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Blog Archive for the year 02010

Artangel Longplayer 2009 Conversation Audio Available

by Austin Brown on January 27th, 02010

As you may remember, Longplayer is a project by Jem Finer: a composition designed to last 1,000 years.  Along with a live performance of portions of the composition last year, a Long Conversation was held that lasted for 12 hours:
In parallel with a live performance in the Roundhouse’s Main Space, the Artangel. . .   Read More

China rising

by Kirk Citron on January 18th, 02010

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now.

Robert Fogel writes in Foreign Policy this month:
In 2040, the Chinese economy will reach $123 trillion, or nearly three times the economic output of the entire globe in 2000… Although it will not have overtaken the. . .   Read More

Wade Davis, “The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World”

by Stewart Brand on January 15th, 02010

Native guidance What does it mean to be human and alive? The thousands of different cultures and languages on Earth have compellingly different answers to that question. “We are a wildly imaginative and creative species,” Davis declared, and then proved it with his accounts and photographs of humanity plumbing the soul of culture, of psyche, […]

Flesh and blood long-term library

by Bryan Campen - Twitter: @bryancampen on January 12th, 02010

Great piece in the Washington Post on the future of ancient books in Timbuktu.

“A sort of ancient-book fever has gripped Timbuktu in recent years” as outsiders encounter large, family-owned collections of ancient manuscripts which remain in private hands. at the same time, Timbuktu’s residents “hope to lure the world to a. . .   Read More

How is the internet changing the way you think?

by Austin Brown on January 11th, 02010

John Brockman’s Edge has posted the responses from its members to their Annual Question.  This year they wanted to know, “How is the internet changing the way you think?”

There are over 160 short essays from members of ‘The Third Culture,’ or “those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their. . .   Read More

Generation starships: they’re not fast

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 4th, 02010

Ross Shulman sent in this great post by (one of my favorite) current science fiction writers Charles Stross about how you might design a generational starship to handle the vast distances and time involved in space travel.  Excellent read.  (excerpt below)
If you can crank yourself up to 1% of light-speed, alpha centauri is. . .   Read More

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