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How do you make interesting ideas and views stick with you?

You're probably all familiar with this: you spend a couple of hours burning through pile of Google Reader/Read It Later/Instapaper items, and everything seems to clear and informational and your attention level is high and you get all those great ideas and... and it stays in your head for two days. Do you know any good tools or habits I can use to improve retention of what I read? Do you keep a journal? Make notes? Write down short abstracts of more interesting articles? Periodically re-read some stuff? [more inside]
posted by desultory_banyan on Jan 5, 2011 - 21 answers

remember moves

How do you remember movements, like dance moves? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow on Dec 19, 2010 - 27 answers

Are my memories real?

I have a reputation in my family for exaggerating or outright lying about things that happened in the past. This reputation is undeserved. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack on Dec 16, 2010 - 52 answers

Searching for a lost pair of kites hurrying towards heaven.

For much of my childhood, the annual airing of ABC Stage 67's Emmy-winning production of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory, starring the absolutely incomparable Geraldine Page, was at the very core of how my family understood Christmas. In my time, it aired on local PBS stations. Sometime in the 80s, though, it disappeared, and is only available in a black & white version of questionable quality. What happened, and where did it go? How can we recover this treasure and share it with a broader audience? [more inside]
posted by sonascope on Dec 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Here Comes the Bride, All Dressed in White, da da da daaa da da da da daaa da da...

Please tell me all the versions of "Here Comes the Bride" that you know - the sillier, the better. [more inside]
posted by peagood on Dec 7, 2010 - 13 answers

Shortcuts and Memory

Does the number of desktop shortcuts effect a computers memory (Windows XP)? [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Dec 1, 2010 - 25 answers

Surrender, Freeman!

On a nostalgia kick I de-mothballed the PS2 and picked up a used copy of Half-Life. I was halfway through the game yesterday when I lost power. I was quicksaving frequently--practically every room (wussy, I know). Mystery: The saved game is still there--but it isn't. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Nov 30, 2010 - 3 answers

Why can't computer things just work the way they're supposed to?

Why does my 500gb Lacie external hard drive only show that I have 24gb of space? [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Nov 28, 2010 - 11 answers

I want to play what they want to hear

Guitar/Music filter: what handy tools can you recommend to remind you of the songs you can play, for those occasions when you're asked to perform out of the blue and your mind goes blank. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Nov 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me decide which iPad to buy

How much memory do I need, to accommodate my uses for an iPad? [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Nov 20, 2010 - 10 answers

All coming back to me now

Why am I suddenly remembering my childhood? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline on Nov 19, 2010 - 24 answers

Can't think of a clever title for this post.

Mac PowerBook G4 question(s) [more inside]
posted by sundrop on Oct 27, 2010 - 19 answers

How do I write music over the course of my workday?

Are there any websites with a flash piano (or something) where I can record, save and email to myself simple melodies I've come up with? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Oct 25, 2010 - 4 answers

Could I have heard 'O Siem' before 1995?

Wasn't the song 'O Siem' around before Susan Aglukark recorded it in 1995? I feel certain that I heard it in the 70s. In case it matters, I lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada as a child from 1971 to 1979, and it was during this period that I believe I heard the song on the radio. The Wikipedia entry for the song credits Aglukark as one of the writers and mentions no other versions. I also can't find any earlier reference on allmusic or via a Google search. Could it have been spelled differently? I think the lyrics were the same. I remember the title phrase being pronounced "oozy-em" and the inclusion of at least some of the same lines as in the chorus of the Aglukark song: "O Siem / We are all family / O Siem / We're all the same". I'm an amateur musician and have a very good music memory. If this is a false memory, it is an incredibly convincing one, and I have not previously (knowingly) experienced anything similar.
posted by dopeydad on Oct 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Tuned in, turned on, but dropped out.

I’m looking for a USB media reader. One that is known to work with Mac OSX 10.6. [more inside]
posted by Gungho on Oct 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Lots of questions about memorization.

What's the best (free) spaced repetition program right now? What additional memorization techniques do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 30, 2010 - 15 answers

My best guess is it was formatted by a witch?

I've come across an unusual USB flash memory stick. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Sep 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me remember this book, please.

[bookfilter] Help me remember this non fiction book I read as a teenager about "mind power" (if I remember correctly) [more inside]
posted by patheral on Sep 21, 2010 - 5 answers

objections to reminiscence

A character in a book that is ... worried/afraid of reminiscing, for fear that it may taint their memory (or sense of self), or lessen the experience, or something similar? (might be Sartre's Nausea, but I can't find an appropriate quote.) Thanks! [more inside]
posted by paulesque on Sep 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Will my Facebook photos still be around in 600 years?

Can you point me to any good writing (research-based, speculative, or heck, even fictional) about the potential historical permanence or impermanence of digital media? I'm interested in both professional (theatrical movies, book publishing, maps...) and personal (digital snapshots, Livejournal, email...) forms of digital information storage. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Aug 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Dimly remembered creepy movie

I'm trying to remember a movie in which a woman was chained to a wall or ceiling, and an unattractive bald or blond man approached her with a worm-looking growth emerging from his forehead toward her face. What is the movie? [more inside]
posted by mchorn on Aug 30, 2010 - 7 answers

I forget. a lot. I don't know why. please help me.

I forget. a lot. I don't know why. please help me. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Aug 25, 2010 - 21 answers

Alternate to Don Alverzo's tweezers?

One Hen, Two ducks, radio test/memory trick VS. alternate version - Are you a Turtle? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Aug 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Memory in books and media

Looking for fiction books, tv shows, movies, etc, that have something interesting to say about memory-- e.g., why we remember some things but forget others, the quality of memories, anything like that. [more inside]
posted by dino might on Aug 12, 2010 - 45 answers

I remember him being funny. And he told a good story. And there was a moustache.

I remember this storyteller comedian from the late eighties and early nineties. Who am I thinking of? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Forgetting and Failing to

Please help with my writing project on the kinds of memories that visit you over and over again and annoy, non-plus or disturb you. I’ve got my own examples and some of the most common (e.g., irritating songs). What involuntary memories do you have—that you wish you didn’t? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 25, 2010 - 16 answers

3GB MacBook memory processor overload

Apple support told my mom 3GB of memory in a Late 2006 MacBook (1.83GHz C2D, Snow Leopard) could overload the processor. What could they have meant by that? [more inside]
posted by 6550 on Jul 23, 2010 - 11 answers

I've added another gig of RAM and my computer is slower. What gives?

I've added another gig of RAM and my computer is slower. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Jul 16, 2010 - 6 answers

My legs don't work!

I have an unusual memory from childhood that I have always wondered about. Was it partial sleep paralysis? Circulation cut off? A dream? [more inside]
posted by batonthefueltank on Jul 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Searching for interesting stories about total memory loss!

I'm interested to read books about people who have lost their memory. Preferably BY people who have completely lost their memory, but fiction works too. Novel type format best, as I'm just following a current bit of curiosity triggered by a "This American Life" episode, not really looking for information per se. Thanks!
posted by bluesky78987 on Jun 28, 2010 - 25 answers

The diary that we all carry about with us

How much of your life do you remember? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Jun 28, 2010 - 46 answers

USB Thumb Drive as MP3 Player?

Hello! I'm looking for a simple solution to turn my 64GB USB Thumb Drive into a portable MP3 player. Nothing fancy, simple display, controls, and small screen. I have Microsoft Sync in my new car, and a laptop that I travel with. Seems like it would be easy to keep all my mp3s on one thumb drive and take it with me rather than having multiple copies floating about on all devices. There used to be an old Lexar & I believe a Sandisk product that allowed for this. Anyone aware of anything more recent or that supports all 64GB? Thank you in advance. PS. My USB drive is not one of those fancy encrypted ones, so it works in every device I've tried it in.
posted by hussmanne on Jun 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Make my next Mac fast!

Why is my MacBook Pro so laggy, and how can I keep my new MacBook Pro from being the same way? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jun 18, 2010 - 23 answers

Should I juice up my new laptop with more memory?

Have received a new laptop as a gift. Should I add more RAM to get ahead of Moore's Law? Should a possible RAM upgrade influence my choice of OS? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc on Jun 9, 2010 - 10 answers

What is it called when you remember forever where/whatever you were doing when you first heard of a world-changing event?

What's the term for a never-to-be-forgotten memory of an important event (e.g., when the space shuttle Challenger exploded), when you remember when/where/what you were doing when you heard of the event? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on May 24, 2010 - 21 answers

How can I make my memory more exact?

Homo sapiens can memorize The Iliad, and I can't be that far removed from my ancestors, right? How can I improve my ability to remember things very precisely? I'm particularly interested in textbook definitions, chemical formulas, and mathematical formulas. [more inside]
posted by edguardo on May 22, 2010 - 24 answers

Do some animals show similar cognitive biases as ours?

Is cognitive bias blindness peculiar to humans? [more inside]
posted by bleary on May 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Brimming HD

80 gb macbook HD... using ~10GB for stuff I care about. Constant "startup disk is full" message. I'm operating at capacity and constantly burning CDs to free up operating memory. Can I delete all of my local mail (I use gmail through the mail app) or something? Any way to just reclaim a massive amount of space?
posted by muscat on May 10, 2010 - 19 answers

Which should I get: a faster CPU, or more memory?

I'm ready to buy a new desktop PC with Windows 7, and I can't decide whether to spend more money on a faster CPU or more memory, if either. Which would be better in the long run: i7-860 (or even i7-920) with 6 GB RAM, or i5 with 8 GB of RAM? Considering the CPU alone, is an i7 instead of an i5 worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on May 7, 2010 - 12 answers

What size iPod Touch for a 12-year-old?

iPod Touch for a 12-year-old: More memory, or more buying power? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on May 3, 2010 - 21 answers

Will robo-pill help Mom take her meds?

Does anyone have experience with the Phillips Medication Dispenser service? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Apr 25, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I measure how many kilobytes of memory for a fast UNIX program?

UNIX. There's /usr/bin/time to measure how much time a unix command needs to finish. What's the equivalent for spitting out how much memory a unix command needed to allocate to finish it's work? [more inside]
posted by Mozai on Apr 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Digitize THIS

A friend is looking for a company or service to scan in 20 boxes of random art, journals and material over the next year while she's in Korea. Where would you go? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Apr 22, 2010 - 4 answers

America is a ____ 10 year old boy.

I once read something, perhaps a comment on this very site, that compared the united states to a ten year old boy. It might have made similar nation to person comparisons. They went on to describe this ten year old using some term that was close to, but probably not, "belligerent". What was this bit of writing?
posted by phrontist on Apr 19, 2010 - 4 answers

80s movie. Lingering memory.

I can't remember this movie from the 80s. I can remember a few fleeting details. Stupid getting old. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Apr 9, 2010 - 4 answers

should i just get more memory

What is the most memory-friendly linux web development stack? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Apr 9, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I improve on memory and answering questions?

How do I improve on memory and answering questions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Drank too many cups of kindness - can I get better?

A few weeks ago I reduced my alcohol intake from way too much to nearly nothing. I feel a lot better. But can I ever feel all the way "normal" again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2010 - 16 answers

There's a food-shaped hole in my husband's memory.

My husband can't remember anything related to food. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2010 - 34 answers

What is the name of this dimly remembered audiobook

Help me remember this dimly remembered audio book that we listened to when I was a child. [more inside]
posted by jonathanstrange on Feb 23, 2010 - 2 answers

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