269: TCMP

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A big obstacle in experimenting with the mind's dream-simulation-engine is holding onto the details as you wake up. With TCMP you can bring back any information you want.
Title text: A big obstacle in experimenting with the mind's dream-simulation-engine is holding onto the details as you wake up. With TCMP you can bring back any information you want.


Cueball trained himself to type while asleep, so he could communicate from inside his dreams and not have to worry about forgetting them after waking up like at this comic 430: Every Damn Morning. He calls this Trans-Consciousness Messaging Protocol, or TCMP. He succeeds in sending a message from inside a dream, but his friends are disappointed when that first message is a trollish "F1rst p0st!!", instead of something constructive.

"Bell & Watson" refers to Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Thomas A. Watson. Bell is traditionally credited with inventing the telephone because he was awarded the patent for it although that is still controversial. His first phone call was to Watson in another part of their lab.

TCMP is hardly the first joke protocol to exist, either: see RFC 1149: IP over Avian Carriers, an RFC the Internet Engineering Task Force created for April Fools' Day 1990 but actually implemented (briefly) in 2001.


Cueball: Hey, help me test the Trans-Consciousness Messaging Protocol.
Man: What's that?
Cueball: I've been training myself to keep my fingers moving slightly as I fall asleep. So I can type from inside dreams.
Cueball: I'm going to sleep now. My computer will relay my messages to you as I explore the dream world.
[In the dream:]
Cueball: So strange to think none of this is real. And yet I have this lifeline to the internet back home.
Cueball: A chance to speak from one reality to another. I feel like Bell & Watson. I get to write the inaugural TCMP message. Let's see...
Megan: "F1rst P0st!!"?
Man: Great. He's jumped straight to trans-reality trolling.

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F1rst p0st!!
...seriously, if I could remember, I would rather start with 'What Hath God Wrought!' That is far more solemn and dedicating... not just to Morse-sensee, either!Greyson (talk) 02:22, 28 September 2013 (UTC)
The second paragraph screams of this comic. I've been a big fan of the Lucidity Institute and their work since about 2010. 07:48, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, I was gonna say "Didn't LaBerge do something like this irl?" and then I found this little citation: LaBerge, Stephen P., et al. "Lucid dreaming verified by volitional communication during REM sleep." Perceptual and motor skills 52.3 (1981): 727-732. -- 19:53, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

There is a community portal discussion of what to call Cueball and what to do in case with more than one Cueball. I have added this comic to the new Category:Multiple Cueballs. Since there is clearly one Cueball that is the protagonist and do the "talking" he should probably be listed as Cueball. Just made a note that the other guy also looks like Cueball --Kynde (talk) 20:49, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

It's real! https://lsdbase.org/2012/05/11/hello-dream-world/ 04:13, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

I feel like there might be a connection to the Choices pentalogy just before this comic - "Will I wake up thinking this was a dream?" 19:23, 1 May 2020 (UTC)