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Blog Archive for the ‘The Big Here’ Category

Mount Tambora Eruption in 01815 Reverberated Across the Planet

by Charlotte Hajer on September 18th, 02015

In April of 01815, Mount Tambora – an active volcano in what is now Indonesia – erupted after a few hundred years of dormancy. For several days, it spewed hot lava and ash into the air, casting its environment in pitch black darkness. The largest observed eruption in recorded history, it was heard and felt as far as 1,600…  Read More

2,000-Year Old Termite Mounds Found in Central Africa

by Charlotte Hajer on August 28th, 02015

Much like ants, termites are a testament to the adage that a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A single termite is an almost translucent creature, no more than a few millimeters long. But put several thousand of them together, and they become capable of building expansive structures, some reaching up as…  Read More

The World’s Languages, Visualized

by Charlotte Hajer on August 11th, 02015

The South China Morning Post recently published an infographic that colorfully illustrates the distribution of the world’s most commonly spoken languages. With data taken from Ethnologue and UNESCO, among other sources, the graphic offers a variety of ways to understand global language patterns – from visualizing which languages have the largest number of native speakers,…  Read More

Himawari-8 Satellite Offers A New Look at Our Planet – 144 Times Per Day

by Charlotte Hajer on August 5th, 02015

A sense of perspective is unavoidable from 22,000 miles out. Looking down at Earth from that distance — almost three times farther than the diameter of the planet itself — allows a view of the globe as a massive organic system, pulsing with continuous movement. (NY Times) Last month, Japan’s new Himawari-8 weather satellite began…  Read More

New Horizons Probe to Send Message to Interstellar Space

by Charlotte Hajer on April 28th, 02015

If you could tell the universe about planet Earth, what would you say? The One Earth Message Initiative is sending a missive to the stars, and they want your input. The initiative’s goal is to create a message that will be digitally uploaded to a spacecraft currently making its way to the outer reaches of…  Read More

From the City to the Great Basin: a Trip to Long Now’s Mountain in Nevada

by Mikl Em on January 8th, 02015

The Big Here video documenting a drive from San Francisco to Mount Washington in eastern Nevada was made in 02009 and shown as a Long Short before Stewart Brand’s Rethinking Green SALT talk. We showed it again this week at The Great Basin in the Anthropocene talk by Scotty Strachan at The Interval. That event…  Read More

The Future Declassified at The Interval: Tuesday September 23, 02014

by Mikl Em on September 5th, 02014

Our next talk at The Interval takes as its subject the complexities of our collective global future: Mathew Burrows: The Future Declassified hosted by Paul Saffo Tuesday September 23, 02014 at 7:30pm at The Interval (doors at 6:30) Advanced Tickets are encouraged as space is limited The volatility of today’s world is apparent just by reviewing the day’s…  Read More

We are Walking Rocks: Friends of the Pleistocene Explore the Geologic Now

by Charlotte Hajer on August 30th, 02014

In The Life and Death of Buildings: On Photography and Time Joel Smith writes: Imagine making a picture using film so insensitive to light – so slow, in photographic parlance – that to burn an image onto it required an exposure of twenty-five centuries. Geologically speaking, the blink of an eye. The picture from that…  Read More

The Future of Language at The Interval: Tuesday July 22, 02014

by Mikl Em on July 18th, 02014

Laura Welcher, David Evan Harris, and Mandana Seyfeddinipur speak on Tuesday, July 22 at The Interval This Tuesday at The Interval “The Future of Language” featuring Dr. Laura Welcher of Long Now’s Rosetta Project and Global Lives Project‘s David Evan Harris, and special guest Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur of the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme who is visiting from London….  Read More

Craig Childs: Apocalyptic Planet, Field Guide to the Everending Earth — A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on July 2nd, 02014

In July 02013 author Craig Childs spoke to Long Now about his travels around the world. One of the world’s great intrepid travelers and story-tellers, Childs finds the places on Earth that are most geologically or climatically dangerous and hangs out, observing closely, then documents them from a personal as well as scientific perspective. Twice…  Read More