Dream a little dream of me.... June 14, 2015 9:09 AM   Subscribe

Last night,

I dreamed that I was playing football and mathowie was the quarterback, we had mismatched uniforms and we weren't doing very well. Then my friend Jason from high school (who did play football) came into help, but to no avail. Then I woke up having to pee.

This isn't my first MeFi dream and I can't be the only one. Let's hear about some of yours.
posted by jonmc to MetaFilter-Related at 9:09 AM (53 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I dreamt I was a MeFi mod a few years back when I was trying to cut back on time spent in front of a screen (reading hard copes of documents, watching less TV, etc.).

It was a straight up nightmare.
posted by airing nerdy laundry at 9:42 AM on June 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


I once dreamt my boss' answer about a policy change I wanted to make and was very important to me, "write it up, and see what MetaTalk thinks first."

I was terrified. Then I woke up.
posted by ctmf at 9:51 AM on June 14, 2015 [6 favorites]


I think by this point I've had several dozen dream snippets where random bits of the day were somehow transposed to Metafilter-looking text threads and then things scroll away, get deleted, or some variation of screen interaction as my brain tosses the husk of stuff aside. Once I can recall some askance mod comments [made by LobsterMitten, who is ironclad] that were stand-ins for consensual reality conscience. But I don't recall any actual scenarios or plots unfolding in a proper dream that has people from the real world in it.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:07 AM on June 14, 2015


Oh god, I just woke up from a dream that involved, in one of its many action sequences, me and cortex trapped in a falling elevator.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 10:15 AM on June 14, 2015 [6 favorites]


Screen shining blue before you
Those favorites seem to whisper “I love you”
Mods screaming in the MetaTalk thread
Dream a little dream of Me(fi)
posted by HuronBob at 10:28 AM on June 14, 2015 [15 favorites]


There is no cable?
posted by clavdivs at 10:31 AM on June 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


"There is no cable?" Not since I got Dish.
posted by HuronBob at 10:34 AM on June 14, 2015


Dish is the cable cabal
posted by clavdivs at 10:47 AM on June 14, 2015


I've had dreams of PB literally crawling around my brain, then saying "nope, can't fix that."
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:52 AM on June 14, 2015 [8 favorites]


I have Mefi dreams a lot; unfortunately, they are usually anxiety dreams. However, I did dream once that I went to Matt's house with a couple of other people (not clear who they were) about some sort of business thing (not like "business" business, but not just friends coming over – it seemed to be about some kind of tech gadget trial thing, and I wasn't working for Matt), and it turned out it was his daughter's birthday that day, and he invited us to join in the party. There were many happy kids running around, and happy dogs, in a big green back yard with treats and games, but it wasn't overdone or an "adult's idea" of a kid party, and I remember that I thought how cool that was.

I promise this was a true dream, and not sucking up. If I were sucking up, I'd tell you about that one where cortex was playing banjo at the party, and it totally RULED.
posted by taz (staff) at 11:01 AM on June 14, 2015 [5 favorites]


one time i dreamed that vladimir putin was actually a comically evil robot controlled by cortex and he was embarrassed that his joke had gone so far and had been taken so seriously by the rest of the world and he was unable to figure out how to end it.
posted by poffin boffin at 11:15 AM on June 14, 2015 [12 favorites]


I don't remember any specifics, but I've had multiple dreams where things happen in the context of me reading a mefi thread. One is where I'm scrolling through a thread, and people are explaining some concept that doesn't make any normal everyday sense - just as a random example, it might be something like how each person's body actually contains two people's minds, or something - and I'm reading through the explanations and they make perfect sense, and I'm at some eureka moment where this changes EVERYTHING. Then I wake up and the dream logic fades away and I forget everything.

Another one (seemingly recurring) is where I'm reading a thread and everyone is talking about me, and they out all the details of my life and I feel violated, and soon the entire internet is talking about me and being very invasive, and I'm horrified and frantically trying to remove whatever I can and mitigate the damage. (This has nothing to do with MeFi, I think, and everything to do with my neuroses.)
posted by naju at 11:38 AM on June 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


I usually wake up with a fading memory of a fantastic MetaFilter post idea and lose my mind trying to remember what it was.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:58 AM on June 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


I once dreamed my girlfriend wrote an anonymous Ask about me, and every single person was like, DTMFA!, including me.
posted by brina at 12:42 PM on June 14, 2015 [12 favorites]


Two years ago.
Fuzzy details.
Massive mefi scavenger hunt.
Cortex in charge of bicycles.
Party at Slarty Bartfast house.
posted by maggieb at 12:44 PM on June 14, 2015


I've had nightmares about building endless FPP's.
posted by zarq at 1:17 PM on June 14, 2015


Not sure if this counts, but once I had a dream where I was being pursued by a reptilian monster called "The Griphus". It took me a while to figure out where my subconscious had picked that name up from.
posted by Pizzarina Sbarro at 1:23 PM on June 14, 2015 [7 favorites]


It just occurred to me that I met zarq & griphus on the same night and that "Zarq & Griphus," sounds like the title of a great cartoon.
posted by jonmc at 1:31 PM on June 14, 2015 [6 favorites]


I dreamed I was writing a very exciting front page post, but accidentally published while it was still an incomplete and error-ridden draft and somehow I had also attached part of a very personal email.

Everyone made fun of it in a very long thread.
posted by congen at 1:46 PM on June 14, 2015 [5 favorites]


I dream about MeFi a lot too. In one dream jessamyn grabbed a handful of cooked spaghetti and slapped me with it because I was an asshole. Later on in the dream we went for a bike ride with other MeFites on adult sized tricycles that had rectangles instead of handlebars, and jessamyn had trouble because her hands were slimy from the spaghetti noodles so I felt really bad.

When MeFites I care about disappear from the site I tend to dream about 'em. When NoraReed left for awhile, I had several dreams that revolved around sending her rabbits - in orange, Loretta Lynn type dresses - that were always dead upon arrival. The dreams finally stopped when one of the bunnies arrived alive. That was super fucking weird.

Usually after (and during) really awful, contentious threads there's a few dreams around them, mostly involving just scrolling screens of white with comments that are unreadable yet somehow I know what they mean and every comment is terrible.

Once I found a fossilized The Whelk. Only it wasn't The Whelk himself but actual text - The Whelk - in sandstone with the text having been replaced by quartz mineralization.

I had a dream that involved making a MeFi comment so hilarious that I woke myself up laughing and had to write it down. In the morning I found my "hilarious" comment was: "Leek in the streets, SCALLION IN THE SHEETS". . . . yeah.
posted by barchan at 1:57 PM on June 14, 2015 [50 favorites]


I had a dream about a year after I joined the site that languagehat invited me for tea. His wife was there too. It was most pleasant and I've felt grateful to him ever since.
posted by paduasoy at 3:15 PM on June 14, 2015 [6 favorites]


I had a dream that involved making a MeFi comment so hilarious that I woke myself up laughing and had to write it down.

Yes, this happens to me too! However, instead of writing it down, I try, in my sleepy state, to explain to Bulgaroktonos and it's tough because I can't talk for laughing so hard and he never think it's as funny as I know it to be because he is the WORST.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 3:42 PM on June 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


I often dream of browsing the blue, but never about specific people.
posted by Splunge at 3:50 PM on June 14, 2015


I had a dream that I went to a meetup in some distant (but still American) city, and ended up making out with a fellow mefite.

The dream makeout session was nice, but it was a little disconcerting upon waking up. I felt like my subconscious was telling me that it was time for a break.
posted by Fig at 5:26 PM on June 14, 2015


I dreamed I was at a huge party and I didn't know anyone. I asked, "Who are all these people?" and someone replied, "Don't be so humble, Nudibranch, we are all your Metaspouses!" Best party ever.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 5:32 PM on June 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


A mild sampler: jessamyn (whom I've never met) giving me directions in Vermont (where I've never traveled); Capt. Renault (whom I've never met) giving me grief in a restaurant in Niagara Falls (where I've never traveled); bilabial (whom I've never met) giving me socks from her online store (but if such a store exists, I've never visited it).

MetaFilter's generosity is boundless, even in my dreams.
posted by Iris Gambol at 6:07 PM on June 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


I once dreamed about rummaging through Jessamyn's freezer looking for crab legs to feed to my dead cat.

I have no idea what it means.
posted by Jacqueline at 7:15 PM on June 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Once when I was going through a really stressful time I had a dream in which Jessamyn was my big sister and gave me lots of great advice. It was actually a pretty helpful dream conversation. I've always wanted a big sister, and Jessamyn seems like she'd be a great one. Even dream Jessamyn was pretty fantastic.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 7:17 PM on June 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


I dreamed I saw jonmc last night
Score on a pass from mathowie
Says I, but jon, you ran the wrong way
And then he had to pee
And then he had to pee
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:22 PM on June 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


So many interesting MeFites have deserted the site that I hope all of you dreamers will not limit your presence because you have obviously been over-exposed. I have a friend, a singer, who thinks and dreams of music all the time. I don't know if that is better or worse than MeFi dreams, but it beats dreaming of crossword puzzles.
posted by Cranberry at 12:15 AM on June 15, 2015


> [made by LobsterMitten, who is ironclad]

Literally clad in iron? Or metaphorically ironclad, like a Viking?
posted by ardgedee at 5:58 AM on June 15, 2015


In the morning I found my "hilarious" comment was: "Leek in the streets, SCALLION IN THE SHEETS". . . . yeah.

That is awesome. I don't know care how long it's going to take, but I'm going to use that phrase in conversation at least once in my life.
posted by Gygesringtone at 6:23 AM on June 15, 2015 [6 favorites]


Last night, I dreamed of a new feature, which was essentially a way to view the most active posts on MeFi at any given time, according to the number of favorites and recent comments. It looked a bit like the Recent Activity feature, and a bit like the Popular feature, but with the most active posts arranged in side-by-side boxes on the page, and the comment/favorite stats listed under each post title/brief description. In the dream, I felt a little confused because I hadn't realized the feature existed - I had written a post that was displayed on the 'most active' page, and I felt like I was learning more about how to write effective FPPs.

I wish I had written the dream post down right after I woke up, because it has faded from my mostly-awake memory. It may have had something to do with the Homeless Survival Guide [MeFi Wiki] and some background research I'd like to do for the page introduction, because I was working on the page and thinking about it before falling asleep last night.
posted by Little Dawn at 9:04 AM on June 15, 2015


All of my dreams about other MeFites are mostly sexual. And then I usually MeMail the person to let them know. That's how I roll.
posted by ColdChef at 9:24 AM on June 15, 2015 [3 favorites]


I dreamed that I was signing up for MetaFilter on Christmas Eve in the quiet evening of my wife's parents' house right after my oldest daughter was born, and then eight years flew by and she can now beat me at tetris sometimes and I still feel like I just got here.

Wait, THAT WASN'T A DREAM.
posted by SpacemanStix at 10:08 AM on June 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


I dreamed that the web didn't exist but teleportation did. Instead of setting up web servers, you set up a teleportation hub and people would be able to jump there. Metafilter was like this awesome bar and a jumping off point where you went first to hang out or jump to other cool places. Inside the mods were all bartenders and/or bouncers. This was a few years ago and I don't really remember all the details but it seemed like a pretty cool concept to build a story around. Alas, a writer I am not.
posted by SpookyFish at 10:16 AM on June 15, 2015 [6 favorites]


During our epic and collective work on the famous alphabet thread, waking and sleeping all became one, and many of my dreams can be read right there on the page, more or less.
posted by Namlit at 11:29 AM on June 15, 2015


In high school, after an anomalous number of people told me that I showed up in their dreams in a transitory way, I formulated a theory that all humans are connected at a subconscious level and the only time we have access to those connections is when we are dreaming and I was finding my own dreamscape boring and was going exploring in other people's dreams instead.

I have had several dreams featuring MetaFilter people, including one where I was with CUJoe and ran into jessamyn and caught my medicalert bracelet in her hair.

When I woke up, my pillow was gone.
posted by plinth at 11:33 AM on June 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


I had a dream that involved making a MeFi comment so hilarious that I woke myself up laughing and had to write it down. In the morning I found my "hilarious" comment was: "Leek in the streets, SCALLION IN THE SHEETS". . . . yeah.

I dunno, that's pretty hilarious.
posted by kenko at 2:40 PM on June 15, 2015 [3 favorites]


All of my dreams about other MeFites are mostly sexual. And then I usually MeMail the person to let them know. That's how I roll.

The lines must be crossed because I haven't received any of the hundreds of memails you must have sent me over recent months.
posted by Literaryhero at 3:49 PM on June 15, 2015 [5 favorites]


...or maybe I'm dreaming.
posted by Literaryhero at 3:51 PM on June 15, 2015


All of my dreams about other MeFites are mostly sexual. And then I usually MeMail the person to let them know. That's how I roll.
posted by ColdChef at 12:24 on June 15


So *that's* what that email was going on about!
posted by pjern at 6:21 PM on June 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


I killed my dreams with weed back in the 90's and early oughts. Killed em dead.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:49 PM on June 15, 2015


I've actually had several MeFi dreams; I think it's all the weird usernames kicking around my brain. A couple years ago, I dreamt I was at a gathering, and zizzle was there with her new baby. Note: I have absolutely never, ever met zizzle. So we're chatting on the couch, when Baby Zizzle gets up and does perfect cartwheels across the carpet and I yell, "WHOA! Look at that BABY ZIZZLE ROLL!"
posted by missmary6 at 7:49 PM on June 15, 2015 [2 favorites]


Probably because I've been reading this thread, but I dreamt last night that I was at a party at mathowie's house. By the time I got there he said all the cool people had moved on somewhere else. His house was nice but surprisingly like my Auntie Breda's in layout and decor. I brought him a tiny but intricately decorated cupcake as a present but when I gave it to him it was all smooshed. He laughed his podcast laugh and asked me "what do you call this in your country?" (it's a "bun", fyi). I stayed and chatted to some of you but I didn't get any names. My sister and brother-in-law were with me and they wanted to stay til 2am but I wanted to go home early so at 10.30 I told them we were leaving. Before we left I got Matt to sign my divorce papers.

(The only time I'll be invited to a party at Matt's and I am just as socially awkward as in real life. Ah well.)
posted by billiebee at 2:09 AM on June 16, 2015 [1 favorite]


In the morning I found my "hilarious" comment was: "Leek in the streets, SCALLION IN THE SHEETS". . . . yeah.

That is awesome. I don't know care how long it's going to take, but I'm going to use that phrase in conversation at least once in my life.


When you do you have to memail me immediately because I gotta know the context and conversation in which you do that.
posted by barchan at 10:08 AM on June 16, 2015 [3 favorites]


I dreamt I went bowling with Jessamyn. No, wait... I really did that.
posted by y2karl at 10:37 AM on June 16, 2015


Before I joined, but was still lurking heavily, I dreamed I met Jessamyn and Cortex in the feminine hygiene aisle of my local CVS.
posted by Cocodrillo at 11:59 AM on June 16, 2015


I dreamt that we (i.e. the members of MetaFilter, including me) were interviewed by my local newspaper about...I don't remember, exactly. Something really unimportant, like coffee flavors.

We were the last interviewees in the news story. The writer had tried interviewing via Counter-Strike first, but he hadn't gotten any clear or helpful answers from the people he'd found there.

There was a MetaFilter group picture, too, but since I don't have a good idea of what most of you look like, my brain decided to go with the likenesses of the people from LoadingReadyRun.

In conclusion, I spend too much time on the internet.
posted by KChasm at 4:12 PM on June 16, 2015 [1 favorite]


My dream about AskMe was strong enough that I wasn't totally sure if it was dream or reality.
Verdict: Probably just a dream.
posted by Diagonalize at 6:11 PM on June 16, 2015


I dreamed I was writing a very exciting front page post, but accidentally published while it was still an incomplete and error-ridden draft and somehow I had also attached part of a very personal email.

Everyone made fun of it in a very long thread.


I once hit post too soon, and the mods kindly deleted it. The next day I reposted and someone who saw the incomplete post was kind enough to simply say "much better" or something like that. I can't find the comment, and I forgot the post, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't a dream.

MeFites are generally nice, understanding folks.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:51 AM on June 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


I was just reading the long MeTa thread about the deletion, and falling asleep, and I started to believe the comments were two people discussing how to price eggs. "Do you sell them in half-dozen containers because you can bring in a little more cash per egg?" -- that sort of thing. I suppose this is like the reverse of the question, being on MetaFilter and dreaming you're not.
posted by slidell at 10:03 PM on June 17, 2015


He laughed his podcast laugh and asked me "what do you call this in your country?" (it's a "bun", fyi).

We can stop now, this is and answers all of the questions I have ever had.
posted by maryr at 12:39 PM on June 19, 2015


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