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Return of the Knave
Drink It Black
Saturday, 27 September 2003
Drink to forget
I've lost count of all the memory books and pamphlets I've read, I couldn't for the life of me regurgitate chapter headings or index words of any of them and if you asked me to draw one of their illustrations from memory, I'd be stuck. I'm no Jim Morrison so I'll not to be able to tell you what page a paragraph is on.

So it's all been a waste of time?

Well my memory for sensible things might never have been outstanding so I'll settle on a brain that performs well enough at pub quiz nights - even with added alcohol - and gives me such an endless supply of tangents for my writing. Other than that, there's not much I can do.

Still want to hear some memory tips?

Okay let me see how well I can recall the different techniques for retrieving information from our memory banks:
Use a phrase in place of the list to remember. 'Every good boy deserves fruit' works though because the notes themselves correspond to the first letter of each word in the phrase/clause/sentence.
This doesn't work for a great gulp of information like:

Radioactive substances occur in nature, and in all of them nuclear changes take place that result in three kinds of radiation: Alpha rays can be stopped by a sheet of paper, beta rays can just about get through aluminium foil, but gamma rays travel across space with so much energy that they can penetrate even lead.

There you'd be better off just finding some little ditty combined with wordplay to remember the relative strengths of the three rays; something similar to 'the mites go up and the tites go down' for remembering which are stalactites and stalacmites.

So this method works best for listed items?

Well they always drag out the formal lists that are required to be learnt by rote, such as the periodic table but you should be able to use it for remembering anything.
Suppose you had some reason for remembering the track listing of Stranglers IV Rattus Norvegicus you'd be in trouble
  • Sometimes
  • Goodbye Toulouse
  • London Lady
  • Princess of the Streets
  • Hanging Around


  • Peaches
  • (Get A)Grip (On Yourself)
  • Ugly
  • Down In The Sewer



  • Even given that you are familiar with the vintage punk album, there are two songs beginning with the letter 'g' and what if your Strangled chronology conjures up "Go Buddy Go" instead? Or "Dagenham Dave" or "Don't Bring Harry" for the d instead of "Down In The Sewer"?


    Posted by berko_wills at 1:03 PM NZT
    Updated: Sunday, 28 September 2003 11:26 AM NZT
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    Sunday, 28 September 2003 - 6:16 PM NZT

    Name: Ella
    Home Page: http://ella.saucyvox.com/

    Here's how I remember the track listings for albums...

    um - I just sing them. Don't they just stick in your head?

    FOr instance, if a song is on the radio, I immediately start singing the NEXT song on the album after that one finishes, even though the radio is off on some other tangent.

    I thought everyone did this?

    If I need to figure it out quickly, I just fast-forward my singing to a ridiculous munchkin-like speed, and there you go. Usually I can sing the beginnings and endings and no problem, I link myself song to song and have the entire album - lyrics and all in my brain.

    Again, doesn't everyone? I'm actually being quite serious about this.

    And why do you no longer visit MY blog???

    HMMMM - Ella (who misses your honeyed kisses)

    Sunday, 28 September 2003 - 9:59 PM NZT

    Name: Berko

    Ella honey, yes you're right; that's the best way to remember them!

    No I can't do munchkin-like fast forwarding. I used to be able to cross match (have Glenn Campbell singing the Boomtown Rats. I was driving a tractor. I was bored) I can sing with more confidence since taking singing lessons but my repertoire is not sparkling and I'd love to have someone with natural ability broad hint ;) singing my songs instead.

    Don't visit your blog????!!! I've read evry post and comment and posted two long back channel messages to your last two entries!

    I told you how much I loved each one - the first because it was smart and funny and wise and the second because it was how I was feeling, and how you were the one person in this sphere of existence who could make me wish I was on the other side of the world.

    Methinks someone has been censoring honeyed kisses. Despicable cads.

    I'm sending honeyed kisses in oaken barrels in the cargo hold of vessels that pass through emperilled ports and the owners of last resorts have issues of contraband and all the time searching for land.
    I'm sending windswept kisses on the tailflight of kites that float silent at night
    pass open windows and the spires of hilltop churches Sweeping past the peirs and the patterns on the pavement
    I'm sending love and hugs and warmth;

    a benchful of sunshine kisses in a sheltered glade where the light falls upon us in the pattern of branches and we reach out - close enough to touch

    Monday, 29 September 2003 - 4:41 PM NZT

    Name: ella
    Home Page: http://ella.saucyvox.com/

    I FOUND YOUR cOMmENTs!!!

    Hee - I forgot to look for them!

    You weren't the only one there!!!

    Dah - I oughtta look more often!!!

    So, your honeyed kisses weren't stolen - just mine.

    hmmmm - a mystery!

    What a lovely comment (look up there) you just left me - I love you too - Ella

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