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WEEK 51

Last week I started getting more curious about VR and went to try it out in Austin. AWESOME!!!

I also uploaded a new clip about all the kinds of Swedish food that I miss

For the weekend I flew to Baltimore for the first time, to attend a very fancypants wedding.

The children that the bride teaches had some good marriage advice…

Met some awesome people there, danced a little and then flew to Tennesse! I’m going to be spending Christmas, my birthday and New Years here. I’ve mostly been hanging out with my siblings, but also working on some projects and entering competitions (non-memory related 🙂 ). Maybe I’m going to learn how to code? We’ll see 😉

 

Is Awesome
Books

Moonwalking With Einstein review by a Memory Champion

Well-written and funny introduction to the world of memory and competing in it. This book is what started a lot of younger people competing (including me). For an in-depth review, read my buddy Billy Gates’ post about it.

“Anyone could do it really” – Ben Pridmore is right.

“normal is not necessarily natural”

Remember to say this, especially when someone is justifying some shitty behavior.

If you spent that much time, you’d do very well. If you wanted to enter the world championship, you’d need to spend three to four hours a day for the final six months leading up to the championship. It gets heavy.”

Some people do put in that effort, others not, depends on your skill, style, goals and life outside of competition.

In a sense, the elaborate system of externalized memory we’ve created is a way of fending off mortality. It allows ideas to be efficiently passed across time and space, and for one idea to build on another to a degree not possible when a thought has to be passed from brain to brain in order to be sustained.

Well that’s very meta.

«  It occurred to me that this was a kind of manufactured synesthesia. »

Best way of putting it.

The secret to success in the names-and-faces event—and to remembering people’s names in the real world—is simply to turn Bakers into bakers—or Foers into fours. Or Reagans into ray guns. It’s a simple trick, but highly effective.

Hmm. No. For some people perhaps but for Katie Kermode, Jan-Hendrik Büscher and I – all three of us very naturally good at names & faces – don’t use this technique so much. Sometimes it works, other times it can be catastrophic and time-consuming. It seems our memorizing style is much harder to describe in words, but that we all have a sense of “just memorizing it”. This next quote might have something to do with it.

Experts see the world differently. They notice things that nonexperts don’t see. They home in on the information that matters most, and have an almost automatic sense of what to do with it. And most important, experts process the enormous amounts of information flowing through their senses in more sophisticated ways. They can overcome one of the brain’s most fundamental constraints: the magical number seven. Continue Reading

Yearly

20 Revelations I’ve Had In 20 Years On This Planet

19, Swedish/Mongol in the Hong Kong metro being all international and cool. I know, I’m like James Bond or Jason Bourne or something… minus all the killing.

I was supposed to be born the same date as Jesus but I decided to stay in my mom’s belly for two extra days. *advanced maths*

It’s four am and I can’t sleep and I have nothing to do. Girls love making lists so why not make one about 20 facts I’ve learned over the past 20 years? I’ll make the number sort of correlate with the age I learned it. TL;DR: I’m strange and that’s OK because it is becoming trendy to be strange. For real though, it’s weird seeing people be praised for the same scheisse you got bullied for in middle school life. There’s hope for me

My solo time in Bangkok was comprised of steak meals and talking to strangers.

1. Food is delicious. Rare steaks, mandarins, kimchi. I’m not going on a friggin’ diet. I’ll be paleo/slow-carb mostly but then cheat so much it can’t be taken seriously. I get annoyed when people see me not eat anything for a whole day like “DO YOU EVEN KNOW ME? I WILL EAT A GOAT TOMORROW!”. There is no risk of me going anorexic or bulimic. Food > being thin. But I’ll eat it when I feel like it, don’t worry. Also thin privilege and fat shaming  are you serious like I don’t even… Please stahp. Eat food, read some basic books on nutrition and move your body.

Emiliana is precious

2. Nice people are precious. My earliest memories are of being picked up from playdates with my cousins by my uncle and him just making me laugh all the way home and my mom teaching me how to read. My family is very nice and I think many a people will take advantage of that and have… But I’ve made a decision to cut off the people who seem to be hanging out with me because I’m nice and “will be of value in the future”. I am awesome and I will be even more awesome but you’re not awesome enough to hang with me if you’re using me.

All three-year olds are androgynous-looking.

3. Reading = magic. I remember the first words I read in Mongolian. Words starting with B like böörönhi bömbög (round ball) and I remember thinking “WHAT IS THIS SORCERY!?”. I still feel that way every day, especially when I read books. Books, unlike things on the internet, are often more well-thought out and you can almost understand the psyche of the author on a deep and sometimes creepy way.

4. Not everyone speaks the same language. Cartoon Network was only available in English when I was a kid in Mongolia… and here we are. Amazing how such small things can change everything in your life. I remember being able to say ‘apple’ in Mongolian and then saying it in English and then saying it again in Mongolian and just feeling like an epic wizard.

5. Sweden is a country that is not Mongolia. These are just the sort of things you have to learn fast when you move to a foreign land where everyone is tall and speak an off-version of English.

6. I like Sweden, though it is cold. I liked going to preschool where we got to “nurture” caterpillars into butterflies and then release them into the forest. I liked my teacher in the first grade because she had curly blonde hair and was nice to me even though I saw that she gave me three stars on everything except for “classroom behavior” where she had commented that I have a hard time not goofing around.

7. Reading = magic, literally (he he). Harry Potter changed everything and helped me cope with the darkest of times in school where I was constantly beaten up or name-called for being *drumroll* ugly and/or smart. Escaping into a fantasy world where the main character had friends – one of whom always saved the day with her wits was amazing. When my mom gave me that beautiful first book on my seventh birthday, it saved me from so many dark thoughts and things. It instilled in me the feeling that I was special and that the people around me at school just didn’t realize it and, just like Harry, when the right people came along they would all recognize just how precious I was.

The loveliest bunny

8. Animals are people too. As my obsession with orcas, dolphins and animals in general were growing I also accidentally started reading more and more about their ability to process feelings. So I only wanted two things in the world 1. A bunny 2. My acceptance letter into Hogwarts. When I turned eight my mom gave me the cutest gift a girl could ever wish for – a tiny tiny tiny bunny that got both a Swedish and a Mongolian name and stayed with me until I was seventeen.

Riding an elk like a baws

9. Being Mongolian definitely has its bad-ass perks. Look at that picture of me riding a moose like I’m from some sort of fantasy saga. Imagine that sort of thing happening everywhere you go – MONGOLIA.

Ah, Photoshop…

10. I’m a Photoshop God. Not really, but it is easy to think you’re amazing at things when no one else in your environment is doing it. When I was nine – the internet was so new that most people still wrote “www.” before they wrote the site name. I’M SO OLD. No I’m not, but I like to freak myself out so I’ll be more productive.

11. I love singing, music, art and languages. And I will forever not care what any body thinks of it.

I’m lost in this universe and it is amazing

12. School is mostly horrible but I have The Sims. I started gaming a lot and at some point around this age I started not doing my best in school because I realized all of the teachers had decided I was brilliant no matter what I did and the kids at school the opposite. So I pretty much just hung out with myself and my computer.

13. I’m very lost and it’s ok. I think most modern young women have had their fair share of consuming all of the books on the self-help shelf and then not followed through with most of the solid advice. Everyone was giving very extreme advice like “only live in the present” or “you will be a failure if you don’t have any goals” and I just took the middle way and realized that all of this information on this planet will make you feel very lost and it’s cool. Being cool with being lost means you’ll be very curious and eager to try to figure things out and I love figuring things out.

14. My parents are also people. I discovered this when my mom said some fact about the brain that was a little too on the 20th century science side for me and then it dawned on me – the realization that my mother was just a person with feelings and friends and everything else before I existed. Albeit, I still believe she is one of the greatest creatures to have ever lived.

15. I’m attractive enough for someone to kiss my face. And it was amazing, especially since the only thing I could think about at that age was boys boys böys and the occasional thought “how do I not think of boys?”. Hormones are horrible and I distrust anyone who didn’t feel like the most awkward human being to ever walk planet earth in their teens.

16. Travel, eat, pray, love, work/study 4 hours a week. I read a lot of books the summer after my first boyfriend and I broke up and most of them were on the topic of “travelling is easy and if you’re not doing it you’re not living”. So began this part of my life when I thought that as long as I’m travelling I’m doing good… (I also developed a huge passion for soccer). Partly true if you adhere to the school of thought that the more you do – the slower time seems to pass and this was very true because 16-17 were the longest years of my life and now I’m aiming at making 2014 feel like a decade. I know what they feel like now that I’ve experienced two of them…

17. There is a God because I got to go to Kenya to a boarding school with a pool and kiss giraffes. Honestly, I don’t know what I was doing in cold Stockholm in a public school when I could’ve chased (literally) blue-balled monkeys around school a few days before my graduation on the savannah. (Re-read that sentence to realize there is so much win).

Just a monkey at our school, hanging around.

18. People are crazy. Keep calm and avoid when possible. I’m sorry but the only thing I learned from turning 18 in Thailand and accidentally buying drugs to bartenders is that people are batshit crazy (many things happened on the day I turned 18 but the story is so friggin’ incredible and incredibly long that very few of those I’ve told it to have believed me). After graduation I helped out at the family restaurant having to deal with customers and employees and I realized even more so that I’m not the crazy one. People are. *couple orders ramen noodle soup with yakiniku and I explain what it is* -> *I bring out the food* -> woman: “WHAT IS THIS? I DON’T EVEN EAT NOODLES!” man: “I’M VEGAN!”. *cough* Allegedly.

College is fun because economics and parties.

19. College is the best form of school ever and I’m good at it. Getting accepted into Stockholm School of Business made me feel at peace. I suddenly found myself studying things to a deadline instead of researching kitosis for hours for my own pleasure. Studying at an academy has also given me the immense joy of connecting the dots between things I knew on a shallow level and now having the information and the ability to prove my theories. The professors that I’ve shown my work on economic theory to have all found them very sound, but I seem to be lacking the knowledge necessary to present it in a scientific way right now (must learn advanced math or hire tech support to do it for me). I’m also grateful that I followed the advice of Derek Sivers and shortened my study time by taking the second-year courses on top of my first-year studies.

20. Making people, including myself, laugh is the best feeling in the entire world that has ever existed ever like ever is this sentence too long. Such humrouAlso, I’m bad at keeping my serious writing tone and making serious lists of “REVELATIONS” SO here’s a funny screenshot off tumblr that made me laugh irl. Seriously though, Dumbledore might’ve been the worst headmaster of Hogwarts ever. Also, bonus pic because I can’t help myself.

Bonus revelation about being “hot” as the young people call it: people are now nice to me from the get-go now that I’m le babe, but no amount of le babe will hide your weirdness and in the end the conservatives will run away in terror but you gain cool friends faster. Friends who can belch the alphabet and also send you politically incorrect but hilarious drunk philosophical texts at four in the morning. I love you.

WEEKLY PLANS

THE LIBRARY IS YOUR PARADISE

Things that are going on this week

! accounting exam
! microeconomy exam

Things that are going on next week

  a major trip overseas
 photoshoot for a magazine

Things that I should be doing

– doing all of the paperwork for my jobs
– studying better (quality > quantity)

Things that I am doing instead

 researching brain plasticity (like this clip)
 researching language acquisition (like this clip)

A pic of me outside Stockholm Public Library 😉

I'm on a boat

I’m a Baltic Princess on a boat with the captain

So once we woke up on the boat on Sunday, we had some assignments for a competition. “Do a Spiderman kiss, switch clothes between a guy and a girl, do a little dance, take a picture with the captain…”. So me and Clarino decided to just go after the captain. It took us an epicly long time. We could also call this post…

To Find A Captain

Sunday, October 20th 2013. 11.48

We start googling for his face. So we know what to look for. And then we start running around asking everyone who looks like staff if they know where he is. They all answer in the way that makes you think we asked them to donate their left arm. We get shrugged off in every corridor.

12.20 Approaching Mariehamn

We head to the top level and are stopped by a fence. We see a captain! And then a second one with a great beard! We start waving to them like crazy. THEY WAVE BACK!!! Then they shrug their heads. But we keep waving. For an awkward five minutes.

12.25 Captain Haddock

We see a guy who might be the captain, or at least he looks like Captain Haddock from Tintin. We wave him over and ask if we can take a picture with him, but he gets all sad and says “but me? I’m just a simple chef!”. I feel bad, we should’ve said we wanted a picture with the chef.

12.39 The face of disappointment

After waving for another fifteen minutes and being ignored we decide to abandon our mission and eat candy instead.

13.00 Stalking the staff

Two very official-looking people stand in the hallway discussing important things in Finnish (or maybe the ending to Breaking Bad, I don’t know I don’t speak Finnish). We stare at them and follow until they notice us. We ask if they know how we can get in touch with the captain. The most helpful staffer tells us the captain and him will be having a meeting in fifteen minutes close to the information desk. THE LEVELS OF EXCITEMENT WERE DISPROPORTIONATE! So we sit quietly by the info desk trying to look normal so none of the other teams find out we’re on to something…

13.13 Meeting the captain!

“Was it the two of you who were standing by the fence waving?”. Clarino doesn’t answer because she’s in a hurry to take the pictures. I say (awkwardly) “hehe… yes… sorry about that.” It was one of the proudest moments of my life just because we had spent so much time and energy trying to find him haha. Then when we got to our group they were all like “cool”. We expected them to shower us with gifts and start dancing around us in joy.