What is the Best Way to Chunk Digits when Memorizing Large Numbers?

[NOTE: This post was originally published on the old JoshNotes.com blog on March 14, 2010.]

I’m more than halfway done with reassigning images to numbers 00 to 999, and put the system to the test while memorizing some driving directions today.

I’m still stuck on one problem: how to break up large numbers into chunks of three digits, when some of the chunks begin with 0 or 00?  I want each image to be made up of the same number of digits, otherwise I think it might be difficult to easily calculate something like "the digit in position #52 is a 6". Continue reading What is the Best Way to Chunk Digits when Memorizing Large Numbers?

Thoughts on Memorizing Music With Mnemonic Techniques

[NOTE: this post was originally published in the old JoshNotes.com blog on March 15, 2010.]

Some thoughts on memorizing music with mnemonic techniques:

I haven’t tried any of these methods yet — they are just ideas at the moment.

One idea is to create images for each of the solfège syllables using chromatic variants: do, di, ra, re, ri

Images could be based on using the sounds of the syllables at the beginning of the image words.  For example:

Continue reading Thoughts on Memorizing Music With Mnemonic Techniques

How to Make Vietnamese Coffee

Here’s a quick recipe on how to make iced Vietnamese coffee. I’ve never been to Vietnam but this is an approximation based on what I’ve had a Vietnamese restaurants. The final product is going to look something like this and taste great:

Iced Vietnamese coffee

(Caution: Be aware of what you are doing while making the coffee because it involves boiling water and metal parts both of which are going to be hot enough to burn during this process.)

Here is what you need to get started: Continue reading How to Make Vietnamese Coffee

Trying to Learn the Ben System for Memorizing Cards and Numbers

UPDATE: My new memory blog is at Mnemotechnics.org. —Josh

[This post was originally posted in the older JoshNotes.com blog on March 10, 2010.]

I’ve been studying memory techniques for about six or seven months. It began when I started reading a book called Mind Performance Hacks by Ron Hale-Evans. I dabbled with a couple of the techniques mentioned in the book, and was so amazed at how effective they were, I started to read everything I could about memory, including many books and CDs by Dominic O’Brien, Yates’ Art of Memory, Luria’s Mind of a Mnemonist, Buzan, Hancock, and anything I can get my hands on. Continue reading Trying to Learn the Ben System for Memorizing Cards and Numbers