Search Term Trackback: April

Digital Ambler does this thing at the start/end of each month, where he lists the most common search terms for people who come to his blog, and explains where on his blog to find that material.

  • tattwa cards — apparently there are a lot of people out there looking for Tattwa Cards, because this has rapidly overtaken the Tree of Life and the Palace of Memory as the most important thing people are looking for when they come to this site. They’re here — a set of Tattwa Cards as a PDF that you can print out on a color printer and then cut out.
  • pony cliffs ashfield Pony Mountain is in Ashfield, MA, near Chapel Brook, which is one of the Massachusetts Reservations. I’ve done work there, and I like climbing there from time to time.
  • how to draw tree of lifeStill a popular favorite.  It’s amazing to me that there are people who go through a magical curriculum and never learn this.  I mean, this is kinda basic, right? Right?
  • tai chi one step at a time — I don’t think it’s possible to learn Tai Chi one step at a time.  I think mostly you learn three or four steps at a time, practice them obsessively, and then maybe pick up a few more steps.  It took me eight or ten weeks to learn the form, and I’ve been at it, off and on, since 1998.  However, you can try following the Tai Chi Poem.
  • memory palace lesson plan — I wrote a great deal about how to introduce a Palace of Memory project to a group of middle school students; the core documents and links to them are assembled here.  I’ve moved away from this in recent years, because the needs of my students and school has changed; but I remain convinced that it has both power and relevance.
  • how to add google calendar wiccan holidays — I put together a Graeco-Roman-Wicca themed Google Calendar a long while ago, which appears to be still-functioning; there are instructions attached to the post.  THere’s also quite a lot of poetry on this website for use with those festal days.
  • St Patrick primary source — I gathered together a good deal of information about St. Patrick, once upon a time, who turned out to be far more interesting than his legends about driving out the snakes would indicate.  I don’t know how many of the links are still active.
  • Mandala compass — I like making Mandalas, and because of my interest in geometry and teaching I frequently use a compass to do so.  Here’s some work that’s relevant to that.
  • Memory palaces for learning music — I don’t have a memory palace for learning music, because I’m not that good at learning music.  However, I think that you should/could arrange it as two separate “halls” with seven radiating corridors for the Circle of Fifths.  I hope this provides the necessary clues to get you started, along with other materials about the Palace of Memory, as indicated above.
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  1. Love your memory palace posts!

    I used a memory mapping technique to memorized the PMP Process Chart for my certification exam (similar to this one: Each process group was a room in my house. And the knowledge areas formed a visual poem. For each knowledge area, I could tour the house, seeing striking vignettes for each of the processes. It worked quite well. Nothing like seeing a antelope with a map on his back in your living room to help you remember that you must develop a project charter.

    • Agile mapping? That’s not bad. There’s a book called “Lauren Ipsum” which is filled with simple visuals and strong stories for teaching young people about computer science. I’m planning to use it next year for my computer sciences class that learns coding.

  2. May I suggest a dojo with tatami mats arranged in 3×3 squares? You can hang objects on the wall which serve as reminders of specific defenses and drills; and each 3×3 square can be for a specific kata or technique. The lobby can have preparatory exercises, and the lockers in the locker-room can be filled with the improvised tools. Each of the four corners of the dojo could have an opponent in them, who could come out to work with you: one about your size, one smaller, one larger, and one much better than you. In this way, the Palace of Memory can serve as a mental training ground as well as a storage technique.

  3. I get the niftiest ideas from your blog. Today’s inspiration: create a palace of memory to organize and remember self-defense techniques and drills. Then create an artistic, exploded rendering of some kind (if I was more computer literate, a virtual tour). Thanks for the brain food!

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