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Social Collapse Best Practices


Advance Tickets Recommended
Our Seminars can sell out - there are now 2 ways to make sure you get a seat:

* Members of Long Now can reserve a seat +1 for a guest, HERE

* You can purchase Tickets for $10 HERE

Please note Members and Ticket holders: if you arrive after 7:25 we may not be able to seat you in the theater.

All tickets and RSVP's are Will-Call; advance sales and RSVP's end at 3:00pm on 2/13/09.

Please allow time for traffic, parking, walking to the theater and check-in.
The Seminar will be simulcast in the lobby with free overflow seating and extra seats in the theater will be released right before the lecture starts.

EVENT

Funeral for Analog TV


Dates:
Tue Feb 17, 2009 00:00 - Thu Jan 29, 2009

Funeral for Analog TV
"The problem with television is that ... the average American hasn't got time for it."
- New York Times in regards to the prototype television shown at the 1939 worlds fair.

presented by

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA),
Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) and
The Long Now Foundation


Date: Tuesday February 17, 02009*
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Location: Berkeley Art Museum, 2621 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720
Cost: free, bring cash and id for full bar courtesy of the RockStar Bartenders
Extras: donate your Analog TV for recycling! (one per person please)
Website: http://bcnm.berkeley.edu/tvfuneral

More About the Event:

On February 17th join author Bruce Sterling, technology pundit Paul Saffo, and other special guests at the Berkeley Art Museum to mourn the loss of our long time acquaintance, the Analog Television Signal. Born in the 01920's the signal has been an integral part of all our lives, bringing us news of the rich, the famous, the politicians, the wars, the Apollo landings, the thrills of victory, and the agonies of defeat. While Analog Television has not been a good friend to us all, it has been important to each and every one of us. Analog Television is survived by its wife Digital Television, and its second cousin Internet Television.

Please bring your Analog TV with antenna for display (and free recycling by ACCRC), as we will stack as many sets as we can in memoriam to our life long friend. At the ceremony Paul Saffo will spell out the sordid history of the Analog TV Signal's life, the group Author and Punisher will perform the funeral dirge, and just before the signal winks out for the last time, author Bruce Sterling will deliver the eulogy via pirate television broadcast supplied by Neighborhood Public Radio.

Note: Bruce Sterling will not be speaking live, this will be a televised appearance he has created specifically for this event.

Also note: Apropos of the soap-operatic life of TV, there is a chance that Congress may issue an 11th hour stay of the "do not resuscitate order" on the Analog TV Signal, however this event will go forward either way as February 17 marks the day they will begin going off air.

This event will be filmed, additional press coverage welcome.

Donated TV's will be responsibly reused or recycled by The Alameda County Computer Resource Center who will be on hand to help with TV collection. If you cant make it, but have a TV that needs to be recycled ACCRC will take it free!

Funeral Program:

7:00pm - Doors open (free admission) Durant Lobby - Berkeley Art Museum, 2621 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA, 94720 - add your working Analog TV and antenna to the recycling pile, cash bar
7:30pm - Museum Theater - Paul Saffo speaks, theater seats 230, overflow served by TV broadcast to lobby
8:00pm - Back to Durant Lobby for reminiscing
8:30pm - Bancroft Lobby, Art Museum - Funeral Dirge performance by Author and Punisher
9:00pm - Bancroft Lobby - Bruce Sterling delivers eulogy
9:30pm - Snowcrash of the Analog Television Signal begins
9:40pm - There is a rumor that the signal may be pirated by the NPR group
10:00pm - End of event
Midnight - Video of Bruce Sterling eulogy released on the Internet

Press contacts:

Richard Rinehart
Digital Media Director & Adjunct Curator
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
rinehart@berkeley.edu
ph.510.642.5240
fx.510.642.5269

Danielle Engelman
Community Development Director
The Long Now Foundation
danielle@longnow.org
ph. 415.561.6582 x1
fx. 415.561.6297

*The Long Now Foundation uses five digit dates, the extra zero is to solve the deca-millennium bug which will come into effect in about 8,000 years.


EVENT

Social Collapse Best Practices


Dates:
Fri Feb 13, 2009 00:00 - Tue Jan 13, 2009

The Long Now Foundation's monthly series Seminars About Long-term Thinking
http://www.longnow.org/projects/seminars/

Dmitry Orlov presents
Social Collapse Best Practices

Born in Leningrad, author Dmitry Orlov observed firsthand much of the Soviet Union's collapse.

His most recent book, Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects, draws out the parallels between the USSR of the '80s and the USA of today, while paying attention to what makes each unique.

Orlov suggests ways to mitigate and adapt to the coming crisis and stresses that change will be inevitable, but that opportunities abound.

The Seminars About Long-term Thinking were started in 02003 to build a coherent, compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking, to help nudge civilization toward Long Now's goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.

Seminar hosted by Stewart Brand.
www.longnow.org

Friday, February 13, 02009
Doors open 7:00pm, talk at 7:30pm lasting ~1.5 hours

The Cowell Theater at
Fort Mason Center, Pier 2
San Francisco, CA 94123
http://www.fortmason.org/directions/index.shtml

$10 suggested donation

We recommend you arrive early; priority seating is available for Members of Long Now.
https://secure.longnow.org/members/

There will be a reception at The Long Now Museum & Store following the Seminar.
http://www.longnow.org/contact/

For more information contact:
Danielle Engelman
Community Development Director
danielle@longnow.org
415.561.6582 x1


EVENT

Climate Change Recalculated with Saul Griffith


Dates:
Fri Jan 16, 2009 00:00 - Tue Dec 16, 2008

The Long Now Foundation's monthly series Seminars About Long-term Thinking
http://www.longnow.org/projects/seminars/

Saul Griffith presents
Climate Change Recalculated

"It is not accurate to say we can still stop climate change," says Saul Griffith, the Bay Area inventor who received a MacArthur "genius" award in 2007.

Griffith has done the research and the math to figure out exactly what it will take for humanity to soften the impact of climate change in the next 25 years, and he lays it out in a dazzling presentation.

The politics and technologies we have now are not up to the task. As a co-founder of numerous companies, including Instructables.com, technical adviser for Make and Popular Mechanics magazines and a contributor to Make and Craft, Griffith is a do-it-yourself/maker extraordinaire in search of new wills and ways that actually are up to the challenges we face.

Seminar hosted by Stewart Brand.
www.longnow.org

Friday, January 16, 02009
Doors open 7:00pm, talk at 7:30pm lasting ~1.5 hours

The Cowell Theater at
Fort Mason Center, Pier 2
San Francisco, CA 94123
http://www.fortmason.org/directions/index.shtml

$10 suggested donation

We recommend you arrive early; priority seating is available for Members of Long Now.
https://secure.longnow.org/members/

There will be a reception at The Long Now Museum & Store following the Seminar.
http://www.longnow.org/contact/

For more information contact:
Danielle Engelman
Community Development Director
danielle@longnow.org
415.561.6582 x1


EVENT

Lost Landscapes of San Francisco with Rick Prelinger


Dates:
Fri Dec 19, 2008 00:00 - Wed Nov 19, 2008

The Long Now Foundation's monthly series Seminars About Long-term Thinking

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Rick Prelinger
presents
Lost Landscapes of San Francisco

Rick Prelinger is a guerrilla archivist who collects the uncollected and makes it accessible. Prelinger will be presenting his third annual "Lost Landscapes of San Francisco" event, an eclectic montage of lost and rarely-seen film clips showing life, landscapes and labor in a vanished San Francisco as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen and industrial filmmakers.

We encourage the audience to interact with the film, especially to identify mystery scenes! After the event will be a reception and holiday party at The Long Now Museum and Store. The Prelingers, Long Now's staff and board will be on hand, and we plan to continue to project footage from the Prelinger Archive on every surface we can. There will be some light snacks and wine served.

The Seminars About Long-term Thinking were started in 02003 to build a coherent, compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking, to help nudge civilization toward Long Now's goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.

Seminar hosted by Stewart Brand.
www.longnow.org

Friday, December 19, 02008
Doors open 7:00pm, talk at 7:30pm lasting ~1.5 hours

The Cowell Theater at
Fort Mason Center, Pier 2
San Francisco, CA 94123
Directions

$10 suggested donation

We recommend you arrive early; priority seating is available for Members of Long Now.

There will be a reception at The Long Now Museum & Store following the Seminar.

For more information contact:
Danielle Engelman
Community Development Director
danielle@longnow.org
415.561.6582 x1