Don’t you hate it when someone leaks a ref to your clothes?


The other night I had a dream in which one of my friends said, “Check out my clothes closet. This dress is hideous, but I can’t get rid of it because there’s still a reference to it from my blog.” The dresses were labeled 001.jpg through 059.jpg.

Comments (33)
  1. jMarkP says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if bin men (Warning: possibly UK-centric term) acted like garbage collectors in programming language runtimes and came round your house every so often collecting items you no longer had need of:

    ‘No need to sort through the old stuff in the attic, dear, the garbage collectors will be round in a bit.’

    ‘Throw rubbish in the bin? I just leave it lying around and wait for the garbage collectors to come!’

    That’s what I call progress!

  2. someone else says:

    jMarkP, I think a certain Homer Simpson once did that. It didn’t work out all that well …

  3. jMarkP says:

    It did result in an awesome musical sequence though. I’d be in favour of that. Though, I concede, less in favour of my town drowning in a sea of rubbish…

  4. Cheong says:

    It actually makes me wonder if your dream is inspired by one of the recent Techdirt article. :P

  5. Anon says:

    At least it’s not that dream where I’m taking an exam wearing a "broken image" placeholder.

  6. COMMAND.COM says:

    Anon, now you can live out your dream:

    http://www.jinx.com/men/shirts/geek/broken_image.html

  7. BY says:

    It is significant that in your dream, the dresses were labeled 001.jpg through 059.jpg instead of 000.jpg through 058.jpg.

    Your unconscious mind is telling you that you made an off-by-one error recently.

  8. James Bray says:

    A friend of mine was learning C once, and he claimed to have a dream where he was being chased by header files :-)

  9. Ian says:

    It is significant that in your dream, the dresses were labeled 001.jpg through 059.jpg instead of 000.jpg through 058.jpg.

    Maybe she was wearing 000.jpg?

  10. ::Wendy:: says:

    Looking on the bright side,  

    your friend clearly has the opportunity of up to 999 dresses before a ‘wardrobe encountered an unforseen error’ shutdown blue screen message AND the friend may have some form of buffer-space (an attic?).

    I recommend lucid dreaming,  it helps overcome these niggly little quirks of unreality :-)

  11. BCS says:

    That’s almost as bad as when I find my self trying to debug thought processes… of other people… While I’m AWAKE! (Man I wish I could add breakpoints to some people ;)

  12. Gwyn says:

    I used to rely on garbage collection to clean up my room, however the non-deterministic nature of my mum meant you couldn’t rely on it happening on a timely basis.

  13. Michael Mol says:

    I once had a nightmare that my ‘this’ pointer was being ripped out of my chest.

    A few months later, I had another nightmare that I wasn’t able to comprehend something physical because my brain couldn’t get the template to compile.

  14. Dan says:

    So are you exacerbating the problem by adding a reference on your blog?

    Or is it okay because it’s actually a reference to a reference?

  15. You can get a form of semi-space garbage collection by moving house, I suppose; come to think of it, that’s pretty much what I do with files, periodically moving from one computer to another and harvesting the important data each time.

    I’ve had a few dreams which involved wacky things like debugging co-workers, which is indeed very difficult without the ability to set breakpoints; perhaps the answer is to inject a call to ExitProcess to get everything back to a known state.

  16. mbghtri says:

    Be glad that you didn’t wake up trying to send a kp to your alarm clock.

  17. Bob says:

    Last night, I had a dream that I paid $200K for a kid’s notebook. It actually cost $20! Could not shake the feeling of being ripped off for the first few hours of today…

  18. Nick says:

    "I’ve had a few dreams which involved wacky things like debugging co-workers … perhaps the answer is to inject a call to ExitProcess to get everything back to a known state."

    You go ahead and tell that to the prosecutor and see how far it gets you.  I don’t know where you live, but in most places murder is murder no matter how you say it ;)

  19. Another Bob says:

    your friend clearly has the opportunity of up to 999 dresses before a ‘wardrobe encountered an unforseen error’ shutdown blue screen message AND the friend may have some form of buffer-space (an attic?).

    Of course, her closet would run out of a dress space long before she acquires 999 dresses (assuming she doesn’t live in a 64bit apartment).

  20. Peter says:

    your friend clearly has the opportunity of up to 999 dresses before a ‘wardrobe encountered an unforseen error’ shutdown blue screen message AND the friend may have some form of buffer-space (an attic?).

    Unless she understands hexadecimal, in which case she could have up to 4,095 dresses ;-)

  21. Another Bob says:

    .. and about 2 minutes after my last post I realized that I had made a rookie mistake and assumed Raymond’s friend is female, instead of protecting myself against corner cases (assumptions like that can eventually lead to some nasty run-time exceptions).

  22. Mark says:

    Another Bob: either way, you can reduce the impact of leaks with a Physical Dress Extension.

  23. GBC says:

    float wardrobe = malloc(sizeof(*bankaccount));

  24. Neil says:

    Another Bob: is that a single-threaded apartment?

  25. Wound says:

    @Neil, I assume it must be if it has dresses. It’s hard to make a running stitch with multiple threads.

  26. TJ says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who dreams in code, my friends look at me like I’ve totally lost it when I tell them I was dreaming about C# and SQL.

  27. Marc says:

    Wow!! where did she get the program that let her rename her dresses in numerical order? Why doesn’t explorer do that!?!?!

  28. Anonymous Coward says:

    Man I wish I could add breakpoints to some people

    I hear you bro.

  29. Ken Hagan says:

    Many years ago, when I first started programming for Win3, I had a dream where I’d woken up a bit late and had to rush my bath. To save time, I pulled down the "Edit" menu and pasted in yesterday’s bath water. Somewhat to my surprise (even in my dream, this was a bit of a long shot) it worked. Still warm, too!

    Looking back, I just hope it wasn’t anyone else’s bathwater that they’d left on the clipboard.

  30. Ken Hagan says:

    That Turing Test is over-rated. Too many false negatives to be useful.

  31. Ken Hagan says:

    …and to think there are people out there who think they are close to writing a program that can think like a person. Hah! You guys couldn’t even write the About Box for *my* subconscious.

  32. David Conrad says:

    I once dreamed I could lose weight by running pkzip on myself. Sadly, it doesn’t work.

  33. Friday says:

    In my dreams, I often play complete matches of games I’ve played the entire day before.

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