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

Buddhist Bead Clock

by Paul Saffo on February 5th, 02008

  This is a wonderful clock concept — a bead drops every 5 minutes. I imagine that the beads are a Buddhist mala and it is used for meditation… The artist apparently hasn’t arranged to have this manufactured, but it sure would be a wonderful addition to the [Long Now] Clock store if it were […]

How to build the Eiffel Tower

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 31st, 02008

Since we are hoping to build a monument of cultural significance, it was great to come across this wonderful collection of blueprints and process photos from the building of the Eiffel Tower in the 01880s. What is particularly inspiring is that they built it before widespread use of electricity, the telephone, and the automobile, making. . .   Read More

10,000 Year Gears of Jade

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 28th, 02007

Here at Long Now we are now experimenting with new ways of using stone in the Clock after being introduced to Stuart Kendall and Jason Clausen, the stone crafters of Seattle Solstice. They have built new machines to cut stone in ways not before possible. Their work in large stone is machined to tolerances usually. . .   Read More

Lodestone unloads a new surprise

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 27th, 02007

We have been researching long lasting magnetic properties for use in the Clock of the Long Now. Magnetite or lodestone is a naturally occurring magnetic material that has been known for at least two millennia. These materials have held their magnetism even over geologic time scales which makes them interesting for potential use in the […]

Foucault and the Eclipse

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 18th, 02007

Over 50 years ago the French scientist Allais observed:
“During the total eclipses of the sun on June 30, 1954, and October 22, 1959, quite analogous deviations of the plane of oscillation of the paraconical pendulum were observed…” – Maurice Allais, 1988 Nobel autobiographical lecture.
And back in 01999 NASA reproduced the experiment and the effect. . .   Read More

Binary Timepiece

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 15th, 02007

This years winner of the National Watch and Clock Collectors People’s Choice award is a clock made of wood that uses a binary movement by David Holmes. It is a very cool design and a totally different take on the use of binary systems in a clock than Danny Hillis’.  You can see a. . .   Read More

Y10k Compliance

by Kevin Kelly on October 12th, 02007

Cool Tools Reader Michael Hohl figured out this wonderful way to make your computer Y10K compliant. That is, how to set your computer so that it displays the 5-digit date it will need when we reach the years after 9999: that is 10000 and beyond. In anticipation of that time, you can set this. . .   Read More

Planetarium Tellurium

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 23rd, 02007

Watchmaker Stephen Forsey has just released a new mechanical planetaria with Richard Mille watches that is quite gorgeous. There is an excellent write up of it in Watchismo. (thanks to Danielle for sending this to me by way of boingboing. . .   Read More

How many cloudy years per millennia?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 20th, 02007

(Matthew Salzer pulls a core sample from a tree on the Long Now Nevada property)

One of the ways that the 10,000 year Clock of the Long Now will stay accurate over the millennia is with a solar synchronizer. The interesting question that comes up with doing this, is that we need to understand. . .   Read More

Steampunk Goes Nano

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 24th, 02007

Danielle here at Long Now sent me this interesting BBC piece on how a group at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is looking at mechanical computing at the nano scale in order to avoid the thermal limits being approached in CMOS circuitry.

They claim to be inspired by Babbage’s decimal computing tech. It makes. . .   Read More