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Old 03-15-2008, 05:30 AM   #1
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Default The Long Now

Wow. I was trying to find some artists who work with clocks, for homework, and got horribly distracted, in the end reading about very long things.

The Long Now Foundation are trying to build a clock, the Clock of the Long Now, that will last for over 10,000 years, made out of materials and technology that will be accurate, and maintainable. Also, made out of things so that bits won't be stolen, and people will understand how it works. Mind-blowing, really.

Less related to time is the Rosetta Project - an attempt to document 1000 languages, in a similar way to the Rosetta Stone. Just wow.

Another thing is 'As Slow As Possible' - a piece of organ music intended to last for 639 years. To give some sense of scale, "The most recent new chord from the organ was a three-note chord, A above 2006 and is due to conclude on middle C, C above middle C and the F-sharp above that (A4-C5-F sharp5), which began on January 5, July 5, 2012." (Wikipedia) Over 6 years for one chord. Crazy.
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:42 AM   #2
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Crazy. Just crazy.
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:09 AM   #3
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I've heard of that organ thing...
Now, that long now clock sounds very interesting... If only house builders/designers would aspire to the same thing

But, although I plan on being an engineer, I ain't going to be a civil engineer...
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Of course, the Clock of the Long Now might be just another useless peice of Old-Tech by the time it's finished ticking.
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Yes, but it is awesome. Of course, all computers might have been wiped out due to solar storms or something...

Still, 10,000 years is awesome for a clock

It isn't going to solve the Y100K problem, though.
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Actually, the clock is entirely mechanical, and everything on it can be fairly easily replaced.
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I meant, as of now that problem isn't solved... Still, the calender system probably will be changed by then
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I think it would be awesome, as time goes by, because pieces would be added, and replaced as they wore out, so it would show the gradual changes through the centuries. The setting itself to noon just from the Sun's heat is genius in my opinion.
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I wonder what would happen if after 9,999 years, on the last day of the year, if some kind of natural disaster destroyed the clock? Would somebody try to make humans last 10,000 years, instead of clocks?
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It's more of the sun's light focused onto it... Although, noon might get moved around because of that... (the sun not being in the exact same location during noon)

It seems like it'd fit in with steam punk stuff too (well, almost, it doesn't have much steam coming out from it )
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Wow, interesting...
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