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Blog Archive for the year 02009

Rick Prelinger’s “Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 4 “

by Danielle Engelman on December 8th, 02009

Gas Stations, Not Flowers The fourth incarnation of Lost Landscapes of San Francisco played to a sold out house at the Herbst Theater with the chanteuse Suzanne Ramsey opening the evening with a selection of historical San Francisco songs including the 01926 gem Masculine Women Feminine Men. Rick Prelinger prefaced the footage with a brief…  Read More

Wall of Knowledge

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 8th, 02009

Long Now friend and supporter Ken Wilson sends in this awesome concept for the Stockholm Library.  This design seems like it would lend itself well to a 10,000 year library… The image above is a rendering by a team of students at the Architecture School of Paris La Seine. You can see the un-textured model…  Read More

The technology of 10,000 years

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 7th, 02009

Back 02002 Peter Schwartz wrote a great piece about our visit to the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste site.  We often refer to it as “the other 10,000 year project”.  However 10,000 years is just the legally binding time congress set forth.  They actually have a design problem that spans millions of years.  This week several…  Read More

Discounting the Future

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 4th, 02009

Upcoming seminar speaker and neuroscientist David Eagleman published an excellent piece that appeared in the New York Times yesterday.  While the piece keys on the events of this week, the broader point of the piece touches on an important element of human nature and long-term thinking.  Excerpt: Some years ago, psychologists posed a deceptively simple…  Read More

Failed Predictions

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 3rd, 02009

Stewart brand set over this excellently illustrated set of failed predictions listed over at oddee.com. Excerpts below: “It will be years –not in my time– before a woman will become Prime Minister.” –Margaret Thatcher, October 26th, 1969. She became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom only 10 years after saying that, holding her chair from…  Read More

Water wars

by Kirk Citron on November 30th, 02009

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now. The discovery of water on the moon is almost certainly the biggest Long News story of the year; it will make it much easier to build moon colonies, and it provides cheap fuel for travel to the…  Read More

Human Language as a Secret Weapon

by Laura Welcher on November 25th, 02009

Earlier this month, a small group of World War II Navajo Code Talkers – who are today in their eighties and nineties – marched as a group for the first time in the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade as a way to raise awareness in the US about their wartime contribution. The Code Talkers…  Read More

Long Now Media Update

by Danielle Engelman on November 25th, 02009

There is new media available from our monthly series, the Seminars About Long-term Thinking. Stewart Brand’s summaries and audio downloads or podcasts of the talks are free to the public; Long Now members can view HD video of the Seminars and comment on them. Listen to the Audio of Sander van der Leeuw’s “The Archaeology…  Read More

Sander van der Leeuw’s “The Archaeology of Innovation”

by Danielle Engelman on November 25th, 02009

History of Innovation The development of human mental ability can be tracked through the progressive crafting of stone tools, Van der Leeuw explained. First we learned to shape an edge—a line—then the surface, then the whole volume of the tool, then the sophisticated sequence required to make a superb spear point. It took 2 million…  Read More

Long Now Gifts for the Holidays

by Austin Brown on November 24th, 02009

We have updated our online store with some new items for the holiday season… Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings is a generative art piece that will take thousands of years to fully take in – the software slowly layers and combines several hundred original paintings in an ever-evolving kaleidoscopic experience.  You can also hear experiments…  Read More