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Blog Archive for the year 02008

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 […]

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. . .   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. . .   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. . .   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 […]

Adivasi Academy students work to save indigenous languages of India

by Laura Welcher on November 11th, 02008

In a remote region of India, students at the Adivasi Academy are working to save their tribal languages, and through their languages, their tribal cultures and knowledge as well. They certainly have their work cut out for them — many of the students have had to devise writing systems for their historically unwritten native tongues only. . .   Read More

Macro to micro etching

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 3rd, 02008

The final technical hurdle of the Rosetta Disk Project has finally been overcome.  (See Kevin Kelly’s write up of this project here) We are distributing three of the disks to their owners this month and have two remaining of this first edition.

We now have both the sides of the disk micro-etched.  The. . .   Read More