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A History of the Sky

Posted on Wednesday, March 10th, 02010 by Austin Brown
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“Long Shorts” – short films that exemplify long-term thinking.  Please submit yours in the comments section…

Art project in progress A History of the Sky features lots and lots of time-lapse videos of the sky that are synchronized so that they’re all showing the same time of day.  Ken Murphy is the artist that created it and he hopes to one day manifest all the data he’s collecting as a video installation that’s always displaying the skies of the last 365 days.  The project was recently featured at the Exploratorium, but it’s still in a need of a home for the installation.

Here’s how it works.

If you’d like to see an installation in person, here are several upcoming opportunities:

  • Maker Faire UK, at the Life Science Centre Planetarium, Newcastle UK: March 13-14, 2010
  • Google I/O Conference After Hours Party, at Moscone West, San Francisco: May 19, 2010
  • Bay Area Maker Faire, at the San Mateo County Event Center: May 22-23, 2010

The Lava Project

Posted on Saturday, October 31st, 02009 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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“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 responsibility.

The Lava Project Documentary was created by White Elephant DesignLab, a group of designers who explore natural phenomena and experiment with various materials and their external influences. Earlier this year, the group created a piece at the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii that was inspired by our promotion of long-term thinking through use of the five-digit date. Using a “02009” stamp made of hardwood and aluminum, they imprinted the congealing surface crust of Pāhoehoe lava in order to equip the emerging lithosphere with its date of origin.

“We developed the idea of using this symbol only when we had already arrived on the island,” says Tobias Kestel of the design team. “We thought it was just the right symbol to use in this context of volcanic activity. Processes of new land being formed by lava flows have been going on for billions of years on the planet, which provided the perfect ground for embossing your symbol of long-term thinking.

“We are aware,” Kestel adds, “that some people might still argue that we actually did alter the environment there. At the same time, the symbolic value and the message and discussions our action will provoke can be and will be of relevance, even if only a few people will start to think differently after having seen the results and having learned about your project, as we will always promote our project together with the reference to The Long Now Foundation.”

For additional photos and information about The Lava Project Documentary, visit the White Elephant DesignLab website.

The Big Here video – Trip to Long Now’s Nevada site

Posted on Friday, October 9th, 02009 by Alex Mensing
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This time lapse and other footage of driving from San Francisco to the site of the Long Now 10,000 Year Clock in September of 02009 was produced by Sustainable Media. The audio was recorded in interviews on site and shortly after the trip. This 5 minute edit was made as part of our “Long Short” series of short films that convey long term thinking. This Long Short was screened at Stewart Brand’s “Rethinking Green” SALT.

The Big Here – trip to Long Now’s Nevada site from The Long Now Foundation

Team Digital Preservation is back!

Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 02009 by Heather Ryan
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Now with their second installment: Team Digital Preservation and the Aeroplane Disaster. In this episode, Team Digital Preservation takes on the problem of obsolete software by migrating important digital files to the most current formats.

This goes hand-in-hand with Kevin Kelly’s concept of movage. We’ve got to keep our digital information moving; from storage medium to storage medium, from software platform to software platform, and from file format to file format.

The Methuselah Tree

Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 02009 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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I would love to find a way to see this documentary film on the oldest living tree if anyone out there knows how it is being shown…

The Curse of The Methuselah Tree

“I am not part of history. No. History is part of me.” This is the story of the oldest living thing on earth and its unique view of human civilisation. With narration and specially-commissioned poetry by Roger McGough.

This original film combines beautifully shot footage of Methuselah, the 26-foot bristlecone pine, with reconstructions of the thousands of years it has witnessed. But what if such a witness could speak? For the first time this 4,643-year-old is given his own voice.

Hear the tree’s perspective on passing of ancient civilisations, the settlement of America by Europeans and the testing of atom bombs 100 miles away in the Nevada desert.

Altered time lapse

Posted on Monday, June 1st, 02009 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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This is one of the first altered time lapse sequences I have seen.  It’s a great medium.  Nicely done by the Citizen watch company for the recent Basel World Watch Expo.  Clipped from William Gibson’ Twitter feed (@GreatDismal).

Digital Preservation and Nuclear Disaster: An Animation

Posted on Thursday, May 7th, 02009 by Heather Ryan
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See Digi-Man and Blizzard duke it out over digital plans of a nuclear powerhouse!! It is good to see an effort to make digital preservation heroic, which as we saw with the Apollo tapes below, it certainly can be.

From the halls of Digital Preservation Europe

City Builder

Posted on Friday, March 6th, 02009 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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The beautifully crafted short above by Bruce Banit (via Kevin Kelly’s blog) depicts a fantastical yet believable world building interface, in a future that does not feel too far off from where Google Sketch Up is now.  As if to prove that point, Stewart Brand sent over the below reference:

 This virtual “Telematics City” was built by design firm Hook for a Lexus marketing campaign.  The fantastic video linked above is a time lapse of the “building” of that city.  I guess it’s like the man said…

“The future is here, its just not evenly distributed yet.”  – William Gibson

And yet another Update:  Wired is running a piece today on the physical city modeling that has taken place, and features one of the greatest treasures in the SF Bay Area, The Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model in Sausalito.

History of Life in 60 seconds

Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 02009 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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Video by Claire Evans

As part of SEED Magazine‘s Darwin anniversary articles here is “a video experiment in scale, condensing 4.6 billion years of history into a minute.” I thought it a worthy entry into our “Long Shorts” category.

The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds is an experiment in scale: By condensing 4.6 billion years of history into a minute, the video is a self-contained timepiece. Like a specialized clock, it gives one a sense of perspective. Everything — from the formation of the Earth, to the Cambrian Explosion, to the evolution of mice and squirrels — is proportionate to everything else, displaying humankind as a blip, almost indiscernible in the layered course of history.

Each event in the Evolution of Life fades gradually over the course of the minute, leaving typographic traces that echo all the way to the present day. Just as our blood still bears the salt water of our most ancient evolutionary ancestors.

Everything is amazing and nobody is happy…

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 02009 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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This has to be one of the best, if not most humorous, perspectives on the progress of technology in our lifetimes that I have seen. Louis CK on Conan Obrien.