Sunday, November 30, 2008

Dream on Helen ...

The lovely and talented Helen Smith mentioned on her blog that a chum of hers had created a site called Dreamlines where, using just a few keywords, your dreams are visualised. I couldn't resist that. So I dutifully typed in my keywords and this is what emerged:

Basically, the site shows an ever-morphing series of images - some quite startlingly beautiful - as it tries to make sense of your input.

It was always going to struggle with me. I don't dream very often (well, apparently everyone dreams every night but I rarely remember any - not even a hint) but when I do, they are odd dreams indeed. Like the time I was stepped on by a Transformer. Or the time that I discovered that the piece of string that tethers the Moon to the Earth had snapped and it was too slippery and fine for me to keep a firm grip on. Bye bye Moon.
So, my keywords for this website were: Monkey. Dress. Chimney. Cricket Bat. That's because the dream I had in mind was one I had around nine months ago when I was sat on the rim of a very tall factory chimney looking down inside. Clambering towards me at speed and gibbering insanely was a large and angry baboon-like monkey wearing a dress and waving a cricket bat in a threatening manner. And I had no way to get down.

Bizarrely, the website got the colour of the dress right. Red. Eek.

15 comments:

Debby said...

Er. It sounds like it might be a good thing that you can't remember most of your dreams.

The monkey...was he a flying monkey? They wore red dresslike garments and they are plain scary. I'll betcha you cheesed off the Wicked Witch of the West again.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Debby - Nope, it was a normal, largish monkey. Big, scary teeth. Mad, homicidal eyes. Cricket bat. Pretty red dress. Worrying, aren't I?

Helen Smith said...

Yay xx

Debby said...

Disturbed. Very.

Anonymous said...

Like you I rarely remember dreams, but OH on the other hand has incredibly vivid dreams and remembers the most amazing details - like the time he dreamed the whole gory experience of having a heart transplant or being shot or like last night where he is in a fight and actually punched me in my stomach - not a fun way to wake up from a deep sleep I can tell you.

Lisa said...

They are quite startlingly beautiful but you are one strange man!! lol - a dress wearing monkey?

Stevyn Colgan said...

Debby - Be. You should. Lots.

Rob - OK, you've just upped the ante now. OH has me seriously worried now. At least my mad dreams have no grounding in reality. How many monkeys in a dress have you ever seen (ex-Spice Girls not included)?

Lisa - I'm not strange. The voices assure me of that.

Anonymous said...

Here via VioletSky. What an interstng thing - how did you get the individual pictures? (I tried it with my most recent dream and it seems to be prepared to morph forever.)

Stevyn Colgan said...

COTW - It did the same with me too. I took screen grabs every so often but then gave up watching after 10 mins. I suspect that I'd have died before I got to the end. Welcome to the blog! x

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I just borrowed it for my post today.

Jeff said...

Here's why I don't remember my dreams:

"I don't remember my dreams, mostly. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because the occasional recollections have convinced me that my dreams are highly detailed, richly colored expressions of nothing. They're three-dimensional in much the same way a computer-rendered object is three-dimensional, which is to say, not really."

from Waking the Dreamer Within
http://weblog.omegaword.com/2008/10/waking-dreamer-within.html

Electronic Goose said...

Love the moon dream you mention...

Stevyn Colgan said...

Jeff - I read your explanation but was not even close to being stoned enough to understand it. So dreams are a non-dimensional representation of nothing? My brain hurts.

Goose - It was certainly the most frustrating dream. I can remember waking up and my fingers ached.

Welcome to my humble blog, guys!

VioletSky said...

I've been lurking for a while and now seem to be sending my readers to you as well and I haven't even introduced myself.

Still haven't figured out how to do 'screen grabs'.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Hi Violet - It's a damnably nice to meet you. I too am a lurker of the first water. The problem is, as you've undoubtedly discovered, that if you visit hundreds of blogs it's very time-consuming to leave comments on them all. I try to 'do the rounds' as often as I can because people are kind enough to leave comments for me. Your blog is very interesting and I will continue to lurk in the bushes just outside. Just keep the cat from attacking me. x