(topic branched from Lean / Agile Memory Systems topic)
Edit: my glossary entry -
templated pegs – a well-known set of reusable traversable base images associated with a general theme capable of being merged with any other set of memory images of a more specific theme.
Synonyms: Extended peg, associated peg, template
An object template of a monument supplies several locations for general storage of historical figures. The name of the historical figure would be the statue itself, birth and death dates could be stored in the base of monument, and other important events would be scattered around the grounds of the monument. Use: Napoleon born 1769 in Corsica, died 1821 on the island of St. Helena off the coast of Angola = Napoleon fends off a lion with a pole in one hand and his other hand in his jacket as the image of the monument. He sits on top of the monument base of a puppy (dog) sailing a ship on an ocean of apple cores on one side. The other side has an old jewel thief using a wand to magically open a box which contains an angel holding out a statue of a mom carrying a cross with his two fingers. Below the mom is fiery flames of hell.
@moo, @nhtofa, I’m working on laying out the ground rules for templated pegs which involves proposing a hypothesis, finding examples to test it out, and then reviewing to see if it seems usable. This is an area I don’t have any references for, even though I’ve tried to search for them in multiple places. I’m getting closer though so will share some soon. I’ve seen some ideas on templates here, but just basic ideas. I am still practicing my compass template on various location pegs as well as the monument template for historical people.
But one thing that I see clearer is that alternate names for the templated peg would be a associated peg or an extended peg because the nature of the templated peg is to become a part of another piece of data. Templated pegs are a strong set of pegs that morph with a subject, item, or location to provide a relevant and unique set of pegs.
So my plan is to try number pegs on your suggestion of the Constitution by article and section (maybe the amendments should wait) morphing them with significant places in DC in general as a set of loci. If you have a journey or a palace for DC, that would help me. There aren’t that many articles and only a maximum of 10 sections so I could use an item or location peg set. But I want to remember the number of the article and section so I’ll try the number peg first.
And for your other suggestion of the elements, they would likely also associated with a template based on number pegs but not having had chemistry since high school, I’m not sure what is useful to memorize besides number and name. Maybe types or group and period with series name. I’ve seen the common usage of the element also. The number pegs, needed because of the range of the elements (103), would likely by morphed into a unique set of pegs by association with a some sort of locational set of pegs related to science. My basic technique is to review the number pegs for an option that seems scientific and seeing if a story develops out of the sequence. This is my bottom-up method of design.
For your last suggestion of math formulas, I fear I can’t do much there. There’s too much variation unless we confine ourselves to a particular area. I remember studying 20 or more ratios applicable to finance. Maybe I can find my notes on those. Don’t ask me to revisit trigonometry. Statistics somewhat interests me but I’d need a cheat sheet of formulas to work with. Any suggestions there?