March 21st Holiday
I touched on my severe lack of memory skills just the other day when I wrote about never being able to remember people’s names. Today’s holiday specifically celebrates memory in all its glory. I thought about getting the Memory game to try to test Roman’s memory. I shot that idea down pretty quick when I remembered that Roman has about zero tolerance for any organized activity other than reading a book to him. He likes to throw things, eat things and generally just destroy whatever is in his path. I’ll wait a couple more months…or years…before trying a nice concentration game like Memory with him. Instead, I looked up some ways to improve my own memory. There are a lot of sites that address this topic. I found this cool chart of mnemonic devices that make remembering things easier on this website: http://www.helpguide.org/life/improving_memory.htm. Check it out, some of these are quite interesting:
|Visual image||Associate a visual image with a word or name to help you remember them better. Positive, pleasant images that are vivid, colorful, and three-dimensional will be easier to remember.||To remember the name Rosa Parks and what she’s known for, picture a woman sitting on a park bench surrounded by roses, waiting as her bus pulls up.|
|Acrostic (or sentence)||Make up a sentence in which the first letter of each word is part of or represents the initial of what you want to remember.||The sentence “Every good boy does fine” to memorize the lines of the treble clef, representing the notes E, G, B, D, and F.|
|Acronym||An acronym is a word that is made up by taking the first letters of all the key words or ideas you need to remember and creating a new word out of them.||The word “HOMES” to remember the names of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.|
|Rhymes and alliteration||Rhymes, alliteration (a repeating sound or syllable), and even jokes are a memorable way to remember more mundane facts and figures.||The rhyme “Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November” to remember the months of the year with only 30 days in them.|
|Chunking||Chunking breaks a long list of numbers or other types of information into smaller, more manageable chunks.||Remembering a 10-digit phone number by breaking it down into three sets of numbers: 555-867-5309 (as opposed to 5558675309).|
|Method of loci||Imagine placing the items you want to remember along a route you know well or in specific locations in a familiar room or building.||For a shopping list, imagine bananas in the entryway to your home, a puddle of milk in the middle of the sofa, eggs going up the stairs, and bread on your bed.|
The method of loci is the weirdest one for me. I don’t really get it. I think I would have a hard time remembering what strange object I imaginarily put where and it would just get really confusing. I can tell you one thing though, I cannot remember the last time it was 82 degrees in March. (I had a picture of my car temperature gauge, but it was not downloading for some reason…you will just have to imagine it!).
Total Cost to Celebrate: $0
Clip of the Day:
I saw this dude on 20/20, or one of those shows, the other day. He memorized pi to over 20,000 decimal places:
P.S. – This is also my way of reminding everyone that the PI CHALLENGE is due by March 25th!!! Give your brains some exercise!