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So, earlier today I linked to the New York Times article about Wardenclyffe, Tesla's lab in New York, that is being sold for $1.6 million. Right now, The Tesla Science Center is trying to raise the money tobuy the land, prevent the lab from being torn down, and turn it into a museum.

So I am here to help them, with the blessing of my father, who claims he is Tesla's living reincarnation.

They don't have a paypal button up yet and can only accept checks, so if you would like to give money to help preserve the place where Tesla almost invented wireless electricity-- and that still has GIANT WALK-IN BATTERY CELLS, I would like to offer up my own paypal to forward the money to them.

If you donate $20 or more, I will totally draw you a picture of Tesla to your PG-rated specifications. That is my incentive to you. It might take a while if a lot of people donate, but I will draw lots and lots of Tesla if need be. Tesla eating cookies. Tesla writing his name on the moon with a moon laser. Tesla inventing Peeps. Tesla as a bunny rabbit. You name it.

If you can't donate that much money, please consider donating a small amount. If you and your friends want to pool your money for a pic that is okay, too. I just had to set a threshold for offering art.

Plus, if anyone would like to pass this along, you can use the nifty copy/paste code below:

If anyone else would like to offer gifts to people who donate, please comment below.

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Thank you for sharing this. I had no idea; I will spread the word

Thank you! They only need $1.6 million, which is not that much to buy real estate on Long Island-- there are a lot of houses that cost more than that. But it's a lot more than nonprofits usually have at the ready.

I am broke right now, but hopefully will be able to remedy that in the future. For now, I am definitely taking the graphic!

Sorry for butting in, other relevant links concerning the wardenclyffe situation:

- letters from the Tesla Society regarding Wardenclyffe
- slashdot link
- Gizmodo article


I wrote to the Tesla Society as well, but haven't heard anything from them directly! (I am in direct contact with Jane Alcorn from the Tesla Science Center) I have a comment waiting for approval on Gizmodo since they didn't have a link to where you can go to donate!

Edited at 2009-05-07 02:56 am (UTC)

No worries!

Thank you for bringing this to my attention, though. Hopefully everything will come together. Do we know what kind of deadline TSC faces for the purchase of Wardenclyffe, or how far behind they are in funds? It might encourage people to donate. :)

I just emailed Jane to check in and I will let you know as soon as she tells me anything! I have a feeling they've gotten a very big response since the NYT article (which is how I found out about the sale in the first place) so I am not sure how long it will take to hear from her but in the past she has been very quick.

Thank you very much for keeping me informed.

I just cross-posted some informative links (including linking back to this post) in the community _scientists_. I hope you don't mind. ( here's the post ) I've also e-mailed a few bloggers to help spread the word.

Would it be too insane to create an LJ community or something for this?

Edited at 2009-05-07 03:35 am (UTC)

Oh, man, of course I don't mind! Thank you so much for the promotion! And for posting the links-- I had seen most of them but it didn't even occur to me to post them for people. I will add you to the list for fanart after the people who have sent money because you totally deserve something.

The LJ community is kind of a good idea. I wish I had thought of that earlier-- also then my flist wouldn't be getting flooded with my obsessive Tesla fanarts!


There! I will spruce it up tomorrow-- would you like co-modship?

Edited at 2009-05-07 03:44 am (UTC)

You are extremely welcome. I am pushing this on my flist like insanity. ( Haha, I appreciate the offer of fanart, but there's no need if you're completely swamped. I myself am offering fanfic for people who are donating. *g* )

I'd adore co-mod ship, but it's not necessary. *g* Let me know if you need help with coding for the community or something. :)

Jane got back to me-- she said that they're not sure yet how much money they are going to need, because they haven't gotten in engineers or an architect or anything like that yet. She sounds pretty confident that they're going to manage to pay for the building but beyond that they are still going to need a sizable amount to get the restoration and startup costs, so she doesn't want to give out exact numbers for fear people will think that means they don't need more money. She said there's no deadline as of yet but she'll let us know if that changes.

She also said they are planning a media event for May 30th and would like supporters in the NY area to attend so I am going to see if I can get there and will post that info around as soon as she gets me the details.

And I will add you as a mod. It's always nice to have more than one person to fiddle with stuff!

I'm glad to hear it. I was hoping there wasn't going to be competition for the purchase. That's very good information, thank you. :)

Alas, I will be right in the middle of moving from Florida to Massachusetts on May 30th, otherwise I would happily attend the event. But at least an event is being organized. That's very helpful. I'll let you know if anyone gets back to me about spreading the news via blogs/twitter/etc.

Thank you for the add, I'll get around to fiddling or posting tomorrow afternoonish. :)

I just wanted to let you know that I was linked back to this LJ post via twitter. So, hopefully you're getting some traffic that way!

Excellent! Thanks for the tip!

chip in?

If you use a chip-in widget, you can show how much money you've collected so far, which has been proven to further motivate people to donate. It hooks up with your paypal acc't so nothing else is different but it puts a small thing up that shows your progress.

I think it would be a great thing to see how much money was raised and to check the progress. I swear I don't work for chipin but I've used it to raise money for causes before, and it works really well. Check out www.chipin.com.

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