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Long Clock

Here’s a good, if breathless, feature in Discover magazine on the Long Now Foundation’s Clock of the Long Now:

Sometimes, when things get sufficiently weird, subtlety no longer works, so i’ll be blunt: The gleaming device I am staring at in the corner of a machine shop in San Rafael, California, is the most audacious machine ever built. It is a clock, but it is designed to do something no clock has ever been conceived to do—run with perfect accuracy for 10,000 years.

More on the Long Now Foundation:

The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996 to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide [a] counterpoint to today’s “faster/cheaper” mind set and promote “slower/better” thinking. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

The term was coined by one of our founding board members, Brian Eno. When Brian first moved to New York City and found that in New York here and now meant this room and this five minutes, as opposed to the larger here and longer now that he was used to in England. We have since adopted the term as the title of our foundation as we are trying to stretch out what people consider as now.

I’ve been reading bits and bobs about the Foundation, and Eno’s involvement with them in particular, for years, without ever bothering to look more closely at their ideas. Fascinating stuff.

Update: without realising it, I chose a rather apt topic for this, the 1,000th post at Submit Response, almost coinciding with the site’s 4th Birthday on October 10th (which I forgot all about).

Posted at 4pm on 26/10/05 by Jack Mottram to the art and culture, technology category.
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  1. and i’ve read them all (only skimming macbollocks)- including one from donny?

    Posted by bobbyydad at 10am on 27.10.05

  2. Including one from Donny!

    Skimming MacBollocks sounds like a minor character in a lost Dickens novel.

    Posted by Jack Mottram at 11am on 27.10.05

  3. I know, it’s terrible. I promised so much, but delivered so little. Feel like Tony Blair.

    I have to confess that I’ve actually lost my username and password for the posting page. If you give me another chance, Jack, I might be able to dig up some more geekitudes, especially now that I’m a man of leisure!

    Bob, you should be an anti-Mac evangelist. The world needs more people like you!

    Posted by Donny at 6pm on 27.10.05

  4. Submit Response is just for me now (mine, all mine!) but you’re defo welcome post to Tumble once I’ve finished it (it may look awful and not work at the moment, but you’ll get the idea of it… er, I hope - very quick micro-weblogging of various types of content, with tags.)

    Posted by Jack Mottram at 2pm on 28.10.05

  5. had a look at tumble and it reminded me of a menu of le scorlion style amuse bouches with no meat and veg. i for one want more content and depth on submit response rather than soap style three second scene changes. i don’t live in scotland so don’t see stuff so please can we have quality frequent/daily posts on submit response - your personal website.

    skimming macbollocks - laird of caldy

    Posted by bobbyydad at 11am on 29.10.05

  6. Yup - the idea is for proper posts to go here and little ones to go there, and you’ll be able to follow both sites from either one. Eg. posts like these over there will point you here when there’s a new post, and I’ll start doing weekly round-up posts of all the tumbly stuff here, sort of like a “What I did on my Summer holidays” only for my last week on t’internet (or, a bit like these posts Peter does at his weblog, only much sillier and not in Swedish so much).

    Enough of this, anyway - I have a halloween costume to prepare! (Though I’m wonder if dressing as the ghost of a London suicide bomber is a good idea…)

    Posted by Jack Mottram at 3pm on 29.10.05

  7. this is great stuff… have looked at this lot before, but had forgotten all about them.

    I suppose another, “well done”, “happy 100th post” is due… get in touch, Motters!!!

    Posted by Maggie at 11pm on 29.10.05

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