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

Big Ben hits the big one-five-o

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 28th, 02009

Long Now Clock engineer Paolo Salvagione sent in this excellent write up by fellow horological geek Alex Doak of Watchismo of his trip to see Big Ben ring in its 150th year.  It includes a link to animated “how Big Ben works” that is one of the best clock descriptions I have seen.  Most interesting. . .   Read More

Articulated clock hands

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 18th, 02009

I found this reference (via Engaget) to a nicely executed limited edition articulated hand clock.  I continue to be amazed at the breadth of solutions to showing the time…

Altered time lapse

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 1st, 02009

This is one of the first altered time lapse sequences I have seen.  It’s a great medium.  Nicely done by the Citizen watch company for the recent Basel World Watch Expo.  Clipped from William Gibson’ Twitter feed (@GreatDismal).

The Analog of Digital

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 26th, 02009

Swedish design group Humans Since 1982 created this digital readout called The Clock Clock made of 24 analog clocks.  Notice the time reads 09:25 digitally above.  You can go to their website to see an animation of the clocks in action as well as download the font they create. Thanks to Creobic for this. . .   Read More

3.16 Billion Cycles

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 12th, 02009

  Member Austin Quig-Hartman sent in a reference to this very cool clock project by Che-Wei Wang.  It reminds me of a clock version of Art Ganson’s “Machine with Concrete.”  What I find really interesting is that the designer ended up with  3.16 billion cycles which is basically the average number of beats a human […]

La Machine à Ecrire le Temps

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 28th, 02009

La Machine à Ecrire le Temps (translates to The Machine that Writes the Time).  A gorgeous piece presented at Baselworld 2009.  Our first versions of the Clock prototype worked with analog time that was converted through via a digital adder to time outputs, but it never occurred to me to write it out on paper…  Reminds. . .   Read More

Abandoned creations…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 17th, 02009

By the way of Chris Anderson’s TED twitterfeed I rediscovered the Artificial Owl site of “The most fascinating man-made abandoned creations + Their story and location.”  They now have a visual archive, google map, and much more content.  Really wonderful stuff, and great lessons for anyone like us trying to build long lasting artifacts. . .   Read More

Computers, Clocks, Astronomy and The Making of the Modern World

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 29th, 02009

Long Now member and close friend Susan Shea sent me this astoundingly good episode of James Burke’s “Connections”show from 01978 (It is in 5 parts).  It is the best tracing of computing technology through time and culture I have ever seen, and shows the lineage of ancient clocks to modern computers (if a. . .   Read More

Long Now on CBS Sunday morning

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 11th, 02009

On last Sunday’s CBS Sunday Morning Show they did a segment on the daylight savings switch over that featured Long Now.  Only corrections worth noting… 1.  The Clock is not meant to be “absolutely accurate”, just reasonably so.  2.  Danny Hillis is not the primary funder, we have over 2000 donors that support our. . .   Read More

Time Wheel

by Simone Davalos on January 16th, 02009

Two sand calendars…  One year “hourglasses”, each claims to the the largest.  I really wonder how those bearings are holding up on the Timewheel. (More from Oddity Central with more pics.)
The Timewheel is the world’s largest hourglass, situated in Budapest, Hungary next to City Park, right of Heroes’ Square and behind the Palace. . .   Read More

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