I had a dream a few nights ago that deserves some elaboration. The technical details of the dream are consistent across a series of dreams. In these dreams, suddenly, things have started going wrong with my Wordpress-based site.
In these dreams, I have this user model of how Wordpress works.
When I say,
I have this user model, I literally mean that I
have this image either on a printout or whiteboard or floating in the
air near my head. The text in the above depiction is not the actual
text in the dream. The actual text in the dream isn't legible.
In some instances of the dream, the blue boxen are sort of collapsing (pagecurl-effect style) out from underneath the green/yellow box.
The user model is that there is a bunch of source code
represented by the blue boxen. That code is the Wordpress
code that I download, untar, configure, sync with my site,
etc. This is code that I can look at in a text editor.
This is code that I can trace down through to see how
things happen in Wordpress. I can find the bit where the
Twitter Tools hook themselves into the
The code in this box is ephemeral. It is Heisenberg code. The act of trying to observe it destroys it or alters it. It is undetectable. It is undebuggable.
It always screws with my data or the presentation thereof. Usually, it just messes with the presentation. It changes the titles of things just as they hit the browser. It moves where things are on the screen. It stacks my articles in tiny square boxes each one offset slightly down and left of the one on top of it. It makes my tag cloud run outside of its container and makes some of the tags in the cloud appear rotated 90-degrees, in different languages, or occasionally in EBCEDIC.
*shrug* There you have it. When androids dream, do they dream of electric sheep?