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Blog Archive for July, 02007

A Moment On Earth

by Simone Davalos on July 15th, 02007

On August 5th, 2004 at 12:00 noon GMT, and again exactly 12 hours later, 60 filmmakers around the world set out to capture a single Moment on Earth. A Moment On Earth is a fascinating film project has been years in the making. Working with a huge network of independent crews and directors all over…  Read More

200 Year Software

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 13th, 02007

  I was once again reminded of Dan Bricklin’s excellent piece on long term software and thought it was worth a mention here.  His basic point is that a governments software, should be as lasting and shared as its other civil infrastructure.  The article does a great job of showing the perils of entrusting all…  Read More

Thinking long, building big

by Stuart Candy on July 11th, 02007

Projected view of New York’s skyline after constructionof Ground Zero Memorial :: image from timesonline.co.uk Here at The Long Now we’re always interested in large-scale, ambitious architecture projects, partly because, of course, designing and building the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now offers a few large-scale challenges of its own. An article in the London…  Read More

Re-photography

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 10th, 02007

Muir Glacier as seen on August 13, 1941 (left) and August 31, 2004 (right). Photography has now been around long enough that re-photography of certain sites can show over a century of change. Recent photographs depicting glacier retreat, like the ones above, have become the canary in the mineshaft of climate change discussion. Just as…  Read More

Slow art

by Stuart Candy on July 9th, 02007

art:21, a recent PBS documentary series on contemporary art and artists, featured an episode on works dealing innovatively with time, which I saw on DVD over the weekend. Among those profiled was Paul Pfeiffer (born in Honolulu, 01966) a video artist who now lives and works in New York City. His work entitled “Morning After…  Read More

Catastrophe a good bet?

by Stuart Candy on July 6th, 02007

photo of flooded Thames by elyob The Long Now’s Long Bets project asks us, active bettors and wider public alike, to think more deeply and carefully about the medium- to long-term future than our assumptions (and busy schedules) might otherwise allow. Nudging our culture towards assuming greater responsibility for addressing (and creating) possible futures is…  Read More

“The Iraq Gamble”

by Stuart Candy on July 4th, 02007

Philip Tetlock (screen shot from high-res Seminar video available to members) Philip Tetlock recently presented a Seminar About Long-Term Thinking to the effect that confident forecasters ought to be ignored. Despite his research showing the profound unreliability of such speculation, it’s rare to find even a moderately systematic evaluation of political forecasts in the popular…  Read More

The Long You

by Stuart Candy on July 3rd, 02007

Making long-term thinking viable depends partly on rendering slow processes perceptible, compressing them onto a scale we can relate to more easily. Given that the quintessential long-now change processes (geology, deep culture etc) extend over many human lifetimes, a similar challenge is to make the passage of time more personal. Here’s an addition to our…  Read More

Brian Eno’s Long View of 77 Million Paintings

by Kevin Kelly on July 3rd, 02007

On Sunday, the Long Now Foundation hosted the closing show of the San Francisco installation of Brian Eno’s art peice, 77 Million Paintngs. About 400 Long Now charter members and their friends showed up.A very strange thing happened at the show, although Eno says it is a common reaction to other installations of this piece….  Read More

77 Million Paintings wrap up

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 2nd, 02007

photo by James Home Here at Long Now we are just now coming out of our daze from producing Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center over this last weekend. We are updating this page with photos and write ups and you can see Flickr photos here. Friday and Saturday evenings…  Read More