Posts Tagged ‘Scale’

The Long Now Foundation

Friday, July 18th, 2008

The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996 to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the short-horizon perspective of market-driven economics, the next-election perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multi-tasking. All are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the short-sightedness is needed - some mechanism or myth which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility, where ‘long-term’ is measured at least in centuries.

–>Link to The Long Now Foundation

–>Link to The 10,000 Year Clock

–>Link to Seminars About Long Term Thinking
–>Link to Seminars About Long Term Thinking - Podcast

The Moon Transits Earth

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The Deep Impact spacecraft was the one that smacked a chunk of copper into a comet so that we could see what materials were below the surface. After the impact, the spacecraft kept going (with the mission renamed EPOXI), and it’s being used to do all sorts of interesting observations.

In late May, 2008, it turned its cameras back to Earth and observed us over the course of a several hours. During this time, from EPOXI’s point of view, the Moon passed directly in front of the Earth!

–>Link to Bad Astronomy

Monty Python: The Galaxy Song (A modern remix)

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

–>Link to Google video

Nikon Universcale: A demonstration of the scale of the Universe

Friday, July 4th, 2008

universcale

We are able to view all entities, from the microworld to the universe, from a single perspective. By setting them up against a scale, we are able to compare and understand things which cannot be physically compared. 

Today, using the electron microscope and astronomical telescope, we can see the objects which we have not been aware of its existence before. Are you able to fathom, or even roughly grasp, these sizes?

See our Universcale and experience the sizes of various objects.

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–> Link


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