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

Forbes on Time

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 18th, 02008 has an excellent special on and about time… They were even nice enough to publish one of my answers to their “What is Time” question in the article by Elizabeth Evans.     Time is a Dimension Time’s Sleight Of Hand By Brian GreeneWhatever it is, time doesn’t behave the way you would think. […]

The Ring We Didn’t Know We Wanted ‘Til Just This Second

by Simone Davalos on April 10th, 02008

A designer named Acanthusleaf posted in the LiveJournal Clockworker’s Guild community commentary and pics of this latest project, a gorgeous armillary ring, not unlike a very, very tiny rendition of The Clock’s Orrery: This past week and a half, I have been obsessed with making this ring. It is a variation on one pictured in […]

Day Or Night?

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

The world of high end watches can get very strange. Where the least function with the highest complication, fetch the highest praise and highest price. This particular piece is no exception, but caught my eye however as I like the vague and slow representation of time. A watch using one of the most intricate mechanical […]

Lifetime Clock

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

 Many times over the years here at Long Now we have discussed the idea of a lifetime or century clock.  Betrand Planes has now made one.  A clock that ticks of 84 years…  (thanks for sending JD)

The Year X problem

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 7th, 02008

 Due to the infinite wisdom of the US Legislators and President of 02005 we will again be experiencing “daylight savings” time a few weeks earlier this year.  While I am pretty ambivalent about the daylight savings time concept, I do think the only thing sillier than changing our clocks twice a year, is randomly legislating […]

Intrinsic metal coloration

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 6th, 02008

Through a fairly low power laser process some clever folks over at the University of Rochester have come up with a way to generate an intrinsic colored surface on metals. They can even get an extremely pure black. Why is this cool? For the Clock of the Long Now project we are always on the. . .   Read More

2053 Years ago, a day was added

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 29th, 02008

Over two millennia ago Julius Caesar started adjusting the 364 day calendar to get it back in synch with the seasons causing an audible groan from mechanical calendar makers everywhere.  1500 years later Pope Gregory added two more exceptions to tune it further: There is no leap day added on even century years unless divisible. . .   Read More

Svalbard Seed Vault Opens

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

Amazingly only a few years after it begun the Seed Vault in Svalbard has opened. I cant wait to go and see how they built a multi-millennial structure so fast.
PhysOrg reports:

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened today on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds. . .   Read More

Ancient trees find life online

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

Laura Welcher just pointed me to  this Google Earth Outreach project on the ancient Bristlcone Pine tree.  These are the same trees that live atop our Nevada Clock site.  Much of the data comes from our friends over at the Arizona Tree Ring Lab that have been studying the trees on our property.  By studying. . .   Read More

An Eternal Last Goodbye

by Kevin Kelly on February 11th, 02008

Via Jad Abumrad, host of RadioLab, I came across a 18-minute loop of music commissioned by a very enlightend hospital morgue near Paris.  The composer’s assignment was: “Please write us a song that will allow family members to face the death of a loved one.”  The morgue wanted music for the. . .   Read More