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How It Was: My first Lucid Dream

Clive Maxfield
12/29/2011 11:12 PM EST

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   2/2/2012 1:49:52 PM
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Funnily enough I spent a large part of last night dreaming about my son's math home work and trying to work out how to "simplify" something like (-27)^(8/3) Honestly, he's in 10th grade and they have a problem like this -- I didn't have a clue last night and ... I still don't have a clue this morning...

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ialexo   2/2/2012 8:38:19 AM
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My usual case is that after thinking a couple of days in a difficult to solve problem, a wake up in the morning and have the solution ready. I never remember my dreams in these cases. Recently i was thinking of how i could apply Test Driven Development methods (TDD) on an electromechanical embedded system. I was reluctant on the idea that TDD can be used in embedded systems as it is not a desktop system which is easily controlled. One night i saw a dream of how should realize the method (not much details). Next morning i added this as a task on my schedule and in half an hour i had a small list of changes that i had to do when i would implement that. I found a couple of days spare time and implemented the firmware changes (fortunately my firmware architecture was open enough to tolerate easily the changes). This was my first dream of not only finding a solution but also change my management schedule!

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BobZ01   1/6/2012 10:08:36 PM
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Max, Your dream #1 is my real life! No kidding. Very odd. I used to have lucid dreams when I was younger. However, those dreams would best be described in a popular men's magazine and not here.

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Max The Magnificent   1/5/2012 11:32:52 PM
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Good One!

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zeeglen   1/5/2012 10:28:19 PM
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Note to managers, bosses, supervisors, etc. When your engineer is head-down at the desk and making sounds that resemble snoring, do NOT interrupt. That engineer is deep in thought; interruption ("Are you sleeping?!") will result in the loss of a billion dollar idea.

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Max The Magnificent   1/5/2012 10:04:26 PM
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It's great to hear from someone else that this has actually happened to (it's different to hearing dry academic-type reports about this phenomenon)

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Ocelot0   1/5/2012 9:59:50 PM
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I've had this happen exactly once. I had been tasked with converting a test program from one type of tester to a completely different one. Completely different tester languages, vector description language, etc. I had been thinking about it for a few days but then left on a cave expedition. The cave expedition involved camping underground for 7 nights. I couldn't sleep very well the first few nights, kind of fitful in/out of conciousness. But on the second night, I had a lucid dream and stepped through a number of possible solutions to the problem and came up with a Perl solution in my head. I made sure I woke myself fully to concentrate & remember the solution as it wasn't simple. It eventually resulted in ~5k lines of code, plus some tricky things such as translating a piece of custom tester language into C, then compiling that C code and when run, it spit out the other custom tester language. I haven't had anything happen like that since.

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Max The Magnificent   1/5/2012 8:30:00 PM
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## ...I want to figure out what it is about the couch that results in these dreams... Possibly the fact that you can actually get some sleep without your girlfriend (grin). ## I wonder how many of your readers remember Alpha wave biofeedback devices... Well I do -- I also built one while I was at high school (it was a project in "Practical Electronics" hobby magazine)

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damngoodengineer   1/5/2012 8:27:05 PM
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Ok, trying again... There are aids to enlighten you that you are in REM sleep state - usually a timer expiration or eyelid movement sensing then triggering a red led aimed at your eyelids. Once you see the red led you are supposed to realize you are in a dream and can control it. I find that my most out of the box thinking is right after waking up. I recently wrote down over 20 invention disclosure ideas right in this time. One key to getting dreams like this is to sleep in the right bed. My dreams had been far and few between before my girlfriend kicked me out of the bedroom after a fight. I was sent downstairs to the couch. I had a very cool dream that night. Liked it so much I spent the next night there. Liked that one so much... I sleep there all the time now. I know it will take big bucks to find the right bed... before I do that I want to figure out what it is about the couch that results in these dreams - elevated upper body, legs, inability to roll to either side... no one snoring or yelling crazy Brazilian Portuguese next to me... whatever. Someday I want to utilize my Arduino components to make a sleep sensor logger so maybe I can figure out some of this stuff. I'm also wondering if well-placed electrostimulation would enhance the dream experiences. I say this because I've notice annoyances like back pain or certain foods and how my digestive system respond to them affects the dreams. There just was an article in the local OC Register paper about a guy that is deeply into lucid dreaming to the point where he is testing interdream communication with others. (?) I wonder how many of your readers remember Alpha wave biofeedback devices. I made one just after high school and had an out of body experience with that - before I knew what they were. Barry

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Max The Magnificent   1/5/2012 7:58:47 PM
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Sorry Barry -- it's lost for ever ... can you re-submit...

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