Multi-millenial Mechanical clocks - Long Now "Mechanicrawl" pt. 1
Boing Boing tv
guest correspondent Todd Lappin
(R) and cameraninja Eddie Codel
(L) trek to the Long Now Foundation
's first-ever Mechanicrawl
event, and bring back tales of early analog computing, fantastic timepieces, and impossibly eccentric mechanical things.
First, Todd speaks with the Long Now Foundation's Alexander Rose about a 10,000-year mechanical clock dreamed up by supercomputer designer Danny Hillis.
Next, we listen to a prototype chime mechanism that will ring ten bells in a different sequence each day over the next 10,000 years. Brian Eno and Danny Hillis came up with the algorithm, and a team of tinkerers crafted the contraption to tap out time on a series of Tibetan bowl gongs.
Todd has a photoset with snapshots from the Mechanicrawl adventures. See also this previous Laughing Squid post.
(Special thanks to Karen Marcelo for image shown in video still)
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