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)

About Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email:
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5 Responses to Multi-millenial Mechanical clocks - Long Now "Mechanicrawl" pt. 1

  1. adamrice says:

    “” does not look like a valid URL.

  2. Xeni Jardin says:

    Hey Adam — where are you seeing that url in this post? Everything’s working AFAIK, I don’t see that url anywhere.

  3. Chris Fedde says:

    Awesome topic! SF alone has years worth of locations.

  4. byronba says:

    Just saw the URL that Adam@1 mentions in the credits for the segment.

  5. Dana Devonshire says:


    Thanks very much for the heads up. Revised URL will be up shortly. In the meantime, please check out!

    Dana Devonshire
    Series Producer, Boing Boing tv

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