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]
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]
Anyone still recommend the Sleep Innovation Memory Foam Mattress after owning it for awhile? [more inside]
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]
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]
How to improve brain performance? [more inside]
Just replaced the memory in my MacBook Pro (was 2GB, now is 6GB) - what should I do with the old memory sticks? [more inside]
How good is a good memory, really? And when should memory loss be a concern? [more inside]
What's the opposite of someone losing facial recognition or facial pattern matching capacity? [more inside]
How much do you remember your teen years and, if not a lot, then when did you start to lose those memories? [more inside]
What's the best way to store digital information in a buried time capsule for 50-100 years? [more inside]
How can I get better at remembering the things I say in conversation? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
My cat went down the apartment stairs but thought she was still on our floor. Why did she think that? [more inside]
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]
I'm memorizing all of the world capitals. What other flash-cardable things would be useful/impressive to memorize? [more inside]
Can I connect an external memory stick or memory card to my phone? (with an adapter) [more inside]
I video our kids on their birthday while I ask them random questions. I am looking for more questions to ask them and record (on paper or video). Questions like "will you get married?", "What do you want to be when you grow up?", "what was the best day of your life so far?". [more inside]
Is it common to forget specifics of emotional abuse? (potential triggers inside) [more inside]
I have a terrible memory. I did join luminosity to try to "regain my brain" lol. I think there might be other ways. I do read a ton but I find I sometimes even forget the characters. I have spoken to a doc and they say it isn't medical so I'm hoping to get a few suggestions? I find it is a detriment to my everyday life.
Help me locate an article on divorce and memory loss. [more inside]
How can I stop losing my keys and phone? [more inside]
At univerisity in the 90s there was a book in the library which featured (as far as I recall) a man in a darkened room with electricity being passed through him sentried on either side by men in white coats (not an electric chair). The caption was "Odyssey of Pain". I have a feeling it was from a LIFE Magazine collection -- it suited their style -- but I was hoping someone might be able to confirm I've not been imagining it all these years.
Getting a Macbook Air in a couple weeks and need advice on moving to the smaller hard drive, specifically relating to iTunes and iOS devices.
Getting a Macbook Air in a couple weeks and need advice on moving to the smaller hard drive, specifically relating to iTunes and iOS devices. [more inside]
Memory Palace of Doom? [more inside]
How do I get myself in shape mentally? If I spent my life on the couch eating junk food, you might recommend running, weight lifting, a healthy diet, or yoga to get me in shape. Well, I have spent my life drinking beers, smoking weed, and watching mind numbing television. How can I get myself in shape mentally? [more inside]
I have some RAM that is (apparently) bad. However, it passes a memory test just fine. Why? [more inside]
When I was a a teenager, my mom would stand with her face six inches away from mine and say things to me that struck me as being absolutely dreadful. [more inside]
Help me catalog my youthful correspondence so that when I grow old and wither I may smile at a time well-spent but long-gone with those I love -- 21st CENTURY STYLE!!!11!! [more inside]
How did your parents make Santa Claus real for you? [more inside]
An elderly relative, once technically savvy, now goes into fugue states where, in his confusion, he dismantles computer and A/V setups, with no one in the household to reconnect them properly. I'm looking for a way of securing A/V and computer connections while leaving the function of the devices still accessible. The alternative so far is spending endless hours with the cable company to get them to send someone to help, or paying someone else to come by. Phone instructions are no good, and there is no one in the household who can help.
Need name of a book of fiction reviewed several months ago (NYT, WSJ or LA Times) about memory loss. A woman in her 30's wakes up (next to her husband she does not recognize) and remembers nothing about her current life.
How do you retain information from scholarly - history of facts, ideology, and economics largely - articles?
How do you retain information from scholarly - history of facts, ideology, and economics largely - articles? [more inside]
Is there anything I can do about after effects of a (relatively non-horrendous) car accident in my 7 year old daughter. [more inside]
I am looking for an alternative store to Newegg that sells 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR2-800 RAM. [more inside]
Help me find this creepy short film from the 80s I saw on Night Flight! [more inside]
He says it's poor memory and stupidity. I say it's low self esteem and insecurity. How to tell? [more inside]
Why do I feel like everything that happens needs to be remembered? This is causing me a lot of anxiety and I'd very much like to stop it xD [more inside]
Do you know any examples of evocative food writing that is focused on how specific foods awaken the writer's memory or otherwise serve to connect time and history with what we eat? Think Proust's famous madeleine, or Nigel Slater's Toast: the Story of a Boy's Hunger. I am especially interested in accounts from non-white, non-American or non-European, and female authors.
My Nexus One keeps hitting a low space wall lately and doing everything the Internet suggests isn't helping :\ [more inside]
Can I monitor Firefox resource use (CPU, memory) on a per-tab basis? [more inside]
Help me remember a dimly remembered childhood sci-fi flick from the '50's or 60's... [more inside]
How do these YouTubers do it? Please help me upload videos that won't take forever. [more inside]
OK, Batman, riddle me this: If an iPad the size of a writing tablet can hold up to 64GB of stuff and my iPod Classic that fits in the palm of my hand can hold up to 160GB of stuff, why can't an iPad hold up to 160GB or more of stuff? [more inside]
Why do I seem to forget information as soon as I use it? [more inside]