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Blog Archive for the year 02009

Long Now on CBS Sunday morning

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 11th, 02009

On last Sunday’s CBS Sunday Morning Show they did a segment on the daylight savings switch over that featured Long Now.  Only corrections worth noting… 1.  The Clock is not meant to be “absolutely accurate”, just reasonably so.  2.  Danny Hillis is not the primary funder, we have over 2000 donors that support our. . .   Read More

Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason

by Danielle Engelman on March 10th, 02009

The new Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason opens on Friday, March 13, 02009. Over 2 years in the making, these 20 permanent interactive science exhibits and artworks offer a deeper connection for the viewer to the surrounding landscape through scientific principles of observation and experimentation.The San Francisco Chronicle has a great article on the. . .   Read More

Stewart Brand speaks at U.C. Berkeley

by Danielle Engelman on March 10th, 02009

Stewart Brand will be speaking about Rethinking Green: How Can Information Replace Energy and Finesse the Biosphere? on Monday March 16, 02009 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

This lecture is part of the Berkeley Center for New Media’s Art, Culture and Technology Colloquium.

This lecture is free, un-ticketed and seats. . .   Read More

The Internet’s Librarian

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 9th, 02009

The economist is running a great profile on the heroic work of our good friend and ally Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive.  We used to share a building in the Presidio of SF with the Archive and I remember moving all the boxes of DLT tapes that would eventually become the invaluable  Wayback Machine. . .   Read More

Half a million years of U.S. history

by Stuart Candy on March 7th, 02009

[Image courtesy Matthew Buckingham]

“The Six Grandfathers, Paha Sapa, in the Year 502,002 C.E.” is the handiwork of Matthew Buckingham, an Iowa-born, New York-based artist, whose output, says his website, “questions the role that social memory plays in contemporary life. His projects create physical and social contexts that encourage viewers to. . .   Read More

City Builder

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 6th, 02009

The beautifully crafted short above by Bruce Banit (via Kevin Kelly’s blog) depicts a fantastical yet believable world building interface, in a future that does not feel too far off from where Google Sketch Up is now.  As if to prove that point, Stewart Brand sent over the below reference:

 This virtual “Telematics City. . .   Read More

History of Life in 60 seconds

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 5th, 02009

Video by Claire Evans
As part of SEED Magazine’s Darwin anniversary articles here is “a video experiment in scale, condensing 4.6 billion years of history into a minute.” I thought it a worthy entry into our “Long Shorts” category.
The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds is an experiment in scale: By condensing. . .   Read More

Europe Between the Oceans

by Austin Brown on March 4th, 02009

Long Now Member Michael C. sent word about a great book review on the Atlantic’s Editor’s Choice for December.  The book is Europe Between the Oceans by Barry Cunliffe, and it recounts 10,000 years of European history starting in 9,000 BC.
I can’t think of a better gift this year. . .   Read More

Wall Street Rejects Short-Term Thinking

by Stuart Candy on February 27th, 02009

Embraces Shorter-Term Thinking

[Image: NYSE by Flickr user Ernst Moeksis]

This stellar piece of reporting, published earlier in the month at Onionesque news site Red Tractor USA, speaks for itself.

NEW YORK – It was champagne and truffles on Wall Street last Monday as the Dow soared almost two whole points during a five minute. . .   Read More

The Kessler Syndrome

by Austin Brown on February 27th, 02009

The recent collision of two satellites in orbit represents a pretty serious problem for proponents of spaceflight.  Some scientists are discussing ways of cleaning up the increasing amounts of debris in earth orbit.  They’re worried that more and more junk flying around up there will make it difficult for humanity to reliably operate satellites. . .   Read More