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Blog Archive for the ‘The Big Here’ Category

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

Naming of a new world

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 14th, 02007

 Reuters is running this interesting story about a map created in 01507 that is the first to have named the new world “America”.  Even more interesting is how accurately it shows unexplored territories such as South America (within 70 miles of accuracy), and shows the Pacific Ocean which was not known to have existed at. . .   Read More

Half Earth Catalog

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 13th, 02007

This excellent Toles cartoon from the October 14th Washington Post was sent in by Paul Saffo.

100 Year Photo Blog

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 28th, 02007

 
 I came across this wonderful blog of historical photos recently.  The photo above was taken in 1858 of the temple at Karnak.  It is interesting to look up modern photos on Flickr of these same things.  For instance the columns in the above photos seem to have all been excavated in the last 150 years. . .   Read More

The Spread of Slow

by Kevin Kelly on November 26th, 02007

A great Metafilter posting about the spread of Slowing Down — not just slow food, but slow everything else.  The posting — which has links for all these slow threads — announces:

Beginning with Slow Food in 1986, the idea of rejecting the “cult of speed” has gradually spread from a focus on food into other fields. . .   Read More

the small-but-growing virtual here

by Stephanie Gerson on November 23rd, 02007

Alexa.com allows users to compare traffic to different websites through time according to reach, rank, and page views and using various levels of magnification. It’s fascinating to compare not only the quantity of traffic, but the shape of growth curves. For example, although Facebook is still slightly behind MySpace in terms reach (though it appears […]