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The (other) Long View

by Kevin Kelly on June 18th, 02007

Leave it to the BBC to take the long view. Similar to our Long View chiefly in name, The Long View is a radio program hosted by
“Jonathan Freedland [who] looks for the past behind the present, and explores a moment in history which illuminates a contemporary debate.”
Here’s a list of some of. . .   Read More

Y10K Problem

by Kevin Kelly on June 15th, 02007

I just noticed there is a Wikipedia entry for the 10,000-year problem. That is, most computer operating systems today are not ready for the additional digit the year 10,000 will require in dates. This idea was sort of a joke at Long Now during the Y2K “problem” at the year 2,000. . .   Read More

History of religion timeline map

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

Submitted by Dan Mosedale this animated map/timeline of the last 5000 years of religion is really fantastic. Also another take on that was submitted by Kevin Kelly.  I also just came across this great Historical Atlas page. . .   Read More

Urbanization timeline/map

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 24th, 02007

Submitted by Stewart Brand this interactive urbanization map and timeline is a nice tool for visualizing how cities have been groing over the last 60 years. I would love to see the millennial version. . .   Read More

Richard Feynman quote

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 17th, 02007

I came across this very Long Now quote recently. It is pretty amazing to see this level of optimism from someone who worked on the Manhatten Project.

“We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of. . .   Read More

Ise is rebuilt for the 101st time…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 12th, 02007

Every 20 years the Shinto temple at Ise is rebuilt. It is an exact copy of the one that has stood there for the last twenty years. They alternate the sites so that they can complete one before taking down the last. Depending on which source you trust, this has been going on, in one. . .   Read More

Seed Vault of Svalbard

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 11th, 02007

 

A little while ago the design for the Svalbard International Seed Vault was released (BBC article).  They are building a long term vault for seed stock preservation.  Interestingly they seem to have chosen the site mainly under the assumption that the planet will only get warmer in the next 200 years.  My understanding of the. . .   Read More

Slow Food, Long Now

by Simone Davalos on May 8th, 02007

This Thursday at Fort Mason, Carlo Petrini, reigning king of the Slow Food Movement, will be discussing something along the lines of “Slow Food and Why It’s A Good Idea”. He’ll also be publicizing his new book, Slow Food Nation: A Blueprint for Changing the Way We Eat

Slow food is a movement. . .   Read More

Three of the longest scientific experiments still going

by Kevin Kelly on May 2nd, 02007

It just so happens that three of the longest running scientific experiments are located in the foyers of university physics departments. These three long-running tests were first reported as a set in a 1984 article in the European Journal of Physics. One of them, the pitch drop has achieved some internet fame. But it. . .   Read More

All Known 200-mile Objects in Solar System

by Kevin Kelly on April 1st, 02007

One long-term project for the inhabitants of earth is to arm our planet against asteroid impacts. Knowing what is out there is a big part of that protection. This wide web page is one small illustration of the larger bodies in our solar system. It depicts any body larger than 200 miles. There’s. . .   Read More