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Blog Archive for the year 02014

Oxford’s Oak Beams, and Other Tales of Humans and Trees in Long-Term Partnership

by Charlotte Hajer on December 31st, 02014

Here at Long Now, we often like to tell the story – or perhaps better said, legend – of the oak beams at New College in Oxford. First told to Stewart Brand by anthropologist Gregory Bateson, this short and simple story epitomizes the tremendous value we can reap from some long-term thinking. Photo via Tripadvisor…  Read More

Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco (02013) — Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on December 29th, 02014

Rick Prelinger photo by Cory Doctorow In December 02013 film archivist Rick Prelinger presented Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 8 for our Seminars About Long-term Thinking series. It’s been an annual tradition in our series since 02008. Click here to watch the full video. We do not publish audio podcasts for Lost Landscapes events because of their reliance…  Read More

Salt Crystals and Selfies: Curiosity after the Seven Minutes of Terror

by Ahmed Kabil on December 22nd, 02014

In October 02013, NASA engineer Adam Steltzner spoke to the Long Now about landing the Curiosity rover on Mars. A decade of exhausted alternatives led Seltzner’s team to take the unconventional approach of a mini-rocket “sky crane” controlled by artificial intelligence to guide the rover to the Martian surface. Because the crane could not be…  Read More

Long Now’s Nevada and Artists with Lasers: January 02015 at The Interval

by Mikl Em on December 18th, 02014

We have just announced our lineup of upcoming events at The Interval for 02015. The first four months of the year will feature talks on art, science, history, technology and long-term thinking. Tickets are on sale now for the first two: January 6, 02015 Scotty Strachan: The Great Basin in the Anthropocene environmental researcher at University…  Read More

Jesse Ausubel Seminar Tickets

by Andrew Warner on December 17th, 02014

  The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking Jesse Ausubel presents “Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities” TICKETS Tuesday January 13, 02015 at 7:30pm SFJAZZ Center Long Now Members can reserve 2 seats, join today! General Tickets $15   About this Seminar: Jesse Ausubel is an environmental scientist and…  Read More

Ferreting the Genome

by Perry Hall on December 16th, 02014

Revive & Restore Unveils Open Genomics for Conservation Initiative Revive & Restore is embarking on its first open-access science initiative – Ferreting the Genome: Open Genomics for Conservation. The initiative will enlist the help of the public to understand how the black-footed ferret gene pool has changed from the founding population to the current generation….  Read More

“Wanderers” Short Film Gives Glimpse of Our Possible Future in Space

by Andrew Warner on December 11th, 02014

“Wanderers“, a short film by director Erik Wernquist, depicts a not-so-far future in which humanity has expanded throughout the solar system. The film starts with a panorama of humans 10,000 years ago at the dawn of civilization, a key point of reference in Long Now’s own intellectual ecosystem. There are two specific aspects that set…  Read More

Brian Eno and Danny Hillis: The Long Now, now — a Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on December 9th, 02014

photos by Kelly Ida Scope In January 02014 Brian Eno and Danny Hillis, co-founders of The Long Now Foundation, spoke about The Long Now, now in our Seminars About Long-term Thinking series. Long Now’s third co-founder, Stewart Brand, joined them onstage for the second part of the talk. Leaving the planet, singing, religion, drugs, sex, and parenting are all touched on in…  Read More

The Artangel Longplayer Letters: Carne Ross writes to John Burnside

by Andrew Warner on December 8th, 02014

In April, Long Now board member Esther Dyson wrote a letter to Carne Ross as part of the Artangel Longplayer Letters series. The series is a relay-style correspondence: The first letter was written by Brian Eno to Nassim Taleb. Nassim Taleb then wrote to Stewart Brand, and Stewart wrote to Esther Dyson, who wrote to Carne Ross….  Read More

Royal Ontario Museum Passenger Pigeons Now on Display at the Interval

by Perry Hall on December 2nd, 02014

photo by Catherine Borgeson Visitors to The Interval can now view two stunning passenger pigeon specimens on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) houses the world’s largest collection of passenger pigeons. These specimens showcase the species’ unique male and female coloration and beauty. The passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) once lived…  Read More

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