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Restoring closed tabs in Google Chrome

25 Jan

Maybe you knew about this already, but I just found out. As someone who has many tabs open simultaneously, I sometimes close an important one accidentally. But that is no longer a problem:

To reopen the most recently closed tab in Chrome, right-click on the tab bar and select “Reopen closed tab” from the popup menu. You can also press Ctrl+Shift+T on your keyboard to reopen the last closed tab.

The Actual Fluency Podcast

6 Jun

It has been suggested to me that my recent posts on Bayesian Analysis might be of limited interest (I am shocked). So today I give you a language learning tip; listen to The Actual Fluency Podcast, hosted by Kris Broholm the show is entertaining, helpful, and inspirational. If you are trying to learn a language, I recommend this podcast without reservation.

Review of language learning apps

10 Jul

At Languages Around the Globe.

“There’s no denying it and there’s no stopping it. Mobile technology is revolutionizing the education industry and the world. Now, in 2015, there’s an app for everything and most of the major language learning software providers have begun offering mobile apps to complement – or in some cases even replace – their primary products.”


A blog on living with ADHD

21 Jun

I know I have a number of readers interested in ADHD, I would like to recommend the Distracted Mom blog.  Here is her description of her blog:

“Hi, I’m Carolyn.

I am a single mother of two and a Registered Nurse of the Operating Room. I also have a background in Psychiatric nursing, an area I feel passionate about. I juggle co-parenting, schoolwork, and hospital work, and I am also a freelance writer and editor. Oh, and I also have ADHD.

I know about living with ADHD.
I also know about failing with ADHD, and about the long road to recovery. I took a path less traveled by, having made my way from high school dropout at 16 to nursing school graduate at 30. It wasn’t easy, and it took a long time to get here, but it’s a struggle worth sharing since I know I’m not alone in it.

My goal in writing this blog was to create the kind of resource that I wish I’d had access to when my child was first diagnosed with ADHD. There is a lot of information out there, but I wanted to hear from people who were living with it, who knew it from the inside out, and to whom I could relate. I wanted to hear from people who lived through the chaos and could show me the way through. I’m still finding my way, but what better way than to write my way through it?

Please join me and share your stories, too!

– Carolyn Mallon, RN”

Better memory from reading paper books

5 Aug

If you haven’t been listening to Mike Pesca’s podcast The Gist you have been missing one of the bright spots in the podcast universe. The July 29th episode is of particular interest to Peakmemory readers.

Pesca interviews Maria Konnikova about the difference between reading text on screens or paper. The bottom line, paper wins. Our best available research suggests that, with current technology, you have better memory for material you read on paper. In her New Yorker post Konnikova writes:

“We read more efficiently when text is arranged in a single column rather than multiple columns or sections. The font, color, and size of text can all act in tandem to make our reading experience easier or more difficult. And while these variables surely exist on paper just as they do on-screen, the range of formats and layouts online is far greater than it is in print. Online, you can find yourself transitioning to entirely new layouts from moment to moment, and, each time you do so, your eyes and your reading approach need to adjust. Each adjustment, in turn, takes mental and physical energy.”

This podcast also includes an account of the recent  Amelia Bedelia imbroglio.



In his comment Pesca speculates that Bedelia might have Asperger’s syndrome.

Whole Earth Catalog available on line!

2 Aug

The entire run of the path breaking and absolutely essential Whole Earth Catalog is now available on line.


Thanks to BoingBoing for the link.

Foreign Service Institute language courses for free

29 Jun

The Foreign Service Institute, trains U.S. State Department employees in foreign languages.

The FSI course materials are in the public domain and are now available on line for free. There are materials for languages from Amharic (the official language of Ethiopia) to Yoruba (spoken in West Africa). The materials includes texts and mp3 files.

Language learning may have cognitive benefits including reducing your risk of dementia.


My search for a “Mr. Memory” newsreel

20 Apr

Boing Boing announced yesterday that British Pathé had posted thousands of their newsreels on Youtube, I held out the hope that I might find footage of the great British memory performer Datas. Datas whose real name was William Bottle, was the model for the character “Mr. Memory” in the Alfred Hitchcock film The 39 steps.

Unfortunately, I was not able to find a clip of Datas, but I did find this newsreel of a machine that was named after him. The notes on the footage make no mention of the source of the machine’s name.


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LabDoor: a new source of information on supplements

30 Jan

I am very impressed with the information on supplements found at the LabDoor blog. Here is how they describe their mission:

“In every drugstore aisle in America, shoppers cast the classic pose: two products in hand, confusion on their faces as they attempt to decipher the advertising claims and safety labels. It’s an important decision, but it is so hard to be certain you’re making the right call.

We are decades overdue for a trusted source of product safety information. LabDoor will change the balance of power in these industries from marketing hype to real facts.

. . . the first technology startup to use science and clinical data to solve this market failure. LabDoor utilizes FDA-registered independent laboratories, along with a team of technical experts, to curate the best public and private safety data about the products we use every day.”

I recommend this post: Take your vitamins, and your research, with a healthy dose of skepticism

Ed Cooke on memrise

10 Dec

Here is a Guardian video interview with  memory grand master and Mermise founder Ed Cooke:

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