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Blog Archive for the year 02009

Buffet’s Big Bet Update – Year 1

by Austin Brown on November 24th, 02009

It took a while to get all the numbers crunched, but the first year’s results from the Long Bet with the highest prize are in.  Over a year ago Warren Buffet challenged the managers of several funds-of-funds to outperform the S&P 500 over a 10 year period.  A one million dollar charitable donation is on…  Read More

Long Now Media Update

by Danielle Engelman on November 19th, 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. Read the summary of Sander van der Leeuw’s “The Archaeology of…  Read More

Bristlecone Pines Feeling Rushed

by Austin Brown on November 17th, 02009

Global warming seems to be speeding up the growth of the longest living organisms we know of.  Bristlecone pines can live for almost 5,000 years and the information stored in the growth of their rings is a treasure trove of climate data.  Because their growth is a function of the weather, analyzing the size of…  Read More

Rosetta’s Final Flyby

by Austin Brown on November 15th, 02009

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe made its final flyby of the Earth on Friday in order to fling itself off towards its target: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Launched in 02004, Rosetta has made several planetary flybys in order to gain the velocity necessary to approach and eventually orbit the comet so that a small landing craft…  Read More

Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina at Stanford Next Month

by Austin Brown on November 12th, 02009

Officially inaugurated in 02002, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is an attempt by Egypt and the city of Alexandria to recreate, in spirit if not content, the original Library of Alexandria.  The Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt created what was at the time, the worlds largest library in the third century BC in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. …  Read More

10,000 genome library proposed

by Austin Brown on November 10th, 02009

The Genome 10k Project is currently just getting started, but if 65 scientists get their way, the University of California Santa Cruz could eventually house an extensive database of vertebrate genetic evolution.  The plan is to build an archive of the entire genomes of 10,000 vertebrates.  A library of this sort would assist in answering…  Read More

Rick Prelinger Ticket Info

by Danielle Engelman on November 5th, 02009

The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking presents Rick Prelinger’s “Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 4” Friday December 4, 02009 at 7:30 pm at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco Long Now Members can reserve 2 seats, join today! or you can purchase tickets for $10 each. About this Seminar: Rick Prelinger, a…  Read More

Our daily bread

by Kirk Citron on November 3rd, 02009

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now. There may be more than nine billion humans by 2050, which begs the question: how will they all get fed? Particularly when you consider that we’re having trouble feeding the six billion who are already here. Some…  Read More

The Lava Project

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 31st, 02009

“Long Shorts” – short films that exemplify long-term thinking.  Please submit yours in the comments section… Audience members at Arthur Ganson’s Seminar on September 14, 02009 were among the first viewers of The Lava Project Documentary, which premiered in our new Long Shorts series – short videos that explore, explain, or exemplify long-term thinking and…  Read More

Long Now Media Update

by Danielle Engelman on October 26th, 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. Watch the video of  Stewart Brand’s “Rethinking Green”