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Blog Archive for the year 02018

Deep Time

by Martin Rees on December 29th, 02018

Photo by Darv Robinson on Unsplash This is the week when we recall what we’ve done last year, and resolve to use time better in the year to come. Indeed, in our everyday lives, time is a precious commodity. We can gain or lose it. We can save, spend or waste it. If our crimes are revealed, we…  Read More

Video of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Salon Talk on Ursula K Le Guin is now online

by Ahmed Kabil on December 20th, 02018

In a recent talk at The Interval, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ursula K Le Guin’s student 40 years ago and now a celebrated science fiction writer himself, reflects on Le Guin the teacher, 
her impact on his work, and how she changed the world. Watch the full video here.

California’s Liquid Assets: Tracing the Water that Powers the World’s Sixth-Largest Economy

by Greg Miller on December 18th, 02018

This graphic from the California Water Atlas (1979) represents the water flows of major rivers in California. The yellow figures represent the actual flow measured in a single year, with the peak typically occurring in spring. The corresponding blue figures represent the estimated flow of that river in the absence of dams or other human modifications. California…  Read More

The Equation of Time Cam: Keeping Good Time for 10,000 Years

by Ahmed Kabil on December 5th, 02018

Fig. 1. The Equation of Time Cam. In the collections of the Royal Observatory of Greenwich, amongst the myriad time-keeping and navigational devices of the past, there sits a curious artifact built to last into a future none of us will witness. Standing half-a-foot tall, it looks more like a sculpture than an instrument of time,…  Read More

Nevada Museum of Art Launches a Piece of Art into Orbit

by Ahmed Kabil on December 5th, 02018

Earlier this week, Trevor Paglen’s Orbital Reflector launched into low orbit and became the world’s first space sculpture. “The point for me,” Paglen says in a WIRED profile, “was to create a kind of catalyst for looking at the sky and thinking about everything from planets to satellites to space junk to public space and asking,…  Read More

Watch: Videos from Whole Earth 50th Now Online

by Ahmed Kabil on December 5th, 02018

This October, hundreds gathered in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Whole Earth Catalog. Long Now was a sponsor and helped produce media for the event, which is now available online. The evening program (viewable above) featured conversations between Whole Earth Catalog contributors…  Read More

The Kilogram is Dead. Long Live the Kilogram!

by Ahmed Kabil on December 1st, 02018

Last month, the standard measure for mass was redefined. Yoked to a material object housed in a Parisian vault since 01889, the kilogram will now be defined by abstract concepts in nature. CONTEXT FROM THE ARCHIVES: Alex Mensing, “How Much Does a Kilogram Weigh?” (02011)  

New Interval Salon Talk Videos Online

by Ahmed Kabil on November 27th, 02018

We’ve just released six full length videos of recent Conversations at The Interval talks including Long Now board member Esther Dyson, science fiction author Hannu Rajaniemi, and legendary photographer Fred Lyon. They are free for everyone to enjoy on the Interval website thanks to support from Stripe. In coming weeks we’ll add lectures by Bruce Sterling, Kim…  Read More

A Journey to Siberia in Search of Woolly Mammoths

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 27th, 02018

Harvard geneticist George Church, who is leading efforts to de-extinct the woolly mammoth, explores a cave in Siberia. Photo by Brendan Hall. There will be three long flights across 15 time zones before I sleep in a bed, and we still won’t be there. Our destination is vastly closer to where we start than the path…  Read More

Whole Earth Catalog 50th Anniversary Celebration Takes Place October 13

by Ahmed Kabil on September 12th, 02018

Note: If you are interested in volunteering for this special event, please fill out a volunteer form. 50 years ago, Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand launched the Whole Earth Catalog — one of the most consequential publications of the 01960s American counterculture. The Whole Earth Catalog and its progeny (CoEvolution Quarterly, Whole Earth Review, and the WELL) inspired generations to realize their personal agency…  Read More