Dreams are undirected mash-ups of our thoughts and experiences, mash-ups that sometimes produce ideas worth exploring. But dreams are also fleeting, almost always forgotten after waking. Thomas Edison used to take naps sitting in a comfortable chair, with metal pie plates sitting on the floor on either side, while holding marbles in his hands. When he drifted into a sleep deep enough to relax his hands, the racket of marbles hitting metal would wake him up so he could write down his dream ideas.

Edison losing his marbles

Edison losing his marbles

I do that with the snooze button, or at least that’s my excuse.

Keep a notebook by the bed, and by the comfortable chair, and by the tub, everywhere you like to dream, or daydream.

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