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How To Use A Book

by Kevin Kelly on May 6th, 02007

Someday in the future our trouble with our current systems of networking and wireless and routers and protocols and software will seem as charming and obvious as… well as charmingly obvious as the hassles medieval monks may have had with the first books, if you can believe this cool video. It’s a glorious send. . .   Read More

Maker Faire Bay Area 02007

by admin on May 3rd, 02007

We arrived at Maker Faire early on Saturday morning, ready to display and demonstrate several parts of the 10,000 Year Clock to the anticipated 40,000 attendees – and with our table located at one of the main entrances, we were soon surrounded! The Clock mechanisms and Danny Hillis’ blueprints received a lot of attention. . .   Read More

Three of the longest scientific experiments still going

by Kevin Kelly on May 2nd, 02007

It just so happens that three of the longest running scientific experiments are located in the foyers of university physics departments. These three long-running tests were first reported as a set in a 1984 article in the European Journal of Physics. One of them, the pitch drop has achieved some internet fame. But it. . .   Read More

Frans Lanting, The deep past in the remote present

by Stewart Brand on April 30th, 02007

The deep past in the remote present

It began on a New Jersey beach. Frans Lanting was photographing horseshoe crabs for a story about how they are being ground up for eel bait and at the same time their blood is used for drug testing—a $100 million industry. The crabs have primordial eyesight, which. . .   Read More

How to Build a Pyramid

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 29th, 02007

Forwarded to me by Stewart Brand is an amazing article from Archaology Magazine on the construction of the Great Pyramids. After analyzing a 25 year old micro-gravimetric study that showed a spiraling sub structure, it was determined that the pyramids were built with a spiraling ramp as part of the internal structure.

A microgravimetry. . .   Read More

Welcome

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 18th, 02007

Welcome to the newly released Long Now Web-log. This is where you will find Stewart Brand’s Seminar wrap ups, as well as stories and musings relevant to long term thinking and updates on various Long Now projects. The contributors and editors of this blog include members of the Long Now Foundation’s board. . .   Read More

100-Year Old Predictions from 1900

by Kevin Kelly on April 18th, 02007

The Ladies Home Journal of December 1900 ran a very brave list of predictions by one John Elfreth Watkins. Some are quite accurate, some wrong, and many are plain odd. Although grouped into 25 predictions, each one is a collection of not entirely related ideas. Some samples:

Prediction #1: There will probably be from 350. . .   Read More

The End of a 1,400-Year-Old Business

by Kevin Kelly on April 18th, 02007

There’s a very short but very telling story in Business Week on the demise of the longest-living company, based in Japan. After 14 centuries (!), this Buddhist temple construction company is going of out business. A few quotes:

The world’s oldest continuously operating family business ended its impressive run last year. Japanese temple. . .   Read More

The Mormon Vaults

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 9th, 02007

On January 2nd of 02007 Stewart Brand and I stepped into the cool deep past and unknown future of who begat who.

(picture: the granite genealogical vaults)

Since I began working on the 10,000 Year Clock project, and associated Library projects here at Long Now almost a decade ago, I have heard cryptic references. . .   Read More

All Known 200-mile Objects in Solar System

by Kevin Kelly on April 1st, 02007

One long-term project for the inhabitants of earth is to arm our planet against asteroid impacts. Knowing what is out there is a big part of that protection. This wide web page is one small illustration of the larger bodies in our solar system. It depicts any body larger than 200 miles. There’s. . .   Read More