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Blog Archive for July, 02007

Open Source Bets

by Stephanie Gerson on July 30th, 02007

For the past few years Chris Hibbert has been working on Zócalo, an Open Source Toolkit for Prediction Markets. He writes, “my purpose in the project is to build prediction market software that people can use as a foundation for deploying many markets of this type. As I said in my proposal to CommerceNet, the…  Read More

Living furniture

by Stephanie Gerson on July 28th, 02007

Arborsculpture, a term coined by Richard Reames, “is the art of shaping trees trunks. It is often accomplished by framing, bending, grafting and pruning. [sic] Using one or many trees guided into pre designed shapes, functional or artistic, to remain living or to be harvested” (Reames). Arborsculptors engage in a very slow ‘sculpting’ of trees…  Read More

5,000 Years of Oil

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 26th, 02007

(AFP/Eric Estrade)   Artist Christo, is building one of his first long term pieces in the desert of the United Arab Emerites comprised of 390,000 oil barrels stacked 492 feet high. The project is a far cry from the ephemeral artworks for which the couple are best known, like wrapping the Berlin Reichstag and the…  Read More

Politics or foresight

by Stuart Candy on July 25th, 02007

…take your pick. (Thanks to Jamais Cascio for spotting this.) From an interview with US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, by BusinessWeek magazine: BusinessWeek: Would you consider a position in business or on Wall Street? Condoleezza Rice: I don’t know what I’ll do long-term. I’m a terrible long-term planner. ~ “A Resolute Condoleezza Rice“, BusinessWeek,…  Read More

Art in geological time

by Stuart Candy on July 24th, 02007

Domain Field (02003) :: image at I recently met British sculptor Antony Gormley at the EGS summer session in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Most of his works interpret the human body, and many of them replicate actual bodies — frequently his own. A deeply thoughtful presentation of his work during an evening seminar impressed on me…  Read More

Steampunk Goes Nano

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

Danielle here at Long Now sent me this interesting BBC piece on how a group at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is looking at mechanical computing at the nano scale in order to avoid the thermal limits being approached in CMOS circuitry. They claim to be inspired by Babbage’s decimal computing tech. It makes…  Read More

Harry Potter and the Prophecy of Prediction Markets

by Kevin Kelly on July 20th, 02007

Prediction markets can use the signals in both greed and the wisdom of the crowds to forecast. Some people are using their coin to vote for the final end of Harry Potter. As this graph from NewsFutures shows, there’s a 75% chance he’ll live. © NewsFutures Come back tomorrow to see how accurate this short…  Read More

The watch of the long now

by Stuart Candy on July 19th, 02007

Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night, tortured by the stupendous challenge of addressing your culture’s pathologically short attention span by reinventing its relationship to the passage of time? Here then, at last: a cheaper, more portable alternative to a monument-scale 10,000 year clock embedded in the side of a mountain.

2907 years of the alphabet

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 18th, 02007

  I recently came across this very nice animation of the last 2907 years of alphabet evolution. It is a remarkably condensing and simple animated illustration.

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…