Okay, here's the plot: a zillionaire businessman is setting up his own space program; he's also funding construction of an enormous all-mechanical clock, hidden inside a mountain, automatically set by sighting the noon sun, wound by the difference in temperature between daytime highs and nighttime lows, ticking once every ten seconds, tolling once every thousand years and designed to last ten thousand years--
Implausible? Too bad. It's not a book or a film; it's real. --You probably bought something from him this week: Jeff Bezos, of Amazon.com and Blue Origin, is also deeply involved in the Long Now Foundation's clock project.
And it is stunning. At the very least, he'll leave something to freak out the next civilization.
Earlier today, I wrote about my general suspicion and dislike of "Great Leaders." Flip side, I do think one man can change things for everyone, if he's standing in the right place, using the right lever -- and gets enough folks pitching in. Not all such movers are politicians and not all of the change wrought is for the worse. Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse? Scoot over.
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