A Short Video Tour of Simonides’ Village

A few years ago, I made a journey to the village where Simonides of Ceos was born. According to Roman legend, Simonides invented the method of loci — one of the main techniques that memorizers use.

While I was going through some old photos today, I found a video from Simonides’ hometown. It is just a quick, casual video clip, but I thought that readers might be interested in seeing it. Read more

Northern Greece

Here are a few photos from the trip through Northern Greece. I’m memorizing Esperanto vocabulary while traveling. I’m hoping to be able to have basic conversations in Esperanto by August 7th, possibly with the aid of Slivovica. (That will be fewer than 3 weeks of active study.)

I’ll catch up on the Forum early next week… 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.

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

The Town of Ioulis: Simonides’ Birthplace

After I arrived on the island of Kea (Ceos) last night, I learned that the buses don’t run on the island until June, so I couldn’t get to the campground unless I wanted to pay $60 round-trip for a taxi. I decided to stay one extra night at the hotel and visit Ioulia, birthplace of Simonides of Ceos.

I ended up walking the 5.5 km up to Ioulis today, checking out the archaeological museum (no photos allowed), and making a quick memory journey. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the famous lion statue that must have been there when Simonides was young. The girl at the cafe pointed me in a direction and said there was only one road to the lion, but it turned into the typical maze of paths and stairs that are found in the Cyclades, and it was getting late. Read more

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