August 17, 2007

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Fishing random things out of my head

I’m getting better at fishing random things out of my head. I remember
names more easily now. Last week, someone asked me who I’d spoken to
three weeks ago at that office. Syllable by syllable, I said the first
name that came to mind: O-li-ve-ra. I hadn’t thought of the entire
name beforehand. I had just started talking, following what felt
right.

On the way back from work yesterday, I talked to Wayne about the
driving test I’m planning to take today. He asked if I was ready for
it, as he hadn’t seen me study. I started rattling off rules and
numbers. I then told him about the Emacs-based flashcard system I was
using (flashcard.el). He was curious about the technique, so he asked
if it had a name. “I can’t remember right now, but it starts with an
L,” I said, and started playing with names. Leichnoff? No… Leitnoff?
No… Leitner? Hmm… That felt right.

I still have to work on remembering little things and staying present,
but I feel pretty good about pulling stuff out of my head. I trust my
first guess more and more now, and it’s usually right.

Maybe that saying is right, you really do just have to exercise your
memory…

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Brrr

It’s mid-August, and a cold front is passing through Toronto. My toes
feel chilly under this blanket. Even though sunlight illuminates the
room, sometimes it doesn’t feel like summer.

W- joked that it’ll be stew time soon.

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