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Date: 10/27/05 02:00 AM

20 Responses to Clock of the Long Now

  1. Profile photo of S_J_W
    S_J_W Male 18-29
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    October 27, 2005 at 2:23 am
    Link: Clock of the Long Now - A clock built to accurately tell time for 10,000 years.
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    halifax_girl Female 18-29
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    October 27, 2005 at 2:27 am
    As if it would make it through time for that long.
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    theBSR Male 30-39
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    October 27, 2005 at 2:37 am
    I needed one of these!!!!!?????
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    damoo Male 18-29
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    October 27, 2005 at 3:20 am
    one small step for watch makers, one giant leap for nobody.
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    flipz4 Male 18-29
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    October 27, 2005 at 4:43 am
    What a douche
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    Tobblo Male 18-29
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    October 27, 2005 at 6:26 am
    old
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    Crazygirl32 Female 13-17
    830 posts
    October 27, 2005 at 6:46 am
    Wow no one cares :-)
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    pal666 Male 13-17
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    October 27, 2005 at 8:49 am
    ok then???!!!
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    cramitupyour Male 18-29
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    October 27, 2005 at 10:33 am
    I think that is bad ass.
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    xSheepx Female 18-29
    152 posts
    October 27, 2005 at 3:44 pm
    cool concept.
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    seventoes Male 13-17
    345 posts
    October 27, 2005 at 3:56 pm
    ...it makes me feel small, cause it looks big from the pictures.

    And knowing that it will know what year it is and the phases of the moon longer than i will is bad.

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    mooseyfate Male 13-17
    851 posts
    October 27, 2005 at 6:20 pm
    p-shaw (that sounds funny)
    we could be building robots that can make sandwiches! Where are our priorities?!
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    TeaBaggins Male 18-29
    126 posts
    October 27, 2005 at 7:19 pm
    It Shall Stand the Test of Time. lol
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    Cooper_Smith Male 18-29
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    October 27, 2005 at 9:04 pm
    for some reason I beleve this to be an incredibly brillant idea, I mean after all, what monuments are we making these days that will last long into the future? we dont really invest time or money into artistic buildings or towers any longer, it is nice to know that our moment in history will have something standing testament for it.
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    Piroteknix Male 18-29
    337 posts
    October 27, 2005 at 9:18 pm
    I heard a presentation about this at my local college. A Nobel Prize-winning scientist came to talk about atomic clocks, and how they work, by shooting atoms up and measuring their "heartbeat", then the atoms fall and the clock is in perfect time. They had a joke about why would anyone want a clock like this: "Oh, my goodness, it`s 12:15:9172832, time for lunch!"
  16. Profile photo of S_J_W
    S_J_W Male 18-29
    1465 posts
    October 27, 2005 at 11:29 pm
    But this isn’t an atomic clock. At the moment they have several ideas on how to power it and all of them focus on a winding mechanism. It’s purely mechanical and can do something that no other clock is capable of. Not only does it track hours, minutes, seconds and years, it also tracks leap centuries, the orbits of the six innermost planets as well as the wobbles of Earth’s axis. All designed to keep perfect time for 10,000 years (3.65 million days).
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    xyra Female 18-29
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    October 27, 2005 at 11:49 pm
    Reminds me of Frank Herbert with his Bene Gesserit Long-Term planning. Although I think they consider 10,000 years short.
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    S_J_W Male 18-29
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    October 28, 2005 at 12:32 am
    "Although I think they consider 10,000 years short."

    Well, they chose 10,000 years as a historical tip of the hat. It has been roughly 10,000 years since the invention of agriculture and the modern era.

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    Obeast Male 13-17
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    October 30, 2005 at 12:31 am
    A bit ironic how they promote "slower bet ter" and yet can`t take the time to proofread.
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    DJ_jason Male 30-39
    667 posts
    October 31, 2005 at 9:23 pm
    This reminds me of a game called `Myst`. I love the design of this thing. Conceptual simplicity, structural complexity.

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