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The Long Thread: 10000 Year Clock
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The Long Thread: 10000 Year Clock

1 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-16 02:08
The Long Now Foundation is currently building a purely mechanical clock which will run for 10000 years. Manual winding will still be required to update the clock face, ring the chimes and update the orerry and other displays (because of energy constraints), which allows a visitor to inspect the clock face and see when the last time was when someone visited and wound the clock. On days when visitors are there to wind it, the calculated chime melody is transmitted to the chimes, and if you are there at noon, the bells start ringing their unique one-time-only tune. The 10 chimes are optimized for the acoustics of the shaft space, and they are big.

This sounds almost mythological in nature. I really wonder what the chimes sound like.

I really can't speak for the foundation or the people involved with this project and I'm sure there's a few bad apples trying to shove politics into this thing, just like Wikimedia. But this seems like an important project to foster some quite overdue long term thinking...
2 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-16 02:10
http://longnow.org/clock/
3 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-17 04:03
long clock is loooooong
4 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-17 08:35
I don't think humanity will last that long but I guess there's no harm in trying anyway.
5 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-17 11:23
>>4
I think humanity as a species has a decent chance of lasting, but our current civilization will probably collapse and be replaced by something new. I wonder how many times that's happened in the history of Man?
6 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-17 17:08
even if we dont last that long its a nice memento
7 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-17 22:38
>>3
Underrated
8 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-19 02:06
>>7

>>1
Making me think of Vacheron-Constantin's two grand complication wrist and "pocket" watches.

http://www.vacheron-constantin.com/en/news/2017/11/10/les-cabinotiers-celestia-astronomical-grand-complication.html
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http://reference57260.vacheron-constantin.com/en2/the-worlds-most-complicated-watch
9 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-19 09:42
I have a 20-something years old orient automatic watch which will last me until the end. And it will stop two days after I die.
Now that's a nice memento.
10 Name: Anonymous : 2018-08-04 04:01
>>9
Are you okay? How do you know when you will die?
11 Name: Anonymous : 2018-08-04 09:57
>>10
I think he's saying it's a durable, high-quality watch that will last for many years. Not that he knows when he'll die.
12 Name: Anonymous : 2018-08-04 13:17
>>10
I think about it a lot.
13 Name: Anonymous : 2018-08-04 22:49
This is interesting to think about! I'd love to see something carved into the cave to explain what the Long Clock is for future generations.

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