Do you dream about computers and/or the Net?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Robot Wisdom : One Thread
I don't think I can remember a specific dream about computers or the Net, though I expect I must have them sometimes. I want to do a poll on this but I need preliminary feedback on questions to ask. I'm thinking of a multi-answer (MrPoll) format that includes these options:
I've dreamt I was inside a computer or program (cf Tron).
I've dreamt I was in a VR version of the Net.
I've dreamt I was web-surfing.
I've dreamt I was net-chatting.
I've dreamt I was writing email.
I've dreamt I was working at a computer.
I've dreamt I was looking at a computer.
I've dreamt I was trying to write a program.
So what else am I missing?
-- Jorn (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 10, 1999
How about something like "When I tried it out after waking up, the program I dreamt I was writing ran." The phrasing could be more felicitous, but you get the idea.
I can answer yes to it.
-- Andrew Hickmott (email@example.com), December 10, 1999.
How about a more general "I dreamed I was using a computer to write"? Not just email, but any kind of text: letters, essays, a novel, poetry, all sorts of things.
Also, ask if anyone has dreamed about using graphics software: page layout, Photoshop, all that stuff.
-- Vicki Rosenzweig (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 10, 1999.
I have occasional dreams about trying to solve real-world problems using computer programming methods that don't really apply. These are hard to describe; the best example I can think of was trying to feed a dog by piping food from the bowl object to the dog object. These dreams usually involve a feeling of incredible frustration, and usually come when I'm trying to solve a really nasty programming issue in "real life". Also, while I do have "inside the computer" dreams, they aren't that much like Tron; more like walking along giant circuit paths, or crawling through a vast "differnce engine" type mechanical computer.
-- Brennan O'Keefe (email@example.com), December 10, 1999.
Usenet! I've had plenty of dreams about trying to come up with a snappy answer or seething over someone else's. There were some other Usenet dreams, but they were about binaries (wink wink, nudge nudge).
-- Jim Gallagher (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 10, 1999.
At the risk of being labeled a super-geek, I've dreamt I was playing a game on the computer really well, much like I used to dream I could catch like Willie Mays in my youth.
-- Kip DeGraaf (email@example.com), December 10, 1999.
How about: I've dreamt that I received a new piece of computer equipment to play with
-- Andrew Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 10, 1999.
I had an dreamt in HTML (not *about* HTML--emotional content somehow packaged in HTML)
I dreamt tetris (same as above: the patterns signifying emotional content, but when you remember the dream it was just the shapes moving into place)
-- rebecca blood (email@example.com), December 10, 1999.
The only dreams relating to computers I can recall are of me running around inside the worlds of Doom and Quake :-) Maybe because they're played from the first-person perspective? I don't recall every being inside a third-person-based game.
-- Justin Kramer (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 10, 1999.
Have you ever dreamt in a computer language?
I had a dream *in* SQL once. It was very odd, but the syntax of my thinking and of my actions in the dream was in SQL. Anyone dreamt in a procedural language?
-- Carl Coryell-Martin (email@example.com), December 10, 1999.
Had a couple of those computer language ones, Applesoft BASIC in the early days, later dreaming of QuickTime codecs in assembly language during the Toy Story Animated Story Book crunch.
-- Dan Lyke (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 11, 1999.