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Blog Archive for the year 02009

Frame your Google with Afaan Oromoo

by Laura Welcher on April 8th, 02009


Oromo, a language of Ethiopia with about 9,000,000 speakers, now joins languages like Mandarin, English and Spanish — languages with hundreds of millions of speakers — (and yes, Elmer Fudd-speak and Klingon) as the newest addition to Google’s multilingual interface.   This translation effort was made possible by over four years of work by. . .   Read More

Slow Down London

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 2nd, 02009

For those of you in the UK, on April 24th the Slow Down London festival begins its 10 day celebration of slowness.  Our good friend David Rooney, curator of timekeeping at Greenwich’s Royal Observatory, will be kicking it off with a free talk at the National Portrait Gallery.  Here is a write up in. . .   Read More

Computers, Clocks, Astronomy and The Making of the Modern World

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 29th, 02009

Long Now member and close friend Susan Shea sent me this astoundingly good episode of James Burke’s “Connections”show from 01978 (It is in 5 parts).  It is the best tracing of computing technology through time and culture I have ever seen, and shows the lineage of ancient clocks to modern computers (if a. . .   Read More

Data Rot

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 27th, 02009

David Pogue has been doing some good reporting on digital longevity.  Today he posted the transcript of an interview he did with the folks down at the Computer History Museum.

The interview does not leave us with much hope for digital data.  The upside to this is that the problem will hopefully get broader attention. . .   Read More


by Kevin Kelly on March 24th, 02009

There’s a new mood: collapse. Former President Reagan defined a recession as when your friend lost his job, and a depression as when you lost your job. Collapse is when no one has a job; in fact there are no longer any such things as jobs to be had. Google Trends showing number of news […]

Rosetta Disk 1.0 Browseable Archive – now available online

by Laura Welcher on March 23rd, 02009

A fully browseable version of the Rosetta Disk is now available online at The Rosetta Project website. Using this link, you can virtually browse and explore the contents of the disk, just as you would if you were looking at the micro-etched Rosetta Disk with a high-powered microscope.  The viewer for the digital version of […]

Daniel Everett, “Endangered Languages, Lost Knowledge and the Future”

by Stewart Brand on March 23rd, 02009

Language revolution

The Pirahã tribe in the heart of the Amazon numbers only 360, spread in small groups over 300 miles. An exceptionally cheerful people, they live with a focus on immediacy, empiricism, and physical rigor that has shaped their unique language, claims linguist Daniel Everett.

The Pirahã language has no numbers or concept of. . .   Read More

Are We Losing Our Memory?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 22nd, 02009

The solid line–representing the life-expectancy in years of each recording medium–declines through the years.

Tim O’Reilly pointed me to this digital loss piece in Lost Magazine by Alexander Stille.  And Paul Saffo sent me the referred to Yale article AS WELL AS this amazing update on the recovery NASAs moon exploration. . .   Read More

Long Now on Public Radio International

by Danielle Engelman on March 15th, 02009

The PRI show “To The Best of Our Knowledge” aired their weekly segment today on the subject of time.  They included a segment on Long Now.   You can listen via Podcast by clicking this link (it is the second of the three segments dated 3/13/02009. . .   Read More

The funeral for analog news… by Clay Shirky

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 14th, 02009

A multitude of tweets from people like Tim O’Reilly and Nion McEvoy pointed me to this excellent piece on the end of analog news by (past seminar speaker) Clay Shirky.  Not to be missed, here is an excerpt:

“When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding. . .   Read More