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Blog Archive for the year 02008

Adivasi Academy students work to save indigenous languages of India

by Laura Welcher on November 11th, 02008

In a remote region of India, students at the Adivasi Academy are working to save their tribal languages, and through their languages, their tribal cultures and knowledge as well. They certainly have their work cut out for them — many of the students have had to devise writing systems for their historically unwritten native tongues…  Read More

Macro to micro etching

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 3rd, 02008

  The final technical hurdle of the Rosetta Disk Project has finally been overcome.  (See Kevin Kelly’s write up of this project here) We are distributing three of the disks to their owners this month and have two remaining of this first edition. We now have both the sides of the disk micro-etched.  The front…  Read More

Fashion on an evolutionary scale

by Stuart Candy on October 29th, 02008

Image from Perroquet (02008) by Sølve Sundsbø, at SHOWstudio Inspired by science photography and nature documentaries, Norwegian fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø produced an art exhibition called Perroquet, comprising a stunning series of photographs and slow-motion videos showing the spectacular plumage and graceful movement of a slender, long-tailed parrot in flight. This particular subject matter couldn’t…  Read More

Convergence08 Unconference

by Danielle Engelman on October 28th, 02008

The Convergence08 Unconference on Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno (NBIC) technologies and their interactions will be held November 15-16, 02008, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Long Now Members receive a discount on the registration price – check your email for more information. Long Now Board Member Paul Saffo, a Silicon Valley forecaster with over two…  Read More

reCaptcha your wasted time

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 28th, 02008

  Surreptitious crowd sourced book digitizing… one word at a time. Last night I attended the Internet Archive’s Open Content Alliance meeting.  I was really amazed by how far their book scanning, (over a million books now), and contextualizing projects have come.  The two most amazing things were the blog embed tools for the scanned…  Read More

“We would all be smarter if the world remains multilingual”

by Laura Welcher on October 27th, 02008

During his presentation at Pop!Tech 2008: Scarcity and Abundance, Dr. K. David Harrison discussed how language death leads to intellectual impoverishment in all fields of science and culture. He also detailed efforts to sustain, value and revitalize linguistic diversity worldwide. His talk was presented in collaboration with the multilingual video captioning site DotSub, where it…  Read More

ECOtime – stories from The ECOlogical Calendar

by Danielle Engelman on October 24th, 02008

ECOtime – stories from The ECOlogical Calendar- will debut on NPR starting this Friday October 24, as part of the weekly program Living On Earth. This minute-long look at the natural phenomena occurring around us is narrated by Chris Hardman, creator of, and artist behind The ECOlogical Calendar. As with the calendar, ECOtime is all…  Read More

Wonderfest 02008

by Austin Brown on October 23rd, 02008

On November 1st and 2nd, Stanford University and UC Berkeley will be hosting a gathering of the “scientific community.”  You don’t need tenure to get in, though.  The goal of Wonderfest is to bring together all who are curious, regardless of institutional ranking, to celebrate the scientific quest for truth and to hear a little…  Read More

Laurie Anderson in Conversation

by Danielle Engelman on October 22nd, 02008

Laurie Anderson in conversation with Ken Goldberg free, no tickets required Saturday October 25 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm Wheeler Auditorium in Berkeley UC Berkeley’s Center for New Media is presenting this lecture as part of their series The Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium. Ken Goldberg hosts a conversation and audience Q&A with acclaimed multi-media…  Read More

The Personal Genome Project

by Austin Brown on October 21st, 02008

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about Long Now Foundation board member Esther Dyson, now is your chance to get up close and personal.  As part of the Personal Genome Project, Dyson has joined 10 volunteers, including the head of the program, geneticist George Church, and psychologist Steven Pinker, in making public their personal…  Read More