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Few things fascinate me more than seeing something work when it really shouldn't. For example, as you know, nothing is more boring than listening to another person talk about the dream he had last night. Therefore, you would assume, a comic that is nothing but an account of a stranger's dream should be the most uninteresting comic in the universe. And yet it isn't.


Artist Jesse Reklaw turns people's dreams into four-panel comics on the Internet. They have no coherent story line and no punch lines. If you read only one, you would probably scratch your head and wonder what he was smoking. But if you read several it feels like accessing the dream part of your brain while being awake. It's the strangest sensation. Check it out.


http://www.slowwave.com/index.php

 
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May 29, 2008
The best way to get rid of dictators is to STOP MANUFACTURING THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!
Examples:
Shah of Iran
Saddam Hussein
Pinochet

... I'm sure there are others.
 
 
May 29, 2008
It's such a great idea and it really works. I love them - thanks for sharing it.
 
 
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May 19, 2008
Good mixture. Some are odd, others are actually laugh out loud funny (the Larry King one caused me to snort into my coffee). Do you think they're all genuine dreams, or are some people exploiting the inherently surreal nature of dreams in order to write a surreal 4-panel gag! Hmmm.

And congratuliations for embracing a subversive format Mr A... the four panel strip (shivers)
 
 
May 17, 2008
i like your work so i checked this slow wave thing on your recommendation. the first comic was absurd. the second was absurd too. so were the third, fouth, fifth, nth.

how do i quit?
 
 
May 16, 2008
I like it. And I can see why a dream that's been judged interesting enough to submit to the site, selected by the artist, and condensed to four panels, is more interesting than a random person telling you about their dream. Although I usually don't find that boring either, actually.
 
 
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May 16, 2008
Checked a bunch out. Some of them are interesting in a voyeuristic "peek into someone's subconscious" kind of way. Looking at all of those strange thoughts that are in people's heads was actually making me feel better about myself (being fairly normal) until I remembered that dream where a one of the cartoon monsters from Scooby Doo was chasing me while throwing toast that, if it hit you, turned you into broccoli. Then I realized that I am just as screwed up as everyone else.
 
 
May 15, 2008
I've heard it before, and I'm still wondering why people think it's boring to hear others dreams. I've been trying to figure it out.
 
 
May 15, 2008
I read quite a few, waiting for that dream part of my brain while awake sensation. After about 30, I gave up. I must be wired differently
 
 
May 15, 2008
Seriously? This is supposed to be a blog post by Scott Adams?

Bring back the philosotainment! I can discover interesting websites on my own.
 
 
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May 15, 2008
So first you say to reveal the thoughts that came immediately before reading your blog, and I say I was dreaming, and then you go and criticize my dream telling ability! Let me assure you, sir, I am equally bad at telling stories and anecdotes.

Just kidding! (Well not really. I *am* a really bad dream, story and anecdote teller.)
 
 
May 14, 2008
It just goes to show that you can't explain humor. There are no parameters that dictate what humor is.

On a broad level, there is no humor without exaggeration. And if you suddenly get yanked out of one track of thought without any warning, it's an effect of exaggeration, I guess.

On the other hand, I'm just trying to explain why the Slow Wave works... and by my own admission, it's inexplicable... It's a bally nonsensical, incoherent, pseudo-humorous piece of writing.... I can't imagine why people would be interested.

Excuse me a minute while I check if they've posted something new there...
;)
 
 
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May 14, 2008
What a hilarious, hypnotic comic. Thanks! This thing's been around for a decade.
 
 
May 14, 2008
It just goes to show that you can't explain humor. There are no parameters that dictate what humor is.

On a broad level, there is no humor without exaggeration. And if you suddenly get yanked out of one track of thought without any warning, it's an effect of exaggeration, I guess.

On the other hand, I'm just trying to explain why the Slow Wave works... and by my own admission, it's inexplicable... It's a bally nonsensical, incoherent, pseudo-humorous piece of writing.... I can't imagine why people would be interested.

Excuse me a minute while I check if they've posted something new there...
;)
 
 
May 14, 2008
Thanks for the link.
Went through a dozen and liked em all.
my fav so far: http://www.slowwave.com/index.php?date=04-03-13
 
 
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May 14, 2008
That was just weird. If I do dream, i very rarely remember any of it so i don't really know what dreams are supposed to be like, but that was a tad voyeuristic for me. Looking at peoples inner most thoughts.

Pass thanks.
 
 
May 14, 2008
1. I didn't get the sensation.

2. I read about 10-15 and enjoyed them all.

3. Dilbert.com still won't remember me. My insecurity leads me to believe this is intentional.

Thanks for the lead one a new site to visit.
 
 
May 14, 2008
I have loved this strip for years. I have a widget of it on my computer that auto-updates every week.

That being said, like many comics, it is strongest in its earliest years. I highly suggest starting at the oldest comics and moving forward!

I suspect that those who don't quite get it are only reading the last few months of strips. I like the new ones, personally, but if you're having trouble enjoying this strip, go back to the start and base your opinion on 2004 and 2005.
 
 
May 14, 2008
I read several. Way too wierd for my taste.
 
 
May 14, 2008
This is as inane as Zippy the Pin Head
 
 
May 14, 2008
Yesterday's blog had to do with using prose to capture your own or other people's thoughts on paper. Today's has to do with using a comic strip to put your own or other people's dreams down on paper.

Most people will tell you that using just two examples is too small of a sampling to start seeing a trend, but I am starting to see a trend. Are you getting transcendental on us? Starting to wonder (again) about what exactly we are beyond our physical being?

IDEA FOR TOMORROW'S BLOG: Ask people to compare how they view themselves vs. how they'd like to view themselves. Then ask them to compare how they think other people view them vs. how they’d like other people to view them. Then ask them to compare how they view themselves vs. how they think other people view them. Finally ask them to honestly state which of the previous observations is most important.
 
 
 
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