The Present — Day Moon Year

Created by Scott Thrift

Tools for being in time.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

The Last Full Moonrise of 2020
18 days ago – Wed, Dec 30, 2020 at 06:29:43 PM

In case you missed tonight's moonrise, we captured it in this short peaceful episode for you.                     

The Present Pins have shipped.

In this episode "It's All on the Table" I thank each and every person who chose The Present Pin reward this past summer. Thank you for supporting independent works of art like The Present. Domestic pins have shipped, international The Present Pin rewards ship out next week. 

Finding balance with The Present Moon.

I had a valuable insight while watching the phases of the moon play out over time with the prototype of The Present Moon. I did my best to explain it in this short episode called, "Where is home on The Present Moon?". It's a simple insight but I had not considered it before and I think you might enjoy finding out about it as well. 

Steel Production Prototypes Round One

Want to see what the first round of Steel Production Prototypes look like?

In this video, I go into detail regarding the changes that will need to be made to this first round. Meeting with my manufacturing partners CW&T on the last day of 2020 to sort out next steps. There are a lot of things that still need to be altered but in general, my first impression is that I'm impressed.

If you're curious about how production prototypes work, I expect to see a second round after we clarify the changes that need to be made to these. Once the second round arrives, it is likely that some minor changes will still need to be made which will be executed in the third and final installment of prototypes. Again, this process is all about measuring twice and cutting once. 

Thank you for helping The Present shine in 2020.

Wishing everyone a brighter 2021.

In time,

Scott Thrift


The shortest day of the longest year.
25 days ago – Wed, Dec 23, 2020 at 07:03:35 PM

Looks like things are lining up.

December 21, 2020

Today's short video was made for you.

The Great Conjunction

See you on the Full Moon.

In time,

Scott Thrift


Full Moon Update - November 30, 2020
about 2 months ago – Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 10:14:43 PM


  • The estimated date of assembly is set begin on the first Equinox of 2021.
  • North and South American addresses will be shipped from the east coast of the USA.
  • Asian and European addresses will ship from The Netherlands.
  • The first reward tier of pins begins shipping the week of December 7, 2020.


Thank you again to everyone who responded to the address collection survey! If you have not shared your address that also means I don't know what style of time you prefer. Please click the link below (or copy+paste into url) and enter the email you use for your Kickstarter account and respond to the survey. Thank you!


The latest prototypes from Portugal arrived late last week and with the minor changes mentioned in the last update, everything is lining up nicely. The next step is to make sure the powder coated steel faceplate has an appropriate fit/feel with the cork body. I do expect the prototypes of each of the incoming metal parts to go through one more round before being ready to produce. I'm also leaving open the possibility of doing one more cork prototype if it is necessary. 

This part of the process is all about waiting, getting the prototype, making small changes, having another one made and waiting again for it to arrive. Over the next four months it will be more of the same — a glorified version of "measure twice cut once". That said, this part of the process of making things is actually one of the most challenging. It is in this period that irrevocable mistakes can be made. That is why I am grateful to be working with CW&T and the vendors they've had relationships with for many years. They currently have a holiday gift guide up at the moment if you want to check that out.


The pace and timing of everything so far is falling within my gradient of expectation. I'm looking forward to sending out the first tier of rewards beginning the week of December 7th, 2020.   


It's hard to put into words how inspiring it is to know so many people from so many places want to get to know time better. I'm grateful for your time and support. Thank you for helping The Present shine.

In time,

Scott Thrift
IG: daymoonyear

We've continued to upload a video every day on the Youtube channel and tonight will be episode 90?! It's a good way to check in and see the progress of the project. Here are three recent episodes.

This episode is a funny example of expectations vs. reality.

 This episode walks through the newest cork body prototypes.

This episode features us signing the lease for the clock shop on Friday 13, 2020 at 13:13.

 See you on December 29th!

Blue Moon Update 10/31/2020
3 months ago – Sun, Nov 01, 2020 at 08:17:06 PM


Thanks for responding so quickly to your survey. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, follow this link before reading more. (use the same email you use for Kickstarter)

Hello again. 

You've already done your part, all you have to do now is sit back and watch the story unfold. NOTE: If you added items to your pledge on Backerkit, thank you. Your card will be charged on Tuesday, November 2nd, your statement will say The Present. 

This update has a time menu:

1 to 2 minute check in

2 to 10 minute read

1 hour 24 minute watch

Twenty-three different companies in Japan have reached out to help me distribute The Present.

One to Two Minute Check In

  1. Getting to know the phases of the moon this way truly is a gift, I have a functioning prototype.
  2. 50% deposits have been placed on the steel, glass, cork, and the majority of components.
  3. Full production is still months away as production prototypes are still being refined. That's normal.
  4. Where will all of these clocks be assembled? Will there ever be a HQ for The Present? There is now.
  5. Fundraising beyond Kickstarter, making 5000 clocks.

Two to Ten Minute read.

 1-5 in more detail.

1. Getting to know the phases of the moon this way truly is a gift, I have a functioning prototype.
That's right. I've been living with The Present Moon and I have seen it complete one full circle so far and now I am half way through my second revolution. There is light and dark in all things. The Present Moon gives my screen weary eyes a place to rest that isn't asking anything of me. The grey unknown in the center of the graphic is comforting in its misty vagueness. Life is full of such magnificent unknowns and it's nice to see an object that isn't afraid to point toward the mystery. I love it. I hope you do too.

2. 50% deposits have been placed on the steel, glass, cork, and the majority of components.
Yep. You can take comfort in knowing that a considerable amount of capital has been moved forward to get production underway. All of the tooling has been paid for in addition to 50% deposits on thousands upon thousands of clock parts.

3. Full production is still months away as production prototypes are still being refined. That's normal.
"Getting production underway" might sound like I'll have parts by the end of November. That is not the case. I still expect there to be one or two more back and forth exchanges of seemingly production ready prototypes before we are able to fully commit to the full production run. If ever there were a time to follow the wisdom of measure twice cut once it is in the realm of industrial manufacturing.  I've made the mistake of ordering a part in a rush to "get it done" only to have it create whole new rivers of problems. The key is to not rush anything if at all possible. One can remain vigilant while hanging on loosely. Also I would be no where near as confident as I am right now if I were not working with CW&T and their existing vendor relationships.

4. Where will all these clocks be assembled? Will there ever be a HQ for The Present? There is now.
The wildest turn of events has happened in the past four weeks. It has become clear that the most important step I must take this year besides placing all of those purchase orders,  is to decide on a single location where all of these clock parts will be sent so that I can assemble them. This will be my seventh production run and each one prior to this was done in a different location at great cost. On one of my most recent productions had me moving the production location four different times. To do this right, I need a clock shop / assembly factory that can accept large deliveries and pickups. I'm going to be moving dozens of pallets around and I will need a freight elevator to wrangle it all if I want to do it right. Well I think we have found the place. The lease is on my desk ready to be signed. Find out more below or by watching the daily Youtube show. It's truly the beginning of something incredible.

5. Fundraising beyond Kickstarter, making 5000 clocks.
One of the most short-sighted things I could possibly do at this point would be to only make the 1,750 clocks that you have already ordered. If I did that, the second I deliver them to you I will be back at stage one telling people they are sold out again. To stop that broken record, I will be making a total of 5000 clocks in 2021. That's 2000 steel and glass clocks, 2000 Cork and 1000 of The Little Present's. Does that sound like a lot of clocks? To me it sounds like a solid start. Remember, 1750 of those 5000 clocks are already spoken for so it won't be long before I need to order again (late 2022).

My goal is to be able to produce and sell ten thousand clocks a year and I believe I can get there by 2026 but there is no way to do that without a long term commitment right now. So I am continuing the process of fundraising to prevent another "sold out" situation. I'm looking for the fourth partner on a team of three existing investors who are joining me in fully funding the seventh production. Do you feel like you might be able to help us grow in some way? If so, write to me at with the subject line: Here to Help

One Hour and Twenty-Four Minutes 

If all the above isn't enough, this is a one-take one hour twenty-four minute cut of me talking to you today. It's me showing you what's up with the cork and how things will be different and where we are now and what's up with Telefoonstraat 13 and more. If it wasn't happening to me I might not believe any of this were true. I talk for the entire time and cover a lot but honestly I've left so much out. 

What's the deal with the colors? 

@daymoonyear The Instagram account for The Present uses a full screen of color to reveal the pace of change in nature one degree a day. 

SLIDE ONE is the new color + a new name.

SLIDE TWO is the current location on the universal timepiece, The Present Year.

SLIDE THREE is a mystery box.

Different every day

We've kept up with a new video every day on Youtube. It's a low pressure way of trying things out by using this color theory approach. I lift the color name from the daily IG post. What's most important is that we post every day. The videos are slowly getting somewhere, one day at a time.

A Longer Now

I auditioned for a talk at the Long Now Foundation's virtual conference on 10/20/2020. They accepted my talk and I presented it live!  Here I am trying to sort out the talk before I knew I was accepted. 

Here is the actual five minute talk.  

If you don't have the five minutes, the point I am making in the brief presentation is that The Present is a catalyst to help us collectively notice a longer now.

The full moon update is a place where I can open up about where the project is and where it is going. Is it missing something? Do you want to know more? Let me know at

In time,

Scott Thrift 



Next clear thing — look up
4 months ago – Sat, Oct 03, 2020 at 03:30:11 AM

It is the full moon again.

The Present Moon — Full

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