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Blog Archive for the ‘The Clock of the Long Now’ Category

Communication Measures to Bridge 10 Millennia

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 16th, 02008

Excerpt from Sebeok’s “Communication Measures to Bridge 10 Millennia” for the US Office of Nuclear Waste Management.

The Long Now Foundation’s time frame of 10,000 years is often compared to the time frame for storage of nuclear waste.  We have paid a good bit of attention to the various endeavors to store. . .   Read More

Tiger’s Nest

by Peter Schwartz on July 15th, 02008

  Cathleen and I just returned from a week in Bhutan. We traveled among three cities and regions of Bhutan, staying with the Aman hotels. On the next to the last day near the town of Paro, we made the climb to Tiger’s Nest. In many ways it comes very close to what we have […]

728 ton pendulum

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 25th, 02008

 In my research of large pendulums for the 10,000 Year Clock I came across the beautifully designed tuned mass damper in the Taipei 101 tower.  Basically really tall buildings are themselves massive pendulums, as they are built to sway in the wind and earthquakes.  However very tall buildings in earthquake zones need something to. . .   Read More


by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 27th, 02008

Stewart Brand sent me this link to one of the nicest web clocks I have yet seen. Make sure you do click through as the image above does not do the animated form justice. It is called Analogy by Jessson Yip.

Swollen Now

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 20th, 02008

The folks at Radio Lab have produced a good piece on time in general. It covers a lot of materia, some of it more campy than informative, but had some new info for me at least.


Spice Clock: A clock that tells you what time it is in the dark based on smells released. . .   Read More

Orrery by Eugene Sargent

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 14th, 02008

It is wonderful to see other modern craftsmen and artists working on machines like this again.  Eugene Sargent recently completed this beautiful Orrery commission for a client.  There is a very nice write up on the client’s web site as well as this fun video of it being produced.

Amorphous metals 2.0 (a.k.a. metallic glass)

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 13th, 02008

Wired is running a cool pictorial on the new amorphous metal making techniques. These “metallic glass” materials have some amazing properties for making long lasting structures. Back in 01997 or so we tested some of these metals as pendulum flexures (as seen above).  In fact there is still test pendulum hanging on one of these. . .   Read More

Babbage Difference Engine No.2

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 8th, 02008

Our good friends from The Science Museum in London (which houses our first clock prototype) have recently completed and shipped over their historic construction of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No.2 to the Computer History Museum here in California. There is a great video of it working and an explanation at (also. . .   Read More

Clock of the Wrong Now

by Stuart Candy on April 28th, 02008

I want to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every one hundred years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years. If I hurry I should finish the clock in time to see the […]

Digital read out via analog hands

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 24th, 02008

 This astonishing clock project was brought to my attention by Austin Brown via the Make blog… note in the image above the analog clock hands forming the word  FOUR in the lower right quadrant. Dutch designer Christiaan Postma figured out how to arrange more than 150 analog clocks in such a way that at certain […]

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