So a while back I saw the Millennium PAO system and was immediately intrigued by it. After looking at it though I found some glaring problems which I aimed to address by building my own Millennium PAO. Today (while making this post) I discovered Maya’s Modernized Millennium PAO which seems to have the same initial fix as mine does but I think mine goes further than hers and is more intuitive.
The problem with the original Millennium PAO is that the People and Objects were not structured in a logical way. Certain categories ended at weird endpoints and that would make learning the thing even more difficult. This is the problem that Maya and I fix with each of our PAO’s but Maya only fixed the People Category and the objects category remains completely random. What I’ve done (am currently doing) is associating the object with the Person. So learning the system becomes easier, (the hard part is finding an object that has a meaningful connection with the person). For some people it is obvious what the object should be, Rick Sanchez & Portal Gun, Jimmy Neutron & Goddard (his robo dog), for some people it is less obvious and requires more work initially. That is the stage I am currently on, I have my People selected and am finding objects that connect with them in a meaningful way.
One additional thing that my PAO addresses that the original did not, is selecting important categories of people to memorize. I will admit that I do have cartoons and anime in my PAO because it is hard to ignore such a rich resource of memorable people but I also have Philosophers, Artists, Scientists, Kings and Queens. People who I might not know much about but through trying to memorize my PAO I will become more learned about history and art and science and things I think we all want to know more about. So I would say my PAO includes more people worth remembering and the task of remembering will actually make me smarter in the process and not just after I’ve memorized my PAO and can successfully use it.
To make my PAO system more intuitive I (like Maya did with her Person’s category) subdivide 1000 into 10 different “large” categories. I then break these large categories down into 10 smaller categories.
I will post the full thing (if there is interest) when I finish up my objects and I will explain some things which I think will make it easy to convert to a 9-digit system as opposed to an 8-digit system without needing 1000 actions. As of right now my Actions list is categorized differently than my People or Objects list is because finding 1000 unique actions for each person is a much more daunting task and one which I believe can be avoided. I’ll save that for my next post.
Here is my Large Categories list:
100-199: Anime (yes I know)
400-499: God’s and fantasy creatures
Again once I finish the Objects list which is currently done for 000-099 I will post the complete thing if there is interest.