So. I’ve just read this book, and it was utterly awesome. As a geeky guy, I was both very entertained and intrigued by his story of how his journalism let him to win the American Memory championship within a year.
Joshua Foer manages to give great insight in both memory, learning and humanity, with this twisted story.
And the crazy thing is the techniques work. I was bored at my spin class, because I ended up on a bike with no calorie counter (yes, I need numbers to be entertained, sue me! ). So I spent the time making up persons for the two suits, spades and diamonds.
When I showed up at my GFs house I was eager to try the memory palace technique and
followed the spades ( Game of Thrones characters ) and the diamonds ( The Futurama Crew ) along a route in the place I grew up.
Except for one card ( three of spades, Daenarys Targaryen going up some stairs with her dragons it worked out.
Both me and my GF were a bit impressed with that result. So I tried coming up with sets for the hearts ( the citizens of Duckburg ) and the clubs ( The Big Bang Theory Cast ), and again with only minor incidents it worked out. It took me about twenty minutes to get this right, so I have a long way down to the needed sub two minute times for an entire set of cards.
A few days later I got drunk and tried to impress people, I did it again in about 22 minutes, but again missed a single card.
I think I need to work a bit more with dull people and make them do more crazy stuff, to better be able to remember them.
Also Futurama and Big Bang Chars might be a bit too similar and I have problems discerning them.
Now to learn more silly tricks