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How It Was: My first Lucid Dream

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

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re: How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
8/30/2016 5:08:28 PM
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That's a great problem.  I never had anything like that in 10th grade.  It's the sort of problem that gets you to be intimate with the numbers and helps you really understand what's going on.

I like to think about it as 33* 1/3 *2*2*2 = (32)2)2.

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re: How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
8/30/2016 12:02:36 PM
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@clayga: ...Coincidentally, I was also at Sheffield [...] I suspect we must have shared a few of the same lecturers!...

Cool Beans! It's nice to meet you :-) Actually, I'm coming back over in October for a week to visit my dear old mom and I might be giving a guest lecture at Sheffield Hallam University (who would have "thunk"? LOL)

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re: How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
8/30/2016 10:47:53 AM
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The "famous" examples of this phenomenon are Friedrich August Kekulé's realisation of the ring-structure of Benzene and James Watson's similar intuitive flash regarding DNA's dual-helix.  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dreams

Coincidentally, I was also at Sheffield, although a few years after you (1985-8) and did Electronics rather than Control Engineering.  Still, I suspect we must have shared a few of the same lecturers!

Cheers,

Graham.

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re: How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
8/23/2016 9:48:05 AM
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@Tim: ...(-27)^(8/3) = [(-27)^(1/3)]^8 = [cube-root(-27)]^8 = (-3)^8 = 3^8 = 9^4 = 81^2 = 6561...

Somehow it seemed harder when I was asleep LOL

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re: How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
8/23/2016 4:32:37 AM
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(-27)^(8/3) = [(-27)^(1/3)]^8 = [cube-root(-27)]^8 = (-3)^8 = 3^8 = 9^4 = 81^2 = 6561

I'm sure you coulld have done the same.

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re: How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
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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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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re: How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
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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re: How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
1/5/2012 11:32:52 PM
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Good One!

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re: How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
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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