Wednesday, March 29, 2006


The Long Now

The things you learn. It takes BBC's recent Time documentary series, hosted by Michio Kaku, to point out Danny Hillis' 10000 Year Clock to me, even though the project has been in the works for more than a decade. Still, better late that never. Brian Eno, who apparently coined the name of the Long Now Foundation, has contributed the bell chimes for the clock.

Go to Michael Chabon's website and read his thoughts on the clock. Really fun & insightful.

"This is the paradox that lies at the heart of our loss of belief or interest in the Future, which has in turn produced a collective cultural failure to imagine that future, any Future, beyond the rim of a couple of centuries. The Future was represented so often and for so long, in the terms and characteristic styles of so many historical periods from, say, Jules Verne forward, that at some point the idea of the Future—along with the cultural appetite for it—came itself to feel like something historical, outmoded, no longer viable or attainable."
Duh. I'm losing my mind. I read that essay, and even blogged about it. So of course I must have known about the Long Now, and completely forgotten. Sheesh...
The Long Now Foundation's Rosetta Project is also pretty interesting.
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