…in case you were wondering.


Colorado Springs, CO
October 24, 2006, 3:04 pm
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In 1899, Nikola Tesla decided to move and began research in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he would have room for his high-voltage, high-frequency experiments. Upon his arrival he told reporters that he was conducting wireless telegraphy experiments transmitting signals from Pikes Peak to Paris. Tesla’s diary contains explanations of his experiments concerning the ionosphere and the ground’s telluric currents via transverse waves and longitudinal waves. At his lab, Tesla proved that the earth was a conductor, and he produced artificial lightning (with discharges consisting of millions of volts, and up to 135 feet long). Tesla also investigated atmospheric electricity, observing lightning signals via his receivers. Reproductions of Tesla’s receivers and coherer circuits show an unpredicted level of complexity (e.g., distributed high-Q helical resonators, radio frequency feedback, crude heterodyne effects, and regeneration techniques). Tesla stated that he observed stationary waves during this time. In the Colorado Springs lab, he “recorded” signals of what he believed were extraterrestrial radio signals, though these announcements and his data were rejected by the scientific community.

Oddly enough, yesterday was a day off in Colorado Springs and we went to see The Prestige, and the entire movie is based in either London or Colorado Springs and David Bowie played Tesla. It was a pretty good movie, a pretty good waste of nearly three hours, and a good day off. Tonight we are at the World Arena, then off to El Paso, Texas.

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