Eliezer Yudkowsky.

Read August 31st 2010. Cute, I guess, very short story about some alien race similar in many ways to ours coming across an inexplicable ancient artifact on the mountain of an empty planet, the artifact is based on the Long Now's clock project thing, it ticks and gongs at set intervals and appears to have been running for millenia, and certain of its functions can't possibly have actually been witnessed by the creators themselves. That's all there is to it, it's a simple homage.

3/5 (1 in the current system?)

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