Whenever I get too upset with current events, I find it comforting to step back, to change perspective, and to take a good, long, slow view of things.
The John Cage As Slow As Possible Project involves a performance lasting over 639 years. Don’t laugh. They’re already almost nine years in.
And, now, at long last, I’ve found this: The Long Now Foundation.
Talk about a gifted group of slow learners! The Long Now board includes Stewart Brand (remember Whole Earth Catalog?), Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine, Brian Eno (yes, the composer, producer, superstar) and a whole gaggle of other legendary hot geeks.
The Long Now Foundation boasts the world’s slowest computer, uses five digit dates (02009), supports a 10,000 year clock, hosts seminars in long-term thinking, offers some geeky thing called a long server, and supports the Rosetta Project, the “largest collection of linguistic data on the Net.