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Application that helps your ailing memory
[Edited with details. See below]
Ever since we learned how to write our memory began
deteriorating. But it got much worse with the PDAs.
Nobody remembers anything anymore. Where did I put
keys. What was the idea I was going to write. Why am I
here. Where is my car. What's my friend's
In comes the Memory Aid.
Every time you write a list item, rather than storing it on
the web, it helps you memorize it in your BRAIN.
[Edited:]Here's a partial and short list of methods: Using
rhymes, using arithmetic, made up short stories, true
stories connected to the idea, connecting to a linked
associative memory list, using music and rap, and
Encouraging advertisements tell you how much better off
you'll be with a good memory. You'll remember to smile
your friends and listen to them, and remember to look at
the clock and turn off the computer (and mobile phone)
and to turn it back on when you need to get back to
Details: This interactive application may suggest a way
to remember the number or name, or may start a
"discussion" with a choice of say 3 types of memory
methods, and ask you to write in the answer, or press
the button DONE.
Example: When application is opened you have 3
choices: Action Reminders / Text Reminders / Number
If you chose Action reminders, you write down the
action. (There are some stored actions for rapid entry)
Following you get:
IN HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU
WANT TO REMIND YOURSELF TO FEED THE CAT? (choice
radio buttons for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 1/2 or 1
hour, or other) When you choose, it tells you what time
it is now, and asks you DO YOU HAVE A WATCH OR
CLOCK NEARBY? Then: HOW DO YOU INTEND TO REMIND
YOURSELF (red string on finger? typing with left hand
If you choose Text Reminders: You write down someones
name: Mike Wazowsky. The app says: Wha't up with my
key and how do we sky? With a button: [Other type of
suggestion V] with the choices: Rhyme / Association /
Your own / More...
Another example: If you write "Memory Aid idea" and
choose [More...] then [Limerick]: You get:
There once was a mam who drank kool-aid
While memorizing a request for foreign aid.
Oh my dear - she then said
What is it with my head
Perhaps I should be using a memory aid.
Note: This is for REMEMBERING and NOT for
MEMORIZING. You are encouraged NOT to memorize long
unimportant lists like shopping lists. But definitely to
memorize short important lists, like your subtasks in the
next hour(not more than 3), and main tasks for the day
(not more than 4).
Electrically Generated Ordnance Denial Sphere
Hilarious [8th of 7, Aug 18 2011]
||So, the invention is //Every time you write a list
item, rather than storing it on the web, it helps you
memorize it in your BRAIN.//
||I thought writing things down - helped memory...
||& I can kinda understand that - as you write you are cutting a pattern in your brain...
||So ... a list-making, reminder app where, instead of
just typing in what you want to remember, it forces
you to do something -- maybe type it repeatedly, or
type it backwards, or think up mental imagery, or it
quizes you on it or something -- that helps you
remember it yourself?
||Would be a variant of flashcard programs, but an
authentically original, and easily up to a halfbaked
standard of usefulness. [+]
||My cat has serious memory issues, sometimes I'd put
food right in front of her, and she would not finish it,
then later when she got hungry she would go to the
kitchen to complain, instead of picking up where the
food is. She tried writing it down or using a PDA but
it just aggravated the situation, can Memory Aid help
her memorize in her brain?
||I am annotating this idea simply to provide a buffer between <nickthird>'s post about his cat and the inevitable response from 8th.
||The Talmud teaches: "Rabbi Eleazar was asked by his
disciples: Why does a dog know its owner while a cat
does not? He answered them: If he who eats
something of that from which a mouse has eaten
loses his memory, how much more so the animal
which eats the mouse itself!"
||So *that's* why elephants are scared of them. It all makes sense now.
||Edited the idea with details for clarity, following
Max's. (Every time I see your name I think of "Max
||The example is a suggestion. If somebody has a
better memory trap, please tell.
||[Po], we used to live next to a Syrian Jewish
woman who had recently come to our country.
The Jewish community there is in constant fear
for their lives. (She told us hair raising stories
about her family and childhood). Most of the girls
in her town did not learn to read and write. She
had a phenomenal memory and once watched me
take apart and re-assemble a printer, and told me
where some of the smaller parts where taken
from, while casually discussing something else. She
took "ulpan" a program to teach woman to read
and write. She told me that the day she learned to
read her first sentence was the day she forgot her
memorized grocery list.
||The bible and Talmud and ancient Greek myths and
grim brother's stories were written and told (in
their original respective languages: Hebrew,
Aramaic, Greek and German) with a rhythm so they
can be memorized. And so, 'he huffed and he
puffed', 'be he alive or be he dead', 'once upon a
time there were three little', 'trip trap trip trap',
'in a dark dark house'.
||It has been thoroughly noted in studies of linguistics and
social interaction that languages accumulate idiomatic
sayings that fit into a number of common cadences, and
that's an interesting theory: we say certain things in
certain ways because they're easiest to remember.
||[pashute] its interesting you say she forgot when she learned how to read, not write - maybe due to the sheer amount of reading material that is naturally available in a city the brain allocated some of the short term memory to reading related tasks, like for letters and word size or other patterns, so other things fall out when it overflows.
||So, if I've understood the very confusing text of this idea, this is suggesting something like an app for a smartphone. You press a button saying "I want to remember something" and it pops up a message saying "Tie a string on your finger". That's pretty poor.
||Perhaps a course of ECT would help that cat?
||(I'm just filling in for VIIIth)
||Thanks, [nee], we've been busy laughing our lasers off at [rcarty]'s "Electrically Generated Ordnance Denial Sphere" idea <link>.
||// Perhaps a course of ECT would help that cat? //
||Results so far are admittedly unpromising, but that's no reason to curtail the trials. It may just be a statistical anomaly.
||<wafts away smoke, starts to attach electrodes to next cat>
|| Try shaving the head, next time.
||[hippo] maybe its clearer now? I edited the
||[po] what's DAZ? Deutsch Als Zweitsprache? (That's
what GeekAcronym gives...
||[neelandan] and [8th], you mind if I erase your
They are on that topic not mine?
||I want to seriously concentrate here on this idea.
Perhaps some of you can help out with a proposed
||SHARE: A great extension for this would be if
suggest to each other methods, limericks etc. by
to remember these things.
||how very bloody ironic - I can't remember. sorry!