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I had a weird dream last night. I had a dream that I was spinning records and I had a little chart. On one axis was the record label and on the other was the record player. When ever I played a record, I had to check the label and cross it with the record player to know what the right speed setting for the record was. In real life, I remember being annoyed when records didn't have 45 rpm or 33 rpm on their labels when I was a DJ.

Anyway, a few observations. I'm totally losing it because I remember thinking in the dream, "oh, I should blog this..." Which, I think, is a bad sign. This dream was probably partially triggered by my discussion with James Seng yesterday about identifier standards (which I will blog about later when I understand exactly what we talked about) and partially triggered by thoughts about CSS incompatibilities when trying to redesign my blog. (Which luckily Boris is handling for me right now.) The little chart I had in the dream reminded me of the CSS/browser support charts in the O'Reilly CSS Pocket Reference.

Anyway, isn't it great when we have standards that work and really ugly when we have bad standards or no standards at all? I'm not trying to take a political stand here, just observing and paying homage the the necessity of good standards.


damn babee you spin too?

so groovy indeed!


I agree that it's great to have good standards.
But talking about bad standards... Your stylesheet uses word-wrap: break-word;, a Microsoft proprietary extension to CSS. Also, the stylesheet defines absolute font sizes (in pt and px, which is rather a bad idea in terms of accessibility.

Joi--Two weeks ago I had my first dream in which I had the conscious (or unconscious as it were) thought that I should blog something that was taking place in my dream. I also remember thinking/dreaming/saying-to-myself-within-the-dream that this was too funny, reminding myself to blog this when i'm only dreaming, for crying out loud. All of these synapses firing and misfiring somewhere within sleep.

WTF? Disassociating or integrating, i'm not sure, but it was the weirdest experience once i was awake and remembering the dream 'about having to blog something from my dream and how odd was that' thing.

This can't be good.

Would it be fun if we can blog down our dream?

Dreamblogging...think about it :-)

>I remember thinking in the dream, "oh, I should blog this..."

haha! That's hilarious! I wonder if your country retreat will 'help'? Thanks for the laugh ;-)

sounds like a comparametric insight; steve mann has a discrition of the comparametric with two tape recorders, each recording at different speeds and then plot the info...I did it, I Hacked into your subconscious...

blogging one's dream would definitely be super hype.

CSS incompatiblity is small potatoes compared to EDI Standards Wars. There is the EDI standard then there is the Sears Standard which exists because Sears says if you want us to pay you you will follow our standard. Then there is the Wal Mart Standard. One of these days they will abandon the EDI standard and switch to XML which will cause its own problems.

There was a Wim Wenders movie a few years back about that - Bis ans Ende der Welt

People got addicted to replaying their dreams.
(Great movie - I've been searching for it on DVD here with no luck.)

I haven't had a blogworthy dream yet, I think, nor a dream about blogging, but I used to have nightmares that my server would go down...

I had a dream that CSS stood for Create Several Standards. It was like a record skipping...ugh.

Now you will have to rename your blog to Dreamblog.

Dreambloggin is a great idea... unless you forget what was your dream about after 10 minutes :( Sucks to be me I guess...

Good Article - but it's hard to read.. Question: is it possible to translate this for our German Users, like me :), it would be much easier. Thanks...for your help. You can send the translation to shocker99 @ if you will do so.

And yet who is watching their behaviors ? Rumor is that Barry Landew, CEO of SRA International that has obtained monopolistic contracts with various government agencies,(including our fraud watchers at the GAO!!),probably due to the fact of the CIA's In-Q-Tel investments in SRA International,is himself addicted to gambling like that Republican pillar of 'virtues', Bill Bennett. (Do google search ,'sra international Barry Landew gambling')

What I suggest and hope is that as many people as possible contact their congress people and demand an investigation not only of NSA's spying on the public but of their software people SRA International and also into their 'spinoff', Mantas Inc,.who,as I have explained previously in various indymedia articles,allowed the illegal 'pump and dump' .of Texas' fraudulent biotech company, Endovasc, to be orchestrated and covered up through a Charles Schwab account.(see link Charles Schwab Share-Money laundering below.)

Also demand that that the SEC or Securities Exchange Commission investigate SRA International's and Mantas Inc.'s possible connection to or involvement with Bellador Group,, of Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, and why it recommended both Endovasc and SRA International stock shares to its suspect clients.

The fact that Bellador Inc. has been allowed to pump and dump SRI International shares and many UNAUDITED AND UNREGISTERED U.S. penny stock shares,both onshore,and offshore in terrorist suspect money laundering regions,is proof certain CIA , Mantas Inc. and SRA International employees and mangement are aiding and abetting the terrorists they warn us about.

The fact that shares of SRA International are dumped even more easily on the international market because Bellador and SRA Inernational management and CIA can claim they have guaranteed income from our on government is scandalous beyond all belief. SRA International shares may have been used for money laundering in terrorist suspect money laundering centers as well.So we can only conclude that the GAO who has given tens of millions of dollars to these people not only has rewarded them for spying on us but has inadvertently been used as a prop in the promotion of shares that Mr.Landew,the CIA's In-Q-Tel and Bellador Group Inc. of Kuala lumper have used to con others to buy shares as they dump and pocket the cash !!!

The rumor that SRA International's Barry Landew may be addicted to gambling and have accumulated debts to pressure him to manipulate and dump his own shares for cash cannot be dismissed lightly.He could even be tempted to allow SRA International's spying apparatus to be used by the criminal 'private' sector if this is true.

my dream last night was the sadest dream i have ever had.
It was about my grandmother and grandpop who passed away in 2004. I was in their house and we all cought up on things that happened in the past two years .. then they had to leave me to go back to heaven . i started crying when i gave my grandmother a big hug and it felt so good to be in her arms again until i had to let go. it was most difficult to say good by to my grandfather because me and him had a stronger realtionship . he was my best friend , i remember all the times we would go on the back porch at midnight and count all the air plans that would go past the house . i didnt really understand him sometimes so i would call him complcated grandpop. any way back to my dream. i was in the living room with just the three of us and i just got done saying my good bys to my grandmother and was walking toward my grandfather with tears already coming fast down my face. i gave him a huge hug and was still crying. he graped my hand and told me ashley he said ,, i love u so much and i could tell he ment it , he told me good luck in real world and he also told me that i would have a great future that every thing i want i would get when im older ... kissed me good by and left me thats when i woke up with tears in my eyes thats how real it felt.

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