How to Use IRC Chat Rooms With Pidgin

Mnemotechnics.org now has a 24-hour IRC channel where you can chat about memory techniques with other people. You can chat directly through this website, but it’s easier if you join the chatroom with an IRC program like Pidgin.

This post is a tutorial on how to login to the Mnemotechnics chat channel with a free program called Pidgin. Pidgin also lets you login to Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, Facebook Chat, Jabber, AIM, and many more at the same time. Read more

Fixing My Mnemonic System

It’s December 30th, 2011. I’ve just spent months finishing up my last work projects, shutting down my consulting business, and preparing to move to a different continent. It has been a lot more time-consuming than I expected.

Yesterday, I put a deck of cards in my pocket (which will not leave my pocket for the next year), and I realized that I’m not going to have time to get 2,652 card images into my brain in time for the first memory competitions of 2012.

I realized that my current 2-digit, 1-card system is fully functional, and that other competitors have reached Grand Master level with similar systems. My current system is good enough to accomplish my 2012 goals. Read more

Update: Vienna and Budapest

I arrived in Europe a few days ago and spent some time in Vienna and Budapest. I’m so jetlagged that I’ve literally been passing out in the middle of conversations for the past few days and have trouble sleeping past 5:30am.

I wonder how memory athletes deal with jetlag when flying to competitions in places like China. Wikipedia says that it takes about one day to recover for each time zone crossed, and I think that is probably accurate. Read more

Two Nights in Budapest

I’ve been traveling north and just reached Budapest. Tomorrow I’ll be in Slovakia for the Esperanto meeting.

I’ll catch up with the site soon, but will be busy with the Esperanto course for the next week. It the meantime, here is a photo from the Balkans, somewhere on the way from Skopje, Macedonia to Belgrade, Serbia: Read more

Links About the Brain: Music and Meditation (and an update)

Sorry for the lack of blog posting recently. I’m working out my plans for the future, which is a time-consuming process.

The Future

I’m in the Cyclades at the moment and am looking online for a job. I’m going to close my current business down and work for another company. If anyone knows of any job availabilities in the memory field, please let me know. My background is in Internet marketing including: advanced SEO, social media, content management, content writing, and community development.

Otherwise, I will take a regular, full-time job in the hostel industry that leaves me enough time in the day to train on memory. With my current business taking up 10 to 16 hours per day, I don’t have enough free time to seriously train.

Cycladian village

Cycladian village, Greece

If no job opportunities appear right away, I may go up to Albania or Macedonia for a few weeks. Read more

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