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Help me relearn how to learn!

I have just started my PhD, full time on teaching/research fellowship, in the same field I did my masters and bachelors degrees. This is my first semester, and I am expected to take the qualifying exams in January. Problem is, I seem to have forgotten a lot. I have been out of school for five years since my masters, and, studying for the quals, even topics that I have covered before, nothing seems to 'stick' to memory. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Nov 10, 2009 - 9 answers

Where did this chimney sweep waltz?

Please help me identify this scene/sketch. [more inside]
posted by thivaia on Nov 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Hello, McFly?

I'm very distressed that I cannot remember anything and do not feel sharp. How can I improve my memory and feel more with it? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Nov 3, 2009 - 16 answers

Want to purchase 1Gb SD Cards in Bulk - with no Retail Pacakaging

Each year our company sends our customers holiday gifts as well as a calendar (we use employee photos for the calendar). The gift we want to send this year is a 7-inch digital photo frame. We'd like to pre-load an SD card with past calendar photos - for display on the photo frame. I would like to purchase (at lowest cost of course) 200-300 1 GB SD cards. I prefer no retail packaging (we'd just have to spend time tearing into that stupid theft-proof plastic). [more inside]
posted by tniccum on Nov 2, 2009 - 5 answers

What was this weird temporary recognition failure

This morning I suffered from a disturbing failure of my recognition memory. I couldn't figure out what Dexter or Californication were even though I had watched both series from start to end. Even after asking my wife the names of the shows seemed completely unfamiliar though I could recall the general content. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Nov 2, 2009 - 24 answers

Memory upgrade for Intel Xeon Mac Pro?

Memory upgrade for Intel Xeon Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by austinlee on Oct 22, 2009 - 7 answers

What's your name again?

Needed: Memory hacks. I have trouble remembering names. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by ASM on Oct 20, 2009 - 22 answers

How can I remember to always put my mobile phone on silent before meetings and turn it back on afterwards?

How can I remember to always put my mobile phone on silent before meetings or seminars? And to turn the sound back on when the meeting is over? Any useful tricks? I don't seem to have a problem remembering this in artistic environments, only in work environments.
posted by grouse on Oct 1, 2009 - 18 answers

A ladder left behind

[FearFilter]: 15 years ago I experienced an imminent death/serious injury moment that turned out ok. However, I still feel physical chills and tingly feelings even thinking about it. Am I the only one or is this common? Thoughts and stories appreciated. The science is a huge bonus. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Sep 28, 2009 - 19 answers

I need to run chkdsk on my brain...

My mind is blown, it's not my own, where did my idea go? I'm feeling fine, but I've lost my mind! Help? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Sep 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Is there any way to access the non-SD card memory in a G1 that won't boot up?

Is there any way to access the non-SD card memory in a G1 that won't boot up? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Sep 12, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me build a nerd-ish virtual dollhouse

Is there software that mimics a 'memory palace'? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Sep 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Supposes my toeses?

Can someone help me figure out the meaning of this toe-based Eastern European nursery rhyme? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Sep 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Locating data in memory

I need to access certain data loaded in memory by an application. There are certain application specific encrypted files, which the program decrypts and loads into memory. Can I see the data in the memory used by the application? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive on Sep 1, 2009 - 4 answers

Best Tempurpedic Alternative

Does anyone know of the best alternatives to a Tempurpedic matress? They are just too expensive for me to justify purchasing, but I love the way they feel. I have been researching memory foam mattresses, but it is very hard to filter out the hype and get real information. First hand accounts from the hivemind would be greatly appreciated.
posted by gogomickey on Aug 26, 2009 - 14 answers

I forget your name

I forgot your name... and all other proper nouns. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Aug 21, 2009 - 20 answers

SDcard as primary storage?

How reliable would it be to use an SD card as primary storage in a Plug computer? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Aug 19, 2009 - 3 answers

RAM Speed vs. Ram Quantity

Is there a general formula for determining the relative value of RAM speed versus RAM quantity? More specifically, am I better off with 2GB at DDR400 in dual-channel mode, or 2.5GB at DDR333 in single-channel mode? [more inside]
posted by Partial Law on Aug 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Is that a conversation we had, or did I just dream it?

I remember things that didn't actually happen - I dreamed them. This is inconvenient, but is it a problem? [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Aug 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Do you remember the day you started thinking in your current spoken language?

Those who have learned to speak and think in another language, do you remember the age (and day) you started thinking in your current spoken language? [more inside]
posted by querty on Aug 4, 2009 - 30 answers

What should I do/know about her sudden memory loss?

What might be the cause of sudden amnesia? Pregnant but healthy woman, two days suddenly completely erased from her memory. And she won't go to the doctor. [more inside]
posted by sively on Jul 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Foam top mattress way too hot

How can I make my foam-topped mattress less hot? [more inside]
posted by Majorita on Jun 26, 2009 - 11 answers

More difficult than buying a Wii.

I'm in the middle of grabbing all the parts to build a new PC for myself. I have pretty much all the components, but I can't figure out which kind of memory I need to go with an Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16GHz) and ASUS P5Q-E. I've looked at both Intel's and Asus's websites, and of course the Google to no avail. Details on what I'm looking for inside. [more inside]
posted by arcolz on Jun 22, 2009 - 8 answers

My brain is severely limiting what music I can listen to. Is this normal?

My brain is severely limiting what music I can listen to. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by pyrom on Jun 12, 2009 - 25 answers

Memory and Observation Games

What are some fun observation/memory tests and games? [more inside]
posted by Jofus on Jun 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Needs More RAM?

I've upgraded my video card. Games run great (for the most part), but windows itself runs slower. What do I do? Add more RAM? As always, more inside. [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Jun 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Struggle To Remember Exact Word Trick Helpers

Was relating a couple mnemonics to a friend, words or common abbreviations that are spelled by using the first letters of a group of things. Those that came to mind: HOMES for the Great Lakes, A PAIL for types of wounds and ETC for people who attend religious services on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Possibly shoddy Google-fu leaves me unable to find more (not the ROY G BIV variety), but here's hoping the Hive Mind can share some.
posted by ambient2 on Jun 2, 2009 - 40 answers

Old computer upgrade...

Decrepit PC RAM question - I am trying to figure out what kind of SDRAM is supported by my K7VZA Rev 1.0 motherboard. [more inside]
posted by mzurer on May 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Increasing Movie Memory

How do I improve my film/movie memory? [more inside]
posted by benji on Apr 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Two 2GB sticks, or one 4GB?

Which is better, one 4GB stick, or two 2GB sticks of DDR2 RAM in my Laptop? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Apr 20, 2009 - 8 answers

What do you mean it's just a phase?

Please point me to some examples of people/characters imploring their future selves not to forget, diminish, or dismiss the experiences of the present self. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Apr 20, 2009 - 21 answers

At what age do your memories begin?

At what age do your memories begin? [more inside]
posted by Billegible on Apr 19, 2009 - 78 answers

Help me stop forgetting my apartment keys

What is a sure-fire way to stop forgetting my keys when I leave the apartment? I've locked myself out three times this week already. Do you have any memory tricks or something similar that you employ to stop this from happening?
posted by schroedinger on Apr 18, 2009 - 51 answers

Log Browsing History

How can I get Firefox (3.0.1) to log my browsing history to plain text files (preferably XML, but any that isn't essential)? At a minimum I'd like the URL, page title, and a timestamp for when I loaded the page. It would be nice to have how the page was accessed (via a link? direct entry?) and how long was spent on it.
posted by phrontist on Apr 13, 2009 - 2 answers

How do I make my travel memories better?

I want to know how to remember my future travels better. I look back at some old travel pictures and think it was all a dream. What do YOU do? [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans on Apr 8, 2009 - 19 answers

Down the rabbit hole of my memory...

I have some sort of strong, almost visceral feeling of memory related to the word "Vero", as in Vero Beach, FL. Can you help me figure out why? May be related to a story or song from my adolescence... [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Apr 8, 2009 - 12 answers

Tickets? Check. Wallet? Check. Head screwed on? Ummm...

How can I remember things during my upcoming vacation? Last year, I was a walking disaster at the airport: I forgot to put baggage tags on the luggage, left the car seat at the security checkpoint, misplaced the tickets when boarding, etc. It didn't get much better on the vacation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2009 - 17 answers

Axe the ex?

What to do with pictures of exes? [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 on Mar 29, 2009 - 34 answers

Help me pimp my laptop?

Dell has started to suck. I've owned several, both notebook and desktop, over the past 10 or so years. Now, after buying two power cords for my lemony Inspiron 1720 in less than 2 years, I'm going local. So what are some suggestions for beefing my machine up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 - 11 answers

What's a good PDA in 2009?

I'm on the lookout for suggestions for PDAs or similar devices for my father. His short-term memory is going. While it used to be pin-sharp, it's becoming a real problem, to mitigate it he's been using a PDA - he's always carried one and was a real fan of the Palm series. Now it needs replacing ... [more inside]
posted by unsliced on Mar 19, 2009 - 13 answers

Can I chew away my ADHD?

Should I take nicorette gum for my ADHD? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Mar 16, 2009 - 22 answers

I still feel like the sad kid no one will ever like.

Why am I suddenly unable to stop obsessing about the childhood bullying that happened to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2009 - 19 answers

Studies re racism, memory, age

ISO studies re differing perceptions of racism among same-race witnesses. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Mar 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Wait, what was I asking?

Reverse-Memento-Filter: I can remember everything except what it was that I just stood up to do. Please help me with extreme short term memory loss before I lose what's left of my mind. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Mar 12, 2009 - 26 answers

What are ways to remember what I've heard?

Lately I've realized that I have a really hard time remembering something if I only hear it. I'm okay at remembering things that I read, but if it's spoken it doesn't have much staying power. What are some ways I can improve my memory of the spoken word? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Mar 12, 2009 - 9 answers

SWM seeks dream.

What is it like to dream? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Feb 23, 2009 - 85 answers

[Consumer Filter] Memory Foam mattress recommendations?

What are your memory foam mattress recommendations and experiences? [more inside]
posted by gnash on Jan 27, 2009 - 29 answers

Referenced Memory "Problem"

What does it mean that my computer tells me, daily, that, "The instruction at '0x7c9108b3' referenced memory at '0xfffffff8'. The Memory could not be 'read'."? And what's with the scare quotes around "read"?
posted by Hypnotic Chick on Jan 14, 2009 - 28 answers

Help me rid my computer of clutter for faster performance.

Help me rid my computer of clutter for faster performance. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 9, 2009 - 15 answers

OMG! Stupid computers!

Memory replacement on my laptop is driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by HauteMama on Jan 6, 2009 - 18 answers

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