Thoughts for 2004

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01/01/04

I have been working on a strange analogy for helping me to imagine what is happening as space/time expands. As always, it's a poor and incomplete analogy, but it may be helpful.

Imagine you are in a space vehicle out somewhere between the planets, not accelerating, but completely weightless relative to any nearby planetary masses. As you float about in the vehicle, you take a wet sponge, dump some liquid soap on it and work up a bubbly frothy foam. You flick off the largest blob of foam and watch it floating in front of you. Suddenly a tiny meteorite pierces the skin of your space vehicle and begins letting the air out. As the air pressure within the vehicle drops, instead of panicking, you calmly watch the foam (yeah, right!). It expands outward in all directions as the cabin loses air pressure. Each tiny bubble gets larger inside the foam. THAT's what I imagine ALL matter is doing as space/time expands. I just don't know, and may never know, the mechanism that causes this expansion... whether it is internal, as when you blow up a balloon and increase the pressure inside, or external as when the pressure outside drops and the sealed balloon expands. It's nice to know this joins it nicely with the concept of relativity.

 

01/26/04

Working with computers puts us closer in touch with the entropy of time than ever before in history. I have already begun to notice faster decay of chips as they shrink down to the atomic level, and I'm sure others will come up with alternate reasons for this, but if you've been following my arguments thus far, you will rightly guess that my solution will once again involve the expanded acceleration of space/time. There will come a point at which building a smaller computer will have little value because its life expectancy will be so short. I think I will use this in my third story involving the artificial sentient being, Troy II. It would be for Troy II to notice that it has to constantly replace chips and nano circuits with newly manufacured parts or it, too, will "die." With its robotic sense of humor, it creates a "penis" for "himself" that is a tiny manufacturing plant designed to "pee" out new nanocircuitry whenever it is needed. Time to get working on that book again.

02/14/04

Some thoughts on the parallel universe theories. Most of them imagine universes stacked or lined up side by side to infinity. Based on matching this idea to my expanding space-time theory, I would, instead, have one universe inside another, exisiting in its own space-time like the concenteric layers of a cosmic onion. Each universe expands through the past of the universe "on top" of it. This would help explain the dark energy/dark matter that seems to suddenly appear in deep space and then disappear... remains of previous universes expanding through space-time "faster" or merely "before" our own. Our own past "trailings" become the dark matter/dark energy of universes "younger" than our own. If we really start thinking this may be true, we shall have to stop calling them universes, because the word universe implies all that is or was or ever can be. Maybe we can talk about a "super universe" but this also defeats the purpose. If the biggest can get bigger, it was never the biggest to begin with. It would be better to regard the whole concept as the "new" universe, and the layers as parts of the universe.

In this regard, one should also consider the "foam" model for co-existing universe-like bubbles.However, this model has some consequences in that some of these "bubbles" should co-exist in a matching space-time with our own. With the onion skin model, none of the universes would ever come in contact with one another because of the time differential. The only traces of its happening would be the dark energy and dark matter left behind from one universe layer's past to bump into our present as we expand towards the future.

07/04/04

Some "crack-pot" anti-gravity sites that are not all that crazy:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/research/1999/10/taming_gravity/

http://www.alternativescience.com/eric-laithwaite.htm

http://www.rexresearch.com/roschin/roschin.htm

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1511/is_5_20/ai_54432952

http://robocat.users.btopenworld.com/gravity.htm

 

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