The Clock of the Long Now

I recently became aware of the Long Now Foundation, a futurist group whose mission is to plant the seeds of long-term thinking in society. It's a cause I have a lot of sympathy for, so it's worth publicizing what they do.The foundation is headquartered at The Interval, a cafe and public forum in San Francisco's Fort Mason. On display there is their library, a scale model of their 10,000-year clock (more on that in a moment), and all kinds of other curiosities. A screen above the bar shows a … [Read more...]

Inundations

The webcomic xkcd is one of my daily reads, so I've been enjoying this article on Wired about its creator's most ambitious project yet.Most of xkcd's comics are one-panel jokes, but starting in March, he unveiled an astonishing comic called "Time" - an animation consisting of over 3,000 separate frames, posted gradually over a period of several months. What at first seems to be a simple story about two people building sandcastles on a beach shore and wondering about the origin of the sea is … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Into Eternity

This weekend, my wife and I saw Into Eternity, a gripping documentary by the Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen. It's well worth a wider audience, so here's a review of it that I hope will provoke some interest.Every nuclear power plant in the world produces several tons of high-level radioactive waste each year. In total, there exists in the world about 250,000 tons of radioactive waste, which is potentially deadly and will be for tens of thousands of years. Most countries that rely on nuclear … [Read more...]