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The century palm

by Stuart Candy on January 17th, 02008

Image: John Dransfield / Royal Botanic Gardens via AP

Associated Press reports (via Discovery Science):
A self-destructing palm tree that flowers once every 100 years and then dies has been discovered on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, botanists said Thursday.
Local villagers have known about it for years although none had seen it in. . .   Read More

Accountable predictions

by Stuart Candy on January 8th, 02008

…by Bill Gates.

Image from the International CES website

Perhaps the central feature of the Long Now’s Long Bets project is accountability — tracking the fortunes of predictive statements and the arguments made in support of them. In a mediasphere with an attention span as short as ours, pundits, CEOs and other “thought leaders” can. . .   Read More

Instant island

by Stuart Candy on January 7th, 02008

Stills from Feed (blog) at Stash (DVD Magazine) online. Herewith, an elegant “long short” featuring the formation of an island from scratch, from the stirring of an underwater volcano to lush tropical paradise in less than sixty seconds. Okay, so it’s a beer ad — we’ll rip off long shorts wherever we find ’em. Click […]

The ultimate present

by Stuart Candy on December 15th, 02007

Ori Gersht :: Time After Time: Blow Up No. 12 (02007) :: Image at Mummery+Schnelle Featured in the September/October edition of Art on Paper magazine, the work of Israel-born, London-based photographer Ori Gersht. His series “Time After Time” (02007) features floral still lifes in the process of exploding, with a surreal and vivid beauty. The […]

A long view of world population

by Stuart Candy on December 5th, 02007

The job of the long view is to penetrate illusion. […] How can we see the insidious transformations of our own day? Slow science is part of it, applied history is part of it, and every year there are more sophisticated tools of macroscopic vision. One video going the rounds of the conferences shows the accelerating. . .   Read More

LongPen makes short work of distance

by Stuart Candy on November 20th, 02007

Author Margaret Atwood, perhaps best known for the near-future fable The Handmaid’s Tale, has invented a device called LongPen which allows writers to sign their works at a distance, replicating their hand movements. Says Atwood: It is the world’s first long-distance, real-time signing and handwriting device. … In other words, the LongPen is not an […]

Surfing the silver tsunami

by Stuart Candy on November 19th, 02007

Reuters reported in October that the first American Baby Boomer — a retired school teacher, born one second after midnight on 1 January, 01946 — has officially applied for Social Security payments. Currently, retirees seeking early benefits can apply three months before their 62nd birthday.

As the largest generation ever in the United States, the Baby Boomers. . .   Read More

We are all temporal chauvinists now

by Stuart Candy on September 13th, 02007

Last month I came across an interesting Long Now-flavoured idea in an unexpected context, a feature article in Honolulu Weekly about agricultural tourism on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In it, farmer Richard Clark points out that humans, with an average lifespan of 70 plus years, are “temporal chauvinists” who like to use solar. . .   Read More

Politics or foresight

by Stuart Candy on July 25th, 02007

…take your pick.

(Thanks to Jamais Cascio for spotting this.)

From an interview with US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, by BusinessWeek magazine:
BusinessWeek: Would you consider a position in business or on Wall Street?
Condoleezza Rice: I don’t know what I’ll do long-term. I’m a terrible long-term planner.
~ “A. . .   Read More

Art in geological time

by Stuart Candy on July 24th, 02007

Domain Field (02003) :: image at
I recently met British sculptor Antony Gormley at the EGS summer session in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Most of his works interpret the human body, and many of them replicate actual bodies — frequently his own. A deeply thoughtful presentation of his work during an evening seminar impressed on me. . .   Read More