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Watching the clock

This is weirdly lovely. The Last Clock is a software timepiece, with three rings composed of a video taken from a live feed. The outer ring is the second ring; the middle one is the minutes, and the innermost the hours. The clock is thus, as the creators explain, “a record of its own history.” More:

As the hands rotate around the face of the clock they leave a trace of what has been happening in front of the camera. Once Last has been running for 12 hours, you end up with an easy-to read mandala of archived time.

That clock above was composed of images from a building in Taichung, Taiwan. Not terribly practical, but, like the Clock of the Long Now, a neat way refiguring how we think about time and our relationship to it.

(Thanks to the J-Walk blog for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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