Philip of Macedonia. Alexander the great wouldn't have been be great if it wasn't for Philip building the army, developing the fighting style and starting the conquering. Alexander was the modern day equivalent rich kid whose dad owned and investment firm. End of story!
Pericles, (born c. 495 bc, Athens—died 429, Athens) Athenian statesman largely responsible for the full development, in the later 5th century bc, of both the Athenian democracy and the Athenian empire, making Athens the political and cultural focus of Greece. His achievements included the construction of the Acropolis, begun in 447.
Skilled statesman, general and orator. I've always been fascinated by ancient Greece and much of what we consider great about Greece was developed under Pericles.
Jean Parisot de Valette has been inspiring me lately. As a Knight Hospitaller he fought at Rhodes and was remembered by peers for his ferocity, then going on to earn wide acclaim as a naval commander, despite being captured and spending time as a galley slave. As Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta at age 70, he led a vastly outnumbered force to victory against a besieging army, very probably saving mainland Europe from decades of war and possibly changing history. During the siege, he's known to have fought alongside his men, at one point grabbing a spear and leaping into a breach to stave off attacking Ottomans. Knowing he did that while 20 years older than I am now has me training despite feeling the affects of age. I've commissioned a battle-ready replica of his fighting sword, and am training so I'll deserve it when it arrives.
Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856, in what is now Smiljan, Croatia. Tesla's interest in electrical invention was spurred by his mother, Djuka Mandic, who invented small household appliances in her spare time while her son was growing up. Tesla's father, Milutin Tesla, was a priest and a writer, and he pushed for his son to join the priesthood. But Nikola's interests lay squarely in the sciences. After studying at the Realschule, Karlstadt (later renamed the Johann-Rudolph-Glauber Realschule Karlstadt); the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria; and the University of Prague during the 1870s, Tesla moved to Budapest, where for a time he worked at the Central Telephone Exchange. It was while in Budapest that the idea for the induction motor first came to Tesla, but after several years of trying to gain interest in his invention, at age 28 Tesla decided to leave Europe for America.
In 1884 Tesla arrived the United States with little more than the clothes on his back and a letter of introduction to famed inventor and business mogul Thomas Edison, whose DC-based electrical works were fast becoming the standard in the country. Edison hired Tesla, and the two men were soon working tirelessly alongside each other, making improvements to Edison's inventions. However, several months later, the two parted ways due to a conflicting business-scientific relationship, attributed by historians to their incredibly different personalities: While Edison was a power figure who focused on marketing and financial success, Tesla was commercially out-of-tune and somewhat vulnerable.
After parting ways with Edison, in 1885 Tesla received funding for the Tesla Electric Light Company and was tasked by his investors to develop improved arc lighting. After successfully doing so, however, Tesla was forced out of the venture and for a time had to work as a manual laborer in order to survive. His luck changed in 1887, when he was able to find interest in his AC electrical system and funding for his new Tesla Electric Company. Setting straight to work, by the end of the year, Tesla had successfully filed several patents for AC-based inventions.
Tesla's AC system eventually caught the attention of American engineer and business man George Westinghouse, who was seeking a solution to supplying the nation with long-distance power. Convinced that Tesla's inventions would help him achieve this, in 1888 he purchased his patents for $60,000 in cash and stock in the Westinghouse Corporation. As interest in an alternating-current system grew, Tesla and Westinghouse were put in direct competition with Thomas Edison, who was intent on selling his direct-current system to the nation. A negative-press campaign was soon waged by Edison, in an attempt to undermine interest in AC power. Tesla, for his part, continued in his work and would patent several more inventions during this period, including the "Tesla coil," which laid the foundation for wireless technologies and is still used in radio technology today.
Unfortunately for Thomas Edison, the Westinghouse Corporation was chosen to supply the lighting at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and Tesla conducted demonstrations of his AC system there. Two years later, in 1895, Tesla designed what was among the first AC hydroelectric power plants in the United States, at Niagara Falls. The following year, it was used to power the city of Buffalo, New York, a feat that was highly publicized throughout the world. With its repeat successes and favorable press, the alternating-current system would quickly become the preeminent power system of the 20th century, and it has remained the worldwide standard ever since.
In addition to his AC system and coil, throughout his career, Tesla discovered, designed and developed ideas for a number of other important inventions—most of which were officially patented by other inventors—including dynamos (electrical generators similar to batteries) and the induction motor. He was also a pioneer in the discovery of radar technology, X-ray technology, remote control and the rotating magnetic field—the basis of most AC machinery.
Having become obsessed with the wireless transmission of energy, around 1900 Nikola set to work on his boldest project yet: to build a global, wireless communication system—to be transmitted through a large electrical tower—for sharing information and providing free electricity throughout the world. With funding from a group of investors that included financial giant J. P. Morgan, in 1901 Tesla began work on the project in earnest, designing and building a lab with a power plant and a massive transmission tower on a site on Long Island, New York, that became known as Wardenclyffe. However, when doubts arose among his investors about the plausibility of Tesla's system and his rival, Guglielmo Marconi—with the financial support of Andrew Carnegie and Thomas Edison—continued to make great advances with his own radio technologies, Tesla had no choice but to abandon the project. The Wardenclyffe staff was laid off in 1906 and by 1915 the site had fallen into foreclosure. Two years later Tesla declared bankruptcy and the tower was dismantled and sold for scrap to help pay the debts he had accrued.
After suffering a nervous breakdown, Tesla eventually returned to work, primarily as a consultant. But as time went on, his ideas became progressively more outlandish and impractical. He also grew increasingly eccentric, devoting much of his time to the care of wild pigeons in New York City's parks. He even drew the attention of the FBI with his talk of building a powerful "death beam," which had received some interest from the Soviet Union during World World II.
Poor and reclusive, Nikola Tesla died on January 7, 1943, at the age of 86, in New York City, where he had lived for nearly 60 years. But the legacy of the work he left behind him lives on to this day.
Several books and films have highlighted Tesla's life and famous works, including Nikola Tesla, The Genius Who Lit the World, a documentary produced by the Tesla Memorial Society and the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia; and The Secret of Nikola Tesla, which stars Orson Welles as J. P. Morgan). And in the 2006 Christopher Nolan film The Prestige, Tesla was portrayed by rock star/actor David Bowie. In 1994, a street sign identifying "Nikola Tesla Corner" was installed near the site of his former New York City laboratory, at the intersection of 40th Street and 6th Avenue.
Since Tesla's original forfeiture of his Wardenclyffe site, ownership of the property has passed through numerous hands, and several attempts have been made to preserve it, but in 1967, 1976 and 1994 efforts to have it declared a national historic site failed. Then, in 2008, a group called the Tesla Science Center was formed with the intention of purchasing the property and turning it into a museum dedicated to the inventor's work.
In February 2009 the Wardenclyffe site went on the market for nearly $1.6 million, and for the next several years, the Tesla Science Center worked diligently to raise funds for its purchase. In 2012, public interest in the project peaked when Matthew Inman of TheOatmeal.com collaborated with the TSC in an Internet fundraising effort, ultimately receiving enough contributions to acquire the site in May 2013. Work on its restoration is still in progress.
The Historical figure that comes to mind for me is Boducia.
To me she represents the spirit of fighting back against those that think that they are Superior Beings because of their belief that they were the Chosen of the Only Gods that mattered and ones who demanded others should pay everything for their Superior Civilized Lifestyle. She was despised as a Barbarian and you could say Heretic because she believed in her own Gods and Ancestors. The Romans had believed they had taken away everything that made her Human and demanded she act as their slave.
She not only did everything in her power to prove them wrong she came close to destroying everything they believed as far as being stronger and better fighters than the Barbarians they despised and ridiculed. This Spirit lives today in Warriors and Spiritual People who refuse to be treated like lower class humans.
I'm going with Ernest Shackleton. A leader who truly cared for his men, and did not lose one of them in two years on the pack ice and open sea. His trip in a small open boat to get help from south Georgia Island was itself an achievement of navigation and survival, at the end of which he hiked across the island which was believed to he impossible. Having seen the type of equipment used by the early Antarctic explorers only increases my respect for their achievements. I'll end this with a quote, not sure of the source unfortunately. "For planning, Amundsen. For scientific rigour, Scott. And for when all hope seems lost, pray for Shackleton."
christain: Confusios says: "Man who stands on toilet is high on pot." -------
Apr 4, 2020 22:44:15 GMT
AndiTheBarvarian: My grandfather said: "Where's the darn dog when you need it to blame for?"
Apr 4, 2020 15:59:25 GMT
ouroboros: Grandfather says "he who farts in church, sits in own pew"
Apr 4, 2020 3:30:34 GMT
Robert in California: Don't bath and soon enough you don't have to move 6 feet away from people. They do (more than 6 in the summer)
Apr 3, 2020 23:59:16 GMT
Robert in California: My personality repels so I have not had to worry about 6 feet. I come. They go. Got my own private office. Not for being a big wig, but for personality issues. (born in the New York A!...born in the New York A!....(lyrics from "the boss")
Apr 3, 2020 23:55:21 GMT
MOK: Use gloves when typing, don't touch your face, and try to remain at least six lines away from the other posters!
Apr 2, 2020 16:54:59 GMT
AndiTheBarvarian: It ain't easy to use my smartphone with a mask on it!
Apr 2, 2020 16:45:26 GMT
AndiTheBarvarian: I use the shoutbox with a mask, just in case...
Apr 2, 2020 16:43:50 GMT
treeslicer: My shouts do. I specialize in anti-social.
Apr 2, 2020 16:12:08 GMT
RufusScorpius: Does the shoutbox comply with minimum social distance recommendations?
Apr 2, 2020 15:31:51 GMT
ouroboros: Too isolated to shout (shootings not a problem). Social distancing, dontcha know...
Apr 2, 2020 14:23:03 GMT
AndiTheBarvarian: Nothing more to say, Shoutbox ends now!
Apr 2, 2020 12:51:35 GMT
zabazagobo: christain, hard liquor is a great internal disinfectant...or so the Irish part of me family says
Mar 30, 2020 0:37:26 GMT
christain: Considering I'm wiping my a** with paper kitchen towels and drinking hard liquor because there's NO BEER...I'm doin' great! I can remember when having a case of Corona meant for a good weekend at the lake.
Mar 29, 2020 22:22:35 GMT
mumbles: Congratulations on your little bundle of joy!
Mar 29, 2020 6:35:33 GMT
ouroboros: Anything at cask strength, pray thee...with earthy peat and heat but no fire
Mar 29, 2020 0:04:37 GMT
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