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Blog Archive for the ‘The Big Here’ Category

Our thin skin (of water and air)

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 7th, 02009

On the left: “All the water in the world (1.4087 billion cubic kilometres of it) including sea water, ice, lakes, rivers, ground water, clouds, etc.” On the right: “All the air in the atmosphere (5140 trillion tonnes of it) gathered into a ball at sea-level density.” Re-blogged from Forgetomori.

Wonderfest 02008

by Austin Brown on October 23rd, 02008

On November 1st and 2nd, Stanford University and UC Berkeley will be hosting a gathering of the “scientific community.”  You don’t need tenure to get in, though.  The goal of Wonderfest is to bring together all who are curious, regardless of institutional ranking, to celebrate the scientific quest for truth and to hear a. . .   Read More

Data Globes

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

 I recently came across these amazing data driven globe’s from Yale’s G-Econ group.  The one above represents population density, but their tool allows for all kinds of data to drive the topology from average rainfall to distance from coastlines. . .   Read More

Multi-millennial seed resurrection

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

 The always cool Genetic Archaeology blog has a nifty article on a team of researchers that have managed to get some 2000 year old dates to germinate and produce a tree.  The dates were excavated from the Masada which as built 2044 years ago, and carbon dating of other seeds confirmed their age.  Not quite. . .   Read More

The slow burn

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 18th, 02008

Long term fire.  It turns out there are many very long lasting fires.  I became interested in the way fire moves underground back in 02000 when I saw parts of the Long Now property on fire, and the fire was spreading through the root systems of trees.  Every 5 minutes or so a tree would […]

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