Support Long-term Thinking
Support Long-term Thinking

Blog Archive for the ‘The Big Here’ Category

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

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