This post is a brainstorm about how a 10,000-image mnemonic system might look. I’ve created a script that displays all of the assignments. (The link is below.) It’s based on my existing systems, so it wouldn’t be difficult to expand, except for the unimaginable time commitment of creating and maintaining 10,000+ images — something that I will likely never have time for. I built the script on request, and decided to post the explanation here in the blog. Read more
I made a quick video that provides an introduction to memorizing numbers for beginners. The main purpose of the video is to introduce some common number memorization systems and explain the difference between image generation and image placement. Read more
I’m not very happy with my current mnemonic system, so I’ve been experimenting with a couple of alternatives over the past few days. One of the ideas was to redo my Ben System images entirely from scratch using the ideas here and here, along with an idea that Nelson Dellis mentioned. Read more
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I went to a bookstore yesterday, looking up lists of animals, objects, and mythological characters that might fit in my mnemonic system.
For many people, one serious obstacle to learning the Ben System is finding images to fit all 2,704 possible combinations. Today I came up with a way to fill in my missing images.
In the Ben System, each pair of cards is combined into an image.
Here is an example pair of cards:
The first consonant is made by combining the two suits. Club-spades is an “n” sound.
Next, the first card value becomes a vowel (5 = “ai”), and the final card value becomes a consonant (Ace = “t”). My phonetic key is here [PDF].
So 5 of clubs and Ace of hearts is “NAIT” or “knight”. Not all combinations are that easy though. Read more