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Blog Archive for the ‘The Big Here’ Category

Pale blue dot, v2.0

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 8th, 02007

When the Cassini-Huygens probe passed saturn last year it took an extraordinary photo of Saturn eclipsing the sun. Even more amazing was a pale blue dot in the corner of the photo. That’s us, Earth. An earlier version of this photo was also taken in 01990 by Voyager, but this new version with the eclipse,…  Read More

Where was the moon 3.2 billion years ago?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 17th, 02007

My friend Camron sent me this great geeky blog piece on a bedding plain that was laid down by tides created by our moon 3.2 billion years ago. It not only shows the moon affects, but it also shows us it was in a lower orbit then…

A Moment On Earth

by Simone Davalos on July 15th, 02007

On August 5th, 2004 at 12:00 noon GMT, and again exactly 12 hours later, 60 filmmakers around the world set out to capture a single Moment on Earth. A Moment On Earth is a fascinating film project has been years in the making. Working with a huge network of independent crews and directors all over…  Read More

Thinking long, building big

by Stuart Candy on July 11th, 02007

Projected view of New York’s skyline after constructionof Ground Zero Memorial :: image from timesonline.co.uk Here at The Long Now we’re always interested in large-scale, ambitious architecture projects, partly because, of course, designing and building the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now offers a few large-scale challenges of its own. An article in the London…  Read More

Re-photography

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 10th, 02007

Muir Glacier as seen on August 13, 1941 (left) and August 31, 2004 (right). Photography has now been around long enough that re-photography of certain sites can show over a century of change. Recent photographs depicting glacier retreat, like the ones above, have become the canary in the mineshaft of climate change discussion. Just as…  Read More

Hoover Dam – Long Term Art

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 20th, 02007

I was reminded the other day by a visitor here at Long Now that the Hoover Dam has one of the more astonishing pieces of long term art embedded into its torrazzo floor. This is one of a very few installations in the world that reference the earth’s ~26,000 year precessional cycle to pre-date a…  Read More

History of religion timeline map

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 25th, 02007

Submitted by Dan Mosedale this animated map/timeline of the last 5000 years of religion is really fantastic. Also another take on that was submitted by Kevin Kelly.  I also just came across this great Historical Atlas page.

Urbanization timeline/map

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 24th, 02007

Submitted by Stewart Brand this interactive urbanization map and timeline is a nice tool for visualizing how cities have been groing over the last 60 years. I would love to see the millennial version…

Slow Food, Long Now

by Simone Davalos on May 8th, 02007

This Thursday at Fort Mason, Carlo Petrini, reigning king of the Slow Food Movement, will be discussing something along the lines of “Slow Food and Why It’s A Good Idea”. He’ll also be publicizing his new book, Slow Food Nation: A Blueprint for Changing the Way We Eat Slow food is a movement that has…  Read More

Frans Lanting, The deep past in the remote present

by Stewart Brand on April 30th, 02007

The deep past in the remote present It began on a New Jersey beach. Frans Lanting was photographing horseshoe crabs for a story about how they are being ground up for eel bait and at the same time their blood is used for drug testing—a $100 million industry. The crabs have primordial eyesight, which they…  Read More