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Author Topic: A 10 000 year clock  (Read 2323 times)
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« on: March 11, 2007, 06:46:24 pm »

It's not important to be steampunk if it interests steampunk people (ahah, I got away now from the definition people!). This guys are making a 10 000 year clock. if you see the technological considerations and materials used I bet I need no more words.

http://longnow.org/projects/clock/

check all the links in the left bar about

    *  Principles
    * Prototype 1
    * Orrery
    * Chimes
    * Other Ideas

two images for wetting the mouth:



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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2007, 06:50:16 pm »

::drools::
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2007, 06:55:56 pm »

There is something mildley Difference Engine about it, huh? I like Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2007, 07:01:15 pm »

Don't forget the orrery and the chimes!



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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2007, 07:03:43 pm »

That's actually rather beautiful. Not the clock itself, although that is pretty stunning, but if you go to the site and read the guys original ideas behind building as a monument to human ednavour, and a symbol of hope for the future. The idea of intentionally creating not only a monument (which is easy) but also a myth, is awesomely powerful...setting out to fashion something that lives in human memory for potentially thousands of years. I envy the guy his vision to imagine something like that, and the drive of others to actually try and put it into practice. Somehow the cynic in me has to believe that it will fail, but I hope it doesn't.
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2007, 07:13:10 pm »

Do it expose somewhere ? Do it in the ''portée'' of a poor quebecer who depends to is family for out town travel?

A so want to see it live. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2007, 09:34:10 pm »

Feels like it would exist in a future steampunk setting more than an alternate past...It's really cool.

That is a lot of of years...
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2007, 10:08:06 pm »

Do it expose somewhere ? Do it in the ''portée'' of a poor quebecer who depends to is family for out town travel?

A so want to see it live. Grin


the first prototype is in the Science Museum in London

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clock_of_the_Long_Now
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2007, 12:24:49 am »

The Long Now project is wonderful and always worth keeping an eye on. The prototype clock in the London Science Museum is also worth a good stare. Board member Stewart Brand wrote a fine book on the idea, The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility, in which he discusses the philosophy of the project and the difficulties of "how we make long term thinking automatic and common, instead of difficult and rare."

A fun passage is the writer's inspirational visit to Big Ben in Westminster, the world's largest accurate clock, which is described as an example of "sublime technology: an engineering artifact that inspires public awe and fetishistic admiration" (and designed, naturally, by a Victorian amateur horologist...)

   
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2007, 05:05:39 pm »

It's worth noting that digging around his site he had all the plans for the existing clock in dxf and pdf format so you could build one for yourself.  (An achievement currently beyond my skills...*ahem*)

http://www.longnow.org/projects/clock/prototype1/

Though at the moment I can't find the link.  I have the files somewhere as they were freely allowed to be downloaded at the time.

10,000 year stirling powered steampunk clock anyone? Wink
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2007, 06:24:17 pm »

Words fail to describe...



*several minutes later*

If someone builds a time capsule I want them to include one of those...why? Because it seems relatively straightforward to fix the mechanical bits should it fail. Pity there's no way to keep the thing running for a full 10 000 year arch.
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2007, 06:31:53 pm »


A fun passage is the writer's inspirational visit to Big Ben in Westminster, the world's largest accurate clock, which is described as an example of "sublime technology: an engineering artifact that inspires public awe and fetishistic admiration" (and designed, naturally, by a Victorian amateur horologist...)
   


The buildings pretty nifty too, not as nifty as the proposed albert memorial that didn't quite make it. A stampunkier building you couldn't hope to see.

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