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Blog Archive for the ‘Long-term Thinking’ Category

Oldest Animal Found

by Austin Brown on November 5th, 02007

While it can’t compete with 4,000 year-old Bristlecone Pines, a clam that lived for between 405 and 410 years was found in waters off of Iceland by scientists from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences. The researchers can determine the age of a clam by counting the rings of its shell. . .   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

Generational Building

by Kevin Kelly on September 26th, 02007

Lisa Chamberblain writing in the New York Times in an article Planned City Rises Within a City in the Southwest reports on the work of Peter Calthorpe, an urban architect who has long advocated mixed use, green sensibilities, and a long-now perspective. (I used to rent the lower half of Peter’s houseboat in. . .   Read More

Engineers vs Druids

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 25th, 02007

An excellent editorial by Long Now board member Paul Saffo on the Planktos carbon sinking project came out today. It is the first in a monthly series he is writing for ABC News. Saffo does an excellent job in clarifying what has become a characteristic battle in the green tech industry.
On one side are. . .   Read More

Cistern Circles of San Francisco

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 19th, 02007

I have often wondered what the brick circles along many of the streets in San Francisco are. I had always thought they were some kind of historical marker. It turns out they represent a nice piece of long term civic planning and disaster preparedness. Each one marks a 75,000 gallon cistern that is an. . .   Read More

Gwyneth Cravens, “Power to Save the World”

by Stewart Brand on September 17th, 02007

Nuclear Footprint

In the early 1980s Gwyneth Cravens was one of the protesters against the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant on Long Island, and also participated in ban-the-bomb rallies. After 15 years of deepening familiarity with nuclear power, she says she still would ban the bomb, but she now regrets that the Shoreham reactor. . .   Read More

We are all temporal chauvinists now

by Stuart Candy on September 13th, 02007

Last month I came across an interesting Long Now-flavoured idea in an unexpected context, a feature article in Honolulu Weekly about agricultural tourism on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In it, farmer Richard Clark points out that humans, with an average lifespan of 70 plus years, are “temporal chauvinists” who like to use solar. . .   Read More

Are we being good ancestors?

by Kevin Kelly on September 10th, 02007

Jamais Cascio, friend of Long Now, and now a “foresight consultant” posted his recent speech to the Singularity Summit on his website.

Besides being a pretty fine manifesto for an open future, it started with a very long-now-ish quote:
I was reminded, earlier this year, of an observation made by polio vaccine pioneer. . .   Read More

History by the powers of ten

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 9th, 02007

Sent in by David Bryson via Stewart Brand is this nifty powers of ten mnemonic of history. Nice and concise yet covers all ten major developments since the earth began. . .   Read More

Farming loses dominance for first time in 10,000 years

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 7th, 02007

Peter Magnussen wrote an excellent blog piece on the most recent International Labour Organization report that shows that for first time in 10,000 years, farming is no longer the dominant industry on the planet.
 And thus passes a tremendous milestone in the history of our species. Farming, invented around 8000 BC, quickly dominated human. . .   Read More