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Blog Archive for the year 02009

The Dystopians – featuring Dmitry Orlov

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 4th, 02009

There is a good article by Ben McGrath in the January 26th, 02009 New Yorker (reg. required) on the economic collapse that features our upcoming speaker Dmitry Orlov, past speaker Nassim Taleb and even a mention of Kevin Kelly.  Unfortunatley the article spends a bit too much time with the likes of Howard Kunstler, who. . .   Read More

Daniel Suarez reads from DAEMON

by Danielle Engelman on January 28th, 02009

Long Now is presenting a reading and book signing of DAEMON by author Daniel Suarez, who gave a Seminar last August on “Bot-mediated Reality”.

We hope you can join us this
Sunday February 1, 02009 at 1:00 pm at:The Long Now Museum and Store
Fort Mason Center, Bldg. A
San Francisco, CA. . .   Read More

Psychology of long-term thinking

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 28th, 02009

Last Friday I attended the Prediction Markets Summit here in San Francisco.  I met Robin Hanson there who clued me into an article published in Science (subscr. req’d.) on the Psychology of Transcending the Here and Now.  Most impressive is that the study itself seems to span several decades.  Hanson wrote this up on. . .   Read More

What did the Bay Area look like 10,000 years ago?

by Austin Brown on January 26th, 02009

If Rick Prelinger didn’t dig deep enough for you, local lecture series Ask A Scientist presents Douglas Long, Chief Curator of the Department of Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California:
The hamburger joint on my corner has been there forever…or has it?? Set your time machine back to the most recent. . .   Read More

Saul Griffith, “Climate Change Recalculated”

by Stewart Brand on January 19th, 02009

The Terawatt World

Engineer Griffith said he was going to make the connection between personal actions and global climate change. To do that he’s been analyzing his own life in extreme detail to figure out exactly how much energy he uses and what changes might reduce the load. In 2007, when he started, he. . .   Read More

Note to Leibnitz and Newton… Archimedes beat you both.

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

 To those of you following the Leibnitz – Newton “who discovered calculus kerfuffle”, a  newly re-discovered Archimedes text has revealed that he actually had documented several calculus principles over 2,200 years ago.  More over at Science News on the riveting story of how x-ray fluorescence imaging revealed the underlying text after a 13th. . .   Read More

Time Wheel

by Simone Davalos on January 16th, 02009

Two sand calendars…  One year “hourglasses”, each claims to the the largest.  I really wonder how those bearings are holding up on the Timewheel. (More from Oddity Central with more pics.)
The Timewheel is the world’s largest hourglass, situated in Budapest, Hungary next to City Park, right of Heroes’ Square and behind the Palace. . .   Read More

Static Data Storage

by Heather Ryan on January 15th, 02009

Birds, long-term information storage, and poop. Two of my favorite things, and one of my not-so-favorite things are all brought together in this Genetic Archaeology piece about the valuable information retrieved from the feces of giant, extinct birds. According to the article, palaeontology researchers have been able to analyze “plant seeds, leaf. . .   Read More

Dumb materials that do smart things

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

 Stewart Brand sent me this interesting bit on a couple of potential long term building materials that have recently been discovered to be improving rather than degrading their environs:
Recently a new building, the Dives in Misericordia Church in Rome, seemed to be reducing the concentration of urban pollutants in its immediate vicinity (36). Upon. . .   Read More

How long can wood last?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 12th, 02009

On my last trip to England I visited the cathedral in Ely and was struck by the longevity of large structural beams made from a material that I dont really think of as a millennial building material… wood. The main beams that support the 170 foot tall “lantern tower” called the Octagon are about 700. . .   Read More