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Overview: Earth and Civilization in Macroscope

by Ahmed Kabil on May 29th, 02018

“Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside, is available…a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.“ — Astronomer Fred Hoyle, 01948 I. “Why Do You Look In A Mirror?” InFebruary 01966, Stewart Brand, a month removed from launching a multimedia psychedelic festival that inaugurated the hippie counterculture, sat on the roof of his apartment…  Read More

The Role of Art in Addressing Climate Change: An interview with José Luis de Vicente

by Ahmed Kabil on May 15th, 02018

“Sounds super depressing,” she texted. “That’s why I haven’t gone. Sort of went full ostrich.” That was my friend’s response when I asked her if she had attended Després de la fi del món (After the End of the World), the exhibition on the present and future of climate change at the Center of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona…  Read More

A Tribute to the Late Larry Harvey

by Ahmed Kabil on May 1st, 02018

The late Larry Harvey, founder of Burning Man, on what makes the festival so unique. From Larry Harvey’s 02014 Long Now Seminar “Why The Man Keeps Burning,” which you can watch in full here.

This is How You Perform a Piece of Music 1,000 Years Long

by Ahmed Kabil on April 25th, 02018

  Jem Finer’s initial calculations for his Longplayer project, (01995). Time is evoked in music in countless ways. In the first article in this series, we explored some of the long-term themes in Brian Eno’s work and traced that influence to his involvement with the 10,000-Year Clock. Through generative music — a compositional technique that uses a small set of…  Read More

Tim O’Reilly’s Book List for the Manual for Civilization

by Mikl Em on April 20th, 02018

Tim O’Reilly speaking at The Interval at Long Now in January 02018. Photo: Gary Wilson In 02009 Tim O’Reilly told Forbes magazine how studying Greek and Latin Classics had influenced his business career: John Cowper Powys noted in The Meaning of Culture, [that] culture (vs. mere education) is how you put what you’ve learned to work in your own life, seeing the world around…  Read More

Michael Frachetti: Lessons from the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

by Ahmed Kabil on March 26th, 02018

In 02011, anthropologist Michael Frachetti discovered a lost city that holds clues to how civilizations rise and fall when diverse communities integrate. From Michael Frachetti’s Long Now Seminar “Open Source Civilization and the Unexpected Origins of the Silk Road” which you can watch in full here.

James Turrell, Earthworks, and Monuments of Deep Time

by Ahmed Kabil on March 26th, 02018

James Turrell’s “Roden Crater.” Source: James Turrell As installation begins at the Texas site for Long Now’s monumental 10,000 Year Clock, it’s worth taking a step back to examine the Clock’s larger artistic context and its place in the history of Land Art in the American West. Long Now’s staff and many of the individuals working on the project and serving on…  Read More

Paleolithic Cave Paintings Appear to be the Earliest Examples of Sequential Animation and Graphic Narrative

by Ahmed Kabil on March 24th, 02018

In the 02010s, the animated GIF, for better or worse, took hold as the visual language of internet culture. The ubiquity and increased power of mobile devices enabled users to share animations with ease. And share they did. In 02016, the GIF-sharing site Giphy revealed that its 100 million daily active users sent 1 billion GIFs…  Read More

Clock of the Long Now – Installation Begins

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 20th, 02018

  “The Long Now is the recognition that the precise moment you’re in grows out of the past and is a seed for the future.”                   – Brian Eno (founding board member of The Long Now Foundation) After over a decade of design and fabrication, we have…  Read More

How Warren Buffett Won His Multi-Million Dollar Long Bet

by Ahmed Kabil on February 17th, 02018

This year, Warren Buffett won his multi-million dollar, decade-long Long Bet. From the preacher warning that the day of reckoning is nigh, to the sports analyst prognosticating about the outcome of next week’s big game, to the fortune teller calling for hard times in Mercury retrograde, predictions are pervasive, but accountability is rare. That the vast majority of predictions…  Read More