I have damaged my brain :)

So there isn't really a sub section of the forum where I can post about psychological trauma the CCIE causes so here will have to do! I wonder is this a common symptom of studying hardcore?

A couple of weeks ago I fell asleep, in to that part of sleep when you have just nodded off, and if you are woken in this state you are very confused. I had a dream and woke up during this twilight time.  The dream was I was unable to peer with port 179 on a router, not me configuring a router to do it, that would make some sense.  This was actually my brain trying to peer with a BGP speaker. While I was awake I couldn't comprehend how I would go about doing this, I was aware I had dreamt and was now aware that this was impossible but couldn't think about anything but doing it or I wouldnt be able to sleep. It was certainly disconcerting.

Ye know, dreams are dreams, you have a bad or weird one you brush it off and move on. I thought this was like that.  Today I woke up having had another dream. I don't recall the details but I was an ASBR, inter AS ASBR no less,none of your pauper OSPF ASBR nonsense. I didn't know if I should send packets to the direct router or send them through my own AS to the other ASBR. How weird is that!?

Anyone has similar experiences or am I a lost cause? :D

The dude in the Matrix who says to Neo 'It just sounds to me like you need to unplug man' resonates loudly. Here's hoping I dream about the matrix tonight and not poison reverse!!!

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  • JoeMJoeM ✭✭✭

    Try changing your study topics.  No more routing protocols.  Start working on Multicast and QoS.     After you have done this for at least 3 days (as intense as possible), please report back with the ensuing dream sequences.    

    This is going to be good!  ;-)

             -- signed, Dr. Joe

     

    But seriously. Enjoy the fact that you are dreaming about it.   It is your brain organizing everything you have given it.   I wouldn't read too much into the weird stuff though.  That is normal.  Check out some dream interpretation books (always weird stuff thrown together).  What would be really cool, is if you could lucid-dream the lab exam. ;-)

  • Thank you doctor, all better now :) 

    having lived through the reality of qos I do not fear the nightmares. Just to be safe I will be glueing my eyes open though.

  • ohhh, the dreams =) 

    I've been having them for a while now. Not only dreams, but sometimes I can't fall asleep (or just have very little sleep throughout the night) because I am thinking of a specifc topic over and over again (as if there were some type of loop in my brain). I think that this is caused my the fact that I studied that specific topic all day, up until the time I went to bed. 

    A couple of weeks before my 1st lab attempt, I had a dream that I was at some train station. The train was a "frame-relay" train, and I had to get on it in order to get to my CCIE lab. 

  • JoeMJoeM ✭✭✭

    ...

    A couple of weeks before my 1st lab attempt, I had a dream that I was at some train station. The train was a "frame-relay" train, and I had to get on it in order to get to my CCIE lab. 

    That's a good one.  Did you see any Traffic Shapers trying to control the number and type of passengers?   "Sorry sir.  We have a  priority group of passengers (they like to talk a lot).  You will have to wait for the next interval, err..I mean next train."  ;-)

  • The frame relay train sounds slow, expensive and probably runs on coal :D

  • The ATM train is faster and more efficient - the disassembly/reassembly process to fit cargo in the smaller cars (cells) bothers me, though![;)]

    The frame relay train sounds slow, expensive and probably runs on coal :D


  • For me, when i lagging/sluggish on my study, i had bad dream that i went to exam and thing just fall apart, screw up left and right, and fail badly....it feel really real and freak me out so bad and sweat.  

    When i wake up...i feel so relieve that it just a dream...then back to study again, lucky it just a dream.

     





  • You can look into using a nootropic
    like

    phenylpiracetam when studying
    for the lab:




    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenylpiracetam




    http://www.newstarnootropics.com/phenylpiracetam.php



    It's also available on Amazon.




    http://www.amazon.com/Phenylpiracetam-Carphedon-Grams-0-18-Pure/dp/B00B2H43HG



    There is a subreddit covering nootropics if you want to do a
    little research.




    http://www.reddit.com/r/Nootropics/



    Petr recommended phenylpiracetam to me years ago.  Hope
    they don't start drug testing in the CCIE lab ;-)



    HTH,






    Brian Dennis, CCIEx5 #2210
    (R&S/ISP-Dial/Security/SP/Voice)





    INE, Inc.











    On 10/06/2013 09:59 PM, AndiS wrote:


    For me, when i lagging/sluggish on my study, i had bad dream
    that i went to exam and thing just fall apart, screw up left and
    right, and fail badly....it feel really real and freak me out so
    bad and sweat.  

    When i wake up...i feel so relieve that it just a dream...then
    back to study again, lucky it just a dream.

     







    INE - The Industry Leader in CCIE Preparation

    http://www.INE.com



    Subscription information may be found at:

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  • "We specialize in providing high quality bulk nootropic chemicals for the puposes of non-clinical research. These products are not sold for human or animal consumption"


    LOL that sounds safe.  At least it's on sale :).   Seemed like a good idea even while taking it?

    Sent from my iPhone


    On Oct 7, 2013, at 12:40 AM, "Brian Dennis" <[email protected]> wrote:

    You can look into using a nootropic
    like

    phenylpiracetam when studying
    for the lab:




    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenylpiracetam




    http://www.newstarnootropics.com/phenylpiracetam.php



    It's also available on Amazon.




    http://www.amazon.com/Phenylpiracetam-Carphedon-Grams-0-18-Pure/dp/B00B2H43HG



    There is a subreddit covering nootropics if you want to do a
    little research.




    http://www.reddit.com/r/Nootropics/



    Petr recommended phenylpiracetam to me years ago.  Hope
    they don't start drug testing in the CCIE lab ;-)



    HTH,






    Brian Dennis, CCIEx5 #2210
    (R&S/ISP-Dial/Security/SP/Voice)





    INE, Inc.











    On 10/06/2013 09:59 PM, AndiS wrote:


    For me, when i lagging/sluggish on my study, i had bad dream
    that i went to exam and thing just fall apart, screw up left and
    right, and fail badly....it feel really real and freak me out so
    bad and sweat.  

    When i wake up...i feel so relieve that it just a dream...then
    back to study again, lucky it just a dream.

     







    INE - The Industry Leader in CCIE Preparation

    http://www.INE.com



    Subscription information may be found at:

    http://www.ieoc.com/forums/ForumSubscriptions.aspx





    INE - The Industry Leader in CCIE Preparation

    http://www.INE.com



    Subscription information may be found at:

    http://www.ieoc.com/forums/ForumSubscriptions.aspx
  • Just joking by the way.   I have no idea what this stuff is.   

    Sent from my iPhone


    On Oct 7, 2013, at 7:06 PM,

    "We specialize in providing high quality bulk nootropic chemicals for the puposes of non-clinical research. These products are not sold for human or animal consumption"


    LOL that sounds safe.  At least it's on sale :).   Seemed like a good idea even while taking it?

    Sent from my iPhone


    On Oct 7, 2013, at 12:40 AM, "Brian Dennis" <[email protected]> wrote:

    You can look into using a nootropic
    like

    phenylpiracetam when studying
    for the lab:




    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenylpiracetam




    http://www.newstarnootropics.com/phenylpiracetam.php



    It's also available on Amazon.




    http://www.amazon.com/Phenylpiracetam-Carphedon-Grams-0-18-Pure/dp/B00B2H43HG



    There is a subreddit covering nootropics if you want to do a
    little research.




    http://www.reddit.com/r/Nootropics/



    Petr recommended phenylpiracetam to me years ago.  Hope
    they don't start drug testing in the CCIE lab ;-)



    HTH,






    Brian Dennis, CCIEx5 #2210
    (R&S/ISP-Dial/Security/SP/Voice)





    INE, Inc.











    On 10/06/2013 09:59 PM, AndiS wrote:


    For me, when i lagging/sluggish on my study, i had bad dream
    that i went to exam and thing just fall apart, screw up left and
    right, and fail badly....it feel really real and freak me out so
    bad and sweat.  

    When i wake up...i feel so relieve that it just a dream...then
    back to study again, lucky it just a dream.

     







    INE - The Industry Leader in CCIE Preparation

    http://www.INE.com



    Subscription information may be found at:

    http://www.ieoc.com/forums/ForumSubscriptions.aspx





    INE - The Industry Leader in CCIE Preparation

    http://www.INE.com



    Subscription information may be found at:

    http://www.ieoc.com/forums/ForumSubscriptions.aspx
  • Doesn't sound safe because the government didn't approve it?  Think if the site said it was for human comsumption that they wouldn't run into legal issues?  Do a little research and read past the legal disclaimer.  

  • I'll get some for the bootcamp in January! ;)

  • I've been reading about programmers that have ADHD taking this to focus when they run out of their Adderal. 

  • I wonder what it says about me that "poison reverse" always makes me think of M. Bison's "devil reverse" attack.  The amount of bizarre childohood trivia that is taking up valuable real estate in my brain is staggering.

  • So there isn't really a sub section of the forum where I can post about psychological trauma the CCIE causes so here will have to do! I wonder is this a common symptom of studying hardcore?

    A couple of weeks ago I fell asleep, in to that part of sleep when you have just nodded off, and if you are woken in this state you are very confused. I had a dream and woke up during this twilight time.  The dream was I was unable to peer with port 179 on a router, not me configuring a router to do it, that would make some sense.  This was actually my brain trying to peer with a BGP speaker. While I was awake I couldn't comprehend how I would go about doing this, I was aware I had dreamt and was now aware that this was impossible but couldn't think about anything but doing it or I wouldnt be able to sleep. It was certainly disconcerting.

    Ye know, dreams are dreams, you have a bad or weird one you brush it off and move on. I thought this was like that.  Today I woke up having had another dream. I don't recall the details but I was an ASBR, inter AS ASBR no less,none of your pauper OSPF ASBR nonsense. I didn't know if I should send packets to the direct router or send them through my own AS to the other ASBR. How weird is that!?

    Anyone has similar experiences or am I a lost cause? :D

    The dude in the Matrix who says to Neo 'It just sounds to me like you need to unplug man' resonates loudly. Here's hoping I dream about the matrix tonight and not poison reverse!!!

    haha you know it's curious you started talk about this theme because just few days ago i had a weird dream.

    I woke up in the morning and i saw window of my dining room very dirty. So i thought "weird they are so dirty....also it didnt rained!" so i thought "now i need clean that damn glasses". So with reluctance i opened the closet and i found many products to clean glasses. They captured my attention cause they were all blue colored and with amazing names: The first bottle i saw was called "ROUTER" then i saw another one "PVST" and "PVST+" which indeed may looks like detergent names :) So i finally decided for the bottle called "ROUTER IPV6" with instructions written in hex code [:S]

    I remember i 've red and understood all intructions like my first language and i've started clean glasses until i woke up like something of shock

    by the way you're not alone, as you see my brain is facing the pre-lab cisco syndrome too, good luck! :D

     

     

     

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