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How to Build a Clock That Will Outlast the Apocalypse

The 10,000 Year Clock is up and running — and now that the plans are online, you can construct your own nigh-immortal timepiece

The Long Now Foundation's 10,000 Year Clock — a beautifully crafted machine designed to run, with minimal human input, for millennia — has been keeping time for almost 10 years; it's currently on loan to the Science Museum of London. But if you'd like your own, Long Now has released the schematics to their wondrous chronometer — which Neal Stephenson had a hand in designing and then wove into his new novel, Anathem.

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So if you'd like to endear yourself to the forthcoming robot overlords, or make sure the zombies will be able to keep perfect time, get to building.

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Too bad it doesn't come with a monastical building and a lineage of adherents to wind it.

Awesome Anathem trailer:

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