Sunday, January 07, 2007

Jump! (for my love)

Whenever I hear this song, I think of when I was five and my babysitters went for a cruise around the city blasting the music so loud that my stomach hurt from the bass in the back. The radio was playing this song among others, but it is because of the associations that I've actively made with this moment that I remember it so vividly. I learned that to keep from forgetting things, one must be determined to make a spiderweb that links all of the senses to as many memories as attainable. I guess because this is a hobby of mine, I tend to have an embarrassing good memory. Embarrassing, because when I run into familiar faces, I feel embarrassed that I know exactly who they are before they do and play the question game that leads me to the right answer, rather than blurting it out. I want to write a research paper about maintaining a good long term memory. I run a series of drills that assist in a good long term memory. Assocation with object drills are the simplest. Pick out any object and think of ten memories over five or ten years ago that the object reminds you of. Then instead of an object try a scent, a texture, or a sound and try to recall memories associated with them. These will help you build the foundation of your spiderweb. Another drill is to associate one memory with another and then another and so on, adding to your web, and the last part is recalling a time that you recalled a particular memory. The latter is probably the hardest, but if you recall a recall then the memory becomes more vivid because you no longer have to try to remember when you were five. You can now remember the time when you were 15 and thought about when you were five, so there are a lot less years of memory jogging that you have to struggle with. There are plenty more drills that take place, but I see them more as games for when I'm in the grocery line, or when I'm on the train and my iPod ran out of batteries.

Ok, so invention time. So, whenever my phone dies, which is often, I think of this. Think of a small device with a watch battery in it that acts as an emergency phone charger. You just plug your dead phone in it and flip on the switch, and the phone can last for up to X hours.

Another idea I have is a chain of napping cafes that are throughout Manhattan. Say, you just came out of a boring meeting and you have 15 minutes left in your lunch break. You walk in and order a coffee to be delivered in 15 minutes. You then proceed to a comfortable napping chair, and doze off. In 15 minutes, you are awakened by the waiter with a hot cup of coffee. I don't know, I would go.

Ok, ciao.