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Blog Archive for the year 02010

Long Quotes: John Kao

by Tyler Emerson on November 23rd, 02010

Quotes related to long-term thinking. Have a favorite quote? Share it with us in comments. “We need to see our work on innovation as involving disciplined practice, not the quest for short-term wins. This is an obvious problem in our instant-gratification, quarterly-earnings-based culture in which corporate managers (and politicians) are evaluated and rewarded based on […]

Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 22nd, 02010

This is an event that we had hoped to host this fall but could not because of our very busy production schedule.  A conversation with (Long Now Seminar speaker) Steven Johnson and (Long Now board member and speaker) Kevin Kelly who both released complimentary books in October – Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From, […]

Rachel Sussman, “The World’s Oldest Living Organisms”

by Stewart Brand on November 18th, 02010

The Missing Science of Biological Longevity
A Summary by Stewart Brand

Creative photographer Sussman showed beautiful slides of very elderly organisms. The captions were as crucial as the images—naming the species, the place, and the approximate age. You can see many of them here.

The series began with the only animal—an eighteen-foot. . .   Read More

Mountain Light

by Alex Mensing on November 15th, 02010

This timelapse is from the film TimeScapes, by the photographer Tom Lowe. It includes shots of bristlecone pine trees, which can live for nearly 5,000 years. It was featured as part of our “Long Shorts” series of short films that convey long term thinking. This Long Short was screened at Rachel Sussman’s “The. . .   Read More

1,000 years in 5 minutes

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 15th, 02010

Just saw this video of how European borders have been redrawn over the last millennium.

UPDATE: The original video was taken down, this one is from Centennia the company that made the software that made it called the “Historical Atlas 2010”, this version is less cool because its a screen capture but you get the. . .   Read More


by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 12th, 02010

CNN is running a story on the 100,000 year Finnish nuclear storage bunker.  I hope to see this at some point, I love it when people do projects that make our 10,000 year project seem short sighted…
In Finland they believe they have found a [nuclear waste] solution, with the world’s first. . .   Read More

Long Quotes: Michael Cronin

by Tyler Emerson on November 8th, 02010

Quotes related to long-term thinking. Have a favorite quote? Share it with us in comments. “It is often said that what people strive for is the greatest happiness of the greatest number, but it is worth bearing in mind that the greatest number have not yet been born. Therefore, when we speak about the greatest […]

Who Needs a Library Anyway?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 5th, 02010

I just received this nice piece on the future of books and libraries from our friends at Stanford Libraries:

Who Needs a Library Anyway?

When then-President Gerhard Casper rhetorically asked this question, 12 October 1999 – as the title of his remarks at the dedication of the Bing Wing – there was much talk in the. . .   Read More

Rosetta Disk at the Hammer Museum for an “Enormous Microscopic Evening”

by Laura Welcher on November 4th, 02010

Join Long Now’s Rosetta Project on November 6 from 4 – 7 pm at UCLA’s Hammer Museum where we team up with San Francisco-based CRITTER for an Enormous Microscopic Evening.  We’ll put a Rosetta Disk under the microscope, check out the fine (and finer) print, and maybe hunt for Easter eggs…  More. . .   Read More

Sounds of yesterday gone forever

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

One of the readers of this blog “Sinking777” commented on an earlier post and pointed out this digital dark age story on a recent study of sound recordings:
The first comprehensive study of the preservation of sound recordings in the U.S., released by the Library of Congress, also found many historical recordings already have. . .   Read More