Friday, January 11, 2008

Tenth Dimension TagCrowd

This is the one year anniversary of the Imagining the Tenth Dimension blog, which had its first entry on January 12th, 2007. In the past year we've talked about a lot of things: one of the through-lines has been memes, and how our reality is defined by what can thought of as multi-dimensional shapes or patterns. Whether you think of those shapes as a Calabi-Yau manifold, or an E8 rotation, or the visualization tool that I've come up with here, you are still trying to envision how it all fits together from out of the background of timelessness and indeterminacy that quantum physics tells us our reality springs from.

Speaking of visualization tools, a couple of days ago I came across a nice site called TagCrowd. This is a free service. You give it a website URL, an uploaded file, or just some pasted text, and it generates a tag cloud based upon the number of occurrences of words within whatever was submitted. For fun, I fed it all of the eighty-some blog entries I've published here in the first year. The TagCrowd site, created by Daniel Steinbock, then gives you html code released under a Creative Commons license, which generates the image you see pasted below. This, of course, is different from the label cloud at the head of this blog, because that cloud is generated by my conscious decisions on whether or not to label a particular concept from a particular blog entry. The tag cloud below, on the other hand, is a more direct representation of how often I have used certain words in my explorations surrounding this project in the past year. I thought the result was pretty interesting, hope you do too: and thank you to the millions of people around the world who have watched the animation and visited the tenth dimension website!

Enjoy the journey,

Rob Bryanton

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