Still in A Dream Slump?
October 6, 2015 10:37am CST
I've been in a really bad dream slump for well over a year now. I used to average about one dream a month that was interesting enough to write about but now they happen very rarely. There are probably a couple more I missed but a quick look in the archives only yielded two from the last year: Another Nightmare from 2-17-2015 and Welcome To My Latest Nightmare from 9-28-2014. And last night I had another really good one that maybe means the slump is over. Maybe not. Time will tell. And who's going to live long enough to find out? Not me. I'm 51 years old. Unless I get an interesting dream every night for the week or two I have left, I'm never going to know if I was going to go back to my one a month average. Since I do have so little time left, why don't I tell you about this dream? It was set entirely in a bar...It gets bonus points for that alone but it gets even better. Guess who the bar tender was? No, don't bother cause you'll never guess in a million years. So I'll just tell you it was Dean Martin. It gets more bonus points for that but that's not even all. The time setting, as near as I could tell by the clothes and cell phones, was the present day or fairly near future. That's not so unusual because long dead people (Dean died on Christmas Day in 1995) are always showing up in dreams set in the present. But that's not what it really was. It wasn't really Dean. It was a Hologram of Dean...Again, nothing remarkable about that because we now have dead celebrities giving concerts via holograms all the time (I think the Michael Jackson one was the most famous so far: Michael Jackson Hologram Rocks Billboard Music Awards: Watch & Go Behind the Scenes). Are you ready for the unusual part yet? Don't panic. It's nothing scary. I know it's getting close to Halloween now and a lot of people think it would be just like me to lull you into a sense of false security and then reveal that this dream was really a nightmare by telling you something really frightening. But no. I'm not doing that. Because nothing even remotely scary happened in this one. Unusual, yes, but not scary. And very awesome if you love the latest high tech gizmos that haven't even been acknowledged yet and who doesn't love them? Not that I can say that this technology even exists yet because I can't. So keep in mind that this was just a dream. A product of my imagination. Just forget that I have no imagination. Especially when the Men-In-Black show up...And if you blow it, remember that I can prove you didn't hear any of this from me, so you're on your own and good luck. Anyway, the unusual/awesome part was that this was no ordinary Hologram. It was a Holobot. That is, it had the all the best advantages of both holograms and robots. Just like your ordinary Hologram, it wasn't a solid physical object as think of solid physical objects but it was. That is, just like your ordinary garden variety robot, it was solid and could interact with its' environment. Except it was made of light (Just like your ordinary run of the mill Hologram). Ordinary LASER beams. Well, not exactly ordinary but when the MIB's show up, tell them that as far as you know, they were ordinary LASER beams. And, of course, ordinary Holograms made of ordinary LASER beams can't do things like pour real beers and make real drinks like a robot could. So it was just a dream. JUST A DREAM. And it was just a dream...But you know how government agents, especially the ones who wear black suits, are. They're going to try to twist everything around and make it sound like you know things you shouldn't know. Don't let them do that. Keep repeating, IT WAS JUST A DREAM. Especially when they start asking you about the next aspect of this dream that I'm about to tell you about. The AI (For your convenience, here is the portion of AI you are allowed to know about: ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE!) part. The Dean Holobot didn't have a stripped down series of poorly programmed loops for a personality. It had the full personalty of Dean and the ability to think and act independently. Flawlessly. In short, if they hadn't purposely put in enough visual cues...At certain angles, you could clearly see that it was a Hologram...you would have thought he was the real Dean Martin or a very advanced robot if you knew that Dean is deceased (You would know in a second that it wasn't a Dean impersonator because no impersonator is that good. In fact, most of them are downright horrible, as you know if you've ever seen a Las Vegas Legends show). Knowing that it wasn't the real Dean was disappointing, because nothing can replace the actual person...We human beings have an irrational preference for real actual people over machines for some reason...but when the actual person isn't available, these Holobots are a really good second choice. Even more so, when one of them is Dean Martin and he is your bartender. In fact, there's even a slight advantage in this case because even if the real Dean were still here, it's kind of unlikely that he would be tending a bar in a place that would let anyone in. That's it for this interesting dream. Oh, there is more. The things we talked about, the other people who were there, the things that happened...But, as usual, just like any good detective, I am withholding those details so those of you who have psychic powers can prove it to me by providing them. The only thing left to do is to give this one its' official Dream Rating and that would be Ten out of ten stars and two thumbs up cause dreams don't get a whole lot better. Here Are The Links: http://www.blogster.com/xander6464/welcome-to-my-latest-nightmare http://www.deanmartin.com/ http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/bbma-2014/6092040/michael-jackson-hologram-billboard-music-awards http://www.aaai.org/home.html
• United States
7 Oct 15
Sounds like a nice dream. The holobot was likely achieved with electromagnetic sequences in the light projection. Certain wavelengths will be nullified by other wavelengths, even if it's simple light. That will give the feeling of a solid surface when it's just light. This isn't uncommon, after all, most matter is made up of vibrations and wavelengths, so a holobot can be built now if the right assortment of technology is used. By the way, I'm a dreamer and a mechanical engineer, so I know something about futuristic technology creation.
• Wapello, Iowa
7 Oct 15
It was an awesome dream and your comment gets ten out of ten stars, too. With the solid holograms, we are one step closer to having the Holodecks from Star Trek. I really should spend more time in the lab with guys like you so I can keep up with this stuff better.