Labs, Inventions and Inventors
Let's go up to my labBut they're not all mad. Here you'll also find a number of real-life inventions inspired by dreams, like Elias Howe's sewing machine.
And see what's on the slab...
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|AFTER THE FLOOD AND THE PIG-EARED BABY ALLIGATOR: by Skiznot; 1994-96, an oracular dream
My hometown floods. I swim after some strange fish and find a scientific community where a scaled baby tells me who I am...
|ANTIGRAVITY RESEARCH: by Mary Arnold-Forster; 1905?, a dream of teaching dreamflight
I’m showing the Royal Society how to levitate. Confidence is the main thing. I teach a hesitant Fellow to lift off...
|THE APPLIANCE'S EFFECT: by Wayan; 1996/8/20, a teasing little dream.
Why has no one noticed that the side effects of a household appliance violate all known physics?
|ELF CIRCLE; 2011/3/19 by Wayan; a complex advisory dream.
After trespassing in a staff-only part of Faerie, I'm cast out. Only I'm cast like a seed, meant to grow a new elf circle...
|EXPERIMENT WITH TIME by Nancy Price; 1948, a shamanic-initiation dream declined?
I meet a girl who's 16 and 61, who tells me dreams are lives, not messages. But then I must fly over a sinister parade...
|HER LOVELY AWKWARD SYNTH, by Wayan, 2009/3/9; a dream-poem, Dreamverse #43
A musical prodigy has a gorgeous, unplayable keyboard. But serious creativity takes a dull, regular, ergonomic instrument...
|HORTA'S EGGS: by Wayan; 1984/1/17, a dream of re-evaluation.
I fight to save 50,000 eggs that'll hatch psychics. But my friends want to exterminate them! Am I wrong?
|IN THE SHADOW OF MAN: by Wayan; 850K, 3 illus., 1994/3/4, a dreamfable on needs.
I'm a lab animal who discovers voice software and creates a personal zine, testifying for our rights...
|JACK DANIELS: by Wayan; 1983/10/14, three short dreamtales.
Three dream-reactions to a (real) psychic experiment that went badly awry...
|KEKULE: by Friedrich Kekulé, 1858 & 1865, two problem-solving dreams.
Kekule dreamed solutions to the thorniest structural chemistry problems of his era not once but twice...
|THE KING OF PERSIA: by Wayan; 1990/4/1, an annoying family dream.
My dad has a time machine, so he generously invites the King of Persia over. And offers him MY room...
|THE LABORATORY UNDERGROUND: by Anna Kingsford; 1880/2/2; an animal-rights nightmare.
I find myself in a vault with tables where half-dissected animals writhe. Hidden in each was a human shape...
|LACED WITH TERROR: by Wayan; 1999/5/3, an anti-nightmare.
Researchers show me weird little objects like shoelaces that drive people mad with fear...
|LARRY'S MULTIVERSE: by Wayan; 2008/2/16, a dream poem, Dreamverse #14
My shamanic teacher lures me into a labyrinth ruled by wizards whose magic-monopoly's about to fall...
|THE LEARNABLE INSTRUMENT PROJECT: by Wayan; 1999-2000. A set of models for more-playable instruments.
I'm starting a project that'll build chromatic instruments easier to learn and play than conventional ones. The Project describes nine interface designs, from staggered keyboards and button-grids to my favorite, the helical Coil. Wanna be in on it?
|LIGHTEN UP, ROADS!: by Wayan; 1994/6/28, a dreamed eco-proposal.
Recycling used paint to lighten pavements could lower continental temperatures a fraction of a degree...
|LILY OXYGEN: by Wayan; 500K, 16 illus.; dreamed 1984/1/19, drawn 2000; a strong psychic dream.
I'm Emily Dickinson reborn in 2100 as a peaceful breeder of hydroponic lilies, till my dad drafts me as an Arctic energy-prospector, where I meet a ghost, a fiery Beast, a new me, and the girl of my dreams...
CAUTION: QUEER-POSITIVE, NUDE PROSPECTORS, GNOMIC DICKINSON QUOTES
|LOEWI’S NOBEL DREAM: by Otto Loewi, 1920, a dream that led to a Nobel prize.
Loewi thought nerve impulses were transmitted chemically, not electrically. But he couldn’t prove it, until one night...
|THE M9: by David Parkinson, 1940; a dream-designed invention.
Parkinson dreamed his new telephone device got added to an anti-aircraft gun. He told his dream; guns with M9 units turned out to be so accurate it gave the British hope against the Luftwaffe...
|THE MAN WITH THE GUITAR: by Wayan; 233K, 7 illus., 1992/7/4, a psychic dream.
A volcano erupts in San Francisco! No human could survive the blast, but one researcher does--what IS he?
|MOUSE WORKOUT: by Eric, ca. 2005/9/28, a nightmare for my own good?
I'm a mouse trapped and tortured in a maze/machine who gets killed four different ways at once...
CAUTION: OW, OW, OW, OW
|A NEW MERMAID DISH: by Wayan; 1994/11/13, a parabolic dream
A mermaid friend invites me to see an underwater experiment in the Golden Gate...
CAUTION: MERMAID BREASTS
|NICHE: by Wayan; 1990, a poem on crashing your computer.
A poem linking the dawn of digital art to early, tinny phonographs, cranky film cameras...
|THE OUTSIDERS: by Grady Towers; 1987, article on genius.
Towers, before he was killed, argued Terman was wrong: geniuses are often isolated and maladjusted...
CAUTION: UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS
|PLANETOCOPIA: by Wayan; 2006/6/3, an annex to the Dreambank with 16 nondream imaginary worlds. A mix of sculpture, drawings, travel writing... science and art.
Alternate Earths, possible futures, and pure experiments in planetology, biology, sociology. Most of them teem with intelligent creatures--alien Edens!
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, COMMIES, EVOLUTION
|PONYGIRL'S DIET: by Wayan; 2010/3/31, a furry health-advice dream
I dream of a half-pony half-human girl who can't eat either hamburgers or hay. She figures out an appropriate diet...
|QUIT THAT LAB!: by Wayan; 1999/5/2, a deductive nightmare.
I'm working alone in the lab at night, when the lab gear wakes up and tries to kill me...
|THE RED SPHERE: by Madeline; 2006/12/13, twin (diagnostic? psychic?) nightmares
Calmly, I watch a girl trapped in a lab try to escape, and die; and watch a man lose his head to a hungry thing...
|SEWING ADVICE FROM CANNIBALS: by Elias Howe, 1845, an inventor's helpful nightmare.
Howe's sewing-machine design didn't work until, one night, warriors stuck him in a soup-pot, jabbing him with needle-sharp spears...
|THE SKIN SECEDES: by Wayan; 1990/1/30, an unappetizing dream.
A baby's own skin secedes, forming a snake. It prepares to eat the skinned baby. Shall I intervene?
|THE SKIN'S COMPLAINT: by Wayan; 1996/11/17, a dreamtale.
A huge rubbery mass of skin complains I made it sick. I get tired of its whining, and...
|SLAVES DON'T DANCE: by Wayan; 400K (17 ill.), 1999/8/1, an epic Shakespearean dream.
Stolen by the Fairy Queen, I'm made nurse to her great project: creating life! But her synthetic baby is...
|STOP OBAMA'S ASSASSINATION: by Wayan; 2012/2/10. A dream about politics? Or health?
Two child prodigies fail to stop the assassins stalking President Obama, but a geeky guy with a home-made laser...
|SUPERHERO TRAINING KITS: by Wayan; 2006/12/17, a wise mishmash dream
I careen from a shamanic laboratory to a shattered ring round an alien world to (gasp) an honest politican...
|TAROT: THE MAGE: by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Jung said most people let one aspect of life dominate them. The Mage balances them...
|TITANIA: by Wayan; 1983/1/7 and subsequent nights; an epic dream of love
Clarence the sappy angel from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and Milton's Lucifer, noblest Devil of them all, land on Earth, offering treaties. Who to sign with? Clarence thinks we're perfect, and the Devil's a tinkerer, learning from failures. Failures like me, and my girlfriend Titania, the first android with a full range of feelings. Too bad one is the feeling she's fake...
|THE TOMBSTONE TEST: by Wayan; 1986/8/18, a deceptive dream.
I walk in a vast graveyard full of history's most famous people. But it's all fake, built as a test...
|TRANSFUSION by a New York woman; 1950s? (over a 5-year span), three predictive dreams
I dreamt of the Du Pont lab where I'd work, then the hospital where my sister-in-law would need a transfusion, then my of neighbor's coffin...
|TWO-HEADED BEAST: by Wayan; 333K total, 12 images, 1997/7/31, a Gothic dream.
In Castle Frankenstein, will Mary Shelley wed Elmer Fudd? His two-headed monster has marital advice...
|THE UNICORN MASK OF IGNORABILITY: by Wayan; 2009/10/13, a dream poem with sketch; Dreamverse #59
My family home's invaded by ancient Egyptian architects. So I put on my unicorn mask and eavesdrop on their plans...
|YESTERDAY: by Paul McCartney; 1965, a dream-song.
"I liked the melody a lot, but because I'd dreamed it, I couldn't believe I'd written it..."
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