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Blog Archive for the ‘The Big Here’ Category

Observational Time with John Goodman

by Simone Davalos on October 15th, 02009

John Goodman is an engineer that admires intuition, a reluctant artist who enjoys elegant approximations. His best known creation, The Annosphere, was recently showcased at the Cambridge Science Festival in Massachusetts, where he lives and works. The Annosphere tells time, but more usefully, it presents time. It shows you sunrise and sunset, the start of […]

The Big Here video – Trip to Long Now’s Nevada site

by Alex Mensing on October 9th, 02009

This time lapse and other footage of driving from San Francisco to the site of the Long Now 10,000 Year Clock in September of 02009 was produced by Sustainable Media. The audio was recorded in interviews on site and shortly after the trip. This 5 minute edit was made as part of our “Long. . .   Read More

Wheel of Stars

by Austin Brown on October 7th, 02009

Via BoingBoing this morning comes a wonderful ambient music generating clock of the stars.  Jim Bumgardner created this piece and explains it thusly:
To make this, I downloaded public data from Hipparcos, a satellite launched by the European Space Agency in 1989 that accurately measured over a hundred thousand stars. The data I downloaded contains. . .   Read More

Oldest Living Things in The World

by Kevin Kelly on September 29th, 02009

Besides the canonical Bristlecone Pine, there are many other organism on earth that will outlive you. Photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling around the world to find and photograph them. I’m surprised by the number and variety of long-lived organisms. I very much like that she includes the low lifes — lichen and so forth. […]

Atlas Obscura

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 25th, 02009

 Kent Corbell sends in this wonderful website, the Atlas Obscura.  A crowd-sourced, yet curated collection of the worlds most wondrous treasures.  As a collector of such places I was amazed to find many many new sites to me.  Including a clock museum in Austria that apparently has a 8820 year clock, a site in the […]

650 Million Years in 1.2 Minutes

by Kevin Kelly on July 15th, 02009

This ultra time-lapse simulation of tectonic drift shows how dynamic our home planet it. The clip portrays the most recent 400 million-year geological history of the continents of Earth, and a prediction of its next 250 million years, all in 70 seconds. I love the way New York comes crashing into London in the far […]

The Long Book

by Kevin Kelly on July 14th, 02009

Good things can be done over long times. Oxford University, with its multi-century history and perspective, is one of the few institutions to support very long-term projects. Oxford University Press will this year release a book that has taken almost 45 years to finish. It’s the world’s largest thesaurus — and includes. . .   Read More

Galactic Center Rising

by Kevin Kelly on May 18th, 02009

A shift in time can shift our perspective, which is why time lapse photography can be so powerful. Here is a simple time lapse of the night sky, using a wide-angle lens. You get a Big Here/Long Now experience.

But the Canon 5D used to capture this was modified by replacing the standard. . .   Read More

Europe Between the Oceans

by Austin Brown on March 4th, 02009

Long Now Member Michael C. sent word about a great book review on the Atlantic’s Editor’s Choice for December.  The book is Europe Between the Oceans by Barry Cunliffe, and it recounts 10,000 years of European history starting in 9,000 BC.
I can’t think of a better gift this year. . .   Read More

The Kessler Syndrome

by Austin Brown on February 27th, 02009

The recent collision of two satellites in orbit represents a pretty serious problem for proponents of spaceflight.  Some scientists are discussing ways of cleaning up the increasing amounts of debris in earth orbit.  They’re worried that more and more junk flying around up there will make it difficult for humanity to reliably operate satellites. . .   Read More