Goals for 2017 + June Journal


#1

… following a bad dream where I had lost all my ability to remember things in the context of competition, let’s set some goals for the end of the year!

Spoken Numbers (1 second) … 220 digits (current best: 50 digits)
Historic/Future Dates (5 min) … 110 dates (current best: 87 89 dates)
Speed Numbers (5 min) … 450 digits (current best:351 369 digits)
Speed Cards (5 min) … 29 seconds (current best: 39.94 36.06 35.94)
Concrete Images (5min) … 260 images (current best: 238 images)
Names & Faces (15 min) … 130 names (current best: 83 90 97 109 names)
Random Words (15 min) … 200 words (current best: 93 154 words)
Binary Digits (30 min) … 3000 digits (current best: 1548 2274 digits)
Cards (30 min) … 12 decks (current best: 4 decks … in 10 minutes 10 decks)
Numbers (30 min) … 1300 digits (current best: 532 digits … in 15 minutes 1146 digits)

That would bring me to over 7000 points (International format), which is almost twice as many as what I got at the french championships, but I’m closing in on 6000 points in the National format right now, so why not?! :slight_smile:

2017-06-09
Setting goals, moving toward them … PB of 369 digits in 5 minutes today!

2017-06-16
Have been reviewing my cards system a lot recently. Took a day off from memorizing yesterday and got a PB of 36.06s today. Coincidence? Luck? Perhaps, I hope not :slight_smile:

2017-06-20
First time doing 15-minute words since the swedish championships last year. Got a good PB of 154 words. I didn’t double-check the memocamp scoring properly though, but there was one singular/plural mistake, so it’s worth double-checking this in the review. I believe that the championship words are slightly easier than the memocamp ones. We’ll see about that at the next championships. Stuck around the 40-second mark on cards. More drilling required.

A couple more PBs in the evening: 53 names in 5 minutes (+4) and 89 dates (+2).

2017-06-21
90 names in 15 minutes and almost got 399 digits in 5 minutes. I had started the event, got interrupted after about 15 loci, decided to do some names and then restart with Numbers in the same palace. I ended up using one of the images from the first run (six digits) in the recall + one typo … but otherwise no gaps, evaluation of 339. Also got a 38.53s on Cards, no PB, but solid for me … for now!

2017-06-22
First time doing 30-minute Cards since september last year for the swedish championships. I tried to not rush it too much and did a review. The goal was to get 10 decks and I got them all :slight_smile: New PB of 520 cards, smashing my previous of 209 (from when I was still using PAO).

2017-06-26
PB in cards with a 35.94s followed by a very decent 39.26s. Spent just a little extra time to make sure that I check the suit of the second cards during my grabbing of the final 3-4 pairs. I’ve noticed that in many cases I don’t really need to visualize the objects at all but that subvocalizing them is enough to build some kind of story/feeling which can be retrieved a minute or so later. Even better, in some cases I summon the original image and can’t immediately come up with its shadow … but I’m still able to remember that it was a shadow during the recall. For example if I need to think of Bart Simpson’s shadow, which is Lisa Simpson, remembering “Bart’s shadow” instead of “Lisa” seems to work just fine … provided that this doesn’t happen too often in one single deck.

2017-06-27
PB for 30-minute binaries with 2274 digits. Not really happy about this one. I had about 20 minutes left for the final review during the recall, but couldn’t be bothered as all images felt good enough. I ended up with typos in four places costing me 105 digits. Also I don’t know if my current strategy is good enough. Memorized 1800 digits and went for a full review and only then did I go on with the rest. The 600 next digits I only looked at once. I’m thinking of trying to go for maybe 3500 digits, with no review at all. Next time.

2017-06-28
97 names in 15 minutes, improvement of 7 since last time :slight_smile:

Another close one on speed numbers: 396 out of 402 for an evaluation of 322 digits. Mixed-up two types of trains and couldn’t find one image due to the fact that I hadn’t linked it to the second image, only to the locus.

2017-06-29
Another PB down, very much expected: 1146 digits in 30 minutes. I’ve never done this event since starting my 3-digit system. No big doubts there, memorized the first 1000 digits, went for a review and had about 8 minutes left to do some more. Recall quite confortable :slight_smile:

2017-06-30
A good day so far ! Big PB in 5-minute binaries with 801 digits (+ 150 !!!), as smooth as it gets. I hadn’t used that particular palace in a few days, that could explain that.

Another smooth Speed Cards attempt, landing on 37.39s, a few gaps, but easy to fill.

And another PB in 15-minute Names & Faces with 109 (+ 12 !!).


(Fuchsia Pseudonym) #2

For cards, are you using the Ben System now?


#3

Hi! I’m using something similar to the system used by Johannes Mallow, Lance Tschirhart and Alex Mullen. See the description of it there: http://artofmemory.com/forums/two-card-system-with-shadows-and-variable-linking-strategy