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Blog Archive for the year 02008

Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes

by Austin Brown on December 4th, 02008

If Indiana Jones had been created by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Stephen Pinker instead of Lucas and Spielberg, he might have been something like Daniel Everett.  His story is as visceral as it is intellectual – it’s got love, beauty, pain and suffering in the South American jungle and a high-stakes search to understand the…  Read More

Long View Recycling for a Continent

by Kevin Kelly on December 2nd, 02008

Because of the name I noticed this art project: The Art of Recycling in Antarctica: The Long View According to the NSF site: The “Art of Recycling in Antarctica: The Long View” project conceived by artist, Michael Bartalos will result in a sculptural book made from recyclable materials collected at McMurdo and South Pole stations…  Read More

Long Bets timeline

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 2nd, 02008

I met Derek Dukes the other night the founder of Dipity, the maker of the coolest web based timeline software I have seen yet.  You can manually generate timelines, or set up a timeline that is auto-generated out of RSS feeds, Twitters, Facebook updates, etc.  He set up a timeline for Long Bets in about…  Read More

Long Now Media Update

by Danielle Engelman on December 2nd, 02008

The latest Seminars About Long-term Thinking are now available as audio downloads or podcasts and in hi-res video for Long Now members. *Drew Endy and Jim Thomas in “Synthetic Biology Debate” – audio up now, video coming soon

Mt Rushmore Hall of Records

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 24th, 02008

It turns out that Borglum, the man behind Mt Rushmore, also built an underground area behind the giant presidential heads to be a “Hall of Records” (entrance pictured above). “Into this room the records of what our people aspired to and what they have accomplished should be collected and preserved, and on the walls of…  Read More

Long-term materials testing on the ISS

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 19th, 02008

 Through our partnership with Applied Minds we were invited to include one of our materials on a NASA material experiment called MISSE on the International Space Station. We included a sample of commercially pure titanium, that was black oxide coated, and laser etched (pictured below).  This is the same material/process that we made the front…  Read More

Drew Endy & Jim Thomas “Synthetic Biology Debate”

by Stewart Brand on November 18th, 02008

Terms of biocontainment “I want to develop tools that make biology easy to engineer,” Drew Endy began. The first purpose is better understanding fundamental biological mechanisms through “learning by building.” The toolkit of Synthetic Biology starts with DNA construction and ascends through DNA parts, to devices, to standardized systems. An organism’s DNA code, and therefore…  Read More

Land art listed and iconified

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 17th, 02008

 Kevin Kelly sent in this well organized site of US land art with spiffy icons, GPS coordinates and websites for each. (Spiral Jetty, Star Axis and Roden Craters icons shown above).

Underground Wonders

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 13th, 02008

This is an updated post of one of my early blog entries here at the Blog of the Long Now.  Over the last couple years I have found even more amazing underground and stonework spaces. Since we hope to build the space for the 10,000 Year Clock underground, for the last 10 years I have…  Read More

Long Now Wine Gets High Marks

by Austin Brown on November 13th, 02008

Long Now’s eponymous red wine by the Pelissero winery was recently reviewed by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.  Both the 2005 and 2006 vintages received “outstanding” ratings of 92. Antonio Galloni says, The 2005 Long Now possesses awesome richness, nuance and detail. A blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera, it sweeps across the palate with tons of…  Read More