Lance's Training Records

6 December, 2013 - 17:20
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

3) 360, 3/Locus, 50/50 (48BPM) Ok, this was the best yet. Got 331/360, BUT there were really only 5 images missing altogether...The other errors were 2 Switched-order errors and one where I put 326 instead of 784. Actually I put 784 first and then CHANGED it. It was BOUND to happen eventually - make these distinct, seriously!

9 December, 2013 - 22:54
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

Ok, now 326 is boarded up, while 784 is open as always, dripping and cold...

9 December, 2013 - 23:05
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

December 10, 2013


1) 360 3/loci 50/50:
Fail. Did well for 150 or so, then lost my place, and it was all over. Had a hard time bringing some things to mind quickly, even 034. So far, I've done best with the "leave it be" philosophy of encoding/review. I need more experience to know exactly the importance of linking and visualization in the first run-thru. If I vis everything without linking, is it inneficient because I can't reuse the SAME imagery when I go back and link?g

9 December, 2013 - 23:08
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago


360 used to be an insanity drill. Now, when I get 280 in order, I'll be attempting 400 each time...Made a lot of quick work with the digits. Cards are still soo much slower, and I'm less confident with them. It can only be because of recognition speed. That really needs to be a priority right now, as well as words and tea party. I only have THREE months to master the Tea Party.

9 December, 2013 - 23:35
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

2)338/360. Awesome. Score was 280 at the 9:00 recall mark. So now, all digit attempts will be for 400. Had 6 errors accounted for by two switched objects. When the second acts upon the first, how are you supposed to remember the order of the two? Need a system for high speeds? Maybe experience alone will account for this, or do I need to be more clear on every object's action?

Overall, this was an excellent run!! The digits that were forgotten were from a string of only a few loci, where things didn't get properly encoded the first time around...or the second. Still, it was a huge gap (probably about 80 digits) that were poorly encoded, or not at all, and I patched up that gap really well.

Cards: Why on earth are these so hard for you? Just got 37/39 because I couldn't remember what Minsh meant, because I don't review enough, so I missed that one and the one before it. It's so important to know your images otherwise linking just goes down the drain. What if in March I get dealt chains of weak links? It'd be a nightmare, so I need to make sure there are no more weak links, and that's it. Don't need to be better OR faster, just need to make sure there are no weak links...And I don't have enough time left to do much more than that if I'm going to take the other events seriously anyway.

Dec 13:
Cards: Reviewed about 1000 images and it took forever. Really have to do this once in a while or else it just gets slow, slow.
1)78 cards in 1:56: Missed 18....Yeah. Remembered some of the missed ones, but not quite in order on those last loci because an image or two were forgotten so those were counted wrong. Goodness Gracious. Really, I should be using an alarm here, not a metronome. Take a step back and rework this strategy. That should be easy to get, so obviously the strategy here is way, way off. It just isn't the same as 5 minute speed numbers in this short time frame.

Dec 14:
1) Insanity drill: 2 Decks/2 mins: (This is the only goal you have set for this Championship Year that you have not achieved, and this is actually the first attempt.)
~2:1, 66cards, review, 38 remaining cards = 170 cards = 85 BPM. Go with 42, take a few extra seconds.
Note: If you wanted to go 1:1. you could use 39 BPM.

Ok...Remembered about half. But notice that I didn't sleep last night, got three hours the night before, and did not sleep the night before that. My brain is really, really exhausted. I wouldn't have done really well anyway, but I was pretty surprised at some that I couldn't remember. They were encoded fairly well and just slipped. After all, that was like 1:35 just for the encoding and review of the first 66 cards. So...Not happenin' today, basically.

Also - This drill isn't representative of the strategy anyway. At this speed, this is more like a 50/50 review of 78 cards or so. So it doesn't tell me anything useful about optimal strategy.

Let's try something different...
My brain is mush, but just for kicks, do 26 BPM, 2 decks/2 mins straight thru. I can at least compare it to that horrible display from moments ago.

2) 2Decks/2Mins, straight thru, 26BPM: remembered 74 cards....forgot 30. But again, I'm just so exhausted - there were so many cases where I could remember one or 2 in a loci and just couldnt remember the other. You know that almost never happens. You're just brain-mush man right now.

You really should be studying... ;) but just a little more -
Try doing some speed drills. Since your memory sucks so much right now it may be easier.

22 cards free.
3)16s Forgot 2.
Too hard.... :)
18 Cards free.
4)10s - partial success....encoded Soobs as Subs. It's just cuz I haven't gone thru a total list review in forever. Still, I did remember them all with 28.88888888s deck time.

Note: To get a 20 second deck time, I need to do 18 in 6.92s

Dec 16:
You just haven't been training because the exam is taking all of your time - but memorizing all that info with loci is like training, and you'll get back into the swing of it later.
1)just tried a single 72 card run without a timer (none available). It was nice to be able to stop a moment when I couldn't remember an image. I probably spent about 90 seconds on it or so, and forgot 4 imgs along the way. Recon was super super fast tho. Just read thru starting with the card that's already on the back of the deck to save some time. 72 cards feels good. It's a stretch, but if done with a timer, I'll succeed with 100% pretty soon at a moderate-fast speed and get a baseline.

23 December, 2013 - 19:03
Joined: 4 years 5 months ago

The Insanity drill as you call it is where I have gotten most of my improvements and speed. It's amazing that the brain can even handle a lot of practice like that.

26 December, 2013 - 22:10
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

"A lot of practice"? What do you mean exactly -- practice that is way above your level, or a lot of practice as in number of minutes/hours spent practicing? Do you spend a lot of time practicing? One other thing that has taken my skills to the next level is increasing the number of events that I practice and trying to practice them more or less evenly. I can't say exactly why, maybe you specifically develop different little sub-skills in the different events that carry over and help with the other events, but all other factors equal, I improved at the same speed at numbers or cards even with 1/2 the practice because I was practicing other things, and got better at those things (N&F, random words, poetry) simultaneously. It takes a lot of self-control to work on the events that aren't as interesting, but as is usually the case, discipline and self-control pay off.

10 minute random words from USAMC website: time limit, ten minutes. Waited fifteen minutes before the following recall attempt. Spent the time doing one mental review in which I got them all (I think, unless synonym or plurality errors) which took 2 or 3 minutes I guess, and the next 15 minutes reading posts and responding. First fifty words took 2:00 to place. Next 50 took 2:19. Used 5/locus imagery method; complete emphasis on imagery and visual linking, with no use of sub-loci. Straight memorization the same as numbers/cards, picking a very concrete image even if imperfect ("young" was a baby). Words were super, super simple. 90% nouns, many of which are already in my object list! Is the real USAMC event this simple??

1.Fairy (Noav)
3.Jam (Jam)
5.Noodle (Foamf)
6.Lamp (Lamp)
10.Raft (Raft)
17.Tree (Figch)
18.Snail (Snayl)
21.Vase (Vase)
26.Arcade (Pib)
28.Igloo (Pib)
30.Dwarf (Leeg)
31.Meat (Roast)
33.Kite (Kait)
31.Alarm (Larm)
33.Pity (pit)
34.Cactus (cact)
36.Tongue (Tung)
38.Hammer (Hamr)
40.Bean (Laimb)
41.Jaguar (Kroat)
42.Wreath (Reeth)
43.Gallery (Bumd)
46.Duck (Duk)
47.Umbrella (Rayn)
48.Earth (World+Mulch)
49.Swell (Booct growing)
50.Key (Key)
51.Magic (Jish vanishing key)
55.Yard (Met + Nol)
56.Octopus (coof)
58.Beetle (Moop)
60.Reptile (Keel)
64.Tomato (Toa)
66.Castle (sul)
67.Poor (Vag)
68.Fiber (Rope + 661) That saved me from synonyms in mental review!
69.Wig (Toop)
70.Empire (Storm In formation)
71.Lump (At first just used a lump of hair. During passive review, added in Stump)
73.Tarantula (Foab)
74.Rail (Rayl) Uh oh, was this handrail or railing? I am pretty sure I knew during 1st mental review...
77.Wagon (Cairj) probably should have chosen Chaylk. Clearly not familiar enough with shadows.
78.Angel (Aynj)
79.Jacket (Jak)
82.Knock (Nok)
83.Patio (Aunt Patty on a patio)
85.Image (ulcer +image = spoken association method)
86.Venom (Ven)

WTF?! Where are the last ten?????? Oh, Misnumbered :) Whew.
100% in 10 minutes. Seriously, this was WAY too easy. On a good run, could definitely get 150 of these types of words in 15 minutes. Probably 100% on 130 under pressure TODAY.

Need to focus with hella intensity on Tea Party and Cards at this point, but still must do 15 minute words AT least twice a week, is that so much to ask...? How about 5 min words every other day and 15 min words on the rehearsal days? Ok, deal. Starting after the exam. And come on, at least 5 min N&F on the alternate 'non-word' days and 15 mins on rehearsal. Your training schedule has become a joke, really. It should be apparent that you are the best competitor all around, and right now, it isn't, because you're not. And every day, do Tea Party run or AT LEAST full review of Tea Party Images/single letter/single digit, and loci, and car model study.

And what of poetry? Imagine botching poetry and being left out of the finals. Jayzums, how bout that nightmare? Imagine fearing botching poetry and so deciding to shoot for 50 points. Non-options. You are freaking great at poetry sometimes. Find out why that's only true sometimes. Learn the poetic devices and how to recognize them on the fly.

But for real, some of these people have been doing tea party for 6 years. Assume Johnny has already taken a slot. So it's being either 1st or 2nd out of the remaining 4. Shouldn't be too hard, but bad-luck and poor time management could remove me from the gene pool at this time. Also, assuming a 15% drop in digit scores, I need to be a pretty confident 360 if I plan on setting a record.

Cards: 2Decks in 2:00, 26 BPM, straight thrru, no review.
Recalled 47. Well how about that !?
Without Metronome - took 2:06 and I made many more errors than that. MUST practice without metronome more often than with it. Must practice keeping the pace + lightning spreads.

2) 72 cards free.
2:03, forgot 1 image. Score:36 I knew it was a being (was Hump) but forgot who. He was the only card I didn't link with the previous loci. 'Deck+' runs need to be exercises in linking between loci above all.

Dec 29
You sir are badly out of practice. Need to do some full system reviews, images are fading!! You thought this would never happen and it's only taken a few short weeks. For shame
0:34 decks 45 BPM final glance:
1) remembered 16. Uhoh. Really all recog problems tho, practice like this is basically a waste of time until next full review. Still, I'll do a few free runs.
Freeruns: Mostly Safeish runs:
1)0:50, forgot 3 recon was super duper easy, but in spite of that, encoded meez as mes, uhh and mosh as jish, tho that was forgotten and reconned. But seriously what kinds of mistakes are those?? You are losing it sir, get on those full reviews at least shadowface review tonight, that's a start. Still if these are relatively safe runs then 0:50 w easy recon is really not that bad...but I guess this one doesn't count...decent job linking between loci tho.
2) Even safer. Keep the pace: shoulders relaxed, breathe...
Took 1:00 and forgot 4 right after I lost the pace. Do not do that! Recon super easy but encoded Hoomv as Hoomn!!! Unbelievable! Sure these types of errors will vanish after review tho...
3)If you must go slower, fine but keep the freakin pace!:
Kept the pace slightly better but really not good enough. But surely that's why I shaved off a few seconds even tho it felt slow. 0:55 with one forgotten. Obviously recall was simple.
4) Time is not a factor. Go at whatever speed is comfortable as long as you keep the pace: 0:54. Did a BETTER job keeping the pace but still assumed at a few parts that I would recognize an image before I did and lost some time that way. Forgot 4 recon supah easy, really the reason the images were forgotten was poor to nonexistent linking between loci. That wasn't the focus of the run but it should always be present, so one final run,
5) Keep the pace and ALWAYS link between loci. Again don't worry about time at all. I have to make these techniques automatic.
1:09. And didn't take my time visualizing last 2 objects and forgot them second time around. That error is too common. It will ruin a perfectly good run, so always take the time! Took forever to remember reelsh like 5+ seconds whoa, and once again encoding error, encoded Hun as hoon!!!! That does it- no more cards until two full reviews and an extra Face review. Incorrect encoding is the WORST error you can make because it may not be fixable in recon and will totally destroy verbal recall scores. These reviews are NOTHING - I'm going easy on myself with this homework.

Part I— 
Real Estate Principles and Practices
1. b. The state becomes owner of a deceased person's property in the absence of a will or natural heirs, through the power of escheat.
2. b. Points are paid on the amount borrowed, not the selling price. The buyers are borrowing 90% of the sale price, or $162,000. Each point is one percent of that 
figure, so three points are .03   $162,000 = $4,860.
3. c. An oil and gas lease is used for exploration and production of natural resources. A percentage lease is used by many commercial retail businesses. A ground 
lease is used for temporary use of land with the addition of removable improvements. In a variable lease, the terms are changed in reaction to a change in a common 
index or at a specific date.
4. d. Any party who fails to take care of their responsibilities in a timely manner is subject to being held in default of the contract.
5. c. A buffer zone is often used to soften the transition between residential and other uses.
6. a. Although consumers engage brokers to assist in their real estate activities, there is no requirement that the client heed the agent's advice or counsel.
7. c. The difference between value and debt is equity.
8. d. NOI ÷ cap rate = value: $5,500   12 ÷ .11 = $600,000.
9. b. As customers, the Martins are entitled merely to fair and honest treatment. Chris does not owe them confidentiality or obedience to instructions.
10. c. One of the purposes of RESPA is to limit rebates paid to providers of real estate services. Kickbacks are specifically prohibited. Referral fees to licensed 
brokers and processing fees for home warranties are specifically authorized.
11. d. An estate for years automatically terminates and requires no notice from either party.
12. d. The bundle of legal rights is included in the definition of real property, not of land.
13. a. The satisfaction piece is sometimes known as a mortgage discharge or release of mortgage.
14. a. The customer, while not entitled to fiduciary service, must nevertheless be treated with fairness and honesty.
15. a. A license is a privilege to use the land of another for a specific purpose. It may not be assigned, and ends upon expiration, revocation, or withdrawal.
16. d. The subdivision map, which shows lots, blocks, streets, and the like, is known as a plat. It is filed in a plat book, open to the public, and sometimes designated 
as a libber.
17. b. Typical zones permit residential, multi­family, or commercial buildings within a given zone.
18. d. $250,000   .80 ÷ 1,000 = $200   7.34 = $1,468 + $250 escrow = $1,718 monthly payment.
19. b. Jessie is entitled to honest treatment, so Sam should explain that he owes her no confidentiality and that he does owe a duty of notice to Sam.
20. a. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act provides that the buyer is entitled to a copy of the appraisal if the buyer paid for it.
21. c. A five percent vacancy rate is considered normal; anything lower means rents are too low.
22. b. If the Fed charges a higher rate of interest to its member banks, they must add their margin to that rate, thus increasing the cost to the borrower and slowing 
down business loans.
23. d. Under the police powers given by the state, local jurisdictions regulate and control the use of the land through enacting and enforcing zoning laws. These laws 
also address issues such as building heights and setbacks.
24. a. The buyer may take possession of the property, but legal title remains with the owner until the terms of the purchase are completed.
25. c. Only the trust represents the owner's own decision; the other transfers would be involuntary.
26. a. Buyer and seller can make whatever arrangements they are comfortable with as to rate, size, frequency of payment, and other details of the loan.
27. b. The new landlord is responsible for the return of the security deposits, which should have been credited to her when the sale was settled.
28. a. It is the note that creates the debt in an agreement between the borrower and lender.
29. c. To compare the two houses, the appraiser subtracts the value of the fireplace from the comparable house and adds the value of the garage that is found in the 
subject property. $128,500 – $5,000 + $8,000 = $131,500.
30. a. Restrictive covenants cannot be used for illegal purposes. If they are, the courts will not enforce them.
31. b. Tenants must receive lead paint information before a lease is signed, if the house was built before 1978.
32. d. Penalties for usury in some states prohibit the lender from collecting even the original loan amount.
33. c. The agent must be able to account for and produce anything of value entrusted to their care. This includes advances of marketing fees, earnest money deposits, 
and escrows.
34. a. A condominium is owned in fee simple just as a single house would be. By contrast, the owner of a cooperative apartment receives shares in a corporation that 
owns the whole building and pays property taxes on it.
35. d. Each point is one percent of the amount being borrowed and serves as extra interest income to the lender.
36. b. The objective of the appraiser is to estimate market value. All other responses are the result of agreement between the parties.
37. a. Contracts made under fraud are subject to being rescinded at the option of the innocent party.
38. b. The store will pay as additional rent a percentage of its receipts each month.
39. b. Taking title to property subject to an existing mortgage acknowledges the existence of the debt but does not incur personal liability.
40. d. While zoning tends to control the corporate use of land, the principle of supply and demand controls values.
41. c. Each front foot along the lake costs $250, so the total value is $75,000 ($250   300 feet).
42. c. $250,000 ÷ 100   6 = $15,000.1 point = 1/8%. 6 points = 3/4% increase in yield.
43. a. Under FIRREA, appraisers need to licensed by the state.
44. b. Commingling, prohibited by state license laws, refers to the mixing of other people's money (earnest deposits, for example) with the broker's own funds
45. b. The person who retains an agent is known as the client.
46. b. A year's interest on the present debt would be $7,358.96 ($86,576   .085). A month's interest is $613.25 ($7,358.96 ÷ 12). The principal portion of her 
payment is $239.31 ($852.56 – 613.25).
47. d. A variance, if granted, allows a use that will violate present zoning ordinances.
48. b. Contracts brought about by fraud or misrepresentation are voidable at the option of the injured party.
49. a. A property manager may not solicit or accept gratuities from suppliers of goods or services.
50. a. 850 feet   850 feet ÷ 9 = 80,278 square yards.
51. c. A point is one percent of the amount borrowed, not of the full sale price.
52. d. Choice a defines the appraisal principle of anticipation, choice b the principle of contribution, and choice c the principle of conformity.
53. a. The agent is only required to provide the other party all the pertinent facts about the condition of the property and to make honest statements about the 
54. b. Testers are individuals or organizations who pose as buyers and record and report the treatment they receive.
55. b. $295,000   .7 = $206,500 Loan. $206.5   7.34 = $1,515.71 PI. ($3,000 + $600) ÷ 12 = $300 IT. $1,515.71 + $300 = $1,815.71.
56. c. Under normal circumstances, land is not depreciated.
57. d. The sales contract should contain a provision allowing the buyer a walk­through within 24 hours before closing.
58. a. The agent's obligation to exercise due diligence comes from the fiduciary duty of care.
59. c. Only fees and expenses paid by or on behalf of the owner are included in the calculations.
60. d. Maintenance, depreciation, and repair can only be deducted in commercial real estate.
61. a. The law does not require elevators or power lifts in residential real estate.
62. c. The one­time exclusion of $125,000 at age 55 was changed to the ability to sell a principal residence every two years and exclude up to $250,000 per person 
from tax.
63. c. The only allowable deduction on the tax return for the homeowner is for taxes and mortgage interest actually paid.
64. c. A blanket loan covers more than one property. Sold lots are released by payment of a portion of the principal.
65. b. A trust deed scenario involves three persons: the borrower, the lender, and a trustee who holds title for the benefit of the lender. The trustee also will reconvey 
ownership after the borrower has satisfied the debt.
66. c. The seller provides proof that the taxes have been paid, a proper deed, and any required inspections. A deed of trust or mortgage would only be required if the 
seller was providing the loan.
67. d. Recent sales prices are a part of the data the appraiser will collect later.
68. d. The word severalty comes from "sever," and implies that all other persons are severed, or cut off, from any share of ownership.
69. d. The agent still must disclose pertinent facts to the third party, just as before the contract was ratified.
70. b. $185,500   .085 ÷ 12 = $1,313.95 interest for month; $1,426.50 – $1,313.95 = $112.55.
Part II— 
Texas Laws, Rules, and Regulations
71. d. The legislature has given TREC the power to enact and enforce rules governing the professional acts of real estate licensees.
72. c. Fiduciary duties of obedience, loyalty, disclosure, confidentiality, accounting, reasonable care, and personal performance are owed to the licensee's client. All 
other parties must be treated with honesty, fairness, and disclosure.
73. a. Only a judge can compel mediation. A party may request a judge to refer to mediation but only the judge can compel. Neither TREC nor a broker has the 
authority to insist that parties go to mediation.
74. b. All proposed rules must be posted for public comment prior to adoption. The legislature has the power to strike down any rule or regulation proposed by 
agencies created and authorized by the legislature.
75. a. The license must be returned immediately, and the salesperson is on inactive status until duly sponsored by another broker.
76. c. TREC has not published a contract for deed. There are 2 forms for 1–4 family resale, 2 forms for condominium resale, 2 forms for new construction, 1 form for 
farm and ranch, 1 form for unimproved residential lot, 14 addenda, 2 resale certificates, 1 consumer information form, and several forms published for voluntary use.
77. d. 200 acres are protected.
78. b. A commission may be pursued even though the transaction did not close. In addition to meeting the requirements of Section 20 of TRELA, a broker must be 
able to convince the court that he produced a ready, willing, and able buyer.
79. c. All contractual agreements to provide service for which a real estate license is required must have a termination date and time not subject to prior notice, with 
the exception of a contract to furnish management services.
80. c. The legislature has designated TREC as the court of first hearing for matters addressed by TRELA. To fulfill its function, TREC has been granted subpoena 
81. b. All salespersons are licensed under a sponsoring broker. When the broker's license ceases to be active and valid, the salespersons licensed under the broker 
are automatically placed on inactive status.
82. d. An application expires six months from the date it is issued. Any new requirements that have gone into effect during that time must be met in order to file a new 
83. d. All forms of advertisement offering real property for lease or sale by a licensee must reveal that the property is being offered through a broker. The name of the 
company, the broker, or the word agent must be as large as the largest telephone number.
84. c. Unlicensed activity is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a minimum fine of $100 and a maximum fine of $500 plus up to one year in the county jail for each 
85. b. The broker's duty is to advise the buyer in writing to have the abstract examined by an attorney of his or her choice or to obtain an owner's title policy.
86. d. The intermediary must take care to make certain that neither salesperson conveys the confidential, personal information of the other party without first obtaining 
their express, written consent
87. a. Licensees have the duty to present every offer to the client as well as to give the client the benefit of their expertise.
88. c. Before a disciplinary action can be taken against a licensee, TREC must hold a hearing and allow for due process.
89. c. A licensee can face probation, suspension, or revocation of license or an administrative penalty for any violation of TRELA or a TREC rule.
90. c. Buyers must be given an opportunity to decide whether they want representation or not. If they choose to decline the opportunity to become represented clients 
and are being shown property by a licensee in a firm other than the listing firm, they become customers, and the licensee is a subagent representing the best interests of 
the seller.

Jan 1:



860 - Big Bertha!!

K♦Q♥ - Hern - Musician from dr. seuss (find photo)

K♠8♥ - Hyooj - this should obviously be Bonkers jumping up with that boxing glove coming out of the mallet!

2♥ J♦ - Tayn - Single Stocking
3♥ A♦ - Tah - Oversized Green apple with the hungry caterpillar sticking out of it
6♥ 5♦ - Daik - The little blue sudsy scrubber in the sink
7♥ 3♦ - Taco Man - Took was like my worst image. This from South Park.
7♥ 7♦ - Toax - Double spires with Green fumes
9♥ A♦ - Taps - One Bugler and One Shotgunner
Q♥ 3♦ - Reed - Blue men Banging on pvc pipe

116 - As 6c - Odsh - Casts poison spores

10♥ 5♠ - Chaiz - Pulled in by 2 motorcycles connected by yolk
A♥ A♠ - Jad - The bookends hold books between them
A♥ 4♠ - Shood - The blinds are blown by wind
A♥ 5♠ - Shoot - The chute pushes a tuber
2♥ 8♠ - Chaynf - Leaks/Holds in stuffing and staggers/limps
3♥ 6♠ - Drips strawberry jam
3♥ 7♠ - Jaik - High pitch ROFL
4♥ 7♠ - Shork - (Shark fin sticking up thru floor)
5♥ 3♠ - Jeelm - Tin held by heavy black woman with apron and mitts.
5♥ 6♠ - Jeelsh - I lift and throw
6♥ 6♠ - Deev - Ashes cigarette
6♥ 8♠ - Juf - they rain down from horizontal rainbow
6♥ 9♠ - Jeh - UFO plant
6♥ J♠ - Chorch - Kneelers behind them
7♥ 6♠ - Joak - Sneezes
7♥ 7♠ - Coak - Spits out cans
8♥ K♠ - Chayf - Crops lay down into a circle
9♥ 10♠ - Jep - One buzzes in
9♥ 4♠ - Choap - springs STRAIGHT up unlike Jelsh
9♥ 5♠ - Jub - Plants sproud from garden rows
9♥ 7♠ - Choop - Collapses and cards blow around
J♥ A♠ - Faisht - Red tenctacles and water spill over sides
J♥ 4♠ - Faishr - Kid beeps horn
J♥ 7♠ - Faishk - Thrashes
Q♥ 4♠ - Roaj - Kicks over the blue barrel of yellow dip
Q♥ J♠ - Rayj - Oscillates
K♥ 10♠ - Hoosh - Shirtless and in towel
K♥ 4♠ - Haich - "OOOOOOO"
K♥ 6♠ - Hayj - is smoking
K♥ 9♠ - Haysh - make contact and smoke
K♥ Q♠ - Horch - Unwraps

7♦ 10♠ - Paig - "That's all folks"

10♥ 8♥ - Saif - Weird Al chased/flattened by boulder
2♥ 10♥ - Saynt - Takes off or lands; glowing nose visible
4♥ 3♥ - Sorm - Brent Mckinney, extra long hair, goatee visible, ejects tongue and eats fly.
7♥ K♥ - Sayk - The green wind-up jumper from Mario 3.
8♥ 2♥ - Seev - "seven stars" = The big dipper
8♥ 6♥ - Sayv - Combs hair
9♥ J♥ - Spih - focuses sun
J♥ 5♥ - Foas - Megalodon tooth necklace
J♥ K♥ - Vis - just license plate
Q♥ 5♥ - Ars - Hanging tree air freshener
K♥ Q♥ - Hurs - Ghostbuster's car

Jc Qc - Fork - plasticware bundle wrapped in plastic with napkin.
Kc 2c - Hoag - clothesline; sprung off the wires
Hc4c - Hak - Building windows "snake" down

10♦ 6♦ - Gaych - Living person rolled quickly into the furnace, thick black smoke spewing through the front vents, accompanied by sadness, disgust, fear and anger.
2♦ 7♦ - Conk - the kind with BIG spikes
2♦ J♦ - Caynp - Casts TP
2♦ Q♦ - Goonr - drops from sky
3♦ 2♦ - Gi - ties belt around waste. Black Gi
3♦ 3♦ - Coom - Ochu from FFX
3♦ 5♦ - Keel - changing color
3♦ 6♦ - Gooj - Making the little ripples like on the edges of a cake
5♦ 6♦ - Coolch - Phil and Lem looking thru microscopes side by side at a counter
5♦ 8♦ - Coalf - Fro grows
7♦ 6♦ - Doughboy rolling cookie dough
7♦ 7♦ - Kay - just one is easier to visualize, holding reigns with one hand and burning cross with the other.
8♦ 8♦ - Kaif - pulling down skirt in front to cover hanging dong
9♦ 6♦ - Kaij - Peeing into the air.
J♦ 5♦ - Fock - Explodes
J♦ Q♦ - Frog - "Hello, my honey..."
K♦ A♦ - Hoact - jumps in and out of his own lasso
K♦ 2♦ - Hog - Bodyslam from the post
K♦ 3♦ - Huux - Revellie rolls over
K♦ 4♦ - Hayk - Girl before wall of blue-screen TV's
K♦ Q♦ - Horc - Conjures twisting "water flare"

512 - A♣ 2♥ - Oald - Now it is the White House being destroyed by ID4 beam. It's just way too similar to 535.
2♣ 9♥ - Laince - Defensive and offensive line grappling
6♣ 6♥ - Now chalkboard with skull-shirt beanie Simpson's kid writing something a hundred times


2♥ 9♣ - Lince - Single football player charging to tackle
4♥ 9♣ - Loobs - Now Kakuna using Harden (Dotted line square and sheen) too close to 2562
5♥ 2♣ - Laind - is pantless and bow-legged (heart boxers)
6♥ 6♣ - Loosh - Now dry erase board with an eraser erasing itself
6♥ 8♣ - Los - Now the "Icy frost-blowing chesspiece" from Ocarina of Time
7♥ 2♣ - Loog - Now Dr. Robotnik Sonic 1 Level 1
7♥ 4♣ - Loak - Now the "free animal capsule" from Sonic
8♥ 7♣ - Layg - Box breaks and they spill out and become a hazard
9♥ 6♣ - Laipsh - Now girl with HUGE eyes and eyelashes using the mascara
9♥ 9♣ - Laip - Oversized tube that she squirts
J♥ 3♣ - Veelm - windows down, billows smoke
J♥ 7♣ - Flayg - Comnplete with mario
Q♥ 5♣ - Rahlp - Green face and cucumber eyes
Q♥ 6♣ - Reelsh - Now the 'pickle girl from Scare tactics dressed as a pickle throwing from basket of pickles.

QsQs = Welm = Oprah Tripping

9♦ 10♣ = Mayp = Dad's spinning globe

6♦ 5♠ = Boal = Empty concrete pool with BMXers
8♦ 10♠ = Bes = Dies and head is chewed off by rats.
8♦ 2♠ = Bah = In a crowd, "moo"
8♦ 9♠ = Bep = Breaks free of Chris Tucker's hand
8♦ J♠ = Peep = Larger; busts out of plastic box
8♦ K♠ = Poof = Brain active, but tongue drooling
9♦ 9♠ = Removes hat and reaches into it
9♦ Q♠ = Baybr = Babe Ruth
J♦ 2♠ = Vapn = Jolteon Tackles
J♦ 5♠ = Fabl = HouseOfSkulltula
J♦ 6♠ = Foabch = Arachne's Swing-weavers.
J♦ 7♠ = Voolp = Ponyta stomps and produces fire trail

Reviewed my RED/RED's today Ben style (down the list) and OMG the couple of hours I spent on these were some of the best hours I have ever spent on practice. Even better than I expected. Running thru a red/red deck they are popping to mind better than my BLACK/BLACKS ever did when I used to deck them together early on. Think what I'll do is 3S/5S/6S/9S tomorrow and back and forth for a few days and then I'll be really fast and will be able to efficiently drill 3/5/6/9/0S/1S/2S/7S on one day and alternate with 3S/5S/6S/9S/0/1/2/7 for the next day. Then starting perhaps February, I'll do a full review every day. By March, I'll probably be able to get that sub-0:30 PB.

Could also benefit from alphabetizing in Excel. Lateral review = Grid knowledge.

Tried a 5-minute words today. Shot for 80 and got 69. Couple plurality errors but mostly forgotten words. Felt like I had no time so put the images in there super fast. Seems like an improvement. What's with all this improvement in the areas I don't practice enough? Still have to start doing tea party a bunch. Perhaps I should place the states and cars in loci, 1/loci, and run thru them lightning just like this?

In a couple tries, got 50 digits in just a hair over 19s a few mins ago. Could tell sometimes that I was hesitant to visualize an object not because I couldn't recognize its code, but because I had never fleshed out the details of its appearance - like 963 for instance. Others I didn't recognize as quickly as I would like. Really, I should do the same Ben-style review with digits, too. I could gain a whole lot of speed this way.

15 Minute N&F:

I found out how to produce a whole bunch of names and faces, so attempted a score of 170 (PB:104-108). That counts as an insanity run, which is a good thing because I need a lot of improvement in this event and a fresh approach might get me there. Maybe an insanity run every other day will do the trick. Well, my score was 83. I only attempted to fill in 111 names, but I DID attempt to memorize EVERY name equally well. I did RECOGNIZE all or almost all of the faces the second time around, which is a start. But that score kind of sucks. I guess If there were 200+ names and I went for the low hanging fruit ONLY attempting a score of 120 or so, I could probably break 100 pretty easily. My goal for this year was only 104, but I really want to outscore that now or at least ensure it. And I need a ton of work on poetry to get to 184. Probably I should just give that up for this year.

2 January, 2014 - 14:54
Joined: 4 years 3 months ago

Wow your training is really impressive- way beyond my level, but I have two questions for you.
1. Would you mind sharing how you "found out how to produce a whole bunch of names and faces"?
2. I noticed that a lot of your card image sounds are quite unrelated to the image (at least to me; they might have some special meaning to you). Is this because they are the "shadow" images that sound like something they are similar to, or am I just missing something?

3 January, 2014 - 23:14
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

Yes, I do practice a lot because I really want to be the best. First in the country, and then...we'll see. The practice listed above is nothing like the hours I usually put in because this past month I've been studying for my real estate exam which I am about to take next week. Keep in mind that Johannes Mallow never (to my knowledge) practiced more than 30 minutes a day (except when training for longer endurance events of course). And he's a god among men. So it is only necessary to practice consistently and really challenge yourself in order to be great. But you need patience to do that and patience is one skill that I never trained myself :).

1) I have a subscription to, for which I must pay. If you need N&F and it's worth $10 bucks a month (if you sign up for 6 months, could be more or less expensive depending on your subscription), or if you need to practice WMC events like abstract images, then it may be worth your money. Otherwise be sure to check out Josh's material on this website under the training tab if you haven't done this. If the past is a good indicator of future behavior, it would look like he'll design and put up even more material at some point in the future. We'll see.

Here's what I did on memocamp though if you ever subscribe. I generated more faces with this little button beneath the 15 minute national N&F tab. Within each categoy, there are a few different modes, usually different times for memorization, like hour numbers versus 5 minute numbers. You have to perform well, but not perfectly on each skill level before moving on. So if it gives you 100 N&F, you'll have to get maybe 80 or 90 right before it will give you more N&F in the 15 minute period, which kind of sucks if you're a fan of the insanity drill. However, if you are on a certain level in one subcategory (I am a high level in international N&F because you don't have to score nearly as high to move on - a score of like 80 international N&F is like a score of 200 national names or something). But there's this button beneath the 15 minute national N&F (and every other sub-event) that will match you with your highest level of that category of events, so even though I'm like a level 8 on 15 min national N&F, it'll pretend I'm on level 13 just like I am with international 5 min N&F. TMI? Maybe it'll come in handy later.

2) In SS, I change the vowel sound in the shadow images to the long or short opposite version, as well as "ill" to "ell" and vice versa, and "er" to "or" and vice versa, so after I have trained the original images and their abbreviations, it quickly becomes natural when seeing the shadow versions to alter the way I pronounce the word in that way and think of the image related to the original image that I have come up with. Thus, the name of the shadow images doesn't have to sound anything like what it represents. Slowly, with repetition, the name does begin to remind me of what the word means, just like practicing 1352 vocabulary words of a foreign language. Like I said, that isn't even NECESSARY, and using the shadow images took only as long as it did to make them, which was not long at all because of the process by which they are named. However, when the shadow names start to really 'click' with the images, they get even faster to visualize because more neural connections are in play reminding you of the images, and because the cognitive step of associating the image with the original disappears completely. Just like when you are learning a foreign language, when you want to translate an English word, you think of the word in English and then quickly translate it. If you knew all the vocabulary, you could communicate with a foreigner, but in time the step disappears and you become 'fluent.' So from the beginning, I am fluent with half of the images and the shadows take a moment longer to visualize, so it slows down approximately 50% of each deck you memorize at first. This is the negative point of the trade-off for the easier and less restrictive method of naming images than the Ben System. The positive is of course the reduced stress of naming objects which would be more than hellish with the Ben System because it is already hellish even with SS, and being able to practice memorizing decks sooner, which is a big plus.

I broke 35 seconds just a couple weeks after I finished naming my objects! But 'good' images that I was able to see quickly came up that time, and I just happened to have the metronome ultra-high at that time. It happens every once in a while when you memorize a bunch of decks, naturally.

Kc2c = Hoag = "Hogan" (Hulk Hogan) springing off the wires and clotheslining someone (the term for holding the arm out straight, horizontally, and sprinting into someone, catching their neck and knocking them down)

K♦ 2♦ = Hog = "The Rock' with his huge 'championship belt' jumping off the corner post and landing on and smashing whatever the next object in the deck is.

After knowing "Hoag," "Hog" just arrives on the tip of my tongue naturally because "oh" always becomes "ah" and the image comes to mind quickly because it is so closely related to the original.

There are your way-too-complete answers that you had to read through. Maybe you'll think twice next time you decide to ask me a question? (Not that I mind at all :D)

/End of Response


Jan 1st - Did not sleep this night.

Jan 2nd - Beat Nelson's 50 Digit record of 0:19.5 with 0:18.5. Wessel Logged on and reminded me to begin with this journal. Thank God! Said he made his own palace for his. "Might as well do it right!" If I do that, I'll have a new palace of 100 two weeks before the championship. He's been doing it for 6 months with great success. Said it was easy. Slept this night.

Jan 3rd - Nelson logged on and beat my 50 digit record with 0:18.5. Did not sleep this night. Received 510/EGO adapter for Chi You. Marta bought mop and cleaned apt. for many hours this night for her party tomorrow night. 3LEHI8YA 4 XTEATST. I logged on and beat Nelson's record with 0:17.5.

Jan 4th: Did the party, it was good! Told Marta I didn't have a gift for her because I used my good ideas for Christmas. So stocked her party for $60. Later she told me a girl is so easy to buy her, earrings, whatever, and that guys are harder. She said it took her months to think of the sea horse wallet. I told her that I didn't want to get her "girl gifts," I wanted to get her something that would make her say "You know me!" She said, "You know me!" Told me it was the sweetest thing I've said or done since Noodle. Wow, I should be more thoughtful! Carolyn, Caroline, Jerry, and Chris came to the party. We played Bananagrams which I bought in Spanish accidentally because we were pressed for time at Target. Still have to dig through the trash to get the receipt back. Then, we played Taboo, and Chris and I completely rocked that game. I had like 5 Coors Lights as well. Went to sleep at about 8:00 a.m. or so. Nelson beat my 50 Digit record With 0:17.1. I logged on and beat his record with 0:16.8
Jan 5th - Slept all day til about 10:00 p.m. and watched Oddities San Francisco for the first time. Nelson logged on and beat my record with 0:16.3

Jan 6th - Saw at 2:00 a.m.that Nelson beat my record. List reviewed (visualized) all the digit images in 29:58 - Seems slow, but the images were clear so it wasn't all that bad. Plus drank last night and you know how that goes. Kyle brought Colt Keeney home who recognized me from Joe on the Go where I memorized a deck for him like 6 weeks ago, and scored like 1:36 under the pressure. And I think I accidentally encoded Res as Roz. Yikes. I should practice more under pressure...Marta asked if I had planned to make her breakfast or dinner tomorrow. Honestly, I hadn't. I didn't know what if anything I was going to do or get for her and have given it almost no thought. Just terrible. Terrible. I hadn't even done anything but the cognitive neglect and insensitivity already hurt her feelings. Did not sleep this night.

Jan 7th - Marta's Birthday! Knew I would have to sleep in order to wake up by 5:00 and have some energy since I hadn't slept in two nights. Couldn't sleep so I drank six beers at like 7:00-10:00 and went to sleep. Haven't been studying for the exam at all since new year, really... Still waiting for my ID number, but that's a blessing in disguise and I should use this time to study. Didn't make doctor's appointment yet, why can't I pay attention to life? Marta woke me up later in a beautiful blue dress and purple tights. Woke me up telling me what it was she wanted, which I was able to give to her later. We just went to Mamacita's. I ordered the Mole Enchiladas and liked them. She ordered Verde enchiladas. David was there and we talked to him a bit, I mentioned it was her birthday and he got the waiters to sing and put a sombrero on her head. She hated it of course, but I always find it funny :) Met David's girlfriend he met at Bikini's just before we left. She's 20 and she lived an hour a way so he let her live with him. We sat in the smoking section and vaped on spinners and evod. We could tell David wanted us to invite him over later, and we told him we might, but we rarely do, so I think he figured we wouldn't, and we didn't. Did not sleep this night.


1) Double deck in 1:29 - Remembered 54 cards. Well, that sucked. Now you know! It can only get better from here :D. Probably best to start double decks with SoD free. Prove to myself that I can actually memorize 2 decks without reviewing. Maybe refuse to speed up AT ALL until I memorize double deck without review 5 times straight.

Did some more list reviews today. Pretty much just going over the ones from yesterday and s9 one time. Also reviewed my 1000 images and it took 40:00!!! How in god's name can you memorize over 300 digits in 5:00 with review and only recognize 3000 in 40:00?! I can recognize them 75% quicker while attempting to memorize? WTF is that??? Maybe all of my energy for review needs to be dedicated to speed, speed, speed. But it DID feel good to go through the s0 slowly and visualize EVERY one of the 169 objects better than I ever have in the past. So maybe just do that ONE time each for the 8 shadow groups and spend the rest of the time reviewing for super speed. In fact, I should be reviewing with a metronome to go way faster. Then I'll easily identify any images or images groups that give me trouble and can spend some time visualizing only those. Altogether that would save a ton of time.

Digit review run at 100 BPM = 1000 images in 10 minutes. Stick with it and see how well you can do.

There are no words. Wait - abysmal is a word. After a few hundred slowed down to 90 BPM cuz seemed pointless. Only a few groups of ten were actually recognized that fast, several in the 500s strangely. So this is a drill for visualization speed, but that was NOT good for review. I only saw like half of them and so the ones that actually need review didn't get reviewed. But I see that the speed at which I can recognize and the speed at which I can visualize are very different. That's good info. Actually tho even 100bpm was doable on s0 s1 and s2 with far fewer errors, so I should probably go thru them at 60 or so which should take what...18 minutes? Then speed it up to 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90? That should take about hour and a half or a tad more probably which is perfect. Actually, in the same amount of time I could do all seven runs for just 100 digits at a time. That'd probably drill them in better and make the final high-speed review more useful. After those 90 minutes, take a break and try 400 digits in speed numbers and see if you've improved a little bit.

Ah, and on next N&F, try for the low hanging fruit with 170 N&F. That's more realistic practice.

Nelson topped the 19 second 50 digit sprint I set yesterday with a score of 18.4 it took him 6 trials. I tried very badly to top him in under six trials and got it on the fifth try with 17.57, w00t! Hopefully he notices that later in the day and tops me again, so I can try to return the volley in equal or less tries again! Took me more than 5 tries to set the 19 second one yesterday. So the digit list reviews could be responsible for the 1.5 second increase in a day. It has been a long, long while. Gotta make sure to do a faces review today as well as s3 and s5 since I already covered the other images with the digit review. My god it has been forever. And of course words and faces...Those now have to be daily things, fml.

1) 72 cards, free. 1:21. Success, sort of. I almost forgot a couple, and took a minute to remember them...then when I checked back through the cards, I had forgotten THE LAST TWO images. But I did remember them at first, after I put down the deck. How many times is this going to happen? Either stop doing the 'peek at the last few cards' thing or take some time to see that last loci very clearly before reviewing the rest. I will say that the recognition and visualization was very smooth. Those reviews seemed to help, I need to dedicate a lot more time to those. I didn't get held up at all, and did a pretty decent job of linking between loci also. The links could have been a little better though honestly. If I let it run to 1:30, I probably could have gotten those links super solid. And that needs to be practiced more than speed at this point. When I get good at linking, it will naturally be fast, and then the time will sink back down and I'll be where I am now but with greater certainty. Didn't sleep last night tho and it's almost 11:00 am...super tired, don't want to do another run right now...

2) 72 cards free. Went for relative certainty..but to no avail. Stopped at 1:43.9 and forgot 3 of the early images in loci 3,4 and 5. TWO were characters (dif & tig). The other was Laynd. Coincidence that these have not been reviewed really recently? Linking between loci was pretty weak. How, how, how do I get better at this??? Going fast has always been the key, but do I need to learn to go slowly now? I need to do SOMETHING differently. What is it that needs to be worked on? Maybe I need to take a step back and memorize 42 cards instead or something, and just get used to 100% success, and step it up little by little?

Speed numbers: 400 digit attempts.

3 attempts, all suck. The first two I just got lost at some point, skipped a digit and noticed it at the end of the line. Didn't remember much any of the 3 times. Just pure suck. Maybe bring it down to 360 again? I did pass that level really, really fast. Or maybe I should be attempting 500 instead?

Cards: 52 cards, free, safe runs
1)0:59, perfect recall, but encoded mic as leek. For god's sake. Really. What is this? How is that avoidable?? Maybe need a bunch more full reviews.

2)Record run. Allow a couple errors if can be reconstructed: 0:44s. Forgot 10 cards which I was able to reconstruct in 0:50.
3) Sub-40 run: 0:37.5. Forgot 14 cards. Reconstructed them in 1:04, but not 100% on the order of the objects in one of the loci.
4) Sub-35 run: 0:33.5. Forgot 20. Well, that's not very good :D. But hey, 33.5s is fast! I reconstructed them all though a little uncertain about the order of one of the loci in 2:15. That's actually not necessarily too slow because I only would have had to place 32 cards in the first 2:45.
5)Sub-30 run: (Is this insanity yet???). 29.8. Forgot 20 cards and wouldn't be able to place them all. Yes, it was too fast, but I didn't actually feel out of control. I just didn't know how to link the objects in a way that made any sense at that speed. And some of the images couldn't be formed quickly enough which was largely a recognition problem. More list reviews should smooth all of this over. Already, this sub-30 felt much more manageable than it ever has before.

6) Record run, free: 0:53.5. Forgot 6 cards. Easy to put back. Really poorly mem'd tho. Had to go fast a lot of the time because got held up on a couple occasions.
7) Record run: UGGHHHH. 0:53. Forgot the last FOUR images (and one image early on). I had them after I shut the deck, but I just didn't visualize them clearly enough. Too quickly went back to review the rest. Ok, gonna try just one more thing.

8)As fast as possible while trying very hard to be consistent with speed and not forgetting ALL of the cards. Go for world record speed here: 0:21. Forgot (you guessed it) ALMOST all of them. But for the most part I didn't feel lost. The card combos still looked incredibly familiar. I just couldn't see them fast enough.

9) Same speed, but with metronome: (75 BPM=20.8 seconds). Forgot seriously like all of them (remember a few imgs but not exact place, and remember a few from the end.) But I was able to SAY or think of the word for pretty much every image. I just couldn't link them anywhere near as fast as I would need to. But if that really is a main problem, we'll try this ONE more time, but with 2/Locus.

10) 75 BPM. Actually was a whole lot easier. It did make a difference. Still don't know what to say about the performance, but that is certainly interesting.

Jan 6: List reviewed (visualized) all the digit images in 29:58 - Seems slow, but the images were clear so it wasn't all that bad. Plus drank last night and you know how that goes. Didn't sleep last night.

Feeling quite tired today. Tried to get 50 digits under 16 seconds like a dozen times to no avail. I did get close a few times though, and seemed to do better with 2/loci at ultra-high (12-13 second) speeds.

Tried to do a full review and no joke, it's taking just such a looooooooooooooong time today. Reviewed only 5/6 of them, got tired and am taking a break. Doing so, so fast on recog when I try to think of the suit combos as the actual first number. It makes visualization a little harder but since this can be practiced relatively quickly, it's probably a really good idea to do it a lot. It'll really speed up over 1/3 of the list.

Protip: When I get much faster at review and the review itself becomes less important, maybe it would be good to do more visualization of the objects at very high speed and practice leaving unvisualized images behind.

Do 400 digits without a metronome today. Last time I only placed like 320 in 3:00 while attemping to do 400 in 2:30. So I'm moving at about 70% speed without a metronome. Don't be afraid to fail at this, just use it to practice leaving behind unvisualized images.

Random Words, 5 min:
1) attempt: 80. Scored 70. That's one word better than last time, excellent! One plurality error, and put ethane instead of ethanol. Almost all of the forgotten words were ones that I didn't make an image for the first time around. I have to make an image for it the first time around, always. I need something concrete to review. Put em in the loci in 2:40, reviewed quickly in about 1:40, and then through once again for the most part. But just one review would probably be even better if I always had something concrete to review. And I really could have done that well if I had taken 20-30 extra seconds initially. Have to keep moving super fast, but also have to be able to put SOMETHING down. Did a good job of phrasing as well as making the images. That makes it really easy to recall if it can be pulled off.

I am just so tired right now, 9:30 a.m. Tired, tired, tired, but....

Doubledeck, Free:

The day before yesterday, I tried this and did 2:43 with just 1 error. Pretty good, but since this DD free is new to me, I'll probably make a lot of improvement within a month or so. Sure hope so. Don't expect too good of scores today, not with how tired you are. Ohhhh, I forgot but I had a couple of beers the night before last, and the night before that, too. So I'm just like 36 hours past the most recent ones, and that's what's going on.

p.s., Don't forget that your subscription to memocamp expires in like 3 months, and so far you have paid $30 almost exclusively for N&F, which you've done like 15 times. So scrounge up some discipline.

Queso, back to the DD Free:
1) Stopped at 2:36. Also wasted about 6 seconds near the end making sure Faiv wasn't fiv, which it wasn't. Actually pretty decent considering just how tired I am. 6 errors, true, but I remember that Nipr came out of an object vertically, which I wouldnt expect (vap, 15th locus - should have thought of the vapor) and that arm had something sticking out of it and then moved in a way that a person usually does (Tef, Jood, first locus - should have had tef sticking out of the helmet like Boba Fett, instead of connect to an indistinct point), and really couldn't remember anything about the second locus, but should have taken just a few more seconds to have Multiple Lair carrying Jood, and imagining Heedsh on the tile. That'd make it all easier.

2) Couple hours later, even more tired than before. Took it more slowly, and hit the clock at 2:59. Didn't do any better, in fact, forgot 9 images. Going more slowly never has been a very big help. So it's probably better not to worry about the speed but just to worry about making awesome links instead, and when the links are made, move on. But no sooner, either. So tired that I probably just went at like the same speed, but several times I read an image and completely forgot what image came before it, so I had to backtrack again and again, and that probably accounted for 30 seconds. If I weren't doing that but were linking well I could easily make a memorable story in under 3:00. And think about it - remembering 52 objects in a row quickly is pretty impressive, so keep cool if 100% success is really hard.

3) Gonna do one more before naptime. Gonna go a bit faster this time. Closer to 2:00 or so. Might be a stupid drill because the feedback isn't immediate, but let's just see how it feels.

Well, forgot/screwed up 22 cards, but I did get it done in 1:48! That's 54 seconds per deck, so not lightning but a very solid time considering I was trying to memorize well enough to potentially remember 2 decks. It was a little faster than I expected to go actually. Could have done some better linking all around, but eschewing the linking was how I was able to go so quickly in the first place.

Don't think I got any faster at recognizing numbers, but cut down my 50s digit time like 40% over the past 6 weeks. If I did a deck as fast as I do 50 digits, it would be 24 seconds. And 50 digits = >2/3 of a deck. So put 2 and 2 together here - practice cards exactly how you practice digits! That means 5 minute mem with review and 34-card speed runs. 34 is perfect because a deck ends with 2 imgs in the last loci also.

4) In 1:18, 40 BPM. Really, this seemed like a good time. If I were doing single deck, I would have missed 7 imgs in those 39 seconds. Not great, but not so bad either because I was attempting to remember twice as much. mostly held up by a couple face combos. Should do a full faces review daily. At least faces second and Kings, how long could that possible take? Not more than 30 minutes at the absolute upper limit. One of those every day and within only a few weeks I'd substantially reduce the number of cards that hold me up at high speed.

Speed Numbers:

How to get past this plateau? Just be thankful that the plateau is higher up than you expected.

1) 400 digits, free: get them in in 3:00 max. Leave the unvisualized behind.

Tried this 3/loci, 2/loci, with metronome. All were just really horrible scores. Really didn't have a chance with this. Not at all. Just bad. 320 was so amazingly good, maybe I should be shooting just to replicate right now. It'll be especially difficult with 20 per line because you know how much the line ends mess you up. But in spite of the website, I need to do realistic runs sometimes as well as the insanity drills. Even if it's going for 306 digits, I have to succeed every once in a while.

N&F, 5 mins

1) Hit the LV 12 button. Amazingly, I'm actually level 13 on 5 min names international. I'm only level 7 national. So on lv 12, it was 72 names. I tried to get them all and scored a 24. Maybe next time pick the 2/3 with the neatest names and faces. If in competition I picked 2 faces per line and got them all correct, I'd score >150. Even 5 per page of 9 would put me at like 125. So just learn to be selective and you'll do far better. Maybe for now, leave out two Faces per line of 6. Picking the right ones is a NEW skill, so I'll improve quickly.

Speed cards: 44s.
1) Forgot 3 imgs which I reconstructed in about 20 seconds because I definitely had time to see them. Even though I didn't remember them all immediately, this was so easy. Really easy; it felt like I would never mess up at this speed. The reviews are helping so much, and it seems like practicing the double-deck is helping a lot too, because going back to a single deck made me feel like, "wait, it's already over?" Linking between loci is getting better, too.

2) Speed cards: 39s. This ought to be much more challenging.
Accidentally tried for 58 cards, and on top of that, I realized half way thru that I didn't know how many to do because I didn't count the loci and it totally messed me up. So in the end I actually forgot 10 and remembered 19. I did remember the first 5 loci perfectly, and on the 6th loci I started thinking about the other thing. Could definitely fail at this speed, but could succeed fairly easily too it seems.

3) 39s. Forgot like 6 and got a few out of order. Wasn't terrible and a hair faster recognition would fix it up just right. Faces second almost always the problem. And such a minority, those need to be drilled to no end.

Jan 8th.

Tried 50 digits in 15.4 seconds and remembered 49. It really was 48 or 49 bc I remembered that the forgotten image started with a 3 and had another 3 in it.

Wanted to see if I could do 34 cards (=50 digits) at anything like a high speed. Tried 34 cards in 25 seconds a couple time and didn't even get close. But it's because of the beer like 16 hours ago. Then decided to review all face-second and kings. That's 676 images, 1/4 the list, and it took just over 28 minutes. Wow, that is super, super slow, sir! Considering those are my weakest images though, and that I drank 6 beers just 16 hrs ago, it's roughly the time I'd expect. But I want it to be just under 8 minutes, so that's like 4 times as fast. I'll need to do a little less visualization for now, probably. Just so I can get in more reviews. I'll try it again, though.

Alright, did it again. Took 23 minutes. Pretty far from where I want to be, but about 17% faster than I did a few minutes ago. I could tell I made a few mistakes though, visualizing the shadows instead of the originals, such as in Mash I visualized Maysh, in Much I visualized Mooch. The first time around I know I didn't visualize Meeg. So that stuff is not good, but again, remember that you drank beer yesterday. OH, and that a lot of time is spent scrolling and locating the ones to visualize with your eyes. So that would save time as well, to be able to just run thru it.

Memorizing all of my shadow images at 3/loci would only take up 223 loci. That's just like memorizing 26 decks...right? What could be better than that? Once I have those in place, mental review would be so, so fast. At the least, I could look at every shadow image every day and wouldn't ever get that feeling of not having seen an image in a while. I'd eventually be able to review all of those in 10 minutes. No point in doing them in actual order though. Just follow the order of the worksheet! And I'd finally get the experience of doing an hour cards run! Then, I could put all the Original Face-seconds and Kings in just 52 more loci! Then I'd have a full shadowface palace - a review of every image that is not from the original 1000 - in the format that is quickest to review, even without a worksheet handy. My god, I could do a shadowface review driving between clients! This will get me a 30 second deck with reconstruction EASILY. Maybe by March!

OK, this is going to be your next card drill:
Suit, review.
Suit, review,
Suit, review,
Suit, review,
Full review,
Full review,
Full review,
(That'll only be 13 decks so I might be able to knock this out in an hour!)

Think of how much better you do on the days you do full reviews or even shadowface reviews?

Ok, I'm fixating on visualizing the objects well. Maybe good the first time, maybe not, but it's taking a really long time to get them in. Still, review is super fast this way if I don't focus on seeing them well but just remembering where they are and what they're doing.

However, It would take 444 loci to get the job done. (D'oh!) So for the others, I have to memorize 4/4/5, 3 loci for 13 cards. That will take 300 more loci I think. Something like that.

Hey, hey, hey! Once I'm done, I can use the loci BACKWARD to memorize the originals. Link them really well and a backward journey will work NP.

Alright, I spent something like an hour on the first two suits. Reviewed a whole bunch and made sure to see pretty much all of it in great detail. When I went through the last time, I was going pretty fast down the list. 10 hours of this stuff is going to make me a whole lot better. This is how to climb on past the plateau.

Also, 13 decks in like an hour is pretty slow! Next time, do 19. Just do 6 1/2 in a row and review.

OKAY. Did 6 1/2 at 40 BPM. For passive review, it's really, really fast. No slower than the other way, and just like with digits, able to fill in blanks well the second time around. This is the way to do it.

Just did one more passive review, making more vivid images or actiony images with better linking where necessary, and now I'm moving on. On this one, I'll time mem and review.

Ok, did half of the s5 decks and full reviewed them in 7 minutes. I really did not go 40 BPM at all this time, lots of images didn't come fast enough and it felt silly skipping past a whole loci or a lot of a loci, so it was much slower. This next half I'll stick to 40 BPM strictly.

Alright, I lied. I didn't stick to it AT ALL. I'm a bit tired and I really didn't recognize them quickly. So I had to bail on that plan. HALF WAY THERE! Gonna do a review of the s5 again and then time a review of all four, recog, not vis.

K, well I'm still at the point where I don't know that I recognize it unless I visualize it. Even the spades were like that way back when. But not for long, because I reviewed them like crazy. So that means I really am far behind with cards, but this really may be the answer.

Probably best not to cram all 52 decks into my memory today. 4 is enough.

Actually, I could get a little head start by sticking to 40 BPM strictly. I'll get the rest done in 17 minutes. It'll be sloppy, there's no doubt about that. But it ought to count for something, and I'll get to see what it's like to mem 26 decks in a row without reviewing.

OKAY, well...Those 676 images took me 12 minutes to that would be like 50 minutes on the whole and Ben's about 3 times that fast. But there were instances where I was flying...I think the s2's only took me about 2 minutes, or possibly they were even faster. About 5 minutes were used on the S5, I estimate. Also changing Leb to one of those "simulation skydiving" super-powerful fans on the floor. This is good, that's like my most confusing image.

Just ran thru a double-deck and all this review has helped a tiny, tiny bit. The sample size is small because it's only 1/4 the images. That's kind of irritating, so I'll leave off S6 today, but leave out Hewdraw for the 39 loci and do Hearts then Diamonds, those 78 of the rest on Treehouse Trail, and the 39 of s1 on Reaper. That way I can drill with a red deck just like the early spades. Use the better stories to do what I never quite could with a black deck.

Went out to V Essentials. Man, I forgot the dude's name. Was it Jeremy? Agh, remember to remember!!

Came back and gonna review the 676 again.
s3: 2:25, RT =38:40. Just a little under a second per image.
s2: 2:21. RT = 37:34. This felt freaking fast except for a little hiccup along the way. When I can double these speeds I'll be a god with cards, no joke.
s9: 2:42. Still averaging about 40 mins.
s5: 2:47. These last 2 weren't very fast but let's say <24 mins RT all faces is my quota today.

It's fairly obvious where and when there are hiccups. Eliminating the hiccups will bring me down to 2:00. Yan said 100 digits in 30 sec and I eventually surpassed that by quite a lot actually, if only because of the 3- digit objects. That would be 50 images in 30 seconds though for the 2-digit objects. That speed would be an estimated average of about 48 seconds for 169 cards. So to hit the goal we should get it at 100 BPM and then beyond.

Cool, Let's do s1 in Reaper. Let's just do a 35 BPM strict mem and see how it goes.
ok, so that went pretty well actually. Only got a little lost at a couple spots.

Reviewed s1 in 2:50. Cool. These will all do for today but tomorrow the goal is RT <40:00, that's just 2:30 so almost there.
s0 and s7, 13 decks in a row at 40 BPM and THEN review. Keep the pace and let it be. This could be considered an insanity drill.

***Since these are for review/reference, I could very well change them up every week by re-memorizing them starting with the SECOND image, thus having a different order to the images in the loci, and switch up the palaces. This would ensure that I'm learning the cards and not just the story. Next time memorize them back to front.***

But first, get sub-2:00 on ALL 8, in a row.

Mem'd s0 at 40 BPM strict and got almost all of them very clearly. Cool beans.

Reviewed in 2:22. cool.
s7 at 40 BPM. Cheated once or twice for good images because those instances were rare.

2:00 safe cards:
1) I went ahead and started with 42 as a bare minimum with 100% certainty, and in the end I only memorized 48. Glancing at the clock over and over was no help. I should learn to hit my goal within an estimated time because switching gears back and forth is too distracting, Too risky. Well, I memorized 42 cards in 44 seconds, went back to the beginning and did active review. Active review made everything gel SO solid. I should make sure I have time for active review and learn whe n to peek. At the end of active review, I was at about 1:40.

8 January, 2014 - 20:36
Joined: 4 years 5 months ago

" "A lot of practice"? What do you mean exactly -- practice that is way above your level, or a lot of practice as in number of minutes/hours spent practicing? Do you spend a lot of time practicing? "

I'll give some background information before I answer that. One of the main reasons that I started practicing Mnemonics so much is because I broke my foot and could not run for months! In distance running and a lot of other types of exercises, performing past my limit for a short period of time makes me completely exhausted for the rest of the day. I just find it amazing that I can practice mnemonics a lot without being completely exhausted in minutes. I was expecting the limit to the amount of time that I could practice mnemonics in a day to be much more of a limitation than it actually is.

I practice around an hour a day but I have also wasted a lot of time learning about variations in methods and theory. I don't think that an hour is that much time to dedicate but it is enough to improve. I also sometimes have those days where I practice a lot more.

BTW I don't think your or Nelson's 50 digit times are that impressive compared to Nelson and your 5 minute times. I have not tried 50 digits yet (I will.) but racing the International row (40 digits) has been a competition among some people that I know for a while. My pb for that is 13.77 (from sept) and Marcin Kowalczyk has done 40 digits in 7.28.

10 January, 2014 - 08:16
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

Impressive! in order to do that you have to be able to conjure up those images without a moment's hesitation! I believe you have all the skill that I do when it comes to digits, if not more, since 40 digits amounts to more information for you than it does for me. If you can't keep up with speed numbers, it must only be because that excess begins to add up.

But you already have the tools for a PB of 300. Conjuring the images quickly is 60% of it. 20% linking quickly and 20% being comfortable with the pacing of a given event. Seems that way to me anyhow. If you went at just a hair under your PB pace, you would be able to put 400 digits into their loci in 2:30, and use the second 2:30 to do it again. With 2 digit numbers, that would be 80 BPM. Try it a few times with a metro moons, and stay true to the metronome. You'll get the best score by "keeping the pace" as I say, which is moving your brain along at the pace of the metronome and NOT wasting an extra moment on an image you can't get in time. Make a habit of lagging behind and you'll miss a whole line, if not more. I mean, that stuff happens at high speed anyway, but when I waste time trying to remember the image from like a second ago, I mess up the one I'm on almost invariably, and then it snowballs. Better to just try to get it the second time around. You may miss a ton, but do it a few times and see if the grand total is still a higher number than your PB without error. It could be more.

/End Response

January 10. Didn't sleep last night, but did sleep from 8-9th. Do more journal stuff when you get back from dr apt which is at 11:30.

Started with some cards today.
1) SoD run between here and Popeye's. I memorized 64 with no problems and it took me 1:44.
2) SoD run: 72. Well, that might not be possible right now with this many cards. Anyway, after 64 cards, I looked at the clock to see how much time I had left, which was like 20 seconds, and even though I should be able to do that, I all of the sudden was concerned with keeping it under 2:00 and the distracting made it all weird, you know how it is. Anyway, I accidentally put 4 in one locus, so I wound up memorizing 72/74 in 1:59. The image I forgot was the fifth. I honestly saw it pretty well but tried to take the ACTION of the second person PA style, and the second person is who I forgot. So maybe I shouldn't have done that.

But wouldn't it be a good new year's resolution to actually practice each day doing the kinds of things I will actually be doing in the competition? Isn't that just so obviously what I should be doing right now? Yes, it is.

So we'll see what we can do today.

1) Safe run, free: THIS DID NOT GO WELL! I finished in 1:06 and recalled them 100%, though I don't remember for sure if I recalled 2 of them in the right order. Didn't think about it, but come reconstruction, I messed it up! Every object must link to the NEXT object and this is never an issue! Recon took me WAY too long and I made errors!! One was an encoding error (called Laynt "Loanj") Which I figured out promptly along the way. Others were just confusing bc I was assuming I had the right cards left near the end so just didn't think about it well. In the end, I ran out of time on recall even with a decent job memorizing. Clearly, this drill is important. If I have any confidence in my ability to do a record run, I should get a better score on this safe run. What does it matter what the time is? I'm just going to replace it anyway. So rethink this strategy here. 1:06 is practically a record. Cool your jets.

RECALLED FROM BACK TO FRONT! This is probably not a good practice since it will mess with my verbal recall potentially.

2) NO LONGER A RECORD RUN: super - safe run: Took me 1:48 with review included/ encoded one wrong, but figured it out during mental review before recon. Recon took. 3:22. The review felt a little like overkill, but that's probably just a good thing and I should accept it. Not reviewing could be fatal.

With both of these runs, I felt like I had a very hard time keeping the pace, and that hurt my time. I shouldn't fear keeping the pace on the first run because I'll do a review after, and I shouldn't fear keeping the pace on the second one because it will be low stress and I know I don't need a review anyway.

Score: 108 seconds = 3rd place.

With that in mind, I'm going to do two more runs but keep the original scores for today. This time:

3) timed/review saferun(?): Here, I'll memorize a deck quickly with a metronome and go back thru it without paying attention to the metronome. In comp I could take as long as a minute, so let's try a 45 second deck this way.

1:35, recon in 2:40
Alrighty, this is good. Got off to the worst start possible really. Pretty much didn't visualize ANYTHING in the first locus and then thought "keep the pace" and basically almost missed the second locus also, and then things got better, then I went thru and really didn't get the last couple loci and made an encoding error on the seventh locus. Went back through the review, slowed down where I needed to, fixed a couple broken links here and there, actually spent 50 seconds reviewing and only 45 memorizing because it was so botched. Made note of the encoding error, adjusted, and did mental recall very easily to the end except for the last image which I totally never encoded, but recognized of the 2 remaining possibilities. Did this deck on the couch.

Increase in Recon speed came from visualizing the next cards ahead of time. Took them out of my hand in form, 2 at a time, and laid them face down on the table.
4) Record run: In practice, this ought to be 48 seconds or faster to account for a 28% drop.
Went for sub-45, got it in at about 0:43. At first, there were...8 missing images. Going back thinking about one locus at a time got it down to only 2 missing images, but at that time I was fairly unsure of the order of 2 objects, the last of the 2nd locus and first of the 3rd. I went on my gut based not on the STORY, but on their location in the locus, and that is what worked. The one seemed a little closer to the stairs so I said "that's the end of the second locus."

When reconstructing, I made a couple silly errors that came from not being able to quickly visualize card pairs. I fixed those fatal errors along the way, and recon'd the whole thing in about 4:00. Then I double checked through it and found that one of my images near the very back was out of order, and I got it in place with only 0:20 to go. You cut it close, but set an American record 20 seconds faster! You know, it sure would be killer to be able to break the record twice...then I could shoot for a really awesome time like this the second time around...But that's dangerous thinking, isn't it? Maybe, just maybe, if sub-45 second decks are a regularity with no error...then maybe.

Went for a really fast free time. Got 0:30.1 and recon'd in roughly 5:00 it's hard to be sure but it was down to the wire. Thing is, I didn't have a second deck ready. But still...

No more metronome can I get an amen?


Names and Faces, 15 min:
Points: 360
Evaluation: 72
correct: 72
wrong: 23
Abzug: 0
attempt: 95
Rank: Tied for 22/50.
I had my metronome set for:
300 names in 15 minutes (3 seconds per name)
But that really meant 300 "faces." But it was more like 500-550, because I got to see all faces 3 times and half of the faces 4 times. It was overwhelming. Will try again tomorrow at half-speed.

1) Safe run: 3/4

Rank: 2

Couple things to say about this...1 is that this is the first run without a metronome in a LONG time. So it's no surprise that I took it so slow. At loci 14 I was on schedule, 1:31 when I peeked, and then by the time I got to loci 20, it was at 2:44, so I slowed considerably in the last 6 loci, mostly out of fear I assume for missing any. actually encoded 880 as 388, and in recall typed back 880, but then realized that wouldn't be the right image and missed that line. So if you make a natural-type mistake like that, it is probably better to go with the first instinct because your mind was already in "mistake mode." This should be true for safe runs because there's so much time, but not so sure about speed runs. Marta came in and I have to do the speed run later.

This score was good enough for the finals even with that mistake, so this method should strongly be considered. also 3/3/1. One run is the run to get into the finals, and one run is to get a high score. Don't forget that.

Jan 13:
15 min N&F:
Raw Score: 66.
Score: 43.4%
Rank: 23. Take a deep breath.

Notes: I tried to memorize all 170 names. That's like trying to memorize 500 digits at this point. That must account for something.

Well, that was utterly pathetic. Worse than yesterday, in fact. Nothing is bad enough to keep me out of the finals on its own, but if I botched any other event, I would just go straight home. How am I supposed to rock this with just 2 months training? Think, man!

Ideas to suck at N&F less:

1) Memorize names ONLY in loci. Try to get faster at this, and it's half the battle.
2) Memorize first names only.
3) Practice it every day, of course. Just like I would in competition. So few people actually practice 15 mins N&F daily.
4) Practice poetry daily. Then I can chill out because it won't matter how bad I am at N&F :)

Speed Numbers:
Safe run: 201.
1) Mem'd 162 in 3:00 and review was so fast I did 1 more line carefully. Then I carefully reviewed the whole thing one more time. Recall was really easy, however, I did make an encoding error, and using yesterday's advice, I went with the digits my eyes saw, and not the image I used. It worked. Recall took like 3 or 4 minutes. Almost forgot an early image actually, but figured it out quickly, before even moving on. Thing is I thought I mem'd 200 and went back and made it 240. In reality, I mem'd only 160 the first time. But if I picked up the pace just a little bit, I think I could do 240 pretty safely. We'll check on that tomorrow.

Record run, attempt at 306:
K, I'm going to have to move here at like 170% speed. Without a metronome, you know that's really hard to do. So really focus on speed here, as well as keeping the pace and letting it be. Don't check the clock until it's time to review.
2) Alright, the score was 194 for this one. If I would have spent the time to look over my recall sheet, it would have been 237 because one was a recall typo. That happens rather frequently so I should always save time to double check the sheet. An error on the next line was an encoding error - encoded 653 as 635. I didn't get to that line during review, but if I had, I would have caught it, and I would have scored 257. But in review, even though I had 2:11 left,
Good Job:
Getting them encoded in time. Encoded all of them in under 2:30, great! Even though I rushed a tad in the last locus. That locus counts too!
Improve at:
Save enough recall time to double-check recall. That's so, so important.
I would say pick up the pace in review a little bit but the truth is that I did have to take a few extra seconds to make sure I fixed a couple errors. Didn't link between 2 loci at all at one point and that cost me. The fact is even though the score was lower than the safe run, the errors were small and the score could have been very high if I were only a tad more careful. Maybe I should go for 324 in these record-runs and 306 for the real deal. If I really can master 324 at home I'll have a great chance at 306 when it counts.

Speed #s:
Raw Score 201:
Score: 100%
Rank: 1

For someone to be equal to me after this event, they would have had to have averaged 83% on the first two events, so I would probably be in the top 3 after the first two events anyway.

Instead of doing poetry for now, (I should at least do 5 minutes today though), I'm going to do a little SS review to keep all that fresh and get that sub-30. Cards are still the most important after all - cards and tea party...Only 2 months for Tea Party practice, up against people who have had six years. Well, look at what I did in just ONE month with cards when I started working on that.

Tried s3 at 90 BPM which is a hair over goal time. Probably only recognized like half, so should do a slower review first.
2)4:43. OK, so this review ought to take 40 minutes? Need to cut that to 16.
3)2:22. Cool, nearly there.
4)2:07 So close! So far, this has been 10 minutes very, very well spent. continue this pattern and I could do all 8 very thoroughly in under an hour and a half.

Running out of energy. Don't really want to continue this right now. The real reduction in time came between the first and second run, so efficient review dictates two runs per group which should put me at just under an hour for now. Far from ideal, but 2 shadow reviews at a time could bump me all the way to 26s by March.

Cards: Still don't want to believe that the review is as crucial as experience tells me it is.
1) safe run: no review, but visualize the last 2 imgs.
1:36. Recon WAS easy...And yet. 1:36 is so slow that I'd be better off reviewing. Let's do a different style of saferun:
1b) Safe run 2; 36/16: now THAT'S more like it! Moved along at a very comfortable pace and got 1:05!! One image did slip my mind, the third to last, and I didn't visualize the last 2 before dropping the deck, and not well after that which almost screwed me. Made a suit error in recon which was very easily correctable when I came to the spot where I needed that particular card. Recon in 3:00, after review, 3:35.

I'd say if a lot of improvement can be made in the next 2 months to go ahead and shoot for the record with this method. If it's going too slow for the record, that's fine too as long as you succeed, but this was a safe run moving along at sub-40 speed, so that also could be a little fast for competition.

1c) Got it in under just under 1:00 but forgot SEVEN images, so don't be stupid; safe run = safe run. Even if I wind up at 1:30, that's still awesome for a safe run!

1) 36/ (54% Goal) Yick. Really a bit strange bc I did get all the way through it, (JUST) in time, but forgot one image. I didn't link it to the previous last-locus image at all, so that actually does explain that. Would have been really easy to do though, +2 seconds maximum. That's a luxury I have with 2:00.
2) Triple, 42% -> BAD, BAD! tried to pull it up to 48% at the end and that could have been a serious mistake Did a 2:1:1 Ratio and maybe I should cut that down to 2:1 or even 3:1 for better linking.

11:00, then 1:30 PM
Test confirmation: L6377652
Two forms of ID are required. One ID must be government issued (Driver's lic., State ID or Military ID) and must have a picture or a complete physical description. Both must have a signature and pre-printed name, which matches the name in our records.
After 16: _______68.75%
23d X A
26.c NOT first instinct X B
29d X C
36a X D
50aX C

score: 80. good enough for now :)

Jan 14:

Dr. apt. Tues. Missed the one last tues. Went on Fri. closed.
SS Review.

Target review is 85 BPM. Did s5 a couple times then at 84 almost succesfully then bumped it to 100 BPM and didn't get lost, though I missed a couple.

Went thru s6's with some intermediate reviews and on the first time fully through, got 2:00 exactly!

Digits, safe: Not sure if 240 is actually safe, but let's give it a go.

1) Not sure I even made it to 240 even with like 1:00 left. Don't go slow intentionally; it really doesn't work that way. If I get the 240 digits in in 2:00, so much the better. I can do active review or go thru twice. By the 8th loci I was forgetting stuff and it just went downhill fast. Could be because I used all those loci on reviews today. I was fighting those ghost images. Maybe after they are so totally ingrained, they'll stop being a hassle...hopefully! I do need more loci though!
NOTE: I didn't sleep last night and my brain feels very much like mush! A personal best in any event is inconceivable right now, so don't be hard on yourself, here!

What might be cool at least to try would be a very, very quick 200 (max speed), then review, then 40 more, then review again starting from the beginning. That would be covering 680 digits which is just above my PB top speed but I'd be getting double reviews so the second one would be faster.

One other thing that has gotten me moving in the past is doing 2/locus. I always go back to 3/locus, but this exercise helps to divide the task by eliminating some linking while learning to visualize top-speed.

DD Cards:
1) Trying to shoot for PB, went pretty fast kinda like digits. Got hung up here and there but mostly kept the pace. Did 92 in 1:33, went back to review and finish the last 12, didn't finish til 3:23? Review took much longer than encoding. That means I have no idea what I'm doing. Plus, made a bunch of errors. Clearly, the PB here will come from a run without review.

Jan 16:
1) safe run: 1:02, instant recall.
All I did was make sure to keep the pace. That's really all that matters. Don't get ahead of yourself and link every item. Bada-bing!
2) Record run, free: 0:48, success.
Didn't remember everything perfectly, but that was NOT the reason I recon'd this deck in 4:30. It was an error in deck reconstruction. Would have been apparent sooner if I had been reconstructing face up from the back, but I DIDN'T, because I forgot some at the end and don't have a system for doing it that way!


Names and Faces
Attempt: 99
Rank: 12th!

1) Marleen Lucie Castro
oct 25 1945
Ronwald, Missouri, 64092
Brown Canary Margarete
Geocaching, Home Movies, Shooting Sport
XXXXXXX brown toyota scion Xb
Sushi, crepes, dark chocolate

2)Christian Alfonzo Carter
Oct3 1991
Otto, North Carolina, 28763
White cat Roberto
Association Football, Metal detecting, Cubing
1948 tan BMW mini cooper S
Chicken, Lobster, Fajitas

3)Maxina Nanette Cox
July 19, 1935
Belpre, Ohio, 45714
Orange Dog Aurelius
American Football, Cooking, Audiophilia
1998 black mazda 3
chicken wings hot dogs chili

4) XXXX johnathon xxxxx
April 29, 1917
olympus, washington 98512
Blue Bunny Felisa
Meteorology, Element collecting, baseball,
XXXX brown bmw mini cooper convertible
Bananas, apples, turkey

5) Wanda Yvonne Bowen
August 21 1992
Cataract, Wisconsin 54620
Silver rat, Kam
Lapidary, XXXXX, Chess
1942 Green Ford Navigator 2wd
peanut butter, cantaloupe, iced tea, XXXXXX <- JUST "TEA"

6) Hunter Vern Pollard
August 29, 1917
Martinez, California 94553
Pink ferret XXXX
Vintage clothing, woodworking, XXXXX
XXXXXXXX -> Intentionally omitted
Banana Bread, Cucumber Salad, XXXXXXXX

Memorized in 8:00, reviewed in 2:45, then again in 2:00. Should I have used active review?
SCORE: -9. Don't have anything to compare that to. HYPOTHETICAL DIGIT METHOD WAS A SMASHING SUCCESS! It's risky, but do a better job linking ALL of the information and it won't be so bad.

Words, 15 min
Attempted 160, got 148 in the right place. 3 mispellings, 2 plurality/case errors, 4 "out of place," ONLY 4 FORGOTTEN. That's really, really, good! The ones that had out of place errors were ones where I didn't stay true to the edge-placement rule. I didn't even use storytelling here, just images!

Score: 21

1) Safe run: Do the same here that you did on cards above: Don't think about slowing down - just go at a pace where they can all be linked and then keep the pace.
Attempted 240:

Score: 240,
Rank: 2.

I lost the pace a couple of times, and stopped memming at 201 at about 2:47, thinking that would be good for a safe run. I reviewed in about 1:30. With the remaining 40 seconds, I decided to memorize 39 more digits, which I did with the rest of the time, except the last 3 seconds I reviewed the first 5 imgs, then after time, I gelled the last 2 imgs better, then reviewed the last 39 digits. There was not a single image that I was 'iffy' about - this was super easy.

2) Record run: Distracted in the middle but that only would have added 5 - 10 seconds.
Mem'd 306 in 3:15. Got a couple out of order with bad linking and started checking clock near the end of mem. But this was actually ample time to review and I only forgot a few. I think this could definitely be made consistent by March.


Jan 17 didn't sleep last night. Up all night studying for RE exam at 1:30. Feeling more and more confident. Marta's off today (Friday). She's gonna cook me omelet w turkey bacon in a few hrs. For the first time I just experimented with the Chi You adjustable airflow with the iclear 16 and finally I'm getting grade-A performance out of it.

Good training yesterday! Felt really good about the safe run. Let's extend that a little and see what happens:

60 cards, safe:
1) 1:31, perfect. It was a little slow but I was just making sure to link every item, so it's cool. Didn't always keep the pace, though.
2) 1:10.5. Kept the pace like a badass. Unfortunately, I didn't really visualize the last image...and forgot it immediately :(. This run was fast, but I would say it was pretty safe. I was able to see each image uniquely and in order...almost lost the pace once, but just kept moving, maybe a HAIR slower, and it snapped into place in time.

Note: I just checked - on the last three images, I actually DID visualize the last one. Then I had to take a moment with the phonological loop to reconstruct the two before it, and I didn't link them to the last image assuming I would remember it...

8. The lender's right to call in the loan in case of default and put the property up for sale is based on the mortgage document's
a. alienation clause
b. acceleration clause
c. defeasance clause
d. equity of redemption
9. The assessed value of a property is $450,000, and the tax rate is $.823 per hundred of value. What is the monthly escrow deposit that would be needed to assure 
having enough money on hand to pay the annual tax bill?
a. $3,703.00
b. $308.63
c. $370.35
d. $450.00
10. The alienation clause found in most mortgages states that the full amount will be immediately due and payable if the
a. borrower is late with three monthly payments
b. property is sold to a new owner
c. hazard insurance policy is allowed to lapse
d. homeowner borrows more money on the property
11. Governments have the ability to regulate the construction and use of buildings through their right of
a. police power
b. escheat
c. eminent domain
d. condemnation
12. Within the typical exclusive right to sell agreement, there is a clause stating that if the listing period expires and a buyer that was shown the property during the term 
of the listing becomes the purchaser, the broker is entitled to compensation. This clause, inoperative if the property is subsequently listed with another broker, is 
known as the
a. automatic extension clause
b. broker protection clause
c. purchaser identification clause
d. time is of the essence clause
13. The correct formula for estimating value using the cost approach is
a. cost to replace + depreciation ­ value of land = value 
b. depreciation + value of land­cost to replace = value 
c. cost to replace ­ depreciation + value of land = value 
d. value of land + cost to replace + depreciation = value
14. The payment that is due in full on a specific date, regardless of the number or amount of payments that have been paid, is called
a. a balloon payment
b. a fully amortized payment
c. an accelerated payment
d. an interest only payment
15. The agreement signed by the owners of House A and House B to share a common driveway is a form of
a. an encroachment
b. a party wall
c. an easement
d. a homestead
16. No federal fair housing laws are violated if a landlord refuses to rent to
a. children
b. Vietnamese
c. deaf persons
d. students
17. The Sinclairs needed two different loans to buy their first home. The mortgage that will have first claim on the value of the house in case of foreclosure is the one 
that was first
a. negotiated
b. signed
c. recorded
d. satisfied
18. Under the regulations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA),
a. a broker may collect a fee for referring the buyer to a lending institution
b. the seller may require that the buyer purchase title insurance from a certain title company
c. the lender must provide the borrower a good­faith estimate of settlement costs at least an hour before closing 
d. controlled business arrangements are permitted as long as the consumer is informed and notified about the availability of other providers
19. The term ''APR" stands for
a. annual percentage rate
b. appraisal procedure regulations
c. associate property reviewer
d. average purchase ratio
20. The management agreement does all of the following EXCEPT
a. identify the parties
b. authorize the manager to make personal deals resulting in outside compensation by suppliers
c. describe the manager's responsibilities and authorities
d. state the owner's overall goals for the property
21. While the objective in the cost approach is to estimate the value of any improvements, the land is appraised using the
a. income approach
b. gross rent multiplier approach
c. comparable sales approach
d. option approach
22. A broker lists a property for sale. As time goes by, it is evident that the property is not very desirable. The broker and a partner observe that with a rezoning and 
some modest remodeling, the character of the property could be changed to make it more valuable and salable. The partner purchases the property without revealing 
the plan to the seller or identifying his relationship with the broker. Which of the following is true of this transaction?
a. The broker has acted appropriately, since the property was ultimately sold.
b. The seller received all of the benefits of having an agent.
c. The buyer should have offered the seller the opportunity to participate in the venture.
d. The business relationship between the broker and buyer should have been disclosed.
23. The seller accepts an offer to purchase in the amount of $395,000. After paying a brokerage fee of 5.5%, paying off a loan of $300,000, and various settlement 
fees totaling 4% of the sale price, what are the seller's net proceeds?
a. $57,475
b. $73,275
c. $58,344
d. $373,275
24. Tenancy by the entirety is a special form of ownership available only to
a. sole owners
b. corporations
c. married couples
d. limited partners
25. Don Bottelli's family has run a little corner grocery store for 50 years in a neighborhood that has been newly zoned for single­family homes only. Don may continue 
to operate the store as a
a. variance
b. conditional use
c. nonconforming use
d. buffer zone
26. George Brown owns 150 acres of farmland and has posted "No Trespassing" signs on the fence surrounding the property. He can enforce this notice by virtue of 
a. constitutional privilege
b. right to exclude
c. obligation of disposition
d. surface rights
27. For an agency relationship to be valid, which of the following is required?
a. The principal has the power to do what is being assigned.
b. The principal has the funds to pay the agent.
c. The agent has ulterior plans for the subject of the assignment.
d. The agent is a real estate licensee.
28. The term PITI refers to
a. the designation of a graduate of the Property Insurance Training Institute
b. a participation mortgage
c. a broker's proof of procuring cause
d. the various sums that make up a monthly mortgage payment
29. After delivering an offer to purchase to a seller, the buyer arranges to have the seller's family pet kidnapped and held until the seller accepts that offer. After 
ratification, the
a. agreement is firm
b. seller is required to perform
c. participating agents are entitled to their compensation
d. contract is voidable at the option of the seller
30. An appraiser estimates annual rental collections on an investment property of $99,000. The vacancy factor is 5% and operating expenses run 30% of gross 
income. A similar investment should generate a return on investment of 15%. Using the income approach to value, what is the market value of this property?
a. $462,000
b. $627,000
c. $429,000
d. $660,000
31. Which of the following is a requirement for a valid agency relationship?
a. written agreement
b. compensation
c. mutual consent
d. brokerage license
32. The applicant for a mortgage may NOT be asked about his or her
a. national origin
b. source of income used for repayments
c. number and ages of dependents
d. immigration status
33. A disabled tenant must be allowed to make necessary alterations at his or her own expense, but the landlord has a legal right to
a. determine who performs the work
b. require the tenant to restore the property to its original state when acting
c. collect a security deposit from the tenant to ensure compensation for any damage
d. increase the tenant's rent
34. A buyer obtained a loan of $135,000 with a 9.25% interest rate for the purchase of a home. After paying the first monthly payment of $1,111.05, the remaining 
balance will be
a. $134,929.58
b. $133,888.95
c. $135,070.43
d. $135,000.00
35. Once used, the veterans entitlement is unavailable until
a. the veteran returns to active duty
b. the financed property is sold by assumption without substitution
c. Congress extends the period of eligibility
d. the guaranteed loan is paid off or the veteran is released from liability
36. A contract in which an owner promises to pay compensation to a broker for providing a buyer, but the broker is under no obligation to prospect for that buyer, is 
known as
a. an exclusive right to sell contract
b. a net listing
c. an open listing
d. a personal service agreement
37. What happens if the agent has not located a buyer by the end of the listing period?
a. The listing is automatically extended for an additional 30 days.
b. The listing price is reduced by 5%.
c. The agency expires.
d. The broker can sue for reimbursement of marketing expenses.
38. Tenancy by the entirety differs from other forms of co­ownership in that
a. neither owner can force a sale
b. each owner is free to devise his or her share to chosen heirs
c. shares may be acquired at different times
d. the property must be a principal residence
39. A buyer has paid the required number of monthly payments and the owner conveys title to the property to the buyer. This transaction is known as
a. a lease with an option to purchase
b. an installment agreement
c. a sales agreement with a delayed settlement
d. a wraparound contract
40. If a contract for real estate is vague in its basic terms, a court would hold that it is
a. binding on the offerer
b. unenforceable
c. valid against all parties
d. invalid until rewritten by an attorney
41. The buyer at a foreclosure auction is usually required to
a. pay all cash within a short period of time
b. bring proof of pre­approval for a mortgage 
c. assume the defaulted mortgage
d. recompense the lending institution for any loss on the sale
42. A salesperson has earned $120,000 in gross commissions this year. If the average commission is 2.6% per transaction, and the salesperson receives 60% of the 
commission from each transaction, how much sales volume has that salesperson settled this year?
a. $7,200,000
b. $4,615.380
c. $7,692,300
d. $8,000.000
43. The sum of money a buyer may submit with an offer to purchase, as a demonstration of the buyer's good faith, is known as
a. an earnest money deposit
b. liquidated damages
c. a warranty bond
d. a limited liability premium
44. When evaluating the priority of liens against a property, which of the following has the highest priority?
a. income tax liens
b. property taxes
c. recorded mortgages
d. judgments
45. Jerry Wright, the owner of a commercial building, estimates the depreciation of the physical plant at $15,000, the furniture and fixtures at $8,000, and the 
machinery at $7,500. If he is in the 40% bracket, his tax savings would be
a. $12,200
b. $30,500
c. $18,300
d. $1,220
46. A property owner sold her principal residence for $750,000. It had been acquired establishing a cost basis of $300,000. Assuming the cost of sale is 12% of 
contract price, what is the taxable gain to this owner?
a. $750,000
b. $660,000
c. $410,000
d. $110,000
47. How many acres are contained in a parcel 121 feet wide and 240 yards deep?
a. 1
b. 1 1/2
c. 2
d. 2 1/2
48. The manager protects the owner from financial loss in all of the following ways EXCEPT by
a. being discriminatory in the selection of tenants
b. aggressively enforcing reasonable policies and rules
c. being overly attentive to insurance coverages
d. paying close attention to maintenance problems
49. A conventional fully amortized loan features
a. equal payments of principal and interest
b. fixed principal payment with interest deferred to a future date
c. interest payments only with principal due at a future date
d. constant payments with earned interest collected and any remainder applied to principal
50. A landlord is NOT allowed to charge a tenant extra rent because the tenant has a
a. dog
b. second car
c. RV
d. child
51. Under RESPA regulations, fees in connection with a sale of real estate may be paid to brokers for
a. directing buyers or sellers to certain providers of settlement services
b. arranging for property inspections
c. the referring of prospects by another licensed broker
d. obtaining the necessary insurance policies
52. The death or incapacity of the principal will
a. terminate the agency
b. accelerate the payment of the fee
c. cancel any purchase agreements in effect
d. extend the expiration date of the listing to an indefinite date
53. The lender's underwriting criteria would accept a payment to income ratio of 33% and a ratio that includes debt service of up to a maximum of 38% of monthly 
gross income. The applicant has an outstanding college loan payable at the rate of $250.00 per month and a car payment of $450 monthly. Gross annual income is 
established at $100,000 per annum. What is the maximum PITI the lender will approve?
a. $2,750.00
b. $2,566.67
c. $3,166.54
d. $2,16.54
54. The fiduciary duty of obedience includes
a. following legal instructions
b. delegating tasks to other agents when possible
c. avoiding overburdening the principal with all the details about the sale
d. giving legal interpretations of documents
55. Jeff and Alexandra Clancey have paid a total of $10,500 in mortgage interest and $1,500 in property taxes in this tax year. If they are in the 28% tax bracket, 
their tax savings is
a. $12,000
b. $1,000
c. $294
d. $3,360
56. A single­family property located in an industrial area has minimum value because of the principle of
a. diminishing returns
b. contribution
c. competition
d. conformity
57. The first step in the appraisal process is to
a. establish the fee
b. determine the purpose of the appraisal
c. collect data
d. estimate the value of the land
58. Mills are often used in calculating
a. mortgage interest
b. property tax rates
c. real estate commissions
d. fire insurance premiums
59. A seller receives an offer to purchase and puts forth a counteroffer to the buyer. Until the buyer notifies the seller of her acceptance or rejection, the seller
a. is legally bound to the terms of the counteroffer
b. may accept the buyer's original offer
c. cannot accept another offer from a different buyer
d. may produce a new counteroffer
60. The method of financing with minimum exposure and liability to the seller is
a. purchase money mortgage
b. new financing
c. purchase subject to the mortgage
d. assumption of the existing loan
61. All of the following are purposes of the secondary mortgage market EXCEPT to
a. circulate the flow of money in all markets
b. standardize loan requirements
c. counteract disintermediation
d. set minimum and maximum interest rates
62. In constructing her financial report, Noel Carpenter estimates that her real estate holdings have appreciated by 18% since purchase. If the original value was 
$585,000, what would her balance sheet show now?
a. $690,300
b. $585,000
c. $479,700
d. $526,500
63. A broker enters into an agreement with a tenant to secure a sublease for the operation of his unlicensed beauty salon, which has recently been closed down by the 
city. The buyer signs a document allowing her to take over the business. Which of the following statements is true in this situation?
a. The buyer can now open the doors for customers.
b. The sublease is void because it is for an illegal purpose.
c. The broker is entitled to his fee.
d. The tenant is released from his lease.
64. When a borrower defaults on a mortgage, the lender proceeds to cure the default by invoking the
a. default clause
b. acceleration clause
c. prepayment penalty
d. power of sale clause
65. The provisions of RESPA are applicable to all of the following EXCEPT
a. deferred purchase money loans
b. loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration
c. mortgages guaranteed by the Veterans Administration
d. loans sold to FNMA
66. RESPA requires all of the following EXCEPT that the
a. buyer receives the HUD information booklet from the lender
b. lender makes a good­faith estimate of closing costs for the buyer 
c. buyer is offered a loan that is 1/4% below market rate
d. closing will be conducted using the HUD 1 Uniform Settlement Statement
67. A junior mortgage is a mortgage placed
a. by a person who is technically still a minor
b. on property that already has a first mortgage on record
c. as security for a loan of less than $25,000
d. on property by a lender who pledges not to enter the document in the public records
68. The purpose of the management agreement is to
a. delegate to the manager the authority to purchase adjacent properties
b. hire the manager to find a buyer for the property
c. define the scope of responsibilities and authorities of the manager
d. create an opportunity for the manager to earn additional income through solicitation and acceptance of gratuities from suppliers of goods and services
69. Capacity to enter into a contract is legally diminished if a person
a. is unable to read the terms of the transaction
b. is overly anxious to proceed to completion of the contract
c. does not have the assets to perform
d. is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
70. Of the following, which lien has the lowest priority?
a. property taxes
b. a mortgage or trust deed
c. an unpaid water bill
d. a special assessment
Part II— 
Texas Laws, Rules, and Regulations
71. What is the stated purpose of the Texas Real Estate Recovery Fund?
a. to reimburse licensees for legal fees
b. to permit debtors to recover property lost by foreclosure
c. to protect the public from monetary loss due to the illegal acts of licensees
d. to provide inexpensive liability coverage for brokers
72. What body or agency is charged with the responsibility of licensing and regulating professional real estate inspectors in Texas?
a. the state inspector committee
b. the department of licensing
c. Texas Real Estate Commission
d. the public works department
73. Which of the following must be disclosed by a licensee when offering a seller's property for sale?
a. that the current owner has HIV or AIDS
b. that the previous owner committed suicide
c. that the deceased owner died of cancer
d. that the deceased owner was murdered
74. A Texas landlord of residential property is required to
a. change the locks within 7 days after a new tenant takes occupancy
b. provide functioning smoke detectors by periodically replacing batteries
c. provide double cylinder dead­bolt locks on each exterior door 
d. change the locks prior to granting possession to a new tenant
75. A recorded homestead may be released by filing a
a. homestead release
b. homestead waiver
c. homestead denial
d. notice of abandonment
76. To record a document it must be acknowledged. Which of the following people is NOT authorized to take acknowledgments?
a. a notary public
b. a state judge
c. a clerk of district court
d. an attorney­in­fact
77. How does the Texas Real Estate License Act define the first face­to­face meeting?
a. when a licensee first meets a prospect
b. when a prospect is ready to sign an agreement
c. when substantive discussion occurs
d. only when a specific property is being shown
78. The Texas Real Estate Commission is made up of
a. six brokers and six attorneys
b. three public members and six brokers
c. three salespersons, three public members, and three brokers
d. six brokers and three salespersons
79. A landlord failed to return a security deposit within 30 days to a non­delinquent tenant who has provided a forwarding address. How much money may be 
awarded to the tenant in Texas?
a. three times the wrongfully withheld deposit plus $100
b. four times the deposit plus any accrued attorney fees
c. three times the wrongfully withheld deposit only
d. an amount deemed appropriate by the court
80. What entity promulgates contract forms for mandatory use by licensees in Texas?
a. the state bar
b. Texas Real Estate Commission
c. the legislature
d. the Broker­Lawyer Committee
81. Which of the following words describes a cooperating real estate firm that is showing a listing to a customer?
a. subagent
b. buyer's agent
c. intermediary
d. dual agent
82. To limit the damages that might be awarded, the person named in a Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act suit should make an offer of settlement within how many 
days after receipt of the certified letter informing the accused defendant of the problem?
a. 30 days
b. 60 days
c. 45 days
d. 15 days
83. In order to receive a real estate salesperson license, an applicant must
a. have been a resident of Texas for at least 6 months
b. obtain a score of 75% or better on the exam
c. be a person of good moral character
d. be endorsed by two brokers
84. If a broker maintains more than one place of business in Texas, what is it necessary for the broker to do?
a. obtain another broker's license
b. file a written statement with TREC
c. transfer his or her broker's license to the newest place of business
d. obtain a branch office license for each and every location
85. If a Texas landlord changes the locks on the premises leased by a commercial tenant for nonpayment of rent, when must the landlord give the tenant a new key?
a. when the tenant pays the rent
b. upon request for access by the tenant
c. only during normal business hours
d. only when ordered to do so by a court
86. Under the Canons of Professional Ethics and Conduct for brokers and salespersons, as promulgated by the Texas Real Estate Commission, what is the primary 
duty of real estate agents?
a. to treat all parties to a transaction fairly
b. to represent the interest of their clients
c. to use prudence and caution
d. to reveal any latent defects
87. Can a person hold a broker's license and a salesperson's license at the same time?
a. only under certain controlled conditions
b. only if the sponsoring broker consents
c. yes
d. no
88. Your seller says that he doesn't want to accept any offers from buyers who are represented by a buyer's agent. As the listing agent, what should you do when a 
buyer's agent brings an offer on the listing on behalf of his client?
a. present it to the seller
b. send it back to the buyer's agent
c. throw it away
d. file it and forget about it
89. What amount of damages is awarded to a prevailing plaintiff when a judgment is awarded under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act?
a. actual damages plus court costs
b. actual damages plus $1,000 punitive damages and court costs
c. varying amounts, as determined by the court
d. two times actual damages plus costs
90. What entity licenses and regulates property tax consultants?
b. the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
c. the Texas Department of Taxation and Revenue
d. the county tax assessor

Monday, January 20: (PASSED EXAM FRIDAY, 17th) Ran the ecig up to Marta today "Darth Vapor"
1) Safe run: 240. Mem in 2:15. Active review in 2:10. In final 35 seconds, reviewed 171 digits, then reviewed the rest mentally before recall. Wonder if it'd be better to have reviewed through twice totally instead? At this rate, I could mem 306 digits in just under 3:00!

2)Attempt 400 digits w metronome set to mem in 3:00 and then review in 2:00. The encoding went fairly well, but I only got through about 340 in the review. Hence, missed a whole lot of the end.
Got 322/400. "Eh." Haven't made any progress with digits in a while. Maybe I should just memorize 360 until I actually succeed?

3) 360 w/ metronome, 50/50
This one was really bad. Might help to use an audible metronome so it would actually cycle after 360, but I more or less did it at the right pace anyway. Dunno why, just wasn't any good. Maybe if I work on 100 digit sprint, I can learn to link better? Maybe all this metronome stuff is a waste of time...

4) In Numbers Free, I can customize everything! So, I just tried 480 digits in 5:00, 50/50. I only got 69 correct :D. But it didn't seem all that hard!! It felt about the same as 400, actually. Certainly didn't feel like near-world-record speed! Seemed totally doable.

5) World record run: 501 digits in 5:00. Got 83 right, but it was probably closer to 200 really. I just got off a little during encoding. Now THIS felt insane. Made a big difference from 480. I think I should practice this speed a lot.

1) 5 min., national: 49/58. Best ever - ALL I DID WAS STUDY THE FACES QUICKLY, (~2 seconds per person), and on the reviews I would kind of try to think of images from time to time, but for the most part I didn't use images at all.

That's a 15 minute equivalent of 118 according to memocamp.

Tea Party Review:
Went thru states and cars, it took a long time and I made many mistakes. Be sure to keep up with this and it'll save a lot of much needed time.

Need many, many more loci. Take some time today to check out that youtube video.

Jan 21: Didn't sleep last night.
Did a sample of 480 speed numbers 2/locus and it did help visualize them a lot. That's usually what I do when moving up to the next level to get used to it, so let's do a couple legitimate, 67-locus attempts at 400 digits, 2/locus.
1) 50/50 - disaster. But isn't it always? I"ll try 400 again, but free this time.
2) 400, free, 2/locus: EXCELLENT timing! Got the 400 memd in 3:00 and reviewed in 2:00. total correct was 309. There were a bunch missed along the way, but evenly spread, and I did a good job at the end.

1) Safe run: after 1:15, decided to go ahead and review. Set down the cards at 1:40. Forgot a lot during recon. -> hence, the review was pointless because I rushed it bc I felt like it sucked to get a slow time. But this time is just about GETTING INTO THE FINALS. It's basically just a run to take the pressure off of the second run.
2) Tried it at 0:32.0 and failed. Mind isn't working too well today. Dunno wuzzup, but cards are really tricky right now.

15 min N&F PB: 105. Up from 104, I think :) Progress is progress. But why am I standing still with digits and cards?

Digits: attempted 326. got 291, score 268 (missed 1 img b4 288) No progress on digits = try something new. In this case, just try to get new PB. 324 is just a TINY improvement, however it is the ideal amount to attempt in March.

Attempted 78 cards, SOD. That's be 117 digits. 1 1/2 decks. Clocked 2:40. Perfectly fine - almost didn't even time it. Disappointingly, I forgot 2 images! They were both people - Cayj and Mes. Guess I didn't do enough to make them distinct. Cayj is certainly not. Make him Weird Al.

Jan 22

5 min words. Did with a metronome and NOT good, not even close to good.

Remember last year I entertained dreams of winning but then realized I wouldn't make it past the random words anyway? And how N&F was really, really bad? This year has to be different. The most important things to work on are tea Party and words, HANDS DOWN. And I have so little time... And I'm about to have so much less. And I need practice getting a safe poetry score.

1) safe run: 1:30. Whatever, it's a safe run. Took 4:00 to recon right. Keep practicing recon. Beating record is not that important compared to victory. Not even close!

22 January, 2014 - 13:49
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

2) speed run, free; hit the phone instead of timer but had started it early. So it read 1:08 but it was actually
More like 1:03. Not very speedy... Forgot the location of several images. Recon took 4:00. Didn't keep the pace, especially at first. The second half I did at like 0:45 second speed and it was fine. Actually the first half was worse, harder to recall. Because I didn't keep the pace out of lack of confidence. Need to practice succeeding under 0:45 or 0:50 with free runs if I'm going to get the confidence I need to do this without a metronome. Or 0:40 WITH a metronome, whatever's easier. And some slow runs with a metronome too to practice better encoding at a slower pace.

3) Faster, free: Went a little faster. Sucking today. Took 0:50, but I was trying to move more quickly than that. Actually forgot 7 images, took me 1:36 to reconstruct them.

1) Record run (Barely): attempted 324, got 260. I dunno wassup...just tired. Just really, really tired.

Jan 23:

Nothing official right now, been tired recently, but I'm moving freaking fast with relative comfort. Forgetting them yes, but also visualizing them. Keep reviewing, even if just faces or anything.


1) Tried to expand my safe score to 276. Accidentally tried to encode over 300 maybe over 320 even, then didn't have met. for review.
correct: 243. Score:180. For a tragedy, that's really not bad in competition.
2) Attempted 400. Gave up in recall cuz I got lost but I remembered a lot of them really well and if I could go without getting lost at all I could do quite well.

5 min words:
1) attempt 80. Got 41 right, fml

5 min N&F
1) attempt:58, got 39, fml and fN&F

24 January, 2014 - 01:55
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

Jan 24, morning: Did not sleep yet.
Int. 5:00: 2:28h
Nat. 5:00: 2:06h
Nat. 15:00: 11:22h

5:00: 4:06h
15:00: 6:54h

5:00: 14:50h
Fun 50: 4:20h


Note: I'm still improving. Got 15.1 seconds for a 50 digit sprint last night on my first try without a metronome. It was easy. Allowed myself to stay cool and see everything and then REALLY rushed the last 5 images, but I remembered them this time so it worked well. Shaved off almost 2 seconds without even giving it extra effort. I shaved off that time because of the game Nelson and I were playing, so there is surely value to practicing just a hair beyond your skill level and moving up patiently. On an equally good run, I should improve enough every day to put one extra digit on average in a 5:00 trial without even noticing. So in the next 8 weeks, I should be able to get to 360 this way.

1) shot for 324, free. Made some mistakes but it felt quite good. It was a lot to keep track of, but I wasn't rushed. If I'd kept the pace, I could have done a full 360 in those 3 minutes. Once I get this, I can go for 333 and keep the increments small.


Ben almost never successfully memorizes an entire deck. Furthermore, his process of filling in remaining cards is 20% - 25% as efficient as mine. So I need to memorize cards with some CONFIDENCE! I should be able to reconstruct a second deck EVERY TIME that there are six or less images missing. I've never put a deck together in 2:00 or even close, so I need practice doing that in order to make this easier to do.

1) Comfortable pace, free - 0:49. Success. I moved along with haste but not so fast that I missed any of the images totally, and I encoded the last five well before putting down the deck. Slowing down isn't going to help me much. Quick deck reconstruction will. I was missing 4 images.and it took me until like 4:15 to have the deck back orderly. Over 3:00 to put the remembered ones in order back to front. By the time I double checked, it was almost 5:00. Let's do one more, picking up the pace just a tad:

2) Hasty, but not silly, free: 0:39s. switched the order of two contiguous images. Otherwise, perfect. Got the deck reconstructed in 3:05 IN SPITE of having 5 blanks and 2 imgs whose placement I was unsure of. That was super freaking fast recon from the back.

Excellent job going the pace that you wanted to without a metronome both times!

Jan 26:

Digits: 334/360. Make a path full of sentient characters and be able to run through them QUICKLY.
Only did one run so I can spread practice time among disciplines.

Practiced raC's and eattS's. I see I could use much more work here! But that's a good thing.

DD: Encoded cards 25 and 26 as Hud instead of Hood, and didn't notice until the third review!!!!! Forgot the 99th and 100th cards! AND COULD NOT REMEMBER THE FIRST 2 CARDS FOR 40 seconds!!!!!
Did 50/25/25 free. Wow. Not just a failure, but an embarrassment. On the upside, verbals were perfect.

DD IS really different, so next time try 4/locus...just for the hell of it.

MAN, I REALLY WANT TO DO THAT AGAIN!!! So, I must make myself earn putting in equal time to random words.

Words, 15 min:
Attempted: 130
Score: 125/130.

The good news is that the forgotten words really did have images that were between nonexistent and total crap. And I had PLENTY of time to break apart those words and make better images. At least when memorizing only 130, there is just a whole lot of time. So take the time to do that the first time through, and see it the second time through. Even then you should have enough for at least one more quick run-through which should be more than enough.


Gender: Female
Name: Thora Lindy Langley
Date of Birth: January 29, 1931
Residence: Huntington, Oregon 97907
Telephone: 506-2906
Pet: gray bunny named Seymour
Hobbies: Vintage Books, Vintage Car, Musical Instruments
Car: 1960 Gold Bmw 325i
Foods: Cucumber salad, Fajitas, and Lobster
Gender: Male
Name: Oliver Williams Anderson
Date of Birth: August 28, 1970
Residence: Houston, Texas 77001
Telephone: 619-1596
Pet: white hamster named Alexis
Hobbies: Sculpting, Knapping, Drawing
Car: 1935 Mauve Bmw 325ci Convertible
Foods: Pasta salad, Miso soup, and Mashed potatoes
Gender: Female
Name: Arianne Maxine Morton
Date of Birth: July 19, 1949
Residence: Baltimore, Maryland 21203
Telephone: 294-5209
Pet: orange spider named Ross
Hobbies: Swimming, Squash, Shortwave Radio
Car: 1969 Yellow Gm Daewoo Forenza
Foods: Hot dogs, Green olives, and Garlicky pickles
Gender: Male
Name: Isaias Sal Stout
Date of Birth: April 16, 1986
Residence: Reserve, New Mexico 87830
Telephone: 126-8433
Pet: green snail named Lenna
Hobbies: Bonsai, People Watching, Fishing
Car: 1981 Puce Nissan Frontier V6-4wd
Foods: Cake, Ramen noodles, and Celery
Gender: Male
Name: Sol Jefferson Mcintosh
Date of Birth: March 17, 1923
Residence: Willards, Maryland 21874
Telephone: 475-7317
Pet: pink mouse named Humberto
Hobbies: Fishing, Canoeing, Ice Hockey
Car: 1942 Blue Chrysler Town & Country 2wd
Foods: Grapes, Cantaloupe, and Pinto beans
Gender: Female
Name: Travis Scottie Abbott
Date of Birth: June 29, 2001
Residence: Murrayville, Illinois 62668
Telephone: 523-4954
Pet: brown parakeet named Deja
Hobbies: Basketball, Badminton, Seaglass Collecting
Car: 1936 Tan Porsche Cayenne S
Foods: Pickled eggs, Steak, and Brown rice


1)THORa Lindy Langley
2) January 1931
3( Huntington, Oregon, xxx07 ELAPSED
5)Gray bunny Seymour
6) Vintage Books, Vintage Car, ELAPSED
7) 1960 Gold BMW 325i
8)Cucumber salad, fajitas, lobster
-2 = -14
1) Oliver Williams.... ELAPSE
2)August 28, 1970
3)Houston, Tx, 77001
5)White hamster Alexis
6)Sculpting, Knapping, Drawing
8) Pasta salad, miso soup, mashed potatoes
-2 = -12
!)Arianne .... ELAPSE
2)July 19, 1949
3)Baltimore,Md, xxx03 ELAPSE - PAY ATTENTION TO THESE!
4)294.5209 -
5)orange spider named Ross
6) X,X, Shortwave radio ELAPSE
7)1969 yellow GM Daewoo Forenza
8) Hot dogs, Green olives, garlicky pickles.
-3 = -10
1) Isaias Sal S... ELAPSE.
2) April 16, 1986
3) XXXX new mexico, 87830 ELAPSE
4) 126.8433
5) Green Snail Lenny
6) Bonsai, PPl watching, fishing,
7) 1981 Puce Nissan xxx V6-4wd. ???????? fRONTIER
8)Cake, Ramen noodles, celery

-3 = -7
1)Sol Jefferson McIntosh
2)March 17, 1923
4) x31.7757 XXXXXXXXXX
5)PinkMouse Humberto
6) Fishing, canoeing, ice hockey
7) 1942 blue chrysler town & country 2wd
8)Grapes cantaloupe, pinto beans
-2 = -4

1) Travis Scottie Abbott,
3) Murraysville, IL, 62668 XXXX
5) BROWn Parakeet named Deja
6)Basketball, Badminton, Seaglass collecting
8)Pickled eggs, steak, brown rice



1) Zip, Car
2) Name, Car
3) Name, ZIP, Hobbies
4)Name, city, car
5) Zip, Phone
6) Name, zip


4 names,
4 zips
3 cars

SCORE = -14. Congratulations, that is your lowest score ever. You did not make it to the final round - maybe next year :( Now you know one more thing NOT to do. For the zip and phone, just do this: zip: 12345 = 123 +345. Phone 123.4567 = 123 + 456 + 567. Those are the images you're used to and in the case of the phone number it will provide STRONG context clues with the last 2 images.

I feel like the car information is totally crushed together also. Try doing the Year + color + Make on one locus and then the Model + extra info on the next locus. That'll be a lot less crowded.

Memorized 50/25/25. Maybe try 67/33

Early morning Jan 28 - Didn't Sleep 26-27 or 27-28

5 minute words:
1)60/60, sweet! 4/locus
2)63/66, 3/locus. This was the MOST comfortable, I think.

1) Safe: 1:03.6. Trying to link EVERY object, and still forgot 4 imgs somehow. Memory not serving me well today. Easy to reconstruct.
2) 0:44 deck with metronome: I FORGOT NINE IMAGES! A couple came back kinda during reconstruction, but I WAS dealing with 18 spare cards there at first. And I got them all in place in time!!! Just had to be super organized and have room. Had like 6 piles or so. If I woulda thought about it better ahead of time I could have had those piles down a LOT quicker, also. I knew that recon practice would be worth it!!

Then again, so would accuracy practice...

1) digits safe, 270 (30 loci) or 3:00 (whichever first), free:


Score: 60
ALMOST forgot more

Went 3:00 then reviewed twice. Then memorized a little more!
WTF?! WHY can't I remember anything!? Is a metronome a necessity for digits?
Should I have done just a single, active review instead of two passive reviews?

15 Minute Words:

1) NEW PB! Yeehaw! got 139/140 attempted. Missed the 118th word - I said "bundle" when it was "bundles."

4/Locus - relied heavily on storytelling per locus to keep moving quickly. Got images in there, ESPECIALLY when plural or special form of the word, but storytelling was the main thing that got me through. Did a review after the 68th word - the half way point. It was kind of like an active review but I was peeking 90% of the time. It's like I was trying not to peek, but had to peek at almost every moment. I think it primed me for the second, more active review.

Then I did the next 72 words and reviewed them the same. Now I think I was at about 6:00. I went straight through and again tried to do the active review. At some loci where I was more comfortable, I was able to say 4 or 5 or 6 words in a row without peeking, then I'd peek just to make sure the forms were correct. Here, I also tried to put some links in between loci, especially linking into those loci where I had NO clue what was coming next. At the end of this, I had 2:xx left. I was able to do an active review at this very high speed where I only had to peek maybe..half of the time. Maybe a little more or less, I don't remember exactly, but it felt this time around, the fourth time seeing these words, like I would have been able to recall them albeit with some errors.

Doubledeck; No review

Use this exercise to improve at certainty. Sharpen the blades and hone the form. But don't slow down too much, because "flow" is one part of good form. Focus on linking and keeping the pace.

1) 2:28.47. Forgot 5 images including 1 of the last 3, and once I went back from the beginning to the end in review, I HAD FORGOTTEN ALL OF THE LAST 3! SEE them, just like any other images, they must be seen... This was an excellent time. Not rushed, not dragging, just nice and easy. See if we can get a perfect score in about 2:30. But don't look at the clock til it's over. Just let it be.

2) Really picked up the pace this time. Guess I was just curious. Now I'm done and I have no clue if I've learned anything. Doubledeck in 1:38.48, and remembered 35/52 images. Not good enough, but not bad I guess, but what does it matter? This is a drill about certainty, everything ELSE I do is about speed.


***Super cool idea!!!***

It'll give me more direct feedback on tea party technique:
Using 9 or 10 loci, memorize the information for ONE person as fast as possible and then recall it, just like speed cards!

1) 0:56.72 Remembered everything but first name.
2)1:12.96. Forgot middle name and 2 foods. Spent an extra 20 seconds on the name, which I ended up forgetting...I am allowed to miss 2 after all - if I choose them wisely, I can save a lot of time.
3)0:54.73 - Forgot first and middle name, zip code. So far, missed name EVERY time.

Experiment with reviewing after 2 people & reviewing after 3.

4)45.28 - forgot last name and one hobby. Pretty darn good considering I did it 30 seconds faster than #2...
5) 0:53. - Forgot first name. Forgot one food. potentially forgot birthday. Everyone else is good at names. Should I even do em?

Idea: review name after foods, then review food again. It'll just take a few extra seconds and should greatly reduce error.

6) 1:08.56 Forgot ONLY 2 elements of the car (reviewed city too instead of wasting a ton of time on it). But will the memory be sustained for 17 minutes?

The car was hard and took a long time "2007 Green Jaguar Cars Inc Jaguar S-type 3.0 Litre"

Start splitting cars into year/color/make, and on the next locus model and whatever else.

7) 0:50.36 - forgot ONE food. Silly me. Reviewed everything but the numbers. Separated make and model. Went fast. At this speed, it's 6 people in 300 seconds or 5 minutes. I'll only get faster over the next 6 weeks... :devil:

3 nights up out of the last four. That's a decent explanation for what's going on, but...I did set PB's in N&F and words...But I rarely work on them. That's probably why. I'll rock the Tea Party drill above tomorrow or the next day, as well as random words.


1)Just tried a compromise with the metronome. Set it to 27 BPM and listened to it for a bit while tapping my foot. Then I turned it off and put on sound blockers. I did a deck in 1:00.x, and forgot THIRTY-TWO cards. Just couldn't remember what they were. So...don't do that ever again.

2) went a bit quick, reviewed after 30 cards. Deck was "memorized" in 1:05.x.
Spent 6:30 on reconstruction and was left with a dozen cards in my hand, perplexed.

New that Taik was the 4th image, but I would have had to move all kinds of stuff around like a chain reaction to get the King of diamonds. But in that situation I should ALWAYS go with the one I'm more confident in because only then will I hold the cards from the blanks again.

Tea Party drills, cont'd.

1) 0:53.1 - missed third food and there's a difference between a bunny and a rabbit. If I took a second to encode the foods the first time around, the microreview would have been enough.

2) 0:50.18. PERFECT, Finally. Am I improving already? ;) did it fast, in 0:40, took just a moment on the digits to be sure they'd stick. took ten seconds to review EVERYTHING really fast.

3) 0:58.4. Said a food was pickle when it was banana. Forgot car year which was 1975 :D

Pick up the pace, FOR REAL:

1) 0:46.48. Forgot Zip only. Not that bad considering how fast it was.

Two People then Microreview.
If you can get this under 2:30, then at the 7:30 mark, you will have placed everything and reviewed everything once. That's killer.

1)2:49. Slow, AND, forgot a lot of stuff. Inclined to say try again after I've slept, but the other way allows all to be encoded and reviewed in 5:00 instead of 7:30. So who cares? May not be done perfectly, but only 1/3 done with time. Just come up with SOMETHING for the names. Then I have something to review and I won't sink.


1) 1:01.38. Forgot first name. GD!!!!

2) 0:36.04. DANG that was fast! wasted no time on the digits - blew threw them, and that was important I think. Only thing I forgot was the name of the city. If I can go THAT fast, I should review everything maybe?

3)1:01.84. Yuck. forgot zip and called AK rag.

4) 0:47.88. Forgot pet's name and car year. Eventually, forgot middle and last name also.

My goal here is to get clean images microreviewed in 0:40 or less. If I can do that, then all of the info will be memorized in a mere 4:00. Then I can do a deep, inquisitive active review followed by runs through.

5)0:50.31 - forgot car model and year, birthday, and first name. Sucked. Think if I weren't so tired, it would be fine?

Jan 30: slept last 2 nights.
Cards: 1:05.25 success
Cards: 0:41.25 success

Digits: Score of 240/280 with 3/3/1 method, free. Got 274/280
Digits: two failures of different degrees exceeding attempts of 300
One was 330/360

Random Words:
15 minutes: Tried for 141 with 3/locus and this was NOT a good idea. It made storytelling nearly impossible and in most cases I didn't even try. It was almost all about images. 60, review, 60, review, 20 more, full review, then tried another full review that I didn't finish. Score 121/141. No more of that nonsense :)

Also, I was getting shadow interference from a DIGIT run that I did 90 minutes ago. I NEED MORE LOCI!!!


More LOCI!!
More LOCI!!
More LOCI!!
More LOCI!!
More LOCI!!
More LOCI!!

Even if I just cleaned up the last 50 of Road to River, and revisited and practiced the Phone Booth 50, it wouldn't be enough for ideal training, but it WOULD be enough for the championship, which I don't even have right now!

Doubledeck, verbal recall:

1) FAIL. During the 2:00 Hiatus, mentally review the images, not the cards. I forgot cards 91 and 92, which were Pooms. That's a weird, newly adjusted image so I really didn't link it well at all to the card before it OR after it. Encoded Rolp as Rol, but remembered the card visually, and called out what my eyes remembered, which was correct. But it's ridiculous that I should be encoding cards wrong at this point. But this means I need to review the newly adjusted images THOROUGHLY.

Took me 2:30 to memorize, then I went through twice reviewing. Should I memorize faster and review slower, or vise versa?? I should probably memorize faster and review more slowly so a) I can catch initial mistakes, and b) I don't use the time wisely ANYWAY when I slow down memorization. I should probably memorize both decks in 1:30 and then do a full active review. If I spent 3 seconds on every image, the active review would be FINISHED at just over 4:00. I won't actually spend that long on active review because I'll only wait 3 seconds for the images I can't remember. At the end of all this, I'll have time for one last passive review.

IMPORTANT NOTE: is 3 seconds enough time to recall the image AND visualize the card combo? If it is, I won't have to worry about the verbal, either...

Tea Party:

Method: Full microreview after each, then at half way point, same for second half, then total. It landed me at exactly 15:00. Don't know how I feel about this method. But it could be better. All I know is that I do best at long events when I can do active review, and that was totally absent here. Since the championship is coming up, it might be best to just do straight through then multiple-reviews. I got a perfect score that way once.

8 errors:
Name: 2
Date of Birth:
Residence: 2
Telephone: 1
Foods: 3.

Foods and name are still the hardest. Incorporate smell and flavor into food items.
Still have a month to learn how to do that. That ought to help quite a bit.

Splitting cars in half was a good idea, and the digits went FAIRLY well I think, given the amount of time I spent on them which is almost none. How could Boris think that the digits would be the hardest part? They're the ONLY easy part. They're the only part I can prepare for!


FAST mem, Active review:
Mem'd in 1:20 and I remembered a LOT in the active review. A whole lot, though I don't know the exact number. Perhaps 80 cards. Maybe even more. After active review, I had only like 40 or 50 seconds left. Active review is SO inefficient...But then, recall was easy.

In the hiatus, it took me 1:30 to mentally review back through the 2 decks. THIS is an excellent indicator of how well they were memorized.

I took 4:30 on the verbal, and made a verbal error along the way :( I usually do.

Next time practice for perfection rather than speed with verbal.

Jan 31. Did not sleep last night.

Tea Party:

Birthday: 2
Residence: 1 (zip)

Mixed up the order of people to answer for.

Here's how I did better:
Foods: tasted each one. Also tasted Kringle's beard and a GYROscope
Split cars
Went straight through all 6 before reviewing, which took 7:50. It was a bit slow, but it did work out just fine.
Linked hobbies

Was able to review twice through, leaving 90 seconds. I spent that time going through all 18 names, then all 18 foods, then names, hobbies, and foods really quickly.

What I should have done better: used active review for Birthday, address, and phone. Might have gotten a perfect score if I had done that. Next time.

Josh's are a lot harder than what is typically given at the actual championship. 20% harder? I would say so. That would mean that I ought to expect the same scores that I get in practice during the actual competition. But, Josh's script repeats. Since the Tea Party at the championship is new info, I would say we have to subtract some more from the score. So in order to go in with certainty, I should consistently be missing no more than one.

15 minute N&F: 105/120

AWESOME! I only tied my PB of 105, but there were 7 minor misspellings, just 1 letter off, and a couple other close spellings and close mistakes. There were only maybe 4 Names that I actually blanked on!!!

Method: Went straight through Trying to get a GOOD, explanatory image for everyone, and link it to a feature or distinct part of the picture. Just like everyone says to do. It took 9:00 to get all 120. Then I went back to review, and made sure I SAW ALL of the original images. It took me a little under 4:00. then I got to speed through them one last time. I made the mistake of not linking the image to a distinct feature sometimes. I can tell that I've been doing this a lot - but you wouldn't memorize a string of digits and just NOT encode digits that you found difficult. You just have to do them. You have to. And you're just now getting good enough to be able to do that for all of the faces.

Yippee -- you are really improving at this!!!! Finally! Just in the past 2 weeks you've come a really long way with N&F! Do the same with Words and Tea Party and you are set, sir!! Keep practicing 15 minutes - 5 minute drills aren't helpful for our purposes. They aren't part of the competition.

February 1 (down to the wire) - drank with Carly and Pablo, Marta made Mango Curry Burgers on her new George Foreman Grill. I slept last night.

Tea Party: The day before yesterday, I got a good score spending 7:50 on encoding.

I think I could do better by spending only 6:00 on encoding. I believe that 1:50 can be eliminated straight away by pushing through names and other difficult images. I also believe that I'll remember better if I have time for an active review. This run will be dedicated to having an honest active review, even if it takes the rest of the time.

I DID NOT DO THIS AT ALL. Which is a good thing because I failed so MISERABLY that I have no more desire to change my strategy. Stick with what works!

How bad did I fail? On the Person I started with, Person 4, I MISSED 6/9 PIECES OF INFORMATION. Yes, I did drink last night. But come now...

Here is what I did and what never to do again: I memorized 3 people, then went back and reviewed them. The first person I did in 1:15, though my name images were HORRIBLE. Thought I was going fast? The memorization plus two half reviews took exactly ten minutes. 5:00 is just not enough time for an honest active review, which I realized after the first 3 people took me 3 1/2 minutes and the active review wasn't very honest anyway. Rushed through the next three and forgot everything. Never again!! Never, ever again!

But since I have gotten 100% and 95%, I should be attempting to memorize more information in the same time period. That's what I do, and it's what I tell everyone else to do. From now on, memorize SEVEN people until I do it once with 8 mistakes or less. That's 10%-20%. Then move to 8 people.


1) Free: Pretended this was the first run but tried to go fairly fast. at most times, I DID go fast. But at 2:45, I had only memorized exactly 240. Since 240 is supposed to be safe, I attempted to score a little higher than that, maybe closer to 280. What sucks is that I couldn't remember one person and the last image. So my score was 213, but it COULD have been 72. Safe run should perhaps be SAFER than that. It is supposed to be SAFE after all. Then in the second run, I could just go for a little more and try to make sure I get first in that event. Notions of breaking the national record before I was prepared to do it and then botching the safe run is EXACTLY what happened to me on cards last year. Even if I had taken TWO minutes, I still would have gotten like 3rd place in that event. Then if I tried to be a little safer in poetry, Maybe I'd have gotten into the finals. I CAN WIN THIS THING. Just get into the finals. That's what safe times are. They're times that will get me into the finals.

BY THE WAY, if I went at the speed I can memorize cards, I could put over 300 digits down in 2:40. So practice speeding it up this way on the speed run. And practice safety on the safe run.

Actually (DUH) do 3/3/1 on the safe run! The time you'll lose is not that significant. And it's safer than you could do even if you slowed down, which is never that helpful anyway.

Try to get as many DIGITS correct as you can, regardless of the number of errors!

Tried that free ^^^^^^ANd the first time I wound up trying 440 in like 3:45 and just totally botched the whole thing, so maybe that's slightly too many. So this might direct me to try something closer to 380 or so, which could be just ideal by being a more personalized memocamp standard.

1 February, 2014 - 20:43
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

Bump for moving the blog to the top. I write in here daily.

Memorized a deck blaring rancid with headphones. Made me uncertain about the speed I was moving and of course was just annoying.

Memd the deck in
1)0:48.5. Very fast for a safe time but the music threw off my rhythm. Had to move some stuff in recon and it wasn't done til 4:30. Way too slow. Maybe try reviewing CARD images once then CARD images for the first half over and over so that'll be quick. Also try to realize where exactly each card will be in the ordered deck before you need it.
2) speed run:
I said I wouldn't. And I shouldn't. But I really tried to push it today. Wound up at 35.2 seconds...With 8 images blank. Remembered 2 more randomly during recon. Thing is, I actually had time to reconstruct the deck. But I couldn't be fuse it was like I didn't even think about much less visualize the blank images with any clarity. The obvious sign that I'm moving too fast, with the obvious solution of doing a full list review now and then. Definitely want to do it 5 more times before the championship. But wouldn't that time be better spent on 10 more tea party runs ?! Yes, I think so! Still badly must review list before the championship. Maybe 3 times? I would be SO on the ball after that. Record guaranteed. That's a big victory, so is worth a little reduction in chances of overall win...

Even one full review and one face-second review would be huge.


3)I'm still not quite good enough at words or tea party, and I need to spend a couple hours on poetry. Prioritize...or AM I good enough at words? 140 and 120 is a BIG difference, especially when the USAMC words are so easy. And the USAMC tea party is not as hard as Josh's either. I'll do the 2010 one or whatever ASAP to see where I really stand on this. Still, do a 15 minute words every day. On this run, I found myself wishing there were a few missing images during recall. You know the rule - EVERY word must have an image. It's like N&F: Do it right, and the speed will come.

Words, 15 min:
125/140. I'm not getting the job done today.

Feb 2, Morning: did not sleep last night.
1) Doubledeck: missed 3 images, starting at the 83 card. YOWCH! This clearly needs to be practiced daily. Method: one deck (1:10), review, 2nd deck, full review. First of all, going slow doesn't help and you know that. Secondly, memorizing the full string and then reviewing has always been easiest for you for some reason. So do that. And rethink random words method, too. I may have just gotten my best score because I'm getting better, not because the new method is better. Why would it be?

The beginning felt like the championship last year. I just couldn't see the images well. That's what happens when you try too hard. Just take it easy :)

2) DD, 4min. First mem was FAIRLY fast as far as comfort goes, but fairly slow compared to my usual speed. I'm just not on the ball today is all. Forgot cards 73-78 :(. Cards 73 and 74 I actually had to return to the INDEX locus to remember. That means there was no natural linking to the prior image. Leaving the palace is NOT GOOD. Cards that are hard to recognize don't just slow me down, they greatly reduce my accuracy. So full system reviews ARE a priority. Especially shadowface - the image was Viz, btw.

Spent a ton of time getting binary set up. But WHY?! Could have reviewed my full system twice ?! And need more loci so badly to keep working on things like random words, but maybe I can just keep training Words WITHOUT loci. I'd still improve a little bit I think...

Tried a 15 minute run. Took over 13 minutes putting the 140 into place very carefully. I rushed the last 20, also. I made an image each time that totally would remind me of the word if I remembered the image. But I only could review through like half of it and I didn't remember much at all.

Tried 400 really hard and really did okay without a metronome. Not very good actually but I DID get through the 400 in 2:58. Poor recall but at least I got there in time. Maybe slow it down JUST a hair and go for 360 without a metronome because that's realistic. don't worry about the time until you get thru the first cycle, then peek.

2) attempted 324, free. It took about 2:40. I did pretty well here. Knowing how much time is saved by keeping the pace allowed me to slow it down just a tad so I didn't mess up or get ahead of myself. There were a couple rough spots and on the review I had to rush to make it all the way through. the last line was sloppy in encoding, barely reviewed, and sloppy in recall. I almost got the first like 260 perfect, one dumb mistake, got 297/324. Maybe the score I should be going for at this time is the score I want right now - 304. No reason to try to get some awesome PB right now, it's all about the championship. Next time try 306 or 309 or 312.

Random Words:
1) I tried doing another 15 min words without loci at all, just going thru real fast trying to link all 141 words into a nonsense story. There were enough blanks since the segments were uneven that I would have missed almost all of them if I tried to recall any more. Probably scored like a "4"

Feb 3rd:
1) semi-safe: 0:50.81. fail.

Note: there is no such thing as a semi-safe run. The speed of the safe run is dependent upon my cognitive speed on a given day. Safe feels safe, and it might take time to get there. Especially in a competition, it might take time. The ONE THING you learned from cards last year is to do a safe run first. Anything else? NO, that's pretty much it. So don't mess this up by refusing to keep HUBRIS in check. Same with final event.

Need to do full card review. For now, I'll do shadowfaces. It takes only half the time.


Don't just make a path for digit people... write down every forgotten image that you can remember something about - both digits AND cards for future reference - in an independent file. Write down what you can remember about the item. Do this hundreds of times. Find properties that repeat. Pick a property, and during a full review, identify every example. Make paths for these. Paths that you DON'T use for memorizing digits or cards.

4 February, 2014 - 02:33
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

I just did about 1/4 review, and it took me 25:00. I'm not even going to continue the review right now because it's taking SO much time.

I messed up a 50 second deck today. Review frequently. Do 1/8 vocabulary sometimes as well. Don't totally neglect it. Even tonight, a deck at 0:26 looks a whole lot easier than a 0:40 deck did 3 months ago. If I did a full review every day, could I hit 0:26 by March? Undoubtedly. If I did a full review daily and knew the vocabulary, could I break 0:20 in a year? Yup, for sure.
Now review is just so slow because I never do it. Do it all the time and get it down under 20:00 then you can do it every morning and set a world record within just a few years.


1) Face Second : 26:04. Wowee!!!!!! THAT's like a 1:45 review. Good to do these reviews in order.
5 minute Names Only: 19/36. Whatever.
5 minute Names Only: 34/36. Holy cow! Mem for 2, review thrice. Went REALLY quick with the mem. That's less than 4s/name total. I could probably do this at double-speed if I was able to go through and pick all of the low-hanging fruit.
2) Face : 37:01, BUT would have been more like 35:00 if done right.
Tea Party - 43/48
5 minute Names Only
Pay The Troll Toll - Couldn't get it done...
3) Shadowface: 0:55:24.56 God that was long. But in the championship I'll be glad, very glad, that I've been doing these.
Tea Party
15 minute words
4) Full

Tea PARTY 1:
1) Name: Alva? XXXXXXXXX
2)n 23 1950
3)Got this
4) got this
5silv sal carey
6 asso football scrap XXXXXX

2) WM somethng

6)CAR ?!?!?!?!?!!

AUG 10 XXX???
3) MEDINA WASH 98039
4)392 0526


april 6 2000
ashevile nC ??xxxxxxx
2)got phone
Pet chek
ppl watch slot car race comp prog
4)1954 natural...what????
foods:got em.

frieda danyelle pope
dec 05 1933
??? MS 39404
208 got this
red chicken jack got it
surf sculpt airsoft
1935 fushia toyota camry solara convert. got it.
food got it

Courtney got name
march 09 1940
973 5409
yellow frog elmer
bus spotting fencing scrapbooking
1988 black gm dae
food dunno
wtf, that's it?!

Unfortunately, this TP was impossible to score due to not even being able to remember what QUESTIONS to ask. But the score wasn't good.

Took 8:20 to memorize. That gave me time to review twice and then look over the names a little more. Unfortunately, I forgot almost all of the names again.

The information from the last couple of people was a lot more clear than the information from the first couple. Don't know if I should incorporate this because sometimes I have high scores...

Usually I make improvement in an area by alternating between trying to handle too much and succeeding. Though I have had some good runs, all of this should qualify as "taking on too much." And yet, it doesn't feel like insanity, either.

Insanity drills have enabled me to see that I had been wasting time all along. I really think that I do that with this event.

Name: Melanie dottie tamatha
Date of Birth: oct 12 1937
Residence: lacey wa, 98509
Telephone: 965 8215
Pet: gold duck thomasina
Hobbies: running seaglass collecting tennis
Car: 1929 tan merces benz cls55 amg
Foods: garlicky pickles, hot dogs, pickled eggs

7/8, yeeaaaah!

Name: mabel tamatha stephans
Date of Birth: ???
Residence: ??
Telephone: ??
Pet: brown lizard, kyle
Hobbies: backbacking fishkeeping, machining.
Car: ???
Foods: hot dogs stuffing garlicky pickles


Name: Marcus Lonnie...????
Date of Birth: ???
Telephone: 751 6689
Pet: black from dana
Hobbies: ??? driving figure skating
Car: 1937 red landrover (pause) all weel drive
Foods: steak cream cheese hardboiled eggs.

3/8, just need a LITTLE more speed in recall. Don't sweat it :)
Name: Phillis elsa craig
Date of Birth: dec 2 1945
Residence: petcaa, nm....????x
Telephone: 0128969x
Pet: black snake carey
Hobbies: antiquing fossil hunting leaf collecting and pressing
Car: 1998 mauve audio tt...???x
Foods: peanut butter, turkey legs, toffee


Gender: 1
Name: Jerrie My XXXXXXXX
Date of Birth: oct 17 1938 Lineville alabama, 362..??xxxx
Telephone: 924 9614
Pet: Red goldfish Jamey
Hobbies: shortwave radio, BOARDgaming, mineral collecting xxx
Car: 1999 orange toyota LS 430 ?????
Foods: creamed corn, steak...?!?!?

Name: Walton Ramon Shephard
Date of Birth: ? NOT FAST ENOUGH
Residence: pine meadows ct o6061
Telephone: 611...? NOT FAST ENOUGH
Pet: no idea?
Hobbies: vint cars vint clothes basketball
Car: 1957 gold volvo xc 70 awd
Foods: pad thai crepes muchroom gravy


Name: xxx jordan mcdaniel
Date of Birth: oct 24 1975
Residence: lake gen wisc 53147
Telephone: ...........
Pet: Orange pig JULIO
Hobbies: machining volleyball microscopy
Car: xxx pink mercedes cls 500
Foods: apples sushi miso soup


Name: xxxxdannie boone
Date of Birth: April 9, 1997
Residence: MO....
Pet: gold parrot...???
Hobbies: Auto restoration, XXXX, rockclimbing.
Car: ....been TOO long.
Foods: XXXtomatoesXXXXX


1) 4
2) 4
3) 1
4) 5
5) 5
6) 5
7) 7
8) 3

Except for the last one, when I had to change paths, there was a + correlation between late memorization and success, but also a strong + correlation between early recall and success. Which is good, because


This was a good drill. I HAVE been wasting time. I got done with the first 3 people in a mere 1:30. Then the next 5 took me just over 5 minutes. But memorizing all six in under 3:00 and getting to review them each 4 times is a distinct possibility. However, the 2:1:1:1 would be 6:00, 3:00, 3:00, 3:00. But can I even review it in 3:00 the first time? Next time, set a metronome to sustain 3:1:1:1.

Note to self: You're still bad at converting Tea Party digits. Horrible, actually. Much time could be saved with improvement in this area. 144 digits should take about a minute to encode and a minute to review. I just spent 3:00 encoding them. Keep trying.


Name: Millard ross grimes
Date of Birth:march 09 1987
Residence: Madison heights, VA, 24572
Telephone: 414 9117
Pet: Tan Cat Jan
Hobbies: RC cars, record collecting, figure skating
Car: 1975 aubergine BMW x5 4.8Si (IS?)
Foods: mushroom gravy apple cobbler DAMMIT TIME,

Name: Val Olin Lamb
Date of Birth: August 21, 1969
Residence: Dudley, MA 01571
Telephone: 550 1415
Pet: Blue Toad Henry
Hobbies: Singing tai chi airsoft
Car: 1966 puce aston martin db9 coupe
Foods: caesar salads, cream cheese, tea

Name: Latarsha Licia Waller
Date of Birth: Jan 21 1941
Residence: Holyok CO 80734
Telephone: 2883020
Pet: Gray Rat Cameron
Hobbies: Record collecting rock climbing, vintage clothes
Car: 1980 white land rover range rover
Foods: Pasta salad, Toffee turkey

Name: X alica sosa
Date of Birth: June 14 1984
Residence: FEntress Tx 78622
Telephone: 965 7855
Pet: Gold Parrot Joye
Hobbies: Sandcastle building tai chi handball
Car: 1986 Tan Ford Escape Hybrid FWD (messed this up - didn't say escape. The image wasn't orderly
Foods: Green olives, crepes, grapes.

Name: Ileana Stacey Norton
Date of Birth: Nov 4 1930
Residence: Kipling NC 27543, SAID TOO SLOW!
Telephone: 991 6382
Pet: White chicken tommy
Hobbies: Record collecting, badminton, rock climbing
Car: 1962 fuschia nissan quest
Foods: Bisquits and gravy, stuffing, teriyaki beef jerky

Name: Elijah Val Key
Date of Birth: September 13, 1993
Residence: Hedrick IA 52563
Telephone: 9100962
Pet: Black sugar glider Dede
Hobbies: Camping surfing freerunning
Car: 1982 orange toyota rav4 2wd
Foods: Sauerkraut guacamole, cashews.

43/48. I couldn't think of a couple things in time, but would have gotten them all correct if I had a few more moments. I REALLY liked this method.

I did 4 people, then reviewed them, then the last two people, then reviewed them, and at that point, I was at 10:20. I was trying to move pretty fast but I think each person was averaging just under a minute or so. That gave me just enough time for an active review for the last 4:40. It was really freaking good. If it goes this smoothly next month you won't get eliminated, no way. Then at the very, very, end, I was able to review the first 3 or 4 names again, just barely. A lot of the information I didn't even read the third time because I could remember the images, but that probably isn't safe. I do have to get a little bit better at active review timing, but


1) 4/3 safe run: 192. Good enough!! That's what the safe run's all about.

missed images
1)small and jugglable (454)
2)small enough to fit several in a donut box; edible (744)
3) 074, 360, 303. Jesus, all of the characters need consistent actions.

If I had more loci, I could get 360 today. What am I doing ruining all my scores by not having enough loci??

Words, 15 min:
1) 125/141, score:31.
Tried this one like Boris' suggestion. 2 per locus, looking away from the screen to get more clear imagery, etc.
This was really bad, just don't do it.

Dominic reviews:

Good images make for quick recall. The perfect speed is the speed at which mental recall + memorization total time is the shortest. That's the fastest speed that has a very high degree of accuracy.

cards, 15 images/5 loci + mental review:
1) 1:11.09

I may not have much time for this drill, but isn't it worth something to know that I am memorizing well? Isn't that a skill worth learning?

...Later, maybe. For now, I must focus on speed and quantity.

Name: Duncan Noah Robles
Date of Birth: april 9 1960
Residence: Mohamit IL, 61853
Telephone: 9277563
Pet: Pink snail Jerrie
Hobbies: Kayaking, baking, sailing
Car: 1983 tan GM escalade esv awd
Foods: pickled eggs homemade fudge pasta salad

Name: Mable Sharan Hansen
Date of Birth: Nov 17 1994
Residence: Abileine OH, 45710
Telephone: 2807280
Pet: Gold Hedgehawg lashawnda
Hobbies: Jewelry making, cart racing, leaf collecting and pressing
Car: 1951 blue toyota 4 runner 4wd
Foods: Smoked salmon PB cream cheese

Name: Felishia Natashia Langley
Date of Birth: May 13 1928
Residence: Fort Wayne IN 46852
Telephone: 8639739
Pet: gray fish Jerod
Hobbies: Surfing figure skating squash
Car: 1968 Yellow nissan maxima
Foods: Teriyaki BJ hot dogs turkey

Name: Pilar adaline X
Date of Birth:

Residence: Cleveland OH 44128
Telephone: 6969743
Pet: Blue toad Brock
Hobbies: Disc golf backpacking darts
Car: 1922 green GM equinox FWD
Foods: Garlic cupcakes apples

Name: Truman Lee levine
Date of Birth: march 01 1974
Residence: Thomaston maine, 04861
Telephone: 930 7290
Pet: White rabbit cathi <-----IT WAS A BUNNY.
Hobbies: driving cheerleading backpacking
Car: 1923 mauve jaguar cars inc, jaguar x-type
Foods: Uncertain

Name: Pasquela Harlan Lawrence - 1/2.
Date of Birth: May 1, 1952
Residence: House springs MO 63051
Telephone: 150 1883
Pet: Brown Sugar glider LORNA
Hobbies: Element collecting paper football locksport
Car: 1936 white toyota avalon
Foods: strawberries sauerkraut pickles.

Score: 43.5/48. You have gotten so much better at this in the last 24 hours.

Mem'd 4 and reviewed in a little over 6 minutes. Mem'd and reviewed last two in just under 10:00. There was enough time for a very successful active review, followed by a tad more food and name glancing.

Keep adding peeps; let's make this a party. I need to account for nervousness as well as the novel foods and cars and hobbies that I'll get in NY.
Date of Birth:

Feb 5, early morning, did not sleep last night.

Tea Party.

Let's do 7 today.

This will be number 7:

Gender: Male
Name: Dorian Philip Saunders
Date of Birth: May 29, 1951
Residence: Woodbridge, VA 22191
Telephone: 357-7119
Pet: black parrot named Bernita
Hobbies: Reading, Jewelry Making, Gymnastics
Car: 1964 Black Volkswagen Passat Wagon 4motion
Foods: Avocado, Chicken soft tacos, and Hot dogs

Name: Jonas Arden Franco
Date of Birth: Sept 29 1944
Residence: GILTner Nebraska 68841
Telephone: 1790522
Pet: Yellow frog hedwig
Hobbies: Art collecting Seaglass collecting amateur astronomy
Car: 1946 gray ford explorer 2wd
Foods: S S chicken, tea, banana bread

Name: Erlene allegra maxwell
Date of Birth: may 24 1918
Residence: KS 67566 XXXXXXXXX
Telephone: 287 3695
Pet: orange canary Stephany
Hobbies: XXX cricket runing ?
Car: 2001 gold kia motors corporation kia sorento 4wd
Foods: asparagus pinto beans cashews

Name: Dorian philip saunders
Date of Birth: 5 29 1951
Residence: Woodbridge va 22191
Telephone: XXXXXXXX
Pet: Black parrot bernita
Hobbies: reading, making jewelry, gymnastics
Car: 1964 black VW passat wagon 4motion XXXXXXX
Foods: Avacad, chick soft, hot dogs ???

Name: Alissa Judie Andrews
Date of Birth: July 28, 1947
Residence: oddessa tx 79764
Telephone: 294 5259
Pet: Gold Pig Emerald
Hobbies: People watching, ??????, Geneaology
Car: 2001 mauve volvo s60 awd ????
Foods: Lobster, dogs, celery

Name: Nathaniele BRICK WHO???
Date of Birth: Jan 17, XXXXXXXX
Residence: XXXXXXXXX 57380
Telephone: 6341849
Pet: Blue tortoise shayne
Hobbies: Parkour tennis baseball
Car: 1997 puce aston martin db9 coupe
Foods: gyros, chicken soft, AVACADO????

Name: MaryJane Shawnee Humphrey
Date of Birth: NOV 9 2007
Residence: Newbury CA 92365
Telephone: 2637583
Pet: Brown Bunny Rupert
Hobbies: DRiving Surfing, UMMMMMM XXXXXX
Car: Wish I knew who made the commander.
Foods: mashed taters, cottage cheese, cantaloupe???

Name: Clarence...uhhh XXXX
Date of Birth: jUNE 1 1958
Residence: Cumberland OH 43732
Telephone: 106 4301
Pet: Silver dog julienne
Hobbies: Amateur radio sandcastle building bridge
Car: 1975 red BMW 750li
Foods: Coj cheese cantaloupe cucumber salad.???

GOT 42/56 HERE. RHINO ON A LEASH IS MY BASELINE not bad at all :)

Int N&F, 5 in:
ALMOST leveled up to level 14. Scored 585 points. Did those names FAST and was able to remember them. But with a couple of exceptions which I KNEW were exceptions that were just too hard, I did make an image for every first and last name. And I did it fast.

Nat N&F, 15 min:
101/120. Not even close to leveling up to level 9. I'm so far behind on this event but I can feel change brewing. Try again, this time go FASTER and review every 40 names.

Int N&F, 5 mins:
36/45 515 points. Not so hot.


I'm going to try to do 306 digits reviewing the first 200, latter 106, then ALL of them. Impossible? Yeah, maybe.

1) That didn't really work. But then again, what does? Maybe I should memorize 324 digits carefully, in like 3:30, then sprint through the review.

I'm gonna try that. Metronome at 650 in 7:00. Once I hit 324, go back and sprint.

Alright....That didn't quite work either this run, but I haven't slept in days.

That was a lot of fun though. It felt really slow so there was plenty of time to embellish the linking. Review time was just a little bit tight. It is so important with this method to keep the pace and let it be. Then the review can be a skim until little holes need to be repaired. If there are full loci missing because the pace was not kept, nothing can be done during the review because there isn't enough time. I really believe that I could do 360 with this method today. First I'll check to make sure I can in fact review 4 digits per second (360 in 1:30)

Oh yeah, I can go a LOT faster than that. If only I could do that with cards...In the future, I will. But I must become fluent first.

Did a few N&F Runs. Didn't beat any record. Did some digits runs. Kept getting lost. Did some words, forgot em.

Tooka lil' nappie. Feelza lil' better.

Random Words:

5 min:
Right now my PB is 60 (score = 480)

Oh wow, I just tried for 60 and thought I was shooting for a PB!

The coveted "600 points" is at 75 words here, and 165 words for 15 minute. I am better at 15 min words relatively speaking, but it's still my weakest event. Worst than N&F. So be sure to hit that goal of 165 by mid-March. Being consistent there is even better.

As you know, review pacing is crucial. So practice with 5 minute words may not actually be that helpful except for some fundamentals.

Because you don't have many loci, you can JUST use the storytelling method here, adding a hair of vividness to the items you link with the stories. Between stories, always make a huge, vivid link.

Double Deck: Dominic review

Forgot cards 25-30. NEVER again. 2 dec


1)219/330. Reviewed after 90 for some reason. only mem'd 304.

Here's another cool idea for safe-run. Memorize a whole lot 3/3/1 and then review the first half or so; as many as I can in 60-90 seconds. It's safe because at least I'll be able to review the beginning, and then with a little luck I could get a really high score.

Less givitagoh!

3:30 is probably safer, but this first time I'll mem for 4:00

1) Forgot to do 3/3/1 so restarted after 80 digits. I took the extra moment to see stuff pretty clearly though. You can take an extra moment if memorizing for an extra minute!

2) OMFG forgot to do it again. Though going a little slower to see things more clearly or link more creatively, keeping the pace is still the most important thing.

857020522537- - -16427

SCORE: 92. Lame beans. Maybe I should just do what I do best: 150/150 but at 3/3/1 set to...306 perhaps? That's slower than 41 bpm, but faster than 40.

Less Givitagoh!

- - - - - -44262326763950
- - -78752377067978333
- - - - - -86730401791779
168948- - -32539478295
132493443411- - - - - -36

Dont even know. Can't even say why.



Remember what Ben did to his rote memory at first? That'll complement my storytelling method quite well. So let's see what it's like to go fast.

This time, we're just gonna link em all. 100 in 5 minutes, 150/150.

1)45/100. That's a baseline score -- don't know what to say about it. 100 is an incredible amount, so don't know what to expect. Note that I got 25 of the first 26 correct, and between 40-80 I got almost none.
Now I have to ask about the serial position effect, if a list is repeated twice beginning to end, the middle terms will fall twice in the 25% and 75% sections, averaging out to 50%, and the same goes for the first and last terms, which while beginning and ending the entire set, fall at 50% in the center. One would think they average out but they did not, so the rules of SPE change when the list is repeated. The effects only seemed amplified.

This time, after the first cycle, begin to review from the 50th word.
2) 16/100. That schedule was weird. But also these words didn't fit together as well, or maybe I was just confused.

My magic schedule has been to review at 67% then the final 33%, ending at 67% time limit, then using the final 33% for a full review. In this case, that would require 300 words in 5 minute metronome. Let's do it.

5 February, 2014 - 22:03
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago


Block decoding.

I figure I should be able to quadruple these scores by the WMC or more. That would mean 720 digits per minute.
(720 digits = 3 packs +4 extra cards, or about 19.5 seconds per deck. Totally feasible. EASIBLE actually.)

180 digits:

1) 0:55

90 digits:

4) 0:24.33
5) 0:16.53. (these checked out)
6) 0:16.36. felt slow.
7) 0:18.32
8) 24.18
10)0:16.4. Best of all ten! I must practice this daily on the ipad. Memocamp is incredibly inefficient.

I wouldn't quite say that this is a waste of time, but the time really should be spent learning these correctly. Right-brain approach. Or maybe I should just review them 64 at a time until I'm a boss at all 8 groups.

You can begin to memorize binary when you are consistently under 1 second per image.

Also, during each recheck, take note of the configuration.

I need a way to improve like this at Words and Tea Party.

Tea Party...That's easy. Race to perfect recall on one person.

Race to remember 10 phone numbers perfectly. And 10 zip codes. And ten on N&F too.

Start doing teeny, tiny drills. That must be the way up past this plateau.

N&F 15 minutes:

Moved it up to level 12. I always should.

Memorized about 50 names at a time, did three internal reviews, landed right at 10:00, which was just enough time to do a final review. Pacing was excellent. There were a lot of names I memorized and could have remembered if the faces would have clued me in. Not linking the names to the faces was the sole reason my score wasn't much higher. It takes a moment I know, but it must be done. Not as important in 5 minute faces, so don't develop the bad habit.

Got 99/120 correct, 120/170 attempted. Would my scores increase after a name review? I'm stuck here at 100.

So as not to wear out the faces by becoming too familiar, I should do a bunch of name runs without faces. That will also help me with the slowest and most uncertain part of the Tea Party. If I could rock names, what would hold me back?

I just reviewed 210 male names in 8 minutes by simply reading down the list instead of using flashcards. Know these names like the back of your hand or so help you at the tea party. It's going to be HARD, harder than practice, if I'm anything but overprepared, I'm going to be straight blindsided.

Block reference:

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6 February, 2014 - 09:41
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

Ten Ten Blocks

2)0:40. ?
3)0:28.48 Twice as slow as a few hours ago.
4)0:23.55 God why?
6)0:17.34 good

These last two -- look at middle digit only
9)0:40 and cheated a little.


1) attempt 306. 306 took 3:30. Reviewed through 260-280 or so. Score 40.

I can not think and I am involuntarily falling asleep right now. Caffeine, audible digits, try not to fall asleep within the first 100. But I do need sleep, otherwise just more BS scores that mean nothing and do nothing for me. Instead of 12-18 hours, I have been awake for 75 hours. It is no wonder I cannot think.
Work begins tomorrow. Say goodbye to consistent training. The Tea party...JB is guaranteed to beat it. That means I must be in the top 2 out of 4 competitors. Is that really something that I can do? Am I even in the top 5 of random words? All I can do is cards. What was I thinking? Over 5 hours in the past few days on binary. What am I doing?

That does it. I'm finding the previous tea parties to see just how hard the real ones are. I'll just watch it straight through, type it out as said, then mem the rest of the time.

General Competence requires a minimum of 20 hours. I have 40 days, and I really suck at this stuff. I went from NOTHING to second or 3rd place in cards in 20 days. I am better than nothing, and I have twice the time. Recall is not practice. That means I must Do 2 15 minute words and 2 Tea Parties per day for the next six weeks.


15 min:
1) (That's one down!) Scored 115/144. Many shifts, so that's misleadingly low. I am not using loci at all right now. pure story, and the story is continuous. For that reason shifts may happen unless there is 1:1 linking

2) 1:1 linking this time, and just hope it doesn't slow you that much. But don't cheat.

6 February, 2014 - 10:32
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

2010 Tea Party

a) Type out information as spoken
b) study for 5 minutes more
c) recall in order requested.

Name:gregory stephen mcguyver
Date of Birth: 1947 Nov 21
Residence: Clifton Park NY 12065
Telephone:907 9056
Pet: Siamese Cat light and dark brown wilson
Hobbies: tree felling books on cd, remodeling
Car:2000 VW passat silver grain
Foods: Filet mign, salmon filet, bearclaw icecream (short)
Name: Sammy Lennon
Date of Birth: June 1 1998
Residence:Largemont ny 90538
Telephone: 333 1843
Pet: dog golden mut sandy
Hobbies: pottery broadway plays horseback riding
Car: jaguar 2010 blue
Foods:chinese food chocolate chip cook brownies (ala mode?)

Name: Bill patrick preac 10 15 1945
Residence:long is ny 11701
Telephone: 516 455 1420
Pet: Lab black lady
Hobbies: golding, writing, racketball
Car: 1967 chev corv red
Foods: Bill von john lasagna pork chop
Name: Cathleen sherwood forest
Date of Birth: aug 31 1944
Residence: Becky MA 00123
Telephone: 243 6646
Pet: domest short hair cat black max
Hobbies: cooking wood coloring reading
Car: 1969 jaguar xke lemon yellow
Foods: Cow chocolate pears
Name: Edmond Malcom Pinzer
Date of Birth: july 6 1932
Residence: Wyoming penssilania 19483
Telephone:294 5789
Pet: snake black lightning
Hobbies: scuba dive gator wresling cricket
Car: 1957 chevy corvette baby blue
Foods: Ritz Parogies Prime rib.

Dunno, whatever. I encoded a small amount in the first ten mins so tried to do it all in 5 mins. Didn't work out but the fact remains that this information was stupid easy. TWO Jaguars and TWO corvettes?! I need to make images for some car models for Chrissake! Bet they'll pick all 6 from a list of 100! We'll Start with every model of Josh's.

Words, 15 min: Read This

My mind is still so tired and shot, yet I did REALLY well on words this way --> Recall was easy. Time distribution was 7:30 for encoding and internal review of the first 80 words. That left a disproportionate 3:30 for the encoding and internal review of the next 64 words. It took me about 4:45 though, so I did my final review in the 3:45 remaining, which was actually enough time to review 144 words meaningfully. The trick is being able to place images effortlessly so you are able to focus on storytelling. You'll get better and better at that.

I used Beaumont. 4/locus. Relied purposely mostly on storytelling, trying to make sure to get an image for every word, which did not exactly happen initially. If I can tell that I'm about to waste a lot of time on an image and I know I honestly can't help it, then if it's my first go-through, just make sure it fits with the story. But on my second go-through I HAVE to put something visual there. The gamble is just that you see it twice instead of three times. Other than 2 plurality errors, the one word I missed was Falsity. I put Following because I remembered something about "Fall" but never took the time to make the word "city!"

I TECHNICALLY scored 131, getting 140/144 correct. Really, I spelled Ophthalmology Opthalmology, and that pulled down my score, which should have been 141, maybe. right now PB is 139 and level up is 140 so that sucks.

Tea Party:
Fell asleep for like a minute in the middle. Then time was up and I had forgotten so much I stopped trying to recall after this first locus. Time management was typical, 67/33 @ 10:00.

Outside I noticed that my opinion had changed.
"If I really want it," I thought, " having a decided advantage over the others in the Tea Party is well within my reach." It seemed kind of obvious. 6 weeks is a long time for Lance Tschirhart. If I can only get pumped up about it then I'll know what to do next. Just a quick daily review For starters though, make a solid list of pets, cars, hobbies, foods, and pet names, as well as reviewing the names I already have. I really think I could get comfortable with an extra 1,000 pieces of information for the Tea Party by late March. And also do it a ton. Simon, Hannes, Jonas, Ola, Nelson --- these guys consistently make the most improvement PER MONTH on memocamp. They have less room to improve and yet improve the most. How do they keep doing that? My performances have remained flat for so long.

Before digit breakthroughs, I have always had stints of memorizing with 2/locus. I just tried that with 240 digits and today which is you know the WORST day for my brain, I missed maybe 40 or so, but I stopped the clock after the review and it was at exactly 3:21 -- 67% of 5:00. At that speed, I could have done a third review at the same speed or if I had been just a little slower I still could have done a fast third review. I kinda like being able to do it with just one review though, so maybe I should keep working on it like this -- seeing how fast I can get 150, 200, 250, 300, 350 digits instead of always going for 5:00.

By the way, 2/locus velt really nice and natural of course, since it was so easy to go at that high speed. with 3:20 initial encoding, that would have been a 480 digit attempt! That's fast!

Words, 15 min:
1) Storytelling, focus on visualization links, but no loci. Shot for 160 in a row then review, which I got to do then another fast review of maybe 100 or so. That was so many words and being unsure if there was a missed word eventually there would come a point after which every word would be counted wrong. If only you had more loci, you could practice the REAL way and you wouldn't have to do this stuff.

Wait. That is something those champions have that I do not have. Is that it?

Feb 8: Drank last night.
1)0:57.07 fail
2) Slow + full review = 1:45.69, of course success.

Names review :
1) Reviewing 225 female names and the 100 "new" M&F names took about 20 minutes. 10/minute? That's quite slow because I'm still in the learning phase. Soon it'll be ALL names in 15 minutes, now tell me that isn't worth doing for a guy scared by names.... These names are so unfamiliar that even encoding the name "Monica Lynn Kelly" took me about ten seconds. Such an easy name - what would I do about a tricky name? Note that food and hobbies at the USAMC are going to take longer to encode and review. If I can get better at names, I can maintain and even increase my scores.

How stupid would I feel if I could blame a failure in tea party on spending the last month of training more on digits, cards, or N&F? That is the kind of BS I am prone to doing. JB told me "Three months is not a lot of time to train for Tea Party." I'm working in half that timeframe. If I did nothing but tea party from now til the end of March, it'd be a damn good use of time.

Tea Party:

1) Used 6 faces from memocamp to link to the names. It did definitely make identifying the person harder and more uncertain, so it's a necessary addition.

Owing to the alcohol, I finished 4 + review in I think a little over 10:00 and the last 2 with like 13:00 and didn't even have enough time for one more full review. During recall, I STOPPED during the 4th name because it was just SO bad - it was like a murder I couldn't bear to watch. As in all other things, after practicing more than you can handle, it's better to take a step back and identify your limits. So now, we're just going to practice with 5 people for a little while. Until you can do it with certainty. Then We'll be ready to take it to the next step.

And also: I might have done well with those 67% reviews, but I did well with full reviews even earlier. In fact, I even did that and was able to do a mental review straight through once. Full review has always been your it time to start changing things up right now?

An important note on performance: Don't divert your eyes from the page. It only slows you down and has never helped.

2) 5 Profiles: Score 44/48, errors extremely minor, better linking needed.

This time, I didn't divert my eyes. I made the images quickly and without fear, as digits or cards. All 5 profiles took me about 5:00. I did maybe 5 or 6 full reviews afterward. It got to the point where my memory pushed me through the images faster than the page did. The reviews got SO fast. After the 2nd or third review, I was able to alter the images slightly as I went through, making them more vivid.
Going faster made it all so much easier...Where does the curve reverse, because I COULD go faster than this if I needed.

the 15s time limit did not feel restrictive this time. I KNEW this stuff. Furthermore, I felt finished at like 10:00. I almost stopped the clock at 10:00 just to experiment.

Improvement needed:
Didn't do a great job linking names to faces. Also, I SHOULD have been focusing on the linking overall, especially during reviews. That's what makes it happen. Going faster made it so much easier.
Take note of when something funny or unexpected happens. The black guy's name is "Jackson Michael Tito," and his favorite food is "BBQ Ribs, fried chicken, and collard greens." Or when a little girl likes obscure foods or hobbies, or when a female does manly things, or when a guy with a southern accent is from the north. All of those things will stick better.
Go even faster, even when an image eludes you. Those will be the problem children, and there will be a limited number of them. The important thing is that there are no OTHER problem children. Nothing unexpected will be forgotten. The problem children can be attempted during every subsequent review. Images tend to come to mind faster during reviews.

3) 38/48
Reviewed straight through. Stick with the 67/33 review. It works...the reason why is because 6/10 questions that I missed were from the first person. So obviously I stretched too far before the initial review. If that person was chosen, I'd have lost. If that person were not chosen, I'd have moved on. That's 50/50%. Should I fly to NY for 50/50%? Must say though, I've been remembering those digits really, really well. Quickly and on the money. Hobbies, too. Cars, almost perfect again. It's names and foods. Names and foods.


1) This is a new safe-run style of 2/2/3 where the last 5 digits are memorized zipcode style. But I'm going for a quantity of 400, Free.

Ok, I actually quit after 80 digits because they took SO long. The 2/locus were quite nice, and the 3/locus took forever and a day to memorize. There are TWELVE of these in the Tea party.

- - - - - -597686510584491
120490247407- - - - -851
182392- - -388...

Quitting time. I got all 400 in in like 3:15 and then reviewed through maybe 300 and many of those sloppy. Perhaps this isn't the way to achieve a "safe run" after all?

N&F National, 15 mins:

91/120. Why? Why can I not do this?

I reviewed after something like 3 lines, then 4, then 4. Had 5:00 left for full review, and I got to zoom through 50 names in like the last 30 seconds or so, which seemed like a smart thing to do. But how should I know?

Maybe I rushed through the cognitive phase. Maybe I have no fundamentals. Maybe I need to be just edging out my PB's day after day. Next time, try to score 106.

Attempt: 321, 2/locus. correct = 304. Didn't bother to go through and try to figure out the ones I missed. I couldn't remember 27 digits. But that's not bad. Soon I'll get 321 and go for 324. Bump all of these PB scores up little by little. 1 Locus at a time. That's what I need to be doing til USAMC. I'm about as good as I'll be, so tiny stretches will just sharpen me up.

Tea Party: Get 5 profiles perfectly and then bump it up to 5 profiles+ Name, then 5 + name + BD, etc.

Random words, 15 min: 80 then 60 then full, total 132/140, didn't stick around to fill in any gaps afterward.

Tea Party: 5 Profiles: 40/40 = Perfect. Perfect spelling, perfect everything.

Check this sweet math out: Did all 5 in about 6:00. Then I did a fast, cheating active review. Then I did an ACTUAL active review. The active review ended at 12:30. That = 2:30 per profile, at a rate of 15:00 per 6 profiles! The extra passive review afterward did help too, but if I can speed up just a tad then I can get one of those in even with 6 profiles.

Next TP: 5 Profiles + Name

b)1:50. Is this a good thing? Why did it even happen?

Active: Encoded Tom as Sin!!!! Without active, I may not have caught this at all! I'd have a score of 16!! ACtive is a must then. Had to rush the last half minute, so the last 20 or so were passive, and then glanced at the first 10 1 last time.
V: 4:50, perfect.

Followup: 60 + active.
AR: 40
V: 1-38. CAreful....
M: 1-52

Feb 9: Early Morning, did not sleep last night.

Digits: 306 Record Run 2/locus, 51 locus Apartment:
986785016018- - - - - -69
64068388- - - - - -- - - - - -
2827485700035886402. Forgot next., no need to carry on.

Pacing: 306 in 2:58. Absolutely perfect.
Score: 179. Lower than my safe score, so it is of no use. My scores with mistakes are almost always under 200. My safe scores usually have mistakes, too.

Random Words:

Attempt: 130
Score: 128
Called one plural when not only was it singular, but so was its image :\
And encoded pendants as pedants, which is why I missed that one. Don't misread. My god that would be sad. First 60 in 5:00, second 60 in 4:10, then did 8 more, full review then added 2 more. Had time for review and active review, but clearly my method of review is not set in stone which is both a good thing and a problem. It needs to be fleshed out, is all. The two missed were 66 and 82, both in the red zone.

Cards: SafeRun: 0:57.5. Forgot 2 imgs. recon was fine. However, I got ahead of myself frequently rather than keeping the pace. It screwed me up and slowed me down.

Random words: 15 minutes -- score: 140/140! PB. Good job sir, good job. It didn't count because I misspelled acetic...ascetic. But I got these 140 words with a very high degree of certainty. I don't remember the times exactly, but I relied almost totally on storytelling and got through 120 of them FAST. If I couldn't come up with an image, so be it. In the review, I was able to remember many of the words, and many others I forgot. I just went fast and tried to predict. At the end of this one, I think that was when I added 8 more at the end. Then on the NEXT review I think I added 2 more at the end, then after the next review, I think I added the last ten, and then I got to review them all again. It was in these many reviews that I was able to figure out where potential plurality errors, etc. were. I think even better would be just picking the total amount, zooming through and then reviewing over and over. If I could heavily incorporate storytelling into Tea Party...the world would end. Maybe it isn't necessary, but I ought to play with it. Next Tea Party, I'll use storytelling for all hobbies and foods.

N&F 15 min National:

1)114/118/120!!!!! PB! Finally movin' on up in the world of N&F!! 570 points!

Strategy: Basically, I read through all those N&F as fast as I could. I read through all those 60 faces like ten times, each time adding imagery and filling in more blanks. Having all of the first names perfectly natural and being able to slap them all down the first time through would just be incredible. The first name would become such a part of that face after all that reviewing that the last name would be a lot easier to link in. If you're at a plateau, just make sure you're going fast, fast, fast. Knowing all of the first names like the back of my hand is what will get me past the next plateau, so don't neglect that. Also, I started going vertically one time through to mix things up.


2) Tried the next level of 130 names. Utter failure. I'm sure I didn't handle the pacing or timing right because I'm not used to it yet. I really didn't have many actual images for the people because my objective was pretty much to see their faces as many times as possible. And it didn't work, I stopped early during recall because it wasn't even worth wasting the faces by thinking about them more, it was pretty bad. That'll be one for another day :D

Tea Party:
5 + Name.
38/41. Went like LIGHTNING this time. Kinda like what I've been doing with words and names today. Reviewed like a zillion times. The truth is that I did remember 40/41, but didn't have a good image for Sylascauga :). And 2 of them took a little over 15s to spit out completely. One cool thing about this method nonetheless is that I wasn't scared to start talking to give stuff away because I knew that I knew it. I did the first 5 Profiles in under FOUR minutes. It was fast for sure. But if I could have come up with better images for the towns and especially peoples' names, the time would have been better spent. Nevertheless, it was close. Maybe a tad too fast just because I was lacking a few images, but the zips and phones and foods and cars and hobbies and pets were rock solid.

This might be the way to go for the real deal because
a) the reason it DOESN'T work here is simply that the names are so difficult, but in the real tea party, they aren't.
b) the best advantage it DOES give is the massive review quantity, which is more important the more novel the material is, and the foods and hobbies might be very novel at the Tea Party.

Strategy for N&F, Words, and Tea Party are all going to sync over the next few weeks.


V:Minor error. Careful.
This was a little less comfortable than others, once again thru and then half way; the rest covered in a quick review from memory. So what..take LESS time initially, or more? Let's try them both.

E: Shooting for just sub-2:00
V:4:20, perfect
During active, I must say that some items that I felt I was seeing for the first time made me very uncomfortable, and I wanted to see them again. 20 BPM or 30s per image makes 1:18x2= 2:36. That's a very slow speed to go to wind up with such a nice time. What you rarely do on these is keep the pace. You can go as slow as you want just as long as you keep the pace.

Random words:

15 mins:
1)143/144 score: 134. Put marriage instead of wedding. Still, got all the tenses and stuff right! used method above.

Tea Party:
1) 5 Profiles + Name and Bday and address.

Heh, Got a perfect score on the first 5, then couldnt dredge up the 6th guy's last name in time and encoded his address NC when it was SC. Rarrrrr. Took about 6 minutes to do all 5, but only 1:40 to do the first 2. So things really started slowing along the way.

But I do think I have the chops for 5 Profiles + Name, Bday, Address. It'll just take a couple more tries.


1) Safe:
110109907281631861- -
- 0828893253294976661

At 7:00, still dont know the blank. Will call it a fail. Safe = 138. ***siiighhhh***

OK - What I should have done is moved the 861 before the blank over to plug the gap, just in case. I actually was thinking about doing this before but just left it in place to try to figure it all out. Anyway, I would have been right in this case, and the score would have been 220.

Mem'd in 2:16, reviewed slowly once then focused on the beginning. Kind of poor time management actually. What If I ran through this in 1:40, 1:40, 1:40? thats 80 images in 100 seconds or 48 imgs/minute. Let's try it.

27- - -286104949803693

forgot 041... Anyway, that's 220. a good score but I have to say that this did not feel very safe. Oh, digits. What to do, what to do? The third time through I rushed through because it was so obvious along the way and I wanted to be able to get back to the beginning again.

Practice the 40 new mario loci. Mario 3ds loci possibilities, too. Could do much longer paths with that one. Did Pablo ever get that back to me...?

When doing safe runs, the focus is on LINKING. That is what makes a "safe" run "safe."

Feb 10: Early Mornin'!

Tea Party: 5 profiles + Name, Bday, Address.

-4. Including +Address.

It's these names. They are wasting ALL of my time...


+1,000,000 points strategy!
+1,000,000 points strategy!
+1,000,000 points strategy!
+1,000,000 points strategy!
+1,000,000 points strategy!
+1,000,000 points strategy!

1) Print out a zillion faces and cut them out.

2) On each face, write a 1,2,3,4,5, or 6 and keep the faces separated into sets of 6.

3) Print out the Tea Party profiles onto individual pages.

4) At the beginning of memorization, Flip over a face and link that face to the name on that page #.

5) Every 1:40, a timer will go off, at which time the face is flipped back down and a new one is flipped up and again linked.

*This will simulate the entering actors who may enter in an order not represented on the scripts.*

If I can keep the actors from troubling me, that's the very last hurdle.

10 February, 2014 - 10:25
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

Pretty sleepy today, and performance has been unexceptional across the board. However, I did just shoot for 324 and beside not encoding the final 2 images, there were only 3 other images forgotten from the very start of recall, all after digit #270. Didn't try very hard to fill em in. I did it free, and it took just slightly longer to get all those digits than I wanted it to take. About 3:15. But it was good that it did take that long. I was able to identify the time I need in order to make good-enough-images, and then just HOPE there was enough time left over for review. And yes, 1:45 is more than enough time to review 324 digits if they were all encoded in the first run-through.

Maybe I can learn something about cards from this. Started my Tea Party Mega-Project last night. It feels good. K.

One more digit run, record run = 306, hewdraw. USA format.


96848341828- - -408572
55381747934884839 <-------> Perennially, the "Case of the missing last images" reopens.

Note something really important here -- My linking was really good. And at some points I was probably a little too sluggish even then, but I finished up that 306th digit at something like 3:50. So I reviewed through all 306 in about a minute. Linking was a priority in this run!

Which may imply two things:
1) Review time is relatively unimportant compared to encoding time, as long as I can see them all again.
2) I am already capable of much higher scores with more precise timing...

Followed up with a double deck with this model in mind. I'm not used to linking as well with cards because I usually memorize only a few at a time. So I put the energy into linking and let it go as as sloooow as it hard to be. It was right around the 3:00 mark. I was expecting and perhaps hoping it would have been slower. It was quite vivid and lively imagery! Then I just went back to the beginning and did active review through. When I couldn't remember the next image, I zoomed up and did a crystal clear mortal-combat-close-up-linking-cut-scene, and then moved on, at every image recognizing how it linked to the ones before and after it.

Those who become the best always have to move slowly in the beginning because they have chosen to sharpen a tool that is for now an unwieldy encumbrance. Hone it.

Even if you practice it for the tea party, it could be worth slowing down...

Tea Party: all 6:
1) 140/148. Spent so much freaking time on those names...and had a few, 3 maybe? instances where I should have said the answer but it took a moment too long to verbalize. I need to speak up right away. get some digits or words out in the air and it frees up the mind for the next ones. I've made that mistake a bunch of times and it can't continue. Encoding was pretty much slow all around. But where linked effortlessly, solid recall followed. There were many spots with no linking at all, though. Hate these names.

Did a good job remembering food when I linked to the first food, made an item with the first 2 foods, then an even bigger item with the 2+1 foods, then linked out.

10 February, 2014 - 13:43
Joined: 5 years 2 weeks ago

What exactly do you mean when you say linking? Just connecting successive images to each other?

10 February, 2014 - 13:58
Joined: 3 years 10 months ago

ickathu wrote:
What exactly do you mean when you say linking? Just connecting successive images to each other?

he links images and places them on loci

10 February, 2014 - 14:04
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

Yeah, making them bump into the object in the next locus or something like that would be the simplest example, so that whichever direction you are going, a context clue is provided for adjacent items. If you can link everything without spending a whole, whole lot of time on the links, you'll have a lot better recall. Being able to work something out with the objects off the cuff is the trick.

Queso, wtf does 950 look like anyway? ...Just copy the palace from the front of The Little Mermaid...

I'm feeling three complementary frustrations...not as good a

t speed numbers as I should be for how well I know the images, not as good at cards as I am at digits because I can't picture those images as quickly, and neither of these are very important to work on before March...

...something.... lazyboy lob. Ah, It was urn. I waited til like 1:40 I think. Risky. It was a semi-comfortable 48, but not THAT c

How do I get 320 on my first try above 280 digits, TWO months ago, and not exceed 300 again since!? Maybe I have been setting my sights too high...

The bottom line is that if I am not improving, I am practicing the wrong thing.

Feb 12.

It's time for some ground rules.


2 runs per day; no more = 5 hours of encoding time, 10 hours of recall.


4 runs per day, no more or no less.= about 25 hours

Tea Party:

2 Per day = 15 hours of encoding.


1 per day. At least 5 seconds before recall of each word = 15 hours of encoding.


Done between locus runs to let them rest.


I'll gain more championship points with this schedule than I have all year in the next month.


Making banks today. You know you're going to love this.


31-50, Mario 1
51-70, Mario 2
71-90, Mario 3
91-PD, Mario 4

CY: Ditto.

Obviously, you need to get very, very fast at CY.

3/Locus in Triplecrown. Again, fast, obviously.



30 in Phone booth.

By the way, ONCE AGAIN those system reviews yesterday were so incredibly effective. Just amazing.


1) "safe" run -- attempted 240, 3:2, and FORGOT 27, WTF!? It felt so SLOOOOOW encoding those!!!! Score of 80. What if that seriously happened in the safe run????? What I USED to do in a safe run last year was hit the target quickly and lightning fast review 2 or even three times, with only 4 digits per locus. That was rarely a disaster and think of how many safe runs I do that end in distaster now!

2) A NEW kind of safe run: 2/locus, hit the target fast and review like hell. 240 digits.

Note that by reducing the number of digits per locus, you get a 'safer' method.

240/240, success

That was SOOOOOOO easy. Recall was just so freaking easy, there were just a few moments of hesitation -- they did NOT lead to uncertainty, they just weren't IMMEDIATE. But it was without a doubt the easiest digit recall in a long time. Get more loci, don't go back to 3/locus for digits at all; why, why, why would I do that?!

Encoding: 2:15. Reviewed through the first time in 1:15, did I review twice more?? well, at least once more, fixing up some linking but really I would just get better at initial linking (which wasn't half bad) at the expense of image clarity (which again, was not half bad) and review 3x. Or even just say screw linking, do the linking that naturally occurs and just go freaking fast and review a ton. Maybe just encode 300 digits in 2:00 and review like lightning. Amplify the principle and see when it breaks down. 306 digits at this speed would take 2:49 to encode and add 10 more loci. 27.5% more may not be easy, but nonetheless this run didn't even approach my limit.

It feels so good to learn my own ways. This is the reason I experiment so much.

Should I mimic this for endurance cards? Fast is the way I memorize words, digits, and faces best. And that's 3/4 of what I memorize. Maybe it's the increased speed of 2/locus that allows for the extra reviews that make it all possible.

Also, 2/locus is the only way I can visualize and link at ultra-high speeds for the 50 digit sprint.

3) GAHHH the computer went blank (after 3:00!?) and i hit something to get the screen back on and it made me go to recall before I was even done encoding. I was at about 286. Then I playfully decided to go straight to recall and got NOTHIN'. So I KNOW they are the reviews that make this method work, so I KNOW that getting the objects in the loci quickly is paramount.

But here's the thing -- I encoded the first 120 digits in 1:00. That is on schedule for 306 in 2:32. Mem. Good enough for 2 reviews or 3 if I went fast enough. BUT... by the time I was at 280 digits I was probably closing in on the 3:00 mark already. Old habits die hard; I was trying to make all those images really work and link, and I even got confused about the locus a couple of times. I can't help trying this just ONE more time. But this time I keep the pace and fail or not I get em in the freaking loci.

4) 244/306. Bad? Hmm. And I did it just as planned with the timing, 50/50, reviewed exactly twice. A lot of the missed loci were the ones I really couldn't link interestingly or didn't even see AT ALL in the locus. But I did get ALL of the last 120 or so, so the 21 missed images were all within the first 200 digits. 4 digit runs today, breaking ground rules so soon!? *sighs*

When Ben was reviewing his images on the train, imagine, soon he was doing it twice a day, and not long after that, he was reviewing them all 4 or even five times per DAY. I have never even done it TWICE in a day. No wonder he got so good! Since I am faster today, I just HAVE to continue. Keep it up and I'll be able to do it every day because it's just so fast. Every day for a month...and the record is virtually guaranteed. Even if I traded digit practice for that and just memorized 140 digits, wouldn't it be worth it???

Also: poetry vocabulary is just 150 images. 150 images that I used to know. Learn those asap, and memorize them all during poetry. Let's say they take up just 50 words in a poem. That's like memorizing 150 digits. What does that take, 2 minutes out of 15? Heck, make more images too!


Safe run: 1:00.5, Perfect recall!

This is the magic of full reviews! It's the first full recall deck I've done in a while, and among the faster ones I've ever done. Because of the recent digit failures I was rethinking the meaning of "safe" and while keeping the pace was able to really get some link snapshots, as well as linking almost every object to the next. Felt so good during encoding that before I even checked, I wondered if my score was perfect.

Speed Run: 0:42.48. Fail. Close, but no cigar. It'd be nice to have a little more control over timing.

DD:Tried 2/locus multiple quick reviews. Finished the mem in 1:56. had time to review so many times, like 5 times or 6 times. Recall was good, but could have been a little better if I'd visualized a few images better the first time around. I have a LOT of time to work with here, so it's okay to spend a few extra seconds making sure everything is seen and linked on the first go!

The next logical step drill: 2/locus this time! I liked it! Very confident! If I were to take Nelson's advice even at the upper end it would be too easy. 48%, single review, finishing at the Tung. Decide to bump up to 60% then, with the 1:1:1 ratio here, why not. Then, reviewing the first few cards VERY carefully, didn't get around to another full review. About half. Actually encoded wrong exactly at the 51%. and anyway, forgot another one shortly after, so that after thought was not useful, but remember how earlier I decided with good reason that the minimum must be 4% over total? Let's see how easy that is if I hit the clock after just one review.

Again: Went slow as heck this time, not the objective... Finished 56% at a 2:1 ratio and was able to glance at the first 4 cards again at the end. It was linked well most of the way, but not so much at the end, and I actually made a mistake at the 41% marsh

Tea Party:.

1) All 6 profiles. 140/148. missed 3 on one person... shouldn't say "missed" on all 8 of these perhaps, I just couldn't think of em all quite in time. If I had a few extra seconds from the tea party, maybe I would. I mem'd 3/review, 3/review. I didn't go too fast on the encoding, but having everything fresh in my mind for the reviews seemed like a decent idea. A lot of what I missed wasn't linked or was only linked a little later during review. Link EVERYTHING to the next item on the first time you see it.

Recalled with metronome and by skipping to a totally random blank for every question.

So...the score was not great. But neither was the linking. I can bump this up a couple more ticks in a month, of course I can. Perhaps do:

Feb 14:


1) safe run: 2 locus, free.


put 560 instead of 722. That was the only image I was unsure about. Maybe 893 should have lit it herself and then shot out of it, into 556? or if it were 560, maybe 556 should have tugged 893 along? I had enough time to spend an extra second on 12 different loci before hitting the 3:00 mark, so if the extra second is needed for good linking, it should be worth it.

2) record run. 2/locus, metronome, 2:1:1
OK: miscalculation: At 40BPM, I did 360 digits which took 3:00, then the review of 2 imgs per beat was too fast at some of the spots that weren't encoded and then after slowing down for some, I looked at the like at like 4:38 at 300 digits, which I thought was like 250 - 270 digits or something and kind of freaked out and went back to the beggining to review a lot then kept looking at the clock... Anyway I felt that Most of my initial encoding was really good when I stayed a hair in front of the metronome. When I fell back and refused to keep the was unfortunate, but I came out of there thinking "I need more tact but I'm definitely good enough to do this." So I was actually saying that about 360. 306 should be quite easy with a metronome.

3) 306. Thought I did well...but bad recall :\


1) these have been pretty bad today, too.

TEA party

1) TRIed to get a perfect tea party regardless of time. SPEnt 19:35 on it. Forgot one of the FIRST questions I tried to recall and said screw it. I linked everything, yes... And it took a long time to do that because I am REALLY not used to it, I can tell. So it was good to see what that's like, but wtf m8? almost 20 minutes and I couldn't do it? ooookay then, insteading of adding 33% let's again remove 25%, which would leave 11:15. That's just enough tme to go freaking fast, KEEPING THE PACE, and let's see how it goes!

2) REALLY, INCREDIBLY BAD. That's not nearly enough time for a dude of my skill level! and each person took an average of 1:08 for some reason. Don't know why. I did refuse to move on until I got names for the people. That takes a really long time for me of course. Maybe the point here isn't to memorize it all. Maybe none of us can do it. Nelson wasn't doing it. Not by a long shot, it seemed. Maybe it isn't smart to be selective, either. Maybe the thing to do is try to get it all while keeping the pace, and that ought to be a simple way to at least get close to maximizing results. Ok. Your strategy for names applies to cities AND people, and it hinges on the subconscious problem solving and creating an image during the second or third exposure.

Keep the pace this time.

3) I did so. finished all 6 in a little over 4:00. ended first review at 7:38. Did full review, but of course should have done 4/2 or even 3/3. but 4/2 has been most successful. Then just flew through over and over, getting more and more "activey" but it wasn't a great run. I didn't quite 'see' it all. I really didn't get very active either. But don't know how long that would have taken to do! I guess I had time to do it because I went so fast, but because I went so fast, active would have taken forever :(

138/148. We're gonna call that a fail. :)

4) on this run, DROP THE NAMES. Don't even look at them.

Digits: 450.
Maybe need a healthy dose of insanity to get visualizing everything more quickly: 450 digits:
I will say that I got the timing down perfectly, except that the review was a bit too slow. This was 3/locus, felt good I'd say. Of course it sucks, but why not just keep using that same palace?? I'm not going to be recalling all of these ANYWAY.

99907499597335- - -- - -
- - -- - -- - -51211137916
3731044643264- - -- - --
- -- - -922448449922108
685777796- - -040

It kind of gets worse after that, but all in all, it was pretty good. But I've been using these same loci over and over and over and over and over and over!!! I"ve used all of my loci maybe 4 times already today it sucks!

2) 2/locus, like lightning.
5642034356- - -- - -2784
86- - -737810726345455

200/240. mem'd in 1:48 and reviewed 3 times...or was it...4? kinda cool though I have been using this path all day and still did decently well.

N&F: TRied to learn 150/170 names. TYPED BAck 105 names. Got 82 names right. Focused all on getting a good a good image and linking it to a feature. Stopped at 9:00 for 3:2. Just trying to get good form because something new has got to happen here.

5 min words, attempted 80:
Did this one Boris style. Reviewed after just 30 words and I could tell that was too soon. but 2/locus focus on image, don't worry about the perfect image just get one in. Actually got 73/80 right and feel like I could get the rest with this method....... I should probably be shooting for 70 or something instead, though! PB is still 60.

Feb 15:

5 mins, attempted 81:
Got em'. Did storytelling as a main focus, went straight through before review, and had a metronome set for 1.5 seconds per word at initial encoding. Trying to get those images AND those 4/locus stories. This is a retroactive recording so I don't actually remember how many times I was able to review, but I know I did cheating-style active the first time through.

Dear god what a score though! that puts me up at level 16 for that event. My highest level. And I've only practice this event for like seven hours! But compare that to the Tea Party. How much time have I spent on the tea party, like 4 hours?

Feb 17:
15 mins, attempted 160, free:

This isn't as big of a jump as Feb 15, but I failed with 149/160. couple plurality errors, synonyms, a couple just plain forgotten :(. Encoded 100, then the next 60, then full review, then had time to do a super fast review of about 80 of them, really wishing I could get all the way through. This was about 2/second style review. That's the kind of review I do in 5 min words too, I guess. Maybe try this with a metronome next time. Metronomes have always been a saving grace for me. But then again, maybe DON'T do this with a metronome too much before the competition, because I won't be using one there.

Obviously need a lot more time spent on the Tea Party. I think the tea party weaponry is coming along nicely though.

I do need to get to the state bank, though.

Tea Party:

1) Score: 139/148. Fail, fail.

Encoding was slow, took me over 11:00, did 3 profiles before each review.

Part of this may have been due to having to link the name to a face, which I did, and did successfully.

But it was still slow and the score was bad.
Pacing is the main problem here. That and linking. Linking was almost nonexistent this run. For shame.

WTF happened on those runs where I got 100%, and easily? How did I do that?

2) Score, 144/148, Forgot one name, 2 hobbies, and called "jalapeno peppers" merely "jalapeno." Also, I believe I learned something!

This run was a little different than what I've been doing recently. It was a lot more comfortable this way. First of all, I just went straight through. No internal reviews, that stuff has never been my style so let's leave that behind here, too. I memorized all 6 profiles in maybe 5:00. The first two alone were memorized in 1:12. I tried to get those names, but KEPT THE PACE reasonably well. So sometimes, I couldn't get all 3 names in time. Then I reviewed through two more times, each of approximately equal length. The THIRD time through was when I did most of the good linking work. This needed to be done on the first and second time through. Still, this was all quite easy. Here's the thing, though. Now the hobbies were the hardest. But you know that usually the foods are, aside from the names. for the hobbies especially, each image is complex, so cramming three into one locus at high speed is unreasonable. I think for this to be done REALLY well, I need to tack on another 24 loci for the foods and hobbies, and move all of the starting blocks back 4 spots.

If I add in the pond, it gives me 72 loci in Beaumont, which is enough to carry out the experiment with the hobbies only. That may be all I need but I DO at least need those extra 12 loci. Finish the arsenal of 250 and the state bank, and you're done! More time can be spent on vocabulary.

Spent a couple hours thinking about s5 and s6 translations, as well as doing the twice-thru learning on the colored quizlet app on the ipad of the s6 group of "images." Got through those 338 quickly without a single error. All the while LINKING the objects. Incredible stuff. Makes me want to do the others so badly, but it is probably better to wait and handle this little by little. But then again, I have so much time today, and when will I have time next?

Looking through a deck, everything shadow but s6 looks so distant. Even the s5 hasn't been hammered home because I need to do images and translations in the same day, apparently.


3)AFTER two failed attempts of different types, got a success by memorizing more on the "speed run" side, and reviewing like old-school digits. Multiple verbal errors. It's my tongue that needs training more than anything else!! My failure rate here is huge, huge.

4)Same method, again success, this time verbally also. See the card pair. Say the card under your breath. There seems to be plenty of time for that junk.

5) FAIL. Slow review means I really only got to do one. Error on 24% (images).
Always memorizing these 2 decks in 2:30 versus the 1:00 "SAFE runs" I do for single deck is strikingly inconsistent. What's going on?

6) FAIL, again. So I'm at 17.5% success today. Why???

7) K, we'll do this one with a metronome as if it's auditiv ziffern:

FAIL. I actually did quite like the first run through, felt like an excellent use of time. Maybe the review was the error...? Maybe I should keep attempting this WITHOUT reviews at all.

8) DD, FTW:
Did not get, but got DD with thorough active review. Which kind of forced me out of time in the end there, actually. This is so excruciatingly slow, though. And my confidence when free won't letl me move faster. So let's do this at 1 deck per minute for 4 minutes, then one final run-through.

9) Missed the FIRST card. And overall, it was a bit nerve-racking. I could go again at 17 which'll put me under 3:05, and then rush through twice?

10) K this DID work. I only got through to review 1 and 1/2 times, a little more than that though very rushed the second time around.

Nelson is burning through 130% the content in only 3:20.

Tea Party:
3) 141/148. Good news is that this felt like a total disaster when it was in fact not that bad. It was only my first time to play with the extra loci, and I even forgot to use them sometimes. And when I did use them, I flew straight through and sometimes things weren't encoded well enough. I think I could jam foods into a locus, but the extra loci for hobbies made things feel a lot roomier. Also, encoding took me over 8:00 initially. That's just SO much longer than I wanted to spend....

Let's do it again, and KEEP THE PACE this time, just to see what happens.

4) Ok, well...I DIDN'T keep the pace because I'm not sure how I'm supposed to do that. Perhaps allot seconds per category and use a metronome. However, that was a great run. It took about 8:00 to encode it all. I did this with full separation of foods and hobbies in Beaumont, which means I had to MAKE UP the last 9 loci on the spot. And here are the only mistakes I made:

a) forgot the name of person 3's pet
b)forgot the word "pickup" in person 4's car (make that "pickup sticks" now)
c)Named person 5 Mw instead of Wm.
d)Said "Romote-controlled car racing" instead of "Radio-controlled car racing."

I could just as well have made no mistakes at all. The linking here was pretty poor. Maybe the first run through is to get the pictures there, the second run through is to link them all. But no matter what, don't wait for the third run through to link stuff anymore. That's what I keep doing, like the last run through is the one of real quality and then I can't review it again.

Had to take a minute at the end here to make some really nice images for the names as well.

Feb 18: Wow, Feb 18. Down to the wire, down to the wire...

Yesterday I spent some quality time translating shadow images beginning with the abbreviation. This is of course the point. I say the abbreviation and it triggers the image. Think of the ones I know so well, such as Sner, Snup, and Paylce. Feels good when those images pop up. It could be that way for EVERY shadow...but what progress can reasonably be expected in the next month? MY s1 and s2 are pretty decent already. Even if I just got s5 s6 and s9...

Everything I've actually made an effort to bang out in a month I've been able to do with mnemonics, so quite a lot! But the full reviews are also so helpful, and they take so long to do -- how many hours a day should I really spend on cards at this point? Tea Party isn't where it needs to be, and random words aren't either. And poetry...Man I have 200 poetry terms that I don't even know well enough to use. I could be such a monster at poetry. Next year.

I don't even have enough loci to practice Tea Party as much as I'd like to. I'll be using my loci over and over even at the championship. Wtf m8, you had all year?

Tea Party:

I forgot to separate the hobbies so I quit after the first person. I linked everything though the first time through, and I perfectly memorized the first profile in 58 seconds! stopped the clock at 59.86. It was undoubtedly a different approach. I don't link the first time through. It takes a lot of extra time right now, and I suck at it completely, so that's a skill I can really improve at over the next couple of weeks!


1) Safe run: 0:50.1. success, 3 images forgotten, recon in 3:45. I need to get over the fact that a safe time for me is faster than the record. I don't need to go super slow in order to go slower than this arbitrary 63 seconds. It's mental. What I do need to do is make sure that I never get ahead of myself so that if I do need extra time under the lights, the run will still be smooth. It can take 90 seconds, it doesn't matter, but it HAS to be smooth.


1) 220/240

Method: Went at nice, quick pace doing loci 3/2/2 ending in Zip Code fashion. It was quite easy albeit slightly sluggish but if I practice ONLY this way I'll get better at the tea party and US digits at the same time. So I think I should do both runs this way. Got to target in 2:30 even though I stopped and counted the lines and looked at how far I was going to have to go. Reviewed through starting slow, really picked up the pace and was done at 4:04. Second review I really got those first two loci in my memory again really solid and made it through about 180 digits of very fast review, then shut my eyes and mentally reviewed the rest.

172985(300)38826299206429 X

Moose, bull, AND buffalo?

Bull should have swords in him bucking like crazy, nose ring as well
Moose is light and drools like crazy. Really, he's just a Blowstride Fag.
Buffalo...hmmm..should have a big "water buffalo" from Flintstones hat.

Problem solved.

2) Record Run, same image allotment:

- - -38364678313080761 <-- small, powerless creature
- - -27325556465455964 <--- violent person with projectile (female?)

Score: 95/306. I started going really slow somewhere along the way. Really got held up. It took me a hair over 4:00 just to get the 306 in place. Maybe I really should use a metronome at the USAMC for this event.












I need a palace for each of these categories. First I have to determine how many of each there are.

1)Perfect/Perfect. This is the way to go, there is no doubt about it.
I made the kind of movie that I strive to make with audible, but can't in that format. The time spent on an image was not equal. It actually took me like 4:20 AND I rushed the last 14%. Then did a full review in 40s which I could do because I knew it all. I acted like there was infinite time. I should be more reasonable with the time, then I should be able to review twice if I want, or just once, but won't have to rush any of it.

2) The Next Logical step. 1:40/20, 48% should have done 3:1 or safer, attempted over half.

Tea Party:

1) Took it real slow this time, focusing on good linking. The encoding took 9:00, next review took 4:00, and I did a super fast review with the last 2:00.

Score: 43/48 -- 3/5 errors were names.

2) Adding in a seventh profile. Link, yes. But pick up the pace. And link EVERY name even if it totally sucks.

Did recall by recalling straight through. Not the most realistic practice, but it's consistent so it should help me set goals for improvement.

That score is so freaking good.
-2 single names. One was Contreras and I put Contrero :\. Remember to treat names that end in S as plural.
-1 food
-1 hobby

For cars, I linked the year with the color and put the rest in the next locus. That's what I should be doing now. Evolve. separate loci for separate foods and hobbies. Once, I actually split the name into 3 loci without realizing it. It was very, very easy to remember. The easiest name. It keeps the imagery crisp and confined. Big foods are working well. Add motion and taste to these especially and you'll be fine. "Homemade" is a "home made out of"

Linked pets into the hobbies, or tried to remember to.

Came up with something for EVERY name before moving on.

Encoded first 6 in a hair over 7:00. The last one took almost 2:00 for some reason...could have had to do with the name separation, actually...but probably more to do with page flipping and less familiar loci.

His name by the way was Ken Luciano Harrison. Not the hardest name out there but we'll continue to experiment with this.

I passed 90% so next time, it'll be 8 profiles!

Work on Don Juan. Then you have a standard.

The punctuation at the end of lines can screw me up. It has many times.
Try this:
Decide how many lines to memorize beforehand. Count down those lines and memorize digit images by codifying punctuation.

- 1 (Dash)
? 2 (fraggeN)
; 3 (seMi)
! 4 (maRk)
: 5 (coLon)
" 6 (quotaTION)
, 7 Comma
' 8 (apotroPHe)
. 9 Period
() 0

It often happens that two punctuation marks will both be at the end of one line. Figure that out, too.


Just did a bunch of runs, I don't know why I wasn't keeping track, but nothing impressive of course. Couldn't get near my 320, or even 306.

But...I did try to memorize 400 (total bust) and then 320 (plausible) digits in 5:00 with a metronome without any review. I got a little lost in a few places, but maybe I'm just like Brad and have a hard time not getting lost on a computer screen. Anyway, the ones I remembered, which included the first 100 before I messed up, were really, really clear. It's slow enough to be a good way to get to know my images better.

One of the reasons I may be doing so poorly with digits is that I have gotten used to BAD memorization. "It doesn't have to link well because I'll see it again, twice hopefully." As always, I have sloppy fundamentals.


1) 306 in 5 min, no review. Fail.
239102578780537887- -
- 847 - - - - - - - - - - - - 5
501825- - -441940

^^^^^^^^these are all off by three but I'll continue on.

Ok, well that didn't last long. This is really different stuff than I'm used to so it's no surprise that I'm forgetting everything. I also feel like having memorized so many things in those same spots recently is no help at all.

But I'm zooming in on the objects and really losing the loci. This is more like how those who are far better at this describe their experiences. So this is the right track, at least to practice long term. May be best to stick to what I know for the championship.

Note: I've put together red/red decks many times in the past to practice recognition speed, which can be quite fast. But actually memorizing red/red I can see is a mess compared to a regular or especially ( I assume) black/black deck. It's because my understanding of the vocabulary is one directional. So I'm going to need to make audio lessons asap.


792646996221283- - - - -
- - -373712- - - - - -38985


Using a 1:1 E:R ratio with a metronome, I just came very close to getting 306 twice in a row. Need a little more than 620 though for some reason.

The ones I missed here were 222 and 229. What suck images. They really don't work with my style, so change

222 - the little short toy basketball hoop with little orange ball
229 - the pole-shaped hanging decorations from the country club when I was a little kid.

Just got 249/360, But nearly all of the first 200 using the 50/50 method, 2/locus.
360 is out of my league, but I did excellent, nearly perfect, recalling the first 2/3 of the digits before it all crumbled. Even if there were a few errors, I could definitely get to the end this way. And that is the goal. Which is why letting it be is SO important. It really sucks when you get behind in the exact same spot during encoding and review, but this is training. There's no penalty for missed digits, and the object of speed numbers training is to remember the largest TOTAL number of digits.

2) Tried the same with 400. ...It was a mess. Got off at like digit 280...and it was a mess. Since this 50/50 is my method for now, just consider 400 a waste of time. 360 felt like a really challenging stretch. But even that's overkill. I don't need to be able to do 360 digits. Just 306. So training for the next few weeks should be dedicated toward stretching certainty up closer and closer to 300.


I'm just not able to get this timing right again. I had an easy 118/120 with a couple of typos.

1) 15 minute national:
stopped recall 1/3 of the way through because it was pathetic. I did know a few of the names, and they were names that I had made images for. I had seen the other faces a zillion times and recognized them all very thoroughly, but there was no mnemonic to help me at all. Keep the priority on making images. I think this method worked so well before because it's the same strategy as everyone says except time that would have been spent thinking is instead spent exposing yourself to the names again and again. But if you have to stop to make an image, do it, that's what you're there for!

Random Words:


One word misread (sigh)
Couple tense errors, couple synonym errors. Only one word actually missing. Attempting 180 means this was very largely a storytelling thing. I tried to get images where I could but the storytelling was what was allowing me to review so quickly anyway. First run through seemed really fast, and it took 5 minutes. Waited to review. Overall, I think it was really good. I need to FOCUS FOCUS on the tenses and so on. I replaced "Suspected" with what I thought it was, "expected." Easy mistake because neither are...actually no...'suspected' definitely was more sensible in the story. It just didn't cross my mind during recall for some reason.

Jonas von Essen

Just found out that this guy started when I did. He's the world memory champion 2013, and I decided not even to go.

How can his performance be explained?

Don't stop trying to solve this problem until you have.

Time to take a quantum leap forward across the board.

Let's start by getting a new personal best in every variation of every event before March.
Single-deck speed cards, reconstructed and perfect, are exempt. There are too many other events to guarantee that in under ten days.

These are My PB's today, 1:00 AM on February 18th, the day I learned about Jonas, and in the middle of my third night without sleep:

5 minute words: 81
15 minute words: 140
25 word sprint: 1:01
5 minute international N&F: 41
5 minute national N&F: 54
15 minute national N&F: 114
5 minute numbers: 320
50 digit sprint: 0:15.1
100 digit sprint: 1:17
5 minute binary: 300
Speed cards: 0:30
Speed cards (perfect): 0:41.9
Doubledeck (perfect): 3:15
Spoken digits, 1/second: 100


Tried for 400 free. Got to 360 in a little over 3:00 so decided to stop and review.
263/360. Missed 33 digits between 321-360.

I'll allow myself to do more 400-digit drills after I set a new Speed Numbers PB.

2) Whoa, did that Post Jonas drill earlier change something? It definitely was vivid, but I was able to do it again here reaching for 320. But badly interrupted. Interrupted and solicited... but I was making good encoding time.

3) encoded in 3:15. 3:00 if I weren't always peeking at the clock! Review was so freaking over-cautious and sloppy. only reviewed 200 successfully.

THIS time, I'm going to do the run in 4:00. That means no time wasting. Any holes will be patched up in review, and function of review is pretty much to skim until a hole it found.

4) Got it mem'd in 2:30, almost fully reviewed in the remaining 1:30. Started forgetting a big string and stopped recall in order to preserve loci a little bit.

320 will be easier later. For now I need to at least be able to do 400, review, and not remember theM!

5) OK! I did just that :) Got done with the review just in time. Recall was simply abysmal. I think I could have done better 5:00 straight through. But hey, it's all good.

The first run earlier was pretty cool. I saw everything nice and closeup and the loci became general guidelines. I was so fearful of losing my place in the loci that I let that take precedence over the images when threatened. But I shouldn't Ben doesn't. He just goes freaking fast and focuses on the images. That's what I was doing. I have to learn to VISUALIZE them each immediately and in their full glory. The brain will fill in the links with more practice. So this time, I'm going to try to do all 500 but not even bother with recall this time.

I did some Historic Dates. Not very good at these. Important implications for tea party. Keep practicing.

Tried to mem 3 decks shuffled together in 5:00. Didn't ever glance at the clock until late in the game. Encoded them all in like 3:20 or something like that. Saw I made a weird "jam-4-image-into-1-locus" error, took my time a little much at the very, very beginning... recalled the first 118 cards NP, and stopped the scoring and after 15 seconds or so, stopped the thinking there as well. Good though, that's a baseline to build off of, and it feels nice to have one. More important is the 2:00 exercise.

Alrighty. Reviewed at 1:35 after only placing 60 cards. 0:25 seems like a frighteningly small amount of time, but I encoded so slowly that it was fine-ish. Though I forgot cards 59-60. Didn't get to the last locus on review.

The weird thing is how these decks take me 20 seconds longer than what I dub "safe" decks... red flag! I'm trying to do what I did last year, get an awesome first time. Well if I beat it again then it was a waste, and a risky one! The first run is to get into the finals. That - is - what -it - is - for. And nothing else.

Went right ahead and encoded 72 cards in 1:20. Reviewed slowly because I didn't totally trust myself, for good reason, and didn't see past the 58th card. This wasn't as comfy as the other. I'd take a couple of extra seconds encoding at the expense of a couple seconds of review.


1) 320 in 4:00, attempt 306 = about 3:50, 1:10 for review. Which was really...ALMOST enough time. If I did target in 3:40, that would probably be just right. I encoded everything really well so the review was sort of a safety buffer, but I didn't get quite to the very end, which is where all my errors were.

290/306, score = 270 or very, very near that. It would be so satisfying to slow this down just another hair and link everything so well that I could get 324 without review. So sexy. And outside of the comfort zone for sure. Something new.

025 must have a HUGE shell like Gary from Spongebob and protruding eyes. Slug could be more normal, or a little larger, sea-cucumberish perhaps.
I called 057 025, can't believe that hasn't happened yet!


FEB 21:

Nothing hurts worse than shadowfaces and full reviews. Not even close. Thus, these are what I need to do above all.

Nothing helps card times more than shadowfaces and full reviews. Thus, these are what I need to do above all.

So, do 1 of these daily AND review a suit between every run of every kind.

Attempted 160. 138/160.

Mem'd in 5:00 like the 180 run. A lot of these were totally forgotten, it wasn't like they were close like the 180 run the other day. I reviewed through 3 times. Probably wasn't able to do that with the 180 words, so probably shouldn't do it with fewer. Feeling really, really frustrated and stressed about a number of things today, that may be contributing the the slow times today.

Need more specific notes on words.

OH YEAH! I waited for 2:30 before beginning recall. Good to know that this really does hurt my score! I need to attempt lower numbers this way and then move up.

Since that was a 15 minute run, I reviewed 2 suits.
s3 and s2 took me 9:58.

S3 and s2 reviewed again a little later took a mere 6:08. Definitely worth doing these twice before moving on I think. Worth saving the time.


1)only 36% of 64% uhhh ohhhh. 3:2 Ratio. Remember that linking is EVERYTHING. gonna try 2/locus this time. Remember when I said that was the only way to go for TNLS?

s9 = 4:26

2) TNLS64%: 2/locus.
Well...this WAS the best yet today. So stick with the method. Linking was pretty poor. I covered a couple loose ends at review, which I began at 68%. wound up with a score of 60%, so I thought, but encoded Heel HEELN. These problems will be in the past soon, v-2 is a very big problem!

s9 = 2:57
I want to hit 10:00 for these 4 before moving on. That's only slightly faster than 1/second.

Reviewed CM 150-200. TOOK 5:01. Need to cut this time to <1:00 or else what's the point??


2)3:57. Progress. :\ THis is the meal ticket, dood.


s9+s5: 5:56. Cool beans. Until I'm at ten for these 4, then my problem children are still problem children and the review has done little good.

Took several tries to get states down under 0:50. And it only happened after identifying and drilling a problem area, *hint, hint*.

s3: 3:30, that is so SLOW!!
Did with metronome, there is no doubt about it, face second is a huge problem. Must make a face-second quizlet.

MADe flashcards for the Shadow face-seconds and Kings. There are almost 400 of these so this is the stuff to spend time on!
At 52 BPM it's 6:32. So do that a few times and identify problem spots.

It took 7:18 to get through.

Random words:
attempt a mere 132:
Forget three, also plurality errors, and get 125/132.

For some reason, I tried to do this SLOW, nice images, hardly any story, review after 80. That never works so don't know why the hell I tried.

s1 in 2:55. The face-second list is paying off handsomely already...
s6 in 4:16.
s0 in 2:45.
s7 in 4:20

Tea Party:
44/64. BUT didn't miss a single name. Missed many cars however, and foods almost across the board. Really bad linking. I just had enough time to mem thru (about 9 minutes) and thru once, then names once, then rush thru first 2 profiles.

Spent a little extra time making the digits super clear and linking them. Note that I didn't miss birthdays, zips, or phones. separating foods doesn't seem like a very good idea. Keep foods together.

Shadowface second: 6:30. Better and better! that is 2 seconds under 1 digit/second!

TNLS; 60%, once through, 2/locus
1)1:19.47 would have been perfect, but encoded one of the last 2 images as a shadow due to rushing, trying to save one second... 2/locus really is working for me. Having one char run to the next locus, heavy heavy linking.
2) Got confused at the very end again, landing 54% at 1:31.95. Had some sloppy confusion in the middle. Just keep linking every item, it's working well.
3)1:32.82: forgot first image. Gaysh. Should be 3 of them
4) 1:11.09. Forgot an image in the middle. This is great linking practice. Don't move on until it's done.

1) much harder to pull off. took 1:34, errors on some of the last images due to poor encoding.

Tried 2/locus with CARDS - single deck speedrun. Clocked 0:41, decent encoding most of the way but it was not comfortable at all the way a 41 second deck should be. Really weird.

- - 674635341158344135
781572893- - - - - -44826

2/locus extreme linking seemed to be a real failure, but I did get off track and have to deal with that. Still, ehhh...Let's try on more time to be sure.

55- - -583034336853615

Couldn't immediately remember that one line. Scored 220. During review, made EXTRA sure to know all of the images that crossed lines.

Was irresolute in making 055 become 345. A little more confidence in the initial connection and I would have been fine. Mem'd this in like 2:30.

Focusing once again on seeing the objects asap, which causes the loci to fade a bit, I encoded 321 really well in 3:00. Wound up missing several but none among the first 220 which were recalled lightning fast. This was still very solid encoding for the most part and seeing the images immediately is the way to get faster. That's why shooting for crazy scores works! Forces you into the habit of seeing everything more quickly. Have to get better at card images before I will get those same benefits.

Feb 23:

Words, 15 min:

Shot for a mere 128 here.

Missed 3:
resonance - reverberate (TOTALLY knew this was wrong but couldn't think of the word)
Work - working ("ing" wasn't in the image, but was in the story, so I thought. ALWAYS tense in images then I can be confident
slope - slide

Spent 6 minutes almost encoding. Really seemed to take my time, wanted to try to do an active review but didn't visualize them nearly well enough to actually do it. Had minimal story telling. That is what works, why fight it? Had a ton of time to review obviously. And that time needed to be spent patching the images that were going to screw me up. So next time, identify the words with many synonyms along the way and ALWAYS put tense in the images.

Cards: Wanted to check 2/locus with a metronome real quick. Didn't visualize the last 2 images until I put down the deck. Did the deck in 0:57. Wouldn't you know it, I encoded one of the final images wrong. On safe runs...just...don't do that anymore! Forgot 3 images total. Decent for a deck of that speed with a metronome. Did a pretty good job of seeing the images up-close. Haven't practiced with 2/locus nearly as much, and have had great success at times. Might as well spend about 20 hours or so on 2/locus before the championship. It's a new skill to learn anyway so there'll be improvement on a level I won't get with 3/locus.

Also spend some time practicing having two and only two cards visible, but instantly visible when needed.
2) did 0:51 second deck. Allowed myself to take an extra beat where I wanted it. That is absolutely not an option. It's hard to get back on track, so it doesn't help anyway, and I stopped the clock at 1:05! Where did those 15 seconds go? It's a 0:51 deck anyway, am I afraid I would fail??

0:44 2/locus w metronome.

Gah, forgot 6 images. Worse, I encoded one card wrong. 2s as 2c...Probablay would have fixed but...who knows? but when I saw the missing cards they really jumped out at me so at least that much is good. Do a faster deck and miss a whole bunch and try to put em back.

Got just 136/140. I thought I only missed one, and I knew where it was. Debate. I was thinking some sort of negative commentary. I put debate knowing it was wrong.

But the others..
Put license instead of credit. Imagined a credit card there and in the NEXT locus the word license was there, I actually used a pic of a license instead of a credit card, but thought to myself 'interesting, the same word in the next locus.' Didn't have a clear image to pluralize damages. Trusted my images, went with singular...wrong. Finally, said "mill" instead of 'windmill' troubling thing is that mill was a word later. Used the same image.

Watch for similar terms!

Bad score but overall it was an improvement in a number of ways. Stayed vigilant about synonyms, had a nice image for every word, definitely storytelling was a priority. Wasn't sure how many to mem so I did 100 clearly to do active review like Boris. Encoded them in a little over 5 minutes and active review was legit and effective. I USUALLY didn't peek too soon. But should really just do them all first unless going for a very large number.

TNLS: 1 over 1 over full. 2/locus. straight through and no review.

1) 151 score 50% is it feasible to pull this down so much?
2)130 errors all over the place was actually on a freaking roll through seven but I guess that isn't saying much. Still my time slowed by about 100% after that. Perfhaps those are the times to review. and then move to a different path even.

Just got a flawless 140 using 3/locus, and I was pretty sure it was going to be flawless. What I did, and this is why it took so long, but at least it was a good use of time, was make a narrative. Not just a cause an effect chain, but basically how I do random words but with a greater emphasis on imagery. I felt soo confident, and this experience was very new and different, so consistent practice will yield quick results.

Feb 24, early morning, slept three hours then woke up.

Random words, 15 minutes.
Shot for a mere 128 and scored 119. The focus was on getting a super representative image for everything. Took me like 11:00 to memorize. Good practice because think of how helpful "ment" has been, I do need to be able to do this, but this strategy is just awful. Story telling is where it's at. Maybe get better at 1:00 mem? That'll teach me what to do at least.

2/locus cards: Just spent like 2:00 memorizing 48 of them and forgot several. That may explain random words, too. I'm just off the ball. Feel tired too. Was expecting exceptional card performance after all this recent review.

Then tried to really push it with 3/locus cards, clocked 0:49 and forgot like 8 images, how can I suck SO much today, what's happening????

compared to 10 digits in a row, block binary is already 3x as fast. How could I give that up? Right now I am at one image per 2 seconds.

If I can get binary to the same speed as digits, I'll be at about 1200/minute recognition. And I definitely can with families/shapes! At the pace that it takes to do 240 digits in 2:00, I can do 1080 digits in 3:00. Duh, just multiply digits by 3 to do all this math. Gah.

Jonas did 930 binary on March 13, 2013. That is supposed to be some 6 months after he started training? At the same time, he reached all those other scores as well? Guess he spent a ton of time on practice runs and zero time on his simple, simple systems. Most of my time this year has been on systems so that makes a little bit more sense. Just a little though.

Jonas' arc:



Speed #:100
5 min names:20
Deck: 5:00
5min Words:10

5Words: 40
Deck: 2:29


Dates: 16
Spoken: 18
5Binary: 60
Speed#: 120

I remember so many years ago Greg told me that the key to success was making a new goal every week, one you've never achieved, but could. And that way you get used to success. I want to get faster at placing cards. So for now, why don't I just place 16 cards with a metronome at 60BPM and add 2 more cards when it is accomplished? That breaks the 25 second deck down into 18 steps, a 4 1/2 month weekly schedule. That's no time at all! This'll also teach me how to hold the last 4 images in STM.

1) 14/16
2) 14/16
3) 14/16
4) 12/16
5) 4/16 with certainty. Said the names but just didn't see the image in time.
6)16/16, got it!

270 Binary digits rec: Go until 3 times straight with no improvement
2) 0:56
3) 0:52 :)
4) 0:50
5) 0:55
6) 0:53
7) 0:58 with one huge error, caught me up.

5 min words:
1)Attempt 110
Somehow, this didn't feel completely hopeless.
Correct: 65/110. WENT thru almost 3 times. Figured out I really have to put the first object in the locus. And would do well to link each fourth object to the first of the next.
2) Attempt 90, score, 67/90. Practically the same as when I tried 20 more..
I used that 1.5 metronome this time. When doing 110 I went WAY faster than that, maybe twice as fast.

Tried 15 minute nation NF: score 71/130.

What I need to do is find out what it takes to hit a score of perhaps 800 in every event, divide the point difference by 38 and create a weekly goal schedule.

Spoken Numbers* √(raw score)*51.71 Jan 2014 - = 239.
5 Min Speed Cards 25 seconds 11180/(time to the power of 0.75)
5 Min Binary Digits 1000 digits 1.0 800 = 800
5 Min Names & Faces 70 names 14.2857 800 = 56
5 Min Random Numbers 470 digits 2.1277 800 = 376
5 Min Historic/Future Dates 125 dates 8.0000 800 = 100
5 Min Words 125 words 8.0000 800 = 100
5 Min Vocab 60 words 16.6667 800 = 48
10 Min Names & Faces 125 names 8.0000 800 =100
10 Min Random Words 200 words 5.0000 800 = 160
10 Min Cards 365 cards (7 decks) 2.7397 800 = 292
10 Min Text 250 words 4.0000 - - 800 = 200
15 Min Random Numbers 900 digits 1.1111 800 = 720
15 Min Names & Faces 170 names 5.8824 800 = 136
15 Min Random Words 275 words 3.6364 800 = 220
15 Min Abstract Images* 505 points 1.9802 800 = 404
30 Min Binary Digits 4000 digits 0.2500 800 = 3200
30 Min Cards* 877 cards (17 decks) 1.1403 800 = 702
30 Min Random Numbers 1420 digits 0.7042 800 = 1136
60 min/Hour Cards 1560 cards 0.6410 800 = 1248
60 min/Hour Numbers 2800 digits 0.3571 800 = 2240



Tried 376 digits, 50/50 with metronome. A lot of the time I was ahead. And I was doing well. I need to get better at seeing these things really clearly and very quickly though. I guess that's what they meant by "not worrying about mistakes." It's a drill to learn to visualize quickly.

Scored 220, accidentally closed the window at one point, but the problem was mostly getting lost at a couple points. Just stay a hair ahead of the metronome and you're golden. I need to PRINT some numbers...

400 in 3 mins then review, 2 locus. recall was really bad. This is just not an effective method for me, at least not with a metronome.

Tried at the speed of 360 digits to memorize 180 digits in 2:30. When I can do that, I can move up 10 seconds at a time to make 15 steps to 360.

If 50/50 with a metronome works so well...why not do it with TNLS?

TNLS, 56%, 50/50, 3/locus.

Success, pretty freaking easy, I must say....

Let's even try it with double deck. Do a bunch of runs like this and a bunch of runs with 50 second decks going through them thrice, see which works better, and also 2 or 3 per locus.

Feb 25:

Took some time off to brainstorm. Things are feeling better today. Practice from now on should be dedicated to rigorous work on a single discipline so the others may rest. Sleep 8 hours a night, practice disciplines in groups of 90 minutes and no longer. That's a start.

1) 120/120 easy.
2) 135/140 encoding errors
3) 135/140 encoding errors
4) and 5) Did worse than the previous two because the purpose of my practice shifted to being absolutely certain that I heard the numbers right, while the practice before was all about crystal clear visualization. But I've got to say that memorizing 140 with crystal clear visualizations is really easy, not a stretch. Even now I believe I could break 200.

Safe cards: Did this kind of like a quick version of spoken. made sure I saw everything and everything served its function in the chain. Was surprised that it only took me 0:51, though I couldn't recall one image...

Binary review:
Went through once and thought that maybe I wasn't linking the images to the blocks deeply enough. Did it again and tried to focus on that. But maybe for starters I should just be reviewing these as fast as possible, at least to get used to them in top-row categories. Still, it isn't time to add in the second half. Even this half is perhaps too much for starters. Remember that the blocks are to be known by shape only. Also, don't forget to develop the skill of skittering the eyes to every third digit.

1 minute words:

Was able to get to a score of 29 with relatively little difficulty. According to rankings, this is probably my best event. I'll be able to rank 2nd place in no time. The way I did it here was with 45BPM, really going for an image for EVERY word, but focusing on the story. My images got pretty creative when I had to have one for every word. That got me past 25 pretty easily. Made several attempts at 32 where I've moved the metronome faster and failed for now.

N&F, 15 minutes:
This time, I tried "first name only" for names that I already had an image for. That was about 90% of the names. Then on review I added a few select last names. I probably should have kept my eye on the last names just for the lowest of the low hanging fruit. I remembered most of those last names, but my score in the end was 84/89. Not a super high score, but it means that I remembered like 80 faces, which is more than EVER before, so this is great practice, must be. For every face, I used a distinct feature and the images really came back. I felt very successful. I can't generate more faces, so I have to reduce the time limit.

Also, there are only 85 people here so I almost remembered them ALL!! I didn't even TRY to remember them all because of those few exceptions.

One more try: This time always check the last name for low hanging fruit.

Ok I quit pretty quickly! Every time I look at a name it makes me wonder if it's low hanging fruit and the first encoding gets sloppy. Let's just go for straight first names again but do it in 10:00.

10:00, National first names:
68/79. There were a couple instances when I didn't remember the name/face relationship. But the errors were mostly just spelling. And there were more names that I skipped than last time. Remembered a few last names where they just came into my eye and were easy, but tried not to read them. This was only 10:00 though. Don't know how to use this knowledge...but this drill didn't feel as helpful as the last, maybe because the last drill was the only time when I actually did a great job defining specific features. For that reason though, maybe I should be done with face training today.

Feb 26, Early morning


1)306, but insanely fast.
Went through 3 times at roughly equal speed each time and had a few seconds left over. It started to fall apart more after 198, but I got 189 of the first 198 which impresses me, though this encoding speed is roughly what it takes to get the world record at 3:2, so...I'm still low on the totem pole. I rather liked this though. Do it again, same crazy pace but don't skip any images anywhere.

2)306, insanely fast, but try to be a little clearer. I felt like this was quite a bit slower on the initial encoding especially, but in reviews and recall I didn't fare too well really. Reviewed through twice again tho I think I encoded in 2:10 this time. Reviewing twice is sooo coool though...Maybe I could make this style work with a little more review time, say, 2:00 for 280?

3) 2:00 for 280. Success! Wow, finally I succeed in digits! Has it been weeks??Was able to review 2 1/2 times and then finished the review in my head before recall.

VERY HIGH DEGREE OF CERTAINTY on all of these images. I never have even that much certainty with single decks. 240 like this must seriously be a piece of cake. Set the metronome and then rip it out of my ears?? Also, there weren't TOO many images I couldn't get down the first time. Though it did get sloppier in the end, I slowed there on my second review and all was good.

This was only worth 595 points, is that unbelievable??

3) Tried it again, 2 / Locus, MEANT TO GO FOR 320, but realized after recall that I had attempted 363. I got 341 right. 2 missed loci, 219 when it was 218, one case of switched objects and I was suspicious of those two, and put 302 instead of 964. I KNEW it was wrong but couldn't think of anything else...this is why I need category lists...


4) Tried once more, for only 322 this time, so I felt justified in moving a little slower. I should not have. Those single images that hold me up I could review an entire line in that time. Do it later! Don't worry about the loci too much either, it's all about the objects for now. But I need more loci. I made 26 the other day in a snap. I could use thousands more on any given day, wtf am I doing? How much improvement have I deprived myself of by this negligence alone? Feedback may not be great, but just keep plugging digits in these busy busy palaces for now.

Hey, hey! Just made 78 more loci while walking to cvs in the freezing cold because of my dead car battery to get the camera shells for the lenses for the goggles. That wasn't so bad! But they must be frequently reviewed for now.


Really tired, but right now I'm just trying to do half a deck perfectly at 45 BPM slapping down the last card so like a 32 second deck. It's directed, the objective is to get that visualization just a little faster like I've been doing with the digits recently. Cards are really lagging behind!

Random words:

FAST review is goood, I thought to pick up the pace especially toward the end, and I was moving at maybe more than 3 words per second at the end, very sensibly because I knew those words pretty well. But during the slow part I definitely could have made some distinct images for the words with many synonyms, and definitely "ING" words, then after that pick up the pace right away instead of waiting to do it. That's my way to get to 200 I think.

This was yesterday, but I'm pretty sure I had a 45 BPM for the first 4 minute encoding. Maybe the next four, too?

February 27: Drank yesterday.

Did some shadow face second reviews yesterday where I tried to vis every one afap. that's only 388 images, but the deck was looking a whole lot friendlier this morning.

So now I am doing something a little different since ANY reviews are very helpful even if not as helpful as that one, I'm linking every K to the next J so I can rush down that list and see them in their loci as fast as possible. Want to do the original pairs too, but I think it's slightly better to specialize to get this super fast.

1) 6:33. Slow.
2) Forgot starting point. Most of this is really fast but those exceptions take like 5 seconds each.
3) 6:12. O....kay....? Maybe I need to push it more and make some mistakes like I used to do when learning to see the digits fast. Remember to focus more and more and the card pairs themselves instead of referencing the memories of the loci directly.

All of these are just 1/6 of my images, but...I need to nail them, and the originals too, before the championship.

Twice through at 90 BPM. Let it be.
1) Decent attempt. s6 sucked the worst s9 wasn't very good either. This is about 4:20
2)Just noticed before this run that I didn't even link s6 like the others. Didn't let it be :\. It freaking sucked completely.

One more at 120 BPM, let it be, Then one more at 60 bpm thinking ONLY of the combos and not the loci. 1 per locus along the paths.

3) about as bad as you'd think, but it's all good :)

4)Bad. But drank last night and am tired, so maybe not so bad.

Just did the state bank, which compared to the time spent on the secret weapon is well worth it!

Belfast Tune 4
Joseph Brodsky . . , : . , , , . , , - , .8

Here's a girl from a dangerous town. 18
She crops her hair short 24
so that less of her has to frown 32
when someone gets hurt. 37

She folds her memories like a parachute 45
Dropped, she collects the peat 52
and cooks her veggies at home: they shoot 61(and or and she?)
here where they eat. 66

Ah, there's more sky in these parts than, say, 80
ground. Hence her voice's pitch, 89
and her stare stains your retina like a gray 98
bulb when you switch 102

hemispheres, and her knee-high quilt 110
skirt's cut to catch the squall, 118
I dream of her either loved or killed 127
because the town's too small.

1) 134/134
Rank: Fail

Easy, easy poem. Short too, but 134
Scores from 2013:


Record: 234. Whoa Nellie. Don't go for that unless you can hit 300 in practice.

Notes on strategy: This is a very, very good idea. I'd like to be sure of the first word of every line so I'll link that image to the locus. If it's capital, link by transformation. If not, then don't! Internal capitalizations should always be visualized, and with a cap. Check to see how quickly you can count the points. If you want to go for the record, that might take a hell of a long time. But if you have points, first words, punctuation, and capitalization accounted for, all that's left is random words. And since you use storytelling for random words...sensible speech should be easy.

Test both parts of this strategy:
1) Do some counts to 250, and the other counts timed. Write it all down and memorize it and then hit the timer.
2) Do some "random word" runs to 200 and hit the timer.

Wait, how could I do random words and still retain knowledge of first-words?

One way is to use fire, water, gas. It would sure save a lot of time. And with my poetry images in hand, my god what could be easier than this? Should have started training earlier to take the record :(

OK: Of this poem, and the third part is omitted, I thought I might have had a perfect it turns out I actually did have a punctuation error in encoding and that's a bad, bad, bad thing. If there is trouble, find the easy punctuation and then look at the likely spots that something could go, and don't fill anything in until you're sure it all adds up, otherwise you'll consider it recalled and won't question to move it if needed. Wasn't even close to a perfect score.:

A Death At Sea

(Coral Sea, Australia)

DEAD in the sheep-pen he lies,
Wrapped in an old brown sail.
The smiling blue sea and the skies X forgot blye
Know not sorrow nor wail.
Dragged up out of the hold, X forgot comma and assumed I had made a mistake in punc encode!
Dead on his last way home,
Worn-out, wizened, a Chinee old, —
O he is safe — at home!
Brother, I stand not as these
Staring upon you here. X Stares
One of earth's patient toilers at peace
I see, I revere!
In the warm cloudy night we go X put the next ; here
From the motionless ship;
Our lanterns feebly glow; X the ; belonged 2 lines up
Our oars drop and drip.
We land on the thin pale beach, X "a" and a comma.
The coral isle's round us; X "island's"
A glade of driven sand we reach; X "Driving"
Our burial ground's found us.

Missed 8 out of 20 lines!!! Luckily staggered so still got 119. How'd I do so poorly last year?


I should do some daily recognition drills for cards with Josh's generator the way I used to with numbers....

I got so carried away with the fun of having a system that I forgot to actually learn it.

Card Recognition:
I can do sprints with the speed stack instead of 30 second sprints.

Sprints, 24:

2)25.08. whoa

Sprints, reading 24:

Sprints, 24:
6)30.9. I'm being inconsistent with what it means to know.

We can cover more ground with reading and the rest will have to follow
Sprints, reading 24:
5)30.27. I guess it takes as long to read them as it does to know them

I dunno what to say about all this. The good news is that shadow face second are not necessarily the worst anymore, and that's after just something like a week of working on them.


March 1:

Time to tie up all of the loose ends.

21: BPM extended/verbal.
Goal:30% Move up to 26% after 2 successive successes :D

1)Fail, off to a good start though. wasn't even holding enough cards!
2) Fail. I should go straight to recall with this drill
3) Fail. ^^^^ Yes, that's essential.
4) Fail. Made a mistake almost right away forgetting the third object bc I linked it to the first instead of the second.
5) Fail, Verbal error.
Failed attempts on low score = valuable practice.
6) 23%. Recall error. That was the best yet.
7) Fail, recall error, 21%. Didn't link item to this object but the next object, and forgot it again! So can't do that :)

But the images seemed really, really good on the whole. Better than those first few tries.

8)Score: 0. Again, good images. But rocky start -- didn't know my objects well enough.
Add some sound in for these last 2:
9)Fail. The errors that are happening at this time are at the points of bad encoding. That is a real risk that comes with using a metronome. This time I somehow felt the beat was moving too quickly....
10) Fail -- gah, recall was really good, but I was scared that maybe I didn't encode the right card, and then after deciding to stick with the image I encoded (which was correct) I didn't have time left to visualize the cards themselves, so I verbalized its shadow. Don't spend too much time asking if the right card was encoded!

Little side note: I did did this as 28 BPM practice, think of where that would put me! I need to practice both of those events. 10 of em each day.

28BPM, Goal, 40%

1) Recall wasn't a problem but verbalized the FIRST card wrong. second time today. Will let it slide if the next is a success.
2)Fail. Not easy that time, even to encode.
3) Tried this one with 2/locus. Didn't necessarily help so don't work on that for now.

28 BPM is a pipe dream. Next year maybe, but not now. 21 BPM is absolutely perfect for both events, so that is what I need to get better at.

Lot of wasted time practicing the wrong thing this year, tsk tsk.

Some new name drills :D

Get 50/60 working images for names. Omit one person's name per line.

1) 2:45. These really were good images that covered all parts of the name phonetically in MOST cases.
2) 2:18. Not sure all of these were QUITE as good but they may have been and were GOOd enough anyway.
3) 2:10.

This is good but the forced skipping is just weird. Let's do 48, but I can skip anyone with a crazy first AND last name.

1) Was making good time - 24 names in 0:40. Then Came up Oluf Wallace. sat there for 15 seconds trying to get an image for the first name and still didnt have one. I could have reviewed and secured 10 more points in the time I wasted on that ONE name. After each of these, I have to go back and make images for the hard ones though. Oluf will be an O shaped Luft balloon.

Maybe I should just try to get "as many as possible" "as fast as possible" so I can develop a strategy for how to skip names?

Gahhh that sucks too! ok, 60 names, can't skip any but can be extremely forgiving on how bad a couple of them are.

1)3:13. See, adding 10 names took an extra minute.
Idea: If nothing comes up quickly, just use the 3-digit equivalent of the first three consonants
2) That doesn't work because it takes a few seconds, so I treat every name as a candidate to get a head start.
3) I DON'T HAVE AN IMAGE FOR SUZIE?! Susan Snooze in van, Susie, Snoozing.
4) Ok none of this stuff is working.

Let's just try 30 first names:
1) 1:20. What? How could that be?
2) GOD I cannot standardize for these outliers. I dunno what to do. Just return to the earlier drill for now.

50/60 working names, skip 1 per line.
COCK AND ENDLESS BALLS. I cannot make this practice worth anything. It'd be worth more to spend the time reviewing my own images maybe.

Just tried another 21BPM and it was so easy to get to 60%, unlike the 10 consecutive fails from earlier today.

The name of the game is to increase the quality of consistent performance. Personal Bests are incidental. So if I wanted to practice this at 28 BPM, I couldn't, because I don't have consistent recognition at that rate. So I would need to drill the sub-skill first. If I want to stretch this drill, I have to do it by altering the quantity or else it is a better use of time to drill recognition first.

With this skill, I should level up to 33% after doing it twice in a row perfectly. I shouldn't move up again until I can ALSO do 30% perfectly 3 times. at 36%, I should be able to do 30% 4 times, 33% 3 times, and 36% twice. I should continue this pyramid until at the lower levels, mistakes no longer occur and practicing them is rendered obsolete.

21BPM: 30%

1)Fail, so can't call myself consistent.
2)Fail, but felt as if it should have been easy. I only forgot one image, would have been made VERY memorable with sound, and easily. remembered the rest with no difficulty.

Consistency comes from improvement, which comes quickest from trying things I do not already do. So this time, add sounds in everywhere. Two steps forward, one step back. That's how you get to keep taking steps forward.

3)Forgot 2 images near the end. It was taking an incredible amount of focus to add those sounds in and the reason I missed the one near the end is that I was focused so much on the sound that I didn't link it to the surrounding images at all. Sound DID help along the way, even forcing new associations I would not have thought of, so keep this up for quick improvement!

4)Fail. -2 Remembered only half way through that I was supposed to be adding in sounds. It's just the perfect speed to struggle to do that. Failure due to slow recognition along the way.

5) Fail, forgot one.

Given the PURPOSES of % drills, it is probably better to stretch quantity after every success. To marry the principles, find your PB, and if you can't beat it, back off and shoot for consistency. That's what I should be doing with digits right now!!!!

21BPM, 33%

1) Fail. Felt good though, like the spoken digits drills do -- "when will this ever stop?"
2) Success. EASY. I used some sounds, but most importantly, I KEPT THE PACE.

21BPM, 36%:

1) Missed just 1, and it was while I was thinking "Did I just lose the pace? Maybe I'm going TOO fast." Make that mechanical and you'll never have distracting thoughts.

Remember that recognition is a given at this speed, so the object is to make incredibly detailed sounds and imagery. If you do that, then you'll succeed. But if you don't do that, you might also succeed. That's why it is so important to do it right. Don't want a false positive.

Idea: next time you practice names, write down the names that were those impossible outliers. Come back to them later and try to make an image.

2) Forgot two. Forgot the two FOLLOWING the two I couldn't visualize right and feared I would forget. Remembered those :) Can't think two thoughts at once. If that happens at this slow speed, whisper the name and you may remember it later.

3)Forgot a bunch near the end especially. Whispering the word didn't work by the way :D The three images that really messed up here were haynl, hips, and hoach -- ALL in that list to review, so that's a good thing. But simple shadows are messing me up sometimes too.

Is practicing with a goal at the 32% level a better way to even out the certainties? Might as well try for a little while and go with 21 BPM for the other thing...Or am I falling for the oldest trick in the book? All day, I thought I had a solution to my problem. We'll just have to see what can be done.

Goal: 32% Level (80/40)

1) Fail. All because of a recognition error that followed another, I think. BOTH were in my list to review, once again. Whether this is going to be possible depends on if I can eliminate or greatly reduce recognition errors, which have a higher chance of occurring both due to speed AND quantity. Luckily, I have most of the problems isolated.

Goal: 32% level, 150%: just 5 tries.

1) Immediate recall left something to be desired. And some were forgotten anyway. This Only because of poor regoc obviously. The two consecutive ones were BOTH from my list. Chew on that. But I'm trying something new here so it's okay to shoot for the moon a couple times as long as I let it teach me to identify problem areas. Score: 20%

2) Ok, went twice through this time and the second time through I went Twice as fast as I was planning. The problem was 2 consecutive items on that list. I almost dropped the ball because I had to visualize em for the first time the second go through. It was pathetic. Mastering that list is the way to take out the chance. That is what makes all of the difference, and recognition is the only reason any of this is even an issue, think about it.

This training is too fast to be useful. Bring it back down, but first master that list however it must be done.

3 March, 2014 - 12:53
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

Alrighty, a new post for new kinds of drills. Josh made the card pair script last night, so I'll christen it here with a new drill that will inform me of weaknesses.

This isn't a perfect standard because I do know what objects are coming next, but the point will be to link 13 objects in a row well enough to where the whole chain is memorable, but only using indistinct space, no loci.


J:31.6. Fear I might have forgotten a link there.

The big thing I was doing here was making sure that each object primarily interacted with the very next one.
That felt like ten minutes well spent. Now to see how much of this success is due to having read the items in order many times before...

13 random object link, H/H:
1)34.68, success!

Enough wasting time with the hearts.

Okay... Diamond/Spade, this should be much more painful.

It is.

Reviews need to start getting fast, fast. Starting with H/D, make a chain in space and if you can review that in 6 seconds, you could do a shadow review IN SPACE in ten minutes. But just get the chain going for now.

Ok. This last half hour has not been helpful. Change of plans. Just do what I've been doing, repeatedly, get the time down and pick a goal, then add by suit.

Ugh, no good.
New plan!
Just use the images in the placement I already have for now, but make them photographic the first time around. Can do the kinds of drills I'm thinking about here with face-seconds later, for now lets just make review so fast I can do it everyday almost without thinking.

I really cannot focus here. And have no clear goal with these card pairs at the moment, so switch gears.

Raced through and picked a feature for 65 faces in 90 seconds.
Memorized 36 names and did a very effective active review.
Thought I was doing quite well through all of this and ultimately scored 77 of an attempted 90. :\ Slow doesn't really work for me at this time.

Tea Party:
It was a wreck. A serious wreck. I tried to memorize it all in 11:00 or so. I don't do slow, it just doesn't work. So no more slow anything until after the championship, it's a total waste of time. Also, the weapon was not only bulky and complex, but I wasn't as comfortable with it as I need to be and it basically needs to be completely remade for simplification and the other associates simply memorized rote. Do that, and super-fast review will be extra effective, and the encoding faster and easier to boot.

Digits: Attempted 320, got thru once and half a review in 3:30 and gave up deciding not to ruin my loci. It was not only too slow, but so sloppy along the way that I had forgotten everything by the review, so now what?????

Tried 320 again. Encoded the first 120 in 0:45 and felt happy with them. I slowed the encoding down just a tad so I could keep the pace. Should probably use a metronome to feel what that sweet speed is again because this was a disaster as well.

140 digits/minute is really the sweet spot right now. 2/locus has been coming into place extraordinarily quickly.

Remember the idea about smashers and activators? That was one of the best ideas you have ever had, but you didn't do it because it's inchoate and will take a very long time to set up. Think of how easily it would translate to binary and the absolute guarantee of progress in cards and digits. Work out the rules and do it in Excel. But don't get too excited because the USAMC events need a lot of work, too.

If you want to carry it out, just start by assigning actions to all of the objects that are left.
March 4th.
It's taken me a bit too long to realize here that the aspects of the errors are so much more important than initial speculation because I don't care what my problem is on a given day but what it is over time, and with a larger body of facts speculations form into more plausible hypotheses that are worth testing thoroughly.

1) Trouble areas of shadows on quizlet for 90 minutes, got through five categories excluding DD HH and DC going twice perfectly through before moving on. I pulled out a deck afterward and I can see that was a pretty small portion of the images, so it's still necessary to do the face-second review daily for now.

2)15 minute words, Pure story, aiming for consistency.

Wanted to start at 120 and should have stayed there instead but my freaking habits of pushing it die hard. Next time, 120. got 127/128 (inspection instead of examination). but had to work backward 25 words to get to one. It was the only word pair where there wasn't a clear story or imagery link.

Method: Pure story, 60 words then active review which was very successful and took about 4 1/2 minutes. So did the next 60, also quite successful. Reviews were a bit slow. I should probably really rush through there, and review again once or even twice before doing something active and knowing where to enhance links, because tenuous links take a long time to make work and it's faster to make them after I've already seen the words in succession.

From now on, do each event twice per day. First safe, then push, just like in NY. That means safe must truly be safe, or else I do not get to push that day. I think it's safer at this time though to pick a single method and always stick with it. Words may be a different story because I can do it more times if I don't use any loci.

And don't forget to try to memorize poetry backward.

3)15 minute words: Pure story, stop at just 108. If there is a mistake here, it is a SERIOUS problem.
Go quickly.

Synonym errors. Ohhhh God. On both tenderness and migratory I knew softness of delicacy and nomadic or whatever, but it would have helped if I remembered 10 pins, so for adjectives (most synonym errors are adjectives), always look for if there is a good prefix, suffix, or simple phonetic possibility. That extra push might be all I need. I am quite tired right now though. Dunno quite why, I slept these last two nights. Maybe my body has been waiting for this :).

I guess make links a bit more carefully with words, I was going about a column per minute last time and only a column every 45 seconds this time, and the links were much weaker, so either double time it or slow it down a little.

Maybe next time I go back to the old strategy, I'll be stronger. That was the point of all of this, anyway.

I just remembered that I got 338/360 on December 9, 3 months ago, better than I usually am now. I was using the 50/50 strategy back then. 2/locus (could it be more obvious that 2/locus is the way I excel in digits? Every breakthrough along the way has been 2/locus. The only reason I don't do it all the time is because of a lack of loci. If I had quadruple the loci I absolutely would have broken 400 at least once by now..

When I forget names I often forget them totally.

So I do well with checking the first letters of the names. And backstories.

5 minute international: stretch for record. 32/42/52, level goal = 42.

8 int name sprint: missed Horner /= Hornen. Forgot one girl totally. Didn't make a link and didn't even realize it! So this will be a great drill for that.

March 5:
Prep for realistic performance at the USAMC now, tried two different safe runs, and neither were safe.
1)264, 2/locus, fail
2)243 free, 3/locus, missed 3. The encoding wasn't very good. Dunno.
3)tried and failed AGAIN. This time 2/locus with 3 full reviews, each review I'd take a moment for a locus I didn't quite remember.

We'll let this incubate for a while.
safe run:
1)55.85. Nothing is safe today!! I switched the order of two objects, makes sense that I would, encoding was unclear. But I realized later on that I was going too fast. just focus on the insane amount of time you have to get the job done. Even 3s/ image would give you an excellent score.

It looks like the rest of the time before USAMC should be spent practicing perfection.

30%, 50/50, 30BPM.
Can increase % with successive perfect runs.
Try 2/locus and 3/locus many times until there is a clear winner.
1)3/locus, really easy. Maybe I should increase the BPM? Just make sure the object is seen clearly the first time even if the link is weak, that's what the 50/50 is for.

32% 32BPM I use to dream of a 32% score...
2)3/locus. Recall was easy, even with one image I just could not remember during encoding. Made a Reconstruction error though. Have to practice that much more. final score of 25%, still not too shabby.

But because of nervousness, shouldn't I be comfortable with 36% at 36BPM? If I can be, I'm golden. That's a fairly difficult task though, isn't it....
36%, 36BPM.
1)Amazingly, recall was very easy! ALMOST everything was put cleanly in place the first time through. Shadow face-first has been hard to encode recently so add those to the list.

I have been allowing myself to spread ahead of the metronome if it would benefit me.

No need to speed this up really. All I need is consistency at this level. But..

Let's try 39% Just for kicks. Remember the focus is on seeing the images rather than thinking of links.
SUCCESS. Where is the guy from 2 hours ago?!

Let's not repeat mistakes: It is more important for me to gain consistency at this level than anything else. So I can stretch up 1% at a time, but cannot increase BPM, and only after 3 successes in a row.

Wow, I did it! I gave myself 30s at the end to mentally review, and probably couldn't have succeeded this time without that. Almost messed up another face first shadow. There are only 160 of these. Drill the hell out of them.

Ok now, just for kicks AGAIN, call it a little treat :) let's move up to 52%

REALLY, REALLY, REALLY SOLID ATTEMPT!!!!!! Now face first shadows are your weakest for sure, get em in that list and you'll be able to do this in no time.
March 6.
The last thing I did last night before sleeping for 7 hours was list review, and I dreamed of my objects. I mean the VERY last thing, I had the ipad in bed studying until I fell asleep.

I've put 22 hours into 15 minute words this year. I think that's like 5 minutes per day. That's 3:45 per day, almost half of it in recall, so 2:00 per day. Hmmm. What if I had six times the practice by doing 15 minute words twice every third day? Triple the practice with the learning benefits of even spacing? You know the answer to that question!! What if I had over triple the practice evenly spaced in the time before the WMC? I can see that a victory at the USAMC is undeserved. Though I should be fair to myself for having to work so hard on the 2-card system. Won't have to do that next year. Also, I'll use block binary, according to the world record holders, my hunch for the best system IS the best system. So I won't have to waste any time on that junk this upcoming year. I'll be able to make it happen. And think of the USAMC...


It's weird, but it has to be because I slept the last three nights...Can't be a bad thing though. Except for training, it's awful.

Random Words:
15 min:
1) attempt 160 pure story. Made a mistake fairly early and quit recall because I didn't know how to continue. Shoulda just started at the next word I knew and checked that. Doesn't matter if they're in the right place for right now, for this purpose.
2)Went really low for a safe score. 100 words. got 98 of them right. 4/locus. Have to use 4/locus in competition. Uggghhh. I can't do safe!! Is that a disaster or what? But..I am sooo tired today, too. The only time I tried 180 on 15 minute words, I got 173. Why can't I be safe, then?
3)5 minute words:
With a metronome, tried 110. 55/minute then really fast review. Freefloating imagery. Disaster.
4) 15 minute, 4/locus
Went all the way to the 200 this time at 4/locus. Haaa! Couldn't recall a thing. My head feels so foggy and dizzy too. Why? So dizzy like I'm medicated or something. Ohhhhhh. I must have forgot! Took that diamond shaped allergy medicine today twice? La something or Al something? Well then I can be forgiven for today. :)

Shadow face-first review first. Do that between everything, actually. Full through and a couple minutes on one suit.

Memorized like 32 cards with 1 forgotten at like image/1.5s, so cards are looking OK this morning. But more review necessary. Skitter by three, down then back up by suit, and then total list from top to bottom.

Shadow Face-first review.
Time up and down for 10 and get it to 15 seconds. Then for the next and get them both in 30s.Then for next, then get them both in 1 minute. Then for the next two the same, then get them in one minute. Make sure those can be done consistently, and then see if we can get that half of them down in 45 minutes. Do it with the easy side first to make sure it can be done in the time frame. ON THE TABLE.

Ok. Not quite on the table, I got nearly down to 75 for the first two s9 s7 suits in 20 minutes. changing it to 60 to get the whole thing done in under 90 minutes. BC quantity is most important now b4 USAMC. Have to get thru EVERYTHING. 1 second is not too slow - I just have to make sure nothing holds me up. Everything gets put down in time.

For the sake of quicker review, seeing the images quickly (don't want this to take 50 minutes every time, right? link them with a chain of just excruciating clarity. Then can do it at Ben-speed. Already almost got 150 for a chain of 10 with decent clarity.

Started seriously losing focus after 70 minutes but made GREAT progress in that time -- this'll be a cinch next time around. 200 more for 1/4 the face seconds, could probably do double now that there's linking in space.

March 8
Been doing a lot of review or a little bit of review in fair depth, and should probably continue that on the side but need to cover more ground more times before the USAMC...

Which is why I need to gather and test TFLS pacing strategies.
1)2:17, failed. Remember this drill is not about overall time, it's about linking and pacing.
2)1.26 for 26%, with mental review put me right at 2:00. Then moved another 15% in over a done and had no time for another mental review so went straight through for a final review, memorization was fine, but trying to rush it caused a v/e very early on. should do that part with a metronome. And should start immediately.

TNLS, now 50/50.

1)Followed those rules very strictly. And it was messed up! Try again.
2)Ok mm, missed some. Very awkward having to move faster than I wanted to in that situation. Accidentally just lost them all but the ones that messed me up were almost entirely from my 2 lists I know. Pay special attention to those that SHOULD overlap.

Might as well not even waste time with this until that point.
They're all over the place!

Note: If I can EVER make one item bust out of another, so much the better. The link is more important than the placement!

Recognition Drill:

Go through the List and nail down every King-first shadow one suit at a time. Get the recognition PERFECT before moving on to the next suit, and make sure the work done up to that point is never lost.

Spent 40 minutes now, am halfway thru the shadows but don't have a good objective standard. So for these next ones, go thru at like image/5s, and increase until at 90 repeatedly without problems.

Alright, that's fifty minutes in. Getting tired, don't know what to say about potential progress, so now I say just read up and down the shadow side as many times as possible in the next half hour!

1up-8:30. mmhmm - that's slower than 1/second.
dc-1.01 in spite of good kings!
hc-55 ditto
hs-56 all sloppy
dd-45 really good
ds-52 sloppy.

s2,3,5,6 all need work.

Keep moving down: These are the ones where you get the most gains from the least practice, which is why full reviews are awesome.

0-42. It felt out of practice. That is a VERY bad sign, means that I have to get out the audio.
1-1:01. That sucked too. *relief*

K, work on these later, too.

Tea party:

Identify weakness:
18 Names: 59:15. Forgot last 3 names and 2 others.
6 Birthdays: 29:03. Forgot 2. Similar score as above, but 1/2 time.
18 Addresses:1:38.73, missed 6. Same score again. over triple the birthday time.
18 phone numbers: 1:04, missed the last one. OK - that may be a nearly perfect score, but it took 4x too long. ?
18 foods: 0:49. Forgot 3. I took my time with this one a little bit. It's a quick one, so I guess I can afford to do that.
Break out of extraordinary boredom. God, Tea Party is BORING, shoot me.
24 Cars: 1:33, 23. This may be my best relative to other people. But digits should be, and that's good to know! For the sake of momentum, it may be better to not even memorize the cities on the first time through.
18 hobbies: 0:59, missed 3. This appears to be another good(ish) one for me, but having seen these hobbies before is misleading.
18 pets: 0:34, missed 1.

Altogether, that would have been over 9:00.
Smart use of time is to spend it where it gives the most returns. Since there will be reviews, there is a chance to remember any information no matter how poorly encoded. If outliers are skipped, they'll be looked at multiple times anyway. So nothing gets skipped.

So here it is:

Cities get glossed over, states must be decoded quickly.
Phone numbers get rushed,
STORYTELLING + 1/locus for hobbies.
Time is taken for foods
Time is taken for pets
Time is taken to get images for the names
Cars must be handled differently, obviously.

And here more than any other event, the links should be considered very important.

Address time may be due to outliers. Attempt to identify outliers and take the average.

I spent >16s/address. That means an average of 5 seconds per city. Doesn't seem like much at the time, but it adds up.

Attempt: Basically, I'm hypothesis testing here. The purpose of this run is just to see if using the data above to delineate a simple pacing strategy will work to my benefit, so really I'm just trying to adhere to those rules the best I can.

Was Memming in <1:00 per person, ultimately missed 2 of the first 3 ppls names because I did NOT take the time to get a good image for them but other than that I followed the plan perfectly and it worked like a charm. And the first name was really easy so that almost doesn't count, but I might have missed that one too were it more complicated.
By 10 minutes in, after that first review (9:30), I almost knew it all. I started doing active review near the end of the second person or beginning of the third, spontaneously (note that I didn't get the urge to do this at first), and got through a heck of a lot without peeking, probably recalled 80% of it without even looking at the page again. Then decided I might as well hit the clock. And that should probably be how I do this. Through, Review, active review, hit the clock. Or -- through, review twice, once, or three times. Could definitely do some 10:00 attempts like this.

The cities...One or two of them I was able to get an image for right away. The other ones I just looked at long enough to understand (the first one, not even for that long) and spent just a moment longer on subsequent reviews getting that image thought of and down. Most of the actual city-images were placed the LAST time I saw the city, after I had read it, and when I knew it was do-or-die.

If I HAVE an image at one point (had one for the name Rosa on the first person for instance), I really should see it every time through. That is an extra second or two that is worth so much compared to the way I usually spend the last 5 seconds of a tea party run. Def. rushed the numbers, really tried to get em but sometimes had to just let it be, but it was fine, there is a 100% guaranteed chance to see it again, or more than once again if I want.

Score: -4 in 13:20. If I spent just a moment longer on the names and stopped, I'd have gotten -2 in 13:30. If I had gone back for a third review, I would have gotten a perfect score.

Extensive review, but not full review. It really makes a difference?! Fewer cards tripped me up. That is good. And yet, they did!
Couple tfls and tnls fails of different types.
One very quick run. It didn't feel natural like after full reviews. 0:35. probably more mistakes than gets.Such bad failure, owed one more sub-40 shot to myself.
40BPM. 38.79. Missed 17,18, 29-35. Messed up the latter so bad I had to guess at the order of images.

Now under pressure, get something safe.
Safe run: 1:04.44. That time didn't suck and I got perfect recall. Obviously some stuff slowed me down, but not so much that I had to leave unclear images. That's progress.

Cards, begone!
Random words:

15 minute:
Attempt, a score that should be easy: 108. Missed 11. Actually, 2 were spelling, so... So yeah, missed 11.

March 10:
^^^^Selfish goal of impatient person^^^^

Trying to make some improvement on s5 face seconds today. Spent about 2:00 with that list of <50 words. Reading up and down, skittering, metronome, no metronome -- NO noticeable progress. WTF, M8?! I don't think I've ever been so frustrated.

K, the drill the other day was 10 up and ten down in 15. Then moved to 20 to get it all done. So let's make it 9 instead and spend 90 more minutes here. for s5 face-second.

Spent a lot of time yesterday trying to read up and down quicker with shadow face seconds and doing a couple face second reviews, and man that 33.5 second deck w/ two images initially forgotten and easily replaced this morning was pretty easy to pull off! Keep this style of review up, the results are HUGE. Think of what can be done in just 2 weeks! Perfect decks under 0:40 over and over for sure.

Are these digit rules true? You get 0 points for a line with an error but there can be any number of those, even consecutive?

First try:
Sloppy as heck 2/locus, but went slow...encoding like 300 in 3:00, if I want to go slow, 3/locus, if not, then hurry the hell up!

1)Bad score, even with new rules.

I think 54 BPM makes 324 in 2:00. Sooo, 54 BPM for 2 minutes then turn off the metronome. Then zip thru. Remember to let it be.

2)Awful score again probably. At least, it was a total mess near the beginning.
- - -- - -09885135567290

Why such bad scores? Not used to the 20-per-row format, maybe??? Scores haven't been so hot recently anyway. Still, I have to print this stuff out!

Now I have to let the loci rest, so...face-second and N&F.

Can also try RW storytelling w review after 20...?

N&F, INternational 5 min:

First of all..this is fun. I think I could do it all day.
1) Attempt 42/48: Review active after half, twice. For the most part able to recall. Then able to run through a couple at the very end. 40. (PB IS 41)

2) attempt 42/46. I decided to skip a couple hard names. Tied PB, 41.
3) Attempt 42/48. This time I did 6 faces, review, 6 faces, review, then 12 faces, review. The halves were equally effective, so don't know what to say about that yet. PB -- 45!

A couple names I did an excellent job of just getting an image down for. Caiman Steenman I skipped cuz I couldn't think of a thing. But going back to him I just said the phrase "Calvin's a stern man" and through about how the "r" in stern is really an "e" and that his name is not Calvin, and it was very easy to recall!

I was also stuck on Gyula Risztov. But going back to him I decided to think of "Ritz" on his uvula. And really those words weren't hard to come up with. I had kind of thought about Ritz already on some level but kind of discarded it...some were backstoryish. Sueli Jamur -- A few faces before her was Jun Li (thought of them from SS) but for Sueli Jamur I thought "You're going to Sue Li for Jam? Ur going to Sue Li for Jam? Ur going to Sue Li..." ad infinitum. If you don't have an image, it isn't going to happen. Get SOMETHING down. If something crosses your mind, that is awesome, stick with it!

As far as distinct facial features...I did use them from time to time, kind of automatically, which is good!. But more than that, I used features that kind of matched with the name

Jenny Becquet - had a Beckett card on her Chin
Zhongyun Du I didn't know how to memorize but noted "ZD" AND that his whole name is ten letters. He was the only Asian so I didn't do much with features.

Michele I imagined a shell on his shiny bald head, and for Grizzetti thought about griz bear, then on review added some pasta dish or something, but didn't really link that image in.

Martina Popova the young girl, I had her nose extend like Martin, and thought "she's just going to Popova real quick"

Ibrahim Shehata I noticed his name was just Abraham with an I at the beginning and end so I focused on his eye. And thought of him having or mentioning a "She Hat" and noted the "A" on the end. Really didn't link into the face though like I have been trying to do.

Sometimes I did, though, like on Mary Singh who had a Marilyn Monroe-esque mole. If the feature is so obvious, I'll probably use it automatically. Couldn't hurt to keep looking for them, though I'm having fair luck just with what I'm doing.

National, 5 min:

Goal 60/72., PB = 54.

1)34/40. WHY do I score so much lower in national!? Seriously, to match my International 5min score, I'd have to DOUBLE this score. So? Reviewed after every 6 faces. Lot of time active showed they were not encoded well.
2) This time, encode well and review after every 12 faces.
46. Better...Didn't have as much time for the last 12 faces but did almost as well. Or maybe as well. So...go faster. Go faster and passive review after 12 faces.
3) Went faster. 48/49. Best for this event yet today. Hmm. A number of faces though where I just thought "I didn't even see this person??"


Must work on TNLSV! <- totally forgot!

Tea party:

1) 46/48. Said "Forbes" instead of "Forbes Road" and though typing the phone number correctly, verbalized 9 as 5. No matter, 46/48 is good enough. Tried to focus on sticking to the allotted time rations. I think that advice served me well.

Birthdays were unintentionally slow. Hurts double in review. Know the months. States were easy states, but could have been slow.

Really took time on names and they were alright obviously. Really, a LOT of time on the names coming up with an image for each name. Watch out for hubris if the names are simple American names at the USAMC.

Did really well on the hobbies I think. Those went very fast, but that was perfectly fine thx to storytelling + 1/1/1. Foods, mixed together, that was very helpful of course. Did a really freaking AWFUL job linking, and I just now realized that. I think I only linked one zip to one phone and that's it. Linking is really, really important here, so focus the next attempt on really solid linking.

Pacing: I spent so much of this time making things clear and just so...each person took about 1:20 or so. I took so much liberty with the time because of how much time was left over last time I did the TP. There is a definite benefit to taking this kind of liberty: the ease of active review means that less time is wasted recreating images.

It took 9:00 or more to encode the info. The first person's review took just over 20 seconds. Sounds like nothing -- but that's over 2:00 for the bunch IF the pace were kept, which is unlikely to happen. First time through, I did a heckuva lotta active review. I already knew most of the info. Not as much in the very beginning as usual.

The second time through, I got about halfway through before I realized I was REALLY short on time, then rushed through the next 2 ppl, then reviewed the last person mentally.

It was really nice not having that time left over where I'm rushing to foods or names or whatever, but believing that each item is equally likely to be forgotten because each item was equally well encoded.

Bring a staple puller.

Under the lights, I should expect to do 10% - 20% worse? Then I need to practice this quicker. So next time, just one review. Which means that it's all about linking.


March 12:

Drank last night. But slept a ton.

This is the "random words" day. This is where I hammer it ALL out!

1)Attempted 120 story/images. FAIL. I wish I remembered if "pure story above, the 147 run meant "REALLY pure story." One way to find out is to check and see if ABOVE that I ever wrote "pure story PLUS freefloating imagery."

Got like 59/77 in a row and lost place so couldn't continue. Should I just link the 4/5 8/9 etc, 2/locus to avoid this? I Probably should if this really is the best image, or do PURE imagery linking.

2)Attempted 122. 4/locus, standard method. Tried to do every 32 images active review for some reason. Did 32 w pretty good job active but the LOCUS I DIDN'T GET IN ACTIVE REVIEW is the one I missed later. Also missed one that was actually past tense. And another one that I linked really poorly. Links across loci are maybe MORE important than within.

Then I accidentally did the next 64 w/o active review. Those went fine, too. I focused on story linking for those 64 rather than the first 32, which were pure imagery. Pure imagery is not the way to go.

3) Attempted 120 40/min standard method then quick reviews active passive dunno no one around me would STFU and let me memorize or recall properly so BS data here.

Why doesn't getting higher PB's raise the consistency of lower scores but perfect scores????

Maybe microcosmic drills will.

100 digits.

40 seconds:
1) big fail
2) less fail

45 seconds:

50 seconds:
1) success.


Free: keeping the numbers small, did 14/14 names in 45 seconds, 15/20 names in 1:00. Don't overdo it.
If the read-over quickly methods work for 15 min words and N&F, shouldn't I be able to use them for 5 mins also?

N&F free feels pretty good. Like progress is being made.

Abstract, 5 min:

11/15 IN FIVE MINUTES. Ask around - HTF to people do this?! Jonas is doing 300, and I can't do 4% of that? This would be like a mnemonist memorizing 20/30 digits in speed numbers. Worse than bad. But then, I have no strategy. I arranged the patterns by how close they got to the top edge, 2/locus zip-style, then converted the images back and I guess made 4 errors on either conversion or encoding on the last line.

NOT doing abstract again right now. Don't even touch it before April - do poetry instead if that's what it comes down to...ennui. It'd have to be pretty bad before I WANTED to do poetry.

Auditiv Ziffern:

REALLY, really want to get 140 today. It's about that time to. I tried once 8 days ago and got 132/140. Not bad, not the best either...


Fun 50: A bunch of runs at 10-11 seconds (280/min) might help me identify problem images and increase visualization speed. Little fast for linking but I actually got some of these down...the easy images.

2)30 in 9.88. That's FAST to picture 50 digits...but I'm almost there.
3)20, 10.24.
4) 23, 10.4. Not attempting to place any images more than once to increase score on these...

Actually happy with 30/50 in 9.88.

Reviewed through the 1352 originals. Saw each card well, but if I didn't worry about that then I could have done it much faster especially if I linked those cards that slow me down into the ones before and after them. Woulda done that but this review took so freaking long anyway...

1) Perfect deck, doesn't matter how long it takes:
58.47. Chiv and Lup were in succession, but not a prob. But on these DON'T rush the end. It isn't worth the risk, you can mess up a perfect deck.

^^^That was pretty quick given the level of certainty. Nice links, solid deck. Keep doing those card drills. Devote a lot of time to other events too, though.

2) For certainty: Keep it quick, but only rush the last 4 cards.

41.68. Forgot the first 3 images and the fifth to last. Because I rushed the end. But it felt like I rushed the whole thing anyway, this was NOT for certainty. So...let's do another, but REALLY for speed.
3)25.5. Made a lot of mistakes. Actually, I just pushed through a lot of unknowns during mem; I did a good job remembering the ones I saw. Just need a little better recognition to succeed at that speed or faster. Kings and face-seconds have improved, as well as s4 and s8, but a bit more work on those will really bring it together. That work has taken me farther than considerable practice.

The proof is in the pudding.


2:58. First one took about 1:15. The second was just absolutely ridiculous at times, like I just wanted to waste every moment possible. One of the images that I did NOT hang up on was Smer, but I put in the image for Sner, but during recall I remembered that my eyes had seen a 3Q, so I went with my eyes and was correct.

Immediate recall was perfect but VE by omission at 42%. No time to think.

2) metronome at 26BPM intended 39% but accidentally did 42%, looked at the clock and thought uhhh wuttt? rushed the review and it was fine. Easy to recall, really. Why? The drills man, the drills!!! Those drills will work for binary, too...5s instead of 10? That's a higher speed, but a smaller quantity so it should even out. And if I can do as well as I can with cards then I can get through the binary list once a week.

Let's play with the binary for a few minutes.

For the row and back, down below 8s seems good for today. Got the first three rows and back under 24s relatively quickly. Note that that is well over 400 digits. Remember to be able to do this starting from both sides. When all 8 rows are done, begin the columns. Finally, we'll want to be able to do all of the rows and columns and back in under 2:00. Eventually, the goal will be to do rows and columns through and back in <15:00.

Able to do all that up to <32s in about half an hour...which means just getting this done for everything will take 8 hours. But just think of what can be done with MS Word!

Do the rows in groups of four and then finally 4+4 to save time.

Going through and writing out the binary blocks was helpful, as was making shape images. If I can remember the thoughts I had when I thought of the shape images, the image doesn't actually have to look like the thing. The neuronal connection will still be reinforced.

Got 330 Binary, yay, finally!

Did 33% @21BPM. Pretty easy. But I should have been using sound. Remember?....that's the point.

Random words:

I can't do it. I don't know why, but I can't do it. With errors like this, it's going to take some real luck to get to the Tea Party. I have worked so hard this year. :/ Harder than any of them. More than any of them. And if I can't get past RW, then it won't show. It will not have been worth it from a competitive perspective. If I absolutely can't get it, maybe I just need to memorize fewer words. Remember that I'm not going to be able to pull off there the kind of stuff that I do here at home. So if I get scores like this now, I'll bomb it up in NY. These guys aren't even good at N&F, and am I really going to have to rely on luck to get past them???

1) 15 mins: Went for 127 -- 60, active, 60, active, 7 more, then further review. 40 BPM which I abandoned before long.

I missed nine words. NINE. Ok, so what I'm doing isn't working. It must be because either my images suck or the links are not interesting or present. If the images aren't even there, links are impossible. So that's one explanation.

Funny, they call it the "ZOOM" method, I always thought that meant speed, but that method of mine uses zooms-in to create new platforms out of objects. So let's use that PURE linking method - vivid imagery but no palace.

1 minute:

1) 12/13. Pick up the pace.
2) 25/26. Shamwow! 5 minutes to 130.
3)13/30 - tried to use 30/1 metronome. Uhhhh no.

I'm doing surprisingly well actually remembering the words, keep kind of feeling surprised during recall.

817410163668- - -- - -46
55153504586858- - -- - -

Don't even want to continue. Just an incredible epic fail. ALRIGHT, so -- why can't I remember anything these days? Why is my chart from the past month just a smooth slope down, down, down? Every event. Every event I'm botching. Why? What is different?

1) I've been getting a lot more sleep. Why would that totally screw me up? Dunno, maybe my body just isn't used to sleeping every night. That much is true but will that really sabotage my scores? Today I've just been trying to get somewhere around my PB's, not to actually beat them, and I'm winding up with about HALF of my PB scores on average. So...why?

2) I've practiced cards much less. Jonas keeps his practice spread evenly so I have tried to do the same. But the couple of runs I do for each event completely suck. Maybe I should just go back to practicing cards for hours on end. Were the things that I thought were screwing me up really the things that were making me better? That would be a bad sign, because how then would I get better...?

3) I need to cross-reference all the charts, hopefully there'll be time before late March, but it doesn't really matter. Spacing between trials, progress, similarities of types of trials, etc. Figure out the conditions present when and where the spikes occur and then manufacture them. And of course go through the notes and analyze the level of success for drills of sub-skills and determine relationships.

I think cards are getting even better right now, though...Tea party hasn't been bad either. I've been doing drills for those but not actual memorization. Maybe starting now I need to to straight memorization of those things and only drills for the others. Maybe with so much on my plate, I can only improve at the skills I am not working on. The converse is not true at least.

When I got my N&F PB, almost DOUBLE the N&F scores I've gotten recently, I had been reviewing the images a lot. Like I am doing with cards. Maybe I should do that with the states and secret weapons and names? Maybe then my practice will have a chance of yielding improvement?

No matter the explanation, I'm worse now than I used to be. So I need to go back to the basics and drill the most rudimentary skills possible until things begin to level out. I could do that tomorrow and only memorize poetry for a day or 2.


1) Attempted 162 digits in 5 minutes. Got 132 of them correct. Why? Why am I only as good as I was last year at this time, a couple months after learning of mnemonics, with my little 2-digit system that I didn't have memorized very well yet? Is this a path I should continue down? I am starting to believe that my goals are simply out of reach. Give it some more time, but also keep your eyes open for something new just in case! If it doesn't come together I can still use these skills to keep a mental journal. That's more valuable than random digits anyway in the long run.

Speed cubing? Still need Marcus to teach me Go, too.

Let's just go back to cards for now!

TNLS 21 BPM 39%.
Kinda failed somewhere along the way and it just became a mess. That's what happens when you mess up with a metronome. It was Lej first and then some face-seconds here and there that almost tripped me up, so I still should put in another maybe... I dunno, 15 hrs into face-seconds and K's before April? Shouldn't have gone straight from 33% to 39% anyway. Getting ahead of the met sometimes can be really helpful. I should learn to pass up a beat comfortably instead of waiting, too.

JQ and then Original K reviews, then start leniently with shadow K-first if there's still time under 90 minutes.

OOoooooh yeah, this feels good. Make sure to keep doing reviews like these so the skill doesn't get lost. Take the time to hammer it home, you can work with K first shadows and face-seconds later if need be!!!

God, this feels good!!!!! Compared to the almost unbearable thinky pain from the other day?! How do I make this painful again??

Hayyyy, I know what to do! study all those you need for a d/h deck. As well as Original Kings first and Face first shadows, get 100% comfortable with those 700 images.

Start from the bottom of every suit though. You have to be able to get those first 42 of each suit more than anything else.

Lmao, is this the best plan? Why can't I think :D K, I've got 11 days to work on this. It is the nature of face-combinations to *necessarily* appear, whereas there is no guarantee for other suits. Since face combinations are my worst, then OBVIOUSLY that is where the time needs to be spent.

They comprise anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 of EVERY deck.

Ok, I got it. Today, I'll just reinforce the first 260. That covers 2-3 images out of every deck on average.

Oh yeah, the original kings suck again, refreshers are totally necessary.

K, went straight thru with kings first linked in nether nether land, reviewed a bunch on the way but probably should have not done that or maybe just once at half way bc it's just like 4 decks. So probably just not at all. then backward:

F:1:14.25. Would be amazing to get these down to 0:52, but we'll see...
The idea is to get so comfortable with this that the words begin to disappear from mind.
F:1:06.17, daaayyyyng. It's settled then, get these both under a minute consistently.

I'm hot and I want to take a break now!!!! But think of how nice this will be to review all King firsts in 2:00 whenever I want.... the 208 hardest images in a row... In the future, I'll want to be able to skip by 2's at the same pace and so on, but flipping through the deck, I can see that the Original Kings First are coming to mind sooooo quickly. It's incredible, incredible, incredible. For now, just being able to do these in 2 mins, K second in 2 mins, Q second in 2 mins, J second in 2 mins, and Shadow Face-first in 2:00, I will be able to check out all of the problematic cards in the ENTIRE deck in 10 minutes for now, then faster later. This is going to increase my speed so, so, so much. Unfortunately, the rest of the review is still going to take time, but I won't have to do that one as often.

Separate the groups as listed above. Of all of these, I think Ksecond is the most pressing group.

March 14:

I didn't do that last night ^^^^^^^I was tired and I just messed around instead :\

N&F, nat 15:

Up until like 3:30 left I'd say I'd made a decent image for every person but still didn't know anyone's name. Then was able to read thru twice and kinda link those images to the people. That was one problem, I didn't link the images TO the people very well, and I don't even have a clue how that could be done quickly. But:

I forgot this one guy's name, it was Vicente Ballard. I kind of thought of a ballerina at one point and of like a fence and a vice, and I think a mallard at some point also crossed my mind.... I should have just popped his head with a vice the first time I saw him and I bet I would have gotten two more points for doing so. Whatever comes to mind, even if it doesn't even make sense, link it to the person because it will always help make more connections to that person.

I thought I was going to do just really amazing. Even after typing them in I didn't expect to have missed or misspelled over 20 of them. 450 points? FML. I won't even be in the top 10 with a score like that. But I also get worse the more I do it. So...should I practice or am I just working to dig a grave? When I got that one good score, I had recently reviewed the stock names thoroughly. Getting those down really fast is probably what made the difference, and that has to be the only chance I have to break 104. Even 20 minutes a day on name review and then Nat 15 every other day while keeping track of the new names - Golden. And I really need it because nothing is certain like I thought it was going to be. So I need to do those 4 remaining card reviews as well BEFORE doing at least one full review or shadowface.

NF score: 90 Rank: fail.
Digits1: 217. Rank: 2

It's a lot lower than I thought I would score this year but it should be good enough depending on how botched the rest is :\, I just went at a quick pace for 3:00 3/locus but wanted to make sure every link was there and sensible, just like if I were doing a 100 digit spring. I actually encoded the first 120 digits masterfully in 3:00. Thought, "Wow, I'll be shooting for 360 here even without a metronome." Nope. Took me another 2:10 to get the NEXT 120 digits down, and those weren't encoded as well anyway, which is why I forgot a couple of them. I have to be practicing like that 280 digit run where I said "even cards are never this certain." I need to be doing that and just go for 300, and if I score under 280 try again for 280 or whatever. I need to be doing it that way. And I need to figure out how to take advantage of the new rules. Ok, then.


If you want to REALLY make this drill worth it...SEE every item. like you did with Vif and Feb! But for now, being able to run through in 2:00 should be good enough because we need breadth before April. For now though it's good enough to catch a glimpse, just make sure that a good enough glimpse is actually being caught, and it is an image, not just an idea. Probably worth giving myself 4s or so with every image for that initial chain.

March: 17. Drank last night.

Ran through The List, WOW what a mess, it took over half an hour to see them all in the room. But it did hurt, which is good.

Thumbing through the deck, they are only bothering me as much as other shadows right now, guess that's a good thing but it means I need a full review nonetheless.

Thumbed through again. -- Yeah, cards are looking really bad right now.

Tea Party:
1) -8
Holy god, what is this?
K. Took my time on most of the encoding as per my best run. But the mem wasn't that good because I couldn't use active review on the review. I had less than 90 seconds for a third review. So that was WAY too slow. If I get used to going that slow, I won't even get done in NY.
Need faster speed on months and states, without a doubt.


^^Notice those kinds of things^^

3 of my misses were the first 3 pieces of info.
The focus needs to be mostly on LINKING here.

So let's do another run, focus on linking more than anything else.
2)-5. Focused entirely on linking, linked everything, and it took forever.
Recall was pretty solid most of the places but couldn't predict where it would go wrong.


1) The NEW safe: 1:12.07, recon in 3:04. Should have been even SLOWER to vis those last few correctly. But cards are just ridiculously slow right now, it's like a bad joke. So start with a full review then do whatever else must be done to figure that out. Took almost 3 seconds per image and wasn't even perfect.

Was doing a full review and stopped at 75%. There have been interruptions, but even without, I feel I must've spent 2 hrs on this already. Thumbing through the deck though...It DID work wonders for the combos that I saw. Not to mention, I did a very good job SEEING the images most of the time. AND my brain is extremely tired which sucks because I have a lot left to do. But I guess it's a good thing too.

2) tried 40BPM, clocked 36.7s, felt the speed was quite slow but had 4 blank loci in the middle where kyle and cheryl barged in... Sooo different from earlier today, it's all about the full review...even though I just did 75% so far tonight :)

I should practice perfect decks now, for the sake of not screwing myself over and missing out on the finals.

1) 43.44, fail: Missed 1. Third to last.

15 min random words:

1) 145/148, 2 switched, One tense.!!!
SOOOOO close to a PB, here! Man...really...really close! Here are the details:

Got to the 100th word then started to get that feeling where images weren't coming together and I was wasting time...So I decided to go back right then and review. Nothing worse than wasted time! I made a good image for the first word (style = gallagher) and read back through. For the first 30 words, it was mostly story. Images were bad, but I just wanted to make good time and review multiple times. I think I might have been at about 5:00 here... Definitely put images in there when there were easy words, but when there weren't, ehhh...I really didn't worry about it much the first time thru. Second time thru up to 100, I really tried to fill in anything that didn't have an image, but I didn't waste time ever, just kept moving on if I had to. Also was taking SERIOUS note of tenses and plurality second time around, but I really just should have done it the first time around. Lack of experience, there. Then, did the next 48 at roughly the same pace, I wasn't afraid of making a ton of errors, I just wanted to get a fair amount of time in looking at everything. Form wasn't the most important thing, I guess. Speed management I would say seemed to be the most important factor here. And I avoided many potential mistakes by doing a good job making images that indicated the tenses. Did that pretty well first time around too. I got to see all of them twice. The first 100 I saw four times, and 100-120 or so I saw three times, then 121-148 or so I saw only twice because I couldn't reach them at the end. Perhaps I'd have gotten demonstratively instead of just demonstrative If I'd put leaves on that monster. But I didn't get to see that one again, it was right near the end. So kept a quick pace and that seemed to be the key here.

-ty = teabag
-ly = leaves
-cy = eye
-ment = mint
-tion = shinguard
-ing = ink
-tive = "div" (scuba diver)
-sive = sieve
-ism = prism = Gayl
-ant/-ent = ant
-ship = salb

2) 120/120. Ok! Here's what I did! Spent 5 minutes pretty much exactly, 3 times through. That's the first thing to note. The first was encoding, and here's the thing, you need only be COMPLETELY sure, at least when going for a very high score, that the words with unusual forms are encoded as images. I did not do that with ALL of those words this first time through. In fact I may have skipped a bunch. The second time through, I did kind of cheating active-review just to see what places really needed work, I guess. That took about equal time. The THIRD time through, I did totally legitimate active review, with the slow, no-knowledge spots being counterbalanced by the quickness of those chunks that I knew well. When there was a blank, I made a really nice, really memorable image to fill the gap and then continued without a second glance, since there was really no time. This method could easily be stretched to cover 140 words with my current skill.

Once again, I wasn't really thinking about technique nor planning it - what I was thinking about was making sure to be quick and not to get held up anywhere.

Digits: 3/locus - free.
1) "fast-ish" Don't really need PB's right now, just confidence :D Shot for 282 which took 1:45, then didn't really get to get a good review in all the way to the end which is why I missed 6 of the last 25 digits I attempted, but the USAMC score would be 259, so can't complain. This info was really clear on the first encoding. With few exceptions, every item linked to the one that followed it, regardless of which locus they were in.
Further notes:
The reason I did well here, I have NO doubt, is that I was keeping the pace at a pace that was manageable for me. Like I said, I linked pretty much everything and the 1:45 review was almost double-time and still very easy. After the first run through, I spent a real moment on that first locus making sure I had those 3 images and the link to the next. There were many instances of an image occurring in the next locus that it was linked with. I wasn't afraid of that, just tried to keep it natural. I had a couple points where I sped up a tad because the images fell into place, and had the tact to slow down again when that locus was done. Unfortunately, there were also a couple instances where I slowed to a halt because something confused me. Fine I guess, but it's usually better in those situations just to keep the pace, especially since this was a speed run. But whatever. Also, I made no attempt to plug the gaps, which I would have been able to do since the missed images were 196 and 197.

2) Since succeeded at 259 there, going for a minimal record run here, 306:
Put down the vape and focus, dood, are you kidding me??
Score, 304/306: USAMC score: 266. Okay! Good digits day today!

N&F National, 15 min:
1)Decent score since I was shooting so high. Went through at first at 90 seconds per page, probably twice through at that speed but the first time I didn't get much done. Still don't think I had gotten much done by the second time through either, so I started slowing down then and went thru 2 more times a bit slower trying to get those images. I think after the first run, extra previews may not really help, so maybe I should slow it down right there, or make a solid attempt to get half or more on the first time through? Dunno.

2) Going to try WAY out of my comfort zone here, 180 names. Move quickly, but if I think I can get an image on a name, do it.
80/98/180. Interesting. More names led to fewer attempts.
On this run, I probably saw all of the faces more than I usually do on a 130 run. And I only attempted half of the names later.

Card review times: AFAP.
1/second = 2:49
The times show that on average, Visualization takes >1second EVEN for original images. Then 30 second decks just wouldn't be possible. So I see that the faces are heavily weighted outliers!!!

000s: 2:43.1, made incredible time up until the queens and then Kings
100s: 2:54
200s: 3:18 (distraction near end)
300s: 3:06.6
500s: 3:10.95
600s: 3:07
900s: 2:39.53 <-

000s:2:55.06. +12s
100s:3:39.66 +45s
100s(2):2:29.23 -25s
200s:3:38.32 +20s
200s(2):2:52 -26s
300s: 4:10 +64s
300s(2):2:58.88 -8s
500s: INFINITE - my god. These aren't even set up anywhere. Breaktime.

^^^^Continue later....

Binary, 5 min, attempt 360:
1) forgot 1
2)encoded 233 as 266. When going thru the binary list, be sure to keep visualizing each object in the place of the 1's or 0's, whichever is more interesting for the given design.
So memorized 363/363 no problem, but yeah, bad encoding. Try again later, I guess.

Historic dates:
Cool - on the second try broke my PB with 59. Trick is: just don't review.
1) Remembered all but the last one because I didn't really make an effort to remember that one somehow :) 3:2
2)Error at 42% Ugh. Bad, bad news. Lost momentum and decided to review early at like 33% Dunno why, just stupid. I think the best strategy here is to go so slow that sounds can be added. Perhaps?

Messed up twice :\. Maybe just go back to 21BPM drills. iono.

Binary 4 Speed: By the way, 3x3 was a great idea and now its greatness is corroborated by world records all over the place so get rid of those silly 2x5 notions, Ben and Ola may be good but it isn't because of their method. Stick with 3x3 and you'll be good in no time

Put em in the loci, 1 min:

It's ok if they are forgotten this time around, just basically putting them in the loci to slow me down and be a little more realistic, don't have to bother with recall right now.

1) 17 images
2) 27 images, wow what a difference.
3) 29, but didn't put them in loci, but what difference does it make?
4) 33, and got badly hung up at one point. I need to be memorizing these at a rate of 44/minute. I have a ways to go :D
5) 38 -- Yehhhsss! And one of them was chimney, immediately recognized from the run before. After every run take a moment to look at everything again to try to get the shapes in mind.


6) 27.
7)30. No matter how much I practice, the real improvement comes from when I have learned a new shape.
8)28, heavily distracted.

Maaaan, almost got 450 in binary tonight, just forgot 1 image. Soon :D

Cards: Alright, I've been avoiding these tonight but I DON'T know why. Just psychological I guess, scared that I won't be able to memorize them...choke before the USAMC. Why do I fear cards like this but not the other events? Because the cards are a part of me. I just do the other events. So I could do poorly at cards as a purely internal failure. Just shut down. It would begin and end in that same space. Wonder why I feel that way? Guess cuz I spent so much time on them.

Anyway, messin' around with that dominic-style review, but adjusted to 3/3/3 loci instead of 5. If I did actually want to do 5 loci it could work though. Just do 4 loci + 1 image and then continue that locus when you return to it. It would be a stellar link between those two halves which is one thing I was missing. Dunno, worth experimenting, but the point is that it would be really nice to be able to do this faster and aiming to be able to do it faster in short spurts is excellent deliberate practice because the feedback is SO so immediate and SO telling. And at the end of it all, you get a valuable skill.

Plus ++ I'll make quick progress because I'm so bad at it. But what does that mean I'm bad at? Having ANY idea how to reach the optimal balance of speed and detail! This is a pretty obvious subskill. The BIG one really, and I never thought to work it out simply because I never had the tool to do it.

So the idea here is to minimize the total time it takes to memorize and mentally recall. The quicker the mem, the more likely it is to be sloppy, the slower the recall. take forever on the mem and recall will be fast, but all of this is about speed in the end, so you find the balance.

To do the 3/3/3 then total review deck, it took 3:00. To do the first half of the 4.3 locus + review, it took just under a minute, so I think that method was slightly faster in that particular trial.

Badly sleep deprived. March 19.

Did 60 minute words, went for 1600, missed only a couple, but was a little unsure about locations which got sloppy from time to time and by the end everything was shifted out of place :( score: 240.

That should explain how terrible and frequent the card errors were too. But not the fact that the card errors almost always included kings.

Make a kings-second list.

Don't shoot for a high BPM right now, 1 second or even slower if it's still a challenge is totally fine, yeah -- lower is good because I can get more cards in there and do shadows + original kings-second every time. Read above for the technique if you want but but basically we go from being able to scroll through the images smoothly to being able to skip images and finally skitter at a certain speed. I just did a double deck and got hung up on Ks8s, then missed 5dKh (thought Q) then thought 4hKc was 4hKd, whaaat???Mild confusion again down the line with Hux. Hux is whitewasher!! ...It always has been.

Soo yeah, kings were a mess, happy to be able to narrow it down. That one where I thought it was a Q when really it was a K, eyes remembered seeing the K, and I should have trusted my eyes SINCE I know that I make that error sometimes. But I didn't.

Knowing the Kings-second really well will pretty much serve the function of knowing the Queens and jacks really well too since confusion is often a problem. Do full reviews and stuff, just really nail the kings down. Make them your best.

It's putting me STRAIGHT to sleep. Soo....after a 3 minute nap that included a dream....MORE BINARY rec. Yay.

30 images = 270 digits.


20 images = 180 digits
And after these, links and run-through to get used to them. I've seen thousands of these today with little lasting effect.
March 21:

Binary: 1:00 recognition.

1)42. wtf, is this for real???? That's 1134 in 3:00. What a huge improvement after SLEEPING. hmmm
2)44. Missing lots of simple ones that I tried to learn the shapes for. Good news for long term.

1)dun remem strategy, went for em all only got 29 right.
2) 600 pts! I"m at the level where it's 46 to move on and 54 total. So for this "go for a good score one, I went for 48. It made a really big difference, and instead of moving TOO quick, I tried to get some image and really link it TO the pic in a way that was unique. It worked well to do what Boris said with action but also to include some element of the photo with that action so that it could only be that person. Those 24 people took me a little over 3 minutes. Then I was able to review again fully, not active at all, but getting that extra push by really focusing on embellishing images with extra info that helped with longer names and focusing on where spelling would trip me up. Then, the final active review I probably got through about a dozen faces but it was definitely quick, I just didn't have much time. Would have ALMOST hit my goal, but there were a handful of spelling errors.


21 March, 2014 - 11:50
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

2014 Goals: I'm making a new post for this just so it will be easy for me to spot when I'm on this page.

This is the amount of monthly improvement needed (beginning Apr. 1) in order to bring my scores up to 800 in every discipline by December 1.

Spoken Numbers: 15 digits Apr:Yes
5 Min Speed Cards:1 second, (0:29 by 5/1)
5 Min Binary Digits: 45 (90 per 2 months)
5 Min Names & Faces: 3
5 Min Random Numbers: 10
5 Min Historic/Future Dates: 5
5 Min Words: 3
5 Min Vocab 60 words: 6
10 Min Names & Faces
10 Min Random Words
10 Min Cards
10 Min Text

15 Min Random Numbers = 20
15 Min Names & Faces = 136 (establish baseline)
15 Min Random Words: 9 (+1)
15 Min Abstract Images = 404 (establish baseline)
30 Min Binary Digits = 3200 (establish baseline)
30 Min Cards = 702 (establish baseline)
30 Min Random Numbers = 1136 (establish baseline)

60 min/Hour Cards = 1248 (establish baseline)
60 min/Hour Numbers = 2240 (establish baseline)

March 24:

Got up to 540 binary today. Also got 618/630 on another run, which means messed up one locus on 2/locus 50/50.

On 30 minute binary, 2/locus, 50/50

Had NO review strategy going into it, but there was definite segmentation of success. I Did the first 3 pages, then reviewed again which was quick, then again which was quicker, then one last time that was super quick. Of these first 1080, I only missed a few. Then began the second half, where I did page, review, page, review, page, review. I missed a TON of these, A TON. one page I think I got 60/360 points and another page I think I got 0/360 points. So all in all got 1826/2070 which isn't bad for a first run with no review strategy, but next time should just try going straight through and over again as many times as possible. That may take longer to review, but it will get quicker every time, especially if I memorize pretty quick and leave more time for review. But whenever I chop things up for review, the board becomes rife with errors, and that's normal for me in any event so I only confirmed what I figured on this run.


1)Been a while :) K, well I succeeded on the first attempt, EOV. Mem's in 2:17, no major holdups, then another review only slightly slower and one last one.

2)And the second one...I almost remembered all of them in 2:36. Did active review for 84 cards and didn't bother peeking at the deck once.
Q:What did I do differently?
A:Because that last run was so comfortable and yet so quick, I figured maybe there would be 0EOV if I had really connected each object with the one that followed with a visual representation in which just those two objects were visible. Just really, really good linking. Goodness on a scale I really never do, but can do here because there's SO much time. That only added an extra 20 seconds, but even if it added an extra minute, it would be a good idea. No need to slow down at all, you do well at a quick pace, but it'll take a little longer this way because there are so many extra snapshots to see. Should have tried to add sound, too. Next time. I forgot 2 images near the end. Those weren't linked as well as the others, unfortunately. Did that active review out of curiousity and ran out of time near the end. Should have just done passive review 2+ times. If you do the linking like that solid in the beginning, passive review is fine, and preferable in fact, since there can be multiple read-throughs.


April 8.

50/25/25 and 40/30/30 not working to exceed card records. Try for 50/50.

Binary at 720 today with 40/30/30 at 40 BPM.

30 min binary could be at 32 BPM with 33/33/17/17 to hit 2880, for like a zillion points.

Alternate, 4 days of doing every event, alternating on those days for monthly goal, then 20% under, then 10 days of Jonas style. Weekly full review. 30 min Binary, skip day, hour cards, skip day, Binary, skip day, hour digits. Then, I'll get like 35 trials of binary and cards, nicely spaced. and also on SKIP days, I can do Jonas style N&F twice, Words with pure linking perhaps, (Remember, words may be the MOST IMPORTANT event) and dates to save loci until I have more.

Apr. 9.

Done more events today than I probably ever have in one day. Most of them twice. Got 140/140 and then 157/160 on spoken, and would you believe that I didn't forget a thing? Mistook 178 for 615 in recall. GOD that's dumb. So make 178 thinner, curving to horizontal, and dropping fuel tank.

That means obviously that the focus was on vividness, and this stuff SURE was vivid. I do think I was better at occasionally checking the audible aspect, but that seemed to take care of itself naturally, at least for these two runs. But that's what stuff feels like when you get better... :D Most of it was vivid anyway, 678 890 698, some of them weren't that vivid, but 357 I felt the texture and cool temperature! This one could be easily messed up in competition I think. And it helps so much with the aspects of vivid visualization of these images...what I just did might help with 357 from now on! Maybe I should do this one daily? It's also the quickest event.

Abstract is a mess, it's as hard as can be!!!

His improvement is so unbelievably god-like good, like what happened with my binary but for every event all the time. Copy him exactly. I have to start doing the other events as well, the other time limits and all. That's how he did it and this is the time frame he was working with. So just do it his way ONLY, constantly.


Hour digits: got 1425/1440 with a score of 1280. Ouch. This will get better with

One error was I put 323 instead of 044. I knew this was a mistake, ALMOST knew, but was too lazy to go thru the digits in my head. Still wouldn't have figured it out. Put 323974 instead of 974323. Should have linked the prior 3 digits 747974323 better, that would have given me 40 more points. Also put 596 instead of 683 bc I really was TOO lazy to go thru the digits in my head. This I believe I would have gotten right if I had gone through because 596 seemed plausible but I almost went thru the digits in my head JUST for those 3. And...put 536 in place of 875. Once again, I had a feeling this would happen eventually. It has probably happened before, too. 536 is a BOTTLE, 875 is on its own. I differentiated this during my first review of memo...but forgot during recall. The first few loci were hard to recall, and this error was on the 7th locus.

Method: mem them all and then go thru as fast as possible again and again. The thing is that it wasn't THAT fast because I couldn't remember all the images as fast as I could if just doing like 280 digits. So I spent a lot of time on the reviews, but they got faster and faster, and I was able to identify lots of problem loci and fix them up and all of those I ended up getting right, so still a decent method. PLUS I DRANK LAST NIGHT, so I can't think at all. That's the reason I was too lazy during recall!

First mem took 17:30. I think with a metronome I could cut that down, then just rip the metronome out of my ears, perhaps? Or keep it steady for 5 reps, even, Letting it be?


APR. 16:
Bad scores today. That's alright. Actually, cards seemed okay. And I'm getting more focused now:

Binary - reading groups for 0:45
Apr 16th, 6:47:47 001 00:00:51
Apr 16th, 6:48:53 001 00:00:46
Apr 16th, 6:50:06 001 00:00:45
Apr 16th, 6:51:36 000 00:00:58
Apr 16th, 6:54:20 000 00:02:31 1
Apr 16th, 6:55:19 000 00:00:50
Apr 16th, 6:56:39 000 00:00:47
Apr 16th, 6:57:43 000 00:00:50
Apr 16th, 6:58:37 000 00:00:47
Apr 16th, 6:59:33 000 00:00:48 2
Apr 16th, 7:00:34 000 00:00:46
Apr 16th, 7:01:46 000 00:00:44
Apr 16th, 7:02:47 111 00:00:48
Apr 16th, 7:03:50 111 00:00:443
Apr 16th, 7:04:55 101 00:00:56
Apr 16th, 7:07:41 101 00:02:32
Apr 16th, 7:08:35 101 00:00:50
Apr 16th, 7:09:38 101 00:00:48
Apr 16th, 7:10:28 101 00:00:454
Apr 16th, 7:11:47 010 00:00:57
Apr 16th, 7:12:43 010 00:00:51
Apr 16th, 7:13:57 010 00:00:49
Apr 16th, 7:15:09 010 00:00:57
Apr 16th, 7:16:05 010 00:00:515
Apr 16th, 7:17:00 010 00:00:51
Apr 16th, 7:18:06 010 00:00:45
Apr 16th, 7:19:16 010 00:00:52
Apr 16th, 7:20:26 110 00:00:53
Apr 16th, 7:21:21 110 00:00:48
Apr 16th, 7:22:14 110 00:00:49 6
Apr 16th, 7:23:41 110 00:01:24
Apr 16th, 7:24:34 110 00:00:48
Apr 16th, 7:25:31 110 00:00:54
Apr 16th, 7:26:22 110 00:00:49
Apr 16th, 7:27:15 110 00:00:507
Apr 16th, 7:28:13 110 00:00:55
Apr 16th, 7:29:05 110 00:00:48
Apr 16th, 7:29:55 110 00:00:48
Apr 16th, 7:30:47 110 00:00:43
Apr 16th, 7:31:38 110 00:00:458
Apr 16th, 7:32:38 011 00:00:50
Apr 16th, 7:33:27 011 00:00:46
Apr 16th, 7:34:16 011 00:00:46
Apr 16th, 7:35:06 011 00:00:47
Apr 16th, 7:35:13 011 00:00:059
Apr 16th, 7:36:03 011 00:00:47
Apr 16th, 7:36:55 011 00:00:49
Apr 16th, 7:38:00 011 00:01:02
Apr 16th, 7:38:51 011 00:00:48
Apr 16th, 7:39:44 011 00:00:49 10
Apr 16th, 7:40:37 011 00:00:49
Apr 16th, 7:41:26 011 00:00:44
Apr 16th, 7:42:21 011 00:00:49
Apr 16th, 7:43:14 011 00:00:49
Apr 16th, 7:44:17 100 00:00:58 11
Apr 16th, 7:45:08 100 00:00:48
Apr 16th, 7:45:57 100 00:00:46
Apr 16th, 7:46:16 100 00:00:16
Apr 16th, 7:47:08 100 00:00:49
Apr 16th, 7:48:01 100 00:00:50 12
Apr 16th, 7:48:52 100 00:00:47
Apr 16th, 7:49:42 100 00:00:46
Apr 16th, 7:50:31 100 00:00:47
Apr 16th, 7:51:20 100 00:00:46
Apr 16th, 7:52:09 100 00:00:45 13.

All in all, took 65 tries. Consider that a kind of a baseline, I guess, though mock mem drills would be better to start soon.

First I shot for 306 which is what I planned on doing twice, taking it easy since no PB in a while. 3/locus, took 4:00 to encode, only forgot 2 items, one I put back in during recall from going thru list mentally.

The second run, I felt like I was making pretty good time at 280, so I decided "why not go for it?" Actually tried to encode 324 but of course it was sloppy in the end! This time I went slow enough to see the objects and put them into a story that was usually coherent, mostly linking them all, but the key here is never going so fast that I had to get confused about the locus I was in or anything like that. I was only trying to get 306 at first, after all, so I wasn't in much of a rush. This time, encoding took me 3:16. That gave me enough time in review not just to review the junk but make links where needed - sometimes where badly needed - and also to kind of do an active review, not ever WAITING if I couldn't think of it, but at least TRYING to think of the next image, which I was able to do quite a lot. Really this is kind of an afterthought about the active review, but I was just trying to identify where the links I had made the first time around weren't there or didn't help cue me to the next image at all. And I really relived all of the links I had made the first time around as well I think. That's true for a lot of them, at least. I reviewed all the way thru them all and looked at the first 4 objects again just to be sure. That was a good use of time. But yeah, saw them all, made them all logically linked or at least seen, if the links weren't that logical. But some links were kind of cool and creative, 584280 just had a knife blade sticking out of the top of the lever. Oh, also I had some links across loci that WERE helpful even if they spatially didn't make sense. 952 lifted an object up in one locus, and the next image in the next locus was 814, so I saw the lightsaber pop the balloons but then I was in the next locus immediately after where in 814740257 the lightsaber cut the corpse who came to life and sat up and shot a nailgun. with 252713, seth actually had a pair of scissors grow on his head and he attacked the next locus with the 713 motion. So I guess you could say that I really had the intention of always making links, but tried not to force myself not to experiment. Let myself experiment, that is. Also, knew all of the objects from start to finish WITHOUT EVEN SKIPPING A BLANK FOR A MOMENT. typed 'em all back out, recall was done in under 5:00. Except the third to last object I didn't type out the first time, but when I saw that I fixed it immediately. :) :) :)

N&F, 15 min:

Really great, confident run worth 500 points! The missed name was Guzdek, I wrote Guzdeck. I did a full through which took something like a little under 9 minutes, then a full active review, which took about the rest of the time, and had a little under a minute to read thru like 50 names again. Would be really great to always reserve a little time for this but for now, don't count on it. Keep with this good form, and if I need a "high score" run in the future and there hasn't been progress, try to do this one again, the first 90 names.


Apr. 19:


Gahhhhhh, just tried 360 digits first and even though I was really close to succeeding, I wonder if more progress might be made If I just went for my monthly goal instead. Next run I went for 325 (snuck a peak at that last digit!) and one of the last images was 397 and when I mem'd it I thought "don't mistake that for 283!" And in recall...I did just that!! NoooooO!!!!! so NOW 283 multiplies and 397 envelops/eats the next object, activating it. NOOOO! Maybe tomorrow. Since my goal for the month is right over a 40 mark, it may be better to stick around here than to go back to 306. Even with that mistake, I still got a WMC score of 606, so that's very reassuring!

Plus, I encoded both of these runs at about 2:30, naturally, since 2/locus is so fast, and I had extra "whaddo I do with this?" time at the end of both reviews, considerable time, so here I'm kind of at the 400 speed level. But I'd like to gain some certainty before playing with that. Plus, I'm FINALLY making progress this way.

15 min Words: I went for 168 the first time (over 160PB), even with two plurality errors that were BOTH caused by my assuming that I encoded the words incorrectly, (in fact, they were both correctly encoded), I got an eval score of like 138.

The second run I almost fell asleep during both encoding and recall, so I don't really feel like it counts for much. Stopped at 9:00

NOW 283 multiplies and 397 envelops/eats the next object, activating it.
NOW 283 multiplies and 397 envelops/eats the next object, activating it.
397 can look more like the bunjee bacteria if that helps.


Alrighty, let's start some notes back up -

XMT started yesterday. Train those every day. Even if it is just once per event, and speed and certainty are alternated daily, I just have to do those every day.

Briefer than before, but I've missed some info over the past couple of weeks that is now forgotten.

First of all, my progress this month has been unprecedented. Though my end-of-year goals are high, the monthly divisions are small. I haven't done anything faster than my monthly goals in practice (until they were met), and then just one locus further usually, for digits at least where improvements have always been small. Some of the others I pushed it and improved almost immediately. Spoken digits went from 140/140 to 160/160 to 196/200 and then 197/200 in my runs later that day!! For disciplines I've actually worked on...Big things, big things. But the disciplines in which I am farthest behind, namely Abstract and the endurance disciplines, have received almost no attention at all! That's where all of the points are - in the things I CAN'T do. And words and faces haven't received as much as numbers and card training and audible and dates, either. Dear Lance, get smart soon. Boris is definite in his opinion of what I can do with abstract this year, so follow up on that above all!

Digits: breaking records every couple of days. Today hit 339 over 333 over 321 over just ten days or so. Each time, I have not had to cycle through my images, but simply knew them all. 339 today was with a metronome, the other ones were not, I just tried to get em in around 3 minutes, and it always took slightly longer. But not with the metronome obviously, which I just shut off. 339 actually exceeds my March goal.


Digits: 339 over 320
Hour Digits: Baseline 1280
15 minute Digits: Baseline 560
50 Digits: 12.64 under 15.1
100 Digits: 38 over 50
Hour Cards: Same 15 deck baseline
10 min cards: 4 deck baseline
Speed Cards: Same, greater certainty for perfect decks near the minute mark free.
15 min Words: 160 over 152
5 min Words: still 81
5 min binary: 720 up from 450
30 minute binary: Still 1800
5 min NF: still 45
15 min NF: 85/86/90 baseline
Dates: 69 over 62
Audible: 183 over 140, 199/200 as well.
5 min Abstract: Baseline 50
15 min Abstract: Baseline 60


Certainty Baselines: (> 95%) - Determine each MA's average button speed and change over time.




Words are getting better. On my 160 run, I mem'd with all links, all images, decent story, took almost 10 min, total active review, which got me through about 130 without rushing, then I mentally went thru the rest. Active I knew a whole lot of them. Started slow and then picked up the pace after glancing at the clock after about 60 words...

The trouble is that the story is so helpful, but to get it I have to read the words fast, but to visualize each word, I have to read them slow! So I have to kind of read each locus twice in a row. Massive improvements will come when I can do both at the same time. 5 minute practice should be to visualize at story speed.

A moment ago, my 140-score "safe" errors were:

Freeze instead of Freezing
Sunbathe instead of Sunbathing - I think for these errors, I did the image correctly the first time around, but didn't reinforce the suffixes during active review. Always do. Make it correctly the first time, and reinforce the same image later.
Exhibitions instead of Exhibition (on THIS ONE the word before was "constance," so on active review, I made the X hobbit with shinguards multiply. DON'T DO IT. Always trust the image, and always make the image correctly)

The last two words in the wrong order. I almost put the same word twice because I was confident I could get 1/2 points this way. Hedge your bets this way, but ONLY if with high confidence on the other words (think about it).

Digits are 3/locus.
Binary high score was 3/locus 50/25/25 with metronome....
Audible scores came from excellent clear images and links, and HOPING all chosen images were correct. With too much focus on the audio, images weaken, so thing about this.
My excellent N&F came from straight thru which took just over 9 minutes, and then active, where I got them all really just in time. Active was pretty good, I had images for them all and remembered many.

1 May, 2014 - 01:27
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

End of April.

1:00 words: 29
5 minute words: 81
15 minute words: 160

5 minute Int. N&F: 45
15 minute Int. N&F: 85
5 minute Nat. N&F: 54
15 minute Nat. N&F: 114

5 minute numbers: 347
15 minute numbers: 560
Hour numbers: 1280
50 digit sprint: 0:12.64
100 digit sprint: 0:38.83

Spoken digits, 1/second: 180

1:00 binary: 252
5 minute binary: 720
30 minute binary: 2100

Speed cards: 0:30
Speed cards (perfect): 0:41.9
Doubledeck (perfect): 2:55.2
10 minute cards: 4 decks
Hour cards: 15 decks

Spoken digits, 100/minute: 36

Historic dates, 5 min: 69.5

Abstract images, 15 min: 80
Abstract images, 5 min: 50

XMT Scores:
Faces: 14
Words: 40 (2/locus, no review)



Most disciplines are on track. No improvement at 5 min words, but I shouldn't hold the unimportant disciplines to the goal standards. There is too much to do already.

Hour Digits,
Hour Cards, and
15 min Int. N&F

are baselines.

Speed cards are starting to get very fast. I am on track to get <0:21 by December. Shouldn't it be possible to get on track for 28 decks/hour, then? These high scores should be easier to get than the other events because they are variations of my best.

BOLD = goals met.

May goals:
Binary: 2280
Cards: <0:27,
Digits: 17 Decks
Digits: 360,
Digits: 1400
Abstract: 200 Maybe?
Words: 168
N&F: 90
Dates: 75
Spoken Digits: 190


May 2:

Very uncomfortable about spoken digits right now. I see that the errors come with "5's" often, but not always. I just tried a run of 57 which I did perfectly by etching the numbers into the object at hand. That is higher than I usually get. Don't know how sustainable this could be with long strings, but it may actually help vividness by forcing me to deal with the textures. All I know for sure is that I have no confidence right now as far as being able to ensure that there are no encoding errors.

Multiple errors on each long attempt. Finished up with perfect string of 60 very easily and confidently at .8s with this etching method. Even without total success therein, it did give me a place to link the next object as well, which was an extra help.

30 min BINARY:

I admit this isn't a super-sharp brain day for me! But it's not as bad as a night after drinking...binary was bad today.

1) I shot for 2520 instead of the monthly goal which is actually 2280. But change to 2370, makes more sense.
2) I used the 8/4, 8/4, which got me through everything in perfect timing, then used the last 6 mins for review. That didn't work extremely well for me, and at this skill level at least there's no need to break up encoding time, so 'if it aint broke, don't fix it.
3) I was so bored and distracted during recall that by 45:00 I was only thru 1440 digits and there were plenty of errors, so I just quit since there wouldn't even be enough time to run thru in my head once.

Even with these plenty of errors, the score was 1170/1289/1440. So even at that same success rate, I would have broken 2000 in this attempt!! So this 3x3 method isn't so awful for 30 min after all. Mistakes aren't all that killer, much better than in digits.

So, what to do with 750 and 153?
Now, I missed the image after 570 once, and 570 itself once. Because that image is ambiguous! Missed the one after 153, same reason!

Did N&F slow, it was a great exercise. Then did it quickly, shooting for 100 names in 15 min. Scored 82/91/100. Encoded the 100 in 9:30 which is slow but that was really as fast as I could go, carrying out the steps of making the images and linking to a feature.

Just like with abstract, my scores will spike when I add in prescribed imagery.
Here's the key to international N&F...
There are too many last names to have an image for each...but
There are characteristics from which a person can determine the geographic origin of the name! Do national names a few times for each country and find these characteristics, THOSE are what you need images for. Boom, instant reduction in encoding time, instant increase in significance, = score spike! Yan, Czyk, etc!

MAY 5:
Speed Cards were 35.81 this morning. Reconstruction was pretty easy, I had some spots where I had to slow to make sure I saw the image and the link was made. It sucks because when I go super fast I'm able to get most of those anyway, but I have to slow down on more card pairs than is necessary just to be sure.
Saynch and there was one other one that I honestly weren't 100% sure weren't switched, but pretty sure, didn't use second deck. It could be blamed on not using the action for saynch. Probably not for the other, either. It should be very important right now to go through all my shadow groups and encode with really awesome, creative linking and CLEAR imagery. Those images just don't "show up" the way most of other images do. That has to be fixed. 1/8 of the system at a time is totally fine, I have a year to get this right. Even if all I do is one shadow group encoded this way every day, and nothing else, that'll be a huge help!

Double Deck from the back: Yiiikes, very hard to get the speed right on this one, I looked at the clock after 88 cards and was already at 2:30, did a quick review through the first 60 cards or so and was able to recall the rest.

Abstract: so much system missing. Let's finish it up today, then abstract will be fun, yay!

68.5 on Dates out of 75. Not a PB but a good score

May 6: Drank last night. A lot.

73/73/76 dates, then

Niiiiice! Definite improvement :D :D Almost to my monthly goal already!

Abstract is getting better. All of my time is spent on the unassigned images. All I need to do is go through my number list and pick the most distinct and favorable images, (Start with the binary list, actually), and assign those to everything that's left, then I'll be on the road to the scores I need.

Haven't done digits in a couple days bc my mind has been cloudy and I don't want to break the streak.
Did some words yesterday, major fail on 168, then did 128 mem'd in 7 minutes, then stupidly tried to bring it up to a record after they were reviewed. On that run I did focus more on the story and quick reviews. I should have memorized perfectly. What a waste!

Spoken Digits:
This morning while I was still really foggy and tired, I memorized 195 spoken digits and made NO encoding errors, even though I didn't recall the images! But for normal days that encoding might have been good enough. It took a lot of focus on the digits, but it showed improvement I believe. Learn the ASL for the digits and make the muscular movements automatic. That might help also.
Ok, that's hard. And I feel my hand would get sore after a while, but just practice this for a minute or 2 every day anyway.

5/8. DID NOT drink last night OR THE NIGHT OF THE 6TH :D

5 PBS yesterday,
29s cards
81 dates/90
363 digits (wow)
167 words (out of an attempted 190!)
70 abst. 5 min. Still missing lot of presets for abstract images. Should print out some sheets and label those, that'd be an easy way to close the gap.

Spoken has been getting better. I've been making sure to do some shorter ones, usually 50-80, trying for 100% recall and encoding, and I'm usually getting those 100%.

Notes on words :
I used 3/locus, 7 minute encoding with metronome, active, then active/passive as far as I could go. And 2 words only in every 7th locus. ALWAYS do this. I found the scoring to be very forgiving in spite of what seemed like a fair amount of errors. 2 were misspellings, there was a plurality error also..Recall was super fast on this and on the 164 attempt yesterday, really, really fast. Yes, 4 or 5 per locus would be great, but this is what really works for me, so I just need to suck it up and make some more palaces.

May 10:
Tentatively decided to go for a score of 900 in every event by December. Did the calculations, and they seem to really be within reach. It means especially that I have to stop slacking with words, N&F, and endurance, which is good because I shouldn't be slacking anyway! Plus, there are three kinds of scores that I care about: 1) PB, 2) Practice-Consistent 3)Competition-consistent. If I want IGM, and I want to account for a 20% loss for competition-consistent, I need practice-consistent to be >720.

So here is what must happen:

December PB's: May Divisions
Binary: 3600 (about 220 per month.) = 2320
Speed # + 423 (9 per month) = 372
Dates = 112.5 (5 per month) = 86
Abstract = 454.5 (about 45 per month) = 225 (shoot for more)
Hour # = 2520 (178 per month) = 1458
Hour Cards: 27 decks (2 per month) = 17
Audible = 306 (18 per month) = 219
N&F = 153 ( 10 per month) = 95
Words: 248 = (12 Per month) = 179

Did hour digits again. Went straight through, and once again, that felt right. Encoding took about 7 minutes/480 digits and review, by the time I hit 21:00, took about 7:00 for the entirety every time. During recall, LINKS ARE THE ONLY THING THAT CAN SAVE YOU. So even though it is mentally exhausting, you have to see each link.

New Pb of 1343/1443 from 1280. The score should/would have come out to 1423 with proper review care. ONE error was a recall error, and I think it was a recall error because it may have been an encoding error initially that I did not catch and probably even reviewed incorrectly, which was that I put 112 instead of 113. I had definitely imagined 112 at least once, so that was a problem. But of the 3 mistakes, that was the only legit error. The others were on the second half of the last page where I typed 209 instead of 029 and 569 instead of 516. I quit review with 80 minutes to spare, but if I had covered up the numbers with my hand and recited them aloud before peeking, which FORCES and ensures concentration, Remember that one missed digit means 20 points on a line, so in competition (a bird in the hand...) it is better to type 133 if you had once encoded 135 and another time encoded 153.

In spite of this one error, it was fairly easy, keep note of a few things:
1) the third line ends in the intact first image of a locus.
the sixth line ends in the intact second image of a locus
the ninth line ends in the intact third image of a locus (at the end)
and so on.

If you want to go very fast, it will always be possible to make the error of too many or too few images per locus. During review, keep an eye out for a break in that pattern. Then it will greatly reduce the likelihood of FATAL reconstruction errors.


Did a DoubleDeathDeck yesterday for like 5 hours straight. Didn't actually recall, just started at 60 BPM, and did deck after deck moving down 1BPM all the way to 15BPM. That is an excellent use for a death deck. At the super slow speeds, visualize everything happening IN SLOW MOTION, which forces detail and builds the skill of visualizing movement. Think of a slow motion molotov cocktail, and how different that would be from how I normally would see a molotov cocktail. For hours, I got to see problematic and uncommon image-pairs in maximum detail.

Tried a 15 minute N&F and it was fun as usual. This time, went for all 110 with a metronome for 8 minutes. That felt like a pretty good speed. It seemed enough time. I did the normal techniques, but since they don't work, I focused more this time on trying to make an emotional connection. One of the ppl was on a plane and I was able to remember that person very well because I imagined that she had introduced herself to me on the plane last time I was on some plane. I scored 84 again! At least I'm consistent. But 84 is good considering how many I attempted. it was I think 84/90/110. For review I did something a little different. After the first review thru which took probably like under 4:00, I would do active review but then peek at JUST the first name and continue the active review that way. I peeked at pretty much every first name from the start because there was so little time. I'm going to review like this from the get go and see how it feels.

Did again. Went for only like 96 in 8 minutes. Got 72/79 this time.

May 18:
Was on an amazing streak and kinda stopped practicing. Finish May strong with words and faces!

Started the New 10-digit binary. It's good. It's pretty natural. I wanted to see if my progress will move at about the same speed as 3x3 did. Yesterday, in a minute I was recognizing 10 -11 lines. Today, it's 13-14.

30 second recog drills: (Must be sure the image is correct!)
Number of images:
2)19, felt suck.
10 - 20% might be 22 BPM?

Did some quizlet...and my focus just dropped. Totally left me...strange.

Well I have a ton of work to do for this month don't I...been slackin'...maybe I can get 300 on abstract today?

To get faster and more consistent with cards, I should keep records for 30 card sprint (perfect)
Let's get a baseline:
1) 27.25

THIS IS GREAT PRACTICE; WHY HAVE I NOT DONE THIS ALREADY?!?! If it isn't good enough for 30, it isn't good enough for 52. My first few attempts were much faster, but had errors. This will tech me how to edge up to the speed that really represents my skill level. Let's get a slightly better baseline, though.
W/E that's my baseline today...

5 minute binary:

score: 300, 437/450.
Good news - shot for 450 and remembered everything. Not bad for a first try!!!!
Rife with small errors, both encoding AND recall typing.

Lmao, think I have to give up the ghost. Doing Josh's 3x3 stopwatch thing, I'm consistently faster than I've ever been. Practicing 10-digit just made me more awesome at 3x3. Guess I can't escape my fate.

110 felt quite slow in fact...but was 45s.

May 18th, 7:01:15 100 00:00:47
May 18th, 7:13:57 001 00:00:44
May 18th, 7:15:10 000 00:00:45
May 18th, 7:16:34 111 00:00:43
May 18th, 7:19:14 110 00:00:45
May 18th, 7:20:54 101 00:00:44
May 18th, 7:22:41 010 00:00:42
May 18th, 7:24:41 011 00:00:42

All felt like they could really be improved. 010 felt slowest of all!!!! This is like 192 digits. This is fast, REALLY fast. Keep making shapes and slow-burning.

...What if my cards looked like this...
If Josh makes the script, they can. If I use the scripts he's already made more often, they can get close. But how about digits?

If the cause of the performance spike in 3x3 is a new image-reading format that forces me to consider shadows, kings, and other initial sounds that later include the final two consonants, then I could do the same with numbers. Just

Digits: Attempt at 429 was bad but made better by using 2/locus, I feel. Though you wouldn't know that by the score of 85/265/384 (which is how far I got during the 2:00 review). But for 66 digits over PB...It wasn't that bad :) That was with a metronome, but I should surely be able to go at something like this speed free.

30 card perfect decks: SO TIRED, trying to keep eyes open, can barely....
1) 40.1s almost forgot 2 images
2)43.08 recall couldn't have been easier.

N&F, 15 min:

Did groups of 12 faces and then active review. I took my time and was very successful with recall then. Took about 4 minutes for each of the first two, then did 18 more faces and reviewed, then full passive review. Scored


So maybe that's not the way to go. 394 points. Why do I not get better at N&F?

May 21:
Been practicing 10 digit binary recognition a ton. So far it's had an even greater effect on my 3x3 speed. Who knew? I would rule FACE with 3x3 through if I got all of the shapes. Just a few minutes a day to slowburn 64 images. The next day, do the inverse group. do that for 6 days straight and then do a 30 minute run. that's 28 days to slowburn the entire system. in one month, I'll be 25% faster...on those days, review the corresponding original and shadow groups in Josh's script.

Came up with the idea to cover up faces and just link the names to the eyes or lips. You'd HAVE to get better that way. Better at SOMETHING, at least.

Abstract up to 297 and I'm not even good at it yet. 400 will be a piece of cake. Got that score with 2/locus by the waqy, but might be able to do more per locus. Peek at the fifth image and if it's a repeat, jusy link the image to the one before it and imagine the previous match altering itself in some way, such as shrinking.

Abstract, 30 second recog: 55 is preferable

Funny, I don't remember doing this!!! But I just logged on to record some MORE abstract recog apparently! But this is visualization:
2)18 held up by something stupid
3)held up by magpie
4)29 felt near my limit
5)31. Better to be decisive. Way better.

Doing it with a metronome at is clearly out of reach but not by much. just need more review.


May 25: Thought I was slacking on the 18th,?! Hah! Anyway, I've met with most of my 800 goals so far...Abstract is still missing...Just did digits for 369, mistook 538 for 196 and 995 for 142, and other than that, I would have gotten it! That with peeking at the clock and not reviewing fully through. But that's how the improvement usually happens...Memo took some 3:30, review only got me to maybe 300 or so, mom's the bathroom shelf, but I remembered the rest NP because took time for a lot of the end tornado is now like the ORE club, blue and thick and expanding outward in place. Tornado can be thinner like what I think of with the word "twister." 538 can be multicolored, slit vertically, and has two brown ppl working on it :\. Only been doing 1 digits at a time but maybe that's best for now since there's much left to do? or..?

Binary recog is back down. I think it's best to go by shape as originally planned, this based on just how quick they are. Do it group by group...and it takes as long as it takes, but this is what must be done.

Had to slow down to rec 600s by shape, but really imprinted some new info that should be helpful. Did SS review of 600s as well and wow, it has been too long. Be sure to ingrain the single syllables into the binary shapes too to help with this.

May 28th. Been irresponsible for the second half of this month. haven't cared to improve at N&F or Words at all. Haven't cared to do hour cards or digits or 30 minute binary...sad stuff.

Still have 2 days to make things right, though. Think I'm just scared of 30 minute binary because it's so strange, don't know how it'll turn out.

Also, just failed at 15 minute abstract because I tried to go 4 per locus to save space and because my visualization has gotten so much faster, tried to go thru 2.75 times with a metronome. 260/299/385. It was just sort of stupid and a waste of time.

Abstract, 15 mins:

This time, I did 2 per locus, free, like a good boy should. And I planned to attempt to memorize 350, but had time for 355.
Scored 321/337/345/355/385 = 631 or something. Four of the errors, two groups of two, that I missed were with Drayg and his order, once with Tiles and once with Res. So: If drayg comes first, he will go into tiles, but if tiles are first, he will bust out. If Res appears second, object will climb or shoot up it. If Res is first, one can afford to set the next object atop it.

And so it goes: When a stationary and moving object are together, and the moving object is first, it willgo in to the stationary object. When the stationary object is first, the moving object will come out of it. If mesh is second, the moving object will bust through it (the moving object is already in motion). If Mesh is first, it will wrap around and constrict the second object. A stationary object can begin to move, but a moving object should affect the second object AS IF THE SECOND OBJECT IS STATIONARY, no matter what. It may make for slightly less interesting images at times, but I won't ever forget the order.

Two other errors were from a 50/50 line with a duplicate.

I should have tried to fill out more lines. If I fill out five lines and miss four of them but get just one line, I would still earn one point gross. So I should try on every line unless I'm just clueless.
End of May, midnight on the 31st.

Didn't get done with nearly what I needed to. Not nearly. Was on the right track until halfway thru the month, but at least I learned how to do abstract this month and did quite well starting from scratch. My last improvement on most everything was the 8th or 11th, made NO progress in N&F, hardly tried, minimal progress in digits, hardly tried, Did hour digits one time to some improvement, and hour cards were never done.

I learned yesterday that making little phrases and mnemonics to learn the shadow vocabulary is extremely helpful. Just like for real vocabulary. Do this for the whole Shadow list and you will be in business for the first time. Do it for like five minutes at a time, that way I'll get better at it, faster at it, vocabulary used to be an event, so I will make great strides with minimal effort this way.

Did 15 min words. It was fun, I thought that midway thru, it always is fun! got 166/173 evaluation of 139, had many instances of a single image forgotten on a line but that's not too terrible, 2 instances of poor tense encoding, for shame, sped up a ton for the last 73 words, probably sped up 30% to get that 7 minute mark, which I just missed, but it didn't hurt recall at all, in fact, since I only reviewed most of those one time, recall was probably better on these than the others. The first time thru I was all about images, the next time thru, I tried to focus slightly more on the meanings of words, got 2/3 of the way thru a third time. All of the review was FAST active, I couldn't do true active I think because I didn't know the words too well after the very first encoding. The errors were mostly silly errors, with practice I should be able to get and surpass this score without difficulty. 180 By the end of the month should be very realistic.

1 June, 2014 - 00:45
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago


Digits: 363 from 339
Hour Digits: 1343 from 1280
15 minute Digits: Still 560
50 Digits: still 12.64
100 Digits: Still 38.5s
Hour Cards: Still 15 decks
10 min cards: 5 decks from 4 decks
Speed Cards: 29.22s from 30s
15 min Words: 167 from 160
5 min Words: 85 from 81
5 min binary: still 720
30 minute binary: 2100 from 1800
5 min NF: still 45
15 min NF: Still 85
Dates: 83.5 from 69
Audible: 200 from 183
5 min Abstract: 138 from 50
15 min Abstract: 321 from 60

Not as bad a month as I thought, taken in as a whole. It's just that my weakest and least practiced events are still my weakest and least practiced events. Except for abstract I guess. And improvement was almost across the it looks pretty good! But more work has to be done in words and endurance events this month, and some progress has to be made in N&F. It has been months, so that just has to happen. Other than that, more mnemonics for shadow images and some reviews there...and tea party here and there, too. Digits are very obviously going to continue to improve, just keep taking it slow like this. I just tried 370 and had perfect recall with no difficulty but encoded one digit wrong so was evaluated at 350, still great. Encoded the first 120 in 45 seconds, the next 120 took about 1:15, the last 130 took about 1:30 to encode, so it just gets slower and slower as if I'm losing confidence along the way. So there's a place to start for huge improvement. Still maybe it isn't such a bad thing since I could only review like 250 and remembered the last 120 without any difficulty. Also just tried 173 words and got pretty close, a couple errors here and there with tense and so on, but in all except for one case just one error per column so that looks like there will be definite improvement soon as well.

Note, it's about 3:30 AM on June 1, and I just now set PB of 86/87/89 historic dates by moving forward WITHOUT a metronome. There was quite a bit of variation in time spent on different dates. A couple were under 2 seconds, several were over 4, but kind of like with digits, there had to be wiggle room to get top score there. So it may be time to leave the metronome behind on this event.

Also totally botched a 15 minute abstract attempt earlier today in which I encoded all 385 at 4/locus. Only was able to get to like 325 in the 30 min recall time period. It merely confirms what I already knew - that 2/locus is the way to go. If I need more loci, then I need more loci. So..make em.

Ok, just set a new 15 minute Abstract PB! 341, and the weird thing is that I did it by attempting 50/50! memo of 385 took 8 mins, then in review, I only got to about 300 I suppose. The ones at the end that I did not get to review were where most of my blanks were. Did all of the recall in less than 20 minutes, it felt quite quick, high level of certainty most of the time - often I started the new line knowing what image I was searching for. 2/locus of course; figuring out how to score highest on this next level should be interesting...if I want to 50/50 again, I will need to pick up the pace quite a bit.

Ok...taking a look at it, it appears that 50/50 with 465 could be done. When there is no ambiguity left in the images, it should be possible. It could be worth trying 450 now. It may yield an increase in score, may not, but probably it would be wisest to switch back and forth between 450/465 and 400, as well as 50/50 and no review. I might have expected an increase in score today even without a change in technique, so it is unclear what the cause is.

June 3:
Tried words, decided to try 15 minute words kind of strangely...7.5 minutes for 220 words then thrice review 3 words/2 seconds with the metronome. I carried on for 200 words and then started the review, got thru twice then turned off the metronome and slowed down for the final, 3rd review, and I reviewed only 100 words and had 0:08 remaining and tried to rush thru the next 20 words, now here's the cool thing: I actually did remember all but #90 of the first 100 words! So if I had reviewed them all I may have done really well! However, I didn't review them all, and I did very poorly on the rest, so it seems the metronome superfast review thing was not terribly smart. But fast review was useful, at least to do once, but..not with a metronome. And as always with longer events, the loci linked to each other were by far the easiest to remember.

Historic dates: New PB, cha-ching, that's 88. 88, By the way, was my "Must Have" score for December. Remember, in the file I said "Ties Feng?" Feng's 88 ranks him #7 in that event. Somehow, I would already be considered highly skilled in this event...

To be safe, I removed one that I was unsure about, but I was correct. If I'd have run through in my head, assuming I could have gotten to 268, I'd be at 90, even with that one omitted. So if it's going to be a record, run thru the #s in your head!

15 min abstract: tried for 450 with a metronome, no review. That's way more than I have attempted before (385). The evaluation was 339, where my PB is 341. This would have been a PB if I had only half a second more in the recall phase. I pressed the number "5" right as time ended, and it didn't count, so I missed that line that would have bumped me up to 345. Then if I had another minute or so I'd have bumped it to about 360. No biggie! Next time, It'll be easier to get a PB if I only try for 400 maybe. 400 with review even, because recall was so fast with the 50/50 attempt with 385, and this recall took me all of the 30 minutes and I still didn't even finish.

Speed numbers: PB! Alright!! 378, that's 804, I did it!!!!!!!! I used 2/locus to get all the digits in there in time. Decided to go for 378 from the outset. Slowed down a heck of a lot around the 300 mark...then 320 - 354 was quite fast - and 354 - 378 took probably the longest of all. I think there was just barely over a minute to review. Reviewed faster than usual, all the way up to 292 digits. Remembered the last 76 anyway. But this run did not have that certainty feeling that Speed #'s usually has. I wasn't 100% that everything was in the right order. But there weren't any blanks, either. If I can lick this 2/locus method, I should really be able to exceed 400 soon. But remember, baby steps.

4 June, 2014 - 01:09
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

June 4 Calculations - Goals for June, 2014:

Binary: 2350 (I'll actually get this one with a little effort)
Speed #'s: 385 (387 is divisible - just ONE more locus. If 2/locus, just get 284, and ONE month, improve by 2 loci.)
Dates: 92 (I've been improving faster than this!)
15 min Abstract: 366 (Continue to experiment! This will become your best event.)
Hour #'s: 1560 (Digits are my strong suit - I can definitely get this if I just try it a few more times!)
Hour cards: 17 decks (With more vocabulary mnemonics and face drills, it'll be in the bag.)
Audible: 218 (Succeed at 207 first, then go straight to 219. Keep varying the drills; those drills will pay off eventually.)
15 min N&F: 97 (So I may not hit 900 at EVERY event this year. But start getting some consistent scores at least.)
15 min Words: 180 (Those sets of two are essential here.)
Tea Party: Just work on it a little bit. Review some images, too.

June 13: Slacked a whole lot this past week. A rough week for me.
Almost half way through the month and I've only achieved 3/9 goals. Abstract is so far ahead that I should set my goal as the millenium standard and divide from there. Still only +25 images a month to do that, shouldn't be a problem. Audible is not improving at all. Words, faces, hour digits, hour cards, these I have mostly not even attempted. 385 digits I have not attempted either. Put all of my effort on these for the rest of this month and they are all still very possible, and with the exception of N&F perhaps, they are all plausible even.

Historic dates, 94/95/97/100 PB , wow! With metronome, did an excellent job not getting behind, the 3 I didn't attempt were the 3 I let go.
Spoken digits: 213, PB also, shazam! WENT FOR DETAIL. That has always showed best results. There were a couple points where I got behind and thought about giving up but I continued through and what do you worked :)

Tried historic dates again with the new 110 and a metronome, did 96.5/97/98! If I'd have gotten that one I'd move up to the next level already -- and this score surpasses my JULY goal! Coo coo ca-choo! Now have I bought enough time for words and N&F?

It should work well to do a 15 min N&F every day, and alternate national and international...
June 22: Full Through 1:

5 min words corrected from 280 (attempt 60) to 648 (81/90) , with stupid errors. Remember these are English spellings, so AcknowleDGment is the proper spelling - NO e's. Always put tense images. I assumed in recall that I simply ignored tense images in some cases during encoding and missed two words from assuming so. Also misspelled canteen. I must recognize which words I don't know how to spell. Almost always I had clear images linking to each other roughly story-wise within each locus, which saved me when the images were poor. The images were made quickly though not necessarily sloppy, quickly by choosing an image even if it didn't relate to the exact word, which caused no errors. Apparatus was just a rat, co was COW, paying special attention to these, I also put 'relay' people for 'relate' and recalled 'related' assuming I forgot to put DEE in the image, which I didn't. Other than these errors it may have been my strongest run. I only spent...under 3:00 maybe 2:40 on memo, then hoped to review twice rather quickly always seeing the images a strengthening story links. I got to the third review with 44s left, and could review only to 60, rather than rushing through the end senselessly quick. I then promplty recalled the last 30 words, only missing the 87th, which was savior, though I recalled messiah.

I had gotten 45 N&F on this full-through, but I didn't write notes about it I guess. That was 36 hours ago, and here is what I can say now from what I remember: Yes, I did try to move quickly, BUT, only as quickly as I could making sure that I did something with every name as well as picking features, taking a second to understand the person, and LOOKING AT INITIALS, which I frequently forgot to do but was very helpful. Time was saved by coming up with 'first thing that comes to mind' images for the names, but seeing the images. Just like with random words, you pick an image quickly, but you commit to it. More important than my good score was the fact that by trying to remember to do all of these things, I was developing skills. Better to move too slow and get a low score on that account than to move fast for virtually no reason. However, I was able to get through the 54 names quite quickly. I think in about 3:00 or even less, and it just so happened to be that way, not because of rushing in a silly fashion, but simply because I did what I had to do well.

2 July, 2014 - 15:38
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

July 3

June results:

5 minute words: 85
15 minute words: 167

5 minute Int. N&F: 45
15 minute Int. N&F: 85
5 minute Nat. N&F: 54
15 minute Nat. N&F: 114

5 minute numbers: 378
15 minute numbers: 681
Hour numbers: 1343
50 digit sprint: 0:12.64
100 digit sprint: 0:38.83

Spoken digits, 1/second: 213

1:00 binary: 252
5 minute binary: 750
30 minute binary: 2460

Speed cards: 0:29.22
Speed cards (perfect): 0:41.9
Doubledeck (perfect): 2:55.2
10 minute cards: 5 decks
Hour cards: 15 decks

Spoken digits, 100/minute: 36

Historic dates, 5 min: 96.5

Abstract images, 5 min: 142
Abstract images, 15 min: 394

Analysis is simple enough: June sucked. 5 min Int N&F score increased by 1, all other N&F stayed the same. 5 and 15 minute words stayed the same. Cards stayed the same, speed, 10 minute, and hour. However, card skill is improving due to drilling Josh's scripts. That is a slow process, but I have put in the hours in June and I have seen results in specific card-pair groups.

Made enormous strides elsewhere, but only in the exact areas where it was inevitable. The fact is that I slacked across the board, especially in my least favorite events, which I barely touched.

Due to a desire to compete in a greater number of championships than I had anticipated, the goals will be expanded to include extra time limits, namely:

10 minute cards
5 minute binary
15 minute numbers
5 minute words
5 minute N&F

Because of the weak performance in June, and the addition of extra disciplines, July will be *busy,* busier than any single month of training to date. More loci will be needed as well.


Wait!! First I ought to say, since it is late in the evening now, that training-wise, it was a pretty good day overall. Did 5 min words, shot for 90, totally, completely botched it as bad as could possibly be done. Did 5 min N&F 4 times, 2 of em were ok, I think 38 and 39, (pb:45) one was god awful I got like 16/40 free (usually it's x/54) Don't have a clue what happened there. BUT in other news, tried 900 binary and only forgot 2 images for a PB. Tried 720 digits in 15 mins (pb:681) and forgot only one image, #s 685 686 687, so got a new PB of 684, improvement is improvement. Tried at 10 min cards 5 decks +18 cards (pb:5 decks) and had very few blkanks, avg about 3 cards per deck for the first 4 decks, remembered the last 18 perfectly, and somehow managed to have 20 blank cards left in the middle of deck 5 which I couldn't completely reconstruct. :( But that was for a PB so it's no surprise I didn't get it this try. I memorized the decks at an average of maybe I'm guessing about 40-45s. It was fast. That gave me enough time to review all the way through twice just in time. And boy that second time reviewing through the decks was faaaast. 15 seconds per deck maybe. So going fast is my style apparently. The images don't have to be perfect. Don't even have to be close. There are going to be 2 more chances to plug up any gaps -- just KEEP MOVING!

July 6:
4 PB's today. Each one on the first try.
15 min nums: 681 ->800
5 min binary: 795 ->901
30 min binary: 2460 ->2925
5 min N&F: 45 -> 51 (VERY long standing PB!)

How did I do the 5 min N&F?
I went through quickly, studying the names and faces, trying to make kind of a link, really what I did most in this time was to effectively remember the names. I tried to study it with the face, but didn't link to features at all, at least not the first time through. Didn't think of initials at all the first time through either. I got through all 54 names in 1.5 minutes, or very close to. On the next review through, which was also quick, the names seemed very familiar, and I did what I could to really link to the faces better. About 3 or 4 of the faces it seemed like I didn't even notice the first time through. I think I was only able to review through one more time. Not just a review, but actually kind of part II of the encoding process. But then I had like a minute left, where I did active review. I really tried to keep it pure active and did take an extra second or to when I really felt I would be able to remember the name, and I often did. But all I can say is that the way I organized the time seemed to be more responsible for my success than the actual method, but I did come up with some pretty good associations tho. The first names were linked to the last names pretty well, which is often a problem. When that link is no good, I waste a lot of the points I could have gotten because I did in fact think about the names. I did think about initials in a few cases but not always. They helped, but I'm not sure I would have had the time to think about it in ALL cases. It probably wouldn't be good time management. Minxia Liu I thought of a cat named "Minxie" and she was asian and it was an asian name, especially Liu like Lucy. Robel Mohamed, I thought of a Ruby and payed attention to his face but didn't link it to a feature or anything, which is great because I do truly suck at that. and thought of how Mohamed and Robel have similar vowels and that's a weird way to spell Mohamed. Angela Makama I thought of an Angel with my camera and the second time thru I took note (because my review was semi-active I guess maybe) that there was no "R" in her name, because I might think there were if using the word 'camera' There was also an Angelika Mayr, and I took a second to locate her after I realized there was an Angela and an Angelika so that made an extra link. There was a guy Golam Hossain, again like robel, saw the vowels were similar and it's a weird was to spell Hossain. His eyes were kind of big like Golem. Ivanov was a super common name so I just focused on the guy's eye for a second so I would remember that name, didn't know for sure how I would remember Dmitry so in this instance I used the Initials 'DI" and took note of the strange spelling of the first name. Yoshie Inoue her head was kind of turned like she was saying "Yoshi, I know you!" umm, The last guy had a really weirdish hard name that I didn't try too hard to memorize so I looked at him in the last 4 seconds and then repeated his name thought about the spelling, located his face and filled out his name first, which was a very good Idea I think and far better than wasting time on a single person in the middle. If I pick one hard person every time I can get 2 free points that way. Donatella Luini it's like Donatello and Luigi two green video game characters..Rosalio Oconer had a rose in the back and I took note of how weird of a way to spell O'Connor that is.
Luat Phan I thought of at a Luao with a Fan, and I took a few extra seconds to look at him and make those images and that association because near the end I could tell that the name hadn't stuck with me. So I think it was in those cases, where I realized while "reviewing," or "part II encoding" maybe, that the name wasn't sticking, that I knew I would really need images, so took a moment to make them. Why waste time making images on names you already remember?? I saved a screenshot. The 2 mistakes were just misspellings, one I almost didn't try, His name was Altamirano and I put Altamireno, and simply couldn't remember if it were E or A and thought of it as 50/50. The other's name was Jeannette and I put Jeanette. Wasn't expecting that to be a mistake, but then again I didn't look at that name and question it specifically, or I would have started to wonder. But I can't stress enough that I did an extremely poor job linking to distinct features. One person or maybe MAYBE 2 I did that. Also, the score was good, I had 50 names down and a few I was unsure if they were errors, so to be sure I would get a PB over 45, I sat the whole time and thought, and 3 more names came to mind in that time (all last names), and all correct I believe. So that does make a difference. Also Paulus Bieshaar I thought of Paul and us and that Paul buys hair. But like all of the images that weren't like pretty obvious and didn't come right to mind, I didn't bother coming up with such a literal phonetic image until the second or even perhaps 3rd time thru.

And perhaps most importantly, I HAVE BEEN PRACTICING N&F RECENTLY, FOR A CHANGE.
Oh, and I also tried for 100 words in 5 minutes twice a couple of hours ago (PB:85). Did that warm me up?

July 12:

Haven't practiced too much in July yet, but I have put time toward N&F and words, and that's a good change! I just did hour digits and changed my PB from 1343 to 1993. 650 digit increase :D Would have been 2013 without the stupid typo!! AARRRGGGHHH, whyyyy!? But no matter, I can do it again and do it better :D

Did 800 digits and then review, trying to keep it active and sometimes getting into that groove where I read really fast because I remember a string of images easily. Then another = 1600. But actually they were a little more than 800...I continued to the end of the set of 3 lines after passing 800. And another somewhat slow review of those 800ish. The goal was to land at about 30 minutes here, and I did. Then decided to go just over 2000, reviewed that remainder (these 300-350 or so were really slow, and I was getting worn out). Then with the final 18 minutes I had time to do an active review of the whole thing. After building up some stamina, I ought to be able to get the 3rd block of 800 to make an even 2400.


This was the worst botch EVER. I haven't done nat. in a while, and the names were sooooooo easy. And I forgot like almost every single person they belonged to, so I forgot the names too. So it will help to practice national N&F, isolating the skill of linking to the person.

July 14:
Did 96/96/106 with metronome on historic dates. (PB:96.5)/98/100 with metronome. Since then, my score has gone down sharply using a metronome, but I've been doing okay with free. this is the first time good score with metronome in weeks probably, definite improvement! Improve by varying goal and varying metronome/non-metronome usage.

July 18:

C A R D B R E A K T H R O U G H!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The key is knowing the new loci by number perfectly and marrying the original and shadow palaces using the "four corners" technique for the Face-Seconds and Kings, both to learn them better, and to reinforce those images and the loci simultaneously! I did this just a little bit last night and it was amazing. It's the key. It's the answer. This is where the time needs to be spent. This is it. Don't neglect the 40s and 80s when running through the palaces, even though you have to jump around.

Started the "100 attempts at 300 spoken digits" file today. Did two runs, pretty close both times, no way it'll take 100 tries.

Got an eval of 90/91/110 on historic dates with the metronome up to 110. I've done well free but so far have bombed with the metronome this high. Excellent.
I've been sucking at training though. It has all gone so well so far, what's the problem? Feeling a bit depressed. A bit defeated. Upset about Marta. Stressed about work.

7 August, 2014 - 10:55
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

August Calculations: Aug 7th.

JULY SUCKED. Slacked the whole time and missed almost all of my goals.
Western Regional confirmed for Nov.
Thus, schedule for US Open accelerates.
Goals moved to End of october. One month less. Considering July sucked and I'm already 1 week into August,
I am not in a good position!
Mock XMT will be at the open, so now those scores must be recorded.

End of July scores:

1:00 words: 29
5 minute words: 85
15 minute words: 167
15 minute words (no loci): 152

5 minute Int. N&F: 51
15 minute Int. N&F: 85
5 minute Nat. N&F: 54
15 minute Nat. N&F: 114

5 minute numbers: 378
15 minute numbers: 800
Hour numbers: 1993
50 digit sprint: 0:12.64
100 digit sprint: 0:38.83

Spoken digits, 1/second: 213
Spoken digits, 1/second (no loci): 120

1:00 binary: 252
5 minute binary: 901
30 minute binary: 2925

Speed cards: 0:29.22
Speed cards (perfect): 0:41.9
Doubledeck (perfect): 2:55.2
10 minute cards (reconstructed): 5 decks and 20 cards
Hour cards (reconstructed): 15 decks

Spoken digits, 100/minute: 36

Historic dates, 5 min: 96.5

Abstract images, 5 min: 142
Abstract images, 15 min: 397

XMT Scores:
Names: 14
Words: 40 (2/locus, no review)
Cards: N/A
Digits: N/A

Preferred End Of October scores, US Open (900)
Speed # 423 +15 per month = =393
Dates = 112.5 96.5 +6 per month = =102.5
Abstract (1000 points) = 505 (+33/mo)=430
15mDigits = 810 (+3/month) =803
10mCards= 6 decks, 16.5ca (+16ca/Mo) =5D,36c
Audible = 306 (18 per month) 213 +31 =242
5mWords = 112.5 = (+9 per month) =94
5mN&F = 63 (+4 per month) =55
Speed Cards = 0:28.7 ACCOMPLISHED

7 August, 2014 - 15:29
Joined: 3 years 4 months ago

July 6:
4 PB's today. Each one on the first try.
15 min nums: 681 ->800
5 min binary: 795 ->901
30 min binary: 2460 ->2925
5 min N&F: 45 -> 51 (VERY long standing PB!)

WOW what an incredible improvement ;)

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