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What is the best tool to use as an aid to recalling and organizing memories?

According to the answers to this AskMe, there are a lot of us geezers who get fuzzy on our pasts as our pasts get longer. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer on May 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Do you have a sense of structure to your memories?

I seem to be losing the time structure of my memories. Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName on May 9, 2011 - 31 answers

Computer memory

Please melp me identify these computer memory chips. I have about 500 sticks, my question is are they worth anything. What kind of computer are they made for. http://www.flickr.com/photos/19083462@N03/5677672839 http://www.flickr.com/photos/19083462@N03/5677672437 Thanks
posted by Noodles on May 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Why is entropy necessary for there to be memory?

In the From Eternity to Here episode of the Science Talk podcast, Sean Carroll says that without entropy there could be no memory. Could you provide an explanation of why that is to somebody who's very much a layperson when it comes to thermodynamics? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Apr 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Why is my memory failing me at such a young age?

Why is my memory failing me at such a young age? [more inside]
posted by red_rika on Apr 14, 2011 - 28 answers

Psychologists who research GLBTQ families?

I'm a history student, tossing around a project about the construction of collective memories in the GLBTQ community. I am wondering what psychologists might have to say about this topic. [more inside]
posted by besonders on Apr 13, 2011 - 2 answers

Can't think of the word like 'idiot'.

Historical meaning of synonym for 'idiot', which I can't remember? [more inside]
posted by Mei's lost sandal on Apr 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Thank you for making my MBP faster

What's an appropriate thank you gift for a friend who will be upgrading the memory in my MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Apr 3, 2011 - 18 answers

How long does Flash Data last (if drive is only used once)

How long will data stored on a USB Flash drive last, if the drive is put away in storage? [more inside]
posted by bagadonuts on Apr 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Learning to use the Memory Palace technique

Can mefites please recommend a good book or other resource on the Memory Palace technique? Older is fine--if there is some seminal tome about this particular memory technique, I'd love to know about it!
posted by maize on Mar 20, 2011 - 7 answers

I appreciate the irony of not being able to remember an article about memory...

I'm trying to find an article that I remember skimming but never fully read - it was about studying techniques, and in particular I remember that it recommended studying in different physical locations, since your brain tended to treat the information as "new" when you read it again from a different place. [more inside]
posted by ukdanae on Mar 20, 2011 - 4 answers

How to fix memory management bluescreens.

How do I identify exactly what my memory error bluescreen in Win Vista is. [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Mar 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Is a bigger xbox really necessary?

Thinking about getting an xBox 360 with Kinect. Is the larger size really worth $100? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Mar 3, 2011 - 13 answers

How to REALLY read a book?

I am about to embark on a massive technical book reading escapade. Please share your information retention methods. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Mar 1, 2011 - 7 answers

I saw someone famous from the 70's when I looked at my friend's photo.

What actress or famous person from the 60's/70's does my friend resemble? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Feb 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Can you make my brain my screenshot?

I'm diagramming the history of visual arts in my city. I need a "database" -- I use the term loosely -- to help me keep the connections straight. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Feb 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Do you know this song?

Song lyrics filter: help me remember this song from my childhood! "The sun is up, the sun is shining bright, it fades away the moon and the stars of night." Then something about birds and butterflies? Google failed me. Can you tell me how the song goes on?
posted by phisbe on Feb 16, 2011 - 2 answers

Why would one of my RAM bays be okay with a 512MB stick but not a 2GB?

I got some new RAM for my Macbook, but it's causing some really weird freezing issues. [more inside]
posted by jenmess on Feb 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Where's this face from?

I've had this image of a face stuck in my head for a few weeks now, and I'm sure that it's from a TV show I saw as a child. I believe the image may have come from a skit about a sketch artist trying to identify someone, and that -- within the skit -- pieces of that face were erased and re-drawn. Maybe at some point, a hat is drawn onto the top of his head? I want to say this skit may have been on Sesame Street. Can you tell me what skit I'm thinking of?
posted by Greg Nog on Feb 3, 2011 - 1 answer

direct recording from digital piano to SD memory card

record live digital piano with sd memory card [more inside]
posted by gingercoffee on Feb 2, 2011 - 4 answers

What can I do to deal with my boyfriend's bad memory?

My boyfriend has the worst memory I've ever encountered. Can we hack it? If not, what are my coping mechanisms? [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on Feb 1, 2011 - 52 answers

I can learn exactly one set of facts - what should it be?

I have an opportunity to learn one set of facts (or other data) by heart. What should it be? [more inside]
posted by piato on Jan 12, 2011 - 25 answers

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

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