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Get ready to have a non-productive rest of the week:
Nethack 3.4.1 is out!
They would have to release this when I’m on a deadline, wouldn’t they?
If you missed it, yesterday’s Strong Bad Email is good for spreading some mirth.
Looks like John Ashcroft has run out of naked statues to cover up.
I had a dream last night: the world was set on fire, and everywhere I ran, there was a deadly war.
Oh, wait. That’s not what happened.
I dreamed that I was standing at the base of a really tall Mayan pyramid, hoping to get to the top. I was surrounded by people who looked like they were on The Simpsons, but if I looked at them directly, they vanished.
When I tried to climb the pyramid, the steps would scroll down, like an escalator, and Professor Frink would pass me coming down over and over again. I never made it past the first step, no matter how hard I climbed.
Stupid symbolic dreams, with the pyramids and the escalators and the FLAVEN.
I order ISBNs today. Holy shit.

99 thoughts on “Click Friend and Enter!”

  1. I had the same dream last night. The only thing different is that I was in a bus, somewhere in Germany, it was spring with full moon.
    The driver was the villan from Under Siege 2.
    I have to study for my MBA but I have been browsing weird stuff the last 3 days.
    My name is Memento and I’m addicted to shitty webpages.

  2. Operation Pipe Dreams? Is that not the silliest thing you’ve ever heard?
    Going after people who are selling drug paraphernalia and stating that’s it just as bad as selling drugs. What a crock o shit.
    I still think Marijuana should be leagalized & our Federal money spent on something better than arresting people who sell Bongs.

  3. Long time listener, first time caller.
    YOu call THAT a dream?
    What about you, Patrick Stewart, and a live action Gauntlet?!?
    C’mon, Wil!! Gimme some sugar on that!! You were the friggin WARRIOR!!!

  4. That’s super strange. I had a similar dream like that a few weeks ago. It’s been a reoccuring dream ever since. We must be on some wacky geeky wavelength. Simspons always make for a good background to pyramids if you really think about it.

  5. Don’t order it from Amazon – either get it directly from Wil (I’m *sure* he’ll be selling it here) or get it from your local store – any small town bookstore can always order anything, even if they don’t carry it – they need us to survive, but Amazon does not …
    Having said that, one of my favorite places is still the Barnes and Noble sales/used book annex … –

  6. I think we all know a either pot smoker or a dealer. And these people are ussually are friends and family. So since we know these people, does this make us accomplises in the so called crime. Why does’nt the government go after the crack, acid, herion, extasy and crack dealers rather then going after the potheads.

  7. Wil,
    Your dream reads like what most people describe as the mental effects caused by having a real job. Shake it off and you will be fine.

  8. Wil, thanks for a fun post today! And thanks also to Ellen and Geoff for their contributions to the funny–I sincerely laughed my keister off at all of it…damn, where’s that duct tape when you really need it?
    Re: the “drug paraphernalia” issue…I went to the Gypsy Cafe in Westwood last Friday and, thanks to some peer pressure from my friends (it never goes away, no matter how old you get!), had my first experience with a hooka (the Middle Eastern water pipe most of us only know from the Caterpillar in “Alice in Wonderland”)–and the traditonal shisha tobacco, which since it’s mostly fruit essences and molasses made it a lot like smoking potpourri. My point (and I do have one, strangely enough) is that I liked the smell of the tobacco enough that I went hunting for sources online, and kept ending up in Internet head shops. Omigod, do you think Ashcroft’ll get me? Oooooooooh nooooooooooo!
    Anyway, looking forward to the book–ISBNs and away!

  9. p.s. Not that I’m condoning breaking the law or anything, but one of my more “radical” instructors at massage school was of the opinion that the government is perfectly happy to permit/subsidize/endorse (and, lest we forget, tax!) virtually any drug, as long as it isn’t a type that might lead to an expansion of consciousness and a desire to think for one’s self–after all, what government wants to deal with a completely free-thinking constituency?
    (That said, even the legalized and prescription drugs can mess you up or kill you if you overindulge…hell, I hardly even take aspirin anymore…)

  10. Re: dream
    If you really interested in dream interpretatons go to…..
    Been to Mayan Pyramids, they are very informative places. Your dream makes me think of the state of the world and how man can’t get past the first step of consciousness. The higher planes are definitely a worthwhile trip.
    Dive in and Dream on………….

  11. Was it that dream where you’re standing in sort of sun-god robes, surrounded by thousands of naked women throwing little pickles at you?
    Wait… wrong movie (
    Thanks for posting the nethack link – what fun! I haven’t played Rogue since the 80’s and had completely forgotten about it. Like all truly great software, it has improved with age.

  12. Was it a dream where you were where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid, with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?
    why am i the only one who has that dream?

  13. I have the same sort of dream, but I’m standing on an endtable, while naked women throw fresh fruit at me….
    Does that make me weird?

  14. telegram sam is a t rex song, but bauhaus sure did a great version of it.
    I had a dream we stayed at home. Then i was 80. And Hussein was still alive, and the only people left in Iraq were him and the Republican Guard. He had palaces built of bodies. And people still marched in the streets here with “dont attack iraq signs”. And they all had blindfolds and ear plugs on.

  15. Bad Wil, evil Wil.
    Nethack compiling right now. Your fault if I get fired, but it’s not like I have any work to do.
    Your tax dollars at play.
    A Tourist

  16. Hey, Great dreams! I just wanted to share a pearl of wisdom that dawned on me a few weeks ago, after waking up from a dream, in which I was in a public place in my underwear. This seems to be a common theme for some people, and now I know why. Forget all the symbolism crap, I found out what’s really happening. As I was waking up out of it, half awake and half asleep, I realized, jeez, no wonder I feel like I’m in my underwear in my dream – I *am* in my underwear in real life! Duh!

  17. Damn you, Wil Wheaton! I would’ve blissfully floated along with*out* NetCrack, and I would’ve gotten the paper I need to finish done too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids and that dog…
    Oh, crap. I’m gonna go to bed NOW.

  18. I had a dream the other night that I was about to fight in a war. I was drunk and couldn’t move out of the way of flying bullets. Damn Medal of Honor, Frontline. Video Games…Mmmmmmm, video games.

  19. My favorite part of the Ashcroft story was the bit about “illicit drugs are making it into American households without parents knowing it,” or whatever. See, what my mom did to combat that was to talk to us about it, made sure that we understood that we were not immune to addiction, and that we could talk to her about peer pressure of any kind without fear of retribution(I even talked to her about my feelings about having sex with my boyfriend when I was a teenager). She also made a point to know as much as she could about what we were doing and thinking without invading our privacy. She also made sure we knew that she cared very deeply for us and that if we chose to do drugs that it would upset and disappoint her that we had chosen to hurt ourselves. Is this the difference between left- and right- wing parenting? Maybe. One talks frankly about the ramifications of drunken driving, the other hides the keys. Which kid is better equipped to handle life on his own???

  20. One way to interpret dreams is to free associate to the different items, activities, etc. in the dream. What do you think of when you think of the Simpsons? What associations do you have to pyramids, climbing, Professor Frink? You mentioned you have a wish to do a voice on the Simpsons but it hasn’t happened yet… In the dream the Simpsons keep disappearing. Is that a connection for you?
    Freud said that all dreams are wishes in disguise, that there is a gatekeeper we each have inside us. This gatekeeper takes an unconscious desire that the conscious mind would find objectionable and encodes it in dreams using symbols and metaphor. The task is to decode these symbols and metaphors. The way to do that is through free-association.
    There are other theories about dreams too… Freud’s isn’t the only one. But it’s an interesting exercise to look for the hidden wish in a dream. It might jog your writing as well.
    Good luck!

  21. Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid, with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?
    Why, am I the only one who has that dream?
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  22. “People selling drug paraphernalia are in essence no different than drug dealers,” said John Brown, acting DEA chief. “They are as much a part of drug trafficking as silencers are a part of criminal homicide.”
    – So are they arresting the people that make silencers too??

  23. There *is* a Simpsons episode like your dream… wherein Homer samples Guatemalan Insanity Peppers and collapses into a hallucinatory dream with a shifting Southwestern desertscape, a huge Mesoamerican pyramid, and a talking coyote…
    (Oh yes, and NH 3.4.1 is pure crack-addiction brain-candy… And they fixed that nasty nasty boulder/landmine bug… 😛 )

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