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Blog Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Richard Rhodes, “Twilight of the Bombs”

by Stewart Brand on September 22nd, 02010

Bomb Ban
A Summary by Stewart Brand

The evening began with a short version of Isao Ishimoto’s animation of all the world’s atomic explosions in the period 1945 to 1998. The total is shocking to most people—2,053. Rhodes commented that seeing the bomb tests on a world map over time shows. . .   Read More

Mechanical Computing Videos

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 20th, 02010

Patrick Tufts sent in these absolute gems.  Historical training videos for mechanical computers from the US Navy which used them as fire control computers.  It is so easy to forget where modern computers got their start.  We assume they are all gray boxes with monitors attached, but back in the good old days they were. . .   Read More

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

Michael Pollan, “Deep Agriculture”

by Kevin Kelly on May 6th, 02009

Making farmers cool again

Farming has become an occupation and cultural force of the past. Michael Pollan’s talk promoted the premise — and hope — that farming can become an occupation and force of the future. In the past century American farmers were given the assignment to produce lots of calories cheaply, and they did. They. . .   Read More

Computers, Clocks, Astronomy and The Making of the Modern World

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 29th, 02009

Long Now member and close friend Susan Shea sent me this astoundingly good episode of James Burke’s “Connections”show from 01978 (It is in 5 parts).  It is the best tracing of computing technology through time and culture I have ever seen, and shows the lineage of ancient clocks to modern computers (if a. . .   Read More

Saul Griffith, “Climate Change Recalculated”

by Stewart Brand on January 19th, 02009

The Terawatt World

Engineer Griffith said he was going to make the connection between personal actions and global climate change. To do that he’s been analyzing his own life in extreme detail to figure out exactly how much energy he uses and what changes might reduce the load. In 2007, when he started, he. . .   Read More

Antikythera Video

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 12th, 02008

Stewart Brand sent in this New Scientist update on the Antikythera Device reconstruciton that includes video. . .   Read More

Neal Stephenson reads from Anathem

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 10th, 02008

Video above (from Fora.tv) of Neal reading from Anathem at the book launch event last night, and a little of the live singing.  We would like to thank the nearly 900 attendees, and those that watched the video stream.  We apologize for the delays and sound troubles that plagued us at the venue. . .   Read More

Paul Saffo, “Embracing Uncertainty – the secret to effective forecasting”

by Stewart Brand on January 14th, 02008

Rules of Forecasting

Reflecting on his 25 years as a forecaster, Paul Saffo pointed out that a forecaster’s job is not to predict outcomes, but to map the “cone of uncertainty” on a subject. Where are the edges of what might happen? (Uncertainty is cone-shaped because it expands as you project further into. . .   Read More

A long view of world population

by Stuart Candy on December 5th, 02007

The job of the long view is to penetrate illusion. […] How can we see the insidious transformations of our own day? Slow science is part of it, applied history is part of it, and every year there are more sophisticated tools of macroscopic vision. One video going the rounds of the conferences shows the accelerating. . .   Read More