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Blog Archive for the year 02007

Jon Ippolito and Joline Blais, “At the Edge of Art”

by Stewart Brand on December 17th, 02007

Artibodies Art, like the antibodies in our immune system, creates alien forces in service of the whole. It anticipates threats and models them. It is a diversity agent. Two forms of that process were explained and shown by Ippolito and Blais: perversion, and execution. One example of the perverse is the software called “Shredder” that…  Read More

The ultimate present

by Stuart Candy on December 15th, 02007

Ori Gersht :: Time After Time: Blow Up No. 12 (02007) :: Image at Mummery+Schnelle Featured in the September/October edition of Art on Paper magazine, the work of Israel-born, London-based photographer Ori Gersht. His series “Time After Time” (02007) features floral still lifes in the process of exploding, with a surreal and vivid beauty. The…  Read More

Naming of a new world

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 14th, 02007

 Reuters is running this interesting story about a map created in 01507 that is the first to have named the new world “America”.  Even more interesting is how accurately it shows unexplored territories such as South America (within 70 miles of accuracy), and shows the Pacific Ocean which was not known to have existed at…  Read More

Half Earth Catalog

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

This excellent Toles cartoon from the October 14th Washington Post was sent in by Paul Saffo.

Pioneer Anomaly

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 11th, 02007

I have been following this interesting space craft-gone-long-term-science experiment for a while. Since being launched 1972 and 1973 the Pioneer 10 & 11 doppler based location measurements have drifted off their predicted paths . This is known as the Pioneer Anomaly and may tell us something new about physics and gravity once understood. There are…  Read More

We are those mutants.

by Austin Brown on December 10th, 02007

The Human Exemptionalism (or sometimes ‘Exceptionalism’) Paradigm is the idea that humans are somehow separate from nature or that we have transcended it in some way through spirituality, technology or consciousness. It is a paradigm that is shared between many of the religious ideologies of the world as well as many devotees of science and…  Read More

Counterculture Green

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

  Stewart Brand, 1966. Ted Streshinsky/Time Life Pictures — Getty Images The Sunday NY Times has a review of the second recent book about Stewart Brand: Counterculture Green. Kirk’s book uses the genesis and evolution of Whole Earth as an opportunity to survey the sea change in environmental and design attitudes that emerged in the…  Read More

The 1000 year conversation…

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

Seth Shostak from SETI published this piece yesterday on the time related difficulties in finding life outside the solar system (and holding a conversation with it). He even through in a nice mention of Long Now: “There’s a similar argument to be made for communication. We seldom initiate information interchange that takes longer than months…  Read More

Whole Earth Comes Into Focus

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 7th, 02007

 Our own Stewart Brand has an essay in the current issue of Nature (subscription required) on integrating two disparate disciplines in order to solve our worlds largest problems. To understand how our planet uses energy, we must integrate genetic data from microbial studies with satellite views of our planet. Two vastly different but complementary projects…  Read More

The Long Spiral Now

by Kevin Kelly on December 5th, 02007

Nice illustration of time found on Flickr: