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Blog Archive for the year 02012

The Interval at Long Now Bottle Keep: Time in a Bottle

by Mikl Em on November 28th, 02012

Lance Winters, Master Distiller of St. George Spirits, says the nature of his craft is to archive the essence of a time and place. Lance has helped us make an aromatic gin featuring Juniper berries harvested amongst the 5,000 year-old Bristlecone Pines on Long Now’s Nevada site. Our gin will only be served at the […]

Lazar Kunstmann and Jon Lackman, “Preservation Without Permission”

by Austin Brown on November 27th, 02012

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

Preservation without Permission: the Paris Urban eXperiment
Tuesday November 13, 02012 – San Francisco

Video is up on the Kunstmann and Lackman Seminar page for Members.
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Audio is up on the Kunstmann and Lackman Seminar page, or you. . .   Read More

Charles Mann on the State of the Species

by Austin Brown on November 26th, 02012

Charles Mann, a former SALT speaker, asks (and gets pretty deep into answering):
Why and how did humankind become “unusually successful”? And what, to an evolutionary biologist, does “success” mean, if self-destruction is part of the definition? Does that self-destruction include the rest of the biosphere? What are human beings in the grand. . .   Read More

Help Long Now build a new space for long-term thinking

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 15th, 02012

The Long Now Foundation is creating a new place for ideas, and it will serve great cocktails! We have begun a campaign to transform our space in Fort Mason into a salon, museum, cafe and bar.  We invite you to check out the video and if you can, please support us by reserving a Founders […]

Peter Warshall Seminar Primer

by Austin Brown on November 13th, 02012

“Enchanted by the Sun: The CoEvolution of Light, Life, and Color on Earth”
Wednesday November 28, 02012 at the Cowell Theater, San Francisco

Peter Warshall’s work is aimed at helping people understand the cultural and ecological systems in which they’re embedded. He studied biology at Harvard, anthropology under Claude Lévi-Strauss, and. . .   Read More

Our Story in 1 Minute

by Austin Brown on November 8th, 02012

Our Story in 1 Minute – a quick, inspiring reminder of how far we’ve come, with original music by MelodySheep aka John Boswell.

(Thanks, Stuart. . .   Read More

The Bedrock of Politics

by Alex Mensing on November 6th, 02012

NPR’s Robert Krulwich recently shared on his blog a fantastic stitching together of processes that operate on vastly different time scales: geology, economics and politics. It took the eye of a geologist – Steven Dutch – to recognize the deep-time significance of a narrow corridor of counties running through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and into the. . .   Read More

Looking Back on the 21st Century

by Charlotte Hajer on November 5th, 02012

“These days, excess energy is very expensive, but for most people it just doesn’t matter. Most communities are locally self-sufficient. Everyone grows food using permaculture principles. Agricultural monoculture became deeply unfashionable during the great GM disease outbreaks of the 2030s. During the chaos, we were smart enough to keep the Internet going. Giving. . .   Read More

The Long History of New World Wine

by Charlotte Hajer on November 2nd, 02012

The term “New World Wine” may be a bit of a misnomer.

In 01976, a British wine merchant introduced California wines to France by organizing a blind tasting event for local connoisseurs. To everyone’s great surprise, bottles from California won first place in each category, and thereby earned a place on the international map. . .   Read More

Preserving Virtual Worlds

by Catherine Borgeson on November 1st, 02012

“This is our history, and just a handful of people are saving it.”
— PixelVixen707, screen name of “Rachael Webster,” a fictional character in the alternate reality game Personal Effects: Dark Art

Virtual games are becoming cultural artifacts. Yes, they are commodities, (the global market for video games is forecast to hit $82 billion by 02017. . .   Read More