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    Default 10,000 year clock update

    called the Millenium Clock or Clock of the Long Now and largely funded by Jeff Bezos
    it is under construction in Diablo Mountain ----west Texas---
    property owned by Bezos

    footage of functioning winder and differential

    Machinists Inc of Seattle produced the components--then shipped
    to Fresno for assembly and testing

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 1mi.jpg   2mi.jpg  

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    Time is relative. When the onslought of life is intense, and time slows to near nothing, that's when I like it the best.

    Clocks are for those with time on thier hands ;-)

    Does it come with a "lifetime guarantee"? )
    Last edited by CalG; 09-07-2014 at 07:15 PM.

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    Well that wasn't cheap to build.

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    How and who is gonna check that it is on time 10,000 years form now?

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    Default Millenium clock update--february 2018

    assembly of 10,000 year clock inside of Diablo Mt in Texas moved into high gear this week


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cole2534 View Post
    Well that wasn't cheap to build.
    Most expensive mechanical clock is probably not far fetched.
    borehole for the 10000 lbs weight alone must cost a fortune. 500 feet deep

    Introduction - 1, Year Clock - The Long Now
    1, Year Clock

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    Please don't get me wrong - I really love this kind of mechanical stuff.

    Why exactly do we need this thing?

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    We don't, but when you've got more money than God, you tend to think up stupid shit to do with it to impress people. Like buying a big ship and paying to have it sail around the oceans looking for worthless shit (historical or biological) so that you can say you discovered it. Even though no one would have given a shit if you never had.

    In this case, I think Jeff is trying to chase some sort or immortality his money can't really buy.

    Someday, some lucky dude that survives the collapse of society will get the opportunity to throw the proverbial monkey wrench in the gears of this contraption.

    I'm not sure why this post came off so negative. Sorry.

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    that was a cool video, but I can't for the life of me understand the obsession with adding fucked up soundtracks to videos. I for one, would rather have been able to hear the gears moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antarctica View Post
    We don't, but when you've got more money than God, you tend to think up stupid shit to do with it to impress people. Like buying a big ship and paying to have it sail around the oceans looking for worthless shit (historical or biological) so that you can say you discovered it. Even though no one would have given a shit if you never had.

    In this case, I think Jeff is trying to chase some sort or immortality his money can't really buy.

    Someday, some lucky dude that survives the collapse of society will get the opportunity to throw the proverbial monkey wrench in the gears of this contraption.

    I'm not sure why this post came off so negative. Sorry.
    Ah I see, thanks for explaining. But do I also read some kind of frustration? ;-)

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    Some years back there was talk of doing a "Long Now" clock on a mountain top in eastern Nevada, actually got to visit the site with a group too. Not sure if it is abandoned, still in the plans, on hold, or what.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax28 View Post
    Ah I see, thanks for explaining. But do I also read some kind of frustration? ;-)
    Not frustration, just think its stupid for these folks to do these things and then try to make them out to be so important. I've seen quite a bit of it in the subsea industry. James Cameron, Michael Dell, the microsoft guy (Can't remember his name), Besos, Eric Schmidt, and others. All of them out digging around in the ocean for a buch of rusted shit that has no historical value other than finding it. Seems like there are a lot more important problems to be solved in the world than digging up old wrecks and building silly mechanical clock marvels. I mean, I could take a quartz oscillator, hook it up to a solar array and battery bank, and have it keep time probably just as long as this thing will run (without human intervention), and keep more accurate time, for probably $1000. This is noting more than a monument to himself intended to show his 'visionary' outlook on the world and "save" the human legacy... Whatever.


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