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

The watch of the long now

by Stuart Candy on July 19th, 02007

Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night, tortured by the stupendous challenge of addressing your culture’s pathologically short attention span by reinventing its relationship to the passage of time? Here then, at last: a cheaper, more portable alternative to a monument-scale 10,000 year clock embedded in the side of a mountain.

Thinking long, building big

by Stuart Candy on July 11th, 02007

Projected view of New York’s skyline after constructionof Ground Zero Memorial :: image from timesonline.co.uk

Here at The Long Now we’re always interested in large-scale, ambitious architecture projects, partly because, of course, designing and building the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now offers a few large-scale challenges of. . .   Read More

Orrery

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 5th, 02007

This is the first working prototype of the Orrery, or planetary display for the 10,000 Year Clock. This prototype was just recently re-installed at our San Francisco Museum & Store. This part of the clock might help future visitors understand other parts of the clock by accurately showing the positions of the human. . .   Read More

Solar Synchronizer

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 4th, 02007

Long Now recently completed this prototype of the Solar Synchronizer for the 10,000 Year Clock, and it is now on display at our San Francisco Museum & Store. This mechanism will help the Clock keep accurate time over the millennia. While the Clock’s day to day time-keeper is a slow pendulum, a. . .   Read More

Maker Faire Bay Area 02007

by admin on May 3rd, 02007

We arrived at Maker Faire early on Saturday morning, ready to display and demonstrate several parts of the 10,000 Year Clock to the anticipated 40,000 attendees – and with our table located at one of the main entrances, we were soon surrounded! The Clock mechanisms and Danny Hillis’ blueprints received a lot of attention. . .   Read More

How to Build a Pyramid

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 29th, 02007

Forwarded to me by Stewart Brand is an amazing article from Archaology Magazine on the construction of the Great Pyramids. After analyzing a 25 year old micro-gravimetric study that showed a spiraling sub structure, it was determined that the pyramids were built with a spiraling ramp as part of the internal structure.

A microgravimetry. . .   Read More

Archaeologists Unearth German Stonehenge

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 29th, 02007

Forwarded to me by Danielle here at Long Now…

Complete article can be found here.

German experts on Thursday hailed Europe’s oldest astronomical observatory, discovered in Saxony-Anhalt last year, a “milestone in archaeological research” after the details of the sensational find were made public.
On Thursday, German experts toasted the discovery as a. . .   Read More

World’s Largest Sundial

by Kevin Kelly on March 27th, 02007

Found via Kircher Society

 
This past September the French army installed 600 one meter square reflective panels in the shape of Roman numerals on the sands of Mont Saint-Michel, a small rocky island off the coast of Normandy. The island’s 150-foot abbey spire cast a shadow three quarters of a mile. . .   Read More

2,300 Year Old Solar Observatory in Peru

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 1st, 02007

The BBC is reporting on a site in Peru known as the Thirteen Towers. The thirteen notches line up with where the sun sets throughout the year.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6408231.stm. . .   Read More

Antikythera Redux

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

Nice piece by BBC on the latest work on the Antikythera Mechanism. This example of a 2000 year old astronomical computer being reconstructed out of relics from the bottom of the mediterranean is very encouraging for our Clock project…

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6191462.stm. . .   Read More