This post is a brainstorm about how a 10,000-image mnemonic system might look. I’ve created a script that displays all of the assignments. (The link is below.) It’s based on my existing systems, so it wouldn’t be difficult to expand, except for the unimaginable time commitment of creating and maintaining 10,000+ images — something that I will likely never have time for. I built the script on request, and decided to post the explanation here in the blog. Read more
Brian recently posted a link in the forum to an interesting Muppet alphabet, and I wanted re-post it here in the blog. They could be used as alphabet pegs or as mnemonic images for the English alphabet. Read more
I finally picked up a copy of the book, Mind Hacks by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb. I was flipping through it at the bookstore and saw and interesting “hack” called “Change Context to Build Robust Memories” (#86). It caught my eye, because it might have some application to learning motor skills like martial arts. Read more
I’m not very happy with my current mnemonic system, so I’ve been experimenting with a couple of alternatives over the past few days. One of the ideas was to redo my Ben System images entirely from scratch using the ideas here and here, along with an idea that Nelson Dellis mentioned. Read more
I was walking around Vienna, and spotted this sign at a tram stop. First thought: 15 more mnemonic images. 🙂 Read more
Here is an update on some of my experiments:
Images per Locus
I’ve been experimenting with placing two images per locus instead of three. I’m finding that it’s easier and faster with two. Even if I make mistakes on where the pair goes in the memory journey, I usually get the pairs matched correctly.
In the Ben System, three images are placed per locus. Apparently, Wang Feng is using two. I think I’m going to use two until I improve, and then I will try adding a third. Read more
I went to a bookstore yesterday, looking up lists of animals, objects, and mythological characters that might fit in my mnemonic system.
For many people, one serious obstacle to learning the Ben System is finding images to fit all 2,704 possible combinations. Today I came up with a way to fill in my missing images.
In the Ben System, each pair of cards is combined into an image.
Here is an example pair of cards:
The first consonant is made by combining the two suits. Club-spades is an “n” sound.
Next, the first card value becomes a vowel (5 = “ai”), and the final card value becomes a consonant (Ace = “t”). My phonetic key is here [PDF].
So 5 of clubs and Ace of hearts is “NAIT” or “knight”. Not all combinations are that easy though. Read more
I’ve started putting my mnemonic images into OpenOffice presentation slides. I prefer this method to Mnemosyne, because I know all the images already, but just want to get stronger visual impressions.
I try to make all of my image photos face to the right, because I generally order the images from left to right or top to bottom in each locus. Example: Read more