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

Pendulum, Escapement Prototypes Installed in Museum

by Austin Brown on June 24th, 02010

photos by Contessa Trujillo After its initial public appearance at this year’s Maker Faire followed by an evening at the Exploratorium, the escapement, circular pendulum and Clock face were installed at our Long Now Museum and Store at Fort Mason Center and can be viewed seven days a week – just check our website first […]

The woman that programmed the first computer

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 17th, 02010

“Long Shorts” – short films that exemplify long-term thinking.  Please submit yours in the comments section…

Information Pioneers: Ada Lovelace from Information Pioneers on Vimeo.

This is a nice intro to Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer who wrote programs for Babbage’s mechanical computer. While this computer is similar to the binary mechanical computer. . .   Read More

Climate Change and Accurate Timekeeping

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 24th, 02010

One of the critical elements of the Clock of the Long Now to keep good time over ten millennia is the part of the clock that is synchronized to solar noon. We have several schemes that allow this mechanical synch from sunlight, but one of the questions that came up as we designed these systems. . .   Read More

Scientists vs. Pulsars

by Austin Brown on April 14th, 02010

Technology Review has an article up in which some physicists defend their clock-making chops.  It seems they feel pulsars are getting more credit than they deserve in the public perception of accurate time-keeping: So accurate are pulsar signals that when they were discovered, astronomers gave serious credence to the idea that they were evidence of […]

Prototype I, Book of Drawings

by Austin Brown on April 12th, 02010

Long Now has compiled a record of all of the drawings made to create the first 10,000 Year Clock Prototype into a new book. Geared towards the mechanically inclined, this book has the technical drawing of every part used in the first prototype. It also includes several math notebooks and spreadsheets that Danny Hillis used […]

Resetting the Zero Point of Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 5th, 02010

The good folks at Atlas Obscura pointed me to this fantastic story on an archaeological find near the Syrian Border in Turkey that pushes back the date of great stonework, and in effect the beginning of known civilization, by many millennia. (snippet below)
Standing on the hill at dawn, overseeing a team of 40 Kurdish. . .   Read More


by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 23rd, 02010

I always keep an eye out for sprial clock dial designs as it has always seemed to be a great way to make longer term dials on a clock face.  Jaeger-LeCoultre does it with a 1000 year dial on a limited edition run of their Atmos Du Millenaire Atlantis (seen below).  But the video. . .   Read More

Mechanical Computing Videos

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 20th, 02010

Patrick Tufts sent in these absolute gems.  Historical training videos for mechanical computers from the US Navy which used them as fire control computers.  It is so easy to forget where modern computers got their start.  We assume they are all gray boxes with monitors attached, but back in the good old days they were. . .   Read More

Rosetta and Long Now on Life After People

by Bryan Campen - Twitter: @bryancampen on February 4th, 02010

Rosetta Project Director Laura Welcher recently took part in a segment on The History Channel’s Life After People series. In an episode titled “Crypt of Civilization,” Laura discusses the Rosetta Disk and The 10,000 Year Clock.   

The central question of the series is “How long would it last?” The series explores various materials, systems […]

Thomas Jefferson and the Clock of the Long Now

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 24th, 02009

Thomas Jefferson and the Clock of the Long Now

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