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Blog Archive for the ‘Long-term Thinking’ Category

The Ten Thousand Things

by Danielle Engelman on May 28th, 02008

There’s a new play debuting at the Washington Ensemble Theater in Seattle inspired by Long Now and the Clock project, written by Long Now member Paul Mullin.

“It takes place in three or four different worlds that are deeply divided by time but intimately connected by ideas. It starts out 6,000 years ago. . .   Read More

Swollen Now

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 20th, 02008

The folks at Radio Lab have produced a good piece on time in general. It covers a lot of materia, some of it more campy than informative, but had some new info for me at least.


Spice Clock: A clock that tells you what time it is in the dark based on smells released. . .   Read More


by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 16th, 02008

The always wonderful Paleo Future blog has uploaded a full PDF copy of a treatise on the future done in 01963 for a now lost time capsule. It is full of optimistic predictions of what the next century will bring from an era of happy futurism. . .   Read More

The very Long Now of 01922

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

The good folks over at Paleo Future published this great nugget from the 01922 Ogden Standard predicting what the world might be like in 10,000 years (click image above for a large version). While they seem to have nailed a few things that have already come about like solar power, chemical re-breathers, and. . .   Read More

1 Millennium for €18,000?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 5th, 02008

(olive tree photo by CorinthianGulf on Flickr)
Joseph Holsten (Charter Member #637) sends in this interesting yet troubling piece from the Wall St Journal on the market for very old trees:

Nick Lloyd, who edits the online Spanish environmental journal, says the market in ancient olive trees is growing, despite the naturally. . .   Read More

Worlds oldest living root system

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 22nd, 02008

Roger Kennedy brought this story to my attention about a spruce that was nearly 10,000 years old on the mountainous border between Sweden and Norway. As it turns out the trees themselves only last several centuries, but their root systems live on. It is postulated that the root system of the one pictured above. . .   Read More

Modern human migration with real estate maps

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 21st, 02008

Former intern Jason Li sent in this brilliant “maps through time” site that shows growth in urban centers over time. Of particular interest is the Seattle mapset that shows the spike in homes built in Seattle as people moved from San Francisco after the 01906 Earthquake.

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….  Read More

California, get ready to rock

by Stuart Candy on April 17th, 02008

California is more than 99% likely to face an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater over the next thirty years, according to a new model which this week produced the first ever statewide forecast.

Associated Press reports:

New calculations reveal there is a 99.7 percent chance a magnitude 6.7 quake or larger. . .   Read More

The Stones of Matera

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 16th, 02008

I just got this great note in from our friend Davide Bocelli in Italy…
Dear Alexander,

I was thinking about “Long Now” and “housing” and I found a page on wikipedia on the very ancient town of Matera with her multimillenial heart. In Italian we call this place “Sassi di Matera” (the Stones of Matera. . .   Read More