Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Ghost In The Machine?

Physics has invaded my dreams in a big way since I ramped up the studying this month. The weirdest nightmare occurred a few nights ago. I was doing some routine tests on the linear accelerator and it started, well, messing with me. Moving stuff when I wasn't looking, wrecking my test results, making mischief. And then it got nasty. Then the next thing I knew, I was somehow stuck to the gantry head, hanging on for dear life as it rotated around and around, faster and faster. I couldn't jump off without injury, and couldn't make it stop. There are lots of emergency off switches, but none in the head. (In reality, it isn't capable of continuous rotation. It will do a full circle, but only once around so the cables don't get tangled. But since when has reality ever gotten in the way of a vivid dream?) I tried to yell for someone to hit one of those emergency off switches, but could only manage a hoarse whisper. No one could hear me because I was inside the shielded vault without a voice, and the machine was out to get me. Because this linac was evil. Lets just hope the board examiners aren't.

Countdown = 25 days

7 comments:

Red said...

Did you check the expiration date on your milk?

Hey, how about a Friday Cat Blog on Wednesday to ease up some tension?

I need a mental health day, sounds like you do too.

Keep up the great time/space/ continuium in a not so real life/// work... hee hee

LL said...

I'm no doctor... but it sounds to me like Old Guy and cat picture toxicity. Yes... if you have your mind full of old guy lust and cat pictures, there's no more room for knowledge of physics or the inner workings of an accelerator. Therefore, the knowledge starts to leak out of your brain during the night and presents itself as vivid dreams.

I'd suggest you purge your mind of all denials that he's an old guy, and forget ever taking pictures and posting them of any cat whatsoever. That should cure anything that ails your weary mind... ;)

fermicat said...

Red - Nope. Friday catblogging is forthcoming... on Friday! I fully expect to get crazier and crazier until June 1.

LL - nice try, but no. Although I will agree that knowledge leaks out of my brain. I just keep stuffing it back in there. Hopefully enough of it will stick.

Jeni said...

Don't you just hate the dreams like that -where you are screaming, or rather trying to scream, and the sound, if any, that comes out is just this puny little whisper type thing and yet, your throat hurts from trying to scream at the top of your lungs! Most of my nightmares, for the past 2-3 years or so now -have almost always been about me, waitressing again, at one of the truckstops or another, where I slaved for several years. Trust me! THe thought of me trying to waitress again is, indeed, a nightmare! Especially since it takes a couple minutes -or so it seems -to get all my joints and muscles coordinated enough just for me to get up out of my recliner!

fermicat said...

Jeni - I had a dream about being unable to move, and found that I could not move for a minute or two after waking up. Talk about scary/weird...

BC said...

Ok... you got me beat on the dreams for a while. :D

BC said...

Oh and Word Ver: demonisi

Your machine is italian? ;o)