Introducing the Long Now Foundation

One of my favourite books is Brian Eno‘s A Year With Swollen Appendices, which is basically his diary for the year 1995 along with some essays from that time (the “swollen appendices”). I think I love this book so much because he’s living a kind of life I’d quite like to lead, but probably never will: this is my equivalent of reading “Hello” magazine or something. :-)

Anyway, I mention the book now because I’ve just come across the website of a great idea which I first came across in one of the appendices: The Long Now Foundation, whose aim is to promote long-term thinking in this age of increasingly short timeframes. Quote:

I would like to propose a large (think Stonehenge) mechanical clock, powered by seasonal temperature changes. It ticks once a year, bongs once a century, and the cuckoo comes out every millennium.

Fancy that.