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Old 04-25-2010, 05:54 PM   #21
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I take full responsibility since I insisted on pictures. Hopefully, this image will be forgotten soon. This exchange did, however, spark a long lost memory involving DH and pantyhose. Best not to share here though
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Ooooh...there is one thing I never forgot back in the day....taking my birth control pills!
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:54 AM   #23
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I have a list of stuff I gotta remember not to forget.

Somewhere....

Thinking about work reminds me of Nords' post about The Fog Of Work: The "fog of work"

That was an intense time.

Now I'm just kinda cruisin'.
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I used to know all sorts of mathmetical/engineering formulas - and understand when and how to apply them. Go figure! And that was only 15-20 years ago! Heck, I had to google circumference formulas for the area of a table I am redoing to make sure I bought enough tile! LOL Like many have said, maybe we are just replacing it with new info. In the big scheme of things - does it really matter?
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I have a theory that when I tell others I always catch a lot of grief. It came about this way:

Up until I was in my mid forties, I was able to remember everything no matter how trivial. It was like a photographic memory but not that intense. Everything I had ever read or seen was etched in my mind and I was able to recall it with remarkable accuracy.

Then one day (and I remember it vividly), I was unable to recall the punch line to a old joke I was being told. I was stunned. The only explanation that I could come up with, at the time, was that my brain had filled up and that in order to make room for new knowledge to "stick," I had to delete something. My mind, then, when given new data would automatically go through all my memories and delete the least likely to be needed again or that which could be easily looked up... in order to "make room."

Every time I tell this (and I still believe in it today), I get not just laughed at but ridiculed for believing such nonsense.

Of course, the fact that it mirrors the behavior of computers -- disk drives fill up regularly... and unexpectedly -- makes it much more difficulty (for me) to discount.

Anyway, since that time, I have been content knowing that I can remember exactly where I can get the data I am trying to remember. An example is that I can remember exactly where an individual image, of 10s of thousands, which are spread over ten external hard drives can be found. Or in which of my many books a particular quote is located.
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Thinking about work reminds me of Nords' post about The Fog Of Work: The "fog of work"
Thanks, I really enjoyed writing that.

Credit to Tomcat98 for inspiring the creative process...
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Thanks, I really enjoyed writing that.

Credit to Tomcat98 for inspiring the creative process...
I just re-read this Nords. I see so much of myself in it that it's scary! You know I had a hard time letting go of work and establishing a new way of life. I'm almost there but still have some work to do. 35 years of working and going to college created such deep rooted patterns. The house fix up project and volunteer work have helped, but I'm still trying to figure it all out.
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I really enjoyed re-reading this post. I think that I might send the link to my kids. It might give them something to think about in the future.
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My work is more analytical than the typical engineering work, so I still remember enough math to get the work done. What I forget, I still know where to look it up.

But I always have a really big problem of remembering phone numbers, birth dates, etc...

What chagrins me is that I have forgotten faces and voices of some that I cared about. It made me very sad.
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I am reading a very well written book on the "normal" loss of memory as we age. I highly recommend it.

Where Did I Leave My Glasses?: The What, When, and Why of Normal Memory Loss
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I am losing the ability to multitask.
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Sometimes I think about how much I have forgotten.

-All those computer systems and code
-All that math (BA and a year towards MA)
-Office symbols
-Names/faces/...

And I don't care.
I forget all that stuff too. Problem is, I'm still working.
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I am reading a very well written book on the "normal" loss of memory as we age. I highly recommend it.

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I just checked this book out at the library today and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the recommendation.
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I rarely multitask. Don't know about other people, but I produce superior work by intense single tasking.
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Hey, we have not worked at the same place, have we?

You're not going to spill the beans about me, are you?
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I just checked this book out at the library today and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the recommendation.
Oooh, I have to remember to request that one too.

Oh, wait, I did that already and it's here! Now I just have to remember to go pick it up.

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I have a frustrating time trying to remember passwords, names, faces, etc. However, anything I have studied intensely seems to be carved in stone. Example: in my now spot at work I now work daily with a complex, often poorly understood industry that I used to be an "expert" on. I have not seriously thought about the nitty griity details of there beasts in at least 5 years and I figured I would have forgotten much of what I knew. Yet as I crawl around the innards of one of these companies I keep dredging up enough infinitessimal detail that my non-specialist colleagues keep having to stop me to ask for an explanation of all the jargon, industry peculiarities, etc. Of course, I am only 36 so maybe all of this will start draining away in a few years.
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