Dream Journal: Gender Reversal

This is a dream I had a week or so ago that I’ve not had a chance to write up because I’ve been too busy. I dremt that around the world every single person woke up as a member of the opposite sex.

It was really weird, I seem to remember there being huge ramifications in the dream: Political upheaval, civil war, among other things. I can’t however remember any of the details.

So in essence this is just a stub for dream journal… I did wake up and think this would be an awesome setting for a science fiction story but to be honest I can’t remember any of it at all…

Dream Journal: Post Nuclear Apocalypse?

It seems I’ve been playing too much Fallout 3 and watching Avarinne play too much Fallout: New Vegas, I had two dreams in a row the past couple of nights about a nuclear apocalypse happening.

The first I don’t remember much about aside from the fact that East Kilbride had been hit by a Nuke and I was running away from the fallout. Society was breaking down and there was panic for food. It’s all a bit sketchy in that way that dreams fade if you don’t try write them down straight away.

The second last  night I dreamt that there had been an nuclear apocalypse 1,000 years ago and somehow I’d slept through it and just woken up. I was holed up with a group of people in a large library in a largely destroyed London and we were fighting to survive.

Apparently no one could read the “Old text” in the books in the library, of course being from 1,000 years in the past I could. So I started looking for books of maps to aid with my foraging.

There was a race of goblin like people that only came out at night, they apparently had a history of raiding the library while everyone was asleep and everyone was scared of them. At one point I caught on of them in the act and it turned out the reason they were raiding the library was because they were obsessed with Disney, and were stealing Disney picture  books. I apparently had my laptop with me and it had survived the 1,000 years I’d been asleep and had a collection of Disney movies on it. I offered to broker a peace treaty with the goblins by giving them copies of the Disney movies so that they could watch them.

Dream Journal: Pride and Iron

I has a really vivid dream last night which was a cross between Iron Man and a Jane Austen Novel… I think the dream started off with me being me writing a comic that had Iron man in it, and not knowing where to take it, I’d taken on a challenge that I had to release a 3 panel comic a day.

The comic featured a cameo of Iron Man… This somehow lead to Iron Man visiting a Georgian household with several young ladies. think Pride and Prejudice but replace Mr. Darcey with Iron Man… At some point perspective changed from me writing a comic to me being Tony Stark.

I remember that the Identity of Iron Man was a secret, and I think later the house became my house rather than the house of the Georgian ladies…

There was a long fight sequence as the person who was being set up to be the villain of the story was also courting whomever I was. It got a bit confusing from there, I remember not having access to my Iron Man Armour, but having access to an array of technological guns. Shooting the other guy using some weird Napalm Gun thing that burnt his skin, and I would assume lead to his being the villain.

I was also at some point wearing medieval armour because that was all I could get my hands on as I was trapped somewhere away from my Iron Man Armour…

The details are getting more and more sketchy as I wake up, I just wanted to note this down before I forgot it all.

Dream Journal: On School, Arabic and whatever

Two nights in the past week I’ve had dreams where I was remembering school, it’s been really wierd. A couple of nights ago I had A dream where I was resitting my finals at schools (This was 12 years ago) and it was horrible. I hated school, I really despised it, I enjoy learning, but I just didn’t like the restrictive way in which the Saudi Curriculum was set up.

You are forced to study a certain set of subjects, and for each subject you are given a government issued textbook. The word of the Text book is law, there is no discussion and you were (still are?) expected to essentially memorize the contents.

I especially at the time didn’t like the Arabic and Religious studies classes, not becuase I’m not a religious person or that I dislike the Arabic language, it’s more that I think some things should be left to interpretation, and that the opinion of one person should not be set in stone.

Anyway in my first dream I was sitting my exams and they were horrible, in my secons dream I was in a shopping mall (I think it might have been the Al-Rashid Mall) with Avarinne and I saw some arabs, who proceded to mock me about my Arabic. They were convinced that I was just a forieghner who’d learnt Arabic rather than a native speaker, and nothing I could say to them wold convince them otherwise.

As it turned out several people that were in the group, but who hadn’t noticed me were actually people I’d gone to school with. They attested to the fact that I had actually goen to School in Saudi and that I was and Arab. It was wierd, then there were just more and more people from school who turned up..
While I’m at it…

A few weeks ago I had another dream about a large number of people from my days at school suddenly turning up in Glasgow to study. It was really wierd…

I think I’m starting to get a little homesick, so it’s just as well I’m going home this chrismas for a couple of weeks. I also think I have some deepseated insecurities about my competence at the Arabic language mainly because I don’t use it anymore, they are unfounded as whenever I go home or have to speak to anyone in Arabic I’m fine (Although it some times takes me a little while to get going, kind of a mental context switch).

Did I mention I got refused credit for Arabic Level 1 at university… Mainly because I didn’t turn up to classed after I got bored of correcting the lecturer on his Arabic… I even ended up pointing out a mistake in the final exam…