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15 Dec

How to Memorize Shakespeare

1 Dec

Two weeks to final exams, so postings might be light for a while. Meanwhile here is a piece from The New York Times on how to memorize Shakespeare:

It helps to read through a synopsis of the play first to know the basic plot. Get a partner to whisper the lines while you repeat. With professional actors and students alike, the Royal Shakespeare Company begins with something they call “imaging the text”: Act out the images. It will feel silly, but making a window with your limbs or galloping like a horse embeds the lines in your mind. Listen for the playwright’s beat. Shakespeare mostly composed in iambic pentameter, a rhythm in which unstressed syllables are followed by stressed ones; O’Hanlon describes it as “the rhythm of your heart.”

 

Memory champion Jonas Von Essen: Recursion edition

29 Sep

When you are interested in memory improvement, you become the object of amusement whenever you forget something.

In this video Memory champion Jonas Von Essen admits to forgetting things he has not specifically used his memory techniques on. This point was brought home to me when I realized that I had already posted this video a couple of years ago. Very humbling.

Man memorizes 1774 page Chinese-English dictionary

12 Jul

The video quality is not great, but this is very impressive:

Here is an interview with Dr Yip Swee Chooi.

Memory athlete Dave Farrow

8 May

Dave Farrow demonstrates card memorization and gives a few memory tips.

People who never forget

5 Apr

Read about them in this Guardian article.

How to practice effectively

24 Mar

(Hat tip to BoingBoing)

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