Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dominic O'Brien

British mnemonist who is the eight time world memory champion:



Dominic O'Brien

Dominic O'Brien (1957- ) is a British mnemonist and an author of memory related books. He is the eight time world memory champion and works as a trainer for Peak Performance Training.

He began developing his mnemonic techniques when he saw Creighton Carvello memorize a pack of 52 playing cards in less than three minutes. He has written books about memorization techniques such as ‘How to Develop a Perfect Memory’, ‘Quantum Memory Power’, ‘Learn to Remember’, ‘How to Pass Exams’, ‘The Winning Hand’, and ‘The Amazing Memory Box’.

Dominic O'Brien

He gives lectures, and has been seen on television programmes such as The Human Body.

Dominic O'Brien had an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for his May 1, 2002 feat of committing to memory a random sequence of 2808 playing cards (54 packs) after looking at each card only once. He was able to correctly recite their order, making only eight errors, four of which he immediately corrected when told he was wrong.

Source: Wikipedia.org: Dominic O'Brien

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Mnemonist

Someone with the ability to remember and recall unusually huge amount of information and/or data:



Mnemonist

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Francisco Franco

A Spanish military general and head of state of Spain from 1936, and de facto regent of the nominally restored Kingdom of Spain from 1947 until his death in 1975:



Franco (Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco)

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nazanin Afshin-Jam

Miss World Canada in 2003 and Miss World 1st runner up, an Iranian-Canadian Human Rights Activist, President and Co-Founder of Stop Child Executions:



Nazanin Afshin-Jam

Read more on wikipedia.
Nazanin's Website: http://www.nazaninafshinjam.com/
Nazanin's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nazanin-Afshin-Jam-Official-page/42663934158


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Deimos

The smaller and outer of the two moons of Mars:



Deimos

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Phobos

The larger and closer of the two moons of Mars:



Phobos

Phobos' orbital radius is decreasing, so it will eventually impact the surface of Mars or break up into a planetary ring.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Einsteinium

On the periodic table, the element represented by the symbol Es and atomic number 99:


Einsteinium

Einsteinium is discovered in the debris of the first hydrogen bomb explosion in 1952, and named after Albert Einstein.

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Kodiak Island

The second largest island in the United States:


Kodiak Island

Rem: The largest US island is the Island of Hawaiʻi, also called the Big Island or Hawaiʻi Island.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bombardier

A beetle which ejects a noxious chemical spray in a rapid burst of pulses from special glands in its abdomen with a popping sound:


Bombardier Beetle


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Prodrome

An early symptom that might indicate the start of a disease before specific symptoms occur:


Prodrome

For example fever frequently occur in the prodrome of many infective disorders.

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Pathophysiology

The branch of medicine which deals with any disturbances of body functions, caused by disease or prodromal symptoms:


Pathophysiology

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Pint

An English unit of volume or capacity in both the imperial system and in United States customary units; in the imperial system, it is about 568 ml, and in the U.S. version is about 473 ml:


Pint

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Learn by Word Scramble Puzzles

Review the recent 30 posts and then try to solve the following Word Scramble Puzzles; in this way, you can memorize them easier and "Improve Your General Knowledge in Leisure Time!"

1) A unit of energy equal to about 1055 joules which is approximately the amount of energy needed to heat 1 pound of water for 1° Fahrenheit:

TBU

2) The Scots word for the last day of the year which is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner:

gomhayna

3) Karoshi is a Japanese word which means:

athbwdeoyokevrr

4) Energetic particles, originating from outer space, which impinge on Earth's atmosphere:

iccosaymr

5) The indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand:

iaomr

6) The use and effects of drugs on large groups of people:

oiiepdeomolgyharmapc

7) An important trade route between Central Asia and South Asia; a strategic military location, that is a mountain pass which links Pakistan and Afghanistan:

shybskaepr

8) A part of the mind which gives rise to a collection of mental phenomena that manifest in a person's mind but which the person is not aware of at the time of their occurrence:

usnmcdoniuscion

9) A psychological attempt by an individual to repel its own desires and impulses towards pleasurable instincts:

logioicalnsspprrseehoyc

10) A social movement and provocative women’s movement in Ukraine, founded in 2008 which became internationally known for going topless to protest against sex tourists, sexism and other social ills:

MEENF

11) The process of converting a word or a phrase of any other language into a more comprehensible English form for English speakers:

ngltiizonaica

12) A criminal activity involving robbery by groups of armed bandits:

itcoyda

13) A scientific research strategy, often used in anthropology and in some branches of sociology, for gathering empirical data on human societies and cultures by participant observation, interviews, questionnaires, etc.:

ngroyapethh

14) A method of inquiry about exploring issues, understanding phenomena, and answering questions; appropriated in many different academic disciplines, such as social sciences, market research, marketing research, etc., which seeks out "why" and not "how" of its topics through the analysis of unstructured information collected by interviews, questionnaires, surveys, observation, etc.:

alrequitchasetivare

15) A systematic qualitative research methodology in the social sciences emphasizing generation of theory from data in the process of conducting research:

dedeogroutryhn

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Answers:

1) BTU
2) Hogmanay
3) Death by Overwork
4) Cosmic Ray
5) Maori
6) Pharmacoepidemiology
7) Khyber Pass
8) Unconscious Mind
9) Psychological Repression
10) FEMEN
11) Anglicization
12) Dacoity
13) Ethnography
14) Qualitative Research
15) Grounded Theory

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Grounded Theory

A systematic qualitative research methodology in the social sciences emphasizing generation of theory from data in the process of conducting research:


Grounded Theory

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Qualitative Research

A method of inquiry about exploring issues, understanding phenomena, and answering questions; appropriated in many different academic disciplines, such as social sciences, market research, marketing research, etc., which seeks out "why" and not "how" of its topics through the analysis of unstructured information collected by interviews, questionnaires, surveys, observation, etc.:


Qualitative Research

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Organizational Storytelling

The discipline in the fields of management, strategy and organization studies which attempts to recount events in the form of a story within the context of an organization:


Organizational Storytelling (also known as Narrative Knowledge)

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Ethnography

A scientific research strategy, often used in anthropology and in some branches of sociology, for gathering empirical data on human societies and cultures by participant observation, interviews, questionnaires, etc.:


Ethnography

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File Shadowing

Providing an exact copy or mirror of a file or a set of data:


File Shadowing

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Hologram

For a complex object, a laser beam is first split into two separate beams of light using a silver mirror (half-silvered glass) or a birefringent material, then one beam illuminates the object and the second beam illuminates the recording medium; this process is done to record a:

Hologram

CNN Hologram TV
video

Creating a Star Wars-esque hologram scene

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Now on Amazon Kindle:
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

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Hungary

The country which is called Magyarország by its native speakers:


Hungary

Hungary Flag

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dacoity

A criminal activity involving robbery by groups of armed bandits:

Dacoity

The word Dacoity is the anglicized version of the Indian word ḍakaitī (Hindi डकैती, Urdu ڈکیتی or Bangla ডাকাতি) which comes from ḍākū (Hindi: डाकू, Urdu: ڈاکو, meaning "armed robber") or Bangla ḍakat (ডাকাত). [Read more here.]

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Anglicization

The process of converting a word or a phrase of any other language into a more comprehensible English form for English speakers:


Anglicization

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A Cappella

Solo music or group vocal or singing without instrumental sound, or a piece intended to be performed in this way:

A Cappella (also Acapella or A Capella)

Peter Christian Lutkin, Dean of the Northwestern University School of Music, helped popularize a cappella music in the United States by founding the Northwestern A Cappella Choir in 1906. The A Cappella Choir was "the first permanent organization of its kind in America" [1][2].

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References:
[1] Northwestern University, Guide to the Peter Christian Lutkin Papers, Biography.
[2] Leonard Van Camp, The Formation of A Cappella Choirs at Northwestern University, St. Olaf College, and Westminster College, Journal of Research in Music Education, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Winter, 1965), pp. 227-238.

FEMEN

A social movement and provocative women’s movement in Ukraine, founded in 2008 which became internationally known for going topless to protest against sex tourists, sexism and other social ills:


Recent News:
[ 1 ] Anniversary FEMEN Spain. Congratulations!
[ 2 ] FEMEN disrupt Muslim conference in France, get kicked
 


FEMEN

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In the News

Stop the stoning: Outside the Iranian embassy in Kiev, FEMEN activists shout, cry and boogaloo in protest of the death-by-stoning sentence given to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, mother of two children and convicted adulterer in Iran. FEMEN is the Ukrainian women's movement [source: San Francisco Chronicle].

Ukrainian female activists attack Iran's embassy in Kiev [source: tert.am]


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Psychoanalysis

The ideas developed by Austrian physician Sigmund Freud (and continued by others) devoted to the study of human psychological functioning and behavior:


Psychoanalysis

Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud

Freud's Chaise Lounge (also known as Freud Sofa)

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Psychological Repression

A psychological attempt by an individual to repel its own desires and impulses towards pleasurable instincts:

Psychological Repression (also Psychic Repression or simply Repression)

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Unconscious Mind

A part of the mind which gives rise to a collection of mental phenomena that manifest in a person's mind but which the person is not aware of at the time of their occurrence:


Unconscious Mind

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Khyber Pass

An important trade route between Central Asia and South Asia; a strategic military location, that is a mountain pass which links Pakistan and Afghanistan:

Khyber Pass


In Farsi: گذرگاه خیبر
In Pashto: د خیبر دره
In Urdu: دره خیبر

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Farsi or Persian is widely spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and to some extent in Armenia, Iraq, Bahrain, and Oman.

Pashto also known as Afghani, is a member of the Iranian languages group which is spoken primarily by the Pashtun people in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Urdu is the national language and one of the two official languages of Pakistan (the other is English), and an official language of five Indian states.

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Hub-and-Spoke

A system of connections arranged like a chariot wheel, in which all airlines traffic moves along connected to a major airport or center:

Hub-and-Spoke (also called as spoke-hub distribution paradigm, or hub-and-spoke distribution paradigm)

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Maser

A device that produces coherent electromagnetic waves through amplification by stimulated emission:

Maser (Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)

Rem:

Laser: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
Maser: Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pharmacoepidemiology

The use and effects of drugs on large groups of people:


Pharmacoepidemiology

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Poi

A performance art, one of the traditional performing arts of the Māori people of New Zealand, in which a ball or balls suspended from a length of flexible material, usually a plaited cord, are held in the hand and swung in circular patterns:


Poi

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Māori

The indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand:


Māori (or Maori)

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Polynesia

A subregion of Oceania, comprising a large grouping of over 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean:


Polynesia

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Cosmic Ray

Energetic particles, originating from outer space, which impinge on Earth's atmosphere:


Cosmic Ray
What are cosmic rays? (Read more ...)

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Dark Chocolate

A well-known brain food and brain booster which is also good for heart by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol:


Dark Chocolate

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Death by Overwork

Karoshi is a Japanese word which means:


Death by Overwork

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