Synesthesia + PAO Memory Technique

June 10, 2015 at 9:12 am (Thinking, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Some of the books I’ve been reading lately are about the use of advanced memory techniques such as the memory palace or the person-action-object method. It’s actually interesting that I’ve read so much on the subject that I keep reading references to the existing material; this means that I’ve found the “good” stuff.

I’ve been experimenting with the memory palace technique for a while, but I started trying out the PAO method. The interesting bit here is that I have synesthesia: a condition where my brain merges different things together essentially. In my case, when I look at or think about numbers or letters, I see colours as well. These colours are always associated with the same digits and it never changes. On an unusual side note, I also have the same effect with personalities (it’s hard to explain).

Anyway, I’m still in the preliminary stage, but I’m associating Marvel characters with numbers based on their costume colour palette. Essentially, each character has one or two colours that are fairly iconic for them. For example, Iron Man is red and yellow and Spiderman is blue and red. I’m hoping to use this as a starting point for using this system (definitely check out how it works on wikipedia).

For those interested, the colours I associate with numbers don’t change, but they’re kind of hard for me to describe or even pick out from a list. I’ve put together an image showing a loose approximation of the 0-9 numbers:



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Update on Activities: June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm (Computer Science, Programming, Rant, Thinking) (, , , , )

So I had somebody remind me that I haven’t posted anything in a while here. It hit me that it’s been months since I’ve posted an update on what I’ve been up to so I might as well write a few things down. I’ve actually been keeping myself very busy with a number of non-programming projects, so I’ll post a few things.

One of the main things that’s been taking up my time lately is that I’ve been trying to improve my brain. To do this, I’ve been using some software on and off to try and improve my working memory. It’s based on some research called the “dual n-back” test; essentially you’re testes on how many previous numbers you can remember as well as where the numbers were displayed on a 3×3 grid. I believe there has been mixed feedback in the reproducibility of this work as well as its transference to other areas of activity. This means that people aren’t 100% sure that doing well at this test will help you do other things.

In addition to this, I’ve been reading a ton of books from my local library. I believe a week or two ago I hit a point where I had 22 books signed out at one time on a wide variety of subjects. Part of my strategy of being able to read all of these books is that 3-4 of them are books on speed reading. I honestly still can’t believe how much faster it has made me while being able to consciously remember everything I’m reading. I’ve traditionally had attention problems while reading and have gotten used to the lines of text moving around on the page. These techniques have definitely helped me worth this problem.

My last update for today is that I’ve been taking a bigger interest in my career. This has been a theme of the past year as I’ve turned my “normal” job into half of the things I do at work. I’ve been taking on new responsibilities and being more proactive about what I do. For example, this past week I started writing a newsletter for my product’s team to keep them informed on big sales and customer use-cases. This is somewhat of a small thing, but as I keep my ear to the ground at my company for useful information, I saw a need that wasn’t being met by anybody else and opted to fill it.

On a final note, I’ve been keeping better track of all of the interesting things I’ve been doing voluntarily. So I hope to remember to post here more often on what I can (I’m sure there are some things I can’t share for confidentiality reasons).

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