How a midget shouting shalom and a pissing wolf can help your memory


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All I want is to remember that “correct horse battery staple” is not my email password, because it’s the only password I can remember these days.


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Meanwhile, I’ve got zero interest in improving my memorization skill.

I spend a ton of time creating all kinds of odd mental objects for what I’m working on and turning them into input-output black boxes so I can stand back and connect disparate ideas, zoom and reassemble, and so on.

My mental user interface is basically the opposite of a ‘memory palace’. It’s more of a bunch of chunks of reusable code connected by whiteboards. I’ve got google for my memorization now.

And given how little competition I encounter in any work environment I end up in, I wouldn’t have it any other way.


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I remember in the third grade or so (1990-ish), our teacher tried to introduce some system to help us learn our multiplication tables through associating various pictures with multiplication problems. I think the idea was if a picture was silly enough, we wouldn’t forget it and we’d also remember the associated math problem. The one picture I remember vividly was a mother with a pizza on her head, which we were to understand meant 5x6=30 (or whatever).

It must not have worked because I don’t think we used the system very long. I’ve yet to encounter anyone else who remembers the system, so I’m half convinced I hallucinated it! My wife is an elementary teacher and she’s never heard of it either.


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Was it this? http://amzn.com/0976202441


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Isn’t this the exact same thing Mark posted one hour prior to this?


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Something like that, but that book was published many years too late to be what we used in class.

To be fair, 8 year old phart was already a cynical bastard, so I don’t think I really embraced the system.


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