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Blog Archive for the year 02007

Jim Henson’s “Time Piece”

by Simone Davalos on November 16th, 02007

This short film is a groovy meditation on time in a few of its facets:

“Dislocation in time, time signatures, time as a philosophical concept, and slavery to time are some of the themes touched upon in this nine-minute, experimental film, which was written, directed, and produced by Jim Henson-and starred Jim Henson. . .   Read More

Rosetta mistaken for killer asteroid!

by Laura Welcher on November 16th, 02007

During its recent gravity assist flyby, the Rosetta craft was mistaken for an Earth-threatening asteroid! From Sky and Telescope:

“The spacecraft was unknowingly ‘discovered’ on November 7th by astronomers in Arizona scanning the skies for Earth-threatening asteroids. They dutifully reported the 20th-magnitude blip in their images to the Minor Planet Center here. . .   Read More

Binary Timepiece

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 15th, 02007

This years winner of the National Watch and Clock Collectors People’s Choice award is a clock made of wood that uses a binary movement by David Holmes. It is a very cool design and a totally different take on the use of binary systems in a clock than Danny Hillis’.  You can see a. . .   Read More

Robo-scribe, the future of “hand made”

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 14th, 02007

  The German art group Robotlab has re-purposed an industrial robot to “hand” write a Martin Luther bible.  While in this instance there is not much feeling in the characters, one could easily imagine an algorithm that randomly introduces small errors to make it feel more hand made.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able […]

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, “Enduring Principles for Changing Times”

by Stewart Brand on November 12th, 02007

Principles against panic

“Everything looks like a failure in the middle.” Any new enterprise, Kanter explained, encounters roadblocks. As the obstacles multiply, the situation looks hopeless. That’s when deeply held principles and and the long view are most needed to get you past the panic.

To characterize America’s current winter of discontent she. . .   Read More

Last chance to wave goodbye to the Rosetta disk

by Laura Welcher on November 9th, 02007

Get out your telescopes!


“Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft is rapidly approaching Earth for a close flyby on Nov. 13th. The gravity assist maneuver, bringing the probe only 5301 km above the Pacific Ocean, will fling Rosetta toward its 10-year destination: Comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Amateur astronomers with mid-sized. . .   Read More

1,000 Year Clock of planted trees

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 7th, 02007

Paolo Savagione (lead engineer on our Clock Project) sent in this nifty video of a 1000 year forestry-clock idea in France. We have talked about ideas like this for the 10,000 Year Clock, but this is the first simulation of such an idea I have seen. I think however that there might be. . .   Read More

Digitization And Its Discontents

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 6th, 02007

In the recent New Yorker is an excellent article by Grafton on creating the Universal Library with our modern digital tools. (sent in by Long Now member Bryan Campen) Most interesting is its historical survey of the universal library idea, which reminded me of Alex Wright’s work. The article shows how fraught with pitfalls. . .   Read More

Oldest Animal Found

by Austin Brown on November 5th, 02007

While it can’t compete with 4,000 year-old Bristlecone Pines, a clam that lived for between 405 and 410 years was found in waters off of Iceland by scientists from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences. The researchers can determine the age of a clam by counting the rings of its shell. . .   Read More

NY Times Magazine: “The Future is Drying Up”

by Camron Assadi - Twitter: @teiwaz on October 25th, 02007

The cover story from the of the New York Times Magazine this past weekend is entitled “The Future is Drying Up,” an excellent look at the work being done in the near term to cover the population explosion in the American West, as water resources become harder to allocate. It’s definitely worth a read. . .   Read More