Saturday, 15 January 2022

The forgotten medieval habit of 'two sleeps'

quote [ In the late 18th Century, a London tradesman even invented a special device for remembering all your most searing nightly insights – a "nocturnal remembrancer", which consisted of an enclosed pad of parchment with a horizontal opening that could be used as a writing guide. ]

I had too much to dream last night (extended).

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[by Paracetamol@9:21amGMT]

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5th Earth said[1] @ 4:27am GMT on 16th Jan [Score:1 Interesting]
The thing about the Nocturnal Remembrance reminds me of a code Lewis Carrol devised for writing in the dark. (Nyctography) It used a guide card with square holes punched in it, and you wrote using the edges and corners of the holes as guides for the pen, so you could write entirely by touch.
moriati said @ 12:42pm GMT on 17th Jan
This features in Robert Harris's (author of Fatherlands) fairly recent book The Second Sleep. Which I quite enjoyed.

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