Nicodemus (nicodemusrat) wrote,
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Weird Dreams

I don't usually remember my dreams and they aren't usually elaborate. But this one was quite curious. It was not so much a complete story as a complete setup for a cartoon, created in the distorted mind of a hardware engineer... Something mixing Tron and Wild Wild West.


The setting is something like the old west if it were in Tron. The road through town is paved with motherboard traces. Out front of the Last Branch Saloon, the horses are tied to giant resistors -- the old-fashioned kind with the color stripes -- instead of hitching posts. Everything is more or less shaped like the movie stereotype western town, except with computer hardware bits and metallic trim.
The feel of the piece is definitely cartoon, computer-animated I think.

The hero of our story is Davey Cache, known as D-Cache to his friends. (Yes, my subconscious was making hardware puns. I swear I am not making this up.) He travels with his pet bit, Carry. Unlike Tron, bits aren't geometric figures, but indeterminate cute furry things, something like a cross between a large dog and a sheep.

Herds of wild bits roam the hills around the town, providing the necessary western role of ranchable wildlife. But recently the herds have been disappearing, and when D-Cache and Carry bit arrive in town and hear this, they want to find out why. (I know where my mind got this; it's similar to the plot setup of the movie "Last of the Wild Horses".)

At the Last Branch, the mayor is a jovial but naive fellow who thinks the herds are moving on; nothing to be concerned about and he doesn't want to be concerned with anything that involves leaving the bar. But D-Cache does catch the ear of the piano player and saloon entertainer, Elsie Dee. She keeps a few bits on the side because she's fond of them; she agrees to help D-Cache and also fill the cliche love interest role.

Ultimately (and my mind skipped over this part of the plot), D-Cache and Elsie track down the criminal, the nefarious Bit Rot. A shadowy and secretive figure, wearing a cloak of torn and rotting black fabric. He's been using bits in cruel animal experiments in order to produce a vicious hybrid bit. (Was I thinking of qubits? Dunno.) With them, he will extort money from the local ranchers...

...and then I woke up. Shame, really, I wanted to know how it ended and if there was the cliche villain-reveals-all-to-bound-hero scene coming up. Ah, well.

So... anyone want the movie rights? ;)
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