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Thoughts and Dreams of Aaron Schmidt

This is the online journal of Aaron Schmidt where he records his thoughts (when they seem relevant) and his dreams (when he can remember them).

20 April 2005 Turnbull sandals

As I step out of the coffee shop I see my old friend, Silks, from ISS standing beside a car with a little person. They let me know that they're in Paris for the next few days, staying at the Turnbull.

The Turnbull is a small, cheap hostel in the heart of Paris, the same one that Aurélie has booked for our final days before we fly back to New Zealand.

Silks and the midget ask if I want to come back for a drink and I agree, taking the oppurtunity to visit the Turnbull. When we arrive, everything feels vaguely familiar like I've stayed here before. Inside the doors, the hostel resembles a small, grungy pub and there's a number of young travellers hanging about, having a few drinks and playing pool. Stairs in the back lead to the dorm rooms.

I'm invited to sit down and when the waitress arrives I order a sandwich and a pint of beer. One of the younger boys at my table asks me if we can trade shoes. I say sure and kick off my sandles.

When my food arrives, I start eating but I'm having troubles chewing. Everything is paste. I turn away from the table to hide my shaking mouth as I desperately try to swallow the sandwich.

Lionel and Nadége (two colleagues from MEGA) tell me they're leaving and ask if I want a ride home. I jump at the oppurtunity to leave this freaky bar and nod my head vigorously (being still unable to speak).

My beer is untouched so I give it away. I leave $15 on the table, thinking this should more than cover my expenses. When I walk outside I realize that I don't have my sandles on so I turn around but back inside the bar everyone's gone. How could they disappear so quickly?!

I go to the back and walk up the stairs, moving through a very thin corridor banked by small dorm rooms. I peak inside each room as I pass, figuring that I should be able to recognize at least one of the people that I was sitting with.

Room after room but I can't find the damn kid who took my sandles! I run back downstairs and see Silks and the midget standing by the washing machines. I demand to know where my sandles has gone. Silks tells me to calm down. Speaking in french, the midget explains that the group went down to the beach. To find them I need to go out the side door, a droite quinze fois et tout droite (turn right 15 times then straight ahead). 15 times? Maybe I misunderstood but I don't have time to argue.

I briefly consider trying to find Lionel to inform him of the situation but I'm in a panic and things are falling apart. I step outside and turn towards the beach but when I try to run, my legs freeze up, slowing down so that I'm barely moving and I know I'll never find my sandals again.

11 April 2005 Coffee shop robbery

Aurélie and I are standing in line at a local coffee shop. Things seem to be taking longer than normal so we take off our backpacks and sit down on the floor to wait.

The people behind the counter appear nervous. As I watch them more closely I notice that they are moving frequently between the counter and the drive-through window, whispering secretively.

After 10 minutes of waiting in line I look up to realize that all the coffee shop employees have the left the store. I stand up and move past the other customers to find out what's going on but when I lean against the counter it falls away like cardboard. The entire back wall collapses to reveal the employees making off in a getaway car. It was all a setup.

One of the fake employees is a deadly assassin and he's driving an old pickup truck painted light-blue and green. An old man is tied to the back of the truck with an old piece of rope. As the assassin drives off, the old man is forced to run behind the truck to keep from being dragged.

I immediately associated the old man as being a church pastor although there was nothing he was wearing or doing to imply this distinction.

After a few miles, the assassin pulls into a gas station and brings the truck around to the back. The pastor is exhausted and begs to be released. The assassin steps out of the truck and moves towards the pastor, bringing out a knife from his belt. Without a word, he cuts the rope and turns the old man around. The assassin brings his arm around the old man's shoulder, covering the mouth with his hand.

I am now within the body of the pastor. The assassin stabs his knife into the old man's stomach. I feel shock. The assassin pulls out his knife and stabs into the old man's heart. I can feel the pain: a sharp sensation of warmth and the world fades to black.

28 March 2005 Brain Sex ID

My results from BBC's Brain Sex ID quiz:


This task tested your ability to identify the angle of a line by matching it with its twin. This is a spatial task, which looks at how you picture space.
Your score: 17 out of 20
Average score for men: 16.4
Average score for women: 14.7

If you scored 18 - 20: You have more of a male brain. On average, men outperform women in this task and those with more mathematical knowledge tend to score quite high as well. In past studies, 60 per cent of the people in this range were men.

Spot the difference

This task tested your ability to identify which objects changed position.
Your score: 64%
Average score for men: 42%
Average score for women: 57%

If you scored between 34 - 66%: You may have a balanced female-male brain.


Left thumb on top: This suggests the right half of your brain is dominant. Some studies theorise that as a right brain dominant person, you may excel in visual, spatial and intuitive processes.


Your empathy score is: 5 out of 20
Average score for men: 4 - 12
Average score for women: 8 - 15

Empathisers are better at accurately judging other people's emotions and responding appropriately. If you scored 15 and above, you are very empathic and would be an ideal person to comfort people in a time of crisis. Women in general are better at empathising.


Your systemising score is: 13 out of 20
Average score for men: 8 - 16
Average score for women: 3 - 12

Systemisers prefer to investigate how systems work. A system can be a road map, flat pack furniture, or a mathematical equation, anything that follows a set of rules. A score of 15 and above suggests you're good at analysing or building systems. Men in general are better at systemising.


This task tested your ability to judge people's emotions.
Your score: 8 out of 10
Average score: 6 - 9
Your result suggests you are a good empathiser, sensitive to other people's emotions. Women generally fall into this category.


We asked for the measurements of your ring and index finger. Your ratio came to: Right Hand: 0.98, Left Hand: 0.94
Average ratio for men: .96
Average ratio for women: 1.00

It's thought that your ratio is governed by the amount of testosterone you were exposed to in your mother's womb. The ratio of the length of your index finger to the length of your ring finger is set for life by as early as three months after conception. Even during puberty, when we experience intensive hormonal changes, the ratio stays the same.


Your choices suggest you prefer more feminine faces.
A typical 'attractive' female face possesses features such as a shorter, narrower, lower jaw, fuller lips and larger eyes than an average face.

3D shapes

This task tested your ability to mentally rotate 3D shapes.
Your score: 12 out of 12
Average score for men: 8.4
Average score for women: 6.4

If you scored 10 - 12: Are you an engineer or do you have a science background? People with these skills tend to score in this range. Past studies have concluded that people in this range have a more male brain.