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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 to…  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 far more…  Read More

Archaeologists Unearth German Stonehenge

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

Forwarded to me by Danielle here at Long Now… Complete article can be found here. German experts on Thursday hailed Europe’s oldest astronomical observatory, discovered in Saxony-Anhalt last year, a “milestone in archaeological research” after the details of the sensational find were made public. On Thursday, German experts toasted the discovery as a “milestone in…  Read More

World’s Largest Sundial

by Kevin Kelly on March 27th, 02007

Found via Kircher Society   This past September the French army installed 600 one meter square reflective panels in the shape of Roman numerals on the sands of Mont Saint-Michel, a small rocky island off the coast of Normandy. The island’s 150-foot abbey spire cast a shadow three quarters of a mile long that swept…  Read More

Prediction Market as weather forecaster

by Kevin Kelly on March 22nd, 02007

This is a very short article on how economists are using prediction markets to predict weather at least as good as meteorologists, which is not very good. Penn State Researchers Testing Futures Markets For Weather Forecasting UNIVERSITY PARK, PA (March 21, 2007) – Economists at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business and College of Earth…  Read More

Update to The Society Of American Archivists Kerfuffle

by Simone Davalos on March 21st, 02007

An update to this post about the Society of American Archivists disappearing their listserv archives, as posted on the Archivist’s Listerv: To: A&A List From: Elizabeth Adkins, SAA PresidentSubject: Appraisal of A&A List (1993-2006) The SAA Council convened via conference call last night to review the feedback on our previously announced decision to dispose of…  Read More

Public data and proprietary systems…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 20th, 02007

There is a good story in today’s Herald Tribune on how costly digital loss can be: “JUNEAU, Alaska: Perhaps you know that sinking feeling when a single keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disk drive containing information for an account worth $38 billion (€29 billion). That is what happened to…  Read More

Oh The Irony: The Society of American Archivists Deletes Its Listserv Archive

by Simone Davalos on March 14th, 02007

From The Prelinger Library: Now comes word that the SAA Council has decided that the archives of its own listserv are no longer worth saving and will be “disposed of” at the end of this month. After an appraisal of their value, they’ve determined the cost of keeping these bits is higher than their “evidential…  Read More

Cultural Memory and Digitization

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

Interesting and quite long article in the Times Business Section on Sunday, beginning page about one of the downsides of digitization of books and similar printed resources. The thesis is that as we come to expect sources to be available digitally, and thus to rely on what we can find and search that way, those…  Read More

Brian Fagan – Catastrophic drought is coming back

by Kevin Kelly on March 10th, 02007

Catastrophic drought is coming back There are two kinds of historians, Brian Fagan says, parachutists and truffle hunters. Parachutists command an overview of the landscape, while truffle hunters dig deeply to uncover marvelous treasures. Fagan is a parachutist. In his talk Fagan emphasized a wide view of human history as it unrolls in the landscape…  Read More