Using a toy cash register as a keyboard doesn’t add up

I dreamed that I was composing a blog entry about one of my dreams, but I had to do it on a toy cash register which had been paired to my computer. It turns out that this is difficult for a number of reasons.

For one thing, the cash register has only ten letters of the alphabet on it. You have to switch to the alternate keyboard for the rest.

Also, there is a backspace key but no other editing keys.

Finally, there is a key labeled ≔ which changs the formatting to multi-person mode. Okay, this doesn't actually make typing more difficult, but it's still something unusual.

Comments (12)
  1. Joshua Ganes says:

    Seriously Raymond, what are you eating before bed? Your dreams are way too detailed and technical. All I can usually remember from my dreams are vague shapes and feelings.

  2. Ben says:

    What does multi-person mode look like?

    [I have no idea. I didn't push the key to find out. -Raymond]
  3. Anonymous says:

    Do you really dream these stuff, or are you just testing your ability to make up weird stuff? ;p

    I must say your memory is really incredible.

  4. JK says:

    >Do you really dream these stuff, or are you just testing your ability to make up weird stuff?

    perhaps he is testing a markov chain app?

  5. The next difficulty level involved having to use Vim with that setup.

    (well, actually, if you had an ESC key or the possibility to map it on some cash register key it would have made editing easier)

  6. Muzer0 says:

    I very rarely remember my dreams, but when I do, they're always weirdly detailed and just bizarre/insane. But it's great to read about someone else's bizarre subconscious insanity rather than just remember my own ;)

  7. AC says:

    Vim is easy in that setup, you only need two keys:


  8. Neil says:

    Sounds like just the thing for your nieces.

  9. Stan says:

    "I didn't push the key to find out." – Darned Chrome/Android doesn't even show me the symbol you used for the key. >:( Time to switch to IE 11 on my mercifully unbricked Surface RT. :)

  10. Brandon Wilson says:

    These dream posts are cool.

    In high school I got into making a dream journal, and the process of trying to remember my dreams in the morning as well as write them down actually caused my dreams to seem more vivid and stick in memory. Eventually, I even started having lucid dreams.

    I'm curious if Raymond, too, has lucid dreams from time to time…

  11. Still, your dream is much better than my brother's. He dreamed a battlecruiser from Starcraft (video game) flew above his school and carpet-bombed the playground. He didn't like this so he reversed time.

  12. CmraLvr2 says:

    Write a new book.  The Old New Dream.

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