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Introduction - 10,000 Year Clock

Introduction - 10,000 Year Clock
The full scale 10,000 Year Clock is now under construction. While there is no completion date scheduled, we do plan to open it to the public once it is ready. The essay below by Long Now board member Kevin Kelly discusses what we hope the Clock will be once complete. This is one of several projects by Long Now to foster long-term thinking in the context of the next 10,000 years. by Kevin Kelly There is a Clock ringing deep inside a mountain. is around to hear it. The Clock is real. The Clock is now being machined and assembled in California and Seattle. The Clock’s inventor introduced the idea of the Clock (in 01995) with this context: I cannot imagine the future, but I care about it. That’s Danny Hillis, a polymath inventor, computer engineer, and designer, inventor and prime genius of the Clock. Eno also composed the never-repeating melody generator that rings the Clock’s chimes inside the mountain. To see the Clock you need to start at dawn, like any pilgrimage. You keep climbing. Related:  art & designTempus Fugit

The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement will be open to visitors for extended hours on Friday, September 6, 13, and 20 from 5-8:30 pm. This D.C. exhibition should be seen by everyone concerned about the migrant crisis.—The Washington Post The Museum is the Refugee’s Home. Turning away is what we do now—from the terrible realities of this global displacement we're living through. The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement presents 75 historical and contemporary artists—from the United States as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, UK, Vietnam, and more—whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration and the current global refugee crisis. Through installations, videos, paintings, and documentary images, The Warmth of Other Suns explores both real and imaginary geographies, reconstructing personal and collective tales of migration.

Access Denied Softare to calculate dates and times for equinoxes, solstices and cross-quarter days The cross-quarter days occur midway between the equinoxes and solstices. For Imbolc, for example, (as observed in the northern hemisphere) is midway between the northern winter solstice and the northern spring equinox (also known as the northern vernal equinox), and Beltane is midway between this and the northern summer solstice. The calculated results are accurate to within a minute or so for years in the vicinity of 2000 CE. ('CE' is the calendar designation for the Common Era Calendar, which is the same as the Gregorian Calendar for years from 1582 onward.) A screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher is recommended for this software.An Alternative View of the Dates of Imbolc, etc.

Adpot Sony's virtual EyePet Why bother with a messy 'pooping-peeing' house pet like a dog or cat, when adopting a virtual EyePet from Sony is much easier and cleaner. That's right folks! Available November 17, PlayStation 3 owners can own EyePet exclusively via Sony's PlayStation Eye (PS Eye) without all the parenting responsibilities. Playable through PS Eye, foster parents can interact with EyePet, which responds to physical movement, "pet him and he will pur, tickle him and he will laugh, roll a ball to him and he will chase it," reports Erin English, Product Marketing Manager. Sony's EyePet resembles a four-legged, monkey-human-dog creature. EyePet also interacts with tangible products inside your living room. Will you be adopting EyePet as a holiday gift? If you like animals, go 'cowabunga' for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Re-Shelled."

How the Traditional Japanese Art of Fish Printing Inspired a Modern Art Form Naoki Hayashi’s first encounter with gyotaku—the traditional Japanese art of fish printing—was anything but traditional. It was the early 1970s, and a few local families had taken their four-wheel drive vehicles out to some Oʻahu beaches to camp out and catch some fish. As an elementary-school kid, Hayashi’s job was to scale and gut the fish so there would be no mess at home. The adults were nearing the end of a successful day of fishing, meaning they were deep into a bucket of beer, sake, and soju. As Hayashi dug around inside a Hawaiian soldierfish for its red-frilled guts, an older family friend grabbed the fish from him, dipped it into rusty bucket full of red paint (a hand-me-down from the Korean War) and slapped the fish against Hayashi’s bare chest. “This is gyotaku,” the older man said, pointing to the distinct red imprint. In its heyday, gyotaku was a fisherman’s best bet for bragging rights. Soon, knowledge of gyotaku spread to the West. Before you print, you’ll need a fish.

Romantically Apocalyptic CALENDAR DATABASE (This page was constructed in the year 2000) Calendar Zone Major index to calendar sites, includes sections on celestial, cultural, religious, and today in history calendars, as well as holidays and the millennium. The American Secular Holiday Calendar Calculation of the Ecclesiastical Calendar Calendar and Holidays The Persian Calendar System The Names of the Days of the Week Famous Birthdays This Day in History Those Were the Days The Gregorian Calendar A complete history of our current calendar system. National Institute of Standards Time Division Want to know what time it is? A Walk Through Time A history of the measurement of time The U.S. Yahoo! Bioregional Calendar, A ABC is an alternative that provides humanity with the ability to organize while encouraging autonomous cultural expression. Calendar Reform aims to promote thinking about calendar reform, and to explore paradoxes arising from transitions in time-keeping. Calendar Zone links to a huge variety of calendars. Calendar Trivia

Tech geek blogger » Blog Archive 55 minutes inside Microsoft Res Everytime I watch one of my own videos I see something that I could improve. We spent half a day at Microsoft Research’s new building getting a video tour of the new building. Kevin Schofield, General Manager, gave us an awesome tour and introduced us to several of Microsoft’s smartest people. This video is the result. One problem: it’s way too long. Actually doing that would help us with Google, too. So, what are the atoms? Atom One: 00:00-2:55 Kevin Schofield giving us an introduction to the building. Atom Two: 2:55 – 06:57 Martha Clarkson, who helped design parts of the building, explains some of the innovations in the building (and there are many) Atom Three: 06:57-19:59 Jennifer Chayes and Christian Borgs, theory researchers talk with me about their research, about building a new research center in New England (which they are heading up and which will use many of the same things in their new building that were done here). Atom Seven: 41:52 Schofield takes us into meet Andy Wilson.

Saturn Devouring His Son: Goya’s Dark Take On Greek Mythology Great art has the capacity to stir up phenomenal emotions within us, even if that’s a sense of unbridled terror. As that’s what Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes’ (1746-1828) disturbing painting below certainly does for us. Bloody hell. Look at that thing. Everything about that piece is frightening, as Francisco Goya didn’t paint it for public viewings. Sometime between 1819 and 1823, the Spanish romantic painter committed 14 Black Paintings onto the walls of his home near Madrid. His depiction of Saturn from Greek mythology was one of them. The myth is about the Titan Cronus (Latinised to Saturn for the piece). Regardless, his solution was to eat each child at birth in a paranoid frenzy. Despite his cannibalistic ways, Zeus eventually escaped the horrible fate and did indeed overthrow his father. Quite what was going through Goya’s mind when he added that to his property we’re not sure. And in the picturesque home below, a slump into a mental health battle appears to have taken place.

Tux Factory - Absolute Time, Relative Experience | Who is the Man with the Name that Rhymes? It's been a while since another post. There are many topics that I have cached that I'd like to write on. If it weren't for the troubling aspect of so many things eating at my free time, you'd see more posts on here. I'm not sure there are many readers on here anyway, I've notice the traffic has slowed down to very little these days. Partly because Google hasn't been indexing the site correctly which I fixed not too long ago. I'm sure the sporadic updates are another reason. Lately, an intriguing concept for me has been time. In physics, time is a duration between 2 events or physical states. Psychologically, however, time is a different creature. The brain isn't like a clock. The easiest way to explain temporal resolution is to compare to something like a video camera. But the brain isn't like a video camera either. So how does that relate back to feeling of time perception? Compare that to the last day of high school. This effect isn't just related to new experiences.

BBC Two - Antony Gormley: How Art Began When time became regular and universal, it changed history What year is it? It’s 2019, obviously. An easy question. Last year was 2018. Now, imagine inhabiting a world without such a numbered timeline for ordering current events, memories and future hopes. In ancient Mesopotamia, years could be designated by an outstanding event of the preceding 12 months: something could be said to happen, for instance, in the year when king Naram-Sin reached the sources of the Tigris and Euphrates river, or when king Enlil-bani made for the god Ninurta three very large copper statues. Each of these systems was geographically localised. Where we would write, simply, ‘431 BCE’, Thucydides was obliged to synchronise the first shot of war to non-overlapping diplomatic, religious, civic, military, seasonal and hourly data points. In the chaos that followed the death of Alexander the Great in Babylon in 323 BCE, all this changed. Most importantly, as a regularly increasing number, the Seleucid Era permitted an entirely new kind of predictability.

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