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Blog Archive for the year 02011

Old Data, New Uses

by Alex Mensing on October 28th, 02011

In the effort to understand our environment, scientists generally rely on natural observations to describe the earth’s past. They examine tree rings, oxygen isotopes, sedimentary rock, pollen, and many other physical records from which we can glean information. These methods are quite fruitful, and when combined they offer compelling evidence. But wouldn’t it. . .   Read More

A Thousand Years of Taxonomy to Go?

by Alex Mensing on October 27th, 02011

About ten years ago The Long Now Foundation initiated an effort to document every living organism on the planet within 25 years. The project was called All Species and while it did not make it through the dot com burst, it was continued by initiatives such as the Encyclopedia of Life and the Census of. . .   Read More

David Eagleman Lecture at Bay Area Science Festival

by Alex Mensing on October 26th, 02011

Long Now Board Member David Eagleman will be speaking as part of the Bay Area Science Festival presentation “Will We Ever Understand the Brain” on Wednesday, November 2, 02011. Eagleman will discuss with Henry Markram, coordinator of the Human Brain Project, whether the myriad functions of the brain will someday be clear to us, or […]

Laura Cunningham, “Ten Millennia of California Ecology”

by Stewart Brand on October 18th, 02011

Eco-continuity in California
A Summary by Stewart Brand
California ecology used to be much more driven by floods and fires, Cunningham said, showing with her paintings how the Great Valley would become a vast inland sea, like a huge vernal pool progressing each year from navigable water to intense flower displays to elk-grazed. . .   Read More

Simon vs. Ehrlich, Round 2

by Alex Mensing on October 13th, 02011

Roger Pielke Jr. made an observation on his blog recently regarding the past decade’s rapid increase in commodity prices and the classic debate between optimistic Cornucopians and pessimistic Malthusians. In 01990 ecologist Paul Ehrlich – who has spoken at The Long Now Foundation’s SALT series – lost a decade-long bet to economist Julian Simon. . .   Read More

Dr. Laura Welcher at the Internationalization and Unicode Conference – October 18th

by Austin Brown on October 11th, 02011

With thousands of languages and writing systems used all over the world, making computers and the web widely accessible has taken a herculean effort, with much yet to be done.

One of the main tools used in the expansion of the web’s global reach is Unicode – a database of over 193,000 characters from. . .   Read More

Farewell Roger

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 5th, 02011

 On September 30th 02011 Long Now lost of one of our own, emeritus board member Roger Kennedy.  Roger came to Long Now while we were trying to find a Clock site back in 01998.  He jumped in immediately leading us on amazing road trips throughout the south west.  His knowledge of ancient America was beyond […]

Beyond 10,000 AD

by Austin Brown on September 29th, 02011

Long Now encourages a 10,000 year perspective, but if that just isn’t enough zeroes for you, check out, a site that literally goes Beyond 10,000: Welcome to the future! Here you will find a speculative timeline of future history. Part fact and part fiction, the timeline is based on detailed research that includes analysis of […]

Slow Science

by Alex Mensing on September 26th, 02011

When it comes to  society’s propensity for compromisingly short-term thinking, not even the scientific community is immune. A recent post on John Horgan‘s blog at Scientific American discussed a few of the trends responsible for the hastiness (and resulting shoddiness) of too much of our scientific activity. Among the trends is an overemphasis on ‘popular’ […]

Mechanicrawl 02011

by Austin Brown on September 21st, 02011

This Saturday September 24th, Long Now brings back Mechanicrawl – a self-guided exploration of the mechanical marvels along San Francisco’s North Shore. A single ticket – free to members of partner organizations – provides access to all the attractions and special demonstrations going on throughout the event, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

You can get your tickets. . .   Read More