Saturday, April 30, 2011

Turtles and Timelike Entanglement

Warning, the second half of this video is NSFW because of language, but does tie to the discussion at hand, which is "memes".

A direct link to the above video is at

Next - Poll 74 - Twins, Photons and Mass

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Top Ten Tenth Dimension Blogs - April Report

Previous lists:
. April 08 . May 08 . June 08 . July 08 . August 08
. September 08 . October 08 . November 08 . December 08 .
. Top 100 Blog Entries of 2008 . May 09 . June 09 . July 09
. August 09 . September 09 . October 09 . November 09 .
. December 09 . Top 100 Blog Entries of 2009 .
. January 10 . February 10 . March 10 . April 10 . May 10 .
. June 10 . July 10 . August 10 . September 10 . October 10 .
. November 10 . December 10 . Top 100 Entries of 2010 .
. January 11 . February 11 . March 11 .

Based upon number of views, here are the top blogs for the last thirty days.

1. New video - Just Geometry
2. Novelty
3. Alcohol and Other Drugs
4. New video - Psychedelics and Spacetime
5. Just a Shy Guy
6. We All are Chemicals
7. Cymatics
8. New video - Bees and Tangential Thinking
9. Gimme a Beer!
10. Trying to Escape

And as of April 26th, 2011, here are the twenty-six Imagining the Tenth Dimension blog entries that have attracted the most visits of all time. Items marked in bold are new or have risen since last month.

1. Jumping Jesus (1)
2. What's Around the Corner? (2)
3. Mandelbulbs (3)
4. An Expanding 4D Sphere (4)
5. Just Six Things: The I Ching (5)
6. Roger Ebert on Quantum Reincarnation (6)
7. The 5th-Dimensional Camera Project (7)
8. Creativity and the Quantum Universe (8)
9. Vibrations and Fractals (9)
10. How to Time Travel (10)
11. Light Has No Speed (11)
12. Our Universe Within the Omniverse (13)
13. Dancing on the Timeline (12)
14. Is Reality an Illusion? (19)
15. 10-10-10 Look Before You Leap (15)
16. Poll 44 - The Biocentric Universe Theory (14)
17. Magnets and Morality (17)
18. Monkeys Love Metallica (16)
19. Consciousness in Frames per Second (18)
20. Simultaneous Inspiration (20)
21. Polls Archive 54 - Is Time Moving Faster? (21)
22. Poll 43 - Is the Multiverse Real? (22)
23. Complexity from Simplicity (26)
24. Alien Mathematics (23)
25. Flow (new)
26. Seeing Time, Feeling Colors, Tasting Light (24)

Which means that this worthy submission is leaving our top 26 of all time list this month.

When's a Knot Not a Knot? (25)

By the way, if you're new to this project, you might want to check out the Tenth Dimension FAQ, as it provides a road map to a lot of the discussions and different materials that have been created for this project. If you are interested in the 26 songs attached to this project, this blog shows a video for each of the songs and provides more links with lyrics and discussion. The Annotated Tenth Dimension Video provides another cornucopia of discussion topics to be connected to over at YouTube. And as always, here's a reminder that the Tenth Dimension Forum is a good place to converse with other people about these ideas.

Enjoy the journey!

Rob Bryanton

Next: Turtles and Timelike Entanglement

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Insidious Trends

A direct link to the above video is at

This is the last of the songs I'm going to show you from my 1983 album Alcohol and Other Drugs, and in a couple of ways it takes us back full circle to where we were over a month ago with my entry about Novelty. As I said back then: is a unique process which creates "pockets of negative entropy". What is the opposite of life? It's the formless, shapeless state of maximum entropy. As living beings, we crave those surprising moments of synchronicity, the novelty of uncovering new connections, the promise of a new day... and people who lose that in their lives are moving towards death more quickly.
When I wrote Insidious Trends back in 1982 I was thinking about the love/hate relationship we have with the constant inundation of media: we complain about information overload (a topic of another song I showed you last year, Gimme the News) but we also constantly crave the novelty of new input. While this song might seem to be a protest against a hype machine which if anything is exponentially more revved up now than it was when I wrote this song almost thirty years ago, the concluding line of the song admits that I still love the rush of seeing and learning new things, having new experiences, being part of the accelerating rush towards whatever it is we're headed towards. The Singularity? This word seems to moving towards mainstream consciousness more and more within the last few months.

When I was compiling the list of 26 songs which I planned to use in my Imagining the Tenth Dimension project, most of those songs were written in 2002, with a few exceptions like this one. Those of you who have been the longest term fans of this project will already have seen a previous version of the above video. Using footage found from, Talking Dog's Ryan Hill created the original version of the video a couple of years ago, and now I've taken that video and re-performed the song, overlaying my performance over Ryan's montage of classic footage from the last sixty or more years.

- words and music by Rob Bryanton (SOCAN)

Step right up and try a few
These ones sure look good on you
Take one home and try it for a week
They’re the very latest fashion now
You can do without ‘em but I don’t know how
And of course they carry our money back guarantee

Yes there’s always somethin new
Tryin to get a hold on you
Yes there’s always somethin new
Tryin to sink its teeth in you

You can see it on your TV set
You can hear it on the radio
You can play it on your stereo
And you probably will (you know that you will)
And in every magazine and paper
They’ll play you the same old song
It’s big and new and made for you
And it’s the best thing to come along

Yes there’s always something new...

They will break down your resistance
Like they were breakin down a door
They’ll just hit you again and again and again
Till you can’t take no more (you’ll give in for sure)
It’s a million dollar gamble for a billion dollar prize
Who can keep you the latest on the longest artificial high?

(Instrumental with collage of commercial clips/hype)


Yes there’s always something new
Tryin to get a hold on you
Yes there’s always some big deal
Sayin nothing else is real
Yes there’s always something new
Tryin to get a hold on you
Yes there’s always something new
Tryin to get a hold on you
(Step right and try a few, these ones sure look good on you
Take one home and try it for
They’re the very latest fashion now, you can do without em but I don’t know how
And of course they carry our money back guarantee)
Money back
Money back guarantee, money back
Money back guarantee, money back
Money back, money back

Oh, insidious trends are creepin through my life
Insidious trends are creepin through my life
Insidious trends are creepin through my life
Insidious trends are keeping me alive

Other songs we've look at from this album:
We All are Chemicals
Gimme a Beer!
Just a Shy Guy
Trying to Escape

Once again, I'd like to thank those of you who have thought enough of these songs to want to go over to the Tenth Dimension Digital Items store and purchase a copy of the 11 songs on this album. Enjoy the journey!

Next - Turtles and Timelike Entanglement

Friday, April 22, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The One-Dimensional Universe

Here's an article published at today about a new scientific theory that suggests our universe started from a point, became a line, then a plane, then 3D space. Hm, where have I heard this before?

Here's the opening few paragraphs from the article, but please do follow the link to find out more.

Primordial weirdness: Did the early universe have 1 dimension?
April 20, 2011
( -- Did the early universe have just one spatial dimension? That's the mind-boggling concept at the heart of a theory that University at Buffalo physicist Dejan Stojkovic and colleagues proposed in 2010.

They suggested that the early universe -- which exploded from a single point and was very, very small at first -- was one-dimensional (like a straight line) before expanding to include two dimensions (like a plane) and then three (like the world in which we live today).

The theory, if valid, would address important problems in particle physics.

Now, in a new paper in Physical Review Letters, Stojkovic and Loyola Marymount University physicist Jonas Mureika describe a test that could prove or disprove the "vanishing dimensions" hypothesis.

Because it takes time for light and other waves to travel to Earth, telescopes peering out into space can, essentially, look back into time as they probe the universe's outer reaches.

Gravitational waves can't exist in one- or two-dimensional space. So Stojkovic and Mureika have reasoned that the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), a planned international gravitational observatory, should not detect any gravitational waves emanating from the lower-dimensional epochs of the early universe.

Cool stuff! Thanks to Lee Price for showing me this article.

Enjoy the journey,

Rob Bryanton

Next: New video - Time Travel Paradoxes

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Turtles and the Tenth Dimension

And now for something completely different. This completely crazy and unashamedly NSFW music video was created by my son Todd in his alternate guise as a gangsta rapper named "Lil Deuce Deuce". I hope you enjoy it in the spirit of fun with which it is offered.

A direct link to the above video is at

The full name of the song is "Dimension X" NINJA TURTLES/10th DIMENSION RAP, and
his lildeucedeuce channel YouTube channel is at this link:

What can I say? It makes me laugh. Next time we'll return to slightly more serious discussions as we look at the connections between Bees and the LHC.

Till then, enjoy the journey!


Next - New video - Bees and the LHC

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


A direct link to the above video is at

We're continuing to look at some of the songs from my 1983 vinyl LP, Rob Bryanton - Alcohol and Other Drugs. When we looked at Gimme a Beer!, I described how the play that these songs were written for toured the high schools of Saskatchewan back then, and how the project started with an intensive workshop of brainstorming and improvisations with a collective of actors all in their twenties, really not long out of high school themselves.

This song in particular owes a lot to that workshop, where one of the actresses came forward and told an intense and moving story of how she ended up painting her initials with an old gym sock outside the principal's office in the middle of the night, but what drove her to commit that act was never dealt with because people just wrote the event off to "that's what happens when kids get drunk". The final verse states its message strongly:

But you’ve really got to be there / With nothing else in your way
If you want the world to listen close / To everything you say

Is this overstating the point? Some commenters on YouTube are unhappy with what they perceive as the "preachiness" of some of these songs, which, when you come right down to it were written for a play sponsored by the Saskatchewan Alcoholism Commission: these songs were written for a high school audience, and are intended to nudge people into examining their own attitudes towards alcohol and other drugs. The commenters who loved We All are Chemicals or Gimme a Beer! (two songs which at first glance appear to joyously celebrate overindulgence) are not impressed with songs like these which end up arguing for sobriety. What truth works for you? No matter how you feel about these matters, it still takes courage to state an opinion that goes against those around you, which should be the final message of this song: have the courage to stand up for what you believe in.

I also mentioned in a previous entry that both this song and Just a Shy Guy were playlisted by our local FM rock station Z99 back then: I've always been grateful to program director Ed Walker and morning personality C.C. for their support of this project, which at the time was highly unusual: recording music in your living room or basement and getting it on the radio was pretty well unheard of back in 1983.

Here's the lyrics:

COURAGE - music and lyrics by Rob Bryanton (SOCAN)

Sometimes I get angry
Sometimes I wanna shout
Sometimes it’s so hard to find a way
To let my feelings out
Wanna tell off all the teachers
When they don’t try to understand
Can’t they see that I’m just me
Doin the best I can

I say, give me some courage
I need some courage
Give me the courage
To say what I want to say

Last night I was angry
My friends they told me what to do
They said “Take a drink of courage
Get into something new”
So we took a drink of courage
And we emptied every glass
And don’t you know my courage grew and grew
As every hour passed

I said “Give me some courage
I need more courage
Give me the courage
To do what I want to do”

The next thing I remember
It was three or maybe four
Broke into the school and headed
Right for the principal’s door
I was swimming through a dream world
So far gone I couldn’t talk
I was paintin my initials
With an old gym sock

But you’ve really got to be there
With nothing else in your way
If you want the world to listen close
To everything you say
Cause even though I know the reasons
For what I did last night
Everybody chalks it up to alcohol
And nothin’s ever made right

So I say, give me the courage
I need some courage
Give me the courage
To be who I want to be

And I say, give me the courage
… to never do that again.

Other songs from this album:
We All are Chemicals
Gimme a Beer!
Just a Shy Guy
Trying to Escape
Insidious Trends

Next: Turtles and the Tenth Dimension

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rebecca Black and QWOP

A direct link to the above video is at

Back at the beginning of 2008, I started something I call the Google Suggestions Time Capsule Project. Every Sunday, I've taken a moment to type the 26 letters of the alphabet into my Google Search and make note of what suggested search items come up as Google's 26 picks for the most likely information I would be looking for.

Using this as a way of tracking the zeitgeist, the popular culture meme-space of the predominantly American-culture internet has been interesting, and there've been some notable shifts that have happened over the almost three and a half years that I've been tracking this. Here's a few I'd like to point out today.

The very first list I made note of contained Zoey Zane as the suggestion for the letter z, which may well prove to be the only time the assumed name of a murdered internet porn actress will come up as the number one suggestion for a letter.

Here's that first list:

Sunday, January 6 2008, 11 am CST, Saskatchewan Canada:
amazon, best buy, craigslist, dictionary, ebay, facebook, google, hotmail, imdb, john lewis, kohls, limewire, myspace, next, orkut, paypal, qvc, redtube, sears, target, utube, verizon, wikipedia, xtube, youtube, zoey zane.

Two weeks later, Zoey's name was gone from the list. In fact, it's turned out to be relatively rare for people's names to appear in this list at all. "Obama" appeared at the beginning of March 2008, only to be replaced by google's social networking site "Orkut" before the month was done. In November 2008, for one week only, we saw "John McCain", "Obama" and "Sarah Palin" appear as the suggestions for j, o and s: this was in the week of the American elections, of course.

The following week "Jennifer Hudson" appeared as the replacement suggestion for j, a remarkable bit of pop culture since she came in seventh in the 2004 American Idol competition, received a 2006 Academy Award for her role in the film Dreamgirls, but it was the release of her debut record album in 2008 that finally vaulted her to the top of the google list for six weeks.

Interestingly, Obama, now the president of the US, also stayed at the top of the list for six weeks, while John McCain lasted one and Sarah Palin lasted three. Obama returned to the list in January 2009, this time staying there for seven weeks. But after that, we were not to see another person's name at the top of the list until this week.

Rebecca Black, the internet teen sensation people love to hate, appears this week as the top response for the letter r. Her video, Friday, is currently at almost 100 million views on YouTube, but the like/dislike ratio is what's completely unusual: almost 2 million people have given the video a thumbs down, and only a quarter million have given it thumbs up. Wired Magazine published a cover story in 2008 about people who are "internet famous", Rebecca seems to be a shining example of that term.

Speaking of internet famous, ever hear of QWOP? It just finished a seven week run as the top result for q. This simple flash game asks you to control an olympic runner using four letters on your keyboard. For me, this one was remarkable because unlike the Rebecca Black story I've seen almost no one in the media talking about this game, and yet it's the number one search suggestion. Yet another example of how the internet has become its own medium? You bet.

Enjoy the journey!

Rob Bryanton

UPDATE: in a surprising turn of events, after reaching over 165 million views, Rebecca's video was removed from YouTube on June 13 2011, just as the video blog version of the entry was about to be posted. Apparently, the creators of Rebecca's video had decided to start asking people to pay a fee for every view of the video, and she retaliated by demanding that her video be pulled off of YouTube.
Good luck, Rebecca!
Next: Courage

A direct link to Rebecca Black's video is at

New video - Evidence for Seeing the Future?

A direct link to the above video is at

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Livin on the Edge of the World

A direct link to the above video is at

This song was written back in 1982, was not part of the live show that most of the other songs on this 1983 album were written for, but it had a tangential connection to the ideas from the rest of the album and seemed like a good one to include because of that.

Over the last few months, in blog entries like Just Geometry, Bees and Tangential Thinking, More Tangential Thinking and At Right Angles to Spacetime, we've been returning to some of the basic ideas behind my approach to visualizing the extra spatial dimensions. I've talked before about how I went for decades showing people the basic ideas of my approach, drawing little diagrams on napkins or whatever was available, but until I read Michio Kaku's Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension, I had always thought that my approach was useful for visualizing nothing more than the seven dimensions of our reality. Kaku's book gave me a way of thinking how my logic could be extended to ten spatial dimensions, but even seven is mind-blowing enough!

So, way back in 1982 I was already fascinated by the concepts of extra spatial dimensions, and that was a part of what I was thinking about as I created this song - if you are operating from a realm which is not confined to our 4D spacetime, from a fifth dimension which is somehow "outside" of our reality at another angle, then the title of this song is a way of thinking about that concept. Here's the lyrics:

- words and music by Rob Bryanton (SOCAN)

What am I s’posed to do with you when you’re so far away
I need to have your near me
How am I s’posed to get the news, the issues of the day
Who’s gonna set me straight?
Hey hey hey

What were you tryin to say to me the day you made it clear
You said “Look inside yourself now”
But you don’t know the things I see, you’ve never felt the fear
As I stand before the mirror

Can’t you see I’m livin on the edge of the world
Livin on the edge of the world, hey hey hey

I’ve got to be stronger, gotta take control
Got to give my life some order
I can’t take it any longer, don’t know where to go
Then you tell I must grow

Well can’t you see I’m livin on the edge of the world
Livin on the edge of the world, hey hey hey

Sometimes I scare myself
I take me by surprise
Sometimes I scare myself
Believin my own lies

Can’t you see I’m livin on the edge of the world
Livin on the edge of the world
Can’t you see I’m livin on the edge of the world
Livin on the edge of the world
Can’t you see I’m livin on the edge of the world
Livin on the edge of the world
Can’t you see I’m livin on the edge of the world
Livin on the edge of the world
Can’t you see I’m livin on the edge of the world
Livin on the edge of the world
Livin on the edge of the world
I am livin on the edge of the world
Hey hey hey

Next: Rebecca Black and QWOP

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