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October 15th, 2002
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Woke up from a dream at 4:45 this morning. Busy mind kept me awake until it was time to get up. And this after I stayed up until a bit past 11 last night. I'm feeling okay now, but I imagine I'll be crashing tonight. Probably straight to bed after I get home from my class tonight.

I used to sometimes tell people when I dreamed about them. I find it kind of weird now, so I generally don't, unless it's someone I'm extremely close to. The thing is, sometimes when I'm dreaming about a person, I'm dealing with stuff related to that person. Other times, I think that the person is just a symbol, and my brain is not actually processing stuff about that specific person. And sometimes I'm not sure of the difference. And it feels kind of weird to let people that I'm not extremely close to in on that kind of thing. There's also the concern that there will be some obvious meaning that will pop out to someone but that I'll have a hard time seeing until it's pointed out to me, and having other people get a glimpse into my subconscious without me being able to filter it is not entirely comfortable.

Very cold outside this morning. I need to remember to dig out my hat and gloves tonight. It felt really nice coming into the warm building after walking from the T, though. And it still feels pretty nice, sitting here writing my journal entry. You know, I wonder if any of this journal writing has made me a better writer. I wonder if, instead of fiction, I should maybe try writing some essays or something. I remember I had been thinking about writing some stuff up about Jotto. I'm sure I could at least write up a little essay about my Jotto programming efforts. Not that I'll actually do this anytime soon, you understand, but I'm hoping that the repetition will keep it in my brain and eventually get me to do stuff like this. Maybe not until I have another month or so off.

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From:slinkr
Date:October 15th, 2002 06:14 am (UTC)
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I had actually been thinking a while ago that your Jotto stuff might be an interesting topic for an article in The Perl Review.
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From:queue
Date:October 15th, 2002 06:26 am (UTC)
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Really? The Perl itself isn't really all that interesting. I haven't taken the time to read much of TPR (beyond your article, err, wait, is that the same magazine?), so I don't know if "Look at this neat thing I did with Perl" is appropriate or not.
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From:slinkr
Date:October 15th, 2002 07:21 am (UTC)
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There's The Perl Review (TPR) and The Perl Journal (TPJ).

TPJ is a former print magazine that's currently begging for electronic subscriptions on Slashdot. I've never read it.

TPR is currently a volunteer effort that's distributed by PDF. I've written an article and done a bit of editing for them.

TPR is interested in beginner-level articles and articles about neat things people have done with Perl.

The reasons I think your Jotto stuff would be interesting are that the game is cool and that your approach was more "how can I use Perl to create something I want to play?" than "I am a kewl hacker, look what I can make Perl do!" You also did some interesting experiments like the Jotto puzzles and the Jotto AI. The smart AI and the dumb AI made for a good story (in an entirely geeky sort of way) as you were watching the results come in and posting about it on LJ. I think that part might be especially good article material.

If you'd like, I can ask the editor of TPR if they'd be interested. It's a very low-pressure writing gig. They're not paying people yet, but people do read the magazine so it's a good way to get a little more writing experience.
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From:queue
Date:October 15th, 2002 07:26 am (UTC)
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Have since re-checked out the web site. Cool.

Yeah, if you wouldn't mind asking the editor, that would be cool. Knowing beforehand that there's interest would get me a lot more motivated to write up a proposal.
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From:slinkr
Date:October 16th, 2002 11:44 am (UTC)
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I sent some e-mail. I'll keep you posted.
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From:majes
Date:October 15th, 2002 06:53 am (UTC)

Character actor of the dream world

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I have frequently found myself as a character in other people's dreams, and I've never really been sure what to make of it. However, by and large, I seem to play helpful, supporting roles. In one dream, I was the ambulance driver, in another, I was the friendly prison guard, in yet another, I was the tour guide. I think that frequently when people come up in one's dreams that they are more symbolic of a concept or meaning that you ascribe to that person, rather than an actual projection of that person.
That being said, dreams are very meaningful to alot of people, and other folks think that if you say "I had this dream with you in it" that you are trying to communicate something to them other than that they were in one of your dreams. Typically speaking, I rarely share the fact that someone was in my dreams with the person who was in my dreams, unless they are someone with which I am very close and comfortable. Even then, sometimes I won't, especially if the dream was troubling to me in some way. I would be resistant to mentioning to someone I cared about that "I had a creepy dream about you last night" since I wouldn't want them to interpret something from that.
Now that I think about it, in general I think that I've recently gotten the vibe that its just better to keep dreams of real people to one's self. I brought up a dream about someone I knew in conversation the other day (with someone other than that person), and I got the weird feeling that the person I was speaking to took my mentioning it as that the dream was meaningful to me or indicative of my feelings, and not just an odd dream.
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From:hrafn
Date:October 15th, 2002 09:14 am (UTC)

*rotfl*

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Friendly prison guard, huh? Why does that bring to mind you in GM-mode?
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