   Thomas Edison, 1931: "I hope we don't have to wait until coal and oil run out before we switch to solar power." America, 21st century: Mmmm oil good yum yum   ( ecogeek.org) divider line
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2007-06-11 08:05:12 AM  
Menlown3d!
 
2007-06-11 08:12:04 AM  
What did he know? He probably had more failed inventions than anyone.

And he started GE. He is ultimately responsible for 30 rock.
 
2007-06-11 08:20:07 AM  
Did he steal that idea from Tesla, too?
 
2007-06-11 08:24:18 AM  
AC current good; DC current bad.

\Too obscure?
 
2007-06-11 08:24:45 AM  
Psh, what's he done for us lately? Nothing, that's what, because he's dead. Shut your big fat dead trap Edison.
 
2007-06-11 08:25:59 AM  
Hey AirForceVet if you switch that around I'm pretty sure you'd have to join the Navy.
 
2007-06-11 08:32:50 AM  
I really was hoping his electric hammer would've been in use by now.
 
2007-06-11 08:37:24 AM  
Thomas Edison 1931: I can't wait to steal more people's ideas and inventions and make sure my hired thugs put anyone who may even possibly be a threat "out of business". Also, I would like to stick my hubris and arrogance in people's faces until they puke!

America 21st century: You're no Einstein, dickwad.
 
2007-06-11 08:44:33 AM  
AirForceVet: AC current good; DC current bad.

\Too obscure?


You and Westinghouse may want to brush up.
 
2007-06-11 08:56:40 AM  
He is ultimately responsible for 30 rock.

It's one of 3 shows I can even tolerate.
 
2007-06-11 09:01:41 AM  
www.blackfive.net

Why you come to Iraq my main man?
You're going to tell me what I want, my main man...
 
2007-06-11 09:09:33 AM  
Thomas Edison 1931: I can't wait to steal more people's ideas and inventions and make sure my hired thugs put anyone who may even possibly be a threat "out of business". Also, I would like to stick my hubris and arrogance in people's faces until they puke!

Wasn't Menlo Park kind of an engineering sweatshop? A place where he had many talented designers working through the nuts and bolts of an idea to cut down on the development time? Isn't he also the one who said something to the effects of "Never invent something unless you know there's a market for it"?

In short, I'm of the impression that Edison was really nothing more than a talented Ron Popeil, but I could be wrong.
 
2007-06-11 09:35:46 AM  
In short, I'm of the impression that Edison was really nothing more than a talented Ron Popeil, but I could be wrong.

You say it like its a bad thing.
 
2007-06-11 10:28:17 AM  
I really was hoping his electric hammer would've been in use by now.

Nail gun?
 
2007-06-11 10:31:55 AM  
NineInchNader

In short, I'm of the impression that Edison was really nothing more than a talented Ron Popeil, but I could be wrong.

Weird, I was just explaining the joys of cap snaffling yesterday. And that doesn't happen too often; once a year, tops.
 
F42
2007-06-11 10:36:38 AM  
 
2007-06-11 10:37:53 AM  
If Edison hadn't reneged on his promises to Tesla when Telsa was working for Edison, we'd all be driving fusion powered flying cars by now.
 
2007-06-11 10:51:26 AM  
Tesla was a functional savant. If Edison hadn't reneged on his promises to Tesla we would all be wearing latex gloves and screaming "The germs. The Germs! THE GERMS!!!!"
 
2007-06-11 11:06:28 AM  
i55.photobucket.com
Unimpressed
 
2007-06-11 11:07:06 AM  
Follow the money. There is no energy crisis. They're just getting the most profitable sources out of the way first.

Coming soon: the Big Ethanol lobby.
 
2007-06-11 11:38:58 AM  
SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Coming soon: the Big Ethanol lobby.

Coming? What do you think Anheuser-Busch, Jack Daniels, etc, etc, etc are?
 
2007-06-11 12:01:26 PM  
 
2007-06-11 01:49:56 PM  
Considering everytime we get a thread about alternative energies we get about 20 assholes who speak 'Alternative energies bad, oil good!'
 
2007-06-11 01:50:33 PM  
submitter: I hope we don't have to wait until coal and oil run

and hydrated gas, don't forget the hydrated gas.

//call me in 3000 years if there is still a problem
//I'll dope slap you and demand to know why you think you are too good for nuclear chemistry
//the whole farking universe runs on it, why not us?
 
jvl [BareFark]
2007-06-11 01:59:53 PM  
I call shenanigans. That sentence contains too many terms used exactly as they would be today. "solar energy" indeed. And why would he be caring about running out of substances that had already been used for a century without any diminishment in production?

The whole fixation on referring to specific forms of energy as "energy" instead of their specific names like "water power", "electricity", "heat", "steam", etc. didn't come along until the 1960s. See "Surely you must be joking Mr. Feynman" for his rant on that subject.
 
2007-06-11 02:15:12 PM  
RandomExcess: If Edison hadn't reneged on his promises to Tesla we would all be wearing latex gloves and screaming "The germs. The Germs! THE GERMS!!!!"


I could handle that while cruising in my flying car.
 
2007-06-11 03:45:48 PM  
Of course, we are talking about the same guy who would electrocute stray dogs and cats in public in a smear attempt at his competitors. Nice guy.
 
2007-06-11 03:49:02 PM  
Jvl

Maybe the smitty used terms the anticipated audience would understand or would be relevant to anticipated audience.
 
2007-06-11 04:24:03 PM  
He told his friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. And most likely John D. Rockefeller was lurking around.

Soon as he left the room they got together and said shiat, that ain't going to happen!
 
jvl [BareFark]
2007-06-11 04:40:42 PM  
apeiron242:

You mean he could see the future and knew we would get into a fad of calling various forms of energy with the generic label "energy?" Whoa, that dude was awesome!

And what exactly would the phrase "solar power" have meant in the mind of someone in the 1930s?
 
2007-06-11 06:22:30 PM  
RevLovejoy 2007-06-11 10:28:17 AM
I really was hoping his electric hammer would've been in use by now.

Nail gun?


Am I missing something with nail gun? Cause I would hope that someone named "RevLovejoy" would get the electric hammer invention reference. :p
 
2007-06-11 11:55:27 PM  
img443.imageshack.us

God bless Warren Ellis.
 
2007-06-12 12:51:26 AM  
jvl: And what exactly would the phrase "solar power" have meant in the mind of someone in the 1930s?

Sterling engines heated by focused mirrors. Like this, only crappier:
www.stirlingenergy.com
 
jvl [BareFark]
2007-06-12 01:21:43 AM  
MWeather:

Yeah, that's about the best I think the 1930s tech could come up with. Personally, "dam all the rivers", windmills, and tide power seem more plausible for that level of technology.

So... you think shenanigans too? Or you think he was all about the Sterling engines using solar heating which is a biatch to get working even today?
 
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