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Blog Archive for the ‘The Big Here’ Category

Earth, as seen from Mars

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 13th, 02008

New images from the Mars HiRISE orbital camera. Yup thats us, earth, and our little moon too. . .   Read More

Intolerable Beauty

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 23rd, 02008

Prison Uniforms, 2007 10×23 feet in six vertical panels Depicts 2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of Americans incarcerated in 2005. Sean Tafller sent me this link to Chris Jordan’s photography. Hi-res photos of e-waste and his “American Portrait” depicting everything from the number of flights per day int he US to […]

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.

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

Berlin Time Machine

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 2nd, 02008

Stewart Brand sent in this spiffy UCLA project that uses historical interactive maps of Berlin through time. This is part of a larger trend I have seen from many governments and municipalities to use modern geographical information systems (GIS) to not only create maps of what is there, but to add the time element to. . .   Read More

Journey of Mankind

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 13th, 02008

 Nice animated time line of human migration sent to me by Paul Saffo (via Jim Warren).  The coolest thing I learned was the very exciting day about 80,000 years ago when a massive volcanic eruption caused a 6 year darkening of the skies. . .   Read More

Mapping in the virtual world

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

I just got an update from David Rumsey that there will be a special event at the map museum in Second Life Thursday March 6th at noon PST. MIT Tech Review is reporting that Long Now board member and mapping maven David Rumsey is launching his historical map collection in Second Life this week. A […]

Flickr Planet

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

Long Now has been playing with geo-data mash-ups recently as a potential interface for our Rosetta Project. In researching what is out there Flickr Vision and Earth Album (and TwitterVision linked off the same page) is one of the cooler geo-mash-ups I have seen. Using online mapping capability tied to social. . .   Read More

Universcale

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 28th, 02008

 Nikon Japan has put together a nice Powers of Ten style interactive Flash animation that does a great job of showing us scale with all kinds of clickable examples called Universcale.  Skip the intro and go right to the interactive part.  Thanks to Stuart Silverstone for sending this in.

First Photo from Space

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

Above is the first known image ever taken from space and our first image of the really ‘big here’. It was shot from a captured German V2 rocket launched after WWII from White Sands missile range. You can find more about the effort in this excellent article in Air & Space magazine (also the really. . .   Read More