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Blog Archive for the year 02012

Preserving Virtual Worlds

by Catherine Borgeson on November 1st, 02012

“This is our history, and just a handful of people are saving it.” — PixelVixen707, screen name of “Rachael Webster,” a fictional character in the alternate reality game Personal Effects: Dark Art Virtual games are becoming cultural artifacts. Yes, they are commodities, (the global market for video games is forecast to hit $82 billion by…  Read More

Echoes of Leningrad in St. Petersburg

by Charlotte Hajer on October 30th, 02012

Sixty-eight years ago, St. Petersburg was known as Leningrad, and counted as one of the Soviet Union’s largest cities. These days, those two names conjure up images of a distant past; an anachronistic, shady corner of European politics and culture. Yet this series of images, posted a while back on Englishrussia, suggest that today’s St….  Read More

Peter Warshall Seminar Tickets

by Austin Brown on October 24th, 02012

The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking Peter Warshall on “Enchanted by the Sun: The CoEvolution of Light, Life, and Color on Earth” TICKETS Wednesday November 28, 02012 at 7:30pm Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Long Now Members can reserve 2 seats, join today! &#8226 General Tickets $10 About this Seminar: For 3.8…  Read More

Lazar Kunstmann and Jon Lackman Seminar Primer

by Austin Brown on October 23rd, 02012

“Preservation Without Permission: the Paris Urban eXperiment” Tuesday November 13, 02012 at the Cowell Theater, San Francisco The Paris Urban eXperiment (known for short as UX) began in 1981 as a boast by a middle schooler and has since grown into a large secretive network of artists, craftspeople, and urban explorers. With over two millennia…  Read More

Steven Pinker Seminar Media

by Austin Brown on October 19th, 02012

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking. The Decline of Violence Monday October 8, 02012 – San Francisco   Video is up on the Pinker Seminar page for Members. ********************* Audio is up on the Pinker Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast. *********************…  Read More

The Time Keeper

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 17th, 02012

One of the early ideas for the 10,000 Year Clock was to simply endow a family whose job it would be for 400 generations to just shout out the time every day.  I had no idea there was already someone like that… RIP John Votta. “The Washington Square timekeeper was a link back to a…  Read More

The Long View on Real Estate

by Charlotte Hajer on October 17th, 02012

Sometimes a long view can yield a very different perspective than the short view. Take housing prices, for example. For the past five years or so, the news media have often characterized the housing market as ‘volatile’ and ‘fragile’. The statistics certainly bear this out: from 02000 to 02008, the global housing boom propelled real…  Read More

Decoding Long-Term Data Storage

by Charlotte Hajer on October 12th, 02012

If human societies are founded on the accumulation of knowledge through the ages, then the long-term transmission of information must be the cornerstone of a durable civilization. And as we accelerate ever more rapidly in our expansion of knowledge and technological capability, the development of durable storage methods becomes ever more important. In the process…  Read More

Lazar Kunstmann and Jon Lackman Seminar Tickets

by Austin Brown on October 10th, 02012

The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking Lazar Kunstmann and Jon Lackman on “Preservation without Permission: the Paris Urban eXperiment” TICKETS Tuesday November 13, 02012 at 7:30pm Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Long Now Members can reserve 2 seats, join today! &#8226 General Tickets $10   About this Seminar: There is at least…  Read More

The History of Color Wheels

by Charlotte Hajer on October 4th, 02012

Our perception of color may be a matter of optics, ophthalmology, and neurology – but the way in which we think about color is as much a matter of cultural history. In a pair of blog posts, the online design magazine Imprint offers an illustrated history of the color wheel. From enlightenment thinkers such as…  Read More