Big Time

The first (accurate) atomic clock, designed by Louis Essen at the National Physical Laboratory in 1955, occupied most of a large room. The Long Now Foundation’s 10,000 year clock, which aims to keep accurate time without any power source other than elbow grease ’til the year 12,000, will take up most of a mountain.

The brainchild of Stewart Brand, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog, and designer Danny Hillis, the big clock’s mix of best of the old/best of the new technology is being brought to bear to ensure its durability, maintainability, and safety from vandals without resorting to written instructions, warning labels, or necessitating any living intervention whatsoever. The clock is scheduled to be finished… soon.

(Image via Long Now Foundation)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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