The two major
current projects of The Long Now Foundation
are the creation of a contemporary counterpart to the Rosetta Stone and
the design and construction of a 10,000-year clock. The latter is
described in Stewart Brand’s 2000 book “The Clock of the Long Now: Time and
the co-founder and president of Long Now, Brand founded The
WELL (Whole Earth ’Lectronic Link), a
computer teleconference system for the San Francisco Bay Area and one of
the first communities of its kind anywhere.
He was also the
founder of The Whole Earth Catalog and author of “How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re
Built,” one of the most erudite and
fascinating books I’ve ever read. In 1997, the BBC did a six-part series
based on it, hosted by Brand and with music by Brian Eno. The Ovation
cable channel airs it from time to time.
Brand is a genuine
genius and, though I’ve never met him, a hero of mine. His personal Web
site is www.well.com/user/sbb/.
Another visionary I much admire is Dr. Amory Lovins,
co-founder and co-CEO of The
Rocky Mountain Institute, an
independent nonprofit resource policy center. The Wall Street Journal
called Lovins one of 39 people worldwide “most likely to change the
course of business in the ’90s,” and Newsweek called him “one of the
Western world’s most influential energy thinkers.” His 1977 book “Soft
Energy Paths: Toward a Durable Peace” was seminal in shaping
contemporary discussions about energy.
I’ve been studying yoga for 12
years, primarily at Bloom Yoga Studio,
which is less than two miles from my house. I’m not the only yoga
practitioner who’s a big fan of Bloom. Four years in a row, Bloom was voted Best Yoga Studio in Chicago in a Chicago Reader poll.
For more than a dozen years now, I’ve studied Italian medieval longsword fencing and
related arts through the Chicago Swordplay Guild, where I also served as the communications officer and demo
coordinator for about five years.
Leister Productions is
the maker of Reunion, a highly regarded genealogy program and the genealogical software I’ve used for several versions
now. Check out the free demo version. (It’s
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