Sunday, October 23, 2011

Simply Spectacular!!!

The weather, in Miami, the last two days, has been simply spectacular! I'm talking temperatures in the 70's, with blue blue skies and no humidity. It's been a long 6 months of soupy, humid, hot hot hot weather. Ahhhhh what a relief.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Moonwalking with Einstein

Book group book was Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer, and when I began the book I was thinking, 'I'll never need or REMEMBER to use these tricks for memory', so why finish?! But I did and I found it really interesting. I guess his premise is that we can all benefit from learning memory tricks, if only to take in, and appreciate, all details around/surrounding us, and that nothing can really be "learned" unless we have an inventory, from which to choose. That only by learning details of a specific subject can we begin to comprehend how those details fit into the larger context of a subject. For example, poetry, to first memorize a poem is important and then to analyze it. Because we can only really understand and pluck, if you will, from a big idea, the necessary elements or details to get that big idea. Fascinating. He also says there really are no such beings as savants. He went around to world to interview people who had been labelled 'savants' and discovered that they really are ordinary folks, who do nerdy things, like enter memory championships. There was a technique to memorization and that is "memorization palaces"; these are places, in which, storage of details is essential, and the way to do this is with POA, people, objects and action. So for example you have to remember a things 'to do' list of: pickled garlic, cottage cheese, salmon, wine, socks. What one has to do is choose a place. So I chose the house in which I grew up. Place the first item, at the end of the driveway, the pickled garlic. "Smell the garlic", imagine how it tastes and looks, in a big jar, at the end of the driveway. Now walk up the front steps, there, on the front stoop, is a big vat of cottage cheese, with Alonzo Mourning, walking around in it, naked. Yum. Then when you step inside the house, and turn left are the salmon, all sitting at the window, looking out, at the lake, with Rafael Nadal, batting them around with his tennis racket. As you look up the steps you see 6 wine bottles, dancing on the steps. At the top of the stairs are all different colored socks, hanging on the Al Held painting. One of the items on the list was, Email Sophie, so there she is, sitting, in front of a very large mirror, at the top of the stairs, typing an email, on the computer. Anyway, you get the idea. So this is how Joshua Foer won the US Memory Championship. It was quite extraordinary, this book, and I'm not sure it'll be useful. But hey, I'm game, for any way to improve my memory.

The Guard, movie

Went to see an Irish comedy/drama, yesterday, called The Guard. Totally irreverant and hysterica. We had a good time. The first 10 minutes was difficult to understand the heavy Irish accent but once I got used to it it was fine.

son's marching band

Daniel, my son, is in an high school marching band, and they went to a competition in Palm Beach, yesterday and came away with the biggest, first place, trophy I have ever seen. After the competition they all (20-25) came back to our house and had a raucous good time. They swam, ate, and danced. I really loved listening to them laughing and having a blast.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Alonzo Mourning

Met the Queen

Pendulum Waves


I'm finding it harder and harder to find time to do nothing. If I'm not at work, I'm at home, and am unable to sit down and just do nothing. I know that downtime is a good thing; time to sit, do nothing but think, or read a book, listen to music or even watch a movie, but there's a guilt-thing involved. So why do We, Americans, think that this time isn't valued time. I'm going to have to re-evaluate my priorities and schedule in downtime.