Soricada

Soricada

The Soricada is a work of fiction. The name is taken from a Sorex hoyi, or The American Pygmy Shrew. It is one of the hungriest animals on Earth, much like the Soricada. Hopefully you can see that Sorex = Soricada. Bo’s joke (of which he is very proud) is derived from the combination of “Taming” and “Shrew”. Shakespeare would be proud. Now, aren’t you glad that you took the time to look it up?

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Romeo and Juliet

Google Ruined My Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Enjoy this Google Shakespeare Translation of Sonnet 18. It is delightful nonsense that will keep you guessing and laughing at what could be next. If you enjoy it, be sure to check out Richard Pickman’s new “Google Ruined My…” books. Romeo and Juliet – Act 2, Scene 2 O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet. ‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy. Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What’s Montague? It is nor hand,

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Captain Caveman Kicking a Kitkat

Practicing my PAO Table

Over the past five days, I’ve been memorizing my person-action-object table. I spent the first three days placing each PAO in its own loci. I did about thirty numbers each day. That process went smoothly. On average, it only took about ten to fifteen minutes to encode and recall thirty PAO. Whenever I had a quiet moment, I’d run through the PAO to reinforce my memory. I’d try to identify them in different ways. Sometimes I’d imagine that I spelled the words with the numbers. Other times, the numbers would pop up as I thought of the words. I’d try

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Swedish Chef Shooting a Shark

My Person-Action-Object System Placed in a Memory Palace

As I begin preparing for memory competitions, I have started memorizing my PAO system (for a more detailed discussion on the PAO system, click here). For those not yet in the know, PAO stands for person-action-object. My PAO system follows the major system (click here for more details about the major system) as much as possible. There are a few questionable gaps in my system, like 22, which has Nick Nolte nagging at nanobots. Nagging doesn’t really fit into the n-n phonetic scheme of 22, but it’ll have to do. To memorize the PAO list as quickly as possible, I’ve

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Major System

How to Remember Numbers: The Major System

What is the Major System? The major system is a mnemonic device that is aids in the memorization and recall of numbers. It can be adapted to the memorization of playing cards and dates as well. The system works by converting numbers into consonant sounds, then adding vowels to form words. The guiding principle is that it’s easier to remember meaningful words than random numbers. A Brief History There are different stories about how the major system developed. Some mnemonic historians claim that it is named after the man who created it, Major Beniowski. While it’s unlikely that he called

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Newton Sneezing on a Sandwich

Advanced Memory: The PAO System

Using a PAO memory system is a must if I’m going to get anywhere in the world of memory athletes. PAO stands for Person-Action-Object. Upgrading to a PAO System I used to use the Major System to remember numbers and cards (find out more about the Major System here). There’s nothing wrong with the Major System by itself, but I know it won’t be enough for any memory competition. Still, in developing my PAO, I’ve incorporated the Major System as closely as I could. This way, should I get lost while learning the PAO, I can rely on the consonants

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