Memory

My mother is one of those mothers who want her children to excel in everything. And when I said everything, I meant everything. Thus, I was experiencing quite a, errr, delighting childhood. But then again, that is what every parent would want, so am not gonna complain anything about that. Only showing a minor delinquency perhaps.

I could read when I was 3 years old and immediately fell in love with Doraemon. Spoke bilingual at 5, yet still cannot master the sundanese until now.  Anyhow, in a young age I could easily done almost anything because of the support from my mother. She told me to use this association method whenever I have difficulty memorizing a lesson or anything. Like when I have to memorize the planets name. It goes: MaMerVenBuMarJuSaUrNePlu. Matahari, Mercury, Venus, Bumi, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. (Pluto was still a planet back then)

It works magically.

I always use this method until now. Because it turns out that our brain have a stronger memory in remembering words, stories, pictures, patterns, and those kind of stuff. All of it are saved in the long-term memory card. I still use the phone keypad pattern in memorizing phone numbers because if I only memorize the usual sequence of numbers, it would be gone in a *poof!*

But sometimes, a long version of memorizing method that was being used in my past experience, like the elements periodic table in chemistry, I’m much better if I chew that table off of the paper. In the first 1A group, my teacher told me that it could be memorized by using this set of words: HaLiNa Kawin, Robi Cs Frustasi. And these sets of words go on until the last group: Herman Nekat Arisan Karena XeRen. It was too much for me because often I got confused and got mixed up with one group and another. Halina kawin sama siapa? Siapa yang frustasi? Apakah Robi atau Herman suami Halina? Halina dan Herman arisan bersamakah? Siapa itu yang keren? Apakah Robi nekat kawain sama Herman? Halina itu golongan apa? Golongan tidak mampu? Atau apa? It was a disaster.

So I ended up memorizing the whole table literally. H, Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, Fr, Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, Ra, and so on rather than I have to memorize the whole stories of the groups. It was too much. My knee caps couldn’t bear that kind of information. The literal memorizing works much better for me. It could be because of the sound itself is already unique and has its own rhyme so I could tell the table was wrong if the rhyme was off.

So to memorize these words:

Muhammad Ratu Isaac Newton Gua Jesus Christ Raga Buddha Tempat Confucius Terima St. Paul Senam Tsai Lun Baju Johan Gutenburg Balapan Christopher Columbus Cemilan Albert Einstein Sesepuh Louis Pasteur Sebel Galileo Galilei Double Aristotle Timbel Euclid Fabel Moses Mebel Charles Darwin Nambel Shih Huang Ti Bejubel August Caesar Label Copernicus Sambel Laurent Lavoisier Dapul

We could make up a story. Or categorize it by religion, inventor, noun, verb, etc. Or arrange the order alphabetically. Or memorize it by their own background history, based on the timeline. Or maybe just memorize those little bastards of. Simple as that.

Why, Who, What

Why we need to be creative?

To learn new perspectives when we face things. When things limiting us to do things. When boundaries trap us. To make us enjoy lives.

My marketing lecturer once said, “Be the purple cow!” I perceived it as be different from others and it could be done by being creative. Creative is not only think outside the box. We can even create our own box. And it is fun.

I once said that my mother is a movie maniac. She watches many TV series and I often join her to watch it. One of it is MacGyver.

MacGyver ran in the late 80’s and the early 90’s. I spent my childhood wondering how he escaped from a locked room with only paperclip, rope, and some of other scraps from the room. MacGyver implements his knowledges to seemingly unsolvable problems — often in life-or-death situations requiring him to improvise complex devices from simple things in a matter of minutes.

I mean, if we’re talking about creative guy, he’s the man ladies and gentlemen. You should’ve try to watch it sometimes, with only a Swiss army and duct tape, he could safe a whole nation.

But when it comes to a creative company, it’s Apple. Period. I don’t think I need to explain it further more.

But talking about Apple, I got this episode when Steve Jobs died last week. Think am gonna post it a little bit later.

must be the truth

We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. – Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (Page 926), His Last Bow (1917)

 

Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. – Spock, “Star Trek” (1966), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek (2009)

 

While I was skimming through the tv channels, one of it, HBO I think, aired Star Trek, the JJ Abrams’ one. It was quite a long time since I watched it the first time in 2009, when it was released. And I find it amusingto watch it again.

Then it was just that scene that caught my attention, what Spock said. I remember that sentence. From the old Star Trek movie.

If you wonder why a kid’s at my age know that movie, my mother is a trekkies. She grew up watching the whole series. She’s also a movie maniac. So yeah, I’m quite familiar with Star Trek.

Then it strucked me. It was the same sentence from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous detective: Sherlock Holmes. Who also happened to be my favorite novel character.

I read that sentence years ago. In the book.

I don’t really have a point here, but I just need to write it down.

Am gonna keep on writing in this space, though.

Greetings

Greetings, earthlings.

Still haven’t got quite the hang of this thing.

Gue gaptek emang. Gue akan membutuhkan waktu yang cukup lama untuk mengenal media bernama wordpress ini.

Anyway,

I’m gonna post lot of things here from now on. Random things, mostly. And sometimes the topic is about things that I don’t even want to think about, but I have to, considering this is a project from my course subject.

So, yeah.

Am gonna keep on writing on this space.