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70s Anime ID

Super Hard TV/Movie ID: I am trying to ID an animated film/tv show I saw in the 70s. I recall it having an anime look, like Speed Racer or Star Blazers, but I am reasonably certain it wasn't either of these. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jun 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Who Manages the Manager?

My boss figuratively (and I suspect literally) has the memory of a goldfish. This can get more than a little frustrating. What can I do to make my life easier? [more inside]
posted by C'est la D.C. on Jun 19, 2013 - 14 answers

Refresher Reading in basic Religion/Politics/Philosophy

Hi Metafilter. Recommendations, please? Recently I had ended a cycle of medication that was likely to affect my memory. It has. I feel as though I've gone from a quick, engaged conversationalist, to a bit of an observant, less inclined platform of speaking. Mostly, it's because I can't seem to recall things as quickly as before. It's so, so uncomfortable. I've been told my memory will return over time, but in the meantime, I can read and participate in exercises in an attempt to jar it. Can anyone offer some comprehensive overviews of religion, history, philosophy, or politics? Really basic stuff would be just find - Any texts going over the religions of the world, introductions to politic, lists of notable philosophers or historic figures.. Thank you!
posted by thewolfandewe on Jun 16, 2013 - 13 answers

What is this type of recall?

What is the technical term for this type of recall? A student (possibly with ADD) plays a puzzle game while listening to a class (there's no relationship between the puzzle game and the content of the class). Later, while relaxing at home, he plays the game again and by doing that recalls the content of the class.
posted by fries on Jun 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Barely-remembered commercial from the 70s/80s

What was this commercial that I vaguely remember from my childhood? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Can you two just please introduce yourselves because I have no idea!

I've had this silly and embarrassing little problem for years and I'm noticing that it's getting worse. Sometimes, when I run into somebody I know or if I'm introducing somebody I know to somebody they don't know, I truly blank out on the name of the person I know. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 18, 2013 - 25 answers

How best to capture childhood

Singlefatherfilter: I am soon to be a divorced father to a 3 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. After the initial shock of separation a routine is thankfully starting to be enacted. As you can imagine the time I spend with them is incredibly precious to me and I would appreciate some ideas on how I can record this best. I enjoy photography but there are two issues i) My daughter specifically is at that age where she knows when a photo is been taken and will pull a face, of course her brother follows suit. ii) Whilst I can take photos of them, it is nigh on impossible to take one of all of us together. As I get older rather than rely on my memory I would love to have some beautiful shots detailing this all too short period of childhood. I have had an idea about asking a photographer to take some photos but I do not want a set of posed photos. I cannot imagine I am the first to find themselves in this situation but I would appreciate any hive-mind suggestions.
posted by numberstation on May 13, 2013 - 27 answers

How to stop ruminating on "what could have been"

I chose a degree path that ended up being much different than I expected, and regularly beat myself up for not choosing a certain other one four years ago. In all honesty, the "other" choice would have definitely come with its own problems, and may have even been worse. However, I constantly get tempted into thinking "what could have been". How do I accept that both choices probably sucked equally, and that you never know what life is going to throw at you, good or bad? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Apr 27, 2013 - 18 answers

How do I remember conversations better?

Help me improve my verbal memory. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Magical childhood moments

For a short story I'm writing, my narrator/main character has an interaction with a sorceress that feels quite magical to her. I'm struggling to find the right child-sized (she's probably 5 or 6) language with which to describe the moment, so I thought I'd crowd-source this one. What are some magical things you remember happening to you as a child, and how did you describe them? How would you describe them now? (Alternately, if you can think of another writer who does this well, feel free to point me in that direction.) My story is present-day. I can say more about the magical incident, but I'd rather keep it vague and open at first unless you guys need more detail to be helpful. Thank you!
posted by mermaidcafe on Apr 9, 2013 - 18 answers

Is more memory the answer to my problems?

I've got a four-year old PC running vista. It's got 4gb Ram and a 1tb storage. It's never been a high performer, but lately its been running really slow, especially on start up and getting really clunky when I have, say, four of five applications running. I've been considering buying more RAM to speed things up a little. Is more memory the answer to my problems?
posted by MrMerlot on Feb 18, 2013 - 12 answers

What children's book of horror stories am I trying to remember?

When I was in third grade, I read a book of scary stories. It was certainly a book for children. On the cover was a humanoid monster with black and blue fur. It was snarling in front of a green sky over a green field. The field may have been a graveyard. One of the stories was about a house in which a murder occurred. I don't remember the title. Does the description sound familiar to anyone else?
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me find/remember the film I watched for intial few minutes.

I was watching this film on my previous laptop via TV-Tuner card and right then my laptop had crashed. I didn't check channel name and newspaper for the film name at the time, and now I can't remember it. It was at least before May 2010(I was watching the film in college and this when I left college - jic it helps though I am not sure if the film released recently at the time)... It was a train scene in the wilderness. [more inside]
posted by amar on Feb 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me remember this Lego knock-off brand circa 1980

This thread has just dug up a memory for me and I'm going crazy trying to remember the brand name of the Lego knock-offs I had around 1980. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Need help identifying an album I heard/saw.

This is a case of forgetting to write something down. I was in a record shop in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, and the shopkeep was spinning a record that I enjoyed a made a mental note to look the band/album up when I got home. And now a night has passed and the details I remember are coming up with nada when googled. The details: 1. The band name was something that ended in "-ex", like Solex or Purex. I remember thinking it kinda sounded like it could be the name of a condom. 2. The clerk said it was released "last year" (he could have meant 2011 or 2012). 3. The album cover was a letterboxed (think Joy Division's "Closer") picture of a rose and a chain, the rest of the cover was red.
posted by R_Kamidees on Jan 31, 2013 - 6 answers

How to Sharper my Memory? A mental workout?

Ok, HiveMind, I want to sharper my memory. What have you tried/implemented with success? I decided to pick up Sudoku again, but, what else is good for a mental workout and more focused on memory strengthening? [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Jan 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Human Random Generator

Can you think of a method that allows an individual to pseudo randomly create a sequence of numbers (at the very least the randomness is opaque to the minds of other people) assuming said individual may only use his mind and body (no physical tools are allowed)? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Dec 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Short term memory has declined. Looking for ways to fix it.

In the past two years my short-term memory has gotten terrible. I forget where I put items, I forget names which I wouldn't have in the past, and I am not good at all in keeping short lists in mind. I have searched for solutions but have found no real answers. [more inside]
posted by Lugos on Dec 16, 2012 - 9 answers

How to learn tone patterns in Chinese?

What is the best way to learn tonal vocabulary in Chinese? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Dec 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Is CAS Latency performance noticable?

What's the real world difference between CAS 9 and 10 for modern dual channel memory? For the last six months DDR3 1600 has been roughly double the price for CAS 9 v. CAS 10. [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Dec 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Help find the missing link between my body and my brain

How do I train my brain to remember the interesting movements that my body comes up with when the music plays? [more inside]
posted by sb3 on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

28 and having cognitive issues

Has anyone gone through a period of time where their memories and concept of time has been really off. Sometimes it feels like my memory for things is really off but it is so subtle that I don't notice it. The other part of this that when I read something (even the newspaper) I don't retain what I'm reading. I'll read through an article and not have the gist of what was written. I can go back but all I see are details rather than how it makes up a cohesive whole. I think that I may have problems with abstract thinking. Has anyone had issues like this and if so how do you navigate around this? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. By the way I am in my late twenties so Alzheimer's disease is very unlikely.
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Long term memory loss, not sure what to do and need help

For a while now, maybe several months or so (this only proves further how terrible my memory is) I have been experiencing long term memory loss. I have great trouble remembering my childhood, places I've been to, anything at all that i learned in school a year or two ago. I always forget what I say to people even a few weeks ago. They will talk about something I said or something I did and I won't remember. When I go to bed, the hours just before become unknown to me. When I try to remember what happened in the last hours of the night it is all foggy and fragmented. This is not something I normally experience, especially all the things I've done with family and friends, I can barely remember anything and it makes me very sad. [more inside]
posted by johnx on Oct 27, 2012 - 29 answers

ptsd or just a memory?

PTSD flashback or just a vivid memory? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Oct 26, 2012 - 6 answers

What was I going to ask?

Tips and tricks for dealing with fibro fog. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Oct 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Techniques for developing a better sense/continuity of self?

Techniques for developing a better sense/continuity of self? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Oct 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Brain cloud? I knew it!

How can I test my memory and keep track of how I'm doing? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 9, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I pass as a normal person?

Pretending to be normal. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Oct 5, 2012 - 28 answers

Stories where someone learns something ridiculously fast

Can you recall stories where a character learns an enormous amount of information in a short amount of time and performs an amazing feat? (The Matrix: Neo learns kung fu, Superman: Superman reads a library of medical texts and performs a life-saving surgery, etc.) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 2, 2012 - 45 answers

Powerful & Fast Computer for around a grand

I need a new Desktop PC and I want it to run well. First, what are good combinations of processor and memory? Intel's Ivy Bridge I7 processors look the best, and I'm guessing 10 gb of ram would suffice, or would it? I'm not buying an Apple, but HP? Compaq? Dell? What combination of processor/ram/brand would you recommend for a desktop somewhere around a thousand dollars? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 1, 2012 - 31 answers

How to pick a good memory foam mattress.

Anyone still recommend the Sleep Innovation Memory Foam Mattress after owning it for awhile? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Sep 12, 2012 - 16 answers

I've just been down the gullet of an interstellar cockroach. That's one of a hundred memories I don't want.

How does one go about intentionally forgetting something? [more inside]
posted by bpm140 on Sep 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Can you help me identify this indie film from the last half of the 90s?

Can you help me identify this indie film from the last half of the 90s? It was shown repeatedly on either IFC or Sundance in that period. Set in LA, it seems now like a precursor to "mumblecore" films with non-actors poorly recorded with only a bit of a plot. The protagonist was male, shorter, dark-haired, and kind of aggressive in the way he would talk to people; I especially remember he would mostly repeat what other people would say, maybe two or three times, rapidly, with this angry tone. [more inside]
posted by stevil on Aug 18, 2012 - 2 answers

How to improve brain performance?

How to improve brain performance? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Jul 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Does anyone want old computer memory?

Just replaced the memory in my MacBook Pro (was 2GB, now is 6GB) - what should I do with the old memory sticks? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster on Jul 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Why am I forgetting so much?

How good is a good memory, really? And when should memory loss be a concern? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Jul 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Have we met before?

What's the opposite of someone losing facial recognition or facial pattern matching capacity? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Jun 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Drawing a Blank

How much do you remember your teen years and, if not a lot, then when did you start to lose those memories? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jun 12, 2012 - 27 answers

I'm pretending this will help restart civilization after the apocalypse

What's the best way to store digital information in a buried time capsule for 50-100 years? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Jun 11, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me remember what past me said

How can I get better at remembering the things I say in conversation? [more inside]
posted by bumpjump on Jun 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Optimum intervals for spaced repetitions. I remember, I remember, I forget.

The science of learning: my Google Scholar-fu is failing me. Do we know the optimum intervals for super-effective spaced repetition learning? [more inside]
posted by fakelvis on May 24, 2012 - 9 answers

In the past 4 days I've had 4 lapses in memory. Otherwise I'm 100% fine. Is this a problem?

In the past 4 days I've had 4 major-ish lapses in memory. Otherwise I'm 100% fine. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on May 20, 2012 - 27 answers

Talk to me about dissociation... or whatever my problem is

Is this dissociation? I would really like to learn more about my slightly peculiar experience of living life, and what it means, if anything. I've been suspecting some form of dissociation, but I'd love some pointers to books, articles or sites, or informed experiences that might help make things clearer. [more inside]
posted by lizwykys on May 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Bring back the .doc

I am getting the following error when trying to save in .doc format in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac (v. 14.2.0): "the save failed due to out of memory or disk space". I can open .docs, but can only save as .docx. This happens with brand new documents and old ones. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on May 9, 2012 - 18 answers

A space in time removed, too soon to tell.

Grieving Protocol Question: My community lost a beloved friend in an accident on Friday night. I have some recordings of his voice. How soon can I share these? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Wild paper chase? No, that sucks

Help me pick an amusing name for the not-so-amusing tendency of older lawyers to send their researchers on wide goose chases for half-remembered cases. [more inside]
posted by hayvac on Apr 30, 2012 - 22 answers

Why do stairs confuse my cat?

My cat went down the apartment stairs but thought she was still on our floor. Why did she think that? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Apr 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Lost Deep Space Nine Commercial or Fabricated Memory?

I have a memory of Captain Picard announcing personnel transfers to Deep Space Nine at what might've been a press conference. Was it a commercial? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Apr 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Memorize ALL THE THINGS

I'm memorizing all of the world capitals. What other flash-cardable things would be useful/impressive to memorize? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Apr 16, 2012 - 32 answers

Phone to access memory card

Can I connect an external memory stick or memory card to my phone? (with an adapter) [more inside]
posted by Xhris on Mar 29, 2012 - 5 answers

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