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Blog Archive for the year 02009

Information Wants to Be Expensive

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 26th, 02009

Long Now member Tony Hansmann spotted this piece in the Wall St Journal which cites Stewart Brand’s quote on information in regard to the collapse of newspapers.

 One reason most media companies suspended normal business practices online, such as seeking subscription revenues, was a misinterpretation of one of the most powerful observations of the. . .   Read More

Whither our global linguistic future?

by Laura Welcher on February 24th, 02009

Two recent TED talks present a striking contrast in what the near-term future of human communication might be like — a multilingual world increasingly enabled by technology, or one where we all learn a lingua franca to participate in global public discourse.

Given that one out of every six people on the planet speak Mandarin. . .   Read More

Everything is amazing and nobody is happy…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 23rd, 02009

This has to be one of the best, if not most humorous, perspectives on the progress of technology in our lifetimes that I have seen. Louis CK on Conan Obrien. . .   Read More

That’s What You Call Investing for the Long Term

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

 The New York Times is carrying and interesting story on some of the oldest US bonds ever issued, which are coming due in 02009.  They are civil war bonds from 01868.  Ironic that we are just about to pay off our very first bonds in the same year that we are likely to incur the. . .   Read More

We are programmed to be interrupted.

by Austin Brown on February 20th, 02009

Wired has a great interview with an author named Maggie Jackson who has written a book about the neurobiological basis of attention and how it is affected by all the “lovely distractions” modern society provides.   Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age describes three types of attention – orientation, a general sense of. . .   Read More

Human archaeological midden

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 19th, 02009

  Paul Saffo sent in a note about this sculpture he saw on his last trip to Germany.  It reminds me of the pack rat middens archaeologists use to determine ancient climate, but made out of human relics: While in Germany on Monday, I came across this rather remarkable sculpture by Maarten Venden Eynde. (pictured […]

Funeral for Analog TV, Update

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 17th, 02009

Thank you all for coming to the February 17th, 02009 event!
• Bruce Sterling’s eulog video is now live (above).
• Four Bay Area TV stations will be going off the air tonight: KOFY (Channel 20), KCNS (Channel 38), KICU (Channel 36) and KFTY (Channel 50).
• Paul Saffo did an interview for the BBC on. . .   Read More

Dmitry Orlov, “Social Collapse Best Practices”

by Stewart Brand on February 16th, 02009

Managing social collapse

With vintage Russian black humor, Orlov described the social collapse he witnessed in Russia in the 1990s and spelled out its practical lessons for the American social collapse he sees as inevitable. The American economy in the 1990s described itself as “Goldilocks”—just the right size—when in fact is was “Tinkerbelle. . .   Read More

Nassim Nicholas Taleb on economic recovery

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 13th, 02009

This video answer sent in by Bryan Campen is one of the best considered answers to the economic crisis I have seen yet. It is a great lead in for tonight’s talk with Orlov, and points out the real hazards of how to invest stimulus funds. . .   Read More

Ticketed Long Now Events

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 7th, 02009

 After over 5 years of producing our Seminars About Long-term Thinking series (SALT) we have begun to outgrow our available venues.  We are now offering an option for people (who arrive on time) to guarantee a seat.  This is to avoid having to turn people away (which we had to do at the last two […]